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This Week in Sports :: June 23-27, 2008

[KWLINK 11393]Derrick Rose[/KWLINK[/b] returns home! The Chicago Bulls select the hometown product with the first pick in the NBA Draft! See what else happened! !

Bulls Select Rose

It was a busy night on Draft night. To nobody's surprise the Bulls snagged Derrick Rose while the Miami Heat drafted Kansas State superstar Michael Beasley with the second pick. The Minnesota Timberwolves picked O.J. Mayo with he third pick but quickly sent the pick to Memphis as past of an eight player blockbuster trade. Mayo, Antoine Walker and Marco Jaric of the T-Wolves were sent to Memphis for sixth pick, Kevin Love and Mike Miller among others. Also Richard Jefferson of the Nets was shipped to Milwaukee for Chinese sensation Yi Jianlian. In all a record 10 freshman were selected in the first round and 10 international players were drafted overall.

Shaq Attacks Kobe

It may have been over four years since they've been teammates, but Shaquille O'Neal is apparently still bitter at Kobe Bryant. Probably one of the biggest personal rivalries in sports, Shaq and Kobe fought while they were teammates and the first couple years after Shaq was traded to Miami. After it had appeared the two have kissed and made up, Shaq re-opened the rivalry by rapping about Kobe during a performance in a New York City nightclub. There, Shaq made fun of Kobe by saying he couldn't win an NBA Championship without him. In the swear-ridden rap, Shaq even blamed Kobe for his recent divorce.

Spain and Germany in Euro Cup Final

For the first time in 24 years, Spain will be playing in the European Championship Final. On Thursday, Spain easily defeated Russia 3-0. Germany, on the other hand, defeated Turkey 3-2 on Wednesday night. Spain is on quite a run, they have won 21 straight games. The only downside for Spain is they will have to beat Germany without to star player David Villa, who injured his thigh during Thursday's match. The final takes place on Sunday.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • The Indiana Pacers traded All-Star Jermaine O'Neal to the Toronto Raptors for guard T.J. Ford.
  • Third seed Maria Sharapova lost in the second round of Wimbledon to fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva. French Open champ Ana Ivanovic was upset too, losing to Zheng Jie of China in the third round on Friday.
  • The Minnesota Twins are quietly making some noise in the AL. The Twins have won nine straight games.
  • The Atlanta Dream's inaugural season continues to be a nightmare. The Dream's record for the year is 0-13.


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