West­brook gets $205M

Boston Herald - - RACING -

Rus­sell West­brook is stay­ing with the Thun­der.

The su­per­star point guard and reign­ing NBA MVP signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion to re­main in Ok­la­homa City, the team an­nounced yes­ter­day.

ESPN re­ported it would be for five years and worth $205 mil­lion.

West­brook said this week that Ok­la­homa City is where he wanted to be. He was thrilled with the off­sea­son ad­di­tions of four-time All-Star Paul Ge­orge and 10-time All-Star Carmelo An­thony. Both have player op­tions on their deals af­ter this sea­son.

West­brook av­er­aged a triple-dou­ble last sea­son and was the league scor­ing cham­pion. He av­er­aged 31.6 points, 10.7 re­bounds and 10.4 as­sists and broke Os­car Robert­son’s sea­son record for triple-dou­bles with 42 . . . .

Hawks guard Den­nis Schroder has been charged in At­lanta with bat­tery af­ter a fight at a late-night restau­rant. The Hawks were aware of the in­ci­dent but de­clined fur­ther com­ment.

Col­leges: In­terim at Louisville

Louisville named as­sis­tant David Pad­gett as the in­terim re­place­ment for men’s bas­ket­ball coach Rick Pitino, stay­ing in-house to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity in the wake of a na­tion­wide fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the sport.

Univer­sity in­terim pres­i­dent Greg Pos­tel made the an­nounce­ment two days af­ter Pitino was placed on un­paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave af­ter the school ac­knowl­edged its in­volve­ment in the fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Louisville ath­letic di­rec­tor Tom Jurich was placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

Ten peo­ple have been ar­rested in the cor­rup­tion case, in­clud­ing four col­lege as­sis­tant coaches and an Adi­das ex­ec­u­tive. When Pad­gett was asked how he could not know what was go­ing on, he de­clined to com­ment, in­stead say­ing he is tak­ing the in­terim po­si­tion for “the team.”

Pad­gett, 32, is com­ing off his first sea­son as an as­sis­tant af­ter two years as Louisville’s di­rec­tor of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions . . . .

Jared Gerbino scored on a fourt­hand-inches play as time ran out and Dart­mouth shocked de­fend­ing cocham­pion Penn, 16-13, in the Ivy League opener last night in Philadel­phia. Jack Heneghan and Gerbino led the Big Green (3-0) on the 15-play, 80-yard win­ning drive, opt­ing to use Gerbino on the fi­nal play rather than at­tempt a ty­ing field goal against the Quak­ers (2-1).

NASCAR: Truex grabs pole

Martin Truex Jr. will try to win his sixth race of the sea­son from the pole at Dover In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in NASCAR’s third play­off race to­mor­row in Dover, Del.

Truex turned a lap of 160.664 mph to win his sec­ond pole of the sea­son. Truex has been the driver to beat all sea­son and won the play­off opener at Chicagoland Speed­way. He was the dom­i­nant car last week at New Hamp­shire Mo­tor Speed­way un­til he was caught up in a wreck and fin­ished fifth.

Truex ended Kyle Busch’s bid at three straight poles. Busch started first in the first two play­off races and will start sec­ond to­mor­row for the all-Toy­ota front row.

Play­off driv­ers Kyle Lar­son and Matt Kenseth start third and fourth.

Misc.: Sens ex­tend An­der­son

Ot­tawa Se­na­tors goalie Craig An­der­son agreed to a two-year, $9.5 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion that will pay him $5.5 mil­lion in 2018-19 and $4 mil­lion in 2019-20. An­der­son, 36, went 25-11-4 with a 2.28 goals-against av­er­age in 40 games last sea­son . . . .

Sam Saun­ders fol­lowed his open­ing 12-un­der 59 with a 66 to take a 2-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day in At­lantic Beach, Fla . . . .

Tyrrell Hat­ton shot a 5-un­der 65 in mis­er­able con­di­tions to lead by 3 strokes at the Bri­tish Masters in New­cas­tle-Upon-Tyne, Eng­land.

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