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NBA-NEWS

Dallas coach Jason Kidd enters NBA protocols, out vs Rockets

UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are without coach Jason Kidd tonight against the Houston Rockets. The Mavericks say Kidd has entered the health and safety protocols, leaving the team in the hands of assistant coach Sean Sweeney.

Dallas currently is fifth in the Western Conference and has won four straight.

The last few weeks in the NBA have seen most teams dealing with outbreaks. Eleven games have been postponed, and now 13 head coaches, countless other staffers and about one-third of the league’s referees have been sidelined by virus issues.

NFL-NEWS

Cards designate Watt to return, could help in playoffs

UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have announced that three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has been designated to return from the injured reserve list, leaving open the possibility that he could boost the team’s defense during the playoffs.

The Cardinals made the move on Friday and now have 21 days to elevate Watt to the 53-man roster. He can return to practice immediately.

The 32-year-old Watt was initially expected to be out for the season because of a shoulder injury on Oct. 24, but has been working out at Arizona’s practice facility to try and be ready for the playoffs.

In other NFL news:

— Titans coach Mike Vrabel says the team has some time to make the decision on moving Derrick Henry from injured reserve back to the active roster. Vrabel says he likes what he’s seen of the 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year in the three days Henry has practiced.

— Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is listed as questionable for the 49ers in their crucial season finale against the Rams after missing last week’s game with an injured right thumb. Garoppolo practiced on a limited basis all week, and said Thursday that his thumb still hurts. Coach Kyle Shanahan says he knows whether he plans to start Garoppolo or Trey Lance on Sunday but is waiting until game time to make an announcement.

— Lamar Jackson will miss a fourth consecutive game for the Ravens because of his ankle injury. That likely ends the star quarterback’s 2021 regular season. That means Tyler Huntley will make his fourth start of the season. The winner of the Ravens-Steelers game can make the playoffs, but those chances are slim.

— Packers center Josh Myers is expected to play for the first time in over 2 1/2 months on Sunday against Detroit. The availability of fellow offensive lineman David Bakhtiari remains uncertain.

MLB-ESPN

ESPN realigns MLB Sunday Night broadcast team

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Former players David Cone and Eduardo Perez are joining Karl Ravech to form a new broadcast team for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” telecasts.

Alex Rodriguez will shift to eight Sunday night alternate telecasts on ESPN2 with Michael Kay, a mainstay on New York Yankees’ broadcasts since 1992.

Ravech replaces Matt Vasgersian.

COLLEGE SPORTS-MURRAY STATE

Murray State joining MVC this summer

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Murray State will become the 11th member of the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1.

University officials announced Friday the Board of Regents accepted an invitation from the Missouri Valley Conference and will be leaving the Ohio Valley Conference.

The MVC does not include football or rifle. Murray State is working to join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in football, while the school’s rifle program will continue competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL

NHL postpones Canucks, Senators games due to capacity limits

UNDATED (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks had another game pushed back when the NHL announced it was postponing Saturday’s matchup with the Ottawa Senators due to ongoing attendance restrictions.

The league also postponed a Senators-Jets game originally set for Jan. 15. Current health orders in British Columbia limit attendance at indoor sports events to 50% capacity.

TENNIS-NEWS

Djokovic spending Orthodox Christmas in detention

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) spent Orthodox Christmas in an Australian detention hotel working on his challenge against deportation. Hundreds of supporters have gathered at a rally in downtown Belgrade to protest his confinement.

The evidence that Djokovic was relying on to support a medical exemption to Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination policy was rejected by Australian border authorities when he arrived at the Melbourne airport late Wednesday, and his visa was canceled. He has been confined to the detention hotel since being moved from the airport.

The world No. 1 men’s player will go to the Federal Circuit Court on Monday to challenge his visa cancellation and deportation. That’s a week before the season-opening major starts.

GOLF-US WOMEN’S OPEN

US Women’s Open purse soars to $10 million on fabled courses

UNDATED (AP) — The USGA has announced a $10 million purse for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, nearly doubling last year’s total.

The prize money will go up to $12 million over the next five years.

OLYMPICS-NEWS

Bowe, teen Stolz win 1,000 races at US speedskating trials

UNDATED (AP) — Brittany Bowe has won the women’s 1,000 meters in a track-record time at the U.S. speedskating trials in Milwaukee to earn her third Olympic berth. The 33-year-old skater from Ocala, Florida, finished first in 1 minute, 13.63 seconds. Kimi Goetz was second at 1:14.89. Erin Jackson finished third in 1:15.88.

Jordan Stolz won the men’s 1,000 in a track-record time of 1:07.61 to earn an Olympic berth at age 17. Joey Mantia qualified for his third Olympics by finishing second.

In other Olympics developments:

— Olympic veterans Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman have crashed out of a World Cup qualifying race. That ends their hopes of being the doubles sled that represents USA Luge at next month’s Beijing Games.

— Two-time champion and Olympic hopeful Alysa Liu has withdrawn from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday. She finished third in the short program on Thursday to put herself in position to make the Olympic team.

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