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...as is this former All-Star shooter...

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...as is this former All-Star shooter...

From Comcast SportsNetMINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brandon Roy's balky right knee put him back on the operating table Monday, an ominous sign for a player trying to come back from years of chronic knee issues.The latest setback doesn't appear to have dashed those hopes completely just yet.Roy had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at a Twin Cities clinic, a procedure the team said would keep him out approximately one month."We fully support Brandon's decision to have today's arthroscopic procedure, and look forward to his return when he feels ready to play," team president David Kahn said in a statement issued by the team.Roy was unavailable for comment, and Kahn's statement seems to imply that Roy will attempt to rejoin the team at some point to try playing again. But the evidence is mounting that his experiment with the Timberwolves may not have the fairy tale ending everyone was hoping for.The former All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers retired before last season because of bone-on-bone pain in both knees that robbed him of his silky smooth creativity on offense and a 40-inch vertical leap that he occasionally pulled out to block an important shot or grab a crucial rebound on defense.He felt rejuvenated after getting some injections over the summer to try to minimize the pain, so much so that he decided to give the NBA another try. After several workouts, Roy signed a two-year deal with the Timberwolves, who desperately needed a veteran playmaker at shooting guard.Roy had a very encouraging training camp, feeling no pain in the knees while going through rigorous workouts. But he first ran into trouble after a collision in a preseason game against Milwaukee on Oct. 26, and it only got worse after another in a game against Indiana on Nov. 9.He has played in just five games this season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 assists."It's tough, but it's probably the best thing to do at this point and see where he's at," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said of the surgery.Guard J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) has also been out of action, so the Wolves signed free agent Josh Howard late last week. While more of a forward, Howard will be logging some more minutes at shooting guard against bigger lineups to try to offset the loss of Roy and Barea, who is questionable for the game Wednesday night against Denver."Coming in I knew there was an opportunity to play," Howard said. "I wish Brandon a speedy recovery. Hope he gets back soon. Until then, I'll hold down the fort for him."Unfortunately for Roy and the Timberwolves, it may not be his fort to hold down any longer."From the very start you knew it was going to be up and down. It's too bad it's (surgery)," Adelman said. "I think he feels like it's worth doing and making sure everything is all right. So we just have to go with it. Hopefully when it's over with he'll be able to come back."

Will Brandon Belt return this season for Giants after yet another concussion?

Will Brandon Belt return this season for Giants after yet another concussion?

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been nearly two weeks since Brandon Belt walked out of AT&T Park with yet another concussion. On Friday he could take a big step. 

Belt will do some light cardio in hopes of ramping up the rehab process. That is generally the biggest step for concussed players. Often times, that cardio session leads to a longer shutdown when the player feels discomfort from activity. The Giants are hopeful that Belt will report only positive signs. 

“He seems to be doing a little better,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

There is no timetable for Belt’s return, but the club hopes to get him back in the heart of the lineup down the stretch. That leads to an obvious question: Why would the Giants play him? Belt has suffered four concussions in the last eight years and he is a member of a last-place team that’s in a fight for the first pick in the draft. Doesn’t it make sense to just shut him down, make sure he gets fully healthy, and prepare for 2018? 

“I know there’s talk about it, but I know for Brandon, he would like to get back,” Bochy said. “You hate to go into the offseason with six or seven weeks of not playing again, but at the same time we’ll make sure he’s completely recovered. If not, we won’t put him out there.”

Part of the shame of all this is that regardless of when Belt returns, he will have missed an opportunity to really put his stamp on a nice season. Belt leads all first baseman in defensive runs saved (12) and he would have had a very strong argument for his first Gold Glove Award. It’s possible he gets back in time to hold off Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo. It’s also possible he gets back in time to shatter his career-high in homers. Belt is at 18 for the second time in three years, and before he went down he was on pace for about 30. The Giants will have a better idea of Belt's ability to return on Friday. 

As for the other concussed Giant, there was less information about Joe Panik. He will be reevaluated on Friday. 

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

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Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come.