•Kings play for title:
It’s not often the Kings compete for a title. Ok, in the Sacramento era, they have never competed for a title. But coach Michael Malone’s group compiled a 5-1 record in the Las Vegas summer league and advanced to the finale tonight against the Houston Rockets tonight at 6 on NBA TV. This is only the second year for playoff format at the summer league, too. Can’t forget that.
A’s righthander Sonny Gray, who was Bob Melvin’s choice to start the postseason finale against the Detroit Tigers last season, continues to solidify his status as staff ace. He improved to 11-3 in Sunday’s 10-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Gray – who still looks like he is all of 16 – allowed two runs (one earned) and two hits in 62/3 innings.
•McIlroy enjoys Sunday:
While Greg Maddux, Annika Sorenstam, Aaron Rodgers, Michael Waltrip and the inimitable Charles Barkley, among others, entertained the always sizable gallery at the annual American Century Golf tournament in Tahoe Edgewood, Rory McIlroy was moving toward the British Open title – his third win in a Grand Slam event his year. McIlroy also became the youngest at 25 to win the British Open, behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
How fitting is this? McIlroy’s former fiancee, Caroline Wozniacki, takes her own powerful swings and defeats Roberta Vinci in the finals of the Istanbul Open. This was Wozniacki’s first WTA win of what has been a trying season. Weeks before the French Open in May, her ex-beau called off the couple’s engagement during a phone call.
•Bhullar gives it a shot:
The first NBA players to represent France (Tariq Abdul-Wahad), Turkey (Hedo Turkoglu) and Israel (Omri Casspi) made their historic debuts with the Kings. Massive Sim Bhullar (India) is trying to earn an invitation to training camp, but he’s a longshot to make the opening night roster. In limited action for the Kings at the summer league, the former New Mexico State center has played just under 10 minutes, scored one field goal and blocked one shot in four games. Wouldn’t shock anyone, though, if he joins the Kings D-League team, the Reno Bighorns.