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The Morning Call - - BASEBALL -

Bas­ket­ball: Vlade Di­vac, who starred on the Yu­goslavia teams dur­ing the 1980s and was among the early wave of Euro­peans to join the NBA, was among those in­ducted into the Hall of Fame in Spring­field, Mass. The 7-foot-1 Ser­bian came to the Lak­ers in 1989 and played in the NBA un­til 2004. He fin­ished as one of just seven play­ers with more than 13,000 points, 9,000 re­bounds, 3,000 as­sists, and 1,500 blocks. Di­vac, 51, cur­rently serves as VP of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions and GM for the Kings, for whom he played six sea­sons. Also in­ducted were: Jack Sikma, Sid­ney Mon­crief, Paul West­phal, Bobby Jones, Al At­tles, Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper, Bill Fitch, Teresa Weather­spoon, the Ten­nessee A&I men’s teams from 1957-59 and the Way­land Bap­tist women’s teams from 1953-58 . ... Adam Waczyn­ski scored 18 points and Ma­teusz Ponitka added 14 to help Poland ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the World Cup with a 79-74 se­cond-round vic­tory over Rus­sia in Foshan, China. Poland hadn’t com­peted in the Cup since 1967. Also ad­vanc­ing were: Ar­gentina, Ser­bia and Spain. There are four more se­cond-round games Satur­day.

Golf: Rookie Robert MacIn­tyre of Scot­land shot a bo­gey-free 7-un­der 65 to take a four-stroke lead mid­way through the Euro­pean Open in Ham­burg, Ger­many. MacIn­tyre reached 11-un­der 133. Ger­many’s Bernd Rit­tham­mer (66) was se­cond.

NHL: Four-time All-Star cen­ter and for­mer league MVP Joe Thorn­ton signed a one-year, $2 mil­lion deal to re­turn to the Sharks. Thorn­ton, 40, had con­sid­ered re­tir­ing af­ter his 21st NHL sea­son. He had 16 goals and 35 as­sists in 73 games last sea­son. Thorn­ton has 413 goals and 1,065 as­sists in 1,566 ca­reer games with the Bru­ins and Sharks. He ranks 14th all-time in points and eighth in as­sists . ... The Hur­ri­canes signed D Jake Gar­diner to a four-year con­tract worth an av­er­age of $4.05 mil­lion per sea­son. Gar­diner, 29, had three goals and 27 as­sists in 62 games last sea­son with the Maple Leafs . ... For the first time, the NHL se­lected four fe­male of­fi­cials to work on the ice at prospect tour­na­ments held this week­end. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were se­lected as ref­er­ees, while Kirsten Welsh and Ken­dall Han­ley will work as lines­men.

Soc­cer: The Nether­lands scored four goals in 32 min­utes to earn a 4-2 comeback win over host Ger­many in Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing. In his de­but, Donyell Malen scored the de­ci­sive third goal for the Dutch.

Also: Erik Jones signed a con­tract extension with Joe Gibbs Rac­ing for the 2020 sea­son. Jones, 23, has two ca­reer NASCAR Cup Se­ries vic­to­ries in 100 starts, in­clud­ing last week­end at Dar­ling­ton Race­way . ... Caster Se­menya signed to play with a South African soc­cer team, a strong hint that the two-time Olympic 800-me­ter champ might be ready to give up track and field af­ter a decade-long le­gal bat­tle with the IAAF. Se­menya, 28, is barred from de­fend­ing her 800 ti­tle at this month’s world cham­pi­onships — and can­not com­pete in any top-level events in races from 400 me­ters to one mile — af­ter re­fus­ing to fol­low IAAF rules re­quir­ing her to re­duce her nat­u­ral testos­terone. She’s ap­peal­ing at the Swiss supreme court.

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