• Panthers owner Jerry Richardson under investigation for alleged workplace misconduct


    The Carolina Panthers have opened an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against owner and founder Jerry Richardson. In a statement Friday, team spokesman Steven Drummond acknowledged accusations had been made against Richardson, 81. "The Carolina Panthers and Mr. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct," Drummond said. "The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally. We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it." The NFL became aware on Friday afternoon that the Panthers had initiated an investigation, a source told ESPN. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league would decline...
  • LeBron on postgame chat with Lonzo Ball: 'None of y'all business'


    CLEVELAND -- The much-anticipated first meeting between LeBron James and Lonzo Ball finished with James registering the 59th triple-double of his career, Ball just missing the third triple-double of his rookie year and the pair slapping hands at center court following the Cleveland Cavaliers' 121-112 win on Thursday. James, attempting to shield his words from cameras and lip readers, held his jersey over his mouth as he imparted a few postgame words to Ball, and Ball did the same, nodding along as James spoke. What did James say? "None of y'all business," James told reporters after posting 25 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds to tie Larry Bird for sixth place on the all-time triple-doubles list. Ball followed suit, coyly replying that James "didn't tell me anything." But Ball was more than willing to describe what James did on the court during the game. "Watching him doesn't do him justice," Ball said after...
  • Report: Sherra Wright-Robinson arrested in connection with death of Lorenzen Wright


    The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been arrested in California in connection with his death, according to a report by The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Sherra Wright-Robinson's arrest on Friday comes after the Dec. 5 indictment of 46-year-old Billy R. Turner in Wright's death.? According to the report, Turner was a deacon at Mt. Olive No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Collierville, Tennessee, where Wright-Robinson was a former member.? Wright's body was found in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He was shot multiple times. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department's most high-profile unsolved cases. Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles east of Memphis. Wright's mother told The Commercial Appeal that a police official...
  • Harden, Paul build huge Rockets lead to hold off Spurs


    HOUSTON -- Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets seem right now to be as bad as they wanna be, to borrow a phrase from the NBA great the perennial All-Star point guard joined in an exclusive club Friday. Paul still hasn't lost a game that he's played for the Rockets, who extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 124-109 rout of the San Antonio Spurs. Paul, who missed a month early in the season due to a knee injury, is 13-0 with the Rockets. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player in NBA history to start and win his first 13 games with a new team was Dennis Rodman, who did so with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. "Cool," Paul said after a spectacular performance against the Spurs, as he led the Rockets with 28 points, eight assists and seven steals. "Dennis Rodman got more championships than me. We'll see if I can catch him or not." Rodman's five rings would be setting the bar awfully high for...
  • Billy Napier named Louisiana coach; ASU makes Rob Likens new OC


    Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier was named the head coach at Louisiana?on Friday, meaning athletic director Ray Anderson's vision for ASU's program in the wake of Todd Graham's firing isn't going according to plan. Herm Edwards, the Sun Devils' new head coach, announced later Friday that Napier would be replaced by Rob Likens, who spent the past season as ASU's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Likens will also serve as quarterbacks coach, Edwards said. "There was no doubt in my mind that Rob Likens was the man we needed to step up and fill this role as offensive coordinator," Edwards said in the school's release. "Coach Likens provides much needed consistency and stability as we continue to build our staff." Anderson was adamant that the program was headed in the right general direction but would benefit from a change in leadership at the top when Graham was fired last month after six seasons at the school. Graham was...
  • Early influential money on Alabama in Las Vegas


    We're still several weeks away from the College Football Playoff semifinals, but the early influential money is on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks reported taking bets from respected players on the Crimson Tide, who are growing favorites over No. 1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m. ET, Jan. 1). Alabama opened as a 1-point favorite last Sunday at the Westgate SuperBook. The Crimson Tide are now 2.5-point favorites over the Tigers. "Alabama got some money from a group who moves numbers," Westgate Superbook assistant manager Ed Salmons said. "The public likes Clemson." At MGM sportsbooks, eight times as much money has been bet on the Crimson Tide as has been bet on Clemson in the first week since the matchup was set. The number of bets on the Sugar Bowl, however, was equally divided among the two teams, MGM vice president of race sports Jay Rood said. Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology also...
  • Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers


    Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller, before the Thunder held on a for a 119-117 victory
  • Paul, Rockets rout Spurs 124-109 for 12th straight victory


    Chris Paul had 28 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead the Houston Rockets to their 12th straight victory, a 124-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs
  • Celtics' Hayward says he's open to returning this season


    Now out of walking boot, Celtics' Hayward says he's open to a return to his season
  • Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct


    The Carolina Panthers are investigating workplace misconduct allegations against founder and owner Jerry Richardson