Smith goes 3-for-5 in RubberDucks’ win
Cleveland Indians farmhand Jordan Smith, from Willmar, went 3-for-5 Wednesday, helping the Akron RubberDucks spill the Trenton Thunder 5-2.
With the game tied 2-2 after nine innings, Smith doubled in the top of the 10th and scored to cap a three-run surge and raise the Ducks’ record to 56-41. It was Smith’s 14th double and hiked his season average to .232.
The Ducks are in second place in the Class AA Eastern League West Division, a game behind the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Goalie Curry agrees to terms with Wild
The Minnesota Wild reached agreement Thursday on a one-year, two-way contract with goaltender John Curry.
The 30-year-old Curry played in two games for the Wild last season and posted a 1-0-0 record with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. He had 43 saves in Minnesota’s 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on April 10 for his first NHL victory since 2008.
Curry spent most of last season in the minor leagues. With Iowa in the American Hockey League, he posted a 7-9-2 record with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. With Orlando in the East Coast Hockey league, he went 10-2-0 record with a 2.66 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
In six career NHL games, Curry is 3-2-0 with a 3.55 GAA and a .893 save percentage.
Veteran forward Boozer picked up by Lakers
Carlos Boozer is trading places with Pau Gasol.
The Chicago Bulls used the amnesty clause with the power forward earlier this week after they signed former Los Angeles Lakers 7-footer Gasol. That left Boozer available to the highest bidder and the Lakers swooped in and claimed him Thursday, according to multiple reports.
The amount of the Lakers’ bid was not yet known.
Teams under the salary cap had the opportunity to bid on Boozer. The Lakers’ bid amount will be subtracted from what the Bulls owe Boozer for next season. Chicago will pay the remainder of his $16.8 million contract.
A 12-year veteran, Boozer averaged a career-low 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season for the Bulls, well below his career averages are 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds.
In four seasons with the Bulls, Boozer started 280 games and averaged 15.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He came to Chicago in 2010 from the Utah Jazz and signed a five-year, $75 million contract.
Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell ‘okay’ after collapsing during speech
Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, but is “okay”, the Boston Celtics said on Thursday.
“He is okay and scheduled to fly out tonight,” a spokeswoman for the National Basketball Association team told Reuters via email.
The 80-year-old won 11 NBA championships with the Celtics between 1956-69. He earned five league most valuable player honors and the NBA Finals MVP award is named in his honor.