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Press Box: Celtics' Rondo out for the season

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The Boston Celtics announced Sunday that point guard Rajon Rondo would have surgery to repair a torn ACL and is out for the season.

Rondo hyperextended his right knee Friday in an overtime loss to the Hawks at Atlanta. It has not been determined when he will have the surgery or how long he will need to recover.

Rondo was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Miami Heat just before tipoff. He went to New England Baptist Hospital for an MRI, and the team announced the severity of the injury during the second half.

Courtney Lee started in Rondo's place against the Heat, and he finished with four points and two assists in Boston's 100-98 double-overtime victory.

Rondo is averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. He had triple-doubles in each of his last two games.

--Los Angeles Lakers backup point guard Steve Blake announced via Twitter that he expects to be back from an abdominal strain on Tuesday.

Blake has been out with the injury since Nov. 11.

BOBSLED

--Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones was part of a United States team that won a gold medal Sunday in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Jones served as brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women's bobsled phase of an event that combined the times of Jones' event with the two-man bobsled and men's and women's skeleton.

SOCCER

--Lionel Messi scored four goals to pass the 200-goal milestone in the Spanish league while leading Barcelona to a 5-1 victory over Osasuna on Sunday night.

Messi, 25, became the youngest player in La Liga history to reach 200 goals, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
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