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BAYLOR-JONES TRANSFER

Former Duke guard Alexis Jones going to Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) - Alexis Jones is going to Baylor after starting every game she played at Duke the past two seasons.

Baylor announced Monday that Jones had signed a financial aid agreement to attend the Big 12 school. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in February and missed Duke's last seven games.

Jones, a 5-foot-8 guard from MacArthur High in Irving, Texas, will sit out the 2014-15 season and then have two full seasons of eligibility remaining. She averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals in her two seasons at Duke, and was the ACC tournament MVP as a freshman.

Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie has said she supports Jones' decision.

Jones says she wanted to be closer to her family.

FREE AGENCY-HEAT

Agent: Heat, F Josh McRoberts agree on 4-year deal

MIAMI (AP) - Josh McRoberts has agreed to sign a four-year contract with the Miami Heat, a deal that could be worth about $23 million.

His agent, Mike Conley Sr., said Monday McRoberts will get the full mid-level exception, starting at about $5.3 million next season. Contracts begin getting signed Thursday.

McRoberts averaged 8.5 points in 78 starts for Charlotte last season, and raised Miami's ire in the playoffs by leveling LeBron James with an elbow that some Heat players said looked intentional. McRoberts was issued only a common foul at the time, but the NBA upgraded it to a flagrant-2 and fined him $20,000.

Miami is waiting to see if James, and other free agents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, will be re-signing with the Heat.

Miami will be McRoberts' sixth club.

NASCAR-OWNERS UNITE

9 top NASCAR team owners form Race Team Alliance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The top nine teams in NASCAR have formed the Race Team Alliance to collaborate as a group on initiatives and issues facing their sport.

Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman is the elected chairman of RTA, which aims to lower costs for NASCAR teams and create one voice on issues facing the teams.

Kauffman tells The Associated Press that the RTA is not a union in any shape or form. He said in a Monday phone interview the RTA is a business alliance between the Sprint Cup teams.

The RTA currently includes Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.

FURMAN-DUQUESNE TRANSFER

Furman men's basketball adding Duquesne transfer

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Furman has added Duquesne transfer Isaiah Watkins to its men's basketball team.

Coach Niko Medved announced the move Monday. Watkins is a 6-foot-8 forward who played 16 games last winter as a freshman for Duquesne. He will sit out next season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility at Furman.

Watkins missed the first six games of last season because of arthroscopic knee surgery before averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds.

Medved said Watkins will add versatility with his size and can stretch the defense because of his shooting.

STALEY-SOFTBALL FUNDRAISER

Staley holding softball fundraiser

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is turning to softball to help an effort for her INNERSOLE charity.

Staley will help host a celebrity game on July 19th between Gamecock coaches and celebrities. Those participating will include former Gamecock football standouts Alshon Jeffrey, Sheldon Brown, Corey Miller and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. Others who've agreed to play include Staley's boss in South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner, and women's basketball personalities Cynthia Cooper and Nell Fortner.

The money raised will go to the group's Educate My Sole Challenge that's an initiative for grade school students to attend school and stay engaged in classroom work.

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