Faced with allegations of widespread cheating among athletes in his country, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has consistently fired back at critics. Now he is taking aim at the NBA and NHL. Speaking to reporters this weekend, Mutko criticized the two pro leagues for what he characterized as lax anti-doping enforcement. “Nobody does doping tests at those leagues,” Mutko was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Tass. “They do doping tests once every four years, when coming to the Olympics.”
February 18, 2018 | 9:59 pm EST Update
Marc J. Spears: To start the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Anthony Davis is wearing injured New Orleans Pelicans teammate DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star jersey. Davis will wear his familiar No. 23 jersey later in the game.
Ben Golliver: East and West combined for an ASG quarter record 101 first-quarter points in 2017. Team LeBron and Team Steph combined for 73 first-quarter points in 2018, fewest in first quarter since 2013 (57).
Ramona Shelburne: Jimmy Butler is the only All Star who hasn’t played yet. He says he’s fine, so this is just a rest thing. He told D’Antoni not to worry about playing time or getting him into the rotations.