|07.13.10 at 9:07 am ET|
Everything seems to be going right for the Heat lately.
After landing the top three players in the 2010 free agent class, Miami is filling in the rest of the roster with solid role players. Longtime Heat forward Udonis Haslem is staying in South Beach while sharpshooter Mike Miller is joining him.
Haslem signed a five-year deal Monday worth $20 million, a significant decrease from the amount he could have received in offers from the Mavericks and Nuggets. Haslem was considering signing elsewhere, but after the arrivals of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, he decided to stay. Haslem was part of Miami’s championship team in 2006 and averages 10 points and 8.1 rebounds for his career.
Miller, on the other hand, will sign a five-year contract, according to his agent, Arn Tellem, who confirmed the news on his blog Monday. Like Haslem, Miller’s decision depended on whether or not the Heat could bring in James and Bosh. Last season with the Wizards, Miller averaged 10.9 points a game on 50 percent shooting from the field and 48 percent from beyond the arc.
|07.13.10 at 7:57 am ET|
Since the start of the All-Star tradition in 1933 — skipped only in 1945 because of World War II — Major League Baseball’s midsummer matchup has featured dazzling plays and unforgettable feats by the best players to grace the field.
Here’s a list of some of the memorable moments that have impressed us, frustrated us, or simply made us appreciate the tradition that is the MLB All-Star Game.
July 10, 1934: Hubbell strikes out five legends
The 1934 All-Star Game at the New York Polo Grounds brought some of the best hitters in the history of the game together on one field. But it also brought Carl Hubbell’s screwball. Though Hubbell got off to a rough start, allowing Charlie Gehringer a leadoff single (he then moved to second base on outfield error) followed by a walk to Heinie Manush, Hubbell quickly regrouped. He struck out the next three batters — all-time greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. The next inning, whiffs of Al Simmons and Joe Cronin would make it five strikeouts in a row for Hubbell.
July 9, 1946: Ted Williams returns from war and goes 4-for-4
With World War II’s end, the Midsummer Classic returned after a one-year hiatus on July 9, 1946, at Fenway Park. While many of the league’s rivals hadn’t faced each other in years, Ted Williams and Rip Sewell provided the matchup everyone had been waiting for. Sewell tried to keep Williams at bay with his high-lobbing “eephus” pitch, but Williams homered — the only player to hit a home run on the pitch — and ended up going 4-for-4 with five RBI to contribute to the American League’s 12-0 blowout. Read the rest of this entry »
|07.13.10 at 7:38 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (FOX, WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ At SI.com, Ian Thomsen talks to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and gets an explanation for the owner’s rant about LeBron James. Meanwhile, Greg Cote at the Miami Herald revels in the fact that the Heat have become the most hated/envied team in the league and calls comments from Gilbert and others hypocritical. And Frank Isola in the New York Daily News writes that Isiah Thomas might come out of this as the biggest winner, as he reportedly leans on Knicks owner James Dolan to re-hire him in the wake of the team’s failure to land LeBron.
♦ Pat Forde at ESPN.com writes about the NCAA’s announcement breaking down how the expanded NCAA basketball tournament will work. The last four at-large teams invited will play four small-conference champions.
♦ David Ortiz won the Home Run Derby, but Tim Sullivan in the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the contest is “a good idea that is aging badly.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 13, 2000, which Red Sox player was caught attempting to steal in the first inning to make him 0-for-8 on the season (which held as his final numbers for that year)?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The advice that he received on this was poor. The performance was fine. His honesty and his integrity, I think, shined through. But this decision was ill-conceived.” — NBA commissioner David Stern, on LeBron James‘ pronouncement that he will play for the Heat
STAT OF THE DAY: $100,000 — Amount Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was fined for his website rant after LeBron said he was leaving Cleveland
Spanish goalie Iker Casillas gives his reporter girlfriend a kiss during an interview after the World Cup.
Michael Jordan says he’ll take Kobe Bryant over LeBron James.
Racing broccoli proposes during minor league game.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Jose Offerman
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Roger McGuinn is 68 today.
Here he is performing the same song with the Byrds in the 1960s.
|07.13.10 at 1:30 am ET|
Class on the field and class off of it, Diego Forlan exudes it.
|07.12.10 at 11:39 pm ET|
According to a report in the Deseret News, the Jazz have agreed to a trade that would send Al Jefferson from Minnesota to Utah.
The CEO of the Jazz, Greg Miller, tweeted Monday that he “just approved a Jazz roster move that I’m very excited about. Planning to share details tomorrow.”
