Ben Simmons still has a chance to be an All-Star

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Ben Simmons still has a chance to be an All-Star

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and could miss much of the rest of the regular season.

The Wizards announced Tuesday that Wall would have the operation in Cleveland and that a timeline for his return would be determined afterward.

A person with direct knowledge of the injury said Wall could miss six to eight weeks. That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not release any estimate of the length of Wall's absence. Washington's last regular-season game is on April 11.

"It just proves that he wasn't the John that we know," backup guard Tomas Satoransky said. "His knee was bothering him all season long."

This is the latest knee problem for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky. Wall had surgery on both of his knees before last season.

Coach Scott Brooks delivered Tuesday's news to other players at a shootaround.

"The message is we just need guys to step up and take their game up a level. It's going to be tough without our best player," forward Markieff Morris said.

"By the time he comes back, we'll be in the playoff push," Morris said, "or just getting ready for the playoffs."

Wall is second on the Wizards in scoring this season, averaging 19.4 points, and is second in the league with 9.3 assists per game. In July, he agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension that starts with next season.

He was selected last week to participate in his fifth NBA All-Star game but now is expected to miss that event in Los Angeles next month, which opens up a spot for Ben Simmons to potentially become an All-Star. Commissioner Adam Silver will choose the Eastern Conference player who will replace Wall in the event.

Assuming Silver considers both frontcourt and backcourt players as a replacement for Wall, Simmons' competition for the spot figures to include Kemba Walker, Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond.

If Simmons is selected, he would play on Team LeBron and would be pitted against Joel Embiid, who will be playing for Team Stephen. 

The timing of the surgery gives Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld a chance to find a new point guard before the NBA trading deadline, which is Feb. 8.

In the meantime, reserves Satoransky and Tim Frazier figure to get additional playing time.

"We cannot panic about it," Satoransky said about the prospect of losing Wall for a lengthy absence.

"John is the main guy, so it's always tough to cover your main guy when he goes down," said Satoransky, who is averaging five points and 2.6 assists this season. "It's very challenging. Obviously, I like challenges, but it will (mean) a lot of responsibility."

The Washington Post first reported that Wall would be having a procedure on his knee.

He sat out Washington's most recent game, at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, because of a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. Earlier issues with the knee led him to sit out nine games in November and December, and he got platelet-rich plasma injections to try to cut down on the inflammation.

The Wizards entered Tuesday, when they were scheduled to host Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at night, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 27-22 record.

Led by its backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal, a first-time All-Star pick this season, Washington lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals each of the past two years.

Cody Asche's former agent fired for filming showers

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Cody Asche's former agent fired for filming showers

This is a weird story.

Jason Wood, the agent who at one point represented Cody Asche, has been fired by CSE Talent after allegations surfaced that he secretly filmed clients when they were using his shower.

A player who chose to not be identified recently discovered the camera in Wood's shower and called him out on it before promptly firing him, according to FanRag Sports.

"For over 32 years, CSE Talent has prided itself on our moral and ethical standards and have built a solid reputation within the industry. We take pride in working with people who represent these values," CSE President Danny Martoe said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that CSE Talent aligned itself with someone who didn't uphold these same standards, and therefore we chose to terminate with cause Wood's employment."

The MLB players' union is investigating Wood, who led CSE's baseball division since last April. The union, which certifies agents, said it will give Wood a chance to respond.

In addition to the ex-Phillie Asche, Wood also previously represented Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi and Mariners reliever David Phelps.

No. 9 Penn State headed to Fiesta Bowl; Temple to play in Gasparilla Bowl

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No. 9 Penn State headed to Fiesta Bowl; Temple to play in Gasparilla Bowl

For Temple, there was some suspense. For No. 9 Penn State, the only question was who they would play.

Both the Nittany Lions and Owls are officially bowl bound. Penn State learned Sunday that it will take on No. 12 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona. Temple will play Florida International in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

Penn State, in the hunt for the College Football Playoffs for most of the season, lost two straight heartbreakers, 39-38 to No. 5 Ohio State on Oct. 28, and 27-24 to No. 18 Michigan State on Nov. 4. The Nittany Lions won their last three games, capped off by a 66-3 drubbing of Maryland last Saturday.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley, once a top Heisman Trophy contender and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, leads the Penn State offense. He has rushed for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

Their opponents had their playoff hopes derailed by a 13-7 upset to Arizona State on Oct 14. Washington and Penn State last played in the 1983 Aloha Bowl, which the Nittany Lions won, 13-10. 

Temple sealed Bowl eligibility with a 45-22 win in its regular-season finale against Tulsa. The 6-6 Owls will face the 8-4 Florida International Panthers, who play in Conference USA. 

For the first time in school history, Temple will play in a bowl game for a third straight year.