Calf injury could keep Garnett out two weeks

BOSTON — Celtics star Kevin Garnett could miss two weeks because of a strained right calf.

General manager Danny Ainge said Thursday that an MRI and a thorough examination showed Garnett's injury Wednesday night was muscular and unrelated to a right knee injury that forced him to miss the 2009 playoffs and was surgically repaired.

Garnett was hurt when he jumped for a dunk with 2:38 left in the first quarter of a 104-92 loss at the Detroit Pistons. The forward, who is averaging 15.4 points and a team-leading 9.8 rebounds, limped down the court before leaving the game.

DALLAS — The 20-year-old son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel has been charged with capital murder in the death of a close friend, Dallas police announced Thursday.

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was arrested Wednesday night and jailed on $1 million bond in the death of Bradley Bassey Eyo, 23. Police said Eyo was found on Sunday with a gunshot wound to his upper body near Lake Ray Hubbard, on the outskirts of Dallas.

Authorities later determined that Eyo was killed at a home in the Dallas suburb of Garland and that his body was dumped near the lake, police said.

Paul Johnson, the younger Van Exel's attorney, told The Associated Press that his client told police he shot Eyo, a longtime friend and neighbor, while the two were engaged in "horseplay" with a shotgun. He said Van Exel didn't know the gun, which belonged to his stepfather, was loaded.

ATLANTA — Tennessee State set an NCAA women's Division I record for fewest points in a game in an 82-11 loss at Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

The Tigers, according to STATS LLC, also tied another record they scored just three points in the opening half.

The previous record for fewest points scored in a game between Division I teams was 16 by Texas Southern on Dec. 30, 2002, against TCU.

Harmon Killebrew says he has esophageal cancer

MINNEAPOLIS — Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

The 74-year-old Killebrew released a statement through the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, saying he expects to make a full recovery from the "very serious" condition.

Killebrew hit 573 home runs and made 11 All-Star appearances during his 22-year career spent mostly with the Washington Senators and Twins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984 and was fifth on the career home run list when he retired in 1975 after one season with the Kansas City Royals.

Killebrew currently ranks 11th on the all-time homer list.

Berdych, Soderling into semifinals at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Tomas Berdych defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 Thursday to set up a semifinal with top-ranked Rafael Nadal at the World Tennis Championships.

Robin Soderling stopped Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 and will face No. 2 Roger Federer. Nadal and Federer received byes into the semifinals of the exhibition.

Compiled from wire reports

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