AP Source: Hornets sign Kidd-Gilchrist to $52M extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the move hasn’t been announced.
Yahoo Sports was first to report the deal.
The 6-foot-7, 232-pound Kidd-Gilchrist is known primarily for his defense but increased his offensive output last season. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, although he was limited to 55 games due to injuries. He shot 46.5 percent from the field and his jump shot improved from previous seasons.
Kidd-Gilchrist, 21, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, taken one spot behind his former Kentucky teammate, Anthony Davis.
Burwash scores go-ahead run as Kentucky beats SC 4-3 in LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Eli Burwash scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning then earned the save pitching as Bowling Green, Kentucky, avoided elimination Monday at the Little League World Series by beating Taylors, South Carolina, 4-3.
Burwash struck out two batters and allowed only a walk during the sixth inning to preserve the win. He hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Maddox Burr’s infield single with two outs. Burwash also hit a leadoff home run in the first inning as Bowling Green built a 3-0 lead.
Taylors is the first South Carolina team to win a game at the series. Braden Golinski led the team with a two-run home run.
Bowling Green has won four straight elimination games since regionals.
Charleston Southern promotes McKie
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston Southern has promoted assistant BJ McKie to associate head coach.
The announcement came Monday from coach Barclay Radebaugh, who was an assistant during McKie’s stellar days at South Carolina. McKie finished his career as the Gamecocks all-time leading scorer.
He has spent the past four seasons at Charleston Southern after playing professional basketball overseas.
Radebaugh also named Ahmad Smith assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and Thomas Butters as director of basketball operations.
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies of head injury
UNDATED (AP) – IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
IndyCar made the announcement on Monday night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wilson is a British driver who lived outside Denver in Longmont, Colorado. He was hit in the head during Sunday’s race by piece of debris that had broken off another car. Wilson’s car veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was swiftly taken by helicopter to an Allentown, Pennsylvania, hospital.
The last IndyCar driver to die because of an on-track incident was Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon, who was killed in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas after his head hit a post when his car went airborne.
Woods gives CBS a ratings lift at Wyndham Championship
NEW YORK (AP) — With Tiger Woods in contention and looking to extend his season, the Wyndham Championship on Sunday produced a solid rating for CBS.
The final round had a 3.9 rating — the best for a nonmajor on any network since NBC drew 5.7 in May 2013 for Woods’ win at The Players Championship.
The rating was also the highest for a nonmajor on CBS since Woods’ win at the AT&T National in July 2012.
Woods began play Sunday two strokes off the lead but struggled in the final round. He needed a victory to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener next week. Davis Love III won by one stroke.
Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program.
Defending champ Rosol wins Winston-Salem opener
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Defending champion Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic opened with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory Monday over Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open.
The 6-foot-5 Rosol served 14 aces and took advantage of a break point in the seventh game of the first set to improve to 3-1 all-time against Gulbis, and 2-1 this year, in the final tournament before next week’s U.S. Open.
In other first-round results at the Wake Forest Tennis Center, France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-2; Slovakia’s Martin Klizan downed Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan 7-6 (1), 6-2; and Italy’s Simone Bolelli defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-3.
Among those playing in Monday’s evening matches are Germany’s Tommy Haas, who is returning to the pro tour after a year off following knee surgery, and Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, a semifinalist last week at Cincinnati.