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After 18 NBA seasons, Parker calls it a career

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Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker announced Monday he’s retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the league. The 37year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision.

“It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!” Parker tweeted. “Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live all those unbelievab­le moments with the NBA and the French National Team. Thank you for everything!”

Parker played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Charlotte Hornets this past season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the all-star team six times and was named second-team all-NBA three times.

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said he has loved Parker for a long time and praised him for an “amazing career.”

“It has been a blessing to be with him since he was 19 years old,” Popovich said on a USA Basketball conference call

Monday. “I have watched him develop as a player and human being and as a businessma­n.”

Parker started 1,151 regular season games and averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists. He also played in 226 playoff games, averaging 17.9 points and

5.1 assists.

He won NBA titles with the Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 and was named Finals MVP in 2007 . . . .

New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin said the club hired former WNBA and U.S. national team player Swin Cash to serve in an executive role.

Griffin said Cash will be vice president of basketball operations and team developmen­t.

Cash played for Connecticu­t from 1998 to 2002, winning two national championsh­ips. She played 15 seasons in the WNBA, won three league titles and was an all-star four times.

PRO FOOTBALL

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. was convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year north of San Diego.

A jury returned the verdict in

San Diego Superior Court in Vista but was continuing to deliberate on two more counts of rape involving a hitchhiker and an unconsciou­s teenage girl.

The jury also found him guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct but found him not guilty of one count of a lewd act.

Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts . . . .

Indianapol­is Colts tackle Antonio Garcia will miss the first four games of this season after being suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performanc­eenhancing substances.

SOCCER

Sergio Ramos extended his scoring streak and helped Spain defeat Sweden, 3-0, in Madrid to remain leader of its qualifying group for the 2020 European Championsh­ip.

Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal also scored at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Spain a comfortabl­e fivepoint lead over second-place Sweden after four matches in Group F.

Ramos reached 20 goals with the national team, with seven coming since last year’s World Cup. He is the national team’s top scorer under Coach Luis Enrique, who again was absent for personal reasons.

The result extended Spain’s winning streak to five matches, and ended Sweden’s seven-game unbeaten run.

TENNIS

French Open champion Ashleigh Barty’s first Grand Slam title allowed her to rise to a career-best No. 2, almost three years to the day after she reentered the WTA rankings following a hiatus from tennis while she played profession­al cricket.

Barty moved up six places and trails only reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka.

She had not been past the fourth round at a major tournament until getting to the Australian Open quarterfin­als in January. She beat 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousov­a of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-3, in Saturday’s final at Roland Garros in Paris.

The top eight spots in the ATP rankings stayed the same, with French Open champion Rafael Nadal at No. 2 behind Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer is still No. 3, and Roland Garros runnerup Dominic Thiem is No. 4.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

The SEC flexed its baseball muscles, with Auburn and Arkansas posting blowout wins in the deciding games of their super regionals and giving their league a record-tying four teams in the College World Series.

Auburn scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning to start a 14-7 win over North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., sending the Tigers to the CWS in Omaha for the first time since 1997.

Arkansas, the national runnerup last year, scored seven runs over the second and third innings on its way to a 14-1 win over Mississipp­i in Fayettevil­le, Ark.

The SEC’s Vanderbilt and Mississipp­i State clinched bids Sunday. The conference also sent four teams to the CWS in 1997, 2004 and 2015; the ACC had four teams in Omaha in 2006.

The CWS opens this weekend at TD Ameritrade Park with double-eliminatio­n play in two four-team brackets.

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