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Bulls G Ball to have knee surgery, sidelined 6-8 weeks

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out six to eight weeks, the team announced Thursday. Ball has missed three games since a 42-point loss to Golden State last week. Coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday the team ...

Irving fined $25,000 by NBA for cursing at fan in Cleveland

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for cursing at a fan in Cleveland. Irving's comments to the fan during the second quarter of Brooklyn's 114-107 loss on Monday were captured on video. Irving used profanity in reminding the fan that he ...

Robot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season. Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A, the highest level of the minor leagues. MLB's website posted a hiring notice seeking ...

Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays' proposed plan to split the season between Florida and Montreal has been rejected by Major League Baseball. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg announced the news on Thursday. "Today's news is flat-out deflating," Sternberg said. The idea of ...

Arbitrator: UConn coach Ollie improperly fired; owed $11M

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled that UConn improperly fired former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie and must pay him more than $11 million, Ollie's lawyer said Thursday. Attorney Jacques Parenteau called Thursday's ruling from arbitrator Mark Irvings a "total vindication" for ...

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Gay arrested on misdemeanor

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property after he broke a vacuum and other items during an argument, putting his status for Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills in question. Gay ...

Analysis: NFL moving closer to 1st female head coach

The NFL is moving closer to having its first female head coach. It may take a few more years, perhaps another decade. However, the question is no longer if it'll happen but when it will happen. "We asked basically everybody that, including all the head coaches, and I think the general ...

100%: Chief medical officer says all US Olympians vaccinated

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic team's top doctor says all of the 200-plus athletes heading to Beijing for the Winter Games next month are fully vaccinated, and not a single one asked for a medical exemption. Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Finnoff told The Associated Press the 21-day ...

MLB’s snail-paced lockout talks to resume with union offer

NEW YORK (AP) — Locked out baseball players plan to make a counteroffer to management on Monday, 11 days after clubs gave the union a proposal when the snail-paced negotiations resumed following a 42-day break. The players' association asked Major League Baseball on Thursday to schedule the ...

NCAA ratifies new constitution, paving way to restructuring

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA member schools voted to ratify a new, streamlined constitution Thursday, paving the way for a decentralized approach to governing college sports that will hand more power to schools and conferences. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor, 801-195, and was the main ...