Emmanuel Mudiay gets $1.2 million contract to play one year in China with Yi Jianlian’s team

Class of 2014 star Emmanuel Mudiay has reached an agreement in principle with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the China Basketball Association on a one-year deal that will pay him a total of $1.2 million, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

This development, earlier reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, comes a week after Mudiay announced he’s skipping college in favor of a contract overseas that would help alleviate some of his mother’s financial concerns. Clearly, this deal makes that possible.

But multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Mudiay’s actual motivation for bypassing a year in the AAC is rooted in the fact that he was facing eligibility concerns — both amatuerism concerns and eligibility concerns — and that the odds of the 6-foot-5 guard ever being cleared for freshman eligibility were slim, at best, mostly because he spent two years at Prime Prep Academy, which a source told CBSSports.com has never actually had a class accepted by the NCAA for the purposes of initial eligibilty.

Mudiay is projected as a consensus top-10 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Former Texas standout Royal Ivey played for the Southern Tigers last season.

via Emmanuel Mudiay gets $1.2 million contract to play one year in China – CBSSports.com.

2014 MLU C​hampionship – Calvin Oung and Tom Doi leads DC Current to victory over Vancouver’s Peter Yu and Brendan Wong

The game was over, for all intents and purposes, when D.C. was leading 5-1 with 2:26 left in the first quarter.

​The Nighthawks had just called a timeout to steady themselves after the Current’s opening statement. Vancouver brought out its offensive rotation’s double team after a turnover, only Eddie Peters was having no part of it. He reversed the field in one throw with a strikingly aggressive hammer out of the double team to start the possession.

D​.​C.​ scored ​here to ​gain a four​-​point lead​, far from insurmountable, but sizable. ​How D.C. won that point, by facing adversity and attacking it, was notable. Acknowledging the fear, sizing it up, and going after it revealed a confidence born of preparation and ability.

D​.​C​.​ was up 13-4 at half and their offense ​ha​d not thrown a turnover. In fact, in the first quarter, the Current ​threw zero turnovers on the way to two offensive goals, six breaks and a definitive 8-2 lead. After they followed it up with a 5-2 second quarter, the question on spectators’ minds was, would Vancouver make a game of it? What would …

via Discs Don’t Lie: 2014 MLU C​hampionship Review – Major League Ultimate.

 

Fighters’ Shohei Otani Matches Fastest-Ever Pitch in Japan Pro Baseball

Japanese professional baseball may have lost some of its greatest players to the U.S. in recent years — including pitchers Masahiro Tanaka to the New York Yankees and Yu Darvish to the Texas Rangers — but it seems more great pitchers are coming up.

In an all-star game Saturday, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani hurled a couple of fastballs at 162 kilometers an hour (100.7 miles an hour), matching the Japanese professional record and setting a new one for a Japanese player.

The record was first set by American Marc Kroon of the Yomiuri Giants, who laid down a 162-kph pitch in 2008. Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ Yoshinori Sato set the previous record for a Japanese hurler, with a 161 kph effort in 2010.

While Otani’s record is still unofficial, Japanese media trumpeted the feat Sunday with big banner headlines across most major dailies.

As the starter in Saturday’s second game of the two-game All Stars Series, Otani dealt with five batters, allowing three hits and one run. Of his 23 pitches, 21 were fastballs, with 12 clocking in at 160 kph or faster.

Otani’s Pacific League All-Stars won the game 12-6 over their Central League counterparts.

Of course, his best effort is still short of the U.S. major-league record of 105 mph set by Cincinnati Reds’ Aroldis Chapman in 2010. But the power of Japanese pitchers is catching up to their American rivals.

Before Saturday’s game, the 20-year-old hurler reportedly said he wanted to “excite” the fans crowding into historic Koshien Stadium in western Japan, where the annual high-school baseball tournament will start in August. (The Wall Street Journal is chroniclingone high-school hopeful who dreams of making it to the big leagues.)

And excite them Otani did. “WAAAAA,” roared the entire stadium when the speed of his second pitch showed on the big board.

Japanese media quoted Hanshin Tigers’ Matt Murton, who faced Otani as fourth batter, as saying he was proud to play against Otani, especially if he goes on the U.S. major leagues in future. Murton stayed at bat by hitting a few fouls until serving up a single on the eight pitch.

Wladimir Balentien of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, who punched a single into center field, reportedly said he was relieved to connect with Otani’s fastball.

via Fighters’ Otani Matches Fastest-Ever Pitch in Japan Pro Baseball – Japan Real Time – WSJ.

China’s Zou Shiming on course for world title, says Freddie Roach

China’s Zou Shiming played a bit part in the new Transformers movie, but Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach thinks his protégé is very close to playing his biggest role yet – champion of the world.

The American trainer is convinced the two-time Olympic champion can go all the way to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title after the mainlander survived 10 rounds to outpoint remarkably tough Colombian Luis de la Rosa (23-4-1,13 KOs) in Saturday’s Champions of Gold.

Zou Shiming at the Venetian Macau. The 33-year-old Chinese boxer is being fast-tracked to have a shot at a world title.Photo: Unus Alladin

By winning his fifth straight pro fight (5-0-0, 1 KO), Roach believes Zou has a genuine shot at superstardom having already landed his first professional belt, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) international flyweight title – one tier below a world title – by unanimous decision.

