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With Two Rings, Posey Sees His Next Shot With Hornets

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

James Posey knows what NBA championship teams look like, and he thinks the New Orleans Hornets are beginning to bear some resemblance.

A key reserve on Boston's championship team last season and Miami's two seasons before that, Posey officially became a Hornet yesterday after signing a four-year, $25 million contract.

The versatile 6-foot-8 forward said he saw enough of the Hornets during a franchise-best 56-win march to the Southwest Division title, first-round playoff victory over Dallas and seven-game series with San Antonio to believe he can win a third ring in New Orleans.

"I look for them to do big things this upcoming season, after the great things they did last season," he said. "I want to contribute as best I can.

"You can see, it's just sitting right there with the young core they have. Chris Paul is a great leader and with David West, Peja[ Stojakovic] and Tyson Chandler, they have a group that competes every single day."

Posey had expressed a desire to stay with the Celtics, but they wouldn't offer him more than a three-year deal. . . .

The Utah Jazz traded point guard Jason Hart to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for point guard Brevin Knight. . . .

Point guard Sebastian Telfair signed a new contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a two-year deal that includes a player option for a third season. . . .

The Portland Trail Blazers signed French guard-forward Nicolas Batum, the 25th overall pick in last month's NBA draft.

· TENNIS: The Washington Kastles won, 22-17, in overtime against the St. Louis Aces in a World TeamTennis match brightened by Anna Kournikova's star power but dampened by torrential rain. The Kastles completed their inaugural season with a 6-8 record.

Both teams and about 300 accompanying fans escaped the downpour halfway through the third set by relocating from the open-air Kastles Stadium at 11th and H streets NW to the roofed East Potomac Tennis Center at Hains Point. Kournikova, the Aces star, played mixed doubles and women's doubles. . . .

Top-ranked Roger Federer was knocked out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 loss to France's Gilles Simon in a second-round match.

Federer, who won the tournament in 2004 and '06, was playing his first match since losing the Wimbledon final in five sets to Spain's Rafael Nadal.

· BOXING: Unbeaten middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has finalized a deal to fight longtime title holder Bernard Hopkins on Oct. 18 in Atlantic City, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said. . . .

The fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Joe Calzaghe is expected to be rescheduled for early November. Jones said in a statement that it likely will take place Nov. 8 at Madison Square Garden. The bout was postponed from Sept. 20 after Calzaghe sprained his right wrist in training Sunday.

· HOCKEY: Anaheim Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle signed a two-year extension, putting him under contract with the 2007 Stanley Cup champions for the next three years.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports


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