Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teamed up to win a gold medal for the US at the Beijing Olympics and now they have decided to play alongside each other with the Miami Heat, US media has reported. \nStill uncertain is where another All-Star free agent, LeBron James, will end up. James was reportedly ready to announce his decision on US sports broadcaster ESPN yesterday evening, the first day of NBA free-agent signings. \nBosh was not the only high-profile player on the move now that the signing season has begun, as Carlos Boozer reportedly has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls, but one player that likely won’t be changing uniforms is Boston’s Ray Allen, who has decided to remain with the Celtics and take another run at an NBA title. \nNothing is official, but the 26-year-old Bosh and Wade both expressed a desire on Wednesday to join forces in Miami. \n“We’ve wanted to play with each other and we have a golden opportunity to do that. We’re going to take advantage of it,” Bosh told ESPN. \nWade, the 2006 NBA finals Most Valuable Player, added: “Now we can get on the pace of building a championship.” \nThe Heat’s gain could be a loss for the Toronto Raptors, where Bosh has played for the past seven seasons. If the deal becomes official, Bosh could sign outright with Miami or arrive in Florida via a sign-and-trade agreement. \nThe biggest drama surrounds James, who is keeping everyone guessing. \n“I’ll be watching,” said Wade of James’ highly anticipated announcement. “We’ve scheduled it. I’ll make sure I’m in front of the TV to watch like everyone else.” \nCleveland superstar James was to announce his plans in a one-hour special on ESPN, but not everyone was planning to watch the big announcement. The story has dominated sports headlines for the past few weeks. \n“It’s gotten ridiculous,” Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said on Wednesday. “It’s almost like a parody of itself this whole situation now. Come on, an hour long? It takes 15 seconds to say I’ve decided to stay in Cleveland, but we’ve got another 59 minutes and 45 seconds to, what? Promote LeBron James?” \nThe Cavaliers could offer James US$30 million more on a maximum-length contract than any other team, but money might not be enough to keep him. \nUS President Barack Obama reiterated this week his desire for James to join his favorite team, the Bulls, but bulls on Wall Street are thinking differently. \nThe traders are betting that the superstar will announce that he’s leaving Cleveland to play for the Knicks. Shares in Madison Square Garden Inc, the owners of the Knicks, jumped US$1.30, or 6.4 percent, to close at US$21.57 on Wednesday, adding US$0.03 in extended trading. \nIndustry experts predicted the Knicks could see about 10 percent more revenue, while the Madison Square Garden network could get 10 percent more advertising revenue.
STANDINGS: The Uni-President Lions’ victory pushed the CTBC Brothers to first place after they won their third straight game, beating the Fubon Guardians 6-3 The big bats of the Uni-President Lions were on fire in the CPBL yesterday as they crushed the Rakuten Monkeys 21-5 in Taoyuan, with outfielder Lin An-ko driving in seven runs on five hits and two homers. The result enabled the CTBC Brothers to take the No. 1 spot after they beat the Fubon Guardians 6-3. It was a highlight reel for the Taiwanese-Argentinian star Lin, who drilled two homers amid a heated home-run race between himself, now on 16 for the season, and Lions teammate Su Chih-chieh, who is on 18. Lin performed outstandingly, collecting five hits at six at-bats to drive
GERMAN LEADER: Liverpool’s 19th English title, one behind Manchester United’s record of 20, owes much to the transformational impact of coach Juergen Klopp Liverpool on Thursday ended a 30-year wait for the English title as they were crowned Premier League champions, triggering jubilant scenes as fans ignored social distancing measures to celebrate uproariously. Juergen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title with a record seven games remaining after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat of second-placed Manchester City left the defending champions an unbridgeable 23 points adrift. Liverpool’s first English title since 1989-1990 — delayed by the COVID-19 suspension — earns them their maiden trophy in the Premier League, which was introduced in 1992-1993 and has been won 13 times by their archrivals Manchester United. Klopp was in tears
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage on Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he would be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he must wait a little bit longer. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs — if play resumes. “We all knew