First 2017 Houston Astros player apologizes for sign-stealing scheme — Global News

Speaking Friday at the fan convention for the Chicago White Sox, who signed the left-hander to a $55.5 million, three-year contract in December, Dallas Keuchel said he felt what happened was blown out of proportion, but he was sorry. Continue reading →

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With Enes Kanter Out, Celtics Call Up Tacko Fall Ahead Of Magic Game — NESN.com

Tacko Fall is heading back to Florida. The UCF product is down in Orlando on Friday, as he was recalled from the Maine Red Claws by the Boston Celtics for their meeting with the Magic at Amway Center. Fall is on a two-way contract, so he can spend no more than 45 days in the…

With Enes Kanter Out, Celtics Call Up Tacko Fall Ahead Of Magic Game — NESN.com
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The Boston Celtics will face the Orlando Magic without at least one of their biggest guns. The C’s announced Friday in their injury report Jayson Tatum will miss the game due to a groin strain. Despite the bad news about Friday’s game, Tatum insists the injury isn’t too serious. #NEBHInjuryReport Jayson Tatum says he will…

Jayson Tatum To Miss Celtics Vs. Magic Game, Offers Update On Groin Injury — NESN.com

RAPTORS AT KNICKS: The Raptors won their fifth straight game Wednesday night, 107-95, over Philadelphia. Toronto is averaging 124.2 points and shooting .515 (229-for-445) from the field, including .422 (76-for-180) from beyond the arc, over the past five games (Jan. 15-22).

INJURY REPORT AT 8:30 P.M. THURSDAY:

McCaw listed as out with broken nose

07:30 (ET) TOR@NYK

New York Knicks Allen, Kadeem Out G League – Two-Way
Barrett, RJ Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; sprain
Wooten, Kenny Out G League – Two-Way
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Nose; Fracture
Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way

RAPTORS NOTES

• The Toronto Raptors begin a two-game road trip (Jan. 24-26) Friday night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. This marks the second of four games between the two teams. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 31 points in a 126-98 victory over the Knicks on Nov. 27 at Scotiabank Arena. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Raptors have won 15-of-17 games against the Knicks, including the last seven meetings. Toronto travels to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Sunday.

• The Raptors won their fifth straight game Wednesday night, 107-95, over Philadelphia. Toronto is averaging 124.2 points and shooting .515 (229-for-445) from the field, including .422 (76-for-180) from beyond the arc, over the last five games (Jan. 15-22).

• Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 22 points (8-17 FG, 6-7 3PT) and eight assists in Wednesday’s victory vs. the Sixers. VanVleet has now scored 20+ points in three straight games (Jan. 18-22) since returning from a right hamstring injury. He is averaging a team-high 23.7 points, while shooting .523 (23-for-44) from the field and .737 (14-for-19) from three-point range, during this stretch.

• The Raptors had six players score double-figures Wednesday against the Sixers and they all scored at least 16 points. Toronto is the first team to have everyone who scored finish with 15+ points since Orlando in Feb. 1996.

• Kyle Lowry needs 16 assists to tie Jose Calderon (3,770) as the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists. Lowry is already the franchise leader in 3-point field goals (1,321) and steals (784). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 112 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).

• Philadelphia shot .381 (32-for-84) from the field Wednesday night. The Raptors have now held their opponent below 40 per cent shooting 13 times this season (tied for second most in the NBA); something they did just five times last season. Toronto is currently 11-2 when opponents shoot below .400 from the field.

• Pascal Siakam moved up to second among all Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the third fan returns of NBA All-Star voting. Siakam is looking to become the seventh player in franchise history to earn an All-Star selection, joining Vince Carter (5X), Chris Bosh (5X), Kyle Lowry (5X), DeMar DeRozan (4X), Kawhi Leonard and Antonio Davis. The Raptors have had one player selected as a starter for the All-Star Game each of the past five seasons; Leonard – 2019, DeRozan – 2018, 2017 and Lowry – 2016, 2015.

