Olympic champ Lysacek is out of 2014 Games because of injury
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying it would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip — “like you’re being electrocuted” — would subside. And each day the 28-year-old stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him passion alone can’t fuel a dream.
The reigning Olympic champion from Naperville, Ill., announced Tuesday a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
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Doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.
“This has been my entire life, training and representing my country,” Lysacek told The Associated Press, pausing to fight back tears. “So it’s just kind of difficult. As much as I knew it could go either way, I never accepted it wouldn’t. I always thought it would work out.
“I was crushed. I am crushed.”
Lysacek hasn’t competed since the 2010 Vancouver Games, where he became the first American man to win the Olympic title since Brian Boitano in 1988.
Bettman says there is no plan to create expansion teams
Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking after the NHL Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., said the league has no plan to expand from 30 teams despite interest from various markets.
Seattle, Quebec City and the province of Ontario are among the markets believed to have interest in adding a team.
“We haven’t embarked on a formal expansion process,” Bettman said, “but when people want to talk to us, we listen.”
Capitals’ Ovechkin gets 4 goals
Alex Ovechkin scored four goals, including the equalizer with 32.4 seconds left in regulation, and the host Washington Capitals rallied to beat Tampa Bay 6-5 in a shootout.
Ovechkin leads the league with 26 goals.
Coach Kreis changes MLS jobs
Jason Kreis quit as coach of Real Salt Lake — three days after losing Major League Soccer’s championship game to Sporting Kansas City — and the 40-year-old will become coach of the expansion New York City FC team that starts play in 2015.
Kreis guided Real Salt Lake to the 2009 MLS Cup championship, becoming the youngest coach to win the title.
Mastroeni exits; Arnaud is dealt
In MLS player deals, 37-year-old midfielder Pablo Mastroeni of the Los Angeles Galaxy announced his retirement.
The nine-time MLS All-Star played for the U.S. team in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
Meanwhile, D.C. United acquired midfielder Davy Arnaud, 33, from the Montreal Impact for an international roster spot for the 2014 and 2015 MLS seasons.
Greek, German teams advance
Olympiakos of Greece and Bayer Leverkusen of Germany reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with victories. Meanwhile, the match between Juventus of Italy and Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey, was stopped after 31 minutes because of a snowstorm. The last 59 minutes will be played at a later date.
There are eight four-team groups, and the top two from each group advance.
Olympiakos beat eight-man Anderlecht of Belgium 3-1 to finish second in Group C.
Leverkusen won 1-0 at Real Sociedad of Spain to place second to Manchester United of England in Group A.
Portland Thorns hire Riley
Paul Riley has been hired as coach of the defending National Women’s Soccer League champion Portland Thorns.
Riley, 50, replaces Cindy Parlow Cone, who resigned last week. Cone said she stepped down because she and her husband, John Cone, wanted to spend more time together.
Connecticut wins draft lottery
Mitchell Etess, chief executive officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, admitted he was nervous attending his first draft lottery.
The gaming authority’s team, the Connecticut Sun, had a 44.2 percent chance of getting the top pick after finishing last in the league this year.
Luck was on the Sun’s side in the four-team lottery and it will pick first.
“The house wins,” said Etess, laughing.
Tulsa will pick second, San Antonio will choose third and New York fourth in April. The Storm has the seventh selection in the first round.
Top players expected to be in the draft include Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.
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