Sports briefs 6-24-14: Tim Duncan coming back for Spurs in 2014-15

JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer Published:

SAN ANTONIO --Tim Duncan could have easily gone out on top, with his fifth NBA championship trophy under his arm and his health intact just a few months after his 38th birthday.

There's just no way. Duncan is having too much fun with his San Antonio Spurs coaches and teammates, and he's playing too well to call it quits now.

Duncan has decided to exercise the option on his contract for 2014-15 and will return next season, the team announced Monday. Since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 1997, Duncan leads all NBA players in wins and has won two MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVPs.

As the Spurs beat the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in the NBA Finals earlier this month, Duncan was asked several times about his future, as he has been for the last five or six years. He was noncommittal, saying he would take some time after the season ended to mull his decision.

But after Game 5, most of the Spurs said they expected the group to return and now Duncan has reached his decision, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. He will make about $10.3 million next season in the final year of a two-year agreement that was drawn up specifically to allow the Spurs the financial flexibility to surround Duncan with top-shelf talent.

• Basketball

Lue joining Cavs: Tyronn Lue is joining the Cavaliers as a coach after all.

Lue, who had two interviews during Cleveland's recent coaching search but didn't get the job, was hired as an associate head coach on new Cavs coach David Blatt's staff.

General manager David Griffin was impressed with Lue as he looked for a coach, and believes the former Los Angeles Clippers assistant can help the Cavs rebound from a tough season.

Playing old team: New Cavaliers coach David Blatt will face his former team from Israel in an exhibition game.

One of Europe's top coaches, Blatt was hired last week by the Cavs. He'll coach against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Oct. 5 as this year's Euroleague champions begin their U.S. tour against Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena. Maccabi will play at Brooklyn two nights later.

Players suspended: The University of Oregon says three former basketball players have been suspended as students for a minimum of four years, and up to 10 years, as a result of rape allegations involving a freshman student.

University spokeswoman Julie Brown confirmed the suspensions.

Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin were dismissed from the team last month after a student filed a police report alleging she was sexually assaulted by the players.

• Hockey

Jackets make trade: The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Hartnell.

Hartnell appeared in 517 games for the Flyers over seven seasons with 157 goals and 169 assists.

Headed to Hall: Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake started playing hockey in four different countries as kids.

They will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together.

The four players will be inducted Nov. 17 in Toronto along with former referee Bill McCreary and the late Pat Burns, who will be enshrined posthumously as a coach in the builder category.

• Elsewhere

Blames lapse: A new report shows a prosecutor heading the Jerry Sandusky child molestation investigation sought to have him charged in 2010 but her higher-ups felt the single victim at that time wasn't enough.

The report blames a three-year lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about Sandusky and a failure to take investigative steps early on.

Derby captains: Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies will be the captains for the Home Run Derby.

Bautista will pick the other four members of the AL team for the derby. Tulowitzki will invite four players for the National League side.

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