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    Russell Westbrook said goodbye to a three-overtime thriller and trolled Joel Embiid with a smile and a wave.'I was telling him, 'Go home,'' Westbrook said.Embiid irked Westbrook earlier in the game when the 76ers' social media star waved goodbye toward the crowd once Oklahoma City center Steven Adams fouled out. Westbrook got the last laugh, and capped his triple-double, 52-minute effort with the final assist of the game, and the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night.The early contender for NBA game of the year was led by perhaps the game of Embiid's career. Embiid scored 34 points in 49 minutes with an achy back, saved the game in the first overtime with a block on Westbrook and trash talked Carmelo Anthony.He waved his arms and exhorted the crowd to get louder with each chant of 'Trust the Process!'I'm not about to get in a back-and-forth with him,' Westbrook said. 'I'm not about to give him my energy.'Westbrook had an off night from the floor (10 of 33; missed a driving dunk at the end of regulation), yet finished with 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists. He even saved Andre Roberson from goat status in the third OT. Roberson failed to even look at the basket and then missed a layup in a stunning sequence to close the second OT, then earned redemption when Westbrook fed him for the winner with 10 seconds left in the game.'Just trusting it,' Westbrook said.It's a twist on the Sixers catchphrase popularized during Embiid's absence over his first two seasons with injuries.Embiid, Philly's franchise center, grabbed his lower back when he took a hard foul on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter. Embiid grimaced during timeouts on the bench and trudged into position a few times.Embiid, who said he just needed treatment, brushed off Westbrook's wave and took a shot at the Thunder guard's stats.'They did a lot of things. But, I mean, the dude shot 10 for 33. I wish I would had shot 33 times. I guess we would have had a better chance of actually winning the game,' Embiid said 'But he told me to go home. This is my home. I ain't going nowhere.'Embiid sucked it up and carried the Sixers in the fourth and the first overtime. His feed to a charging Ben Simmons on the baseline for a two-handed dunk tied the score at 94-all with 53 seconds left in the quarter. The Sixers closed the fourth on an 11-0 run.Embiid scored the first bucket of OT and the Sixers led for the first time in the game. The Sixers' five-point lead with 1:20 left in overtime was wiped out on Paul George's 3-pointer and a Westbrook bucket that made it 102-all. The Sixers blew their final possession on an ill-conceived 3 for Dario Saric.Round 2 was just as fun.Westbrook and Robert Covington exchanged 3s and George tied it at 109 on a driving layup. Westbrook and Embiid swapped buckets that kept it even and the Sixers had one more chance to win it Embiid lost the ball late in the second OT.Embiid and Westbrook combined to score eight straight points in the third overtime, and Embiid waved see-ya later when Adams fouled out of the game.But Embiid seemed gassed at the end and there's no telling how the heavy workload may affect his availability the rest of the week.The Sixers were featured on ESPN on Friday as part of Philadelphia All Access, and Sixers' related content was aired throughout the day on all platforms.'I'm not a fan,' coach Brett Brown said. 'I like living behind closed doors.'But Brown understood the exposure would help build the brand and serve as a recruiting pitch of sorts to any free agents intrigued about becoming part of The Process. The Sixers put on a show in the fourth until Embiid gave them a scare.Embiid's health woes have dogged him since his college career at Kansas and every slip, ache or bump throws Sixers fans into a panic. Embiid has been banged-up lately but he calmly went to the line after he smacked the court and made both free throws. He fell again when he tripped over Adams, who earned a foul, and sank two more free throws to make it 78-72.TIP-INSThunder: Roberson