Doctors say Paul George's biggest battle is yet to come, and it may take a year or more before he returns to the Indiana Pacers lineup.
One day after the two-time All-Star suffered a gruesome open tibia-fibula fracture on his right leg during a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas, the questions began in earnest about George's recovery -- and whether he'd ever regain the form a that made him one of NBA's most complete players.
The 24-year-old George and said he was resting comfortably Saturday morning following surgery. Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird later issued a statement saying hopes George will return to Indianapolis next week before the long rehab process begins.
"The thing about breaking a bone is that if you get it back in the appropriate position, it can be as good as new," said Dr. James Gladstone, the co-chief of sports medicine at Icahn School at Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. "If the muscle is not involved and the bone and muscle are fully healed, then I think he will get back (to his previous form)."
Gladstone, who is not treating George, said it usually takes athletes nine to 12 months to completely recover from this type of injury.
Brad Keselowski held off the charging Michael McDowell to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at the Iowa Speedway. Keselowski led 146 of 250 laps for his third Nationwide victory of the season and second in two starts.
Star quarterback Drew Brees watched the New Orleans Saints' first scrimmage of training camp in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, resting a strained abdominal muscle on his left side. Brees is expected to recover quickly.
Nemanja Vedic and Yuto Magatomo scored and Inter Milan beat AS Roma 2-0 in Philadelphia.
Crews finished major repairs on a nearly century-old water main that burst and poured 20 million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus, ruining the new court at famed Pauley Pavilion.
The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with defenseman P.K. Subban on an eight-year deal worth a reported $72 million.
Sergey Kovalev successfully defended his WBO light-heavyweight title, stopping Australian challenger Blake Caparello in the second round at Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Kovalev delivered his 13th straight knockout and 23rd overall.