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SportShorts for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014


‘Bulin Wall’ out
4-5 months

Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will be sidelined 4 to 5 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Khabibulin, 40, appeared in four games this season, posting a 1-0-1 record, but hasn’t played since injuring his groin in a Nov. 16 game against Nashville.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman did not rule Khabibilun out for the season.


Sandusky trying to get pension

Ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky testified by remote video at a hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday in an effort to have his pension restored despite his 45 child sex abuse convictions.

A shackled Sandusky, 69, was the first witness to testify at the hearing before the State Employees’ Retirement System in Harrisburg.

He spoke via a video link from a Pennsylvania prison in an attempt to restore his $4,900-a-month pension. It had been revoked when he was sentenced in October 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison – a decision that also ended benefits for his wife, Dottie.


‘Franimal’ suspended, Iowa fined

Iowa men’s basketball head coach Fran McCaffery has been suspended for one game, the Big Ten announced Tuesday.

On Sunday, McCaffery bumped into an official while arguing a pair of calls midway through the second half, which got him automatically ejected from the game against Wisconsin.

The Big Ten announced Tuesday that McCaffery would also receive a “public reprimand,” and that the school will be fined $10,000.

McCaffery, who apologized Monday, will serve his suspension on Jan. 9 against Northwestern.

UTEP players
caught gambling

UTEP suspended three basketball players for the season Tuesday for allegedly gambling on athletic events.

In the wake of an FBI investigation, leading scorer McKenzie Moore and reserves Jalen Ragland and Justin Crosgile were dismissed from the team. The players received an automatic 1-year suspension, and also will lose a year of eligibility.

Coach Tim Floyd said there was no evidence they had been betting on UTEP games.


Gronkowski to have knee surgery

A person familiar with Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury tells The Associated Press that the Patriots’ tight end will have surgery Thursday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Patriots have not made an announcement.

Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season following offseason operations on his back and left forearm. In his seventh game back, he tore the ACL and MCL on his right knee on Dec. 8 in a 27-26 win over the Browns.

Before his latest injury, Gronkowski had 39 catches for 592 yards and 4 TDs.

Dolphins part ways with GM

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and owner Steve Ross have “mutually agreed to part ways,” the Dolphins announced Tuesday evening.

Ireland presided over the team during the last 6 years, and the Dolphins missed the playoffs the last 5 years. The Dolphins, who finished 8-8 last season, have posted five consecutive non-winning seasons, the longest such drought in franchise history. They have a 46-50 record over the last 6 years.

The Dolphins said they’ll immediately begin a search for a new general manager.

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