You read it people, Dwight Howard got what he wanted.
For those people already billing the Miami Heat to re-peat in the 2012-13 NBA basketball season, you better think again because after Dwight Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, all of a sudden, the Heat’s trio don’t mean squat anymore.
It took four teams, 11 other players, five draft picks and countless rounds of talks over many months, but finally, the Magic decided the time was right to start over without Dwight Howard, the NBA’s best center and end a saga that has dogged the franchise for what seems like an eternity.
Howard is off to play alongside Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, after a megadeal was worked out Thursday and completed Friday after the NBA reviewed and approved the particulars. As far as the other headliners involved, Andrew Bynum leaves the Lakers for Philadelphia and Andre Iguodala is heading to Denver. ”Are we taking a step back? Absolutely, we are,” Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. ”But we’re taking a step back with a vision.”
The Los Angeles Lakers were set to introduce Howard later Friday…
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At least he made that loud and clear.
Jenson Button is adamant there is no weight to the continued rumours that Ferrari are interested in signing him probably after the 2012 F1 season or in the next few years, and even if they were, he wouldn’t partner with Fernando Alonso.
Despite having committed his long-term future to McLaren, rumours persist claiming that Ferrari are keen on Jenson Button replacing Felipe Massa next season. The Brit, though, is adamant there is no truth to the stories and Ferrari have not even spoken to him about it.
“There has always been contact. When I see Stefano (Domenicali) in the paddock we always say ‘hello, how are you?’” he told Italy’s Autosprint magazine. But he knows my situation and I know that I have a contract for next year. I see no reason for this to continue focusing in my direction.”
Pressed as to whether knowing that Ferrari want him makes him ‘proud’, Button responded: “Who said they did? Well I think if you look at this team, McLaren, you see a team that has achieved so much. And if you look at the red team you see the same thing.”
”All Italians are passionate about sports, especially motorsport. But for now (McLaren) is the right place for me. Although as I’ve said… never say never.”
Button highlighted one aspect of joining Ferrari that would deter him from the move, Fernando Alonso, who is undoubtedly the number one driver at the Italian stable. Asked whether he believes Alonso could “divide” the team for…
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Yeah, before he hangs up his racing gloves for good that is.
Mark Webber is determined to improve his statistics before he retires in order to cement his Formula One legacy.
The Australian has already won twice this 2012 F1 season to take his total wins tally to nine, which puts him 33rd on the list of all-time grand prix winners and ahead of former World Champions like John Surtees and Keke Rosberg.
Although the major thing missing from CV remains a World Title, the 35-year-old is eager to chip away at the records before he hangs up his F1 gloves. When asked by Autosport if he felt a compulsion to win more before retiring, Mark Webber replied: “It’s human nature to always want more.”
”Would you have one win and one World TItle? Well, probably yes, but I have nine wins and of course I want to get more wins, and let’s see what happens with the big stuff later on.”
“Ultimately, I’ve been very proud of what I’ve achieved – you always want more, that’s normal. When I left Australia to have what I would call a reasonable career in Formula One, that was something which wasn’t a guarantee when I left, so I think I’ve got what I deserved.”
“I’ve chipped away and boxed at it, we’ve had some…”
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Brazil will take on Mexico in the final of the Under-23 football tournament in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley on Saturday after winning their semi-final clashes on Tuesday.
Brazil held off a determined performance from South Korea to emerge 3-0 winners at Old Trafford. South Korea looked the better side at the start of both halves, but Brazil edged in front seven minutes before the break with a low Romulo drive after a quick break.
Leandro Damiao then put Brazil in complete control as he completed a brace with goals in the 57th and 64th minutes.
Mexico had earlier come from behind to defeat Japan 3-1 in the day’s other semi-final at Wembley. With Japan having taken an early lead through a fine strike from Yuki Otsu, Mexico responded in fine style, equalizing before the break as lively forward Marco Fabian headed home a Giovani dos Santos corner after a Jorge Enriquez flick-on.
Mexico further imposed themselves on the game in the second-half and were rewarded with two more fine goals. With 25 minutes remaining, Oribe Peralta capitalised on a Japanese defensive error to win possession and curl a fine effort into the top-corner.
Mexico looked to be playing out the win comfortably, but added extra gloss to the victory in the final-minute when Javier Cortes fired home after a powerful run down the right.
Mexico headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London…
Well, as long as Fernando Alonso is there anyway.
Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Sebastian Vettel not to trade Red Bull for Ferrari unless there is a major shift in power among the teams this 2012 F1 season or after.
