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Doncic injured

UNDATED (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been ruled out of Wednesday’s against Phoenix with a sprained left ankle and knee.

Doncic was injured late in a win over Denver. Doncic’s lower left leg got caught and bent awkwardly under Austin Rivers as the Nuggets guard fell on a layup attempt. Dallas won 111-101. The team says the 22-year-old won’t be available for the first of two consecutive games at the Suns.

In other NBA news:

—Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is practicing with his teammates again and expects to play Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers after missing eight games due to a positive COVID-19 test. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Middleton will gradually work toward his usual amount of playing time. Milwaukee went 3-5 in the games the two-time All-Star missed and has a 6-8 record this season.

—The New Orleans Pelicans says forward Zion Williamson won’t participate in five-on-five drills for at least another week. Williamson has been cleared for one-on-one contact drills after doctors reviewed imaging of his fractured right foot late last week. He’s scheduled to have more scans done on Nov. 24. Williamson was an All-Star last season when he averaged 27 points per game. The Pelicans have started 2-13 without Williamson.

— Cavaliers rookie forward Evan Mobley could be sidelined for a month with a sprained right elbow suffered Monday night in a loss to Boston. The No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft got hurt when his arm got tied up while battling Celtics center Enes Kanter. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff called the injury a “freak thing” because it happened on a common play. The team said an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of a sprain and estimated Mobley’s return in 2 to 4 weeks.

— The NBA is bringing two preseason games to Abu Dhabi next season, marking the first time the league will play in the Arabian Gulf. The games will be in October 2022. The exact dates and the teams involved have not been announced. No preseason games have been played outside of North America since 2019 because of the pandemic, though the league has said for months that it was targeting a return to overseas games in 2022.


Roethlisberger might play

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and outside linebacker T.J. Watt will both have an opportunity to play, while safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is expected to miss Sunday’s road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Roethlisberger entered the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 protocol on Saturday night after testing positive and he missed Sunday’s tie with the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger has a chance to play, but the Steelers are currently preparing to start backup quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Watt left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game with hip and knee injuries and did not return. Fitzpatrick played on Sunday, but he joined Roethlisberger on the COVID-19 list on Monday.

In other NFL news:

The Los Angeles Chargers may be missing a pair of important defensive players going into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after linemen Joey Bosa and Jerry Tillery entered the league’s reserve/COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday. Bosa is tied for the league lead with three strip-sacks and has 5 1/2 sacks this season. Tilley has started eight games and is third on the team with eight quarterback hits

—The Baltimore Ravens have waived running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell was one of three veterans the Ravens picked up after losing running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to preseason injuries. Baltimore also brought in Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman, and Bell had the fewest carries of the three. The 29-year-old Bell rushed for 83 yards on 31 carries for the Ravens. He did run for two touchdowns.

—Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has gone on injured reserve after hurting his biceps in a 17-0 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The Packers announced the move Tuesday. The designation means Mercilus must miss at least the next three games. Mercilus joined the Packers on Oct. 21. The Houston Texans released him a day earlier. He has appeared in four games with the Packers and has five tackles and a sack.

—The Miami Dolphins placed offensive tackle Greg Little on injured reserve and waived safety Sheldrick Redwine on Tuesday, moves involving two players who hadn’t appeared in a game for the team yet this season. Little was acquired in a trade with Carolina on Aug. 17 and has been inactive for all 10 of Miami’s games. Redwine was signed Oct. 26 and was inactive for three games.


AP source: Blue Jays, Berrios reach deal for 7 years, $131M

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with pitcher José Berríos on a seven-year, $131 million deal pending a physical.

The Blue Jays acquired the 27-year-old right-hander at the July trade deadline from the Minnesota Twins. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 season. Berríos went 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts with Toronto down the stretch. The two-time All-Star had been Minnesota’s ace.

Elsewhere in MLB:

—The Detroit Tigers are adding left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to their rotation with a $77 million investment. The team announced Tuesday that it agreed to terms on a five-year contract with Rodríguez. The 28-year-old Rodríguez joins a pitching staff with Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal on a third-place team that finished with 77 wins for its best season in five years. The Tigers know they have a lot of catching up to do after trailing the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox by 16 games.

—Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash has become the second skipper to win Manager of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, taking this year’s American League award. San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler won the NL honor. Cash led the low-payroll Rays to a second consecutive AL East crown. Bobby Cox had been the only person to win Manager of the Year two straight seasons. He did it with Atlanta in 2004 and 2005. Seattle’s Scott Servais finished second behind Cash in the voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Houston’s Dusty Baker was third. Kapler beat out Craig Counsell of Milwaukee and Mike Shildt of St. Louis.

— The Cleveland Indians, soon to be known as the Guardians, have resolved a lawsuit filed by a local roller derby team over naming rights. Both will be called the Guardians. The legal issue was the final hurdle for the Major League Baseball team to continue its name changeover. The sides jointly announced an “amicable resolution.” No other terms of the agreement were disclosed.

