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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASKETBALL

Lin’s jersey ‘no big deal’

Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley said yesterday in Taipei during a visit to Taiwan that he hopes to continue playing with teammate Jeremy Lin, amid rumors that Lin will be traded. “Jeremy is like a brother to me,” said Beverley, who was set to attend a three-on-three youth basketball game today. Beverley’s remarks came amid speculation that California-born Lin, whose parents come from Taiwan, will be replaced by the Rockets with free agent Carmelo Anthony, Lin’s former teammate at the New York Knicks. In an overture to Anthony earlier this month, the Rockets put up promotional images of the basketball star wearing a Rockets No. 7 jersey, which currently belongs to Lin. Asked about the images, Beverley said he felt they were no big deal. Beverley said he also gave up his No. 12 jersey to Dwight Howard when he moved from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Rockets. It is an NBA tradition to save jersey numbers for more established players, Beverley said. Beverley is in Taiwan to present the championship titles at the Cathay NBA Youth Madness 3-on-3 today, which are to be final matches for the men’s and women’s division winners from among 2,000 participating youth basketball teams in Taiwan.

BASKETBALL

Kyrie Irving extends contract

Kyrie Irving signed a five-year contract extension on Thursday with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA club made moves that could pave the way for signing free agent superstar LeBron James. Irving’s deal, believed to be worth the maximum US$90 million, ensures the Cavaliers’ point guard will be part of the club’s long-term talent mix. The Cavaliers announced the move on Thursday as fans awaited word on James, the former Cleveland star who left for Miami as a free agent in 2010 and led the Heat to two NBA titles and the past four NBA Finals. James opted out of his contract with the Heat last month, as did fellow Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

TENNIS

Errani reaches quarters

Sara Errani reached her eighth quarter-final of the season and first since the French Open by defeating Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 6-3, 6-0 in the second round of the Gastein Ladies on Thursday. Errani is next to play Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa, who rallied to beat defending champion Yvonne Meusburger 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Earlier, Shelby Rogers of the US routed the 16th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-0 to reach her first career WTA quarter-final. Rogers, ranked 147th, had not beaten a top-50 player before. Rogers, who won three matches to qualify for the main draw, is next to play No. 7 Camila Giorgi of Italy, who defeated Austrian wild card Lisa-Maria Moser 6-0, 6-2.

BASEBALL

Sale, Rizzo join All-Stars

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and the Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo made it a Chicago sweep on Thursday by winning an online fan vote to claim the last two spots in next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Sale was one of five pitchers nominated on the American League ballot, beating Garrett Richards of the Angels, Rick Porcello of the Tigers, Corey Kluber of the Indians and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros by receiving 6.7 million votes. Rizzo, who homered on Wednesday for his third roundtripper in as many days, beat the Rockies’ first baseman Justin Morneau, Braves outfielder Justin Upton, Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon and Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee with 8.8 million votes.

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