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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, January 28 ===
 
 
                === Hornets' Walker has surgery, out 6 weeks ===
 
 Charlotte,  NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Charlotte Hornets announced Wednesday
 that  Kemba Walker  underwent  successful  surgery to  repair  a torn  lateral
 meniscus in his left knee.
 
 Walker is expected to be sidelined a minimum of six weeks.
 
 The  fourth-year point  guard  is  the Hornets'  leading  scorer this  season,
 averaging  18.8 points in 42 games. He also tops the club with 5.2 assists and
 1.4 steals per game.
 
 
         === Nets' Teletovic to be discharged, full recovery likely ===
 
 Brooklyn,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Brooklyn  Nets forward Mirza Teletovic is
 expected  to  be discharged from a  Los Angeles hospital Wednesday after being
 diagnosed with multiple blood clots in his lungs last week.
 
 Teletovic  left Thursday's  123-84  loss to  the  Clippers after  experiencing
 shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital.
 
 Nets  team physician  Dr.  Michel  Farber provided  an  update on  Teletovic's
 condition Wednesday in a statement issued by the club.
 
 "Mirza  was diagnosed  with pulmonary embolus on January 22 and started on the
 appropriate  medications  for this condition," the statement read. "Diagnostic
 testing  was  arranged and he  was then observed  until testing showed that he
 reached the expected therapeutic range.  We are pleased to say that he reports
 no symptoms at this time and that he will be discharged to return home today.
 
 "This  was  a true collaborative effort  between our medical team and training
 staff  and  the local physicians  at the Los  Angeles hospital where Mirza was
 treated.  I am  really pleased with how Mirza has progressed. We will evaluate
 him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange
 for further testing if necessary.
 
 "I expect Mirza to make a full recovery."
 
 Teletovic,  who will miss the remainder of the season, averaged 8.5 points and
 4.9 rebounds in 40 games.
 
 
        === Wiggins, Carter-Williams highlight Rising Stars rosters ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Reigning NBA  Rookie  the Year  Michael
 Carter-Williams and Andrew Wiggins, the current favorite to win the award this
 season, highlight the selections for the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge.
 
 In  a new  format, 20 players will take  part in the game as members of either
 the  U.S. Team  or  World Team.  The  contest will  be played  on  Feb. 13  at
 Brooklyn's Barclays Center, two days before the NBA All-Star Game.
 
 Carter-Williams,  the face  of the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers, is averaging
 15.3  points,  7.1 assists  and 6.0  rebounds per  game. Wiggins, picked first
 overall  in  the 2014 draft, has  improved his game  after a slow start. In 14
 January  games, the Minnesota Timberwolves forward is averaging 19.7 points on
 46.6 percent shooting.
 
 Joining  Carter-Williams  on the  U.S. squad are  76ers teammate Nerlens Noel,
 Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, Timberwolves teammates Zach LaVine
 and  Shabazz  Muhammad, Utah's Trey Burke, Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,
 Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and Charlotte's Cody Zeller.
 
 Noel  leads all rookies in rebounds, steals and blocks per game, while Oladipo
 is the sophomore class' leading scorer.
 
 Wiggins  will be joined on the World squad by Minnesota teammate Gorgui Dieng,
 Jazz  teammates Dante  Exum and  Rudy  Gobert, Oklahoma  City's Steven  Adams,
 Milwaukee's  Giannis  Antetokounmpo,  Brooklyn's Bojan  Bogdanovic,  Chicago's
 Nikola Mirotic, Boston's Kelly Olynyk and Atlanta's Dennis Schroder.
 
 The  U.S.  team will be coached  by Golden State assistant Alvin Gentry, while
 Atlanta assistant Kenny Atkinson is in charge of the World squad.
 
 Timberwolves  forward Anthony  Bennett, chosen with the first pick in the 2013
 draft, was not invited to the game in either season he was eligible.
 
 
             === Spurs sign Reggie Williams to 10-day contract ===
 
 San  Antonio,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - The San  Antonio Spurs signed forward
 Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract on Wednesday.
 
