- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

NBA

ATLANTA (AP) - An independent investigation has found former Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was not motivated by racial bias in making statements which ultimately ended his time with the team.

A letter summarizing the investigation by the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird was obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, as was a letter from Hawks co-owner Todd Foreman to Ferry.

The Hawks agreed to a buyout of the final two years of Ferry’s contract on Friday. Ferry spent this season on an indefinite leave of absence following his racially derogatory comments about potential free agent Luol Deng.

Alston & Bird partner Bernard Taylor said in the letter the review of more than 24,000 documents and 19 interviews provided no evidence of “negative bias toward Mr. Deng, his race or his country of origin.”

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Willie Randolph was overjoyed. Mel Stottlemyre was simply stunned.

The former New York Yankees stars were honored Saturday with plaques in Monument Park - one expected and the other a well-kept secret.

The 69th annual Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium featured appearances by the regular roster of fan favorites, including Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Goose Gossage and Joe Torre.

Yogi Berra, who turned 90 last month, was unable to make it this time.

Leading off the festivities was Randolph, presented with his plaque near home plate in a ceremony the team announced months ago.

Then, after all the ex-Yankees were introduced to cheers, Stottlemyre’s family was called onto the field and the former pitcher and longtime coach - battling bone marrow cancer for 15 years now - was surprised with a plaque of his own.

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HORSE RACING

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Stellar Wind won the $200,000 Summertime Oaks by a nose under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Santa Anita.

The 3-year-old daughter of Curlin ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.53 to remain undefeated in three starts at the track. Stellar Wind paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10 as the heavy 2-5 favorite. She was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1.

Tara’s Tango returned $3.80 and $2.80 in her graded stakes debut under Hall of Famer Mike Smith, while Conquest Curlgirl was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.60 to show.

“I have to give Mike a lot of credit because Tara’s Tango was really fighting and he was riding her so hard,” Espinoza said. “But Stellar Wind got the job done and she felt great. I know it’s a little bit hot, but she seemed to come back really well after the wire.”

Stellar Wind carried five pounds more than the 118 pounds assigned to the rest of the field.

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BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Rances Barthelemy beat Antonio DeMarco by unanimous decision on Sunday.

Barthelemy, a Cuban defector who lives in Las Vegas, won all 10 rounds on the judges’ scorecards, although he was deducted one point by referee Kenny Bayless for a low blow in the ninth. Barthelemy (23-0) was fighting at the 140-pound super lightweight limit for the second time after previously winning the IBF super featherweight title.

DeMarco (31-5-1), who lost to Jessie Vargas last November for the WBA super lightweight championship, absorbed a number of shots from Barthelemy and was unable to generate any offense of his own

Earlier on the card, bloodied welterweight Sammy Vasquez (19-0) remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision against Wale Omotoso.

All three judges had the fight 98-92 in Vasquez’ favor.

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SWIMMING

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps took charge of the men’s 200 individual medley and raced to an impressive victory, his second win of the Arena Pro Series on Sunday night.

Phelps’ next focus is the national championships, where he expects to swim the 100 fly, 100 individual medley and 200 individual medley, though he hasn’t confirmed anything.

Calling his two victories a confidence booster, Phelps said he was ready to go to Colorado Springs for a grueling three weeks of training.

Olympic champion Missy Franklin, in her first long course event of the season, finished third in the 200 backstroke, an event in which she holds the world record

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OLYMPICS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Canadian speedskater Cindy Klassen has retired after a career in which she won six Olympic medals.

She announced her decision Saturday at a news conference in Winnipeg.

The 35-year-old skater had double knee surgery in 2008 but raced until 2013. Klassen hasn’t competed the last two years following a concussion while inline skating in 2013.

Klassen is the only Canadian to win five medals at one Olympics - a gold, two silver and two bronze in 2006 in Turin, Italy. Jacques Rogge, then the IOC president, dubbed her the “woman of the games.”

Another bronze from 2002 tied her with former teammate Clara Hughes for the most Olympic medals by a Canadian. Klassen still holds world records in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters, which she set during the 2005-06 season.

TOKYO (AP) - The combined bid of baseball and softball are among eight sports shortlisted for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo Olympic organizers on Monday selected the eight from a list of 26 sports that had applied for inclusion.

The other sports shortlisted are bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.

Baseball and women’s softball was considered a favorite because of the popularity of those sports in Japan.

The federations of the eight sports will next make a presentation in Tokyo on Aug. 7-8, and organizers will make recommendations for inclusion to the International Olympic Committee by Sept. 30.

The IOC will make a final decision on which sports will be added in August 2016, when it meets ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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SURFING

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Sixty-six surfers have set a world record for most people riding a board at once.

Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom built, 42-foot board off Huntington Beach on Saturday.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1MVDajG) the 66 surfers rode a wave for 12 seconds. They broke the previous record set in Queensland, Australia, about a decade ago when 47 surfers rode a wave for 10 seconds.

About 5,000 spectators crowded the sand and the Huntington Beach pier to watch the attempt.

Guinness World Record adjudicator Michael Empric said a separate record for whether the 1,300-pound board is the world’s largest will take a few days to determine.

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