DENVER (AP) – New Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly says re-signing free agent shooting guard Andre Igoudala is his No. 1 priority. Connelly was formally introduced on Thursday by team president Josh Kroenke. Connelly tells reporters that “the last guy we talked to before coming in for this press conference was Andre. He’s such a pro that he’s out there (on the court) working out.” The 36-year-old Connelly comes to the Nuggets from New Orleans, where he served as assistant general manager under Dell Demps. He replaces NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri, who took the GM job with the Toronto Raptors last week. Finding a replacement for coach George Karl, who was let go on June 6, will be another top priority for Connelly and Kroenke. The Nuggets interviewed former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins on Wednesday and have also interviewed Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, but have not set a specific deadline for hiring a coach.
MIAMI (AP) – The NBA season will come to an end tonight in Miami as the Heat play host to the Spurs. It’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals with the winner walking off the floor with another championship. The Heat evened up the series at 3-3 with a win two nights ago.
UNDATED (AP) – There are two 10-game winners in Major League Baseball, Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright. That could change tonight as three pitchers, Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann, Lance Lynn of St. Louis and Jason Marquis of the Padres, all go to the mound with nine victories this season.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., hears arguments today in what could be a major lawsuit involving the NCAA. Lawyers for former student athletes are seeking to turn their lawsuit against the NCAA over compensation into a class action representing thousands of collegiate competitors. The athletes argue that the NCAA is unfairly profiting from their likenesses and images in marketing deals with video games and others. The NCAA argues many of the athletes receive scholarships in exchange for playing sports and to pay student athletes would ruin amateur athletics.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) – Just a few days ago Justin Rose won the U.S. Open. Today he starts play in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Rose is one of six top-20 players in the 156-man field. Marc Leishman (LEESH’-muhn) won this event last year.
OMAHA (AP) – There is one game tonight in the College World Series. The contest has North Carolina playing North Carolina State. They met earlier in the tournament with NC State winning 8-1.