Sil­ver: No apol­ogy over tweet

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NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver said the league isn’t apol­o­giz­ing for Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet show­ing support for antigov­ern­ment pro­test­ers in Hong Kong, even after China’s state broad­caster can­celed plans to show a pair of pre­sea­son games in that country later this week.

Sil­ver, speak­ing Tues­day at a news con­fer­ence in Tokyo be­fore a pre­sea­son game be­tween the Rockets and league cham­pion Rap­tors, went as far as to say that he and the league are “apolo­getic” that so many Chi­nese of­fi­cials and fans were up­set by Morey’s tweet and com­ments that fol­lowed — but in­sisted that Morey has the right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

Sil­ver is go­ing to Shang­hai on Wednesday and said he hopes to meet with of­fi­cials and some of the league’s busi­ness part­ners there in an ef­fort to find some sort of com­mon ground.

Auto rac­ing: Chip Ganassi Rac­ing will field a third IndyCar next sea­son for Mar­cus Er­ic­s­son, a for­mer Formula One driver who just com­pleted his first year in the Amer­i­can open-wheel series. Er­ic­s­son, 29, spent his rookie year with Ar­row Sch­midt Peter­son Mo­tor­sports. At Ganassi, he will drive the No. 8 along­side five-time IndyCar cham­pion Scott Dixon and coun­try­man Felix Rosen­qvist, who was the 2019 rookie of the year. Col­lege bas­ket­ball: UNC fresh­man Gs An­thony Harris and Jeremiah Fran­cis and ju­nior F Ster­ling Man­ley will miss the start of the sea­son with knee in­juries. There’s no timetable yet for their re­turns.

Col­lege football: Auburn sopho­more RB JaTarvi­ous Whit­low will miss four to six weeks as he re­cov­ers from knee surgery. Whit­low, who leads the SEC with seven rush­ing TDs and ranks sec­ond with 544 yards, suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing the Tigers’ loss to Florida on Satur­day.

Gym­nas­tics: Si­mone Biles won a record 21st ca­reer medal at the world cham­pi­onships in Stutt­gart, Germany, as the U.S. re­tained its women’s team all-around ti­tle. It was the 22-yearold Biles’ 15th gold and broke a tie with Rus­sia’s Svet­lana Khork­ina for the most medals over­all by a woman at the world cham­pi­onships. She’s now two short of Vi­taly Scherbo’s all-time record of 23 among men or women.

Soccer: Germany and Fire mid­fielder Bas­tian Schwe­in­steiger an­nounced his re­tire­ment. Schwe­in­steiger, 35, won eight Bun­desliga ti­tles with Bay­ern Mu­nich and the 2014 World Cup with Germany. He also played for Manch­ester United from 2015-17 be­fore mov­ing to MLS.

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