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Updated Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 01:31 AM

Lauren Jackson undergoes hamstring surgery | A.M. Briefing

WNBA

Jackson undergoes surgery

Basketball Australia said Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson is expected to make a full recovery from a persistent right hamstring injury after undergoing surgery in Melbourne this week.

Jackson was advised to undergo surgery after a series of tests to ascertain the full extent of the injury, which she first suffered while playing with the Australian team in the lead-up to the London Olympics and aggravated playing for Seattle.

Orthopedic surgeon David Young said Jackson's surgery was "highly successful," with several problems being addressed. The medical opinion is that she will make a full recovery.

Jackson, a three-time WNBA most valuable player, was supposed to begin a three-season deal with Australian club Canberra this year but has not been able to take the court.

"I'm very happy that I've now had this operation, and I'm delighted with the medical opinion that I should be able to make a full recovery," Jackson said in a statement.

College football

EWU's Kaufman leaving early

Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman will skip his senior season and make himself eligible for the NFL draft. The school said the two-time All-American has signed with an agent.

Also leaving a year early will be EWU quarterback Kyle Padron.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive end Darrington Sentimore also are bypassing their senior seasons.

Clemson QB returning

Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Tajh Boyd, a junior quarterback, will return to Clemson for his senior season.

Michigan All-America offensive tackle Taylor Lewan also announced he will return for his senior season.

Shafer named Syracuse coach

Scott Shafer is the new coach at Syracuse. The defensive coordinator the past four years for the Orange, Shafer succeeds Doug Marrone, who resigned to become the coach of the Buffalo Bills.

NHL

Owners approve labor deal

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman secured unanimous ownership support for the pending labor deal, then apologized to everyone hurt by the long lockout.

The league's board of governors met in a Manhattan hotel and overwhelmingly approved the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the lockout.

Players are expected to vote on the deal Friday and Saturday. If a majority of the more than 700 members in good standing agree to the terms, training camps can open Sunday. A 48-game season is likely to begin Jan. 19.

Maple Leafs fire GM Burke

The Toronto Maple Leafs fired general manager Brian Burke. Toronto has not made the playoffs since Burke was hired in 2008. He will stay in the front office as a senior adviser.

Cycling

Report: Armstrong met

with doping officials

Lance Armstrong recently met with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to explore a "pathway to redemption," according to a report on "60 Minutes Sports" dealing with the investigation that cost the cyclist his Tour de France titles.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart, in an interview that aired Wednesday on Showtime, didn't discuss the meeting on camera and provided no details, including when it was held and where. The only mention, with no elaboration, came at the end of the segment.

The New York Times reported last week that Armstrong and Tygart had been meeting about a possible confession. Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, denied the meetings had taken place.

Tennis

Isner out of Australian Open

John Isner has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a knee injury, leaving No. 22 Sam Querrey as the highest-ranked U.S. man at the season's first Grand Slam tournament.

Isner, who spent 18 weeks in the top 10 before finishing last year at No. 14, injured his right knee at the Hopman Cup last week and had to withdraw. He lost to fellow American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4 at the Sydney International.

Meanwhile, Querrey's booming serve carried him past Jesse Levine of Canada 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and into the semifinals of the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand.

Elsewhere

Diana Taurasi was chosen USA Basketball's female athlete of the year for 2012 after leading the Americans to a fifth straight Olympic gold medal. LeBron James was the USA Basketball male athlete of the year.

• Well-traveled coaching veteran Ted Roof left Penn State after one season as defensive coordinator for the same job at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

• An attorney for Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks said police will not file charges against his client after investigating a sexual-assault allegation.

• Swansea beat Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of the English League Cup semifinals.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third hat trick of the season and 18th of his Real Madrid career, advancing his club into the Copa de Rey quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over Celta Vigo for a 5-2 aggregate victory.

• D.C. United signed Brazilian striker Rafael as a designated player on loan for one year.

• Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia beat big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, Australia, advancing to a semifinal against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

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