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Springfield's track to close for repairs

NEW MIDDLETOWN

Springfield High School's stadium and track will be closed Monday through Friday for phase one of a track resurfacing project. Pending any weather delays, the track will open again on July 21.

Channing Frye returning to Cavaliers

CLEVELAND

A person familiar with the decision says forward Channing Frye will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. Frye was traded by the Cavs in February to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on Saturday, adding that the 35-year-old Frye will get the $2.4 million veteran’s minimum contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed. Yahoo Sports and other outlets reported the move.

Frye spent parts of three seasons with the Cavaliers, winning the NBA championship with them in 2016. He was dealt at the trading deadline last season along with guard Isaiah Thomas for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance.

Parker signs with hometown Bulls

CHICAGO

Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team.

Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal Saturday after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker an unrestricted free agent, clearing the way for him to join the rebuilding Bulls.

Parker led Chicago's Simeon Career Academy to four state championships and starred for one season at Duke before the Bucks drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2014.

The Bulls are banking on him to stay healthy after he tore a ligament in his left knee twice in four seasons with Milwaukee.

Parker has averaged 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Sarri takes over at Stamford Bridge

LONDON

Chelsea has hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract.

The 59-year-old Italian takes over at Stamford Bridge from Antonio Conte, who was fired on Friday.

The Premier League club made the announcement on Saturday.

During three years with Napoli, Sarri helped the club to two second-place finishes in Serie A and won the Coach of the Year award in 2017.

Groenewegen wins two straight Tour stages

AMIENS, FRANCE

Dylan Groenewegen won a second consecutive stage at the Tour de France when he sprinted to the finish on Saturday, and Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a fifth consecutive day.

Dutch rider Groenewegen beat Andre Greipel and Fernando Gaviria to the line to win Stage 8 in more than four hours.

Four-time winner Chris Froome remained over a minute behind Van Avermaet, a support rider for BMC top rider Richie Porte.

The mostly flat 181-kilometer (112-mile) ride from Dreux to Amiens comes before the three-week races faces one of its most difficult legs when it hits the treacherous cobblestones.

MSU to hire new AD

A person with knowledge of the decision says Michigan State is set to hire Bill Beekman as athletic director. He has been the interim head of the troubled athletic department since early February.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because no announcement has been made.

Beekman took over on an interim basis shortly after athletic director Mark Hollis retired following the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal and just before ESPN reported allegations involving Michigan State football and basketball players. The report questioned how the athletic department handled those cases.

Beekman has also been a vice president of the school and secretary of its board.

Staff/wire report

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