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NBA

CLEVELAND, AP — Trae Young scored 32 of his 38 second-half points and the Atlanta Hawks beat losing center Clint Capela with a knee injury to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-101 in Friday night’s play-in to win. the East seeded No. 8 in the conference playoffs.

Young scored 16 points in the third quarter to rally the Hawks from a 10-point halftime deficit, and added 16 more in the fourth to finish the Cavs, whose inexperience showed throughout the second half.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 19 points for Atlanta, which will face No. 1 seed Miami in the first round. Game 1 is Sunday in South Florida.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 30 points and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the exhausted Los Angeles Clippers 105-101 in a Friday night play-in and win the West’s No. 8 seed for the playoffs.

The Pelicans made the playoffs for the first time since 2017-18. They’ve been without Zion Williamson all season with a foot injury.

The Clippers received a major blow earlier in the day when Paul George entered league health and safety protocols. They had already been without Kawhi Leonard all season while he was nursing an ACL injury. He watched from the bench early in the game.

CJ McCollum added 19 points for New Orleans, which will face No. 1 seeded Phoenix in the first round. Game 1 is Sunday in the desert.

NHL

An independent investigation commissioned by the NHL Players’ Association found that general manager Don Fehr and others were not responsible for wrongdoing when they failed to act on a report that a player of the Chicago Blackhawks was sexually assaulted by a staff member in 2010.

A law firm hired to investigate the Fehr and the union’s actions in 2010 and 2011 concluded that miscommunication and a misunderstanding were to blame for the lack of action after Kyle Beach reported being assaulted by video coach Brad Aldrich.

The NHLPA board saw the report last week. The players voted in favor of its publication.

NFL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts cemented their secondary by signing five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a two-year deal, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. .

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The move comes a day after Indy signed former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rodney McLeod. Both additions should help a secondary that lost two starting cornerbacks last season.

Gilmore joins the Colts after being traded from New England to Carolina last season. Gilmore, 31, finished with 16 tackles and two interceptions while playing nine games last season. The 10-year veteran has 427 career tackles and 27 interceptions in 127 career games.

— By AP sportswriter Michael Marot.

FOOTBALL

The Premier League’s longest-serving manager was sacked on Friday when Burnley got rid of Sean Dyche in a season-ending gamble to avoid relegation from England’s lucrative top flight.

That’s a big call from Burnley’s US-owned investment group ALK Capital, given Dyche’s history and position at a club where he has achieved so much – in relative terms – with one of the smallest budgets in the league.

He has been in charge since October 2012, a period in which his side were promoted twice from the Second Division Championship, secured two Premier League top-half finishes and qualified for Europe in the Premier League. times in 51 years.

OBITUARY

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Bossy, one of hockey’s most prolific scorers and a star of the New York Islanders during their 1980s dynasty, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65 years old.

The Islanders and TVA Sports, the French-language network in Canada where he worked as a hockey analyst, confirmed Bossy died Thursday night. A team spokesperson said Bossy was in his native Montreal.

Bossy revealed his diagnosis in October in a letter to TVA Sports.

Bossy helped the Islanders win the Stanley Cup from 1980 to 1983, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1982. He scored the Cup-winning goal in 1982 and 1983.

Bossy was a first-round pick in 1977 and played his entire 10-year NHL career with New York. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, won the Lady Byng Trophy for courteous conduct three times and led the league in goals twice.

Bossy has scored 50 or more goals in each of his first nine seasons – the longest streak in the league. He and Wayne Gretzky are the only players in hockey history with nine 50-goal seasons.

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