Kawhi, Paul to opt out; Heat after Lowry

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(AP) -- Free agency doesn't start until 6 p.m. Eastern on Monday. The machinations toward getting ready, however, were in full steam on Sunday.

And the Miami Heat were at the center of the activity.

With Kyle Lowry set to become one of the top free agents available once the shopping window opens, the Heat announced that they picked up the $19.4 million option year on point guard Goran Dragic on Sunday - a move that could be a precursor to making a deal for Lowry, who was a Miami target at the trade deadline this past season.

Rays sweep Red Sox, widen AL East lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Shane McClanahan went six strong innings and Brandon Lowe homered as the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep.

McClanahan (5-4) allowed one run and four hits, helping the Rays take a 1 1/2 game lead over Boston. (MORE)

Mets don't sign 10th overall pick Rocker

The New York Mets failed to sign their top pick from last month's amateur draft, Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker, by Sunday's 5 p.m. EDT deadline, over concern about his medical scans.

New York selected Rocker with the 10th overall pick and will receive an extra selection in next year's amateur draft, the pick after the 10th choice, because of their failure to sign the 21-year-old right-hander. (MORE)

Bryant homers in debut, helps Giants win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Kris Bryant homered in his Giants debut, a two-out solo shot in the third inning, and San Francisco beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Sunday.

Darin Ruf had three hits including a home run and two RBIs. Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano both added two hits. The Giants won two of three in the interleague matchup of division leaders and have the best record in the majors at 66-39. (MORE)

SJ's Kane denies wife's gambling claims

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane denied allegations his wife made on social media that he bet on NHL games, including against his own team.

Kane responded Sunday morning to allegations made the previous day from the Instagram account of his wife, Anna. (MORE)

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