News Summaries from The Sports Network - Saturday, July 4|
Aldridge says he's joining Spurs
(SportsNetwork.com) - After losing a classic, seven-game series in the Western
Conference quarterfinals to the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs
were in search of a way to shift the balance of power.
They have done that Saturday by reportedly signing star free-agent forward
In a tweet Saturday, Aldridge said, "I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas
and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family
and friends," ending the heated competition for the four-time All-Star's
Yahoo! Sports reported that he will sign a four-year, $80 million contract
when the NBA free agent moratorium ends on July 9.
The 29-year-old Aldridge spent the first nine seasons of his career with
Portland, which acquired him in a 2006 draft-night trade after the Chicago
Bulls selected him with the No. 2 pick from Texas.
In addition to the Spurs, the Trail Blazers, Suns, Heat and Lakers were among
the teams trying to land Aldridge.
In 648 career regular-season games, Aldridge has averaged 19.4 points and 8.4
rebounds. His 23.4 points per game in 2014-15 set a new career high, and he
averaged double-digit rebounds in two straight seasons.
The Spurs also have reportedly agreed to deals to bring back starters Danny
Green and Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP and reigning Defensive Player of the Year,
was a restricted free agent and is expected to sign a five-year, $90 million
Green, an unrestricted free agent, reached a four-year agreement worth $45
Report: Raptors will sign Biyombo
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - According to multiple media reports, the
Toronto Raptors will sign center Bismack Biyombo to a two-year deal worth $6
Biyombo, 22, was drafted seventh overall in 2011 and traded to Charlotte on
draft night and has spent all four of his NBA seasons with the club. The
Hornets declined to extend him a qualifying offer after the season, making him
an unrestricted free agent.
Biyombo, a Congolese who was born in Zaire, has been a modest contributor on
the offensive end, scoring just 4.4 points per contest over 284 career games.
His value is around the rim, where has pulled down 6.1 rebounds and blocked
1.6 shots per game.
The deal cannot be finalized until July 9.
Report: Knicks land O'Quinn in sign-and-trade
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks have have acquired forward Kyle
O'Quinn in a sign-and-trade deal with the Orlando Magic, according to a Yahoo!
O'Quinn, a restricted free agent, agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract
with New York, with the Magic receiving cash considerations and the right to
swap 2019 second-round picks with the Knicks.
The transaction cannot be made official until the NBA's free agent moratorium
is lifted on July 9.
O'Quinn has averaged 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks over his three
NBA seasons, all with Orlando. The Magic obtained the 25-year-old in the
second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.
A native of Queens, O'Quinn joins center Robin Lopez, shooting guard Arron
Afflalo and forward Derrick Williams as new additions to the rebuilding Knicks
Tigers place Cabrera on DL
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers placed first baseman
Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left calf.
The two-time AL MVP was injured in the fourth inning of Friday night's 8-6 win
over the Toronto Blue Jays. He strained the calf while breaking for second
base on an attempted hit-and-run.
After Cabrera singled to lead off the fourth, he took off for second on a 3-2
pitch to Victor Martinez, who fouled the ball off. Cabrera pulled up and
grabbed his left leg.
The slugger is batting an AL-best .350 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 77
games this season.
The Tigers purchased the contract of infielder Jefry Marte from Triple-A
Toledo in a corresponding move.
Federer moves on in 4 sets
Wimbledon, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Roger Federer continued his bid for a
record eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 third-round win
over Sam Groth on Saturday.
Federer faced little pressure from Groth on return as he lost only five points
on serve through the first two sets.
There were no service breaks in the third set, but a double fault by Federer
gave Groth a 4-3 lead in the tiebreak. Groth eventually won the tiebreak when
Federer fired a forehand wide, but he was broken while falling behind 3-0 in
the fourth set.
The second-seeded Swiss broke again in the final game to clinch his 19th
straight victory over an Australian opponent at a Grand Slam.
Bidding for his second Wimbledon title in three years, third-seeded Andy
Murray defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 to advance to the
Former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych overcame a slow start to beat Spaniard
Pablo Andujar 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). The sixth-seeded Berdych lost to
Rafael Nadal in the 2010 final.
The Czech player next faces Frenchman Gilles Simon, who needed well over three
hours to send down countryman Gael Monfils by a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-2
count in Saturday's late match.
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic completed a five-set win over 17th-seeded
American John Isner. The match was suspended Friday because of darkness at 10-
all in the fifth set.
