Lakers will be without James for more games...UNC’s Manley to miss ACC opener... Steelers bid farewell to Porter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James will miss at least four more games with the Los Angeles Lakers while he recovers from a left groin strain. The Lakers say James’ injury will be re-evaluated in one week. The four-time NBA MVP already has missed four games after getting hurt during the Lakers’ victory at Golden State on Christmas. The Lakers are 1-3 without James in their lineup. He’s averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s sophomore big man Sterling Manley will miss his second straight game when the Tar Heels play at Pittsburgh on Saturday in UNC’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Manley sat out of Wednesday’s game against Harvard due to soreness in his left knee. Manley is averaging 4.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 55 percent for the 15th-ranked Tar Heels. He’s also tied for the team lead with eight blocked shots.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with outside linebackers coach Joey Porter. The move is the first of what could be several coaching adjustments by the Steelers after Pittsburgh failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The 41-year-old Porter, who spent 13 seasons in the NFL before going into coaching, joined the Steelers as a defensive assistant in 2014 and was promoted to outside linebackers coach in 2015.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will lose experience and leadership on the offensive line with center Michael Jordan’s decision to leave early for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman says he will forgo his senior season in a tweet. After starting as a true freshman and playing two years at left guard, Jordan moved to center last season to replace All-American Billy Price.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career victories leader, has died at age 85. Welsh compiled a 134-86-3 record at Virginia from 1982-2000. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. The former Navy quarterback took over a Cavaliers program that had had just two winning seasons in 29 years.