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Nurkic injured ... Detroit beats San Jose ... Breaking with tradition

March 26, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic had 32 points and 16 rebounds before suffering a gruesome left leg injury in the second overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Brooklyn Nets 148-144. Nurkic was hurt when he left bent awkwardly as he battled for an offensive rebound.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) —Dylan Larkin scored in the first minute, Jonathan Bernier had 38 saves and the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Monday night. The Red Wings have won four of their last five games after going 1-9-3 over their previous 13. The Sharks lost their season-high sixth (0-5-1) straight game. It’s their longest skid since going 0-6-0 in March 2017.

PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL is breaking with tradition for the start of its 100th season. The league opener will feature the Packers vs. the Bears at Soldier Field. Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 200 times since 1921.

BOSTON (AP) — Arraignments were held in federal court in Boston Monday for a dozen sports coaches, test administrators and others caught up in a nationwide college admissions scam. All pleaded not guilty to participating. The defendants arrested in the Operation Varsity Blues investigation include former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst, former UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and Wake Forest women’s volleyball coach Bill Ferguson. The coaches are charged with accepting bribes in exchange for helping students get into school by pretending they were athletic recruits.

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti is free on $300,000 bond and says he expects to be “fully exonerated” after being arrested on charges that he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike and embezzled money from a client. The attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump appeared briefly in court in New York. Avenatti was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California.