Get­zlaf suf­fered a sports her­nia

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Ducks cen­ter Ryan Get­zlaf was pained by a sports her­nia through an un­spec­i­fied por­tion of the post­sea­son, the team said.

The Ducks also said cen­ter Nate Thomp­son will un­dergo shoul­der surgery af­ter a hit to the boards in the team’s reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale in Ari­zona.

The Get­zlaf news could help ex­plain why he slumped in the late go­ing of Ana­heim’s West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals loss to the Chicago Black­hawks.

Get­zlaf was a com­bined mi­nus-four in the last two games.

Rest and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will al­low Get­zlaf to heal with­out surgery, the team said.

Thomp­son missed the Ducks’ first-round sweep of Win­nipeg, but per­formed strongly early in the Chicago se­ries.

— L ance Pug­mire

Ed­ward Ch­e­serek over­took Ore­gon team­mate Eric Jenk­ins on the fi­nal turn to win the 10,000 me­ters and give the Ducks a 1-2 fin­ish in their bid to re­peat as men’s team cham­pi­ons at the NCAA track and field cham­pi­onships at Eu­gene, Ore.

Ch­e­serek, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, won in front of a cheer­ing home crowd in 28 min­utes 58.92 sec­onds. Jenk­ins was right be­hind in 28:59.13.

Conor McCul­lough of USC was the day’s first win­ner with a throw of 252-4 in the ham­mer.

McCul­lough’s per­for­mance was so dom­i­nant that four of his throws were bet­ter than the best of the run­ner-up, de­fend­ing cham­pion Mathias Tay­ala of Kent State, who threw 234-9.

McCul­lough’s Tro­jans team­mate Adoree’ Jack­son fin­ished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 25-11. Mar­quis Dendy of Florida won with a jump of 27-8.

On Wed­nes­day, the D-Fend­ers named Con­ner Henry as head coach.

Jeff Falkner has been hired as ath­letic direc­tor at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Falkner, 34, comes to Dominguez Hills from New Mex­ico High­lands Uni­ver­sity, were he held a sim­i­lar post. He is a na­tive of Gar­dena.

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