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Bryant implies he wants trade from Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant implied again that he wants to be traded, writing on his Web site that "the Lakers and me just have two different visions for the future."

The statement posted Sunday on kb24.com was the latest in a recent series of sometimes inconsistent comments from Bryant about whether he wants to remain in Los Angeles.

"When you love something as much as I love the Lakers its hard to even imagine thinking about being elsewhere. But, the ONE THING I will never sacrifice when it comes to basketball is WINNING," the two-time scoring champion wrote.

"The more I thought about the future, the more I became convinced that the Lakers and me just have two different visions for the future."

The 28-year-old Bryant, a nine-time All Star, has four years left on his contract -- but he can terminate it following the 2008-09 season.

• Lining the banks of San Antonio's famed River Walk, tens of thousands of Spurs fans decked out in black and silver waited in the oppressive heat on Sunday to catch a glimpse of their favorite players and congratulate the team on its fourth NBA title in nine seasons.

"I'm so happy -- I feel very blessed and it's a privilege to play with a great team," said Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who carried his finals MVP trophy with him on one of the early barges of the river parade. "Hopefully we'll do it again next year."

Parker, joined by his bride-to-be, actress Eva Longoria, joked that he'd slept with the trophy for the last couple of nights.

• MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- Brandon Watson extended his hitting streak to 43 games, breaking a 95-year-old International League record with a base hit in the Columbus Clippers' 9-8 loss to the Ottawa Lynx.

Watson hit a leadoff single off J.D. Durbin in the sixth and finished 1-for-5 in Clippers' 11-inning loss.

Jack Lelivelt set the IL record for the Rochester Hustlers in 1912.

Watson played 35 major league games in 2005 and '06, batting .176.

The Clippers are the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate.

• AUTO RACING -- Rookie sensation Lewis Hamilton did it again, racing to his second straight Formula One victory in the U.S. Grand Prix.

The first black driver in F1's 61-year history has finished all seven races this season in the top three. He now leads Mercedes McLaren teammate and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso by 10 points in the standings.

The two finished 1-2 for the third time this season, but this time the order was reversed from Malaysia in April and last month's race at Monaco as the 22-year-old Englishman added this victory to his inaugural F1 triumph last week in the Canadian Grand Prix.

• PRO TENNIS -- Andy Roddick won his fourth Queen's Club title, saving match point in the second set before beating France's Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2) in the final of the grass-court tuneup for Wimbledon.

Roddick, seeded second, also won from 2003-05 and joined Lleyton Hewitt, Boris Becker and John McEnroe as four-time winners of this event.

Mahut, who beat French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, was not broken once in the match. He is 0-2 against Roddick.

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