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Judge halts NJ sports betting plan

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. He said the leagues have shown that they would be irreparably harmed if the state's casinos and racetracks were permitted to allow sports betting.

The leagues' lawsuit against the state to permanently prevent it from allowing sports betting will proceed.


Oladipo injures face, out indefinitely

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Magic guard Victor Oladipo will miss Orlando's season opener and is out indefinitely with his second injury this month.

The team announced Friday that Oladipo suffered a facial fracture in practice Thursday and will undergo surgery Saturday. The injury occurred when Oladipo took an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.


Thompson's 35 lead Warriors past Nuggets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Klay Thompson is ready for the regular season.

Thompson scored 35 points in nearly 36 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 119-112 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.


Harden has 20 in 3rd, Rockets beat Spurs

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets finished off the preseason with a solid defensive effort against the San Antonio Spurs.

James Harden scored 25 points, and Houston used a big run before halftime to beat San Antonio 96-87 on Friday night.


Rose scores 27 but Wolves rally by Bulls

ST. LOUIS (AP) Zach LaVine tried not to think about guarding Derrick Rose.

After starring late in the Minnesota Timberwolves' rally from a 13-point deficit, the 19-year-old rookie didn't try hiding his admiration.


Lillard's big first half lifts Blazers

LOS ANGELES (AP) The preseason is concluded. Is your team ready for the regular season?

Based on Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers would say yes; the Los Angeles Clippers, not so much.


Bosh has 21, Wade 16 as Heat top Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory.

Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night.


Raptors' run hits 6 to wrap up preseason

MONTREAL (AP) The preseason is over for the Toronto Raptors, and they finished it in style.

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 13, and Toronto beat the New York Knicks 83-80 on Friday night at the Bell Centre in the final preseason game for both teams.


Thomas, Dragic lead Suns past Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Running isn't just an offensive cornerstone for the Phoenix Suns. It is also a matter of survival.

The Suns often resort to small ball tactics to neutralize advantages taller teams have around the basket. It's one reason why Phoenix went small early and often against the Utah Jazz in the NBA preseason finale for both teams.


Parsons has 24, rested Mavs rout Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Dallas Mavericks set out in the offseason to add depth in hopes of building a roster capable of competing with the upper tier of the Western Conference.

They ended the preseason looking like a team that may be ready for that challenge.

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