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Cavs' Irving has broken bone in jaw

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Cavs' Irving has broken bone in jaw

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving has another injury and the Cavaliers have another masked player.

Cleveland's star point guard, who only recently returned after missing 11 games with a broken finger, fractured a bone in his jaw when he took a hard fall in Friday night's loss at Milwaukee.

Irving traveled separately from the Cavs to New York so he could be fitted with a protective mask that he will wear in Saturday's game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He said he arrived less than three hours before the start of the game, having only slept about four hours.

He said he wasn't in pain, and the only difficulty would be getting used to the mask, which earned him the nickname the ``Dark Knight'' in the locker room.

``It's just precautionary, as usual,'' Irving said.

Irving was injured when he was knocked down in the first quarter by Bucks forward forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who was called for a foul. Irving's face slammed into the floor, and he writhed in pain for several minutes before getting up and making two free throws. He stayed in the game.

At the end of the quarter, last season's NBA rookie of the year sat on the bench with a towel on his face, but he played 36 minutes and finished with a team-high 26 points.

Following the game, the Cavs indicated Irving would be on the flight to New York, but a CT scan at the Cleveland Clinic revealed what the team described as ``a small left maxillary fracture.''

Cavs forwards Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller are already wearing plastic protective masks for facial injuries sustained earlier this season.

This is the latest injury for Irving, who broke his hand this summer when he slapped a padded wall in frustration during a practice in Las Vegas. The 20-year-old's college career at Duke was limited to 11 games because of a severe foot injury.

Irving missed 15 games last season with a concussion and shoulder injury, but coach Byron Scott said he wasn't concerned with Irving's injury history.

``The one last night, you're going to the basket, sometimes you get hit and you're off balance. That's something that you can't help,'' Scott said. ``The only one that I see that was really a problem was the one that he did in Vegas, because that was self-inflicting, but didn't cause him to really miss any time. This one is not going to miss any time as well, so other than that I don't see him as being, as most people say, injury prone or anything like that.''

Friday's game was Irving's third since returning from the broken left index finger. He was expected to miss four weeks, but returned in three for the Cavs, who went just 2-9 without him. Irving said he won't change his playing style to prevent further injuries.

``No,'' he said. ``Playing that way has got me this far.''

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AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.

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How to watch: Nationals Talk Livestream from the Winter Meetings

How to watch: Nationals Talk Livestream from the Winter Meetings

The Washington Nationals entered the offseason with less pressure than any other team in the majors after winning their first World Series title in franchise history. But that doesn’t mean they have short winter shopping list.

The Nationals lost a slew of contributors to free agency, highlighted by World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and NL MVP candidate Anthony Rendon. They also have holes to fill at first and second base in addition to needing upgrades on the bench and in the bullpen.

At the Winter Meetings, President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo will be in close proximity of every agent and general manager in the sport for four days. NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes, Travis Thomas and Tim Shovers will be in studio while Nationals Insider Todd Dybas will be live from Winter Meetings in San Diego providing up-to-the-minute news and analysis.

Here’s everything you need to know about the event.

2019 MLB Winter Meetings

Where: San Diego, CA

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 to Thursday, Dec. 12

Live stream: The crew will go live from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on the MyTeams app and NBCSportsWashington.com

TV channel: Replays will air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night at 11 p.m.

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Dwayne Haskins invites Antonio Brown to play with the Redskins

Dwayne Haskins invites Antonio Brown to play with the Redskins

Can you imagine Antonio Brown catching footballs from Dwayne Haskins in a Redskins uniform? Apparently Haskins can.

Antonio Brown has not suited up for an NFL game since Week 2 of the season. Yet, Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins is all on-board on giving the WR a chance in D.C.

On Friday, Brown posted on Instagram an apology for his actions for anyone that he offended. He admitted to not handling the situations throughout 2019 in the best way possible and called his own actions inexcusable. He also said he is looking to get back to the NFL and mending relationships with the organizations involved. 

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First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended. I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.

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Haskins replied to the post "Letssss gooo bro. AB to DC" with the looking eyes emoji. During the offseason, the pair of them teamed up for a workout before Haskins even made it to training camp. 

The last year of AB's career has been marred in controversy. He basically stiff-armed his way into a trade out of Pittsburgh, had helmet and feet issues in Oakland, and his stint with the Patriots was cut short due to reports of sexual assault.

Brown is still one of the top talents in the NFL despite not playing for the majority of the season. Wide receiver is still clearly a need for Washington. Don't necessarily expect the Redskins to come calling though after Haskins' endorsement. 

The team has had over 10 weeks to pursue the four-time All-Pro. There have been no reports out of Ashburn in that time. 

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