CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP):Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and won't return until after the All-Star break. General manager Sam Presti said in a statement yesterday that Westbrook has been playing pain free, but "recently had experienced increased swelling" in his right knee.
Presti said the team consulted with a surgeon in Los Angeles and an MRI determined there was "an area of concern that had not previously existed".
Cardiff fires manager Mackay
LONDON (AP):Malky Mackay lost a destabilising power struggle with Cardiff's divisive owner yesterday and became the fourth English Premier League manager to be fired this month. Owner Vincent Tan said he was compelled to dismiss Mackay because he felt the "dirty linen" being exposed about the dispute was creating a distraction.
Mackay, who took Cardiff to its first League Cup final in 2012, was dismissed only five days after being told by the south Wales club he would remain in charge for the "foreseeable future".
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Novak Djokovic overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to enter the final of the Mubadala Championship for the third time in three years yesterday, but he won't be facing top-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic beat Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-3 in 74 minutes to set up a repeat of last year's final against David Ferrer, who knocked out Spanish compatriot Nadal 6-4, 6-4 with breaks in the last game of each set, in 90 minutes of quality tennis. Djokovic was watched by his new part-time coach Boris Becker at the exhibition event.