Suns sign veteran center Jermaine O’Neal


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Jermaine O’Neal has battled injuries the ith Cambridge United has seen Macclesfield safe for another season.”I’m not saying it’s Bobby Moore and Pele great escape [Escape to Victory] but it is a little bit like that as well,” Campbell said afterwards.”Most of the pundits were saying no hopepast few years. So he’s taking his game to the NBA fountain of youth.

The Suns have signed O’Neal, the team announced Wednesday. It’s a one-year deouness hit out at Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after their victory over Newcastle United.After the game, Aubameyang claimed Arsenal “feel better” now they are playing under manager Mikel Arteta. Souness slammed the forward for those commal presumably for the veteran minimum.

“We are pleased that Jermaine will continue his successful career in ,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “We look forward to his contributions not only on the floor but as a veteran leader on our team.”

O’Neal, 33, has played 16 NBA seasons but has only appeared in 49 total games the past two seasons because of injuries. After contributing well to the Celtics last season, his year ended abruptly after he needed wrist surgery.

Here’s O’Neal’s career resume: He has career averages of 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.87 blocks in 912 games (680 starts) with the Portland Trail Blazers (1996-00), Indiana Pacers (2000-08), Toronto Raptors (2008-09), Miami Heat (2009-10) and Boston Celtics (2010-12). O’Neal is a six-time NBA All-Star, an All-NBA Second Team selection (2004) and two-time Allfielder Fred.Last summer’s marquee signing struggled during his first season at Old Trafford, often finding himself out of the team.There were suggestions that Fred may be loaned out to Galatasaray this summer.However, The Sun reports that he held fa-NBA Third Team pick (2002, 2003). He was also the winner of the NBA’s Most Improved Player award in 2002.

What does he add to the Suns? A little size, a little interior depth and a little toughness. The Suns are transitioning from the Steve Nash era and traded backup center last month so they’re in need of help behind . O’Neal’s health is the question and if he can stay healthy, he’ll definitely add a little something to the bench.


Dirk Nowitzki says he’ll play beyond current contract


We’ve reached the next timeframe for considering retirement of a great group of players. , ,  and are all within range of hanging it up at this point, and the question of “when?” will continue until they make their heartfelt farewellsBale concedes his future will be decided by Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.It was suggested Real president Florentino Perez may seek to overrule Zidane and insist the Welshman remain next season.However, agent Jonathan Barnett told ESPN: “Alright,. 

But Nowizki said Sunday he has ideas about : 

“I had some doubts here when I came back,” Nowitzki said. “It took so long. Is it ever going to come back? It was a tough stretch for me coming back from the surgery. But the way I feel now, I 4-0 win.The Reds’ attackers enjoyed themselves in the Premier League clash, with Marcus Rashford the success of the Premier League minnows is down to their market management.The Beast told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: “They’re doing brilliant.“It was a tough season with the Europa League, that took its toll and you can see how importantscoring twice on his 200th appearance for the club. Anthony Martial netted a superb header and substitute Mason Greenwood came on to add his name to the still think I can play a couple of years.

“I’ve got this year and next year under contract, so I’ll be 36 and for sure play a couple of more years.”

Nowitzki even mentioned the possibility of becoming a 40-year-old role player.

“Yeah, I mean, we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “Like I said, when my contract’s up, I’ll definitely sign a couple more years. It’s still fun, but I don’t know if I’ll play until 40. But [I’ll] definitely sign one more deal, maybe two or three years.”

This is going to get awkward for owner Mark Cuban. 

Cuban has said, over and over again, he’d never let Dirk go, that he’ll be a Maverick for life. But at some point, Cuban has to face reality and start a rebuilding process. And that’s going to be difficult with Nowitzki on an eight-figure contract. 

Nowitzki has slipped this season, following knee surgery. Things were rough last year, with an extended celebration following the 2011 title blending into a difficult lockout-shortened schedule. But Nowitzki could very well have a bounce-back year like Tim Duncan’s had. Playing until he’s 40? That sounds like a stretch. But it does look like we’ll have Dirk to kick around for a few more years. 

The question is: Will Cuban?



Spurs-Warriors Game 5: Tracy McGrady’s greatest garbage time ever


This is ‘s first time in the Conference Semifinals. The 32-year-old, seven-time All-Star never made it out of the first-round when he was an impact player. McGrady spent the year with China after failing to come to an agreement with an . The signed him after waiving Stephen Jackson, just in time for the playoff push. 

A legend who was once one of the most dominant players in the league, McGrady is a relic for YouTube forays and esoteric blog posts now. But for a brief 26 seconds in GSheffield United are likely to resist Celtic’s attempts to sign George Baldock.The Scottish champions have approached United to speak about the former MK Dons man.However, the Blades are keen to keep the 26-year-old at Bramall Lane for their return to the Premier League, according to Sky Sports.Baldock made 27 appearances for the Blades last season.ame 5 vs. the , McGrady was a dominant player on the floor, in style as well as substance. 

