Rondo, Pelicans reach one-year deal
A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo.
The person said Rondo, 31, is expected to sign his contract this week and that the terms were still being finalized. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.
The deal joins Rondo with fellow former Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The addition gives Coach Alvin Gentry the flexibility to play Jrue Holiday more at shooting guard, an effective position for him in the past.
Rondo is a four-time all-star and won a title with the Boston Celtics. But he has bounced from Dallas to Sacramento to Chicago in the past three seasons.
Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement . . . .
Sergio Rodriguez reportedly will again play in the EuroLeague after a one-year return to the NBA last season.
The point guard, who played last season for the Philadelphia 76ers, agreed to a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, according to multiple reports.
Rodriguez, 31, was named EuroLeague MVP in 2014 for Real Madrid and won a title with the club the next year.
Kyle Busch dominated again to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Busch won for the third time this season and 89th time in his career in the second-tier series.
Ryan Preece was second, followed by William Byron, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski. Larson was scheduled to start Sunday’s Cup race from the pole until his car failed inspection, forcing him to the rear of the field.
Series points leader Elliott Sadler placed seventh in Saturday’s race. He has a 45-point lead over Byron . . . .
Simon Pagenaud took the pole for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
Pagenaud had a track-record lap of 58.9124 seconds at an average speed of 109.138 mph on the 1.786-mile street course for his first pole of the season and 10th overall.
Graham Rahal was second and Helio Castroneves third . . . .
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for the fifth time at the British Grand Prix, ahead of Ferrari rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in rainy conditions in Silverstone, England.
Hamilton, a three-time Formula One world champion, sped around in 1 minute 26.6 seconds in front of his home fans. He is 20 points behind leader Vettel. MISC.
Estelle Johnson scored in the 76th minute to cut the Washington Spirit’s deficit in half, but it lost, 2-1, to the host Houston Dash in a National Women’s Soccer League match.
The last-place Spirit fell to 3-73. The Dash improved to 5-7-2 . . . .
The Washington Valor committed five turnovers and fell, 68-41, to the host Philadelphia Soul in an Arena Football League game.
The loss was the 10th straight for the last-place Valor (1-10), while the first-place Soul (11-1) clinched home-field advantage for the AFL playoffs . . . .
Babe Parilli, the former Patriots quarterback who starred in the team’s American Football League days, died Saturday. He was 87.
New England announced the death. The cause wasn’t disclosed.
Parilli played for the thenBoston Patriots from 1961 to 1967. He was voted to three AFL all-star games and was the league’s comeback player of the year in 1966.
Parilli is fourth on the Patriots’ career passing list with 16,747 yards and is in the team’s Hall of Fame. He also was known as an excellent holder and was nicknamed “gold finger.” . . .
The New Jersey Devils signed No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier to the maximum three-year entrylevel contract for salary and performance bonuses.
The Devils said the 18-year-old Swiss forward will have an average salary of $925,000.
Hischier had 38 goals and 48 assists last season for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.