Greg Oden has taken his physical, done some house hunting in South Florida and signed on the dotted line. Nearly four years after he last played, he’s officially back in the NBA.
The former No. 1 overall pick from Ohio State signed a contract with the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, the last in a series of formalities that needed to be completed before the team could finally announce the move. Oden accepted Miami’s offer, one that will pay him about $1 million this year and includes a $1.1 million player option for 2014-15.
• The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent center DeJuan Blair. Terms of the deal weren’t released, but it’s reportedly a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of slightly less than $1 million.
• Minnesota Timberwolves President Flip Saunders said the team “fully supports” the decision to send first-round draft Shabazz Muhammad home from the NBA’s rookie transition program in Florham Park, N.J., due to a rules violation.
• Old Dominion women’s coach Karen Barefoot signed a five-year contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.
Moore to retire?
Former New York Jets offensive lineman Brandon Moore backed out of a deal with the Dallas Cowboys and told the team he plans to retire. Moore reportedly changed his mind Wednesday morning after agreeing to the deal the night before.
• The Saints lost receiver Joseph Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman for the season because of injuries, depriving New Orleans of one of a top deep threat and a reliable veteran run-stopping lineman.
• Veteran Chicago cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season after recently tearing his left hamstring in a Soldier Field practice.
• Prosecutors in Jacksonville, Fla., dropped child-abuse charges against former Dolphins receiver Mark Duper. Prosecutors said the facts in the case did not warrant taking the case against the 54-year-old to trial.
• With Jason Pierre-Paul still recovering from back surgery in early June, the Giants practiced with defensive end Justin Tuck sidelined by an undisclosed back problem.
• A judge in Stillwater, Okla., dismissed most of a lawsuit filed by a contractor who said he was fired by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy after showing up to work at the coach’s house wearing an Oklahoma T-shirt.
• Florida senior Andre Debose will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
• The Military Bowl is extending its relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bowl officials announced the game will get the fifth choice among ACC bowl eligible schools from 2014-19. The ACC teams will face an American Athletic Conference.
Liner knocks Miller out
Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller was struck by Carl Crawford’s liner on his right elbow on his second pitch of the game, cutting short his Wednesday start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 22-year-old held his arm in pain as he walked off the field accompanied by a team trainer. Crawford’s liner landed in shallow left field for a double.
• Chase Utley and the Phillies agreed to a contract extension that could keep the five-time All-Star in Philadelphia through at least the 2015 season.
• The Detroit Tigers cut ties with closer Jose Valverde. The American League club released the colorful Valverde from his Triple-A contract with Toledo.
• Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
• Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren said a team tweet directed at Bryce Harper was “an inappropriate attempt at humor.” The team’s official Twitter account posted “Clown move bro” after the Nationals slugger was angered over being drilled in the leg by Julio Teheran on Tuesday. It was a reference to Harper’s famous retort to a reporter, “That’s a clown question, bro.”
• Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list because he has seen little improvement in his sprained right middle finger.
• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight start with a shoulder injury.
• A lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of a volunteer at last month’s 2013 All-Star FanFest claims Major League Baseball violated federal and state minimum wage laws by failing to pay more than 2,000 volunteers. The lawsuit is in Manhattan federal court and was brought in the name of John Chen and seeks class-action status.
• The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.
• Seven-time major league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
• Umpire Manny Gonzalez is being held out of the Rockies-Mets game in New York because he is experiencing dizziness and has swelling in his throat a day after being hit by a pitch. Another ump filled in for Gonzalez.
Fox gets Open deal
Fox Sports is in as the next broadcast partner for the U.S. Open starting in 2015. Johnny Miller appears to be out. In a surprising announcement, the U.S. Golf Association said it signed a 12-year multimedia deal with Fox network and Fox Sports 1 to be the domestic broadcast partner for the U.S. Open and other USGA championships.