Friday's Sports In Brief

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2014 at 2:42 am •  Published: April 19, 2014
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PRO FOOTBALL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial.

It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance.

The league doesn't allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin Monday. On-field instruction won't start until mid-May.

The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL on Friday seeking comment.

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PRO BASKETBALL

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes was suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.

The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension.

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.

So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.

Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but is making it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called "one and done" is one of his priorities.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — How long Mike D'Antoni remains the Los Angeles Lakers' coach won't be decided at least until next week.

General manager Mitch Kupchak praised his embattled coach while the Lakers finished their final exit interviews and headed to an unusually early summer following a franchise-worst 55-loss season.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

ATLANTA (AP) — TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs while undergoing treatment for leukemia.

In a statement released by Turner Sports, Sager joked about the often-terse in-game interviews with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop."

NEW YORK (AP) — The Utah Jazz have won a tiebreaker with the Boston Celtics, giving them a chance for a better pick in the NBA draft.

Both teams finished with 25-57 records. The Jazz will be slotted fourth in the lottery, with a 10.4 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, while the Celtics will have a 10.3 percent chance. If they or no teams behind them move up, Utah will pick No. 4 and Boston at No. 5.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Owner Joshua Harris called the 76ers' 19-win season a success.

Harris said the Sixers successfully completed the first step of their painful rebuilding process and that they need at least two to four elite players to become a contender again in the NBA.

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BASEBALL:

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate.

Pittsburgh sent minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named to New York for the 27-year-old Davis.

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz wants to visit the Boston Marathon finish line Monday after the Red Sox are done with their Patriots' Day game against Baltimore.

Just more than a year ago, two bombs went off near the finish line, less than a mile from Fenway Park, about an hour after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured.

"After the game, we used to stick around and go down Boylston (Street)," Ortiz said Friday. "I'm going to pick out a spot where I can see things, or whatever, because I love to go down there."

Boston plays the Orioles on Monday in its traditional 11 a.m. Patriots' Day start.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19.

Chapman sustained fractures of his nose and a bone above his left eye when hit by the drive off the bat of Kansas City's Salvador Perez.