EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – LeBron James received good news yesterday when an MRI showed that the Los Angeles Lakers forward merely strained his left groin in Tuesday’s 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors. James will likely be dealing with soreness for several days, and the Lakers said he wouldn’t travel with them for tonight’s game in Sacramento. The four-time NBA MVP had 17 points and 10 rebounds when he slipped while going after a loose ball underneath the Warriors basket early in the third quarter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota says he’s doing everything in his power to start Sunday night’s important game against the Indianapolis Colts. Mariota did not practice yesterday with what the Titans listed as neck and foot injuries. He declined to detail what symptoms he’s still dealing with after being hurt on a sack late in the first half of Tennessee’s win over Washington last Saturday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has missed his scheduled media availability at the Orange Bowl because of what the team says is an illness. Murray was able to practice with the Sooners on Tuesday, and the nature of his illness was not disclosed. However, there doesn’t seem to be much concern about him missing time.
ATLANTA (AP) – Michigan right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty has become the Wolverines’ fourth draft-eligible player to pull out of the Peach Bowl against Florida. The fifth-year senior didn’t travel with the team to Atlanta and joins running back Karan Higdon, defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush Jr. among the Wolverines who are missing the game. Bushell-Beatty played Michigan’s first 11 games before missing the regular-season finale against Ohio State with an undisclosed injury.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is expected to be out at least three months following surgery to repair a ruptured right pectoral muscle. Dumba hasn’t played since the first period of the Wild’s 2-1 loss to the Flames on Dec. 15. He leads all NHL blueliners with 12 goals and has 22 points in 32 games.