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Shaquille O’Neal buys minority stake in Sacramento Kings

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Shaq buys minority stake in Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings, who nearly moved to Seattle earlier this year, announced that Shaquille O’Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings will introduce the four-time NBA champion at a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento.

During the height of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, O’Neal fueled the rivalry with the Kings with his play on the court and his personality off of it.

O’Neal handed Sacramento its biggest blow by rallying the Lakers from a 3-2 deficit to win the 2002 Western Conference finals, which is still a sore spot for Kings fans. The 7-foot-1 center even labeled the franchise the “Sacramento Queens” and accused fan favorite Vlade Divac — whom he referred to as “she” at one point — of flopping.

Heat, Nets could wear ‘nickname jerseys’

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may soon wear uniforms unlike any other.

Some members of the Miami Heat have been told that the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear “nickname jerseys” for at least one of their matchups this season.

“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” said Ray Allen, the Heat guard who plans to wear Shuttlesworth on his jersey, a nod to his character, Jesus Shuttlesworth from the “He Got Game” film. “And we’re still kids, playing a kids’ game. Even though we’re now men playing a kids’ game, we still remember where we come from. Everybody had a nickname and it’s a way to let the fans in a little bit more.”

Heat signs Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat have signed guard Larry Drew II, making him the 18th person on the roster for training camp with the two-time defending NBA champions.

Drew II is the son of Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew.

Sailing

Oracle wins fifth straight to close gap to 8-6

Skipper Jimmy Spithill accelerated his 72-foot catamaran off the starting line and steered defending champion Oracle Team USA to its fifth straight win against Emirates Team New Zealand to stay alive in the America’s Cup.

The 34-year-old Spithill and his brain trust of Olympic gold medalists — British tactician Ben Ainslie and Australian strategist Tom Slingsby — kept the American-backed boat ahead the whole way around the five-leg course on San Francisco Bay for a 33-second victory.

Oracle’s remarkable comeback from what seemed like certain defeat has closed the Kiwis’ lead to 8-6 and no doubt has all of New Zealand on edge.

Team New Zealand has been on match point since Wednesday, only to watch Spithill and Oracle’s improved 72-foot catamaran sail ahead in a determined attempt to keep the oldest trophy in international sports.

Although the teams are tied on the water, the Kiwis lead 8-6 because Oracle was docked two points and wing sail trimmer Dirk de Ridder was tossed from the regatta after it was discovered that the syndicate illegally modified boats during warmup races called the America’s Cup World Series.

NHL

Toronto’s Clarkson gets 10-game suspension

Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson has been suspended 10 regular-season games without pay for leaving the bench to take part in a fight.

The NHL announced the discipline Monday.

Clarkson’s automatic suspension results from the game misconduct penalty he received for joining the brawl Sunday night during the third period of Toronto’s 5-3 preseason win over the Buffalo Sabres.

The right winger signed a $36.75 million, seven-year contract with Toronto in the offseason and will forfeit $269,230.80 of his salary. He is eligible to make his Leafs debut Oct. 25 at Columbus.

ELSEWHERE

Brittney Griner hit a turnaround jumper with 4.9 seconds left, lifting Phoenix to a 78-77 victory in Los Angeles in the deciding Game 3 of their WNBA playoff series.

Candice Dupree scored 22 points and Diana Taurasi had 18 points and 10 assists while improving to 6-0 in elimination games with the Mercury.

Erika de Souza scored 10 of her 18 points during a decisive fourth quarter, and Atlanta beat visiting Washington in the decisive Game 3 of their WNBA first-round series.

Yannick Weber and Jannik Hanson both had a goal and an assist to lead host Vancouver to a 6-1 rout of Phoenix in an NHL exhibition game. Chris Higgins, Mike Santorelli, Tom Sestito and Jason Garrison also scored for the Canucks.

Novak Djokovic is No. 1 in the ATP rankings for the 100th week. The 26-year-old Serb is the ninth player to reach the milestone, joining Andre Agassi (101 weeks), Rafael Nadal (102), Bjorn Borg (109), J ohn McEnroe (170), Jimmy Connors (268), Ivan Lendl (270), Pete Sampras (286) and Roger Federer (302)

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