Derrick Rose’s comeback turned out to be a cameo, and the Chicago Bulls’ worst nightmare became a reality again.
The Bulls’ hopes about contending for a championship this season took a serious hit. Their long-term plans appear to be up in the air too.
The team said Rose will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery Monday morning in Chicago to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. For the Bulls and their point guard, it’s an all-too-familiar spot.
“I felt for him. He is a great person, first and foremost,” Coach Tom Thibodeau said before Chicago played at Utah.
Rose was injured Friday night at Portland, a huge setback for him and the organization.
The 2010-11 NBA most valuable player missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Chicago’s 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia.
He has played in only 50 NBA games — 49 in the regular season and that lone playoff game — since the Bulls’ run to the Eastern Conference finals during his MVP season.
With Rose back, the Bulls were expected to challenge LeBron James and the Miami Heat for supremacy in the Eastern Conference and contend for their first championship since the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen era.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are trading former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.
Two people with knowledge of the deal say the agreement was reached Monday night. The people requested anonymity because neither team has announced the deal.
Williams was the No. 2 overall draft choice in 2011. But he never was able to carve a niche in Rick Adelman’s rotation and it became increasingly clear early this season that he had no role on the Timberwolves. Williams is averaging 4.9 points in under 15 minutes per game this season. Mbah a Moute is averaging 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in nine games for the Kings.
Trio of QBs up for Maxwell Award
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron are finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s player of the year.
Winston, who is being investigated in a sexual assault case by authorities in Tallahassee, Fla., is also up for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, with McCarron and Manziel.
Manziel won the O’Brien last season, along with the Heisman Trophy.
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops suspended leading rusher Raymond Sanders for Saturday’s game against Tennessee for violating a team rule.
Sanders, who has a team-best 464 yards in 107 carries with three touchdowns, sat out most of the first half of last week’s 59-17 loss at Georgia in what the coach said afterward was for disciplinary reasons. Stoops says he received more information Monday morning leading to the latest punishment, though he didn’t say what rules the running back broke.
North Carolina junior tight end Eric Ebron said he’ll make himself available for the NFL draft after the season.
Ebron has 50 catches for 774 yards and three touchdowns for the Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) heading into Saturday’s home finale against No. 24 Duke.
The Angels hired Nick Francona, son of Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, as coordinator of major league player information and promoted baseball operations intern Jeremy Zoll to coordinator of advance scouting.