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.