The ninth-seeded Croatian won the first two games when the match resumed on
Saturday to finish off the four-plus hour marathon.
Another Croatian player, Ivo Karlovic, joined Cilic in the round of 16,
beating two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 7-6
(7-2), 7-6 (11-9).
Other men advancing were 20th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who
beat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-1, and 22nd-seeded
Serbian Viktor Troicki, who ousted German Dustin Brown 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6,
The 102nd-ranked Brown, a qualifier, stunned the 10th-seeded Nadal in the
Another result saw Canadian Vasek Pospisil outlast Brit wild card James Ward
in five sets.
Jankovic ousts Kvitova; Wozniacki advances at Wimbledon
Wimbledon, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic
ousted defending champion Petra Kvitova in the third round at Wimbledon on
Jankovic, the No. 28 seed, rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory on Centre
The Serbian trailed 3-1 and 4-2 in the second set, but broke Kvitova's serve
twice on her way to forcing a decisive third set. They stayed on serve until
the second-seeded Kvitova netted a backhand on match point.
Jankovic, who has yet to win a Grand Slam singles title, equaled her best
result at the All England Club by reaching the fourth round. She is in the
round of 16 for the first time since 2010.
Kvitova, who also won the Wimbledon title in 2011, had dropped just three
games in her first two matches.
In other women's play, Caroline Wozniacki cruised past Italian Camila Giorgi
The fifth-seeded Wozniacki committed only three unforced errors in the 71-
minute match against Giorgi, who had beaten the Dane in two of their three
Wozniacki hasn't had much success in the second week at Wimbledon, where she
has never advanced past the fourth round.
She will next play 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who outlasted 10th-
seeded German Angelique Kerber 7-6 (14-12), 1-6, 6-2.
Former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska needed just 62 minutes to beat
Australian Casey Dellacqua 6-1, 6-4. The 13th-seeded Polish player lost the
2012 final to Serena Williams.
Another former finalist was eliminated as 18th-seeded German Sabine Lisicki
fell 6-3, 6-2 to 15th-seeded Swiss Timea Bacsinszky. Lisicki was the runner-up
to the now-retired Marion Bartoli two years ago.
American Madison Keys, the No. 21 seed, reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon
for the first time with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over German Tatjana Maria.
Romanian Monica Niculescu and Belarusian Olga Govortsova also advanced to the
Capitals sign G Ellis
Arlington, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals signed
goaltender Dan Ellis to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday.
The 35-year-old played in eight games for Florida in 2014-15, posting a 2.35
goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He spent most of the season
with the Panthers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio, where he owned a 2.71 GAA and
.904 save percentage.
In 212 career NHL games for the Panthers, Stars, Predators, Lightning, Ducks
and Hurricanes, Ellis owns an 87-79-18 record with a 2.79 GAA and a .906 save
Dennis wins opening stage of Tour de France
Utrecht, Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tour de France got underway
with a victory for Australian Rohan Dennis in Saturday's time trial.
Dennis completed the 13.8-kilometer ride through the streets of Utrecht in 14
minutes, 56 seconds to grab the yellow jersey. He finished five seconds ahead
of German Tony Martin and six seconds ahead of Switzerland's Fabian
Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali finished in 22nd place, 43 seconds behind
Dennis' time. The Italian has a seven-second edge on British rider Chris
Froome, the 2013 Tour winner.
Froome finished eight seconds better than two-time Tour champion Alberto
Contador. The Spaniard is 46th after the opening stage.
The three-week race concludes July 26.
Hamilton tops Rosberg for British GP pole
Silverstone, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending Formula One world
champion Lewis Hamilton claimed the pole position for the British Grand Prix
after edging his Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg in Saturday's
Hamilton made a lap around the 3.667-mile, 18-turn Silverstone Circuit in 1
minute, 32.248 seconds for his eighth pole in nine grand prix this season. He
also scored his 46th career pole, which placed him in sole possession of third
on the all-time F1 pole winners list. Only Michael Schumacher (68) and Ayrton
Senna (65) have more poles than Hamilton.
"It's a special day," Hamilton said. "It's particularly special when you do
get the pole. It hasn't been the smoothest of weekends. It's been a bit of up
and down in terms of setup and balance and getting laps. Throughout
qualifying, we made changes to the car. Hopefully, it will be good for the
Hamilton, a 30-year-old Briton, won his home race last year and in 2008 when
he captured his first F1 world championship while driving for McLaren.
