NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league made a business decision that North Carolina’s law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people makes holding its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte untenable. Silver’s letter to Republican US Rep. Robert Pittenger was released by the congressman’s office, along with a response signed by 17 House conservatives. The Republican lawmaker’s district includes Charlotte, which last week lost the annual event and its economic impact of about $100 million. Silver said the league has to make business judgments to ensure the events will succeed. Pittenger calls that hypocritical, saying the NBA is penalizing Charlotte while staging preseason games in China, where human rights abuses abound . . . Veteran forward Richard Jefferson re-signed with the Cavaliers after saying he would retire . . . The Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets will play in London on Jan. 12 at the O2 arena. Denver will be considered the home team . . . A third bone marrow transplant will stop veteran NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager from covering the Rio Olympics for NBC. Sager has been battling leukemia.
Playoff schedule tweaked
The College Football Playoff is moving the dates of future semifinals to ensure the games will be played either on a weekend or a holiday. The changes will start with the 2018 season and come in response to the television ratings for last year's games played on Thursday, Dec. 31, dropping 36 percent from the semifinals played the season before on New Year's Day . . . Single-game tickets are on sale for the University of Massachusetts football season.
Coyotes sign Murphy, Stone
The Arizona Coyotes locked up two of their best young defenseman, signing Connor Murphy to a six-year contract and Michael Stone to a one-year deal. Murphy’s deal is for $23.1 million. Stone’s deal is worth $4 million . . . The Minnesota Wild and defenseman Matt Dumba agreed to a two-year, $5.1 million contract . . . The Rangers signed forward Marek Hrivik but did not release contract details.
Jaeger fires 58 on Web.com
Stephan Jaeger shot a 12-under-par 58 in the first round of Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic to match the lowest score in major tour play. The 27-year-old German player finished with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif. Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa also shot a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns on the Tour. Jaeger broke the Web.com Tour record of 59 held by Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakey, Jason Gore, Will Wilcox and Russell Knox. Six players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events . . . Mirim Lee equaled the lowest-ever round at the Women’s British Open by shooting a 10-under-par 62 to take the lead at the Woburn Golf Club in England. Lee had 10 birdies as she secured a three-stroke advantage. Lee matched Minea Blomqvist’s 10-under 62 in the third round of the 2004 British Open at Sunningdale . . . Chuba Akpom scored the deciding goal in the 87th minute from about 4 yards out on a cross from the left side by Nacho Monreal, and Arsenal topped the MLS, 2-1, in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif. . . . Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, beating Radek Stepanek, 6-2, 6-4. He was joined by Gael Monfils, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka. In the women’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, Venus Williams failed to reach the quarerfinals, falling to Madison Keys, 6-1, 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 . . . Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jim Clark broke the trans-Atlantic monohull record in sailing from New York to England in 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds. Clark's 100-foot Comanche covered 2,880 nautical miles, eclipsing the old record of 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes, 39 seconds set in 2003 . . . The San Francisco Giants acquired All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a minor league pitcher.