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ROCK ON: Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic prepares to dive from the 27-meter (89 feet) platform during the Cliff Diving World Series at Sao Miguel, Azores in Portugal.

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ROCK ON: Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic prepares to dive from the 27-meter (89 feet) platform during the Cliff Diving World Series at Sao Miguel, Azores in Portugal.


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MIAMI — Dwyane Wade still isn't totally ready to leave Miami.

He felt he had no choice.

The soon-to-be Bulls guard offered his side Saturday of the process that led to the end of his 13 years with the Heat and his decision to play for his hometown team. Wade insisted he has "the utmost respect and admiration" for Heat president Pat Riley, who drafted him in 2003, coached him to his first title in 2006 and played a role that led him to leave the franchise.

And despite his anger about the breakup, he made clear that he will never bash the Heat nor Riley.

"I love Pat Riley," Wade said. "He's been someone who's been a figurehead in my life since I got drafted here at 21. But at the same time, he has a job to do. He has a different hat to wear. That hat sometimes is not to be my best friend. That hat is to be the president of an organization and to be a businessman. And it (stinks). You know somebody so well, you guys love each other, but the business side comes out.

"I'm not saying that we've hugged and cried and shed tears at this moment. But I love Pat. And I will always love Pat. And, you know, I know he feels the same way about me."

Wade said he went past the Heat's arena Friday and was blown away by the tribute the team was paying to him on external video screens. He choked up when he saw the full-page ad the Heat took out for him in South Florida newspapers.


HARDEN RE-SIGNS: James Harden signed a four-year, $118 million contract extension with the Rockets. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season. The new deal takes the place of the last two years of his previous contract and will keep him in Houston until 2020.

FREE AGENTS: The Warriors officially announced that free agent forward David West signed his one-year contract. … The Kings announced the signings of free agent guards Arron Afflalo and Garrett Temple and forwards Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver.


Defending champ makes daring move to take lead

Defending champion Chris Froome took his rivals by surprise with a daring downhill attack that earned him the race leader's yellow jersey on the eighth stage of the Tour de France. Leading at the top of the final climb of the Tour's second Pyrenean stage, a tough 184-kilometer ride from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, he attacked when least expected on the grueling Col de Peyresourde.


Lightning adds depth

The Lightning announced it signed forward Mike Halmo, 25, to a one-year, two-way contract. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Halmo played 74 games last season with Bridgeport in the AHL. He scored 22 goals, totaled 41 points and had 117 penalty minutes. He set career highs in game played, goals and points. Halmo played in 20 games with the Islanders during the 2013-14 season. He had one goal and 32 penalty minutes.


Rowdies routed on road

The shorthanded Rowdies gave up two penalty kicks and fell 4-1 to the host Carolina RailHawks. Tampa Bay (0-1-1) was missing injured centerbacks Neill Collins and Tamika Mkandawire, and replacements Stefan Antonijevic and Frankie Sanfilippo were called for fouls leading to the penalty kicks that broke a tie at 1. Georgi Hristov scored on a penalty kick for Tampa Bay.

U.S. WOMEN: Hope Solo got her 100th international shutout and Crystal Dunn scored in the 35th minute to lead the United States past South Africa 1-0 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The match was a tuneup before next month's Olympics.

mls: Robbie Keane scored in the 15th minute, leading visiting Los Angeles to a 1-0 win over Seattle. … Ilsinho and Roland Alberg scored on first-half penalty kicks, Ilsinho added a second-half goal and host Philadelphia beat 10-man D.C. United 3-0. … Justin Morrow scored in the ninth minute, leading host Toronto to a 1-0 win over Chicago. … Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored to help host New England over Columbus 3-1.


Aldo ready for rematch

Jose Aldo earned a unanimous victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in Las Vegas, setting up a rematch with Conor McGregor for the UFC featherweight title. Aldo, who lost his crown to McGregor at UFC 194 in December, earned a shot at redemption by winning his interim 145-pound title fight. Light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier's bout with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva, and the Brock Lesnar-Mark Hunt bout were late.


HORSES: Catch a Glimpse won her eighth straight race and earned a return to the Breeders' Cup with her victory in the $1.25 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old turf fillies at Belmont Park.

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief 07/09/16 [Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2016 11:49pm]
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