Gary Harris set to return to Nuggets after 11-game absence

After missing 11 games with a right knee sprain, Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris is likely to return to the lineup against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, league sources told ESPN.

Injuries — the absences and the recoveries — have played a role in almost every team’s postseason case. Here’s a look at how every contending team is dealing with them.

Syndergaard allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. He improved to 4-0 in six starts against the Marlins with an ERA of 1.62, 47 strikeouts and four walks.

Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto (back) is close to beginning a rehab assignment. … RHP Dan Straily (forearm) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon. … LHP Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Jupiter and is then expected to advance to extended spring training. … 3B Martin Prado (hamstring) played three innings in extended spring training. … 1B-OF Garrett Cooper (wrist) will wear a cast for at least a week. … RHP Elieser Hernandez (tooth infection) has been temporarily sidelined from a rehab assignment because of a broken finger nail.

Marlins: RHP Dustin McGowan signed a minor league deal and will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans. RHP Brian Ellington cleared waivers and was released.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54) is scheduled to start Tuesday against LHP Caleb Smith (0-1, 4.32).

Brogdon played 14 minutes off the bench and chipped in two points, two rebounds and an assist.

While the Bucks got Brogdon back, they still weren’t at full strength as star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his second straight game with soreness in his right ankle. He sat out Saturday’s win at the New York Knicks with the same injury.

Interim head coach Joe Prunty said the Bucks are waiting until Antetokounmpo is strong enough to do everything necessary in game action.

Milwaukee has clinched a playoff berth but could still finish as high as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, depending on what happens over the last three nights of the regular season. The Bucks were the 7-seed entering Monday night’s games.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out five of his first six hitters in his first game back off the disabled list from knee surgery. But Tampa Bay’s C.J. Cron tied it at 1 with a home run in the second.buccaneers_091

Anthony Rizzo (back) to miss fourth straight game

Considering the cold conditions at Wrigley Field, it’s not a surprise that Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will miss his fourth straight game Monday with lower back tightness.

Rizzo, 28, missed the final three games of the Cubs series in Milwaukee this past weekend after experiencing tightness going back to last Monday in Cincinnati. He played through the pain on Thursday before missing the next three games.

An altercation between Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn and Ducks forward Nick Ritchie in the first period resulted in minor penalties for both. That was followed by another confrontation involving Arizona’s Brad Richardson and Anaheim’s Derek Grant, with Richardson sent to the penalty box for two minutes.

The power play for the Ducks helped when Henrique muscled in a backhand for a goal at 10:54 of the period, giving Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Rakell got an assist, his 35th.

Richardson and Anaheim’s Corey Perry served five minutes for fighting early in the second period. The Ducks missed a chance to add to their lead when Jakob Silfverberg hit the post with a shot at 13:07 of the second.

Rakell scored off a pass from Ryan Getzlaf with 3:43 left in the second. Getzlaf picked up his team-leading 50th assist of the season.

Perry earned his 400th assist on Henrique’s goal.

Lane is due back in court in May. He could face up to 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Earlier this month Lane was released by the Seahawks after spending his entire NFL career with the team. He was picked in the sixth round of the 2012 draft and became a member of the “Legion of Boom” secondary during Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning season.

The Panthers and Redskins from 2014 to ’15, the Cowboys and Giants from ’15 to ’16 and then the Panthers again from ’16 to ’17 are even more proof of how quick teams can go from worst to first.

The team-building model of drafting a franchise quarterback and then spending big to surround him with weapons and defensive help is already in place, and teams like the Eagles and Rams are proof it works. Teams like the Bears are choosing to follow suit.

Lions add linebacker depth, sign Jonathan Freeny

The Detroit Lions added more linebacking depth Monday morning, announcing the signing of Jonathan Freeny.

Freeny, 28, split last season between three rosters, finishing the year with the New Orleans Saints. The two previous years, he played for the New England Patriots, appearing in 18 games for the franchise, including 11 starts. During the stretch, he recorded 33 tackles and a sack.

