Friday's Sports In Brief

Friday's Sports In Brief
October 26, 2013, 3:13 am
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PRO BASKETBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) Bill Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, died Friday. He was 87.

Sharman died at his home in Redondo Beach, the Lakers announced.

Sharman's basketball career spanned both sides of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry over a half-century in the sport as a smooth shooting guard, a championship-winning coach and a successful executive.

''Bill Sharman was, without a doubt, one of the greatest human beings I have ever met ... '' said Jerry West, who played for Sharman and worked alongside him in the Lakers' front office. ''He was the epitome of class and dignity and, I can assure you, we find few men of his character in this world.''

Sharman won four NBA titles during an 11-season career as a shooting guard in Boston, teaming with Bob Cousy in one of the most potent backcourts in league history. He was widely considered one of the greatest shooters of his era, and he's still ranked as one of the NBA's best free-throw shooters.

Sharman then spent four decades with Los Angeles as a coach and executive. In his first season in charge, he coached the 1971-72 Lakers to a championship with 69 victories - then an NBA record - and a 33-game winning streak, the longest in pro sports history

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and oft-injured center Andrew Bogut agreed to a contract extension. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press it was for three years and $36 million and could be worth up to $42 million with incentives.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms had not been publicly disclosed. Bogut's contract was set to expire after this season.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Wizards acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a multiplayer trade.

Phoenix will get injured center Emeka Okafor and a top-12-protected first-round draft pick in 2014.

The Suns are sending guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. The Wizards are expected to waive that trio of players.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. He is entering his eighth NBA season, and has averaged 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while playing for Orlando, Toronto and Phoenix.

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PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers drew a total of $47,250 in fines from the NFL for their chippy game last Sunday.

Rams defensive lineman Chris Long received the biggest fine, $15,750 for unnecessary roughness for throwing a punch during a skirmish in the third quarter of St. Louis' 30-15 loss. Long was penalized and ejected after he was caught swinging his right hand at Panthers guard Chris Scott as players from both sides were pushing and shoving.

A pair of receivers - Carolina's Steve Smith and St. Louis' Brian Quick - were fined $7,875 for striking an opponent in the face. Also docked $7,875 were Rams guard Harvey Dahl for a late hit and Panthers safety Mike Mitchell for taunting.

Four players were fined $15,750 for roughing the passer: Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo, Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Houston defensive end Jared Crick and Tennessee linebacker Akeem Ayers.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick has been listed as probable and is expected to start when the Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Giants on Sunday.

Vick has missed the last two games after injury his left hamstring in the first half of a win at the Giants on Oct. 6. Backup Nick Foles, who sustained a concussion last week, was ruled out. Rookie Matt Barkley will be the No. 2 quarterback for the Eagles (3-4) against New York (1-6).

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey missed practice again with an injured left foot and will not play against Washington.

The 15th-year veteran reinjured the foot in the loss to Indianapolis on Sunday. That was his second game back after missing the first five with the injury.

SEATTLE (AP) - Reggie Rogers, a first-round NFL draft pick whose career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a car crash that killed three teenagers, died. He was 49.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said it didn't have an immediate cause of death for Rogers, who died Thursday, because toxicology reports were pending.

The former University of Washington defensive lineman had a troubled life and was arrested this month for investigation of domestic violence assault. His wife told police he hit her on the head with a flashlight in an argument about his drinking. Rogers had pleaded not guilty.

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BASEBALL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum completed his $35 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants after passing a physical.

Lincecum reached agreement on the new deal earlier in the week that keeps him with his only major league team through 2015. The contract pays $17 million for next year and $18 million in 2015.

Lincecum's contract includes a full no-trade clause. In addition, he can earn an additional $250,000 each for 210 innings pitched and 220 innings.

CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs plan to interview former Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge for their opening.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search. It was not clear exactly when the interview will take place.

The Cubs are looking to replace Dale Sveum, who was 127-197 over two seasons.

Wedge went 213-273 in three years as Seattle's manager and announced at the end of the year that he would not return in 2014 because he considered the situation untenable.

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GOLF

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Keegan Bradley had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine to shoot a 6-under 66 and open up a four-stroke lead over Ryan Moore after the second round of the CIMB Classic.

SHANGHAI (AP) - Luke Guthrie handled another day of strong wind and kept his distance in the BMW Masters with a 1-under 71, giving the American a four-shot lead going into the weekend of his first tournament in Asia.

YANGMEI, Taiwan (AP) - Suzann Pettersen had a hole-in-one and increased her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

The defending champion aced the 133-yard second hole with a pitching wedge and finished with a 3-under 69 in swirling wind conditions to reach 7 under at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kenny Perry birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.

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AUTO RACING

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Denny Hamlin won the pole position for the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin led the way as 18 drivers broke Jimmie Johnson's track qualifying record with a speed of 99.595 mph. Johnson, the points leader who set the mark in April, and Kyle Busch tied for second at 99.344 mph, with Johnson getting the second spot Sunday based on the owner points tiebreaker.

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FIGURE SKATING

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) - Patrick Chan opened the Olympic season with a short-program victory at Skate Canada.

The Canadian star and three-time world champion scored 88.10 points, but tripled his quad toe loop attempt and couldn't hold the landing on his second triple toe loop.

Japan's Nobunari Oda was second at 80.82, and teammate Yuzuru Hanyu followed at 80.40.

Earlier, American Gracie Gold won the women's short program, finishing with 69.45 points in her first major competition with new coach Frank Carroll.

Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old from Russia, was second at 66.89, and Japan's Akiko Suzuki followed at 65.76.

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TENNIS

ISTANBUL (AP) - Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka, who was wincing in pain from a back injury that brought her to tears.

The fourth-seeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 in the season-ending tournament that features the top eight players in the world.

Defending champion Serena Williams will play Jelena Jankovic in the semifinal on Saturday. Williams, who swept her group on Thursday, has a 7-4 career edge over Jankovic.

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) - Roger Federer raised his game to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament.

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) - Defending champion David Ferrer will play former winner Nicolas Almagro in the semifinals of the Valencia Open.

The top-seeded Ferrer beat Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, and third-seeded Almagro rallied from a poor start to down Fabio Fognini 7-6 (6), 6-2.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Marin Cilic's ban for doping has been reduced from nine months to four, allowing him to play at the Paris Masters next week.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the International Tennis Federation ban was ''too severe in view of the degree of fault.''

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