New Rocket Harden may ink extension
James Harden plans to sign a long-term extension with the Houston Rockets before the regular season begins. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year joined his new team Sunday after he was traded to the Rockets from Oklahoma City late Saturday night. The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and former UConn star Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks, and a second-round pick in the surprising deal. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston. ‘‘It happened so fast, it happened very fast,’’ Harden said. ‘‘But this is the position I’m in in now. Just have to make the best out of it. I’m with Houston now. I just have to come in here and play hard and win games.’’ Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Houston was able to offer Harden a contract that Oklahoma City could not . . . The Dallas Mavericks waived forward/center Melvin Ely and forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, and are expected to permanently part with guard Delonte West, who was suspended indefinitely Thursday for the second time this month . . . Wisconsin starting point guard Josh Gasser will miss the season after tearing his left ACL in practice Saturday. He’ll redshirt the season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Woods can’t stay with Watney in CIMB
Nick Watney missed a chance for a 59 in his CIMB Classic victory, closing with a course-record 10-under-par 61 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, despite a bogey at the 18th. He finished at 22-under 262 and earned $1.3 million in the unofficial PGA Tour event, finishing a stroke ahead of 2011 champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus and three ahead of Tiger Woods. Woods opened with three birdies and had eight in all, including at the 16th and 17th to put pressure on the leaders . . . Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters in Shanghai for his second European Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off world No. 1 Rory McIlroy by a stroke. Hanson finished at 21-under 267 and earned $1,166,600 in the European Tour’s richest regular event . . . Suzann Pettersen won the Taiwan Championship for her second straight LPGA Tour victory, rallying to beat Inbee Park by three strokes. Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 at Sunrise to finish at 19 under and earned $300,000 for her 10th LPGA Tour title . . . Justin Bolli closed with a 6-under 65 to win the Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas. He moved into the top 25 on the money list with the $180,000 first prize to earn a PGA Tour card for next year . . . In San Antonio, David Frost won the Champions AT&T Championship, beating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff after overcoming a six-stroke deficit in the final round. They each shot 6-under 66 to finish at 8-under 208.
Williams tops Sharapova for WTA title
Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-3, in Istanbul to win the WTA Championships for the third time and finish the year with another title, although not the top ranking. She will finish the year ranked No. 3, behind Sharapova. Victoria Azarenka, beaten by Sharapova in the semifinals, finished the year as the top-ranked player in the world . . . Juan Martin del Potro took Roger Federer’s Swiss Indoors title, beating the hometown favorite, 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), in the final. Federer won his hometown event five of the past six years. After the defeat, Federer announced he would pull out of the Paris Masters to rest for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Tournament organizers said Federer will be replaced in the main draw by Victor Hanescu . . . David Ferrer won the Valencia Open for the third time, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
English Premier League moves to NBC
NBC’s networks will televise the English Premier League under a $250 million, three-year deal that begins next season. They will show every match, taking coverage away from Fox and ESPN. The company picked up Major League Soccer last year and had success with its soccer broadcasts during the London Olympics. English-language broadcasts will primarily be on cable channel NBC Sports Network, with Telemundo and mun2 used for Spanish coverage . . . Laurent Courtois and Juan Agudelo scored in stoppage game to lift Chivas USA into a 2-2 tie with host FC Dallas in the MLS season finale for both teams; Federico Higuain converted a penalty kick for his second goal of the game, lifting the host Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC; Mike Magee scored in the 83rd minute, and the Los Angeles Galaxy hurt Seattle’s playoff position with a 1-0 victory . . . The International Ski Federation will discuss Lindsey Vonn’s wish to compete in a men’s World Cup downhill race during a Nov. 3-4 meeting . . . Patrick Makau won the Frankfurt Marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 8 seconds, but failed to break his world record (2:03:38) set in Berlin 13 months ago . . . Randy Bernard stepped down as CEO of IndyCar, bringing an end to a three-year reign that was disrupted this season by several attempts by team owners to have him ousted as head of the series. Jeff Belskus will step in as interim CEO of the IndyCar Series. . . . Sebastian Vettel’s won the Indian Grand Prix.