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Bryant not ready to play

Although Kobe Bryant is making steady progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, he’s still a few weeks away from playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant is back with the Lakers after a short trip to Germany to get treatment on his right knee, another trouble area for the 35-year-old guard. He sat on Los Angeles’ bench for an exhibition game Tuesday night, and he’ll travel with the team to China later this week.

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But the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history isn’t committing to any return date until he gets in shape and figures out how his legs will hold up when he’s back in uniform.

“I haven’t said anything (about a return date),” Bryant said. “I just keep it all open right now. I don’t know why you guys are so hell-bent on deadlines. It’s like the most ridiculous thing to me. It’s entertaining. When I’m ready, I’m ready.”

In other news, the Lakers waived center Dan Gadzuric and center Eric Boateng.

NBA player Lamar Odom pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in connection with his arrest in August.


New PGA season begins

Just 18 days after Henrik Stenson tapped in for par and collected the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus at East Lake, the new PGA Tour season gets under way Thursday at the Open in San Martin, Calif. It’s the first time the tour starts its season in one calendar year and finishes it in another.

“I’m back to zero,” Stewart Cink said. “I like the fact I don’t have to be No. 76 anymore. I can hopefully establish something new.”

Tiger Woods won the clinching match at the Presidents Cup on Sunday. He’s not expected to play another PGA Tour event until Torrey Pines in January. Adam Scott won’t return to the tour until Kapalua the first week of January. Phil Mickelson will be in Asia this month for two tournaments now part of the official 2013-14 season.


Lynx goes for knockout

Minnesota, which won the first two games of the WNBA Finals by 25 points each, goes for the sweep Thursday night in Atlanta. The Dream was forced to move this elimination game to the northeast suburb of Duluth because of an ice skating show at its home court, Philips Arena.

Angels McCoughtry, the WNBA’s two-time defending scoring champion, has averaged just 28 percent from the field in four games against the Lynx this year.

The WNBA Finals has been hard on the Dream, which has dropped to 0-10 in the championship round after losing three straight to the Storm in 2010 and three straight to Minnesota two years ago.


Djokovic prevails

Novak Djokovic of Serbia overcame a scare when he landed awkwardly on his right foot and recovered to beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 at the Shanghai Masters. Roger Federer of Switzerland rebounded from an early break to defeat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-4, 6-3, while Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who reclaimed the No. 1 ranking this week, dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-2.

Wambach marries partner

U.S. international star Abby Wambach married her longtime partner and Western New York Flash teammate Sarah Huffman. The two were married Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

TMZ first reported the wedding, and said U.S. teammates Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux were among the attendees.


• New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko received the McCormack Medal as the world’s leading woman amateur for a third straight year.

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium advanced to the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Suarez Navarro defeated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-4. Flipkens routed Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-1.

• Third-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia beat Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-2 at the Japan Open in Osaka to reach the quarterfinals.

Alex Tagliani will replace three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti in the Oct. 19 season-ending IndyCar race at Fontana. Franchitti remained hospitalized with two fractured vertebrae and a broken ankle suffered in a last-lap accident Sunday at the Grand Prix of Houston.

• NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil is free on bond after his arrest in Mooresville, N.C., on charges of assault and false imprisonment after a domestic dispute with his wife.

• San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart was suspended for three games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Rangers right wing Rick Nash.

• New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen was fined $5,000 by the NHL for slashing Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Gerrit Keats of Clearwater, Fla., who sent an email threatening to kill U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart after the USADA stripped Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles, agreed to a guilty plea that will not result in jail time.

• Xavier women’s basketball coach Amy Waugh resigned as she was getting ready to start her third season. She got the job when Kevin McGuff left for Washington.

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