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Early Howard comments cost Rockets $150,000

The Houston Rockets talked too much, too soon about Dwight Howard.

The franchise was fined $150,000 by the league for comments made about the All-Star center during a moratorium period.

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Howard, 27, on Friday committed to leave the Los Angeles Lakers after one season and join the Rockets. Houston general manager Daryl Morey gave an interview later that night with Comcast SportsNet Houston in which he talked about the landing of Howard. Rockets coach Kevin McHale discussed Howard at the Orlando Pro Summer League over the weekend.

Though free agency opened July 1, the comments by Morey and McHale were made before the moratorium period ended at 9:01 p.m. PDT Tuesday.

Guard Chris Paul re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, reportedly for five years and $107 million.

The NBA salary cap for the 2013-14 season was set at $58.679 million.

Olynyk, Siva make impact

Ex-Gonzaga player Kelly Olynyk had game-high totals of 21 points and nine rebounds in the Boston Celtics’ 76-74 victory over Indiana in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The 7-foot Olynyk, a first-round draft choice this year, has 59 points in three summer-league games.

Meanwhile, guard Peyton Siva had 12 points, seven assists and one turnover for Detroit in a 79-75 loss to Oklahoma City. Siva, who helped Louisville win the NCAA title this year, is a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle.

Oklahoma City guard Reggie Jackson set a record for the summer league by scoring 35 points. He averaged 5.3 points for the Thunder in the 2012-13 regular season.

College basketball

UNLV guard Reinhardt transfers to USC

Guard Katin Reinhardt has transferred from UNLV to USC, which is closer to his hometown of Dana Point, Calif.

Reinhardt, who made his decision in May, will have to sit out the 2013-14 season under NCAA rules. He averaged 10.1 points last season and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Ware is making progress

Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware could be back on the court by October.

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said he is encouraged by Ware’s rehabilitation, which recently has included riding a stationary bicycle. Ware broke his right leg in a gruesome incident during Louisville’s regional-final victory over Duke.


Hall of Fame class includes 2 first-ballot defensemen

Former NHL defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios were selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

They are joined in the 2013 class by forward Brendan Shanahan, who scored 656 NHL goals; Geraldine Heaney, who played defense for Canada’s gold-medal team in the 2002 Olympics; and the late Fred Shero, who coached Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975.

Chelios played his final NHL game in 2010, when he was 48.

“I was part of an era; Chris was part of a few,” Niedermayer said.

College football

Cancer patient who likes Ohio State beats ‘Michigan’

Ohio State supporters always want to defeat what they call “that school up north.”

So when Grant Reed, a 12-year-old Buckeyes fan, was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago, he chose to name his disease “Michigan.”

He wanted to beat it — and he has. Grant was released from a hospital in Columbus last week after a final chemotherapy session.

Troy Reed, Grant’s father, said, “Our prognosis is very good. It shows that he has indeed beat Michigan.”

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer visited Grant at the hospital in December and they talked for about 20 minutes.


• Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes, 20, has been kicked out of school after being convicted of assault and battery last month. The decision was made by a student judicial panel.

• Mississippi cornerback Carlos Davis has been suspended for six games next season by the NCAA after playing in six football games last season while academically ineligible, a source said.

• As far as the Washington Kastles are concerned, a place in sports lore long associated with Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Co. belongs to Martina
Hingis, Leander Paes and the steamroller of a team that dominates World TeamTennis.

The Kastles won their 34th consecutive match Tuesday, defeating the Boston Lobsters 25-12. The streak is one better than the storied run of the 1971-72 NBA Los Angeles Lakers, a landmark achievement that stands as the high-water mark for the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball.

The Kastles claim they hold the longest winning streak “in major U.S. pro sports history.” That is a matter of debate, considering the WTT is seldom considered a “major” sports league.

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