With Hamilton's pole win at Silverstone, Mercedes became just the second
constructor in F1 history with 20 or more consecutive poles, a streak dating
back to last year's British GP. From 1992-93, a driver from Williams won the
pole in 24 straight grand prix.
Rosberg's best lap time in Q3 was only 0.113 seconds behind Hamilton.
"The first lap (in Q3) was really good, but Lewis was just one-tenth (of a
second) quicker, which is annoying but that's the way it is," Rosberg said.
It was the seventh time that Mercedes swept the front starting row for a grand
prix this season.
Rosberg won the most recent grand prix in Austria two weeks ago. He enters
Sunday's 52-lap British GP just 10 points behind leader Hamilton in the
The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas qualified third and
fourth, respectively, while Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel placed their
Ferraris fifth and sixth on the grid.
Daniil Kvyat from Red Bull was seventh, followed by Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz.
Nico Hulkenberg from Force India and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo completed the
Bohn among four leaders at Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Bohn fired a 9-under 61
on Saturday and soared into a share of the lead after three rounds of The
Bohn, who made the cut on the number and was done well before the final group
teed off, finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 199. He was joined atop the
leaderboard by Sean O'Hair and S.J. Park, who both shot 66, and Bryce Molder,
who carded a 67 in round three.
Park is the only one of the four leaders that hasn't won on the PGA Tour. Bohn
has two tour titles, O'Hair owns four victories and Molder has won once.
There are 27 players within four strokes of the lead on the Old White TPC
Course at The Greenbrier.
Justin Thomas shot 4-under 66 in round three to move into a tie for fifth
place at minus-10. He stands alongside David Hearn, Chad Collins and Danny
Lee, who all shot 68 on Saturday.
Jonathan Byrd (69), Brendon Todd (67) and David Lingmerth (64) are one stroke
back at 9-under-par 201.
Tiger Woods shot 1-over 71 as he played the back nine in plus-2. Woods is tied
for 47th at 4-under-par 206.
Woods was playing well early as he had five pars and two birdies through seven
holes. He missed the green at the par-3 eighth and that led to a bogey.
Around the turn, Woods got that shot back with a 7-foot birdie effort at the
10th. His drive at 11 bounced off a cart path and stopped inches out of
bounds. That led to a double-bogey, which dropped Woods to minus-5.
Woods 3-putted for bogey at 13, but got that stroke back with a 16-foot birdie
effort on the 15th. A bad drive off the 17th tee led to another dropped shot.
Woods parred the last to end at minus-4.
Bohn got off to a quick start with birdies at the second and fourth. After a
par on five, he dropped his approach four feet from the hole on the sixth and
knocked that in for birdie.
The 42-year-old drained a 15-footer for birdie at the eight and kicked that in
the fifth birdie of his round on No. 9. Around the turn, Bohn made it two in a
row with an 11-foot birdie putt at 10.
Bohn gave that shot right back as he stumbled to a bogey on the 11th. After a
pair of pars, Bohn flew into the lead. He converted a 6-foot birdie chance at
14 and rolled in a 14-footer for birdie at 15.
After a par at 16, Bohn birdied the final two holes from seven and eight feet
out, respectively. His 61 was a career-best on the PGA Tour.
"I made like a 20-footer on the first hole for par and then I just started
seeing the line. I kept hitting the golf ball on the fall line, so I didn't
have much break in any of my putts and that really helped me," Bohn explained.
"I struck my ball pretty solid and kept my ball in play. The scores are going
to be pretty decent out there."
O'Hair, who lost in a playoff to Jordan Spieth earlier this year at the
Valspar Championship, dropped shots at one and six. In between, he poured in a
40-footer for birdie at three and followed with another birdie on the fourth.
After four pars in a row from the seventh, O'Hair started to make his move
with an 11-footer for birdie at 11. He got up and down for birdie at 12, then
knocked in a 5-foot birdie try at No. 14. Another gain at the 16th gave him a
share of the lead.
O'Hair failed to get up and down for birdie at the par-5 17th, then 2-putted
for par at the last.
"Obviously, it's a very gettable golf course. With good, solid play, you can
go out there and shoot 3-, 4-, 5-under par everyday," O'Hair stated. "That was
kind of my game plan - hit as many fairways and greens as possible and just
have good speed on the greens, and it's worked so far."
