Celtics' Garnett could miss playoffs


Kevin Garnett, the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics' 2008 championship and a key to its hopes of a repeat, could miss the playoffs because of a knee injury that has limited him to four games over the final two months of the season. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that Garnett will not be ready for Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls and might not be back at all. "It's not official that he's out for the entire playoffs, but it's official as far as I'm concerned," Rivers said. "I just don't see how. I hope I'm wrong, but I just don't see it." Garnett averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.

More Celtics: : General manager Danny Ainge had a mild heart attack and underwent surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ainge, 50, will miss the team's playoff opener against the Bulls on Saturday but is expected to make a full recovery.

Partial verdict reached in Castroneves case

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A federal jury reached a partial verdict in the tax evasion trial of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves but was hung up on several counts. Federal Judge Donald Graham said he would not immediately read the verdicts on two tax-evasion counts against Castroneves and told jurors to continue deliberating on four other tax-evasion counts and one conspiracy count.

Harangody, Flynn, Mills to enter NBA draft

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Notre Dame junior forward Luke Harangody said he's putting his name into the NBA draft but will leave open the option of returning for his senior season. Harangody said he won't hire an agent, meaning he can pull out of the draft by June 15. Harangody led the Big East in scoring (23 points per game) and rebounding (12 per game).

More NBA draft: : Syracuse sophomore point guard Jonny Flynn signed with an agent, officially ending his college career. Flynn averaged a team-leading 17 points and finished the season with 254 assists. ... St. Mary's (Calif.) sophomore guard Patty Mills will make himself available for the draft. Mills, who won't hire an agent, averaged 18.7 points last season.

Et cetera: : North Carolina State introduced Western Carolina's Kellie Harper to follow the late Kay Yow as its next women's basketball coach. ... Seattle University hired Washington assistant Cameron Dollar as its coach.

Jets upset games conflict with holidays


The New York Jets, upset about being scheduled for home games on consecutive Sundays in direct conflict with Jewish holidays, sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a letter asking that one of the game times be changed. The Jets' home opener is Week 2 against New England at 1 p.m. on Sept. 20, which falls during Rosh Hashanah. New York then plays Tennessee at 4:15 p.m. the following Sunday, with Yom Kippur beginning at sundown.

Browns: : General manager George Kokinis sidestepped questions about trade rumors involving quarterback Brady Quinn and wide receiver Braylon Edwards, saying discussion about players on the roster was "internal business." Kokinis, the Ravens' former director of pro personnel, did reveal that running back Jamal Lewis, a former Raven, underwent offseason ankle surgery. He also suggested that quarterback Derek Anderson, who missed the final month of last season with a left knee injury, had some kind of procedure.

Et cetera: : Suspended quarterback Michael Vick returned to a federal prison in Kansas after a stint in Virginia for his bankruptcy case. ... In Billings, Mont., former NFL running back Travis Henry pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine in a federal drug case that could land him in prison for 10 years or more. He will be sentenced July 15. ... Backup quarterback Charlie Batch returned to the Steelers by signing a one-year, $895,000 contract that includes a $50,000 signing bonus.

Salisbury, Stevenson to play for CAC title

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Jake DeLillo scored five goals and Kylor Berkman added two goals and four assists to lead Salisbury (13-3) to an 18-5 win over host St. Mary's (7-6) and into the Capital Athletic Conference title game. The Sea Gulls will face Stevenson (14-0), a 19-4 winner over visiting Wesley (10-5), on Sunday. Jimmy Dailey had four goals and three assists to lead the Mustangs.

Women's lacrosse: : Kalli Parrish scored four goals to lead visiting Washington College (7-7, 2-6 Centennial Conference) to a 15-7 win over Swarthmore (9-7, 1-7).

Cycling: : Lance Armstrong told organizers he will race in the Giro d'Italia in May. The announcement posted on the Gazzetta dello Sport's Web site removed doubts that the seven-time Tour de France champion would miss the race after having surgery on a broken right collarbone last month.

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