Cavs offer Bynum two-year deal
Andrew Bynum, the enigmatic free-agent center who didn't play a single second for Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, is mulling a two-year offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 25-year-old Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March, but the Cavs apparently are confident he will return to the form that made him one of the NBA's best centers.
They're also counting on him thriving under Coach Mike Brown, who has returned to the Cavs after being fired three years ago. Brown and Bynum spent one season together with the Los Angeles Lakers and the 7-footer had his best year, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Over the past four seasons, Bynum has averaged 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.
■ The Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Luc Mbah a Moute to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft pick. The 6-foot-8 forward has emerged as a standout defender since he was drafted 37th overall out of UCLA by the Bucks in 2008.
■ The Houston Rockets talked too much, too soon about Dwight Howard. The team and its personnel were fined $150,000 by the NBA for comments made about the All-Star center during the moratorium period. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey gave an interview in which he talked about the recruitment and landing of him. Coach Kevin McHale also discussed Howard.
Sports in the courts
Man tied to case fingers Hernandez
A man linked to the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez told police Hernandez admitted firing the fatal shots, and a vehicle wanted in a double killing in Boston a year before had been rented in Hernandez's name, according to documents filed Tuesday in Florida that provide the most damning evidence yet against the star athlete.
The documents say Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez admitted shooting semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. The documents were filed in court by the Miramar, Fla., police department to justify a search of Wallace's home in that city.
■ A Texas judge has refused Lance Armstrong's request to dismiss an insurance company's lawsuit seeking $3 million in bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001, and an attorney for the company said Tuesday he'll move quickly to question the cyclist under oath.
Acceptance Insurance Holdings had a contract with Armstrong to pay bonuses for winning the Tour de France and other races. The company sued to recover its money after Armstrong admitted in January that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour every year from 1999-2005.
Armstrong's attorneys argued that the statute of limitations on any breach of contract claims expired by 2011. The company argued that the clock didn't start until Armstrong admitted doping.
■ The family of a Mississippi football player who died following a workout in 2010 has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and the NCAA.
Bennie Abram III, a 20-year-old non-scholarship player from Southaven, Miss., collapsed during an off-season workout and later died at a hospital in Oxford. An autopsy determined Abram's death was caused by complications from sickle cell trait, which can alter red blood cells after strenuous exercise.
According to documents, the family will receive $50,000 from the insurance company for the university's athletic foundation. The Abrams' attorney says the family also will receive $275,000 from the NCAA's insurance policy.
Lions award Stafford 3-year extension
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a $53 million, three-year extension to keep him under contract through 2017. A person familiar with the deal said Stafford will make $41.5 million in guarantees as part of the new contract.
Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and signed him to a six-year contract. After two injury-shortened seasons, he helped the franchise reach the playoffs two years ago for the first time in more than a decade. The Lions backtracked after the 10-win season, losing their last eight games to flop to a 4-12 record.
Stafford threw more interceptions and had less than half as many touchdown passes in 2012 as he did the previous year.
"Matt's not happy with last year," Lions Coach Jim Schwartz said during last month's minicamp. "None of us were happy."
Niedermayer, Chelios in Hockey Hall
Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and Coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75. Heaney helped lead Canada to a gold medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
■ Mississippi cornerback Carlos Davis has been suspended for six games next season by the NCAA after playing in six games last season while academically ineligible.
The last word
Three decades after his home run and hysterics, Hall of Famer George Brett is still known as "the Pine Tar Guy." Brett hears about it on a regular basis.
"Pretty much every time I play golf. They always want to check my clubs for pine tar."