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June 30, 2016 - 2:45pm
8 min 37 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have promoted Lawrence Frank to executive vice president of basketball operations under Doc Rivers.

Frank has spent the last two seasons as an assistant under Rivers, who coaches the team and serves as president of basketball operations.

In his new job, Frank will oversee the basketball operations department and report to Rivers.

Frank coached the New Jersey Nets from 2003-10 and the Detroit...

June 30, 2016 - 2:41pm
8 min 37 sec ago

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — U.S. champion Gracie Gold and world silver medalist Ashley Wagner will headline Skate America.

Assignments for the Grand Prix Series were announced Thursday, with the opening event at Hoffman Estates, Illinois, drawing a strong field of Americans. Also scheduled to compete in Skate America are U.S. men's champ Adam Rippon, ice dance gold medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, and American pairs champs Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea....

June 30, 2016 - 2:41pm
8 min 37 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has hired Byron Spruell as president of league operations.

Spruell, who has spent the last 20 years at Deloitte LLP, will oversee the basketball operations and referee operations departments when he begins his new job on Aug. 1. He will be responsible for the management of rules changes, training and evaluation of referees, discipline and other important NBA operations that were formerly the responsibility of Rod Thorn.


June 30, 2016 - 2:09pm
18 min 36 sec ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks signed pending restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract.

The deal announced Thursday is worth a reported $6 million and keeps one of San Jose's top players in the fold as the team tries to build on last season's trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

The 22-year-old Hertl is coming off his best season as a pro, having recorded career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games. He thrived...

June 30, 2016 - 1:55pm
28 min 36 sec ago

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps set up their lone showdown at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials by qualifying first and second in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday.

Lochte had the top time of 1 minute, 58.05 seconds in the preliminaries. He emerged from the pool limping as a result of the groin injury he sustained on the first day of trials last Sunday. It has hampered his performances throughout the week. He has been getting treatment and...

June 30, 2016 - 1:49pm
28 min 36 sec ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers say ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural injection for his sore lower back and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Manager Dave Roberts said before Thursday's game in Milwaukee that Kershaw received the epidural Wednesday and the team should know in a few days how he responded to it.

Roberts did not know how long Kershaw is expected to be out or who would take his scheduled start on Friday at home...

June 30, 2016 - 1:42pm
28 min 36 sec ago

Cleveland at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Texas at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Houston, 4:10 p.m.

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 4:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Philadelphia, 5:50 p.m.

L.A. Angels at...

June 30, 2016 - 1:30pm
28 min 35 sec ago

DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first four games of next season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

The suspension announced Thursday is not related to the NFL's domestic violence policy, but the free agent quarterback would be subject to it if he signs with another team. Manziel, released by Cleveland in March, is facing an assault charge in Dallas involving former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. The league is reviewing that case....

June 30, 2016 - 1:30pm
38 min 33 sec ago

DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks center Salah Mejri has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, a procedure that isn't expected to sideline the 7-foot-2 Tunisian during the season.

Mejri, who had surgery Thursday, emerged as an energetic shot-blocker and rebounder in the second half of his rookie season in Dallas. He turned 30 in June.

While the Mavericks plan to pursue a starting center in free agency, they like the youth and promise in Mejri and...

June 30, 2016 - 1:18pm
58 min 35 sec ago

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the 2016 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Sept. 12 following the team's Sept. 11 opener against Cincinnati. But he can participate in all preseason practices and games.

He pleaded guilty in January to resisting arrest after...

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