The N.B.A. will hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the event out of North Carolina because of a state law there limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
The decision came after the league pulled the game out of Charlotte last month.
Unlike several other Southern states, Louisiana has not been swept up in efforts to pass laws similar to the one in North Carolina — a fact that Gov. John Bel Edwards stressed while lobbying to hold the game in New Orleans.
“We embrace our rich cultural heritage and see our diversity as a virtue,” Edwards wrote in a letter last month to N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver. “Should the N.B.A. choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Orleans in 2017, it will strongly reaffirm its commitment to communities that value fairness and inclusion.”
The N.B.A.’s decision provides the state with a timely dose of good news after disastrous flooding that has killed at least 13 people and damaged an estimated 40,000 homes, mostly around Baton Rouge.
W.N.B.A. STAR’S COMEBACK BEGINS Liberty guard Epiphanny Prince has returned to practice after a knee injury that kept her out for nine months.
Prince tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in November while playing in Russia. She missed 26 games after averaging 14.2 points last season.
Revis Plays; Hackenberg Doesn’t
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who did not play in the preseason opener against Jacksonville, picked off Washington’s Colt McCoy in the end zone on the opening drive of a 22-18 loss to the host Redskins.
Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 4 of 9 for 35 yards. Robby Anderson, an undrafted rookie out of Temple, caught six passes for 131 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Petty.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the Jets’ rookie second-round pick, did not play despite Coach Todd Bowles’ saying it was a possibility.
A Wild End In Cleveland
Tyler Naquin hit a game-ending inside-the-park homer, sprinting around the bases to cap a two-run rally in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians stunned visiting Toronto, 3-2.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead into the ninth in a matchup of American League division leaders. Closer Roberto Osuna (2-2) retired the first batter, but Jose Ramirez tied it with a home run.
Naquin followed with a drive that hit the top of the right-field wall, out of reach of the leaping Michael Saunders. The ball caromed away at an angle, and center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. gave chase as Naquin rounded second base.
Upton finally retrieved the ball but fell down as Naquin turned for home. Naquin stumbled to the plate and scored with a headfirst dive well ahead of the throw, sending his teammates pouring from the dugout.
AROUND THE MAJORS David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and Rick Porcello pitched seven strong innings in his return to Detroit as Boston routed the Tigers, 10-2. Porcello, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Tigers before moving to Boston before the 2015 season, gave up four hits and struck out eight. Adrian Beltre led off consecutive innings with home runs, and Cole Hamels did not give up a hit until the sixth as visiting Texas beat Tampa Bay, 6-2. Beltre has 434 home runs, tied for 45th on the career list with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones.
Warm Welcome for New Arrivals
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and Paul Pogba was met with applause in his first game back at Manchester United in a win over visiting Southampton, 2-0.
Ibrahimovic, who signed with the club from Paris St.-Germain, scored on a header in the 36th minute and a penalty in the 52nd while Pogba, whose $116 million transfer fee set an international soccer record, missed wide with a shot in injury time.
Ibrahimovic’s first goal came off a cross from Wayne Rooney. He successfully converted the penalty in the second half, even though Rooney usually takes the club’s penalties.
Sights Set on No. 1 Ranking
Angelique Kerber beat Carla Suárez Navarro, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, to reach the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, and stay on track to overtake Serena Williams as the top women’s player in the world.
Kerber will move ahead of Williams, who has been No. 1 in the W.T.A. rankings for 183 consecutive weeks, if she wins the tournament. Williams, the event’s two-time defending champion, pulled out with a sore shoulder.
Gordon Won’t Drive for Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race team said on Twitter that the four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will not drive the No. 88 car next week in Michigan.
The team said Alex Bowman, who drove the car in New Hampshire last month, would drive in the Michigan race if Earnhardt is not cleared to return.
Earnhardt has missed the past four races while recovering from a concussion. Gordon will drive in his place for Saturday’s race in Bristol, Tennessee.