Pascal Dupuis' latest comeback is on hold.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Tuesday the 36-year-old will miss four to five weeks because of a lower-body injury. The former Wild forward was limited to 16 games during the 2014-15 season because of blood clots and missed the second half of the 2013-14 season because of a knee injury.
Dupuis was expected to play on the third line with Nick Bonino and David Perron. Beau Bennett likely will move up to the third line when Pittsburgh plays at Dallas in the season opener on Thursday.
Dupuis was one of the most durable members of the Penguins until tearing the ACL in his right knee against Ottawa on Dec. 23, 2013. He was off to a solid start last fall with seven goals in 16 games before the clotting issue was discovered.
•Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss a handful of games at the start of the season as he works his way back from hip surgery. … The Devils will retire the No. 30 jersey of goaltender Martin Brodeur and also erect a statue of their longtime goaltender during ceremonies at the game on Feb. 9 against the Oilers. … The Blackhawks placed defenseman Michal Rozsival (broken ankle) on long-term injured reserve.
Kidd-Gilchrist to have surgery
The Hornets announced that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The team isn't saying how long he'll be out.
Kidd-Gilchrist, who also dislocated the shoulder in Saturday night's preseason game against Orlando, was slated to start at small forward this season.
Clifford hasn't decided who'll replace Kidd-Gilchrist but says Nicolas Batum is expected to see more action than expected at small forward. Batum was going to start at shooting guard.
Injured linebacker to turn pro
Injured UCLA linebacker Myles Jack dropped out of school, and he plans to enter the NFL draft next year. UCLA coach Jim Mora expressed trepidation about the injured Jack's decision.
"He's taking his chips and he's shoving them into the middle," Mora said. "We hope that he draws a good hand. At least I do."
Jack is out for the rest of his junior season after tearing a ligament in his knee during a noncontact drill in practice last month. He was a starting linebacker and a frequent running back for the Bruins during his first two seasons, showcasing his electrifying athleticism on both sides of the ball.
•Jackson State fired coach Harold Jackson less than two seasons into his tenure. The Tigers had a 6-11 record over the past season and a half, including a 1-4 mark this season.
•A judge dismissed simple assault charges against Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo after the woman said she didn't want to testify.
AROUND THE HORN
College basketball: St. John's men's coach Chris Mullin announced that fellow Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond has joined the coaching staff as a special assistant. Mullin and Richmond were teammates with the Golden State Warriors in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Soccer: Substitute Jerome Kiesewetter sparked the offense with a goal and an assist in the second half, and the United States beat Panama 4-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying. Scoreless at halftime, the U.S. caught a break early in the second half when Panama defender Fidel Escobar knocked in a crossing shot. Kiesewetter scored three minutes later and Jordan Morris right after that. Luis Gil wrapped up the scoring by converting a penalty kick.