NBA will expand motion tracking
• The NBA announced Thursday that it will install motion-tracking cameras in every arena this season to provide coaches, players and fans reams of data aimed at pulling back the curtain on what it takes to succeed at basketball’s highest level. The NBA has partnered with STATS on the SportVU cameras, and the relationship has grown from a single arena during the 2009 NBA Finals into a league-wide initiative that will be up and ready for the start of this season.
The technology can monitor every move a player makes on the court, gauge how tired he is and can even keep an eye on the job referees are doing.
• The Sacramento Kings hired hall of famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Mullin had been advising Ranadive in an unofficial capacity since the Silicon Valley software magnate bought the team in May, including scouting ahead of the NBA Draft.
• The Los Angeles Clippers signed rookie Brandon Davies after the forward impressed the club in summer league play. The 6-foot-9 Davies spent the past four seasons at Brigham Young.
• The Los Angeles Lakers signed free-agent guard Xavier Henry. Henry played for New Orleans last season.
• Jim Larranaga seems set at Miami for the rest of his career. The Hurricanes’ basketball coach, who turns 64 next month, received a three-year extension in what works out as a nine-year deal that runs through May 31, 2022.
Mediate hoping Canada still lucky
• Rocco Mediate is trying to complete a Canadian sweep. Coming off a blowout victory Sunday in Calgary, Alberta, the 50-year-old Mediate is set to open play today in the Montreal Championship on La Vallee du Richelieu’s revamped Rouville Course.
• Hudson Swafford, Nick O’Hern, Edward Loar and Ben Kohles shared the lead in the Chiquita Classic, shooting 5-under 67 in the first round of the Web.com Tour Finals event in Davidson, N.C.
Calgary Flames hire longtime executive
• The Calgary Flames are looking to Brian Burke to help with their rebuilding effort. The longtime hockey executive has been hired as president of hockey operations, a new position that puts Burke in charge of what President Ken King termed the “sports side of the Calgary Flames.”
• Retired Dallas Stars center Mike Modano is on a Caribbean honeymoon after marrying professional golfer Allison Micheletti. A Stars spokesman says the 43-year-old Modano and the 24-year-old Micheletti got married Sunday at the Hotel Joule in Dallas.
Cyclist Gilbert wins 12th stage in Spain
• World champion Philippe Gilbert won the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, and Vincenzo Nibali retained the leader’s jersey. Gilbert, a Belgian riding for BMC, caught Edvald Boasson and moved past him in the final yards to cross first ahead of the pack in the 102-mile stage from Maella to Tarragona on the Mediterranean coast.
• Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., will conduct a third card for the first time in its 139-year history with today’s opening of the Homecoming Meet at the historic track. The 12-day card, Churchill’s first in September, will run on weekends through Sept. 29 and features eight stakes races.
• Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by providing more than $20,000 in cash and benefits to former Tar Heels receiver Greg Little in 2010. In a search warrant unsealed this week, an agent with the Secretary of State’s office said Little told investigators that Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency provided him with a monthly cash allowance of $2,200 in addition to other benefits.
— From wire reports