NBA, referees agree on a seven-year deal

The NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association reached a deal Thursday on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement.

It replaces the agreement that was set to expire at the end of the upcoming season.

“The NBA takes great pride in our world-class referee program and we are pleased to extend the league’s partnership with the NBRA for another seven years,” Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

TIMBERWOLVES: A person with knowledge of the deal said Tayshaun Prince agreed to terms on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.


RIO GAMES: A 35-person team of Australian sailors, coaches and support crew begin competing in test events this week for next year’s Summer Olympics on pollution-plagued Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, concerned as much about the floating debris that could affect the results of racing as the sewage-filled water.

Peter Conde, performance director of Australian Sailing, said three members of the delegation – a competitor, coach and support person – had become ill in the lead-up to the racing, all with 24-hour stomach upsets.


LPGA: Amy Anderson and Sandra Changkija shared the first-round lead at 7-under 65 in the Cambia Portland Classic in Oregon.

Anderson had five consecutive birdies on the front nine in her bogey-free round. Changkija made six birdies on her opening nine and reached 8 under before finishing with a bogey.


PLAYER FINED: The ATP fined Nick Kyrgios $10,000 for his “insulting comment” toward French Open champion Stan Wawrinka during a match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

On Wednesday night, a courtside microphone picked up Kyrgios saying that fellow Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with a player who is reportedly Wawrinka’s girlfriend.

ROGERS CUP: Second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania advanced to the quarterfinals in Toronto, outlasting 13th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in hot conditions.


SILVA PUNISHED: Nevada fight regulators imposed the maximum penalty on former UFC champion Anderson Silva for testing positive for steroid use last January.

Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar said Silva, 40, was suspended for one year, stripped of his January win over Nick Diaz and fined $380,000.


MLS: New York Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS for endangering the safety of an opponent in a 2-0 victory over New York City FC on Sunday night.

Parrinelle will sit out games Saturday against Toronto FC and Aug. 26 against the Chicago Fire.

 Real Salt Lake signed Argentinian forward Juan Manuel Martinez as a designated player.


NHL: Bob Fillion, who won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1944 and 1946, died at 94.

The team’s alumni association said Fillion attended most home games in recent years until becoming ill near the end of last season.

– From news service reports