Pierce to be­come free agent

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - Gio­vani Dos San­tos and Javier Her­nan­dez scored two min­utes apart to lift Mexico into a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica in a friendly in prepa­ra­tion for the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Or­lando, Fla.

Paul Pierce has de­cided to opt out of the fi­nal year of his con­tract with the Washington Wizards and be­come a free agent Wed­nes­day. The for­ward signed a two-year deal with Washington last sum­mer that in­cluded a re­ported $5.5-mil­lion player op­tion for the 2015-16 sea­son.

In UFC Fight Night 70, mid­dleweight Yoel Romero (10-1) knocked out Ly­oto Machida (22-7) in the main event, fin­ish­ing off the Brazil­ian with el­bows on the ground at 1 minute 38 sec­onds of the third round at Hol­ly­wood, Fla.

For the first time since boy­cotting the 1984 Olympics, Rus­sia won’t have a women’s bas­ket­ball team in the Olympics. Rus­sia fin­ished in sixth place at the EuroBas­ket tour­na­ment, los­ing to Tur­key in overtime, 68-66. The win­ner of the tour­na­ment gets an au­to­matic bid to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The next four teams re­ceive bids to a last-chance Olympic qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment next year.

Allyson Felix needed only 50.19 sec­onds, along with a pow­er­ful kick and a lean at the fin­ish, to edge Natasha Hast­ings in the women’s 400 me­ters on a steamy day at the U.S. track and field cham­pi­onships at Eu­gene, Ore. At 33, Justin Gatlin easily won his open­ing heat of the men’s 200 me­ters with a time of 19.92 sec­onds that, ac­cord­ing to USA Track and Field, is the fourth-fastest time in the first round of a 200. The only sprint­ers to run a 200 pre­lim faster are Carl Lewis (19.84), Shawn Craw­ford (19.88) and Michael John­son (19.89).

In ten­nis, De­nis Is­tomin of Uzbek­istan beat Sam Quer­rey of the United States, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6), in the fi­nal of the grass-court Not­ting­ham Open in Eng­land to win his first ATP ti­tle. . . . Swiss teenager Belinda Ben­cic won her first ti­tle by de­feat­ing Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska of Poland, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, in the East­bourne fi­nal at Eng­land. Af­ter the win, Ben­cic cred­ited her com­pa­triot and men­tor Martina Hingis.

AJ All­mendinger won the pole for Sun­day’s NASCAR race at Sonoma, Calif. All­mendinger earned the top start­ing spot dur­ing the knock­out qual­i­fy­ing with a lap 96.310 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile course.

Justin Barcia raced to his first Lu­cas Oil Pro Mo­tocross 450 Class vic­tory, win­ning the sec­ond moto in the rainy Budds Creek Na­tional at Me­chan­icsville, Md. KTM’s Ryan Dungey won the first moto, but dropped to fifth over­all with a 12th-place fin­ish in the sec­ond moto. Dungey leads the stand­ings, 37 points ahead of Ken Roczen and 63 ahead of Barcia.

Paraguay de­feated Brazil, 4-3, in a penalty shootout af­ter a 1-1 draw to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals of soc­cer’s Copa Amer­ica at Con­cep­cion, Chile. Midfielder Ever­ton Ribeiro and striker Dou­glas Costa each missed penal­ties for Brazil, and Derlis Gon­za­lez con­verted the win­ning spot-kick for Paraguay, set­ting up a match against Ar­gentina on Tues­day. Chile will face Peru on Mon­day in another semi­fi­nal. It was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive time that Paraguay elim­i­nated Brazil on penal­ties in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

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