NBA players won’t be pulling up for a 4-point shot anytime soon. The league denied Tuesday that any serious discussions had been held about that or expanding the court. ESPN.com reported that president of operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki Vandeweghe, during an interview at All-Star Weekend, said the league had discussed both possibilities. In a statement posted on Twitter, league spokesman Tim Frank said, ‘‘No one at the NBA, nor the competition committee, has had any serious conversations about increasing the size of the floor or adding a 4-point line.’’ Frank added, ‘‘Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe were entertaining a line of questioning about out of the box ideas and ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn’t exist.’’ . . . Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will miss six weeks after a medical procedure on his left groin. Perkins was injured during the third quarter of Thursday’s game against the Heat . . . LeBron James took part in non-contact drills and said he should be able to rejoin the Heat’s lineup Thursday against the Knicks. He missed Sunday’s victory over the Bulls after breaking his nose in Thursday’s victory over the Thunder . . . The Kings and Jimmer Fredette are working on a buyout of his contract. Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro said Fredette’s representatives approached him about a buyout that would make the guard a free agent if he clears waivers.
Mayweather-Maidana set for May 3
WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather will face WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana on May 3 in a bout in Las Vegas to unify their 147-pound titles. Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) is coming off year in which he had victories over Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez. Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), of Margarita, Argentina, defeated Adrien Broner on Dec. 14 by a unanimous decision . . . Former world champion Antonio Cermeno was kidnapped and killed in his native Venezuela, police said. Cermeno, a WBA super bantamweight and featherweight champion in the 1990s, was found shot to death Tuesday on a road in the central state of Miranda. Cermeno, 44, retired in 2006 with a 45-7 record.
Ovechkin apologizes for poor effort
Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin apologized for Russia’s performance at the Olympics, a sentiment put in perspective by the news that his father was on the way home after heart surgery. Ovechkin was bent on winning the gold on home ice. Instead, the Russians were eliminated in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive Olympics. ‘‘First of all, I want to say sorry to the fans,’’ Ovechkin said. ‘‘Because it’s once in a lifetime opportunity to represent your country in the Olympics, and you didn’t get the results, you didn’t get any medal.’’ Ovechkin’s father, who has a history of heart problems, became ill following one of his son’s games and required surgery. Ovechkin wasn’t told until three days later, after Russia had been eliminated . . . The Islanders’ John Tavares, who is out for the season after sustaining a knee injury in Canada’s Olympic game against Latvia, won’t require surgery, team doctors told him.
Elkington’s tweet stirs controversy
Former PGA champion Steve Elkington caused outrage on Twitter when he made a disparaging remark about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam while trying to criticize media coverage that refers to Sam as gay. Sam, who came out publicly two weeks ago, worked out this week at the NFL Combine and is projected to be a mid- to late-round draft pick. Elkington first tweeted that ESPN’s coverage of Sam was ‘‘embarrassing.’’ He followed with this tweet: ‘‘ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine . . . No one else expected to throw today.’’ Elkington later deleted his tweet, and then tried to clarify his position. He posted a reply: ‘‘I'm for Sam I'm against ESPN telling me he’s gay.’’ . . . Former Patriots running back and college football television analyst Craig James filed a bias complaint with the state of Texas that his firing by Fox Sports Southwest was an act of religious discrimination. In a statement, James alleges he was terminated for his religious beliefs against same-sex marriage . . . Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross, 33, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. . . Manchester United lost, 2-0, to Olympiakos in Piraeus, Greece, in its second-round Champions League opener. Alejandro Dominguez broke the deadlock with a goal in the 38th minute. In the other Champions League game, Robert Lewandowski scored twice to lead Borussia Dortmund to a 4-2 victory over Zenit in St. Petersburg, Russia . . . The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown and cleared the high-profile track star of any anti-doping rule violation . . . Third-seeded John Isner became the first upset of the Mexican Open in Acapulco, losing, 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5), to Ivo Karlovic in the first round.