 The 28-year-old Williams has appeared in 180 games for Golden State, Charlotte
 and  Oklahoma City  during his five-year career. Known for his shooting touch,
 Williams  is a career 37.1 percent 3-point shooter and has averaged 8.5 points
 and 2.6 rebounds.
 
 In  13 games  this season with the NBA D-League's Oklahoma City Blue, Williams
 was averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
 
 
                    === Blue Jackets place F Morin on IR ===
 
 Columbus,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward
 Jeremy Morin on injured reserve Wednesday.
 
 Morin  will  be sidelined  indefinitely  with  an upper-body  injury,  general
 manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.
 
 The  23-year-old  Morin has a  goal and  two assists in  17 games for the Blue
 Jackets since being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 14.
 
 
           === Isles' Clutterbuck fined for diving/embellishment ===
 
 New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck
 was fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment by the NHL on Wednesday.
 
 Under NHL Rule 64, players can be fined for embellishment if they are cited by
 the  league twice. Clutterbuck's first citation came on Dec. 6 against the St.
 Louis Blues.
 
 The   second  incident  came  when  Clutterbuck  drew  a  hooking  penalty  on
 Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek in a Jan. 19 game.
 
 Clutterbuck was not assessed an on-ice penalty for either incident. Subsequent
 embellishment citations will result in larger fines.
 
 
                  === White Sox bring back Gordon Beckham ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms
 on a one-year, $2-million contract with infielder Gordon Beckham.
 
 Beckham  hit  .226 with 27 doubles,  nine homers and  44 RBI in 127 games last
 season  with the White Sox and Los Angeles Angels. He was traded to the Angels
 on Aug. 21.
 
 The  28-year-old  Beckham is a career  .245 hitter with 149 doubles, 63 homers
 and 284 RBI in 765 games with the White Sox and Angels. He was selected in the
 first round (eighth overall) of the 2008 draft.
 
 "Adding  Gordon  improves the depth and  flexibility of our roster," said Rick
 Hahn,  White  Sox senior  vice president/general manager.  "We are thrilled to
 have  him back. Like Emilio Bonifacio, Gordon brings the ability to play solid
 defense  at  multiple positions or  play on an  everyday basis should the need
 arise.  This  also gives Robin  the ability  to play matchups more effectively
 when setting the lineup."
 
 The  White Sox  also designated  outfielder Dayan  Viciedo for  assignment. He
 batted .231 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 145 games last season.
 
 
               === Djokovic to meet Wawrinka in Aussie semis ===
 
 Melbourne,  Australia (SportsNetwork.com)  - Four-time champion Novak Djokovic
 handled  Milos  Raonic,  while  Stan  Wawrinka kept  his  hopes  of  a  repeat
 Australian   Open  title  alive  by  besting  fifth-seeded  Kei  Nishikori  in
 straight sets on Wednesday.
 
 The  world No.  1 Djokovic  dismissed the  eighth-seeded Canadian  star Raonic
 7-6  (7-5),  6-4, 6-2, while the  fourth-seeded Wawrinka fired 20 aces and was
 broken  just once in  a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) quarterfinal victory over the U.S.
 Open runner-up Nishikori at Rod Laver Arena.
 
 The 27-year-old Djokovic is bidding to become the second man in history to win
 the  Australian Open for the fifth time, joining Aussie great Roy Emerson. The
 Belgrade  native  won his first major  title in Melbourne in 2008 and followed
 with  three  successive victories  in 2011-13.  He has a  48-6 match record at
 Melbourne Park.
 
 Djokovic  still has  yet  to drop  a  set in  his ruthless  run  at this  2015
 fortnight.  He  is through to his  25th Grand Slam semifinal, one behind Andre
 Agassi for the fourth most in the Open Era.
 
