In Brief: Clark’s Nike deal valued at $28M

Caitlin Clark appears to be on the cusp of setting another record.

The most prolific scorer in NCAA Division I history and No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft is preparing to sign a second contract with Nike, this one paying $28 million over eight years and coming with a signature shoe.

The Wall Street Journal and The Athletic reported the pending deal, citing unnamed people familiar with the negotiations between the sportswear giant and Clark’s agents.

Excel Sports Management, which represents Clark, declined to comment.

Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.


NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey was fouled twice before his turnover that led to the go-ahead 3-pointer by Donte DiVincenzo in the New York Knicks’ victory over the 76ers in Game 2.

That’s according to the NBA’s report on the officiating that the league released Tuesday.

The league also says 76ers coach Nick Nurse was attempting to call a timeout that was “neither recognized nor granted by the officials” at the start of the possession.

The league says Jalen Brunson grabbed Maxey’s jersey to prevent him from cleanly catching a pass before Josh Hart made lower body contact that caused the All-Star guard to fall.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves ownership dispute is moving into mediation.

The first session toward determining whether Glen Taylor will remain controlling owner or cede to Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez has been scheduled for May 1, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details were not being publicized.

Taylor announced March 28 he was halting the last phase of the $1.5 billion deal because Lore and Rodriguez did not meet the deadline for the final payment that was to transfer an additional 40% stake of the club.


DENVER (AP) — The NBA and Denver police are looking into an incident in which a man reported to be one of the brothers of Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was seen punching a fan after the team’s buzzer-beating 101-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA playoffs.

In videos shared by TMZ and other outlets, the man is seen climbing over seats to confront another person at Ball Arena, who he then punches in the face.

The altercation supposedly happened after the Nuggets completed a comeback from a 20-point deficit to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. An NBA spokesman said Tuesday that the league is looking into the matter.


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