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Report: Bucks Plan on Claiming Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Report: Bucks Plan on Claiming Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an effort to save salary cap space, The Los Angeles Lakers waived point guard Kendall Marshall with hopes of re-signing him. Instead, ESPN is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks will put a claim in on him and his rights will become the team’s property.
Marshall started 45 games for the Lakers last season and resurrected his career after he spent time in the NBA Developmental League after he was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns back in 2012.
The Lakers were hoping that no one would put in a claim on him, and would then re-sign him to a more team-friendly deal.
Even though he has trouble shooting the ball, Marshall has proved himself to be a more that reliable point guard at the NBA level.
In 54 games this past sesaon, Marshall averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per game.
With the Bucks having rookie Jabari Parker and sophomore Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marshall will likely be counted on to be a distributor and lock down the point guard position.
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Rory McIlroy Wins The Open Championship

Rory McIlroy Wins The Open Championship

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(MERSEYSIDE, England) –  Rory McIlroy held on to win the 2014 Open Championship on Sunday to capture the third leg of the career Grand Slam.
McIlroy, 25, led by six shots heading into the final round.  The lead was down to two shots at one point, but he wound up closing with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.
“It feels incredible,” McIlroy said. “Today wasn’t easy. A few guys were making runs at me. I just needed to stay focused and stay in the present and really concentrate on what I was doing out there.”
After winning the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship, McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players with three different majors at age 25 or younger.
Woods shot a final-round 75 to tie for 69th, capping off his worst 72-hole finish in a major as a pro.
“I just had to get more game time,” Woods said.  “I think we did the smart thing by not playing too much leading into this event, just want to assess how my back was. And where I need to strengthen, how I need to go about it, how to gain my explosiveness again, and all that’s come along.”
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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) –  The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.
The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench.  Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.
The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.
Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
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Mariners Hold Off Angels 3-2 in 12 Innings

Mariners Hold Off Angels 3-2 in 12 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) –  It’s been just two games since the All-Star break, but the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels have already played a combined 28 innings.
Logan Morrison hit a go-ahead RBI double in the 12th inning as the Mariners held on to beat the Angels 3-2 on Saturday night.  Los Angeles won 3-2 in 16 innings on Friday night.
“I don’t think our guys are tired. They’re resilient,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It’s hard to win games at this level regardless of who you’re playing. We just happened to be playing the team with the second-best record in baseball.
“It was tough, but just like last night, in about five minutes, we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for (Sunday).”
Kyle Seager hit a leadoff double in the 12th inning off of Angels reliever Joe Thatcher (0-1). Morrison lined a single to left to drive him in.  Pinch-hitter Justin Smoak added an RBI single to give the Mariners a two-run cushion.
After taking the loss Friday, Dominic Leone (3-2) pitched one-plus inning for the Mariners to earn the victory.  Leone gave up a leadoff home run to David Freese in the bottom of the 12th inning and was pulled from the game.  Charlie Furbush stepped in and recorded the final three outs for the save.
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Elliott Victorious at Chicagoland

Elliott Victorious at Chicagoland

Todd Warshaw/Getty Image(JOLIET, Ill.) — Chase Elliott needs no adjustment period to new tracks. In his rookie season, the 18-year-old has already won three times on the Nationwide circuit, including a dominating win at Chicagoland on Saturday.
Elliott led 85 laps, taking the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 ahead of Trevor Bayne and Kyle Larson. The win puts the rookie back atop the points standings, leading Reagan Smith by seven points.
“We had an awesome race going,” Elliott said. “I try to make the most of my practice laps. They gave me a good car. That gives me time to learn the track in practice.”
The son of former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, Chase has also picked up victories at Texas and Darlington, his first trip to either track. 
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IndyCar Suspends Saturday Race, Will Run Two on Sunday

IndyCar Suspends Saturday Race, Will Run Two on Sunday

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Stubborn rainfall forced Verizon IndyCar officials to postpone the first race of the “2 in TO” doubleheader this weekend. Now, both races will be run on Sunday for either 65 laps or 80 minutes, whichever comes first. 
“I think it would have been crazy to start the race today,” said IndyCar vice president Derrick Walker. “It doesn’t look like a lot of water, but it’s enough to make a difference. We went as late as we possibly could before we called it. We thought if we could get the race started, we could have held it off because the cars would blow the water away. But the visibility was just crazy.”
Mulitple attempts were made to begin the 85-lap event at the Honda Indy Toronto. The 23 cars did run 13 laps under caption but Ryan Briscoe and Will Power crashed. What followed was a more than two hour delay before race officials ultimately chose to postpone it all. 
“You can’t see on the back straightaway, so it’s a safety issue,” said IndyCar Series championship leader Helio Castroneves. “There’s a difference between being brave and being stupid, and we’re about to cross that area.”
The first race of the day will be a rolling start, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the second being a standing start at approximately 4:15 p.m.
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Lisa Leslie to be Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame

Lisa Leslie to be Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — WNBA All-Star Lisa Leslie will headline a class of six inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement came Saturday during the WNBA All-Star Game.
Leslie will join former Houston Comet Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Jannet Harris, former Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, former Duke and University of Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors and Oregon City High School coach Brad Smith. The 17th Hall of Fame class will be inducted on June 13, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A four-time Olympic Gold medal winner, Leslie won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks prior to retiring in 2009. Arcain won four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets and was an icon on the Brazilian national team. A three-time Kodak All-American, Harris became the first NCAA women’s basketball player to record 2,500 points and 1,250 rebounds.
Budke will be inducted posthumously after passing away in a plane crash, along with assistant coach Miranda Serna, in 2011. After becoming an icon on the junior college level, Budke helped build Oklahoma State into a powerhouse team in the Big 12 conference.
Goestenkors won at least 30 games in seven consecutive seasons while with the Blue Devils, appearing in four Final Fours. Smith retired in 2006 with a career record of 629-87 in 27 seasons. He was given the Morgan Wooten Award for lifetime achievement for coaching high school basketball by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Indians Sweep Detroit in Doubleheader

