Stern to exit Saturday
Commissioner David Stern is retiring Saturday after 30 years on the job.
A league that had been struggling to find its footing in the United States — in the early 1980s, some games of the NBA Finals were shown on tape delay — has become one of the most popular in the world, a $5.5 billion industry with the highest-paid team athletes in sports.
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Stern, 71, is being replaced by deputy commissioner Adam Silver, 51, his longtime top aide.
“Right now, I have decidedly refrained from making plans,” Stern said at his final news conference. “I think on Feb. 2, I’m still going to be taking all of the junk that I moved out of my office and deciding how much of it to keep, how much of it to dump on Adam’s doorstep and how much to throw out, so I’ve got a fair amount of work to do . . .”
Robinson has knee surgery
Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson, a former Washington Huskies standout, had surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Robinson, who was injured in Wednesday’s 101-98 loss to Charlotte, was averaging 10.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting this season. Denver signed Robinson, 29, as a free agent in July.
“Nate is known for his heart and determination, so I have no doubt he will work hard to get back on the court as soon as possible,” Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said.
Thunder wins 10th straight
Kevin Durant’s streak of scoring at least 30 points ended at 12 games when he had 26 in a mere 30 minutes, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed host Brooklyn 120-95 to win its 10th game in a row.
The Thunder shot 63.6 percent, highest in the NBA this season, and outrebounded the Nets 41-17.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry scored 44 points — his season high — as visiting Golden State beat Utah 95-90.
Angels settle with 2 players
The Los Angeles Angels avoided arbitration hearings with new third baseman David Freese and returning reliever Kevin Jepsen, signing Freese for $5.05 million and Jepsen for $1.46 million for the year.
Freese, 30, hit .262 and drove in 60 runs for St. Louis last year.
Jepsen, 29, was 1-3 with a 4.50 earned-run average in 45 games and had a season-ending appendectomy in August.
Johnson to get a chance
Outfielder Reed Johnson has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins that includes an invitation to big-league spring training.
Johnson, 37, is a .282 career hitter. He batted .244 for Atlanta last year.
Ortiz to miss 3 months
Texas reliever Joseph Ortiz, 23, suffered a broken left foot when he was run over by a motorcycle while home in Venezuela.
Rangers officials said Ortiz had surgery and will be out for three months. The left-hander was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 32 appearances last season.
U.S. trails 2-0 in Davis Cup
James Ward won 10 of the last 11 games to take a stunning five-set victory against Sam Querrey and give Britain a 2-0 lead over the United States in a best-of-five, first-round Davis Cup competition.
Ward won 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Earlier, Andy Murray defeated Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 on the red-clay court set up at Petco Park, home of baseball’s San Diego Padres.
U.S. women beat Canada 1-0
Seattle Reign FC players Sydney Leroux and Hope Solo were in the spotlight as the U.S. women’s team beat Canada 1-0 before 20,862 in Frisco, Texas — the largest crowd to see the national team play a home match since 2003.
Leroux scored in the 79th minute and goalkeeper Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, made one save for the shutout.
• Zach Parise of the NHL Minnesota Wild will be the captain of the U.S. men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. The United States plays its first game Feb. 13 against Slovakia.
• Prosecutors, in court documents, said former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez discussed the Odin Lloyd killing in jailhouse phone calls, speaking in code and referencing a car that is part of the investigation.
They filed a motion to obtain records of the former NFL tight end’s telephone conversations after officials from the Bristol County (Mass.) Sheriff’s Department provided them with details about the content of the calls.
Hernandez, accused of Lloyd’s execution-style shooting death, has been imprisoned since he was charged with murder in June. Semipro player Lloyd, a resident of Dorchester, Mass., was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.
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