Update on the latest in sports:
Browns’ Garrett having appeal heard for NFL suspension
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is asking the NFL to reduce his indefinite suspension.
Garrett was banned for the rest of the regular season and playoffs for striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet last week. Garrett is appealing the decision and his case is being heard in New York by a league-appointed officer who will either lessen his penalty or put a definitive number of games on it.
Garrett tore off Rudolph’s helmet with eight seconds left in Thursday’s game, swung it and connected with the QB’s head. Rudolph avoided injury and was not suspended despite trying to pull off Garrett’s helmet and charging at him.
UNDATED (AP) – The 76ers have not lost a game on their home court yet this season, and tonight they start a three-game homestand. They get a visit from the Knicks.
The last-place Wizards host San Antonio in Washington. The Spurs’ losing streak is at six following a 117-110 loss in Dallas on Monday that started a four-game trip. At 5-9, San Antonio is off to its worst start since 1996-97, the season before it drafted Tim Duncan.
Charlotte Hornets are in Brooklyn tonight. Nets guard Kyrie Irving will miss a third straight game with a right shoulder injury. Brooklyn beat Chicago on Saturday in its first game without Irving, but lost Monday to Indiana in its return home after a five-game road trip.
Elsewhere on the NBA schedule, Milwaukee visits Atlanta, Miami hosts Cleveland, the Orlando Magic are in Toronto, and Golden State is coming off a 114-95 victory over Memphis as they head to Dallas.
Detroit is at Chicago, Utah visits Minnesota and Denver hosts Houston.
Out West, the Celtics are in L.A. to play the Clippers.
T-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Four Top 25 teams in early season action
UNDATED (AP) – Second-ranked Louisville plays South Carolina-Upstate, 7 p.m.
No. 5 North Carolina vs. Elon, 8:30 p.m.
No. 16 Memphis vs. Little Rock, 8 p.m.
No. 20 Tennessee vs. Alabama State, 7 p.m.
Rangers host league-leading Caps
UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Capitals face the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden, sporting a league-best record. They’ve lost just three games in regulation this season, with 16 wins and four overtime losses.
Defensive miscues in front of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby have made his numbers this season look less than stellar. But the 2016 Vezina Trophy winner has been better than the stats indicate and specifically is 10-0-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .926 save percentage since a brief “reset” in mid-October.
Caps coach Todd Reirden calls Holtby “a winner” and “a competitor” who doesn’t stop “until he figures out a way to improve.”
The Capitals are bracing for a suspension to Garnet Hathaway. The forward was ejected from Monday night’s game for spitting on Anaheim defenseman Erik Gudbranson in the latter stages of a brawl. Hathaway was given a match penalty, which carries an automatic suspension pending review by the NHL office.
The Rangers have been off since a 4-3 road loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. They are 8-8-2 on the season.
The only other game on the NHL schedule tonight is in Montreal, where the Canadiens host Ottawa.
Veteran outfielder Parra signs with Japan’s Yomiuri Giants
TOKYO (AP) – Veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra is headed to Japan. The 32-year-old has agreed to a contract with the Yomiuri Giants. Parra was a clubhouse catalyst for the World Series champion Washington Nationals, hitting .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games for the Nats after spending the first 30 games of the season with the San Francisco Giants. He’s also a two-time National League Gold Glove Award winner.
Andy Murray wins in his return to the Davis Cup
MADRID (AP) – Andy Murray made a successful return to the Davis Cup by rallying to beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (5). Murray trailed 4-1 in the third set and 4-1 in the decisive tiebreaker but came back both times to give Britain a 1-0 lead over the Netherlands in Group E of the Davis Cup Finals.
Murray had not played in the Davis Cup since 2016, when Britain lost to Argentina in the semifinals. In October, the three-time Grand Slam champion won his first title since undergoing hip surgery in January.