MRI reveals multiple fractures in Ward's hand


MRI reveals multiple fractures in Ward's hand

Oakland boxer Andre Ward defeated Carl Froch to complete his undefeated run through the Super Six Tournament Saturday. After the fight, the nasty sight of his left was all the evidence you needed to know he earned it.

Thursday, Ward announced via Twitter that an MRI on that left hand revealed multiple fractures in the third and fifth metacarpal. The injured hand was put into a hard cast Thursday, which Ward will wear for the next two weeks. Once the cast is removed, Ward plans to rehab the hand and says he "should be fine."

Apparently, the injury occurred a week before the fight, although initial X-rays came back negative. Ward, though, knew something wasn't right. "I just knew it hurt like nobody's business," the Oakland boxer said on Twitter.

"We had to go with the fight," Ward continued on Twitter. "I knew I would further hurt my hand in the fight and I did in the sixth round. I bit down and continued to work, I had no choice."

Immediately following his victory, Ward said he "hit Froch on top of the head in the sixth round" and aggravated the hand injury.

Ward defeated Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Glen Johnson, Sakio Bika and finally Froch to reach the coveted status of the top 168-pound boxer in the world.

The win over Froch catapulted Ward through the year-end awards, earning him a co-share of the pound-for-pound NorCal boxing crown.

49ers freeze ticket prices for 2017, 2018 seasons


49ers freeze ticket prices for 2017, 2018 seasons

The 49ers on Tuesday informed season ticket holders that ticket prices will not increase for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. 

"We are announcing that 49ers season ticket pricing will be frozen through the 2018 season," the team wrote in an email to its season ticket holder. "Invoices for your 2017 season tickets will be made available to view and pay online in the coming weeks, including the option to enroll in a multi-month payment plan."

"Thank you for your valued and continued support as a 49ers Season Ticket Member. We look forward to serving you this season!"

The 49ers will enter the 2017 season with a new general manager and head coach after firing both Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly following their 2-14 2016 season.

Sharks trade Tommy Wingels to Senators

Sharks trade Tommy Wingels to Senators

Tommy Wingels has been traded to the Ottawa Senators for a pair of depth forwards and a seventh round draft pick in 2017, the Sharks announced on Tuesday.

Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini, both right wings, will be assigned to the AHL Barracuda.

Robinson, 25, has 12 points (7g, 5a) in 33 AHL games with Binghamton. In seven career NHL games with Ottawa, the six-foot-six, 230-pound New Jersey native has one goal and one assist.

Stortini, 31, has three points (2g, 1a) in 22 games for Binghamton this season. The six-foot-two, 220-pound Ontario native has appeared in 257 career NHL games with Edmonton and Nashville, posting 41 points (14g, 27a) and 718 penalty minutes.

The move clears the way for the Sharks to activate injured forward Tomas Hertl, who is day-to-day with a right knee injury that required surgery in mid-November.

According to a source, there is a very good chance Hertl returns to the Sharks on Thursday against the Oilers.

San Jose will retain 30 percent of Wingels’ $2.475 million salary, according to the Senators, which comes out to $742,500.

Wingels, 28, posted 122 points (51g, 71a) and 197 penalty minutes in 337 career games with San Jose over parts of seven seasons. He was originally drafted by the Sharks in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

He is the second player that has essentially been pushed off of the Sharks’ roster as they incorporate younger players like Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier into the fold. Matt Nieto was waived in early January, and claimed by the Avalanche on Jan. 5.

"Tommy has been a valuable member of our franchise for many years, a phenomenal teammate and a true role model on and off the ice for our organization and the NHL," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "As a team evolves and younger players push for roster spots, unfortunately tough decisions have to be made. We wish Tommy and his wife, Molly, nothing but success in the future.

"We also want to welcome Buddy and Zach to our organization. They add size and depth to our reserve list and we look forward to having them in San Jose.”