CLEVELAND (AP) - Boston star Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle five minutes into his debut Tuesday night, overshadowing the Celtics' 102-99 loss to the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland. LeBron James scored 29 points for the Cavs. Irving missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the horn and then hugged James, his teammate on three NBA Finals teams. Irving asked to be traded this summer so he could get out of James' shadow.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Celtics star Gordon Hayward suffered a broken left ankle in the first quarter of his debut with Boston. Hayward fell to the floor and his left leg bent in gruesome fashion as a hush fell over Cleveland's arena. He was carted off the court on a stretcher with his leg in an air cast. Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract with Boston in July.
BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox say designated hitter Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez are recovering from offseason surgical procedures. The team said that Ramirez underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left shoulder, and Rodriguez had ligament reconstruction in his right knee. Rodriguez is expected to return to pitching in six months. The team anticipates Ramirez will be ready in time for the 2018 season.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - UConn and Providence will play an exhibition game next Wednesday to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The schools say the NCAA has granted a waiver to allow the extra exhibition game, provided the proceeds are donated to hurricane relief. The game will be played at the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, the home court of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving's homecoming might not be so homey. Cleveland's former All-Star guard will make his first appearance with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in the season opener against the Cavaliers. Irving spent six seasons with the Cavs, but asked to be traded this summer. His demand rankled many Cleveland fans. The Cavs granted his request and remodeled a team that went to three straight Finals with Irving.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles are No. 1 in the latest AP Pro32 poll. They received five of 12 first-place votes for 376 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL. Kansas City fell to No. 2 after its first loss. The Patriots jumped up to No. 3.
NEW YORK (AP) - Game-worn jerseys from the four teams playing on the NBA's opening night will be auctioned to raise money for hurricane relief. The NBA and Turner Sports, which will televise the Cleveland-Boston and Golden State-Houston doubleheader on TNT, will use the auction to benefit the One America Appeal.
(AP) - The Spurs are chasing history, LeBron James is nearing milestones and defenses are getting shredded. Those are among 10 things to know going into this NBA season, which has finally arrived. Now, 29 other teams can begin the daunting quest of trying to catch the defending champion Warriors.
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