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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has agreed to a five-year, $148 million designated rookie scale maximum contract extension, league sources told ESPN.

Embiid, one of the NBA’s most talented and popular young players, has the ability to earn an additional $30 million — bringing the value of the contract to as much as $178 million — if he earns an All-NBA first-, second- or third-team selection, or is named MVP this season, league sources said. The designated rookie scale extension — termed “the super-max” — reflects 30 percent of the 2018-19 salary cap if Embiid reaches the performance-based criteria.

Based on the details of what sources are describing as a complex contract structure, the 76ers would have to waive Embiid for him not to reach the full value of his $148 million extension.

Embiid celebrated the new deal with a tweet.

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76ers coach Brett Brown, without commenting on the contract’s specifics, told media before Monday’s preseason game at Boston that Embiid has transformed the 76ers with “his physical presence; he does it with a defensive mindset, and he does it with an offensive target that is different than anything else that we have.”

“When he has been able to practice with us, he has changed the gym,” said Brown, while calling Embiid a “difference-maker.”

The deal represents the 76ers’ commitment to Embiid’s talent, given that he has been healthy enough to play in only 31 regular-season games since Philadelphia selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

“You don’t give up that tag freely — but he has a chance to be great,” Brown said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. You know, when you look at his body of work — only playing 31 games, and really he’s only been playing basketball for six years, and he’s 23. He’s just scratching the surface.”

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The extension solidifies Embiid as a cornerstone of the franchise’s future.

“He does things on a court that remind me of, you know, somebody that’s able to hear music and just play the song,” Brown said. “You know, he will study [Tim] Duncan, or study KD, or another player, and all of a sudden it’s a part of his game. He’s very unique, very unique.”

The deal will include some salary-cap protection for the 76ers should Embiid suffer injury that causes him to miss significant playing time, league sources said.
The $25.3 million salary for Embiid in 2018-19 will rank third among NBA centers, trailing behind only Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond.

Information from ESPN’s Bobby Marks contributed to this report.

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The Astros got to Red Sox starter Chris Sale early and never let up, slugging their way to a 8-2 victory in Game 1 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park on Thursday.

Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back solo home runs off of Sale in the bottom of the first inning to stake starter Justin Verlander to an early 2-0 lead. The Red Sox chipped away at the deficit in the top of the second, scoring a run on what would have otherwise been a base running blunder by Dustin Pedroia. Mitch Moreland and Pedroia both drew walks with one out. After Rafael Devers struck out, Sandy Leon singled to right field. Moreland was thought to have scored easily, but Reddick fired a strike to third base to get Pedroia, who appeared to be tagged just before Moreland touched home plate, which was the ruling on the field. The ruling, however, was overturned upon replay review and the Red Sox got the run. The Red Sox scored again in the fourth thanks to a Devers sacrifice fly, knotting the game up at two apiece.

Sale faltered again in the bottom of the fourth. Evan Gattis doubled down the left field line and Reddick singled on a ball Jackie Bradley, Jr. appeared to catch on a dive in shallow left-center field. Replay review overturned the ruling on the field, giving Reddick his single. With two outs, Marwin Gonzalez ripped a double to right-center, plating both Gattis and Reddick to put the Astros up 4-2. In the fifth, Altuve hit another solo home run almost exactly to the same spot as his blast in the first inning. That moved the lead to 5-2.

The wheels further spun for Sale in the sixth. Gattis led off with another double down the left field line. Reddick drew a walk, which ended Sale’s night. Unfortunately for Sale, reliever Joe Kelly couldn’t strand either of his inherited runners. Yuli Gurriel singled to load the bases, then Brian McCann brought home two more runs with a single to shallow right field.

Verlander exited after six innings, giving up the two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. He was solid if unspectacular, but given the way other starters have fared so far this postseason, he looked like Cy Young.

In the seventh inning, Altuve blasted his third solo home run of the game, this time off of Austin Maddox, to make it an 8-2 game. It’s the 10th time since 1903 a player has homered three times in a playoff game. The last to do it was the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tigers in 2012. The last second baseman to do it was the Angels’ Adam Kennedy in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Twins in 2002. It’s only been done five times in total this millennium (Albert Pujols and Adrian Beltre are the others).

