Police investigating Bucks’ Sanders

Bucks center Larry Sanders injured a thumb in an off-court incident that is being investigated by police. ‘‘We are aware of an incident from Saturday evening,’’ the Bucks said in a statement before Milwaukee’s game against Cleveland. ‘‘The matter is under investigation and Larry Sanders is cooperating fully. At this time we will have no further comment.’’ Sanders did not play against the Cavaliers because of the injury. Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension during the offseason . . . Knicks center Tyson Chandler will miss 4-6 weeks because of a broken bone in his right leg suffered in Tuesday’s loss to the Bobcats. The team said that tests showed no ligament or nerve damage and surgery is not required . . . Bucks forward Caron Butler was fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during Milwaukee’s game in Boston Friday night. Butler made the gesture with 3:54 left in the Bucks’ victory.

College basketball

Two Providence players suspended

Providence College freshman players Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock were suspended indefinitely for what the school described as ‘‘not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes.’’ School spokesman Arthur Parks said that no further details would be released. The Friars open their season Friday night at home against Boston College. . . . Guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter were suspended by the No. 19 Oregon Ducks for violating NCAA rules against selling team-issued apparel. The length of the suspensions has not been determined. In a statement released Tuesday evening, Oregon did not provide details about what the players sold. Both must donate the value of the apparel to charity.


Vonn starts her downhill training

Lindsey Vonn says her surgically repaired right knee felt ‘‘really good’’ after her first day of downhill training. Vonn took five runs along the 2-mile track at the US Ski Team’s speed center in Copper Mountain, Colo. She said she mostly cruised along the course just to get used to going that fast again. The four-time overall World Cup champion is still planning to make her return to the circuit in Beaver Creek later this month. All her training is geared toward being in the starting gate for the Sochi Olympics in three months. Vonn shredded her knee in a crash at the world championships last February.


PGA, TPC have top purses at $10m


The PGA Championship and The Players Championship will share the distinction of having golf’s richest purse next year. Both tournaments will offer total prize money of $10 million. The announcement in St. Simons Island, Ga., was part of a plan for the PGA of America and PGA Tour to work more closely together. The two organizations broke apart in 1969 when tournament players such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer felt as though the PGA of America was more concerned with the club professional business. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America president Ted Bishop said they would work together on issues. Their collaboration could also give them a stronger voice when it comes to rules. Both organizations were opposed to the new ban on anchored putters earlier this year. 


Nadal clinches No. 1 for third time

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Rafael Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 men’s singles tennis ranking for the third time by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6), to advance to the semifinals of the ATP finals in London . . . Lionel Messi had a pair of goals to help Barcelona beat AC Milan, 3-1, and clinch a berth in the second round of soccer’s Champions League — the knockout phase of the event. Also advancing was Atletico Madrid, which shut out Austria Vienna, 4-0 . . . A third teenager was charged with murder in the death of an Australian college baseball player who was shot while jogging in Oklahoma. Prosecutors filed the upgraded charge against 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, who initially faced lesser charges in the death of Christopher Lane. The 22-year-old Melbourne native, who was attending East Central University in Oklahoma, was on a training run while visiting his girlfriend’s parents in Duncan, Okla., when he was killed Aug. 16 . . . Natalie Spooner broke a tie on a five-on-three power play with 3:30 left and Canada beat the US, 4-2, in the Four Nations Cup women’s hockey tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. In an earlier match, Meeri Raisanen made 25 saves, and Tea Villila and Mintuu Tuominen scored in Finland’s 2-0 victory over Sweden . . . The International Weightlifting Federation has fined Kazakhstan $500,000 after nine lifters were found to have committed doping offenses. No Kazakh weightlifters can compete until the fine is paid.