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Sports news briefs — June 19

Compiled from wire reports

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BASKETBALL

Miami Heat leader
wants team to stay

• After losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, Miami Heat coach Pat Riley wants his team to come back next season.

“You’ve got to stay together, if you’ve got the guts,” Riley said. “You don’t find the first door and run out of it if you have an opportunity.”

The Heat have been to the finals four years in a row and won two titles.

“We don’t need to rebuild, Riley insisted. “We need to retool.”

Most of his words were about LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who can all become free agents this summer.

“What really cements a forever bond is going through what we went through this year and staying the course,” Riley said.

• The Charlotte Hornets unveiled three new primary uniforms featuring white, purple and teal colors. The home white and away purple uniforms read “Hornets” on the front, instead of “Charlotte” as in years past. The alternate teal uniform will be worn 16 to 20 times per season.

• A judge refused Shelly Sterling’s request for an injunction against husband Donald Sterling and his lawyers in their dispute over the planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. She alleges her estranged husband made threats.

TENNIS

Caroline Wozniacki
advances at Aegon

• Caroline Wozniacki and Ekaterina Makarova headed in different directions in the Aegon International quarterfinals in Eastbourne, England. Wozniacki, champion in 2009, beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2. Makarova, the 2010 champ from Russia, fell to fifth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 6-1.

• Benjamin Becker of Germany reached his first ATP semifinals in almost 2½ years when he beat Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4 at the rainy Topshelf Open in the Netherlands. Becker will face Joao Sousa, the Portuguese qualifier who beat Dutch wild card Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-2. On the women’s side, Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-2 6-4. She will face American Coco Vandeweghe, who beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-1.

FOOTBALL

Cam Newton returns
to Panthers practice

• Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton practiced for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery March 19. Newton said he felt sluggish on his first day back. “My mind was moving faster than my body,” Newton said.

• Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin’s NFL career is over after a neck injury last November, coach Mike McCarthy said. Franklin joined the team as a fourth-round pick out of UCLA last year and was hurt Nov. 24 on a kickoff return against Minnesota.

• The Atlanta Falcons acquired reserve quarter­back T.J. Yates in a trade that sends linebacker Akeem Dent to the Houston Texans. The Falcons waived No. 2 quarterback Dominique Davis.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars cut defensive end Jason Babin after signing free agent Chris Clemons. Babin, 34, led the team with 7½ sacks last season.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed second-round draft pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a four-year contract. The Washington tight end was the 38th overall pick.

• Eastern Michigan will replace its artificial turf with a FieldTurf that looks like concrete. New football coach Chris Creighton says the Eagles are so tough that they would play on a parking lot.

HOCKEY

Carolina Hurricanes
announce new coach

• The Carolina Hurricanes hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new coach. It is new General Manager Ron Francis’ first big hire.

• The Anaheim Ducks won’t bring back center Saku Koivu, goalie Jonas Hiller and forward Daniel Winnik, General Manager Bob Murray said.

• The Colorado Avalanche signed left winger Jamie McGinn to a two-year deal. McGinn, 25, had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season

— From wire reports


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