nba

Zach Randolph faces charges in Los Angeles

• Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident this month when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said Thursday. The two-time NBA All-Star had initially been arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell — a felony — but Los Angeles city prosecutors instead charged Randolph with misdemeanor drug possession. Court documents say Randolph possessed “more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or more than four grams of concentrated cannabis or both.” Randolph also is accused of resisting arrest and obstructing a Los Angeles police officer in the discharge of their duties. Randolph is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Sept. 14.

• New Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka’s contact with Paul George’s agent violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rule and resulted in a $500,000 fine for the Lakers. The league said a law firm’s independent investigation didn’t find evidence of an agreement or an understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire George, who was with the Indiana Pacers at the time. George later was traded to Oklahoma City. “We respect and accept the NBA’s decision regarding this matter,” Pelinka said in a statement.

• A person familiar with the situation says the Pelicans have agreed to trade veteran forward Quincy Pondexter and second-round draft choice to the Chicago Bulls — a move that will give New Orleans more financial flexibility to round out their roster with a small forward after Solomon Hill’s offseason hamstring tear.

Cycling

Froome crashes twice but maintains lead in Vuelta

• Chris Froome crashed twice as rivals reduced his Spanish Vuelta lead in Stage 12, which was won by Lotto-Soudal rider Tomasz Marczynski. Four-time Tour de France winner Froome needed help from two Sky teammates to limit the time lost after he tumbled to the asphalt twice on the stage’s descent to the finish line in Antequera, Spain. Vincenzo Nibali cut 20 seconds off Froome’s advantage and now trails by 59 seconds. Former Vuelta winner Alberto Contador shook up the race when he attacked from distance. Marczynski rode 99.5 miles from Montril to Antequera in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 45 seconds.

Golf

Tiger posts video of chip shot with doctor’s approval

• The latest image of Tiger Woods looked more familiar. The 14-time major champion had a golf club in his hand in Jupiter, Fla. Woods tweeted a short video on Thursday showing him hitting a chip shot with a message that said, “Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching.” He had a fourth surgery on his back to fuse disks in April. Woods last played a tournament in early February when he shot 77 and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.

— From wire reports