Howard to the Rockets...Warriors land Iguodala
UNDATED (AP) — Dwight Howard says he is signing with the Houston Rockets. The All-Star center posted a message on Twitter on Friday night saying he thought Houston was "the best place for me."
"I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season," he added.
In Houston, Howard would join All-Star James Harden to give the Rockets a potentially potent inside-outside combination.
Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta were the other suitors interested in Howard, who spent last season with the L.A. Lakers.
In other NBA news:
— The Mavericks moved quickly once they were out of the running for Dwight Howard. A person with knowledge of the deal says Dallas and free agent point guard Jose Calderon have an agreement on a four-year, $28 million contract.
— The Golden State Warriors have agreed on a four-year, $48 million contact with free agent wingman Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH'-lah), two people with knowledge of the situation said. Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds last season for the Denver Nuggets.
Wells delivers walkoff hit for Yanks...Uribe's 7-RBI night
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees provided some ninth-inning magic in posting a 3-2 win over Baltimore for their fifth straight victory, tying their longest win streak of the season. Vernon Wells singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning for the winning hit.
Winning pitcher Ivan Nova gave up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) in the second inning then stifled the Orioles the rest of the way in a spot start for Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh). He allowed three hits in his first career complete game and struck out 11 and walked one.
Baltimore closer Jim Johnson took over the ninth with a 2-1 lead, but couldn't hold it. He fell to 2-7.
In other AL action:
— Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings, Jhonny (JAH'-nee) Peralta drove in two runs and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland for the sixth consecutive time, 7-0. That extends the Tigers' lead in the AL Central to two and a-half games over the second-place Indians.
— Jose Bautista hit his 20th home run, Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) pitched seven shutout innings to win for the first time in three starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0. Buehrle is 5-5.
— Oakland took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth in Kansas City and held off the Royals 6-3. Athletics closer Grant Balfour got the final two outs with two runners on base. Coco Crisp drove in three runs for the Athletics.
— Texas doubled up Houston 10-5. Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam. Rookie Nick Tepesch took a shutout into the sixth inning and improved to 4-6.
— Tampa Bay whacked the Chicago White Sox 8-3 behind a 14-hit attack. Kelly Johnson hit his 12th homer for the Rays.
— Boston topped the L.A. Angels 6-2. David Ortiz hit a pinch-hit two-run home run, his 17th of the year. The go-ahead run scored when Angels right fielder muffed a fly ball in the seventh inning. The Red Sox have a five and a-half game lead in the AL East.
Over in the NL:
— Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh) tossed a four-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the 11th time in 13 games, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 at Wrigley field. Liriano is 8-3. The Pirates continue to roll along with the best record in baseball at 53-32.
— Philadelphia held off Atlanta 5-4. Humberto Quintero and Ryan Howard hit home runs to give Cliff Lee a five-run cushion before the Braves scored four times in the seventh to make it close. Lee is 10-2 after winning his eighth straight decision.
— Washington cut the Braves' lead in the NL East to five games by outscoring San Diego 8-5. Wilson Ramos drove in three runs. Gio (JEE'-oh) Gonzalez won his third straight start to improve to 6-3. The Nationals have scored 40 runs in their last six games.
— The New York Mets pounded Milwaukee 12-5 at Miller Park. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NOO'-ihn-hys) drove in a career-best five runs. Rookie Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run over five shaky innings to improve to 2-1.
— Tyler Skaggs pitched eight innings of three-hit ball in his return to Arizona's rotation, and the Diamondbacks opened a 10-game homestand by blanking Colorado 5-0.
— The L.A. Dodgers routed San Francisco 10-2. Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) had a huge game with a double, triple, home run and seven RBIs. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp left the game after injuring his shoulder swinging at a pitch.
— St. Louis beat Miami 4-1. Jake Westbrook and two relievers combined on a three-hitter.
— In the interleague game, Nick Franklin and Michael Saunders homered to power the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Jeter to test ankle in rehab assignment
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees captain is ready to test his twice-broken ankle.
Derek Jeter will start a rehabilitation assignment today with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the first step toward returning to the Yankees. He is scheduled to play at least five innings at shortstop.
Whether he will be able to don his pinstripes before the All-Star break is to be seen.
Jeter joins third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the minor leagues. Rodriguez's game Friday with the Tampa Yankees, a high-A club, was postponed by rain.
In other MLB news:
— In a moving tribute before the first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks-Colorado Rockies game, a firefighters' bagpipe band played "Amazing Grace" as photos flashed on the giant video screen of the 19 "hotshot" firefighters killed fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire northwest of Phoenix. That was followed by a 19-second period of silence from the sellout crowd at Chase Field.
Djokovic survives, to meet Murray in final
LONDON (AP) — Top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) survived the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history outlasting former US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro (mar-TEEN' dehl-PAH'-troh) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. Djokovic prevailed in the exhausting, high-quality four-hour, 43-minute marathon to reach his second Wimbledon final.