had missed two games with a sprained left ankle. ... Coach Billy Donovan was drilled in the face on an errant no-look pass — as in, Donovan wasn't looking — by Sixers forward Richaun Holmes.76ers: F Robert Covington shot three airballs in the first half.MELO BACKCarmelo Anthony warmed-up for his New York homecoming with 24 points. Anthony cracked the 20-point mark for only the second time in his last 10 games and perhaps gave Knicks fans a glimpse of what's ahead when he returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Anthony had struggled headed into Friday's game, averaging just 17.7 points on 40 percent shooting. He made 11 of 17 shots.'I became entrenched into not just the Knicks but the city as a whole,' Anthony said. 'Those are my roots. The people there, I became one of them. I've embraced New York City, I've embraced the culture.'50 MINUTE MENAdams, Westbrook, JJ Redick and Simmons all played 50-plus minutes.UP NEXTThunder: It's Melo vs. the Knicks at MSG on Saturday.76ers: Play Monday at Chicago.___For more NBA coverage: https://apnedws.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • Justin Hill and D'Angelo Fulford have provided an offensive spark for Mount Union all season, so when the Purple Raiders were locked in a defensive struggle against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III national championship, it was no surprise the pair did it again.Fulford hit Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter Friday night, pushing Mount Union's lead to 10-0, and the Purple Raiders won their 13th football national championship with a 12-0 victory over the defending champions Friday night.'We just had to make a play,' said Hill, who, like Fulford, is only a sophomore. 'D-12 threw the ball up and I had to make a play. I'm an impact player so I had to make a play when we needed it.'The touchdown pass, which barely cleared the hands of defensive backs Reginald Cole and Jefferson Fritz, was the 50th scoring throw for Fulford this season, and the 20th that went to Hill. It came with 11:17 remaining, and gave the Mount Union defense a sense of security.'We felt that we could hold them under 10 points at least for the last 10 minutes of the game,' cornerback Louis Berry said.The Purple Raiders (15-0), who lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor in the semifinals last season, held the Crusaders to 144 yards.'Everything we did they were ready for it,' running back Markeith Miller said. 'They had a great game plan.'Mount Union also finished with eight sacks for 48 yards, including a safety by Nick Brish, and two interceptions.The Crusaders (14-1) had not trailed all season and had their 29-game winning streak snapped. They also were shut out for just the second time in the 20-year history of their program. The only other was a 28-0 loss to Mississippi College on Oct. 17, 1998, the first season Mary Hardin-Baylor fielded a team.Coach Pete Fredenburg was left to lament missed opportunities. The Crusaders ran a punt back for a touchdown in the first half, but it was nullified by a running into the kicker flag, and then tried a fake punt that came up short, leading to Mount Union's first-half field goal.'There were a multitude of things that we could have done better to keep them off the scoreboard,' he said.The Purple Raiders took a 3-0 lead on Alex Louthan's 31-yard field goal 1:15 before halftime. The drive was set up by Gabe Brown's interception of Carl Robinson III at the Crusaders 47 yard-line. Brown's interception came one play after Mount Union's Fulford was intercepted by Jefferson Fritz near the goal line. It was just the fourth time all season that Fulford had been intercepted.Fritz picked off Fulford again in the third quarter, giving the Crusaders the ball at their own 31, but four plays later, Berry made a diving interception to get the ball back for Mount Union. They drove to the Crusaders 25, but Jawanza Evans-Morris was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1.The shutout was the first in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl since West Georgia beat Augustana 14-0 in 1982.
