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UK's Cauley-Stein has 'minor procedure' on knee

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UK's Cauley-Stein has 'minor procedure' on knee

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein was ruled out of Saturday night's game after a ``minor procedure'' on an old injury to his left knee.

The 7-foot freshman forward did not practice Friday before the Wildcats (11-5, 2-1) left for Auburn and a Southeastern Conference game against the Tigers.

Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy, citing privacy laws, would give no details about Thursday's procedure, including whether it was surgery.

Coach John Calipari said it was an old injury that Cauley-Stein could have played through, but the coaching staff decided to ``play it safe'' and address it now.

Cauley-Stein had started the Wildcats' last five games and is averaging 7.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in nearly 21 minutes per game this season. His 31 blocks rank third in the SEC.

``It just happened to where, all right, let's go'' get it fixed, Calipari said. ``But it's all good. We're one short for a short while. Thank God, it was nothing major.''

Cauley-Stein played just 15 minutes in Kentucky's 75-65 victory over Tennessee on Tuesday night, his lowest total since logging 13 minutes against Baylor on Dec. 1. In his previous four games - all starts alongside fellow freshman Nerlens Noel - he had averaged 24.8 minutes per game.

Cauley-Stein had been playing with discomfort recently, Calipari said.

``There were times where he was like, `You've got to get me out,''' the coach said. ``We had a shoot-around the other day and he stopped, and I said, `What are you doing?' Just walking around. Again, nothing major, just an old thing he never did anything about.

``We could have been, `You're fine, put the knee sleeve on and go,' but that's not how we operate here. If I err, I'm going to err on the side of the kid. Let's just be safe.''

Peevy also said senior reserve guard Twany Beckham is out with a lower back injury. Junior guard Jon Hood returned to practice Thursday from an illness that sidelined him for the past six games.

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Ovi named top dog of NHL's Three Stars of the Week

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Ovi named top dog of NHL's Three Stars of the Week

The red hot Alex Ovechkin is clicking on all cylinders in season 14 and not showing any signs of slowing down. 

The 33-year-old leads the NHL with 29 goals, including one during Saturday's shootout victory over the Sabres, making it six consecutive games he's found the back of the net. 

Not only has Ovechkin scored, but he's scored in droves. Back-to-back hat tricks (Detroit, Carolina) are a big reason why the Great Eight has popped off for nine goals over the last five Capital games. 

Oh, and when he isn't notching hat tricks...catch him sitting courtside for Wizards games. 

For Ovi's efforts, he was named top dog of the National Hockey League's Three Stars of the Week. 

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Wizards' trade for Trevor Ariza, sending Kelly Oubre to Suns, now official

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For the second time in his career, Trevor Ariza is a member of the Washington Wizards. The trade to send Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers to Phoenix in exchange for Ariza was made official on Monday, two days after the teams reached an agreement in principle.

The Wizards played a game during that time, a win over the Lakers on Sunday. Because the deal was not official, head coach Scott Brooks could not comment when addressing the media. 

Up next are the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, with Ariza eligible to make his season debut with the team.

Ariza, 33, comes to Washington in his 15th NBA season. He is averaging 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 36 percent from three. He is also shooting just 37.9 percent from the field, the lowest mark of his career.

The Wizards hope Ariza can help shore up their perimeter defense and provide a change to their locker room chemistry. He had two of the best seasons in his career with the Wizards back in 2012-13 and 2013-14. The Wizards were one of the best defensive teams in basketball at the time.

While Ariza will likely debut against the Hawks on Tuesday, it will not be long until the Wizards see Oubre and Rivers again. They return to Washington this Saturday, as the Wizards host the Suns in their first meeting with the team of this season.

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