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Wed., July 24, 2013, midnight

Announced NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its eight-year partnership with both ESPN and Turner Sports. NASCAR announced a 10-year deal with NBC on Tuesday that gives the network the final 20 Sprint Cup races of the season, and the final 19 Nationwide Series races. NBC will share the 38-race NASCAR schedule with Fox, which extended its contract with NASCAR last year. NBC and its NBC Sports Network now have rights to NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One.

• Sporting Kansas City is rewarding coach Peter Vermes with a contract extension through 2017 after he led the MLS club to back-to-back Eastern Conference titles. Sporting KC is 10-5-6 and again sits atop the East. Vermes was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in April.

Died Former world champion Emile Griffith has died. He was 75. He died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y. His remarkable boxing career was overshadowed by the death of opponent Bennie Paret from injuries in the ring in 1962. Griffith struggled with pugilistic dementia and required full-time care late in life. He was the first boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become world champion. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Signed The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Jermaine O’Neal, who had reached agreement on a contract two weeks ago. Golden State is likely to use the 34-year-old O’Neal, a six-time NBA All-Star, as a backup to Andrew Bogut. O’Neal played in 55 games with four starts last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 18.7 minutes.

• The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis, finishing off the final piece of their new starting lineup. It is reportedly a three-year contract for between $25 and $30 million. He led Milwaukee last season at 19.2 points per game.

Dismissed The State Attorney’s Office has dropped misdemeanor charges against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison. Morrison was arrested Sunday and charged with barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. It was Morrison’s second arrest in five weeks, prompting football coach Will Muschamp to suspend him for at least the first two games of the season.

Pleaded Former NFL running back Larry Johnson has pleaded no contest in a domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas Strip resort. The 33-year-old was ruled guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence battery and assault. Johnson was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $345 fine. He must perform 48 hours of community service and receive counseling.


 

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