Ray Allen jumps Celtics to Miami
After five years in Boston, 37-year-old shooting guard Ray Allen is leaving the Celtics to a sign a one-year $3 million dollar deal with Miami. The news was tweeted by Heat owner Micky Arison and quickly confirmed by Pat Riley and Allen’s agent, James Tanner. Allen is off a year that saw him shoot a career high 45% from beyond the arc. Allen’s deal is the same mid-level exemption that Shane Battier signed to join the Heat last year.
Other players to agree to term on Friday were Brandon Roy who agreed to a two-year $10.4 million dollar deal with the team that drafted him, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Roy missed all of 2011 with bad knees after being “amnesty claused” by the Portland Trailblazers. Not done, the T-Wolves also agreed to terms on a 4-year offer sheet worth $45-$50 million with Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum. Batum, 23, averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in 30.4 minutes for the Blazers last season. Batum will play for the French in the Olympics along with Tony Parker who was cleared to play after an sustaining and eye injury in the Chris Brown/Drake nightclub brawl. The Philadelphia 76ers signed Clipper bench ace Nick Young to a one-year $6 million dollar offer sheet.
Serena looks for fifth Wimbledon title today
Serena Williams is a -750 favorite to beat Agnieszka Radwanska (+450) and claim her fifth Wimbledon championship. In Friday’s men’s semifinals, Roger Federer reached back for one more big match and beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. It will be Federer’s eighth Wimbledon final and seventh championship is he is able to beat Brit native son Andy Murray. The hometown favorite beat Jod Willie Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the other semi to become the first Btitish man to advance to the Wimbledon final since 1938. Federer is a -225 favorite with Murray +175 on the takeback.
Tiger and Lefty both miss the cut at Greenbrier
Call it what you want, after accepting hefty checks to play at the Greensbrier Classic in West Virginia, both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to make the cut. Woods was even par after 36 holes, Mickelson +2, as US Open winner Webb Simpson led the way to half-way point with a 9-under 131. Five players including Jonathon Byrd and Jeff Maggert were one shot back. For Lefty, it was the first time in his HOF career that he has shot seven straight rounds of par or above.
Matt Kenseth on the pole at Daytona
Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Coke Zero Daytona 400 as he looks to become the first driver since Bobby Allson in 1982 to win both Daytona races. Kenseth’s fastest lap of 192.386 mph was .005 better than Tony Stewart who had his time thrown out for failing a post qualifying inspection. Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, and Greg Biffle move up to complete the first two rows. Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliot, Casey Mears, A.J. Allemndinger, Brad Keselowski, and Marcos Ambrose complete the top ten. This figures to be one of the more wide open races this year that is reflected in the odds with Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch the co-favorites at 8/1. matt Keseth is the third choice at 10/1 with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, and Brad Keselowski all grouped at 12/1. These lines available now at Top Bet. Check with any of SP3s world class sponsors special deals and driver H2Hs and other race props.
Silva vs. Sonnen II tonight at UFC 148
The most heavily anticipated rematch in MMA history takes place tonight in Las Vegas when Chael Sonnen meets Anderson Silva at UFC 148. The two met in August of 2010 at UFC 117 with Sonnen dominating the first 23 minutes of the card and ahead 4-0 on all three judges scorecards. In one final last ditch effort, Silva was able to lock on a triangle armbar to get the the tap and the win. There is no love lost between these two as Sonnen arguably talks the best smack in sports. Silva is a -300 favorite over the +230 Sonnen. Tito Ortiz will call it career at the end of his fight tonight against Forrest Griffin. The “Huntington Beach Bad Boy is a +230 dog in his retirement fight. Ortiz and Griffin have split two fights and this will also complete that trilogy.
Things get physical at Silva vs Sonnen II weigh in
MLB Diamond Dust
The New York Yankees dropped a first-inning five spot on Boston and then held on to win 10-8. It was a bad day all around for the Red Sox who placed Dustin Pedroia on the DL with a hyperextended thumb. The Braves ruined Ryan Howard’s return to the Phillies lineup, whitewashing Philadelphia 5-0. Howard had two hits in his first game back since an achilles injury in last years playoffs. After flirting with a no-hitter in his prior start, Bronson Arroyo threw a complete game three-hitter vs. San Diego as the Reds dumped San Diego 6-0. The Ray’s Luke Scott snapped an 0-41 hitless streak with a two-run homer in Tampa Bay’s 10-3 in over Cleveland. Tiger’s rook Drew Smyley struck out a career-high 10 in just six innings in Motown’s 4-2 win over Kansas City.
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