Shawn Marion agrees to contract with Cleveland
Free-agent forward, 36, will reportedly take minimum deal to join Cavaliers.
Marion agrees with Cavaliers
Shawn Marion wanted another shot at an NBA title. He’ll get it playing with LeBron James.
The free-agent forward has agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The 36-year-old Marion informed the Cavaliers this weekend that he will take a minimum deal and play for them next season, said the person who spoke condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized.
Marion also had interest in signing with the Indiana Pacers, who is looking for help after losing Paul George for the season with a broken leg.
ESPN.com first reported Marion’s agreement with Cleveland.
The Cavaliers can only offer Marion a deal worth $1.4 million because they’re out of room under the salary cap.
A four-time All-Star, Marion gives Cleveland another veteran with postseason experience to compliment James, who is returning to the Cavaliers intent on winning the city’s first pro championship since 1964. The team has previously signed shooters Mike Miller and James Jones, who won two NBA titles with James in Miami.
Cleveland is also on the brink of adding All-Star forward Kevin Love, who is expected to come over from Minnesota in a trade on or after Aug. 23.
Federer, Williams win titles in Cincinnati
Roger Federer won an unprecedented sixth championship in Cincinnati, overcoming one bad set. Serena Williams dominated for her first title.
Federer extended his record of finals perfection in Cincinnati, beating David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. He’s won all six times he’s reached the tournament’s title match.
Earlier, Williams finally got the one that had always slipped away. And she did it so convincingly that she came away thinking another title could be coming soon.
Williams needed only 62 minutes to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1.
Manchester City takes English Premier League opener
Manchester City began the defense of its title with a 2-0 road victory over Newcastle, with star forwards David Silva and Sergio Aguero scoring at St. James’ Park.
Liverpool — the runner-up last season — was less convincing against Southampton at Anfield but still took the three points, with Daniel Sturridge’s 79th-minute goal securing a 2-1 win in the team’s first match of the post-Luis Suarez era.
Silva leads D.C. United
Luis Silva scored twice to help D.C. United beat the visiting Colorado Rapids 4-2.
United (12-7-4) opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Taylor Kemp sent a perfect through-ball to Silva, who faked Drew Moor to the ground and chipped his shot over Clint Irwin for the early lead.
Stars beat Sky in Hammon’s regular-season finale
Danielle Adams led a balanced offense with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the visiting San Antonio Stars beat the Chicago Sky 84-72 in the regular-season finale.
The Stars and Sky had already clinched playoff berths, and Chicago opted to rest three regulars: Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince. However, 16-year veteran Becky Hammon was on the court for San Antonio in her final regular-season WNBA game and finished with four assists in 10 minutes.
In other WNBA games, Alex Bentley had 19 points and four assists as Connecticut wrapped up its season with an 84-55 rout of visiting Atlanta.
Angel McCoughtry scored 10 points for the Dream (19-15), which had already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Plenette Pierson scored 15 points and Anna Cruz had 10 to help the host New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 73-61.
Main Sequence wins Sword Dancer at Saratoga
Main Sequence beat Imagining by a head in the Grade I $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Main Sequence was slow out of the gate and spotted the field several lengths before rallying for his second Grade I victory in two starts since coming to the United States from England.
The 5-year-old Aldebaran gelding ran 1½ miles in 2:24.72 and paid $6.10, $3.50 and $2.50 as the 2-1 favorite
Ami’s Holiday captures Canada’s Breeders’ Stakes
Ami’s Holiday won the 124th running of the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto, the third and final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Ridden by Luis Contreras, Ami’s Holiday beat Interpol by three-quarters of a length, running 1½ miles on the turf course in 2:30.12. The winner paid $6.70, $3.80 and $2.80.
• Usain Bolt won a 100-meter race on a Rio de Janeiro beach with a time of 10.06 seconds.
Bolt cruised to victory on a four-lane standard running track set up on Leme beach.
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