Widely regarded as a top-10 talent in last spring’s draft, Foster slid down draft boards because of character and injury concerns. The linebacker was sent home from the combine last March for arguing with a hospital worker. Foster started 10 games for the 49ers this past season, tallying 72 tackles.

With his latest arrest, Foster is subject to potential NFL discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy.

Current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson remains under investigation for alleged workplace impropriety and sexual harassment, with the inquiry being led by Mary Jo White. She is at work, Goodell said. I haven’t gotten an update from her in the last 30 days or so. But when she has completed her investigation, I certainly will meet with her and you will be aware of it also. Goodell added that the timeline of the investigation will not be influenced by the sale of the Panthers.

On the sale of the Panthers, Goodell added that the process is moving along with unprecedented interest and said he hopes owners will vote on the transition of ownership at the next owners meetings in May.

On former 49ers safety Eric Reid, one of the most socially active players who remains unsigned several weeks into the new league year, Goodell said: The 32 teams make their individual decisions on the players they think will best help their franchises.


Lions Unlikely To Sign Ansah To Long-Term Deal

Some teams use the franchise tag to buy some time to negotiate with their players on a long-term deal. That doesn’t appear to be the case in Detroit with Ezekiel Ansah. Appearing on PFT Live, general manager Bob Quinn alluded to taking a wait-and-see approach with the fifth-year defensive end.

Michigan wasn’t even on the championship radar until a big run in its conference tournament that happened to occur a week earlier than usual. Loyola-Chicago is still confused for the Maryland school that shares its namesake, and has Sister Jean taking more attention than the players on the court. Villanova had to overcome the toughest second weekend (in terms of seeds left) in the bracket. Kansas had to go through Duke.

Now we get to watch it play out, starting with Michigan vs. Loyola-Chicago in the first game. Then the main event: Villanova vs. Kansas.

Elsewhere on the first floor, according to the listing, is a family room that has floor-to-ceiling windows and a double-sided fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with a breakfast area that looks out into the backyard where the pool and spa are located, a bedroom with a full bathroom and access to the four-car garage.

The home has an elevator that leads to the second floor where the master bedroom suite is located, as well as four other bedrooms with private bathrooms.

The basement level has a walkout to the basketball court (Would it really be Ewing’s house without one ), a wet bar, a large recreation room, a theater room and a gym.

Ewing played 15 seasons for the New York Knicks, making 11 All-Star appearances, after the team picked him number one overall in the 1985 NBA draft. He is now the head coach at his alma mater Georgetown University.

Report: Patriots are releasing Martellus Bennett

One Bennett is getting traded. The other is getting released.

Not long after news broke that the Seahawks are trading defensive end Michael Bennett to the Eagles comes word that the Patriots will release tight end Martellus Bennett, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

That is a spirit the Democratic winner of last Tuesday’s primary is counting on in November. “There’s a massive upsurge in interest in the Democratic Party right now,” said Sean Casten, a clean-energy entrepreneur. “Trump has not done much that’s good for the party, but he’s certainly raised civic engagement.”

This month’s Democratic win in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, a place Trump had won by nearly 20 points in 2016, showed the danger ahead for the GOP. Although the district was drawn for a Republican victory, including a broad rural expanse in the southwest part of the state, the success of former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb was driven by a dramatic shift in wealthier Pittsburgh suburbs like Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair.

Former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts isn’t a fan of the PSL/SSLs.

It is ridiculous, Fouts told The Mark & Rich Show on XTRA 1360 in San Diego. PSLs are such a form of extortion it’s unbelievable, and yet they’re allowed. But that’s the way it is these days, and teams continue to sell out in a number of stadiums, obviously, around the country.

Yes they do. And PSLs wouldn’t be used if people didn’t buy them.

At least in the case of the Chargers and Rams, the stadium won’t be publicly financed. Rams owner Stan Kroenke is footing the bill, and whether the teams choose to use seat licenses and whether fans choose to pay for them is a business decision that each side has the right to make.