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[November 20, 2014]  Nov 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffrey Taylor was suspended for 24 games without pay on Tuesday because of his involvement in a domestic violence case.

Taylor already has missed the first 11 games of the season and will be required to sit out 13 more in a ruling handed down by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

In September, Taylor was arrested and charged in East Lansing, Mich., after an altercation with a woman at a local hotel with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence assault, one count of misdemeanor assault on a hotel security officer and one count of malicious destruction of hotel property.

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Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in the four major team sports, announced he will retire from the NBA on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old center wrote columns on SI.com and ThePlayersTribune.com that he officially will announce his retirement at the Barclays Center before the Brooklyn Nets host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned center Alex Kirk to Canton of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

The 7-foot-0, 245-pound Kirk, 23, has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season, scoring two points. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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