Siva signs contract with Pistons
Point guard Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle who helped Louisville win the NCAA title this year, signed with the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Detroit drafted Siva, 22, in the second round; he was the 56th player selected.
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Siva averaged 10.0 points and 5.7 assists as a senior at Louisville. He had 18 points and five assists in an 82-76 victory over Michigan in the NCAA title game.
Siva’s chances of making the team improved last week when two roster spots opened after the Pistons traded three players to Milwaukee for Brandon Jennings.
On the other hand, Detroit seems to have a surplus of NBA veterans at point guard, with Jennings joined by two free-agent signees who are former Pistons — Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum.
Siva helped his cause last month in the Orlando Pro Summer League in Florida, where he played 104 minutes over four games and had 24 assists compared with six turnovers.
“That was definitely something that stood out, how responsible he was with the basketball in his hands,” assistant general manager George David was quoted as saying on the team’s website.
Gatling enters guilty pleas
Former All-Star forward-center Chris Gatling — who was accused of squatting at a Paradise Valley, Ariz., home and then trying to list the house for rent on Craigslist — has pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Sentencing for Gatling, 45, is set for Oct. 4.
Gatling was accused of breaking in the key box at the home and living there for about a year.
Police say the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on at the Arizona home.
Gatling played for eight teams in 11 NBA seasons and averaged 10.3 points. He ended his career with the Miami Heat in 2002.
Harris gets 5-game suspension
Portland guard Terrel Harris, 25, has been suspended without pay for five regular-season games for violating the league’s drug policy.
Franklin is eager to start college
Missy Franklin left Barcelona, Spain, with six gold medals — a record haul for a woman at a world-championships meet.
“I had some really great races that I’m really proud of, and there’s still a bunch where I have a lot of room to improve,” she said. “So I’m really excited for the next year and the year after that and all the years following those.”
The upbeat 18-year-old from Centennial, Colo., starts her freshman year at California-Berkeley in less than three weeks.
“We already have our room colors coordinated and ordered our fridge and microwave, so it just feels more real every second,” Franklin said. “I can’t wait for the experience.”
Gascoigne is fined in England
Former England player Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to assault and drunk-and-disorderly charges and was fined $1,500 after an arrest at a train station on July 4.
The 46-year-old Gascoigne, who has battled alcoholism, was arrested by British Transport Police at Stevenage rail station after an incident involving security guard Jack Sherrington.
“I am grateful for and welcome Mr. Gascoigne’s decision to plead guilty today,” Sherrington said in a statement. “I am told that since the incident he has offered his apologies for his behavior, and I fully accept them.”
Kwan to do TV work for Fox
Michelle Kwan is going back to the Olympics — as a television analyst.
Kwan has been hired by Fox Sports to cover next year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion figure skater will cover a variety of sports for Fox, which is launching its cable sports channel, Fox Sports 1, on Aug. 17.
Kwan, a two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 1998, bronze in 2002) says she has been encouraged to report on sports outside the Olympics, as well, and is hoping to be involved in Fox’s Super Bowl coverage before the Sochi Games.
“When they asked, they were really encouraging to me to try it out,” said Kwan, who works for the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs. “They said, ‘We are going to be innovative and fun and open to different angles,’ which really attracted me.”
Fox, which is not an Olympics-rights holder — NBC carries the Games in the United States — also has hired Olympic skiing champion Picabo Street as an analyst. Kwan is hopeful of pairing up with Street on some assignments in Sochi for Fox’s TV networks, website and radio affiliates.
In 2010, Kwan was a correspondent for ABC at the Vancouver Games.
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