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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Friday’s Games in a Nutshell

Zach LaVine is living in Chicago. The same goes for Jusuf Narkik in Portland.

Day 2 of NBA free agency Friday brought in another maximum deal — this time, going to LaVine, who secured the richest contract in Bulls history when he agreed to a $215 million, five-year contract.

Hellick agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract with Portland.

Mitchell Robinson on Friday agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract to stay with the New York Knicks.

There are some players who will be changing addresses. Danilo Gallinari, according to a person familiar with his decision, intends to sign a two-year deal with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics – once his waiver by the San Antonio Spurs is completed. Gallinari was sent off to San Antonio this week in a trade that brought All-Star guard DeJonte Murray to Atlanta.

Also on the move: Bruce Brown Jr., a guard who has decided to leave Brooklyn and sign a two-year deal with Denver that is worth just over $13 million.

Another deal that had been put in motion earlier in the week was completed, when five-time All-Star John Wall – bought by the Houston Rockets – announced that he had agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. It is done.

– By Associated Press Basketball writer Tim Reynolds.

SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — Gary Peyton II is returning to his Pacific Northwest roots, agreeing to a $28 million, three-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed Friday that Peyton would leave the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to join the backcourt with Damien Lillard and lottery pick Shadon Sharpe, who was the seventh overall pick in last Thursday’s draft .

When the season ended, longtime traveler Peyton admitted that he couldn’t wait to finally get his payday in free agency. AG leaguer for such a long time, Peyton was cut before the season began and was set to take a video job with the organization before being re-signed.

— By Associated Press Sportswriter Jenny McCauley.

SALT LAKE CITY ( Associated Press) — For Utah, an era is coming to an end. For Minnesota, a start is happening.

According to a person with knowledge of the blockbuster deal, the Jazz has agreed to trade three-time defensive player of the year – Rudy Gobert – to the Timberwolves for a larger package of players and draft picks.

Utah will receive four first-round picks between 2023 and 2029, along with Patrick Beverly and Malik Beasley from this year’s draft in Walker Kessler, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity. of pic. Because the NBA did not approve the deal, nor could the team publicly announce it.

ESPN, which first reported the business, also said Jared Vanderbilt was moving from Minnesota to Utah as part of Gobert’s deal—who is now paired with another elite big man in Carl-Anthony Towns.

– By Associated Press Basketball writer Tim Reynolds.

NHL

BOSTON ( Associated Press) — The Boston Bruins have hired Jim Montgomery as their new coach, giving the hockey lifer another chance at an NHL head-coaching job in less than three years as he lost his first Had given.

Recently expanded general manager Don Sweeney announced the hire on Friday, filling one of the league’s last high-profile coaching vacancies, hours after the San Jose Sharks fired their staff to create another league. Montgomery replaced Bruce Cassidy, who was fired after the team lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Montgomery, 53, spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Blues as an assistant. He was fired from his first NHL head job in December 2019, citing unprofessional conduct by the Dallas Stars.

San Jose, Calif. ( Associated Press) — San Jose Sharks coach Bob Boffner and his staff were fired two months after the regular season ended, the team said, making it clear the decks for the next general manager to pick a new leadership has gone. bench.

Interim general manager Joe Will informed Boffner, assistants John McLean and John Madden and video coach Dan Darrow on Thursday night that they were being let go. The team announced the changes on Friday, linking Will’s decision to a lengthy GM search to narrow down some potential candidates.

Boffner, 51, coached the Sharks for the last 2 1/2 seasons after replacing Peter DeBoer in December 2019. They missed the playoffs for each of the last three years after 14 playoff appearances in 15 seasons, including one tour. 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

WNBA

MOSCOW ( Associated Press) — American basketball star Brittany Griner was put on trial Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil to play for a Russian team, in a case that affected both Moscow and K. Amidst strained relations between Washington.

The preliminary session of the test, which was postponed until July 7, offered the widest public interaction between Griner and journalists since the Phoenix Mercury Center and the two-time US Olympic gold medalist were flown to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo in February. Was arrested at the international airport.

Griner, 31, was taken to the courtroom in the capital’s suburb of Khimki, wearing handcuffs, a water bottle and what appears to be a magazine, and a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt.

soccer

The United States qualified for its first Olympic men’s soccer tournament since 2008, when the Americans defeated Honduras 3–0 in San Pedro Sula on Friday night in the semifinals of the Under-20 Championships of North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Philadelphia Union’s Paxton Aarons, the 18-year-old brother of Leeds midfielder Brendan Aarons, scored in the third minute.

Alejandro Alvarado, who made four appearances last season for Portugal’s Vizella, added a goal in 23rd, and Quinn Sullivan, Aaronson’s Philadelphia teammate, scored in 43rd, as the US won a 16-nation field in the 2024 Olympic Tournament. Earned a berth in France.

Olympic men’s football is limited to players under the age of 23, with each country allowing up to three wild cards in excess of the limit. After America failed in three straight qualifying cycles with several clubs refusing to provide top players, CONCACAF changed qualifying from under-23 teams and included it as part of the under-20 championship.

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