PRO BASKETBALL

Dwight Howard is joining the Rockets, leaving Los Angeles after one season to chase championships in Houston.

``I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel (it's) the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season,'' Howard wrote on Twitter on Friday night.

``I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.''

Howard leaves behind an extra $30 million and an offense under Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni that he was never fully comfortable with, joining a Rockets team that could become an immediate contender in the Western Conference with the All-Star center in the middle.

``Years of work by Dwight & Rockets went into this. This team is going to be special,'' general manager Daryl Morey tweeted.

USA Today first reported earlier Friday that Howard would join the Rockets, where he would team with All-Star James Harden to give the Rockets a potentially potent inside-outside combination.

That didn't quite end the Howard saga, which has dragged on a couple of years. He spoke again with the Lakers amid reports he was changing his mind.

Turns out, he was just saying goodbye.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors reached an agreement with swingman Andre Iguodala on a $48 million, four-year deal, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10. One said the Warriors cleared more than $24 million in salary cap space by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz along with unspecified draft picks.

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Brad Stevens says he had no desire to leave Butler - until the Celtics called.

Seventeen championships. Bill Russell. Red Auerbach. It was all too much for the 36-year-old Stevens to resist.

Boston introduced its 17th coach at a news conference at the team's practice facility, and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Stevens was his first choice to replace Doc Rivers. Boston received a first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for the rights to Rivers last week, and then Ainge called Stevens.

DALLAS (AP) - The Mavericks moved quickly once they were out of the running for Dwight Howard.

Dallas and free agent point guard Jose Calderon agreed on a four-year, $28 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because free agent contracts can't be discussed publicly before Wednesday, when they can first be signed.

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TENNIS

LONDON (AP) - Slugging back and forth over a Wimbledon semifinal-record 4 hours, 43 minutes of backbreaking tennis Friday, top-seeded Novak Djokovic overcame Juan Martin del Potro with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory to move one win away from his seventh major title.

``One of the most epic matches I've played in my life,'' Djokovic said.

On Sunday, Djokovic will play second-seeded Andy Murray, who defeated No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to make his second straight Wimbledon final and move within one win of becoming the first British man in 77 years to capture his country's home tournament.

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PRO HOCKEY

Daniel Alfredsson bolted from the Ottawa Senators to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, sensing that was the best move he could make in his drive to win a championship before his career ends.

``It's all about trying to get the Stanley Cup,'' he said.

It is for Jarome Iginla, too.

Iginla signed a one-year deal with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins. The longtime Calgary Flames and short-time Pittsburgh Penguins forward will make $1.8 million guaranteed and can make up to $6 million with Boston.

The Senators, refusing to settle after losing Alfredsson, responded with a bold move to acquire Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks.

NHL teams made a big splash on the first day of free agency with a slew of signings and some trades.

Less than a year after the league's latest lockout, many teams spent big bucks on free agents despite knowing they will have to deal with a smaller salary cap next season.

Ilya Bryzgalov and Jaromir Jagr were among the notable names hoping teams that whiffed on other free agents signed them soon.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were among the big spenders, signing Nathan Horton to a $37.1 million, seven-year contract.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will play start playing in minor league games Saturday as he works his way back from an ankle injury.

The team announced that Jeter, who hasn't played this season due to a broken left ankle, has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment and is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees captain is scheduled to play at least five innings in Saturday's game.

Jeter broke his ankle in the opener of the AL championship series on Oct. 13. After surgery, he played five spring training games because of soreness. A new break was discovered on April 18.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver has become a first-time father, naming his son in tribute to late teammate and friend Nick Adenhart.

The team said that Aden David Weaver was born Friday to Weaver and his wife Kristin. The baby weighs 8 pounds.

Weaver has paid tribute to Adenhart ever since the young pitcher was killed by a drunken driver after a game in 2009. He scrawls the initials ``NA'' into the dirt on the mound for each of his starts.

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AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Matt Kenseth pulled away from traffic on the final restart of the Nationwide Series race, cruising to a comfortable win at Daytona International Speedway.

James Buescher finished second and Elliot Sadler took third, collecting a $100,000 bonus from series sponsor Nationwide as the highest finishing driver in the ``Dash 4 Cash'' program.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth swept the front row for Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch turned a lap at 193.723 mph in qualifying to win the pole. Kenseth was second at 193.299.

Clint Bowyer qualified second and Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. was fifth as Toyota drivers took four of the first five spots. Kasey Kahne wedged his Chevrolet in at fourth.

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PRO FOOTBALL

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who says he lost an eye after being shot by Aaron Hernandez in February was ordered to appear before a grand jury in Massachusetts that is considering the murder case against the former New England Patriots tight end.

Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander in Hartford ordered Alexander Bradley to appear July 17 in Fall River, Mass., where a grand jury is looking into allegations Hernandez orchestrated the shooting of Odin Lloyd, according to a clerk for the court.

Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17 near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. Prosecutors say Hernandez arranged Lloyd's shooting because he was upset at him for talking to certain people at a nightclub.

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SOCCER

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Landon Donovan made an impressive return to international soccer, scoring two goals in the United States' 6-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly match preceding the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Donovan had several dynamic moments in his first U.S. match since Aug. 15, 2012, which he played on the right wing and as an attacking midfielder. He took nearly five months off from soccer, and the American face of the sport wasn't included on the U.S. roster for June's World Cup qualifiers.

U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann added him for the Gold Cup, soccer's regional championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean that is played every two years.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - New Manchester United manager David Moyes says Wayne Rooney will remain with the Premier League champions and won't be sold.

The England striker had indicated before the end of last season, before manager Alex Ferguson retired, that he wanted to leave United after nine years.

Moyes, who previously managed Rooney at Everton, says ``Wayne will not be sold by Manchester United.''