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LeBron James’ status for opener against Celtics in doubt

LeBron James (23) guards Chicago’s Bobby Portis (5) before his injured ankle forced him to the sideline.Phil LongAP

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James won’t play again this preseason, and there’s a chance he'll miss the season opener against Boston. James didn’t practice Wednesday, a day after he aggravated his sprained left ankle, sustained Sept. 27, in his exhibition debut against Chicago. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the four-time MVP is ruled out of the final preseason game Friday at Orlando. As for James’ status for Tuesday night against the Celtics, Lue was non-committal, saying James is upset that his ankle is still an issue. Lue said J.R. Smith will rejoin the starting lineup with James out.

Timberwolves’ Wiggins finally signs extension

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Andrew Wiggins to a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but owner Glen Taylor said in August that he offered Wiggins a five-year max extension worth $148 million. Wiggins, who averaged 23.6 points last season, has cemented himself as one of the building blocks of an up-and-coming franchise, along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler . . . According to reports, center Joel Embiid’s recent $146.5 million max extension with Philadelphia contains a protection clause that would allow the 76ers to waive him in case of severe injury. ESPN reports league sources said the injury clause would kick in if, in the last four years of the five-year deal, Embiid suffers a contractually agreed-upon injury causing him to miss at least 25 or more regular-season games and he plays less than 1,650 minutes. The sources said the specific injuries laid out include only past problem areas with Embiid’s feet and back.


NCAA forming commission after bribery investigation

The NCAA says former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will lead a commission to study the inner workings of college basketball in response to a federal investigation into bribery and fraud that rocked the sport and implicated several assistant coaches. The commission will begin its work in November and deliver its recommendations on legislative, policy, and structural changes by April . . . Auburn has hired a law firm to review allegations that a part-time academic staffer took an online test for a football player after ESPN's Outside the Lines reported that a mentor took the final exam for a player from the 2015 team . . . Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Kelly Bryant (left ankle) will be “ready to go’’ when the No. 2 Tigers play at Syracuse Friday night . . . Tennessee will start redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano at quarterback in place of Quinten Dormady when the Volunteers host South Carolina on Saturday. Tennessee suffered its first shutout loss, 41-0 to Georgia on Saturday, since 1994 . . . Sophomore Gyree Durante, a backup quarterback for Division 3 Albright College in Pennsylvania, was cut for kneeling during the national anthem before Saturday’s game . . . Tara VanDerveer signed a three-year contract extension that takes the Stanford’s Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach through the 2019-20 season. In February, VanDerveer became just the third Division 1 coach to reach 1,000 wins, joining the late Pat Summitt as the only women’s coaches in the elite club along with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.



Nadal and Federer win in straight sets at Shanghai

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal lost only four points on serve in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over American Jared Donaldson in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. No. 2 Roger Federer also advance in straight sets, defeating Diego Schwartzman, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, with his 14th ace on his second match point. Sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov saved three match points before finally defeating American Ryan Harrison, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). US Open finalist Kevin Anderson lost to Jan-Lennard Struff, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), while Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner also advanced with wins over American Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas, respectively . . . Nick Kyrgios was fined $31,085 by the ATP after walking off the court after losing the first set of his opening match at the Shanghai Masters to American Steve Johnson on Tuesday.



Brockton golfer Parziale into quarterfinals at US Mid-Amateur

Brockton’s Matt Parziale advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Mid-Amateur Championship at Atlanta’s Capital City Club. In the round of 32, Parziale dispatched Jerred Barley of Tipton, Mich., in 19 holes. He then beat Sam O'Dell of Hurricane, W.Va., 2 up, in the round of 16 . . . Tomas Martinez scored in the 63rd minute and his free kick in the 77th led to an own goal, helping the host Houston Dynamo beat Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, in Major League Soccer. Houston (12-10-10) moved within 1 point of a third-place tie with Portland and Seattle. Second-place Sporting KC (12-8-12) needed at least a draw to secure a playoff spot . . . Carlos Nuzman has sent in his resignation letter as head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee from a prison where he's been held since last week amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. The national Olympic committee on Wednesday designated vice president Paulo Wanderley to replace Nuzman . . . Japanese baseball player Shohei Otani, the reigning Pacific League MVP who is prized as both a pitcher and hitter, will have right ankle surgery on Thursday. The 23-year-old is likely to leave Japan and sign with a major league team through the posting system in the off-season . . . NHL.com reported that injured Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (left foot) will not join the club on its current road trip but could be in the lineup as early as next week . . . Juan Antonio Pizzi said he will not seek a new contract as Chile’s national soccer coach after his team failed to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia . . . FIFA has suspended Pakistan from international soccer because of government interference.