THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Angels at Rays, noon (MLB Network) MLB: Tigers at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Padres at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network) NBA: Utah Summer League, Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Utah Summer League, 76ers vs. Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Magic, 1 p.m.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Angels at Rays, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Utah Summer League, Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Utah Summer League, 76ers vs. Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Magic, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Magic, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Pistons vs. Heat, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Germany vs. France, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

— Dwyane Wade wrote a farewell letter to Miami after deciding to leave the Heat — his home for 13 seasons — and join the Bulls.

The Heat’s all-time leader in games, points, assists and steals, Wade agreed to a reported two-year deal worth $47 million with Chicago.

“I started my NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2003 and it has been an honor to have played with them and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships,” the 34-year-old Wade wrote in his letter released Wednesday. “I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. I want to express my gratitude to the Arison family, Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, the coaching staff, and the entire Miami Heat organization.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community.”

Wade had flirted with joining his hometown team before. He reportedly was not happy with what he felt was a lack of respect from the Heat, who made a last-ditch effort to retain him Wednesday after prioritizing re-signing Hassan Whiteside and failing to land Kevin Durant.

Wade had a rough upbringing up in the Chicago suburb of Robbins, Illinois, before going on to become a 12-time NBA All-Star.

“Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player,” Wade wrote in his letter. “My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”

In Chicago, Wade will share the backcourt with Jimmy Butler and new acquisition Rajon Rondo. Wade and Rondo previously had some run-ins when Rondo played for the Celtics. To clear cap space for Wade, the Bulls sent forward Mike Dunleavy to the Cavaliers and guard Jose Calderon to the Lakers.

The Heat, meanwhile, lost another member of their Big Three two years after LeBron James returned home to Cleveland. Chris Bosh, who continues to deal with health issues, is the only Heat player who appeared in the 2014 NBA Finals still under contract with the team.

Tweeted Heat owner Mickey Arison: Thank you @DwyaneWade for a great 13 yrs!. You’ve had a tremendous impact on our community and our organization. We wish you all the best.

— Pete Rose filed suit Wednesday against former MLB investigator John M. Dowd, saying the lawyer defamed him last year when he implied in a radio interview that Rose had sex with underage girls during his playing career.

Dowd had been asked in the interview with WHCE-AM in West Chester, Pennsylvania, whether he found Rose to be likable.

“Michael Bertolini, you know, told us that he not only ran bets but he ran young girls for him down at spring training, ages 12 to 14,” Dowd said, referring to a Rose associate. “Isn’t that lovely. So that’s statutory rape every time you do that.”

Rose’s lawyers indicated in their filing that Dowd’s statement was not based in fact.

“Rose never did any such thing and until the Dowd accusations, no one had ever claimed he did,” Rose’s lawyers wrote in the complaint. “What Dowd attributes to Bertolini is false: Bertolini states he never told Dowd any such thing.”

— Troubled UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was pulled from Saturday’s title bout against Daniel Cormier due to a positive test for a banned substance last month, UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday.

Jones, the brother of former Patriot Chandler Jones, could end up with a multi-year suspension if he is not able to clear his name.

“He’s got the chance to prove himself innocent before being called guilty,” White said at a press conference. “But if it’s true, it’s obviously super disappointing.”

Jones reportedly has failed drug tests around two of his last three scheduled bouts.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 7, 1936, who became the first Red Sox pitcher to start an All-Star Game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t see how this staff makes it to the All-Star break. If they don’t right the ship, if they don’t play four, five or six days of, ‘OK, that’s the team we were talking about a month and a half ago,’ I think there’s going to be some big shakeup. As much as I hate to say it because I love John [Farrell], he’s a dear friend, I think that there is a possibility they clean house at the All-Star break.” — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, during his Wednesday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 — Consecutive seasons in which David Ortiz has hit 20 home runs, as he reached the mark with a two-run shot in the first inning of Wednesday’s 11-6 victory over the Rangers

‘NET RESULTS: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun races into foul territory and makes a diving catch against the Rays.

Pirates right fielder Sean Rodriguez heads back and makes a nice leaping catch against the Cardinals.

A young Tigers fan is handed a foul ball but throws it back on the field.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lefty Grove, who took the loss in a game played at Braves Field in Boston

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ringo Starr was born on this day in 1940.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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