Kevin Love to return for Cavaliers against Milwaukee
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is back in action after missing six weeks because of a broken left hand.
Cleveland was 11-9 without Love, who was injured on Jan. 30. He’s averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in 48 games.
Associate head coach Larry Drew says Love’s minutes will be restricted in Cleveland’s game against Milwaukee. Drew is running the team while coach Tyronn Lue takes a leave of absence to address health issues that have included chest pains and a loss of sleep.
The Cavaliers are third in the Eastern Conference despite dealing with several injuries. Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson were ruled out of tonight’s game.
Kyle Korver has returned to the team after missing Saturday’s game because of a family emergency. He’s also been dealing with a sore right foot and was a game-time decision Monday.
Also in the NBA:
— The New Orleans Pelicans say rookie guard Frank Jackson won’t make his NBA debut this season after having follow-up surgery to remove residual scar tissue from earlier right foot operations. The Pelicans say Jackson also received an injection in his foot. The Pelicans acquired the 6-foot-4 Jackson through a draft-night trade with the Charlotte Hornets, who selected the former Duke player with the first pick of the second round last summer.
Purdue coach doesn’t believe Haas will play even with brace
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter said he does not expect starting center Isaac Haas to play again this season — even if the NCAA approves a brace to protect his fractured right elbow.
The 7-foot-2 senior was injured in an NCAA Tournament win over Cal State Fullerton. Team trainers fitted Haas with a large brace to protect his arm and he worked out with his teammates Saturday but he was wearing a brace that would not have allowed him to play for safety reasons.
Second-seeded Purdue beat Butler without Haas to reach its second straight Sweet 16. The Boilermakers play Texas Tech on Friday in Boston.
AP source: Memphis to announce Penny Hardaway as next coach
UNDATED (AP) — Former Memphis All-American Penny Hardaway is heading back to his alma mater —as its men’s basketball coach.
Memphis will announce Hardaway as its next coach tomorrow, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because Memphis hasn’t publicly announced the hire. Memphis has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday.
The 46-year-old Hardaway replaces Tubby Smith, who was fired after going 40-26 in two seasons with Memphis.
Altuve, Astros finalize $163.5 million, 7-year contract
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — AL MVP Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) and the World Series champion Houston Astros have finalized a $163.5 million, seven-year contract that guarantees an additional $151 million over five seasons.
The 27-year-old second baseman had been among baseball’s best bargains. He agreed in 2013 to a deal that originally guaranteed $12.5 million from 2014-17 and included club options for 2018 at $6 million and 2019 at $6.5 million.
His new deal, announced today, keeps those salaries and adds a $21 million signing bonus, of which $1 million is payable upon the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office and $10 million each on July 1 in 2018 and 2019. He gets annual salaries of $26.2 million from 2020-24.
Altuve would have been eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.
The 5-foot-6 Altuve hit .346 last season to win his second straight AL batting title and third in four seasons. He had 24 homers, 82 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.
In other baseball news:
— Major League Baseball is working to finalize a two-game series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium on June 29-30 in 2019. It will be the sport’s first regular-season games in Europe. The Red Sox have the option of having both games be Boston home games. Baseball officials have long hoped for games in London and settled last year on Olympic Stadium.
— The Atlanta Braves have reassigned top prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. to their minor league camp. The 20-year-old outfielder from Venezuela was batting .432 with four home runs in 16 spring training games when the Braves sent him down after today’s 6-0 exhibition win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
— The Washington Nationals’ competition for the fifth starter spot could run beyond opening day. The Nationals signed eight-year veteran Jeremy Hellickson to a minor league contract over the weekend, adding him to the mix that already included A.J. Cole and Erick Fedde. The 30-year-old Hellickson is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League appearance in one of Friday’s split squad games. Cole will start the other game.
— Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says Zack Greinke won’t be the team’s opening-day starter. Lovullo says the tightness that Greinke experienced in his groin in his latest start last Wednesday led him to rule out his ace for his usual opening-day role.
— Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the regular season on the disabled list because of an oblique injury that has kept him out of exhibition games since March 1. Ellsbury had been scheduled to play Tuesday against Detroit, but his return was pushed back because he has flu-like symptoms. Ellsbury is projected as a backup outfielder after losing the starting center-field job to Aaron Hicks last season.
— A person familiar with the plans tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is working to finalize a two-game series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium in 2019. It would br the sport’s first regular-season games in Europe. The Red Sox have the option of having both games be Boston home games, the person familiar with the planning said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
AP source: Redskins sign CB Orlando Scandrick to 2-year deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the move says the Washington Redskins have signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a two-year deal worth up to $10 million.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal.
The Dallas Cowboys released Scandrick over the weekend after he made 38 tackles in 11 starts last season. Scandrick started 69 games and appeared in 125 with Dallas since being taken in the fifth round of the 2008 draft.
The 31-year-old gives Washington some insurance at cornerback behind Josh Norman after trading Kendall Fuller to Kansas City in the deal for quarterback Alex Smith. Scandrick will be in the mix with Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Josh Holsey for playing time.
NFL Network first reported Scandrick signing with the Redskins.
Texans sign free-agent safety Mathieu
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have signed unrestricted free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu and claimed wide receiver Sammie Coates off waivers from Cleveland.
