Clarke’s double-double leads Grizzlies to Summer League title over Timberwolves
LAS VEGAS — Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the championship game of the NBA Summer League on Monday.
Clarke, who was named overall MVP for the summer league, also had three blocks and four assists to earn the championship game MVP.
The Grizzlies, who led by as many as 17 points, led by only two after the three quarters, but got a boost from Grayson Allen, who scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the second half and deflected the ball away to keep Minnesota from taking a last-second shot.
Bruno Caboclo and Dusty Hannahs also had 15 points for the Grizzlies, while Tyler Harvey added 12 points and five assists.
The Timberwolves, who went into the game as the lone undefeated team, clawed their way back into the game behind the hot hand of Kelan Martin, who drained three 3-pointers in the third quarter. Minnesota cut Memphis’ lead to one point six times.
Martin led five Timberwolves in double figures, finishing with a game-high 19 points.
Jordan Murphy scored 14, Mitchell Creek had 13, Barry Brown Jr. chipped in 12 and Keita Bates-Diop finished with 10 for Minnesota.
Raiders sign free agent G Cooper
ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent guard Jonathan Cooper.
The team made the move Monday to add a veteran guard after news last week that projected starter Richie Incognito will be suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Cooper was a first-round pick by Arizona in 2013 and has played 46 games over five years with the Cardinals, Cleveland, Dallas and Washington. He played four games for Washington last season after spending the offseason with San Francisco.
The Raiders waived receiver Montay Crockett to make room on the roster for Cooper.
Trio of first-timers headline WNBA
NEW YORK — Diamond DeShields, Erica Wheeler and Odyssey Sims will make their All-Star debuts this month after the trio was selected Monday for the game in Las Vegas.
DeShields will be joined in the July 27 game by two of her Chicago Sky teammates. Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley also were chosen as reserves by the league’s coaches.
“The dream was always to play in the WNBA,” said Wheeler, who went undrafted after four years of playing for Rutgers. “But being an All-Star? That takes hard work. It means the world to me because it validates my journey — never give up, always work hard and do everything you can to get to the next level. Coming in undrafted, this is really different for me. I was speechless when I found out.”
Wheeler, who plays for the Indiana Fever, is only the fifth undrafted free agent ever to make the All-Star Game. She is the first undrafted player to debut in the league since 2003 to earn an All-Star spot.
The other reserves selected are Tina Charles of New York, Candice Dupree of Indiana, DeWanna Bonner of Phoenix, Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota, Nneka Ogwumike of Los Angeles, Alyssa Thomas of Connecticut and Kristi Toliver of Washington. Sims also plays for Minnesota. The coaches had to vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. The coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Captains Elena Delle Donne and A’ja Wilson will choose their teams from the eight other starters and then the 12 reserves. Other frontcourt starters announced last week are Liz Cambage and Kayla McBride of Las Vegas, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, Seattle’s Natasha Howard and Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones. The starting guards are Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd and New York’s Kia Nurse.
Delle Donne, who plays for Washington, has first pick of the starters and Wilson, who plays for Las Vegas, has top choice of the reserves. Coincidentally, Delle Donne’s team will be coached by Las Vegas’ Bill Laimbeer and Wilson’s by Washington’s Mike Thibault.
The WNBA added festivities for the night before the All-Star Game with a 3-point shootout, skills competition and beach party.
49ers sign K Gould to 4-year contract
SANTA CLARA — Kicker Robbie Gould signed a four-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday instead of playing this season on the franchise tag.
The 49ers had placed the tag on Gould in February for a price tag of about $5 million and faced a Monday deadline to sign him to a long-term deal. ESPN reported that Gould received a deal worth $19 million with a fully guaranteed $10.5 million in the first two years.
Gould had stayed away from the team during the offseason program and requested a trade back to Chicago, where he started his career and where his family still lives.