Smith surrenders to police
J.R. Smith is facing charges he broke the cellphone of a fan who tried to videotape him in the middle of the night outside a Manhattan pizzeria.
The Cleveland Cavaliers guard, 32, turned himself in to police Friday. He was released with a summons to appear in court at a later date on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.
Asked to comment, Smith’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, said, “This is nonsense and we are not responding to nonsense.”
The charge stems from a report by a 20-year-old man from Pennsylvania who said he was on a busy block in the Chelsea neighborhood at about 2:45 a.m. July 29 when he recognized Smith walking by and tried to live-stream videotape him using Snapchat, police said.
The man alleged Smith responded by snatching away his phone and heaving it across 10th Avenue into a construction zone, breaking the screen, police said. The man flagged down two patrol officers who looked around for Smith, but by then he was gone.
Smith played for the Knicks until 2015, when he was traded to the Cavaliers. He was on the LeBron James-led team that won the NBA championship in 2016.
The Phoenix Suns have completed a four-player trade that sends guard Brandon Knight and forward Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets for forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton.
Rose leads FedEx Cup at TPC Boston
Justin Rose missed the cut in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener and decided to make the most of it. He stayed home in the Bahamas for six days, opting out of the pro-am and not arriving to the Dell Technologies Championship until the evening for the opening round Friday.
And then he was off and running at the TPC Boston.
Rose putted for birdie on all but two holes and made his six birdies count by keeping bogeys off his card. Three birdies on his last four holes gave him a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead.
“Just keeping the card clean made the birdies really count for something,” Rose said. “To birdie three of the last four made a good day a very good day.”
Russell Knox and Abraham Ancer were one shot behind.
Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72.
Alex shoots 62 to take lead
Marina Alex matched the course record with a 10-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead over Brooke Henderson and Minjee Lee in the Cambia Portland Classic.