Friday’s Sports Minute

Friday’s Sports Minute

COMEBACK WIN: Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee, second from right, celebrates with Tony Allen (9), Mike Conley (11) and Zach Randolph (50) after Lee scored the game-winning basket against the Sacramento Kings with less than one second remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Grizzlies a 111-110 win in an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 13, in Memphis, Tenn. Photo: Associated Press/Mark Humphrey

A look at some of the biggest sports stories making headlines today, Friday, Nov. 14.


Adrian Peterson will meet with the NFL on Monday about possible reinstatement with the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since Sept. 18 following his indictment for felony child abuse in Texas. The running back pleaded no contest last week to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills his probation terms.

The union has filed a non-injury grievance regarding when his paid leave on the commissioner’s exempt list is supposed to end. Lawyers representing the union and the NFL will discuss the grievance.


A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract with slugger Victor Martinez.

The 35-year-old Martinez, hitting .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs and helping Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title this season.


The Memphis Grizzlies own a share of the NBA’s Western Conference lead at 8-1 after storming back from a 26-point deficit.

Courtney Lee hit a buzzer-beating layup to complete the Grizzlies’ 111-110 triumph over Sacramento. Lee had 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting for the Grizzlies, who trailed 44-18 early in the second quarter before improving to 6-0 in the Western Conference.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points and 11 assists, while Marc Gasol had 20 points.

Like the Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors own an 8-1 record following a 107-99 triumph over Brooklyn. Klay Thompson finished with 25 points despite hitting just eight of his 22 shots. Draymond Green delivered 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Stephen Curry added 17 points to the win.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers’ horrendous start got a little worse as they allowed the Dallas Mavericks to post the most lopsided victory in team history. Dirk Nowitzki needed just 20 minutes to score 21 points in the Mavs’ 123-70 rout of the Sixers. Monta Ellis added 17 points for the Mavs, while Chandler Parsons and Brandan Wright each had 14.

The 0-8 76ers remain the NBA’s only winless team. Michael Carter-Williams made his season debut for the Sixers and scored a team-high 19 points on 6 of 19 from the field.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he “couldn’t disagree more” with comments made by Players Association executive director Michele Roberts about the league’s salary system.

Roberts told in an interview that the salary cap was “un-American.”

Silver noted in a statement that there was nothing un-American in a unionized industry to have collective bargaining for paying employees.

The cap limits the total amount teams can spend on player salaries and is at an all-time high of $63.1 million.


Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens now find themselves atop the NHL’s Eastern Conference standings following a convincing win over a bitter rival.

Pacioretty scored twice and Carey Price needed to make just 21 saves as the Habs hammered Boston 5-1. Dale Wiese tied the game by scoring on a penalty shot 2 ½ minutes into the second period before Lars Eller notched the game-winner. Eller and Wiese also had one assist apiece for the Canadiens, who improved to 12-4-1.

The Canadiens were able to take over the conference lead when Tampa Bay fell to San Jose 2-1. Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy scored second-period goals to support Antti Niemi, who turned back 32 shots and blanked the Lightning until Steven Stamkos beat him with 10:25 remaining.

Also in the NHL:

  • St. Louis made it nine wins in its last 10 games by downing Nashville 4-3 on Paul Stasny’s goal with 5:54 left. Vladimir Tarasenko scored once and had an assist, giving him six goals and 12 points during his career-high seven-game scoring streak.
  • Kari Lehtonen picked up his first shutout of the season and 28 of his career with a 27-save effort in the Dallas Stars’ 2-0 win at Los Angeles. Ryan Garbutt and Jason Spezza did the scoring for the Stars.
  • Nino Niederreiter capped his first career hat trick by scoring into an empty net to secure Minnesota’s 6-3 win over Buffalo. Ryan Carter and Kyle Brodziak each added a goal and an assist as the Wild ended a four-game losing streak.
  • Paul Byron scored twice and Calgary picked up its fifth victory in seven games by downing Arizona 5-3. The Flames squandered a 3-1 lead before Mark Giordano snapped a 3-3 tie late in the second period.
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