Sports log: James, Allen to suit up for Heat opener
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LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis, and former Celtic Ray Allen are among those expected to play Sunday when the NBA champion Heat make their preseason debut against the Hawks in Miami. Dwyane Wade will be listed as day-to-day during the preseason while he works his way back from knee surgery. After Sunday’s game, the Heat depart for a week in China and two games against the Clippers . . . Dirk Nowitzki scored only 8 points in his return to Germany as the Dallas Mavericks beat Alba Berlin, 89-84. Chris Kaman, Darren Collison, and Vince Carter each scored 14 points for Dallas. Deon Thompson scored 20 points to lead the eight-time German champions . . . Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, who broke his right hand in July, played in the Cavaliers’ intrasquad scrimmage and had 13 points and five assists. Irving underwent surgery on July 18, four days after injuring himself while practicing with the Cavaliers’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Djokovic, Tsonga in China Open final
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday’s final of the China Open in Beijing. Djokovic beat Florian Mayer, 6-1, 6-4, while Tsonga led in Saturday’s other semifinal, 6-1, 4-1, when Feliciano Lopez retired with a left wrist injury. Djokovic has played eight finals this season, winning three, including a successful defense of his Australian Open title. In the women’s event, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli, 6-4, 6-2, to set up a final against Maria Sharapova, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 victory over seventh-seeded Li Na . . . Milos Raonic ousted top-seeded Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), to move into the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo. Raonic will meet Kei Nishikori after he routed Marcos Baghdatis, 6-2, 6-2, in just over an hour.
Wise Dan, Groupie Doll post victories
Wise Dan and Groupie Doll had impressive runs at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., setting them up as possible favorites next month in the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Wise Dan coasted to a 2¼-length victory in the Grade 1 $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile. Groupie Doll cemented her spot as the nation’s top filly sprinter, rolling to a 6¼-length victory in the Grade 2 $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America . . . Coil beat Capital Account in a photo finish to win the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a 1-2 finish. Coil earned an automatic berth in the Sprint on Nov. 3, with his entry fees being paid as part of the ‘‘Win and You’re In’’ program . . . Trainer Todd Pletcher swept the $400,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park in New York with Shanghai Bobby and Dreaming of Julia. Shanghai Bobby easily beat Goldencents by 5 lengths in the Champagne. Dreaming of Julia won by a head over My Happy Face in the four-horse Frizette for fillies.
UFC not happy with Stephens’s arrest
The UFC is speaking out about the arrest of mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Stephens. Minneapolis police took Stephens, 26, who fights under the name ‘‘Lil’ Heathen’’, into custody Friday morning at a downtown hotel on a felony assault warrant from Iowa. He was to fight Friday night in Minneapolis, but missed the nationally televised match because he was in custody. UFC president Dana White said late Friday that he was unsuccessful in his efforts to cut a deal to get Stephens out on bail and has accused authorities of waiting purposely until hours before the fight to arrest Stephens . . . Three days after he was banned from New Zealand, Mike Tyson criticized the decision to revoke his visa because of his 1991 rape conviction, for which he served three years in prison. The former heavyweight champion was to travel to Auckland in November before authorities denied him entry. ‘‘The people wanted me to come,’’ said Tyson. ‘‘If it was a fair organization, a fair fight, I would be there but I got vetoed by the higher power.’’ Tyson, in London to launch his new boxing gear, had been hoping to perform his one-man show called ‘‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.’’ Tyson also wanted to meet New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people, the inspiration for his prominent facial tattoo . . . Melrose’s Steve Langton won the US men’s bobsled push championship in Lake Placid, N.Y., topping a field of 39 for his fourth national title. The reigning world push champion — who helped the US team win two- and four-man world titles on the ice last season — edged Dallas Robinson and Curt Tomasevicz.