Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic accepts teammate's apology after preseason fight

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic says he has accepted an apology from teammate Bobby Portis after a preseason incident left Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion.

Mirotic has not played for the Bulls since the October 17 fight during practice. After a practice on Wednesday, Mirotic said simply, "we are teammates. We are on the same team. Obviously we are fighting for this team. We both are going to do what we need to do to make it work."

The Montenegrin forward said he didn't want to address events from the past.

"I'm comfortable being with the team," he said. "I had a lot of support from my teammates, from everybody."

It's not clear when Mirotic will return to game action. But Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says his player is "excited to get back out there on the floor," calling that "the final hurdle...getting him back on the court, in uniform, in a game setting."

"He's a part of the team," Mirotic said of Portis. "I'm going to support him too. Obviously, I'm going to give him [fist bumps], like he would give me [fist bumps] too."

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Miami Hurricanes wide receiver carted off practice field with apparent injury

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MIAMI) -- College football's seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes may have suffered a tough break on Wednesday, with wide receiver Ahmmon Richards being carted off the field during practice with an apparent injury.

Miami (10-1), is preparing for the Atlantic Coast Conference title game against top-ranked Clemson (11-1) on Saturday night. The Hurricanes previously lost tight end Christopher Herndon to a season-ending knee injury just days earlier.

The Miami Herald reports Richards was surrounded by players and head coach Mark Richt as trainers tended to him.

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Mississippi State hires Penn State OC Moorhead as head coach

Joe Sargent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mississippi State has hired Penn State Offensive Coordinator Joe Moorhead as their new head coach.

Moorhead spent the past two years with the Nittany Lions leading them to the 2016 Big Ten Conference Championship.

In his first year at Penn State, Moorhead led them to single season school records for total yards (6,056) passing yards, (3,650) and tied the record for points (526).

"It's a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog," Moorhead said in a statement. "I am thrilled to take the reins of an SEC program that has been as successful as this one has the past decade. I look forward to getting to know the young men on our team, hiring a staff and hitting the recruiting trail quickly."

"Joe is a winner, a man of integrity with a blue-collar work ethic and an ability to motivate others that our student-athletes will gravitate to," Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said. "His innovative offensive philosophy is a perfect fit for our program and will keep us on a path to competing for championships."

Moorhead replaces Dan Mullen, who was hired as Florida's new head coach earlier this week.

Mullen led the Bulldogs to a 69-46 record in nine years.

Prior to his time with Penn State, Moorhead was the head coach of his alma mater Fordham. He led them to three straight Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and 38-13 record in four years, after taking over a team that went 1-10 the year before his hiring.

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Scoredboard Roundup -- 11/29/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s games:

 Final Cleveland  108 Miami  97
 Final Phoenix   104 Chicago   99
 Final Washington  92 Minnesota  89
 Final Utah  106 Denver  77
 Final Milwaukee  112 Sacramento  87

 Final Tampa Bay  2 Buffalo  0
 Final N-Y Islanders  5 Vancouver   2
 Final SO Columbus  3 Carolina  2
 Final Florida   5 N-Y Rangers  4
 Final San Jose  3 Philadelphia  1
 Final L.A. Kings   4 Detroit  1
 Final Nashville  3 Chicago  2
 Final OT Edmonton  3 Arizona  2
 Final Toronto   4 Calgary  1
 Final Dallas   3 Vegas   0
 Final (2) Kansas  96 Toledo    58
 Final (8) Wichita St. 112 Savannah St.   66
 Final (21) Xavier  76 (16) Baylor  63
 Final Purdue    66 (17) Louisville  57

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Cavaliers star LeBron James ejected for first time in career

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has received his first ejection of his 1,082-game career.

With 1:59 left in the third quarter of Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat, James argued with referee Kane Fitzgerald that Heat forward James Johnson did not get receive a foul when he bumped him on a missed layup.

James continued to yell at Fitzgerald as he was given a technical foul and then ejected.

Despite James' ejection, the Cavaliers defeated the Heat 108-97, continuing their winning streak to nine games.

"I said what I had to say and I moved on," the NBA star said to reporters after the game. "He decided I should get two of them. It is what it is. We got the win, and that's what's most important."

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Scoreboard Roundup -- 11/27/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s games:

 Final Miami   100 Chicago  93
 Final Minnesota 119 Phoenix 108
 Final Brooklyn  98 Memphis  88

 Final SO Carolina   4 Nashville  3
 Final SO N-Y Rangers  4 Vancouver  3
 Final Edmonton   4 Boston   2

 Final Buffalo  16 Kansas City   10
 Final Carolina  35 N-Y Jets  27
 Final Philadelphia  31 Chicago   3
 Final Cincinnati   30 Cleveland  16
 Final Tennessee   20 Indianapolis  16
 Final New England  35 Miami    17
 Final Atlanta  34 Tampa Bay  20
 Final Seattle  24 San Francisco  13
 Final Oakland  21 Denver   14
 Final L.A. Rams   26 New Orleans   20
 Final Arizona  27 Jacksonville  24
 Final Pittsburgh   31 Green Bay  28
 Houston at Baltimore  8:30 p.m.

