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Sept 27 (The Sports Xchange) - The Sacramento Kings agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract extension with center DeMarcus Cousins, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Cousins had one year left on his deal. If the Kings and Cousins did not agree on an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline, they still would have been able to make him a restricted free agent, meaning they could match any offer for Cousins at the end of the season.

Cousins averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 0.7 blocks last season.

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The Philadelphia 76ers announced that forward Arnett Moultrie had surgery Thursday on his medial malleolus of his left ankle after sustaining an injury last week.

The team did not specify an exact recovery time but he is expected to return "some time in the new year."

Also, center Kwame Brown strained his right hamstring during offseason workouts and is getting a second opinion.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced forward Chase Budinger sustained a cartilage injury to his left knee.

Budinger will visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama early next week.

Budinger averaged 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 22.1 minutes over 23 games last season. He missed 59 games after having surgery on the same knee.

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The Golden State Warriors announced they signed 2012 second round draft pick, center Ognjen Kuzmic, to a contract.

Golden State also added free agent forward Joe Alexander to the training camp roster.

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The Orlando Magic signed rookie forward Romero Osby, the team announced. Osby was the Magic's second-round draft pick in June.

The Magic also signed free agents Mickell Gladness (Alabama A&M), Manny Harris (Michigan), Solomon Jones (South Florida) and Kris Joseph (Syracuse). The roster is at 19 players.

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The Miami Heat signed guard Roger Mason Jr. to a contract, the team announced.

Last season, Mason appeared in 69 games, including 13 starts, for New Orleans and averaged 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 17.7 minutes while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three-point range.

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The Los Angeles Lakers signed center Dan Gadzuric to a contract, the team announced.

The 7-foot Gadzuric is a 10-year NBA veteran who spent the 2012-13 season playing with Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuela.

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The Washington Wizards announced the signing of four players: forwards Josh Childress and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, guard Xavier Silas and center D'Or Fischer. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

  • Tim Tebow answered Stephen A. Smith's dumb question with a riveting inspirational speech

    Hate on Tim Tebow all you want, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most motivational guys in sports — period. On Tuesday he appeared with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and dropped the best speech you’ll hear all week. When he was criticized for taking a long shot at making an MLB roster, Tebow dropped the hammer.

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  • LeBron James gave the Indians a nice gift before the World Series

    There’s a lot of pressure on the Cleveland Indians as the team sits just four wins away from breaking a lengthy World Series drought. If anyone can understand what the club is going through right now, it would have to be Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. James and the Cavs were in a similar spot just months ago, and managed to bring the first sports championship to Cleveland in years.

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  • NASCAR America: Brian Scott pleased with second-place finish at Talladega

    Richard Petty Motorsports announced it has partnered with the American Red Cross as the primary sponsor on the No. 44 of Brian Scott this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in an effort to help Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. Scott’s car will feature text message code fans can use in order to donate to the Red Cross’ efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew earlier this month. Fans can help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999, which will be featured on the No. 44 Ford Fusion this weekend, to make a $10 donation. “With the significance that Hurricane Matthew had on the Carolinas, Virginia and really all of the Southeast coast, we knew it was extremely important to give back to our community in a partnership with the American Red Cross,” Richard Petty said in a press release.

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  • Nasty fight erupts over life-changing World Series of Poker hand

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  • Tigers not likely to deal Kinsler

    While Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila recently told local reporters he will be looking to cut payroll and shake up his roster before next season, Detroit Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech believes the Tigers have no interest in trading 2B Ian Kinsler and RHP Justin Verlander. "We want to get younger," Avila said two weeks ago. "We want to get leaner. We want to run the organization without having to go over our means." Kinsler, 34, who hit .288 with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs this season, will earn just $21 million over the next two years and be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. Matthew Cerrone | Snapchat | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me The Mets technically need a second baseman.

  • Is Jake Browning the nation's best quarterback?

    Dr. Saturday's Graham Watson takes a look at the Washington Huskies quarterback in this week's Heisman Watch.

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  • Experienced Cup drivers limited to 17 Xfinity and Truck Series races a year starting in 2017

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    A survey of more than 4,000 people, conducted by BBC Radio 5 Live, has found that 82% of soccer fans in England, Scotland and Wales would have no problem with having a gay player on their team. A lack of acceptance of gay players has made headlines in the NFL in recent years, and it remains a taboo subject in the European game. The first player to come out in England was Justin Fashanu in 1990.

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  • Giants finally release Josh Brown, John Mara cites team's 'misguided' actions

    Brown was left home from the Giants’ game against the Los Angeles Rams in London in Week 7 and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL, granting the team a roster spot to replace him. Giants co-owner John Mara explained (via ESPN) why the team released Brown now and not when the allegations of abuse first surfaced, or after the shocking documents in which Brown admitted he abused his wife were released by the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office.

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  • Jonathan Bernier exits Ducks game at Sharks with upper-body injury

    Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier exited his team’s Tuesday game against the San Jose Sharks with an upper body injury. It’s unclear when exactly Bernier was hurt. It was just the second game for Bernier with his new team this season.

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  • Kyle Schwarber shows why he's a freak of nature who can do some World Series damage for the Cubs

    Kyle Schwarber is a freak of nature, a hitter with the hand-eye coordination, explosiveness and guts to do what should be impossible. Now you know why the Cubs always believed Schwarber could help get them that championship parade down Michigan Avenue — and how the Cleveland Indians won’t just fade into history’s background as The Other Team. “No, not right now,” Schwarber said.

