The Philadelphia 76ers re-signed Andre Iguodala on Sunday, giving the forward a six-year contract worth a reported $80 million.
Iguodala, who was a restricted free agent, helped the 76ers reach the playoffs for the first time in three years. An official announcement is expected today.
Iguodala averaged 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.1 steals in 82 games last season. He struggled in the playoffs against Detroit, averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.
The 24-year-old Iguodala could’ve played this season under terms of a $3.8 million, one-year qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next year.
Retaining Iguodala was a top priority for Philadelphia, which lured two-time All-Star forward Elton Brand away from the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this summer.
Selected with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft, Iguodala has averaged 14.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his career.
He’s also been durable, missing just six games in four years.
Ivanovic back on top
Just when Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s long stay atop the men’s tennis rankings, Ana Ivanovic moved back to No. 1 on the women’s side.
When the WTA Tour rankings come out officially today, Ivanovic will be back on top – a place she will hold for at least two weeks. The 20-year old Serb, who held the No. 1 ranking for nine weeks from June 9-Aug. 11, moved past compatriot Jelena Jankovic.
Nadal, who captured the men’s singles gold medal Sunday at the Beijing Olympics, will also become No. 1 today – snapping Federer’s 41/2-year reign atop the rankings.
Ivanovic moved up despite being forced to withdraw from the Olympics due to a thumb injury. She has won two titles this year, including her first career Grand Slam championship at the French Open.
•Second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia dominated unseeded France’s Nathalie Dechy, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Western and Southern Financial Groups Women’s Open in Mason, Ohio.
•Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro won his fourth straight tournament, beating Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-3 to take the Legg Mason Tennis Classic championship in Washington.
•The Czech Republic’s Lukas Dlouhy won the GHI Bronx Tennis Classic in New York, beating Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-1.
In the women’s final, Russia’s Elena Bovina of Russia defeated Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-3, 7-5.
Racer dies in crash
A 72-year-old racer died in an accident at the Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich.
WOOD-TV said about 2,000 spectators watched Saturday when Jack Drews lost control in a turn at 110 mph and crashed into an embankment.
Drews, from western Illinois, was driving his 1961 Triumph when he drove straight off the track and crashed. His son was racing right behind him.
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