July 16, 2009 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Retracted The Los Angeles Lakers have retracted an offer to Lamar Odom, saying that talks to re-sign the free agent have stalled. Lakers public relations director John Black said the team had taken the offer off the table in the past two days.

Sentenced A federal judge in Billings, Mont., sentenced former NFL player Travis Henry to three years in prison for financing a drug ring that moved cocaine between Colorado and Montana.

Died Former cornerback Nelson Munsey, who played six seasons for the Baltimore Colts in the 1970s, has died of heart disease. He was 61. Munsey’s younger brother, Chuck Muncie, was a star running back in the NFL.

Signed Center John Tavares signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders, who took the 19-year-old standout first overall in last month’s NHL draft. Tavares had 215 goals and 218 assists over four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, his goal total breaking the 33-year-old record held by Peter Lee. Tavares led the OHL in goals (58) and points (104) last season, splitting time between Oshawa and London.

•Veteran guard Lindsey Hunter has re-signed with the Chicago Bulls and will return for a 17th NBA season. Hunter signed with the Bulls last November and averaged 2.6 points and 1.3 assists in 28 games.

Cleared Tennis player Richard Gasquet escaped a lengthy doping ban when the International Tennis Federation’s tribunal panel ruled that he inadvertently took cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who was cleared to resume playing after completing a 21/2-month ban, convinced the independent anti-doping tribunal that he ingested cocaine with the kiss with the woman he had just met.

Staying Driver Kevin Harvick is under contract with Richard Childress Racing for one more season, and the team expects him to drive the No. 29 in 2010. RCR released a statement responding to a report on SI.com that Harvick wanted out of his deal and was hopeful of moving to Stewart-Hass Racing.


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