Deron Williams Tweet: Staying with Nets
NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Free agent all-star point guard Deron Williams indicated on his Twitter account Tuesday he will stay with the Brooklyn Nets.
Williams posted, "Made a very tough decision today..." with an attached link that opened onto a Nets team logo.
Multiple media reports Tuesday put the three-time all-star's new contract at $98 million over five years. He was also being pursued by the Dallas Mavericks.
The news came as the Nets -- preparing for their first season in their new home at Brooklyn's Barclays Center -- are reported to have acquired all-star guard Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks while also re-signing Gerald Wallace.
Other reports indicated Brooklyn is trying to land Orlando's Dwight Howard in a deal that would send Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a trio of first-round draft picks to the Magic.
The 28-year-old Williams came to the Nets in a February 2011 trade with the Utah Jazz. He has averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 assists over 506 career games.
Goodell upholds Saints 'bounty' penalties
NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Penalties imposed on four players in connection with the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal will stand, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled Tuesday.
The lengthy suspensions given to current Saints Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith, as well as ex-teammates Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita, were justified, the commissioner said in rejecting their appeals.
Vilma received the harshest penalty -- suspension without pay for the entire 2012 season.
"Throughout this entire process, including your appeals, and despite repeated invitations and encouragement to do so, none of you has offered any evidence that would warrant reconsideration of your suspensions," Goodell wrote in the decision.
Instead, he asserted, the four players "elected not to participate meaningfully in the appeal process" by refusing to make official statements or question their league accusers.
League sources have said investigators collected voluminous evidence that Saints players were awarded bounties for intentionally injuring key opponents.
The NFL Players Association said Tuesday Goodell's move demonstrated "a lack of fair due process, lack of integrity of the investigation and lack of the jurisdictional authority to impose discipline under the collective bargaining agreement."
Stars sign Jagr to one-year contract
DALLAS, July 3 (UPI) -- Veteran free agent forward Jaromir Jagr has signed a one-year, $4.55 million contract with the Dallas Stars, the team said Tuesday.
Jagr, who posted 19 goals and 35 assists in 73 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season, is the NHL's eighth-leading all-time scorer with 1,653 points.
The 40-year-old Czech returned to the NHL to play with Philadelphia last season after spending three years in Russia's KHL. He spent most of his time on the Flyers' top line.
The big, rugged right wing sustained a groin injury last season that caused him to miss nine games.
"Jaromir Jagr is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the history of this league, and he demonstrated last season that he remains incredibly skilled, productive and valuable," Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said.
The GM said the nine-time all-star will become a key cog in the Stars' offense in 2012-13.
Cards' Carpenter set for surgery, shelved
ST. LOUIS, July 3 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Cardinals said Tuesday pitcher Chris Carpenter will miss the rest of the 2012 campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Carpenter, 37, has been on the injured list since the start of the season due to numbness and weakness in his right shoulder.
He began throwing sessions in mid-June, but later in the month sat out a live batting practice session. Carpenter was eventually diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and Dr. Gregory Pearl of Dallas will perform the surgery, the Cardinals said.
Carpenter was 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA over 34 regular-season starts in 2011 and 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in six post-season starts.
The 14-year veteran is 144-92 mark with a 3.76 ERA and 1,685 strikeouts in 347 career games.