• Since returning from a left shoulder injury, Norman Powell is averaging 22.7 points in six games (one start). He is shooting .585 (48-for-82) from the field and .487 (19-for-39) from three-point distance. Powell has led Toronto’s bench in scoring in each of the last five games.

• Rookie Terence Davis ll currently leads all rookies in plus-minus rating (+224) and ranks sixth in 3-point shooting percentage (.397). Davis is the only Raptor to appear in every game this season.

• With a win Friday, the Raptors would guarantee to end the month of January with a winning record. Toronto has finished with a winning record each of the past 20 calendar months (February 2017 – December 2019). The streak is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the NBA. The last month in which Toronto did not have a winning record was January 2017 (8–9).

PROBABLE STARTERS

F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.5 REB: 5.6 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.8

• Contributed two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes Jan. 22 vs. Philadelphia. • Toronto is 18-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .492 (185-376) from the field, including .476 (40-84) through 10 games in January.

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.2 REB: 7.7 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.5 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 23.5

• Finished with 18 points, a game-high 15 rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes Jan. 22 vs. Philadelphia. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.5) and 13th in minutes per game (35.2). • Has scored 30+ points 10 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.

C – MARC GASOL #33

MIN: 27.8 REB: 6.4 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.9 TO: 1.3 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 7.8

• Totaled 17 points (7-7 FG), five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes Jan. 22 vs. Philadelphia. • Averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in five games (Jan. 15-22) since returning to the lineup. • Missed 12 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 12) due to a left hamstring strain.

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 37.1 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.5 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.9 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.0

• Finished with 16 points, four assists and three rebounds in 35 minutes Jan. 22 vs. Philadelphia. • Ranked eighth in the NBA in assists per game (7.5); averaging 7.6 assists through 10 games in January. • Has scored 20+ points 18 times this season; scored 20+ points 15 times in 65 games last season.

G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 35.9 REB: 3.9 AST: 6.8 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 18.5

TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: New York Knicks Date: Friday, January 24 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Madison Square Garden Television: Sportsnet One Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN

SERIES RECAP VS. NEW YORK

OVERALL HOME ROAD

2019-20 1-0 1-0 0-0

ALL-TIME 53-41 31-16 22-25

STREAKS Won 7 Won 8 Won 3

LAST WIN: November 27, 2019 (126-98)

LAST ROAD WIN: March 23, 2019 (117-92)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +36, March 18, 2019

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -46, April 15, 1996

LAST TIME VS. NEW YORK

GAME 17 – NOVEMBER 27, 2019 TORONTO 126, NEW YORK 98

TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 31 points, OG Anunoby had 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 126-98, Toronto’s franchise-record eighth straight home victory to begin the season … Siakam matched his career high by making five 3pointers and shot 12 for 22 overall … Chris Boucher had 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis each scored 15 points for the Raptors … Julius Randle scored 19 points and Canadian rookie RJ Barrett had 16 for the Knicks … Malcolm Miller scored a career-high 13 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 12 as the Raptors won their fifth straight, their longest streak of the season … Randle scored 11 points in the first as the Knicks led 29-21 after one … Wayne Ellington made three free throws to begin the second, giving the Knicks a 32-21 lead, but New York didn’t score again until a basket by Marcus Morris with 7:15 left in the half … Davis and Siakam each made 3pointers and Siakam added a free throw on Randle’s technical foul to cap a 22-2 Toronto run … Siakam scored 15 points in the second and the Raptors led 58-46 at halftime … Siakam scored 11 points in the third and Toronto took an 89-69 lead to the fourth.

