MILLER JOINS TEXAS A&M’S HALL OF FAME
Von Miller may be in the prime of his NFL career, but he’s already a hall of famer.
Texas A&M said Monday that Miller, 28, is one of six Aggies who will be inducted into the Lettermen’s Association’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 15.
Miller, the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top college linebacker in 2010, starred for the Aggies from 2007-10 before the Broncos selected him at No. 2 overall in the 2011 NFL draft. In his final year with Texas A&M, Miller led the nation with 17 sacks. The following year, he was named the NFL’s top rookie.
The five-time Pro Bowler, threetime all-pro first team selection and Super Bowl 50 MVP has been the backbone of the Broncos’ defense since entering the NFL. Despite the Broncos’ playoffless season in 2016, Miller finished second in the league with 13½ sacks while playing through double- and triple-teams and fell one vote shy of receiving the defensive player of the year award.
In recognition, Miller was voted by his peers as the second-best player in the NFL this year (behind Tom Brady), adding to his lengthy and growing list of accolades.
Summer league MVP: Lonzo Ball.
VEGAS» Lonzo Ball was named
LAS most valuable player of the Las Vegas NBA summer league before sitting out Monday’s 110-98 championship win over the Portland Trail Blazers because of a calf injury.
The Lakers’ second overall pick averaged 16.3 points, a summer league-leading 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Pierce to retire as a Celtic.
The Boston Celtics signed Paul Pierce so that he could retire as a member of the organization.
Pierce, a 10-time NBA all-star, spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston, winning a title in 2008. In announcing Pierce’s retirement, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Pierce’s No. 34 will soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.
Houston Rockets for sale.
HOUSTON» The Houston Rockets are going up for sale.
Rockets CEO Tad Brown made the announcement hours after owner Leslie Alexander made the decision.
Alexander took over as owner on July 30, 1993, and the Rockets went on to win back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995 behind the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.
Predators sign Gaudreau, 24.
TENN.» The Nashville NASHVILLE,
Predators signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract.
For the first two years of the deal, Gaudreau’s contract will be worth $650,000 when he’s in the NHL or $70,000 when he’s in the American Hockey League. His contract will earn him $700,000 in the 2019-20 season.
Gaudreau’s deal comes after a breakthrough playoff performance, as he scored his first three career NHL goals during the Stanley Cup Final. Gaudreau, 24, played a total of eight playoff games.
U.S. loses first water polo game.
HUNGARY» Canada drew BUDAPEST, with Montenegro 8-8, while the United States lost its opening match of men’s water polo at the world championships.
Croatia, the only team to have won a medal at each of the last five worlds, defeated the United States 12-7 in Group D, where Russia beat Japan 15-8 in the late match.
Three-time champion Hungary beat Australia 13-3, and Italy defeated France 18-9 in the other Group B game.
Defending champion Serbia routed South Africa 21-5 to begin its campaign in Group C, where Greece almost let a three-goal lead slip against Spain before winning 8-7.
Also, Brazil beat Kazakhstan 6-2 in Canada’s Group A.
Mammoth legend John Grant, Jr., officially announced his retirement.