Update on the latest sports

June 20, 2017 - 8:36 pm


Source: Pau Gasol expected to remain with Spurs — but as a free agent

UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are keeping Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') after all.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Gasol will not exercise the player option on his contract for next year, but intends to sign a new deal when free agency opens in July. Gasol declined the $16 million option on his contract on Tuesday.

He averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game last year to help the Spurs win the NBA's Southwest Division title and reach the Western Conference finals.

Gasol's decision will give the Spurs more flexibility going into what is expected to be a hotly contested free agent market.

In other NBA news:

— A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Dwyane (dwayn) Wade has told the Chicago Bulls that he is exercising his $23.8 million option for next season. Wade averaged 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting last season, his first with the Bulls after 13 years in Miami.

— Three people with knowledge of the deal say the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade point guard D'Angelo Russell and high-priced center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers would receive Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Russell averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists last year, his second NBA season.

—A judge has denied a request to block some public funding for Little Caesars Arena and the Detroit Pistons' move from the suburbs. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his decision late Monday, saying a requested injunction would cause "catastrophic damage" to Detroit. The lawsuit said Michigan law prohibits spending school property tax revenue on the projects because a tax voters approved in 2012 was to be used exclusively for Detroit's public schools.

— A $192.5 million renovation of the Atlanta Hawks' arena has begun a day after funding was approved by the Atlanta City Council. About $110 million for the renovation of Philips Arena will be generated from the car rental tax collected at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and other sites. An additional $32.5 million will come from the city's sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University. The Hawks will contribute $50 million.


Agent: Tiger Woods in a clinic for handling pain medications

UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods has checked into a clinic to get help for dealing with pain medication.

His agent wouldn't disclose the location of the in-patient facility, nor did he say how long Woods will be there. Woods said Monday night that he is receiving professional help to manage his medications and how he deals with pain and a sleep disorder.

The treatment comes less than a month after his arrest in Jupiter, Florida, on a DUI charge that involved a combination of prescription medications. Woods says his arrest stemmed from a reaction to the medicine.


PGA Tour to start blood testing next season

UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy.

The tour will add blood testing next season and bring its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association.

Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but cannot be detected through urine.

The revised policy takes effect in October, the start of next season.


Parole hearing set for OJ

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson could become a free man this summer.

A Nevada parole official says Simpson has a July 20 hearing that could have him released from prison after serving more than eight years of a nine-to-33 year sentence.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and one-time NFL single-season rushing champion was found guilty in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges. The conviction stemmed from a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel room in 2007.


Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge has been invited to participate in next month's Home Run Derby.

UNDATED (AP) — Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge is deciding whether to accept an invitation to participate in next month's Home Run Derby. The event will be held the night before the July 10 All-Star game at Marlins Park.

The 6-foot-7 outfielder leads the majors with 23 homers. Judge also paces the American League with a .335 batting average and shares the league RBI lead with Seattle's Nelson Cruz at 53.

In other major league news:

— The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list optioned right-hander Austin Maddox to Triple-A Pawtucket. Sandoval is sidelined with a left ear infection after hitting .212 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 32 games this season. The Red Sox filled the two roster spots by recalling infielders Deven Marrero and Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket.

— The struggling Philadelphia Phillies have pruned their roster by designating outfielder Michael Saunders and reliever Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. The 30-year-old Saunders struggled after signing a free-agent contract last winter, hitting .205 with six homers and 20 RBIs with 51 strikeouts in 61 games. Gomez has compiled a 7.25 ERA in 18 appearances this year after collecting 37 saves in 2016.

— Angels closer Bud Norris has landed on the 10-day disabled list because of right knee inflammation. Norris has been dealing with the injury on and off for about a month.


Former Notre Dame QB Zaire says he's going to Florida

UNDATED (AP) — Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire has announced on Instagram that he's going to Florida.

According to a person familiar with Zaire's transfer, the left-hander has been accepted into graduate school at Florida and is expected to attend classes next week. He was a backup for the Irish last year after missing most of the 2015 season because of a broken ankle.

Florida officials can't comment on prospective student-athletes until they enroll in school and attend class.

In other college football news:

— Lincoln Riley will make $3.1 million in his first year as head football coach at Oklahoma. Oklahoma's Board of Regents on Tuesday approved a five-year deal for Riley that increases by $200,000 annually, with a national championship bonus of $425,000. Riley was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach this month after longtime coach Bob Stoops abruptly stepped down following an 18-year run.

— West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has confirmed that the NCAA has cleared transfer quarterback Will Grier to play for the Mountaineers next season. Grier decided to transfer from Florida last year after the NCAA gave him a one-year suspension in October 2015 for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He started five of his six games his freshman year, completing 66 percent of his passes for over 1,200 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

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