Sefolosha blames NYPD for injury
Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said Tuesday he is in “great pain” and blamed New York City police for causing a “significant injury” that knocked him out for the season.
The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being arrested with teammate Pero Antic outside a Manhattan nightclub while the Hawks were in the city to face the Brooklyn Nets last week.
The Boston Celtics will play the Sacramento Kings in Mexico City on Dec. 3, the NBA’s third regular-season game in Mexico.
Thanks to the College Football Playoff, bowl games paid more than a half billion dollars to conferences and schools last season, the largest payout ever and an increase of almost $200 million from the final season of the Bowl Championship Series.
The group that puts on the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls is in preliminary talks with Navy to move its home game against Notre Dame to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium in either 2016 or 2018.
Ike Taylor, longtime cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, retired at age 34, the latest departure from a defensive core that served as the backbone of the team’s return to prominence over the past decade.
Mark Reeds, an assistant coach for the playoff-bound Ottawa Senators and a former NHL player, died Tuesday at age 55. Reeds had been fighting cancer for more than a year, and the news came as a blow to a team already dealing with General Manager Bryan Murray’s cancer diagnosis. The Senators open the postseason Wednesday night against Montreal.
Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane, who missed the final 21 games of the regular season with a broken collarbone, is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 of the openinground playoff series against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.
Kansas City right fielder Alex Rios is out indefinitely after suffering a broken bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in Minnesota.
Venus Williams has withdrawn from the United States team for this weekend’s Fed Cup playoff in Italy because of a personal matter. Williams will be replaced by 57th-ranked Lauren Davis. ... Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Russia’s Fed Cup semifinal against Germany this weekend, citing a leg injury. ... Top-ranked Novak Djokovic strolled into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-1, 6-4 win over qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas, extending his winning streak to 13 matches following titles at Indian Wells and Miami.
Atletico Madrid held defending champion Real Madrid to a 0-0 tie in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. In the night’s other game, Juventus beat visiting Monaco, 1-0, in Turin, Italy, on Arturo Vidal’s penalty kick.
Mike Mitchell, the winningest trainer in Del Mar history who won 20 training titles in Southern California, died Tuesday of the effects of a brain tumor diagnosed in 2012, according to friends of the family. Mitchell was 66.