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  • Welcome to the Tim Tebow baseball and PR Experience

    In the last seven days, I've talked to a handful of Mets insiders, none of whom believe Tim Tebow will be with the team next spring in Port St. Lucie. I've heard several different reasons behind their thinking. But, in the end, everyone agreed that -- if he's still with the organization -- he's more likely to show up in St. Lucie when minor-league camp starts, as opposed to when big leaguers arrive in February. This is good news ... if you ask me. It's nothing against Tebow, who has every right to pursue a career in baseball. It's just, the Mets have real goals, and real business at hand, as they try to right their ship and get back to the World Series. I expect Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah

  • Griezmann wins best player award in Spain for last season

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  • Jabrill Peppers makes inroads, but Lamar Jackson still Bovada’s overwhelming Heisman favorite

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  • Frederik Andersen's early-season woes continue in 7-3 loss to Tampa

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  • Donald Trump once helped conduct the English League Cup draw

    In a matter of days, Donald Trump could become one of the most powerful people on the planet. Twenty-five years ago, he found himself drawing Norwich and Middlesbrough our of a green felt bag in the League Cup quarter-final draw. While in the Big Apple, the crew needed to take care of the matter of drawing the final eight teams in the League Cup. According to The Guardian, relatively-fresh-faced 45-year-old Trump had already agreed to an interview and subsequently agreed to the help decide the fate of England’s second-biggest cup contest.

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  • Greg Cosell's Week 7 Review: The Colts' adjustments, and Andrew Luck's execution

    The Indianapolis Colts had some offensive obstacles to overcome last week. The Colts had to rethink their personnel groupings because receivers Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief were out. The Colts still had quarterback Andrew Luck, and he was excellent.

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    NBCSN has a doubleheader tonight and it begins at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Buffalo Sabres. Following that game, the Anaheim Ducks will take on the Sharks in San Jose at 10:00 p.m. ET. To watch the early game online, click here. To watch the late game online, click here. The Flyers will be playing their second game in two nights, as they dropped a 3-1 decision in Montreal last night. Philadelphia had some good scoring opportunities, but they were held to one goal mainly because Canadiens goalie Carey Price put together a strong performance. “We definitely wanted to come in here and get two points and it’s disappointing with the loss,” Steve Mason said, per CSN Philly.

  • World Series Can't Outrun Objections to Indians' Red-Skinned Logo

    Everywhere the Cleveland Indians go, so go team mascot Chief Wahoo and the logo that critics slam as derogatory. The Indians are in the 2016 World Series and, as expected, some Native American groups immediately planned protests against the team's use of the Chief Wahoo logo. The Cleveland American Indian Movement, for instance, has posted a call to rally against the mascot on its website. "The World Series begins in Cleveland this Tuesday, October 25,” it reads. “Join Cleveland American Indian Movement and the Native community as we gather at the stadium in protest of Cleveland Baseball's use of the ‘Indians’ team name and the despicable ‘Wahoo’ logo. Newspapers and broadcasters from around

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  • Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields turning pro

    Claressa Shields celebrates after winning her second Olympic gold medal. There will be no third gold medal for Claressa Shields. The only American to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward in 2004 is turning professional and will make her pro debut on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas on the undercard of the Ward-Sergey Kovalev pay-per-view show.

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  • Travis Ford has Saint Louis recruiting at an unprecedented level

    In the 13-year history of the Rivals rankings, Saint Louis had only landed one top 150 prospect prior to this year. New coach Travis Ford and his staff have now pulled in three in barely three months. In August, they outdueled Illinois for wing Jordan Goodwin, an Illinois native rated the No. 56 prospect in the 2017 class.

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  • Report: Jose Mourinho willing to let Wayne Rooney leave

    Wayne Rooney‘s future at Manchester United seems increasingly uncertain. A report in the Sun newspaper states that United’s captain and talisman, 31, has been told by manager Jose Mourinho that he can leave if it’s regular game time he wants. Rooney hasn’t started any of United’s last four Premier League games and was left out of their squad for the 4-0 thumping at Chelsea last weekend with a small injury. Per the report, Mourinho has spoken to Rooney’s advisers and has told them he can not guarantee the England national team captain a starting role. There’s no doubting Rooney’s huge impact at United over the past 12 years since he arrived at Old Trafford. He’s won five Premier League titles,

  • Why Ty Montgomery isn’t RB eligible on Yahoo (for now)

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery pushes Chicago Bears free safety Adrian Amos away as he carries the ball. There have been numerous tweets and questions about whether Ty Montgomery would become eligible at running back in Yahoo Fantasy after getting a chance to line up in the backfield after a rash of injuries for the Green Bay Packers. After much consideration, Yahoo Fantasy Sports has decided to leave Montgomery as receiver only at this time.

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  • Georges St-Pierre Addresses Fighting Michael Bisping at UFC 206

    UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping dropped a bomb on the MMA world recently, saying he had agreed to a fight with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 206. Now, St-Pierre is weighing in on the potential fight. Bisping on Tuesday tweeted, “@GeorgesStPierre, we all want more money. But let’s go, sign the papers. Give the people of Toronto what they want, be a hero! Let’s go champ!” He was, of course, referring to a fight between himself and St-Pierre, a fight that had been unsuccessfully negotiated prior to Bisping’s title defense against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in early October. Bisping said that the UFC had “been negotiating this fight for the last few days,” and that he had verbally agreed to it.