It is believed that the Jazz can take on the remaining three years and $42 million of Jefferson’s contract with the $13 million trade exception that was acquired in the sign-and-trade deal that sent Carlos Boozer to the Bulls.
Jefferson averaged 17.1 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, playing in 76 games. He was acquired by the Timberwolves in the deal that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston in July 2007.
|07.12.10 at 9:41 pm ET|
According to a report on ESPN.com the Timberwolves and Mavericks are getting closer to a deal that would send former Celtics forward Al Jefferson to Dallas.
Jefferson, who has three years and $42 million left on his contract, averaged 17.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 76 games last season.
The Utah Jazz are also players for Jefferson, according to the report.
|07.12.10 at 11:39 am ET|
ANAHEIM — According to a major league source, the Blue Jays have made three relievers available — Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor, and Scott Downs. The news should be of note considering one of the Red Sox’ primary needs at the trade deadline figures to be late-inning bullpen help, and Toronto general manager Alex Anthopolous has shown a willingness to deal within the American League East.
The 32-year-old Gregg (who was first identified as being available by the Toronto Sun) has been closing for the Blue Jays, converting 20 of 23 save opportunities this season. He is signed to a $2.75 million deal this season, with either a $4.5 million club option for next year or a club option for a combined $8.75 million for 2011-12.
Gregg had taken over closing duties for the 32-year-old Frasor, who is 3-2 with a 4.67 ERA in 30 appearances. Frasor has been pitching well of late, allowing just one run in his last six appearances. The right-hander is slated to become a free agent at the end of this season, currently carrying a one-year, $2.65 million deal.
Downs, a left-hander, is also on the last year of his deal, making $4 million this season. In 41 appearances this season he has totaled a 2.65 ERA, with lefty hitters managing just a .208 batting average against the 34-year-old.
As for the Red Sox’ current bullpen situation, Hideki Okajima has said that his back still isn’t 100 percent, a contributing factor to his ineffectiveness this season. Manny Delcarmen, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm issue, is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Wednesday and may come off the DL later this week.
The team has also moved prospect Michael Bowden to the bullpen in Triple A Pawtucket, where he has allowed just one hit in three relief appearances. Felix Doubront, who is with the big league team as insurance for Clay Buchholz’ hamstring, is also candidate to help out in the Sox’ bullpen down the line.
|07.12.10 at 11:18 am ET|
The Celtics will need to continue their pursuit of a frontcourt player for the bench as CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely is reporting that free agent target Kwame Brown will most likely take his services elsewhere next season. The biggest concern appears to be money as the C’s can’t offer anything over the veteran’s minimum to Brown, who averaged just 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while earning $4 million last season as a member of the Pistons. He has been considered one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history after being selected first in the 2001 draft by the Wizards and averaging double digits in points in just one of his nine NBA seasons, but he impressed Doc Rivers at a recent workout, leading Rivers to say, ”I wouldn’t mind having him on our team, I can tell you that. He could help us.”
|07.12.10 at 9:47 am ET|
The Cavaliers and Raptors will not request an investigation by the NBA to look into if there was any collusion prior to the two teams losing superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh, respectively, to the Heat this offseason, according to an ESPN.com report. NBA commissioner David Stern had previously mentioned that if the two teams wanted such a probe, the league would be obligated to follow through with one.
There had been rumors of collusion among the players involved as well as Dwyane Wade after the trio reportedly met for a free agent summit before the market opened on July 1. However, the league has decided that individual players cannot be charged with tampering in the same manner as teams can unless it is apparent that the player is working directly under the orders of team management.
The two teams had separate reasons for not requesting the probe. One Cavs official told ESPN.com that the team just wants to move on after the wake of “The Decision” and try to focus all of its efforts on its future without James. Toronto decided that it would rather let the league decide matters such as these, according to the report.
|07.12.10 at 9:22 am ET|
The Celtics will have to look elsewhere as they try to reload their bench for another run at the NBA finals next seasons after multiple reports have Suns guard Leandro Barbosa being traded to the Raptors as part of a three-player deal that would send swingman Hedo Turkoglu to Phoenix. Barbosa had been rumored as a potential trade target for the C’s this offseason, but that appears to be off the table now. Barbosa averaged 9.5 points as a backup last season and could have replaced the recently departed Tony Allen as the first guard off the Boston bench. Instead, the Celtics will now need to lure in other trade partners to fill that role, using the not-yet-retired Rasheed Wallace‘s contract as bait.
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