Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee for a torn meniscus. Ball, who was chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in last year’s draft, averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists during his first NBA season. He started 50 games. General manager Rob Pelinka said this week that Ball will be fully healthy for training camp . . . In a trade that was all about the money, the Nets acquired forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur — two players in the final years of their contracts — along with a 2019 first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2020 from the Nuggets. In return, the Nets sent guard Isaiah Whitehead to the Nuggets, who — looking to cut costs after giving new deals to Nikola Jokic and Will Barton — subsequently waived Whitehead . . . Earlier, the Nets agreed to trade Jeremy Lin to Atlanta, clearing up the Nets’ logjam at point guard while sending the 29-year-old Harvard product to another team in the same predicament. The Hawks announced they also acquired a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap second-round picks in 2023 with the Nets, who acquired the draft rights to shooting guard Isaia Cordinier and a protected 2020 second-round pick. Lin has a year and $12.5 million left on the contract he signed two summers ago. He made it through just 37 games with the Nets and only one last season, as he ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee during a season-opening loss at Indiana. The Hawks will be the seventh team for Lin.
Chapman, Kluber to skip All-Star Game
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman won’t pitch in the All-Star Game in order to rest his sore left knee. Chapman earned his 25th save Thursday against the Indians in his first appearance since Saturday, when he was removed from a game in Toronto after facing one batter because of discomfort in the knee. Chapman, who has made the All-Star team five times, is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 40 appearances . . . Corey Kluber received an injection in his right knee that will force the Indians ace to miss the All-Star Game. Kluber got the shot in his knee Friday, a day after the two-time Cy Young Award winner gave up two runs in the eighth inning and was beaten by the Yankees. The AL Central-leading Indians said the righthander will need at least one week to recover and he’s not expected to make his next start until July 23 against Pittsburgh. Kluber, 32, has been replaced on the AL All-Star roster by Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell . . . Houston righthander Charlie Morton, 32, was added to the American League All-Star team, giving the Astros a major league-leading six players in Tuesday’s game. It’s the first career selection for Morton, who is in his 11th major league season, is 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 19 starts this year . . . Second baseman Chase Utley, 39, will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with the Phillies and an elder statesman role with the Dodgers. The six-time All-Star said he’s leaving to spend more time with his wife and two young sons.
Tour de France
Van Avermaet holds yellow jersey
Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen beat favorites Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan in a sprint to win the longest stage of the Tour de France. Four-time champion Chris Froome and the other favorites finished safely in the main pack on Stage 7, which — unlike earlier sprinting legs — was without serious crashes. Greg Van Avermaet held on to the yellow jersey he grabbed on Stage 3 and doubled his lead over Geraint Thomas to six seconds by winning an intermediate bonus sprint. Froome is 14th, 1:05 behind Van Avermaet. Groenewegen, who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, clocked nearly six hours over the 143.5-mile trek from Fougeres, home to the best-preserved and largest medieval fortress in Europe, to Chartres, site of a vast cathedral known for its stained-glass windows.
RB Murray hangs it up at 30
DeMarco Murray, the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year, is retiring from the NFL, four months after being released by the Titans. Murray, 30, lost his job to Derrick Henry last season and was due to make $6.25 million in 2018 when the Titans let him go. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, dealt with a knee injury late in the year, and missed the Titans’ final regular-season game and two playoff contests. The Titans acquired Murray in a March 2016 trade with the Eagles. Murray had spent one year with Philadelphia after playing four seasons with the Cowboys. Murray was playing for Dallas in 2014 when he won the NFL rushing title and Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Louisville changes stadium name
The University of Louisville is removing Papa John’s from its football stadium’s name after a report that John Schnatter, the pizza chain’s founder, used a racial slur. The company’s logo has been on Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium since it was built 20 years ago. Schnatter, who also resigned from the university’s board of trustees, apologized this week for using the racial slur during a company conference call in May. The school is also removing Schnatter’s name from its Center for Free Enterprise at the business school. Schnatter said Friday he is ‘‘distraught’’ over the comment he made . . . Baylor University has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012. Terms of the settlement, identified in court papers only as Jane Doe, were not disclosed. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports it’s the fifth Title IX lawsuit the university has settled. Fifteen former students who say they were sexually assaulted still have ongoing litigation with the nation’s largest Baptist school.
Golden Knights give Fluery three-year deal
The Golden Knights agreed to terms with Marc-Andre Fleury, the three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie, on a three-year contract extension worth an average of $7 million a year. Fleury had one year remaining on his contract. The extension would keep him with Vegas through the 2021-22 season. The Golden Knights selected Fleury in the 2017 expansion draft from the Penguins. Fleury helped the Golden Knights to the Pacific Division title and an appearance in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season . . . Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. Truex clocked 188.890 miles per hour to earn his first Kentucky pole and 19th of his career. He led 152 of 274 laps on his way to winning this race last July.