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    Thunder’s Russell Westbrook signs extension

    File-This photo taken March 27, 2017, shows Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbling during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Westbrook has yet to sign an extension, but the reigning league MVP said Oklahoma City is where he wants to be and he is “happy” about the offseason additions of superstars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. “I love it here,” he said. “I like where I'm at, and I like where our team is at.”(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the Thunder last season, winning the NBA’s MVP award.

    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.

    Schroder charged with battery

    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.’’

    It also shows Schroder shoving the victim, Joey Hall, before he and the other three members of his party attacked Hall with their hands and feet. Security officers were able to stop the brawl before police arrived.


    Phillies to give Mackanin the ax


    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.

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    Mets manager Terry Collins defended his use of the bullpen early in the season after published reports quoted unnamed team officials who disapproved of the job he did. ‘‘It’s part of the job,’’ Collins said during his pregame session with reporters. ‘‘You sit here and make the best decisions that you think are in the best interest of those involved. We never sent anyone out there to hurt anybody. Never have and never will. The players, training staff and coaches all make inputs. You make the best decisions you can.’’ The Mets are 69-90, a hugely disappointing season after playoff appearances the previous two years, and changes are expected. When asked about the unnamed criticism, Collins was blunt. ‘‘It’s piling on time,’’ he said. ‘‘So they do.’’

    The bat Pete Rose used to become baseball’s career hits leader is up for auction. The starting bid is $100,000. The ball Rose hit for a single off San Diego’s Eric Show sold during an earlier auction for $403,657. Rose was playing for the Cincinnati Reds when he got his 4,192nd hit on Sept. 11, 1985, to pass Ty Cobb. The auction runs through Oct. 27.


    Rosier powers Miami past Duke

    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.

    University president Greg Postel announced the appointment two days after Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of the school’s acknowledgment of its involvement in a federal bribery investigation. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave. Padgett, 32, a three-year starter for Pitino, is coming off his first season as an assistant following two seasons as Louisville’s director of basketball operations.


    South Carolina athletic director says its men's basketball program is not a target of a federal fraud and bribery scandal that led to the arrest of a former assistant. Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner says even with the complaints from the Department of Justice, the school still plans its own review. Tanner said in a statement that South Carolina will hire an independent group to review any issues.


    Hatton leads British Masters

    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.

     . . Brazil soccer great Marta will remain on the women’s national team despite growing player discontent after the firing of coach Emily Lima. The five-time FIFA player of the year said she will not follow the actions of teammates Cristiane, Fran, and Rosana . . . Ludmila Belousova, a two-time Russian Olympic champion in pairs figure skating, has died at age 81. Belousova and her partner husband, Oleg Protopopov, defected to Switzerland from the Soviet Union in 1979. Belousova and Protopopov’s win at the 1964 Olympics was the first pairs gold for the Soviet Union. They repeated the win in 1968 . . . O.J. Simpson will live in Florida following his parole from a Nevada prison where the former football star and celebrity criminal defendant has been held for the past nine years after a robbery conviction, his lawyer said. Attorney Malcolm LaVergne didn’t specify where Simpson would live in Florida, although Tom Scotto, a close friend who lives in Naples, has offered his home. Simpson becomes eligible for release Sunday . . . Portland’s newest professional hockey franchise won’t be the Puffins, Watchmen, Lumberjacks or Wild Blueberries. The ECHL franchise, which will begin play in 2018-19, announced that the winning name from a contest was the Maine Mariners. That’s the same name the Portland team had from 1977 to 1992 in the AHL. Finishing second was Wild Blueberries.