Cousins injured again
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers could be without newly-acquired DeMarcus Cousins for the upcoming NBA season.
The six-time All-Star has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during a workout in Las Vegas. It’s the latest injury for Cousins, who missed most of last season while rehabbing a torn Achilles and sat out much of the Warriors’ playoff run after tearing a quad muscle.
The center appeared in 30 games for Golden State last season, averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. He averaged 25.2 points and 11.9 boards during the previous five years, but he’s missed at least 10 games each season since 2012-13.
Earnhardt Jr. OK following plane crash in Tennessee
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) – Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was hospitalized and released after his plane crashed in east Tennessee Thursday afternoon.
Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, a dog and two pilots. NBC Sports says the family and pilots were discharged from the hospital.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said a Cessna Citation rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it’s sending two representatives to Elizabethton to begin investigating the crash.
Earnhardt was scheduled to be part of the NBC broadcast team for Saturday night’s race at Bristol. The network says he will skip the race to be with his family before returning to the broadcast booth at Darlington next month.
Thomas, Kokrak tie tournament record
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) – Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak tied the course record while grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the PGA’s BMW Championship in Medinah, Illinois.
Thomas and Kokrak opened with 7-under 65s for a one-shot advantage over Jim Furyk , Brandt Snedeker, Lucas Glover, Patrick Cantlay and Joel Dahmen. Thomas made his first birdie after hitting a tree and recorded his final one with a 60-foot putt.
Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau and Adam Scott are among a group at minus-5.
TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
Federer ousted, Kyrgios fined
MASON, Ohio (AP) – Roger Federer suffered his quickest loss on the ATP Tour since 2003. Federer made numerous mistakes during the 62-minute match, a 6-3, 6-4 loss to 21-year-old qualifier Andre Rublev at the Western & Southern Open near Cincinnati. Federer has won the tournament a record seven times, but he fell to an opponent who has just one other victory against a top-five opponent.