NBA: Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is selling the team. Alexander, 74, took over as owner on July 30, 1993, and the Rockets won back-to-back titles in 1994-95. In 24 seasons under Alexander, the Rockets won 56.9 percent of their games, fifth-best in the league. ... The Celtics signed Paul Pierce so the 10time All-Star can retire with the team on which he spent his best 15 seasons in the NBA. Pierce helped bring a championship in 2008 as part the “Big Three” with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Pierce is the Celtics’ second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points, trailing only John Havlicek.
NFL: Kirk Cousins will be the first quarterback to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag. Because Cousins and the Redskins didn’t sign a long-term deal by Monday’s deadline, he will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after earning $19.95 million last year. Cousins set franchise records with 4,166 and 4,917 passing yards the last two seasons but has yet to win a playoff game . ... The Steelers and RB Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender for $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highestpaid running backs in the league . ... The Panthers fired GM Dave Gettleman. They already were without a team president after Danny Morrison resigned in February.
NHL: The Predators signed F Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract on the heels of his breakthrough playoff performance. Gaudreau scored his first three career NHL goals during the Stanley Cup Final . ... The Senators avoided arbitration with restricted free-agent F Jean-Gabriel Pageau by agreeing to terms on a three-year, $9.3 million contract. Pageau had eight playoff goals as the Senators reached the Eastern Conference finals.
SWIMMING: Giorgio Minisini and Manila Flamini earned Italy its first gold medal of the world swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary, by winning the mixed duet technical synchronized swimming competition. Minisini and Flamini finished with a total of 90.2979 points, edging Russia’s Mikhaela Kalancha and Aleksandr Maltsev by just 0.034 of a point. Bill May and Kanako Spendlove claimed bronze, the United States’ first medal of the championships.
TENNIS: Roger Federer’s record eighth Wimbledon title pushed him back up to No. 3 in the ATP rankings after he ended last season at No. 16. Because he sat out the last half of 2016, his points will only continue to accumulate, making a return to No. 1 a real possibility. “I’m playing for titles at this stage of my career. Rankings, not so much, unless I’m as close as I am right now,” the 35-yearold Federer said. “So I just have to check the situation, if it’s worth it to run after it or not.”
Garbine Muguruza’s first championship at the All England Club returned her to the WTA’s top 10 at No. 5, a rise of 10 spots, while runner-up Venus Williams moved from No. 11 to No. 9.
ALSO: Former Kentucky basketball player Jerry Bird, a member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame whose No. 22 jersey was retired to the Rupp Arena rafters, has died. Bird died Sunday at a hospital in Corbin, Ky. He was 83. Bird scored 713 career points and had 589 career rebounds under coach Adolph Rupp.