At age 38, Sue Bird hoping to return to WNBA after knee surgery

Sue Bird

The WNBA’s all-time assist leader, 38, says she has to be smart about her health as she recovers from left knee surgery. “Do I love the fact that I might have to miss the season? No, I hate it,” she said. “Hopefully, time doesn’t run out on me.” Bird had surgery in May to take care of a loose bone in her knee. While she has been rehabbing, Bird has been watching the U.S. women’s soccer team, led by her girlfriend, Megan Rapinoe. Bird said she might try to get to France for the World Cup title game if the U.S. is playing. “I’m not going until potentially the final,” she said. “I may have to log those miles, we’ll see.”

Country House

The Kentucky Derby winner likely won’t race again until 2020. Trainer Bill Mott says the colt hasn’t shown the same eagerness to train as he had leading up to the Kentucky Derby, after which he was treated for an illness. That caused the colt to miss the Preakness and Belmont stakes. Mott says there isn’t enough time to train Country House for the Travers Stakes this summer or Breeders’ Cup this fall, so he’d rather give him extra time and race him as a 4-year-old. Country House was declared the Derby winner after first-place finisher Maximum Security was disqualified for interference.

Associated Press

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