Warriors give Green four-year extension
Draymond Green entered this offseason vowing that the Golden State Warriors would remain a contender for NBA titles. His opinion hasn’t changed.
Green and the Warriors have agreed on the terms of a four-year extension worth nearly $100 million, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday.
ESPN first reported the agreement, citing Green’s agent, Rich Paul.
Green’s new deal will start with the 2020-21 season, so he is under contract through 2023-24. Klay Thompson signed a five-year, $190 million extension with the Warriors last month, and Stephen Curry is under contract through the 2021-22 season, so three major pieces of the Warriors’ half-decade of success are now locked up for at least three more years.
He is one of the league’s elite defenders, a five-time All-NBA defensive team selection and the defensive player of the year in the 2016-17 season. Green, Curry and Thompson are the lone remaining Warriors players to have been on each of their last three NBA championship teams, in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Green averaged 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game last season. Including playoff games, Green also had six triple-doubles last season. That tied him for seventh most in the NBA.
Saban denies report of interest in Smith
Alabama coach Nick Saban denies offering a job to ex-Ohio State assistant Zach Smith last year, citing the results of a background check as the reason.
The Crimson Tide’s connection with Smith surfaced with the release Friday of former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s texts and emails by Ohio State after an external investigation into what he knew about allegations of domestic violence made by Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith.
Meyer fired Smith in July 2018. Months earlier, Saban talked to Smith about a job, although accounts differ about whether an offer was extended.
“We talk to a lot of coaches about a lot of things,” Saban said Saturday at the Tide’s media day. “I really never did offer this guy a job. We did interview him and he did a nice job in the interview. But it’s when we did the background check, that we decided that it was a better opportunity to hire somebody else and that’s what we did.”
The receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator job went instead to Josh Gattis.
Ohio State investigated Meyer and suspended him for mishandling previous issues involving Smith. Meyer retired after the 2018 season.
Kyrgios takes out Tsitsipas in zany semifinal
Nick Kyrgios hammed it up by delivering a repaired sneaker to his opponent, No. 1-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas. He celebrated one key shot with a shimmy. He marked the last point by shaking a fan’s hand.
The Nick Kyrgios Experience was in full effect at the Citi Open in Washington— and he played well, too, hitting 19 aces, saving a match point and edging Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in a semifinal filled with all manner of memorable moments across its 2 hours, 7 minutes.
The 52nd-ranked Kyrgios will seek his sixth ATP title Sunday, when he faces No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev or Peter Gojowczyk in the final.
These two never had faced each other and, in the past, they’ve had their differences. But the duo played doubles together earlier in the week and apparently hit it off.
The concluding tiebreaker was a roller-coaster. Kyrgios led 5-1. Then Tsitsipas, who had his right thigh taped by a trainer after skidding to an awkward stop in the opening game, seized five consecutive points to lead 6-5 and hold a match point. Kyrgios erased that with a 132 mph service winner.
On Kyrgios’ first match point of his own, at 7-6, he flubbed a slice forehand. On the second, he went and spoke to a front-row spectator, as though seeking advice, closed out the victory with a big serve followed by a forehand winner, then went back to shake the man’s hand.
Jessica Pegula of the U.S. reached the second WTA final of her career will face Camila Giorgi for the women’s hard-court title.
The 79th-ranked Pegula, whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, advanced by beating qualifier Anna Kalinskaya 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Pegula is bidding for her first tour-level title.
Giorgi already owns two trophies and made it to her seventh final with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over 17-year-old American Caty McNally.
McNally and fellow American teen Coco Gauff won their first pro tournament as a doubles team by beating the fourth-seeded duo of Maria Sanchez and Fanny Stollar 6-2, 6-2.
Keefer claims RGA Mid-Amateur title
Glen Allen’s Ben Keefer broke away from a three-way tie entering the final round with a 3-under 69 to win the 35th Richmond Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship at The Dominion Club on Saturday.
Defending champion Tom Vlahakis of Ashland and Henrico’s Ryan Bishop also held a share of the lead entering Saturday. Vlahakis posted a 2-under 70, while Bishop capped his tournament with his second straight even 72, giving them second and third place, respectively.
Keefer’s main competition toward the end of the day came from Vlahakis, but an 25-foot putt for eagle on the par-5 15th gave Keefer the lead, which he wouldn’t surrender.
Keefer had previously won the RGA Mid-Amateur title in 2009. His final-round 69 was tied for the lowest score of the tournament — Kyle Bailey posted the same score on Saturday.
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