Four-team deal sends Odom back home, but with Clippers
Lamar Odom is going back to Los Angeles, but this time with his original team, the Clippers.
Mo Williams will go to the Utah Jazz as part of a four-team deal involving Odom, the former Laker who was the fourth pick in the draft by the Clippers in 1999.
The deal initially was believed to involve only three teams, but a fourth, the Houston Rockets, got involved after Thursday’s draft. The Rockets received the rights to the Clippers’ 53rd overall pick, Furkan Aldemir, and the Jazz sent the team’s trade exception to Dallas. The Mavs also received cash considerations from Houston.
Dallas faced a Friday deadline on a $2.4 million buyout of Odom’s $8.2 million option for next season.
Odom is coming off an underwhelming 50-game stint with Dallas that didn’t even take him through the entire season. Odom’s averages of 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in Dallas were career lows.
Also: The NBA and the players’ association reached a settlement that clarifies some rights that Jeremy Lin and three other players have entering free agency.
The rule now will be that players who are claimed from waivers will have the same “Early Bird” rights as if they had been traded but will not have full “Bird” rights unless they are claimed through the league’s amnesty procedure.
That helps the New York Knicks’ chances of keeping Lin, their breakout point guard, and Steve Novak, who led the league in 3-point shooting percentage last season. The Knicks will be able to sign both without being restricted by the salary cap.
Goodell lays out parameters for NFL team to move to L.A.
Sensing for the first time in years that stadium issues are solvable in Los Angeles, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell established guidelines for a franchise’s potential move to the area.
In a memo sent by the commissioner and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell said no single team has any “presumptive right” to play in Los Angeles and that only the league as a whole can make a decision on relocation. The league is satisfied with its 32-team setup, although expanding to include one – or two – teams in L.A. is still possible.
Any franchise interested in relocating there for the 2013 season must apply between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15 of that year and prove it has exhausted all attempts to remain in its current location. No plans are yet in place if no teams apply for 2013.
If a team applies to relocate, it should not expect a league-wide vote on the application before the NFL’s annual meetings in late March.
Goodell emphasized that any new stadium must be capable of hosting two franchises. Two groups are competing to develop a stadium complex, one downtown and one in City of Industry.
Los Angeles has not had an NFL team since the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders went back to Oakland in 1995.
Also: The Detroit Lions have given coach Jim Schwartz a multiyear contract extension after leading the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Terms were not disclosed.
The NCAA said it will reconsider scholarship sanctions imposed on Boise State’s football program after the appeals committee concluded the scholarship penalty announced in September, in addition to Boise State’s self-imposed sanctions, was “excessive such that it constituted an abuse of discretion.”
Boise State’s voluntary measures included three fewer scholarships for the 2011-12 school year and fewer preseason practices. The NCAA added scholarship reductions from 85 to 82 through the 2013-14 school year and limited contact during spring practice.
Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell, the team’s leading rusher last season, was dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt after the sophomore was arrested on felony weapons charges.
Couples thrives in heat to take one-shot lead at Senior Players
Defending champion Fred Couples birdied the final three holes in sweltering conditions for a 7-under-par 63 and the second-round lead at the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.
Couples, the winner last year at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., reached 11-under 129 at Fox Chapel on a day when the temperature reached 96 degrees with a heat index of 105. He won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Couples is thriving in the heat, in part because it’s better for his chronically bad back. He has complained about stiffness all week, saying his back is sore after receiving his regular anti-inflammatory injections two weeks ago. The 1992 Masters champion has one bogey through two rounds.
Joe Daley was a stroke back after a 64. Tom Lehman, the Regions Tradition winner in his last start, was third at 7 under after a 66 .
Also: Veronica Felibert shot a career-best 6-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark.
Felibert, a rookie from Venezuela who made the field as the second alternate, had seven birdies and needed only 27 putts at Pinnacle Country Club.
China’s Shanshan Feng, the LPGA Championship winner this month, was a stroke back.
Frenchman Gregory Bourdy shot a
5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead at 12 under 132 after the second round of the Irish Open in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Home favorite Rory McIlroy edged his way into contention at 5 under with a 69.
Henderson’s Kevin Marsh will play for the California Amateur Championship title today after beating Ronnald Monaco 5 and 4 in the semifinals at La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara.
Marsh, 39, will take on Ben Geyer, 20, of Arbuckle, Calif., in the final.
Felix, Tarmoh win 200 semis with 100 berth still up in air
Allyson Felix broke her vow of silence to say she was “feeling good” after winning her semifinal heat to advance to the finals of the 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore.
Felix is looking solid on the track even in the midst of the controversy still surrounding the final U.S. berth in the 100 meters. Felix and training partner Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat for third in the race and have to complete a tiebreaker to be determined after the 200.
Tarmoh won her 200 semifinal as well.
The spot will be determined by either a coin flip or runoff, or one of the women could choose to give up her spot.
The men’s 200 lost some of its star power, with Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay choosing to focus on the 100 and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix out with a hamstring injury.
Wallace Spearmon had the fastest 200 time in the prelims.
In the only finals, University of Colorado standout Emma Coburn won the steeplechase and Jillian Camarena-Williams captured the shot put crown.
Former UNLV runner Christine Spence qualified sixth for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles in 55.72 seconds and will race for an Olympic berth Sunday.
Also: Usain Bolt lost to Yohan Blake in the 100-meter finals of the Jamaican Olympic trials.
Blake ran 9.75 to Bolt’s 9.86. Bolt, the world record-holder in the 100 and 200, will still compete in London.
Scott Weltz won the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials at Omaha, Neb., shocking favorites Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau.
Clark Burckle claimed the second spot on the Olympic team, another big surprise. Shanteau finished third and Hansen faded to fourth, the two of them forced to settle for only swimming the 100 breast in London.
Nathan Adrian won the 100 freestyle and Cullen Jones claimed the second spot for London. In the night’s other final, Cammile Adams pulled away to win the 200 butterfly in 2:06.52.
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps will have their final showdown of the trials tonight in the 200 individual medley.
Reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber was about the only one not affected by nerves, breezing through the first night of the Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., and all but assuring herself of the lone guaranteed spot on the five-woman London team. A selection committee will pick the remaining four after the competition.
Nationwide rookie’s first win in question after inspection
Pole-sitter Austin Dillon led most of the final 113 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., but the victory was called into question after his car failed a postrace inspection.
NASCAR announced it would issue a ruling early next week.
It was the first Nationwide victory for Dillon, a rookie who captured the Truck Series title a year ago. The 22-year-old native of Lewisville, N.C., also took over the series lead with the victory.
Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch was a distant second, 9.828 seconds back.
The race was contested in ideal conditions after gusting winds earlier affected qualifying for the Cup Series.
Also: John Force topped Funny Car qualifying at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill.
The 63-year-old Force powered his Ford Mustang to a 4.050-second run at 310.77 mph during the first of two night qualifying sessions for the event. The 15-time champ won the season-opening race in Pomona, Calif.
Antron Brown led the Top Fuel division, Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock field, and Hector Arana Sr. had the Pro Stock Motorcycle lead.
Valerie Arioto homered, Lauren Gibson doubled in a run, and the United States beat Australia 3-1 at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.