Toronto Raptors acknowledge Dwane Casey’s return will have emotions running high

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas spent a dozen years between them developing their games under coach Dwane Casey. Valanciunas had never played for any other NBA head coach before this season. When they welcome Casey and his Detroit Pistons back to Toronto on Wednesday night, the two longest-serving current Raptors know emotions will be running high. “It’s going to be different, but hey, I’m still going to try to take his head off, the team’s head off,” Lowry said with a laugh. The Raptors will face Detroit for…

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Tom Wilson Can Return to Capitals After Arbitrator Shortens Suspension

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 by a neutral arbitrator and is eligible to play immediately. Wilson has already served 16 games of his suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist in each team’s preseason finale. The ruling by Shyam Das allows Wilson to return as soon as Tuesday night at Minnesota, and he will recoup $378,049 of the $1.26 million he initially forfeited as part of the suspension. The 20-game ban handed down by the…

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Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors out next 2 games; Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston return

LOS ANGELES — Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will not play in Monday’s game against the Clippers or Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks as he continues to recover from a left groin strain. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that while Curry is doing better as he continues the rehab process, it is unclear when Curry will be back on the floor. “He’s doing OK,” Kerr said after Monday’s shootaround. “It’s a tricky injury. He’s never had a groin injury before, so as I said the other day,…

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Carmelo Anthony’s teammates don’t believe he will return to Houston Rockets

HOUSTON — Rockets players and coaches believe Carmelo Anthony has played his final game for the franchise, sources told ESPN. Anthony’s tenure with the Rockets is expected to end after he played in only 10 games, averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from the floor while playing primarily in a reserve role after starting every game in his previous 15 seasons. For the second consecutive night, Anthony did not play Sunday because of what the Rockets listed as an illness. Sources said Anthony, a 10-time All-Star…

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Bublik, Ymer Return To Winners’ Circle | ATP World Tour

A LOOK BACKPeugeot Slovak Open (Bratislava, Slovakia): Alexander Bublik will be the first to admit that his 2018 campaign has not gone according to plan. A surging #NextGenATP star who kicked off his season just outside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, Bublik was on the verge of a big breakthrough. But after a broken ankle suffered at the BNP Paribas Open stopped him in his tracks, the Kazakh was reeling, falling as low as No. 253. The 21-year-old entered his final tournament of the year in Bratislava, searching…

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Josh Allen expected to return vs. Jacksonville Jaguars after Buffalo Bills’ bye week

Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Jets because of an elbow injury that sidelined him the past three games, is expected to be ready to return after Buffalo’s bye Nov. 25 against the Jaguars, a source tells ESPN. Allen has been pushing to play and felt as if he were ready to go Sunday against the Jets before the team opted to hold him out, according to the source. The Bills know there’s no need to rush back their franchise quarterback,…

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Fernando Alonso and McLaren confirm 2019 return to Indy 500

McLaren and Fernando Alonso will return to the Indianapolis 500 next year as the Spanish driver continues his pursuit of motorsport’s triple crown. Alonso, who will retire from F1 at the end of the year, raced at the Indy 500 in a McLaren-entered car in 2017 but was forced to retire with an engine failure. He will return in 2019 with the aim of emulating Graham Hill, who is the only driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500 during the…

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NBA — Joe Ingles, Jae Crowder steal the show in Gordon Hayward’s return to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — His former teammates on the Utah Jazz really had no interest in the juicy storyline about the return of Gordon Hayward, the former face of the franchise who bolted in free agency for greener pastures in Boston. “You guys will all get your stories out now,” Joe Ingles said in a dismissive tone after starring in the Jazz’s 123-115 win Friday over the Boston Celtics. “We can hopefully move on with life. At the end of the day for us, it was Boston vs. the Jazz.…

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Gordon Hayward’s long road back for Boston Celtics finally leads to Utah return

8:52 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN SALT LAKE CITY — During Gordon Hayward‘s injury-imposed time away from basketball, between the long hours of rehab and the quality time with his family, the Boston Celtics forward would find an hour or so to slip away, log onto his computer and jump into “League of Legends,” the popular multiplayer online game. “It just gave my mind a distraction especially on nights when I really couldn’t sleep,” Hayward told ESPN. “I was thinking about a lot of different things. “It was a chance to…

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Lewis Hamilton rules out ‘giving’ Valtteri Bottas a win in return for Russia result

Lewis Hamilton is not planning to orchestrate a victory for teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend if the two drivers find themselves leading the race. Bottas was leading September’s Russian Grand Prix when he was asked by the Mercedes team to move over and gift victory to Hamilton. The decision was taken in order to help Hamilton protect his championship lead from title rival Sebastian Vettel, who was running third at the time, but proved controversial among fans. Now Hamilton’s fifth world title is secure, it…

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