Nba bulls, Chandler agree to contract: Tyson Chandler and the Bulls agreed to a multiyear contract, keeping the restricted free agent and...

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Bulls, Chandler agree to contract: Tyson Chandler and the Bulls agreed to a multiyear contract, keeping the restricted free agent and former No. 2 overall draft pick in Chicago.

The team declined to release the length of the contract or the terms, but Chandler said it’s a six-year deal.

“I’m ecstatic that this contract is done,” said Chandler, drafted out of high school in 2001. “To know that I will be in Chicago for the next six years is definitely a dream.”

The 7-foot-1 Chandler played in a career-high 80 games in his fourth season with the Bulls and averaged 8.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game.

He shot 49 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free-throw line.

Yao signs extension with Rockets: Yao Ming signed a five-year contract worth more than $75 million, keeping the 7-foot-6 center with the Houston Rockets through the 2010-11 season.

The extension, the maximum allowed under the NBA’s new labor deal, ended days of speculation about Yao’s future. Owner Leslie Alexander called the agreement “as important as anything I’ve done as an owner.”

The contract will be 25 percent of the salary cap, meaning the first year will be worth an estimated $12.5 million. The three-time NBA All-Star has one year remaining on his rookie contract, which will pay him more than $5.5 million next season.

Jazz sign Palacio: The Utah Jazz signed free-agent point guard Milt Palacio. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 assists for Toronto last season.

International basketball

American men beat Uruguay: Charlie Bell scored 20 points and Aaron McGhee added 19 to lead the United States to a 91-77 win over Uruguay in the second round of the World Championship qualifying tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The United States (4-2) moved into a tie for second among the eight quarterfinalists with Venezuela. Argentina (5-1) is first. The top four teams advance to Japan, and if Argentina is one of them, the fifth-place team qualifies.

College basketball

Four players transfer from Coppin State: Leading scorer Nicholas King (14.1 points per game) is one of four players transferring from Coppin State. The others: Raheem Scott, Darron Bradley and Derek Daniels.


Utah appeals to NCAA on Utes nickname: Utah sought permission from the NCAA to keep using its Utes nickname and requested a decision before today’s nationally televised football game against Arizona.

The NCAA said there would be no decision by today and declined to say when a ruling might be expected.

The school’s mascot dresses as a red-tailed hawk and has nothing to do with the state’s Native American heritage. Other than the name, the only Native American reference the school uses is two feathers on the “U” emblem.


Canucks sign Ruutu, Johnson: The Vancouver Canucks re-signed winger Jarkko Ruutu to a one-year contract worth $600,000 and signed free-agent goaltender Brent Johnson.

Penguins re-sign Malone: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forward Ryan Malone, who scored a team-high 22 goals and had 21 assists in 81 games in the 2003-04 season.

Women’s hockey

Canada blanks U.S.: Becky Kellar scored twice as Canada shut out the United States 4-0 at the Four Nations Cup in Hameenlinna, Finland.

Sami Jo Small stopped 23 shots for the Canadians, who lost 3-1 to the Americans at the World Championship final in April.

Arena football

Rattlers coach resigns after arrest: Arizona Rattlers coach Todd Shell, 43, resigned two days after being arrested behind a Mesa business and telling police he had been snorting cocaine.


Heras takes Spanish Vuelta lead: Defending champion Roberto Heras won the sixth stage and took the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta in Valdelinares, Spain.

Heras rode the 134.84-mile leg from Cuenca to the ski resort of Aramon Valdelinares in 5 hours, 27 minutes, 21 seconds. He took the overall lead from Australia’s Bradley McGee, who finished 87th and slipped to 60th in the standings.

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