Terrell Owens off to Chattanooga for induction speech
Terrell Owens will celebrate his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Chattanooga, where he played college football. The former NFL All-Pro receiver, who has said he was not attending the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, released a statement Tuesday saying he would give his acceptance speech at his alma mater Aug. 4. ‘‘I have decided to give my Hall of Fame speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,’’ Owens posted on Twitter. ‘‘The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 3:17 p.m.’’ Induction ceremonies for Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, and Owens at the Hall of Fame are set for Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Owens was voted into the hall in February after being denied in his first two years of eligibility. His announcement last month that he was skipping the ceremony is unprecedented by an enshrinee.
Foster, Jones draw2-game suspensions
49ers linebacker Reuben Foster and Packers running back Aaron Jones each drew two-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s conduct and substance-abuse policy. Foster, drafted 31st overall last year after questions about his health and character caused him to drop, also will be fined for violations from a weapons offense and misdemeanor drug charge. Jones’s ban stems from a traffic stop in Oct. 2017, in which he was charged with operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system; speeding; and operating a vehicle without a valid license.
FIBA to investigate World Cup brawl
Basketball Australia said world governing body FIBA will enter ‘‘new territory’’ when it investigates a bench-clearing brawl during Australia’s 79-48 World Cup qualifying victory against the Philippines Monday. It would not rule out criminal charges being laid. Thirteen players, including four Australians, were ejected for their part in the brawl which took place in the third quarter of the game in Ciudad de Victoria.
Bradley to stay in LA
Former Celtics guard Avery Bradley agreed to a two-year contract worth a reported $25 million with the Clippers . . . The Jazz locked up their second and third internal free agents of the summer, agreeing to terms with Dante Exum (3 years, $33 million) and Raul Neto (2 years) . . . The Nuggets, according to an ESPN report, traded forward Wilson Chandler and a future second-round draft pick to the 76ers . . . Michael Carter-Williams will join his fifth team in six seasons, agreeing to a one-year minimum deal with the Rockets . . . Tyreke Evans agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal with the Pacers . . . Draft picks Mo Bamba (No. 6 overall, Magic) and Michael Porter Jr. (No. 14, Nuggets) agreed to their rookie deals . . . A person with direct knowledge of the agreement said versatile big man Kevon Looney will re-sign with the Warriors . . . The NBA estimates an increase of about 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and took the top 16 teams.
Live racing returnsto Suffolk Downs
Suffolk Downs will host the second of three scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekends Saturday and Sunday. Post time for the 13-race cards both days is 12:55 p.m. . . . The Angels activated pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani (right elbow) from the 10-day disabled list, but GM Billy Eppler said it’s still unclear if the rookie will return to the mound this season . . . Joachim Loew will remain as Germany’s soccer coach despite the team’s shocking first-round World Cup exit. Meanwhile, national coach Adam Nawalka will not have his contract extended after Poland failed to advance from the group phase at the World Cup . . . Defenseman Calvin de Haan, who missed the final 49 games of last season for the Islanders with a shoulder injury, signed a four-year, $18.2 million deal with the Hurricanes . . . The Maple Leafs dealt forward Matt Martin to the Islanders for minor-league goalie Eamon McAdam.