Reports: 49ers' Smith stabbed at party
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 30 (UPI) -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith sustained "minor injuries" after multiple reports indicated Saturday he was stabbed at a San Jose, Calif., party.
49ers General Manager Trent Baalke released a statement saying Smith had been involved in "an incident" early Saturday.
"We are in contact with Aldon, and thankful that his injuries were not more serious and that he is recovering comfortably," Baalke said. "The 49ers are also in communication with local authorities as they gather information regarding the incident, and will reserve further comment at this time."
The Sacramento Bee, citing an anonymous source, said Smith was among three victims found at large house party at a residence in an unincorporated area in the East San Jose foothills.
The Santa Clara County sheriff's office told the newspaper two people with gunshot wounds and another suffering from stab wounds (reportedly Smith) were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported Smith had been treated and released from a hospital.
"It was pretty chaotic when law enforcement arrived," Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza told the San Jose Mercury News. "There were at least 100 people, and there was a lot of alcohol involved."
Report: Garnett to re-sign with Boston
BOSTON, June 30 (UPI) -- Veteran Kevin Garnett will be returning to the Boston Celtics next season, sources told the Boston Herald.
Garnett, 36, was reportedly in the final stages of negotiating a new contract that would keep him in Boston for two and possibly three more seasons.
"The decision came down to whether or not KG wanted to keep playing," one source told the Herald. "Once he decided that he did, it was going to be Boston. He wasn't going to leave Doc (Rivers) and those guys and play anywhere else."
Garnett has played 17 seasons in the NBA and compiled a career average of 19.3 points per game. He averaged 15.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds in 2011-2012.
The Herald said a move to the center position last season agreed with Garnett, who showed resurgence in the playoffs and seemed to alleviate concerns about his age. "Kevin was absolutely great this season, and he just wants to keep going," a source told the newspaper. "When you look at how he was playing, there's no reason for him to stop."
Lamar Odom traded to LA Clippers
LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- Lamar Odom returned to his comfort zone and his television in-laws in Los Angeles in a trade that landed him back with the LA Clippers.
Odom was a main piece in a four-team swap that sent Clippers guard Mo Williams to Utah and also involved the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
The deal returns Odom to the team that originally drafted him. He had enjoyed successful years with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was the NBA Sixth Man of the year in 2010, before being traded last fall to the Mavericks.
Odom was a disappointment in Dallas and saw career lows in scoring and most other statistics. At the same time, he was involved in a reality television series with his wife, Khloe Kardashian, one of the famed Los Angeles Kardashian sisters.
Odom was expected to come off the Clippers bench again next season, the Los Angeles Times said Saturday.
The Times said the deal was consummated after Williams exercised an $8.5 million option on his contract and packed his bags for Utah.
The trade largely involved the rights to various draft choices. The Clippers sent the draft rights to Furkan Aldemir, the 53rd overall selection in this year's draft to Houston. The Jazz sent the draft rights of Tadija Dragicevic, Utah's second-round pick (53rd overall) in the 2008 draft to Dallas. And the Mavericks sent the draft rights of Shan Foster, a second-round selection (51st overall) in the 2008 draft, to the Jazz, with Houston also sending cash considerations to Dallas.
Armstrong formally charged with doping
LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- Cycling champion Lance Armstrong was formally charged with doping by U.S. investigators.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency leveled a violation accusation against the seven-time Tour de France winner accusing him of participating in a doping conspiracy and using performance-enhancing drugs for much of his stellar career.
Armstrong, 40, who has always denied doping, will likely take his case to an arbitration panel that will hold a hearing sometime in the coming months.
The charges also named Armstrong's team manager, Johan Bruyneel, and his former trainer, Michele Ferrari, plus two former team doctors and a trainer.
If upheld, Armstrong and the others face a possible lifetime ban from cycling and other Olympic sports.
Armstrong's lawyer has said the charges were based on old and flimsy allegations. The New York Times said agency investigators contend they have plenty of credible witnesses, including first-hand accounts of alleged drug use.
Doping practices in cycling generally revolve around manipulating the oxygen level in the bloodstream to improve endurance rather than strength building.
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