Feb. 28 Sports Briefs

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Trail Blazers hand Celtics 4th straight loss 97-92

BOSTON (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half and Portland handed Boston its fourth straight loss 97-92 on Wednesday. Maurice Harkless had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jusef Nurkic scored 16 points, and CJ McCollum finished with 14 points for the Blazers. They have won a season-best five straight. Kyrie Irving scored 31 points for Boston. The Celtics are winless since the All-Star break.

Trae Young pours in 36 points to lead Hawks over T’wolves

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young matched the career high he set earlier in the week with 36 points, John Collins had 34 and Atlanta beat Minnesota 131-123 in overtime on Wednesday. Collins scored 18 points in the fourth quarter as Atlanta, which trailed by 13 points late in the third period, rallied to force the extra period. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 37 points and 17 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins had 21 points.

MLB: Players, teams appear headed to early negotiations

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players and management appear headed to early labor negotiations that could lead to significant economic changes in the collective bargaining agreement and possibly a new deal past the current expiration of December 2021. Management backed off its desire for a pitch clock this year in a proposal to the players’ association on Tuesday, putting off most on-field changes to 2020 at the earliest. The union quickly made a counteroffer, and the biggest alterations still being discussed for this year are a single trade deadline, most likely on July 31, and lowering the number of mound visits without a pitching change from six to five.

Johnny Manziel’s time in the CFL comes to a close

MONTREAL (AP) — Johnny Manziel’s time in the Canadian Football League is over. The CFL terminated the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s contract with the Montreal Alouettes. The league also informed the eight other teams that it wouldn’t register a contract for Manziel if any tried to sign him. The league said Manziel had violated an agreement that made him eligible to play in the CFL. “We advised Montreal that Johnny had violated one of the conditions we had set for him to be in our league. And Montreal announced his release today,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in Vancouver. “We didn’t release the terms of those conditions then and we’re not going to do that now. We’re trying to do what we believe is in the best interests of the entire league. The conditions we set, we thought were the right ones. Those conditions have been violated and we feel it’s best, and Montreal feels its best, to let Johnny move on. And we think it’s best for our league that he do the same. And we wish him well.”

Steelers GM ponders what to do with WR Antonio Brown

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert insists he would gladly welcome back Antonio Brown next season. If things don’t work out, Colbert has a plan for that, too. Colbert addressed the rampant rumors about Brown’s future by saying he would only trade the Steelers’ star receiver if he gets equal value in return — and preferably to a team outside the AFC North. “Ideally, you’d want to trade him to somebody you’ll never play but that can’t happen because if you’re good enough to get to the Super Bowl you’ll have to play him anyway,” Colbert said while answering a hypothetical question. “The less you would play him the better. But if a team you play twice a year comes through with the best compensation, you have to weigh that into the discussions. We haven’t ruled out anybody.” What Colbert has ruled out is giving away one of the league’s top playmakers at a bargain price — even as some believe Brown’s price has continued to drop as he lobbies for a trade. Just last week, after Brown met with Steelers president Art Rooney II, Brown wrote on Twitter that the two agreed it was time to part ways.

NFL: Foles will be free agent

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Foles rejuvenated his career in Philadelphia. Now he wants to turn his success into an NFL starting job — and the Eagles intend to give him that chance. General manager Howie Roseman told reporters that the franchise will not use the franchise tag on Foles, making him a free agent. Roseman said the Eagles agreed to make the move after Foles expressed his desire during a recent meeting.

Pacman Jones arrested

RISING SUN, Ind. (AP) — Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been arrested and jailed after an incident at a southeastern Indiana casino. The Indiana Gaming Commission says Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, intimidation, and resisting arrest early Wednesday at the Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana, located about 25 miles southwest of Cincinnati. The commission says its agents were called to the casino “to investigate a patron for possible cheating at a table game.” It says the 35-year-old Jones “immediately became verbally combative and disorderly with agents and casino staff.” Jones was incarcerated at the Dearborn County Jail in nearby Lawrenceburg. Jones, a one-time Pro Bowler, spent eight seasons with the Bengals. He also played for the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys.

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