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June 19, 2017 - 4:57 pm


Celtics trade No. 1 overall draft pick to 76ers

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have traded the No. 1 pick in this week's NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Boston will get the Sixers' pick, No. 3 overall, and another first-rounder in 2018 or 2019. The teams agreed to the deal over the weekend, hours after expected top pick Markelle Fultz worked out for the Sixers.

Philadelphia will select first for the second straight year.

There could be more moves ahead for Boston. After finishing with the No. 1 seed in the East this season, the Celtics are trying to package some of their picks for an established star that could help them close the gap on NBA finalists Cleveland and Golden State.


Dirk Nowitzki to serve as a captain in NBA Africa Game

NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among international players, will be one of the captains for the NBA's Africa Game on Aug. 5.

The league and the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday that the Dallas Mavericks star will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker. Team Africa will be captained by the Lakers' Luol Deng, who is from South Sudan, and Atlanta's Thabo Sefolosha, whose father is from South Africa.

Nowitzki is a 13-time All-Star. Last season, the German became the first international player with 30,000 career points.

The game will take place in Johannesburg. A full roster of players and coaches will be announced at a later date.


US Hockey HOF class led by ex-coaches Parker, Wilson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — This year's U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class is headlined by former Boston University coach Jack Parker and longtime NHL coach Ron Wilson.

USA Hockey announced the inductees Monday. Retired NHL official Kevin Collins, three-time Olympic women's team coach Ben Smith and 17-year NHL veteran Scott Young were also picked.

Parker won three national championships over 40 seasons behind the bench with BU, before retiring four years ago. One of his players was Young, who won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh (1991) and Colorado (1996).

Wilson won 648 regular season games, the most by an American head coach in league history, over 15 seasons with five different NHL teams.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Eveleth, Minnesota, inducted its first class in 1973. It currently has 172 members.


Reds place Broson Arroyo and Zack Cosart on DL

UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have placed Bronson Arroyo on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, one day after the 40-year-old right-hander said there is a possibility his career might be over. Arroyo (3-6) is attempting a comeback this season with his former team after missing 2 1/2 seasons with arm and shoulder problems, including Tommy John surgery and a procedure on his shoulder. Arroyo gave up for five runs and seven hits in just three innings Sunday as the Reds lost 8-7 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cincinnati also put shortstop Zack Cosart on the 10-day DL Tuesday due to a strained right quadriceps. Cosart is hitting .320 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 58 games this season.

Cincinnati recalled outfielder Jesse Winkler from Triple-A Louisville and right-hander Ariel Hernandez from Double-A Pensacola.

In other MLB news:

— The Oakland Athletics are bringing longtime pitching instructor Garvin Alston back to the organization as bullpen coach. Alston will replace Scott Emerson on manager Bob Melvin's staff starting with Monday night's game against Houston. Emerson was promoted to pitching coach last week after Curt Young was fired.

Alston spent 11 seasons in the A's organization from 2005-15 as a pitching coach in the minors, minor league rehab coordinator and minor league pitching coordinator. Alston was bullpen coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.


Lions sign 3rd-round pick wide receiver Kenny Golladay

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have all of their draft picks under contract now that third-round selection Kenny Golladay signed Monday.

The wide receiver was the only Detroit draft pick who didn't sign before the team's rookie minicamp last month.

The 6-foot-4, 213-pound Northern Illinois standout has an opportunity to be the Lions' No. 3 receiver this season behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.


Mayfield accepts guilty plea for 3 misdemeanors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A prosecutor says Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was fined $300 and ordered to pay court costs after accepting a guilty plea to three misdemeanors following his arrest earlier this year in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Fayetteville's city prosecutor says Mayfield accepted a guilty plea last week to public intoxication, fleeing and disorderly conduct. The charges are each punishable by up to 30 days in jail, but Thomas says Mayfield was only fined. A charge of refusing to submit to arrest was dropped.

Last week, the Sooners announced internal sanctions against Mayfield, including 35 hours of community service and an alcohol education program. He won't miss any games.


Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.

The court said the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes on free speech rights.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he's "thrilled" with the decision.

The case, brought by an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, was closely watched for the impact it would have on the separate dispute involving the Redskins. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's trademark in 2014, saying the name offends American Indians. A federal appeals court put the case on hold while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule in the Slants case.

Redskins attorney Lisa Blatt says the court's decision effectively resolves the team's dispute with the government. A trademark office spokesman said officials are reviewing the ruling and plan to issue further guidance.


Trade commission seeks to block daily fantasy sports merger

BOSTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, the two largest daily fantasy sports sites.

The FTC said Monday that it, along with the attorneys general of California and the District of Columbia, will file a complaint to temporarily stop the deal pending an administrative trial.

The commission said the company created by combining the two sites would control more than 90 percent of the U.S. market for paid daily fantasy sports contests.

The CEOs of the onetime rival companies said in a statement that they're disappointed by the decision and are weighing their options.

Daily fantasy sports contests are online games in which players build rosters of real-life athletes and compete for cash and other prizes based on how those athletes do in actual games.


America's ski and snowboard team gets a new name

UNDATED (AP) — The leaders of the U.S. skiing and snowboarding team have decided one name is better than three. They are putting all their athletes under one umbrella and renaming their organization "U.S. Ski & Snowboard."

It's a subtle change designed to streamline a national governing body that has nearly 50,000 members and sends about 100 athletes to the Olympics every four years. The idea is to make clear that all those athletes — Alpine skiers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders — are part of the same team.

They will also use a single logo instead of the three that were previously used for the different disciplines

The move is made in hopes of boosting endorsement dollars, by allowing the biggest sponsors to have a piece of all the snow athletes instead of only a certain segment.


Elderly golf fan who died at US Open lost wife days earlier

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com)

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — The elderly golf fan who died while attending the U.S. Open in Wisconsin had lost his wife of 68 years earlier in the week.

Ninety-four-year-old Marshall "Chick" Jacobs died Friday in the arms of his son, Bill, after becoming unresponsive at the 6th green. Just three days earlier, Lucille Jacobs, died after experiencing complications from a broken hip.

Bill Jacobs recalled that when his father made plans to go to the tournament when it was awarded to Erin Hills in 2010, he remarked that he hoped he would still be alive to attend. Jacobs tells the Journal Sentinel he and his dad spent "three hours of bliss" Friday watching the game's greatest players.

Family members say the two loved golf and traveled the country playing in couples' leagues. A joint funeral is planned for Friday.

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