An independent investigation found that former Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry was not motivated by racial bias in making statements that ultimately ended his time with the team.

A letter summarizing the investigation by the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird was obtained Saturday by the Associated Press, as was a letter from Hawks co-owner Todd Foreman to Ferry.

The Hawks agreed to a buyout of the final two years of Ferry's contract on Friday. Ferry spent this season on an indefinite leave of absence following his racially derogatory comments about potential free agent Luol Deng.

Alston & Bird partner Bernard Taylor said in the letter, dated Friday, that the review of more than 24,000 documents and 19 interviews provided no evidence of "negative bias toward Mr. Deng, his race or his country of origin."

Foreman's letter, also dated Friday, said Ferry was not the cause of the controversy.

"At the heart of this dispute was an unfortunate disagreement amongst owners," Foreman said.

Foreman thanked Ferry for his "many contributions" in shaping the roster.


Winner at the track: NFL player Wes Welker, whose horse, Undrafted (a 14-1 shot), won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. "Can't believe we won!" Welker wrote on Twitter.

Back in action: Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, who rode Stellar Wind to victory in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita.

Retired: Canadian speedskater Cindy Klassen, 35, after a career in which she won six Olympic medals. Klassen is the only Canadian to win five medals at one Olympics.


Brazil will appeal Neymar's suspension

Brazil said it will appeal Neymar's four-game suspension that rules him out of the rest of the Copa America.

The Brazilian confederation's "legal department will file a counterpoint to Neymar's sanction," coach Dunga said in a news conference in Santiago, Chile.

A CONMEBOL disciplinary panel ruled on Friday that Neymar must sit out four games for his conduct in a 1-0 loss to Colombia on Wednesday, when he was sent off after the final whistle. He was also fined $10,000.

"We don't want anything in favor or against, just what's fair," Dunga said.

• Defending champion Uruguay and Paraguay drew 1-1 in their last group game and both advanced to the Copa America quarterfinals. … Argentina defeated Jamaica 1-0 in Lionel Messi's 100th game with the national team, securing first place in its group. Argentina is trying to end a 22-year title drought. It hasn't won a significant trophy since the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador, when Messi was only 6 years old.

• Serbia scored late in extra time to pull off a surprise 2-1 win over Brazil in the final of the Under-20 World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.


Federer reaches grass-court final

Roger Federer will bid for a record eighth Gerry Weber Open title when he plays Italy's Andreas Seppi after advancing to his 10th final in Halle, Germany.

Federer defeated big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) while Seppi won the other semifinal after second-seeded Kei Nishikori pulled out with a left calf injury when the Italian was leading 4-1.

• The Queen's Club semifinal between top-seeded Andy Murray and Serbia's Viktor Troicki was suspended in the first set due to rain. Awaiting the winner in Sunday's final in London is unseeded South African Kevin Anderson, who beat Gilles Simon of France 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3.

• Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and Angelique Kerber of Germany reached the final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.


Auto racing: Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for Formula One's Austrian Grand Prix, where the British driver starts from the front for the seventh time in eight races this season and 45th in his career. The defending champion clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 8.455 seconds.

NBA: Bettye Rivers, the mother of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, died Friday in Illinois.


66Surfers who hung loose on a custom-built, 42-foot board off Huntington Beach on Saturday, breaking a world record. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who rode a wave for 12 seconds. A Guinness World Record adjudicator said a separate record for whether the 1,300-pound board is the world's largest will take a few days to determine.