  • Celtics guard Gordon Hayward is open to playing this season, but said Friday it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle.Hayward was at TD Garden for Boston's matchup with the Utah Jazz, the team he left this past summer in free agency after seven seasons to sign a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics. He was injured in Boston's season opener at Cleveland.'My mind is open to that,' Hayward said of the possibility of returning to game action before season's end. 'I'm trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal, and taking it day-by-day, goal by goal. We'll see what happens.'Wednesday marked a milestone in Hayward's recovery process, when he was able to shed the walking boot he's been using since his surgery in October. He will continue to wear a protective brace during the rehab process.He said he doesn't know how long he will have to wear the brace. But he said he is now allowed to do more shooting and begin working more on mobility.'I don't know that timetable to be honest,' he said of how long he'll be in the brace. 'I'm focused on each day, each week. I know I just got in this, so it's probably a little while. Probably a little while longer.'Hayward said the plan was always to begin attending games regularly once he got out of the walking boot and into the brace. It just happened to coincide with Friday's matchup with Utah.He had dinner with former Jazz teammate Joe Ingles on Thursday and planned to check in with his former teammates and coaches before they left Boston.Jazz coach Quin Snyder said there are no sour feelings about Hayward's decision to leave in free agency.'I think everybody understands the decision that he made,' Snyder said. 'So to see him get hurt, it was hard. I felt horrible for him. I think most of the guys on our team reached out. I know I did. I think he was appreciative of that. At this point we wish him well in his rehab. We hope that he's back soon. At the same time our group has moved on, too.'Hayward said he remains secure in his decision to leave the team that originally drafted him 2010.'No, I don't regret anything,' he said. 'I unfortunately got injured, but happy to be here in Boston and happy to be a part of this team.'He said coach Brad Stevens' approach of trying to get better daily in all things basketball related has helped him in his rehab process.'He set the tone with that in college,' Hayward said. 'It's about getting better each day. The same thing for me. I'm trying to be better than I was yesterday. It's a long process. It's a grind. It's pretty tough to do every day. But that's my job right now. My job is trying to rehab and get better.'___More NBA basketball: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball___Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower
  • Texas acquired Matt Moore in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Friday, raising the possibility of four left-handers in the Rangers' rotation.'As far as the four lefties, generally it's a good thing,' Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. 'I realize there's some very heavy right-handed clubs in our division. With the exception of Martin (Perez), the other three guys have been very effective against righties in their career.'Texas sent minor league right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff to the Giants. The Rangers also received $750,000 in international signing bonus pool allotment from the Giants.Perez, a 13-game winner, and Cole Hamels, another lefty who won 11 games, were the only holdover Texas starters when the offseason started. Counting Moore, the Rangers have added three options to their rotation.Right-hander Doug Fister agreed to a $4 million, one-year deal that could be worth up to $11.5 million over two seasons, and lefty Mark Minor received a $28 million, three-year contract.Minor was a reliever for Kansas City last season but previously was a starter for Atlanta before missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with shoulder issues. Daniels said the club still intends to prepare Minor as a starter in spring training.'We talked about when he signed, both he and us are aware that that could change based either one the club, kind of how it's shaping out, or if he has any issues getting stretched out,' said Daniels, who is interested in acquiring even more starting pitching.Right-hander Andrew Cashner, another 11-game winner for Texas, became a free agent after completing a $10 million, one-year deal.San Francisco last month exercised Moore's $7 million option for 2018. He went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings last season, setting a career high for losses, as the Giants finished last in the NL West. He allowed a career-worst 107 earned runs.'This move allows us to reallocate our resources to address our position player needs,' Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. 'In addition, we are pleased to add two power arms to our system. Our focus remains to strengthen our outfield defense and our everyday lineup.'Texas went 78-84 and finished third in the AL West behind the World Series champion Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels.San Francisco — last in the NL West in 2017 and having lost out in pursuits of Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani — acquired Moore at the 2016 trade deadline from Tampa Bay for third baseman Matt Duffy. The lefty's best season came in 2013, when he was 17-4 with the Rays.Daniels said the Rangers were interested in acquiring Moore when the Giants got him.'Part of what was attractive at the time was the contract as well as getting him in his prime years,' Daniels said. 