Lakers guard Sessions won't exercise option

Lakers guard Sessions won't exercise option

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers guard Ramon Sessions is declining his player option for next season to test free agency.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday he wishes Sessions had picked up the $4.55 million option for next year, but the club will still make an effort to sign the point guard.

Sessions took over as the Lakers' starting point guard shortly after they acquired him from Cleveland near the trade deadline. Los Angeles also traded longtime starter Derek Fisher in a separate deal.

Sessions averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 23 regular-season games, revitalizing the Lakers with his speed and playmaking. But he largely struggled in the postseason, averaging 6.8 points and 3.0 assists in the first playoff experience of his five-year NBA career.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Five Cuban players who recently arrived for an international basketball tournament in Puerto Rico are missing, the president of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation said Tuesday.

Carlos Beltran said the men did not show up for practice or for their second game against Nicaragua. He said the remaining seven Cuban athletes will continue to play.

Beltran said the federation is taking no action and that the missing players are free to apply for legal residence if they so choose.

"This is a sports event, not a political event," he said.

Quarterback Tebow wins writers' Good Guy Award

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tim Tebow has won the 2011 Good Guy Award given by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The quarterback for Denver last season and now with the New York Jets won the honor presented by the PFWA for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. He is the fifth consecutive quarterback and first member of the Broncos to win.

PFWA second vice president Jeff Legwold, who covered Tebow for the Denver Post, cites how Tebow "not only dealt with the traditional media obligations both locally and nationally, but he was also the focus of many non-traditional media outlets, both from in Denver and across the country."

Tebow also was praised for his professionalism and respect for others.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf could spend 15 months locked down in Montana, first in a secure drug treatment facility and then in a pre-release living center as part of a judge's sentence following Leaf's guilty plea for breaking into a house and illegally possessing painkillers.

District Judge Kenneth Neill sentenced Leaf on Tuesday to seven years with the Department of Corrections, with two years suspended if he abides by the conditions. Neill recommended that Leaf's sentence start with nine months at the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown, which he would be unable to leave, followed by time in a pre-release center.

UCLA sophomore golfer Cantlay turns professional

UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay announced during a news conference Tuesday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., that he is turning professional.

The Travelers Championship, which begins Thursday at TPC Highlands, will be his first professional event, and Cantlay, who was the top-ranked amateur in the world, will tee off at 5:29 a.m. in a threesome that includes Ryo Ishikawa and John Peterson.

Cantlay has signed with Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management, the same agent who represents Tiger Woods.

Less than a week after earning low am honors at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Cantlay entered the Travelers Championship, and became the 36-hole leader after firing a 60 in the second round. That's the lowest score posted by an amateur in a PGA Tour event, and his scorecard and ball from that round are featured in a display at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Compiled from wire reports