Compiled from wire reports
Wild’s Parise plans return after scary collision
•?Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will likely miss the next three games with bruising and swelling around his eye from a high stick to the face that led to blows to the head as he fell. Parise was struck Tuesday by Washington’s Tom Wilson before he crashed into the knee of another opponent and then slammed onto the ice. Parise needed assistance getting to the locker room and didn’t return. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Parise came away from the scary collision with his vision intact and perhaps on track to return next week.
•?After further consideration, the NHL will release teams’ protected and available lists to the public before the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft in June. The league announced the decision despite NHL general managers expressing a desire to keep the lists private.
Venus Williams knocks out?No. 1 Kerber at Miami Open
•?Venus Williams moved a step closer to her first Key Biscayne title since 2001 when she beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. It was Williams’ 15th career win against a No. 1 player, but her first since 2014. Seeded No. 11, she’s into the tournament’s semifinals for the first time in seven years. Williams’ opponent Thursday night will be No. 10 Johanna Konta of Britain, who beat No. 3 Simona Halep.
Miami (Ohio) hires Purdue assistant to coach men
•?Miami (Ohio) hired Purdue assistant Jack Owens as its 27th basketball coach. Owens has been an assistant at Purdue for nine seasons, including the past six as associate head coach. The RedHawks fired John Cooper on March 10 after they went 11-21.
•?A federal judge granted the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s request to dismiss the school from a lawsuit filed by two former Tar Heels athletes tied to its multiyear academic scandal. In a ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated the school had 11th Amendment immunity as an arm of the state that prevented it from being sued in federal court.
Russian figure skater takes lead at worlds
•?Evgenia Medvedeva closed in on a second world figure skating title by taking the lead in the short program in Helsinki, while China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong led the pairs. Medvedeva, 17, of Russia, skated flawlessly and scored 79.01 points, a result second only to the world-record score she posted at December’s Grand Prix finals. Medvedeva can become the first woman to win back-to-back world titles since 2001 if she holds on to her lead in Friday’s free skate. Canadians trailed Medvedeva, with Kaetlyn Osmond second with 75.98 points and Gabrielle Daleman in third with 72.19. U.S. national champion Karen Chen led the American team in fifth.
— From wire reports