Anthony Davis injured his left shoulder at the end of the first half of New Orleans’ 131-122 victory Thursday night over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. Davis, who missed the second half of the game, had an MRI, leaving uncertain his availability for this weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. According to ESPN, the MRI revealed a muscle contusion, but nothing too serious. Davis was selected for the All-Star Game for the sixth straight season. If he plays, he’ll represent a team he has no plans to remain with long term after he announced Jan. 28 he would not sign an extension with the Pelicans, requesting a trade to a contending team. However, he was not traded at the Feb. 7 deadline. He played 16 minutes during the first half against the Thunder and scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds, and had two assists and a blocked shot as New Orleans took a 66-63 halftime lead. In the final seconds, Davis fouled Nerlens Noel while trying for a lefthanded block of the Thunder forward’s shot. As Davis walked to the locker room at intermission, he appeared to keep his left arm still while his right arm swayed normally. He did not emerge for the start the second half.
Morris agrees with Thunder
Markieff Morris, the twin brother of Celtics forward Marcus Morris, agreed to a deal with the Thunder, according to The Athletic. Morris, 29, was waived by the Pelicans last week after he was acquired in a trade with the Wizards Feb. 7. Morris has been sidelined since Dec. 28 with a neck injury . . . Warriors coach Steve Kerr was fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing and confronting a referee in Golden State’s 127-107 loss at Portland Wednesday night. . . In men’s college basketball, Jordan Roland had 19 points as visiting Northeastern (16-9, 10-3 Colonial Athletic Association) narrowly beat UNC Wilmington (8-19, 4-10), 81-77. Donnell Gresham Jr. added 17 points for the Huskies, while Bolden Brace chipped in 16. Brace also had six rebounds for the Huskies.
Indians’ Bauer gets $13m
All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer beat Cleveland in arbitration for the second straight year and was awarded $13 million by the three-person panel over the Indians’ $11 million offer. But Bauer said the final 10 minutes of his salary arbitration hearing with the Indians was ‘‘character assassination’’ against him. A day after the decision, Bauer viewed the process as being very intellectual and remained unemotional about it, saying it didn’t sour his feelings about the Indians. The 28-year-old righthander finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award voting after going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA. He missed six weeks late in the season after getting hit on the right leg by a line drive.
Twins reach deal on duo
The Twins agreed to five-year contracts with right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco, the AP reported. The deals were reached as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout in Fort Myers, Fla. The Twins scheduled a news conference for Friday. Kepler’s contract is worth $35 million and includes a $10 million club option for 2024 with a $1 million buyout. Polanco’s deal is valued at $25.75 million and has a 2024 option that could become guaranteed as well as a 2025 club option . . . Angels righthander Matt Harvey will be sidelined about 10 days because of a glute strain he felt during agility drills. Harvey signed a one-year, $11 million deal in December, looking to bounce back after going 7-9 with a 4.94 ERA in 32 games (28 starts) with the Mets and Reds last year . . . Lefthanded reliever Xavier Cedeno, 32, and the Cubs agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract. Cedeno went 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 48 appearances last season. He began the year with the White Sox and was traded to Milwaukee on Aug. 31.
Rain halts Genesis first round
Phil Mickelson opened with a par at the Genesis Open before wet conditions halted play at Riviera in Los Angeles after less than an hour. Typical of Mickelson, it was no ordinary par. Mickelson drove into a bunker on the short par-4 10th when the horn sounded to stop play. Players were allowed to finish their holes, and Mickelson saved par after he holed out his fourth shot from a third bunker
NU men win fifth straight
Jordan Roland scored 19 points as Northeastern narrowly beat host UNC Wilmington, 81-77, to extend its winning streak to five consecutive games in Thursday night’s Colonial Athletic Association contest. Donnell Gresham Jr. added 17 points for the Huskies (16-9, 10-3 CAA) while Bolden Brace chipped in 16 to go along with six rebounds, and Anthony Green had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Harvick, Logano win duals
Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano led a Ford sweep in the dual 150-mile qualifying races for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Logano, the reigning NASCAR champion, used a last-lap pass for the lead to win his heat and earn a spot in the second row for the Daytona 500 alongside Harvick, who won the first qualifying race. . . . Richard Childress Racing signed Kaz Grala, a 20-year-old Boston native, to drive in select NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season, beginning in March at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kaepernick sought $20m
The new Alliance of American Football league spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league, a person with knowledge of the conversation told the Associated Press. But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that debuted last weekend. The league also approached Tim Tebow, who said he wanted to continue pursuing his baseball career. Tebow currently is in spring training camp with the Mets . . . American downhill ski champion Mikaela Shiffrin’s settled for bronze at the world championships in Are, Sweden, in the giant slalom won by Petra Vlhova . . . Mikko Koivu said he was “totally confident” about returning to the Minnesota Wild next season at age 36 after tearing his right ACL and meniscus at Buffalo Feb. 5. . . . Major League Soccer gave commissioner Don Garber, 61, a five-year contract extension through 2023 . . . Eric Harrison, the Manchester United youth team coach who launched the career of David Beckham,died Wednesday.He was 81 . . . Jamie Lee Rattray and Marie-Philip Poulin each had a goal and an assist and Canada’s women’s hockey team beat the United States, 4-3, in Toronto to tie the best-of-three Rivalry Series at a game apiece. The series ends Sunday in Detroit. The US won the opener, 1-0, on Tuesday night in London, Ontario.