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Sports log: Union chief Hunter placed on leave


NBA players put union chief Billy Hunter on an indefinite leave Friday, two weeks after a report they commissioned questioned Hunter’s leadership and criticized him for bad decisions and questionable business practices. An examination by a New York law firm found no illegal use of funds but cited Hunter for a number of poor choices and recommended players discuss whether he should remain in charge during their All-Star weekend meetings. Released Jan. 17 after an eight-month review, the report found that Hunter was aware his $3 million per year contract was never properly approved. Union attorney Ron Klempner will be the acting executive director ‘‘until further decisions can be made.’’ . . . Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Danny Granger could be back before the All-Star break. Granger has been out all season with a patellar tendinitis in his left knee, but was cleared for full contact practice for the first time Thursday . . . A Texas jury sentenced Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, the 22-year-old son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel, to 60 years in prison in the 2010 shooting death of longtime friend Bradley Bassey Eyo. NHL Senators without Spezza for 2 months

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