Posted: Dec 20, 2019 7:31 PM CST
Updated: Dec 20, 2019 7:35 PM CST
Siakam, Gasol, Powell out indefinitely
TORONTO (AP) â The Toronto Raptors will be without three significant players for a while.
Pascal Siakam (see-Aâ-kam), Marc Gasol (gah-SAHLâ) and Norman Powell are out indefinitely after all three were injured at Detroit Wednesday night. Siakam hurt his groin during an awkward landing late in the fourth quarter of Torontoâs win. Gasol strained his left hamstring in the first quarter, and Powell left in the fourth with a left shoulder injury after colliding with another player.
Siakam leads the Raptors with 25.1 points and eight rebounds per game. Powell is scoring 14.4 points a game this season, and Gasol has been averaging 6.6 points and 6.6 boards.
NBA looks to tweak schedule
MIAMI (AP) â The NBA has sent a proposal to teams calling for a 78-game regular season. The plan also calls for an in-season tournament for all teams and a reseeding of the playoffs when the field is cut to the final four clubs.
A copy of the proposal was obtained by The Associated Press on Friday. The plan laid out for teams calls for a play-in tournament to decide the seventh and eighth seeds in both conferences. The top 10 finishers in both the East and West would therefore have a chance at the playoffs as well as a $1 million per player prize for the in-season tournament.
The league would make the changes for the 2021-22 season on a trial basis, with an option to continue the next season.
Junior Johnson dies
UNDATED (AP) â Moonshine runner turned stockcar driver âJuniorâ Johnson has died at age 88, according to NASCAR.
Johnson won 50 races in 14 years as a driver and had 132 victories while winning six championships as an owner. Johnson is also credited with bringing the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to NASCAR, which then led to Winston sponsoring its premier series from 1971-2003.
He was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWL SCHEDULE
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) â The college football bowl schedule has begun with the Bahamas Bowl in Nassau.
Buffalo has picked up its first bowl victory as Jaret Patterson ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the Bullsâ 31-9 rout of Charlotte. Patterson finished the year with a slew of school single-season records, including 330 carries, 1,799 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns.
Kyle Vantrease passed for a touchdown and ran for another to help Buffalo win a bowl game for the first time in four appearances.
AP source: Cardinalsâ Shaw drops appeal of ban for gambling
UNDATED (AP) â Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has dropped his appeal of a one-year NFL suspension for gambling on league games, according to a person with knowledge of the move.
Shaw was suspended late last month through at least the end of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season. Itâs the first time in more than 35 years an NFL player has been banned for gambling.
Shaw hasnât played for the Cardinals this season after being placed on injured reserve following an injury during the preseason.
In other NFL news:
â Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Vance McDonald both practiced for the Steelers Friday, meaning they should be available to face the Jets on Sunday. Smith-Schuster has missed Pittsburghâs last four games while dealing with a knee injury suffered in Cleveland on Nov. 11.
â Seahawks defensive tackle Al Woods has received a four-game suspension for violating the leagueâs policy on performance-enhancing substances. Woods will miss Seattleâs final two regular season games and two potential playoff games if the Seahawks advances to the divisional round. The punishment was announced four days after wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely for violating policies on performance-enhancers and âsubstances of abuse.â
â Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry practiced fully Friday for the Tennessee Titans, who will be without starting cornerback Adoreeâ Jackson for a third straight game against the Saints. Henry did not practice Thursday and was limited Wednesday. He ran for 86 yards in a loss to Houston despite not practicing at all last week leading up to the game.
â The Steelers have cut reserve safety Kameron Kelly, hours after he was arrested during a dispute with police at a bar. The 23-year-old Kelly is charged with two counts of making terroristic threats and one count of resisting arrest.
Eichel down with upper body injury
UNDATED (AP) â Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel (EYEâ-kul) has been listed as day to day with an upper body injury.
The NHLâs second-leading scorer was scratched 10 minutes before the start of Thursdayâs 6-1 loss at Philadelphia after he participated in warmups.
Eichel has scored points in his last 17 games, the NHLâs longest streak this season. The hot stretch gives him 24 goals and 50 points in 35 games.
Also in the NHL:
â Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper (KEHMâ-pur) could be out for an extended period after suffering a lower-body injury while making a save against the Wild on Thursday. Kuemper entered the game second in the NHL with a 1.97 goals-against average and a record of 15-7-2 for the Pacific Division leaders.
Twins in Clippard, keep Romo
UNDATED (AP) â Relievers Tyler Clippard and Sergio Romo have finalized contracts with the Minnesota Twins.
Clippard accepted a one-year package worth at least $5 million after compiling a 2.90 ERA in 62 innings for the Indians last season, striking out 64 and walking just 15. The Twins are his 10th major league team.
Romo stays with Minnesota after taking a one-year, $4.75 million offer that includes a $5 million team option for 2021 or a $250,000 buyout. Romo posted a 3.18 ERA with four walks and 27 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings for the Twins after being acquired from Miami in July.
In other MLB news:
â The White Sox and two-time All-Star lefty Gio Gonzalez have finalized a one-year, $5 million contract that includes a 2021 option. GonzĂĄlez debuted with Oakland in 2008 and is 130-99 with a 3.68 ERA over 12 years with the Athletics, Nationals and Brewers. He was 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 17 starts and 19 appearances for Milwaukee last season.
â The Tigers and right-hander Zack Godley have worked out a minor league contract that includes an invitation to big league camp. Godley won 15 games for Arizona in 2018 but was just 4-5 with a 5.97 ERA for with the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season.
â The Cubs have added bullpen help by working out a one-year deal with Ryan Tepera. The 32-year-old right-hander is 12-11 with a 3.64 ERA and 10 saves over five seasons with the Blue Jays.
â Reliever Yimi GarcĂa has worked out a one-year, $1.1 million package with the Marlins. GarcĂa was 1-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 64 games for the Dodgers this year.
â The average major league player salary has dropped in consecutive years for the first time since the union started keeping records more than a half-century ago. The union says the 988 players on Aug. 31 rosters and injured lists averaged $4,051,490, down 1.1% from $4,095,686 last year. This was just the fifth decline since records started in 1967, when the average was $19,000.
Navy, Army probes find no racism intent in hand gestures
WASHINGTON (AP) â Military investigations have concluded that hand gestures flashed by West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen during the televised Army-Navy football game were not racist signals.
A Navy probe of the event found that the students were participating in a âsophomoric gameâ on Saturday and had no racist intent. An Army statement Friday also rejected any racist overtones.