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airs. Power had a huge early lead 5 months 1 week ago #1369

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets are going all out to sign restricted free agent Gordon Hayward. The Hornets have agreed on a maximum offer sheet with Hayward that would pay the small forward $63 million over the next four years, a person close to with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Utah Jazz would have three days to match the deal once Hayward officially signs. The person commented to the AP on condition of anonymity because Hayward cant officially sign the offer sheet until Thursday when the league lifts its moratorium on signing free agents. The Charlotte Observer was the first to report the news. Williams spent the last two seasons with Utah after six years with the Atlanta Hawks. He started 50 games last season for the Jazz and averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. The person also said the Hornets have spoken to representatives for free agents Marvin Williams and Brian Roberts and will meet with them later this week. Williams would give the Hornets another option at forward and Roberts would fill the backup point guard spot behind Kemba Walker. Its unclear at this point if the Jazz would match the offer to keep Hayward or consider a sign-and-trade with Charlotte. Hayward, who visited with the Hornets this week, averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals last season for Utah. Hayward has spent all four seasons in the NBA with the Jazz. He shot 41.3 per cent from the field and 30 per cent from 3-point range in 77 starts. Haywards offensive production has increased with each season in the league, going from 5.4 points per game as a rookie to 11.8 in 2011 and 14.1 in 2012. If the Hornets are able to land Hayward, its unclear what that might mean for small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or shooting guard Gerald Henderson. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Hayward is capable of playing both positions. Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, is considered a strong defender but trying to revamp a hitch in his jump shot. Henderson hasnt emerged as a dominant shooter as the team hoped when they signed him to a three-year, $18 million contract extension last year. The Hornets are high on small forward Jeff Taylor, their second-round pick in 2012, who is coming off a torn Achilles tendon. Hayward played his first three seasons in the league with centre Al Jefferson, who became the focal point of Charlottes offence last year and earned third-team All-NBA honours. After a slow start in free agency, the Hornets are picking up the pace. The 6-foot-9, 237-pound Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft, played at North Carolina where he helped the Tar Heels win a national championship as a freshman and could be a backup option if they dont land Hayward. Roberts has spent the past two seasons with New Orleans. 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Scott Dixon barely noticed the quake, and he calmly racked up another milestone victory while Power frantically stayed in position to take Dixons place as series champion next weekend. Dixon surged ahead with three laps left at Sonoma on Sunday, while Power recovered from a mid-race spin to finish 10th heading to the season finale. Dixon is out of the race to defend his 2013 title after a poor start to the season, but he has won two of IndyCars last three races. Unlike most of his competitors, he wasnt bothered by the 6.0 earthquake that caused extensive damage in the cities around the raceway, including Napa. "I think I caught the last maybe five or 10 seconds," Dixon said. "People were screaming, but I just went back to bed." Dixon grabbed his second Sonoma victory and his 35th win overall after leader Graham Rahal was forced to pit for gas with four laps left. Dixon slid inside Mike Conway for the lead and held on for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, moving him into a fifth-place tie with Bobby Unser for career victories on the circuit. Rahal and Conway both tried to push to the finish on low fuel, but neither made it. Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second, and Takuma Sato was fourth. "We know our team finishes strong, but if we could have started the season on the map, we could have done a lot better," Dixon said. "For me, its been one of the worst seasons Ive had." Although Dixon won, Power was under the IndyCar spotlight. The Australian boosted his lead over teammate Helio Castroneves to 51 points heading to the double-points finale at Fontana on Saturday. Castroneves struggled to an 18th-place finish at Sonoma, and Simon Pagenaud is 81 points back in third after a third-place showing on a willd day in wine country.dddddddddddd Power crossed the finish line ninth after a ferocious last-lap push past Justin Wilson, culminating in a thrilling three-wide sprint with Sebastien Bourdais. But IndyCar recorded Wilson in ninth and Power in 10th because of a local yellow flag for the slowing car of Conway, who crawled across the line. The finish capped a tumultuous day for Power, who started on the pole in his attempt to win at Sonoma for the fourth time in five years. "That was a good recovery there," Power said. "We had such a fast car, but thats the way IndyCar racing goes. We maintained the points lead, and were going to Fontana. Well see what we can do, man." Sonoma Raceway was unaffected by the earthquake that hit about 10 hours before the race began. The quake left several drivers alarmed, but unharmed -- although Team Penskes hotel was evacuated, and James Hinchcliffe slept a few hours in his car. Castroneves race was miserable from the opening lap when he sustained damage to a front wing in a multicar collision, forcing him to pit under green for repairs. Power had a huge early lead, but Dixon beat Power out of the pits with a nifty move on the 37th lap. Power then spun himself on cold tires on the first lap after a restart, barely avoiding a significant wreck and even falling behind Castroneves. Power struggled until his tires were replaced, but he kept pushing and gained enough ground to increase the 40-point lead he took into Sonoma over Castroneves. Dixon, who hadnt won at Sonoma since 2007, appreciated the history of catching an open-wheel great in career victories. Checking in from his vacation home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the 80-year-old Unser had kind words for the New Zealander. "Scott is a very, very good driver, and records are made to be broken," Unser said. "Hes truly a great driver and drives with a lot of vigour. At his young age, I am sure hell get another win or lots to pass our 35 IndyCar wins we now share together." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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