Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Duncan isn't going anywhere
UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs have re-signed Tim Duncan.
Next season will be his 16th with the Spurs.
San Antonio selected the 6-foot-11 forward with the first pick
in the 1997 draft. Duncan has led the Spurs to the playoffs every
year. They've won nine division titles and four NBA championships.
He has two NBA MVP awards and has been the NBA Final MVP three

-- The Nets were among the first teams springing into action when
the NBA's moratorium was lifted at 12:01 Eastern time Wednesday
morning. They re-signed star point guard Deron Williams to
five-year deal worth $98 million.
-- The Clippers didn't waste time getting Blake Griffin's
signature on a contract extension. He could make up to $95 million
the next five years.
-- Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have signed their free-agent
contracts with the Heat. That gives the NBA champions a pair of
veterans who bring tons of experience and versatility to a lineup
already featuring LeBron James, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Chris Bosh.
-- Veteran free agent forward Gerald Wallace has signed a
four-year, $40 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Acquired
from Portland at the trade deadline, Wallace started 16 games for
the Nets, averaging 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4
steals in 35.8 minutes
--Sacramento has signed power forward Jason Thompson to a new
contract. Thompson was a restricted free agent who averaged 9.1
points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists playing mostly off the bench
last season.
--The Rockets traded center Marcus Camby to the New York Knicks
for guard Toney Douglas, centers Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan
and future second-round picks. Earlier Wednesday, when the NBA's
moratorium on trades ended, Houston dealt point guard Kyle Lowry to
Toronto for a future first-round lottery pick and forward Gary
Forbes. The Rockets have been collecting draft picks for a
potential package to entice Orlando to send All-Star center Dwight
Howard their way.
-- Former Duke standout Kyle Singler is returning to the U.S.
after a year of pro basketball in Spain. The 6-foot-8 forward has
signed with the Detroit Pistons, who drafted him in the second
round last year.
-- The Lakers announced their sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix to
bring Steve Nash to Los Angeles for first-round picks in 2013 and
2015, as well as second-rounds in 2013 and 2014.
-- The Magic have officially completed a sign-and trade deal that
sends restricted free agent Ryan Anderson to the New Orleans
Hornets in exchange for fellow forward Gustavo Ayon.

Palace getting a makeover
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The home of the Detroit Pistons is
getting an overhaul.
Palace Sports and Entertainment says it plans to spend $13
million to $15 million to make improvements at the Palace of Auburn
Hills. It includes renovations to the main concourse and 40 suites.
Another 16 suites will be removed to make way for an open-air
Most of the work should be done before the season begins this

Midsummer classic must-see TV
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The National League's 8-0 victory in the
All-Star game was the highest-rated prime-time show Tuesday night,
according to overnight ratings.
The game drew a rating of 8.1 and a 14 share, up 3 percent over
the 2011 game. It was the first year-to-year gain since the 2008
game. Last year's contest in Phoenix drew a record low.
St. Louis had the largest overnight rating, up 15 percent from
last year. Kansas City was next with a whopping 188 percent
Ratings represent the percentage of all households with
televisions tuned into a program, and shares represent the
percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have released
left-hander Brian Fuentes.
The move comes a little more than a week after the team
designated Fuentes for assignment. The reliever finished 2-2 with
five saves, three blown saves and a 6.84 ERA in 26 outings this
season. He recorded his 200th save May 2 to become the sixth
left-hander in major league history to reach the mark.
The 36-year-old has 204 career saves with a 3.58 ERA in 644
career appearances over 12 seasons with five clubs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Lou Lamoriello (lam-uh-RIHL'-oh), New
Jersey's longtime general manager, who has led the Devils to three
Stanley Cup titles and five Eastern Conference crowns, has been
named to this year's induction class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of
Former players Mike Modano (moh-DAH'-noh), who won a Stanley Cup
with the Dallas Stars, and Eddie Olczyk (OHL'-chik), who won one
with the New York Rangers, are also a part of the class that will
be enshrined in the fall.

UNDATED (AP) - Joe Paterno, in a letter written nearly a month
before his January death, defends the integrity of the Penn State
football program he guided for decades and admonished critics who
equated the child sex abuse charges against ex-assistant Jerry
Sandusky to a football scandal.
Paterno says the ensuing fallout had nothing to do with the
on-and off-field achievements of players, regardless of how people
might view his conduct or others at the school
A spokesman for Paterno's family confirmed its authenticity to
The Associated Press and said it was a draft intended as an opinion
letter seen by several ex-players, and emailed Wednesday not by the
family, but by an unknown former player to other former players.

NCAA won't rush Penn State inquiry
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The NCAA says that it will decide on
whether to take action at the "appropriate time" in connection
with its inquiry into Penn State and the child sexual abuse scandal
that led to the ouster of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Findings from Penn State's internal investigation into the case
of ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky are due Thursday. The
NCAA says it has already been collecting information from the probe
led by former FBI director Louis Freeh (LOO'-ee free).
The NCAA says Penn State will have to formally respond to
questions from NCAA President Mark Emmert, even after Freeh unveils
his findings.

Belmont winner out with injury
NEW YORK (AP) -- The winners of this year's classic races for
thoroughbreds are done for the year and maybe beyond.
Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out with a ligament injury
to his left front leg, but could return to the races next year,
according to the colt's veterinarian.
Union Rags was considered the top 3-year-old in training after
his Belmont win.
The news comes just over a month after Kentucky Derby and
Preakness winner I'll Have Another was retired with a tendon injury
in his front left leg the day before the Belmont.

Tour back in action
BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France (AP) -- Thomas Voeckler of
France led a five-rider breakaway to win the 10th stage of the Tour
de France as the race entered the Alps. Bradley Wiggins still has
the overall lead.
The 120.9-mile ride marked a return to racing after Tuesday's
tumultuous rest day in which a Cofidis rider was suspended by his
team following his arrest by police in a doping probe.

Serena playing in the Golden State
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Fresh off her Wimbledon victory, Serena
Williams is scheduled to take the court today for her first match
since collecting her fifth singles title at the All England Club on
Sunday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion takes on Nicole Gibbs at
the Bank of the West Classic in California. Gibbs won the NCAA
singles and doubles titles this spring.

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