Rangers Re-Sign D Ryan McDonagh to 6-Year, $28m Deal
NEW YORK -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan McDonagh on a six-year, $28.2 million contract.
The new deal announced Monday will carry an annual salary-cap hit of $4.7 million for New York, which is close to the financial ceiling with players still left to re-sign, such as forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
But reaching an agreement with the 24-year-old McDonagh, a cornerstone defenseman, was key. Had he received an offer sheet from another team, the cap-challenged Rangers could have been forced to let him go or make trades to free up space to keep him.
McDonagh had four goals and 15 assists in 46 games last season and ranked second on the team with 78 blocked shots, third in average ice time at over 24 minutes per game, and fourth with a plus-13 rating.
Love and Basketball: Durant, WNBA Star Engaged
MINNEAPOLIS -- Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is engaged to Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright.
Wright confirmed the engagement following Minnesota's 91-59 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday night.
Durant, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, just completed his sixth season in the NBA. The 24-year-old forward averaged 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season.
Wright is in her fourth season in the WNBA. She played her college ball at Virginia and turns 25 on July 15.
CELTICS: The Celtics signed 7-footer Kelly Olynyk, their first-round draft choice.
The Celtics traded up in last month's draft to pick Olynyk with the 13th overall selection.
Olynyk made his summer league debut on Sunday and scored 25 points in the Celtics' 95-88 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sent the No. 16 pick and two future second-rounders to the Dallas Mavericks to get Olynyk, who was fifth in voting for the Wooden Award. Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while leading Gonzaga to a 32-3 season.
LAKERS: Chris Kaman is headed back to Los Angeles, this time with the Lakers.
The 7-foot free agent center who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers said Monday on Twitter that he had agreed to join the Lakers. The deal is reportedly for one year at $3.2 million.
Kaman spent last season with Dallas on a one-year, $8 million contract but never emerged as the starting center the Mavericks thought he would be.
He spent the previous season with New Orleans after he was part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.
The Lakers grabbed Kaman after Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets.
Froome's Tour de France Bid Gaining Momentum
SAINT-NAZAIRE, France -- Given the way Chris Froome is riding, he could take a big step toward winning the Tour de France on Wednesday.
That's when Froome gets the chance to extend his lead over the likes of two-time champion Alberto Contador, 2010 winner Andy Schleck and 2011 winner Cadel Evans in the Tour's first individual time trial, one of his favorite disciplines.
Froome's rivals are already lagging behind after two punishing days of climbing in the Pyrenees that underlined the British rider's status as the clear favorite.
Contador is nearly two minutes back but has not given up hope. He says "everyone's legs are hurting, but if you don't think you can succeed then you never will. So we have to take a few risks."
After nine nervous, crash-filled days and 940 miles in the saddle, Monday's rest day near the cooling waters of the Loire-Atlantique region could not come soon enough for the battered peloton after the stifling heat of southwestern France.