Celtics star Kyrie Irving missed Monday’s game against the Bulls because of left knee soreness, the team has announced. Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters at the team’s morning shoot around that Irving experienced soreness throughout Saturday’s loss in Houston and woke up sore on Monday. This will be the seventh game that Irving has missed this season. Boston is 5-2 without him. Irving had been spectacular since the All-Star break but was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting during Saturday’s loss to the Rockets. Stevens told reporters that he was uncertain whether Irving would be available Thursday when the Celtics wrap up a three-game road trip by visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, has died aged 88. The Bannister family released a statement confirming the news on Sunday morning. In it, they noted the legendary runner “died peacefully” and “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him as he was loved by them.” Bannister made history on May 6, 1954, when he completed the mile distance in a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in Oxford, England. Additionally, in the same race Bannister also won gold at the 1954 Commonwealth Games over the same distance. Bannister went on to become a neurologist after his athletics career came to an end in 1954. He was then knighted in 1975. Bannister was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011, but kept his spirits high, saying: “I do not want to make a fuss,” he said of the disease in 2014. “I make as light of it as I can.”
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Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is making progress in his recovery from ankle surgery. The 30-year-old Brantley has progressed to lateral agility drills as he works his way back from right ankle surgery in October with an eye toward playing as much as possible this season. It is unsure if this means he will be ready for Cleveland’s opener at Seattle, however. The two-time All-Star needed two surgeries to fix his shoulder and played in just 11 games in 2016, missing Cleveland’s run to the World Series. He appeared to be back on track last year before he injured his ankle while chasing a fly ball to left during a game on Aug. 8.
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Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Travis Wood left Thursday’s game after slipping on the infield grass and injuring his left knee. The Tigers have described the injury as a sprain. Wood was making his spring debut after being sidelined by an offseason finger injury . While pitching in the fourth inning, he caught a line drive and then trapped a baserunner between second and third base in a rundown. Upon pivoting toward second base, he fell immediately and grabbed his leg. No other details were available at press time. Wood, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers this winter after pitching for the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres in 2017.
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Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is continuing to deal with symptoms related to a concussion after his head hit an outfield wall during Sunday’s spring training game. Frazier, 23, first reported concussion symptoms to the team Monday morning, and has since said in a statement “I can’t even sit in my living room without feeling like s—,” Frazier said before Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. “My head hurts, and it’s just the headaches. I can’t shake the headache all day. I have a goal to attain, and it’s not fun watching it kind of feel like it dwindles away when you’re sitting on the shelf.” In the game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Florida, Frazier was drifting back for a fly ball and when the left fielder reached the warning track, he leaped just short of the wall and caught the ball as his head made contact with the bottom of the fence. As part of the concussion evaluation process, Frazier has spent the past three days working with trainers. He said Wednesday that the warm-ups have been going well, it’s when he starts trying to hit that the symptoms return.
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The Royals have signed first baseman Lucas Duda to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. The 32-year old left-handed hitter is likely the favorite to start at first base for the Royals. Duda is best-known to Royals fans as the Mets first baseman whose wild throw in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series allowed Eric Hosmer to score on an infield grounder. While not widely considered to have a good glove, his bat is what attracted the Royals, smacking 30 home runs last season. To make room for Duda on the roster, the Royals have designated outfielder Billy Burns for assignment.
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will appeal the NFL’s decision to seek reimbursement of legal fees stemming from his actions related to Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension as well as Roger Goodell’s contract extension. The NFL is seeking in excess of $2 million from Jones, citing a resolution that was added to the NFL constitution in 1997 that says if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees. The Cowboys offered a letter of support in the Elliott case as the running back fought the NFL’s six-game suspension. “Really don’t have any comment,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Tuesday. “I’ll let Jerry address that at the appropriate time, but don’t really have anything to say about that right now.” Stephen Jones said he was not aware of any other time the rule has been enforced, “but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened,” he said.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have identified the fan who directed racial taunts at San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills during Sunday’s game at Quicken Loans Arena and have banned him indefinitely. The fan, whom the team did not publicly identify, is barred from events at Quicken Loans Arena. The team will review the ban after one year. When Mills was at the foul line late during the Spurs’ 110-94 win, the fan was heard on the ABC broadcast yelling, “Hey Jamaica called, they want their bobsledder back.” Mills, who is black, is from Australia and is of Aboriginal heritage. Mills responded to a Twitter user who shared a video of the incident on Sunday, saying he hoped to “enlighten this confused, hateful fan.”
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The Kansas City Chiefs will receive a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback Marcus Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick, according to league sources. The trade cannot be officially announced until the start of the 2018 league year on March 14. Peters will cost $1.74 million toward the salary cap this season. The Rams will have until May 3 to pick up Peters’ fifth-year option for 2019.
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