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Shaq joining LeBron

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland is close to acquiring center Shaquille O'Neal in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, a person with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press. The teams have reached an agreement in principle on the deal, which would unite O'Neal with Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, the NBA's MVP.

O'Neal will join Cleveland in exchange for center Ben Wallace, guard Sasha Pavlovic, a second-round draft pick and cash, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league still must approve the deal.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal.

The 37-year-old O'Neal, who has won four NBA titles, had one year left on his contract with the Suns. He averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds last season and appeared in his 15th All-Star game.

Yao's foot not healed

HOUSTON (AP) - Yao Ming's broken foot is not healed and the Houston Rockets say the All-Star center is out indefinitely.

Yao suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot in the Rockets' second-round playoff loss to the Lakers on May 8. The team initially said Yao would miss eight to 12 weeks, but team doctor Tom Clanton examined Yao's foot in Houston on Wednesday and said the injury has not responded to the treatment program.

A bone scan conducted Wednesday night revealed the fracture had not healed. The team now says no timeline is set for Yao's return to basketball activities.

Teams swap draft picks

DALLAS (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers have moved up to the 22nd pick in Thursday's NBA draft, giving the Dallas Mavericks the No. 24 pick and two second-rounders in exchange. The Mavs got Portland's second-rounder this year, No. 56 overall and a second-rounder in 2010.

In other draft news:

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says the NBA champs will likely unload their first round pick, which is the 29th overall. The Lakers also have the 42nd and 59th picks in the second round of Thursday's draft.

Giants prevail over A's

(AP) - The Battle of the Bay goes to San Francisco this time.

The Giants got a two-run homer from Nate Schierholtz (SHUR'-holtz) in a 6-3 win over Oakland that gave San Francisco the season series with their Bay area cousin for the first time since 2001. Randy Johnson came up with a strong effort in picking up his 302nd career win. The big left-hander limited the Athletics to a run on six hits in seven innings. The 45-year old struck out six and walked one to improve to 7-5.

In interleague play:

Josh Fields broke out of an 0 for 16 slump with 2 of the White Sox six homers in a 10-7 win over the Dodgers.

David Ortiz homered for his 1,000th RBI as Boston topped the Washington Nationals 6-4.

Nate Schierholtz (SHUR'-holtz) hit a two-run homer to help San Francisco beat Oakland 6-3. Randy Johnson limited the Athletics to a run on six hits in seven innings for his 302nd career win.

Franklin Gutierrez led off the eighth inning with a home run to give Seattle a 4-3 win over San Diego.

Vicente Padilla allowed one run and six hits in seven innings to lead Texas to a 2-1 win over Arizona, snapping the Rangers 5-game losing streak.

Matt Garza shut down Philadelphia's offense to lead Tampa Bay to a 7-1 win over the Phillies. Garza limited the Phillies to just a run on three hits in eight innings to pick up his first win since May 16.

Aaron Hill, Adam Lind and Vernon Wells homered in a five-run first inning as Toronto topped Cincinnati 8-2.

Nick Swisher homered and drove in two runs and Alex Rodriguez drove in two more as the Yankees beat Atlanta 8-4.

Gerald Laird and Miguel Cabrera homered to help Detroit win their sixth straight game, beating the Cubs 5-3.

Hanley Ramirez and Cody Ross both drove in two runs as Florida beat Baltimore 5-2 for the Marlins' fourth straight win.

Adam LaRoche drove in three runs to lead Pittsburgh to a 10-6 win over Cleveland. The Pirates ended a 5-game losing streak.

Jason Kendall's two-out double tied the game and he came around to score on two errors on the play to give Milwaukee a 4-3 win over Minnesota.

Miguel Olivo's homer to lead off the top of the 11th gave Kansas City a 4-3 win over Houston.

In the only National League game on the schedule, Fernando Nieve worked six innings to improve to 3-0 as the Mets crushed St. Louis 11-0. Nick Evans had a two-run home run and David Wright had four hits in New York's 16-hit attack.

Tigers claims sixth title

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - LSU has won the College World Series beating Texas 11-4 in the deciding game. The Tigers took control with five runs in the sixth inning with plenty of Longhorns help. Mike Mahtook snapped a 4-all tie with an RBI double, and LSU padded the lead with the help of 2 walks, two hit batters, a passed ball, a wild pitch and an error in the sixth. Only 2 of the five runs LSU scored in the inning were earned.

LSU captured the title for the sixth time, tying Texas for second on the all-time list.

US beats Spain

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) - For the first time in history, the U.S. men's soccer team will appear in the final of a major international tournament. The Americans pulled off a stunner, by blanking number-one ranked Spain 2-0 in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. Spain had not lost in 35 straight matches dating back to November 2006. Jozy Altidore (AL'-tih-dor) and Clint Demsey scored for the Americans who survived elimination from the tournament earlier this week by a series of unlikely results. The U.S. will either face Brazil or South Africa in the final

Venus and Roddick see action

WIMBLEDON (AP) - Defending champ Venus Williams and Andy Roddick will be in action today as the second round at Wimbledon continues. Williams will take on Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine, while Roddick faces Russia's Igor Kunitsyn.

British fans will be pulling for Andy Murray, who's trying to become the first from his country to win the men's title since 1930. He'll face off against Earnests Gulbis of Latvia.

Peppers stays with Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Julius Peppers must feel like the Carolina Panthers aren't so bad, afterall. The defensive end has signed a 1-year, $16.7-million tender under the franchise tag. That comes just months after Peppers told the team he wanted to become a free agent so he could skip town and sign with another team.

Packers and Jennings get together on new pact

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay is hanging onto unrestricted free agent Greg Jennings, giving the receiver a 3-year contract extension worth $$27 million. Jennings will reportedly get $$16 million in guaranteed money after he was scheduled to make $535,000 this season. He caught a career-best 80 passes for 1,292 yards and nine touchdowns and was an NFC Pro Bowl first alternate last season.

BYU coach beats cancer

PROVO, Utah (AP) - BYU basketball coach Dave Rose says he appears to be free of cancer and plans on being back next season. Rose underwent emergency surgery earlier this month to removed his spleen and a mass that tested positive for cancer. The tumor had started in Rose's pancreas and spread to his spleen and caused internal bleeding.

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