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Sports briefs for July 18, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Clippers sign Glen Davis to new contract

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed free-agent power forward Glen Davis to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $1.2 million, according to an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Davis opted out of his contract in June that would have paid him $1.4 million for the 2014-15 season, looking for a bigger payday and longer contract that never came.

But the official said Davis wanted to return to the Clippers “in the best shape” of his six-year career so that the 6-9 forward could help give the team another quality big man off the bench.

The Clippers also signed center Spencer Hawes to a four-year, $23 million contract earlier this month.

Liverpool team to play at Fenway Wednesday

Liverpool Football Club has named a 33-man squad for the pre-season soccer tour to Boston, Chicago, New York, Charlotte and possibly Miami.

The Reds will depart from John Lennon airport in Liverpool on Sunday. The squad, led by captain Steven Gerrard, will include new players Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

They’ll later be joined by France’s captain Mamadou Sakho and Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool will return to Boston’s Fenway Park where the team will face AS Roma on Wednesday.

Knee surgery to end Sabathia’s season

New York Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia’s 2014 season official came to a close Friday when the Yankees announced that he will have surgery on his right knee.

An arthroscopic debridement procedure is scheduled for next week by Los Angeles Dodgers team specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The Yankees expect the veteran to be recovered in time for spring training next year.

For now, Sabathia will not undergo microfracture surgery on the knee, which if needed could end his career.

The 33-year-old Sabathia posted a 3-4 record with a 4.29 ERA this season. The past two years, he posted a mediocre 17-17 record with a 4.87 ERA.

Braves release second baseman Uggla

The Atlanta Braves released struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, the team announced Friday.

The Braves will be responsible for the approximate $19 million Uggla is owed through the end of 2015.

The Braves acquired Uggla in a November 2010 trade with the Miami Marlins and signed the three-time All-Star to a five-year, $62-million deal just prior to the 2011 season.

The 34-year-old Uggla has filled a limited reserve role this season since losing his starting job in early May. He batted .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 48 games this season.

Cavs offering Wiggins for Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers are offering No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to acquire All-Star power forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, multiple media outlets reported Thursday night.

The Cavaliers had been reluctant to trade Wiggins but reportedly have recently become open to it.

Cleveland and Minnesota have been in trade talks since the Cavaliers signed superstar forward LeBron James a week ago.

Yahoo Sports reported that James had contacted Love since the Cavaliers decided to include Wiggins in a possible deal.

However, new Cavaliers coach David Blatt continues to state that the team will not trade Wiggins.


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