Curry, Du­rant may take less to re­tain core

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL -

Stephen Curry will likely go from be­ing the NBA’s big­gest bar­gain to sign­ing the rich­est con­tract in the league at more than $200 mil­lion. And he looks for­ward to the nice pay­day.

Yet, the two-time reign­ing MVP and new NBA Fi­nals most valu­able player Kevin Du­rant said they would con­sider tak­ing less money to keep the core of the cham­pion Golden State War­riors in­tact.

“It would mean ev­ery­thing. What we’ve built here is truly spe­cial, it’s unique, it’s some­thing that you don’t want to see end at all,” Curry said.

Du­rant said he has “no ques­tion” in his mind he will be back with the War­riors. He hinted he would opt out of a deal that pays him the max­i­mum he can get in or­der to help Golden State’s chances of re-sign­ing play­ers such as An­dre Iguo­dala or Shaun Liv­ingston — two key re­serves on both ti­tle teams.

“I do know me and KD had a con­ver­sa­tion along with Dray­mond [Green] and Klay [Thomp­son] and An­dre last year be­fore he even showed up that that was kind of the iden­tity of who we are as a team that we un­der­stand how im­por­tant it is, the guys that are here,” Curry said . ... We’re go­ing to do ev­ery­thing we can to keep this team to­gether. I’ll have that mind-set, KD’s go­ing to have that mind-set, I know Dre, Shaun, all the guys that are up for ne­go­ti­at­ing a new con­tract. We’ll see what hap­pens.”

Cleve­land Browns de­fen­sive end Myles Gar­rett, this year’s No. 1 over­all draft pick, limped off the field af­ter suf­fer­ing an in­jury to his left foot late in prac­tice while rush­ing quar­ter­back Brock Osweiler dur­ing a two-minute drill.

Coach Hue Jack­son, who helped Gar­rett to his feet be­fore the player hob­bled to the side­line, did not know the sever­ity of Gar­rett’s in­jury. The Browns signed Gar­rett to a four-year, $30.4-mil­lion con­tract and are ex­pect­ing him to an­chor their de­fense for years.

New York Jets rookie wide re­ceiver ArDar­ius Stewart is re­cov­er­ing from re­cent oper­a­tions on a thumb and his groin. Coach Todd Bowles said Stewart should be “good to go” for the start of train­ing camp in late July.

Cal State Fuller­ton will open the Col­lege World Se­ries in Omaha on Satur­day against top-seeded Ore­gon State. The game will start at noon PDT. Game 2 on Satur­day will pit Louisiana State against Florida State. The loser of the Ti­tans-Beavers game will face the loser of Game 2 on Mon­day at 11 a.m.; the win­ners of Satur­day’s games will play each other at 4 p.m. Mon­day.

A Sun­day dou­ble­header will fea­ture Louisville ver­sus Texas A&M fol­lowed by Texas Chris­tian against Florida. Those teams will play again Tues­day.

Ore­gon State coach Pat Casey did not say whether his top pitcher, Luke Heimlich, would pitch in the World Se­ries. Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to mo­lest­ing a 6-yearold girl, was not taken in Ma­jor League Base­ball’s draft. He has com­piled an 11-1 record with a 0.76 ERA this sea­son, and the left-han­der from Puyallup, Wash., had been pro­jected to be an early-round pick in the draft, which ended Wed­nes­day.

De­tails about his crim­i­nal his­tory were re­vealed last week in a story pub­lished by the Ore­go­nian news­pa­per and Ore­gonLive.

The United States’ 1-1 tie at Mex­ico in a World Cup qual­i­fier Sun­day night drew the big­gest au­di­ence for such a game in Fox Sports 1 his­tory, ac­cord­ing to Nielsen Me­dia Re­search. FS1 at­tracted 2,052,000 view­ers. View­er­ship built through­out the game and peaked at 2.8 mil­lion view­ers from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PDT. Ear­lier, Span­ish-lan­guage Univi­sion said it drew the most view­ers in the U.S. for any soc­cer game this year.

Univi­sion at­tracted an av­er­age of 4.5 mil­lion view­ers for the game from Azteca Sta­dium. Ad­di­tion­ally, it was the top World Cup qual­i­fy­ing game in any lan­guage on any net­work in more than four years, since March 26, 2013.

An anal­y­sis by the As­so­ci­ated Press shows that the cost of putting on last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics was $13.1 bil­lion, paid for with a mix of pub­lic and pri­vate money.

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