Nelson nears return to coach Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are close to reaching a deal to rework coach Don Nelson's contract and bring him back for another season with the team. "I am hopeful that we can finalize something by the close of the business week," team president Robert Rowell said Friday. Nelson, who had two years left on the contract he signed last year, would get a raise from $3.1 million to $5.1 million per year under the new deal, according to the Contra Costa Times. In exchange, the third year of the deal would convert to a team option.
Everett able to move three of his fingers
Kevin Everett has slightly moved three fingers on his right hand, potentially another positive sign in his recovery from a life-threatening spinal-cord injury, a person close to the family told The Associated Press on Friday. The Buffalo Bills tight end voluntarily moved his fingers Thursday night "more than a little bit but not with great force," said the person who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of Everett's status. "There was slight movement."
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All about Roenick as Sharks open camp
Veteran forward Jeremy Roenick was a hit among his new teammates as the San Jose Sharks formally opened training camp with a scrimmage Friday. Almost every player has been skating in San Jose all week or longer in preparation for Tuesday's exhibition opener. "It's all about Roenick -- can he play, can't he play?" Joe Thornton said in mock frustration to his new teammate when they met in a hallway at the Sharks' training complex. Roenick maintains he'll fit into low-key San Jose as he chases his 500th career goal.
FIA explains how McLaren cheated
World champ Fernando Alonso knew a lot about Ferrari -- even down to what high-tech substance it used to inflate its tires to keep them from blistering. With stunning detail, the International Automobile Federation disclosed the extent of what McLaren's drivers knew about their rival's cars, their setup and even their strategy. FIA implicated McLaren's top driver and its test driver Pedro de la Rosa through a trail of e-mail exchanges. "The e-mails show unequivocally that both Mr. Alonso and Mr. de la Rosa received confidential Ferrari information," FIA said Friday in a 15-page explanation of the World Motor Sport Council's decision to fine McLaren a record $100 million and expel it from this year's constructors' championship. The documents show McLaren obtained information about the Ferrari cars' weight distribution, flexible rear wing, braking system and a gas used to keep tire temperatures low.