Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday's Sports In Brief

Done deal. LeBron James and Chris Bosh are members of the Miami Heat.

The Heat completed sign-and-trade deals with Cleveland and Toronto for their two newest superstars. The Heat sent two future first-round and two second-round picks to the Cavaliers for James, while packaging two first-round picks to the Raptors for Bosh.

James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade all signed six-year contracts, each leaving millions of dollars on the table in order to provide the Heat flexibility to build a championship roster.

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Knicks sent All-Star forward David Lee to Golden State in a sign-and-trade deal, giving the Warriors the marquee player they sought this offseason.

Forwards Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf go to the Knicks, who are moving closer to rounding out their roster for next season. New York also receives a 2012 second-round draft pick.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Cliff Lee is suddenly in the starting rotation for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, who pulled off a big deal despite bankruptcy proceedings and unsettled ownership.

The struggling Seattle Mariners sent the ace left-hander and reliever Mark Lowe to the Rangers for rookie first baseman Justin Smoak and three minor leaguers. Texas also receives cash as part of the deal for Lee, who can become a free agent after this season.


GUEUGNON, France (AP) _ Mark Cavendish made it two straight Tour de France stage victories, leading a sprint for the line as the main title contenders finished in a closely trailing pack.

The 25-year-old native of Britain's Isle of Man raised his hands in celebration at the end of the hot, mostly flat 141.3-mile sixth stage from Montargis to Gueugnon.

The HTC Columbia rider earned his 12th career Tour stage victory and fifth in all races this year _ clocking 5 hours, 37 minutes, 42 seconds to edge Tyler Farrar of the U.S. and Alessandro Petacchi of Italy.

The main title contenders crossed 3 seconds after Cavendish. Defending champion Alberto Contador was 28th, seven-time champion Lance Armstrong was 38th, and overall race leader Fabian Cancellara was 41st.

The heat appeared to be taking a toll on the riders as Carlos Barredo of Spain and Rui Costa of Portugal got into a fight after the finish. The cause of the fracas was not immediately clear, but video footage posted on the website of sports daily L'Equipe showed Barredo of the Quick Step team charging toward Costa and attempting to strike him over the head with a bike wheel. Costa, who rides for Caisse d'Epargne, tried punching Barredo in the face several times before both fell to the ground screaming at one another.


OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (AP) _ Heavy rain that began with 100 of the 156 golfers still to begin or complete the second round caused play to be suspended at the U.S. Women's Open.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakmont Country Club, with the third round to begin with threesomes teeing off at 2:30 p.m.

Normally, golfers play in pairs the final two rounds.

Sophie Gustafson was the leader on the course at even par when play was halted, but she had completed only one hole of the second round.

Cristie Kerr, coming off her 12-stroke victory in the LPGA Championship two weeks ago, and first-round leader Brittany Lang were the clubhouse leaders at 1-over 143. Kerr shot an even-par 71 on Friday and Lang followed her opening-round 69 with a 3-over 74.

SILVIS, Illinois (AP) _ Defending champion Steve Stricker broke the 36-hole record at the John Deere Classic with a two-round total of 126, which is 16 under at TPC Deere Run.

Stricker, playing in the morning, shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Goydos into the third round. Goydos sent a buzz through the golf world in the opening round by shooting only the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history.

Goydos couldn't maintain the deft putting touch that had enabled him to join golf's most exclusive club and he settled for a 3-under 68, leaving him at 127.

David Frost set the old 36-hole record of 127 in 2000.

LUSS, Scotland (AP) _ Darren Clarke was nearly flawless in miserable conditions in the Scottish Open, opening a four-shot lead on a dreary at Loch Lomond.

Clarke chipped in for birdie on the tough 16th and holed a series of 20-foot birdie putts on the front nine for a 4-under 67.


JOLIET, Illinois (AP) _ Kyle Busch pounced on Joey Logano on a restart in overtime, then pulled away to win the Nationwide series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

It was Busch's 37th victory in NASCAR's second-tier series, moving him into sole possession of second place in the series' career wins list. Only Mark Martin has more, with 48. Toyotas swept the top five spots as Logano finished second, followed by Brian Scott, David Reutimann and Jason Leffler.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Olympian Kate Ziegler has won the 800-meter freestyle with her second meet record at the Los Angeles Grand Prix.

Ziegler won the final in 8 minutes, 25.89 seconds, beating the field by nearly 5 seconds. In doing so, Ziegler lowered the meet record she set in Thursday's preliminaries on the Southern California campus.

Natalie Coughlin was beaten in the 100 freestyle by Kara Lynn Joyce, who touched in 54.69 seconds, 0.15 ahead of the 11-time Olympic medalist. Jessica Hardy was third in 54.93.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) _ A new test that provides a breakthrough in detecting human growth hormone in blood is expected to become available soon and make it more difficult for athletes to use HGH without getting caught.

It's a test some experts consider so good, however, it could blunt the push for the urine-based test sought by some in baseball and football, possibly stalling promising research that has already cost many thousands of dollars.

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