Friday’s Sports in Brief
The NBA announced Friday that Thompson was fined $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely fashion after his ejection and shoving the ball into Draymond Green’s face in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s 124-114 overtime loss to Golden State.
Thompson had been ejected for a flagrant 2 foul against Shaun Livingston. That foul has been downgraded to a flagrant 1.
Love left the bench to argue the flagrant foul call and was on the court at the start of the altercation. The league determined he did not warrant punishment because he returned to the bench area immediately.
Game 2 is Sunday.
HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) – Johnny Manziel was 9-of-12 passing for 80 yards in his CFL debut as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lost 36-18 to the Toronto Argonauts in an exhibition game Friday night.
Manziel, playing in a game for the first time in more than two years, faced a Toronto defense that was missing most of its starters and Hamilton coach June Jones was very conservative in his play-calling. The six-foot, 210-pound Manziel, who signed with the Tiger-Cats two weeks ago, directed five drives (22 plays) and was especially effective throwing on the run.
Hamilton, which played most of its starters, had seven turnovers in the first half – two interceptions, three fumbles and two on downs.
Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, entered the game late in the first half and played much of the third quarter. The 25-year-old was solid on his final possession, engineering a 12-play, 62-yard drive that took 7:27 off the clock but also included an intentional grounding penalty.
Manziel threw for 80 yards and ran twice for 10 yards. However, Hamilton’s biggest play was Frankie Williams’ 73-yard punt return TD to end the third, cutting Toronto’s lead to 33-13.
CHICAGO (AP) – Danny Farquhar was back on the mound Friday, six weeks after having a brain hemorrhage during a game.
Joined by his Chicago White Sox teammates, family and medical caregivers on the infield, the right-hander threw the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. His low-and-away toss to fellow reliever Nate Jones won’t affect a box score, but it counted big time for Farquhar.
The Brewers joined a sparse crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field in giving Farquhar a standing ovation.
A ruptured aneurysm caused Farquhar to pass out in the sixth inning of a 10-0 loss to Houston on April 20 after he got two outs and returned to the dugout. He was helped by team medical personnel and on-site EMTs, then was taken to Rush University Medical Center by ambulance.
The 31-year-old had surgery and remained in the hospital’s neurological intensive care unit until May 7.
DENVER (AP) – Clayton Kershaw returned from the disabled list for all of one day before going right back on.
This time, with a strained lower back. It’s similar to the injury that sidelined the Los Angeles Dodgers ace for about five weeks last season.
Manager Dave Roberts feels the timeline for the left-hander’s return could be around a month.
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner experienced tightness during his five-inning outing against Philadelphia on Thursday. The Dodgers made the move Friday afternoon.
FIFA inspectors warned voters deciding the host of the 2026 World Cup that Morocco’s plans pose a ”high risk” to the tournament due to a lack of infrastructure, while awarding North America’s bid a significantly higher score in an evaluation report.
The destination of the soccer showpiece will be decided by up to 207 football nations in a public vote on June 13 that contrasts with the secrecy surrounding previous tainted World Cup decisions.
The report puts pressure on the FIFA Congress to follow the verdicts from inspectors, who marked the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico as 402 out of 500 and flagged Morocco’s proposals on stadiums, accommodation and transport as high risks in a score of 275 out of 500.
The five-man FIFA-appointed task force said it ”considers it its duty to emphasize the significant overall risk” of a country needing to build so many key assets, concluding that the bids are ”almost opposite ends of the spectrum.”
DENVER (AP) – Colorado leaders plan to pursue the Winter Olympics – but only if voters back the idea.
An exploratory committee that has been reviewing whether or not to pursue the Olympics announced Friday that Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have accepted its recommendation that Denver and Colorado pursue a bid subject to approval of a statewide referendum in 2020 or later.
Denver had to back out of hosting the Winter Games in 1976 after voters rejected funding for the event, making it the only city in Olympic history to give up a winning bid.
This time, the committee thinks the Olympics can be held with private money – meaning it wouldn’t require a public vote, which is needed to raise taxes or issue debt in Colorado. But given the state’s history, the committee of top business and political leaders wants to ask voters for their blessing, nonetheless.