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Surgery for Embiid…Miss. St. hires Leach…Huskies lose Green…Sharks’ Couture sidelined

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid  will have surgery today for a torn ligament in his left ring finger and will be evaluated in one to two weeks. Embiid injured the radial collateral ligament in the first half Monday night against Oklahoma City. He is averaging 23.4 points and 12.3 rebounds in 31 games this season.

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi State has hired Washington State’s Mike Leach as its new head football coach, replacing Joe Moorhead. Leach took over a program that had been mired in the Pac-12 basement and went to five straight bowl games, including a school-record 11 victories in 2018. He finished 55-47 in eight seasons with the Cougars and is 139-90 as a college coach for both Washington State and Texas Tech.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Washington guard Quade Green has been ruled academically ineligible by the school and will miss the rest of the regular season. Green will still be eligible to practice with the team and could return in late March should he regain his academic standing. The loss of Green is a huge blow to Washington’s NCAA Tournament hopes. He was averaging 11.6 points and led the team in assists while starting 14 of 15 games.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose Sharks captain and leading scorer Logan Couture will miss about six weeks after breaking his left ankle when he crashed into the boards during Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at St. Louis. He collided with Blues defenseman Vince Dunn, causing Couture to slam into the boards. The 30-year-old forward has scored 14 goals and 36 points in 45 games this season.

HONOLULU (AP) — Collin Morikawa was the clubhouse leader when the first round of the PGA’s Sony Open was suspended by darkness. Morikawa got through the relentless 30 mph wind without a bogey for a 5-under 65 and a two-shot lead over Matt Jones, Ted Potter Jr., Ryan Palmer and Sam Ryder. Justin Thomas struggled early in the wind and had to keep it together for a 72.

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