Sixers extend road skid to seven games in loss to Cavs, 108-94, as Joel Embiid leaves with left shoulder strain
CLEVELAND – The 76ers have hit the road woe equivalent of rock bottom.The already undermanned team lost its franchise player, Joel Embiid, while suffering a 108-94 loss to the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.It was the Sixers’ seventh straight road loss. It was also their 13th setback in their last 15 games away from home. And it dropped the Sixers to 9-21 on the road.The Cavaliers improved to 17-41 in what was their fourth victory in five games.Things are not exactly peachy right now for the Sixers (36-23).They were already without All-Star point guard Ben Simmons. And Embii...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Caris LeVert outduels Bradley Beal, but Wizards thwart Nets' comeback effort
WASHINGTON — Without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets, in all likelihood, will fall in the opening round of the playoffs.But let’s face it: they must avoid Milwaukee for even the longshot chance of advancing.What that means for the Nets is finishing at least seventh, which would pit them in a first-round series against either the Raptors, Celtics, Heat or Sixers. The Bucks are running away with the conference, along with the NBA’s top record, at 50-8.The Nets (26-30) appeared in good shape for much of this campaign — fluctuating between the sixth and seventh seeds — but now find themsel...
New York Daily News
Terry Rozier leads Hornets past Knicks, 107-101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Terry Rozier hit a high-arc reverse layup with 28 seconds left for a five-point lead that secured the Charlotte Hornets’ 107-101 victory over the New York Knicks Wednesday at Spectrum Center.The victory ended a two-game losing streak in which the Hornets were outscored by 29 and 39 points. Rozier finished with 26 points and Devonte Graham added 21.The Hornets played without Malik Monk, who was suspended by the NBA for an indefinite period for violating the anti-drug policy.This was one of the few remaining games this season when the Hornets had a rest disadvantage (they playe...
The Charlotte Observer
Sixers' Joel Embiid exits with sprained left shoulder against Cavaliers
CLEVELAND — 76ers center Joel Embiid didn’t make it out of the first quarter.The three-time All-Star suffered a left shoulder sprain while being fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic late in the first quarter Wednesday night. Embiid did not return to the game.Embiid bumped his shoulder while being fouled by Zizic with 49.2 seconds left in the first quarter. The Sixers center went to the foul line and missed both free throws. He appeared to be in pain while running back on defense. The Sixers committed an intentional foul to get him out of the game.The center walked straight to the lo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Warriors want Steph Curry to scrimmage more before making return
SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr would like for Stephen Curry to scrimmage more before being cleared to play. Though the team is still hopeful he can play Sunday against the Wizards, nothing yet has been made official.“He’s been out for four months,” Kerr said of Curry, who has missed most of the season with a broken left hand. “He’s done a ton of individual work. But to put someone in an NBA game, you’ve got to feel really comfortable that everything’s there conditioning-wise, strength-wise, a lot of things you can’t simulate unless it’s actual basketball.”Since being cleared for contact on-court w...
The Mercury News
49ers' Richard Sherman opposes CBA, says a 17th game puts player safety at risk
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said there’s a simple reason why he’d urge other players to join him in voting no on the NFL’s new proposed collective bargaining agreement — there’s no price they can put on their health.In a Twitter post Wednesday, Sherman agreed with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who also feels player safety would be put at risk if the league is able to implement a 17th game into the regular season as part of the new CBA.“Health and Wellness of our men is always the most important aspect,” Sherman tweeted. “There is no price you can put on that and that is why I Voted N...
The Mercury News
Detroit Tigers prospect Riley Greene is starting to make it hard for people to forget him
LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire looked at the lineup card and noticed a problem.Riley Greene, the Tigers’ first-round draft pick, was on the bench and there were only 3½ innings left to play Tuesday afternoon against the New York Mets at Joker Marchant Stadium.“Mac almost forgot to put him into the game,” Gardenhire said laughing, teasing bench coach Lloyd McClendon. “Mac had everybody else in the game.”Gardenhire pointed at his lineup card.“Ah, Greene,” Gardenhire said.“Oh, crap,” McClendon said. (All right, that might not be his exact comment, but it’s close).So Greene...
Detroit Free Press
After an up-and-down season, Jose Quintana hopes fixing his changeup can lead to a successful 2020 with the Cubs
MESA, Ariz. — Jose Quintana’s name usually is accompanied with a sigh or wince when Cubs fans recall that top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease were traded to acquire the left-hander from the White Sox.But Quintana merely is concerned with providing consistency in what could be his final season with the Cubs.“First, I want to be happy with what I’m doing on the mound,” Quintana said Wednesday after throwing a bullpen session. “I want to get my career in a good spot and show all the fans at Wrigley how I can be.“I want everyone to feel excited when I’m on the mound.”Quintana has plenty of ...
NASCAR drivers are honoring Kobe Bryant with their paint schemes at Auto Club 400
NASCAR drivers will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Sunday’s Auto Club 400 race in Fontana, Calif., with purple-and-gold paint schemes and gear.Hendrick Motorsports will honor the former Los Angeles Lakers star with a new paint scheme for the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet driven by William Bryon.Axalta Racing revealed the paint scheme Tuesday evening on Twitter.Byron retweeted the post and said he was “honored” to be driving for the nine victims who died in a helicopter crash in late January, which included Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.“Honored to be driving for Kobe, Gianna, Payton, Sa...
The Charlotte Observer
Royals pitcher Scott Blewett took a step back in Omaha but learned from failure
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City Royals tall right-hander Scott Blewett had never gotten hammered before like he did last year by Triple-A hitters in the Pacific Coast League.Blewett continued to pick himself up, dust himself off and make starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers for the majority of the season. Eventually, the organization sent him back down to Double-A in early August. That’s where he finished the 2019 season. While it was a tough pill to swallow at the time, he believes he’ll emerge a better pitcher.“Last year was a learning curve, I guess that’s really the only way you can really loo...
The Kansas City Star