Veteran point guard Derek Fisher inked a deal with the Mavericks after passing a physical Thursday. The 38-year-old was a free agent after playing last season with the Lakers and Thunder. To make room on the roster, Dallas waived Troy Murphy, who averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14 games . . . Nets center Brook Lopez will miss the next two games with a mild sprain of his right foot, and will be considered day to day after that. Lopez was hurt in the third quarter of Wednesday’s win over the Celtics . . . The Cavaliers waived forward Luke Harangody and signed rookie forward Kevin Jones. Harangody, who hasn’t played this season, recently had arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss another month. The former Celtic played 42 games over the past two seasons for Cleveland, averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds . . . The Thunder assigned rookie Jeremy Lamb to their NBADL affiliate in Tulsa. Lamb was acquired as part of the trade that sent James Harden to Houston . . . David Courtney, the veteran public address announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers, Kings, and Angels, died. He was 56. The Clippers said he died in Los Angeles, but gave no details. Courtney missed Wednesday’s game against Minnesota because he was in the hospital awaiting an angiogram, according to his Twitter feed.
Watney leads Woods’s World tourney
Nick Watney made birdie on the 14th hole during a strong back nine that carried him to a 5-under-par 67 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, and Hopkinton’s Keegan Bradley are tied for for second. Tiger Woods, the tournament host and defending champion, scratched out a 70 . . . Bill Haas bogeyed two of the last three holes in the Nedbank Golf Challenge to earn a share of the first-round lead with Nicolas Colsaerts in Sun City, South Africa. Two-time defending champion Lee Westwood sits one stroke back along with Paul Lawrie and Louis Oosthuizen . . . Meen Whee Kim shot a 9-under 63 for a 13-under 131 total and a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in La Quinta, Calif. Vaughn Taylor is one stroke back . . . Moriya Jutanugarn, 18, shot a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Calif. Lacey Agnew is second after shooting 67.
Wondolowski named MVP of MLS
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski won Major League Soccer’s MVP award after scoring a league-leading 27 goals, tying the MLS season record set by Tampa Bay’s Roy Lassiter in 1996. He is the first player to lead the league in goals three straight years . . . Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Andres Iniesta are up for FIFA’s world player of the year award, with Messi looking to be the first to win the award four times. Finalists for the women’s award are five-time winner Marta and Americans Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach. US coach Pia Sundhage is a finalist for women’s coach of the year. Winners will be announced Jan. 7 . . . David Beckham hasn’t said where he’ll play after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy following Saturday’s MLS Cup, but he reiterated his commitment to MLS, both as a future owner and a cheerleader for North American soccer . . . Ex-US women’s national team general manager Cheryl Bailey will be executive director of the new US Soccer-led women’s league that will begin next year.
Wild’s Harding has multiple sclerosis
Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding announced he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He became dizzy during a workout on the ice about two months ago, and started seeing big, black dots. Harding, 28, has been undergoing treatment for the disease, which attacks the body’s immune system and affects the central nervous system, but has no plans to end or alter his career . . . Serena Williams was named the WTA’s Player of the Year for the fourth time after winning major titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and claiming gold at the London Olympics . . . Gloves worn by Muhammad Ali when he won the title from Sonny Liston in a huge upset in 1964, and another pair from his ‘‘Fight of the Century’’ loss at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to Joe Frazier, are among items being auctioned off by the estate of his former trainer, Angelo Dundee . . . Several fights reportedly broke out during the second day of viewing for murdered boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho. One was a melee between his alleged girlfriend, another woman who claimed to be his longtime girlfriend, and his sisters, according to media reports in Puerto Rico . . . Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon won the Myers Brothers Award for outstanding contributions to NASCAR . . . Dale Earnhardt Jr. tied Bill Elliott’s record of 10 consecutive wins as NASCAR’s most popular driver . . . St. John’s Prep senior running back and safety Alex Moore, who leads the Eagles into Saturday’s Division 1 Eastern Mass. Super Bowl against Brockton, was named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year in Massachusetts.