NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden mind hemorrhage Thursday and had emergency surgical procedure.

The league made the announcement about Stern’s situation in an announcement, saying its ideas and prayers have been with the 77-year-old Stern’s household.

Stern served precisely 30 years because the NBA’s longest-tenured commissioner earlier than Adam Silver changed him on Feb. 1, 2014. Stern has remained affiliated with the league with the title of commissioner emeritus and has remained energetic in his different pursuits, reminiscent of sports activities know-how.

Stern oversaw the expansion of the NBA right into a league whose video games have been televised in greater than 200 international locations and territories and in greater than 40 languages. The league was staging a regular-season sport in Mexico Metropolis between Dallas and Detroit on Thursday night time when it revealed the information about Stern.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson was presupposed to be making his extremely anticipated NBA debut by someday subsequent week, if not earlier.

That appears unlikely now, given the general No. 1 draft decide has but to follow with the New Orleans Pelicans since having surgical procedure to restore the lateral meniscus in his proper knee on Oct. 21.

The reeling Pelicans may definitely use him. They’ve misplaced 10 straight heading into Friday night time’s sport at Philadelphia to fall to 6-19, however coach Alvin Gentry stated this week that he couldn’t forecast a return date.

“I don’t have any thought,” Gentry stated. “We’re not going to hurry something with him. We’re going to be overly cautious.”

Williamson’s preliminary prognosis was for his rehabilitation to final six to eight weeks. This Monday will mark eight weeks since surgical procedure.

MIAMI (AP) — Dion Waiters has been suspended but once more with out pay by the Miami Warmth, his third banishment of the season.

The workforce made the announcement Thursday night time, citing “his failure to stick to workforce insurance policies, violation of workforce guidelines and continued insubordination” as the explanations. The transfer got here just a few hours after Waiters had been dominated out of Friday’s sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers due to sickness.

Waiters has been sick for a number of days, however clearly, the already-strained relationship is ailing once more. He is not going to be allowed again till after Miami’s sport in opposition to Utah on Dec. 23.

He has already misplaced about $920,000 in wage from two earlier suspensions — a one-gamer to begin the yr after he complained about his function in the preseason, then a 10-gamer after an incident on the workforce airplane the place an individual with information of the matter stated he ingested at the very least one cannabis-infused edible and had a response that required medical consideration.

The newest suspension quantities to 6 video games, or one other $500,000 off his $12.1 million wage — elevating his complete in misplaced pay this season to greater than $1.Four million. That doesn’t embody a $1.1 million bonus that he may have earned by showing in 70 video games.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson threw 5 landing passes, scurried into the NFL document ebook and guided the Baltimore Ravens to their second straight AFC North title and 10th consecutive victory, 42-21 over the New York Jets on Thursday night time.

Baltimore (12-2) took management with touchdowns on its first three possessions and Jackson made it 28-7 in the third quarter with a 24-yard scoring move to rookie Marquise Brown following a turnover by New York (5-9).

That was sufficient to guarantee the Ravens one other division title after they clinched a playoff berth 4 days earlier in Buffalo. With a victory subsequent week in Cleveland, the Ravens will probably be assured the highest seed in the AFC, a distinction that comes with home-field benefit main as much as the Tremendous Bowl.

Jackson ran for 86 yards (on eight carries) to interrupt Michael Vick’s single-season document for a quarterback. Jackson has 1,108 yards speeding. Vick had 1,039 for Atlanta in 2006.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL gamers have been charged with defrauding the league’s well being care profit program, the Justice Division stated Thursday.

They embody 5 former gamers on the Washington Redskins, together with Clinton Portis and Carlos Rogers.

Prosecutors allege the gamers focused the Gene Upshaw NFL Participant Well being Reimbursement Account Plan, which was established as a part of a collective bargaining settlement in 2006. It offers tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care bills that weren’t lined by insurance coverage and that have been incurred by former gamers, their spouses and dependents.

The Justice Division alleges the gamers submitted almost $Four million in false claims to the plan, ensuing in over $3.Four million being paid out between June 2017 and December 2018.

4 of the suspects, Robert McCune, Rogers, John Eubanks and Ceandris Brown, have been arrested Thursday morning by the FBI. Six others had agreed to give up to authorities, the Justice Division stated. They’re: James Butler, Fredrick Bennett, Etric Pruitt, Tamarick Vanover, Portis and Cornell Buckhalter.


LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is The Related Press school soccer participant of the yr in a landslide vote.

Burrow, who has led the top-ranked Tigers to an unbeaten season and their first Faculty Soccer Playoff look, acquired 50 of 53 first-place votes from AP Prime 25 ballot voters and a complete of 156 factors.

