Los Angeles Times

Ex-Laker selling rings for Ukraine


Former Lakers player Slava Medvedenko is selling his two NBA championsh­ip rings to raise money for his native Ukraine.

Medvedenko was a power forward on the Lakers’ title teams in 2001 and 2002.

SCP Auctions is donating the entire final sale price of both rings to Medvedenko’s Fly High Foundation. Its goal is to support Ukrainian children by restoring the sports infrastruc­ture of the war-torn country’s schools and launching a network of social sports clubs.

The auction runs Wednesday through Aug. 5.

The Lakers signed two members of their summer league roster — rookies Javante McCoy, a guard, and Fabian White Jr., a forward — to training camp deals.

— Dan Woike

Tina Charles scored 27 points, becoming the fourth player in WNBA history to top 7,000 in a career, and the host Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 82-72.

Havnameltd­own, a 2year-old colt, won by 21⁄4 lengths in his first career start in Sunday’s $80,000 fourth race at the seaside track. On Saturday, Baffert won a $16,000 claiming race with 3-year-old colt Sumo.

Baffert’s suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission ended July 2. The ban was the result of a failed post-race drug test involving Medina Spirit, who finished first in last year’s Kentucky Derby but was later disqualifi­ed.

Houston Texans rookie wide receiver John Metchie III was diagnosed with a form of leukemia and likely will miss this season to receive treatment and recover. ... Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Rodger Saffold missed the start of training camp after sustaining rib injuries in a car accident . ... Muhammad Ali’s title belt from his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweigh­t fight was sold at auction for $6.18 million to Indianapol­is Colts owner Jim Irsay, according to Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

Erin Inskeep, who will be a senior at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa High, won the AAU 18U beach national title with teammate Ashley Pater of Florida. In the final at Hermosa Beach, the duo won 28-18 over Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Grace Hong and Madison Goellner of Texas.

— Luca Evans

Lorenzo Musetti upset top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 in the final of the Hamburg (Germany) European Open for his first tour-level title . ... IrinaCamel­ia Begu beat Lucia Bronzetti 6-2, 6-2 to win the Palermo (Italy) Ladies Open.

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