 Djokovic  improved  to 5-0  against Raonic,  as he doused  the Canadian in two
 hours.  The Serb  was not at his best  in the first set, not quite finding his
 timing  under  the lights at Laver.  But a costly forehand unforced error from
 Raonic  at 5-6  in the tiebreak --  having just saved two set points -- gifted
 the Serb the opener.
 
 From there, Djokovic was clinical. He lost just two points on serve in each of
 the second and third sets, while breaking Raonic three times in total.
 
 "It  was a close  first set, but I thought I had more chances in the first set
 than  him," said Djokovic. "Managed to stay tough in the right moments and win
 the  crucial first  set. Obviously  winning it  in a  tiebreak and  making the
 break of serve first game of the second set was definitely huge really for me.
 I  could start swinging through a little bit more, be more aggressive into the
 court. After that first game of the second set I played a great match."
 
 The  24-year-old Raonic was looking to become the first Canadian in history to
 reach the Aussie Open semis. The Toronto resident reached his first Grand Slam
 semi last year at Wimbledon, losing to Roger Federer.
 
 "I  just  think [the first set]  gave him a  bit more belief," said Raonic. "I
 wish  I would have served better in certain moments, but I didn't lose because
 of  my  serve. He just didn't  allow me to organize  my game. Even when he was
 returning  well,  by the end of  the match he was  doing a good job of playing
 deep  and never allowing me to go forward. Obviously if you watch the footage,
 he was pretty much on the baseline the whole time and I was further back."
 
 The  reigning Wimbledon  champion Djokovic  is  seeking an  eighth Grand  Slam
 title.
 
 A  five-set thriller  was played between Wawrinka and Nishikori at last year's
 U.S. Open, and it was Nishikori who survived a 4-hour, 15-minute marathon.
 
 The  evenly-matched  opponents were  on the  court for less  than half that on
 Wednesday.
 
 The  defending champ  Wawrinka dominated  the  first set  and did  not face  a
 break  point until  he was  serving out  the second  ahead 5-4.  Nishikori had
 three  chances  at pulling  even, but Wawrinka's  overpowering serve closed it
 out.
 
 Nishikori  finally  earned a break early  in the third, but Wawrinka countered
 with  one of his own at love. Three aces early in the tiebreak helped Wawrinka
 jump out to a healthy 6-1 lead.
 
 After  staving off five match points, Nishikori hit a drop shot that fell into
 the net, and Wawrinka finished him off with another big ace.
 
 On  Friday, fans  will be hoping for another epic when Djokovic faces Wawrinka
 for  the third year in a row at Melbourne Park. Two years ago, Djokovic denied
 Wawrinka  12-10  in the fifth  set of a fourth-round  clash, but last year the
 Swiss got his revenge with a 9-7 fifth-set victory in the quarterfinals.
 
 "I  take a lot of confidence [into the match]," said Djokovic. "I try to carry
 that  in  every next match, next  challenge. Obviously I'm going to play Stan,
 who is the defending champion here. We played five-set matches at the 2013 and
 '14  Australian Opens.  I'm going to be  ready for a fight. But knowing that I
 have  raised  the level of performance  tonight, and probably playing the best
 match  of the tournament  so far is affecting my confidence in a positive way.
 Hopefully I can carry that into next one."
 
 Djokovic  is  16-3 lifetime  against Wawrinka,  including a  3-1 record at the
 majors.
 
 The  first  men's semifinal will be  staged on Thursday when sixth-seeded Andy
 Murray  takes  on seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych.  The big Czech is 6-4 lifetime
 against Murray, including 1-1 at the Slams.
 
 Murray is a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Aussie Open runner-up,
 while Berdych is a former Wimbledon finalist.
 
 
                    === Serena vs. Keys in Aussie semis ===
 
 Melbourne,   Australia  (SportsNetwork.com)   -  There  may  not  be  an  all-
 Williams   semifinal   at  the   Australian  Open,   but  two  Americans  will
 square   off  as  Serena  Williams  and  Madison  Keys  won  their  respective
 quarterfinal matches on Wednesday.
 
