Sports at a glance
Celtics’ star has sore knee
CHICAGO — Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sat out Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee.
Coach Brad Stevens said Irving aggravated the knee during Saturday’s loss to Houston. He felt a little better the following day but was still sore on Monday. Stevens wasn’t sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.
“It doesn’t sound like it’s a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,” said Stevens, whose team won the game.
The Celtics started Shane Larkin rather than go with Terry Rozier or Marcus Smart because Stevens said he wanted to keep the second unit together.
Acquired from Cleveland in the offseason deal that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers, Irving is averaging 24.8 points in 58 games. He has missed time this season because of a bruised quadriceps, a sore shoulder and a facial fracture.
The Celtics were second behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference at 44-20 entering Monday’s game.
Raiders cut ties with Smith
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have released pass rusher Aldon Smith after his latest run-in with the law.
The Raiders announced the move on Monday, one day after San Francisco police said authorities were searching for Smith in connection with a domestic violence allegation.
Smith has been on the suspended list since November 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. The Raiders had signed Smith to a two-year contract before the 2016 season, but he never was cleared by the league to be able to return from suspension.
Smith has been arrested several times on charges of drunken driving, vandalism and illegal possession of assault rifles among other charges since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in 2011 in the first round. The 49ers released him 2015 after he was arrested and charged with his third drunken driving in four years and he signed with the Raiders.
Serena, Venus stars at event
NEW YORK — Venus Williams gave a scouting report on her warmup partner that sounded the same as always.
Serena Williams is back, and her game hasn’t left.
The Williams sisters were the headliners Monday night in the Tie Break Tens tournament in Madison Square Garden, an eight-woman event in which all matches were 10-point tiebreakers, instead of the usual games and sets.
Serena was playing her first singles match of the year as she prepares to return to the WTA Tour for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1.
Tie Break Tens held its first tournament in the U.S. after five events in Europe and Australia.
UCF may get 13-0 plates
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Fans of UCF’s football team are close to having a Florida license plate celebrating the Knights’ 2017 undefeated 13-0 season and claim as national champions.
The license plate, which has the school’s logo and says Undefeated Champions, was part of a large transportation bill that was passed by the state’s House of Representatives on Monday. Up until Monday, the bill had the license plate saying National Champions.
It still needs to be approved by the state Senate before heading to Gov. Rick Scott. The plate would cost $25.
The Associated Press