Sports Shorts: Former No. 1 pick Oden signs with champion Heat

2013-08-03T00:00:00Z Sports Shorts: Former No. 1 pick Oden signs with champion HeatStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

MIAMI - Greg Oden still needs some time to get ready for the rigors of playing in the NBA.

He no longer needs a new team, however.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick has chosen to sign with the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, ending months of suspense over where the center whose career has been decimated by a series of knee problems would be attempting his comeback. The Heat were long perceived as the frontrunners to land Oden, and now have a 7-footer to help them try for a third straight title.

Mike Conley Sr., one of Oden's agents, said Friday night that the former Portland center accepted an offer worth about $1 million for this coming season and would have a player option for 2014-15.

Soccer

TSAFC's Kearns, Hedlund named to first team

Two Tucson Soccer Academy FC players - defender Kelly Kearns and midfielder Karli Hedlund - were named to the Women's Premier Soccer League's All-West Conference first team on Thursday.

Amy Garelick, who guided TSAFC to the playoffs in its first season, was named honorable-mention Coach of the Year.

TSAFC goalkeeper Chandler Morris earned All-West second-team honors and forward Kaitlyn Lopez made the third team.

Football

Carter among seven to be inducted tonight

CANTON, Ohio - While his six other classmates for this weekend's enshrinement sported blue golf shirts given them by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cris Carter was dressed in suit and tie. He might never take them off.

"Man, I am in the Hall of Fame. I am wearing a suit every day," Carter said Friday as the 50th anniversary festivities for the hall began.

Carter will join Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen, Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Dave Robinson and Curley Culp as the newest inductees tonight.

• The Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities Friday as the wide receiver deals with repercussions of being caught on video making a racial slur. Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, something the player and the team agreed upon. Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after practice that Cooper would be back with the team when he's ready.

• San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver will miss the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Also, the 49ers signed wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins to one-year deals.

• Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

• Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson left practice after injuring his left hamstring Friday morning.

Miscellaneous

Park eight back at Women's British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Inbee Park has some catching up to do if she wants to become the first golfer to win four professional majors in one year. Park is eight shots behind leader Na Yeon Choi after two rounds of the Women's British Open.

• In Barcleona, Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter backstroke, posted the fastest time in the semis of the 100 butterfly, and put the Americans ahead to stay with a strong leg in the 800 freestyle relay at the world championships.

• In Long Pond, Pa., Jimmie Johnson needed multiple attempts to make it through pre-qualifying inspection, then set a track record with a lap of 180.654 mph and won the pole Friday at Pocono Raceway for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

Includes material from a news release

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