Hawks get Sefolosha in trade with Thunder
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks have acquired guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha in a sign-and-trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Atlanta also received the rights to Giorgos Printezis and cash considerations from Oklahoma City for the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis and a trade exception. The Thunder say they have one year from Tuesday to use the trade exception.
The Hawks announced on Thursday that they had reached a $12 million, three-year contract with the 6-foot-7 Sefolosha, who averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 61 games for Oklahoma City last season, all starts. He has spent eight seasons in the NBA with Chicago and the Thunder.
WNBA JERSEY SALES
Rookie Schimmel owns WNBA's top-selling jersey
NEW YORK (AP) - Rookie Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream has the top-selling jersey in the WNBA.
The No. 8 draft pick out of Louisville leads the list announced Tuesday, ahead of Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock. It's the third time in four seasons a rookie has held the top spot. Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury was the top seller last year. She's sixth on the list.
Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne was third, followed by Minnesota's Maya Moore, who was first in 2011 and 2012. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, who led sales from 2008-2010, was fifth and the Mercury's Diana Taurasi seventh.
Rookies Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley of Washington were eighth and 10th, respectively, with first-year player Kayla McBride of San Antonio at No. 9.
Schimmel, voted a starter for Saturday's All-Star game, propelled the Dream to No. 1 on the league's team merchandise list.
LB Johnson back at Tennessee, intent on winning
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Tennessee's A.J. Johnson admitted his decision to stay with the Volunteers or head to the NFL was one of the toughest he's ever had to make.
He decided to stay in school. Now the senior hopes to lead Tennessee to its first winning record since 2009.
The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Johnson said he "came to Tennessee to be a winner" and will be a defensive anchor for the Volunteers after leading the team with 106 tackles last season. He's one of the few sure things on a roster that's undergoing change during coach Butch Jones' second season.
Tennessee returns 11 starters but must replace the entire starting offensive and defensive lines. There's also a quarterback battle between Justin Worley and Joshua Dobbs, who both received extensive playing time last season.
Hardy guilty on 2 counts of domestic violence
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy has been found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats.
Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin on Tuesday sentenced Hardy to 18 months' probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended.
Hardy's attorney Chris Fialko says he'll appeal and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court. In North Carolina that means the terms of Hardy's probation are on hold until the trial - so he's free to travel with the team to training camp and compete in games.
A date for the jury trial hasn't been set.
The judge didn't buy Hardy's testimony that he was the one abused by the accuser and asked her to leave his apartment during a domestic dispute on May 13 at his downtown Charlotte condominium.
Bill seeks to disclose finances of college sports
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two congressmen have introduced a bill to require the NCAA, schools, conferences as well as the College Football Playoff to reveal how much money is flowing through college sports.
The Standardization of Collegiate Oversight of Revenues and Expenditures (SCORE) Act would require the NCAA to make public a standardized financial report for itself and release similar information for schools that already report the data to the NCAA. It also would affect conferences and any entity hosting a postseason competition.
U.S. Rep. David Price, a North Carolina Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, a Wisconsin Republican, introduced the bill. In a statement Tuesday, Price said it would allow "for the first apples-to-apples comparison" of revenues and spending throughout college sports.
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn did not immediately return an email Tuesday.
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