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July 4, 2017


AP Source: Kevin Durant agrees to 2-year deal with Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One day shy of a year after announcing his decision to join the powerful Warriors, Kevin Durant accepted a major pay cut to help make sure they stay winners and chase more championships.

Durant wants to build a dynasty alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, agreeing to terms Monday on a contract worth approximately $53 million over the next two years. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the details to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because it won’t become official until the end of the free agency moratorium period Thursday.

The deal calls for about $25 million in the first year with a player option for the second season.


Billups withdraws name from Cavaliers GM job

CLEVELAND (AP) — Chauncey Billups has withdrawn his name from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ search for a new general manager.

Billups released a statement to ESPN on Monday saying that “the timing isn’t right” to take the job in Cleveland. Billups had been in discussions with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to replace David Griffin. Griffin and the Cavs abruptly parted ways just days before the draft.

The well-respected Billups has long expressed a desire to get involved in an NBA team’s front office. Several factors came into play in his decision to turn this one down, including his job as an analyst for ESPN and his strong roots in Denver.

Cavaliers assistant GM Koby Altman has been running the show for Cleveland as the free- agent market opened.


Nadal wins opening match

LONDON (AP) — Back at Wimbledon and still playing his best, Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round at the All England Club. The fourth-seeded Spaniard, who won his 10th French Open title last month, beat John Millman of Australia 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 on No. 1 Court.

Nadal is a two-time champion at Wimbledon. From 2006 to 2011, he reached the final every year except 2009, when he skipped the grass-court major because of injury.

— Defending champion Andy Murray of Britain fought off a nagging left hip injury and a half-hour rain delay to beat Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round of Wimbledon. Murray, who lost in the first round at Queen’s last month, showed no ill effects from an injury that caused him to call off two days of practice last week.

— Stan Wawrinka’s stay at Wimbledon was a short one. A three-time major champion, and the French Open runner-up just three weeks ago, Wawrinka was bothered by his left knee and lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Daniil Medvedev at Centre Court in the first round at the All England Club.

— Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her opening match at Wimbledon, beating Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4. The left-handed Czech, who was injured in a knife attack at her home in December, won the grass-court tournament in Birmingham just over a week ago. She then pulled out of the tournament in Eastbourne with an abdominal injury.

— Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams won her opening match at the All England Club, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 7-6 (7), 6-4. Williams was playing for the first time since being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused.

— Second-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the second round at Wimbledon by beating Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-4, 6-1. Halep, who lost in this year’s French Open final, reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2014 and the quarterfinals last year.



Jays acquire Montero from Cubs

NEW YORK (AP) — Catcher Miguel Montero has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Cubs, six days after he blamed Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to Washington.

Toronto said Monday it acquired the two-time All-Star and cash for a player to be named or cash.

Montero hit .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games this season and was designated for assignment Wednesday. He has thrown out one of 31 base stealers this season.

The 33-year-old Venezuelan has a .260 career average with 124 homers and 542 RBIs in 12 seasons with Arizona and the Cubs. His 10th-inning RBI single gave Chicago a two-run lead in Game 7 of last year’s World Series, a game the Cubs hung on to win 8-7 for their first title since 1908.

Toronto cleared a roster spot by transferring outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to the 60-day disabled list.


Yankees’ Judge, Sanchez to participate

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the Baby Bombers who lead the New York Yankees’ offense, will participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Miami on July 10.

Judge, a rookie who homered in his first major league at-bat last August, leads the majors with 27 homers and tops the American League with a .327 average and 62 RBIs.

Sanchez is hitting .289 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs despite missing nearly a month with a strained biceps.

New York made the announcement Monday on Twitter before its game against Toronto.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will defend his title. Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, who leads the National League with 24 homers, also says he will compete.


Shaw starts rout, gets hurt as Brewers top Orioles 8-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw helped stake Brent Suter to a big early lead and the Milwaukee Brewers left-hander had little trouble handling the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Shaw started the rout with a go-ahead single in a four-run first inning, then left after he was hit on his left hand by a pitch during the Brewers’ 8-1 win over the Orioles.

Backed by a 7-0 lead in the second, Suter (1-1) struck out eight over six innings, allowing an unearned run and four hits — all singles. The 27-year-old left hander made his second big league start, pitching in place of Chase Anderson, on the disabled list because of a left oblique strain.

Suter, talking about his first start at Miller Park, says: “Our hitters gave us a seven-run cushion early, so it was a dream come true.”

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Suter earned another start and will pitch this weekend when the Brewers play the New York Yankees.

GRILLI-RANGERS Grilli in Rangers bullpen: Veteran reliever back to Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jason Grilli has joined the Texas Rangers, providing a much-needed veteran presence in a bullpen that has struggled to close games.

Grilli was added to the Rangers roster Monday, a day after being acquired in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 40-year-old Grilli said that as a veteran, “it’s humbling in a sense, one of those things that if you love and respect the game, you just pass on what the love and respect is. And that’s all I would like to do with these young guys.”

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Grilli will pitch in later innings and “kind of help glue some of those other guys together.” The manager said Grilli has a wealth of experience that he is willing to share after pitching in pretty much every reliever role.


Trout to miss All-Star Game because of injured thumb

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — AL MVP Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game while rehabilitating his left thumb.

The Los Angeles Angels star outfielder tore the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb on May 28 during a headfirst slide and had surgery three days later to repair the ligament and dorsal capsule. The team said Monday he will work out Tuesday at Class A Inland Empire.

Angels general manager Bill Eppler said in a statement Monday “based on the timeline established for Mike to return from his thumb injury, he will be rehabilitating into the All-Star break and will therefore not be able participate in the All-Star festivities.”

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