Friday, July 20, 2018
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BASKETBALL

IVERSON, SHAQ LEAD NEWEST HALL CLASS

HOUSTON — Despite being elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, Allen Iverson knows he won't be able to shake his infamous rant about practice.

"I'm in the Hall of Fame and I can go outside today and go to a restaurant or whatever and somebody will say to me: 'Practice? We talking about practice,' " he said with a laugh. "Man, I am a Hall of Famer and that's all you can think about — me saying practice."

Along with Iverson, players Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming and Sheryl Swoopes, coach Tom Izzo and owner Jerry Reinsdorf were elected. Posthumous honorees this year include 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson; John McLendon, the first African-American coach in a professional league; Cumberland Posey, who also is in the Baseball Hall of Fame; and Zelmo Beaty, who led Prairie View to an NAIA title in 1962.

PRO FOOTBALL

RB McCoy avoids charges in brawl

Bills RB LeSean McCoy won't be charged over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured. District Attorney Seth Williams said he can't prove who initiated the fight.

JETS: Free agent LB Bruce Carter, who spend last season with the Bucs, signed a one-year contract.

RAIDERS: They signed free agent pass rusher Aldon Smith to a two-year contract. Smith's one-year suspension ends in November.

STORM: Tampa Bay acquired three-year veteran OL R.J. Bibbs, who played last season with the New Orleans Voodoo. The team also activated WR V'Keon Lacey, who played last season with the Portland Thunder.

SOCCER

Chelsea names Conte new coach

Chelsea named Antonio Conte, who revitalized Italy's national team the past two years, as the successor to Jose Mourinho. Conte, who is facing sports fraud charges, received a three-year contract.

ET CETERA

BOXING: British boxer Nick Blackwell woke from his induced coma a week after collapsing following a fight and is speaking from his hospital bed, promoters said.

GOLF: Fred Couples, 56, is out of the Masters because of acute back pain, the first Masters the former champion has missed since 1994.

SPEEDSKATING: Mitchell Whitmore, a two-time Olympian, was given a one-year ban for injuring a Dutch team coach during a late-night scuffle outside a hotel.

Times wires

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Rays journal: Catcher needed with Wilson Ramos on DL

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