Chris Devenski worked a scoreless seventh for the Astros, sandwiching a Sandy Leon pop-up with strikeouts of Devers and Bradley. Will Harris and Francisco Liriano combined to pitch a scoreless eighth. Joe Musgrove came on in the ninth, setting down Pedroia, Devers, and Sandy Leon in order, finalizing the 8-2 victory.

The series will continue on Friday as the Red Sox and Astros do battle at Minute Maid Park at 2 PM ET on Friday. Drew Pomeranz will start for the Red Sox opposite the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel.

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert injured his left foot in Wednesday’s 109-93 preseason loss to the Atlanta Hawks and will undergo medical imaging Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.

“We won’t know until tomorrow morning, but I think he should be OK,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game.

Shumpert suffered the injury while landing awkwardly after a missed dunk attempt with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter. He limped back to the locker room after a timeout and did not return to the game.

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The seven-year veteran has been sharing the backcourt in the second unit with Dwyane Wade through the first week of Cavs training camp, trying to carve out a consistent role on a Cleveland team that added guards Wade, Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas and Jose Calderon in the offseason.

Earlier in the week, Shumpert shared that he and Lue had an air-it-out meeting prior to the Cavs’ minicamp in Santa Barbara, California, last month to discuss his place on the team after he was included in trade talks over the summer.

Shumpert’s injury could complicate what already figures to be a challenging roster shuffle for Cleveland general manager Koby Altman.

The Cavs have 16 players signed to guaranteed contracts for 2017-18 and can carry only 15 players on their roster, meaning they will either have to cut or trade a player or players before the regular season opens on Oct. 17 against the Boston Celtics.

“It’s a tough process if you can move guys or if you have to let one go,” said Lue. “It’s going to be a tough decision. Just trying to see who plays the best for us, who stays healthy, and we’ve got to go from there.”

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NEW YORK — Twelve minutes into Aaron Hicks’ return from 3 1/2 weeks on the disabled list, Tampa Bay had loaded the bases in the first inning when Wilson Ramos drove a changeup toward the Yankees’ bullpen in right-centre field.
“Oh, gosh,” New York rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery thought to himself on the mound.
Hicks raced from centre to the 385-foot sign and leaped to get his glove above the wall. He snagged the ball in the webbing, squeezed it tight and limited Ramos to a sacrifice fly with his Hollywood grab.
After nearly falling behind on a grand slam, the playoff-bound Yankees beat the Rays 6-1 Tuesday night to clinch home-field advantage if they end up in the AL wild-card game next week.
“It was fun, fun to be able to do that,” said Hicks, who also robbed the Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena of a grand slam at Anaheim on June 14.
New York closed within three games of AL East-leading Boston with five remaining. If the Yankees and Red Sox finish even, they would play a tiebreaker game in New York on Monday, forcing difficult decisions on whether to use top pitchers.
“It becomes really complicated,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Tampa Bay (76-81) was eliminated from playoff contention and missed the post-season for the fourth straight year.
“It was kind of a slow death, which is not fun,” manager Kevin Cash said.
Montgomery (9-7) allowed singles to his first two batters and walked the next one before striking out Logan Morrison. Ramos thought he had his second slam in five days.
“I thought he hit it pretty well, but it just kind of died for me and gave me a great opportunity,” Hicks said.
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“That was a homer. He jumped and he stole that,” he said.
Montgomery then fanned Adeiny Hechavarria to end the inning and didn’t allow another runner past second. Told his night was over after giving up six hits in six innings, Montgomery walked over to Hicks in the dugout and gave him a hug.
“Thanks for saving me,” Montgomery remembered saying.
Hicks strained his right oblique muscle June 25 on a checked swing against Texas and did not return until Aug. 10. He strained his left oblique at Boston on Sept. 2 when he reached up to make a running catch on the warning track of Hanley Ramirez’s drive.
He walked three times and struck out in the sixth, leaving him with a .264 average, 13 homers and 49 RBIs in 83 games. The great grab gave him confidence.
“It’s definitely a big test,” Hicks said. “I’m fully extended and I was able to make the catch and I felt good and the body feels good right now.”
Starlin Castro hit a 445-foot home run leading off a four-run second, and New York (88-69) won for the 17th time in 23 games to move 19 games over .500 for the first time since finishing 95-67 in 2012.
Blake Snell (4-7) walked Hicks and Aaron Judge with the bases loaded in the second, and Chaz Roe threw a run-scoring wild pitch . Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday added RBI singles in the eighth.
In the shortest of his 42 big league starts, Snell failed to retire any of his six batters in the second inning and threw only 24 of 49 pitches for strikes.
“I just kept opening up and couldn’t make the adjustment to staying closed,” he said.
Hicks’ play had changed the game.
“Incredible,” Girardi said. “I was worried off the bat.”
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New York’s David Robertson and the Rays’ Austin Pruitt both threw out batters while seated on the infield grass after slipping to field eighth-inning dribblers.
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Ramos started his 55th game at catcher, triggering a rise in his salary next year from $8.5 million to $10.5 million as long as he doesn’t finish the season on the disabled list because of a right knee injury. If he starts the five remaining games, his salary would rise by an additional $250,000.
“I feel excited because I’m healthy and catching a lot and that’s my job,” he said.
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TRAINER’S ROOM
Rays: RHP Alex Cobb won’t pitch again this season because of workload.
Yankees: RHP Adam Warren, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 1 because of a lower back spasm, tossed a two-inning simulated game and could be activated this week.
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RHP Luis Severino (13-6) starts for the Yankees on Wednesday in what could be his last appearance before the playoffs. RHP Matt Andriese (5-4) goes for the Rays.

