Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Thursday night, Serge Ibaka left Oklahoma City’s Game Six win in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury. On Friday, team General Manager Sam Presti announced a Grade 2 strain of the plantaris muscle will most likely keep the power forward out for the remainder of the postseason.

“I just want to express our disappointment for Serge, who, as we all know, is an elite competitor and someone that has proven to be a tremendous teammate,” Presti said. “He was playing great basketball throughout the season. He’s had a huge impact on our season to date.”

The calf injury will sideline Ibaka due to the amount of time it takes to heal as well as the high reinjury rate. Ibaka was averaging 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game during the playoffs, helping the Thunder reach the Western Conference finals. Even with the injury, Presti feels his team still has a chance against top-seed San Antonio in the West.

“We have had this group together for a while, and they’ve been through some ups and downs, and this is just another one that hopefully is only going to make us better,” Presti noted in a conference call with reporters.

Oklahoma City won all four meetings with the Spurs in the regular season. Game One of the series will begin on Monday night in Texas.

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Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Indianapolis star linebacker Robert Mathis has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. However, the drug which Mathis tested positive for is not a common one to football fans.

The linebacker was seeking fertility assistance and was reportedly told by the prescribing doctor that the drug would not cause a problem with the NFL.

“It is difficult for me to address the circumstances surrounding this suspension because they involve very personal medical information,” said Mathis in a statement. “Like many families, my wife and I faced fertility challenges, and I sought medical assistance. I specifically asked the doctor if the medication he prescribed for me would present a problem for NFL drug testing, and unfortunately, he incorrectly told me that it would not. I made the mistake of not calling the NFL or NFLPA to double-check before I took the medication at the end of last season.”

Mathis’ mother, Denis White, was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in August of 2013. Wishing to give her another grandchild, Mathis sought out fertility help from Dr. Steven Morganstern in Atlanta. Due to a health condition that his wife, Brandi, suffers from, Dr. Morganstern advised Mathis begin taking the drug Clomid to help accelerate the process.

The 33-year old began taking the drug in November and stopped after finding out his wife was pregnant. The couple is expecting a baby girl in the fall and Mathis’ mother is still alive.

“The drug for which Mr. Mathis tested positive is not approved by the FDA for fertility in males and is a performance-enhancing drug that has been prohibited for years,” said a statement released by the NFL. “Importantly, Mr. Mathis did not consult with the policy’s Independent Administrator, a physician jointly approved by the NFL and NFL Players Association. Nor did he consult with his team doctor, the team’s training staff, the NFLPA, the league office or the hotline established under the policy to give confidential information to players. Each of these sources would have warned against using this substance.”

Mathis was the league leader in the sacks in 2013, recording 19.5 in his 12th season. He is eligible to return on Sept. 29 following the Colts Sept. 28 meeting with Tennessee. Mathis is still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason workouts, including team practices and games.

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Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — MLB: Milwaukee Brewers 4 (27-15) – Chicago Cubs 3 (13-27)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (19-21) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (17-22)

Oakland Athletics 11 (26-16) – Cleveland Indians 1 (19-23)

Washington Nationals 5 (22-19) – New York Mets 2 (19-22)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (22-18) – Kansas City Royals 0 (20-21)

Toronto Blue Jays 2 (22-21) – Texas Rangers 0 (20-22)

Minnesota Twins 5 (20-20) – Seattle Mariners 4 (20-21)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (22-20) – Atlanta Braves 2 (22-18)

Detroit Tigers 1 (25-12) – Boston Red Sox 0 (20-21)

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-23) at New York Yankees (21-19) Postponed due to inclement weather.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Townsend was returning home to California from a trip to Hawaii last month, flying high above the Pacific Ocean, when his plane suddenly dropped hundreds of feet.

“It was like being in freefall,” Townsend said, recalling the experience.

The trip took place on April 25, and Townsend spent the next few weeks trying to determine what happened that caused his commercial passenger flight from Hawaii to have to suddenly maneuver in mid-air.

He found out from the flight crew, the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration that his plane, a United Airlines Boeing 757, had come within 20 seconds of a potential collision with another commercial flight in the same flight path.

