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Around the Nation (May 13): Warriors' Kerr returns to practice for first time in three weeks

Steve Kerr attended Saturday morning's Warriors practice, returning to the floor for the first time

Associated Press Published: May 14, 2017 4:00 AM

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Warriors' Kerr returns to practice for first time in three weeks

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ailing Golden State coach Steve Kerr attended the Warriors' practice Saturday morning, returning to the floor for the first time in more than three weeks.

Kerr sat down and chatted with acting coach Mike Brown for a long stint before calling it a day. The reigning NBA coach of the year is recovering from a procedure to alleviate debilitating symptoms stemming from two back surgeries in 2015.

It was unclear whether the 51-year-old Kerr would watch the Warriors from the arena for Sunday's Game 1 or stay home.

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He attended a meeting at team headquarters Friday, one week after his latest procedure to repair leaking spinal fluid. He was back Saturday for a game-planning session before practice.

The Warriors (8-0) open the Western Conference Finals at home today against San Antonio.

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Yankees to honor Jeter between doubleheader today

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees will play 2.

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In a tribute that's been building since he stepped away from the dirt he roamed at shortstop, Derek Jeter was set to have his No. 2 jersey retired at packed Yankee Stadium on Sunday night.

Only one wrinkle -- the celebration now will take place in between games of a doubleheader against Houston, a twinbill caused by a washout Saturday.

The raindrops should be all gone by the time the half-hour ceremony starts at 6:40 p.m. But any teardrops from the man himself?

"I have no clue," Jeter said in an appearance this week on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

The Yankees will also unveil a plaque of Jeter in Monument Park. He'll then throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the second game.

For once, Jeter plans to soak in the emotion.

"I've never sort of enjoyed the moment 'cause I'm always looking to what's next," Jeter told Fallon, a longtime friend and fan.

This time, the 42-year-old Jeter said, he wanted to "just experience it."

The rescheduled game will begin at 2:05 p.m. EDT. The second game will start at 7:35 p.m.

Harper, Nationals reach $21.6M deal for 2018 season

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have reached a $21,625,000 deal for the 2018 season, a contact that covers the slugging outfielder through his last year before he can become a free agent.

While no long-term agreement is in place, the deal Saturday shows the sides are talking beyond the time the Nationals are assured of having the 24-year-old Harper in their lineup.

The four-time All-Star was the unanimous NL MVP in 2015. Harper would've been eligible for salary arbitration next year.

Harper is making $13.63 million this season. He is hitting .372 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 31 games for the team with the best record in the National League.

In addition to his base salary, Harper can make $1 million for winning the 2018 NL MVP, $500,000 for finishing second in the voting, $250,000 for third, $150,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. He also would get $100,000 each for being an All-Star or winning a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger award.

Familia can pitch in 3 to 4 months following surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Jeurys Familia is expected to return to the New York Mets in three to four months after having surgery Friday to repair a blocked artery near his right armpit.

General manager Sandy Alderson had said he was unsure if Familia would return this season, but the team says the right-hander can resume throwing in six weeks.

Doctors repaired a blockage of the posterior circumflex humeral artery, and manager Terry Collins says the results were better than expected.

Collins says he feared Familia was dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome, which ended the season of Mets right-hander Matt Harvey last year. Collins says "this is not the case here."


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