1 2 3 4 TOT

NEW YORK 29 17 23 29 98

TORONTO 21 37 31 37 126


NEXT GAME DETAILS

Opponent: San Antonio Spurs Date: Sunday, January 26 Tip-Off: 4 p.m. (ET) Venue: AT&T Center Television: Sportsnet One Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

SERIES RECAP VS. SAN ANTONIO

OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 0-1 0-1 0-0 ALL-TIME 13-34 9-15 4-19 STREAKS Lost 1 Lost 1 Lost 10

LAST WIN: February 22, 2019 (120-117)

LAST ROAD WIN: December 28, 2007 (83-73)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +33, February 19, 1997

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -28, January 3, 2017

LAST TIME VS. SAN ANTONIO

GAME 39 – JANUARY 12, 2020 SAN ANTONIO 105, TORONTO 104

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Rudy Gay had 15 and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-104 … San Antonio used a big fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games … DeRozan also collected eight rebounds and four assists while topping 20 points for the 11th straight game … San Antonio trailed 82-69 to begin the fourth but opened the quarter with a 19-5 run, taking an 88-87 lead on LaMarcus Aldridge’s layup with 6:34 to play … The Spurs led 100-91 with 2:37 left, but Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka each made 3-pointers as Toronto tied it 100-100 on Ibaka’s shot from distance with 1:17 left … Siakam broke the tie by making the second of two free throws with 41 seconds left, but Marco Belinelli replied with a 3 for the Spurs, making it 103-101 with 28 seconds remaining … After a Toronto timeout, Siakam missed a shot that would have tied the game … San Antonio’s Lonnie Walker IV grabbed the rebound, Lowry fouled DeRozan, and the former Raptors star pushed the lead to four points by making a pair from the line … Lowry replied with a deep 3, cutting the deficit to one, and Aldridge missed a pair of free throws with four seconds left, but Siakam’s long 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer … Ibaka had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Raptors, and Lowry finished with 16 points and a season-high 15 assists.

1 2 3 4 TOT

SAN ANTONIO 21 22 26 36 105

TORONTO 28 23 31 22 104


GAME 44 – JANUARY 22, 2020 TORONTO 107, PHILADELPHIA 95

TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 22 points while Marc Gasol had 17 points on a perfect shooting night, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-95 for their fifth consecutive win … Six Raptors scored in double figures … Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Norman Powell chipped in with 18 points … Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka finished with 16 each for Toronto, which ended the Sixers’ four-game win streak … Tobias Harris had 22 points to top the Sixers, who were missing Joel Embiid … Playing his fifth game back since missing 12 with a hamstring injury, Gasol shot 7-for-7 from the field, and connected on his three three-point attempts … The Sixers led by as many as 14 points early in the game and were up by double digits in the third quarter … When Rondae Hollis-Jefferson chucked a rugby pass to VanVleet as he was falling sideways, VanVleet’s three-pointer gave Toronto a two-point lead … Lowry’s driving layup on Toronto’s next possession capped a 20-6 Raptors run and sent Toronto into the fourth quarter up 76-72 … Midway through the fourth, Powell’s layup made it a nine-point Raptors lead … Back-to-back Sixers baskets briefly sliced the gap to three, but consecutive VanVleet three-pointers capped a 10-0 Raptors run to put Toronto up by 13 — their biggest lead of the game — with 1:29 to play … The Raptors lost Patrick McCaw to a facial contusion early in the second quarter.

1 2 3 4 TOT

PHILADELPHIA 35 15 22 23 95

TORONTO 26 24 26 31 107


GAME 43 – JANUARY 20, 2020 TORONTO 122, ATLANTA 117

ATLANTA — Norman Powell scored 27 points, including 17 in the final period, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta’s late charge to beat the Hawks 122-117 on Monday … Trae Young had 42 points and season-high 15 assists for Atlanta … Powell has scored 20 or more points in five straight games, the longest stretch of his career… Toronto led 112-91 before surviving a late comeback by the Hawks, who pulled within two points at 117115 … Fred VanVleet, who had 20 points, sank three free throws with 14.2 seconds remaining after he was fouled by John Collins, pushing the lead to five … Powell had only 10 points through three quarters before finding his 3-point range in the final period to lead Toronto’s productive second unit … The backups were on the floor when Toronto made its comeback in the third quarter and remained in the game for most of the final period … Young’s four-point play cut Toronto’s lead to 114-107 with 1:39 remaining … Collins’ layup reduced the deficit to two points … Powell made three straight 3s to lead the Raptors’ decisive surge early in the final period … Powell made 6 of 9 3s … Pascal Siakam scored 18 points.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 36 21 26 39 122

