In this piece, we reflect on 10 transfer deals of the past decade that have given Arsenal fans some cause for regret. Join us, as we count down through a list of deals Gunners supporters wish had never gone through.
By Deepa Babington and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece voted on Sunday on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain. Staged against a backdrop of shuttered banks and threats of financial apocalypse, the vote looked too close to call and may not produce the clear mandate for negotiations that Athens’ creditors seek. Greeks are split on whether to accept an offer by creditors that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls a "humiliation" and is urging people to reject.
The Sacramento Kings made their second major splash of the free-agent season, agreeing to terms on a four-year contract with Kosta Koufos. According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the deal is worth $33 million and includes a player option after the third year. Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press confirmed the report.
Koufos was one of the top remaining rim-protectors left on the market after the Los Angeles Lakers got the framework together on a trade for Roy Hibbert, per the Los Angeles Times‘ Mike Bresnahan.
The 26-year-old big man averaged 5.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks a game for the Memphis Grizzlies last year. According to NBA.com, the Grizzlies had a 94.8 defensive rating when he was on the court, compared to 102.5 with him off it.
The biggest immediate question is how Koufos will fit into Sacramento’s rotation. SB Nation’s Tom Ziller foresees some lineup headaches for head coach George Karl in the future:
The Kings already had DeMarcus Cousins before picking Willie Cauley-Stein in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft. For those keeping track, that’s three centers.
Perhaps the front office envisions Cauley-Stein and Koufos playing similar roles and partnering up with Cousins on the floor. Their defense-first style meshes well with Cousins’ more offensive-minded game.
As ESPN’s Amin Elhassan noted, though, getting everybody enough playing time won’t be easy:
The New York Post‘s Tim Bontemps looks at the signing as a major blow to one of the Kings’ division rivals, which you could count in Sacramento’s favor:
The Kings have been rightfully criticized for some of their offseason business so far, but paying Koufos $8.25 million a year is a fairly reasonably sum given his defensive capabilities. His contract figure will look much less daunting when the salary cap rises next summer.
Maybe Sacramento also views Koufos as a bit of insurance in case the doomsday scenario—Cousins forcing a trade—happens. Koufos could also be trade bait for another team looking for a rim-protector down the line.
JONES BEACH (CBSNewYork) — This year’s Fun on the Fourth at Jones Beach came with something that has been missing from this landscape for five years.
Stefany Jimenez of Northport was awestruck at her first ever Jones Beach fireworks show, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
“It’s pretty amazing right now,” said Deer Park resident Daniel Garcia.
The return of fireworks to the state park gave beachgoers a brilliant finale to their day in the sun sand and surf.
“When you hear about Long Island you think Jones Beach Fourth of July and that’s automatically you think that right away so you’re here so I’m here,” said Brentwood resident Eddie Flores.
“It’s great that were able to bring it back,” said George Gorman with Jones Beach State Park. “Weather is great and what better place to have a fireworks then beautiful 6 1/2 mile Beach from here on Jones Beach.”
The fireworks display was put on hiatus due to budget cuts, Carlin reported.
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Zack Greinke insists he just lives in the present, so don’t ask him to consider his career-best scoreless streak of 27 2/3 innings or a possible start for the National League in the All-Star Game. ”I don’t really think about it,” he said after scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Saturday night. ”It’s been pretty good,” Greinke said about his first half of the season.
By Christine Kim SEOUL (Reuters) – The night before their wedding, Kim Kwang-yoon and Cho Jin-oh were up until 2 a.m. with the bride's mother, setting tables. With South Korea's average wedding expenditure last year at nearly $64,000, or about double that of the United States, more citizens are spurning lavish events for smaller functions as the economy slows, the age at marriage rises and parents nearing retirement have less money to splurge. The average expenditure, from a survey by wedding planner Duo, excludes the cost of housing, traditionally provided by parents.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is a stud—a bona fide, 110 percent, absolute stud.
The 23-year-old superstar put on a fireworks show earlier than expected on Independence Day, as his team jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning against the Miami Marlins. The righty bombed a two-run dinger in the first inning and then rocketed a grand slam in the second.
Wrigley Field got wild, and so did Twitter:
Bryant isn’t quite ready for Mount Rushmore, but the rookie is certainly playing like an American—er, National—hero.