Thursday's Sports in Brief
NEW YORK (AP) The Knicks found a point guard to team with Jeremy Lin - or perhaps even replace him.
Jason Kidd is leaving the Dallas Mavericks to sign with the Knicks, according to multiple reports. He could rotate in with Lin, or inherit the point guard role full time if the Knicks reverse course and decline to match an offer the Houston Rockets made to Lin, a restricted free agent whom they have said they intend to keep.
Kidd's decision was a surprise in a dizzying stretch of point guard news. It was believed he would return to the Mavericks, especially after they missed out on Deron Williams. But ESPN.com reported Thursday that anonymous sources said that Kidd had decided instead to join the Knicks for a three-year deal worth about $9 million.
HOUSTON (AP) - New York Knicks restricted free-agent guard Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms on a four-year contract offer.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press of the offer on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't officially announced the deal.
Lin can sign the offer sheet with Houston on July 11, and the Knicks will then have three days to match the offer.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brandon Roy is on his way to Minnesota to start his comeback in the same place his career began seven years ago. If Nicolas Batum has his way, he'll soon join his former Blazers teammate with the Timberwolves.
Roy agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $10.4 million Thursday night, and Minnesota also agreed to terms with Batum on a four-year, $45 million deal with bonuses that could make the deal worth more than $50 million.
Batum is a restricted free agent with Portland and the Trail Blazers have said they plan to match any offer.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Four-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams lashed a tournament-record 24 aces at up to 120 mph, and did plenty of other things well, too, in overpowering No. 2-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 (6) to reach her seventh final at the All England Club.
Saturday's final will pit Williams against No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, who reached her first Grand Slam final at age 23 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany.
ROUEN, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong accused U.S Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart of waging a ``vendetta'' against him following reports that several former teammates have received reduced suspensions after admitting to doping in return for testifying against the seven-time Tour de France champion.
Citing anonymous sources, the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and The New York Times reported that Armstrong's former teammates George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde will testify against him in exchange for six-month bans to begin in late September.
SAINT-QUENTIN, France (AP) - Andre Greipel seized a second straight stage victory in the Tour de France, surviving a frenzied bunch sprint in yet another crash-marred finish to claim the fifth leg of the cycling showcase.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the bounty investigation, calling Commissioner Roger Goodell ``incurably and evidently biased.''
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove in federal court in New Orleans, highlighted a flurry of legal activity surrounding the punishment of four players for their roles in what the NFL says was a program that paid improper cash bonuses for hits that injured opponents.
Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is suing separately in the same court, asked a judge to overturn his suspension while also requesting a temporary restraining order and injunction that would allow the linebacker to quickly return to work and keep working while his case is pending.
Goodell, meanwhile, filed a motion to dismiss defamation claims that Vilma made in his initial lawsuit against the commissioner in May.
KOHLER, Wis. (AP) - Americans Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas shot 3-under 69 to share the first-round lead in the U.S. Women's Open.
Third-ranked Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star coming off a victory Sunday in the LPGA Tour event in Arkansas, was a stroke back along with 17-year-old Lexi Thompson, Jennie Lee and Beatriz Recari.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Vijay Singh shot a 7-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Greenbrier Classic, leaving Tiger Woods eight strokes back.
The 49-year-old Singh birdied his final four holes on The Old White TPC course. He won the last of his 34 PGA Tour titles in 2008.
Jeff Maggert, a year younger than Singh, was a stroke back at 64 along with Jonathan Byrd and Martin Flores.
Woods, coming off a victory Sunday at Congressional, stumbled with a double bogey on the par-5 17th, driving into a hazard, taking a penalty stroke and three-putting from 20 feet.
LONDON (AP) - Usain Bolt withdrew from his final race before the Olympics with what his coach called a ``slight'' injury problem following the Jamaican trials.
Bolt was scheduled to run the 200 meters at the Monaco Diamond League meet on July 20, but pulled out to have treatment ahead of the London Games.
LONDON (AP) - British police used smoke grenades and a stun gun in an early-morning swoop on a home close to London's Olympic Park, as six terror suspects were rounded up in a series of raids across the city.
Officers said the five men and one woman were detained following an operation to monitor their activities and said their alleged plans to stage attacks had no link to London's upcoming Summer Games, which begin on July 27.
ZURICH (AP) - Soccer's governing body said it will introduce goal-line technology at the seven-team Club World Cup in Japan in December, with plans to use it in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.
FIFA will use both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems in Japan, after they won ``unanimous'' support from the International Football Association Board panel.
The English Premier League is expected to adopt one of the systems - which are expected to cost up to $250,000 per stadium - during next season.
FIFA also gave its stamp of approval to headscarves for female Muslim players and adopted a proposal for a five-referee system to officiate matches - placing an additional assistant beside each goal.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - David Beckham was suspended for one game by Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee for kicking a ball at an opponent late in the Los Angeles Galaxy's loss at San Jose.
CHICAGO (AP) - Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese are headed to the All-Star game after fans voted them into Tuesday's showcase in Kansas City.
Darvish, 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA, is the eighth Rangers player on the AL team managed by Texas' Ron Washington. He beat out four other pitchers: Chicago's Jake Peavy, Baltimore's Jason Hammel, Kansas City's Jonathan Broxton and the Angels' Ernesto Frieri.
Freese emerged from an NL field that included Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn, Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper and Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill. Freese is batting .285 with 13 homers.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jimmy Bivins, a heavyweight boxer in the 1940s and 1950s who defeated some of the greatest fighters of his time, died. He was 92.
The Georgia-born Bivins retired from boxing in 1955 after more than 100 professional fights that included winning bouts with world champions Archie Moore, Ezzard Charles, Gus Lesnevich, Melio Bettina, Anton Christoforidis and Teddy Yarosz. He also went the distance with Joe Louis and fought Jersey Joe Walcott to a split-decision.