United Airlines told ABC News they are reviewing the incident with the National Transportation Safety Board. American Airlines, which merged with US Airways, issues a statement on behalf of its sister airline: “The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. We are working with the authorities as they look into what may have happened.”

“I was flying from Kona on the western side of Big Island and connecting through LAX to go home to San Francisco. We climbed up, looped around the Big Island, and reached cruising altitude, and stayed there for 5 or 10 or even 15 minutes,” Townsend told ABC News on Thursday.

“All of a sudden out of nowhere, the plane cuts into a steep dive,” he said.

“It was like being on an elevator dropping really quickly. You start to fall with gravity, not like in a fighter jet pressed up against your seat. It was like being in freefall. It was kind of exhilarating, like you’re weightless,” he said.

The sensation lasted five or six seconds, he said, during which a few passengers around him began screaming. His mind raced through the possibilities of what could be happening.

“It was so sudden that it seemed like something had gone wrong, because you don’t expect that at all. But there was no sound involved and the plane didn’t seem to be out of control. It was tough to conceive of why it happened. Your body thinks, ‘did the engines just go out and we’re diving into the ocean?’ But then you feel like this is somewhat controlled,” he explained.

The FAA’s Pacific Division issued a statement saying the FAA and NTSB are investigating the April 25 incident.

The United Boeing 757 responded to an alert to avoid a US Airways Boeing 757 about 200 miles northeast of Kona, the agency said.

“A joint FAA-NTSB investigation team will arrive at the Honolulu Control Facility today. The FAA began investigating the incident immediately and has taken steps to prevent a recurrence,” the statement said.

Townsend wrote about his experiences on the website Medium, where he gave a detailed account of what he found out while investigating flight safety regulations.

He said that a little while after the incident, the flight attendant came on the plane’s loudspeaker and made a joke, saying, “Well that was unexpected,” and reminding passengers why it’s important to wear seatbelts when the seatbelt light is on.

“Ironically the seatbelt light was off when it happened,” Townsend said. The flight attendant also announced that all the passengers would be receiving free Direct TV for the rest of the light.

“It seemed like [the flight crew] was really shaken up by it, and that made me want to find out more about what had happened,” he said.

He spoke to the United flight crew at the gate in Los Angeles and they told him the plane had made the maneuver to avoid another aircraft in its flight path, a US Airways flight.

“They were really candid,” he said.

After he got home safely, Townsend began calling the airlines and the FAA to find out how it was possible that two planes could come so close to crashing.

He said that the companies and agencies were forthright and spent more than an hour on the phone with him talking about the close call, explaining how rare it is, and going over the ways that data is collected to avoid future incidents.

“I gained an understanding of how traffic collision avoidance works,” he said, though he came away from the conversations believing that the regulatory agencies could do a better job of collecting data and analyzing it to prevent future incidents.

Townsend said he is still comfortable with the idea of flying though has his concerns.

“I think I have a keener awareness of what flying means. I think you have to accept there are risks to it,” he said.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The St. Louis Rams have released former starting running back Daryl Richardson, helping them thin out their extremely crowded backfield.

Richardson finished the 2012 season on a strong note as a rookie. He won the starting job as Steven Jackson’s replacement during this past training camp but suffered a toe injury against the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener and never recovered.

In 2013 he finished with 215 yards and an average of 3.1 yards per attempt while playing in just eight games.

Zac Stacy received the bulk of the carries in Richardson’s absence, supplanting him on the depth chart. The Rams also drafted running back Tre Mason out of Auburn in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft. Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham are the other running backs on the roster.

Richardson was scheduled to make $581,474 his season, and his release will save the Rams $558,526 in cap space. He was claimed on waivers Friday by the New York Jets.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The St. Louis Rams have released former starting running back Daryl Richardson, helping them thin out their extremely crowded backfield.

Richardson finished the 2012 season on a strong note as a rookie. He won the starting job as Steven Jackson’s replacement during this past training camp but suffered a toe injury against the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener and never recovered.

In 2013 he finished with 215 yards and an average of 3.1 yards per attempt while playing in just eight games.

