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Stoudemire out at least 8 weeks after eye surgery

Citizen Staff Writer

PHOENIX – Amaré Stoudemire could be finished for the season just days after the Phoenix Suns decided not to trade him.

Stoudemire, a starter for the West in Sunday’s All-Star Game, had eye surgery Friday and won’t be able to resume physical activity for about eight weeks.

“We’re going to be ultraconservative with this and if it means he misses the remainder of the season, so be it,” Suns general manager and ex-Arizona Wildcat Steve Kerr said.

“He’s got a long career and a long life ahead of him. And that’s the most important thing.”

The NBA playoffs begin eight weeks from Saturday, and it’s no sure thing the Suns will even be in the postseason, especially with their All-Star power forward unavailable for the final 29 games of the regular season.

Stoudemire is averaging 21.4 points per game this year.

UA softball

Wildcats sparkle on offense in two wins in tournament

Citizen Staff Report

Arizona treated its fans to a pair of blowouts in the first home games of the season Friday.

The Wildcats (9-2) beat North Dakota State 10-0 and Utah 16-1 on the opening day of the Wildcat Invitational.

Against NDSU, Sarah Akamine (9-2) got the win, allowing two hits in five innings. Laine Roth homered and drove in three runs, while Lauren Schutzler also had three RBIs.

In the romp over Utah, UA took a 15-0 lead after three innings to back winning pitcher Lindsey Sisk (4-2). Schutzler had a home run while driving in four, while Stacie Chambers and Sam Banister also homered.

UA hosts Utah at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by NDSU at 6:30.

Sunday, UA hosts Utah at 9 a.m. and NDSU at 11.

• Box scores, 7C

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