Brand was injured Aug. 3 during his daily workout in El Segundo, and Morgan performed the surgery four days later. Brand was examined and had his cast removed at the hospital in Wilmington. ETC.: Guard Royal Ivey signed a one-year contract with the Bucks one day after Milwaukee backup point guard Charlie Bell signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat. The Bucks have a week to match Bell’s five-year, $18.5 million offer. Jurisprudence Months after berating her in an expletive-filled tirade, New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas moved from cursing to courting a fellow executive now suing the basketball Hall of Famer for sexual harassment, a former team employee testified. Jeffrey Nix, a 15-year employee of the NBA team, took the stand in U.S. District Court to recount a series of conversations he had with his friend and co-worker, plaintiff Anucha Browne Sanders, throughout 2004. From news services Clippers forward Elton Brand had the cast removed from his left leg and was fitted for a removable walking boot Tuesday, six weeks after he had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. The Clippers said Brand will begin a rehabilitation program under the supervision of their training and medical staff. The program includes local therapy, cardiovascular work and a flexibility and strengthening program. Brand is expected to wear the walking boot for six weeks before being reevaluated by Dr. Craig Morgan at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital in Wilmington, Del. ETC.: A company that distributed human growth hormone to “well known athletes and entertainers” has agreed to pay a $10.5 million penalty and cooperate with law enforcement in ongoing investigations, federal prosecutors said. Under the terms of the agreement, Specialty Distribution Services Inc., a subsidiary of Express Scripts Inc., will not face prosecution for three years if it fully complies with terms of the agreement. Tennis Vania King of Long Beach upset top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, 6-1, 7-5, in the first round of the Sunfeast Open in Calcutta, India. ETC.: Martina Hingis advanced to the second round of the China Open, beating Sun Tiantian of China, 6-2, 6-3, in Beijing. … Second-seeded Sybille Bammer beat Yvonne Meusburger, 6-2, 6-1, in an all-Austrian match to reach the second round of the Slovenia Open in Portoroz. Cycling Colombia’s Leonardo Duque won the 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Denis Menchov of Russia remained the overall leader. Duque, riding for the Cofidis team, beat Alexander Kolobnev of CSC to win the 100.4-mile stage from Jaen to Puertollano in 4 hours, 39 seconds. Joan Horrach of Spain was third. Motorsports Except for one race, the IRL’s IndyCar schedule next season will be identical to this year. The series will not return to Michigan International Speedway because the IRL and track officials could not agree on a new contract. The 2-mile oval track in Brooklyn, Mich., had hosted open-wheel racing since 1968. ETC.: Kasey Kahne is the new beer man, picking up Budweiser as the primary sponsor for his No. 9 Dodge. The sponsorship was announced at Gillett Evernham Motorspots, where Kahne entered the event on the famed Budweiser Clydesdales. Boxing After 82 years, Madison Square Garden will retire its storied boxing ring and donate it to the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, N.Y., where it will go on display this fall. Hockey Nine-time NHL All-Star defenseman Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler, and longtime communications executive John Halligan will be this year’s recipients of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Olympic sports Russian Olympic champion Alexey Mishin won his first World Wrestling Championship gold medal in the Greco-Roman division, defeating American Brad Vering, 5-0, 4-0, in the 84-kilogram class at Baku, Azerbaijan. Deaths Garrard “Buster” Ramsey, the first coach of the Buffalo Bills, has died. He was 87. Nephew Knox Wagner Ramsey Jr. said Ramsey died of pneumonia Sunday at a retirement center near Chattanooga, Tenn., where he had been living. ETC.: Louis J. Willie Jr., a black businessman who helped defuse a racial dispute surrounding the 1990 PGA Championship by becoming an honorary member at the all-white Shoal Creek club in Birmingham, Ala., has died. He was 84. Volleyball Reid Priddy registered eight of his 16 kills in the second game and had two aces and a block to lead the U.S. to a 25-19, 27-25, 25-18 over Puerto Rico in the NORCECA championships at the Anaheim Convention Center. Clay Stanley added 10 kills and two aces for the Americans (3-0), who finished unbeaten in Group play and drew a bye into Thursday night’s semifinals.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!