Sunday, December 17, 2017

Knicks expected to name Fisher coach with five-year deal

NEW YORK — Derek Fisher has agreed to become the next coach of the Knicks and will be introduced at a news conference today, the Associated Press reported.

The Knicks did not confirm the reports, other than saying Monday they were planning a "major announcement" today.

Several media outlets reported Fisher agreed to terms with the Knicks on a deal that was still being finalized. Fisher will reportedly receive a five-year, $25 million deal.

Fisher, 39, just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Thunder. He played under Knicks president Phil Jackson with the Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.

Jackson was fined $25,000 by the league last week for a tampering violation involving Fisher. Fisher was still under contract with the Thunder when Jackson told reporters that Fisher was "on my list of guys that could be very good candidates" to replace fired coach Mike Woodson.

Sterling drops sale, will pursue lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the league, his attorney said.

"We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit," said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He said Sterling would not be signing off on the deal to sell.

Sterling issued a one-page statement dated Monday titled "The Team is not for Sale" and said that "from the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers."

The $2 billion sale was negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling after Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the league moved to oust him as owner.

The lawsuit alleges the league violated his constitutional rights by relying on information from an "illegal" recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.

Sterling had agreed to sign the deal and drop the suit last week assuming "all their differences had been resolved," his attorneys said. But sources said he decided to not sign the papers after learning the league won't revoke its lifetime ban and fine.

Shelly Sterling declined to comment.

Report: Cavs offered Calipari $60 million

Before finalizing a contract extension with Kentucky late last week, John Calipari had discussions with the Cavaliers on a seven-year, $60 million-plus contract to become president and coach, reported.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Calipari had discussed $8 million a year, and it wasn't until midweek that Calipari fully committed to his seven-year, $52 million extension at Kentucky. He has coached Kentucky since 2009.

The Cavaliers are reportedly scheduling more interviews to find a coach to replace Mike Brown who was fired in May.

Lakers assistant Alvin Gentry will have a second interview for the position, the Associated Press reported. Gentry's second meeting has not yet been scheduled. Former Cavs guard Mark Price will meet with the team about its coaching job today..

Heat's Wade draws $5,000 flopping fine

MIAMI — Heat guard Dwyane Wade became the latest recipient of a postseason flopping fine when the league ordered him to give up $5,000 after a review showed he exaggerated a foul during Game 2 of the NBA Finals that was charged to Manu Ginobili of the Spurs.

"He took a swipe and he hit me," Wade said before the fine was announced. "It was a late call by the ref, but he called it."

Wade drew the foul against Ginobili with 4:09 left in the second quarter on Sunday. Ginobili, who took a swipe at the ball about 35 feet from the basket, wound up going to the bench with his third foul of the half. Wade made the two resulting free throws, since Miami was already in the bonus.

"I saw Manu coming out of the corner of my eye to try to steal it so my only thing was to make sure that he didn't steal it," Wade said. "He swiped and he wound up hitting me and the ref called a foul. We move on."

The series is tied 1-1, with Game 3 in Miami tonight.

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

Could tell just how much Ryan Callahan meant in the Lightning dressing room by hearing teammates talk about his latest injury. Steven Stamkos said he was "sick to my stomach." Brayden Point called him a "heart and soul player." Teammates all saw how ...
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Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

The good news for the Lightning is that GM Steve Yzerman is hopeful RW Ryan Callahan will be ready to go in 3-4 weeks when his upper body injury is re-evaluated. The hard part, however, is finding someone to replace the veteran wing. "I don’t know if...
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Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Thunder 111-96 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 ...
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Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

BOSTON — Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games (9-3-1) overall...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Sports in brief

MLBTRADE SENDS KEMP BACK TO L.A.OF Matt Kemp was reacquired by the Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Braves. The Dodgers sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash to Atla...
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Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

LAS VEGAS — Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, safety Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 53 yards for a score and No. 25 Boise State beat Oregon 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Brett Rypien threw for 362 yard...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: Florida State at Texas12:30 p.m.FS1Women: Georgia Tech at Georgia1 p.m.SECStony Brook at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Tennessee3 p.m.ESPNSavannah State at Baylor3 p.m.Fox SunWomen: USF at Florida International...
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Cabreras team up for first-round lead at Father/Son Challenge

ORLANDO — Two-time major winner Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the Father/Son Challenge. Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in the pop...
Updated: 10 hours ago