Wizards G Bradley Beal out with sore right leg

New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) defends against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Beal’s games-played streak ends

WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal didn’t play in Saturday’s game with the New York Knicks due to soreness in his right leg.

Beal, who suffered the injury in Thursday’s loss at Detroit, ends his consecutive games streak at 194. He last missed a game on April 12, 2017. Beal, an All-Star the last two seasons, is fifth in the league in scoring at 27.8 points per game.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said the injury was “nothing serious. Hopefully, he’ll be back next game, but don’t know that. Day-to-day from today. He feels better today.” Washington’s next game is Monday against Miami.

Brooks said that forwards Davis Bertans (quad), Rui Hachimura (groin) and center Mo Wagner (ankle) would all be out for at least the next week.

Thunder’s Schroder fined by NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder was fined $25,000 by the NBA for intentionally making contact with a game official.

Upset after a turnover he thought should have been a foul call on Cody Zeller late in the third quarter of the Thunder’s 104-102 overtime victory in Charlotte on Friday night, Schroder approached referee CJ Washington at mid-court when play was stopped and grabbed at the official’s wrist to demonstrate what Zeller had done to him. Washington immediately gave Schroder a technical foul.

Charlotte guard Terry Rozier also was fined $25,000 for throwing the game ball into the stands at the end of regulation. He was assessed a technical foul.


Marlins ink Dickerson to deal

MIAMI — Left fielder Corey Dickerson agreed to terms on a $17.5 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

Dickerson battled injuries last season but batted .304 with 12 homers, 59 RBIs and a .906 OPS in 78 games for the Phillies and Pirates. He’s a nine-year veteran and a career .286 hitter from the left side who made the American League All-Star team with the Rays in 2017, when he hit a career-best 27 homers.

Dickerson becomes the front-runner to start in left field. Other contenders include veteran newcomer Matt Kemp, Harold Ramirez and Austin Dean.

Blue Jays sign Japan’s Yamaguchi

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $4.85 million, two-year contract with veteran pitcher Shun Yamaguchi of Japan. The 32-year-old right-hander was made available to all major league clubs this offseason after he was posted by his Japanese team.

Last season, he pitched 170.0 innings with a 2.91 ERA, 60 walks and 188 strikeouts over 26 starts for the Yomiuri Giants. Yamaguchi has played 14 pro seasons in Japan, where he has a 64-58 record and 3.35 ERA over 427 appearances for Yokohama, DeNA and Yomiuri.


USC dismisses defensive coordinator, special teams coach

LOS ANGELES — Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator John Baxter will not return to coach Clay Helton‘s staff at Southern California.

The changes were widely anticipated after new USC athletic director Mike Bohn elected to retain Helton earlier this month. Helton and Bohn promised to make unspecified changes to accompany Helton’s return, which is widely unpopular among a large portion of USC’s fan base.

Pendergast has been USC’s defensive coordinator for the past four seasons under Helton, returning to the school in 2016 after serving as defensive coordinator for a single season in 2013.

USC has been plagued by special teams mistakes in recent years under Baxter, who also returned to the school in 2016 along with Pendergast after a previous stint with the Trojans on Lane Kiffin’s staff.

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said that the process had started to replace offensive coordinator Gerry Gdowski and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver

  • . Gdowski had been with Mason since 2014 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in February. Vanderbilt ranked No. 123 out of 130 FBS teams in total offense and 125th in scoring. Tarver was defensive coordinator the past two seasons, hired after spending the previous three seasons in the NFL with San Francisco.


Murray out of Australian Open; Grand Slam comeback on hold

Andy Murray has put his Grand Slam comeback on hold after announcing he will not be playing at the Australian Open next month.

Tennis Australia issued a statement Sunday saying Murray had withdrawn from the season-opening major at Melbourne Park and from the ATP Cup, a new international men’s team event which starts next week and will be played in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

Murray had surgery on his hip to repair a career-threatening injury after his first-round, five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in January.

The 32-year-old Murray returned to the tour in August at Cincinnati, where he lost in the first round, and also played at seven other tournaments — including the Davis Cup in Spain last month — to finish the year with an 11-7 win-loss record.

Murray, a three-time major winner, has reached the Australian Open final five times but never won the title at Melbourne Park.

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Shiffrin wins giant slalom after nearly missing start

LIENZ, Austria — Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up an eventful return from her 11-day break from World Cup racing on Saturday, dominating a giant slalom for her 63rd career victory and moving into outright second place on the women’s winners list.

After nearly arriving too late for the opening run, Shiffrin posted the fastest time in both legs to win by a big margin of 1.36 seconds.

Marta Bassino of Italy, who won the GS in Killington last month, finished second, while Austria’s Katharina Liensberger finished 1.82 back in third to match her career best result.

The victory moved Shiffrin into outright second place on the women’s winners list. Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell won 62 times in the 1970s and 80s. Lindsey Vonn holds the women’s record of 82 wins.

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— From wire reports

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