BASKETBALL

Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tatts.

An artist has said she’ll remove most tattoos from a large painting of the former NBA star on an Indianapolis multifamily residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web on a shoulder.

Artist Jules Muck said she was just trying to be funny. The mural is a replica of Bird’s appearance on a 1977 Sports Illustrated cover when he played college ball for Indiana State.

Bird’s attorney, Gary Sallee, said the former Indiana Pacers executive “needs to protect” his brand and “doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy.”

Muck told the Indianapolis Star that an “Indiana” tattoo will remain on Bird’s arm in the mural.

HOCKEY

NHL: The Minnesota Wild have hired Bill Guerin, who won two Stanley Cups as a player and two more titles in the front office with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as their new general manager.

Guerin was announced Wednesday as the fourth GM in the team’s 19-year history, three weeks after predecessor Paul Fenton was fired by owner Craig Leipold. Guerin spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager of the Penguins, who won consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. He previously worked three years in player development for the club he skated for in the final two of his 18 seasons in the league as player. He was on Pittsburgh’s title-winning team in 2009.

The Ottawa Senators signed forward Colin White to a six-year contract with an average annual value of $4.75 million.

White had 14 goals and 27 assists in 71 games last year in his first full season. His 41 points were fifth best among rookies.

The New York Islanders agreed to terms with Derick Brassard on a one-year contract. Brassard, who will turn 32 on Sept. 22, had 14 goals and nine assists in 70 games last season while with Pittsburgh, Florida and Colorado.

TENNIS

U.S. OPEN: Defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the No. 1 seeds for singles play.

Osaka, who beat Serena Williams in last year’s final for her first Grand Slam title, recently regained the top spot in the WTA rankings from Ash Barty. Barty is the No. 2 seed.
Williams was given the No. 8 seed Wednesday by the U.S. Tennis Association.

Djokovic is followed by fellow past U.S. Open champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

HALL OF FAME: Goran Ivanisevic, Sergi Bruguera, Conchita Martinez and Jonas Bjorkman are the four candidates for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s class of 2020.

The class will be announced in January. Induction is set for July 18.

BRONX OPEN: Top-seeded Wang Qiang advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Fiona Ferro on Wednesday.

FOOTBALL

ARREST: Former Texans star Mario Williams was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge accusing him of trespassing at a woman’s Houston-area home. Harris County court records show that Williams, No. 1 draft pick in 2006, was freed on $100 bond.

COLLEGE: Tennessee State suspended quarterback Demry Croft indefinitely following his indictment on rape and sexual battery charges.

XFL: The league, which begins play in February, revealed the names and logos for its eight teams.

The teams are the Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, DC Defenders, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, St. Louis BattleHawks, Seattle Dragons and Tampa Bay Vipers.

SOCCER

MLS: The Montreal Impact fired coach Remi Garde and replaced him with Wilmer Cabrera. The move comes 27 games into Garde’s second season with the team, which is struggling to hang on to a playoff spot.

FIGURE SKATING

BAN: Richard Callaghan, who coached Tara Lipinski to Olympic gold, has been banned from figure skating by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct.

Callaghan, who also coached six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge, was ruled “permanently ineligible” for actions involving a minor.


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