That’s right, before the chasedown block, before the drive-and-kick assist, here’s Tracy McGrady waiving off a screen to take one-on-oebic was missing for Eintracht Frankfurt in this week’s 1-1 draw for the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal.And Giroud is not going as far as saying Chelsea are now favourites to progress from our tie and make the final.”We need to finish thene off the dribble. Two dinosaurs locking horns. All hail the ancient T-Mac. Long may he reign in the kingdomhe exclusive worldwide rights to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the top flight of women’s soccer in the US, reports, /.ESPN already has domestic rights to the NWSL under a deal signed with the league at the beginning of July. The new agre of garbage time. 


NBA rule prompts Knicks’ Shumpert to shave head


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 of the is an Adidas guy. So he shaved the logo into his head because he’s a good company man. But apparently he’s not up on rules, because, you know, they’re kind of protective of their dress code. : 

Sporting a corporatner should snub a move to Anfield.Hamann instead believes Werner should consider a switch to Chelsea or Manchester United.”Timo Werner has continuously improved, he has scored again in the Champions League and has already scored more than 20 goals ine logo during games is indeed against NBA rules. Item 5 of Section H of the NBA rule book’s extended comments section, which governs “player/team conduct and dress”, reads: “The only artices fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An indepenle bearing a commercial ‘logo’ which can be worn by players is their shoes.”

So they made him shave it. And what you see above is the result. 

So a player thought he could shave the logo of the company paying him millions of dollars into his head, and the Ndfielder Claudio Marchisio has hit out at those whom burgled his home at gunpoint. Marchisio’s family home was targeted by armed robbers at their villa in Turin last night.He posted to social media:“If you enter a person’s home to rob them, you’re BA said no, and made him change it. So he shaved it and apologized on Instagram.


VIDEO: Andrew Bynum debuts for the Cavaliers


After sitting out all of last season with the 76ers, checked in with 3:40 left in the first quarter of the opener against the Nets. 

There have been qu that he was disappointed at how his time at the club panned out.The midfielder joined the club in January 2019, with a view to getting first team game time that he could not achieve with Barcelona.However, he was injured for much of those six monthsestions about when Bynum would be available and the team was mum with manager Brendan Rodgers.The 22-year-old said he prefers managers who are direct in telling him where he must improve.“Rodgers, for example, helps me a lot in the theoretical aspect surrounding the game,” Tielemans said. “Why do such a thing?on a timetable, , he surprisingly debuted Wednesday night. 

An excellent sign for Bynum to be back on the floor, and a positive thing for’s decision not to start Dani Ceballos in Monday’s loss to Sheffield United.The Spaniard was brought on as a second-half substitute and immediately provided the creative spark which Arsenal were severely lacking.Wright told Premier League Productions the Cavs. Now it’s just about staying out there.


Phil Pressey leaving Missouri for NBA


Despite an up-and-down junior season, guard has decided to forgo his final year in college and head to the .

“Many college basketball players dream of this day, but when I had to finally make this decision it was difficult because it means I am leaving a place I love so much,” Pressey said in a statement released by the university. “I wish we could have brought home a national championship banner, but coming to Mizzou was the best decision of my life. This is a special place and I will always be a Tiger.”

Pressey, a 5-foot-11 point guard, is Missouri’s i was frustrated after Saturday’s 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace.The Hammers created enough opportunities to win comfortably and scored an outstanding opener through Sebastien Haller, only for Palace to fight back and snatch victoryall-time leader in assists and also has thehed a sigh of relief after Mason Mount was cleared of suffering a serious injury against Valencia on Tuesday night.Mount injured his ankle after a brutal tackle from Francis Coquelin just fifteen minutes into the clash at Stamford Bridge.The 20-year- single-season record for assists. This season, he averaged 11.9 points and 7.0 assists and was named first-team All-SEC.

One of the quicker guards in the country, Pressey is able to get into the lane at will. He is aggressive at both ends of the floor, an Rodriguez has hinted he’ll seek a move away if he continues to be frozen out at AC Milan.Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 have been linked with the Switzerland fullback this week.”I didn’t play in three games, but that doesn’t mean anythingd possesses very good vision. However, his decision-making is a major question mark, especially late in games. He’s not a very good outside shooter, and also takes ill-advised shots. His size is also a negative. 

Jeff Goodman of has him ranked as the No. 8 point guard in this year’s draft, No. 48 overall. He is likely to be a mid-to-late second-round pick.

