UF FORWARD ROBINSON OUT 4-6 MONTHS
GAINESVILLE — Florida forward Devin Robinson will be sidelined at least four months after left foot surgery.
The 6-foot-9 Robinson had surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture, the basketball team announced Thursday. The Gators expect his recovery to take between four and six months, meaning he should be ready for the start of next season if he returns.
A sophomore from Chesterfield, Va., Robinson was UF's fifth-leading scorer (nine) and third-leading rebounder (5.6) in 2015-16. He started 18 games, including the final nine.
Robinson declared for the NBA draft three weeks ago without signing with an agent, leaving open the option of returning. He has until May 25 to decide.
MORE BASKETBALL: Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor will skip his senior season and enter the draft. He will hire an agent. … Cal forward Jaylen Brown, the Pac-12 freshman of the year, is leaving for the NBA …Tennessee forward Ray Kasongo won't return for his junior season. His plans are unclear.
FOOTBALL: Michigan State's athletic department announced a 15-year multimedia rights partnership with Fox Sports that will bring guaranteed revenues of more than $150 million. The partnership takes effect for the 2016-17 academic year.
Stewart set for return today
Tony Stewart was cleared to return to racing and will be back in his car today at Richmond International Raceway. The three-time NASCAR champion missed the first eight races with a fractured vertebra sustained in a January all-terrain vehicle accident. He's retiring at the end of this year. It was a roller-coaster day for Stewart, who was granted a waiver to participate in Sprint Cup's Chase for the Championship by NASCAR after he announced his return. Hours later, he was fined $35,000 for criticizing NASCAR over how it polices pit road. Stewart said drivers will be injured if NASCAR doesn't start forcing teams to use all five lug nuts during tire changes.
OLYMPICS: A new elevated bike path that was heralded as a top legacy project of the Aug. 5-21 Rio de Janeiro Games collapsed, killing two people. A third person is missing. A giant wave apparently swept up a cliff, lifted an approximately 150-foot stretch of the Tim Maia bike path and sent it onto the rocks and sea below.
SOCCER: Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber called St. Louis and Sacramento, Calif., frontrunners for expansion, which could occur as soon as 2020.
MMA: Conor McGregor, in a response to his Ultimate Fighting Championship superiors who pulled him off the UFC 200 main event, announced on Facebook "I AM NOT RETIRED," and detailed why he sought a break from a promotional event: "There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.''
TENNIS: Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open, beating Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2.