Sports at a glance
When will star guard return?
SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr insists he isn’t ruling All-Star guard Klay Thompson out for the entire season, yet the Golden State coach cautions that Thompson’s recovery from surgery July 2 for a torn ACL in his left knee is still expected to take nine to 12 months.
Thompson is “moving great” according to Kerr and certainly looked it as he’s back doing shooting work on the court.
Thompson injured his knee in a Game 6 NBA Finals loss June 13 to Toronto that gave the Raptors their first NBA title. Kerr said the Warriors have had several internal discussions about Thompson’s rehab in recent weeks and “we all understand the circumstances.”
The Warriors open their season Thursday night at home against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Griffin will miss opener
DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons will begin the season without star forward Blake Griffin, whose injury issues have flared up again.
The Pistons said Tuesday that Griffin would not travel for tonight’s game at Indiana and would continue a treatment and conditioning regimen for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness. He will be re-evaluated for a return the first week of November.
Griffin was mostly healthy last season until the very end, when he was limited in the playoffs. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason.
Griffin averaged 35.0 minutes per game last season, his most since 2014-15, and averaged a career-high 24.5 points. Coach Dwane Casey admitted at media day that the Pistons “rode him like a cheap horse” — and suggested that they might manage his minutes a bit more conservatively going forward.
Winston part of AP team
Cassius Winston is the only consensus selection on The Associated Press preseason All-America team announced Tuesday, a day after Michigan State was ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll.
He is joined by high-scoring Marquette senior guard Markus Howard, Louisville junior forward Jordan Nwora, Seton Hall senior guard Myles Powell and Memphis freshman James Wiseman on the five-player team.
Winston has steadily progressed during his time in East Lansing, going from a reliable backup as a freshman to one of the nation’s best floor leaders. He averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 assists as a junior, leading the Spartans to the Final Four for the eighth time under head coach Tom Izzo.
Penn State senior Lamar Stevens received one vote for the team.
Shaffer, Macy lead Portage
PORTAGE — Lauren Shaffer and Lane Macy set new course records in Portage’s first home meet at Maple Crest golf course, and the Lady Mustangs defeated Richland, 21-34, Tuesday afternoon in high school cross country action.
The Portage boys did not pick up a victory because Richland did not field a complete team.
Macy out-paced teammate Tyler Spaid by 25 seconds in 18:57 to win the boys race. Josh Canavan took third in 19:43.
Shaffer beat Madelyn Hudak by 31 seconds in 19:38 to win the girls race for the Lady Mustangs. Julia Papcun finished in 26:04 for fifth place.
1, Macy, P, 18:57; 2, Spaid, P, 19:22; 3, Canavan, P 19:43; 4, Eloghavan, R 21:14; 5, Trusik, P 21:43; 6, Schad, P 21:53, 18; 7, Castel, P, 26:27.
1, Shaffer, P 19:38; 2, Hudak, P 23:09; 3, Langerholc, R 23:37; 4; Rager, R 24:51; 5, Papcun, P 26:04; 6, Slanoc, P 26:50; 7, Castel, P 27:03; 8, Caputto, R 27:27; 9, Macey, R 29:13; 10, Chung, R 34:24.
Records: Portage Boys (5-6), Portage Girls (7-4)
From Mirror, wire reports