Wade might miss Olympics because of knee injury
Dwyane Wade played with knee pain throughout the playoffs. He'll soon know exactly what was causing that problem, and if it could keep him out of the London Olympics.
One day after celebrating his second NBA championship, the Miami Heat guard told The Associated Press on Friday that he will soon have his ailing left knee examined, and acknowledged that surgery may be a possibility. Wade appeared in all 23 post-season games for Miami, averaging 22.8 points, and scored 20 in the title-clinching win for the Heat against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
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"I've got to make a decision on what my knee needs and what's best, because my career and finishing my career strong is what's important to me," Wade said. "And I know, yeah, the Olympics are coming up. It's something I really want to do. But at the same time, if I have to make a big decision, if something has to happen surgery-wise, that will have to be a step I have to take. My loyalty and my commitment to Miami Heat basketball is the No. 1 thing."
LeBron ends 2-month break from Twitter
LeBron James is back on Twitter, and the Miami Heat star has more followers than ever. The newly crowned NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP ended a nearly two-month break from social media early Friday, posting a 50-second video to thank fans for both their support and their patience. James now has just more than 5 million followers. He crossed that milestone Friday, a few hours after the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the finals and win the franchise's second championship.
James — whose Twitter handle is @kingjames — said he stopped tweeting during the playoffs in an effort to avoid distractions as he chased his first championship.
"I'm at a loss for words right now," James said in the video. "I want to shout-out my fans. I know I haven't been with you all the last couple months. Think April 27 was the last time I sent out a tweet. But I want you all to know that I just wanted to try to get as focused as possible on this championship run."
James is the second U.S.-based athlete to cross the 5-million-follower mark: Shaquille O'Neal has about 850,000 more followers than James. And last month, the NBA became the world's first major sports league with more than 5 million followers.
Armstrong: USADA violating rules
Lance Armstrong filed a scathing response Friday to the latest doping allegations against him, accusing the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of violating its own rules and possibly breaking federal law during its investigation. The agency said Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs and other improper methods to win cycling's premiere event, the Tour de France, from 1999-2005. Friday was the deadline for Armstrong to respond to USADA's warning that charges were pending before his case moves to the next stage.
Armstrong, who denies doping and notes he has never failed a drug test, could be stripped of his titles and banned from cycling, though he retired from the sport last year.
In their 11-page document, Armstrong's attorneys complained they still haven't been allowed to see the evidence against him, including witness names and any expert analysis to support USADA's claim that 2009 and 2010 blood tests are "fully consistent" with blood doping. The letter said USADA's case is "long on stale allegations disproved long ago and short on evidence" and "offensive to any notions of due process."
Armstrong's case now goes to a three-person USADA review board, which will decide if there is enough evidence to support the charges. If USADA files formal charges, the case could go to a three-person arbitration panel by November.
Germany advances to Euro 2012 semis
Germany scored three second-half goals to reach the European Championship soccer semifinals for a record seventh time Friday after a 4-2 win over Greece in Poland. Philipp Lahm gave Germany the lead in the 39th minute before Georgios Samaras equalized for Greece in the 55th. But Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus all scored to pull Germany clear. Greece got a consolation penalty in the 89th by Dimitris Salpigidis. "We made some silly mistakes but at the end we scored four goals," Lahm said. "We had many chances in the first 10-15 minutes."
■ Dario Franchitti won the third of the first three qualifying heat races in the history of the current IndyCar series Friday to take the pole for the Iowa Corn Indy 250. Franchitti, the Indianapolis 500 winner, has two victories in four starts on Iowa's short oval. Helio Castroneves will start on the front row with Franchitti, followed by 2011 winner Marco Andretti. The starting grid was set by three 30-lap heat races seeded according to practice times. The eight fastest in the last practice competed in the final heat, which set the first four rows for the Saturday night race.
■ The Edmonton Oilers selected winger Nail Yakupov with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft. The Oilers, picking first overall for the third straight year, opted for the dynamic 18-year-old forward of the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Yakupov scored 31 goals in 42 games last season and broke Steven Stamkos' franchise rookie scoring record in 2010-11 when he finished with 49 goals and 101 points. Yakupov joins a young core that includes center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the top selection in 2011, and winger Taylor Hall, the first pick in 2010.
■ Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said construction should begin before the end of the next football season on an $80 million expansion to add about 6,000 seats to the school's stadium. Davis Wade Stadium seats 55,082 and is the second-oldest stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The last word
Mike Miller set an NBA Finals record by making seven three-pointers as a reserve in the Miami Heat's title-clinching win over Oklahoma City on Thursday night. He limped with nearly every step while scoring 23 points in 23 minutes and he raised the possibility afterward that it might have been the final game of his career:
"Through the injuries, I'm just glad they didn't take me back to the barn and put me down. I'm just happy to be here."