Zac Stacy received the bulk of the carries in Richardson’s absence, supplanting him on the depth chart. The Rams also drafted running back Tre Mason out of Auburn in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft. Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham are the other running backs on the roster.

Richardson was scheduled to make $581,474 his season, and his release will save the Rams $558,526 in cap space. He was claimed on waivers Friday by the New York Jets.

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Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The Portland Trail Blazers announced that they have signed head coach Terry Stotts to a multiyear contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stotts led the Trail Blazers to a 54-28 record this past season. The team made the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but they fell to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the Western Conference semifinals.

“Terry has done an outstanding job during his first two years with the organization,” general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement. “This extension illustrates our confidence in him as our head coach as well as the Portland Trail Blazers’ continued commitment to building a model of consistency and stability.”

In two seasons with the Blazers, Stotts has posted an 87-77 record. He was also an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks for four seasons prior to arriving in Portland, helping the Mavericks win the NBA title in 2011.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Ten years ago on Saturday, Robyn Ochs and Peg Preble married in Massachusetts. They were the first same-sex couple to be married, the day same-sex marriage was legalized in the state. Since then, 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage.

At the forefront of the movement is lawyer and civil rights activist, Mary Bonauto, who has been called the “Thurgood Marshall” of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Bonauto began her push for marriage equality in the late 90s with an almost-win in Vermont in 1997. Gay marriage was still not recognized in Vermont, but the state would recognize the right to benefits for gay couples.

In 2001, Bonauto filed in Massachusetts in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, a landmark case decided on May 17, 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to recognize marriage between same-sex couples.

“It’s hard to describe the many many feelings I have. On the one hand, realizing that we won in court is incredible, I couldn’t believe it’s really happening. I was so relieved and so happy,” said Bonauto. “I felt protective of people…and to finally see my clients getting married and all the other marriages, I just felt like at last this is going to make a difference in their life and they are going to be more secure. I absolutely felt not only the joy that overtook the state but really felt the way in which people stood taller.”

Over the past decade there has been a dramatic shift in public attitudes on the issue. An ABC News/Washington Post poll from March found approval for same-sex marriage was at an all-time high with 59 percent of total respondents saying they approve, including 75 percent of respondents under 30 years old.

“The reason the numbers have changed so fast and so dramatically on this question of gay marriage is because everybody in America now has experience with someone who is gay,” ABC’s Cokie Roberts said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos last month. “People have come out of the closet and said, ‘I am your brother. I am your sister. I am your cousin. I am your friend.’

Like Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, whose brother Alex is gay. Baker released a video Thursday in honor of the 10-year anniversary, showing his support for the gay community. The video shows Baker and his brother talking about the time Alex came out.

Bonauto notes that there is enormous public engagement from every branch of government and the people.

“Legislators don’t do this on their own, they need help from constituents. Clearly the public is engaged and moving in one direction–which is to support gay marriage,” she said

Last week, two states — Idaho and Arkansas — struck down their bans on gay-marriage. Gov. Butch Otter, R-Idaho, says he has plans to appeal the decision. Judges in Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Virginia have also struck down bans on gay marriage.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired general manager Ray Shero, team president and CEO David Morehouse announced on Friday.

Jason Botterill, the team’s assistant GM, will serve as interim GM and be a candidate to replace Shero on a permanent basis.

Despite multiple reports about coach Dan Bylsma being fired as well, he’s safe and Morehouse said that the new general manager brought in will make the coaching decisions.

Bylsma is still under contract for one more season.

“Expectations are high,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said on Thursday as the team cleaned out their lockers. “If you don’t deliver you have to own up to that as players and as an organization. We all understand that.”

Bylsma, 43, was hired as Penguins head coach midway through the 2008-09 season and led the team to its first Stanley Cup since 1992. He’s the team’s all-time winningest coach and has a 252-117-32 coaching record.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero, according to a report by TSN.

Bylsma saw his team fall in Game 7 after the team had a 3-1 lead on the New York Rangers.

Bylsma, 43, was hired as Penguins head coach midway through the 2008-09 season and led the team to its first Stanley Cup since 1992. He’s the team’s all-time winningest coach and had a 252-117-32 coaching record.

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