NHLDevils lose Parise

The struggling New Jersey Devils are going to be without Zach Parise for an undisclosed amount of time. Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello says the left wing needs arthroscopic knee surgery. Lamoriello did not say which knee is bothering Parise or when the surgery will be performed. He said the injury has been bothering him all season. Parise said in a recent interview that he hurt one of his knees skating in August. The Devils also announced that rookie center Jacob Josefson is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks because of a hand injury that will require surgery.

Staal injured again

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal, expected to return this week after missing 12 games with an infection in his right foot, needs surgery to repair a broken right hand and will be out for up to six weeks. Staal, who planned to make his season debut Wednesday at Dallas, was practicing Monday when he grimaced in pain after being struck by a puck.


Ex-player sentenced

A Belgrade court sentenced a former Binghamton University basketball player Monday to two years and three months in jail for beating a fellow American student into a coma. Miladin Kovacevic, 23, reached a plea bargain with the prosecution in September. Kovacevic was originally charged in the United States with beating Bryan Steinhauer of Brooklyn during a barroom brawl in May 2008. But he jumped bail and fled to Serbia, straining U.S.-Serbia relations after Belgrade refused to hand him over. The Serbian government eventually paid $900,000 to Steinhauer's family as part of an agreement that also called for putting Kovacevic on trial in Belgrade. - AP

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