Se­folosha blames NYPD for in­jury

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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.

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