Ohio State defensive finish Chase Younger was second with three first-place votes and 29 factors whereas Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields was third with 43 factors. Burrow, Younger, Fields and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who completed fourth with 33 factors, are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy to be handed out Saturday in New York.

Burrow is the favourite for the award after passing for 4,715 yards and an Southeastern Convention document 48 touchdowns. The senior switch from Ohio State is on tempo to set a significant school document, finishing 77.9% of his passes.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Worldwide workforce goes so properly at this Presidents Cup that it needed to accept a three-point lead after two classes at Royal Melbourne.

Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay have been amongst those that made positive it was solely that.

Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott rallied from 2 down by successful 5 of the subsequent seven holes and closed out Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar in the opening foursomes match Friday. Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer bulled their method to victory over Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson.

At one level, the Worldwide workforce had an opportunity to comb the session.

As an alternative, the People take somewhat momentum right into a double session of matches Saturday, successful two matches on the 18th gap and halving one other.

The Worldwide workforce led 6 1/2-Three half, its largest lead because it received at Royal Melbourne in 1998, its solely victory.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Docs advised Tim Thomas that two-thirds of his mind have been getting lower than 5% blood move and the opposite third was averaging about 50%.

His spouse, Melissa, and oldest daughter, Kiley, began crying. Thomas didn’t react — as a result of he couldn’t course of what he was listening to.

Now years faraway from the goaltending profession and the concussions that brought on so many issues, Thomas on Thursday detailed the mind harm that derailed his life. He wrestled with the constructive reminiscences of successful the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011 as playoff MVP, his love of the sport and the results that taking part in in the NHL had on his mind.

Earlier than being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Corridor of Fame, Thomas bought choked up discussing the previous a number of attempting years and his lengthy highway to having the ability to speak about his issues. He’s higher now however nonetheless isn’t near regular.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was inducted into the corridor together with Thomas. They have been joined in the U.S. Hockey Corridor of Fame class of 2019 by former NHL ahead Brian Gionta, Olympian Krissy Wendell and Washington interior metropolis hockey pioneer Neal Henderson.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Main League Baseball will begin testing for opioids and cocaine, however solely gamers who don’t cooperate with their remedy plans will probably be topic to self-discipline.

Marijuana will probably be faraway from the checklist of medicine of abuse and will probably be handled the identical as alcohol as a part of adjustments introduced Thursday to the joint drug settlement between MLB and the gamers’ affiliation. As well as, suspensions for marijuana use will probably be dropped from the minor league drug program.

Opioids are categorised as a drug of abuse beneath the joint massive league program, which started in late 2002 and till now has restricted testing to performance-enhancing substances and banned stimulants.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bruce Bochy is not fairly achieved managing in spite of everything.

Bochy may need simply retired after a adorned 25-year profession in the dugout with San Diego and San Francisco. However he’s already embracing a brand new problem: Attempting to information his native France to the subsequent World Baseball Basic in 2021.

The French nationwide workforce will attempt to qualify subsequent yr for its first WBC. Bochy was born in Landes de Bussac, France, the place his father, Gus, was stationed in the U.S. Military. Bochy may have son, Brett — a former Giants minor leaguer — pitching for him and his brother, Joe, on the teaching workers. Bochy was chosen by Didier Seminet, president of the French Federation of Baseball.

The 64-year-old Bochy guided the Giants to World Sequence championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.

Bochy completed his profession with a 2003-2029 document spanning 4,032 video games as a supervisor over 25 seasons, the primary 12 with San Diego earlier than 13 in San Francisco. He went 1,052-1,054 with the Giants, who wound up 77-85 in his remaining yr.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand have joined forces in a bid to host the Girls’s World Cup in 2023.

Soccer Federation Australia and New Zealand Soccer introduced the co-confederation bid on Friday in Melbourne, hours earlier than the official bid ebook was to be submitted to soccer’s world governing physique FIFA in Zurich.

FIFA has loads of contenders to host the primary 32-team Girls’s World Cup forward of the deadline for bid books on Friday.

Different bids are anticipated from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan and South Korea, which might be a joint undertaking with North Korea.

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Pulisic was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation male participant of the yr, at 21 turning into the youngest to earn the dignity for the second time.

Pulisic additionally received the award in 2017. Landon Donovan was 22 when he received the second of his 4 awards in 2004.

Pulisic had 5 targets and three assists for the U.S. this yr. The midfielder and occasional ahead acquired 38% of votes in totals introduced Thursday, adopted by ahead Jordan Morris (35%) and Weston McKennie (13%).

He additionally performs for Chelsea in the Premier League, a switch secured this yr.