Sports News for Friday June 24, 2016

>>Sixers Take Simmons With First Pick


(Brooklyn, NY)  —  LSU’s Ben Simmons is the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.  The Lakers selected Duke star Brandon Ingram with the second pick, while the Celtics chose Cal guard Jaylen Brown third.


>>Bulls Select Valentine In NBA Draft


(Brooklyn, NY)  —  The Bulls selected Michigan State forward Denzel Valentine with the 14th pick in the NBA Draft last night.  Valentine averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists last season.  Chicago also selected German forward Paul Zipser 18th overall.


>>Wolves Fail In Bid To Land Butler


(Brooklyn, NY)  —  Jimmy Butler is still a member of the Bulls despite an aggressive push from the Timberwolves.  ESPN reports the Wolves tried to broker a deal after selecting Kris Dunn with the fifth pick, but the Bulls ultimately backed off.


>>Report: Thunder Trade Ibaka To Magic


(Undated)  —  Serge Ibaka is on the move.  The Vertical reports the Thunder are trading Ibaka to the Magic in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis.  Ibaka had spent his entire seven-year career in Oklahoma City.


>>LeBron Confirms No Rio Games For Him


(Cleveland, OH)  —  LeBron James isn’t looking to add another Olympic gold medal to his trophy case.  Fresh off an NBA championship with the Cavaliers, “King James” tells that he will not be going to Rio in August to compete in the Summer Games.


>>Marlins Hand Cubs Fourth Straight Loss


(Miami, FL)  —  The Cubs’ season-high losing streak reached four games with a 4-2 loss to the Marlins in Miami.  Giancarlo Stanton homered and plated a pair for the Marlins.  Chicago still leads all of baseball with a record of 47-and-24.


>>Cardinals At Mariners Tonight


(Seattle, WA)  —  The Cardinals take a three-game winning streak into Seattle tonight.  They will play the first of a three-game series against the Mariners, with 7-and-7 Carlos Martinez opposing the newly-acquired Wade LeBlanc.  First pitch is at 9:10 p.m.  The Cards also visit KC for two games on this trip.


>>Red Sox Outlast White Sox In 10 Innings


(Boston, MA)  —  Xander Bogaerts singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Red Sox outlasted the White Sox 8-7 at Fenway Park.  Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer for the Sox, who took three of four in the series.  Matt Purke took the loss.


>>SCS Heads To Sonoma


(Sonoma, CA)  —  The Sprint Cup Series heads to Sonoma Raceway for the Save Mart 500.  Qualifying takes place tomorrow afternoon, with the 110-lap, 218.9-mile race to follow Sunday afternoon.  Kyle Busch took the checkered flag at last year’s race.

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