Derrick Rose’s injuries may have pushed him to a breaking point. The former league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team this week to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday Rose has been excused since Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return. The team did not offer any other details about Rose’s absence. ESPN reported that Rose is taking personal time ‘‘to evaluate his future in the NBA.’’ A team source told ESPN that Rose’s numerous injuries are ‘‘taking a toll on him mentally.’’ Rose has played in just seven of Cleveland’s 18 games this season because of a left ankle injury the point guard sustained while driving to the basket on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He’s averaging 14.3 points per game in his first season with Cleveland. Rose’s career has been slowed by knee injuries. He sat out the 2012-13 season in Chicago and played only 10 games the following year due to injury. The 29-year-old had been excited about a new start with Cleveland after spending last season with the New York Knicks. He signed a one-year, $2.1 million free agent contract this summer with the Cavs and was expected to be the team’s backup point guard behind Isaiah Thomas.
Russia stripped of more Sochi medals
As four more Russians were disqualified for doping at the Sochi Olympics, IOC president Thomas Bach signaled a possible shift toward barring the country’s athletes from the Pyeongchang Games. Two-time bobsled gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, was removed from the 2014 records in the latest round of verdicts from an International Olympic Committee panel prosecuting individuals caught in a program to cover up doping and tamper with tainted samples. Now the president of the Russian bobsled federation, Zubkov was disqualified and banned for life from the Olympics along with speedskater Olga Fatkulina, who won silver in the 500 meters. Russia originally topped the medals table in Sochi, but the latest cases drop it to nine gold medals, fewer than Norway and Canada. In total medals, Russia now has 24, behind the United States, Norway and Canada. A total of 14 Russians have now been disqualified this month, with nine medals lost. Bobsled athletes who could be upgraded by the IOC include US driver Steven Holcomb, who placed third in the two-man and four-man events but died unexpectedly in his sleep six months ago. Swiss and Latvian crews are in line for gold medals.
Day makes a run in Australian Open
Jason Day and Jordan Spieth went in opposite directions at the Australian Open at Sydney. Day had four consecutive birdies on the back nine, including a 30-footer, for a 3-under-par 68 that left him a stroke out of the second-round lead. Australian Lucas Herbert, who shot 66, is in front with a 9-under total of 133. Defending champion Spieth failed to take advantage of ideal morning scoring conditions and had a 71 to fall further behind the leaders — eight strokes behind Herbert and tied for 19th place with 10 others. Day, who had seven birdies and four bogeys, is aiming to win his first Australian Open title in his first competitive appearance on home soil since 2013.
Messi wins fourth Golden Shoe award
Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season. It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders. Messi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league.
Canadiens’ Price says he’s ready to play
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price expects to return Saturday against the visiting Sabres. Price said he’s ready to play after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. ‘‘It’s just about getting timing back and getting into the groove again,’’ Price said. Price was injured during the warm-up before a Nov. 2 game against Minnesota, but still played in a 6-3 loss . . . The Canadiens traded forward Torrey Mitchell to the Kings for a 2018 fifth-round conditional draft pick . . . David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won their opening singles matches of the Davis Cup final, delivering lopsided wins to leave France and Belgium tied at 1-1 at Lille, France.