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Hornets rookie in Y fight

– Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston is scheduled to appear in Durham County Court next month on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation at a pickup basketball game on Sunday.

Paul Sherwin, public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said Hairston, 21, was issued a summons on Monday but will not be arrested.

Hairston practiced with the Hornets on Monday but did not talk to the media. He issued a statement through the team apologizing to the organization and its fans for “creating a distraction.”

“As this is now a legal matter, I cannot comment on the situation any further,” Hairston said. “I am truly sorry for any embarrassment that I have caused.”

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hairston’s court date is Aug. 8.

“If two people get into a fight in North Carolina and there is no serious injury and is not witnessed by an officer, our hands are tied,” Sherwin said. “We don’t charge people in (unwitnessed) fistfights. They have to file a report with the magistrate office.”

Kentrell Barkley, a 6-5, 190-pound 17-year-old senior at North Durham High School, said in court documents Hairston “punched him twice in the head” during a heated basketball game at the Durham YMCA.

Free agent deals

The Miami Heat announced Monday that they intend to sign forwards Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts when the NBA’s moratorium on deals being formally struck ends Thursday.

McRoberts agreed to a four-year deal that starts at $5.3 million next season, agent Mike Conley Sr. said, with Miami using its mid-level exception to get that contract done. Yahoo Sports reported Granger agreed to a two-year deal, worth about $2 million annually. …

Forward Channing Frye agreed to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet to sign with Orlando, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Sterling trial starts

A neurologist testified that Donald Sterling has Alzheimer’s disease as a trial over the Los Angeles Clippers sale got underway.

Dr. Meril Sue Platzer said she was hired by Sterling’s wife, Shelly, to evaluate him.

The NBA has moved to oust Sterling as team owner because of racist remarks he made.

Shelly Sterling has made a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer but Donald Sterling claims she didn’t have authority to make a unilateral agreement.

The non-jury trial will determine whether Shelly Sterling had authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal.

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