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Press Box: Florida Panthers' Gudbranson has shoulder surgery

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Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson had shoulder surgery late last week, the team announced Monday.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that Gudbranson was injured last week during an informal workout at the team's practice site in Coral Springs, Fla.

The team said the surgery was performed Sept. 6, but offered no recovery guidance. The paper offered the four-month timeframe.

Gudbranson, 20, the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, scored two goals and had six assists in 72 games as a rookie last season.

---Free-agent defenseman Steve Eminger re-signed with the New York Rangers on Monday, and the New York Post reported it is a one-year deal worth $750,000.

Eminger, 28, played in 42 games last season, collecting two goals and three assists.

He played in four of the Rangers' postseason games last season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

---Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert doesn't wish to play for Billy Gillispie should the coach returns from an extended medical leave, the sophomore told ESPN.com.

"I don't," Tolbert told ESPN.com in a phone interview. "Maybe I would for the assistants. I haven't put that much thought into it. There's a big sense of urgency. I don't want to play for him if he comes back."

The team's leading scorer as a freshman last season, Tolbert was one of the players that met with Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt recently after the compliance office questioned them about practice time.

According to Tolbert, the players are unaware about Gillispie's job status or his health. He was released Thursday from University Medical Center after a six-day stay.

---The Duke Blue Devils secured a second future player of the recruiting season, as small forward Semi Ojeleye committed to the school during an in-home visit, according to ESPN.com.

Ojeleye, a member of the ESPN 100, listed Indiana, Stanford and Oregon among his favorite programs, but Duke was also a strong possibility. Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski sold Ojeleye with a recruiting pitch in the high-school senior's living room.

---Murray State point guard Zaveral Jackson has been charged with running into two people with his car in a Walmart parking lot.

Jackson, 20, spent Sunday night in the Calloway County jail (Ky.) and charged with two counts of first-degree assault. He was arrested at about 4 p.m. after a fight in the parking lot. The people he allegedly hit with his white Monte Carlo suffered minor injuries.

A reserve for the Racers, Jackson averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman. He was projected to start this year.

---National Amateur Athletic Union president Louis Stout died Sunday at age 73, the organization announced.

AAU spokesman Ron Sachs said Stout died at a Lexington, Ky. hospital, after spending a week there with an unspecified illness.

Stout assumed control of the AAU after former president Bobby Dodd was accused by two former basketball players of molesting them as children in the 1980s, though the organization has never been charged.

NBA

--- Swingman Alonzo Gee, who started 31 games for the Cavaliers last season, has agreed to a multiyear contract with the Cavaliers, the Cavs announced Monday.

Gee's contract expired June 30, and he said he wanted to return to the Cavs.

Gee, 25, averaged 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds last season.
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