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  • Oregon basketball players suspended as students
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  • Oregon basketball players suspended as students
    PORTLAND — The University of Oregon says three former basketball players have been suspended as students for a minimum of four years, and up to 10 years, as a result of rape allegations involving a freshman student.
    University spokeswoman Julie Brown confirmed the suspensions.
    Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin were dismissed from the team last month after a student filed a police report alleging she was sexually assaulted by the players.
    Prosecutors decided there wasn't enough evidence to criminally charge the players, who said the sexual contact was consensual.
    John Clune, the attorney for the alleged victim, said the suspensions are dependent on how long the woman remains at the school. He said it would have been hard for her to continue if the players remained on campus.
    A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Tim Duncan is exercising the option on his contract for 2014-15 and will return to play for the San Antonio Spurs next season.
    Duncan turned 38 in April and won his fifth championship with the Spurs in June. That led to some speculation that he could retire after 17 seasons in the league.
    LOS ANGELES — A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
    Shelley Sterling is trying to sell the team without the consent of her estranged husband, Donald, after doctors who examined him said he lacks the mental capacity to decide such matters.
    The judge said the Sterling Family Trust does not allow the mercurial billionaire to contest medical findings which are sufficient to remove him as a trustee. But he agreed to consider arguments at a hearing June 30 before a scheduled July 7 trial.
    Timbers buy contract of Nigerian forward Adi
    PORTLAND — The Portland Timbers have exercised the team's option to purchase the contract of Nigerian forward Fanendo Adi from his Danish club, FC Copenhagen.
    The Timbers signed Adi to a multiyear contract as a designated player.
    Adi has four goals and two assists in six appearances with the Timbers this season. He came to Portland on loan from the Danish first-division club in May.
    The 23-year-old striker had two goals in each of his first two starts this season, making him the first Timbers player with a pair of braces in a single season.
    Bautista, Tulowitzki captains for HR Derby
    NEW YORK — Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies will be the captains for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.
    The event will be held July 14 at Target Field, the night before the showcase game in Minneapolis.
    Bautista will pick the other four members of the American League team for the derby. Tulowitzki will invite four players for the National League side.
    Compiled from wire reports
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