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James has been likened to a man among boys since his prep school basketball days, but as the superstar embarks on his 15th NBA season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says James’ aging process is going in reverse.

“He seems younger,” Lue said following Cleveland’s first practice of the season Tuesday. “I call him ‘Benjamin Button.’ He seems younger, he just seems happier with the game right now, just having fun. Enjoying the game. Hopefully it carries on for 82 games and into the playoffs.”

James, who turns 33 in December, is trying to secure an eighth straight Finals appearance come June, which would be his fourth straight with Cleveland.

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While the Cavs’ summer was filled with uncertainty, from general manager David Griffin’s dismissal and their failed attempt to trade for Paul George, to the abandoned pursuit of Chauncey Billups for a front-office post and the league-rattling deal in which they sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics and received an injured Isaiah Thomas as part of their return, James reported to camp as invigorated as ever.

And on Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Dwyane Wade plans to join Cleveland after he clears waivers Wednesday.

“I’m ready to go,” James said at the Cavs’ media day on Monday. “This is one of the best offseasons I’ve had in my career. And I’m extremely excited. What got me excited about the game of basketball is actually being with my sons this summer and watching their AAU games and you probably saw a couple videos where I was not a nice dad during the course of those games. But the ‘Basketball Jones’ and the basketball fever was put back in me early in July, and it’s crazy to say that my 12-year-old and my 10-year-old can inspire me and they did, and their teammates inspired me to get in the gym. I always get better throughout the offseason. I always work on my game or work on my body throughout the offseason.”

James’ body carried a heavy workload last season, playing a league-high 37.8 minutes per game, which was his highest average since the 2012-13 season.

Lue joked at media day that he would ride the four-time MVP even more this season.

“I’ll probably add a minute to his minutes,” Lue said with a smile. “So, 38 and a half (minutes per game). … We’ll see.”

James did not give a specific reason for his rebirth — theories abound wondering if he’s seeking to make a statement against Irving or simply trying to make the most of the last of his prime — but he acknowledged there is something motivating him.

“Something was different,” James said. “Something was just different throughout the offseason and hopefully I can, I’m not here to talk about it, because that’s not what I do. I’ll put it out on the floor.”

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Carmelo Anthony trade talks between the Knicks and Rockets appear to be going nowhere.

Yet, Anthony’s camp is reportedly cautiously optimistic he’ll get dealt by Monday.

This might explain why.

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Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have recruited Anthony to Portland. The Trail Blazers have plenty of expendable players who could be aggregated to matching Anthony’s salary – Evan Turner, Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard, Al-Farouq Aminu and Ed Davis – plus lower-paid players to give New York value. This certainly looks plausible.

It’d make sense for Anthony to hold out as long as possible for Houston, his ideal destination. He can use his no-trade clause to force the Knicks to deal with only the Rockets.

But what if that fails?

I’m skeptical New York, Portland and Anthony all agree to a deal. There are just too many sides to please.

