James inks four-year, $209m Lakers contract
LOS ANGELES • LeBron James made his seismic move to the Los Angeles Lakers official on Monday when the three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion posted a photo of himself smiling alongside his freshly-signed four-year, US$154 million (S$209 million) contact.
The news of the contract signing, which follows the July 1 announcement that the 33-year-old would part ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers, was announced on Twitter by Klutch Sports, the agency that represents James.
Torres confirms move to J-League's Sagan Tosu
MADRID • Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has confirmed he is joining Japanese top-flight football side Sagan Tosu as a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid last month.
Torres, who posed for a photo holding a Sagan Tosu shirt alongside club chairman Minoru Takehara, will join the club on an 18-month contract, with an option to extend the deal until 2020.
Silverware behind Can's decision to move to Juve
TURIN • Emre Can has said he moved to Italian champions Juventus because he was attracted to the Turin side's ability to consistently challenge for titles as well as being lured by their ambitious targets.
The Germany international joined Liverpool in 2014, and played his 167th and last match for the Premier League side in their Champions League final 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in May.
Boos water off Froome's back after fine Tour day
CHOLET • Chris Froome was booed by a section of the public on the starting ramp, but otherwise enjoyed a great day in the Tour de France team time trial on Monday, where Sky were edged by 4sec by winners BMC.
Froome made up some of the valuable time he lost on Saturday's first stage. He lost four seconds to Richie Porte, but took 5sec off British rival Adam Yates, 8sec off world champion Tom Dumoulin, 50sec off Nairo Quintana and was an unexpected 1min 11sec quicker than Romain Bardet.
De Grasse's season ends prematurely with injury
LOS ANGELES • Canadian triple Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse's season has been cut short for a second straight year by a hamstring injury, his manager said on Monday.
The sprinter had said he felt a "little grab" in his right hamstring while leading his 200m semi-final in Saturday's Canadian Athletics Championships. He was hoping the injury was just a cramp, but tests revealed the strain.
Billionaire pays record amount for NFL team
NEW YORK • Billionaire US businessman David Tepper on Monday completed his purchase of the National Football League's Carolina Panthers for US$2.275 billion (S$3 billion), the most ever paid for a North American sports franchise.
Former owner Jerry Richardson sold the team to him.