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Report: Spurs dangling Parker for pick

June 22, 2011

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The Spurs want to get into the lottery and they are dangling guard Tony Parker, Yahoo! Sports reported last night. The Raptors (No. 5) and Kings (No. 7) have been involved in Parker trade talks, according to the report. Parker, 29, averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 assists last season, his 10th in the league, all with the Spurs. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension with the Spurs that begins in 2010-11 .. Dirk Nowitzki is considering joining the German national team this summer to help their chances of qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics ... The Raptors hired Dwane Casey as their coach, nine days after the Dallas assistant helped the Mavericks win the championship ... Bobcats forward Boris Diaw exercised his option for next season that will pay him $9 million ... Warriors president Robert Rowell is resigning as the club's top executive for business operations ... In the WNBA, Sue Bird scored 21 points and defending champion Seattle rallied for an 82-77 victory over host Tulsa .. Penny Taylor scored 30 points to help Phoenix top host San Antonio, 105-98 ... Reserve guard Shavonte Zellous scored a season-high 21 points and Indiana held off host Washington, 89-80 ... Angel McCoughtry scored 14 points to lead host Atlanta past Chicago, 71-68 ... DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 27 points and had a key late steal to help Los Angeles beat visiting New York, 96-91.

Jagr, 39, considering an NHL comeback

Jaromir Jagr is ready make an NHL comeback. "Quite a few teams are in the picture, but I've been talking to Detroit and Pittsburgh the last couple of days," Petr Svoboda, Jagr's agent, said yesterday. "He is looking for a one-year deal and I think he will have one in the next week or so." Jagr was the NHL MVP in 1999, a five-time scoring champion, and two-time Stanley Cup winner while with the Penguins. Jagr, 39, hasn't played in the NHL since the 2007-08 season with the Rangers, leaving to play for Avangard Omsk in Russia ... The NHL approved the change in language to the rule banning some hits to the head. The ban, in existence for just over a year, will now apply to any hit that involves contact to the head and shots that target an opponent's head and make it the principal point of contact ... The Rangers and Flyers will play at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in the Winter Classic Jan. 2, The New York Times reported ... The NHL unanimously approved the sale and relocation of the Thrashers to Winnipeg.

Mets' Reyes won't negotiate in season

Jose Reyes told the Mets he's not interested in negotiating a new contract during the season. The star shortstop, who says he wants to stay with the Mets, can become a free agent after the World Series ... Prosecutors asked a judge to limit what Roger Clemens's attorneys can say in his upcoming steroids trial about a sexual assault investigation involving Brian McNamee, his former trainer and chief accuser. McNamee was questioned by Florida police after a woman reported being assaulted in a St. Petersburg, Fla., hotel pool in October 2001. He was never charged, but he was a suspect and admitted lying to police ... Federal prosecutors are asking for a two-month postponement of Barry Bonds's next court date. The government was expected to announce at a Friday hearing whether it intended to retry Bonds on three perjury charges a jury deadlocked on after a month-long trial in April.

South Carolina ties CWS winning streak

Colby Holmes, John Taylor and Matt Price combined on a five-hitter and defending national champion South Carolina tied the record for consecutive NCAA Tournament wins with a 7-1 victory over Virginia at the College World Series at Omaha. The Gamecocks won their 13th straight national tournament game to match the record held by Southern California (1972-74) and LSU (1997-98). The Gamecocks (52-14) are off until Friday and have to be beaten twice by Virginia or California to not return to the best-of-three finals next week. No. 1 national seed Virginia (55-11) plays California in an elimination game tomorrow. Elsewhere, Derek Campbell drove in two runs, closer Matt Flemer pitched scoreless ball after freshman Kyle Porter's solid start, and Cal beat Texas A&M, 7-3; Florida's Steven Rodriguez pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit relief against Vanderbilt, and the Gators quickly finished off a 3-1 victory, completing a game suspended Monday ... North Carolina received a notice of allegations from the NCAA outlining numerous violations in the football program, including unethical conduct by a former assistant coach as well as failure to adequately monitor the conduct of a former and current players.

Kuchar-Johnson set record at CVS

Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson won the CVS Caremark Charity Classic with a record-setting two-round total of 24-under par 118 at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. The previous record in the best-ball format was 119 set in 2001 ... Real Salt Lake midfielder Jean Alexandre was suspended for one game and fined $500 by the MLS for a reckless tackle in the 49th minute of a 1-1 tie against D.C. United Saturday ... NASCAR fined Joe Gibbs Racing’s three crew chiefs $50,000 each for bringing unapproved oil pans to Michigan last week ... The doctor for Juan Mauricio Soler's cycling team says the Colombian's life is no longer in danger after having suffered head injuries in a crash during the Tour of Switzerland last week.