DeMarcus Cousins will make an early-season trip back to Sacramento, while Gordon Hayward will wait almost all season to see Utah again.

Chris Paul’s return to his old Clippers home is part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tripleheader, while Paul George and Jimmy Butler also learned the dates of their return games Monday when the NBA released its full 2017-18 schedule – which for the first time in history features no teams playing four games in five nights.

The league had unveiled its opening-week national TV games and its five-game Christmas schedule last week. Opening night is Oct. 17, and includes an Eastern Conference finals rematch between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cousins will return to face the Kings, who traded him to New Orleans last February, when the Pelicans visit Sacramento on Oct. 26.

From there, it’s another five months until Hayward plays in Salt Lake City for the first time since joining the Celtics as a free agent in July. Boston visits the Jazz on March 28.

George travels back to Indiana on Dec. 13 for the first time since the Pacers surprisingly dealt him to Oklahoma City, while Butler, another All-Star who went East to West in the summer, takes the Timberwolves into Chicago on Feb. 9.

The NBA’s top two picks go head-to-head for the first time Nov. 15 when Markelle Fultz and Philadelphia visit Lonzo Ball and the Lakers.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.


EMPIRE LEAGUE: Edgar Lebron tripled home Sebastian Diaz with the tying run, then scored the go-ahead run on Calvin Graves’ grounder as the Old Orchard Beach Surge (13-5) scored twice in the sixth inning, and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Plattsburgh Redbirds (9-9) to complete a sweep at Plattsburgh, New York.

Jalen Miller allowed two runs on three hits in six innings for the victory.

Old Orchard won the opener 9-3 behind a five-run second inning powered by Kevin Putkonen’s two-run double.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Wimbledon champion Roger Federer withdrew from the event on the first full day of play because of a back injury. He has won the Masters series tournament outside Cincinnati seven times.

Federer, a 19-time major champion, said in a statement he “tweaked” his back last week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where he lost Sunday’s final to Alexander Zverev.

The Swiss star, ranked No. 3, is sidelined along with No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Novak Djokovic and No. 6 Marin Cilic, the defending champion. Only No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the top-seeded player, remains in the draw.

American Sam Querry became the first seeded player to advance. The 15th seed cruised into the second round with a 6-3, 6-0 win over wild-card Stefan Kozlov.

In women’s first-round action, 2016 Olympic singles gold medalist Monica Puig lost to fellow qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and 14th-seeded Petra Kvitova rallied past Anett Kontaveit 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.


U.S. WOMEN’S TEAM: The U.S. will host South Korea in a pair of exhibitions in October.

The teams will play Oct. 19 in New Orleans and meet three days later in Cary, North Carolina, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Monday.

– Staff and news service report

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