Warriors sign Bogut
The Golden State Warriors said on Friday they had signed Australian center Andrew Bogut to a multi-year contract extension, reported to be worth US$36 million. USA Today reported that the three-year deal is worth US$36 million, with incentives that could raise its value to US$42 million. “OFFICIAL: The Warriors have signed center Andrew Bogut to a multi-year contract extension,” the NBA club said on Twitter. The Golden State Warriors have reached an agreement with center Andrew Bogut on a three-year, US$36 million extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA Today. That would require the oft-injured big man to play at least 65 games in each of the three seasons covered and reach certain performance levels, the newspaper said. Bogut, the top overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, has struggled to stay healthy. He missed a total of 107 games over the past two seasons as he battled injuries to his elbow, wrist and ankle. Bogut enters the 2013-2014 season owning career averages of 12.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.58 blocks and 32.1 minutes over eight seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and Warriors.
Evans to ride Down Under
Ex-Tour de France champion Cadel Evans will ride his home tour for the first time in three years in January as he begins preparations for his main goal next season: the Giro d’Italia. Evans has ridden the season-opening Tour Down Under eight times, winning king of the mountains titles in 2002 and 2006 and the best young rider jersey in 1999. He last competed in the Australian leg of the ProTour in 2010, the year before his breakthrough victory in the Tour de France. Evans is not riding next year’s Tour de France, leaving room for the Australian race on his schedule.
Cilic doping ban reduced
Former world No. 9 Marin Cilic is free to play on the tennis circuit again after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cut his ban for doping by more than half on Friday. “The player’s ban will … end at midnight on 25 October 2013,” the CAS said on its Web site. The Croatian was originally banned for nine months by the International Tennis Federation last month for taking the banned stimulant nikethamide. The 25-year-old, who said he had inadvertently taken the substance in glucose tablets, appealed to the CAS, who ruled on Friday that the punishment had been too severe. Cilic, who spent 11 weeks in the world’s top 10 in 2010, tested positive for the substance at the BMW Open in Munich in April. He has dropped to 47th.
Williams fined for wheel nut
Formula One team Williams have been fined 60,000 euros (US$83,000) for the second race in a row after a wheel nut came off Pastor Maldonado’s car during practice at the Indian Grand Prix, the FIA said yesterday. Maldonado was forced to pull off the circuit after his right-front wheel shed a nut during the second free practice at the Buddh International Circuit on Friday. Williams were punished in Suzuka, Japan for a similar offense two weeks ago. “The stewards decide that a fine of 60,000 euros is the most appropriate penalty in this case taking into account that this was the second offense, but on this occasion the wheel was retained,” unlike in Suzuka, the FIA said. “Whilst the stewards accept that improvements to the wheel retaining system had been implemented, the team need to ensure that both the wheel and its fastener are fully retained on the car,” it said.