NBA: Manu Ginobili is sticking around to see if the San Antonio Spurs can get back to the top.
Ginobili tweeted Wednesday that he is staying with the team he has helped win three NBA titles and nearly a fourth last month.
The Argentine star wrote: “Thrilled to announce that as I always hoped, I’m gonna stay with the Spurs for two more years.”
Ginobili, who turns 36 this month, battled injuries during the season and said he would think about retirement after the playoffs. But he helped the Spurs come within 28 seconds of the championship before falling to the Miami Heat in seven games, and his return ensures the longtime Big Three that includes Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will be in place next season.
• Rose declares sitting out right decision: Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he’s still recovering from knee surgery and vows to show sitting out last season was the right decision.
In an interview posted on the team’s website, Rose said he had to be selfish in his rehab as he tried to work his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and that sitting out was “one of the hardest things” he’s experienced.
He also said fans will understand it was “the right decision” when they see him back on the court.
• Temple agrees to contract: Garrett Temple says he’s returning to the Washington Wizards.
Temple was signed on Christmas Day from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League and became a regular part of the Wizards rotation, playing both guard positions. He appeared in 51 games, starting 36, and averaged 5.1 points and 2.3 assists.
• Hill, Sloan sign with Pacers: Indiana signed first-round draft pick Solomon Hill and free-agent guard Donald Sloan.
Hill was a surprise choice at No. 23 overall in last week’s NBA draft. Most analysts did not believe the 6-foot-7 swingman from Arizona would be taken in the first round but the Pacers believe he’s a good fit in their system.
Sloan played in 23 games last season with Cleveland and New Orleans, averaging 3.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds.
The Pacers have been busy. They hired Nate McMillan as associate head coach Monday and on Tuesday agreed to a three-year deal with starting power forward David West.
• Allen re-signs with Grizzlies: The Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed Tony Allen to a four-year contract worth $20 million, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday.
Allen is one of the league’s best perimeter defenders and a key to the Grizzlies’ run to the Western Conference finals last season. He drew interest from other teams but decided to stick with Memphis.
Police find evidence in Hernandez pad
NFL: Court documents indicate the search of a secret “flop house” leased by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has turned up what police say could be key evidence in the murder case against him.
Search warrants records indicate that police searching the Franklin, Mass., apartment found a sweatshirt and baseball cap similar to what Hernandez wore the night of Odin Lloyd was killed.
A state trooper wrote that the clothing could help place Hernandez at the crime scene and establish his location before the killing.
The records also indicate police found boxes of ammunition in the apartment.
• 49ers linebacker under investigation: The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office says it erroneously filed an arrest warrant for 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks after allegations that he hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle.
Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu-Towery said that the office is still investigating and will decide next week whether or not to bring charges. She said there is no outstanding arrest warrant.
Watson picks North as Ryder vice captain
Golf: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has selected television analyst and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North as a vice captain for next year’s matches.
Watson made the announcement at the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
North won the 1978 and 1985 U.S. Opens and played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team that lost to Europe in 1985.
Now a golf analyst for ESPN, North believes being around tour players makes him qualified to help Watson make solid choices for the team.