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Report: Asik signs Rockets' offer sheet

CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Restricted free-agent center Omer Asik has signed a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.

The newspaper said the current Chicago Bulls player had dinner with Rockets Coach Kevin McHale Friday in Las Vegas, returned to Chicago and signed the offer sheet.

That gives the Bulls three days to match the offer or let the second-year front-courtman leave for Houston.

Signs are pointing toward Chicago not matching the offer for the 7-footer from Turkey, the newspaper said.

He averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 66 games last season.


White Sox nab closer Myers from Astros

CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Right-handed closer Brett Myers went from the Houston Astros to the Chicago White Sox in a trade announced Saturday.

Myers, a converted starter, compiled an 0-4 record with a 3.52 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 30.2 innings for the Astros this season.

In exchange for the 31-year-old pitcher, the White Sox sent minor league pitchers Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters to Houston.

Chicago, locked in a battle with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians for the American League Central title, have lacked a true closer this season, and Myers has converted 19 of his 21 save opportunities for the last-place Astros.

The White Sox optioned pitcher Dylan Axelrod to Class AAA Charlotte to make room for Myers.


Adam Scott forges 4-shot British Open lead

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England, July 21 (UPI) -- Adam Scott, seeking his first major championship, will carry a four-shot lead into the final round of the British Open after posting a 2-under 68 Saturday.

That performance -- one stroke short of the 54-hole record held by Tom Lehman -- put Scott at 11-under 199, four better than a pair of competitors.

The Australian was consistent in hitting fairways and in putting Saturday, collecting three birdies and a single bogey in Round 3. He has won six of the eight times he's held at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Tied for second at minus-7 were Graeme McDowell, who posted a 3-under 67, and second-round leader Brandt Snedeker, who overcame some mid-round trouble with an 18th-hole birdie for a 3-over 73.

Tiger Woods (even-par 70) claimed sole possession of fourth at 6-under par, five behind Scott, Zach Johnson (66) and Ernie Els (68) were tied for fifth at 5-under 205.


Wiggins leads Tour de France

CHARTRES, France, July 21 (UPI) -- Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain won Saturday's 19th stage of the Tour de France and leads the epic race heading into Sunday's final stage.

Wiggins holds a lead of 3 minutes, 21 seconds over teammate Christopher Froome with only the grand finale through the streets of Paris remaining.

Wiggins completed Saturday's stage, a time-trial run of 53.5-kilometers (33 miles) from Bonneval to Chartres, in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds. Froome placed second and Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain took third.

Wiggins, who also won Stage 9, is considered to hold a nearly insurmountable lead heading into Sunday.

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