>>Butler Wants To Stay With Bulls
(Chicago, IL) — It appears Jimmy Butler wants to stay in Chicago. ESPN reports the Cavaliers have been told Butler would prefer to remain with the Bulls. Cleveland was reportedly exploring a trade for Butler on Monday.
>>Wade To Pick Up Option With Bulls
(Chicago, IL) — Dwyane Wade is staying put. ESPN reports Wade has told the Bulls he will pick up his 23.8-million-dollar player option for next season. Wade signed with Chicago last offseason after spending 13 years with the Heat. He averaged 18.3 points in 60 regular-season games.
>>Hornets Acquire Howard From Hawks
(Undated) — Dwight Howard is on the move. The Hawks have traded Howard and the 31st pick in tomorrow’s NBA Draft to the Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick. The 31-year-old Howard averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds in his first and only season in Atlanta.
>>Lakers Send Russell To Nets For Lopez
(Undated) — Dwight Howard isn’t the only big man changing teams. The Lakers are reportedly acquiring center Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in the draft from the Nets for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. Lopez is the all-time leading scorer in Nets history. Russell was the second-overall pick in the 2015 draft.
>>Cardinals Outlast Phillies With Seven-Run 11th
(Philadelphia, PA) — Stephen Piscotty’s two-run double ignited a seven-run 11th inning as the Cardinals outlasted the Phillies 8-1 in Philadelphia. Jedd Gyorko, Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham all homered for St. Louis, which had lost five of its previous six games. Kevin Siegrist got the win.
>>Cubs Blank Padres Behind Montgomery
(Chicago, IL) — Mike Montgomery combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Cubs shut out the Padres 4-0 at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ homered for Chicago, which is second in the NL Central at 36-and-34, a half-game behind the Brewers. The Cubs finish their series with San Diego today.
>>Twins Top White Sox
(Minneapolis, MN) — The White Sox suffered a 9-7 loss to the Twins in the opener of a three-game set in Minnesota. Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia and Matt Davidson all homered for Chicago. Derek Holland was lit up for seven runs and nine hits in less than three innings. He dropped to 5-and-7.
>>Red Sox Take Over First Place
(Undated) — There’s a new leader in the AL East. The Red Sox moved into the top spot in the division with an 8-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City. Boston is a half-game ahead of the Yankees, who have dropped seven straight games. It’s New York’s longest losing streak since April 2007.
>>NHL Awards Show, Expansion Draft Today
(Las Vegas, NV) — The NHL Awards Show and expansion draft take place today. The Vegas Golden Knights will select from a pool of unprotected players from all clubs. The league will also announce 2017-18 home openers for all teams as well, with the full schedule to be released tomorrow.
>>O.J. Simpson’s Parole Hearing Set For July 20th
(Carson City, NV) — O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing is set for July 20th. The 69-year-old former football star has served nine years behind bars in Nevada for a 2007 armed robbery involving sports memorabilia. If Simpson is granted parole, he could walk out of prison in October.