Report: NBA to test for HGH next year
According to an ESPN.com report Friday, citing sources with knowledge of the situation, the NBA and its players association are close to an agreement to test players’ blood for HGH, with testing starting as soon as the 2013-14 season . . . Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is ‘‘not quite’’ ready to return from his knee injury, coach Tom Thibodeau said. ESPNChicago.com reported that Rose’s doctor cleared him to play, but Rose said he won’t return until he can dunk with confidence off his left foot . . . NBA Commissioner David Stern said the counteroffer to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle needs to be increased financially before the league’s owners can consider it.
Getzlaf, Ducks agree to 8-year deal
The Ducks re-signed their captain, Ryan Getzlaf, to an eight-year, $66 million contract, keeping the 27-year-old with his only NHL team through the 2020-21 season. Getzlaf could have been an unrestricted free agent this summer along with Corey Perry, his longtime linemate . . . The Buffalo Sabres have the deed in hand, giving them the go-ahead to develop a $172 million hockey-themed entertainment complex across from their arena.
LA interested in hosting ’24 Games
Los Angeles submitted a letter to the US Olympic Committee expressing its interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. Among those backing the bid include actor Tom Hanks, Walt Disney chair Robert Iger, and Magic Johnson. Boston is also interested in hosting the Games . . . Spain approved tougher anti-doping laws to align with World Anti-Doping Agency standards and bolster Madrid’s bid for the 2020 Olympics. The bill expands doping tests for athletes to overnight hours, allows for fines up to $520,000, and creates a national anti-doping agency with greater powers and an additional focus on sports health.
US women rout China in Algarve Cup
Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen scored as the US women beat China, 5-0, at the Algarve Cup in Albufeira, Portugal. The Americans finish group play Monday against Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage . . . American goalkeeper Hope Solo will miss up to four months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist . . . Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson dismissed speculation that Wayne Rooney could leave the team, saying Rooney will be with the club next season . . . Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez faces a jail sentence after being arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license . . . Maria Elena Perez, the attorney for Nevin Shapiro, is facing additional scrutiny, with a federal judge asking if her relationship with the NCAA was unethical because she took money . . . Brad Keselowski will start on the pole after heavy rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for Sunday’s race in Las Vegas.