Hawks sign Horford
to five-year extension
The Atlanta Hawks on Monday agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with All-Star center Al Horford.
The team beat a deadline that prevented one of their stalwart players from becoming a restricted free agent next summer.
Also: Shaquille O’Neal missed his second straight practice with a knee bruise suffered late in Friday’s game against the Knicks. He likely will miss today’s game in Detroit.
The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised contract options on forwards Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, guards Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington, and center Kosta Koufos.
The Wolves declined to pick up Corey Brewer’s fifth-year option for the 2011-12 season.
Michigan State guard Korie Lucious was suspended for next week’s regular season opener against Eastern Michigan as well as one exhibition game. Lucious pleaded guilty in September to misdemeanor reckless driving.
Iowa said the NCAA won’t penalize the Hawkeyes for allowing two recruits to meet celebrity fans Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.
Injured Pavlik drops off
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has withdrawn from his fight on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s bout with Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13, citing a rib injury.
Pavlik (36-2, 32 knockouts) was scheduled to meet Brian Vera at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. It was the top undercard bout of the HBO pay-per-view card featuring Pacquiao’s attempt to win a title in his record eighth weight class.
Also: Gio Ponti will run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday rather than take another shot against unbeaten Zenyatta in the Classic.
Castleton Lyons president Shane Ryan said the 5-year-old horse’s performance during a victory on the turf in the Shadwell Stakes at Keeneland last month led to the decision.
The Chilean miner who jogged in the tunnels while trapped underground not only will attend Sunday’s New York City Marathon — he wants to run it.
Marathon officials had invited Edison Pena to watch the race after hearing his story when the miners were rescued last month. They thought he could ride in the lead vehicle or hold the finish line tape, but never expected to hear that Pena wanted to run.
“He absolutely, 100 percent wants to participate,” New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said.
Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis came in 40th today after a bunched finish to the third and longest stage of the Tour of Southland at Invercargill, New Zealand, holding fourth place overall.
Abby Wambach scored for the third straight game and the United States beat Costa Rica 4-0 at Cancun, Mexico, to win its first-round group in qualifying for next year’s Women’s World Cup.
PBA Tour veteran Eugene McCune shattered the nine-game scoring record at the Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship at the South Point.
McCune, 42, of Munster, Ind., fired games of 300, 253, 275, 279, 279, 279, 236, 300 and 267 for a total of 2,468 pins, breaking the mark of Walter Ray Williams by 101 pins.
The UNLV men’s golf team shot 4-over par 572 (280-292) to stand in eighth place after the first day of the 12-team Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.
The Rebels, who were led by Derek Ernst’s 3-under 139 (66-73), trail the tournament leader, 17th-ranked Iowa, by 21 shots with one round to play.
Ernst stood in a tie for 11th, seven shots behind leader Vince India of Iowa (66-66-132).