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NBA Signs 10-Year Deal With Reebok

August 02, 2001|From Staff and Wire Reports

The NBA will wear Reebok for the next 10 years under a marketing and licensing agreement announced Wednesday.

Reebok will outfit all 29 NBA and 16 WNBA teams in uniforms, warmups, even headgear. The company will also market and sell the league's apparel in stores.

The 10-year deal, the first of its kind in league history, will gradually replace various existing contracts between individual teams and Nike, Puma and Champion.

Terms were not released.

Under the deal, Reebok will develop an NBA-endorsed line of basketball shoes, the first of which it expects on the market in a year. Players' shoe contracts won't be affected, and the league would still have some marketing relationships with other companies such as Nike.

Boston Celtic forward Paul Pierce signed a contract extension worth at least $85 million, an agreement that will make the FleetCenter his basketball home for at least the next seven seasons. . . . The Orlando Magic acquired guard Laron Profit and a future first-round draft pick from the Washington Wizards in exchange for the draft rights to center Brendan Haywood. . . . The San Antonio Spurs re-signed forward Danny Ferry and signed former Dallas Maverick forward Mark Bryant.

Tennis

Andy Roddick defeated Carlos Moya of Spain, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, to move into the third round of the Tennis Masters Series-Canada at Montreal. Roddick will meet top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil. Patrick Rafter of Australia advanced with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory over Sweden's Magnus Norman. Jan-Michael Gambill also advanced. . . . Greta Arn of Germany upset second-seeded Magui Serna of Spain, 6-3, 6-0, in the second round of the PreCon Ladies Open at Basel, Switzerland.

Jurisprudence

Avenger quarterback Todd Marinovich has been ordered to complete 180 days of drug treatment for his felony heroin conviction under the conditions of Proposition 36.

Marinovich, appearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, told Judge Stephen Marcus he is making "excellent" progress at L.A. Impact, an outpatient program that requires the former USC and Raider player to attend frequent counseling sessions and submit to random drug tests.

Soccer

MLS: Jeff Cunningham and John Wilmar Perez both had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Crew scored three second-half goals to defeat the visiting Chicago Fire, 3-0, before 17,705. . . . At Washington, Alex Chacon and Diego Serna scored second-half goals as Miami rallied to tie D.C. United, 2-2, before 13,391.

WUSA: Mia Hamm scored in the 60th minute to complete a two-goal comeback as the Washington Freedom tied the San Diego Spirit, 2-2, before 6,155 at San Diego. . . . Maren Meinert scored in the second half at Atlanta and Tracy Ducar earned her third shutout as the Boston Breakers defeated the first-place Beat, 1-0, before 7,353.

Miscellany

Former USC guard Kevin Augustine, who played basketball last season at Nebraska, has committed to Biola, Biola Coach Dave Holmquist said. Augustine, who attended Santa Ana Mater Dei High, left Nebraska to be closer to his mother, who is recovering from colon cancer.

The status of USC football recruit Marvin Simmons remains uncertain as the Pacific 10 and NCAA continue to investigate his Scholastic Assessment Test score. Simmons, a linebacker at Long Beach Poly, is not expected in training camp--which begins Monday for freshmen--unless his eligibility is verified.

The Kings agreed to one-year contracts with center Eric Belanger and defenseman Philippe Boucher . . . The Mighty Ducks agreed to terms with defenseman Aris Brimanis, who played with the New York Islanders last season. . . . The Montreal Canadiens signed all eight of their remaining free agents, including captain Saku Koivu and forward Brian Savage. . . . Scott Walker, who led the Nashville Predators with 25 goals last season, signed a new three-year contract with the team. . . . The Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to one-year qualifying offers with defensemen Cory Cross for $1.09 million and Aki Berg for $923,000.

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