Compiled from wire reports
Bird returns to NBA to direct the Pacers
• Larry Bird will be reintroduced to the media this morning as the Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations. Bird has been attending draft workouts regularly with the Pacers top executives this month and had been said to have shown interest in a front office job with Sacramento, too.
• The Miami Heat exercised their team option to keep starting point guard Mario Chalmers for the 2013-14 season. Chalmers is due to make $4 million this season.
• Power forward Carl Landry opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal with the Golden State Warriors to become a free agent. The 29-year-old Landry averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench last season.
• The Los Angeles Lakers exercised their contract option on guard Jodie Meeks and extended a qualifying offer to center Robert Sacre.
• Kansas men’s coach Bill Self was publicly reprimanded by the NCAA and fined an undisclosed amount after damaging the scorer’s table during an NCAA Tournament in a March 24 game in Kansas City.
•?Air Force men’s coach Dave Pilipovich agreed to a five-year contract. The 49-year-old Pilipovich took over the Falcons as interim coach in February 2012 and became the full head coach that March. He was 2-6 at the end of the 2011-12 season and directed the team to an 18-14 mark last season.
• Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson received a public reprimand from the NCAA because of his actions following a third-round loss during the NCAA tournament in March.
Big East names Ackerman to lead
• The newly reconstituted Big East Conference hired former WNBA president Val Ackerman, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, as its commissioner. Ackerman, 53, was the founding president of the WNBA and also was the first female president of USA Basketball.
• Trek Bicycle Corp. agreed to take over the RadioShack Leopard cycling team from Luxembourg real estate developer Flavio Becca next year. Waterloo, Wisconsin-based Trek, a sponsor of the team since its inception in 2010, is in talks with “several marquee athletes” and will start seeking partners immediately.
•?Carlos Tevez agreed to a three-year contract with Juventus. Manchester City agreed to sell Tevez in a transfer worth up to $18.5 million. Tevez joined City in 2009 after leaving Manchester United and played an integral role in the club’s rise as a Premier League power.
• Harry Parker, who coached the Harvard University men’s heavyweight crew team to 22 undefeated seasons and eight official national titles since 1963, died Tuesday of myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder known as “preleukemia.” He was 77.
— From wire reports