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#SportsReport: NBA Free Agent Deals to Begin

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Stephen Curry is expected to continue his run with the Golden State Warriors.


Following a frightening moment for Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler in the first inning of his major league debut, Melky Cabrera and David Robertson combined to foil Aaron Judge, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-3 last night. Fowler was set to have surgery for an open rupture of the patellar tendon in his right knee after being carted off the field. The 22-year-old started in right field and slammed into the short sidewall near the corner trying to catch Jose Abreu's foul ball with one out.

Jay Bruce had a pair of RBI hits and scored twice, and the New York Mets took the rubber game of their series against the Miami Marlins, winning 6-3 last night to finish 5-5 on a road trip that started badly. T.J. Rivera had three hits and two RBIs, while Curtis Granderson scored twice and drove in a run.

David Price won for the second time in three starts, Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez hit solo home runs, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3. Tzu-Wei Lin singled and tripled for his first big league multihit game. Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and an RBI.

The Atlanta Braves have designated 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon for assignment, one day after he was tagged for six runs and eight hits in four innings of a loss at San Diego. The right-hander was 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts for Atlanta. Colon had just completed a three-year run with the Mets, where he was 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA before signing a free-agent pact with the Braves.


David Villa scored his 11th goal of the season, Jack Harrison had his eighth and New York City FC beat expansion Minnesota United 3-1 last night. NYC tied a club record with its fourth straight victory. Minnesota remains winless on the road.


The New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a new deal with defenseman Brendan Smith. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal yesterday. Smith was set to be an unrestricted free agent tomorrow. He would have been one of the top blue liners available in free agency after the Rangers acquired him as a rental at the trade deadline from the Detroit Red Wings.

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a two-year contract. General manager Ray Shero announced the deal late yesterday, noting that Kinkaid will get $1.2 million this season and $1.3 million in 2018-19.


A person with knowledge of the situation says Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward has declined the player-option final year on his contract and will now test the market as an unrestricted free agent. The seven-year veteran is one of the biggest names available this offseason and will likely command a max deal.

The NBA's free-agent superstore opens this weekend, with Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry and Blake Griffin among the headliners. There's also Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, of course, though neither is expected to leave the champion Golden State Warriors. Deals can be agreed to, but none can become final until July 6.

A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has declined to opt in for the second year of his contract. Durant has said he plans to re-sign with the team he led to a title earlier this month, his first as a pro. He is expected to earn about $31.8 million a season under the new deal, a 20 percent raise over the $26.5 million he made last season.

David Griffin, who parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers as general manager last week, is a candidate to join the New York Knicks' front office, sources told ESPN. The Knicks are focusing on free agency at the moment instead of finding Phil Jackson's replacement. The Knicks are assembling a list of candidates they'll speak to. That process is ongoing, but Griffin has had an initial conversation with the Knicks and is expected to have more talks when the team moves to the next level of the process, sources said


Palm Beach Gardens police say tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle. Police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light, causing a June 9 wreck that injured 79-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later. The 37-year-old Williams lives in the area of the accident and has not been charged or cited, although the accident remains under investigation.


Kirk Triplett is the first-round leader at the U.S. Senior Open after matching the lowest round in a PGA Tour Champions major. Triplett opened with an 8-under 62 that included an eagle on the par-4 fourth hole. He birdied six of his first 12 holes before holing out a 9-iron from 120 yards for his eagle. Olin Browne is one shots back and one ahead of Doug Garwood.

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