Oubre makes debut in summer league loss
It’s almost impossible to miss this about Washington Wizards top draft pick Kelly Oubre Jr.: He oozes confidence. Oubre, 19, usually applies it on the basketball court, but it was a bit delayed in his professional debut Saturday afternoon in a summer league game in Las Vegas. Starting at shooting guard at Thomas & Mack Center, Oubre missed six of his first seven field goal attempts, had a couple shots blocked and bricked his first two free throws. Jitters, he said after the Wizards’ 86-77 loss to the Phoenix Suns, were an obstacle.
The end result was encouraging: a team-high 20 points on 8-for-20 shooting to go with a game-high 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.
“Started off a little slow. They took advantage of that because they had a group of guys that controlled the ball,” Oubre said.
— Jorge Castillo
Joel Embiid may not make his NBA debut until 2016, if at all.
Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have determined the center will have a second surgery on his right foot, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Saturday.
The Philadelphia Inquirer was first to report Embiid will have another operation.
The 7-footer from Kansas was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He missed his rookie season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot in June 2014.
The team announced last month that he suffered a setback in his recovery. Embiid is likely to sit out another season, and it’s possible the injury could be career-threatening. . . . Mavericks owner Mark
Cuban apparently isn’t accepting DeAndre Jordan’s apology for reneging on a deal to sign with Dallas in free agency.
Cuban, responding a day after Jordan’s Twitter apology, wrote on his Cyber Dust messaging app, “When’s an apology not an apology? When you didn’t write it yourself. Next.”
The outspoken billionaire owner has said Jordan never responded to his messages Wednesday, a day before contracts could be signed. Cuban was aware of reports Jordan was having second thoughts about leaving the Los Angeles Clippers, who re-signed the 6-foot-11 center.
Jordan finally broke his silence Friday, apologizing for a “change of heart” and calling Cuban “one of the best owners in the world.”
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is leaving Real Madrid to join Portuguese club FC Porto after 16 seasons in which he helped the Spanish powerhouse win a slew of titles that included three Champions League crowns and five Spanish league trophies.
Casillas joined Madrid’s youth academy at the age of 9 and made his debut for its first team in 1999. He became a longserving captain who was regularly hailed by fans as “Saint Iker” because his daring saves seemed to them almost miraculous. . . . Germany captain Bastian
Schweinsteiger is leaving Bayern Munich to join Manchester United, ending his 17-year association with the Bundesliga giants.
United announced the club had reached an agreement with Bayern to sign the 30-year-old midfielder, subject to a medical examination and personal terms being agreed.
Schweinsteiger will be reunited with former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, who is preparing for his second season in charge of United. . . .
Rodolph Austin scored two minutes into stoppage time to lift Jamaica over Canada, 1-0, in a CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match in Houston.
Jamaica is 1-0-1 in group play; Canada dropped to 0-1-1.
The sequence that led to the winning goal began when Jamaica played the ball out to the right wing, and Adrian
Mariappa then sent it into the center of the box.
Austin shook off his defender and headed it clean past goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos. ...
Bradley Wright-Phillips had two goals and an assist in the first 12 minutes to lead the New York Red Bulls past the sliding New England Revolution, 4-1, in an MLS match in Harrison, N. J.