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Bucks sign DeMarcus Cousins to help with frontcourt depth

The defending champions added some frontcourt depth with former All-NBA center DeMarcus Cousins.Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

DeMarcus Cousins is relishing the opportunity to try helping the Milwaukee Bucks win a second straight title, no matter what role he fills. “I’m extremely grateful and excited to be here,” the four-time All-Star said Tuesday after signing with the defending champions. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said he expects Cousins to be available for a Wednesday night home game with the Charlotte Hornets. Milwaukee (13-8) has won seven consecutive games but has been dealing with frontcourt issues due to the absence of Brook Lopez, who hasn’t played since a season-opening victory over the Brooklyn Nets because of a back injury. The Bucks believe Cousins’ wide array of skills should help in that regard, “I think he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help us win,” Budenholzer said. “He’s in a good place and ready to help us be the best we can be.” Cousins, 31, earned second-team all-NBA honors in 2015 and 2016 before getting sidetracked by a series of severe injuries, including a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, a torn quadriceps muscle and a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He played a combined 41 games with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers last season while averaging 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 17.4 minutes.


Evander Kane reports to minors following 21-game suspension

Evander Kane, left, gets in a workout with the San Jose Barracudas on Tuesday.Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

Evander Kane reported for his first day in the minors focused on doing what it will take to get back to the NHL instead of rehashing the allegations from the offseason that led to one of the league’s top forwards being relegated to the AHL. Kane’s 21-game suspension for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card has ended and he is trying to work his way back into shape with the San Jose Barracuda and prove himself worthy of another chance in the NHL. “I came in today, the same person, same teammate, same player that I was and everything went great,” Kane said Tuesday. “I think there’s been a lot of misinformation that’s been said. But I can only control how I act and what I do here and that’s what I’m doing.” Kane faced a litany of allegations this offseason which led to this stint in the minors, with the most serious in terms of hockey coming when his estranged wife accused him of betting on hockey games, including “throwing games to win money.” The league launched an investigation into those charges and found no evidence they were true. Kane was cleared the day before training camp started but never reported to camp because of additional allegations from Anna Kane of physical and sexual abuse. The league couldn’t substantiate those charges but did suspend Kane for the first 21 games when it determined he submitted the fake vaccine card.



Michigan moves into top 4 of CFP rankings; coachless Irish 6

Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines got some good news after their win over Ohio State.Carlos Osorio/Associated Press

Michigan moved up to No. 2 in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings, joining Georgia, Alabama and Cincinnati in the top four heading into conference championship weekend. Oklahoma State is fifth going into the Big 12 championship game Saturday against No. 9 Baylor, and Notre Dame is sixth with no games left and no head coach. Brian Kelly left the Fighting Irish and was introduced as the new coach at LSU on Tuesday, three days after independent Notre Dame finished its season 11-1. Selection committee chairman Gary Barta, who is Iowa’s athletic director, noted selection protocol requires the committee to consider the unavailability of players and coaches and how that could affect a team’s performance in the postseason. Losing Kelly had no impact on this week’s ranking for Notre Dame because the committee does not project ahead into the postseason until all games are finished. “And each of the 13 members can weigh that the way they want to weigh it, compared to head-to-head competition and common opponents and all the other things we evaluate,” Barta said. Georgia was first, as it has been for every selection committee ranking so far, and Michigan climbed to No. 2 after it beat last week’s No. 2, Ohio State. The Wolverines play 13th-ranked Iowa in the Big Ten title game.


Police: Former UCF football player fatally shot by father

A former football player at the University of Central Florida was fatally shot during an altercation with his father and his mother was wounded, authorities said. Otis Anderson Jr. was killed late Monday during the argument with his father, Otis Anderson Sr., at his parents’ home in Jacksonville, Florida, according to a partially redacted arrest report released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The fight started after the former running back’s father was bit by a dog belonging to Anderson’s girlfriend. Anderson got into a verbal fight with his 52-year-old father, and his mother urged him to go back upstairs. Anderson’s father and mother then began arguing and the senior Anderson flipped over a recliner, causing Anderson to come back downstairs to check on his mother’s well-being, according to the arrest report. Anderson then began arguing with his father. The part of the report describing the shooting was blacked out, but it said Anderson had a gunshot wound to his chest and back. Anderson’s mother, Denise, was treated for graze wounds at a hospital, the report said. Anderson’s father is facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, according to the sheriff’s office.



Bayern Munich, Barcelona set to play in empty stadium over coronavirus

Bayern Munich will likely host Barcelona without spectators in the Champions League next week after the state governor said on Tuesday he will demand sports events in empty stadiums due to high coronavirus infection rates. Bavaria governor Markus Söder said his state would block fans from attending games even if there isn’t an agreement to do it nationwide, ahead of talks later Tuesday between Germany’s states, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her designated successor, Olaf Scholz. “It makes no sense to allow spectators again for the foreseeable future,” Söder told regional broadcaster Bayern 2. “If that doesn’t work on the federal level, we will do it for Bavaria alone.” Söder didn’t give a timetable for his plan. Bayern’s next home game is against Barcelona on Dec. 8, with a Bundesliga home game against Mainz three days later. The measure would also affect the other top-division men’s soccer clubs in Bavaria, Augsburg and Greuther Fürth, and numerous teams in various sports.