Dwight Howard picks Rockets, MLB News and Notes, NHL FA flurry, Wimbledon 411, Kyle on pole, Surgery for John Daly, UFC 162 + Friday Recap: Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets

The wait is over and Dwight Howard has chosen the Houston Rockets over the Lakers, Warriors, Mavs and Hawks.

In other NBA free agency news …..

The Golden State Warriors jettisoned Richard Jefferson and two others to make the room to sign Andre Iguodala to a four-year $48 million dollar deal.

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed O.J. Mayo to a three-year $24 million dollar contract. Mayo averaged 15.3 ppg and 4.3 apg last year for the Dallas Mavericks.

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Milsap has signed a two-year deal with the Hawks for a reported $19 million.

In a surprise move, the Mavs have signed PG Jose Calderon to a four-year $28 million dollar deal. Calderon is 32, an excellent shooter but plays no defense.

MLB News and Notes

The Dodgers Juan Uribe knocked in seven runs with a double, triple and homer as Los Angeles pummeled Matt Cain and the hated Giants 10-2. The Bums have now won 11 of their last 13 while the Giants have dropped 12 of their last 14.

Derek Jeter will play in his first minor league rehab game tonight and is expected to go five innings in AAA. Jeter is recovering from October 13th surgery on his left ankle which he broke in last year’s playoffs. Jeter played in five spring training but soreness led to the discovery of a second break on April 25th. Jeter is expected to rejoin the Yankees after the All-Star break.

60 sign deals in first day of NHL free agency

It was a free agent feeding frenzy in the NHL on Friday, the first day of hockey free agency. Twenty of the league’s 30 teams were involved in signings or trades. Here are the highlights.

As mentioned on yesterday’s report, Daniel Alfredsson will make one last push for a Stanley Cup after signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. The 40-year-old Alfredsson has played the last 18 years in Ottawa where he scored 426 career goals.

The Sens wasted no time in replacing their ex-captain, acquiring sniper Bobby Ryan from the Ducks. Ryan was selected with the No. 2 pick by Anaheim in the 2005 draft. He has combined for 289 points (147 goals, 142 assists) in 378 career games.

Jerome Iginla has signed a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins worth $6 million. Iginla played most of his career in Calgary before moving to Pittsburg this year just before the trade deadline. Igilna had vetoed a trade to Boston before going to the Pens.

More deals on the Sunday and Monday reports.

Bartoli over Lisicki, Murray vs Djokovic

Wimbledon has a new women’s champion as Marion Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki in straight sets early this morning. Bartoli was never in trouble cruising to a 6-1, 5-1 lead before winning the second set 6-4. It was Bartoli’s first win in a major in her 47th start. Lisicki was the -250 favorite. In Sunday’s men’s final, Novak Djokovic is -175 over Andy Murray who pays +145 on the takeback. Sportsbetting3 will have a complete Wimbledon recap on the Monday report.

Kyle Busch wins the pole at Daytona

Kyle Busch won his 3rd pole of the year and will start in the front row with Matt Kenseth in tonight’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Point leader Jimmie Johnson who won the Daytona 500 in February will get away eighth.

Sprint Cup Odds to Win the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway

Kyle Busch #18 9/1
Matt Kenseth #20 9/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 10/1
Tony Stewart #14 10/1
Jimmie Johnson #48 12/1
Clint Bowyer #15 14/1
Jeff Gordon #24 15/1
Kasey Kahne #5 15/1
Kevin Harvick #29 15/1
Carl Edwards #99 16/1
Brad Keselowski #2 18/1
Denny Hamlin #11 20/1
Greg Biffle #16 20/1
Kurt Busch #78 20/1
Martin Truex Jr. #56 20/1
Jamie McMurray #1 25/1
Joey Logano #22 25/1

John Daly will miss three months with elbow surgery

There will be no more grip it and rip until fall. John Daly withdrew from the Greenbrier Classic on Friday and then tweeted that he would be out 3-4 months with elbow surgery which is scheduled for early next week. Daly shot an opening round 75 on Thursday.

Silva vs Weidman headline UFC 162

Chris Weidman will be the latest to take a shot at beating Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Weidman is given a real shot and the pick of most UFC fighters as a modest +200 underdog. Weidman has just nine fights but is considered a bigger and meaner Chael Sonnen who gave Silva fits twice. Silva is on a current 17 fight win streak and hasn’t lost since 2006 when he was disqualified for an illegal upkick. He last lost in the ring in 2004. In the co-feature, Frankie “The Truth” Edgar looks to get back on track as a -550 favorite over Charles Oliveira.

Free Play

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Moore) -134 over WSox (Sale) (Saturday, July 6, 7:15 PM EST)