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CHICAGO -- Kobe Bryant is riding a bike. Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant broke a bone in his left knee Dec. 17 at Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights, likely sidelining the superstar guard for six weeks. The injury against the Grizzlies occurred in his sixth game back after he missed the start of the season while recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon. The pair of injuries for the 35-year-old Bryant raised questions about whether he would ever return to his previous form. But he said Monday night he had no doubt he would play at a similarly high level again. "There was before I came back the first time because I didnt know how my Achilles was going to respond to playing and changing directions," Bryant said before the Lakers played the Bulls in Chicago. "The game in Memphis I had a pretty good feel for it, getting back to being able to do what I normally could do. I feel confident about it. I did play that second half on a fractured leg and played pretty well. I feel pretty good about my chances." But the rehab from the knee injury has been slow going so far. The 15-time All-Star said he is limited to mostly bike work right now and any talk of a return is up in the air until he returns to the court. "Try not to think about it too much," he said. "Just go day to day." Playing without Bryant and Steve Nash, the Lakers had lost 12 of 15 heading into the game at Chicago. But Los Angeles had won two in a row since a six-game losing streak, with Nick Young and Kendall Marshall helping fuel the mini-recovery. The Lakers still face a long road back to contention in the loaded Western Conference, especially with their injury issues. Nash is out with a back problem, and the team also is missing guards Jordan Farmar (torn left hamstring), Steve Blake (torn elbow ligament) and Xavier Henry (right knee bone bruise). "It just makes it harder," coach Mike DAntoni said of playing without two of the teams biggest stars. "Youre not quite as good as you were when you had the guy. The biggest thing is how to finish games off because you know where youre going if theyre on the floor. Youve got to figure that out." Henry could return soon. He is expected to step up his rehab work when the Lakers practice Wednesday in Miami. Even with his limited action, Bryant remains one of the most popular players in the league. He had the most All-Star votes among the Western Conference guards when balloting was announced Jan. 9. The fan voting was set to close Monday night, and the starters for the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans will be announced on Thursday. "Ive always looked forward to playing in All-Star games. Its always something thats been a huge honour," Bryant said. "With that being said, I havent played. I think some of the other guys who have been out there performing and playing well and are All-Star worthy should be the ones out there playing." Bryant isnt taking anything for granted in his 18th NBA season, especially with his injury problems over the last two years. All the time on the sideline also has provided more perspective on how the game has changed since he was a rookie in the 1996-97 season. "Its much, much less physical," he said. "Some of the flagrant fouls I see called nowadays makes me nauseous. You cant touch a guy without it being a flagrant foul. I think some of that are some of the negatives Ive seen change. But theres positives, too." Custom New York Rangers Jerseys . According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have trade offers on the table for the 26-year-old, but none have been deemed acceptable by the team. Michael Grabner Jersey . 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Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning, Koji Uehara closed with another perfect inning and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-4 Friday night. Returning to Fenway Park after winning five of seven games on the road against the Yankees and Tampa Bay -- both now lagging far back in the AL East -- Boston rebounded after blowing an early 4-0 lead. Its been a complete turnaround from last years dismal 69-win team. Boston leads the second-place Rays by 8 1/2 games. "Thats what is making this season fun," Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said. "Youre not talking about a team that depends on one guy. I know that everybody has to be careful with myself, but there are plenty of guys." Ortiz and Stephen Drew each doubled twice as the Red Sox won for the 15th time in 19 games. Saltalamacchia also doubled and scored twice. Shane Victorino opened the seventh with a single off Hiroki Kuroda. Reliever Cesar Cabral hit Ortiz with a pinch and Preston Claiborne walked pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes. After Daniel Nava struck out, Saltalamacchia hit his third career slam, connecting off Claiborne for a drive over Bostons bullpen into the right-field seats. Saltalamacchia. who missed about a week with a sore back, simply was just looking for a pitch he could lift to get the go-ahead run home. "I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit with a runner on third," he said. "Vic, at third, a fast guy, I knew if Id get into the air, hell be able to score. I saw how he worked Nava before me." Boston manager John Farrell can see the difference in Saltalamaccia after some time off. "His backs better," he said. "It shows in his swing." Uehara breezed through the ninth. Hes retired 37 straight batters, the longest streak by a reliever since Bobby Jenks of the White Sox set down 41 in a row in 2007. Robinson Cano went 4 for 4 with three doubles and two RBIs for New York, which fell to two games behind Tampa Bay for the final AL wild-card spot after the Rays beat Minnesota 3-0. "Its unfortunate," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We gave them some free baserunners and then you get the big hit by Saltalamacchia, but I love the way our guys battled back. Never thought Kuroda would be there in the seventh the way everything started for him." Brendan Ryan, acquired from Seattle on Tuesday for a player to be named, hit his first homer with the Yankees. New York had won three in a row. Last weekend, Boston took three of four games at Yankkee Stadium.dddddddddddd "Theyve got a very good team over there," Yankees star Alex Rodriguez said. "Theyre a handful right now." Brandon Workman (6-3) got the win, retiring one batter. The Red Sox scored four times in the first off Kuroda (11-11), but the Yankees came back to tie it. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, the Yankees chased Boston starter John Lackey and tied it Canos bases-loaded, two-run double off reliever Craig Breslow. New York had runners on second and third, but Workman got Alfonso Soriano on a bouncer to third. The Red Sox took a quick 4-0 lead. Dustin Pedroia singled, Ortiz doubled and Mike Carp had an RBI grounder. Nava singled home a run and Drew hit a two-run double off the Green Monster, just inside the foul line. With pitchers warming in the bullpen behind him, Kuroda looked as if he was on the verge of being pulled when Boston threatened in the second and third. The 38-year-old right-hander responded by escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second and held the Red Sox scoreless after a leadoff double the next inning. Kuroda allowed five runs, eight hits, walked two and fanned two in six-plus innings. Hes 0-4 with a 6.69 ERA in his last six starts. Lackey gave up four runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. Ryan homered into the first row of seats above the Monster, cutting it to 4-1 in the third. Lyle Overbays sacrifice fly made it 4-2 in the sixth. NOTES: There was a brief delay in the seventh when third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez walked down the left-field line and had security eject a fan for throwing something on the field. ... Farrell said CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who missed his seventh straight game with a fractured bone in his right foot, started some non-baseball activities. "Hell come out of the boot and into the pool," Farrell said. The club hopes Ellsbury will be back late in the regular season, but Farrell said "still no date of return." ... Farrell also said RHP Jake Peavy was fine after getting grazed on the right leg by a line drive in Thursdays loss at Tampa Bay. ... Girardi said C Austin Romine "took some swings and felt better." He sustained a concussion on Tuesday. ... CC Sabathia (13-12, 4.82 ERA) is slated to face Bostons Jon Lester (13-8, 3.86 ERA) on Saturday. ... The Red Sox opened their final homestand of the season. They also face Baltimore and Toronto for three games apiece. ... New York 2B Cano made a nice over-the-shoulder grab on Will Middlebrooks pop to short right. ... Rodriguez said his sore hamstring is getting better and he might be ready to play third again on Tuesday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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