Flyers’ Leighton out with bulging disk

Los Angeles Times - - Morning Briefing - — Helene El­liott

Philadel­phia Flyers goal­tender goal­tender Michael Leighton will miss one month of ac­tion with a bulging disk in his back.

Ad­di­tion­ally, check­ing line spe­cial­ist Ian Laper­riere will be out in­def­i­nitely with post-con­cus­sion symp­toms re­lated to last sea­son. He was in­jured in the con­fer­ence quar­ter­fi­nals against New Jersey, tak­ing a slap shot to the face. He re­turned in the East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals and Stan­ley Cup Fi­nals.

David Frost, a for­mer youth hockey coach and agent who has been banned from sev­eral mi­nor and ju­nior hockey or­ga­ni­za­tions in his na­tive Canada, has been work­ing in­ter­mit­tently at the La­guna Niguel Hockey Academy for sev­eral months, but he con­tra­dicted re­ports on the web­sites of the Toronto Sun and True­hockey.com that said he has been teach­ing hockey to kids.

Frost was ac­quit­ted two years ago of four charges of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion in­volv­ing for­mer play­ers and their girl­friends while he coached a ju­nior team in 1996 and 1997. He also was the tar­get of an al­leged murder-for-hire plot ini­ti­ated by one of his play­ers,

Mike Dan­ton. Top-seeded Dane Caro­line Woz­ni­acki and two-time 2010 Grand Slam fi­nal­ist Vera Zvonareva of Rus­sia were among the sec­ond-round win­ners at the $2-mil­lion To­ray Pan Pa­cific Open in Tokyo.

Sylvia Fowles scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed six re­bounds, as the United States ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the 2010 FIBA Women’s World Cham­pi­onship with a 107-61 rout of Be­larus in Os­trava, Czech Re­pub­lic. Diana Taurasi added 14 points for the Amer­i­cans, who have yet to lose in eight games. They will fin­ish the sec­ond round of the tour­na­ment with a round-robin matchup against un­beaten Aus­tralia.

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