Sixth man Harden traded to Rockets
Unable to work out an extension with James Harden, Oklahoma City traded him to Houston with three others on Saturday night, acquiring guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks, and a second-round pick in the deal. The Thunder also sent center Cole Aldrich, and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Rockets. Harden is slated to become a restricted free agent in July if he isn’t signed to a deal by Oct. 31. . . Russian billionaire and owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, announced he was setting aside his business interests to devote his attention to politics. Publicist Ellen Pinchuk said the decision would not affect ‘‘any of his assets, including the Brooklyn Nets.’’ Prokhorov ran for president in March, winning 8 percent of the vote . . . Defending Big 12 and national champion Baylor is the unanimous choice at No. 1 in the women’s college basketball preseason poll. Connecticut, Duke, Stanford, and Maryland round out the top five.
Carolina’s Ziemba suspended for PEDs
Carolina offensive lineman Lee Ziemba was suspended four games after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the Charlotte Observer reported. Ziemba, who is on injured reserve with a torn meniscus, said he never knowingly took a performance-enhancing substance but will not appeal the suspension . . . Former first-round pick Michael Bennett was sentenced in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to 15 months in prison on Friday for taking part in a scheme to cash $500,000 in fraudulent tax refund checks. Bennett, 34, pleaded guilty to wire fraud three months ago. Bennett was drafted by Minnesota in 2002, last appearing with the Raiders in 2010. Former Raiders and Giants defensive tackle William Joseph and former Syracuse player Louis Gacheline were also involved and await sentencing . . . Green Bay offensive tackle Derek Sherrod is likely lost for the season because of a broken tibia and fibula. He was injured in December against the Chiefs and has not returned . . . The Giants ruled out Kenny Phillips (knee) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
Williams to meet Sharapova in final
Serena Williams advanced to the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul, beating Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-1. She will play Maria Sharapova, who defeated World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, 6-4, 6-2 . . . Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Swiss Indoors final in Basel, setting up a rematch of their semifinal at the London Olympics. Top-ranked Federer beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 7-5, 6-4, and Del Potro eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win Richard Gasquet in the semifinals . . . David Ferrer reached the Valencia Open final, beating Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1. Ferrer will face Alexandr Dolgopolov in Sunday’s final after he beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-4, 6-2.
Paraguay sends hooligans packing
Paraguay sent home 35 Argentine fans sentenced to two-year suspended jail terms for acts of vandalism and banned them for five years from returning across the border. Fans of Argentine side Colon were arrested after fighting with home supporters of Cerro Porteno and riot police during a Copa Sudamericana match in Asunción on Tuesday. The hooligans were sentenced at a brief trial after agreeing to pay for the damage . . . In Premier League action, host Manchester City topped Swansea, 1-0, on a Carlos Tevez goal and Mikel Arteta’s late goal propelled host Arsenal to a 1-0 win over the winless Queens Park Rangers . . . Lionel Messi scored twice to help Barcelona roll to a 5-0 La Liga win at Rayo Vallecano in Madrid.
AG scuttles plan to challenge BCS
Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff says he’s dropping his plans to sue college football’s Bowl Championship Series based on antitrust violations because of its recent move to a playoff system. Shurtleff has said there are ‘‘serious antitrust violations’’ in the BCS system that is used to crown a national champion in college football. He told KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City that he believes his threat of a lawsuit may have prompted the BCS to go to a four-team playoff format . . . Approximately 3,500 runners from 48 states and eight countries are expected to come to Falmouth Sunday for the 35th annual Cape Cod Marathon . . . Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, making her first Grand Prix appearance, won the Skate Canada International in Windsor, Ontario, with a score of 176.45 points. On the men’s side, Spain’s Javier Fernandez won with a score of 253.94, 10 better than Canadian Patrick Chan, who had won the last three Skate Canada titles.