CLEVELAND (AP) — There's no rust or shame in his game. Cleveland's Isaiah Thomas showed flashes of what made him an All-Star in his long-awaited Cleveland debut as the Cavaliers on Tuesday night as the Cavs knocked off Portland 127-110. Thomas scored 17 points and played 19 minutes in his first game in seven months. LeBron James scored 24 points, Kevin Love had 19 and Jae Crowder added 15 for the Cavs, who were coming off losses at Golden State, Sacramento and Utah. Damian Lillard scored 25 for the Blazers after missing five games with a hamstring injury.
NEW YORK (AP) — He's now the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history, though there are some things Gregg Popovich still doesn't know. Like what everybody was yelling about after Manu Ginobili's overthrown pass, for example. He was just as fooled initially as the referees and didn't realize the ball had gone in the basket, the most bizarre bucket of San Antonio's 100-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. In other Top-25 action, fifth-ranked Xavier beat Butler for its 10th straight victory.
PHOENIX (AP) — Calling it "the most incredible experience" of his life, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons. Palmer, who turned 38 last week, made the announcement in an open letter released Tuesday by the Cardinals. Palmer missed the last nine games of what would be his final season with a broken left arm.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — There are unsettling times for NFL front offices. Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is being moved out after 13 years. The Packers missed the playoffs and had a losing record for the first time since 2008. Thompson will remain as senior adviser of football operations. In Cincinnati, coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension to try to get the Bengals a playoff win, something that has eluded him for 15 seasons.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general's office alleging he ran a hostile workplace. The Tucson Daily Star submitted a public-records request that revealed the notice of claim. The school issued a statement saying it was going in a different direction with the football program.