In case you didn’t know, Sebastian Vettel has been linked with a move to Ferrari for the 2014 season where he will link up with former World Champion Fernando Alonso. Since joining Red Bull in 2009, Vettel finished runner-up to Jenson Button in his first season with the team and then went on to win back to back titles.
With this in mind, Stewart does not believe that the German should leave the Milton Keynes squad to go head to head with Fernando Alonso. “No I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t do that at this time. I think Alonso’s far too strong for that. I think Alonso is so mature that he would see anybody off because of the relationship he has already built within Ferrari,” Stewart told James Allen on F1.
“I think it’s much better to let that pass for the moment and stay with Red Bull because he’s got a team of people that he knows intimately now who are really imperative for him to have and they feel that it’s imperative for them to have him. I wouldn’t break that mold at this time. In fact I would almost wait until I had a very bad year with a Red Bull before I would think of leaving.”
“Then my option would be ‘who am I going to get who is going to provide me with what I need’ – and it may not necessarily be Ferrari.”
Stewart paid tribute to Vettel whom he says has achieved…
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Yes, Terrell Owens is coming back to the NFL.
And he’s hoping the Seattle Seahawks’ search for another veteran wide receiver for the 2012 NFL football season will get him off the sidelines. The 38-year-old Owens had a tryout with the Seahawks on Monday morning, and hours later the team announced it had agreed to terms with the former star receiver. He hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
Foxsports.com first reported the agreement between Terrell Owens and the Seattle Seahawks. Terms of Owens’ contract weren’t available. Owens sat out the entire 2011 season following surgery on his left knee and failed to receive any offers. He then had surgery on his left knee and didn’t receive any offers to play last season.
The veteran Terrell Owens initially made his return this spring playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games, but was released and lost an ownership stake in the team in May.
Owens, a third-round draft choice by San Francisco in 1996, has started 201 of the 219 regular-season NFL games he has played in his career. He has 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns – the second most in league history.
His nine seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving and…
The Olympics is here and as always, it’s all about Team USA.
Heading to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, there’s no question that the sport Team USA is expected to win for sure is basketball with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player awardee and world champion LeBron James leading the US basketball team.
LeBron James is, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest name in the world of basketball. But he is without controversy.
After starting his career in Ohio with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he moved to South Beach to join the Miami Heat, announcing his decision to make the move on national television that raised a lot of people’s eyebrows, making him one of the most despised player in the NBA.
After helping the Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA world title this season, he probably turned some of his haters into fans and I have a feeling he’ll get some more new fans if he can help Team USA win the gold in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
But if you have to name one country that can challenge the USA for most number of gold won, you can’t go wrong with China.
China is that big of a threat to Team USA heading to the premier showcase of the world’s best that one of the organizers of this year’s Olympic Games, specifically London Organizing Committee Chief Sebastian Coe, expects China to top it this year and beat the Americans.
Can China beat the USA? Or will we see another nation…
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Yeah, the time of the year when best of the world come together.
That’s right sports fans, the sporting world is on a standstill as the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially dubbed as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, take over London with over 200 nations competing with the best in the world at the Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park, London, England.
Featuring 26 sports and 39 sport disciplines, you are in for a treat as the world’s finest in each of the sport showcased in the foremost international sports tournament in the planet are expected to give it their all as they look to give their respective home nations the recognition and admiration each competing athlete would love to win on the international stage of the Olympic Games.
Held every two years, the bi-annual sporting spectacle features nearly every nation as each of the competing athletes look forward to playing for their respective countries in the international tournament. More than 13,000 athletes always come out to compete for their respective flags and nothing beats winning that gold for your country.
And as always, all the heavy hitters of the bi-annual tournament…
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They sure love their bling.
The entire sporting world is on a standstill as the premier sporting event in the planet showcases the finest of the finest in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park, London.
Officially tagged as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the bi-annual sports tournament this year features the heavy hitters once again from different parts of the world as each of the competing nations look to bring their respective home countries immortality in the sporting arena and further add to their count of medals won from the Olympic Games.
And as far as the most medals won in the Olympics Games, it is not a surprise that Team USA trumps all the other competing countries, which is why the Americans are once again heavily favoured to win the most medals this year in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
The United States have won a total of 2,549 medals in the Olympic Games. Quite a staggering mark eh? 2,296 of those medals came from the Summer Olympic Games, with the tournament alternating from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Games every two years.
Yeah, the Americans sure have been awesome in the Olympic Games. How awesome? The United States have won more medals, not to mention more gold ones with 1016 gold medals overall, than any other country in the Summer Olympic Games and in the Olympic Games in general.
Dominating sports like swimming, tennis, golf…