Tim Duncan has decided to exercise the $10.3 million option on his contract for 2014-15 and will return for his 18th season with the San Antonio Spurs, the team announced Monday.

As the Spurs beat the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in the NBA Finals earlier this month, Duncan was asked several times about his future, as he has been for the last five or six years. He was noncommittal, saying he would take some time after the season ended to mull his decision.

But after Game 5, most of the Spurs said they expected the group to return, and now Duncan, 38, has reached his decision, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

  • Channing Frye has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Phoenix Suns and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

  • Tyronn Lue, who had two interviews during Cleveland's recent coaching search but didn't get the job, was hired as an associate head coach on new Cavaliers coach David Blatt's staff.

    Hockey

    Former Sharks captain Rob Blake is among four players headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano and Peter Forsberg joined Blake as one of six selected for induction in November. The late Pat Burns will be enshrined as a coach in the builder category along with referee Bill McCreary.

    Blake, who played two seasons with the Sharks before retiring in 2010 after 20 seasons in the NHL, scored 777 points in 1,270 regular-season games and made seven All-Star game appearances.


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  • The Philadelphia Flyers acquired R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Scott Hartnell. Umberger makes a return to the Flyers after spending the past six seasons with Columbus.

  • Willie Desjardins, who has built champions in major junior hockey and the American Hockey League, was hired as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. It's his first NHL head coaching job. Desjardins succeeds John Tortorella, who was fired after just one year.

  • The Phoenix Coyotes are about to become the Arizona Coyotes. The name change will coincide with the NHL draft Friday.

  • Trent Yawney has been hired as an assistant coach by the Anaheim Ducks. He was the Chicago Blackhawks' head coach during the 2005-06 season and later a Sharks assistant.

    NFL

    The Chicago Bears have signed five-time Pro Bowl selection Adrian Wilson and veteran tight end Jeron Mastrud to one-year deals. Mastrud, 26, started 12 of 16 games for the Raiders last season.

    College

    Vanderbilt capitalized on Virginia starter Nathan Kirby's loss of control to score nine runs in the third inning, then held off the Cavaliers (52-15) to win 9-8 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals in Omaha, Nebraska. The Commodores (50-20) can win their first national championship in a men's sport with a victory Tuesday.

    Soccer

    U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has entered a not guilty plea after her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in Kirkland, Washington. Solo appeared in court Monday and was released without bail.