NBA-MARK CUBAN-ASSAULT ALLEGATION
NBA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban
DALLAS (AP) — The NBA says it is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.
League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.
The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.
Cuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.
Prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman didn’t want to proceed with the allegation.
In other NBA news:
— The NBA said three plays were officiated incorrectly in overtime of Tuesday’s Miami-Washington game, all aiding the Wizards in what became their four-point victory. The National Basketball Referees Association, however, disagreed with the league’s assessment in one of those situations.
In Wednesday’s NBA action:
— Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell finished with 20 points and six assists, and the Utah Jazz snapped the Indiana Pacers’ four-game winning streak with a 104-84 victory. The Jazz improved to 15-2 over their last 17 games. Ricky Rubio finished with 18 points and seven assists for Utah, and reserve Jae Crowder added 16 points. Joe Ingles had 11 points and 10 assists.
AP Sources: Eagles get Michael Bennett from Seattle
UNDATED (AP) — The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks, according to three people familiar with the trade. They tell the Associated Press that Seattle will get wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, while Philadelphia also receives a seventh-round pick. The deal won’t be officially announced until the NFL’s league year opens next Wednesday.
Bennett had 8 ½ sacks last season and 54 in his nine-year career. The 32-year-old has three years remaining on his contract, with a base salary of just $1.65 million in 2018. That number jumps to $6 million in 2019 and $7.5 million in 2020.
In other NFL news:
— A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to trade linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for two draft picks. The Rams also will send a seventh-round pick in 2019 to the Giants along with Ogletree, their defensive captain and last season’s leading tackler. Los Angeles gets the Giants’ fourth-round and sixth-round picks in the 2018 draft.
— The Patriots have released tight end Martellus Bennett, who was due a $2 million roster bonus next week. His release will save New England about $6 million in salary cap space. Bennett joined New England in November of last season after being released by Green Bay for “failing to disclose a physical condition.”
— Oakland Raiders long snapper Jon Condo says the team has told him he won’t return in 2018. Condo said on his Twitter account that the Raiders told his agent he won’t be back when he becomes a free agent next week. Condo played every game over 11 years with the Raiders.
Mariners bring back 44-year-old Ichiro Suzuki
UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are bringing back Ichiro Suzuki.
Seattle finalized a one-year deal with 44-year-old Japanese star on Wednesday after several outfielders got hurt. Suzuki underwent a physical in Seattle on Monday.
Suzuki spent the first 11 major league season with the Mariners, earning 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP, winning a pair of batting titles and becoming a 10-time All-Star. He was traded to the New York Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with the Yankees, then spent three seasons with Miami.
In other baseball news:
— Tim Lincecum (LIHN’-sih-kuhm) has passed the physical he needed to finalize his $1 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers. Texas general manager Jon Daniels says the 33-year-old right-hander will be a reliever and could be the Rangers’ closer as he attempts to pitch in the big leagues for the first time since 2016.
— The Tampa Bay Rays say right-hander Jose De Leon has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The 25-year-old is the second top Rays prospect to incur a major elbow injury this spring training. De Leon made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and pitched in one game for Tampa Bay last year, winning at Texas on May 29.
Flames snap 4-game skid with 5-1 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Bennett and Mark Jankowski scored three minutes apart in the first period and the Calgary Flames snapped a four-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Calgary improved to 1-3-1 in its last five games to gain ground in the tightly contested Western Conference playoff race.
Calgary improved to 1-3-1 in its last five games to gain ground in the tightly contested Western Conference playoff race. With 76 points, the Flames jumped into 10th place, a point ahead of idle St. Louis, and within one of Los Angeles and Colorado.
In other NHL news:
— Hall of Fame player Ron Francis is out as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes after four years but will remain with the team in another front-office position. New owner Tom Dundon says the team will begin a search for a new GM to report directly to Dundon. Francis will move into a new role as the team’s president of hockey operations. The move came a day after Carolina’s 6-1 loss at Minnesota.
— Boston Bruins forward David Backes has been suspended for three games for a shoulder to the head of Detroit’s Frans Nielsen. The decision was announced by the league on Wednesday, a day after Backes knocked Nielsen from Boston’s 6-5 overtime victory.
Jayhawks’ Azubuike injures knee, out for Big 12 tourney
UNDATED (AP) — Kansas forward Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BWEE’-kay) sprained his left knee during a scrimmage this week, ruling him out of the Big 12 Tournament and putting his availability for the NCAA Tournament in question.
The ninth-ranked and top-seeded Jayhawks open the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday.
Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Wednesday that Azubuike hurt the medial collateral ligament in his knee the previous day. The medical staff called it a “Grade 1” sprain and Azubuike will be evaluated again on Sunday, though Self hopes to have him back on the court next week.
Azubuike is averaging 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds this season. The 7-footer has given the Jayhawks their only significant inside presence.
In other college basketball news:
— Kentucky says freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is being evaluated on a daily basis after sustaining an unspecified injury in practice. Basketball spokesman Eric Lindsey said via text that the 6-foot-9, 214-pound Vanderbilt was injured Tuesday and his status for Southeastern Conference Tournament is “day-to-day.” The fourth-seeded Wildcats play their first game in Friday’s quarterfinals at the tournament in St. Louis.
NCAA passes $1 billion in revenue, surplus of $105 million
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA surpassed $1 billion in revenue for the first time last year, most of which came from its television deal for the men’s basketball tournament, and distributed $560.3 million to Division I schools.
The NCAA released Wednesday its audited financial statement for September 2016 to August 2017. The media rights deal with CBS and Turner for the tournament was worth $761 million. That increases to $869 million this year.
The NCAA also was paid $35.75 million from ESPN. The NCAA does not make anything from major college football and the College Football Playoff media rights. Those deals are struck with conferences.
The NCAA listed $956 million in total expenses leaving it with a surplus of 105.1 million. The previous year, the NCAA reported $995 million in revenue.