* Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday and will be sidelined until after the All-Star break.

Westbrook will miss at least 27 games.

"He will be missed," coach Scott Brooks said before Oklahoma City's game last night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

General manager Sam Presti said in a news release earlier in the day that Westbrook has been playing pain-free, but "recently had experienced increased swelling" in his right knee.

Brooks said Reggie Jackson, who is averaging 12.5 points, will start. Jeremy Lamb will also see increased playing time in Westbrook's absence.

Westbrook's knee problems began in April when he tore his meniscus in the second game of the Western Conference playoffs, sidelining him for the remainder of the postseason and all but ending Oklahoma City's chances of reaching the NBA Finals.

He had a second arthroscopic surgery as the Thunder were preparing for training camp after developing inflammation in the knee. However, Westbrook missed only two regular-season games before returning to the floor.

The 5-year NBA player is averaging 21.3 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Thunder.

* Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon is out with a bruised right hip.

* The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony is sidelined with a sprained left ankle.

* Al Horford, the Atlanta Hawks' leading scorer and rebounder, is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle.


* The Texas Rangers officially introduced Shin-Soo Choo, nearly a week

after agreeing to a $130 million, 7-year deal. He will be the team's new

leadoff hitter. The 31-year-old South Korean outfielder has a .288 career

average and .389 on-base percentage in 853 major league games for

Seattle (2005-06), Cleveland (2006-12) and Cincinnati (2013).

* Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez agreed to a 1-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Ibanez, 41, batted .242 with 29 homers and 65 RBI for the Seattle Mariners last year. He hit his final homer of the season at Angel Stadium on Sept. 21, tying Ted Williams' record for the most homers by a 40-and-over player. The former Phillie has 300 career homers and is seven hits shy of becoming the 18th active major leaguer with 2,000 hits.

* The Chicago Cubs say they agreed to a 1-year contract with reliever Jose Veras that includes a club option for 2015. Veras is due $3.85 million next season, and the Cubs have a $5.5 million option for 2015 with a $150,000 buyout. Veras was 0-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 67 games last season for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers, who acquired him on July 29.


* Saku Maenalanen had two goals and an assist to help Finland beat Norway, 5-1, in Group B play in the world junior hockey tournament in Malmo, Sweden. In Group A, Milan Kolena and Marko Dano each had two goals and an assist in Slovakia's 9-2 victory over Germany. The defending champion United States plays today against Slovakia and tomorrow against Germany, before finishing Group A play on Tuesday against Canada.

* The Dallas Stars put defenseman Sergei Gonchar on the injured list with concussion-like symptoms and activated Aaron Rome. Gonchar has been out since he was hit by a puck Dec. 21 against San Jose.

* Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, coach Dan Bylsma said. The coach said Dupuis will have surgery "in a couple of weeks" to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and there is no timetable for his return.

* Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty will miss 2 to 3 weeks after having his appendix removed.

College basketball

* Notre Dame coach Mike Brey says sophomore Cam Biedscheid plans to transfer and has been given permission to talk to schools.

* Michigan star Mitch McGary is out indefinitely after deciding to have surgery on his lower back.

* Marquette freshman and key point guard recruit Duane Wilson will redshirt this season because of a stress fracture in his left leg.

* Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson will miss the Salukis' road game against Miami (Ohio) tomorrow following the death of his son-in-law, Niles Thomason, 31, of natural causes.

- Daily News wire services