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By Associated Press


Howard to Nets on hold

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard's plans to make Brooklyn his next NBA stop are on hold.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan says trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets involving Howard are "stationary." However, Hennigan says discussions remain open with the Nets and other teams.

Hennigan said that the current parameters of the Nets offer wasn't favorable to the Magic, without giving specifics. The offer is thought to be a multi-team, sign-and-trade with Orlando getting Brooklyn center Brooks Lopez.

Hennigan said he continues to speak with both Howard and his representatives and that he and Orlando officials will continue to keep dialogues open to work out a deal that is in the best interest of the Magic. Howard recently reissued a trade request and identified Brooklyn as his desired destination.


Duncan gets new Spurs deal

UNDATED (AP) — A mainstay of the San Antonio Spurs will be around awhile longer.

Tim Duncan has signed on for at least his 16th season with the franchise. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed but Yahoo Sports cited anonymous sources in reporting it was a three-year, $36 million deal.

Duncan has led the Spurs to the playoffs every year since being selected by the team with the first pick in the 1997 draft. He has two NBA MVP awards and has been the NBA Final MVP three times.

San Antonio has won nine division titles and four NBA championships.

Steve Nash wanted to continue to be the Phoenix Suns mainstay, but that didn't work out. Instead, the two-time MVP guard helped engineer a trade to the Lakers, who he admitted he never envisioned playing for.

Nash was introduced at the Lakers training site today after getting a three-year $27 million deal. The eight-time All-Star vowed to give his best to help the team win another NBA title.

— The Nets were among the first teams springing into action when the NBA's signing moratorium was lifted at 12:01 Eastern time Wednesday morning. They re-signed star point guard Deron Williams to five-year deal worth $98 million.

— The Clippers didn't waste time getting Blake Griffin's signature on a contract extension. He could make up to $95 million the next five years. Free agent guard Jamal Crawford also signed with the Clippers after spending last season with Portland.

— Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have signed their free-agent contracts with the Heat. That gives the NBA champions a pair of veterans who bring tons of experience and versatility to a lineup already featuring LeBron James, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Chris Bosh.

— Veteran free agent forward Gerald Wallace has signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Acquired from Portland at the trade deadline, Wallace started 16 games for the Nets, averaging 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 35.8 minutes

—Sacramento has signed power forward Jason Thompson to a new contract. Thompson was a restricted free agent who averaged 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists playing mostly off the bench last season.

—The Rockets traded center Marcus Camby to the New York Knicks for guard Toney Douglas, centers Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan and future second-round picks. Houston dealt point guard Kyle Lowry to Toronto for a future first-round lottery pick and forward Gary Forbes.

— Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey says the team will match any offers for French swingman Nicolas Batum. His agent told The Associated Press last week that he and the Timberwolves agreed to terms on a four-year, $45 million offer with bonuses that could push it past $50 million.

— Former Duke standout Kyle Singler is returning to the U.S. after a year of pro basketball in Spain. The 6-foot-8 forward has signed with the Detroit Pistons, who drafted him in the second round last year.

— The Magic have completed a sign-and trade deal that sends restricted free agent Ryan Anderson to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for fellow forward Gustavo Ayon.

— The Cavaliers have signed forward Luke Harangody to a $1.1 million contract for next season. Harangody averaged 2.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 11 minutes in 21 games last season for Cleveland.


Midsummer classic must-see TV

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The National League's 8-0 victory in the All-Star game was the highest-rated prime-time show Tuesday night, according to overnight ratings.

The game drew a rating of 8.1 and a 14 share, up 3 percent over the 2011 game. It was the first year-to-year gain since the 2008 game. Last year's contest in Phoenix drew a record low.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Long-time New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello (lam-uh-RIHL'-oh) has been named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Lamoriello has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and five Eastern Conference crowns.

Former players Mike Modano (moh-DAH'-noh), who won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, and Eddie Olczyk (OHL'-chik), who won one with the New York Rangers, are also a part of the class that will be enshrined in the fall.


Vlasic gets extended

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose has signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

The 25-year-old Vlasic led the Sharks with 171 blocked shots last season, including a franchise-record eight on Dec. 23 vs. Los Angeles.


Paterno letter defends program in wake of Sandusky scandal

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno defended his football program's integrity in a 7-month-old letter released Wednesday, a day ahead of a report that could forever mar his legacy.

Paterno rejected the notion that Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of boys amounted to a "football scandal" or in any way tarnished the accomplishments of his players or Penn State's reputation as a whole. The letter was written shortly before his death and authenticated by his family.

The results of Penn State's internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal are set to be released Thursday in a report that should answer many of the troubling questions swirling around one of the worst scandals in sports history.


NCAA won't rush Penn State inquiry

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The NCAA says that it will decide on whether to take action at the "appropriate time" in connection with its inquiry into Penn State and the child sexual abuse scandal that led to the ouster of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

Findings from Penn State's internal investigation into the case of ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky are due Thursday. The NCAA says it has already been collecting information from the probe led by former FBI director Louis Freeh (LOO'-ee free).

The NCAA says Penn State will have to formally respond to questions from NCAA President Mark Emmert, even after Freeh unveils his findings.


Kentucky Derby winning trainer drops suspension appeal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Doug O'Neill says he's dropped his appeal of a 45-day suspension stemming from an excess of carbon dioxide in one of his horses in 2010.

O'Neill says that the suspension was reduced to 40 days. It will run from Aug. 19 to Sept 27.

O'Neill trained I'll Have Another won the Derby and Preakness this year.


Belmont winner out with injury

NEW YORK (AP) — Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out with a ligament injury to his left front leg, but could return to the races next year, according to the colt's veterinarian. Union Rags was considered the top 3-year-old in training after his Belmont win.

The news comes just over a month after Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another was retired with a tendon injury in his front left leg the day before the Belmont.


Female athlete to be flag-bearer

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — One of Qatar's first female athletes to compete at the Olympics will be the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony at the London Games.

Shooter Bahiya al-Hamad says she's proud and humbled to be selected for the honor.

Along with Saudi Arabia and Brunei, Qatar has never previously sent female athletes to the Olympics.


Tour back in action

BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France (AP) — France's Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage of the Tour de France as the race entered the Alps. Bradley Wiggins still has the overall lead.

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