Sunday, September 23, 2018
Sports

Bulls punish, bench Butler, Wade

CHICAGO — Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler were dropped from the Bulls' starting lineup in Friday's 100-88 loss to the Heat — Wade's former team — as punishment for postgame comments questioning their teammates' desire after a loss.

"Just based on what happened the other night, we felt it was appropriate to make the change," coach Fred Hoiberg said before the game.

Before the morning shootaround, the Bulls held a team meeting to clear the air after point guard Rajon Rondo fired back at Wade and Butler in an Instagram post Thursday. There was an uneasy detente in place for the three leaders of the scuffling Bulls.

Rondo said he "absolutely" felt he needed to defend the younger players after Wade and Butler teed off on the team after a rough loss Wednesday to the Hawks. He did just that while calling out the two stars and insinuating they were overriding Hoiberg when it came to the game plan — a notion the coach shot down.

Wade insisted he has "no issue, no problems" with Rondo. He also made it clear he has no regrets about his comments.

Butler said he has no issues with Rondo, that he has a right to speak his mind.

"I like it. I like controversy," Butler said.

Butler and Wade both received loud ovations when they came off the bench midway through the first quarter. When Rondo checked in, the crowd met him with some boos.

Wade scored 15, while Butler struggled, scoring just 3 on 1-for-13 shooting. Rondo had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

All three players were fined by the team but not suspended.

CHAIR WINS 'FIGHT' WITH KANTER: Thunder center Enes Kanter will be out at least a month after fracturing his right forearm by punching a chair during Thursday's win over the Mavs. Kanter, one of the league's top reserves, is the team's third-leading scorer at 14.4 per game. "It was tough, man," guard Russell Westbrook said. "To do it the way he did it is very unfortunate." Center Steven Adams added: "He didn't mean to do it, obviously. It's just one of those frustrating times where it just happened. … He's already hard on himself. No one else can be as hard as he is on himself."

Game Highlights: Jrue Holiday scored 23, Anthony Davis had 16 and tied a career high with 22 rebounds, and the host Pelicans took down the Spurs 119-103. … James Harden racked up another triple double with 51 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists as the visiting Rockets beat the 76ers 123-118. … Isaiah Thomas had 21 in just three quarters as the host Celtics routed the Magic 128-98. … LeBron James scored 31, Kyrie Irving added 28 and the host Cavaliers, who had lost three straight and six of eight, topped the Nets 124-116.

Comments
Sound-Smarter-Than-Your-Friends Guide to Steelers-Buccaneers: Where is Ronald Jones?

Sound-Smarter-Than-Your-Friends Guide to Steelers-Buccaneers: Where is Ronald Jones?

One of the dominant storylines heading into Monday Night Football between the first-place Buccaneers and the last-place Steelers will be the things we didn’t expect to see. It’s the team that usually melts down against the team that actua...
Updated: 2 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Jays, with Snell seeking No. 21

For starters: Rays at Jays, with Snell seeking No. 21

UPDATE, 12:14: Snell takes the mound today leading the AL in wins, ERA (1.97) and opponents average (.179). … Cash noted that Snell "is in elite company now with the Rays, and he has the chance to stand alone." …  The Rays note that ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida’s new top team

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida’s new top team

After four full weekends of college football, here's what I know:There is one great team (Alabama). There are three very good teams (Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson).After that? There are a lot of flawed teams with messy results that seem bunched tog...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sunday Morning QB: Midseason point approaches

Sunday Morning QB: Midseason point approaches

Highlights from Week 5:Player of the WeekKhaishef Edwards, Largo: Since coming over from Northeast, Edwards has showed off his big-play potential with touchdown catches in three of the first four games, including three in a win over Palm Harbor Unive...
Updated: 5 hours ago
UF morning after: Gators answering opportunity’s knock

UF morning after: Gators answering opportunity’s knock

For all the positive vibes they gleaned Saturday night before a gradually disappearing audience, the Gators know they still must conquer their consistency issues.Still too many three-and-outs and muffed progressions. Too few running lanes."The consis...
Updated: 5 hours ago
McFarland on FitzMagic: ‘Play the guy with the hot hand’

McFarland on FitzMagic: ‘Play the guy with the hot hand’

TAMPA — Why wait until Monday Night Football? We got former Bucs defensive tackle Booger McFarland, the field analyst for the ESPN crew, to break down the Bucs-Steelers matchup. In his straight-forward, brutally honest style, McFarland dissects...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Blue Jays spoil wild-card bid

Rays journal: Blue Jays spoil wild-card bid

TORONTO — There was no drama, no emotional rescues after Saturday's game.After feeling, appropriately, crushed after they gave away Thursday's game, blowing a six-run lead in the ninth, then bouncing back Friday, the Rays on Saturday faced a st...
Published: 09/22/18
Updated: 09/23/18
Jordan Cronkrite’s big run helps USF stay perfect with win over ECU

Jordan Cronkrite’s big run helps USF stay perfect with win over ECU

TAMPA — Whenever USF handed the ball to running back Jordan Cronkrite on Saturday night, a big play seemed close. The Bulls were just one block, one chip, one cut away."We knew it was coming," quarterback Blake Barnett said.Finally, with 1...
Published: 09/22/18
Updated: 09/23/18
USF journal: Standout returner Terrence Horne out with torn ACL

USF journal: Standout returner Terrence Horne out with torn ACL

TAMPA — USF opened its American Athletic Conference schedule Saturday with a 20-13 victory against East Carolina, but it had to do so without the nation's top returner.Freshman receiver and return specialist Terrence Horne tore his ACL in pract...
Published: 09/22/18
Updated: 09/23/18
Joey Knight’s takeaways from Florida-Tennessee

Joey Knight’s takeaways from Florida-Tennessee

For all their defensive opportunism Saturday, make no mistake: The Gators probably remain a year or two away from seriously contending again in the SEC East Division. Still, it beats the Vols, who appear a light-year or two away.Jeremy Pruitt confirm...
Published: 09/22/18
Updated: 09/23/18