BULLS SIGN FORWARD DUNLEAVY TO 2-YEAR DEAL: The Bulls signed free-agent forward Mike Dunleavy to a two-year deal on Wednesday, looking to improve their outside shooting.
Dunleavy agreed to terms on July 1, the first day of the free-agent negotiating period. He averaged 10.5 points last season for the Milwaukee Bucks and shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range.
The Bulls finished 20th in the league in 3-point percentage last season, and Dunleavy's accuracy has improved in recent years.
"I think as I've gotten older, I've become a better shooter," Dunleavy said at the Bulls' practice facility. "That's just with practice, knowing how to get your shots a little bit better, taking good shots. Hopefully, that trend continues to move forward. I think with this team, the way guys pass and move the ball, hopefully I'll get even more looks."
The 6-foot-9 Dunleavy is entering his 12th NBA season. He was the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2002 by Golden State and also played for Indiana before spending the past two seasons in Milwaukee.
"We are extremely excited to add Mike to our team," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. "He was a priority for us from the second free agency began and we feel he will be a terrific fit for us, both on and off the floor."
SOURCE SAYS CUBS, NO. 2 PICK BRYANT AGREE TO DEAL: Two people familiar with the situation say the Cubs have agreed to a deal with No. 2 draft pick Kris Bryant for the slot signing bonus of around $6.7 million.
The people spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Several outlets had reported the agreement.
A 6-foot-5, 210-pound third baseman from the University of San Diego, Bryant led Division I college players with 31 home runs as a junior last season. He is a Golden Spikes finalist.
The Cubs would not confirm the agreement.
General manager Jed Hoyer did say "strictly hypothetically" Bryant would start out at "the very low levels" of the minors and hopefully "move quickly through those."
The slot value for the second pick is $6,708,400.
BRUINS RE-SIGN TUUKKA RASK: Tuukka Rask turned an outstanding first season as the Boston Bruins' No. 1 goalie into a long-term commitment on Wednesday by signing an eight-year contract to stay with the Eastern Conference champions.
There was little doubt that the restricted free agent would be back, especially after the Bruins cleared about $4.75 million in space under the salary cap.
Boston lost the Stanley Cup finals in six games to Chicago, dropping the finale 3-2 on June 24 when the Blackhawks came from behind and scored two goals in the last 1:16.
FROOME NOW ALMOST UNBEATABLE AT TOUR DE FRANCE: Going down a row of television cameras, answering one question after another, the wearer of the Tour de France's yellow jersey never veered off message. Yes, said Chris Froome, he was delighted to have increased his race lead with a super-fast ride in the time trial. But, no, he added, the Tour isn't over yet because the road to Paris is still long.
Froome is right about the long part — Paris is still 1,661 kilometers (1,032 miles) away. But if Froome really believes there is any doubt that he will be standing on top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees on July 21, then he is part of a quickly shrinking minority. After Wednesday's time trial race against the clock to the medieval abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel — among the most beautiful backdrops ever visited by the 110-year-old Tour — the Briton has a lead that now appears unassailable.
VALPO SCRIMMAGE SATURDAY: Valparaiso will host Morton, Munster and Wheeler in a controlled scrimmage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 for one person or $10 for a family. Gates open at 10:30. Concessions will be available. All proceeds go to the Valparaiso Education Foundation.
PORTAGE CAMP NEXT WEEK: The Portage High School football coaching staff will conduct a non-contact skill camp Monday through July 18 for children entering grades kindergarten through five.
The camp will run daily from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fundamental development and teamwork will be emphasized. Each camper will be tested and evaluated on a number of measurable skills and feedback will be provided to parents in the form of a report. Cost is $30. To register, go to www.portagefootball.com. For details, email head coach Wally McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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