Your Must-See Sports Headlines for Today, July 12

Russell Westbrook was dealt to the Rockets in a blockbuster trade on Thursday in which the Thunder got Chris Paul and multiple draft picks in return.

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Russell Westbrook was dealt to the Rockets in a blockbuster trade on Thursday in which the Thunder got Chris Paul and multiple draft picks in return.

Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Thursday, highlighted by a massive NBA blockbuster deal made by the Thunder and Rockets, that sent superstar Russell Westbrook to Houston to join forces with former MVP teammate James Harden, and shipped Chris Paul and multiple draft picks to Oklahoma City in return.

Spanning the sports headlines, Serena Williams and Simona Halep cruise to decisive victories in their semifinal matches to set up a clash for the Wimbledon title this weekend and you’ve got to see this video of Redskins cornerback Josh Norman leaping over a bull in Spain.

All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Friday!


Russell Westbrook Traded to Houston Rockets For Chris Paul & Draft Picks in Blockbuster Deal


'Have mercy!' – Stephen A. reacts to Russell Westbrook to the Rockets | 2019 NBA Free AgencyStephen A. Smith reacts to the news that the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks. Stephen A. is excited about the Russ and James Harden tandem coming back together. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN+ plus.espn.com/ ✔ Get the ESPN App: espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔ Subscribe to ESPN…2019-07-12T01:48:35.000Z

Just when you thought things had died down on the NBA offseason front, Thursday happened. Former NBA MVP award winner and 8-time All-Star Russell Westbrook was dealt to the Houston Rockets in the latest ground-shifting deal to hit the league this offseason, according to an ESPN report by Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young.

Russell Westbrook now reunites with former teammate and fellow MVP winner James Harden, while the Rockets part ways with nine-time All-Star Chris Paul who was shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with two protected first-round draft picks (2024 and 2026) and two pick swaps (2021 and 2025).

Westbrook and Harden began their careers in Oklahoma City together and now form a lethal 1-2 duo in Houston that gives the Rockets a window to make a legitimate run at a championship.

Meanwhile, the Thunder have now added eight first-round picks in the last few weeks, while moving Paul George to the Clippers and Paul to the Rockets. The end destination may not turn out to be Oklahoma City for Paul, as league sources say that the Thunder could work to find a new team for him.

Westbrook leaves behind quite the legacy in Oklahoma City. He was drafted by the organization in 2008 (then the Seattle SuperSonics) and played 11 seasons for the team, ranking first in the franchise (including the Seattle teams) for points, second in assists, third in rebounds and steals and fourth in games played. Westbrook is currently tied for second with Magic Johnson for the most career triple-doubles in league history with 138, trailing only Oscar Robertson who had 181.

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Serena Williams, Simona Halep Cruise Into Wimbledon Final With Straight Set Semifinal Wins


Serena Williams tops Barbora Strycova, advances to final | 2019 Wimbledon HighlightsSerena Williams defeats Barbora Strycova in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 to advance to her 11th appearance in the Wimbledon final where she will take on Simona Halep. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN+ plus.espn.com/ ✔ Get the ESPN App: espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube: bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoESPNFC ✔ Subscribe…2019-07-11T15:33:47.000Z

Serena Williams and Simona Halep had no problem on Thursday advancing to Saturday’s Wimbledon Final.

Williams dominated her opponent, Barbora Strycova from the Czech Republic, in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, while the No. 7 seeded Halep easily got by Elina Svitolina from the Ukraine, 6-1, 6-3.

Saturday’s final has the potential of producing history, as Williams is one Grand Slam title shy of tying Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles championships, which has stood since 1973. Williams has not won a major title since the Australian Open in 2017, coming close in 2018 with runner-up finishes at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. At 37 years old, Williams will be the oldest woman to play in a major in the Open era.

Halep will be looking to make history of her own, as she is the first Romanian woman to make a Wimbledon final.


HSBC Play of the Day – Simona Halep | Wimbledon 2019Simona Halep has today's #HSBC Play of the Day… This is the official Wimbledon YouTube page. The Championships 2019 will run from 1 July – 14 July. To join the Wimbledon story this year, visit wimbledon.com/mywimbledon SUBSCRIBE to The Wimbledon YouTube Channel: youtube.com/wimbledon LIKE Wimbledon on Facebook: facebook.com/Wimbledon FOLLOW Wimbledon on Twitter: twitter.com/Wimbledon FOLLOW Wimbledon…2019-07-11T16:20:47.000Z

Williams and Halep have met 10 times, with Williams taking 9 of those matches, including a win in their Australian Open contest this past January.

The men will take center stage on Friday for their semifinals. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet at Wimbledon for the first time since their legendary final back in 2008 when a 21-year-old Nadal won in a marathon five-set thriller.

The number one seed Novak Djokovic will take on Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the other semifinal. The men’s final will be held on Sunday at the All England Club.


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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet on Friday for the first time at Wimbledon since their epic 2008 final., which Nadal won in a five set thriller.

Julian Finney/Getty ImagesRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet on Friday for the first time at Wimbledon since their epic 2008 final., which Nadal won in a five set thriller.

WIMBLEDON: MEN’S SEMIFINALS
All eyes will be on Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Friday, as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renew their rivalry in the men’s semifinals. The number one seed Novak Djokovic will take on Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the other semifinal.
When: Friday, 8 a.m.
TV: ESPN

WIMBLEDON: WOMEN’S FINAL
Serena Williams will look to tie the record for all-time Grand Slam singles titles on Saturday. Standing in her way in the Wimbledon final will be former world number one Simona Halep.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.
TV: ESPN

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