EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has been cleared to practice once the team returns from its upcoming two-game road trip. James strained his groin on Christmas and will have missed 13 consecutive games by the time Los Angeles returns from the road this weekend. He will be sidelined for at least four weeks, the longest stretch he has been out in his 16-season NBA career.
UNDATED (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization. Sabah newspaper says prosecutors are seeking an Interpol “Red Notice” citing Kanter’s ties to Fethullah Gulen , a group blamed for a failed coup in 2016. Kanter had his passport revoked in 2017, and the paper says he is accused of providing financial support to the group.
UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Jalen Hurts says he is leaving Alabama and transferring to Oklahoma, making the announcement in a story in the Players’ Tribune. Hurts will be available immediately as a graduate transfer. He was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman.
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL and the Players’ Association have given up on the possibility of staging the next World Cup of Hockey in September 2020. The sides met Wednesday in Toronto to discuss the World Cup as part of collective bargaining talks after meeting last week in Las Vegas. Owners or players could choose this September to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement and end it Sept. 15, 2020.
DETROIT (AP) — Former Gov. John Engler is resigning as interim president of Michigan State University, effective Jan. 23. The decision comes amid public backlash over Engler’s comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar. A member of the university’s Board of Trustees says the final straw for the board came last week when Engler told The Detroit News that Nassar’s victims had been in the “spotlight” and are “still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.”