ATLANTA 25 35 22 35 117
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FROM THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Knicks hire brand agency to help make them cool again:

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KNICKS’ LAST GAME STARTERS

REGGIE BULLOCK 25 G/F 6-7 205
Games/Starts PTS REB AST FG% 3FG% FT% MIN
11/8 10.0 1.8 1.3 .411 .315 .833 25.0
• LAST GAME: Posted five points and three rebounds over 21 minutes in 1/22 loss vs. LAL.
• Posted at least 12 points in four of the last five games
ELFRID PAYTON 6 G 6-4 195
Games/Starts PTS REB AST FG% 3FG% FT% MIN
27/18 8.5 4.2 6.0 .416 .222 .500 25.7
• LAST GAME: Recorded eight points, a team high nine assists and six rebounds over 32 minutes in 1/22 loss vs. LAL
• Posted five straight 10+ point games (1/3-1/12/20)
• Payton had back-to-back 10+ assists games (12/21-23/19) for the first time since Brandon Jennings (2016-17)
TAJ GIBSON 67 C 6-10 232
Games/Starts PTS REB AST FG% 3FG% FT% MIN
42/36 5.4 4.3 1.0 .549 .200 .735 16.6
• LAST GAME: Registered 12 points and five rebounds over 18 minutes in 1/22 loss vs. LAL
• The 19 points on 1/10 vs. NOP was a season best for Gibson.
• Back to back games of double-figure scoring games
MARCUS MORRIS SR. 13 F 6-9 218
Games/Starts PTS REB AST FG% 3FG% FT% MIN
37/37 19.1 5.4 1.5 .440 .457 .822 32.0
LAST GAME: Recorded 20 points and six rebounds over 37 minutes in 1/22 loss vs. LAL
• THIRD IN THE NBA IN 3PT% at .457 (100-219 3PT FG)
• 20 20-point performances on the season for Morris Sr.
JULIUS RANDLE 30 F 6-9 255
Games/Starts PTS REB AST FG% 3FG% FT% MIN
43/43 18.8 9.2 3.3 .448 .289 .711 32.1
• LAST GAME: Recorded 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists over 35 minutes in 1/22 loss vs. LAL
• Posted back-to-back-to-back 30pt performances for the FIRST time in his career (12/23-12/28/19)
• T-16th in the NBA in double-doubles with 17
• Randle is the first Knick to post at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a Knicks season opener.
THIS DATE IN KNICKS HISTORY
January 24, 1971: Willis Reed is celebrated for becoming the Knicks all-time leading scorer in the second quarter of 117-
105 win over Detroit at Cobo Arena, despite breaking Carl Braun’s record four days earlier in Chicago.
Injury/Inactive
RJ Barrett (sprained right ankle) is out.

RAPTORS NOTES: Another emotional day for a deserving all-star Siakam — Toronto Sun

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RAPTORS NOTES: Another emotional day for a deserving all-star Siakam — Toronto Sun

“I wish that he was here,” Siakam said, his eyes showing the emotion of the moment. “I kind of hate, like, every time there’s a big moment, it feels like there’s something missing. But I know, I know he’s here, I know he’s watching me. I can feel his presence. But I think it would be kind of nice to be able to look him in the face and just tell him, like, ‘You did it. And we did it. And whatever you put your mind into and whatever you’ve worked so hard for is here, and we do it at the highest level.”