 Final (1) Duke   87 (7) Florida    84
 Final (4) Michigan St.   63 (9) North Carolina  45
 Final (8) Kentucky  107 Ill.-Chicago   73
 Final (16) Texas A&M  75 (10) Southern Cal   59
 Final OT (17) Gonzaga   76 Texas     71
 Final OT Georgia   83 (21) Saint Mary's (Cal)  81
 Final (23) UCLA    87 UC Irvine   63
 Final (24) West Virginia  83 Missouri   79

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s games:

Portland 108, Washington 105
San Antonio 106, Charlotte 86
Philadelphia 130, Orlando 111
Toronto 112, Atlanta 78
Houston 117, N.Y. Knicks 102
Boston 108, Indiana 98
Golden State 110, New Orleans 95
Dallas 97, Oklahoma City 81
Utah 121, Milwaukee 108
L.A. Clippers 97, Sacramento 95

Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 2
Montreal 3, Buffalo 0
Chicago 4, Florida 1
Washington 4, Toronto 2
N.Y. Islanders 2, Ottawa 1
New Jersey 4, Detroit 3
Vegas 4, Arizona 2
St. Louis 6, Minnesota 3
Calgary 3, Colorado 2
San Jose 4, Winnipeg 0
L.A. Kings 2, Anaheim 1

(6) Auburn 26, (1) Alabama 14
(3) Oklahoma 59, West Virginia 31
(4) Clemson 34, South Carolina 10
(5) Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 0
(7) Georgia 38, Georgia Tech 7
(8) Ohio St. 31, Michigan 20
(20) Stanford 38, (9) Notre Dame 20
(12) Penn St. 66, Maryland 3
(15) Washington 41, (14) Washington St. 14
(17) Memphis 70, East Carolina 13
(18) Oklahoma St. 58, Kansas 17
(19) LSU 45, Texas A&M 21
(21) Michigan St. 40, Rutgers 7
(23) Northwestern 42, Illinois 7
Fresno St. 28, (25) Boise St. 17

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/24/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from Friday’s games:

Portland 127, Brooklyn 125
Boston 118, Orlando 103
Atlanta 116, N.Y. Knicks 104
Indiana 107, Toronto 104
Miami 109, Minnesota 97
Detroit 99, Oklahoma City 98
Cleveland 100, Charlotte 99
Denver 104, Memphis 92
New Orleans 115, Phoenix 91
Golden State 143, Chicago 94

Boston 4, Pittsburgh 3
OT N.Y. Islanders 5, Philadelphia 4
SO Minnesota 3, Colorado 2
Winnipeg 4, Anaheim 1
Washington 3, Tampa Bay 1
OT Vegas 5, San Jose 4
New Jersey 3, Vancouver 2
Columbus 5, Ottawa 2
OT N.Y. Rangers 2, Detroit 1
Buffalo 3, Edmonton 1
Toronto 5, Carolina 4
Nashville 2, St. Louis 0
Dallas 6, Calgary 4
OT Arizona 3, L.A. Kings 2


Pittsburgh 24, (2) Miami 14
(10) TCU 45, Baylor 22
(13) UCF 49, (22) South Florida 42
(24) Virginia Tech 10, Virginia 0

OT (1) Duke 85, Texas 78
(18) Purdue 89, (2) Arizona 64
(3) Kansas 102, Oakland 59
(5) Villanova 64, N. Iowa 50
2OT (7) Florida 111, (17) Gonzaga 105
(9) North Carolina 87, Arkansas 68
(14) Minnesota 69, UMass 51
Arizona St. 102, (15) Xavier 86
(16) Texas A&M 81, Pepperdine 65
(17) Gonzaga 86, Ohio St. 59
(19) Louisville 84, St. Francis (Pa.) 72
(20) Seton Hall 72, Vanderbilt 59
Washington St. 84, (21) Saint Mary's (Cal) 79
(24) West Virginia 83, UCF 45
(25) Alabama 71, BYU 59

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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence more than doubled in new ruling

Marco Longari - Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paralympic athlete and convicted killer Oscar Pistorius will spend the next 13 years and five months behind bars after the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) lengthened his jail sentence from six years to the maximum penalty.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) turned to the SCA earlier this month to appeal the sentence handed down by the High Court in Pretoria.

The former Paralympic gold medalist and Olympic competitor shot and killed his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp in the overnight hours of Valentine's Day in 2013.

Pistorius argued he shot Steenkamp, just 29 at the time of her death, through a bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.

The Supreme Court of Appeal said based on the evidence, it finds it difficult to believe that the man nicknamed the "Blade Runner" is genuinely remorseful about Steenkamp’s death. The SCA ordered that Pistorius receive the maximum possible sentence in this case of 15 years, however, it did take into account the time Pistorius has already served.

The double amputee’s brother Carl said he was “shattered‚ heartbroken‚ gutted” by the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling in a post on Twitter Friday morning, shortly after the SCA handed down its judgment.

Pistorius, who turned 31 behind bars this week, could potentially be out of jail for his 40th birthday if he is granted parole, but Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says it’s not a given that will happen.

“We will have to look at court papers and only once he has served the minimum of the total sentence, will he be considered [for parole],” Nxumalo said.

The disgraced athlete was originally convicted of culpable homicide -- similar to the U.S. judicial definition of manslaughter -- in the Pretoria High Court in 2014. However, the SCA upgraded his conviction to murder after the NPA appealed.

The matter was referred back to the court in Pretoria, which sentenced him to six years for the murder of Steenkamp. The NPA again turned to the Appeals Court, saying the sentence was "shockingly inappropriate."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/23/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:


Mississippi 31, (16) Mississippi St. 28

Minnesota 30, Detroit 23
L.A. Chargers 28, Dallas 6
Washington 20, N.Y. Giants 10

(1) Duke 99, Portland St. 81
SMU 66, (2) Arizona 60
(4) Michigan St. 73, DePaul 51
(5) Villanova 85, Tennessee 76
(7) Florida 108, Stanford 87
(9) North Carolina 102, Portland 78
(15) Xavier 83, George Washington 64
(17) Gonzaga 86, Ohio State 59
W. Kentucky 77, (18) Purdue 73
Rhode Island 75, (20) Seton Hall 74
(21) Saint Mary's (Cal) 89, Harvard 71
(24) West Virginia 84, Marist 78

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