Clippers appear to have landed Rivers from Celtics
BOSTON – Doc Rivers will be the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA approves the rare but not unprecedented trade of an active coach, a Boston Celtics official told The Associated Press on Sunday night.
The deal would bring Boston a first-round draft pick in 2015, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal couldn’t be final until a trade call with the NBA office. Rivers, who had three years and $21 million left on his contract with the Celtics, must also reach an agreement on a new deal with the Clippers.
Duke picks up first PGA victory at the Travelers
CROMWELL, Conn. – Journeyman Ken Duke made a 2½ foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Chris Stroud at the Travelers Championship and earn his first PGA Tour victory.
Stroud had chipped in from 51 feet on the 18th hole to force the playoff.
But the 44-year-old Duke made the better approach shot on the second extra hole, bouncing his ball in front of the flag and rolling it close.
He was ranked 144th in the world and was making his 187th start on the PGA Tour.
Duke is the sixth golfer in eight years to get his first PGA Tour win here, joining J.J. Henry (2006), Hunter Mahan (2007), Bubba Watson (2010), Fredrik Jacobsen (2011) and Marc Leishman last year.
Canadian Graham DeLaet finished a stroke back in third place. Bubba Watson finished fourth, two-shots behind, after making a six on the par-3 16th hole.
Hinchcliffe continues Andretti dominance in Iowa
NEWTON, Iowa – Andretti Autosport has long been the team to beat at Iowa Speedway.
On Sunday, James Hinchcliffe put an exclamation point on Andretti’s dominance there with the best race of his career.
Hinchcliffe cruised to victory in the IndyCar Series race, leading all but 24 of 250 laps. He became the first three-time winner this season and gave Andretti Autosport its fourth consecutive victory at Iowa’s .875-mile oval, the shortest track on the circuit.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe’s teammate, battled back from last place to finish second. He was followed by Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter and Graham Rahal.
Hinchcliffe took the lead on the opening lap and ceded control only briefly during pit stops. He joined Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hunter-Reay as Iowa winners for Andretti Autosport since 2010.
Audi team takes somber win at 24 Hours of Le Mans
LE MANS, France – Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the fourth consecutive year Sunday and dedicated its victory to Allan Simonsen of Denmark – the first driver to die in the showcase endurance race since 1997.
Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval of Audi No. 2 finished one lap ahead of Toyota No. 8 driven by Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin.
The 34-year-old Simonsen was taken to the hospital after his Aston Martin spun out at high speed Saturday only 10 minutes into the race. He skidded into the barrier at the Tertre Rouge corner, where cars typically reach speeds of up to 105 mph. Simonsen died at the hospital soon after arrival, organizers said.
Timbers cut down Rapids with a 3-0 shutout
PORTLAND, Ore. – Frederic Piquionne, Will Johnson and Ryan Johnson scored and the Portland Timbers ran their unbeaten streak to 15 games with a 3-0 victory Sunday over Colorado.
The Timbers are tied with Real Salt Lake for best record in MLS with 30 points, the first time in the team’s three-year history it has sat atop the league. Portland (7-1-9), also leads the league in goals with 28.