The Portland Trail Blazers will keep their backcourt for at least five more years after CJ McCollum agreed to a three-year, $100 million max contract extension Tuesday.
He will be a Trail Blazer for the next five years, and so will Damian Lillard, who earlier signed a four-year super max extension worth $196 million through the 2024-25 season.
McCollum, drafted by the Blazers in 2013, has become an effective and consistent scorer. He averaged more than 20 points for the fourth straight season, and had several big games in Portland’s run to the Western Conference finals, where it was swept by the Warriors.
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The Minnesota Wild fired general manager Paul Fenton after just one rough season, marked by the end of a six-year streak of making the playoffs and a disassembly of the once-promising core of forwards by trading Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter prior to the deadline.
• Chris Kunitz retired after winning four Stanley Cup titles in 15 NHL seasons. He is joining the Chicago Blackhawks’ front office as a player development adviser.
Kunitz, 39, had 268 goals and 351 assists in 1,022 NHL games with Anaheim, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Chicago.
Colleges: Lou Anna Simon, the former Michigan State University president accused of lying about her knowledge of allegations against sports doctor Larry Nassar, is getting $2.45 million as part of a retirement package agreement that stipulates she won’t sue the school.
A judge is expected to rule later this year on whether Simon should stand trial on two felonies and two misdemeanors. Authorities say she knew in 2014 that Nassar, who is imprisoned for possessing child pornography and molesting young athletes, was accused of molesting a patient at a campus clinic.
WNBA: Elena Delle Donne scored 15 of her 33 points in the third quarter, and the host Washington Mystics beat the Phoenix Mercury 99-93. Kristi Toliver had 25 points for Washington.
The Mercury wasted three terrific performances. Leilani Mitchell was 8-for-12 from long range to tie a WNBA single-game record for made 3-pointers and finished with 28 points; Brittney Griner had 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists; and DeWanna Bonner scored 25 points.
It was the first time in WNBA history that five players scored at least 25 points in a game.
Elsewhere, Jonquel Jones had 27 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double this season, and the host Connecticut Sun held off the Chicago Sky 100-94. … Tamera Young scored 18 points and the host Las Vegas Aces beat the Dallas Wings 86-54.
Horse racing: A third thoroughbred race horse has died during training at Del Mar, which opened its summer meet less than two weeks ago. Bowl Of Soul, a 3-year-old filly trained by Bob Baffert, broke down Monday with an injury to her right hind fetlock and was euthanized.
Tennis: Top-seeded Sloane Stephens was beaten 6-2, 7-5 by 70th-ranked Rebecca Peterson in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington. Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, lost 6-4, 6-2 to Zarina Diyas.
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