- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James crashed into a courtside seat, accidentally knocking over and injuring PGA champion Jason Day’s wife during the Cavaliers’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ellie Day was carried from Quicken Loans Arena on a backboard, placed on a stretcher with her head immobilized and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. There was no immediate report on her condition.

James was scrambling for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of a 104-100 win over Oklahoma City, when the 6-foot-8, 250-pound All-Star launched himself into the air, plowing into Ellie Day as she sat next to her husband.

James said he spoke with Ellie Day while she was being helped by medical personnel during a stoppage in play.

On Nov. 11, Day gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl named Lucy.


BOSTON (AP) - In the trailer for the movie “Concussion,” star Will Smith says: “I found a disease that no one has ever seen.”

It’s a claim the real-life doctor portrayed by Smith, forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, has himself made for years, giving a detailed description about how he came to name that disease “chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”

But Omalu neither discovered the disease nor named it, according to scientific journals and brain researchers who were interviewed by The Associated Press. And though no one doubts that Omalu’s diagnosis of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster was pivotal in understanding the dangers of football, fellow researchers and a medical ethicist say Omalu goes too far when he publicly takes credit for naming or discovering CTE.

William Stewart, a neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, said, “It’s just not true, and I think he knows that.”

In a telephone call to the AP, Omalu angrily defended his work and attributed the criticisms to “people historically who have made a systematic attempt to discredit me, and to marginalize me.”


LONDON (AP) - Jose Mourinho’s “palpable discord” with Chelsea players forced the club to abruptly end his second spell as manager with the team languishing just above the relegation zone only seven months after winning the Premier League.

Mourinho’s departure came 2 1/2 years after his return to Stamford Bridge and only four months into a new four-year contract signed after winning his third league title with Chelsea.

Despite a succession of humiliating results, the 52-year-old coach had been defiantly insisting he was the right man to oversee the team.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich decided he could not risk keeping the fans’ favorite in the dugout as the mid-way point of the season approaches with Chelsea only a point above the relegation zone.

ZURICH (AP) - Sepp Blatter attempted to save his presidency at the FIFA ethics committee he helped create and whose authority he does not recognize in his case.

The suspended FIFA president had been expected to tell four judges he is innocent of wrongdoing during the hearing at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body, the first time Blatter has entered the building since he was banned for 90 days in October.

With a large bandage on his face, Blatter arrived at FIFA headquarters shortly after 8 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) in a chauffeur-driven car for a hearing that was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. A spokesman for Blatter, Thomas Renggli, said the Swiss official has had a minor procedure to treat a skin problem on his right cheek.

At 5 p.m., Blatter and lead lawyer Lorenz Erni drove away from the building without making any comment.

In 2012, Blatter was key to empowering a tougher and more independent FIFA ethics committee that he now insists cannot remove an elected president.

“Now it has come back to haunt him,” Mark Pieth, a former anti-corruption adviser to FIFA, told The Associated Press this week.

Blatter risks a life ban if the verdict - due early next week - is guilty for approving a payment of about $2 million from FIFA to Michel Platini in 2011. Platini has also been banned for 90 days.


COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M; has lost its top two quarterbacks after Kyler Murray left the team and was granted a release to transfer.

The highly touted freshman followed Kyle Allen in leaving the team. Allen was granted his release last Thursday.

The move leaves the Aggies in a difficult predicament for the Music City Bowl against Louisville on Dec. 30. Texas A&M; has just one scholarship quarterback on its roster in Jake Hubenak, a junior college transfer from Blinn College who played sparingly this season.

Murray missed practice Wednesday and coach Kevin Sumlin said at the time that the quarterback was “going through some things and didn’t feel well.”

It’s unclear what caused Murray and Allen to leave the team, but the moves raise questions about whether there are problems between the coaching staff and the players. Top receiver Christian Kirk took to Twitter to voice his support for the school.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert calmly delivered a baby girl when his fiancee unexpectedly went into labor.

According to Shumpert’s fiancee, Teyana Taylor, the couple welcomed their daughter on Wednesday morning in their bathroom at home. Taylor posted on her Instagram account that she didn’t initially realize she was in labor and Shumpert, “playing Dr,” helped deliver the baby with “his bare hands.”

Taylor says Shumpert tied a pair of headphones around the umbilical cord while they waited for the ambulance to arrive. Taylor’s message to her daughter - Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. - is: “Mommy carried you. Daddy delivered you. #MeetTheParents we love you baby girl.”

Shumpert is in his second season with Cleveland. He recently returned to the lineup after missing 21 games following wrist surgery. He strained his right groin on Tuesday night in Boston and did not play in Thursday night’s game against Oklahoma City.

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