JA­MAL CRAW­FORD SIGNS TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH TIM­BER­WOLVES

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING -

LAS VE­GAS» The Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves were in des­per­ate need of a scorer off the bench. Ja­mal Craw­ford has made a liv­ing do­ing just that.

Craw­ford reached agree­ment with the Tim­ber­wolves on a two-year deal Satur­day.

The cap-strapped Wolves only had the room ex­cep­tion left to use for the deal, worth about $4.2 million for the up­com­ing NBA sea­son. The sec­ond year is a player op­tion.

The 37-year-old Craw­ford av­er­aged 12.3 points in 82 games for the Clip­pers last sea­son. He was traded to At­lanta to help make room for Danilo Gal­li­nari and reached a buy­out agree­ment with the Hawks.

It con­tin­ues an ag­gres­sive sum­mer for the Tim­ber­wolves and pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions Tom Thi­bodeau, who ac­quired three-time al­ls­tar Jimmy But­ler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, signed free-agent point guard Jeff Teague and vet­eran for­ward Taj Gib­son to re­make a ros­ter that won just 31 games last sea­son.

• The New York Knicks signed free-agent guard Tim Har­d­away Jr. to a four-year, $71 million con­tract.

• Mem­phis Griz­zlies rookie for­ward Ivan Rabb will miss the first three sum­mer league games as he re­cov­ers from a sprained left an­kle.

• Philadel­phia 76ers cen­ter Joel Em­biid was fined $10,000 by the NBA for di­rect­ing an ob­scen­ity at Lavar Ball on so­cial me­dia.

Em­biid di­rected the ob­scen­ity at Ball, the fa­ther of Los An­ge­les Lak­ers rookie Lonzo Ball, in an In­sta­gram Live video last week.

Busch wins Xfin­ity race.

SPARTA, KY.» Kyle Busch took the lead dur­ing a late cau­tion and held on to win the rain-resched­uled 300-mile NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries at Ken­tucky Speed­way.

Busch, the Cup se­ries reg­u­lar start­ing the first of two races on the pole, led 70 laps to earn his sec­ond straight se­ries victory at Ken­tucky. He also won from the pole a year ago.

Sun erases big deficit for victory. UNCASVILLE, CONN.» Jon­quel Jones scored 22 points, Alyssa Thomas hit the go-ahead jumper with 36 sec­onds and the Con­necti­cut Sun over­came a 22-point, sec­ond-half deficit to beat the Washington Mys­tics 96-92.

Thomas fin­ished with 19 points to help Con­necti­cut win its fourth straight game and move past Washington for the East­ern Con­fer­ence lead.

Mari­novich at­tempts come­back. For­mer NFL quar­ter­back Todd Mari­novich, less than one year after be­ing ar­rested with drugs while naked, wants to play again and is at­tempt­ing a come­back at age 48.

Six­teen years since he last played for the Los An­ge­les Avengers of the Arena Foot­ball League and after be­ing re­leased by the Los An­ge­les Raiders in 1993, Mari­novich will don the uni­form of the So­cal Coy­otes of the World De­vel­op­men­tal Foot­ball League.

Mari­novich, who served as an as­sis­tant coach with the Coy­otes last sea­son, said he is “su­per­stoked” to be com­pet­ing for the start­ing spot against 25-year-old Ja­cob Rus­sell when prac­tice be­gins Aug. 10 in In­dio, Calif.

• For­mer Philadel­phia Ea­gles and San Fran­cisco 49ers punter Max Ru­nager died from a blood clot stem­ming from a re­cent in­jury, au­topsy re­sults re­port­edly show. Orange­burg County Chief Deputy Coro­ner Sean Fogle told The Times and Demo­crat that Ru­nager’s in­jury — a frac­tured fibula, ac­cord­ing to Max’s fa­ther, Geb — oc­curred at the Ru­nager fam­ily home in May when Max tried to get up from a chair us­ing a walker.

Foot­notes. Louise Sol­heim, the wife of late Ping golf equip­ment founder Karsten Sol­heim, has died. She was 99. … Eli To­mac swept the 450 Class mo­tos in the South­wick Na­tional for his third straight Lucas Oil Pro Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship event victory and fourth of the sea­son.

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