basketballTurkish team Besiktas says it is close to reaching a deal with NBA All-Star guard Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets, Besiktas manager Murat Murtezaoglu told the Associated Press yesterday. Coach Ergin Ataman told the state-run Anatolia news agency that a deal was close. He also told The New York Times that an agreement had been reached. Jeff Schwartz, Williams’s agent, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. The Nets were not able to comment because the NBA has told teams not to comment on players during the lockout . . . The University of Washington announced that forward Shawn Kemp Jr. signed a scholarship agreement. The 6-foot-9-inch, 265-pound Kemp is the son of former Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp.
TennisIsner reaches Newport semifinals Top-seeded John Isner reached the semifinals of Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I., with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Alex Bogomolov. He will next play eighth-seeded Tobias Kamke, who beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 , in the other quarterfinal . . . Juan Monaco and Juan Martin del Potro won three-set matches to give host Argentina a 2-0 lead in its Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan in Buenos Aires . . . With First Lady Michelle Obama watching, the Boston Lobsters fell to Serena Williams and the unbeaten Kastles, 25-10, at Washington. The Kastles swept all five events to hand the Lobsters their second straight loss.
baseballDodgers denied request for documents A Delaware judge denied a request by the Los Angeles Dodgers to order Major League Baseball to turn over a vast array of documents in the team’s bankruptcy case. The Dodgers sought a wide range of records they believed would bolster their argument that commissioner Bud Selig and MLB have treated the team unfairly and should not be allowed to serve as its bankruptcy lender. But Judge Kevin Gross agreed with MLB attorneys that the information the Dodgers were seeking was irrelevant to the immediate issue of the team’s proposed bankruptcy financing plan, which is subject to a July 20 hearing . . . The Mets placed All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring . . . Royals catcher Jason Kendall has retorn rotator cuff muscles in his throwing shoulder and will require a second surgery that will sideline him at least through 2012 . . . The Rays put pitcher Wade Davis on the 15-day DL because of a strained right forearm . . . Two Dominican Summer League players - Cubs righthander Enyelberth Pena and Padres righthander Miguel Severino - were suspended 50 games each after testing positive for steroids . . . Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko have been elected to the All-Star team by online fan voting. And Angels closer Jordan Walden will replace an ailing Mariano Rivera (sore right arm) for the American League.
HockeyEx-NHL player Cote violated probation Former NHL player Patrick Cote surrendered Tuesday to US officers at the border crossing in Champlain, N.Y. Cote, who played for the Oilers, Predators, and Stars during his six-year career, is charged with violating probation on a drug-related conviction . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Ryan Russell from the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Mike Blunden . . . The Phoenix Coyotes promoted goaltending coach Sean Burke to director of player development.
miscellanyAnimal Kingdom on road to recovery Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is recuperating in Maryland after surgery to repair a slab fracture in his left hind leg . . . The roof of a Dutch sports stadium partially collapsed during offseason construction work, killing one person and leaving 10 others hospitalized, some with severe injuries, a local mayor said. In all, 14 people were injured when the roof at the southern end of the FC Twente stadium collapsed around midday, said Peter den Oudsten, mayor of the Dutch town of Enschede, where the stadium is located . . . Doctors treating Colombian cyclist Juan Mauricio Soler said he’s showing signs of “serious cognitive deficits’’ after waking from an induced coma three weeks after crashing in the Tour of Switzerland. The 28-year-old rider can follow simple commands and move all four limbs, but isn’t able to speak . . . The Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League have added Maurice Clarett to the active roster. Clarett spent last season with the team, calling it a chance to rebuild his life. The former Ohio State star was suspended by the NCAA for taking improper inducements, failed to make it in the NFL, then spent 3 1/2 years in prison for having a hidden gun and holding up two people outside a Columbus, Ohio, bar in 2006 . . . Longtime Boston Herald sports columnist and boxing writer George Kimball died of cancer. He was 67. Kimball’s wife, Marge Marash, told the Herald that Kimball died Wednesday. Kimball worked for the newspaper from 1980 to 2005.
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