The eighth-seeded del Potro saved a pair of match points in the fourth set tiebreaker, but couldn't hold on in a battle that left both players visibly spent at the end.
Andy Murray keeps British hopes alive for the home country's first Wimbledon men's champ in 77 years. The second -seed reaches the Wimbledon final for the second straight year with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over Poland's Jerzy Janowicz (YER'-zee YAN'-koh-vihtz) in the other semifinal.
Today's women's final at Wimbledon will be the second during the 45-year Open era featuring two women who have never won a Grand Slam final. Sabine Lisicki of Germany, who knocked off top-seed Serena Williams en route to the final, will meet 15th-seed Marion Bartoli of France.
Ryan heads to Ottawa...Alfredsson to the Red Wings
UNDATED (AP) — Ottawa has acquired four-time 30-goal scorer Bobby Ryan in a trade with Anaheim. The Ducks get forwards Jakob Silfverbeg, Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in next year's draft in the swap.
Ryan was selected by Anaheim with the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft. He has combined for 147 goals and 142 assists in 378 career games.
Ryan had been linked in trade talks with numerous teams over the past two seasons. He has two years left on a five-year, $25 million contract.
In other NHL activity:
— The St. Louis Blues signed free agent forward Maxim Lapierre (max-EEM' lah-PEE'-ayr) to a two-year contract and gave forward Keith Aucoin a one-year deal. The 28-year-old Lapierre had four goals and six assists in 48 games with Vancouver last season.
— Dallas has acquired center Shawn Horcoff from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Philip Larsen and a 2016 seventh-round pick in the NHL draft.
— Detroit has come to terms on a one-year deal with longtime Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson. The 40-year old scored 426 goals and had 1,108 points during his 17-year career with the Senators.
— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that New Jersey and forward Ryane Clowe have agreed to a $24.25 million, five-year contract. San Jose traded Clowe to the Rangers in April and he had three goals and five assists over 12 games during the shortened regular season. Two years ago, he had career highs with 24 goals and 62 points.
— Rob Scuderi has rejoined the Pittsburgh Penguins, signing a four-year, $13.5 million contract. The 34-year old defenseman has played the last four seasons with Los Angeles after helping the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup.
— Nashville has signed free-agent forward Viktor Stalberg to a four-year, $12 million contract in an effort to improve an unproductive offense. Stalberg had nine goals and 14 assists in 47 games for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks this season.
— Tampa Bay has agreed to sign free-agent forward Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $25 million contract, a person familiar with the deal confirms. After scoring 23 goals and finishing with 66 points in 81 games two years ago for Detroit, he managed just nine goals and 17 points in 41 games last season.
— The Toronto Maple Leafs and Tyler Bozak have agreed to a $21 million, five-year contract. Bozak had 12 goals and 28 points in the shortened season. He had career highs the previous year with 18 goals and 47 points.
— A person familiar with negotiations has confirmed the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to sign free-agent forward Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) to a four-year, $22 million contract. Ribeiro was one of the top players available once the league's free-agency period opened on Friday. The 14-year veteran spent last season with Washington.
— Edmonton has signed former Boston defenseman Andrew Ference to a four-year deal, reportedly worth $13 million.
— Columbus has signed former Bruins right wing Nathan Horton to a seven-year deal. Horton is expected to join the Blue Jackets after the season start because of pending shoulder surgery.
— The Los Angeles Kings have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jeff Schultz to a deal.
— Boston signed high-scoring forward Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM' ih-GIHN'-luh) to a one-year deal. The 36-year-old entered this past season having scored at least 30 goals 11 straight times. He registered 14 goals and 33 points in 44 games between Calgary and Pittsburgh.
— The Islanders have agreed to a one-year contract with Evgeni Nabakov who went 22-11-7 last season with three shutouts and a 4.5 goals against average.
— The Minnesota Wild are sending forward Devin Setoguchi (seht-oh-GOO'-chee) to the Winnipeg Jets for a second-round pick in next year's draft.
— On a busy free agent Friday, the Rangers signed forwards Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot (BEHN'-wah POO'-lee-aht), and defenseman Aaron Johnson.
Kyle Busch on Daytona pole...Kenseth takes Nationwide race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth swept the front row for tonight's race at Daytona International Speedway. Busch turned a lap at 193.723 mph in Friday qualifying to win the pole. Kenseth was second at 193.299.
Kenseth is coming off a win in Kentucky last week that gave him a series leading fourth victory.
Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur) qualified third.
Matt Kenseth won the Nationwide Series race last night at Daytona International Speedway. James Buescher ran second.
Mickelson misses cut
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) —Matt Every shot an 8-under 62 for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the Greenbrier Classic.
Daniel Summerhays, Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley, Johnson Wagner and Bill Lunde share second place at 8-under in the second round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under-par 68 leaving him 2-over for the tournament, and missed the cut.
CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE
Impey holds onto lead
ALBI, France (AP) — Slovakian rider Peter Sagan has won the hilly seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish. Daryl Impey retains the overall lead after starting the day as the first South African rider to wear the yellow jersey.