Court rules against Elliott
A federal appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic-violence allegations, siding with the league in the latest highprofile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior.
In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the league’s emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case.
The NFL announced the suspension was effective immediately, though further appeals were possible and the Cowboys are not playing this weekend.
“We are currently exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days,” Elliott attorney Frank Salzano said Thursday.
The Cowboys don’t play again until next Sunday, Oct. 22, at San Francisco.
Vegas: Red Wings’ Blashill on hot seat
The Red Wings had won two of their first three games this season heading into Thursday night’s game in Arizona.
But, odds remain slim the Red Wings can reach the playoffs, after seeing their postseason streak of 25 consecutive seasons snapped last season.
The odds that Jeff Blashill will lead the Wings back to the playoffs, eventually, appear to be just as long.
Blashill has 7/1 odds to be the next NHL coach fired, according to betting site Bovada. That’s fourth best among coaches, trailing only San Jose’s Peter DeBoer (7/2), Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice (4/1) and the New York Islanders’ Doug Weight (4/1).
ESPN: Pistons’ Kennard underrated
Luke Kennard was a lottery pick in last June’s NBA Draft, selected No. 12 overall by the Pistons. But, he appears to be flying under the radar.
ESPN’s Mike Schmitz writes that the league’s “forgotten lottery pick” will get his chances this season with the Pistons, one of 10 “underrated” rookies to watch out for this season.
Kennard averaged 19.5 points during his sophomore season at Duke, shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.
In more basketball chatter, CBS listed Michigan’s Duncan Robinson and Michigan State’s Josh Langford as breakout candidates for 2017-18.