Inside the contracts that led to KD, Kyrie deals

The Brooklyn Nets included about $1 million in yearly performance-based incentives in maximum contracts for both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, a tweak that allowed them to maneuver to fit contracts for DeAndre Jordan and second-round pick Nicolas Claxton into cap space, according to contract data obtained by ESPN. Both deals have player options in their fourth seasons, meaning Durant and Irving can hit free agency again in the summer of 2022. Irving’s contract is especially interesting: eight separate incentives — $125,000 each, all deemed “unlikely” — and thus not…

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Ex-Canes forward Ferland heads to Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks continued their offseason makeover by signing free-agent forward Micheal Ferland on Wednesday. Ferland gets a four-year deal with an average annual value of $3.5 million. “Micheal is an energetic player that drives the play and can contribute in all three zones,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. “He’ll make our team harder to play against on a nightly basis and we’re excited that he’ll call Vancouver home.” Vancouver also signed free-agent defenseman Tyler Myers and traded for forward J.T. Miller this offseason. The hard-hitting…

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NASCAR Roundtable – A rain-shortened race shrouded in controversy

The finish of the rain-delayed race at Daytona International Speedway was one to remember. What are your thoughts on how the event ended with the winner, weather and outcome? Jim: I really didn’t have any problems with any of it considering the restraints NASCAR was under. There was no way NBC was going to start the race at 11 a.m. in conflict with the Women’s World Cup Final, and it is likely that if they did we would have gotten the whole race in before any storms. But if race…

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Unfiltered Episode 306: Israel Adesanya, Michael Chiesa and UFC 239 Recap

Jim and Matt have a lot to say about Saturday’s fights, speaking on everything from the unbelievable record setting KO by Jorge Masvidal, to the champ-champ Amanda Nunes, and who Jon Jones should fight next. Interim middleweight champ Israel Adesanya stops by to chat about his newly announced title unification bout against Robert Whittaker, and his beef with Jon Jones. Plus, Michael Chiesa joins the show to discuss his impressive welterweight win over Diego Sanchez.

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Rich Energy terminates Haas sponsorship deal

Rich Energy claims to have terminated its title sponsorship deal with the Haas F1 team, arguing the American outfit underperformed at the last race in Austria. The energy drinks company became Haas’ title sponsor at the start of the year, claiming it would take the fight to Red Bull both on and off the track. The deal saw the cars painted black and gold and feature prominent Rich Energy branding on the engine cover, nose and front wing endplates. The title sponsorship deal was followed up with a burst of…

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Kings re-sign forward Iafallo to 2-year deal

The Los Angeles Kings re-signed restricted free agent Alex Iafallo after his career year — avoiding arbitration. The forward set career highs with 15 goals and 18 assists. He receives a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.425 million. The 25-year-old was a bright spot for a down Kings team that finished last in the Pacific Division. He was coming off a two-year entry-level contract with a cap hit of $925,000.

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USWNT World Cup celebration — The party that hasn’t stopped

They talked the talk … and definitely walked the walk. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the rest of the USWNT put on a dominant performance in the Women’s World Cup on their way to taking home their second straight title and fourth title after a 2-0 victory against the Netherlands. Since the full-time whistle in France this past Sunday, the festivities started pretty much immediately. From locker room celebrations, to plane rides and interviews, and um, some killer dance moves, we take a look at a whirlwind few days for…

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