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Wed, Aug 28, 2013 - Page 18

BASKETBALL

‘T-Mac’ retires from NBA

Seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, a shooting guard renowned for his exceptional athleticism, announced on Monday that he was retiring from the National Baseketball Association (NBA) after 16 years in the league. A two-time scoring champion who played a small role for the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs last season, McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a career that began with much promise in 1997, when he was drafted out of high school. The 34-year-old, known to many as “T-Mac,” later told ESPN’s First Take he had enjoyed “a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end.” However, McGrady did not rule out the possibility that he might consider playing competitively in China when asked to clarify his thinking about the future. McGrady played for the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association during the 2012-2013 season, before his last NBA hurrah with the Spurs. Often bracketed with Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter as the best players of his generation, McGrady played for the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and Spurs.

BASEBALL

Harvey likely out for season

New York Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn elbow ligament and is likely out for the remainder of the season, the Major League Baseball team said. The All-Star right-handed pitcher said on Monday an MRI has revealed the ulnar collateral ligament, in his right elbow, is partially torn. General manager Sandy Alderson said they would wait a couple of weeks before deciding whether surgery is necessary. The 24-year-old underwent an MRI after feeling tightness in his forearm during his most recent start, a 3-0 loss to Detroit in which Harvey allowed a career-high 13 hits.

GOLF

Woods pulls out of event

Tiger Woods has pulled out of a charity event for good friend Notah Begay because of his ailing back. The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge said that Gary Woodland will replace Woods in the field today at Turning Stone Resort. Woods said he felt stiffness in his back last week at The Barclays from a soft bed in his hotel. He said he suffered a back spasm during a seven-hole stretch at the end of the final round, and he dropped to his knees after one shot. Woods finished one shot behind Adam Scott.

JUDO

Takato wins gold

Young Japanese judoka hope Naohisa Takato delivered his country’s first gold medal of the world championships on Monday in Rio de Janeiro. The 20-year-old took the men’s 60kg title, beating Mongolia’s Amartuvshin Dashdavaa in the final, and proved the perfect riposte to a Mongolian having denied one of his celebrated compatriots in the previous final. Japanese judoka Haruna Asami’s hopes of a third successive world title in the 48kg category were dashed as Mongolia’s Asian champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat beat her in the final. Munkhbat, 23, had never even won a medal in a global competition before this, but she showed few nerves in taking gold with an ippon in immobilizing Asami. It was quite a turnaround in her fortunes, as the last time they met in competition Asami came out on top in the semi-finals of the Paris tournament in February. Asami, 25, was competing in only her third tournament of the year, and came in to the championships unbeaten, having won in both Paris and Tokyo.