NBA: Silver officially takes over league
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Silver has become the NBA’s fifth commissioner.
The NBA posted a picture on its Twitter account Saturday of Silver holding a basketball and shaking hands with outgoing commissioner David Stern.
“It’s official: Adam Silver succeeds David Stern as NBA Commissioner” the caption read.
Stern retired after exactly 30 years in charge, making him the NBA’s longest-serving and most successful commissioner.
Silver joined the NBA as his assistant in 1992 and has been the deputy commissioner since 2006.
Stern announced he would retire on Oct. 25, 2012, and owners unanimously chose Silver as his successor. The NBA will now begin using balls with Silver’s signature in games.
Pacers, Bynum make a deal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers added size and scoring to the Eastern Conference’s best team Saturday, signing free agent center Andrew Bynum for the rest of the season.
Team officials did not release additional details of the contract. He is expected to join the team next week.
Because Indiana had an open spot on its roster, it will not have to make a roster move to add the mercurial 7-foot-1, 285-pound backup to All-Star center Roy Hibbert.
Sponsor defaults on payment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Turner Scott Motorsports said Friday that primary sponsor Arrowhead has defaulted on payment for Jeb Burton’s team in the Truck Series.
Without the money, the team said, it will not be able to field Burton and the No. 4 truck in 2014. It also means that up to 20 percent of its workforce — around 35 employees out of 185 — could be laid off.
Burton scored one win, at Texas, and had 11 top-10 finishes while placing fifth in the final standings last season. He also won seven poles. Team co-owner Harry Scott said Burton’s breakout success made it an “especially painful” decision not to run the No. 4 team.
Bryan brothers win in Davis Cup
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bob and Mike Bryan beat Dominic Inglot and Colin Fleming 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Saturday to pull the United States to 2-1 against Britain in the first round of the Davis Cup.
The Bryans, identical twins who are from Camarillo in Ventura County, breezed through the fourth set and won the match on a smash by Bob. That set up the “Bryan Bump” — the famed chest bump they use to celebrate their victories.
The twins had a mini-chest bump after breaking Inglot’s serve to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth set.
Wondolowski lifts U.S. to victory
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in the United States’ 2-0 victory over South Korea on Saturday in its first exhibition of the World Cup year.
Wondolowski strengthened his case for inclusion on the roster in Brazil with his sixth and seventh goals in his last eight appearances for the U.S. team, which was missing several top players. The San Jose Earthquakes striker headed home a rebound in the fourth minute and struck again on a short shot in the 60th minute.
The Americans’ patchwork lineup handled South Korea’s offensive pressure to win its 13th straight home match, thrilling a flag-waving sellout crowd at StubHub Center.