CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension with third-year coach Steve Clifford.
The team did not release financial terms Wednesday.
Clifford has a career record of 84-94 since taking over in 2013. The team went 43-39 in his first season and made the playoffs but was swept in the first round by Miami. They fell to 33-49 amid a series of injuries last year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Tanner Griggs has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season after a positive test for amphetamine under baseball's minor league drug program.
A 21-year-old right-hander, Griggs was selected in the 12th round of the 2014 amateur draft. He was 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 14 relief appearances this year for Eugene of the Class A Northwest League and the Arizona League Cubs, striking out 19 and walking 10 in 18 innings....
LONDON (AP) — The terror alert in Belgium has prompted the English Premier League to cancel a youth tournament in Belgium to commemorate the spontaneous World War I match between British and German soldiers during World War I.
The annual Truce Tournament was due to take place in Ypres from Dec. 10-13 featuring under-12 teams from England, Belgium, France and Germany.
Premier League director of youth Ged Roddy says "the advice we received from...
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Mike Pettine says he benched Johnny Manziel because the quarterback violated the team's trust with his behavior during the bye week.
Manziel was demoted from starter to third string on Tuesday by Pettine, who was upset after a video emerged of the second-year QB partying last week in Texas while the Browns were off. Before Manziel left town, Pettine said he made it clear to Manziel that he needed to act in a responsible manner....
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive guard Ryan Groy and receiver Marcus Thigpen.
Groy fills an immediate need after being signed off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad Wednesday. Starting right guard John Miller is out indefinitely with a high left ankle sprain sustained in a 20-13 loss at New England on Monday.
Groy had three starts in four games as a rookie last year in Chicago.
CHICAGO (AP) — Free agent catcher Alex Avila and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Avila is a .242 hitter with 66 homers and 282 RBIs during seven big league seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers, and has thrown out 24.5 percent of attempted base stealers. The 29-year-old was limited to 67 games with Detroit last season because of injuries, including a left knee bone bruise.