Cavs’ Thompson to miss 2 more weeks...Jokic suspended...Indians re-sign Perez
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson will miss about two more weeks because of a sprained left foot, another blow to the NBA’s worst team. The 6-foot-10 veteran has been sidelined for the past four games. The Cavs have lost five straight and 17 of 18 entering tonight’s home game against Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) — Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) has received a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation. He’ll miss tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Jokic stepped toward the court during Wednesday’s loss at Utah when teammate Mason Plumlee and Derrick Favors of the Jazz engaged in an altercation near the basket.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Point guard Tre Jones has been upgraded to probable for No. 2 Duke’s game against Georgia Tech tomorrow after missing two games with a right shoulder injury. Jones separated his AC joint in a collision with Syracuse’s Frank Howard early in an overtime loss to the Orange on Jan. 14.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have re-signed free-agent reliever Oliver Perez for next season. The left-hander appeared in 51 games last season for the Indians, who signed him in June and added him to one of baseball’s best bullpens. Cleveland now needs Perez more than ever after losing closer Cody Allen and elite lefty Andrew Miller as free agents this winter.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are postponing their White House visit because of the partial government shutdown. The team says it consulted with Major League Baseball and the White House and rescheduled the trip to May 9, an off-day after a three-game series in Baltimore. The team had accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump to make the traditional champion’s visit on Feb. 15, but Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said it would not be appropriate to celebrate while 800,000 federal employees were not getting paychecks.