Westbrook’s comeback remains uncertain as Thunder prepare for training camp
The timetable for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook’s return from a knee injury remains uncertain as the Oklahoma City Thunder open training camp.
General Manager Sam Presti said Wednesday during his annual “state of the franchise” news conference that it would be “irresponsible” of him to say when Westbrook would be fully cleared medically, but didn’t dispute the notion that Westbrook could miss the Oct. 30 opener at Utah.
“I wouldn’t say that he will be (ready) and I wouldn’t say that he won’t be,” Presti said. “We’ve got to see how the next month goes.”
HONORS: Tara VanDerveer of Stanford will receive the Legends of Coaching award in April, recognizing college basketball coaches who exemplify John Wooden’s high standards of coaching and personal integrity.
GIRLS’ SOCCER: Five players scored as Berwick Academy defeated the Landmark School 6-0 at Berwick.
Brooke Downey scored in the first minute of play, and Holly St. Jean and Aimee Briand added first-half goals. C.C. Clapp scored twice in the second half and Torieana St. Pierre completed the scoring.
BOYS’ SOCCER: Silmar Bueno had two goals and an assist as Beaver Country Day School (5-1) shut out Berwick Academy (3-1-1) 3-0 at Brookline, Mass.
SENIOR WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Defending champion Ellen Port and Susan Cohn each won two matches at San Martin, Calif., to advance to the final.
The 52-year-old Port, from St. Louis, beat Marilyn Hardy of Houston 6 and 4, then Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, Fla., 4 and 3. The 50-year-old Cohn, from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., edged Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., in 20 holes, then beat Caryn Wilson of Rancho Mirage, Calif., 4 and 3.
LPGA: The Tour said it will open its season in January for the first time in 13 years, beginning with the Bahamas LPGA Classic on Jan. 23-26.
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Jason Johnson and Bobby Boswell scored to help the Houston Dynamo beat Trinidad’s W Connection FC 2-0 at Houston.
Houston improved to 2-0-1 with seven points to move into first place in the group. W Connection finished group play at 0-3-1 for one point.
FOOTBALL: Members of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that starts next year likely will be chosen before the end of this regular season.
The BCS executive director, Bill Hancock, said conference commissioners working on the selection committee have more vetting to do before the panel is set.
• Air Force quarterback Jaleel Awini was suspended from the team.
NHL: The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a three-year, entry-level deal.
Zadorov was one of the two first-round picks for Buffalo in the draft, selected 16th overall.
– From staff and news services