Around the Nation (Feb. 26): Sternum injury sidelines NASCAR's Annett

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AUTO RACING

Annett out indefinitely with sternum injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Michael Annett has a fracture and dislocation of his sternum that will require surgery. Aric Almirola will replace him in the Nationwide Series this weekend at Phoenix.

Annett was injured in a wreck during the Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona. He spent one night in the hospital, but was seen Tuesday by two different doctors in North Carolina who diagnosed the injury.

Annett will not be able to compete for an indefinite amount of time. Almirola will drive the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford, and Richard Petty Motorsports will evaluate its options moving forward.

Annett was injured in an accident that stopped the race for nearly 20 minutes. It was before the last-lap accident in which debris from a car injured more than two dozen fans.

Fans injured at race explore legal options

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three fans injured last weekend during a NASCAR race the day before the Daytona 500 have hired a lawyer, but some experts say they could face tough obstacles in winning damages.

Matt Morgan, the lawyer for the fans, said Tuesday that his clients are exploring a possible lawsuit. He said any potential action would focus on the safety fence used on the track at Daytona International Speedway.

Morgan says he hopes something can be worked out with NASCAR to avoid a lawsuit.

Some experts say there could be grounds for a lawsuit, and that courts have looked past liability waivers written on the backs of sporting event tickets. Others maintain a ticket is a legal contract that could be hard to overcome in a suit.

BASKETBALL

Coach K says he won't be back as U.S. coach

NEW YORK -- Mike Krzyzewski says again he doesn't plan to return as U.S. men's basketball coach after leading the Americans to two Olympic gold medals.

Saying "my stance hasn't changed," Krzyzewski tells ESPN Radio on Tuesday he expects USA Basketball to name a new coach this summer.

The Hall of Fame Duke coach said during and after last summer's Olympics that he wasn't planning to return to the position he's held with the national team since 2005. However, he still hasn't confirmed that decision with USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, who has said they will talk after the college season.

Krzyzewski led the Americans to Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, and a world basketball championship in 2010. He tells ESPN Radio that he's "loved, loved, loved" holding the job.

Jordan purchases $2.8M in Cornelius, NC

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has purchased a 12,310-square-foot lakefront home in Cornelius, N.C., for $2.8 million.

The home is about 22 miles north of uptown Charlotte where the Bobcats play their home games and where Jordan owns a spacious condo.

Public records show the home, which had been foreclosed, was purchased Feb. 19 by the Jordan Family Gift Trust from First Community Bank.

The home is located on Lake Norman and the seventh hole of The Peninsula Golf Club. The listing states it features six bedrooms and eight bathrooms and a "stunning panoramic lake views from almost every room."

It is the latest real estate investment for Jordan.

Last year he purchased a 28,000-square foot home in Jupiter, Fla., for $12.8 million after selling his mansion in Chicago.

Bucks susp. Samuel Dalembert one game

DALLAS -- The Milwaukee Bucks have suspended center Samuel Dalembert for one game for what the team calls "a violation of team policy."

General manager John Hammond announced the penalty on Tuesday. The Bucks say Dalembert will serve his suspension during the Bucks' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Dalembert is averaging 7.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and just 16.7 minutes per game this season. Dalembert came to the Bucks in a trade with Houston last summer, but quickly saw his role reduced with the emergence of Larry Sanders at center.

Dalembert had a couple of very big games earlier this month while filling in for the injured Sanders. He also had 35 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to Denver on Feb. 5.

Hammond did not give a specific reason for the suspension.

ICE HOCKEY

Kings trade Gagne back to Philadelphia

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have traded struggling left wing Simon Gagne to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional draft pick.

The defending Stanley Cup champions and the Flyers announced the deal Tuesday.

Gagne hasn't scored a goal in 11 games this season, his second with Los Angeles. The seven-time 20-goal scorer has been a healthy scratch recently.

Gagne missed several months with his latest concussion last season for the Kings, but returned in the Stanley Cup finals and contributed to the Kings' first championship.

Gagne spent his first 10 NHL seasons with Philadelphia, scoring a career-high 47 goals during the 2005-06 season. The Flyers traded him to Tampa Bay in 2010, and the Kings signed him a year later.

Stars send Ryder to Habs for Erik Cole

COLUMBUS -- Less than 24 hours after picking up a career-best three assists in a loss at Nashville, the Dallas Stars have dealt right wing Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Erik Cole in a swap of veteran forwards.

The Canadiens confirmed the trade Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old Ryder has six goals and eight assists in 19 games this year for the Stars. The 24-year-old Cole has three goals and three assists in 19 games for the Canadiens.

Ryder will be returning to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round (216th overall) of the 1998 draft.

The deal was announced just before the Stars took the ice to play the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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