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Monday, September 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Newsmakers: Toronto Raptors sign former NBA No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett

Signed Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett signed with the Toronto Raptors on Monday, and the Canadian forward is looking toward a new start in his hometown. Bennett has had a rough two seasons in the NBA since he was the surprise top overall pick – by Cleveland – in 2013. He battled injuries in his rookie season with the Cavaliers and second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he landed with Andrew Wiggins in the Kevin Love deal. Bennett averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 57 games for the Timberwolves.

Out Florida State running back Mario Pender will miss Saturday’s football game at Wake Forest due to a collapsed lung suffered at practice last week. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Pender remained hospitalized and could be released later in the day. In three games for the 11th-ranked Seminoles (3-0 overall, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), Pender has 140 yards on 30 carries and has scored a touchdown.

• Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said quarterback Pat Mahomes is day-to-day after the sophomore injured his left knee in the first quarter of the 55-52 loss to No. 4 TCU.

Sabine Lisicki said she will sit out the rest of the tennis season to heal a knee injury. The 2013 Wimbledon runner-up last played at the U.S. Open and lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round.

Added Leaders of the U.S. track team designed a formula to distribute an extra $9 million in cash to top athletes. USA Track and Field worked with Olympians Dwight Phillips, Doc Patton and others over the weekend to create a funding model that will provide at least $10,000 for each athlete who qualifies for world championships or the Olympics, with a chance for a $25,000 bonus for winning a gold medal.

Announced Renault’s return to Formula One looks imminent after the French manufacturer announced plans to buy a controlling stake in the debt-laden Lotus team. Renault said it had signed a letter of intent “regarding the potential acquisition by Renault of a controlling stake in Lotus F1 Team Ltd.”

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