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07/12/2010 - 11:42pm
Report: Al Jefferson traded to Utah

According to a report in the Deseret News, the Jazz have agreed to a trade that would send Al Jefferson from Minnesota to Utah. 

 

The CEO of the Jazz, Greg Miller, tweeted that he "just approved a Jazz roster move that I'm very excited about. Planning to share details tomorrow."

 

It is believed that the Jazz can take on the remaining three years and $42 million of Jefferson's contract with the $13 million trade exception that was acquired in the sign-and-trade deal that sent Carlos Boozer to the Bulls.

 

Jefferson averaged 17.1 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, playing in 76 games. He was acquired by the Timberwolves in the deal that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston in July 2007.


07/12/2010 - 10:30pm
Ortiz claims Home Run Derby title

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Ortiz hit 11 home runs in the third and final round of MLB's Home Run Derby, topping Florida's Hanley Ramirez to become the first Red Sox player to win the exhibition slugfest. Over the course of his three rounds, Ortiz blasted a total of 32 homers at Angel Stadium.

 

Ortiz made it the finals for the first time in his four appearances in the contest by hitting eight homers in the first round and 13 in the second. He joined Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Milwaukee's Corey Hart, and Ramirez in the semifinals. Ortiz' output in the second round led the semifinalists, topping Ramirez by one. Yankees' bench coach Tony Pena served as Ortiz' pitcher.

 

It was Ortiz' first appearance in the Home Run Derby since 2006. He previously participated in the event from 2004-06.

 

Ramirez blasted nine homers in the first round and a dozen in the second to join his good friend Ortiz -- with whom he...

07/12/2010 - 10:01pm
Report: Perkins has successful surgery

According to an ESPN.com report Kendrick Perkins underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. 

 

The surgery was performed by Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon at the New England Baptist Hospital. 

 

Perkins injured his ACL in Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals. He is expected to be on the sidelines for the next six months, though the ESPN.com report states that the Celtics did not disclose a timetable for his return.

 

The center had perhaps his best season in 2009-10, setting a career high with 10.1 points per game. Perkins also shot 60.2% from the field last season, ranking second in the NBA.

 

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07/12/2010 - 8:27pm
Stern fines Cavaliers owner 100K

NBA commissioner David Stern Monday told the media in Las Vegas that he has fined Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert $100,000 for his comments following the announcement by LeBron James that he was leaving Cleveland to join the Miami Heat.

 

Gilbert released a statement last Thursday calling James' behavior "cowardly." Later that night, he told the Associated Press that he believed the two-time MVP had quit at times during the Cavs six-game loss to the Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinal series. 

 

Stern felt the statement and comments from Gilbert was "ill-advised" and "imprudent."

 

Stern was also critical of James. The commissioner, in Las Vegas for owners meetings, said he would have told James to inform the Cavaliers before making his decision public. Stern called the advice James received "poor" and "ill-conceived."

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07/12/2010 - 7:30pm
Lester wants to remain with Sox after '14

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox starter Jon Lester said that his hope is to remain in Boston beyond his current contract, which runs through 2013 with a team option for 2014. The left-hander, who signed a five-year, $30 million deal prior to the start of the 2009 season, made clear that he has no regrets about his current deal even though some have suggested that it is a below-market pact, and that he would like to explore ways of staying with the Sox the end of that deal.

 

"You can’t pass up that first one. It’s guaranteed. Stuff can always happen. People can look at it as a bad contract, but I don’t really care what people think about it. Me and my family are secure and we’re happy. That’s all I care about," said Lester. "The next one, hopefully, I stay in Boston. I would love to stay here for a long time. You don’t see people do that anymore. I’d love to stay here. Hopefully I...

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