Eagles’ AD Baker plans to resign
Sam Baker will step down as Georgia Southern’s Athletic Director after serving in the position for 17 years, the university announced Friday.
The school announced in a press release that Baker notified University President Brooks Keel of his plans. Keel asked Baker to stay on the job until a replacement could be hired.
“I appreciate Sam’s numerous contributions to the University during his 17 years at Georgia Southern. He has been a strong supporter of our student athletes not only on the field, but in the classroom,” Keel said in the news release.
Keel said that once a new AD is in place, Baker will serve as a Special Assistant to the President where he will assist the University with a number of projects including academics and capital construction projects.
Musketeers sign with colleges
Richmond Academy boys basketball players Christian Nobles, Tommy Williams and Marcus Walden have all signed basketball scholarships.
Nobles signed with Florida State College at Jacksonville; Williams signed with East Georgia College, which is in Swainsboro, Ga.; and Walden signed with Northwest Kansas Technical College, which is in Goodland, Kan.
Hornets’ No. 1 pick has surgery
The New Orleans Hornets first-round draft pick Austin Rivers had surgery to clean up bone spurs in his right ankle but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
The Duke guard was taken 10th overall.
New Orleans said Friday that the injury flared up during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last week.
• The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent center Nazr Mohammed.
The 14-year NBA veteran played for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He appeared in 63 games, averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Mohammed is a 35-year-old Chicago native who’s also played for Charlotte, Detroit, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
• The Toronto Raptors have signed free-agent point guard John Lucas III.
The 29-year-old has averaged 5.0 points, 1.4 assists and 11.1 minutes in 111 career regular-season games with the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.
Lucas had career bests in points (7.5), assists (2.2) and rebounds (1.6) in a career-high 49 games with Chicago last season.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Lucas played overseas from 2007-10 in Italy, Spain and China after two seasons in the NBA with Houston.
Lucas is the son of John Lucas Jr., who was taken first overall by Houston in the 1976 NBA Draft.
• Veteran big man Ronny Turiaf has signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Turiaf finished last season with the NBA champion Miami Heat, playing intermittently in the postseason before sitting out all but
3 minutes of the NBA Finals.
Top seed makes it to the final
In Kitzbuehel, Austria, top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber will take on defending champion Robin Haase in today’s final of the Bet-at-Home Cup.
Kohlschreiber rallied to beat Filippo Volandri 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals on Friday, and Haase defeated the fifth-seeded Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-3.