July 3, 2013 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Stripped The Big Ten female athlete of the year award no longer is named for the Olympic track star from Wisconsin who later acknowledged working as a prostitute. A Big Ten spokesman said Tuesday Suzy Favor Hamilton’s name was removed from the award after discussions between the league and Wisconsin. Favor competed in the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000. She has described working as an escort in Las Vegas as a “coping mechanism” tied to depression and other personal issues.

Agreed The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with free agent swingman Chase Budinger. Budinger averaged 9.4 points and shot 32 percent from 3-point range in 23 games last season. He missed much of the season with a knee injury.

• Israeli point guard Gal Mekel has agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks. The 6-foot-3 Mekel has a three-year deal with $2.3 million guaranteed.

Martell Webster has agreed to a four-year deal to stay with the Washington Wizards. The eight-year veteran swingman averaged a career-high 11.4 points last season.

Staying Veteran center Nazr Mohammed says he is staying with the Chicago Bulls. He announced on Twitter that he will re-sign with his hometown team.

Leaving Guard Kevin Martin is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to rejoin former coach Rick Adelman with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Martin played for Adelman with the Sacramento and Houston. He agreed to terms with the Wolves on a four-year deal worth as much as $30 million. Martin averaged 14.0 points and shot 42.6 percent on 3-pointers last year.

Suspended Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey was suspended from her team’s next NCAA tournament game for criticizing the officiating after a loss to Louisville last spring. The NCAA also reprimanded Mulkey and withheld Baylor’s team championship per diem from the regional round.

Traded Sporting Kansas City traded midfielder Michael Thomas to Toronto FC for a second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.


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