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Kobe Bryant on All-NBA first team for 10th time

Lakers guard is tied for second with an elite group. LeBron James is the leading vote-getter.

May 24, 2012|Staff and wire reports
  • Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for a chance to steal the ball against Heat forward LeBron James during a game earlier this season.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for a chance to steal the ball against Heat… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

LeBron James of the Miami Heat was the leading vote-getter for the All-NBA team, and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant earned his 10th first-team selection, tied for second on the all-time list.

Bryant, a first-team pick for the seventh straight season, joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit and Jerry West with 10 selections to the first team. Karl Malone is the leader with 11.

James, who won his third most-valuable-player award, received 118 of a possible 120 first-team votes Thursday from a panel of writers and broadcasters. Joining him on the first team were scoring champion Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, Clippers point guard Chris Paul and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Guards Tony Parker of San Antonio and Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City were selected to the second team along with forwards Kevin Love of Minnesota and Blake Griffin of the Clippers, and Lakers center Andrew Bynum.

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USC golfers in second place

Alabama's double-digit lead dwindled on the back nine, and the Crimson Tide finished with a two-stroke lead over USC after the third round of the NCAA Division I women's golf championship at Franklin, Tenn.

Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil shot a two-under-par 70 for a share of the individual lead with Arizona State's Giulia Molinaro at four-under 212. Molinaro had a 72 on a day in which only three players shot under par.

Alabama finished the round at 18-over 306 and had a 13-over 877 total. USC shot a six-over 294. Purdue (295), South Carolina (300) and Virginia (301) were tied at 883. UCLA shot an 18-over 306 to fall into a tie for ninth place. The Bruins have an overall score of 24-over 888, 11 shots off the lead.

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Zach Johnson shot a bogey-free six-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Colonial at Fort Worth.

Jason Dufner, the Byron Nelson Championship winner Sunday, was a stroke back along with PGA Tour rookie Harris English, Tom Gillis and Kyle Reifers.

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Roger Chapman shot a three-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Mich.

John Cook was a stroke back in the major championship, and Steve Pate, J.L. Lewis, Jeff Sluman, Jay Haas, David Frost and Jim Carter were at 70.

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Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Scotland's David Drysdale shared the first-round lead at six-under 66 in the BMW PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England.

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Amir Khan and new world junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia have agreed to fight each other July 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer, said.

Khan (26-2, 18 knockouts) was due to fight World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation champion Lamont Peterson on May 19 at Mandalay Bay, but Peterson submitted a sample that tested positive for testosterone, and that bout was canceled.

Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) is coming off a victory over Mexican legend Erik Morales.

Khan-Garcia was originally discussed as a July 7 bout at Anaheim's Honda Center, but that would've put it in conflict with a significant Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view bout the same night in Las Vegas: middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen.

Lance Pugmire

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Former major leaguer David Segui said he was told as far back as 2001 that Roger Clemens' strength coach had kept evidence against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

Segui testified about a telephone conversion he had with Brian McNamee 11 years ago. Segui said McNamee "mentioned that he had kept darts to get his wife off his back."

The jury hearing the Clemens perjury trial in Washington will have to assume that "darts" means "needles." Segui wasn't allowed by the court to make that connection on the stand.

Segui's testimony is consistent with that of McNamee, who testified last week he saved waste from an alleged 2001 steroids injection of Clemens to placate his wife.

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Aric Almirola took the pole for theCoca-Cola 600 with a lap of 192.940 mph at Concord, N.C.

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