NUGGETS HIRE BOONE TO BE AS­SIS­TANT GM

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Nuggets have hired for­mer NBA jour­ney­man Calvin Booth as their new as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Booth joins the Nuggets from Min­nesota, where he served as the direc­tor of player per­son­nel for the Tim­ber­wolves last sea­son. He worked in var­i­ous front-of­fice roles for a to­tal of four sea­sons in Min­nesota.

Booth is mov­ing into a po­si­tion that was va­cated in Den­ver when for­mer as­sis­tant GM Ar­turas Kar­niso­vas was pro­moted to GM and for­mer GM Tim Con­nelly was pro­moted to pres­i­dent of basketball op­er­a­tions.

The 6-foot-11 Booth av­er­aged 3.3 points and 2.8 re­bounds per game dur­ing a ca­reer in which he played for eight teams in 10 sea­sons. He ended his play­ing ca­reer in 2009.

FRR’s Jones team fined, pe­nal­ized.

FLA.» NASCAR sus­pended DAY­TONA BEACH, the crew chief for Erik Jones for a rules vi­o­la­tion at Po­cono Race­way. The No. 77 Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing team was pe­nal­ized be­cause of a rear suspension vi­o­la­tion. Crew chief Chris Gayle was fined $50,000 and sus­pended for two Cup races. The team also lost 25 owner points and 25 driver points.

FRR will not ap­peal and named James Small in­terim crew chief.

Ney­mar set to move on in record buy­out.

SPAIN» Ney­mar is BARCELONA, ready to leave Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Ger­main is ready to put up a record $262 mil­lion to make it hap­pen.

The 25-year-old Brazil striker, widely con­sid­ered to be among the best soc­cer play­ers in the world along­side Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, broke weeks of si­lence Wed­nes­day when he told his Barcelona team­mates he wants to move on af­ter four tro­phy-laden sea­sons.

The player’s buy­out clause is 222 mil­lion eu­ros ($262 mil­lion), an as­ton­ish­ing price that Ney­mar’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive said PSG is will­ing to pay.

The pay­ment of the buy­out clause would dwarf the pre­vi­ous world record trans­fer of 105 mil­lion eu­ros (then $116 mil­lion) that Manch­ester United paid for France mid­fielder Paul Pogba last year.

For­mer QB Reaves dies. TAMPA,

FLA.» For­mer Florida and NFL quar­ter­back John Reaves, who fin­ished his col­lege ca­reer as the NCAA’s all-time lead­ing passer and later strug­gled with drug and alcohol ad­dic­tion, has died. He was 67.

Reaves was found dead at his home Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the Hills­bor­ough County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice. The cause of death is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, the of­fice said.

Reaves dealt with de­pen­dency for most of his 11-year ca­reer as an NFL jour­ney­man, a run that be­gan as a first-round pick of the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in 1972. He also played for Cincin­nati (1975-78), Min­nesota (1979-80), Hous­ton (1981) and Tampa Bay dur­ing the NFL strike in 1987. The Vik­ings put him in the Hazelden Clinic in 1980, and for the next two decades Reaves lived a life of so­bri­ety while be­com­ing the No. 2 all-time pass­ing leader in the USFL and then coach­ing at Florida (1990-94) and South Carolina (1995-97).

His col­lege ca­reer was much more ac­claimed, leav­ing school as the NCAA’s all-time lead­ing passer, throw­ing for 7,581 yards and an SECrecord 54 touch­downs.

• Mis­sis­sippi foot­ball play­ers Ken Web­ster and Det­ric Bing-Dukes, de­fen­sive play­ers ex­pected to be big con­trib­u­tors, were ar­rested and charged with shoplift­ing in Ox­ford, Miss.

Foot­notes.

Maria Shara­pova with­drew from the Bank of the West Clas­sic in Stan­ford, Calif. with sore­ness in her left arm and un­der­went test­ing. … An­dre De Grasse won’t get a chance to spoil Usain Bolt’s in­ter­na­tional fi­nale at the track and field world cham­pi­onships in Lon­don, with a ham­string in­jury forc­ing the 22-year-old Cana­dian to pull out of the meet. … Ma­jor League Soc­cer and Adi­das an­nounced a six-year ex­ten­sion to their spon­sor­ship, sup­ply­ing the league through 2024.

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