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Union Leader backs players going overseas

NEW YORK — NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter sent a memo to players this week saying he supports their attempts to play overseas during the lockout, multiple media outlets reported.

Hunter's memo said the union supports all players "who are taking steps to continue to earn a living, stay in peak competitive shape, and play the game that we love while the unfortunate league-imposed lockout is in place."

Nets guard Deron Williams is working on a deal with Turkish team Besiktas, and Kevin Durant of the Thunder and Amare Stoudemire of the Knicks have mentioned the possibility of playing overseas.

The memo assures players that the union does not expect the NBA or FIBA, the sport's world governing body, to prohibit them from playing internationally. It instructs them to negotiate an "out-clause allowing you to honor your NBA contract once the lockout ends," reported.

76ers sale: The 76ers were sold to New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris, ending Comcast-Spectacor's 15-year run of ownership. The tentative deal, which does not include ownership of the Wells Fargo Center, must be approved by the league. Terms were not disclosed. The 76ers were valued this year by Forbes at $330 million.

Heat: Miami guard Dwyane Wade said his decision about playing in next year's Olympics "depends on a lot of things" and that he was not leaning one way or another yet.


Sutter re-signs for 3 years with 'Canes

The Hurricanes agreed to a three-year, $6.2 million contract with center Brandon Sutter, keeping the 22-year-old forward who GM Jim Rutherford called "one of the cornerstones of our franchise moving forward."

Sutter had 14 goals and 15 assists last season.

More NHL: The Avalanche signed Shane O'Brien, 27, who played for Nashville last season, to a one-year deal. … Center Mathieu Perrault, 23, re-signed with the Capitals, agreeing to a one-year contract. … The Blues signed forward Jonathan Cheechoo, 30, to a one-year contract. … Center Cody Bass, 24, signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jackets. … Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius, 32, has torn a chest muscle and will be sidelined four to six months.

et cetera

Autos: IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani says anyone who was surprised by the demolition derby at the Toronto race can expect more of the same in Edmonton because of open-wheel racing's decision to go to double-file restarts. "I expect multiple wrecks out here," Tagliani said. "When you pack us up and have marbles on the race track, we create so much turbulence."

Soccer: Defending Copa American champion Brazil beat Ecuador 4-2 to win Group B and advance to the quarterfinals vs. Paraguay. Venezuela scored in stoppage time and tied Paraguay 3-3 in Argentina.

Tennis: The U.S. Tennis Association says the singles champions at this year's U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 29, will each receive a record $1.8 million.

WNBA: Katie Douglas scored 20 and host Indiana beat Connecticut 90-78 for its seventh consecutive victory. … Phoenix rallied 112-105 over host Minnesota to grab sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. … New York beat visiting Atlanta 91-69 for its sixth win in seven games. … Chicago coasted past visiting Tulsa 72-54, the Shock's seventh straight loss.

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