Compiled from wire reports
Suns trade Butler to Bucks, sign pick
•?The Phoenix Suns traded small forward Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravstov. The move sends Butler to his hometown team. The 11-year NBA veteran is from nearby Racine.
The Suns acquired Butler and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers on July 10 in a three-team trade that sent the Suns’ Jared Dudley and Milwaukee’s J.J. Redick to Los Angeles. Milwaukee got two second-round draft picks in the deal.
Butler signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Clippers in December of 2011. A starter for the Clippers the last two seasons, Butler has averaged 15.5 points in stops that included Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Dallas and the Clippers.
“We’re very excited to welcome Caron back home,” Bucks General Manager John Hammond said in a release.
Hammond said Butler “gives us depth at the small forward position and will be a mentor for our younger players.”
Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said the trade “gives us significant cap space as well as the flexibility to trade for another exciting player.”
The Suns also signed first-round draft pick Alex Len. The 7-foot-1 Len, the fifth overall pick in the draft, played two seasons at Maryland after coming to the United States from his native Ukraine.
•?Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized for his arrest on a driving under the influence of alcohol charge. According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta for not having working taillights. Trooper J. Nelms said Budenholzer had bloodshot and watery eyes “and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.” Budenholzer refused a breath test but agreed to a field sobriety test, according to the report.
Donovan set to play with the U.S. team
•?Landon Donovan will be back with the Americans when they resume World Cup qualifying next week. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann snubbed the Americans’ all-time leading scorer for the last round of qualifiers, saying Donovan needed to work his way back onto the team following his offseason sabbatical. Donovan redeemed himself with his play in last month’s Gold Cup, scoring five goals as the Americans won the title.
•?FIFA imposed global bans on players and referees from Armenia, Lebanon, Estonia and Tunisia who are implicated in match-fixing cases. FIFA extended life bans for two Armenian match officials on FIFA’s international list, referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan. They admitted to trying to fix a Europa League match in July.
Morkov wins stage in Spanish Vuelta
•?Michael Morkov of Denmark won the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta after spoiling Tony Martin’s long solo escape in the final miles, and race favorite Vincenzo Nibali maintained the overall lead. Martin broke away near the start of the 108-mile ride to Caceres and held off the peloton until the final sprint. Morkov, riding for SaxoBank-Tinkoff, pushed in front of the pack to claim the victory with a time of 3 hours, 54 minutes, 15 seconds.
•?The U.S. women’s national volleyball team lost to Serbia 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23 in the second day of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Sapporo, Japan. The U.S., which has won the event the last three years, fell to 0-2 in the six-team round robin event.
•?The Boston Bruins signed General Manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.
•?Bobby Labonte was released from the hospital in Trinity, N.C., a day after he broke three ribs in a bike riding accident near his North Carolina home. Labonte suffered no other injuries.
•?Former Arkansas football player Josh Melton was arrested on a second-degree murder charge. Fayetteville police say Melton was arrested Wednesday after he and a friend spent Tuesday night drinking. Authorities say Melton told police that he and his friend got into a confrontation after the friend vomited in Melton’s living room. A police report says Melton punched the victim several times. The victim was pronounced dead by emergency responders.
— From wire reports