City Sports Report

One Caribbean Radio Sports Briefs for Wednesday, July 11, 2012, by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Deron William’s deal with the Brooklyn Nets became official shortly after midnight, with today being the first day free agents could sign. “I am really excited to be able to officially say that Brooklyn is home,” said Williams. “It is an incredible time to play in Brooklyn and to be a part of this organization, the first sports team to call Brooklyn home in over 50 years. I believe in the team and what we are going to be able to accomplish on the court, as well as in the community. My family and I have come to know New York and the more we do, the more we love it. I look forward to going to London to represent the United States in the Olympics and then coming back to Brooklyn to open Barclays Center.”

The National League embarrassed the American League last night 8-0 in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees went 1-2, and now has 11 All-Star Game hits, more than any other Yankee. Willie Mays has the record with 23 hits. New York Met David Wright went 0-2, and RA Dickey pitched a scoreless inning. Robinson Cano went 1-2, but the Dominican native made headlines for what happened on Monday during the Home Run Derby. Cano was booed by the Kansas City crowd for not selecting a player from the hometown Royals to participate in the Derby. Cano said he will have “no hard feelings” toward the Kansas City fans who booed him over the past two days but said they “(crossed) the line” when his family was yelled at while using a restroom. “The only thing I didn’t like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom,” Cano said after exiting Tuesday’s All-Star Game. “Hopefully it stops here and (doesn’t) go forward.” When asked to elaborate on what occurred, Cano said, “They were yelling stuff to my family, which I don’t see (as) the right thing. This is a game. We’re All-Stars. If I get booed, I don’t really care. But stuff with your family, that’s crossing the line.” “I understand the fans want to see their hometown kid, but it’s no hard feelings.”

Today has been declared “Runako Morton Day” by the members of the West Indies cricket team. The third Digicel One-Day International against New Zealand has been dedicated to the memory of the former middle-order batsman, who was a team-mate of most members of the squad. Morton played 15 Tests, 56 One-Day Internationals and seven T20 Internationals for West Indies between 2002 and 2010. “We want to show our appreciation for Runako, who was one of us and remains one of us. He played with most of the guys in the team and he was loved by everyone. He was a real team player and gave his all for every team, every time he walked onto the field,” said West Indies captain Darren Sammy. Morton died on March 4, 2012 when he lost control of the car he was driving at Chase Village in Trinidad.

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