Park, who had missed the cut in four of his last five starts, had six pars and
birdie through seven holes. He nearly aced the eighth as his tee shot stopped
11 inches from the cup. He kicked that in for birdie to move to 9-under.
The 26-year-old birdied the 10th and 16th to go with seven pars to close out a
Molder birdied the fourth and fifth to get within one of the lead. After a
trio of pars, he ran home a 22-footer for birdie at nine. Molder parred his
final nine holes to share the third-round lead.
"I got off to a great start, great rhythm early, was knocking it close and
felt really good with my putter. Somewhere midway through the back nine, I
just kind of lost my rhythm," admitted Molder. "I felt I gained a little bit
coming in, but my short game hung in there and kept me in it."
NOTES: The first five winners of this event have come from behind in the final
round ... The last player to make the cut on the number and win was Carl
Pettersson at the 2010 Canadian Open ... O'Hair has had a piece of the 54-hole
lead six times on the PGA Tour and is winless in those six events ... Since
sharing second place at the Humana Challenge in January, Park's best finish
came in his next start, and that was a tie for 30th at the Phoenix Open ...
Molder had the third-round lead twice before, but lost both times ... Scott
Langley (74) and Jhonnattan Vegas (76) shared the second-round lead, but
tumbled into a tie for 40th and 62nd, respectively.
Van Zyl surges ahead by 2 in France
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaco Van Zyl vaulted up the leaderboard
with a 7-under 64 in Saturday's third round and he holds a 2-shot lead going
into the final day of the Open de France.
Van Zyl, who finished 54 holes at 10-under-par 203, has never won on the
European Tour. The South African does have 13 career victories on the Sunshine
"I think it will play a big role," Van Zyl said about his experience winning
on the Sunshine Tour and how it could translate well on Sunday. "At the end of
the day, it's the same situation, although the stage is a lot bigger. I've
been in this position a couple of times. Hopefully tomorrow we can pull
Maximilian Kieffer carded a 6-under 65 on the Albatross Course at Le Golf
National and he is alone in second at 8-under 205.
Bernd Wiesberger (66) sits in sole possession of third place at minus-7, while
second-round co-leaders Martin Kaymer (69) and Victor Dubuisson (69) are tied
for fourth at 6-under 207 along with James Morrison (68).
Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who also shared the second-round lead with Kaymer and
Dubuisson, struggled to a 1-over 72 and is tied for 14th at minus-3.
Van Zyl was flawless throughout his third round as he began with a pair of
pars at one and two. A birdie at the par-5 third had the South African off and
running as he later poured in his second at five.
Following a trio of pars from six, Van Zyl went on a run of three straight
birdies from nine, getting him to 5-under on the day.
Heading down the stretch, Van Zyl holed four straight pars from 12 and then
ended strong with birdies on 16 and 18 to complete his bogey-free round.
"Today was really a phenomenal round," said Van Zyl. "I felt really
comfortable tee to green and made a couple of nice putts. I hit it really
well. I think I missed one fairway, hit 18 out of 18 greens and made a couple
of putts when I needed to."
Kieffer also went bogey-free as he started off with five straight pars from
one. Back-to-back gains at six and seven had the German in red figures. He
rolled in four more pars from eight to make the turn.
Birdies at 12 and 14 pushed Kieffer to minus-6. He later added two more gains
at 16 and 17 before finishing with a par at the last.
Wiesberger opened with a birdie at the first before running off four straight
pars from two. Three birdies in a four-hole stretch from six saw the Austrian
make the turn at 4-under.
Four pars preceded a birdie on 14 and Wiesberger later traded a bogey for a
birdie from 16. He ended with a par on No. 18.
NOTES: Van Zyl came close to his first win at the Joburg Open earlier this
year. He tied for second ... Kieffer held the lead through 14 holes in the
first round before play was suspended. He wound up finishing on Friday and
made a bogey on 17 and a double-bogey on 18 ... Kieffer has not made a bogey
on 35 holes ... Dubuisson is trying to become the seventh Frenchman to win his
Onesi stretches lead to 4 in Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Onesi carded a 5-under 67 in
Saturday's third round and pushed his lead to four strokes at the Dakota Dunes
Onesi ended 54 holes at 19-under-par 197. After matching the tournament's 36-
hole scoring mark, Onesi also tied the 54-hole scoring record. Will Wilcox
posted a three-round total of 197 at Dakota Dunes Golf Links in 2010 and Nick
Taylor tied that in 2013.
