Tahjere McCall’s cutting drive to the basket ignited a game-opening 22-5 run, and the Long Island Nets dominated the Maine Red Claws in a 105-98 G League victory at the Nassau Coliseum.

Maine (16-22) closed with a 17-3 run in the final seven minutes, pulling within seven on a Trey Davis 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.

Milton Doyle led the Nets (21-16) with 25 points. Guerschon Yabusele scored 24 points for the Red Claws and Davis 21.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs forward has been medically cleared to return from his right quad injury but has chosen not to return to the active roster, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The report said Leonard will only return if he decides he can manage the pain of the injury. Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday he’d be surprised if Leonard returned this season.

NBA: The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them “losing is our best option.”

The Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.


NFL: The Panthers have re-hired Marty Hurney as their full-time general manager.

This will be Hurney’s second stint as Carolina’s general manager. He previously worked for the Panthers from 1998-2012, beginning as GM in 2002. Hurney has also worked with the Panthers since last July as the interim general manager.


DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Defending champion Elina Svitolina needed more than two hours to overcome Qiang Wang 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 and reach the quarterfinals in the United Arab Emirates.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko’s slumped to her sixth loss in nine matches. The 20-year-old Latvian, who had a bye in the first round, lost 6-1, 7-5 to Russian veteran Elena Vesnina.

Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany ousted 2016 champion Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-2, while No. 5 Caroline Garcia of France won by an identical score over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

DELRAY BEACH OPEN: No. 6-seeded John Isner hit 30 aces and swept his 18 service games but lost to Peter Gojowczyk in the second round in Florida, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).

No. 9 Milos Raonic, the 2017 runner-up, lost to American Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-4.

BOUCHARD LAWSUIT: Eugenie Bouchard took the witness stand at a New York City trial Wednesday to accuse the United States Tennis Association of negligence that led to her slipping on a locker room floor and hurting her head.