Zion day to day with mild knee sprain

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) No. 1 Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson is day to day with a mild right knee sprain.

Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Thursday night that Williamson is progressing as expected after he injured his knee when his left shoe ripped apart as he slipped while dribbling during the first minute of Wednesday night's loss to No. 8 North Carolina.

The 280-pound Williamson is one of the most powerful players in the game, and he tried to plant with his left foot as his right foot was slipping. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe, and Williamson's foot came all the way through the large gap.

NBA, union in talks to end '1-and-done'

MIAMI (AP) The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the "one-and-done" rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months.

The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the minimum age for entering the NBA draft from 19 to 18, and the union discussed the contents at a meeting in the Bahamas earlier this week, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither side released the proposal publicly. (MORE)

Boeheim kills pedestrian in car accident

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man along an interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man's disabled vehicle, police say.

Syracuse police say Jorge Jimenez, 51, was an occupant in a black Dodge Charger with three others when they apparently lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail before midnight Wednesday on I-690 in Syracuse. (MORE)

GM: Rules compel Pelicans to play Davis

METAIRIE, La. (AP) When the Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry's office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry.

As they spoke, privacy shades on windows that otherwise offer a view of practice courts were pulled down. (MORE)

Kucherov fastest to 100 since Lemieux

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nikita Kucherov became the fastest player to 100 points in a season since Mario Lemieux, and he and Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night.

Kucherov became the league's first 100-point player this season with his 30th goal. He got there in 62 games, one more than it took Lemieux in 1996-97. (MORE)

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