NFL

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have claimed Ikemefuna Enemkpali off of waivers from the New York Jets after the linebacker was released for breaking quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a punch in the team's locker room, a person familiar with the transaction said Wednesday.

The person told The Associated Press about the move on condition of anonymity because it had not yet been announced.

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Enemkpali (EN-um-PAL-ee) and Smith got into a dispute Tuesday before the team's morning walkthrough and the linebacker slugged the quarterback. Smith likely needs surgery and is sidelined for 6-10 weeks, according to coach Todd Bowles. Enemkpali was released by the team shortly after the incident.

Buffalo's waiver claim reunites Enemkpali with coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. NFL.com first reported Buffalo's move.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning says Tom Brady apologized to him - unnecessarily - after taking a shot at him in recently released emails.

Brady's exchange with a childhood friend was contained in documents released as part of the NFLPA's lawsuit on behalf of Brady seeking to quash his four-game suspension.

In it, Brady wrote: ''I've got another 7 or 8 years. He has 2.''

Manning said after Wednesday's practice that Brady was just joining the public conversation speculating about when he'll retire.

Manning added: ''Hey, Tom sent me an apology text that was unnecessary. ... No harm, no foul.''

Besides, Manning said the barbs were rather innocuous: ''Someone said I was roasted. I mean, I've been roasted before. That is not a roast.''

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DEFLATEGATE

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, demanding to know what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling the drama of the controversy.

''What is the direct evidence that implicates Mr. Brady?'' Judge Richard M. Berman repeatedly asked NFL lawyer Daniel L. Nash at the first hearing in the civil case in Manhattan federal court as Brady and Commissioner Roger Goodell looked on.

Nash responded there was ''considerable evidence Mr. Brady clearly knew about this,'' including records of text messages and phone calls between the quarterback and one of two Patriots employees implicated in the scandal known as ''Deflategate.''

But he also said there was no ''smoking gun'' showing Brady had direct knowledge that the balls were underinflated for the first half of the Patriots' 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game Jan. 18.

Brady and Goodell didn't speak during the hearing, except to introduce themselves to Berman.

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BASEBALL

SEATTLE (AP) - Hisashi Iwakuma became the second Japanese-born pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

The right-hander struck out seven and walked three in the fourth no-hitter this season and first by an American League pitcher in nearly three years. Hideo Nomo threw big league two no-nos after starting his career in his home country of Japan.

''I was aware of it obviously, but I felt it real deep in my heart in the ninth inning,'' Iwakuma said through a translator. ''Just focusing on one hitter at a time and I'm glad I got it done.''

Philadelphia's Cole Hamels - prior to his trade to Texas - Washington's Max Scherzer and San Francisco's Chris Heston all tossed no-hitters this season.

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NHL

EA Sports dropped Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane from promoting and appearing on the cover of its NHL 16 video game because he is under police investigation.

The popular video game company announced its decision on its Twitter account Wednesday.

''In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16,'' the company said. ''He will not appear on the EA Sports NHL 16 cover nor participate in other EA Sports NHL 16 promotional activities.''

Kane was to appear alongside Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, in what was supposed to be the first time two NHL players have been featured on the cover. In June, the two stars were key players in leading the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup championship in six years.

Kane's lawyer, Paul Cambria, and agent, Pat Brisson, did not return messages seeking comment.

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NBA

LAS VEGAS (AP) - LeBron James said Wednesday his health and his family will determine whether he tries for a record third basketball Olympic gold medal next summer.

James took part in USA Basketball's minicamp, satisfying chairman Jerry Colangelo's mandate that anyone wanting to be considered for the 2016 roster show up this week in Las Vegas.

James suited up in a No. 27 jersey and worked out, though he won't play in the Americans' intrasquad exhibition Thursday because of a previous commitment back in Ohio.

The Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star could join Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul as the only three-time gold medalists, and he and Anthony would be the first American men to appear in four Olympics. James says he's ''not penciling it in, as of now, for next summer'' and that his decision may not come until after next season.

''All my decisions go through my family. We'll see how my family feels about it,'' James said. ''And then with my health, going another NBA campaign season, as far as my team back home in Cleveland, and I'll go from there.''

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OLYMPICS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro's sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top official said Wednesday, despite an Associated Press study showing dangerously high levels of disease-causing viruses at all aquatic venues, with experts saying athletes are almost certain to be exposed to pathogens.

Speaking at a news conference dominated by questions about Rio's sewage pollution problem, Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said the IOC will be sticking to World Health Organization guidelines recommending only bacterial testing.

The AP's independent analysis of water quality showed high levels of viruses and, in some cases, bacteria from human sewage in all of Rio's Olympic and Paralympic water venues, including the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where rowing will take place, the Guanabara Bay, where the sailing competition are to be held, and at Copacabana Beach where distance swimming events will take place.