Metta World Peace heads home, signs with Knicks

July 15, 2013

Metta World Peace is going home to play for the New York Knicks.

The Knicks said the contract has not been signed but an agreement has been reached.

“The team is amazing, the players. I’m excited to play and hustle,” World Peace said Monday while attending the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

World Peace was waived Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers, who used the amnesty clause to create salary cap space.

The 6-foot-7 forward will be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.

The Knicks expressed interest right after they were allowed to reach out to the former NBA defensive player of the year.

“Obviously, Metta being from the area, and also much more importantly than just being a New Yorker, seeing the way he would fit in the team,” said his agent, Marc Cornstein. “Coach [Mike] Woodson did an incredible job explaining what his role would be.” . . .

The new-look Atlanta Hawks signed two-time all-star Elton Brand.

In so doing, they added a player who can bolster their depth in the front court and provide veteran leadership in the locker room.

Brand, 34, averaged 7.2 points and six rebounds last season with the Dallas Mavericks. He played in 72 games, with 18 starts. Contract terms weren’t disclosed.

college football

Vanderbilt has identified the four players dismissed from the team for an incident last month that is being investigated by police as a possible sex crime.

Coach James Franklin released a statement saying defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Corey Batey, wide receiver Jaborian McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules.

Banks (Gwynn Park) redshirted as a freshman last season. Attorney Grover Collins said Banks is innocent of any and all wrongdoing.

TENNIS

The Washington Kastles won four of five matches to defeat the host Boston Lobsters, 23-18, in World Team Tennis play.

Washington (4-2) won men’s singles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles against Boston (3-5). Martina Hingis had a hand in three of the victories and Bobby Reynolds got the night off to a good start with a 5-4 victory over Boston’s Mark Philippoussis in a tiebreaker in the opener. . . .

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Bank of the West Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury sustained during Wimbledon.

misc.

Jack Conger, the three-time All-Met Swimmer of the Year at Good Counsel, earned his first international gold at the non-junior level at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Conger crushed the field in the 200-meter backstroke to win the championship final in 1 minute 55.4 seconds.

“This medal means the world to me,” Conger said. “I’ve done all the junior trips before, but to be able to win [gold] on the World University team and for my country is something special.”

— Bryan Flaherty

Rodolfo Zelaya scored off a saved penalty kick in the second half, and El Salvador edged Haiti, 1-0, in Houston to advance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The victory earned El Salvador (1-1-1, four points) a berth in the quarterfinals of the biennial tournament. Haiti (1-2, three points) could still reach the quarterfinals as one of two best third-place teams, pending other results. . . .

The Denver Broncos came down hard on their two executives facing drunken driving charges, suspending them without pay and making it clear they must straighten out their lives if they want to work in the NFL again.

Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely, and Director of Pro Personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month. Team President Joe Ellis said both men expressed remorse. But “this in no way excuses their conduct,” Ellis said.

— From news services

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