McGrady, 34, announces his retirement from league
Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday, ending a 16-year career that included two scoring titles, seven All-Star Game appearances and zero playoff-series victories while he was in a lead role.
The straight-from-high-school project who blossomed into a dominant, two-way superstar will always be remembered, too, as a player who struggled with leg and back injuries.
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“Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, 7 All-Stars, and countless exciting moments,” the 34-year-old McGrady tweeted. “Retiring from NBA. Stay tuned.”
McGrady didn’t rule out continuing to compete overseas, perhaps in China where he played last season.
“Officially retired from the NBA,” he said on ESPN. “Door’s still open.”
The 6-foot-8 McGrady delivered his finest individual season in 2002-03 for the Orlando Magic, winning his first scoring title with 32.1 points per game and also averaging 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.7 steals in a campaign that ended with a first-round playoff exit to Detroit.
McGrady was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2004.
“Maybe his greatest attribute is he’s one of the best wing passers ever,” said Jeff Van Gundy, who coached McGrady in Houston. “Great size, great skill, incredibly unselfish. He was a multidimensional player that, unfortunately, rarely got the opportunity to play with better teams when he could advance further in the playoffs.”
McGrady also played for Toronto, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and San Antonio.
Jamison to join Clippers
Free-agent forward Antawn Jamison told the Los Angeles Times he reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Clippers for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million.
Jamison, 37, spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and averaged 9.4 points, dropping his career average to 18.8. He had surgery in late April to repair an injured right wrist.
Stewart-Haas adds Busch
Driver Kurt Busch said he has signed with Stewart-Haas Racing, starting with the 2014 season.
“This is the kind of situation every driver wants to be in and I’m grateful to Gene Haas and Haas Automation for providing me this opportunity,” 2004 NASCAR champion Busch said.
Busch, 35, recently received an offer from SHR co-owner Haas to leave Furniture Row Racing to join a team that will expand next season to four cars.
Busch will be teammates with co-owner Tony Stewart, who is out for the rest of this season with a broken leg; Danica Patrick; and Kevin Harvick, who is leaving Richard Childress Racing to join SHR.
Haas will fund Busch’s ride from his own pocket, with sponsorship from his CNC machine company.
Busch is 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.
Horner takes Vuelta lead
American Christopher Horner of the RadioShack-Leopard team won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta to take the overall leader’s jersey.
Race organizers said Horner, 41, became the oldest rider to earn a stage victory in one of the three grand tours. He covered 107 miles from Vigo to Vilagarcia de Arousa in 4 hours, 30 minutes, 18 seconds.
Horner overtook Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali of the Astana team as the race leader. The Italian is in second place, three seconds behind.
• An international jury has started hearings into what could be one of the biggest scandals in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup.
The panel is investigating an admission by defending champion Oracle Team USA that it illegally modified two of three prototype boats it sailed in four warmup regattas last year and earlier this year.
The jury held a hearing Monday for individuals being investigated under Rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing, which deals with gross misconduct.
Emirates Team New Zealand will face Oracle Team USA in the best-of-17 America’s Cup, which starts Sept. 7 on San Francisco Bay.
• Wayne Rooney’s headline-grabbing presence couldn’t inspire Manchester United to victory in manager David Moyes’ first home match in charge as Chelsea got a 0-0 draw in English Premier League soccer.
Rooney, the subject of two bids from Chelsea over the summer, played the entire 90 minutes for Manchester United.
• U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin overcame rain and a challenge by Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade to win the 100 meters in 10.08 seconds at the Gugl Games in Linz, Austria.
• The governing body for rhythmic gymnastics has cleared dozens of judges who were suspected of cheating on qualifying tests last year, despite its investigation that concluded some of the test scores “could only have occurred by cheating.”
• Top-ranked golfer Tiger Woods has pulled out of a charity event for good friend Notah Begay III because of his ailing back.
Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge officials said Gary Woodland will replace Woods in the field Wednesday at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.
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