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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.

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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.

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Lakers begin to move on without Nash

LAS VEGAS (AP) When the Lakers traded four draft picks to sign Steve Nash, his new teammates couldn't wait to talk about what might happen when Nash began distributing the ball to the likes of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

A day after Nash's season - and possibly his career - ended before the regular season opener there wasn't much said at all about the point guard who never played enough to make a difference in Los Angeles.

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Parsons has 24, rested Mavs rout Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Chandler Parsons scored 24 points, and Dirk Nowitzki added 16 as the Mavericks ended the preseason with a 117-92 win over the Magic on Friday.

Dallas (4-4) rested its starters Thursday and played refreshed, pushing its lead above 20 in the third quarter.

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West loaded with teams eyeing playoffs

(AP) -- Calling it the Wild West just doesn't do it justice anymore.

The NBA's Western Conference is brutal. It's loaded with talent. And the eight teams that make it through a gruelingly competitive regular season to reach the playoffs will only find slugging their way to the NBA Finals even more daunting.

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Cavs, Bulls frontrunners for East crown

(AP) -- LeBron James is again surrounded by an All-Star caliber guard, a big man who can score and 3-point sharpshooters.

Sounds familiar.

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Celtics' McCarty denies larceny charge

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets.

Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home he's building in Wayland, and paid a $12,000 deposit.

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Suns rookie F Warren has broken thumb

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren has a small crack in a bone in his left thumb.

The Suns said the injury would be treated with a split and rest. The team said there is no timetable for his return.

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Cleveland to have 10-story James banner

CLEVELAND (AP) Once again, a colossal image of LeBron James will loom over downtown.

A new, 10-story-tall banner celebrating James' return to Ohio will be unveiled on Oct. 30 before the superstar and the Cavaliers open the NBA season against the New York Knicks.

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Miles has 23, Pacers top hurting Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) C.J. Miles wasn't too happy with his play this preseason and was eager to gain some positive momentum heading into the regular season.

Mission accomplished.

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