Sports briefs

NBA schedule to be released Tuesday

NEW YORK — The NBA regular-season schedule will be released Tuesday.

The schedule will be unveiled during an NBA TV special program at 5 p.m. that will highlight opening-week matchups and other games of interest. It also will be posted along with the show on Some teams have already begun releasing their preseason schedules.

Dempsey leaving English for MLS

LONDON — Clint Dempsey is returning to Major League Soccer, ending his six-year spell in English soccer.

The 30-year-old Dempsey played for the New England Revolution from 2004-06 before joining Fulham in 2007. He moved to Tottenham last summer and scored 12 goals in 43 games, but wasn’t a regular.

“We have reached agreement with Major League Soccer for the transfer of Clint Dempsey,” Spurs said in a statement. “We wish Clint every success for the future.”

A star for the U.S. national team, Dempsey wasn’t a regular in Andre Villas-Boas’ starting lineup. Even so, his move is somewhat surprising because Tottenham could also lose forward Gareth Bale this offseason to Real Madrid.

One of the most successful Americans to play in England’s top league, Dempsey was first sold from the Revolution to Fulham in 2007. Dempsey spent five years playing at Craven Cottage, where he scored 50 goals in 184 league appearances.

Isner rides 29 aces to win over Tursunov

WASHINGTON — A couple of plastic sandwich bags filled with ice were resting on his left thigh, and some others were chilling his right knee, as an admittedly exhausted John Isner assessed how he’s holding up after eight victories in 10 days.

“My body doesn’t feel great,” Isner said, then paused and smiled. “At the same time, nothing is wrong with me, besides just being a little tired and a little worn out. But that’s what happens when you play well.”

The highest-ranked American man certainly is doing that at the moment. Taking control Saturday by breaking serve immediately after a rain delay, the eighth-seeded Isner hit 29 aces and came back to beat unseeded Dmitry Tursunov 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Citi Open final.

Finishing with a flourish — his last six serves were aces — Isner continued the strong form he showed last week while winning the title at Atlanta in another hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.

As for whether a ninth match in 11 days might force him to reconsider his schedule over the coming weeks — the year’s last major tournament starts in New York on Aug. 26 — Isner said he hasn’t thought about that yet.

Compiled from The Associated Press