Russell Westbrook is staying with the Thunder. The superstar point guard and reigning NBA MVP signed a contract extension to remain in Oklahoma City, a person with the knowledge of the agreement said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal. ESPN first reported the agreement and said it would be for five years and worth $205 million. Westbrook made an Instagram post Friday afternoon, a photo of him yelling at Chesapeake Energy Arena with his arms raised in the air. His words of choice to go with the photo are the words he lives by and the name of his charitable foundation: ‘‘WHY NOT??’’ Westbrook said this week that Oklahoma City is where he wanted to be. He said he was thrilled with the offseason additions of four-time All-Star Paul George and 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Both have player options on their deals after this season. Westbrook averaged a triple-double last season and was the league scoring champion. He averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists and broke Oscar Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles with 42. His success increased anxiety for Thunder fans who feared he might leave, as Kevin Durant did during the summer of 2016 when he chose o join the Golden State Warriors. Westbrook signed the extension on Durant’s 29th birthday . . . LeBron James missed his second straight practice with a sprained left ankle, an injury that happened on Dwyane Wade’s first day with the Cavaliers. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said James is day to day.
Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder was charged with battery after a fight at a late-night restaurant. Brookhaven (Ga.) police reported that Schroder and three other men were arrested in an altercation around 2 a.m. Friday at the 6am restaurant. A review of video from the scene led to the misdemeanor charges. According to a police report, the video shows a total of seven people, including a security office, involved in ‘‘what appeared to be a verbal heated exchange.’’
Pete Mackanin is out as Phillies manager after 2½ seasons but will remain in the dugout for the final three games this weekend and return as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak in 2018. The Phillies are 64-95 this season, last in the NL East and with the second-worst record in the league. Mackanin, 66, succeeded Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg on June 26, 2015. Mackanin had received a contract extension through next season on May 11 . . . All-Star third baseman Miguel Sano, sidelined for 38 games with a stress reaction in his left shin, was activated by the Twins making him eligible for the playoffs . . . Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma underwent shoulder surgery that will keep him from throwing for about five months.
Malik Rosier threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 14 Miami (3-0, 1-0 ACC) rolled over Duke (4-1, 1-1), 31-6, in Durham, N.C. Rosier threw for 270 yards, including a 49-yard catch-and-run score by Ahmmon Richards early in the fourth quarter. Richards’s score broke it open, giving the Hurricanes a 24-6 lead with 11:02 left . . . Louisville named assistant David Padgett as the interim replacement for men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino, staying in-house to maintain continuity in the wake of a nationwide federal investigation of college basketball.
Tyrrell Hatton shot a 5-under 65 in cold and rainy conditions in the second round to lead by three strokes at the British Masters in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where the leaderboard was dominated by English players. Lee Westwood, who is hosting the tournament, and Ian Poulter also shot 65 and were two of four Englishmen in a five-way tie for second behind their compatriot. Hatton was at 12 under overall, having followed up an opening-round 63 . . . Spain’s Belen Mozo shot an 8-under 64, including a hole in one on the par-3 13th, to take a five-stroke lead after two rounds of the New Zealand Women’s Open in Auckland. Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, 36 agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension that will pay him $5.5 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20 . . . Martin Truex Jr. will try to win his sixth race of the season from the pole at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in NASCAR’s third playoff race. Truex turned a lap of 160.664 m.p.h. to win the pole . . . Ashleigh Barty of Australia reached her biggest WTA final when she beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-0, at the Wuhan (China) Open. Barty will play Caroline Garcia in the final after the Frenchwoman beat qualifier Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-3, 6-2, in the other semifinal . . . Former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva fell short in her bid to make a second successive WTA final on her comeback to professional tennis, retiring against Kateryna Bondarenko in the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Open semifinals. Bondarenko led, 7-6 (9-7), 4-1, when Zvonareva retired for unspecified reasons. Bondarenko will play Timea Babos in the final after the Hungarian beat Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, 6-1, 6-4.
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