Paul, Clippers agree on a new contract
• Chris Paul is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The All-Star point guard agreed to a new deal on the first day free agency opened, agent Leon Rose confirmed.
Paul posted a message on his Twitter account Monday morning, saying “I’M IN!!!” CLIPPERNATION
Paul led the Clippers to their first Pacific Division title last season and his decision to stay is the second big victory for the longtime losers in this offseason, following the signing of Doc Rivers as their new coach.
Paul can earn about $108 million over five years with the Clippers. The deal can’t be signed until July 10, after next season’s salary cap is set.
• The New York Knicks will give Andrea Bargnani a chance to rediscover his game in New York. The Atlantic Division champions and Toronto Raptors agreed on a deal involving the No. 1 overall pick in 2006, a source said Monday. The Knicks will get the forward from Italy in exchange for three players and three picks, the source told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the talks were to remain private. Toronto will receive Knicks reserves Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, who will be signed-and-traded. The Knicks are also sending the Raptors a 2016 first-round pick and two second-round picks.
• Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman says it was his call to lay off the top assistant of coach Tom Thibodeau. Forman said Monday it was the best decision for the Bulls to not renew the contract of Ron Adams, who rejoined the Bulls in 2010.
Alleged accomplice reports to police
• A man arrested in Florida agreed Monday to return to Massachusetts to face a charge in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Ernest Wallace faces a charge of accessory after the fact in Odin Lloyd’s slaying. Wallace turned himself in at a Miramar, Fla., police station last week. An assistant to Broward County Judge John Hurley says Wallace waived extradition Monday and agreed to go back to Massachusetts.
• Two Texas A&M players were charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief after a fight at an apartment complex in College Station, Texas. College Station police say 21-year-old Deshazor Everett, a junior cornerback, and 20-year-old Floyd Raven, a senior safety, were charged after the April 7 fight. Both surrendered at the Brazos County Jail on Monday. Police say two people reported being attacked at the apartment complex by a group that included Everett and Raven. Police say they both had visible injuries from the attack, and a car was damaged.
Blue Jackets, goalie settle on new deal
• The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension. The 24-year-old Russian, recipient of the Vezina Trophy, could have become a restricted free agent this week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team. Bobrovsky was paid $1.750 million last season. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the new deal was for $5.625 million per year.
• The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Danny Syvret from the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Kris Newbury. Syvret, 28, had six goals and 34 assists in 76 games last season with Adirondack of the AHL. Newbury, 31, split last season between the Rangers and Connecticut of the AHL.
Eastern Michigan hires Lyke as AD
• Eastern Michigan hired former GlenOak High School multisport standout Heather Lyke to be its athletic director and plans to pay her $245,000 plus incentives as part of a five-year contract. She starts on July 22. She was a senior associate athletic director at Ohio State, which hired her in 1998. The native of Canton, Ohio, has also worked at Cincinnati. She was a two-time captain on Michigan’s softball team and graduated in 1992. Lyke went on to earn a law degree at Akron.
• Ben Martin two-putted for par on the first playoff hole to win the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing Championship in Newburgh, Ind. It was Martin’s first career win. Martin drew the leadoff spot in a four-man playoff and played the 18th hole perfectly. A 3-wood into the fairway was followed by a 6-iron on the green and two putts for a par-4 that was good enough to win.
• Ethiopia had three points taken away by FIFA on Monday in World Cup qualifying for fielding an ineligible player in a game against Botswana.
— From wire reports