NEW YORK (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal says the Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics. The trade can’t be completed until July 10, after next season’s salary cap is set, so pieces were still being discussed as the NBA draft ended. The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised the Barclays Center crowd by picking UNLV forward Anthony Bennett No. 1, and not one of the available 7-footers.
WASHINGTON (AP) – As the Washington Nationals approach the midpoint of their season they are right at .500, looking for some offensive consistency. Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Nationals 3-2 Thursday night to salvage the finale of a three-game series. The D-backs lead the NL West by 3 1/2 games over San Diego.
BALTIMORE (AP) – The Baltimore Orioles are keeping pace with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The O’s remain 3 1/2 back of Boston after a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Chris Davis drove in the tiebreaking run on a fielder’s choice grounder in a wild five-run fifth inning, in which the Orioles used six hits and two errors to erase a 3-2 deficit.
NEW YORK (AP) – If there’s an NFL team considering signing tight end Aaron Hernandez before the murder case against him is resolved, Commissioner Roger Goodell warns they’ll have to endure a league hearing before it’s approved. The league says the hearing would be to decide if the former New England Patriot should be suspended or face other action before a resolution of the criminal charges is reached.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – The Calgary Flames continue to remake their roster. They’ve traded left wing Alex Tanguay (TAN’-gay) and defenseman Cory Sarich to Colorado. In return, the Avalanche send back right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien. Tanguay scored a career-high 29 goals in 2005-06 while with Colorado