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  • Thunder's Westbrook has knee surgery, out 4-6 wks
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  • Thunder's Westbrook has knee surgery, out 4-6 wks
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the NBA season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.
    General Manager Sam Presti said the three-time All-Star had knee swelling that would not subside, and the procedure was intended to solve the problem. He said doctors determined that a loose stitch was to blame for the swelling, that Westbrook's lateral meniscus has healed properly and the procedure was successful.
    Westbrook also had surgery in May to repair cartilage in his right knee after he was hurt in Game 2 of Oklahoma City's first-round playoff series with Houston. He had had never missed a game in his five NBA seasons before the injury.
    Westbrook averaged 23.2 points and 7.4 assists per game last season, but he wound up watching the Thunder's second-round playoff exit to Memphis from the bench.
    Westbrook was hurt on April 24 when Rockets rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal as Westbrook stopped to call a timeout in the second quarter of Game 2.
    Titans: No major damage, Locker out 'a few weeks'
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While Jake Locker will miss a "few weeks" with a sprained hip, coach Mike Munchak says the Titans are encouraged by how the quarterback already is moving around.
    Exactly how many games Locker misses depends on how quickly he recovers.
    The Titans released a statement earlier Tuesday, saying a second MRI exam was "reassuring" and confirmed Locker did not suffer major damage to his hip joint. Locker sprained his right hip and also his right knee.
    Locker currently is the third-ranked quarterback in the AFC by passer rating behind Denver's Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers of San Diego. Locker currently has a 99 passer rating and is completing a career-high 62.2 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions.
    PORTLAND — The Arena Football League is returning to Portland.
    A news conference to announce the new franchise was scheduled for today. The team is owned by Terry W. Emmert, chief executive of Clackamas-based Emmert International, a transport and relocation company.
    Emmert says there will be a contest to name the team, which will play starting in March at the former Rose Garden Arena.
    Portland was home to the AFL's Forest Dragons for three seasons until 1999. That team eventually became the Oklahoma Wranglers, who folded in 2001.
    Compiled from wire reports
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