'It felt like circumstances, the situation allowed us to pick him up for a little bit less than we would have been looking at in the past.'In 2011, Moore pitched seven scoreless innings at the Rangers in his playoff debut in Game 1 of an AL Division Series, allowing just two hits in a 9-0 Tampa Bay victory. The Rangers won the next three games to take the series.In his only postseason start for the Giants, Moore had 10 strikeouts in eight innings to help San Francisco to a 5-2 lead over the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the 2016 NL Division Series. The Cubs rallied in the ninth for a 6-5 victory to win the series on their way to the World Series title.The 20-year-old Cruz was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA in three starts and nine relief appearances for the Arizona League Rangers in 2017 this year. Wolff, 26, was 2-3 with a 3.54 ERA and three saves in 16 games at Double-A Frisco this year and 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 24 games at Triple-A Round Rock. He had surgery in August to repair a torn right flexor tendon.___AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.___More MLB baseball: https://apnews.com/tags/MLBbaseball
  • The Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson is under investigation for allegations of workplace misconduct.The team said Friday former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm.Team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a release that the Panthers and the 81-year-old Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct.'The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally,' Drummond said in the release. 'We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it.'Richardson was unavailable for comment.Drummond told The Associated Press because the matter is under legal review, the Panthers cannot comment publicly on the specifics of the allegations.The Panthers made the NFL aware on Friday that it has initiated an investigation into Richardson's alleged workplace misconduct.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has no comment at this time.The investigation against the team's only owner in franchise history is being led by international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and will be overseen by Bowles, who is a minority owner.Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a release Friday night that he has had a strong relationship with Richardson since he joined the franchise as coach in 2012.'I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment,' Rivera said.Richardson brought NFL football to the Carolinas in 1993 when he became the first former NFL player since George Halas to own a team.The Panthers began play two years later in 1995.The Panthers have made a series of peculiar moves in the last year.Team president Danny Morrison, who was well liked in the Carolinas among had worked on the business side, abruptly resigned in February.Then, as the Panthers were preparing for training camp, Richardson unexpectedly fired general manager Dave Gettleman, who has led the team to the Super Bowl just two years ago and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney. The move was odd considering Carolina has made the playoffs three times in four seasons under Gettleman.Hurney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.Former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme said he is one of 'numerous' former Carolina players who maintains a close relationship with Richardson.'The only thing I can say is that Mr. Richardson is a gentleman that I have the highest degree of respect for,' Delhomme told The Associated Press.Richardson, who rarely conducts interviews, never addressed the moves.Richardson was hospitalized 2008, one month after receiving a pacemaker. Richardson underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2002 and was placed on a donor waiting list for a new heart. He received the new heart on Feb. 1, 2009, and has not had any known setbacks since.He is only one of two owners to have owned a franchise since its inception. The other is Houston's Robert McNair.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Minnesota Twins have finalized their $4.5 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney.Rodney's deal was agreed to this week at the winter meetings and announced Friday.He gets a $4.25 million salary this year, and the Twins have a $4.25 million option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout.Rodney can earn up to $1.5 million in performance bonuses in 2018, the greater of $300,000 each for 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 games finished, or $250,000 apiece for 50, 55, 60 and 65 games.Rodney turns 41 on March 18 and will be in his 16th major league season. Well-known for firing an imaginary arrow to celebrate the final out of wins, he had 39 saves in 45 chances this year for Arizona. He was 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA, striking out 65 and walking 26 in 55 1/3 innings.For his career, Rodney is 44-63 with 300 saves in 828 relief appearances.___More MLB baseball: https://apnews.com/tags/MLBbaseball
