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Bulls suspend Portis 8 games for fight

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games of the season Wednesday for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face as well as a concussion on Tuesday and will likely need surgery. Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Mirotic is expected to miss four to six weeks, and that he needs to clear the concussion protocol before the facial injuries can be resolved.

Paxson acknowledged fault on both sides while calling the incident "inexcusable." He also called Portis "a good kid" who "made a mistake."


Celtics: No timetable for Hayward return

BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward is expected to make a full recovery from the gruesome injury he sustained in the team's opener.

They just don't know how long it will take yet.


Rockets' Paul questionable to face Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Houston guard Chris Paul is questionable for the Rockets' game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of left knee soreness.

Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets' season-opening win at Golden State on Tuesday. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.


Warriors' Green has MRI on strained knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI exam on his strained left knee and his status for an upcoming road trip is unclear.

Golden State expected to release results of the test Wednesday or early Thursday prior to departing for a game Friday at New Orleans.


Theismann sickened by Hayward's injury

WASHINGTON (AP) Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann saw Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward's broken left ankle and immediately felt a kind of empathy few could.

Theismann says he's available to chat with Hayward if the NBA player wants.


76ers' Fultz makes debut close to home

WASHINGTON (AP) Three years after playing varsity basketball for the first time, Markelle Fultz starts the next chapter of his career down the road from where it all began.

The No. 1 pick in the draft makes his NBA debut for the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at the Washington Wizards, about a half-hour from home. Fultz, who grew up in nearby Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and played at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, will have many friends, family members and former coaches in attendance.


James has 29, Cavs win Irving's return

CLEVELAND (AP) Gordon Hayward's face was etched in pain and shock.

Of all the juicy subplots for this hyped homecoming and a season opener between heated rivals, a serious injury to Hayward wasn't on the list.


Jordan scores with 'Jumpman' uniforms

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan is showing he still has the ability to score big - even though he hasn't played in nearly 15 years.

The Hornets owner's latest slam dunk off the court might come by way of the NBA's new uniform contract with Nike.


Popovich: Trump 'a soulless coward'

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has called President Donald Trump "a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others" in response to Trump's comment Monday that former President Barack Obama and other commanders in chief "didn't make calls" to families of fallen soldiers.

Former Obama staffers and a spokesman for former President George W. Bush pushed back on Trump's comments. The White House press secretary said that Trump wasn't criticizing his predecessors.


Paul's free agency becomes documentary

Chris Paul had a new home in Los Angeles and the potential for a $200 million contract if he stayed with the Clippers.

He also had reason to doubt a championship would ever come there.

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