MILLER JOINS TEXAS A&M’S HALL OF FAME

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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.

Foot­note.

Mam­moth leg­end John Grant, Jr., of­fi­cially an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

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