The Knicks will need more than just bad contracts to move Anthony, and the Trail Blazers don’t need more scoring enough to relinquish significant assets. Anthony would also have to approve, and as miserable as the Knicks have been, the New York market still matters.

Again, this is plausible, but I’m doubtful. Either way, we should know soon with training camp around the corner.

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The Miami Heat and guard Josh Richardson have agreed on a four-year, $42 million contract extension, league sources told ESPN.

The deal includes a player option on the fourth year, a league source said.

Richardson’s agents with BDA Sports, Bill Duffy and Erik Kabe, finalized several weeks of talks with Heat officials Wednesday.
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Richardson, who will turn 24 on Friday, averaged 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for the Heat last season. He started 34 games but played only 53 overall because of a recurring ankle injury.

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Free-agent center Tyler Zeller has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN.

Zeller, 27, was one of the top remaining free agents on the market. He’ll compete for minutes behind the Nets’ expected starting center, Timofey Mozgov.

The deal is guaranteed for the 2017-’18 season, and non-guaranteed for the 2018-’19 season, league sources said.

Zeller joins the Nets after three seasons with the Boston Celtics. In five NBA seasons, which included his first two in Cleveland, Zeller has averaged seven points and 4.4 rebounds. He had his best pro season with the Celtics in 2014-’15, averaging 10 points, 5.7 rebounds and playing 82 games.

Zeller was the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and won a national championship at North Carolina in 2009.

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When a coach is as synonymous with his offense as Ben McAdoo, losses like the 19-3 one the Giants suffered on Sunday night to the Dallas Cowboys have the tendency to be taken personally.

That’s why it’s no surprise the typically monotone McAdoo went out of his way to throw a dart at a unit that put up just 233 total yards, 25:46 time of possession and, ultimately, three points in a prime-time loss to the division-rival Cowboys.
“The offense was very disappointing. We’re going to go back and look at the film, and see how we can get better,” McAdoo said, via NJ.com. “We need to go back and take a look at the film. I know no part of the offense was functional tonight.”

Perhaps McAdoo’s words were also a way of protecting the maligned offensive line — the root of the Giants’ woes all preseason and one of the main reasons the team has been averaging a stunning 13.57 points per game since Dec. 4 of last season. As NJ.com pointed out, McAdoo eventually passed on questions about the offensive line’s issues — a universal coach signal for you’re probably right but there’s really nothing else I have to say here.

The strange issue for the Giants here is how significantly they have been investing in their offensive line. Ereck Flowers is a first-round pick. Center Weston Richburg, their sturdiest asset up front, was a second-round pick. Justin Pugh was a first-round pick. Dallas built a dynamic offense by hurling high picks at the offensive line but, when you are the Giants and the unit is still an issue, what do you do next?

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Orlando Magic shooting guard and Houston native Jonathon Simmons said he had to “ride a boat, walk through muddy water and ride on the back of a dumpster truck” to escape from the city’s flooding caused by the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Speaking to the Magic’s official website, Simmons detailed how he prepared for and ultimately escaped from the storm that caused massive flooding in the Houston area and beyond.

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Simmons said that he left his high-rise condo in the area to go to a friend’s house in Richmond, Texas, on Saturday and packed enough items to stay there for three days, but more friends who were flooded out of where they had holed up joined Simmons’ group.

“So that gave us another 11 extra people and most of them were kids,” Simmons explained. “We had to let the kids eat first, so most of the last two days it was kind of rough [without food].

“There was at least 20 people in the house and probably eight of them were kids,” Simmons said. “When I was little, my mom always kept the fridge full of stuff [during hurricanes]. This time, I ate a pack of Ramen noodles and that’s all for like a day and a half.”

Though their lodging in Richmond was never flooded due to the house being on a hill, other homes in the neighborhood were, and Simmons and his friends had to wade through flood waters to get out of the area. Simmons said he hasn’t been back to his condo and doesn’t have his car with him.

After two years with the San Antonio Spurs, Simmons signed as a free agent with the Magic this offseason. He said he’s heard from Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, Magic coach Frank Vogel and various teammates.

“It’s devastating,” Simmons said of the storm. “Luckily, none of my family was seriously affected, but I see a lot of my friends suffering and that’s difficult. But I’m also proud of how the city of Houston has come together to help one another. On the upside and the brighter side, there’s that seeing how people have been there to help one another.”