  • For now, Gretchen Piscotty can still comfortably attend her son's big league baseball games seven months after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, and it is suddenly going to be far easier for her to do so.Her boy is back in the Bay Area on the Oakland Athletics.Stephen Piscotty got traded from St. Louis to the A's on Thursday during the final day of the winter meetings, bringing him home to play for the very team he grew up cheering.'There's been a huge outpouring of support,' Piscotty said during a conference call Friday. 'It's really humbling and cool to see. Our family just feels so loved in a tough time.'While this was purely a baseball move for the A's — they had targeted Piscotty beginning in July and were in search of a right-handed hitting outfielder — everybody involved realizes it is an added bonus he can play close to his ailing mother and she can be a regular in the stands at the Coliseum, just a short drive from home in nearby Pleasanton.General manager David Forst told Piscotty that when they spoke after the trade was finalized. The A's were so eager to get the deal done that team physician Dr. William Workman drove to Pebble Beach on Thursday to perform Piscotty's physical at an Airbnb before Piscotty golfed the spectacular course along Northern California's coastline.'I'm thrilled that this worked out for him on that level. I can't imagine what it's like for him being away from home with those things going on,' Forst said. 'This is for us a baseball trade. We didn't go out and get him for that reason, but it's wonderful for his family and, hopefully, has given him and his family some peace of mind.'Piscotty and his family live in the East Bay suburb where he was raised. Hefelt 'bittersweet' about leaving St. Louis, where he played his first three major league seasons. The Cardinals have supported him since his mother was diagnosed in May with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that attacks the nerve cells.'We're pretty emotionally tied and invested to that organization so it's sad to kind of cut ties with that. It chokes me up a little bit to think about. It's definitely emotional,' Piscotty said. 'Family obviously comes first and sometimes there's things more important than baseball. With this opportunity here I think it's just a great combination of family and baseball and making a lot of good out of that. It's really the best thing for myself and my family and I think a lot, a lot of good's going to come out of it.'In July, he closed on a home in St. Louis, and Piscotty will work to sell that while preparing for a fresh start in 2018. He signed a $33.5 million, six-year contract in May.Piscotty took five days away from the Cardinals after his mom's diagnosis and spent two stints on the disabled list with hamstring and groin injuries. He wound up batting .235 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 107 games.Piscotty, who turns 27 next month, has never played in Oakland after going to so many games at the Coliseum over the years. The A's want to keep him around for the long haul, someone Forst considers a great addition to a young roster.'This was a priority for us,' Forst said. 'We're really looking forward to having him for a number of years.'The Piscotty family recently visited St. Louis to see the Budweiser Clydesdales because Gretchen loves horses, a trip the outfielder called 'just so special.'Things have definitely gotten a little more challenging but to be honest my dad has worked his tail off and has kind of got out ahead of a lot of things. We've been working with insurance and getting all the right medications, equipment,' Piscotty said. 'I feel like we're in a really good place. I give my dad so much credit, he's worked so hard, so has my whole family really. We're at a point we've got things pretty dialed in. We can move around and go places. ... That will give me a lot of comfort and peace of mind knowing that I'm close. So hopefully that takes a little bit of pressure off me and I can relax and play and have fun.'___More MLB baseball: https://apnews.com/tags/MLBbaseball
  • Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday for verbal abuse of a game official.Ifedi was just one of several members of the Seahawks docked Friday for their actions in the 30-24 loss at Jacksonville last Sunday.Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson were both fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness penalties that got them ejected from the game in the final minute.Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Jaguars offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and Jaguars wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell were fined $10,000 each for improperly going on the field during the game.Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette was also fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct.Houston's Benardrick McKinney and Cincinnati's Chris Smith were each docked $18,231 for roughing the passer penalties. San Francisco's Garrett Celek was fined the same amount for a horsecollar tackle, while Pittsburgh's Sean Davis has to pay $18,231 for unnecessary roughness after a hit out of bounds.Fined $9,115 for facemask penalties were: Carolina's Matt Kalil, New Orleans' Vonn Bell and the Los Angeles Chargers' Korey Toomer.