Sharks lose sparkplug Torres for at least one month of season

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C

The Sharks are about to get another chance to see if they can find success without forward Raffi Torres.

General manager Doug Wilson said Monday that Torres is likely to be sidelined for at least the first month of the season with an injured right ACL, though the full extent of damage had not been diagnosed.

"The choices are obvious: You can rehab, you can brace it, you can have surgery," Wilson said of the injury resulting from a collision in Friday's exhibition game against Anaheim. "Until that's fully determined, there won't be a decision made."

Torres, who had been working hard to overcome his NHL bad-boy reputation, sparked the Sharks after being acquired from Phoenix at last spring's trade deadline. But a hit on the Kings' Jarret Stoll earned Torres a series-long suspension in the second round of the playoffs, and without him the Sharks lost in seven games to Los Angeles.

Friday, Torres was hurt when he and the Ducks' Emerson Etem collided. Etem had been trying to stay onside and extended his leg behind him as he entered the San Jose zone. Torres was skating behind Etem and ran into his leg, sending both to the ice.

Mercury advances on Griner's basket

• Rookie Brittney Griner made a turnaround jumper with 4.9 seconds left, lifting the Phoenix Mercury over the host Los Angeles Sparks 78-77 in the decisive third game of the WNBA's Western Conference semifinals. Phoenix visits Minnesota to open the best-of-three conference finals Thursday.

• Erika de Souza scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter as the host Atlanta Dream beat the Washington Mystics 80-72 in the decisive third game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Atlanta hosts Indiana to open the conference finals Thursday.

Cowan wins opening U.S. Senior match

Rocklin's Lynne Cowan beat Juvy Timan of Watsonville 2 and 1 in the first round of match play at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin. Cowan will play Tanna Richard of Fort Smith, Ark., in today's round of 32.

"I had this (championship) on my calendar for two and a half years," Cowan, who turned 50 this year, told the United States Golf Association. "I did the math, figured it out. I have been anticipating it for quite a while."

General

• Cornell officials said the hazing that resulted in the cancellation of the men's lacrosse team's fall season included underclassmen being made to chug beer to the point where some of them vomited.

• Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand. He made his first college start in Saturday's 31-17 loss to Florida and threw two interceptions and fumbled once before being replaced late in the first half by Justin Worley, who started the first three games.

• Novak Djokovic is No. 1 in the ATP Tour rankings for the 100th week. He is the ninth player to reach the milestone, joining Andre Agassi (101 weeks), Rafael Nadal (102), Bjorn Borg (109), John McEnroe (170), Jimmy Connors (268), Ivan Lendl (270), Pete Sampras (286) and Roger Federer (302).

– San Jose Mercury News, The Associated Press, Bee Sports staff

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