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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Redskins' Griffin undergoes successful knee surgery
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent successful knee surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be ready for the 2013 season, his doctor said. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, one of the top first-year players in the National Football League this season, underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee to repair torn lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments suffered in Sunday's wildcard playoff loss to Seattle.
League owners approve new labor deal
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Final eight teams set for playoff battle 2013-01-10T003026Z_1_BRE90900Y_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS.XML () -
Microsoft's Ballmer and Seattle group set to buy Kings - report
SEATTLE/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A group of investors led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> CEO Steve Ballmer is close to a deal to buy the Sacramento Kings basketball team for $500 million and move the franchise to Seattle, Yahoo Sports reported on Wednesday. The Maloof family, which has wrangled with the city of Sacramento for years over a new arena and held talks with other cities about moving the team, has now agreed to sell, the report said, citing league sources.
Bonds, Clemens denied; no players make Hall 2013-01-09T211344Z_2_BRE908167_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-FAME.XML () -
World number 13 Isner out of Australian Open
SYDNEY (Reuters) - John Isner has pulled out of the Australian Open because of the knee injury that forced him to quit last week's Hopman Cup and hampered him in his defeat to Ryan Harrison at the Sydney International warm-up. The big-serving 27-year-old American, top seed in Sydney, said after Wednesday's 6-4 6-4 loss to Harrison that he was contemplating pulling out of the year's first grand slam because the injury, a bone bruise, needed rest.
Maple Leafs fire Brian Burke as general manager
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Maple Leafs fired President and General Manager Brian Burke on Wednesday in a shock move just days before the National Hockey League returns to action following a bitter labor dispute with players. Assistant General Manager Dave Nonis will replace Burke, who is remaining with the Maple Leafs team as a senior advisor.
Timberwolves' Love to miss 8-10 weeks after surgery 2013-01-10T003113Z_1_BRE909011_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-TIMBERWOLVES-LO VE.XML () -
Knicks' Anthony banned one game for approaching Garnett 2013-01-09T235713Z_1_BRE9081CV_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-KNICKS-ANTHONY. XML () -
Saints sign suspended coach Payton through 2017 season 2013-01-09T231942Z_1_BRE9081BY_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-SAINTS-PAYTON.X ML () -