Raymond Rockets HOF ceremony set for Sunday
The Raymond Rockets Hall of Fame Committee has selected six new members for the 2014 class.
Chosen to join the Hall is the late Albert Haats for distinguished service and former players Norman ‘Red’ Jones, Mike ‘Kegger’ Kragenbring, Glen Rambow, Lyle ‘Zig’ Rambow and the late Lawrence ‘Butch’ Wegner.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and a picnic lunch will follow. The Rockets host the Willmar Rails at 7:30 p.m. that day.
Heinie Ridler golf tournament July 14
The 20th annual Heinie and Dan Ridler Memorial Golf Tournament for Rice Hospice is Monday, July 14 at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar.
Tournament registration is 11 a.m. with a noon shotgun start.
The tournament is a five-person scramble, followed by a social gathering with food. Cost is $95 per player and includes green fees, cart and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds go to Rice Hospice.
To sign up a team, call Eagle Creek Golf Course at 320-235-1166.
Lawyers for Sterling say he was duped into exam
Attorneys for Donald Sterling told a probate court judge on Monday that the Los Angeles Clippers co-owner had been duped into medical examinations that determined he lacked the mental capacity to have a say in the $2 billion sale of his team.
Sterling’s attorneys, speaking during a pre-trial hearing in the legal battle for control of the NBA franchise, asked the judge to allow them to present evidence of his mental fitness.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said he would rule on that request next week.
Sterling’s wife, Shelly, has asked Levanas to confirm her as the controlling owner of the team after Donald Sterling vowed to block its sale to former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.
Sterling, 80, was banned for life by the NBA in April and fined $2.5 million after privately taped racist remarks were leaked to celebrity website TMZ.com.
Duncan exercises $10.3M option, to return to Spurs
Tim Duncan exercised his $10.3 million player option for next season and will continue his career for an 18th year with the San Antonio Spurs, according to reports Monday.
Duncan, after winning his fifth NBA title this month, had said he was undecided on his future. He had until Tuesday to pick up his option or opt to become a free agent on July 1.
ESPN.com reported that there was some discussion about working out a new contract for the Spurs big man, but he elected to stay in his deal.
Duncan, who turned 38 in April, averaged 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 74 regular-season games and then averaged 16.3 points and 9.2 rebounds over 23 playoff games.
The Spurs’ core of Duncan, shooting guard Manu Ginobili and point guard Tony Parker will now be back for their title defense. All three players are entering the final seasons of their contracts.
Phoenix Coyotes changing name to Arizona Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes will officially become the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Draft on Friday when the team makes the No. 12 overall selection.
The franchise has been the Phoenix Coyotes since relocating from Winnipeg in 1996. However, the new ownership group wants a more inclusive name for the state of Arizona.
IceArizona bought the team a year ago after it was operated by the NHL for four years.
The team’s uniforms will have a new shoulder patch and the lettering in the team logo will change next season.