Former Deering High basketball star Nik Caner-Medley announced his retirement Thursday in an Instagram post after 16 years as a professional player.

After playing four seasons for the University of Maryland, Caner-Medley, a 2002 Deering graduate, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Pistons but suffered a stress fracture in his foot while playing in the Las Vegas Summer League.

In 2007, he joined Germany’s Artland Dragons, starting a journey that spanned 12 teams in eight countries, including a brief stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D League. He played for teams in Spain, Israel, Kazakhstan, Monaco and Japan before finishing his career with three seasons at Fos Provence in France.

NBA: The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to terms on a contract with Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson to become their next head coach, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Atkinson, 55, was 118-190 in three-plus seasons as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets while the organization was undergoing a rebuilding process.


WNBA: Emma Meesseman scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half, Candace Parker added 18 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 83-79 in a rematch of the WNBA Finals, at Uncasville, Connecticut.

• Natasha Howard had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Stefanie Dolson scored all nine of her points in a pivotal third quarter and the New York Liberty rolled to a 97-83 victory over the Indiana Fever at Indianapolis.

• Myisha Hines-Allen scored a season-high 17 points, Ariel Atkins added 12 points and the Washington Mystics beat the Minnesota Lynx 76-59 in Minneapolis.


NECBL: The Bristol Blues took the lead for good with three unearned runs in the fifth inning went on to a 5-4 win over the Sanford Mainers in Bristol, Connecticut.

Sanford (0-3) opened the scoring with a two-run single from David Bermudez in the first inning, but Bristol countered with two runs in the second inning on wild pitches.


Quinn McDaniel, Zane Raba, Marco Castillo and Adam Dapkewicz each had two hits for the Mainers.


FOOTBALL: The American Athletic Conference announced an agreement with Cincinnati, Houston and UCF that paves the way for the schools to join the Big 12 in 2023.

The three schools announced in September they had accepted invitations to join the Big 12, which moved quickly to a rebuild its membership after Texas and Oklahoma revealed they planned to join the Southeastern Conference in 2025.

Along with the addition of BYU in 2023, the Big 12 will grow to 14 teams.



STUTTGART OPEN: Andy Murray claimed his biggest win in more than five years, defeating top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (4), 6-3 to reach the semifinals in Germany.

Murray, 35, saved a set point in the first set against the fifth-ranked Tsitsipas and powered on to claim his first win over an opponent ranked in the top five since beating Novak Djokovic in November 2016.

Murray next faces Nick Kyrgios, who advanced when Marton Fucsovics withdrew while Kyrgios was leading 7-6 (3), 3-0.

Matteo Berrettini defeated Italian compatriot Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a semifinal against home favorite Oscar Otte.

SWIATEK INJURY: Top-ranked Iga Swiatek pulled out of next week’s grass-court tournament in Berlin because of a shoulder problem, saying she needs to rest up ahead of Wimbledon.



WORLD CUP: Ecuador kept its place at the World Cup when a FIFA legal ruling rejected a complaint by Chile about an alleged ineligible player.

FIFA said its disciplinary committee closed the proceedings in the claim that Ecuador defender Byron Castillo, who played in eight qualifying games, was ineligible.

Chile’s soccer federation claimed to have documents proving Castillo is actually Colombian.

Ecuador risked forfeiting all eight games as 3-0 losses and dropping from fourth place in the South American qualifying group that ended in March. Chile would have risen to fourth – the last automatic qualification place.

Chile can challenge the ruling at FIFA’s appeals committee and potentially later at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

SCOTLAND: American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers completed a transfer to Celtic from Tottenham of the English Premier League, agreeing to a four-year contract.

Carter-Vickers, 24, was loaned to Celtic on Sept. 1, a deal that included an option for the Scottish team to buy his rights.

NATIONS LEAGUE: Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to rescue a point for France in a 1-1 draw at Austria, but the defending champion is in last place in its group with just two points from three games.

Croatia won 1-0 at Denmark, thanks to Mario Pasalic’s close-range effort midway through the second half.

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