Australia fullback Billy Slater out for NRL season

SYDNEY (AP) Australia and Queensland fullback Billy Slater will miss the entire National Rugby League season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

The 32-year-old Slater played in the Melbourne Storm's season-opening match against St. George-Illawarra but withdrew from his team's second-round match with an injury.

The Storm issued a statement Tuesday saying Slater would be sidelined for 6-8 months, adding: ''The surgeon … is confident Slater will make a full and successful recovery.''