Timberwolves agree to
terms with PF Amundson
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free agent power forward Lou Amundson.
Amundson’s agency tweeted the agreement on Monday and the Timberwolves were expected to announce the deal once he passes a physical. Amundson adds some needed depth to the frontcourt in Minnesota. Before his addition, the Wolves only had Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Greg Stiemsma as big men on the roster.
Amundson averaged 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Indiana Pacers last season. The 29-year-old has played for Utah, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Golden State in his six-year career.
Daly hopes NHL labor talks will resume this week
TORONTO (AP) — NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly hopes negotiations with the players’ association will resume this week as the sides seek to end the nine-day lockout.
Daly spoke to reporters after meeting with union officials on Monday about last year’s hockey-related revenue. There were no negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Daly says a new proposal from the NHLPA would spark talks. The most recent offer was made by the league on Sept. 12, the last time formal negotiations took place.
Commissioner Gary Bettman and union head Donald Fehr sat out Monday’s meeting.
The sides haven’t negotiated since the NHL locked out the players on Sept. 16, but Daly says he and Bettman expect to touch base with Fehr during an alumni dinner on Monday night.
Daly says the league is “100 percent committed” to not missing regular-season games.
This is the NHL’s fourth work stoppage in 20 years.
USADA head Travis Tygart received death threats
PARIS (AP) — The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says he has received death threats during his investigation of Lance Armstrong.
In an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe on Monday, USADA chief executive Travis Tygart says “the Armstrong affair has prompted death threats against me” and that he received three threats from separate individuals.
In August, Armstrong dropped any further challenges to USADA’s allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France from 1999-2005. A day later, USADA stripped Armstrong of his Tour titles and banned him for life.
The International Cycling Union has yet to ratify USADA’s decision to strip Armstrong, saying it needs to see evidence first.
Tygart says USADA will provide the files to the UCI “by the end of the month.”
Jets’ Revis has torn ACL,
will likely miss season
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Darrelle Revis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that will require surgery, likely meaning he’ll miss the rest of the season.
A somber coach Rex Ryan won’t definitely rule Revis out for the season, saying Monday he just found out about the results of the MRI exam. He calls it a “horrible” thing.
Revis was injured in the third quarter of the Jets’ 23-20 overtime victory at Miami, falling awkwardly and grabbing at his knee even before he hit the grass. It was a non-contact injury, and he wound up covering his face with gloved hands in obvious pain.
It was Revis’ first game back after missing a week with a concussion suffered in the season opener against Buffalo.
Hall of Famer Jerry Rice
helps NFL fight obesity
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice is helping the NFL and Xbox 360 fight childhood obesity through a program that hopes to encourage 1 million youngsters to become more active.
The “60 Million Minutes Challenge” asks kids of all ages to pledge to be active for 60 minutes every day. It’s part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 program, a new initiative launched Monday.