A person with knowledge of the talks says the Nets and Celtics are discussing a deal that would bring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn.
Yahoo Sports, which first reported the talks, said the Nets would also get veteran Jason Terry from the Celtics while sending Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, the expiring contract of Kris Humphries and three future first-round picks to Boston.
• Bill Raftery is switching networks to stick with the Big East. The popular college basketball commentator will call the reshaped conference’s games for new cable network Fox Sports 1. Raftery had worked for ESPN since 1982. He will continue to also call games for CBS.
Hernandez denied bail
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, charged with murder for what prosecutors say was the execution-style killing of a friend near his house, was denied bail on Thursday. Hernandez’s lawyer argued that his celebrity status means even if he wanted to flee he couldn’t and that the case against him is circumstantial.
• A former rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey. Ausar Walcott was arraigned Thursday in Paterson, N.J. He is accused of punching Derek Jones in the side of the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club in Passaic early Sunday.
• Steubenville native Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, died at the age of 70 in Austin, Texas. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Records fall at U.S. Open
Kevin Steel broke the U.S. Open record he set in the preliminaries in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 27.26 seconds, and Rachel Bootsma won the 50 backstroke in 27.68 to set U.S. Open and American records in Indianapolis.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has taken another stride forward in his comeback from a broken left ankle by running outdoors for the first time in two months. Jeter started the running program at Steinbrenner Field and called it “the last step” before playing in minor league games. The Yankees’ captain hopes to run the bases soon.
• Otterbein University’s Dominic Porretta won the online vote for this year’s fan’s choice award that recognizes athletes who excel away from baseball.
• Pete Hughes has taken over the Oklahoma baseball program, leaving Virginia Tech after leading the Hokies to 30 or more victories each of the past five seasons.
• The son of baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is leaving South Carolina after one year. Ripken did not make the 35-man roster this spring.
• Former All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with two brain tumors and will undergo surgery next week. Daulton, who played 14½ of his 15 seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, has hosted “Talking Baseball with Dutch” at 97.5 The Fanatic the last four years.
• Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was to move up a level in his injury rehabilitation assignment, joining Double-A Harrisburg for a game at Bowie.
• Boston left-hander Jon Lester left Thursday night’s game against Toronto with an apparent injury in the eighth inning.
• A Red Sox fan who was harassed and stabbed through the neck by a Yankees fan at a restaurant in 2010 has been awarded $4.3 million by a jury. Lawyers for victim Monte Freire and the U.S.S. Chowder Pot III restaurant say the jury reached the verdict in his favor and against the restaurant, which is in Branford, Conn.
Dillion wins Truck race
Ty Dillon overtook Kyle Busch with 26 laps remaining and held on to win the NASCAR Truck Series race Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Dillon, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, started 22nd and drove the Chevy with the iconic No. 3 made famous by seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt through the field to his second career Truck victory and first in four starts at Kentucky.
• Mark Webber stunned Formula One by announcing that he’s retiring at the end of the season to race Porsche sports cars.
Spain, Italy go to finals
Jesus Navas scored the decisive penalty as World Cup holder Spain beat Italy 7-6 in a shootout after extra time ended 0-0, setting up a showdown with host Brazil in the Confederations Cup final in Fortaleza, Brazil.
• The U.S. was knocked out of the Under-20 World Cup in the first round, finishing last in Group A with a 4-1 loss to Ghana at Kayseri. The American U20s were outscored 9-3 in the tournament.
• Landon Donovan is getting a chance to earn back his spot on the U.S. national team. The three-time World Cup veteran was picked for the 23-man roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and can end an absence of nearly 11 months.