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HORNETS OWNER JORDAN: DEMONSTRATE IN PEACE

Michael Jordan has called for peaceful demonstration and conversation in the wake of the violent protests in Charlotte, N.C.

Jordan expressed condolences to the family of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man who was killed by a black police officer, and to those injured in the ensuing protests in a statement Thursday.

The Hornets owner said, "In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and nonviolent ways."

The Hornets team store was looted on Wednesday during the protests.

Jordan says the Hornets are committed to working with "elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community."

In other news, NBA players are being urged to reach out to league and union officials to try and come up with ways to create "positive change" in communities around the country, a move that comes in response to protests in other sports about racial oppression and other social matters.

Players received a memo from the NBA and the Players Association on Wednesday, one that announced that the league and the union, "working together, have begun developing substantive ways for us to come together and take meaningful action."

A copy of the memo was obtained by the Associated Press. It did not remind players of the NBA's rule saying players must stand for the national anthem, something some athletes in other pro sports have chosen not to do in recent weeks in acts of protest.

MORE NBA: The Bucks acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Rockets for backup point guard Tyler Ennis.

OLYMPICS

U.S. boss warns of 'Cold War'

The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee warned of turning the effort to fix the world's broken antidoping system into a Cold War-style showdown between East and West. Speaking to the U.S. Olympic Assembly, chairman Larry Probst reiterated his support for the International Olympic Committee's near-unanimous rubber-stamping of president Thomas Bach's decision not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio Games. "If we're going to address the inadequacies of the current antidoping system, we can't devolve into a Cold War mentality of us versus them," Probst told the audience of U.S. Olympic leaders. "The global system is broken and it needs to be fixed."

ET CETERA

SOCCER: UEFA has charged Scotland's football federation for "refusal to play" a women's Under-19 European Championship qualifying match amid conflicting reports that players were sick or hung over. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case Wednesday. The Scottish team cited an illness for not playing against Serbia on Monday in a match that would decide the Group 4 winner. Scotland's federation cited "acute gastroenteritis that affected nine players from the squad and eight members of the backroom staff."

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