—Fire up the hot dog cannon! The Phillie Phanatic is back to his usual look following the settlement of a lawsuit. The Phillies and creator Harrison/Erickson reached a settlement his week that allowed the more familiar version to return in 2022 to Citizens Bank Park. The new look featured flightless feathers rather than fur-colored arms, stars outlining the eyes, a larger posterior and a powder blue tail, blue socks with red shoes, plus a set of scales under the arms.


Ex-minor league hockey coach charged with sexual assault

UNDATED (AP) — A former minor league coach in the Pittsburgh Penguins system has been indicted on sexual assault charges in Rhode Island.

The state attorney general’s office says 55-year-old Clark Donatelli was indicted in July on four counts of second-degree sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week and was released. Donatelli is charged in connection with an alleged incident from November 2018. The Penguins this month settled a lawsuit filed by a former minor league assistant and his wife, who said a coach sexually assaulted her in Rhode Island that same month.

In other NHL news:

— Dion Phaneuf has retired after 14 NHL seasons. He was a former Calgary Flames star defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs captain. Phaneuf is 36 and had not played since appearing in 67 games with the Los Angeles Kings in the 2018-19 season. He was a three-time All-Star.


Michigan beats UMass

UNDATED (AP) — —Naz Hillmon scored 19 points, Emily Kiser had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 13 Michigan beat UMass Lowell 73-54. Six different Michigan players scored during the run. Maddie Nolan added 18 points, making a career-high 6 of 7 3-pointers for Michigan.

Chevez Goodwin scored 20 points, Boogie Ellis added 18 and No. 25 Southern California beat Florida Gulf Coast 78-61 in the return of Trojans coach Andy Enfield to the school. Enfield led FGCU to the “Dunk City” moniker in the 2013 NCAA tournament.


2 Duke basketball players face DWI-related charges

UNDATED (AP) — Court records show Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson and a star teammate of his were arrested over the weekend on charges related to impaired driving.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Chris Knox says Michael Savarino was pulled over for a stop sign violation in Orange County early Sunday. Court records show Krzyzewski’s 20-year-old grandson was driving teammate Paolo Banchero’s white Jeep and admitted that he had consumed “several shots.” Savarino was charged with driving while impaired and driving after consuming under the age of 21. Banchero, who was riding in the back seat, was charged with aiding and abetting impaired driving. The 19-year-old is considered a top NBA prospect.

In other college basketball news:

—Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard and the school have agreed to a five-year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2025-26 season. The announcement was made by athletic director Warde Manuel on Tuesday night, a couple hours before the reigning Associated Press coach of the year led the fourth-ranked Wolverines against Seton Hall. Manuel hired Howard in May of 2019, giving the Miami Heat assistant and member of Michigan’s Fab Five a chance to be a head coach.


Illini’s Bielema positive for COVID-19, will miss Iowa game

UNDATED (AP) — Illinois coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his team’s game at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday.

Bielema said he was tested for the coronavirus Monday night after developing mild symptoms during the day. He said he is vaccinated and received a booster shot last week. Bielema said without elaborating that he would be as present as possible for Saturday’s game through technology.

In other college football news:

—Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte urged Texas fans on Tuesday not to “splinter or pull apart” but rather support first-year football coach Steve Sarkisian and the players during the program’s worst losing streak in 65 years. Del Conte wrote in his weekly newsletter that Sarkisian is “building a culture” and has the full support of the athletic department. Texas is 4-6 and has lost five in a row. The Longhorns must win their final two games against West Virginia and Kansas State to become eligible for a bowl.

— Athletic director Whit Babcock says Virginia Tech and football coach Justin Fuente have mutually agreed to part ways. The move is effective immediately, with two games left in the season. In a statement, Babcock said co-defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator J,C. Price will lead the Hokies through their final two regular season games. Fuente, in his sixth season in Blacksburg, Virginia, compiled a 43-31 record.

— Clemson leading receiver Justyn Ross will miss this week’s game against No. 13 Wake Forest with a foot injury. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday Ross has dealt with a stress fracture in his foot most of the season. The coach says Ross will need a screw in his foot and will likely undergo surgery this week. Ross had 46 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns this season.


Ex-Montana women’s basketball coach sues for discrimination

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) ¬— Former University of Montana women’s basketball coach Shannon Schweyen has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, alleging she was the victim of sexual discrimination in her employment.

The lawsuit says she received a base salary 20% less than the men’s coach, who was hired at the same time and who had less coaching experience. She also alleges her contract was not renewed after two players entered the NCAA transfer portal, even though the men’s basketball team had players leave and the coach was not fired. The university says it disagrees with Schweyen’s allegations and will defend itself. Schweyen’s teams posted a 52-69 record over four seasons.

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