Speaking of tires . . . Luongo’s stolen
During the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins, Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo infamously stated that he had been “pumping [Bruins goalie Tim Thomas’s] tires ever since the series started.” In a strange coincidence, Luongo tweeted Tuesday afternoon that unknown perpetrators stole the tires off his SUV. His tweet included a picture of his car and said “at least the robbers were nice enough to leave me the car.” Luongo’s Mercedes-Benz GL class was apparently parked at his house in Florida. According to Vancouver’s The Province, if Luongo had stock rims and tires, the theft would worth nearly $10,000 . . . A person familiar with the negotiations said Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris will add the Devils and the lease to their arena to his portfolio Thursday. Attorneys for both sides were putting the final touches on the deal that would allow Jeff Vanderbeek to sell his majority ownership to Harris. Under NHL rules, the sale of the team could not be announced unless it had been approved by the league’s board of governors . . . Sudbury’s William D’Orsi scored a goal in the US boys’ under-17 team’s 5-2 win over the Czech Republic in a preliminary-round game of the Five Nations tournament in Trnava, Slovakia on Wednesday.
Pekovic nets $60 million from ’Wolves
Nikola Pekovic didn’t want to leave Minnesota, and the Timberwolves weren’t about to let him go. After weeks of negotiations, the sides came to agreement on a five-year contract worth $60 million that includes an additional $8 million in incentives. After posting a career-high 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season, the 27-year-old Pekovic entered restricted free agency when the NBA’s fiscal year opened on July 1 . . . The arraignment for former NBA player Craig Ehlo has been delayed until Oct. 2 to accommodate his entry into a drug treatment facility. Ehlo is facing charges of reckless burning after Spokane (Wash.) sheriff’s deputies found him outside his home this month next to a pile of his burning clothes. Ehlo had been involved in an altercation with his wife and was being held down by family members when police and firefighters arrived . . . Former Boston University standout guard Brett Brown was officially introduced as the 24th head coach in Philadelphia history. . . . The Pacers hired Popeye Jones as an assistant coach. Jones spent the last three seasons with the Nets, the last two as an assistant coach . . . Tan White (15 points, four rebounds) hit a jumper with 0.5 seconds left to lift the Connecticut Sun to an 88-86 WNBA win over the Atlanta Dream in Uncasville, Conn.
Gamecocks’ Clowney to play in opener
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said slightly banged-up All-American Jadeveon Clowney will play against North Carolina on Aug. 29. Clowney missed a scrimmage on Saturday and practice Monday with a bruised shoulder. Spurrier said Monday night if Clowney’s sore shoulder didn’t improve, he might sit the defensive end for the season opener. Clowney returned to practice Tuesday . . . Receiver Marqise Lee returned to practice at Southern Cal after missing four days of camp with an injury. The Biletnikoff Award winner suffered bone bruise around his right shoulder at practice last Friday . . . Jaborian McKenzie, one of the former Vanderbilt players charged with rape of an unconscious student at a campus dormitory in June, has entered a not guilty plea and waived the right to appear at his Aug. 21 arraignment in Nashville . . . The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is being bought by ESPN. Bowl officials said that the network had agreed in principle to acquire the bowl game from the Humanitarian Bowl Inc. Details of the deal were not released.
MLB is discussing expanded replay
Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre gave his instant replay proposal to the executive committee to consider as baseball’s brass huddled for two days of meetings in Cooperstown, N.Y. MLB is looking at a vast expansion of video review for the 2014 season and is examining whether all calls other than balls and strikes should be subject to instant replay. Torre has said all options were being considered, including an NFL-type system that would give managers the ability to challenge calls . . . St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras will undergo surgery and will miss the rest of the season after a right ankle sprain did not respond to treatment . . . Marcio Fortes, the head of the public body coordinating planning for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, has resigned, raising concerns about the city’s ability to stage the first games in South America . . . Serena Williams beat Eugenie Bouchard, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic beat Juan Monaco, 7-5, 6-2, and Andy Murray topped Mikhail Youzhny, 6-2, 6-3 . . . Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has retired from professional tennis after losing her match at the Western & Southern Open. The 28-year old tearfully announced she’s quitting, saying her Achilles’, shoulder, hips, and lower back hurt continuously when she plays . . . Northwestern Mutual has agreed to be title sponsor this year for the Tiger Woods Foundation’s 18-man tournament in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge will be Dec. 5-8.