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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal was not publicly announced.

Ham, 48, gets his first head coaching job as the 28th coach in Lakers history. He has been an assistant to Mike Budenholzer at the Milwaukee Bucks since 2018 and played a significant role in their run to the 2021 NBA title.

Ham will succeed Frank Vogel, who was fired a day after the Lakers ended one of the most disappointing seasons in NBA history by missing the playoffs 33-49.

— By AP sports writer Greg Beacham.


CINCINNATI (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in protest of the nation’s political direction following this week’s Texas shooting.

“I have no plans to come out for the anthem in the future until I feel better about the direction of our country,” Kapler said ahead of a series opener in Cincinnati. “I don’t expect it to necessarily move the needle. It’s just something I feel strong enough to take that step for.”

Kapler said he needed more time to think about concrete measures he could propose to prevent more tragedies of this kind, such as: B. Stricter gun control laws.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez was suspended for 80 games Friday under baseball’s minor-league drug program after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug ibutamoren, which increases human growth hormone .

The 30-year-old right-hander signed a minor-league contract with San Francisco on March 19. He was released and signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7.

Martínez made two starts for Triple-A Worcester, on May 8 at Toledo and on May 14 against Rochester, going 0-2 in 4 1/3 innings with a 20.77 ERA. He was released on May 17.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gil Hodges, who helped the Dodgers win World Series titles in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, will retire his No. 14 jersey.

The pregame ceremony will take place on June 4 when the New York Mets visit Dodger Stadium. Hodges played his last two seasons with the Mets in 1962 and 1963. His 96-year-old widow Joan still lives in Brooklyn.

He joins Walter Alston, Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale, Jim Gilliam, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Don Sutton and Pee Wee Reese among Dodgers players and managers to retire their left field numbers .


CLEVELAND (AP) — David Njoku made a commitment to Cleveland, and the Browns followed suit.

Two years after asking to be traded, Njoku got the long-term signing he wanted from the Browns and on Friday agreed to a four-year contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Njoku, who will play a more prominent role on Cleveland’s offense this season, will be among the NFL’s highest-paid tight ends, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the sides were still finalizing the package. Financial terms were not immediately known.

— By AP Sports writer Tom Withers.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Darren Helm scored with 5.6 seconds remaining and Darcy Kuemper stopped 17 shots as the Colorado Avalanche continued their second-round series in Game 6 on Friday night with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues finished.

JT Compher scored two goals for Colorado, who reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2002. The Avalanche had been eliminated in the second round for the past three years.

Colorado opens the series against Edmonton Tuesday night in Denver.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins’ top scorer Brad Marchand underwent surgery on both hips on Friday and is expected to be out for six months, meaning he would miss the start of next season.

The team said Marchand underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his hips.

Marchand had 32 goals and 48 assists last season. He added four goals and seven assists in the playoffs as the Bruins lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round.


Chris Evert, Serena Williams and other Wimbledon women’s singles champions are now listed on the All England Club rolls of honor in a Center Court hallway simply by their first and last names, rather than “Miss” or “Mrs.”

A spokeswoman for the All England Club confirmed on Friday that the move to the women’s honorary board has been completed.

Williams is a seven-time winner of the grass Grand Slam tournament and her name is now known as “S. Williams” instead of “Miss S. Williams”.

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