World Sports Headlines: 7/17/2014


July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Lance Stephenson has parlayed his finest NBA season into a new contract with the Charlotte Hornets after four years with Indiana. A person familiar with the contract says Stephenson has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Michael Jordan-led team, a package that includes a team option for the third season. Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game for the Pacers last season.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Quarterback Kyle Orton has been released by the Dallas Cowboys after skipping all offseason workouts amid reports he might retire. The move saves Dallas about $3.25 million this season, but will cost the team about that amount on the salary cap over the next two seasons. Former Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden takes over as Tony Romo’s backup.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alabama and Southern California will play in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, on Labor Day weekend. The last time Alabama and USC met in the regular season was 1978, when the Crimson Tide were the AP national champions and the Trojans finished No. 1 in the UPI poll. Defending national champion Florida State plays Oklahoma State in this year’s Cowboys Classic on Aug. 30.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi. The 32-year-old Lombardi had 20 goals and 50 points in 46 games in Switzerland last season, leading his team in goals and assists, and tied for sixth in the league in goals. Lombardi has 101 goals and 262 points in 536 NHL games.

UNDATED (AP) — Welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao will return to China for his next fight, taking on Chris Algieri Nov. 22 in the gambling enclave of Macau. The scheduled bout comes a year after the Filipino headlined the first big fight card there with a win over Brandon Rios. Pacquiao returns to Macau on a two-fight winning streak that began last September with his win over Rios.