Illinois senior point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second consecutive season because of an injury, a damaging blow to the men's basketball team's hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament.
Coach John Groce said Abrams tore his left Achilles during practice Monday and surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday. Abrams missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
"My heart goes out to Tracy," Groce said of Abrams, who averaged 10.7 points per game in 2013-14. "He went through so much the last 10 months fighting back from a torn ACL to return to the court this summer in preparation for the upcoming season."
The injury leaves Illinois with junior Jaylon Tate starting at point guard. Tate shared the spot last season in Abrams' absence, averaging 3.6 points and 3.0 assists per game as the Illini went 19-14 and ended up in the NIT.
Penguins, Canucks make deal
The Pittsburgh Penguins sent versatile center Brandon Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Nick Bonino and defenseman Alex Clendening. The teams also swapped 2016 draft picks.
Pittsburgh also signed veteran forward Eric Fehr to a three-year deal in a pair of moves that give the Penguins needed forward depth, particularly along the bottom two lines.
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said the two moves "went hand in hand" as the team retools. Shipping Sutter, 26, for the less-expensive Bonino while also adding Fehr gives coach Mike Johnston more flexibility.
• Philadelphia signed center Sean Couturier to a multiyear contract extension. The 22-year-old Couturier had a 15 goals last season.
Mexico fires another coach
Mexican men's soccer national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter's claim that the man known as "El Piojo" punched him.
The ouster came only two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the Gold Cup. But Decio de Maria, who on Saturday becomes president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, said the incident with the journalist was not in keeping with "the spirit of fair and respectful competition" the organization espouses.
Herrera is the latest to depart from what has become a revolving-door job since Ricardo La Volpe was the last to complete a four-year World Cup cycle as head of the team. Mexico has burned through 10 coaches in the nine years.
AROUND THE HORN
Minnesota Scene: The second round of the Women's State Amateur golf tournament at Interlachen Country Club was canceled. The third round is scheduled to be held Wednesday.
Golf: Fighting off tears while meeting with media before this week's PGA Tour Quicken Loans Memorial in Gainesville, Va., Billy Hurley III delivered the stunning news that his father, retired police officer Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing since July 19. "My dad took some clothes, he took some cash, he got in his truck and drove away and no one has heard from him since," he said. "No one really knows why."
College football: South Dakota starting quarterback Kevin Earl will miss what would have been his senior season because of a lingering back injury, coach Joe Glenn said. The Coyotes are turning the offense over to junior Ryan Saeger, who started four games in 2014.
NBA: The Wisconsin state Assembly voted to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that politicians lauded as good for the state and city. The vote passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote.
Tennis: The first stop of Mardy Fish's farewell tour ended quickly with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Dudi Sela in the Atlanta Open. It was Fish's second competitive match of the year. The Edina native said he will retire after the U.S. Open, and he also disclosed details of his battles with anxiety disorder.