 The  reigning U.S.  Open champion Serena cruised past Dominika Cibulkova in 64
 minutes,  while  Keys continued her  impressive run  with a three-set win over
 a her childhood idol Venus at Melbourne Park.
 
 Serena  looks  poised for her sixth  Aussie title and 19th major overall after
 running through last year's Aussie runner-up Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-2.
 
 The  11th-seeded Cibulkova  stood no chance against the focused superstar, who
 fired 15 aces and 31 winners in the lopsided match.
 
 The world No. 1 Serena made her win look easy Wednesday despite suffering from
 a bad cold.
 
 "I've  been sick the past few days, and it's just getting worse and worse, but
 hopefully it will get better," she said. "I heard there's a virus going around
 with a lot of the players, and I think I caught it."
 
 Meanwhile,  the 19-year-old  Keys, who had never traveled past the third round
 at  a Grand  Slam, battled  through a  thigh injury  and overcame  45 unforced
 errors  to  pull out a  6-3, 4-6, 6-4  victory over her much-older countrymate
 Venus.
 
 The  unseeded Keys  cruised in  the  first set  but struggled  with the  thigh
 in  the second.  Venus took  that set  with an  ace, and  the third  fittingly
 went back-and-forth.
 
 The  former top-ranked star Venus, who was seeded 18th and came into the match
 9-0 on the year, twice went up a break, and Keys promptly answered with one of
 her own.
 
 Up  5-4  on Venus' serve, Keys  closed things out with four consecutive points
 at  love. On  match point, she caught  Venus on her heels with a deep forehand
 that was returned into the net.
 
 "It's  amazing, you  just have  to embrace  the moment,"  Keys said  after the
 match. "And I get to enjoy another moment next round."
 
 "Sky's  the  limit," Venus said  of Keys.  "There is no  limit on what you can
 achieve. No one can stop you."
 
 "Sometimes  you  may not win  every match,  but there's a  lot of them you can
 win,"  said the  seven-time Grand  Slam champ.  "Really, the  sky's the  limit
 for her and anyone out there."
 
 At  34-years-old, Venus was trying to become the oldest woman to reach a Grand
 Slam  semifinal in decades. She had her sights set on a potential eighth major
 and  a  Grand Slam  matchup with her  younger sister for  the first time since
 the 2009 Wimbledon final.
 
 Venus lost to Serena in the 2003 all-sibling Aussie Open final.
 
 Serena  and  Keys have  never met  before, while  the Thursday's other women's
 semifinal  will  pit second-seeded former  world No. 1 Maria Sharapova against
 10th-seeded  fellow  Russian Ekaterina  Makarova.  Sharapova  is 5-0  lifetime
 against  the left-handed Makarova, including quarterfinal wins at the last two
 Aussie Opens.
 
 Sharapova  owns  five major titles, including  last year's French Open and the
 2008 Aussie. She's also a two-time runner-up in Melbourne.
 
 
           === American Mattek-Sands reaches Aussie dubs final ===
 
 Melbourne,  Australia (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Friday's  women's doubles  final
 at  the  Australian Open  will pit 14th  seeds Chan Yung-Jan  and Zheng Jie of
 China  against  an unseeded  team of American  Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech
 Lucie Safarova.
 
 Wednesday's  semifinals  at  Melbourne  Park  saw Chan  and  Zheng  whip  13th
 seeds  Michaela  Krajicek  of  The Netherlands  and  Czech  Barbora  Zahlavova
 Strycova  6-3,  6-2 and  the  29-year-old  Minnesota native  Mattek-Sands  and
 Safarova  best  a  16th-seeded  German  duo of  Julia  Goerges  and  Anna-Lena
 Groenefeld 6-0, retired.
 
 Zheng  was  an Aussie and U.S.  Open doubles champ  in 2006, while Chan was an
 Aussie and U.S. Open doubles runner-up in 2007.
 
 The winning team here will split $575,000.
 
 
 
 
 01/28 15:27:34 ET