NBA draft draws second-largest audience on ESPN
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA draft averaged more than 3.5 million viewers, the second-biggest audience ever on ESPN.
The telecast Thursday peaked with 5.2 million viewers from 8:15 to 8:30 p.m. EDT, shortly after the first picks were made. Philadelphia took Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 selection and the Los Angeles Lakers went with fellow freshman guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2.
The only larger audience was for the 2015 draft, the network said Friday.
Kings waive guard Arron Afflalo
SACRAMENTO (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have waived guard Arron Afflalo one year after signing him as a free agent.
The Kings cut ties with Afflalo on Friday before his entire $12.5 million contract for 2017-18 would become guaranteed. Afflalo will get $1.5 million instead.
Afflalo averaged 8.4 points and 2 rebounds in 61 games this past season for Sacramento. He has averaged 11.3 points per game in his 10-year career.
Anaheim Ducks re-sign F Patrick Eaves to 3-year deal
ANAHEIM (AP) — Forward Patrick Eaves has agreed to a three-year, $9.45 million contract to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.
Anaheim announced the deal Friday night during the NHL draft.
Eaves initially was a late-season rental for the Ducks, who gave up a first-round pick to grab the goal-scoring veteran from Dallas for the playoff push.
Eaves fit right in with Anaheim, scoring 11 goals in 20 regular-season games alongside captain Ryan Getzlaf. His 32 combined goals for the Stars and Ducks were the most of his 12-year NHL career.
The 33-year-old forward scored two goals in seven playoff games, but sprained his right ankle and missed the Ducks' final 10 postseason contests. Anaheim advanced to the Western Conference finals, but ran out of offense with Eaves and Rickard Rakell sidelined.
Gore and Padres agree to $6.7 million signing bonus
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Left-hander MacKenzie Gore, the third overall pick in this year's amateur draft, has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres that includes a $6.7 signing bonus.
San Diego called a Saturday news conference with Gore, general manager A.J. Preller and director of scouting Mark Conner to announce the agreement.
An 18-year-old from Whiteville High School in North Carolina, Gore was 11-0 with 0.19 ERA this year as a senior. He struck out 158 strikeouts and walked five in 74 1/3 innings.