Justin Shin shot 6-under 66 to move into second place at minus-15.
Chris Williams matched the low round of the day with his 7-under 65. He soared
into a tie for third place at 14-under-par 202. He was joined there by Robert
S. Karlsson (69), Benjamin Silverman (66), Ryan Brehm (68) and Ross Beal (67).
Michael Letzig (70) and Mike Van Sickle (69) headline seven players that share
eighth place at 13-under-par 203.
Onesi traded a bogey for a birdie from the first. After a pair of pars, he
birdied the fifth and seventh to move to 16-under.
Around the turn, the left-hander made birdie at the par-5 10th, but gave that
shot back as he stumbled to a bogey on the par-4 12th.
Onesi came right back with birdies at 13 and 14 to get to minus-18. After a
trio of pars, he birdied the last to extend his lead to four.
Shin carded back-to-back birdies from the second and again from the seventh.
After three straight pars from the eighth, he birdied the 12th. Shin moved to
15-under with a gain at 16 and ended there as he parred the final two holes.
NOTES: Onesi is looking for his first PGA Tour Canada victory ... He has nine
career starts combined on the PGA Tour Canada and the Web.com Tour, and hasn't
finished inside the top-25 in the six events he made the cut ... Christopher
Ross withdrew after one hole on Saturday.
Effinex edges Tonalist to win Suburban Handicap
Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Effinex, ridden for the first time by Junior
Alvarado, edged out 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist in Saturday's $500,000
Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.
Tonalist, ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, was the 2-5 favorite
for the 1 1/4-mile stakes versus five challengers. Effinex, trained by Jimmy
Jerkens for Tri-Bone Stables, was 6-1 and started from post 5 just inside of
Both Effinex and Tonalist raced in the rear as the field went up the
backstretch with 38-1 longshot Street Babe and 7-2 second pick Coach Inge on
Tonalist, who won last year's Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont, went wide
around the far turn to gain second behind Coach Inge as Effinex also moved
Coming down the stretch Coach Inge, Tonalist and Effinex had drawn away from
the field. Effinex and Tonalist battled to the wire after leaving Coach Inge
Effinex got the head bobbing decision over Tonalist with Coach Inge third and
Neck 'n Neck fourth. Mylute and Street Babe completed the order of finish.
The time for the Suburban on a fast track was 2:01.55.
The winning purse of $275,000 brought Effinex's earnings to $782,250. The 4-
year-old colt notched his sixth win from 16 lifetime starts.
Effinex, a New York-bred son of Mineshaft, got his second stakes win versus
open company. He won the Excelsior at Aqueduct on March 27 but failed to
finish last month's Brooklyn Handicap on the Belmont Stakes card.
Effinex paid $15.60, $4.10 and $2.40. Tonalist returned $2.10 and $2.10, and
Coach Inge paid $2.50 to show.
Speightster tops Texas Red in Dwyer Stakes
Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Speightster secured his third win in as many
career starts as he defeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red in
Saturday's $500,000 Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
Texas Red, in his first start since Feb. 1, went off as the 19-10 favorite in
the seven-horse field for the mile stakes. Speightster, trained by Bill Mott
and ridden by Jose Lezcano, was the 2-1 second pick as he was making his
Speightster broke well from post 6 and pressed the pace being set by 41-1
longshot Hollywood Angel. Texas Red was sixth up the backstretch but quickly
moved into contention on the far turn.
Owned by WinStar Farm, Speightster had the lead coming out of the final turn
as Texas Red and jockey Kent Desormeaux rallied wide into third. At the top of
the stretch, Speightster had a short lead over Texas Red who appeared primed
to take the lead.
However, Speightster proved too strong down the stretch and went on to post a
2 1/2-length win over Texas Red with Tommy Macho third followed by Smart
Transition, Blofeld, Hollywood Angel and Bridget's Big Luvy.
The time for the Dwyer was 1:35.13 on a fast track.
Speightster is perfect in three lifetime starts and earned $275,000 for
winning his first stakes. The chestnut colt has now banked $363,800.
Speightster began his career with a maiden victory at Keeneland on April 17
followed by an allowance win at Belmont four weeks ago.
Speightster retunred $6.50, $3.60 and $2.70. Texas Red paid $3.40 and $2.40,
and Tommy Macho paid $2.90 to show.
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