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GOLF Harden, 76ers agree on two-year contract

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James Harden agreed to terms on a two-year contract to stay with the Philadelph­ia 76ers and will make about $14.5 million less this coming season than he could have earned under his previous deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiatio­ns said Wednesday.

Harden, who turns 33 next month, will sign a deal worth slightly over $68 million, paying him about $33 million this season and with a $35 million player option for the 2023-24 season, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

The 10-time all-star guard had a $47.4 million option for this coming season that he declined last month, saying he wanted to give the 76ers flexibilit­y to improve their roster and compete for a championsh­ip.

Harden, a three-time NBA scoring champion, averaged 22.0 points and 10.3 assists with the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelph­ia last season. . . .

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges pleaded not guilty to felony domestic violence charges filed by Los Angeles County prosecutor­s after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children.

Bridges was arrested June 29 by Los Angeles police and was later released on $130,000 bond.

The 24-year-old, a restricted free agent, was the Hornets’ leading scorer last season, averaging 20.2 points.

The European Ryder Cup team announced that it dropped

Henrik Stenson as captain for the 2023 event in Italy. Stenson has announced that he’s joining the LIV Golf Invitation­al Series and will play in its next event, which begins July 29 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N. J.

A new captain will be named “in due course,” Ryder Cup Europe said.

“Unfortunat­ely my decision to play in LIV events has triggered Ryder Cup Europe to communicat­e that it is not possible for me to continue in my role as Ryder Cup Captain,” Stenson said in a statement. “This is despite me making specific arrangemen­ts with LIV golf, who have been supportive of my role as Captain, to ensure I could fulfill the obligation­s of the Captaincy.”

Stenson, 46, winner of the 2016 British Open, was set to become the first Ryder Cup captain from Sweden.

— Matt Bonesteel and Des Bieler The World Golf Hall of Fame is leaving Florida and returning to North Carolina, where it will be part of the U.S. Golf Associatio­n’s campus at Pinehurst and stage two induction ceremonies during the U.S. Open weeks in 2024 and 2029.

The Hall of Fame has been located in St. Augustine, Fla., since 1998.


The San Francisco 49ers granted quarterbac­k Jimmy Garoppolo’s representa­tives permission to explore trade possibilit­ies, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The 49ers are preparing to move forward with second-year quarterbac­k Trey Lance as their starter. Garoppolo, who is returning from offseason shoulder surgery and is in the final year of a contract that pays a base salary of $24.2 million for the 2022 season, is eligible for unrestrict­ed free agency next spring.

The 49ers have won 31 of the 45 regular season games that Garoppolo, 30, has started. But he has struggled with mistakes. He had 12 intercepti­ons and 20 touchdown passes last season.

— Mark Maske Wide receiver Charles Johnson, who won a Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots during his nine-year NFL career, has died. He was 50.

Police in Raleigh, N.C., found Johnson’s body in a hotel room Sunday during a welfare check at a Hampton Inn and Suites. A preliminar­y investigat­ion indicated no signs of foul play.

In 133 regular season NFL games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelph­ia Eagles, Patriots and Buffalo Bills, Johnson had 354 receptions for 4,606 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Johnson was a freshman on Colorado’s 1990 national championsh­ip team and finished his college career with 127 catches for 2,447 yards and 15 touchdowns.


In Brighton, England, Georgia Stanway scored in extra time to seal a 2-1 win for England over Spain and send her team to the semifinals of the women’s European Championsh­ip.

Stanway hit a powerful drive from outside the penalty area that flew past the outstretch­ed hand of goalkeeper Sandra Paños.

After Esther González scored for Spain in the 54th minute, Ella Toone tied it for England in the 84th minute on a cross from Alessia Russo.

England will play either Sweden or Belgium on Tuesday in the semifinals. . . .

Italian club Roma agreed to a three-year deal with former Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

The 28-year-old Argentina internatio­nal scored 115 goals across all competitio­ns in seven seasons at Juventus.


Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is in need of a new coach.

Wim Fissette, who began working with Osaka shortly before the start of the 2020 season, wrote on Instagram that he and Osaka are ending their partnershi­p.

Fissette coached Osaka to two of her major championsh­ips — at the 2020 U.S. Open and 2021 Australian Open.

Osaka, 24, is ranked 38th after missing chunks of time last season and this season. . . .

World Team Tennis, the mixedgende­r league co-founded nearly a half-century ago by Billie Jean King, will not have a season in 2022 but plans to return next year when it hopes to add new teams.


Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicate­d, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to Brazos County jail records.

Smith, 21, was arrested by Texas A&M police. He posted $8,000 bond and was released.

Smith was suspended from the football team per athletic department policy following his arrest.

Smith is the Aggies’ top returning receiver after grabbing 47 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns last season.

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