The Los Angeles Clippers have again ended talks to acquire Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics, and this time it could be for good, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
The teams don't plan to meet again, and the Clippers are planning to hire a coach this week.
The Boston Globe reported via Twitter that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed that discussions were finished. he latest snag centered around the Clippers refusal to deal DeAndre Jordan straight up for Garnett, then surrender two first-round draft picks as compensation for allowing Rivers to be released from the final three-years and $21 million on his contract.
---Injured Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is off crutches and ready to begin the next stage of his rehab from a torn meniscus.
Westbrook posted a video through his Vine social media site in which he pretends to smash a crutch over his knee and throws it a pool. He then clutches a basketball in a shooting motion, and says, "I'm back." It has been just more than six weeks since Westbrook had his surgery. He was hurt his knee in Game 2 of the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
The motorist who killed charity soccer ball dribbler Richard Swanson is in an Oregon jail facing charges of criminally negligent homicide, Oregon.live reported.
Scott Van Hiatt, 52, was arrested Monday and is being held on $50,000 bail, pending a Tuesday arraignment. He was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, Lincoln County deputy district attorney Elijah Michalowski told The Oregonian.
Swanson, 42, died May 14 after being hit by a truck while trying to dribble a ball to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The 10,000-mile trek through 11 countries from Seattle to Brazil to raise money for charity was scheduled to last a year.
---Former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis will take another plunge this fall. The 53-year-old is planning to marry paralegal Johnny Chaillot, according to People magazine.
Louganis, a four-time gold medalist, is the only man to win consecutive Olympic titles in springboard and platform diving, taking the medals in 1984 at Los Angeles and 1988 at Seoul.
---Russian judo artist Elena Ivashchenko committed suicide last weekend over her failure to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics, an official from the sport told the Russian state news agency, RIA Novosti.
The four-time European judo champion died Saturday at age 28 after jumping off the balcony of a 15th-floor apartment in the Siberian city of Tyumen.
University of Evansville guard Jordan Nelson is leaving the school to "pursure other educational opportunities," Aces head basketball coach Marty Simmons said Tuesday in a statement.
The sophomore averaged 7.8 minutes and 2.2 points a game over 27 contests during the 2012-13 season.
Five-time Wimbledon champ Venus Williams won't play at the grass court Grand Slam for the first time since her 1997 debut, as the 33-year-old pulled out of the tournament Tuesday with a lower-back injury.
Williams has played at Wimbledon for 16 straight years but lost in the first round last year. She won the singles trophy in 2000-01, 2005 and 2007-08.
Williams has struggled with a back issues for a while, and had played in just three matches in the last two-plus months.