Brook Lopez has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the terms to The Associated Press on Sunday. 30-year-old Lopez is going into his 11th NBA season. He averaged 13 points per game last season for the Los Angeles Lakers, and has averaged 17.9 points over his career.
The American League’s starting outfield for next week’s All-Star Game features the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, New York Yankees’s Aaron Judge and Boston’s Mookie Betts all getting nods. The Red Sox have a second starter in designated hitter J.D. Martinez. The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs lead the National League’s roster with two starters apiece. Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, voted an All-Star for the fourth straight year, is batting just .218 this season, but he has 21 homers and 50 RBIs. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds out the outfield for the National League, with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford joining Baez and Freeman in the infield for the NL. Baltimore’s Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the American League, with Chicago’s Jose Abreu, Houston’s Jose Altuve and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez joining him in the infield. Altuve led the fan balloting with 4.8 million votes. Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos will start at catcher for the American League.
The All-Star Game will be played July 17 at Nationals Park.
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The Minnesota Twins have signed first-round draft pick Trevor Larnach to a minor league contract that includes a $2.55 million signing bonus. Larnach, an 21 year old outfielder who helped lead Oregon State to the College World Series championship, was selected with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft. He hit .327 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs this season for the Beavers. At the College World Series, Larnach hit .417 with five doubles, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in eight games. The Twins announced the contract Thursday.
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Weeks before he was drafted in 2017, Oakland Raiders’ cornerback Gareon Conley was accused of raping a woman; he has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Grand Jury in Cleveland, Ohio. Now the former first rounder is seeking a payout for defamation, believing it was enough to drive away corporate sponsorship. The court documents speak directly of a coveted Nike contract he had to pass up on. Conley believes his accuser lied out of spite, and is pushing his lawsuit for a “malicious criminal prosecution,” so he can recover the funds he would have gained, had it not been for his legal issues. Conley is expected to earn a starting berth for the Oakland Raiders, in his 2nd NFL season.
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Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres is going on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain, New York announced Wednesday. Torres has been trying to fight through some pain lately, but after missing Tuesday’s game and going 0 for 2 with two strikeouts Wednesday, the Yankees made the decision to put him on the DL. “I think Gleyber wants to take a couple days and work through it,” manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the Yankees’ 6-2 win over the Braves. “But I think he also understands this is the best thing for him and for us.” Torres leads all rookies in MLB with 42 RBIs. He is second in home runs with 15. Neil Walker will likely see more time at second base in Torres’ absence.
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World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki was the latest big name to be eliminated from the Wimbledon tournament as she lost 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round. Wozniacki spent much of the second set complaining about the conditions on Number One Court, growing frustrated by the vast number of insects buzzing around the arena and even telling the chair umpire, “I am here to focus on playing tennis, not eating bugs,” while she appeared to be struggling with her footing on a slippery court later on. With Wozniacki and Kvitova both eliminated, the likes of Simona Halep, defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams will seize the chance to go all the way.
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The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors agreed to a one-year contract with four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins Monday. Cousins ruptured his left achilles in January and missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs. His ability to return to action before the start of the regular season was in question as he entered free agency, but Cousins has said he believes he will be ready for training camp. He will now join Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in their efforts of winning a third straight championship.
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Mixed martial arts legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will rekindle their infamous rivalry in a trilogy bout later this year, under the banner of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. ESPN has confirmed that Golden Boy, one of the world’s premier boxing promotions, has signed agreements with Liddell and Ortiz. An official date and location are being finalized and should be announced soon. The pay-per-view event will mark Golden Boy’s first foray into MMA. It will take place nearly 12 years after Liddell knocked out Ortiz in the third round of their second meeting, at UFC 66 in December 2006. “I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” De La Hoya said in a statement. “This will be huge for sports fans around the world. Ortiz and Liddell are two of the most recognized fighters in MMA history. They are legends in the sport.”
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LeBron James is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time to join one of the NBA’s most iconic franchises. James’ agency made the announcement Sunday in a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract. The game’s best all-around player and biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team. This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in Ohio.
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George has agreed to a four-year, $137M deal to stay with the team. George was thought to be considering going to the L.A. Lakers, but surprised the NBA world by re-signing with OKC. His deal contains a player option for Year 4, but the forward will remain alongside Russell Westbrook for the next few years with the Thunder in the competitive Western Conference. George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game in 2017-18.
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