Wednesday's Sports In Brief

The Associated PressJuly 10, 2014 

PRO BASKETBALL

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.

The Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP in Las Vegas, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, said one of the people.

James has not made a decision and will not make any announcements before Thursday, a person said, adding, "He wants to meet with his family." As he weighs his options, James will not meet with any other teams, the person added.

So now, Miami waits. So does Cleveland. So, too, does just about the entire NBA — because once James picks the Heat or the Cavaliers, the teams believed to be serious suitors for his services, the domino effect of other free agent moves will surely follow.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have made their moves. Now they're just waiting for LeBron James to make his.

The Cavs created enough salary-cap space to offer the superstar free agent a maximum contract after agreeing to trade guard Jarrett Jack, swingman Sergey Karasev and center Tyler Zeller in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and Boston, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press.

The maneuvering is designed to open room under the salary cap so they can re-sign the Akron-born James, the four-time league MVP and most sought-after player on the market.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand, saying he will never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.

Sterling was giving his second day of testimony in the trial to determine his wife's right to make a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers.

He was followed to the stand by wife, Shelly, who tried to approach him in the front row of the courtroom after she was done for the day.

"Get away from me, you pig!" Sterling shouted.

The judge then admonished him to make no further comments.

WORLD CUP

SAO PAULO (AP) — The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.

Argentina goalie Sergio Romero saved two penalties to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after tough defending and a lack of creative spark from either team consigned the match to a 0-0 stalemate.

A day after Germany lit up the World Cup with its clinical 7-1 destruction of host Brazil, the Dutch and Argentines could not manage a goal between them in 120 minutes before the shootout.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

Bryan Stow's father said his son probably wouldn't understand the details of the settlement that will give him about $14 million from the Dodgers, "but Bryan will know that he got some help today."

The jury delivered its verdict in a Los Angeles courtroom after weeks of testimony about the assault after the opening day game in 2011 between the rival teams. Stow, 45, was left with disabling brain damage and became a symbol of violence at sporting events. He was in the courtroom for part of the trial, his wheelchair positioned front and center so jurors could see the ghastly scars on his head where his skull was temporarily removed during efforts to save his life.

Experts testified that the former Northern California paramedic Stow will never work again and has suffered repeated strokes and seizures. They said he will require around-the-clock care.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list, perhaps the biggest blow yet to the New York Yankees' battered rotation.

The rookie sensation from Japan is sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow. He had an MRI in New York and then was headed to Seattle to be examined by Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the team's head physician. Ahmad is in Seattle for a conference.

The Yankees, who have also lost pitchers CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova to injuries, are 46-44 and trail first-place Baltimore by three games in the AL East.

Tanaka allowed five runs and 10 hits — both career highs — over 6 2-3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night. The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his past four outings.

HOCKEY

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a seven year, $42 million contract extension.

The 28-year-old Schneider would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season, but this contract keeps him with New Jersey through the 2021-22 season.

It's the longest contract given to a Devils goaltender.

Schneider is replacing Martin Brodeur as the Devils' top goalie. The 42-year-old Brodeur is still an unrestricted free agent and is looking to sign on with another club.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

WASHINGTON (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."

Emmert faced a skeptical Senate Commerce Committee and said he feels college sports "works extremely well for the vast majority" and that the overall current model of amateurism should be preserved.

But he listed several changes he'd like to see enacted.

In addition to the end of the standard year-to-year scholarships, he said scholarships should also cover the full cost of attending college, not just basics such as room and board. He also called for better health, safety and insurance protocols and said universities must confront what he called the "national crisis" of sexual assault.

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