James Harden is taking less with hopes the Philadelphia 76ers can do more.
A person familiar with the situation said Harden chose not to exercise his $47.4 million option for next season and will become a free agent — but with no designs on leaving Philadelphia.
The NFL and Deshaun Watson’s legal team presented their arguments before a disciplinary officer for a second day Wednesday, with both sides holding firm as the hearing is scheduled to continue in Delaware on Thursday.
AP source: Timberwolves, Prince reach 2-year, $16M extension
Done deal: Celtics' Will Hardy takes over as coach of Jazz
Three early Harlem Globetrotter alums get Hall of Fame call
NBA free agency opens Thursday, starting deal-making season
Lakers pick up options on Stanley Johnson, Wenyen Gabriel
Verlander goes 8, Astros beat Mets 2-0 on Castro's homer
Naylor's 2-run HR in 10th gives Guardians 7-6 win over Twins
Dodgers hit 3 homers, knock off nemesis Rockies 8-4
García's homer in 9th lifts Marlins past Cardinals 4-3
Contreras homers, Morel also goes deep as Cubs beat Reds 8-3
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal that would send guards Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Washington Wizards for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The recurring cries of “Come on, Andy!” at Centre Court meandered somewhere along the continuum from pushing to pleading as two-time champion Andy Murray’s shortest stay at Wimbledon came to a close.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — If this turns out to have been the last time the world gets to watch Serena Williams at Wimbledon — and she says she doesn’t know, so how could the rest of us?
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — LIV Golf’s first U.S. event was set to begin Thursday, with a group of survivors and families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 terror attacks planning to gather at a nearby park to speak out against the Saudi Arabia-funded tour.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Santiago Moreno scored a pair of goals in the space of two minutes in the first half and the Portland Timbers beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Darwin Quintero scored for the Dynamo, who have not won in Portland since 2011.
TORONTO (AP) — Jim Pappin, the former NHL forward credited with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 82.
The Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks announced the death Wednesday on social media.
PHOENIX (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith had 17 points and seven assists, Sophie Cunningham added 14 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 99-78 on Wednesday night.
Phoenix (9-12) beat Indiana for a seventh straight time, including an 83-71 victory on Monday.
SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Vincent Sevigny and Cam MacDonald scored early and the host Saint John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup, beating the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 on Wednesday night.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Second rower Cadeyrn Neville will become the oldest Wallabies player in more than 20 years to take part in his first rugby test after his surprise inclusion in the Australia side to face England on Saturday in Perth.
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian teen Jacen Russell-Rowe had two assists to help the Columbus Crew beat Toronto FC 2-1 on Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old Russell-Rowe, from Brampton, Ontario, is a former Toronto FC academy player.
A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgio Chiellini is hoping Los Angeles FC's young roster can help him at least partially rediscover the fountain of youth.
In return, the veteran Italian defender looks to help the club capture its first Major League Soccer championship.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer took their next steps Wednesday toward returning to New York's rotation.
DeGrom, sidelined since last July 7, threw 27 pitches to hitters in Port St.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings acquired high-scoring forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in exchange for their first-round pick in the upcoming draft and prospect Brock Faber.
PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Julio Rodríguez claimed not taking a peek at where his 12th home run of the season finally came to rest.
Maybe he should have. Not many homers at T-Mobile Park land where the 21-year-old deposited his latest longball.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A stolen Olympic gold medal belonging to a member of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team has been found in Southern California, authorities said Wednesday.
Jordyn Poulter reported the medal stolen May 25 after the Olympian discovered her car broken into at a parking garage in Anaheim, police said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Haase hit a two-run homer to break a 1-all tie in the sixth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Wednesday.
It was Haase’s fifth home run of the season and his second in the last three games.
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton has seen trailing teams lose their fight a few times in his 13 big league seasons. Just not with these New York Yankees.
“We find a way to figure it out every night,” Stanton said.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Mike Leach has signed a two-year contract extension through 2025 after leading the Bulldogs to their second consecutive bowl appearance.
MSU football spokesman Brandon Langlois on Wednesday confirmed the extension, which was initially reported by several media outlets.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just a few months into Luis Arraez's major league career, Cleveland manager Terry Francona marveled at the hitting machine division rival Minnesota was integrating into the lineup and predicted he would one day win a batting title.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cain Velasquez, the former UFC heavyweight champion accused of trying to kill the man he claims molested his 4-year-old son, is suing the man and his family who own a day care where the alleged molestation occurred.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Washington Nationals 8-7 on Wednesday.
“I think Bryan Reynolds carried us to a win tonight,” said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, whose Pirates ended a five-game losing streak.
BOSTON (AP) — A former University of Southern California soccer coach who took bribes in exchange for helping unqualified kids into the school was sentenced Wednesday to six months in home confinement after cooperating with authorities investigating the college admissions scandal.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina found an unusual way to lose a Grand Slam match. So unusual, he didn’t quite know the rule that did him in.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zach Greinke allowed just one run on four hits in his 500th career start, helping the Kansas City Royals avoid a three-game sweep by beating the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Wednesday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs and Milwaukee center fielder Jonathan Davis made a spectacular catch, sending the Brewers over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Wednesday.
Tellez has five home runs and eight RBIs in his past six games.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — For those tired of the dispute between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, Tom Brookes has something that might be of interest.
The chief executive of Icons Series is bringing a two-day tournament to Liberty National that features 24 professional athletes from all walks of sports in a Ryder Cup-type competition.
Hours before Canada beat the U.S. to win women’s hockey gold at the Beijing Olympics in February, International Ice Hockey Federation officials lamented having only two medal events on sports’ biggest stage.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks were one of the NHL's worst teams last season, and their general manager is talking about a potentially long rebuilding process. They are listening to trade offers for their top goal scorer, and the situation at goaltender is murky at best.
MILAN (AP) — Romelu Lukaku will again look to revive his career back in Italy after completing a sensational return to Inter Milan on a one-year loan deal, just 10 months after joining Chelsea for $135 million as the seventh most expensive soccer player ever at the time.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Under pressure? You must be joking.
Emma Raducanu, who won last year's U.S. Open at the age of 18, hasn't gotten past the second round at a Grand Slam tournament since then.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fresh off helping the Golden State Warriors win the NBA championship, Stephen Curry will host The ESPYS.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is airing the Jan. 6 committee hearings when they occur in daytime hours and a striking number of the network's viewers have made clear they'd rather be doing something else.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who killed a former NFL player in a New Orleans area road rage incident in 2016 cannot be tried again for murder after his conviction on a lesser charge was overturned, the state's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) — The NBA is returning to Seattle — for the preseason, that is.
The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers will play a preseason game at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena on Oct.
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston left fielder Yordan Álvarez and shortstop Jeremy Peña were hurt when they collided in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Mets while running down a popup.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Jessica Pegula heard the jokes from other players at Wimbledon: “They’re like, ‘Did you play yet? You still haven’t played?!’ And they're already on their second-round matches.”
GENEVA (AP) — A new group for European clubs feeling isolated in soccer politics dominated by wealthy rivals was announced Wednesday.
The Union of European Clubs is being created after an intense 18 months of debate and decisions on reforming UEFA competitions like the Champions League plus the failed Super League project that rocked the industry.
CHICAGO (AP) — Candace Parker had a season-high 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Kahleah Copper scored 15 points and Chicago beat the Connecticut Sun 91-83 on Wednesday for the Sky's fourth straight victory.