Report says ‘Linsanity’ hits Houston
NBA: Jeremy Lin’s incredible run in New York won’t have a sequel.
The New York Knicks announced Tuesday night that they will not match the Houston Rockets’ three-year, $25 million offer for Lin, a restricted free-agent.
New York officially had until 11:59 EDT to make a decision on re-signing Lin.
The Rockets made it tough for the Knicks to sign off on keeping him by backloading their offer sheet with a $15 million salary in the third season. If the Knicks agreed to that deal, they would’ve faced a hefty luxury tax in 2014-15 because of other big contracts on their books — between $30-40 million.
Houston released Lin last season, a move it came to regret after Lin electrified Knicks fans – indeed, basketball fans everywhere. The NBA’s first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent, Lin catapulted to stardom last February when he joined a struggling Knicks’ lineup and sparked a quick turnaround, averaging 21 points and 8.4 assists.
• Humphries gets new deal: The Brooklyn Nets continued their offseason barrage of signings, agreeing to a new, two-year deal with power forward Kris Humphries.
Humphries, 27, averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds for the Nets last season.
Former Seahawk Grant Feasel dies
NFL: Former NFL offensive lineman Grant Feasel, who was a standout at Abilene Christian before a pro career that included six seasons in Seattle, has died. He was 52.
A service for Feasel is scheduled Friday at Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, Texas. Church officials said he died Sunday, though the cause of death hasn’t been revealed.
Feasel played 117 games over eight NFL seasons for four teams. With the Seahawks (1987-92) the center started every game in 1989 and 1990, and all 15 games he played in 1991.
Olympian amputee finishes second in 400
Miscellany: South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius finished second in a 400-meter race in Italy, his final tuneup for the London Olympics.
Pistorius clocked 46.56 seconds – well off the personal best of 45.07 he ran at the same meet last year. Calvin Smith of the United States won in 45.52.
Pistorius will become the first amputee track athlete to compete at the Olympics.
• U.S. attorney to investigate: FIFA appointed former United States attorney Michael J. Garcia as lead prosecutor to allegations of corruption in world soccer.
• NASCAR crew chief leaving: Carl Edwards’ crew chief stepped down, 19 races removed from a disheartening defeat in last year’s championship race.
Bob Osborne cited undisclosed health concerns in his decision to relinquish the No. 99 Ford, which has been stuck in a slump since Edwards ended last season tied with Tony Stewart in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The title went to Stewart on a tie-breaker.
• Woman sentenced in stabbing: Shanterrica Madden of Memphis, Tenn., has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for fatally stabbing Middle Tennessee State University women’s basketball player Tina Stewart.