LSU’s Nistrup, Dreher in European Amateur
ESTONIA — LSU women’s golfer Caroline Nistrup of Denmark had two birdies and posted 16 pars to shoot an opening round of 2-under-par 70 in the International European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at the Estonia Golf and Country Club.
Nistrup is in a group tied for sixth place after the first round, three strokes off the tournament lead. Nistrup birdied the par-3 fifth and the par-5 sixth and posted pars on every other hole in the round.
Nadine Dreher of Austria also is taking part in the tournament and posted a first round of 3-over 75 and is tied for 67th after the opening round of the 72-hole event.
Pelicans waive veteran forward Casspi
The New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Omri Casspi on Wednesday.
Casspi has appeared in 327 games (96 starts) in five NBA seasons with Sacramento, Cleveland and Houston with career averages of 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.
Pelicans to unveil dance team Thursday
The New Orleans Pelicans will unveil their dance team for upcoming season on Thursday at noon on Pelicans.com.
The team held preliminary auditions last weekend, and 32 finalists were selected.
Hornets sign ex-Pelican Roberts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets announced they’ve signed free agent point guard Brian Roberts.
Roberts, who spent the last two seasons with the Pelicans, is expected to backup Kemba Walker in Charlotte this season.
Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a release Wednesay, “Brian is a quality point guard who we believe will play a key role for us. We look forward to having him as part of our team.”
The 6-foot-1 Roberts started 42 games last season averaging 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. He shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Prior to joining New Orleans, he spent the 2008-09 season with Galil Gilboa in Israel’s Winner League and then played for Brose Baskets in Germany’s BBL from 2009-12.
Mavericks add former Pelican Aminu
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks reached a deal with free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu after scrapping a contract with Rashard Lewis because of a knee problem.
Aminu’s agent, Raymond Brothers, confirmed the agreement Wednesday. It’s a two-year contract for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million, with a player option on the second season.
Aminu has career averages of 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans.
His best year was with the Pelicans in 2012-13, when he averaged career highs of 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds.
The Mavericks signed Lewis to a one-year deal over the weekend but voided it when a physical showed that the 34-year-old needed surgery on his right knee.
Testimony ends in trial over Clippers sale
LOS ANGELES — Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be the final witness, but her husband’s lawyers decided not to call her back to the stand.
Instead, they called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations such as the ones given to Donald Sterling to determine his mental competency and ability to act as owner.
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