PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are being investigated by the NBA for possible manipulation of off-season free-agency moves involving James Harden, PJ Tucker and Danielle House, a person familiar with the situation said Friday night. told the Associated Press.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity as the investigation is ongoing, said the team was cooperating with the investigation.
Harden signed a deal worth a little over $68 million, paying him about $33 million this season, with a $35 million player option for the 2023–24 season. However, Harden will earn about $14.5 million less this coming season than he earned under his previous deal. Harden had a $47.4 million option for this coming season which he declined last month, saying he wanted to give the 76ers the flexibility to improve their roster and compete for the championship.
ESPN reported Friday that there are questions about Harden and the Sixers having “agreed to shake hands on a future contract.”
Tucker signed a $30 million, three-year contract and House signed for $8.4 million over two years. The Sixers were able to sign Tucker for a full mid-tier exception and House for a bi-annual exception after Harden declined his option.
The wait for a decision on possible discipline for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshan Watson will continue for another week following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that retired Judge Sue L. Robinson would not issue a ruling Friday on Watson’s disciplinary hearing that ended a month ago. He spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.
Watson was charged with sexual assault and assault by 24 massage therapists in Texas and has settled 20 civil lawsuits filed against her. Four trials are pending and lawyers representing the women have said they hope to take them to trial sometime next spring.
Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the charges.
Watson, who played four seasons with Houston before being traded to Cleveland in March, has been practicing with the Browns, while Robinson has spent weeks trying to determine whether the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy. violated and whether discipline is to be enforced.
HOUSTON (AP) — Before the Houston Texans started camp this week, they got a special message from a team member who couldn’t be there.
Rookie receiver John Machi III, who had previously announced that he would likely miss the season after being diagnosed with leukemia, addressed the Texans in a video before starting preparations for the season.
Coach Lowie Smith, who was promoted from defensive coordinator this season after David Cooley was fired, said he usually opens camp with a speech for the team. But this year he thought it was more important for people to listen than Mechi first.
Mechi said on Sunday that he had recently been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. The Alabama second-round pick said he is taking time off from football to focus on his health and recovery.
Smith did not provide details about what 22-year-old Mechi shared with the team, but said teammates and coaches alike were impressed by his words.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge became the first big leaguer this season to hit 40 homers, break a Grand Slam for No. 41 and rob a home run in right field as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 11- beat by 5.
Isiah Kinner-Falefa lined up a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning as New York completed their major league-leading 29th comeback win.
A free agent at the end of the season, Judge is on pace for 66 home runs, which would top Roger Maris’s club record of 61 in 1961. Judges in 1928, Maris and Babe Ruth are the only Yankees with at least 40 homers. In late July, per MLB.com.
To the judge “MVP!” Chanting throughout the night, none louder than after his slam in the eighth cemented yet another Yankee rally. He also had a single and finished with six RBIs.
Judge and Anthony Rizzo came home early on a rainy night in the Bronx, but Kansas City came back against Gerrit Cole with a two-run single from Whit Merrifield in fifth for the Royals in a scoreless 31 2/3 innings. Drought ended. Salvador Pérez chased Merrifield with a three-run homer on his return from the injured list for a 5-3 lead.
New York wiped it out by batting around during the eighth inning after a 23-minute rain delay.
HOUSTON (AP) – Justin Verlander bowled a run in the eighth inning and won his MLB-leading 14th game, Aldamis Diaz hit two homers and Yordan Alvarez slowed down his 30th home run of the season as Houston The Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 11-1.
Verlander (14-3) allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and five hits with five strikeouts and overcame last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner Seattle’s Robbie Ray.
Verlander kept Seattle scoreless until Jesse Winker and Julio Rodriguez doubled in the seventh inning.
Verlander made four starts in July and only three earned runs in 26 2/3 innings. His first season back from Tommy John surgery has allowed the 39-year-old right-handed batsman to score one or less runs in six straight starts.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Seattle Mariners acquired the top starting pitcher in the business market, gaining All-Star Luis Castillo from the payroll-paring Cincinnati Reds for four minor league prospects.
Seattle has not been in the playoffs since 2001, the longest post-season drought in the four major North American professional sports.
At 54–46, the Mariners are second in three AL wild-card spots, half a game in front of Tampa Bay (53–46) and three games ahead of Cleveland (50–48).
Seattle won its final 14 games before the All-Star break, a short run from the longest winning streak in team history and the best run by any club going into the break since 1933. But since the Mariners’ 3-5-11 defeat on Friday night in Houston.
Cincinnati received fielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, and right-handers Levi Stoud and Andrew Moore. Marte was the Mariners’ top-rated prospect, with Arroyo third and Staud fifth.
DETROIT (AP) – Canada’s Taylor Pendrith shot 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Tony Finau at the Rocket Mortgage Classic over the weekend.
Pendrith and Finau shared a first-round lead at 8 Under and will be in the final group on Saturday, with a 31-year-old PGA Tour rookie pairing with the 32-year-old veteran for a third career win.
Rookie Lee Hodges (66) was three shots behind.
PGA Tour Rookie of the Year front-runner Cameron Young set the Detroit Golf Club record with 63 for a fourth-place share with Russell Henley (65) and Stewart Sink (66) – five shots behind.
Rookie Sahit Thegala (67) was another shot in a pack that included FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantley, who returned from 70 in the opening round with 65.
BEDMINSTER, NJ (AP) — Henrik Stenson made a happy return to golf after being ousted as European Ryder Cup captain, making eight birdies in his LIV Golf Invitational debut at Bedminster with Patrick 18 for 7-under 64 Reed shared the edge of the hole.
Phil Mickelson’s return to the field was not entirely happy. As he was flirting at Trump National Bedminster, an onlooker shouted, “Do this to the Saudi royal family!”
The rest of his days didn’t go much better, especially the end. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on his final hole, then ran a 3-footer about 6 feet out of the hole. His bogey-bogie finish gave him a score of 75 runs.
Former President Donald Trump, who played pro-am at his home course on Thursday, returned to watch the first round.