Hornets’ Taylor suspended for 24 games
Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffrey Taylor was suspended for 24 games without pay on Tuesday because of his involvement in a domestic violence case.
Taylor already has missed the first 11 games of the season and will be required to sit out 13 more in a ruling handed down by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
In September, Taylor was arrested and charged in East Lansing, Mich., after an altercation with a woman at a local hotel with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence assault, one count of misdemeanor assault on a hotel security officer and one count of malicious destruction of hotel property.
Silver outlined the reasons for the length of the suspension and financial penalty in a 100-word opinion.
“Domestic violence is a serious societal issue that is antithetical to any community or organization that prides itself on the values of respect for others, good moral character, and common decency,” Silver wrote. “These values are central to the NBA, and domestic violence is an issue that is commanding our full attention.”
Bruins’ McQuaid out 6-8 weeks with broken thumb
The Boston Bruins announced Wednesday that defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss six to eight weeks with a broken thumb.
McQuaid sustained the injury during Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.
McQuaid has played in all 20 games this season, with one goal, one assist, and 19 penalty minutes.
McQuaid played in 30 games in 2013-14 and had his season end because of ankle surgery. He has nine goals and 38 points in 240 games with the Bruins.
Seahawks’ Lynch fined $100,000 for silence
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been $100,000 for not talking to the media following Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lynch quickly dressed and left the team’s locker room after the 24-20 loss. He walked away when reporters asked to speak to him. He later did a phone interview with the NFL Network.
Lynch was warned by league officials last week that he was subject to the fine if he didn’t talk to the media after Sunday’s game. This is Lynch’s third violation of the policy.
Vikings pick up running back Tate
Ben Tate wasn’t out of a job for long.
The Minnesota Vikings claimed the running back off waivers on Wednesday, one day after he was let go by the Cleveland Browns, and waived tight end MarQueis Gray.
The move also came one day after the NFL suspended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the season.
In Peterson’s absence, the Vikings turned to rookie running back Jerick McKinnon and to Matt Asiata on passing downs and goal-line situations.
McKinnon leads the team in rushing this season with 484 yards. Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and one receiving.
Blue Jackets reassign C Chaput
The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned center Michael Chaput to Springfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
Chaput, 22, has recorded two assists with eight penalty minutes and averaged 10:51 of ice time while playing in all 18 games this season with the Blue Jackets.
The L’Ile Bizard, Quebec native, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 27, 2013, has recorded 0-3-3 with 10 penalty minutes in 35 career games.