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David Stern: NBA should remove marijuana as a banned substance

FILE - In this April 13, 2012, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern answers a question at a news conference after the NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York. Stern met with members of the media, Thursday, July 19, after the Board of Governors held their annual summer meeting to announce that the league is looking to add possibly $100 million in revenue by permitting small advertising patches on uniforms starting in the 2013-14 season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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Former NBA commissioner David Stern, who upheld a strict policy against marijuana use during his tenure (1984-2014), said it might be time for the league to remove marijuana from the league’s banned substance list.ard Drew, File)

Former NBA commissioner David Stern, who tightened up the league’s policy on marijuana during his tenure from 1984 until 2014, reversed his opinion on the subject in an interview with former NBA star Al Harrington when he said marijuana “probably should be removed from the banned substance list.’’ Stern’s stunning declaration came at the end of a long conversation with Harrington, who works for the cannibis industry, during a documentary interview for Uniterrupted. Harrington began using cannabinoids, or CBD, which does not contain the psychoactive substance THC that’s commonly associated with marijuana highs, to treat an ongoing knee injury. ‘‘It’s a completely different perception [of marijuana],’’ Stern said, crediting a 2013 CNN documentary on the subject hosted by Sanjay Gupta with helping to change his mind. ‘‘I think there’s universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.’’ Like the NBA, marijuana used for recreational and medical purposes remains on the NFL’s prohibited list. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, however, has said he is willing to evaluate the potential medical uses cannabis might offer players. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has also said he’s ‘‘open’’ to discussion on the issue of medical marijuana.

Fultz (shoulder) out 3 games

Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Markelle Fultz will miss the next three games with soreness in his right shoulder. Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has had problems with his shoulder all season that have greatly affected his free throw mechanics. Fultz’s form has been widely mocked as his shots clanked off the backboard. Fultz is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free throw line, and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season.

Wolves’ Butler out again

Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler missed his second straight game Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons because of an upper respiratory infection. Butler sat out Tuesday’s home game against Indiana, which blew out the Timberwolves 130-107.

Cavs Wade, Rose sidelined


Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dwyane Wade has a bruised left knee and didn’t play Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. And starting point guard Derrick Rose is expected to miss his third straight game with a sprained ankle. LeBron James made a rare start at point guard Tuesday and scored 34 points with 13 assists as the Cavs improved to 3-1. James also tweaked his right ankle.

Spurs’ Parker eyeing return

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Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who hasn’t played since rupturing a tendon in his left quadriceps during last season’s Western Conference semifinals, practiced in San Antonio with the team’s G League affiliate in his attempt to return to the lineup. Parker was quoted Sunday in the San Antonio Express-News saying that his return will come ‘‘when Dr. [Gregg] Popovich says so,’’ referencing the Spurs coach. Parker and teammate Kawhi Leonard (right quad) have not played yet this season.


Scandal nets first in the US

Hector Trujillo, 63, a former judge who led Guatemala’s soccer federation, has become the first person sentenced in the United States in the FIFA world soccer corruption scandal, getting eight months in prison. Trujillo, who was arrested in December 2015 in Port Canaveral, Fla., during a Disney cruise with his family, was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn after he had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy in June. Trujillo admitted accepting nearly $200,000 in bribes from a company trying to secure sports marketing contracts.

College football

Gators handle death threats

Florida coach Jim McElwain will provide details about death threats he said he has received if the situation ‘‘becomes unmanageable.’’ Speaking on the Southeastern Conference coaches call, McElwain also said he allowed ‘‘one or two misguided remarks’’ to get to him. McElwain said Monday that Florida players and families received death threats amid the team’s struggles. He did not contact police and declined to say whether he personally received death threats. Florida (3-3, 3-2 SEC) plays third-ranked Georgia (7-0, 4-0) on Saturday in nearby Jacksonville.

The Gators have lost two in a row — by a combined 3 points — and are on the verge of elimination in the SEC’s Eastern Division race.

College basketball

Ex-Louisville AD to file suit


Sheryl Snyder, a lawyer for Tom Jurich, says the fired Louisville athletic director will sue the school for breach of contract if severance issues can’t be resolved. Louisville trustees voted 10-3 a week ago to fire Jurich for cause amid a federal investigation of the men’s basketball program. Louisville’s Athletic Association fired Cardinals coach Rick Pitino for cause on Oct. 16.


Wozniacki eases past Halep

Caroline Wozniacki improved to 2-0 at the WTA Finals by beating top-ranked Simona Halep, 6-0, 6-2, at Singapore . . . Two-time Swiss Indoors champion Juan Martin del Porto beat Joao Sousa 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 on Wednesday to advance to the second round . . . Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43 full time in the NASCAR Cup Series next year. Wallace became the first black driver to race at NASCAR’s top level since 2006 when he replaced an injured Aric Almirola earlier this year . . . Defending champion Arrogate heads a full field of 14 horses for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with the world’s all-time leading money earner facing off against Pacific Coast winner Collected, a horse that had beaten Arrogate twice in a row, in the 1¼-mile, $6 million race on Nov. 4.