Anderson Varejao agree to Warriors veteran deal

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Anderson Varejao agree to Warriors veteran deal

Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao had agreed to sign on with defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors for a veteran’s minimum.

The Brazilian revealed that he will be staying with the Warriors for the remainder of the season.

Varejao spent his entire 12-year NBA career with the Cavs, and had recently been dealt to Portland after the Blazers acquired him from the Cavs. The Blazers promptly waived Varejao although he still has two years and nearly $14 million in guaranteed money left on his contract after this season.

At 49-5, the Warriors holds the best record in this season team performances but is somewhat injury-plagued.

They are especially short on their attacking front, with Festus Ezeli recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and Andrew Bogut nursing an Achilles injury.

The timing of Varejao’s arrival could not be better as he is poised to provide relief for the Warriors’ ranks; his 6-foot-10 frame would contribute and probably even raise the team’s average size.

In a corresponding move, Warriors will be releasing their own forward Jason Thompson for an open roster spot.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios wins first career ATP title

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios wins first career ATP title

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios took home his first ever ATP title, winning the Marseille open by defeating former US Open champion Marin Cilic by straight sets (6-2, 7-6 (7/3) in the final.

Previously, Kyrgios had to retire from a tournament in Rotterdam with an elbow injury but he showed no signs of discomfort as he began his way to victory.

On the way to the final, the 20-year-old had already defeated two top 10 players – Thomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet. Against Cilic, Kyrgios did not falter either, and went on to win the entire tournament without losing a single set or dropping any serve.

Pressuring Cilic from the start, the Canberran converted his eighth break point for a 3-1 lead in the first set before capturing a second break in the seventh game and serving out love to take the set.

Even as Cilic grabbed a chance and tried to force a decider with a set point in the 10th game, Kyrgios held on and played an ace in the tie-break after just 85 minutes of play.

Usually described as brash and emotional, Kyrgios appeared somewhat soft-spoken after his win.

“I played my first final last year and was looking for my title,” Kyrgios said. “But I didn’t really expect to win this title this week after having a couple of weeks off. But from the first round I started playing really well and just gained confidence as I kept winning matches.”

Kyrgios’s win will elevate his ATP World Ranking from its current 41, and the first player to down top 10 players in consecutive matches since Juan Martin Del Potro beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win the 2009 US Open.

Goalless draw against Bologna ends Juventus winning run

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Goalless draw against Bologna ends Juventus winning run

Serie A league leaders Juventus misses a chance to get clear at the top as they were held to a goalless draw away against Bologna at the Renato Dall’Ara.

All in all, the match was one of Juventus squandering their chances at goal, with Paul Pogba wasting two good chances after the break while Bologna, coached by AC Milan legend Roberto Donadoni had only one shot on target.

Juve leading scorer Paulo Dybala was rested for the match, but was brought in after 68 minutes of play and to no avail.

It also meant that their brilliant form of 15 consecutive league wins is halted, and at the same time would give second-placed Napoli – having a game in hand – a chance to overtake them.

However, beyond the threat of Napoli Juventus has a lot less to fear – third placed Fiorentina just took a scrappy 3-2 win against 10-man Atalanta and is 6 points behind.

The defending Serie A champions would also be hosting Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich mid-week in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Fixture.

Cavaliers beats Bulls for the first time this season

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Cavaliers beats Bulls for the first time this season

Cleveland Cavaliers (39-14) gathered their fourth consecutive victory and finally managed to take down the Chicago Bulls (27-26), cruising to a 106-95 win at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Bulls had an 2-0 encounter advantage but lost much team structure and ability with injury, with Jimmy Butler (knee), Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) and Joakim Noah (shoulder) all sidelined.

With offense placed solely shoulders of Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, the Bulls were all over the place.

Meanwhile, Cavaliers’ Lebron James opened the scoreboard and got the team’s first 8 points but looked slightly bumped out with 2:51 left in the first quarter.

But he still managed to dominate when they returned, nearly taking a second triple-double in 3 games. He finished the game with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists – the 419th 25-5-5 of his career, an all time-NBA record.

Kyrie Irving recorded 19 points. Kevin Love had 15 points, 15 rebounds and a block. Tristan Thompson provided 16 points and 10 boards.

Tyronn Lue said his team’s defensive intensity has been lacking and he had to be pleased with what he saw tonight. Still, the Bulls failed to reach 40 percent shooting and lost the rebounding battle 52-49 as well as blocks and steals (8-4 each).