With Pressey gone, Missouri will take an even bigger step back than anticipated. , and Keion Bell were already leaving, meaning Frank Haith has just one of his top five scorers back from this season. and Earnest Ross will handle most of the scoring responsibility, while Tony Criswell is the primary frontcourt returner. Incoming freshmen Johnathan Williams III, Wes Clark and Torren Jones could get immediate minutes, as will JC transfer Keanau Post. One player to keep an eye on is Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson, who should be a factor right off the bat.


piratory infection, but that has not changed thing


Lakers forward has not been with the team in recent days due to a respiratory infection, but that has not changed things much for theomplete rest.Gayle has been given a period of complete rest as Newcastle boss Steve Bruae struggles to get to the bottom of the striker’s calf troubles.”We’re doing everything we can. We’ve had scan after scan and specialist after specialist. We just team. Prior to the inju AGREED to take charge of Tottenham bror says reports in Holland suggest that the Dutch club are considering offloading talented wingers Lozano and Bergwijn.The news is said to have notified United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to rebuild his squad for next season.The Red Devilsefore the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino.Driessen says Van Gaal “broke his word” to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy at the time when Manchester United made their offer in 2014.He recalled to De Telegraaf: “Van Gaalry, Ebanks had appeared in just one of the team’s games since March 1, playing three minutes total.


lsea midfield.The Blues had to endure some scares


Trail Blazers guard told the team’s official website thaty of the Chelsea midfield.The Blues had to endure some scares as they overcame Lille 2-1 in the Champions League to move into the last 16 of the competition.And speaking after the match, Souness was critical of Jorginho and Matteo Kovacic in particul he will play in the summer league. Barton, who was the 40th overall selection during the 2012 draft, averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8ley now wears Lampard’s former No8 shirt.He told “He was a player Iof Juventus and Manchester United target Adrien Rabiot has rubbished claims he could re-sign with PSG.The midfielder was frozen out by the Parisians last season when he made it clear he wanted to leave as a free agent.Reports had claimed PSG were bac looked up to when I was growing up, and then I was lucky enough to play with him as well and take tips from him when we were with England together.”Now it’s great to h assists in 73 games this season.


remained away with the team for the birth of his


Suns forward was held out of Tuesday’s contest against the Suns as he remained away with the team for the birth of his daughter. There has been no timetable announced for his rets says Betis would likely accept a bid of £70million for Tottenham target Lo Celso.The Argentinian midfielder has been on Spurs’ issed out on Mauro Icardi.The Inter Milan striker moved to PSG on-loan last week.”Icardi could’ve played for Napoli and nobody would’ve blocked it. That’s a real shame,” Scudetto winner Careca told Il Giorno.“The Argentine is a good forward, but noradar for some time but the two clubs cannot agree on a fee.The ex-PSG man has an £88m release clause but the Spanish curn, according to the team’s official websNorwich are lining up a move for Ralf Fahrmann.The Schalke goalkeeper would be brought in to compete with Tim Krul, according to the Daily Mail.Fahrmann has made over 200 appearances for the Bundesliga club.He was dropped midway through last term in favour of Alexander Nubel.ite.


Reports: Clippers’ top candidates are Jeff Van Gundy, Brian Shaw


ESPN and the Los Angeles Times report on the narrowing of the ‘ list of candidates for their head coaching vacancy, and : 

[Jeff] Van Gundy and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw are considered the team’s top choices at this point, three sources told’s Ramona Shelburne.

A source confirms that Clippers have received permission from Indiana to speak with Shaw about the coaching job. Shaw is unavailable as long as the Pacers are alive in the NBA playoffs, although the Clippers are confident he is interested in the job, sources said.

The situation is fluid, however, because no formal interviews have been scheduled and owner Donald Sterling has not weighed in yet.

The Los Angeles Times reports the same names in consderation, and : 

Another name that popped up was former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Sloan’s representatives called the Clippers about the opening, one executive said, but he appears to have backed away from trying to land the job.

The Clippers haven’t had any discussions with Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins, two executives said. His contract expires on June 30.

Shaw is the most popular assistant candidate on the market, after his experience with Phil Jackson during the Lakers’ championship runs. It’s the closest the Clippers can come to hiring Phil Jackson without hiring Phil Jackson. Van Gundy, meanwhile, has been a hot commodity since joining television after being fired by the Rockets six years ago. 

Sloan would have been a weird fit, nited hero John Carver is backing the move for Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce.Newcastle remain locked in talks with Wednesday in order to try and strike a compensation deal to take Bruce to the North East.”If he does get appointed then he has gwith both the market and a young roster, but would have been the tough-minded coach the Clippers have in mind. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was in San Antonio for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, fueling speculation around Hollins as a possible hire, but sources said Sterling was only visiting a friend. 

Van Gundy has resisted multiple offers, preferring to stay in broadcasting, but the Clippers would offer him a big money job with a talented roster, a superstar in Chris Paul (if he re-signs) and a market that can pull in free agents. If any job is going to lure him out, it’ll be thi his breakthrough at Chelsea with a new deal.The 19-year-old right-back’s current contract runs until 2022 and he will be given improved terms to bring him closer into line with the club’s first-team stars.James has made 14 appearances for the th Liverpool.The Blues were the better team in the game, hitting the post and having a couple of goals ruled out for offside.However, they lost the penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw at the end of extra time.”We were unlucky,” Zouma said to the club wBlues s one.

Byron Scott is the other name heavily linked to the job, .