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • It was a night of sticky ice, last-minute player signings and a small crowd.Such were the glitches when the NHL it made its debut 100 years ago. Now, the world's premier hockey league celebrates its centennial with an outdoor game Saturday night between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.The days of multimillion-dollar contracts, instant replays and Florida were a long way off when the four-team NHL's first games took place on Dec. 19, 1917, while a gruesome war raged in Europe.The Canadiens took on an early incarnation of the Senators in Ottawa while the Toronto Arenas played the Wanderers in Montreal.The daily newspapers of the time, and their anonymous scribes, dutifully recorded the color and chaos of the league's emergence from the ashes of the National Hockey Association, alongside advertisements for gramophones, dyspepsia tablets and handkerchiefs.Ottawa dominated the Canadiens in the final NHA season, winning six of seven matchups.But for their first NHL meeting, the Senators were missing top scorer Frank Nighbor, an enlisted airman whose military commitment kept him off the ice. The 'Pembroke Peach' would go on to win several Stanley Cups with the Ottawa team.One of his descendants, Derek Nighbor, plans to be at Ottawa's TD Place Stadium for the NHL 100 Classic game with his brother and nephew, sporting their heritage Sens jerseys emblazoned with Frank's No. 6.'Our family's pretty proud of the connection,' he said. 'It's not only the Nighbor name, but it's Pembroke. Still today, with our Junior 'A' Lumber Kings, hockey is really central to life in the Ottawa Valley.'The 1917 edition of the Senators had another headache on opening night: contract disputes meant several players signed at the 11th hour and two — Jack Darragh and Hamby Shore — even missed the first part of the game.Canadiens sharpshooter Joe Malone scored three times in the first period, and Montreal led 5-3 heading into the third.Ottawa forced the play, but 'it was useless, what looked like sure goals being missed by overskating the puck, missing passes and poor shooting,' the Ottawa Journal reported.Montreal won 7-4. Ottawa might have fared better if it had begun the game at full strength, said the Journal, adding that the ice became 'very sticky' near the end of the game 'may have had a lot to do with their poor work here.'The Daily Star confidently predicted the hometown Torontos, as the team was known, 'should win in a walk' over the Wanderers, though the paper later acknowledged the Montreal roster was 'not as weak' as player-coach Art Ross — future namesake of the league scoring trophy — 'would have it believed.'The Wanderers president invited soldiers who had been injured overseas to attend the Montreal Arena as guests. Even so, the Montreal Gazette noted the turnout of 700 was 'one of the smallest crowds' to see a season opener and 'many of the well-known patrons of the game were missing.'A Star story concluded that the game had the look of an opener, finding the hockey 'pretty rough in spots.' The Torontos were said to have shown 'plenty of speed and dash on the attack, but were weak on the defence.'Their goaltending also failed to impress, with starter Sammy Hebert chased from the net in favor of Art Brooks.'Sammy Hebert couldn't stop a flock of balloons,' a fan told the Star.One reporter considered the Wanderers lucky to win, with Montreal hanging on for a 10-9 victory.No fewer than 20 minor penalties and two majors were handed out, the Ottawa Journal reported, saying the 'game was not rough, but the players were irritable.'Wanderers center Harry Hyland, who scored five goals, sustained the only injury. The puck bounced off his own goalie's stick and 'struck him a terrific smash fair in the eye, knocking him out.'The Montreal arena burned down just weeks later and the Wanderers disbanded. In the playoffs, Toronto defeated the Canadiens for the league championship.The season was notable for a major rule change in January 1918 — allowing goalies to drop to the ice to stop the puck.The league also tried to stay a stride ahead of devious fans by providing referees with special whistles, preventing people in the crowd from stopping play by blowing the same kind used by officials.'They are really wonders in their way,' the Star noted, saying 'their sound resembles something between the roaring of an infuriated bull and the summer night lullaby of the latter's amphibious namesake, the bullfrog.
  • A former ESPN personality is accusing the network of trying to silence her and other women who assert they were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.Adrienne Lawrence made the accusation in a tweet Friday after ESPN published a friendly text message exchange between her and an anchor she had accused of misconduct.Lawrence, who served a fellowship at ESPN, filed a complaint this summer with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.She alleges, among other things, that she was not offered a permanent job at ESPN after complaining that anchor John Buccigross had sent her unsolicited shirtless photos and used inappropriate nicknames for her.Those accusations and others were detailed Thursday by the Boston Globe. Buccigross said in a statement to the newspaper that he considered her a friend and was sorry if he offended her.The network says it investigated Lawrence's complaints and found them without merit.The Globe says Lawrence asked the Connecticut commission to withdraw her complaint so she could pursue a lawsuit instead. No lawsuits have been filed in the case.