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Grizzlies pg Conley gets Biggest deal in history

MEMPHIS — The Grizzlies wanted to keep Mike Conley so much that they gave their veteran point guard the richest contract in NBA history. Conley signed a five-year, $153 million deal Thursday.

Conley, 28, has played nine seasons with the Grizzlies, averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 assists. He has never won a major league award or been an All-Star selection. He led Memphis to the 2013 West final, the furthest it has advanced in the postseason.

Conley said he doesn't expect the lucrative deal to affect his play.

"As far as the pressure … I put pressure on myself to perform regardless," he said. "The amount of money I make is not going to change how I approach the game. … I'll take the heat right now (on being the highest-paid NBA player). Eventually, it will all die down. Two years from now everybody else will be making so much more."

More NBA: The Spurs signed Pau Gasol, beefing up a front line that will be without Tim Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. They brought back guard Manu Ginobili, too. Gasol has a two-year deal worth more than $30 million, the Associated Press reported. Terms of Ginobili's deal weren't available. … Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Cavaliers, signed with the Nets. Terms were not disclosed. Bennett, 23, averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games last season for the Raptors, his third team since he was drafted.

tour de france

Froome keeps lead after bizarre finish

Chris Froome was allowed to keep the yellow jersey after the Tour de France race jury ruled he crashed and lost his bike in unfair circumstances during a wacky conclusion to the 12th stage.

In an embarrassment for race organizers, rider Richie Porte crashed headfirst into a motorbike carrying a TV camera and Froome, who was right behind Porte, also hit the pavement in the final mile on the wind-shortened climb to Mont Ventoux. Bauke Mollema, who was also with Porte and Froome, cartwheeled into the air. The motorbike appeared to have stopped because fans blocked its path.

Froome threw his mangled bike aside and began running up the road. He eventually was given a small yellow race assistance bike before his Team Sky car was able to provide him with a suitable substitute.

"I told myself, 'I don't have a bike, and my car is five minutes behind with another bike. It's too far away. I'm going to run a bit,' " Froome told French TV.

All Froome's main rivals crossed the finish line ahead of him. He shook his head in disbelief when he reached the finish.

Because of the circumstances, Tour officials gave Froome and Porte the same stage time as Mollema. Froome, seeking his third Tour title in four years, increased his overall lead to 47 seconds ahead of Adam Yates.

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NFL: The Saints are the favorites to sign free agent and former FSU receiver Anquan Boldin, 35, nfl.com reported.

TENNIS: The Henry L. McMullen Complex in Clearwater is one of 12 winners in the 35th annual U.S. Tennis Association Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. The complex will be honored at the USTA meetings in New York on Sept. 3-5.

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Sports in brief 07/14/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:34pm]
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