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Rose signs with Cavs

Free agent Der­rick Rose agreed Mon­day to sign with Cleve­land, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told The As­so­ci­ated Press. Rose, a for­mer NBA MVP who has bat­tled knee in­juries, will get a one-year con­tract at the vet­eran’s min­i­mum of $2.1 mil­lion, said the per­son who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team has not an­nounced the agree­ment. The deal is ex­pected to be fi­nal­ized and an­nounced to­day. Rose, 28, played for the New York Knicks last sea­son and av­er­aged 18 points and 4.4 as­sists. Rose’s role with the Cavs is still to be de­ter­mined. He could be used as a backup or even start de­pend­ing on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irv­ing, who re­cently asked for a trade.

Cavs name Alt­man GM

The Cava­liers named 34-yearold Koby Alt­man their full-time gen­eral man­ager on Mon­day. Alt­man has been serv­ing as Cleve­land’s in­terim GM this sum­mer af­ter David Grif­fin parted ways with the club. Alt­man came to Cleve­land in 2012 and was pro­moted to Grif­fin’s as­sis­tant last sum­mer af­ter the Cavs won the cham­pi­onship. He will be the fifth GM for owner Dan Gil­bert since 2005. Alt­man en­ters a volatile sit­u­a­tion. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irv­ing re­cently asked to be traded and LeBron James is head­ing into his fi­nal sea­son un­der con­tract.

MO­TOR SPORTS Earn­hardt moves to booth

Dale Earn­hardt Jr., voted by fans as NASCAR’s most pop­u­lar driver for 14 con­sec­u­tive years, will move from be­hind the steer­ing wheel to be­hind the mi­cro­phone in 2018. He will be an an­a­lyst for all the Mon­ster En­ergy Cup races on NBC’s sched­ule, which be­gins with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. “This is prob­a­bly the first real job I’ve had in 20 years,” Earn­hardt said dur­ing a con­fer­ence call shortly af­ter NBC made the an­nounce­ment on Mon­day. Earn­hardt, 42, an­nounced his re­tire­ment from full-time Cup rac­ing in April, of­fi­cially en­ter­ing a neb­u­lous re­tire­ment phase of his life, and ac­cel­er­ated by con­cus­sion is­sues that have come into play in re­cent years that fac­tored heav­ily into the de­ci­sion. He missed half of the 2016 sea­son be­cause of those con­cus­sion-re­lated health is­sues, but was hooked on a ca­reer path away from the car when he did a cou­ple of guest stints in the booth for FOX and NBC, both NASCAR broad­cast part­ners. He de­scribed it as an “adren­a­line rush” on Mon­day.

Test­ing new Indy cars

A new gen­er­a­tion of cars, fea­tur­ing a sleeker de­sign, higher-per­for­mance tech­nol­ogy and fewer body parts, will be seen pub­licly and tested for the first time to­day on In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way’s 2.5mile oval. A sec­ond test­ing ses­sion is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day. Twotime In­di­anapo­lis 500 cham­pion Juan Pablo Montoya and Spain’s Oriol Servia will drive this week. IndyCar se­ries of­fi­cials also will hold tests Aug. 1 at Iowa, Aug. 10 at Mid-Ohio and Sept. 26 at Se­bring. Changes in­clude smaller, lower wings, weight shifted to the front of the car, more down­force from un­der­neath the car and re­duced costs for teams be­cause the kits will be used from 2018-2020. Man­u­fac­tur­ers also will be able to con­duct tests be­fore teams re­ceive the kits — one for su­per­speed­way ovals, the other for all other race cour­ses — in Novem­ber. Teams are sched­uled to be­gin test­ing in Jan­uary.

Vic­tory lifts Kahne

One day af­ter 19-year-old Wil­liam By­ron won his third Xfin­ity Se­ries race in less than a month, Kasey Kahne over­came heat, mus­cle cramps and a gru­el­ing, crash-marred, six-hour marathon Cup race to earn his first vic­tory in al­most three years. It might take an even big­ger ef­fort to keep his job with Hen­drick Motorsports. There’s been spec­u­la­tion for weeks about Kahne’s fu­ture at Hen­drick Motorsports. Kahne posted three top-10 fin­ishes in the first 19 races and his pri­mary spon­sor, Great Clips, al­ready an­nounc­ing it would not be back next sea­son, it ap­peared Kahne, 37, was on his way out. Kahne re­sponded with maybe the gut­si­est per­for­mance of his ca­reer. The vic­tory gives Kahne a ticket to the play­offs and more chances to im­press the owner. By­ron looks like an­other ris­ing star in Hen­drick’s garage. With three wins in five weeks, he’s al­ready show­ing he might ready to make the jump to the Cup se­ries. “Puts him in the Chase, in the play­offs. We’re ex­cited about that,” Hen­drick said. “I hope this turns the cor­ner. The team’s had a lot of bad luck.”

COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL Big Ten TV deal worth $2.6B

Big Ten for­mally an­nounced its new six-year part­ner­ship with ESPN and Fox Sports, a deal worth a re­ported $2.64 bil­lion that in­dus­try an­a­lysts view as a vic­tory for the league. News of the agree­ment got out more than a year ago, but Com­mis­sioner Jim De­lany de­layed the un­veil­ing un­til Mon­day. Fox Sports gets the first pick each year and — no sur­prise — the net­work has se­lected the Ohio State-Michi­gan game in 2017 (Fox also gets the an­nual con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game). Big Ten foot­ball now has broad­cast part­ners in ESPN, Fox Sports and Big Ten Net­work. CBS will con­tinue to have me­dia rights to bas­ket­ball games.

BASE­BALL ‘Pudge’: No fudg­ing in book

Ivan “Pudge” Ro­driguez, who will be in­ducted into the Base­ball Hall of Fame on Sun­day, un­equiv­o­cally de­nies ever us­ing steroids in his new book, They Call Me Pudge. “I never took steroids,” Ro­driguez writes in the first chap­ter ti­tled Hall of Fame and Clear­ing the Air. “Let’s make that as crys­tal clear as pos­si­ble — I never took steroids. If any­one says dif­fer­ently, they are ly­ing.” The book, which he cowrote with Jeff Sul­li­van, will be re­leased on Aug. 1 but it’s al­ready avail­able for pur­chase on­line. Ro­driguez lost 25 pounds be­fore the 2005 sea­son, which was right af­ter Jose Canseco’s book Juiced had been re­leased. Canseco claims in the book that he per­son­ally in­jected steroids via hy­po­der­mic nee­dle into his Rangers team­mates Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gon­za­lez and Ro­driguez af­ter be­ing traded to Texas in 1992. Ro­driguez says he lost the weight be­cause of an in­tense train­ing pro­gram his long­time per­sonal trainer Edgar Diaz had him on and also on a lack of ap­petite while go­ing through a di­vorce with his first wife Mari­bel. Ro­driguez was a 14-time All-Star and 1999 AL MVP. He’ll be in­ducted in Coop­er­stown, N.Y., along with Jeff Bag­well and Tim Raines.

NHL Is­landers sign Pelech

The New York Is­landers, who pro­tected de­fense­man Adam Pelech in the ex­pan­sion draft, locked down the 22-year-old un­til 2021, sign­ing him to a four-year deal, with an an­nual av­er­age of $1.6 mil­lion. In­juries have lim­ited Pelech to 53 ca­reer games, but he showed enough in 2016-2017 — 3 goals and 7 as­sists in 44 games last year — for the Is­landers to com­mit money to him.

Pens com­mit to Du­moulin

Pitts­burgh Pen­guins de­fense­man Brian Du­moulin and the team agreed to a six-year deal on Mon­day that will run through the 2022-2023 sea­son and will pay him an av­er­age of $4.1 mil­lion per year. Du­moulin, 25, had three goals and 11 as­sists dur­ing Pitts­burgh’s run to the Cup this spring and hasn’t missed a play­off game dur­ing the team’s sprint to back-to-back ti­tles.

Preda­tors, Wat­son agree

The Nashville Preda­tors have signed for­ward Austin Wat­son to a three-year, $3.3 mil­lion deal keep­ing him un­der con­tract through 2019-2020. Wat­son, 25, will earn $1 mil­lion this sea­son, $1.1 mil­lion in 2018-19 and $1.2 mil­lion in the third year. Wat­son had a ca­reer high with five goals and seven as­sists in 77 games this past sea­son. Wat­son scored four goals and had nine points in 22 play­off games help­ing Nashville reach the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal.


and New York Knicks point guard Der­rick Rose signed a one-year, $2.1 mil­lion con­tract with the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Mon­day.

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