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NBA

Nets hire Kidd as coach

The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach last night, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success.

Kidd retired earlier this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his absence of coaching experience.

The move reunites Kidd with the franchise he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03, when they played in New Jersey. He spent 6½ seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds, and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories.

BASEBALL

Giants’ Kontos suspended for three games, Bochy for one

NEW YORK – San Francisco pitcher George Kontos was suspended for three games by Major League Baseball, which said he intentionally threw a pitch at Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, and Giants Manager Bruce Bochy has been banned for one.

MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola made the decision yesterday, a day after Kontos was ejected from the Pirates’ 8-2 win for hitting McCutchen with a pitch in the eighth inning.

A warning had been issued earlier in the game. Four batters were hit, including Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez by Tim Lincecum, and San Francisco’s Gregor Blanco by Gerrit Cole and Marco Scutaro by Tony Watson.

Kontos was optioned yesterday to Triple-A Fresno and would serve the suspension only when he is back in the major leagues.

BASEBALL

Dodgers’ Puig scratched
with strained shoulder

LOS ANGELES – Rookie Yasiel Puig has been scratched from the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The team said he wouldn’t play last night because he has a strained right shoulder. There was no immediate explanation of how Puig hurt himself, although he participated in the seventh-inning brawl that occurred during Tuesday night’s game and was one of six players and coaches ejected.

Puig is hitting .471 with 10 RBI and four homers in his first 1½ weeks in the major leagues.

BASEBALL

Giants 2B Scutaro out with ligament damage to finger

PITTSBURGH – San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is out indefinitely with an injury to the pinkie finger on his left hand.

The finger took a direct hit from a fastball by Pittsburgh’s Tony Watson while batting in the seventh inning of an 8-2 loss on Tuesday night. X-rays were negative. Scutaro said yesterday he has some ligament damage near the tip of the finger. He was replaced in the lineup by Tony Abreu.

Manager Bruce Bochy said the team will wait a few days to see if Scutaro’s injury responds to rest and treatment.

BASEBALL

Padres recall Decker,
put Maybin on 15-day DL

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Tucson and placed center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Maybin was hurt Sunday in Colorado and is expected to be out six to 10 weeks. Manager Bud Black said only time will tell if Maybin will need surgery. Maybin was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday after being out since April 17 with an impingement in his right wrist.

NFL

Kelly at home recovering from cancer surgery

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is described as being in good spirits, recovering at home after having surgery to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw.

Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted a note on her Twitter account yesterday, saying “there’s a long road ahead,” but doctors are pleased with her husband’s recovery. She said the next step is awaiting results of bone tests.

Dave Jickster, who works for Buffalo’s 97-Rock, said Kelly’s spirits are good and “he’s got the right attitude.” Jickster visited Kelly to present him an over-sized “Get Well” card signed by numerous supporters.

NFL

Commissioner Goodell
defends Redskins nickname

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Washington Redskins nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans.

He cited the nickname’s origins and polls that support its popularity. Goodell wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also pointed out fan pride in the team’s heritage.

The name is the subject of a legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.

NHL

Penguins sign Bylsma
to two-year extension

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Coach Dan Bylsma agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

General Manager Ray Shero announced the deal yesterday morning, less than a week after the Eastern Conference’s top seed was swept by Boston in the conference finals. Assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden will also be retained. Goaltending coach Gilles Meloche will move into an advisory role with the club next season.

Bylsma is 201-92-25 in four-plus seasons with Pittsburgh and helped the franchise win its third Stanley Cup in 2009. The Penguins went 36-12-0 and won the Atlantic Division title this season.

NHL

Flyers acquire Streit from Islanders for minor leaguer

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders for minor-league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in 2014.

Streit, the Islanders’ team captain, had six goals and 21 assists in 48 games this season, and added three goals and two assists in six playoff games. The deal was announced yesterday.

The 35-year-old Streit joined the Islanders as a free agent in 2008, led the team in scoring his first season with 56 points and was an All-Star.

TENNIS

Monfils wins in Halle,
says he’ll skip Wimbledon

HALLE, Germany – Gael Monfils said he plans to skip Wimbledon for personal reasons, making the announcement after defeating a qualifier at the Gerry Weber Open yesterday.

Monfils said he withdrew his request for a wild card at Wimbledon because he had to deal with a personal problem. The Frenchman gave no details.

Earlier yesterday, Monfils reached the quarterfinals of the tournament by defeating qualifier Jan Hernych, 6-2, 6-3. Mikhail Youzhny upset fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Once ranked No. 7, Monfils missed several months last year because of a knee injury.

SOCCER

Prosecutor brings $5M
tax-fraud case against Messi

MADRID – A fraud lawsuit against Lionel Messi for $5.3 million in unpaid income tax was lodged yesterday by a Spanish state prosecutor.

The prosecutor also brought a lawsuit against the Barcelona star’s father, Jorge Horacio Messi.

Both are accused of three offenses against the public purse for allegedly defrauding millions on income tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Barcelona declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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