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AP source: Matthews, Mavs reach agreement on 4-year contract

Person with knowledge of deal: Matthews, Mavs set on 4-year deal with terms hinging on Jordan
Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press

DALLAS - Free agent guard Wesley Matthews and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year deal with financial terms that will depend on whether centre DeAndre Jordan decides to join him in Dallas.

A person with knowledge of the deal says Matthews and the Mavericks reached an agreement in principle late Thursday night and will wait on the decision from Jordan, who is apparently choosing between the Mavericks and his original team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal isn't finalized. Players can't sign until July 9.

Vice-President Joe Biden to attend the World Cup final

Vice-President Joe Biden, wife, Jill, will cheer on the US at the Women's World Cup final
Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

VANCOUVER - Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will cheer on the United States in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday.

The U.S. women's national team plays defending champion Japan in the title match at Vancouver's BC Place.

The Bidens will lead a delegation including U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan, and former U.S. players Cobi Jones and Mia Hamm.

"We're honoured to be part of the Women's World Cup Final," the Bidens said in a statement.

Red Sox pound Blue Jays 12-6 in series finale

Boy oh Boyd: Blue Jays rookie shelled as Red Sox take series finale 12-6
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Blue Jays left-hander Matt Boyd was hoping to build on the decent big-league debut he made last week.

His second career start couldn't have gone much worse.

Boyd was unable to record a single out on Thursday night as the Red Sox scored eight times in the first inning of a 12-6 victory over Toronto at Rogers Centre.

"It was definitely a tough one," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "They were hitting everything he threw up there."

Ducks sign new D Kevin Bieksa to 2-year extension thru 2018

Anaheim Ducks sign new defenceman Kevin Bieksa to 2-year contract extension through 2018
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Defenceman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver.

Bieksa has one year and $4.6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season.

Anaheim acquired Bieksa shortly after general manager Bob Murray determined he couldn't re-sign defenceman Francois Beauchemin, who got a three-year deal worth $13.5 million from Colorado.

Eternal underdog St. Louis retires from NHL

Undersized, undrafted underdog St. Louis announces retirement from NHL
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

The iconic image of Martin St. Louis, blood running down his face in the final moments of Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup final, is one Jay Feaster will never forget. Even in that moment, St. Louis had a chip on his shoulder.

"He looks like he wants to chew somebody's leg off just to win a hockey game," the former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager said. "That's what he was all about."

LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in abuse case for fight with wife after Halloween party
Brian Melley, The Associated Press

TORRANCE, Calif. - Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday after pleading no contest to beating his wife after an argument at a Halloween party last year.

Voynov, 25, was also placed on probation for three years for misdemeanour corporal injury to a spouse. A felony domestic violence charge that alleged he caused great bodily injury was thrown out in exchange for the plea.

Kessel trade completely undone in six years

Maple Leafs, Bruins have completely undone Kessel trade in six years
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - When Brian Burke traded two first-round picks and a second-rounder to the Boston Bruins in September 2009 for Phil Kessel, he believed the Toronto Maple Leafs would make the playoffs in 2010 and 2011.

When they didn't, the Bruins got the Leafs' No. 2 pick that became Tyler Seguin and the No. 9 pick the next year that became Dougie Hamilton. Fans at TD Garden in Boston would often chant, "Thank you, Kessel," for the deal that looked like it could be incredibly lopsided.

David Ousted named MLS player of the month

Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted named MLS player of the month for June
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted as been named Major League Soccer's player of the month for June.

The 30-year-old helped guide his team to three consecutive road wins, including a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy that snapped a 29-game home unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Ousted then stopped two penalties in a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls, before last weekend's triumph by the same margin over New England that included eight saves to halt the Revolution's 19-game unbeaten run at home.

'Mr. Game 7' Williams joins Capitals

'Mr. Game 7' Justin Williams joins Capitals, who have struggled in Game 7
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

When Justin Williams wasn't sure where he'd be playing next season, his six-year-old son Jaxon was already suggesting Alex Ovechkin's Washington Capitals.

"A month ago he said, 'Daddy, if we don't go back to L.A., I think you should go to play with Ovechkin because he's the best,'" Williams recalled.

Ovechkin is a three-time Hart Trophy winner as NHL MVP and is a point-a-game performer in seven playoff appearances. But in that stretch the Capitals are 3-6 in Game 7 and haven't advanced past the second round.

For 4th year in row, Rafael Nadal loses early at Wimbledon

Twice a Wimbledon champion, Nadal exits early for 4th year in row against low-ranked opponent
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

LONDON - On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.

It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the sort of day this was.

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