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Bulls say Hamilton has torn tissue in left foot

Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamiltright drives basket against Philadelphi76ers guard JasRichardsduring second half an NBA basketball game Chicago Saturday Dec.

Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton, right, drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The Bulls won 93-88.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: January 4, 2013 6:18AM



The Bulls say veteran guard Richard Hamilton has torn tissue in his left foot.

The team says an MRI on Sunday confirmed he tore the plantar fascia tissue and will return “as his symptoms permit.” Hamilton left Saturday’s game against Philadelphia in the third quarter and returned to hit three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds, clinching a 93-88 win.

He said afterward that he felt something pop on the bottom of his foot.

Injuries limited him to 28 games last season — his first in Chicago.

NHL owners, players set to meet without leaders: Traditional labor talks have made little progress in the ongoing NHL lockout, so the league and the players’ association are going to try something different in an attempt to save the season that is slipping away.

A crew of six owners will meet with a handful of players on Tuesday in New York — one day before the league’s board of governors meeting — without Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr. Bettman proposed the unique meeting on Wednesday when talks broke off following two days of negotiations with federal mediators, and it wasn’t agreed to until Sunday.

South Florida fires Skip Holtz: Skip Holtz was fired by South Florida after the worst season in the 16-year history of the program. Holtz, the son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, was 3-9 overall and 1-6 in the Big East this season. He was 16-21 in three seasons at the school.

Wisconsin hands California its first loss of season: Wisconsin used first-half runs of 14-0 and 12-0 to take control and put together an 11-0 run early in the second half as it cruised past previously unbeaten California 81-56 on Sunday.

McDowell ends drought by winning World Challenge: Graeme McDowell closed with a 4-under 68 on Sunday and held off Keegan Bradley with a pair of superb short-game shots that carried him to a three-shot win in the World Challenge despite the Sherwood Country Club playing longer than ever in a light rain.



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