Saturday, April 23
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-87 Friday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series. The Spurs are a win away from their ninth postseason series sweep and third against Memphis. Game 4 is Sunday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin missed Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore left foot. Martin joined a lengthy list of injured Grizzlies. Memphis was also missing Mike Conley (left Achilles tendinitis), Marc Gasol (right foot fracture), Jordan Adams (right knee surgery) and Brandan Wright (right medial collateral ligament sprain).
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville police say they are ending their practice of making courtesy calls to Tennessee coaches about incidents involving athletes from the school. Police records released last month show that Knoxville police called Tennessee football coach Butch Jones during a 2014 rape investigation involving former players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams. The Knoxville News-Sentinel first reported the policy change.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dave Lawson is no longer part of Tennessee's athletic department after serving as the football team's director of strength and conditioning for the last three seasons. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that Friday was Lawson's last day at the school. Robinson said the exit resulted from philosophical differences with Tennessee coach Butch Jones.