Austin Rivers fined $25,000 for throwing cushion into stands - NBA/NFL round-up

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Sports fans, hello and welcome to Friday.

To mark the end of the working week - unless you’re amongst those poor souls forced to work at the weekend as well - we’ve compiled the biggest stories from today purely for the purpose of informing.

Tackle the beast below if you want to be updated on all things NBA and NFL, or you can watch the video above if you’d rather use your ears than your eyes. Enjoy.

Rivers gets his comeuppance

Austin Rivers has got his comeuppance for throwing a seat cushion into the stands during the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against the Sacramento Kings, and it’s come in the form of a $25,000 fine from the league.

The NBA sanctioned Rivers yesterday after confirming that the cushion Rivers threw hit a woman in the second row at Sleep Train Arena.

Rivers himself claimed that he had apologised for throwing the ‘pillow’ during the match and that he had learnt his lesson. The Clippers won the game 111-104.

"The pillow was light and it just flew into the air backwards. I didn't really look when it went into the crowd," Rivers said.

"I actually stood up for a second and I was like, 'I apologize. I didn't mean to do that.'

"I tried to tell the NBA that.

"This has never happened before with me. I don't have a history of throwing things. It's unfortunate, but you just learn your lesson not to take your anger out on anything. I told the NBA that I apologize and that it will never happen again."

Sefolosha wants compensation

Meanwhile, Thabo Sefolosha is still seeking compensation for the broken leg he suffered when he tangled with the NYPD outside a Manhattan nightclub earlier on this year.

However, he would prefer an out-of-court settlement rather than having to earn the money by convincing a jury.

It’s said he’s seeking $50million in damages as there’s a belief it may have adversely affected his ability to play basketball.

Pats extend record

Over to the NFL and the New England Patriots have moved their record to 7-0 after beating the Miami Dolphins.

The match itself was fairly straightforward, even though Tom Brady and company weren’t particularly flashy, finishing 36-7 on Thursday night.

The victory marks the second time in the franchise’s history that they’ve managed to get to 7-0, whilst the Dolphins fall to 3-4.

Wake out for the season?

Lastly, Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is facing the prospect of being out for the season after suffering a serious injury during the aforementioned loss to the Pats.

The ever-reliable Adam Schefter of ESPN claimed that Wake tore his Achilles in the clash - an injury sure to force him into the sidelines for the foreseeable future. Hard luck, indeed.

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