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OAKLAND, Calif. - The Golden State Warriors saw no reason to wait on securing Klay Thompsons future with the franchise.The Warriors signed Thompson to a four-year maximum contract extension worth about $70 million on Friday, a person with knowledge of the deal said.The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose terms, also said there is no opt-out clause for either side. The contract will keep Thompson with the team through the 2018-19 season.The Warriors confirmed a multiyear deal with Thompson. It was the final day for Thompson and the team to get a deal done or the shooting guard could become a restricted free agent next summer, when the Warriors would have had an opportunity to match any offer sheet he signed.Golden State decided not to risk the relationship turning sour in restricted free agency or another team putting a clause in an offer sheet that mightve made it difficult to match. And Thompson and his agent, Bill Duffy, got what they wanted all along: a maximum deal and financial security now.Its hard for me to express how excited and happy I am to know that I will be playing in front of the best fans in the NBA for a long time, Thompson said in a statement. This team, under this ownership group and with this collection of players, has an incredibly bright future. I could not ask for a better situation and am extremely thankful.Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Thompson will hold a news conference to formally announce the deal before Saturday nights home opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. In a statement, Myers also praised ownerships commitment to winning and said the team is excited to have one of the top young players in the NBA under contract for the next several years.Golden State drafted Thompson out of Washington State with the 11th overall pick in 2011. He has become one of the NBAs top two-way guards and teamed with fellow Splash Brothers star Stephen Curry to form one of the leagues best backcourts.Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season, helping the Warriors reach the playoffs for the second straight year. He shot 44.4 per cent from the floor and 41.7 per cent from 3-point range.Curry congratulated Thompson for the extension on Twitter, writing: Splash bros continue.The Warriors decided to build around the tandem when they refused to include Thompson in any trade talks with Minnesota for Kevin Love this off-season, believing all along that he and Curry could carry them to a title on their streaky shooting strokes. Thompson began to validate the decision over the summer, dazzling during the FIBA World Cup in Spain to help the U.S. win gold.The payday will put more expectations on Thompson, especially with fans still split about losing Love to Cleveland, but he appears ready for the challenge.Thompson led the Warriors with 21.7 points per game in the preseason, shooting 50.9 per cent from the floor, including 50 per cent from beyond the arc. He also scored 19 points in Golden States season-opening 95-77 win at Sacramento on Wednesday night.First-year coach Steve Kerr, a former NBA player and general manager with the Phoenix Suns, said before the extension was announced that Thompson never looked affected by the negotiations.It can definitely affect a player to think about all that stuff, worry about injury, whatever. Im pretty confident in Klay that hes just going to play, Kerr said.Thompsons contributions go beyond shooting and scoring.At 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds, the lengthy Thompson often defends the other teams best guard. That includes covering everybody from the Clippers Chris Paul to Lakers star Kobe Bryant, taking pressure off teammates on the perimeter, most notably the undersized Curry.Myers made extending Thompsons contract one of his top off-season priorities, and he predicted from the get-go that it could go right up to the deadline.The Warriors were also trying to balance Thompsons needs with their own payroll concerns. After all, the team will be facing similar scenarios with Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli next year and has increasingly less room to wiggle under the salary cap with its current roster.Thompsons deal eclipses the contract Curry signed prior to the 2012-13 season when he was due for an extension.Golden State signed Curry to a $44 million, four-year extension on Oct. 31, 2012. Curry, who started his first All-Star Game for the Western Conference last season, was coming off a second surgery on his right ankle in as many years that summer, and questions persisted about his durability.That risk worked out well for the Warriors. Currys contract has become one of the leagues best bargains, and Golden State is banking on Thompsons talents to evolve in much the same way now, especially with the leagues next television deal widely expected to increase player salaries.___Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP Max Pacioretty Team USA Hockey Jersey . -- Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City. Ryan Suter Team USA Hockey Jersey . Ashton scored a hat trick -- giving him 13 goals in 16 AHL games this season -- to power the Toronto Marlies to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Lake Erie Monsters in AHL action on Sunday. http://www.hockeyauthenticusaonline.us/Jack-Johnson-Jersey/ . - A Tuesday funeral is planned in Toronto for 20-year-old Saginaw Spirit forward Terry Trafford. James van Riemsdyk Jersey . Wearing bib No. 1, Maze skied through the gates cleanly to defend her big first-run lead and finish 0.07 seconds ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Defending champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was third, trailing 0. James van Riemsdyk Team USA Hockey Jersey . TSN 1290s coverage begins with Hustler & Lawless at 3pm. Rick Ralph hosts the Official Jets Pre-game Show at 5pm. HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve leads the majors in hits and is 11 away from 200 for the season. He insists hes not counting. "If youre thinking hits, youre not paying attention to wins," Altuve said Sunday after leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 3-2. Altuve matched his career high with four hits, including two doubles. His single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run. Matt Dominguez hit a tying home run off reliever Neal Cotts (2-8) with one out in the eighth to make it 2-all. Jake Marisnick was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Altuves single. "Hes the kind of guy you want to have in that situation," Dominguez said. "It seems he gets three hits a game." Dominguez had an RBI single earlier in the game. The Astros won a series for the first time since Aug. 19-21 at Yankee Stadium. Jose Veras (3-1) got the win and Chad Qualls posted his 16th save. Dallas Keuchel went seven innings for the Astros, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two. "Each and every time this guy goes to the mound we feel pretty good about our chances as a team to win the ballgame," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "Today was no different." Alex Rios doubled and singled for Texas, driving in a run and scoring run. His RBI single in the sixth scored Daniel Robertson to put Texas ahead 2-1. Rios doubled and scored on Ryan Ruas grounder in the first inning. "My only concern when I go out there and play is to limit the other team to (fewer) runs that what we score," Keuchel said. "In the month of August I really didnt do my job. Im just thankful we got the win today." Texas rookie Nick Martinez pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up one run and six hits. He struck out four and walked three. "I told him he did his job when he came off the field," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It was up to the bullpen to finish it off. We had the two best weve got in there and we just didnt do it." Porter praised his team for coming up with clutch runs late in the game. Keuchel said thats the difference between this years team and last seeasons squad.dddddddddddd. "This is team is a year older, a year wiser and were not where we want to be yet, but were getting there," Keuchel said. "Whether we are crawling or inching, were going to fight. Thats really the big difference." That, and they have players like Altuve on their side. "Hes been unreal all year," Dominguez said. FINDING HIS GROOVE Dominguezs 2-for-4, 2-RBI outing was a much-needed boost for the third baseman. "Hes been in a funk, and hes been working hard," Porter said. "He got a pitch that he could handle and put a really good swing on that ball." Dominguez, whose eight-inning homer was the first at Minute Maid Park since late July, said the extra work is paying off. "Im feeling a little bit more confident at the plate," he said. ROTATION WOES The Rangers are keeping a close eye on RHP Miles Mikolas as they decide on the fifth spot of the rotation. "Lets see how Mikolas is," Washington said. "If we feel we need to miss him another start we can always fill it with (Scott) Baker. Robbie (Ross Jr.) is in the mix, but well see where it goes." Mikolas was scratched from Saturdays start with shoulder fatigue. Texas plans to start RHP Colby Lewis, LHP Derek Holland and RHP Nick Tepesch at Kansas City. TRAINERS ROOM Rangers: Whether RHP Yu Darvish (right elbow) can return to the mound this season remains unclear. "I dont know," Washington said. "Waiting until Dr. (Keith) Meister tells him he can pick up a baseball to make a decision." Darvish was placed on the 15-day DL Aug. 13, retroactive to Aug. 10. Astros: INF Marwin Gonzalez was kept out of the lineup one day after being scratched with discomfort in his right hamstring. Gregorio Petit started at SS. UP NEXT Rangers: Lewis (9-11) looks to build on his previous outing -- his second complete game of the season, snapping a three-game losing streak -- when he starts Monday night at Kansas City. Astros: After an off-day, Houston starts RHP Brad Peacock (3-8) on Tuesday night at home against the Los Angeles Angels. He is looking for his first win since July 8. ' ' '

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