Sport briefs: Reggie Miller, Don Nelson headline basketball Hall of Fame inductees
Basketball • Reggie Miller is joining his sister, Cheryl, in the basketball Hall of Fame.
The former Indiana Pacers star will be inducted into the basketball shrine on Friday night along with Don Nelson, the winningest coach in NBA history, and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
Ralph Sampson, the only three-time college player of the year, and Jamaal Wilkes, who won two NCAA titles and four in the NBA, will be inducted.
Also to be honored are seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker; the All American Redheads, known as the female Harlem Globetrotters; two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain; former Soviet coach Lidia Alexeeva; Don Barksdale, the first black player on the U.S. Olympic team and in the NBA All-Star game; two-time NBA MVP Mel Daniels, and longtime NCAA referee Hank Nichols.
Contador closes in on winning Vuelta
Cycling • Overall leader Alberto Contador moved closer to winning the race for a second time, while Daniele Bennati won the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Thursday in Valladolid, Spain.
Bennati edged Ben Swift by a tire to win the 127-mile leg in 4 hours, 17 minutes, 17 seconds. Contador leads Alejandro Valverde by 1:52, and Joaquin Rodriguez is 2:28 behind in third place.
Contador finished 10 seconds behind Bennati, who won his seventh Vuelta stage.
From wire reports
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