WARRIORS EXERCISE 2013-14 OPTION ON KLAY THOMPSON: OAKLAND (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have exercised their third-year option on shooting guard Klay Thompson.
The announcement Thursday will keep Thompson with the Warriors through the 2013-14 season.
The 22-year-old played in all 66 games last season. He averaged 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 24 minutes to earn first-team All-Rookie honors.
Golden State drafted Thompson 11th overall out of Washington State. He led all rookies in 3-point percentage at 41 percent, and 3-pointers made with 111.
The Warriors open the regular season Wednesday night at Phoenix. Thompson is expected to start at shooting guard this season.
MAVS SUSPEND G WEST FOR 2ND TIME IN 10 DAYS: DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks guard Delonte West was suspended Thursday for the second time in as many weeks for conduct detrimental to the team, putting his future in Dallas in doubt.
The first suspension lasted about a day, but a series of tweets by West soon after the team announced the latest suspension raised questions about whether he would return this time.
"Just dont kick me ... on the way out the door," West tweeted. "I didn't do anything to deserve that."
The last of several tweets in just a few minutes said, "I'm just sittin here across from the arena wit tear in my eyes."
West has bipolar disorder and addressed that topic in another tweet, saying "no I'm not off my meds."
RATING FOR WORLD SERIES OPENER DROPS TO RECORD LOW: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants' 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers set a record low television rating for a World Series opener.
Fox said Wednesday night's game received a 7.6 rating and 12 share, and that it was seen by 12.2 million viewers, according to fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research.
The rating dropped 13 percent from the 8.7/14 for St. Louis' 3-2 victory over Texas in Game 1 last year, which averaged 14.2 million viewers. That broke the low set the previous year when the Giants' 11-7 win over the Rangers received an 8.9.
LUNA ROSSA BOSS SLAMS AMERICA'S CUP CATAMARANS: AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The head of the Italy's Luna Rossa America's Cup syndicate has joined criticism of the decision to race for sailing's greatest prize in giant catamarans, saying the high-tech sailboats are too complex and expensive.
Patricio Bertelli, who is chief executive of the Prada fashion house, says the cost of competing at next year's America's Cup regatta off San Francisco has scared off potential challengers.
Luna Rossa will launch its America's Cup yacht in Auckland on Friday. At a news conference Thursday, Bertelli said the race was becoming too exclusive, noting his syndicate budget for the 2013 regatta was $90 million.
Only three syndicates — from Italy, New Zealand and Sweden — will challenge the U.S. Oracle team for the America's Cup next year.
MARGARET DUPONT, US TENNIS GREAT, DIES AT 94: LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Margaret Osborne duPont, the winner of more than 30 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles spanning three decades, has died, She was 94.
DuPont died late Wednesday in El Paso while in hospice care, Mary Skinner of VNA Hospice said Thursday. Other details were not released.
DuPont won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1947, the U.S. National Championship (now the U.S. Open) singles title from 1948 to 1950 and the French singles title in 1946 and 1948.
She won 31 doubles and mixed doubles titles at three Grand Slams between 1941 and 1962. DuPont never played the Grand Slam tournament in Australia.
In 1967, five years after winning her last Grand Slam title, DuPont was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.