Mathieu was released last week by Arizona after five seasons when the two sides couldn’t rework his contract. The 25-year-old safety was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year officially began and Arizona saved nearly $5 million in cap space by cutting him.
He has 11 career interceptions, four sacks, 41 passes defensed and 303 total tackles in 66 NFL games during a career plagued by injuries. Only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games and he finished with two interceptions along with 74 tackles. He was an All-Pro in 2015.
Also in the NFL:
— A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers and unrestricted free agent slot wide receiver Jarius Wright have agreed on a three-year deal. The 28-year-old Wright has spent all six NFL seasons with the Vikings and is familiar with Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, having worked under him in Minnesota.
— Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur has re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys, the team he initially joined after a workout in 2005. Ladouceur will be going into his 14th season, the second-longest tenure among current Cowboys. He has played in 205 consecutive games and made 1,875 snaps without a miscue.
— The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their trade with the Denver Broncos for quarterback Trevor Siemian to be the backup to free agent prize Kirk Cousins. The Vikings announced the deal, which was agreed to last week, today. They sent a 2019 fifth-round draft pick to the Broncos for Siemian and a seventh-round choice this year, after signing Cousins to a three-year, $84 million fully guaranteed contract.
— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to bolster the NFL’s least productive pass rush, signing former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry in free agency. The Bucs also announced the signing of free agent center Ryan Jensen, who spent the first five years of his pro career with the Baltimore Ravens.
— Veteran center Mike Pouncey has agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Pouncey was released by Miami last week after he refused a pay cut. He started all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, his seventh in the NFL.
— The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson to compete for the backup position. The team also officially announced the signing of cornerback Shareece Wright. Wright said last week he had agreed to join the Raiders. Wright spent last season in Buffalo, where he had one interception and five passes defensed in 12 games.
— The Seattle Seahawks have acquired cornerback C.J. Smith from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2020. Smith is another young option in Seattle’s secondary. He spent the 2016 season with the Philadelphia Eagles and played sparingly in 2017 with the Browns. He’s appeared in 13 career games, with 10 of those coming with the Eagles.
— The Buffalo Bills began restocking their offensive line in free agency by reaching agreements to sign center Russell Bodine and tackle Marshall Newhouse. Bodine agreed to a two-year deal after making 64 consecutive starts through his first four NFL seasons with Cincinnati Bengals. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 308 pounds, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of North Carolina.
— The New York Giants have re-signed defensive end Kerry Wynn and added three other free agents, including a wide receiver who has returned kickoffs. The Giants announced the moves today with the newcomers being receiver Cody Latimer, defensive end Josh Mauro and cornerback B.W. Webb.
— The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back veteran linebacker Lerentee McCray. He had been an unrestricted free agent after signing a one-year deal with Jacksonville in 2017.
— The Detroit Lions have re-signed defensive tackle Christian Ringo. The move addresses a need by adding depth on the defensive line. Ringo has five career tackles and has forced one fumble.
Murray looks ready to return
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins goaltender Matt Murray looks ready to return from a concussion that’s kept him out for the past three weeks.
Murray practiced with his teammates today and could be available tomorrow night when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions visit the New York Islanders.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray looked strong during Pittsburgh’s workout. Murray hasn’t played since taking a shot off his mask in practice late last month.
The Penguins created a spot for Murray on the roster on Monday when they reassigned Tristan Jarry to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Jarry split starts with Casey DeSmith during Murray’s absence.
Pittsburgh has hung tough without Murray, who helped backstop the Penguins to consecutive Cups. The Penguins trail first-place Washington by two points in the Metropolitan Division with 10 games left in the regular season.
Bruins sign US Olympic star Ryan Donato to entry-level deal
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed Ryan Donato to a two-year, entry-level deal and say the U.S. Olympic star could play for them right away.
Donato had 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in 29 games this season at Harvard. He led the United States with five goals and six points at the Olympics as one of its youngest players.
The 21-year-old is eligible to be in Boston’s lineup tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a big boost to a Stanley Cup contender down the stretch.
Donato was a second-round pick of his dad and Harvard coach Ted’s old team in 2014. The Boston native said at the Olympics it was always a dream for him to play in the NHL and for the Bruins but didn’t want to make any declarations about his future, which could soon include playoff action.
Serena to face rising star Osaka in first round at Miami Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — It has never happened before: an opening-round match pitting a player who just won her first tennis title against a 23-time Grand Slam champion.
Naomi Osaka, a rising star who won Indian Wells on Sunday, will face Serena Williams in the first round of the Miami Open on Wednesday. It’s a freakishly difficult way for both players to start a tournament.
The marquee matchup at the outset came about because neither player is seeded. Osaka is ranked a career-best No. 22, and Williams is ranked No. 491 after becoming a mother and returning to the tour at Indian Wells following a layoff of more than a year.
Osaka, a 20-year-old slugger from Japan, earned the biggest victory her career when she beat Daria Kasatkina in the Indian Wells final.
Karrie Webb gets US Women’s Open spot
FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Two-time champion Karrie Webb has received a special exemption to the U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek in Alabama.
Webb won consecutive U.S. Women’s Open titles by a combined 13 shots when she was at the top of her game.
Webb received a 10-year exemption for her 2001 victory, and she has remained exempt through other categories every year since then.
The U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek starts May 31.