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NEW YORK (AP) – Instead of taking a big shot, James Harden wants to deliver one – right into Kyrie Irving’s arm. If Irving is vaccinated against coronavirus, the Brooklyn Nets will be an almost unstoppable offensive line with three of the most dynamic goal scorers in the NBA. If he continues to refuse, the Nets can just continue to be a team that loses as often as it wins at home, with Irving unable to play due to New York City’s vaccine mandate. That’s why Harden said with a smile that he “will give him the shot.”

NEW YORK (AP) – Kevin Durant has been fined $ 15,000 for using profane language during an interview following the Brooklyn Nets’ 114-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night. The NBA announced the fine Friday, saying Durant declined to attend an interview with the league about the incident. The star forward had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets in the defeat. Brooklyn has played five games in the past week due to COVID-19-related schedule adjustments, where they became 2-3 in these competitions.

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) – Buffalo Bill’s defensive end Jerry Hughes is ready for both the cold temperatures and the Patriots in preparation to host their division rivals in a wildcard playoff game Saturday night. The 12-year veteran says the meeting has the potential to become an ‘old-school gossip-knocker’ as the teams meet for the third time in seven weeks. The teams split the season series, with Buffalo continuing to win its second AFC East title in a row. Hughes is in the final year of his contract and is looking to take care of unfinished playoff deals a year after Buffalo’s run-up ended with a loss to Kansas City.

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Islanders striker Ross Johnston was suspended for three unpaid games by the NHL on Friday for an illegal check on the head against New Jersey Devils striker AJ Greer. Johnston was sentenced to a minor penalty for illegal check to the head early in the first period of the Islanders’ 3-2 home win Thursday night. The suspension will cost Johnston $ 15,000. The 6-foot-5 left wing has two assists in nine games this season.

DATED (AP) – Katie Uhlaender has now recorded five of the skeletal teams of the six American Olympic women. She is also the first American woman from any sliding sport to reach five Olympic teams. She was named to the three-man squad for the Beijing Games on Saturday. It is the smallest team the Americans have nominated in the skeleton since the sport returned to the Olympic program in 2002 after a break that lasted more than half a century. Uhlaender is joined by Kelly Curtis on the women’s side and Andrew Blaser as the singles men’s qualifier.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – The New York Giants have interviewed two members of the Tennessee Titans’ front office for their vacant general manager job. Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player staff Chris Mara, the owner’s brother, spoke with Ryan Cowden and Monti Ossenfort Friday at video conference. Cowden is the Titans’ vice president of player staff, and Ossenfort is in his second year as Tennessee’s director of player staff. The giants have now spoken to six men over the past three days. They have scheduled another interview on Saturday and two more on Monday.

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