MIAMI -- Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is a father for the sixth time.
He and his wife, Shaunie, welcomed a new daughter. Mearah Sanaa O'Neal was born just before 5 a.m. Monday morning, and team officials said the baby girl and her mother were resting comfortably.
It's the third girl for the O'Neals, with Mearah joining sisters Taahirah and Amirah and brothers Myles, Shareef and Shaqir, who turned 3 last month.
O'Neal was with the Heat for their practice session later Monday but left without speaking to reporters.
He is expected to play Tuesday when Miami hosts the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series, which is tied at two games apiece.
Mearah O'Neal was born just six minutes before Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, the second child of former Shaq teammate Kobe Bryant.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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