Wright set to help Mavericks up front
• Brandan Wright re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks announced the expected deal with the center/forward on Thursday.
The 6-foot-10 Wright joined the Mavericks as a free agent in December 2011. He has played 113 games for Dallas, and last season averaged 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a game while shooting 60 percent from the field.
While contract details of the deal weren’t released by the Mavericks, Wright’s agent, Jim Tanner, said this week the deal is for $10 million over two years, plus incentives. Wright has played 227 career NBA games, playing in Golden State and New Jersey before joining the Mavericks.
• The New York Knicks re-signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin. The 6-foot-9 Martin averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over 23.9 minutes in 18 games (11 starts) with New York last season. In 12 playoff games, he averaged 5.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.42 blocks over 21.1 minutes.
• The Orlando Magic signed free-agent guard Ronnie Price, giving them another veteran reserve in their backcourt. Price was undrafted in 2005, but has since appeared in 394 career games with Sacramento, Utah, Phoenix and Portland. He has career averages of 3.5 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds.
• The Toronto Raptors added assistant coaches Bill Bayno and Jesse Mermuys to Dwane Casey’s staff.
DC United to get new soccer stadium
• DC United and city officials signed an agreement that would keep the Major League Soccer franchise in the District of Columbia with a new, $300 million soccer-only stadium. The city and the team would split the cost of the stadium, which is tentatively scheduled to open in 2016 in an industrial section of southwest Washington known as Buzzard Point.
• The chief executive of the Premier League is concerned momentum is swinging in favor of moving the 2022 World Cup from summer to winter. Richard Scudamore has long been a critic of such a switch, contending it would disrupt Europe’s domestic soccer leagues. Now, he is more troubled than ever after a recent reversal by FIFA President Sepp Blatter on the timing of the Qatar tournament. Blatter said last week he planned to ask FIFA’s executive committee to consider playing the tournament in the winter to avoid the searing summer heat in the Persian Gulf.
Brands knocks off Federer in Gstaad
• His game inconsistent and his new racket not offering much help, Roger Federer lost yet again to a player way down in the rankings. The Swiss star fell 6-3, 6-4 to Germany’s Daniel Brands in the second round of the Swiss Open in Gstaad, Switzerland, the third consecutive tournament in which he made a startling exit.
• Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki was suspended for 18 months for refusing to submit to blood testing before the Monte Carlo Masters.
IndyCar Series set to alter engine rule
• The IndyCar Series could be getting more parity next season. Series officials announced they would require all engines used in 2014 to be powered by twin turbochargers. Chevrolet has been running with twin turbos since returning to competition in 2012. Honda, the series’ sole engine producer from 2006-11, has been using a single turbocharger.
• Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko gave Russia another gold medal in synchronized swimming, easily winning the duet final at the world championships in Barcelona. They added to their gold in the duet technical, receiving a score of 97.680 points at the Palau Sant Jordi arena. Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen gave China the silver with 95.350. China’s 14-year-old Si Yajie and two-time Olympic gold medalist Chen Ruolin easily won the gold and silver medals in the women’s 10-meter platform diving
• Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Cindy Curley were selected to be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Guerin was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time NHL All-Star during. Weight won a Stanley Cup and was a four-time NHL All-Star.
• The Ivy League is following the big-time athletic conferences by launching its own network. Ivy League Digital Network will be available by subscription over the Internet.
— From wire reports