Lakers look to retake control in Game 4

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(AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers seek to take another commanding lead while the Denver Nuggets attempt to avoid another huge hole when the clubs meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

The third-seeded Nuggets got back into familiar territory -- a 2-1 series deficit -- when they held off a late Lakers rally for a 114-106 triumph in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

They have lost Game 4 in each of their first two series against Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, however, to fall behind 3-1 before making a pair of historic comebacks.

Charges dropped against Pats owner Kraft

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Vols give Pruitt raise, extension to '25

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 16 Tennessee has given coach Jeremy Pruitt a raise and a contract extension through 2025 after two seasons on the job.

Tennessee announced the two-year extension Thursday that also will increase Pruitt's pay $400,000 from this season to $4.2 million in 2021. (MORE)

MetLife turf passes NFL inspection

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The turf at MetLife Stadium is good to go for Sunday's game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.

The NFL said the latest inspection of the field on Wednesday showed the Field Turf surface meets all applicable standards and protocols for its field surfaces. (MORE)

Jaguars rule WR Chark out vs. Dolphins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver DJ Chark won't play Thursday night against Miami.

The team downgraded Chark from questionable to out a little more than six hours before kickoff. Chark injured his chest and back making a 45-yard catch in the first quarter of last Sunday's loss at Tennessee. (MORE)

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