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
Cavs Wade, Rose sidelined
Spurs’ Parker eyeing return
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.
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.
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.