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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012 file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani, left, drives past Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely during the first half of their preseason NBA basketball game in Toronto. The Knicks and Raptors are discussing a trade to bring former No. 1 pick Bargnani to New York. The Knicks' push to land the forward from Italy was put on hold Sunday, June 30, 2013, when a deal was not completed, but a person with knowledge of the discussions says the talks will continue. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is interviewed before batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined _ a lot more. A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
Source: Knicks, Raptors agree to Bargnani deal
NEW YORK – The Knicks will give Andrea Bargnani a chance to rediscover his game in New York.
The Atlantic Division champions and Toronto Raptors have agreed on a deal involving the former No. 1 overall pick, a person with knowledge of the details said yesterday.
Coming off an injury-shortened season that was his worst since his second year in the league, Bargnani will have a new home on July 10, once next season’s salary cap has been set and deals can become official.
The Knicks will get the forward from Italy in exchange for three players and three picks, the person told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the talks were to remain private.
Toronto will receive Knicks reserves Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, who will be signed-and-traded. The Knicks are also sending the Raptors a 2016 first-round pick and two second-round picks.
Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in 2006, has two years and about $22.2 million remaining on his contract. The Raptors made the playoffs just once since drafting him.
Blue Jackets lock up goalie Bobrovsky for two years
COLUMBUS, Ohio – What Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen had called “a big piece of the puzzle” fell into place yesterday when the club signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension.
The 24-year-old Russian, recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie this past season, could have become a restricted free agent this week.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team. Bobrovsky was paid $1.750 million last season. His representative, Paul Theofanous, was not immediately available. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the new deal was for $5.625 million per year.
Acquired from Philadelphia for draft picks last summer, Bobrovsky blossomed in Columbus. He had a 21-11-6 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and four shutouts. His stellar play fueled the Blue Jackets’ 19-5-5 finish that brought them within a tiebreaker of making the playoffs.
Wright leaving Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets and former player Tyler Wright, most recently a director of amateur scouting, are parting ways.
The club announced that Wright was leaving yesterday, a day after he helped the team pick eight players in the NHL draft.
Wright was selected by the club in the 2000 expansion draft and played 309 games as a Blue Jacket, scoring 57 goals with 51 assists and 436 penalty minutes. He rejoined the organization in July 2007 as development coach and has served as one of the club’s directors of amateur scouting, along with Paul Castron, since August 2011.
In a statement, Wright said it was a difficult decision but he felt the time was right to move on.
Rodriguez set for first minor league game
TAMPA, Fla. – New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to play his first minor league game on a rehabilitation assignment.
The Yankees said yesterday that Rodriguez is scheduled to start tonight for Single-A Charleston in the South Atlantic League. Rodriguez is supposed to play at least three innings against Rome during the game in South Carolina.
Rodriguez has been working out at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Florida this year while recovering from surgery on his left hip on Jan. 16. The three-time AL MVP turns 38 later this month.
Rodriguez has 647 career home runs. The Yankees have struggled this season while Rodriguez and several other stars have been on the disabled list.
D-backs place RHP Cahill on 15-day DL
NEW YORK – The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right hip.
Arizona purchased the contract of righty reliever Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno yesterday.
Cahill was struck by a line drive in his start on June 19 and was hit hard in his next two outings. Manager Kirk Gibson says Cahill has shifted his arm angle and thinks it’s because he’s been compensating for the hip.
But Cahill has struggled for about six weeks. He’s 0-6 with a 7.91 ERA in eight starts since a win May 17 at Miami and is 3-10 overall with a 4.66 ERA.
A first round pick by Colorado in 2005, Roe is making his big league debut. He signed with Arizona after playing for the independent Laredo Lemurs last year.
2 Texas A&M football players arrested after fight
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Two Texas A&M football players were suspended yesterday from team activities after being charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief.
The school said Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven will remain suspended pending further investigation, though they can continue their studies.
College Station police say the 21-year-old Everett and the 20-year-old Raven were charged after an April 7 fight at an apartment complex. Police say two people reported being attacked by a group that included Everett and Raven. Police say they both had visible injuries from the attack, and a car was damaged.
Everett, a junior cornerback, had a late-game interception to seal the Aggies’ 29-24 upset win at top-ranked Alabama in November. Raven is a senior safety.
Both surrendered to police yesterday and posted bond.
Hamlin cleared to drive for Indianapolis test
INDIANAPOLIS – Denny Hamlin was checked and cleared to drive yesterday morning before taking his No. 11 car onto the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis for testing.
Hamlin complained of headaches following a hard crash during Sunday’s race at Kentucky. Neither Hamlin nor members of his team took questions from reporters after the test.
Nine cars – five from the Cup Series and four from the Nationwide Series – participated. All the drivers were either with Chip Ganassi’s team or Joe Gibbs’s team.
Juan Pablo Montoya, the winner of the 2000 Indianapolis 500, said he liked what his car did on the track that has traditionally been tough on NASCAR tires. Teammate Jamie McMurray said the Ganassi team learned “a lot” about setups even though it was a cool, overcast day.
Tour to support new rule involving long putters
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The PGA Tour is going along with the new rule that will make it illegal in 2016 to use a long putter that is anchored to the body.
The tour made the announcement after its policy board met yesterday. Commissioner Tim Finchem said while several players oppose the new rule, it was important that golf be played under one set of rules. The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are in charge of setting the rules for golf.
It will take effect when the next Rules of Golf is published on Jan. 1, 2016.
The tour board encouraged the governing bodies to add some additional time for amateurs. Some are concerned that getting rid of the stroke for long putters will drive recreational players from golf.