#SportsReport: Stephen Curry Out With Sprained Ankle

Dec 7, 2017

NBA-NEWS

The defending NBA champs will be spending a few games without their two-time NBA most valuable player.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss a minimum of two weeks after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right ankle. Curry was injured while scoring 31 points in Monday's win at New Orleans.

Curry is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.

Golden State says its leading scorer will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

NBA-SCHEDULE

The Cleveland Cavaliers have added another game to their winning streak.

The Cavs have tied a team record with their 13th straight win after LeBron James led them to a 101-95 victory over the Kings. James fell one assist shy of a triple-double as he sandwiched a steal around a tiebreaking basket and a 3-pointer to put the Cavs ahead 101-95 with 15 seconds left. He finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had 13-game win streaks in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Kevin Love delivered 18 points and a team-high 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which visits Indiana on Friday.

Zach Randolph had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento.

Checking out Wednesday's other NBA action:

— Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, while Jayson Tatum provided 17 points and 10 boards to Boston's fourth win in a row, 97-90 against Dallas. Al Horford finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Celtics easily improved to a league-best 22-4 despite playing without the injured Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris.

— Kevin Durant was the catalyst in the Warriors' 101-87 win at Charlotte, finishing with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the season. Durant scored 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting in the first quarter to help the Warriors build a 26-18 lead while starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green sat out with injuries.

— The Spurs won for the sixth time in seven games as LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and Bryn Forbes added 17 in a 117-105 verdict over the Heat. San Antonio shot 53 percent and had seven players score in double figures, including Rudy Gay's 16 points.

— The Bucks opened the fourth quarter on a 14-1 run to take a 90-77 lead in a 104-100 victory against the Pistons. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee, while Khris Middleton capped his 21-point night with four free throws in the final 20 seconds.

— The Pelicans outscored the Nuggets 123-114 as DeMarcus Cousins had 40 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks. Jrue Holiday scored 27 points and E'Twaun Moore had 14 for New Orleans, which shot 54 percent.

— The Timberwolves were 113-107 winners over the Clippers behind 21 points and 12 rebounds from Karl-Anthony Towns. Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague each scored 19 points for the hot-shooting Timberwolves, who were 55 percent from the field.

— The Bulls are a league-worst 3-20 after blowing a 17-point lead in their 10th consecutive loss, 98-96 at Indiana. Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left.

The Knicks dealt the Grizzlies their 12th loss in 13 games as Courtney Lee scored 24 points to send New York past Memphis 99-88. Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half after coming back from a sprained ankle and an illness.

— Evan Fournier contributed 27 points before injuring his right ankle in overtime of the Magic's 110-106 triumph over the Hawks. D.J. Augustin nailed a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left to tie it for Orlando before the Magic shot 6-for-10 with five layups in OT.

In other NBA news:

— Suns star Devin Booker is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks because of a groin injury suffered in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors. Booker is 10th in the NBA in scoring with a 24.3 average.

— Cavaliers All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas played 4-on-4 on Wednesday, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury suffered during the Eastern Conference playoffs last spring. Thomas moved freely and didn't appear to have any restrictions during the half-court workout.

— Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using a profanity during a live television interview. Gasol cursed during the interview after Memphis beat Minnesota on Monday to snap an 11-game skid.

— Brooklyn's Allen Crabbe has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for violating the rule prohibiting players from throwing any item at the basket stanchion. Crabbe heaved the basketball and hit the Hawks' shot clock from the Nets' end of the court in Monday's win over Atlanta.

— The Hornets say coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for an undetermined period of time to deal with a "health issue." Associate head coach Stephen Silas will take over while the 56-year-old Clifford is out.

MLB-NEWS

The San Francisco Giants feel they have the pieces to acquire reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed on San Francisco's flagship radio station KNBR that the club has reached the parameters of a potential trade for the Marlins outfielder. Evans added that the specifics of the deal weren't something they were comfortable in revealing, but he added their terms with the Marlins are clear.

Stanton is due to make $25 million in 2018 after he led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs this season.

In other MLB news:

Aaron Boone acknowledges that one of his first tasks as Yankees manager is to convince his players he can do the job. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's successor at a Yankee Stadium news conference on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009.

NFL-NEWS

The Pittsburgh Steelers say linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to Pittsburgh medical facility to continue treatment for a spinal injury suffered during Monday night's game against the Bengals.

The Steelers added that Shazier will continue to undergo tests before the team offers an update on his status. Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher following a tackle that left the 25-year-old writhing on the turf, his legs motionless.

In other NFL news:

— Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back as the Giants' starting quarterback. He was benched last week by former coach Ben McAdoo, who along with general manager Jerry Reese, was canned Monday.

— The Chiefs have suspended cornerback Marcus Peters for Sunday's game against Oakland for his embarrassing tantrum during a last-minute loss to the Jets last weekend. Peters threw an official's flag into the stands, stalked off the field wearing a smile, then ran back onto it without wearing socks when he realized he hadn't been ejected.

— Bengals safety George Iloka has had his one-game suspension overturned on appeal. That leaves him with a fine of almost $36,500 for his hit to Antonio Brown's head during Monday's game against Pittsburgh.

— Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has returned to practice and is expected to play against the Vikings. Olsen missed eight games while on injured reserve with a broken foot and played just one quarter in Carolina's win over the Jets on Nov. 26.

— Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford appears to be resting the injured fingers on his throwing hand. Stafford was not seen throwing any passes during Wednesday's practice, three days after his right hand was stepped on in a loss at Baltimore.

— Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024.

— A woman has filed a lawsuit against Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon accusing him of sexual harassment while she was an assistant for his sports marketing firm. According to court documents, Wendy Haskell alleges Moon made "unwanted and unsolicited" sexual advances.

Tonight’s Thursday night football matchup: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons at 8:25 p.m.

Local College Basketball scores:

UAlbany beat Bryant 84 to 68.

Siena college was defeated by Louisville 86 to 60.

UMass defeated Holy Cross 64 to 50.

Marist college topped Colgate 78 to 76.

And on the women’s side:

UAlbany beat Manhattan college 62 to 56.

Hartford topped Central Connecticut 68 to 52.

Marist beat Rhode Island 64 to 42.

TOP-25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

It was a rough night for a pair of top-5 men's basketball teams.

Second-ranked Kansas suffered its first loss of the season as Matisse Thybulle hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Washington's 74-65 win over the Jayhawks in Kansas City, Mo. Noah Dickerson added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the 7-2 Huskies, who held Devonte Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk (svee meh-HAH'-lihk) to a combined eight points on 4-for-20 shooting.

Lagerald Vick had a career-high 28 points to lead the 7-1 Jayhawks.

At Gainesville, Aundre Jackson poured in 23 points and Loyola-Chicago shot 52 percent from the field in a stunning 65-59 win over fifth-ranked Florida. Cameron Krutwig had 14 points for the 9-1 Ramblers, who held the Gators to 37 percent shooting.

Florida missed 17 of its 19 3-point attempts and led for just 93 seconds. No Gator scored in double figures.

Florida has dropped three straight and could fall from the poll with a loss to Cincinnati this weekend.

In other top-25 finals:

— No. 11 North Carolina hit a season-high 16 3-pointers in clobbering Western Carolina 104-61. Luke Maye had 12 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and helped the Tar Heels score 20 straight points during a 33-2 first-half run.

— Trevon Blueitt hit the 20-point mark for the seventh time this season, scoring 26 in Xavier's 96-70 pounding of Kent State. Kerem Kanter added a season-high 20 points and eight rebounds for the 13th-ranked Musketeers, who opened the game on a 14-2 run.

NHL-SCHEDULE

It's one thing for Alex Ovechkin to have a four-point night, and quite another when tough guy Tom Wilson matches that offensive production.

Wilson scored twice and had two assists as the Washington Capitals blasted the struggling Blackhawks 6-2 in Chicago. It was just the 10th career multi-point night for Wilson and his first with more than three.

Ovechkin chipped in a goal and three assists in the Caps' sixth victory in seven games.

The Hawks have surrendered 19 goals while dropping their last five games.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Frederik Andersen made 47 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping three more in a shootout to backstop the Maple Leafs' 2-1 win over the Flames. Morgan Reilly tied the game for Toronto in the second period and William Nylander provided the eventual game-winner.

— Adam Henrique scored twice in his Ducks home debut and Ryan Miller handled 29 shots in a 3-0 blanking of Ottawa. Miller picked up his 40th career shutout and helped Anaheim halt a three-game skid.

— Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist as the Flyers doubled up the Oilers 4-2. Claude Giroux set up goals by Jordan Weal and Dale Weise to help Philadelphia win its second straight since a team record-tying 10-game losing streak.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

Willie Taggart's contract as Florida State's new head football coach will pay him $30 million over six years.

The university released the letter of understanding signed by Taggart after he was announced as the Seminoles' new coach on Wednesday. Florida State will also pay the nearly $1.4 million he still owes South Florida and $3 million owed to Oregon as part of buyouts of his previous contracts.

Taggart replaces Jimbo Fisher, who resigned to accept the opening at Texas A&M.

Also in college football:

— Arkansas has hired SMU's Chad Morris as its new football coach after the two sides worked out a six-year, $21 million package. The former Texas high school coach and former Clemson offensive coordinator replaces Bret Bielema, who was fired.

— Mike Bloomgren has been hired as the coach at Rice. The school says Bloomgren OK'd a five-year contract after spending last season as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Stanford. He takes over for David Bailiff, who was fired on Nov. 27.

— Pittsburgh has signed coach Pat Narduzzi to a new contract that will keep him with the Panthers through the 2024 season. Narduzzi is 21-17 in three seasons with the Panthers, including a 5-7 mark this year.

— A suspended University of Southern California football player who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual assault has been sentenced to one year in a Utah jail. The Deseret News reports that 20-year-old Osa Masina was sentenced Tuesday for three counts of sexual battery after being accused of raping a woman in Utah after a party with friends.

— Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson are the finalists for The Associated Press college football Player of the Year. The winner will be announced Thursday. The finalists are the same as those for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday.

FOOTBALL-OBIT-MEYER

Former SMU and NFL head coach Ron Meyer has died at age 76.

Meyer was the architect behind SMU's powerhouse "Pony Express" teams that included running backs Eric Dickerson and Craig James before the program eventually skidded toward the NCAA's "death penalty" ruling for jaw-dropping rules violations.

He won a division title in six seasons with the Colts from 1986-91, and was with the New England Patriots when he called for a snowplow to clear a spot so the team could kick a game-winning field goal in 1982.

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