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Rockets re-sign McDaniels to multiyear deal

The Houston Rockets have re-signed restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels to a multiyear deal.
 
McDaniels came to Houston in February in a trade with Philadelphia. He appeared in 62 games as a rookie last season for the 76ers and Rockets. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 blocks.
 
The 6-foot-6 forward was the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft.
 
Terms of the deal weren't released.
 
The move comes a day after Houston shipped four players and a 2016 lottery protected first-round draft pick to Denver in exchange for point guard Ty Lawson.
 
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ONE CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO ELECTRIFY SHANGHAI ON 1 SEPTEMBER

 IGOR SVIRID TO DEFEND ONE MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST 
 
 VITALY BIGDASH IN MAIN EVENT
 
 24 JULY 2015 – SINGAPORE: Asia’s largest and the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization, ONE Championship™ (ONE) has announced its second event in China this year which takes place in the vibrant city of Shanghai. The stage is set for another blockbuster night of world-class mixed martial arts action on 1 September 2015 as the Mercedes-Benz Arena is set to play host to ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (SHANGHAI). ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid will headline the spectacular fight card as he defends his title against Vitaly Bigdash
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Ronda Rousey thinks third meeting with Miesha Tate may be the last

UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey already is talking up a third fight with Miesha Tate, two days after her longtime rival secured a meeting with the winner of Rousey’s sixth attempted title defense opposite Bethe Correia at Saturday’s UFC 190.

“If she’s the best competitor and she’s who the fans want to see then, yeah, I’m extremely interested in doing it,” Rousey (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) said during a media teleconference in support of the pay-per-view event at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Following Tate’s (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) unanimous decision over Jessica Eye (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in the co-main event of this past Saturday’s UFC on FOX 16, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the ex-Strikeforce champ, whom Rousey defeated to eventually become the first women’s champ in the UFC (and later beat in a rematch), is the No. 1 contender in the women’s bantamweight division.

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Issues holding back Mayweather’s September 12th fight

WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr’s September 12th fight is being held back by issues involving his future fights if he chooses to continue fighting beyond his September 12th date.

According to Dan Rafael, Showtime/CBS wants rights to Mayweather’s future fights if he decides to keep his career going after his next fight date. Supposedly, this is going to be Mayweather’s last fight of his career in September. However, if he changes his mind about retiring and decides to sign up with HBO to go for his 50th win of his career, Showtime/CBS is looking to protect their investment, says Rafael.

Stephen Espinoza, the vice president of sports for Showtime, totally disagrees with Rafael. He says none of this is true about Showtime holding up Mayweather for his September 12th fight.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest on Brendan Haywood and Nick Young's Status

Just when it looks like the NBA world has hit the pause button to catch its breath, something else comes up.

Look at this past week, when news surrounding the U.S. Olympic team went out. Or a trade that may give way to more (details below) went down. Or the heroes of the Las Vegas Summer League found themselves with NBA contracts instead of having to look at the D-league or overseas.

While baseball and other events get ready to take over the sporting world, it's never a good idea to turn 100 percent away from the Association. So long as there are still free agents and teams wanting to deal, it's worth watching.

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Khan not getting Mayweather fight due to his “yapping,” says Pugmire

Well, it looks like Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) has been passed over by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) once again for a big money fight. According to Lance Pugmire’s source, Khan won’t be getting the fight against Mayweather Jr. due to Khan’s constant “yapping” about him. I had a feeling it was going to go this way for Khan.

If he’d just kept his trap shut, and waiting patiently for the Mayweather fight then maybe he’d be the guy that is getting the fight against him on September 12th, but Khan couldn’t stop flapping his gums 24/7 about Mayweather and now he’s not getting that cash out payday fight.

Now if Khan maybe have done some groveling like a good one, then maybe he’d be already signed for the fight. But Khan was yakking his head off like he already had the fight instead of someone who was trying to get an audience with the king of boxing.

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Miesha Tate excited about trilogy fight with Rousey: I love punching Ronda in the face

On March 3rd, 2012, fortunes changed for two female fighters in the Strikeforce bantamweight division. Miesha Tate, a proud champion, had her arm mangled by a cocky rising star named ‘Rowdy' Ronda Rousey. It was the dawning of a new era in women's Mixed Martial Arts, one that would see the females transfer over to the UFC for the first time in the sport's history.

The two would meet again under the UFC banner the following year in what would become Rousey's only fight to last more than a single round. The outcome, however, did not change - Rousey via stoppage. Now, nearly two years after that, the two rivals could potentially clash again, as Tate secured a title shot against the champ following her impressive win against Jessica Eye.

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Clippers sign free-agent forward Josh Smith

The Clippers signed free-agent forward Josh Smith, who helped eliminate them in the playoffs when he was with the Houston Rockets.

He averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing 55 regular-season games with Houston, which picked him up when he was waived by Detroit after 28 games last season.

Smith reportedly signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum worth $1.5 million.

He helped the Rockets rally from a 3-1 series deficit against the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. Smith scored 19 points in Game 6, when the Clippers led by 19 points at home only to lose. He had 15 points in Game 7.

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Cavs, Richard Jefferson agree to 1-year deal

Richard Jefferson has experience, deep knowledge of the NBA and a deft shooting touch.

The Cavaliers plan to lean on all those attributes.

The free agent forward has agreed to terms on a one-year deal for next season with Cleveland, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Jefferson has not yet signed his contract.

Jefferson, who came off the bench for coach Rick Carlisle in Dallas last season, will receive the veteran's minimum salary of roughly $1.5 million. The 35-year-old averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game in his one season with Dallas and shot a team-leading 43 percent from 3-point range. He had been expected to return to the Mavericks, but he may have become expendable when the club signed shooting guard Wesley Matthews.

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