Injured Duncan won't be sidelined for long

The Baltimore Sun

Tim Duncan most likely will miss no more than a few games after injuring his right ankle and knee.

The San Antonio Spurs star was hurt against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, and the team said his magnetic resonance imaging came back negative yesterday.

He has a sprained right ankle and will miss tomorrow's game against Dallas, San Antonio spokesman Tom James said. The injury will be reassessed this week.

Knicks -- Stephon Marbury played the second half of New York's loss to Phoenix on Sunday night unaware his father had been taken to a hospital, where he died before the game ended. Don Marbury was taken from Madison Square Garden to St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center during halftime, reportedly because of chest pains. Stephon Marbury learned of his father's death from a family friend minutes after the game.

Jazz -- Utah reached an agreement with Jerry Sloan, 65, on a one-year contract extension that will keep the coach on the team's sideline through next season. Sloan has coached the Jazz since 1988.

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