King James passes MJ...Manfred says no collusion...Severino sidelined...Surgery for Perez.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James scored his 32,293rd point on a driving layup in the second quarter of last night’s 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He began the night needing 13 points to eclipse Jordan and now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.
BOSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is calling it a “distributional problem” and not collusion as the reason dozens of baseball players have been shut out of the free agent market this offseason. Manfred told a group of Boston business executives yesterday that the percentage of revenue going to the players hasn’t changed in the past 15 years or so. He added that it’s up to the players to explain to management what they are looking for in terms of distribution of those dollars.”
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees ace Luis Severino expects to resume a throwing program in two weeks as he tries to recover from right shoulder inflammation. He was scratched from his first planned spring-training start on Tuesday and underwent an MRI after feeling discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session. Severino was the Yankees’ top pitcher last season, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has undergone season ending Tommy John surgery, one week after injuring his throwing elbow during drills. The recovery time is usually about a year, meaning the six-time All-Star could be back for opening day next season. Perez has been among the game’s most durable catchers, appearing in at least 129 games each of the past six seasons.
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Jamie Collins, who never lived up to high expectations. Collins had two years remaining on his contract. Cleveland acquired the 29-year-old in a 2016 trade from New England. Collins made 30 starts for the Browns, recording 204 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions.