Court rules against El­liott

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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.

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