BIG DEALS UN­DER­WAY

Paul Ge­orge among early moves

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The In­di­ana Pac­ers agreed to trade four-time all-star for­ward Paul Ge­orge to the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der, sources told ESPN’s Ra­mona Shel­burne on Fri­day night.

As part of the deal, the Pac­ers will ac­quire guard Vic­tor Oladipo and sec­ond-year big man Do­man­tas Sabo­nis, sources said.

The trade ends weeks of spec­u­la­tion re­gard­ing Ge­orge, a 27-year-old for­ward who had com­mit­ted to play­ing with the Pac­ers through the 201718 sea­son but said he would be­come a free agent next off­sea­son and pre­ferred to join the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers. Ge­orge is from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

• Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry agreed to a five-year, $201 mil­lion ex­ten­sion — the rich­est con­tract in league his­tory — with the Golden State War­riors, his agent Jeff Austin told ESPN.

• The Golden State War­riors agreed to a three-year, $24 mil­lion deal with guard Shaun Liv­ingston.

• Blake Grif­fin agreed to a five-year deal worth ap­prox­i­mately $175 mil­lion to re­main with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

• The Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves reached an agree­ment with Utah to send point guard Ricky Ru­bio to the Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency.

• The Chicago Bulls waived vet­eran point guard Ra­jon Rondo.

The Bulls bought out Rondo for $3 mil­lion rather than ex­er­cise a $13.4 mil­lion op­tion for next sea­son. He signed a two-year deal to come to Chicago last sum­mer.

• Patty Mills is re­turn­ing to the San An­to­nio Spurs on a four-year deal worth $50 mil­lion.

• Tony Snell agreed to a four-year, $46 mil­lion con­tract — with $44 mil­lion guar­an­teed — to stay with the Mil­wau­kee Bucks.

• The Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards of­fered John Wall a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion for roughly $170 mil­lion, but the All-Star point guard will take some time to con­sider the of­fer.

Har­ri­son helps end Stars’ slide.

SAN AN­TO­NIO» Is­abelle Har­ri­son had 22 points, 10 re­bounds and six as­sists to help the San An­to­nio Stars snap a 14-game los­ing streak to open the sea­son with an 89-82 vic­tory over the Chicago Sky.

Vickie John­son won her first WNBA game as a head coach to end the worst start in fran­chise his­tory. The Stars were three losses short of At­lanta’s record to start the sea­son of 17 con­sec­u­tive de­feats.

Daily fan­tasy tax bill passed.

AT­LANTIC CITY, N.J.» The New Jersey leg­is­la­ture passed a bill to reg­u­late and tax daily fan­tasy sports and sent it to Repub­li­can Gov. Chris Christie for his sig­na­ture.

The bill, passed by the state Se­nate on a 29-6 vote, would im­pose a 10.5 per­cent tax on the win­nings of com­pa­nies that of­fer daily fan­tasy sports. It was ap­proved by the As­sem­bly in May.

Earn­hardt wins 1st pole in 4 years.

DAY­TONA BEACH, FLA.» Dale Earn­hardt Jr. won his first pole in nearly four years and will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his NASCAR Cup fi­nale at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

Earn­hardt turned a lap at 190.973 mph to put his No. 88 Chevro­let in the top spot for the Satur­day night race. He was the fi­nal driver to qual­ify and bumped Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports team­mate Chase El­liott to sec­ond.

Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing’s Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. qual­i­fied 17th and 25th, re­spec­tively.

• Rain post­poned the NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries race at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way after 11 laps.

Pac­quiao, Horn make weight.

BRIS­BANE, AUS­TRALIA» The last of the for­mal­i­ties is over, and Manny Pac­quiao is ready for his WBO wel­ter­weight world ti­tle de­fense against Jeff Horn on Satur­day night.

Each boxer eas­ily made the weight, with Pac­quiao tip­ping the scales at 146 pounds and Horn weigh­ing in at 147 pounds.

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