Lockhart acknowledged that the league was aware of the Cowboys owner’s threat to sue but to the spokesman’s knowledge no lawsuit has been formally filed.

Cavaliers: When he left to get stitched up, James only had eight points and his streak of double-digit games appeared in jeopardy. But he scored on a layup in the third, giving him 809 straight regular-season games with at least 10 points.

“We have been pretty consistent after our opening two losses,” Maurice said. “We have had a couple that we did not like, but every team has that. We have been resilient in games as well.”

Hellebuyck, who has a 12-2-2 record with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage, wrested the starting job away from Steve Mason, who was signed to an $8.2 million, two-year free agent contract in the offseason.

It has been a turkey of a November for Los Angeles, who own a 2-5-1 record in their past eight games after a strong and unexpected 10-2-1 start.

Elliott sat out his first of six games this past Sunday against the Falcons after the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request for an emergency injunction at a hearing Thursday in New York.

A series of injunctions and restraining orders had allowed Elliott, 22, to play before Sunday, but a three-judge panel decided another injunction wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys running back.

Elliott is eligible to return for a Dec. 24 matchup with the Seahawks in Dallas. The Cowboys (5-4) have turned to Alfred Morris, Rob Smith and Darren McFadden in Elliott’s absence.

OTL’s assertion was part of a long report that confirmed the New York Times’ story on Jones’ threats to sue the NFL and his fellow owners over ongoing negotiations on the commissioner’s new contract.
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Pacers run away after halftime, beat Heat 120-95

“I think you want to protect the player a little bit. Players in the league will target certain parts of the body,” he said.

But Hitchcock refuted that notion. “The players don’t go out and say: ‘He has a broken left pinkie and we’re going to go after that ‘pinkie.’ Nobody thinks like that,” he said.

The NHL’s policy is in stark contrast with that of another contact sport, the National Football League. The NFL “requires that teams provide credible, accurate and specific information about injured players to the league office, their opponents, local and national media, and the league’s broadcast partners each week during the regular season and postseason.”

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks blasted the NFL’s injury disclosure policy in September, saying it was specifically tailored to benefit those gambling on games.

The All-Star point guard took some contact during a rigorous workout at the team’s morning shootaround. Thomas has been ramping up his activity, running harder and appears to be ahead of schedule to make his debut with Cleveland. Originally, the Cavs forecast he would be playing in games by the end of December but there’s a sense it could be sooner.

“We know he’s making progress every day, which is good for us,” Lue said. “We’re excited about that. We want to make sure we do what’s best for him health-wise, not coming back too soon.”

Ben Simmons had a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, a fired-up Embiid added 15 points and 11 rebounds despite a sore knee, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the cold-shooting Utah Jazz 107-86 on Monday night.

The injury-prone Embiid skipped the morning shootaround because of pain his surgically-repaired left knee. But he posted his seventh double-double and got under Utah’s skin at a decisive time in the fourth quarter.
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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger reaches career milestones

Ben Roethlisberger added another milestone to his Hall of Fame career.

A 3-yard completion to tight end Jesse James in the second quarter of Thursday’s 40-17 win over the Titans gave the Steelers quarterback 4,000 completions for his career. Roethlisberger is the ninth quarterback in NFL history with at least 4,000 completions.

The Steelers selected Roethlisberger with the 11th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. The former Miami University quarterback was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and has won a pair of Super Bowls while leading the Steelers to another title game. The five-time Pro Bowler has thrown for 49,411 yards and 317 touchdowns with 170 interceptions. He’s also rushed for another 1,209 yards and 16 scores over his 14-year career.

Roethlisberger, Giants quarterback Eli Manning (4,287 completions), the top pick in the 2004 draft, and Rivers (4,005 completions), fourth overall in 2004, are the only quarterback trio from the same draft class with 4,000 career completions.

NFL concussion policy requires a player to be cleared by a team physician and an independent neurological consultant before returning to a game or practice if there’s any sign of concussion symptoms.

The Seahawks eventually punted on the drive and Wilson spent time under an examination tent meant for concussion testing before playing the next series.

The Seahawks are subject to league discipline if the concussion protocol isn’t followed properly.

Wilson told reporters after the game he was fine after the hit and only stayed on the ground because he thought his jaw might be stuck.

“I think I was kind of like laying down on the ground for a second just trying to get my jaw,” Wilson said, “and I think Walt thought maybe I was injured or something like that. I told him I was good, I was good, and he said, ‘Come off the field.’
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