Clippers Sign Free-Agent Forward Josh Smith

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Clippers signed free-agent forward Josh Smith, who helped eliminate them in the playoffs when he was with the Houston Rockets.

He averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing 55 regular-season games with Houston, which picked him up when he was waived by Detroit after 28 games last season.

Smith reportedly signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum worth $1.5 million.

He helped the Rockets rally from a 3-1 series deficit against the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. Smith scored 19 points in Game 6, when the Clippers led by 19 points at home only to lose. He had 15 points in Game 7.

The 29-year-old forward is the 25th player in NBA history with over 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,000 blocked shots.

The signing was announced Thursday.

July 17, 2015

Shortstop Everth Cabrera Signs Minor League Deal With Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shortstop Everth Cabrera has signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.

General manager Bobby Evans confirmed the deal Thursday. Cabrera is scheduled to join San Francisco's Arizona rookie league team initially then move on to Triple-A Sacramento when ready, Evans says.

The 28-year-old Cabrera appeared in 29 games for Baltimore this season, batting .208 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs before his release last month.

He spent the previous six seasons in the NL West with San Diego regularly facing the reigning World Series champion Giants, who also won titles in 2010 and '12.

Cabrera was suspended by Major League Baseball for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for violating the sport's drug agreement in relation to its Biogenesis of America investigation.

July 17, 2015

Storm Keeps Sparks Winless On Road 68-61

seatte stormSEATTLE (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 13 points and Seattle ended a five-game losing streak with a 68-61 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday.

Crystal Langhorne added 12 points and Ramu Tokashiki had 10 for Seattle (4-12).

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Michigan's Deal With Nike Worth $169 Million

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan's new apparel and equipment deal with Oregon-based Nike is worth $169 million, with a nearly even split between annual cash and apparel value.

The deal, which begins in August 2016, was announced last week, and Michigan released financial details Wednesday. The agreement runs until 2027, and the school has an option to extend it to 2031. The full 15-year deal includes annual compensation totaling $76.8 million, plus $12 million up front - as well as $80.2 million in apparel.

Nike will supply the school's 31 athletic programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment.

Michigan has partnered with Adidas since 2007.

July 16, 2015

Felix Pitches Perfect Inning

felix allstargameCINCINNATI -- Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was in no mood to fool around. This was the Midsummer Classic, after all. So when he checked in for the bottom of the third, in place of American League starter Dallas Keuchel, he went at the National League hitters with a devastating combination of his power changeup and sweeping curve. Three up, three down.

"They were swinging at the first pitch," Hernandez said after the AL's 6-3 victory in the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night. "I knew that. I was like, 'I'm not going to give up any runs here.' So I just threw breaking balls and changeups."

Hernandez needed only eight pitches -- none of them fastballs -- to retire three batters and give himself four scoreless innings in his All-Star Game career.

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