Sports Briefs: July 5

July 5, 2013 

Track and field

Gay now has recorded first, second-best 100s of year

Tyson Gay ran the year's second-fastest 100 meters Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, finishing in 9.79 seconds in a victory at the Athletissima Diamond League meet.

Only Gay's world-leading 9.75 to take the U.S. nationals title has been faster this season. His latest effort comes just five weeks before the world championships in Moscow.

Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion and world-record holder, has a season's best of 9.94, set at the Jamaican nationals last month.


Golf

Pair of 62s fired in Greenbrier opener

Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner each shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to share a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Webb Simpson and Jin Park were close behind after 64s. Daniel Summerhays, Tag Ridings, Steven Bowditch and Neal Lancaster were another shot back. Players could lift, clean and place their balls after rain fell prior to the start of play. Bill Haas, the winner at Congressional last week, had a 68, while Phil Mickelson came off his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open with a 74.

Anders Hansen of Denmark shot a 5-under 66 to lead by a stroke after the first round of the French Open.


NBA

Celtics to introduce Stevens on Friday

The Boston Celtics will introduce former Butler coach Brad Stevens as the NBA team's new coach Friday.

Stevens, his wife, Tracy, and their two children will join Celtics officials at a news conference at the Celtics Training Center.

Stevens replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Stevens led the Bulldogs to the NCAA title game twice, but has no NBA experience as a player or coach.

New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento have agreed to a three-team trade sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, people familiar with the deal said.

Portland is sending second-round draft pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and a future draft pick to Sacramento as part of the deal. The trade also sends guard Terrel Harris to Portland.

Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists with the Kings last season, his fourth. The 7-foot Lopez, who was New Orleans' starting center after arriving in a trade with Phoenix, averaged 11.3 points to go with 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season, all career highs in what was his fifth NBA season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent forward Earl Clark, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Clark played at Louisville.

The Charlotte Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free-agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz.

J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying with the New York Knicks. The Sixth Man of the Year and the point guard from Argentina both agreed to multiyear deals.


Tour de France

South African takes yellow for first time

Stage 6 of the 100th Tour de France was a textbook demonstration of teamwork. An Australian deliberately handed over the race lead to help a South African teammate and friend become the first rider from that country to wear the famed yellow jersey.

And Andre Greipel, who won the stage with a fierce finishing sprint, owed a debt of gratitude to teammates who ferried drinks to him with drinks all afternoon in the scorching sun.

As the leader of cycling's showcase race, Daryl Impey can look forward to some first-class treatment, too. Being the first South African to wear the yellow jersey "will definitely change my life," he said.


NHL

New Jersey keeps Elias a Devil

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed Patrik Elias to a three-year, $16.5 million contract, one day before the veteran forward was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

Elias has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Devils. He leads the franchise with 375 goals, 555 assists and 930 points. He has led the Devils in points in eight seasons.

The Boston Bruins are sending Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars for fellow forward Loui Eriksson as part of a seven-player trade. The Bruins are also acquiring forwards Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and defenseman Joe Morrow. Dallas will receive Seguin, forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button.

Seguin led the Bruins in scoring in 2011-12. He was a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup championship team. Eriksson, a 2011 All-Star, had 29 points in 48 games for the Stars last season.


Auto racing

Flaps flap: 16 fail inspection at Daytona

Sixteen cars failed inspection before Thursday's Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds. Penalties could be possible. The cars involved included all three Joe Gibbs Racing entries (Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth), all three Roush Fenway Racing entries (Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries (Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip) and both Roger Penske Racing entries (Joey Logano and defending series champion Brad Keselowski).

Formula One drivers threatened to withdraw from the German Grand Prix if there are more tire blowouts during Sunday's race. Last weekend, blowouts overshadowed the British GP, causing tire supplier Pirelli to introduce a new plan.


etc.

Legends unplug Power in series opener

Leonel Santiago (1-0) scattered five hits in seven shutout innings and the Lexington Legends opened a four-game series against the host West Virginia Power with a 3-0 victory.

Mark Threlkeld's double in the third inning scored Raul Mondesi for the only run the Legends would need. John Walter came on in the ninth and retired the side for his first save with Lexington.

Brazil surged to ninth in the FIFA rankings after winning the Confederations Cup, while the United States climbed six places to No. 22. The U.S. had a perfect record of four wins in June, including three World Cup qualifiers and a 4-3 exhibition victory against Germany. Brazil, the five-time World Cup winner, had fallen to a low of No. 22 before its five-match victory streak.

Brawls broke out among rival soccer fans at a Las Vegas match. Violence began in a parking lot Wednesday night when fans from two rival Mexican soccer teams — Chivas and Club America — arrived at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports fans threw rocks and bottles at each other before dozens of police officers moved in to quell the violence.


The last word

Bobby Labonte was ambivalent Thursday in Daytona Beach, Fla., when asked about being replaced by AJ Allmendinger for last Sunday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway that ended his streak of consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at 704.

"You don't want to say, 'No big deal,' because it is a big deal. But you can't make a big deal of it, either. At the end of the day, it's really not that big of a deal. Does that make sense?"

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