Roach had said the 33-year-old Guizhou native was being fast-tracked towards a title fight because of his advancing age and if he performed well in this bout, the Zou team would eye a world title fight in November. Zou’s performance had his team nodding in approval.

“We did 10 hard rounds tonight. It wasn’t perfect but we are going closer and closer all the time. I think we will be there pretty soon [a world title fight]. His [Zou] right hand was great and his power was a bit better. He was throwing more combinations. That’s what I want to see,” said Roach.

China’s Zou Shiming’s physical conditioning has improved thanks in large part to his trainer, Freddie Roach (right). Photo: Unus Alladin

“The pace was good and he’s been sitting down on his punches a bit more.”

Zou is being lined up to possibly challenge IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, of Thailand, on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against American Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.

Saturday’s pulsating contest had the 8,000-strong crowd on its feet. De La Rosa suffered an accidental headbutt in the fifth round and was struggling to contain the bleeding.

This is one small victory and I am sure there are many challenges along the road. The game plan was to win round by round
ZOU SHIMING

“This is one small victory and I am sure there are many challenges along the road. The game plan was to win round by round. After going through 10 rounds, I am more confident of going to 12 rounds [title fight], so it’s a big step for me,” said Zou, who was wearing his trademark gold trunks and gold boots.

“I have been thinking of the world title ever since day one. I have faith in my team and my training staff. They have been very effective.

“I’m very confident I will be ready for a world title. I am very happy with my physical conditioning. There’s been a big difference from amateur boxing to professional boxing. You have to put more power into your punching,” he said.

Asked what Zou was trying to prove trading a flurry of punches and risking getting knocked out at the end of the fight, the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games champion, said: “I didn’t want to leave the ring with any energy. I planned for 10 rounds, so I was going to deliver for 10 rounds.”

via China’s Zou Shiming on course for world title, says Freddie Roach | South China Morning Post.

Jeremy Lin wants ‘bigger role’ in Lakers

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Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Taiwanese American NBA star Jeremy Lin, who was recently traded by the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers, said Sunday that he expects to play a larger role on his new team.

Answering fans’ questions at a basketball camp in Taiwan, sponsored by China Airlines, Lin described his trade to the Lakers as “a great opportunity” because he can learn much from his new teammate, Kobe Bryant, four-time NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and a five-time NBA champion.

“I wish my role could become bigger and more important, and I also wish I could get more playing time next year,” said the 25-year-old point guard.

Lin, who is only under contract for one more season, averaged 13.0 points and 5.2 assists in 153 games over the past two seasons with the Rockets. He was moved to the Rockets’ bench last season, after starting for the entire 2012-13 season.

The Rockets announced July 13 that it had agreed to trade Lin and a future first-round pick to the Lakers, in a bid to seek a salary cap relief.

Lin, in the midst of a week-long visit to Taiwan, said at a press conference on July 18 that his main goal during summer training is to improve his floater and 3-point shot and to level up his defense skills.

On July 23, Lin is scheduled to participate in a program for GOOD TV, a local Christian TV channel, along with other publicity events.

via Jeremy Lin wants ‘bigger role’ in Lakers | Entertainment & Sports | FOCUS TAIWAN – CNA ENGLISH NEWS.

Ji Cheng battles away in the Tour de France

Ji Cheng, the first Chinese cyclist to ride the Tour de France, says he will just be hoping to survive as the Grand Boucle heads into the high mountains.

Ji was a visible presence throughout the first week of the Tour, often riding at the front of the peloton on stages earmarked for ace sprinter Marcel Kittel, his Giant-Shimano team leader.

The Chinese star, 26, lived up to his nickname of “the breakaway killer” as he put in long shifts on the front of the peloton to ensure escapees couldn’t make it all the way to the finish.

I’m just enjoying it. Every day a lot of people send me messages on Chinese Weibo, a couple of hundred [every day]
JI CHENG

But now the Tour has hit the hilly Vosges, and with the Alps not far down the road, Ji says his aim will simply be to cling onto the back of the peloton.

At least he is still hanging in, unlike former two-time winner Alberto Contador who broke down in tears as he quit the Tour on Monday after crashing badly on a steep downhill part of the tough 10th stage and badly injuring his knee.

via Ji Cheng battles away in the Tour de France | South China Morning Post.

Lee Nguyen returns home, meets FC Dallas on Saturday

For just the second time in his MLS career, Plano East alum Lee Nguyen will return to his old stomping grounds.

The former Panther will be in town this weekend when the New England Revolution visit FC Dallas at 8 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Stadium.

Currently in his third year with the Revolution, Nguyen is well on his way to posting the best season of his young MLS career. The midfielder has already tallied a career-best and team-high six goals, despite already having taken 18 fewer shots than he did during his 2012-13 campaign.

While at East, Nguyen strung together a storied high school career that included being named the National Gatorade Boys Soccer High School Player of the Year and appearances on the U18 and U20 U.S. national teams.

Although success has gone hand in hand with Nguyen throughout his career, he and the Revolution are looking to snap a five-match losing streak that has dipped the club to 7-9-2 (23 points) and fourth in the Eastern Conference.

 

They’ll meet an FC Dallas side that currently sits in fifth place in the Western Conference at 7-7-5. Overall, Nguyen is 0-2 against FC Dallas.

via Plano East alum Lee Nguyen returns home, meets FC Dallas on Saturday – Star Local: Sports.