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Legendary coach Wooden injured in fall

LOS ANGELES -- John Wooden broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall, leaving the former UCLA basketball coach hospitalized Friday.

Daughter Nan Muehlhausen said the 97-year-old Wooden fell in his condominium Thursday night. She said Wooden was resting comfortably in a hospital and visited with family members throughout the day.

"Dad's spirits are good," Muehlhausen said in a statement. "He is up and joking around with the family. He will probably be in the hospital for a couple of more days before he goes home."

• Kentucky freshman Patrick Patterson will miss the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his left ankle.

A statement from the school says Patterson had the injury confirmed after an X-ray. He will be out approximately eight weeks and is wearing a cast on his foot.

The injury is a huge blow for the Wildcats, who face No. 1 Tennessee on Sunday in a battle for first place in the East division of the Southeastern Conference. He is averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds a game.

• The mother of N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe is recovering in a Raleigh-area hospital after having a heart attack.

Lowe said he visited his mother, Carrie, but that she wanted him to focus more on his team than worrying about her. Carrie Lowe had the heart attack on Wednesday.

• NBA -- Charlotte waived guard Jeff McInnis.

The team provided no explanation for the decision. McInnis started 26 of the 54 games he played this season, averaging 4.5 points and 4.1 assists.

McInnis was criticized by coach Sam Vincent after a loss to Philadelphia a month ago, leading to a testy exchange between the two. A few days later the Bobcats signed point guard Earl Boykins, but McInnis had still been an on-and-off starter.

• Assault charges were dropped against Houston guard Rafer Alston, who was accused of a slashing a man with a knife in a nightclub.

Prosecutors were unable to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and the assault and attempted assault charges were dropped, the Manhattan district attorney's office said.

• Two men charged in a betting scandal involving disgraced basketball referee Tim Donaghy have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to defraud the NBA.

Prosecutors said James Battista, a professional gambler with nicknames "Baba" and "Sheep," and Thomas Martino entered the pleas during a brief appearance in Brooklyn.

• SOCCER -- Landon Donovan became the U.S. career scoring leader, one month after scoring the goal that broke a tie with Eric Wynalda.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, said it had recognized the United States' 3-1 victory over Denmark on Jan. 20, 2007, as a full "A" international game. Donovan converted a penalty kick in the 44th minute of the Denmark match 13 months ago, but before Friday FIFA had not counted the game -- or the goal.

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