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Sports briefs for Jan. 13, 2014

By Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Spurs guard Green out four weeks

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green suffered a fractured left hand in Sunday’s game against Minnesota on Sunday and will be out of action about four weeks, the team announced Monday.

An X-ray and MRI revealed that Green has a nondisplaced fracture of his second metacarpal.

Green has played in 38 games this season, including 28 as a starter, and is averaging 7.4 points and 3.0 rebounds. He averaged a career-high 10.5 points last season.

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has missed the past few games with hamstring tightness, but he is expected to return soon.

Thunder star Durant dealing with sore wrist

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant did not practice Monday because of an injury to his left wrist.

Durant was hurt after falling hard during Saturday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

“He didn’t go through practice today, just did some light shooting,” coach Scott Brooks said.

The injury is to Durant’s non-shooting wrist and is not believed to be anything other than soreness.

Durant hit the floor while attempting to get a rebound. He was 1-for-9 shooting at the time of the injury. He stayed in the game and wound up with a game-high 33 points in the Thunder’s 101-85 victory.

“It was a scary fall,” forward Nick Collison said. “Sometimes you land badly, sometimes you land OK and luckily for us he was OK.”

Brooks would not say if Durant would play Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

NCAA to discuss granting stipends to players

College football players from the five major conferences are one step closer to receiving stipends.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Monday there is a “reasonable chance” that players in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC will be able to receive the full cost of attendance if the conferences are granted autonomy after the upcoming NCAA convention.

After speaking at the American Football Coaches Association, Emmert said he believes that giving stipends to athletes is “less controversial” and “less threatening” than in previous years.

More than 1,000 presidents, commissioners, athletic directors and other athletic department officials are scheduled to meet in San Diego later this week. Part of the convention’s agenda includes discussing the possibility of allowing schools with the resources to pay football players stipends. The NCAA board consists of 17 school presidents.

Laettner jersey sells for $119,500

The jersey worn by Duke’s Christian Laettner when he made one of the most memorable shots in college basketball history recently sold for $119,500 at a Lelands.com auction.

Laettner’s No. 32 jersey went up for auction in late December with a posted starting bid of $100,000.

The jersey was worn by Laettner during Duke’s 104-103 overtime win over Kentucky in the NCAA regional finals on March 28, 1992.

The buyer requested anonymity, according to CBS Sports.

Other items that sold at the auction included a Honus Wagner card for $657,250 and Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Rookie of the Year award for $401,968.

Eagles WR Jackson offers $50,000 reward

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is offering a $50,000 reward for information in helping find those responsible for burglarizing his home last week, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Burglars broke into Jackson’s South Philadelphia home while he was away on vacation and reportedly stole $250,000 in cash, $125,000 in jewelry and two semi-automatic handguns.

The cash and jewelry were taken from safes in the home, which is located near the Eagles’ practice facility. A third safe was reported missing.

“DeSean is clearly upset that his home was burglarized while he was out of town on vacation. He has always felt very safe in his community, and it concerns him someone would victimize his place of residence,” Jackson’s publicist, Denise White, said in a statement. “He had personal items, jewelry and a small amount of money taken in the burglary; however, the amount that has been previously reported is inaccurate.”

There were reportedly no signs of forced entry at his home. Jackson’s mother discover the robbery.

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