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Lakers deal in place

The Los Angeles Lakers have a deal in place to acquire Dwight Howard from Orlando in a four-team, eight-player trade also involving Denver and Philadelphia, and the NBA has scheduled a conference call Friday with the four general managers to finish the deal, according to multiple reports.

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Citing unidentified sources, ESPN first reported the deal was in place.

Philadelphia would get Andrew Bynum from Los Angeles and Jason Richardson from Orlando, while Denver would get Andre Iguodala from the 76ers.

Orlando would receive Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington from Denver, Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless from Philadelphia, and lottery protected first-round picks from each of the three teams.

Earlier it appeared the Magic might receive All-Star Pau Gasol from the Lakers, but Gasol is no longer in the mix, a league source told The Orlando Sentinel.

Bucks sign Przybilla

The Milwaukee Bucks signed free-agent center Joel Przybilla, maintaining an offseason push to beef up their frontcourt.

Wolves draft pick to Europe

Minnesota’s second-round draft pick, former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel, said he will play in Europe rather than the NBA next season. Hummel agreed to a deal with El Obradoiro in Spain.

College football

Mora: No murders here

UCLA coach Jim Mora, in discussing recruiting, said he makes a point to tell parents how safe it is at UCLA, adding, “We don’t have murders a block from our campus.” He stood by those comments Thursday morning.

The murder of two Chinese graduate students near the USC campus in April became international news.

By afternoon Thursday, Mora had reconsidered his words.

“After learning the details of the shooting downtown earlier this year, I can understand how my comments on the radio yesterday could be interpreted as insensitive to the victims and their families,” the former Seahawks coach said. ” … I truly regret and I’m sorry if my words caused any pain. That was not my intention.”

Petrino apologetic

Bobby Petrino regrets the affair that led to his April firing, and the former Arkansas coach said he hopes to return to the sidelines.

Petrino, speaking publicly for the first time since his firing in an interview with ESPN, acknowledged the affair with former football staffer Jessica Dorrell and said he is in counseling with wife Becky.

“How could I put what we had in jeopardy?” Petrino said. “This is what I wake up early every morning thinking about, what I lay in bed thinking about. Why?

“I just don’t understand how I could do it. You put energy into the people that love you, that count on you.”


Murray withdraws

Andy Murray withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto because of a knee injury, the latest top player to pull out of the rain-delayed tournament.

Murray, ranked fourth in the world, said he’s unsure whether he can play in Cincinnati next week or what his status is for the U.S. Open.

At the women’s tournament in Montreal, Roberta Vinci routed former champion Ana Ivanovic 6-0, 6-0.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal dropped out of the Cincinnati event next week because of a knee problem that also forced him to miss the Olympics.


League set for lockout

With time running out on NHL labor talks, commissioner Gary Bettman said the league is prepared to lock out its players if a new collective-bargaining agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, when the current deal expires.

When asked if Sept. 15 is a hard deadline, Bettman said, “Our efforts are going to be devoted to trying to make a deal.” He then reiterated his previous statement that owners aren’t prepared to operate under the current system.


• Montreal Impact defender Nelson Rivas was suspended two additional games by Major League Soccer for headbutting an opponent.

• Penn State’s board of trustees will meet this weekend to consider whether to ratify a consent decree with the NCAA that imposed penalties for how the university handled the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal.

• Alabama receiver Chris Black needs shoulder surgery and will miss three to four months.

• Marquette has reported a possible rules violation involving the men’s basketball program to the NCAA. The school did not disclose the nature of the violation.

• Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips announced his retirement after leading the Tigers for 10 years.

Michael Matthews of Australia won the third stage of the Tour of Utah in Salt Lake City and Christian Vandevelde retained the overall lead.

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