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NBA mulling changes to playoffs

Marc Gasol finalized his five-year deal with Memphis on Monday, reportedly worth more than $100 million. AP FILE

The NBA’s competition committee closely examined the league’s playoff seeding procedures on Monday, potentially paving the way for a change to the rule that currently gives a top-four seed to a division winner regardless of record, league sources told CBSSports.com. As part of the discussion about whether a division winner should automatically qualify for a top-four seed, the committee also examined whether a division winner should get a tiebreak over a non-division winner with a better record . . . The Memphis Grizzlies signed All-Star center Marc Gasol to a multiyear contract, fulfilling the team’s top priority this offseason. The team announced Gasol’s signing Monday. Although the Grizzlies didn’t release terms of the deal, the Associated Press previously reported Gasol had agreed on a five-year maximum contract worth more than $100 million. Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.62 blocks last season . . . The Clippers re-signed backup guard Austin Rivers, the son of coach Doc Rivers, and added reserve center Cole Aldrich. Rivers averaged 7.1 points in 41 games after arriving from Boston in a January trade.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FSU president warns playersFlorida State president John Thrasher has told the football team that members must start conducting themselves appropriately after two players were charged with punching women. Thrasher said in a statement that he met with the team to reiterate that players’ actions must reflect well upon the university. Running back Dalvin Cook was suspended last week after he was charged with punching a woman outside a Tallahassee bar. Freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson was kicked off the team after video showed him punching a woman in the face.

HOCKEY

Sabres’ O’Reilly arrested

A couple of weeks after signing a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres following a trade from the Colorado Avalanche, forward Ryan O’Reilly was charged with impaired driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident by the Ontario Provincial Police in Middlesex County. ‘‘We are currently in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment until we have spoken with all parties involved,’’ Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. O’Reilly, 24, is due to appear in court in London, Ontario, on Aug. 20.

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SOCCER

United lose keeper Hamid D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgeries on his left hand and right knee, the team said. The 2014 Goalkeeper of the Year has an 8-4-4 record and leads MLS in save percentage (.819) and goals-against average (0.75) . . . Experienced Italian coach Claudio Ranieri was hired as the new manager of Leicester, returning to the English Premier League eight months after being fired following a brief and disappointing spell in charge of Greece’s national team.

GOLF

Davies works for induction Laura Davies was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Andrews, Scotland — although she wasn’t around to enjoy all of it. A four-hour flight delay out of Philadelphia forced her to miss the induction. She finally made it to the reception, a surprise to hundreds of guests who thought she had abandoned efforts to get there. Davies was inducted along with major champions Mark O’Meara and David Graham of Australia and architect A.W. Tillinghast, who was inducted posthumously. It was the first time the World Golf Hall of Fame took its ceremony outside the United States.

MISCELLANY

Rangers’ Perez set to return

Texas Rangers lefthander Martin Perez will complete his return from Tommy John surgery with his first major league start in more than a year Friday in Houston. Perez made six rehab starts, going 0-1 with a 4.56 ERA . . . Scott Lipsky helped get wins in mixed and men’s doubles but the Boston Lobsters (0-2) fell to the Austin Aces, 22-18, in World TeamTennis play at the Manchester Athletic Club . . . Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic beat Illya Marchenko, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, and No. 3-seeded Bernard Tomic was upset by fellow Australian John-Patrick Smith, 6-3, 7-5, in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I.

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