Saturday, December 16, 2017
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NBA

Speights goes from Warriors to Clippers

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers signed free agent Marreese Speights, a St. Petersburg native and former Gator who played on Golden State's NBA championship team a year ago.

The center/forward averaged 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 72 games for the Warriors last season, while hitting a career-high 24 3-pointers. During their title run in the 2014-15 season Speights, 28, averaged a career-best 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Los Angeles also signed forward Brice Johnson, the 25th overall pick in last month's draft.

Elsewhere: Memphis signed guard Andrew Harrison and center Deyonta Davis to multiyear contracts and acquired guard Troy Daniels from Charlotte. … The Pistons signed former Spurs center Boban Marjanovic to a $21 million, three-year deal.

NFL

Steelers LB Harrison denies PED connection

Steelers linebacker James Harrison said in an affidavit sent to the league that he never met nor communicated with the source of a media report that linked him and other players to performance-enhancing drug usage. Harrison has insisted that league officials have to provide "credible evidence" before he agrees to an interview. Last year an Al-Jazeera America report cited allegations by Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic and also implicated now-retired Peyton Manning among others. Sly later recanted his claims.

Soccer

Veterans dot U.S. roster for Olympics

Megan Rapinoe, coming off of December knee surgery, was named to the U.S. roster for the Rio Summer Games along with Carli Lloyd, who has scored in the gold-medal winning final in the past two Olympics. Lloyd joins midfielder Tobin Heath and goalkeeper Hope Solo as three-time Olympians (see For the Record, 2C, for a full list) for the Americans.

Tennis

Record U.S. Open purse

Prize money at the U.S. Open will rise to a record $46.3 million this year, the U.S. Tennis Association said. The payout, up $4 million from 2015, means increases of about 10 percent per round. The men's and women's singles champions will earn $3.5 million, and the runnersup $1.75 million. All the figures dwarf those at the other Grand Slams.

Et cetera

Cycling: Tour de France leader Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton, nearly 10 minutes behind Michael Matthews in Stage 10, a 122.4-mile ride. … Spain's Alberto Contador will miss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of injuries that forced him to abandon the Tour de France.

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao, 37, who said in April he would retire, plans to fight in November against an opponent who has yet to be selected.

NHL: Hurricanes center Victor Rask agreed to a six-year contract worth $24 million. … Coyotes captain Shane Doan signed a one-year extension with a base salary of $2.5 million.

Times wires

Associated Press

A child jockey strikes his horse during a race at the Naadam Festival near Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar. Mongolians celebrate the anniversary of Genghis Khan's march to world conquest with the festival, which also has traditional events like wrestling and archery.

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