Indians Sweep Detroit in Doubleheader

Jason Miller/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Cleveland Indians swept a doubleheader in Detroit on Saturday, closing to within 4 1/2 games of the division leading Tigers. The Indians (50-47) opened the day with a 6-2 win before downing Detroit (53-41) 5-2 in the nightcap.
Game One’s story was the impressive pitching performance of Corey Kluber. The righty pitched into the ninth inning, striking out 10 batters. He came within one out of his second complete game before Bryan Shaw relieved him to finish things out.
The big offensive blow came in the fifth inning with three run-scoring hits to put Cleveland up 3-0. Another run came across in the sixth before the Indians tacked on two more in the ninth. 
Game Two was not so easy for the Indians, taking a tied game into the final inning of regulation. Chris Dickerson hit a pair of solo home runs to put Cleveland up 2-1 after six frames before Austin Jackson’s RBI triple in the seventh tied things up.
The Indians then loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Joe Nathan. Carlos Santana took advantage with a bases clearing double to right-center. Cody Allen finished things off in the bottom half for his 13th save.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – Third Round:
1.  Rory McIlroy -16  (4-under for the day)
2. Rickie Fowler  -10  (4-under for the day)
T3. Sergio Garcia -9 (3-under for the day)
T3. Dustin Johnson -9  (1-under for the day)
5.  Victor Dubuisson -8 (4-under for the day)
MLB: New York Yankees 7(49-47) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-46)
 Toronto Blue Jays 4 (50-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (39-58)
Cleveland Indians 6 (49-47) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-40) Game 1
Cleveland Indians 5 (50-47) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-41) Game 2
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (54-45) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (54-44)
Boston Red Sox 2 (45-52) – Kansas City Royals 1 (48-48)
Philadelphia Phillies 2 (43-54) – Atlanta Braves 1 (53-44)
San Francisco Giants 5 (54-43) – Miami Marlins 3 (44-52)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 (46-53) – Minnesota Twins 1 (44-52)
Washington Nationals 8 ( 52-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (54-44)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (51-46) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-57) 11 Innings
Chicago White Sox 4 (47-51) – Houston Astros 3 (40-58)
Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (42-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (40-56)
San Diego Padres 6 (42-55) – New York Mets 0 (46-51)
Seattle Mariners 3 (52-45) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (58-38) 12 Innings
NASCAR: Chase Elliott wins EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Motor Speedway
WNBA All-Star Game: East 125 – West 124
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Andrew Bynum Considering Sitting Out all of Next Season

Andrew Bynum Considering Sitting Out all of Next Season

NBA via Philadelphia 76ers(NEW YORK) — It may be a while before we see center Andrew Bynum on the court for an NBA team. According to Bynum’s agent, David Lee, his client is considering sitting out all of next season to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.
The non-surgical procedure uses injections to help grow new cartilage, and requires an extra-long rehab.
This would require Bynum to travel to Germany to be treated doctor Peter Wehling. The surgery is not approved in the United States.
Athletes such as Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant have underwent similar treatment.
It wasn’t too long ago that Bynum was considered one of the best young players in the NBA. Two seasons ago for the Los Angeles Lakers, Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
But knee and other issues kept him out the entirety of the following season after he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
He returned this past season and suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers where he averaged 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 26 games played.
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Cardinals Send Struggling Starter Shelby Miller to the Bullpen

Cardinals Send Struggling Starter Shelby Miller to the Bullpen

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller is having a hard time duplicating the success he had in his rookie season, so the team has decided to move him to the bullpen so he can also get more rest during the season.
“How long that lasts, I’m not going to say [it will be through the end of] the month,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com’s Jennifer Langosch. “We’ll see how guys look and feel. He’s ready to go [in the bullpen]. As far as how we use him, it’s how we need him.”
Miller was third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last season when he went 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA.
The results this season have been mixed at best for the 23-year-old Miller. In 19 starts this season, he’s gone 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA.
The Cardinals plan on using a four-man rotation for the time being and could potentially do so until August depending upon how the schedule plays out.
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McIlroy Continues to Lead After Day 3 at The Open

McIlroy Continues to Lead After Day 3 at The Open

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(MERSEYSIDE, England) — Rory McIlroy continues to lead at Royal Liverpool.
The 25-year-old McIlroy shot a 4-under 68 Saturday and holds a six stroke lead over Rickie Fowler.
McIlroy was actually tied with Fowler heading into the 14th, but the Irishman proceeded to shoot 4-under from there while Fowler bogeyed three of the final six holes.
McIlroy is looking to win the third major of his career, and even though he has a big lead, he isn’t letting it get to his head.
“I’m not taking anything for granted,” McIlroy said. “If the guys in front of me had just finished a little better — finished the way I did — then my lead wouldn’t have been as much as it was. … A lot can happen. And I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it. You can’t let yourself think forward. You’ve just got to completely stay in the moment, and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods shot a 73 and is 19 strokes off the lead.
 
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Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
The walk-off was the 28-year-old Donaldson’s fifth of his career.
“I enjoy those moments,” Donaldson said. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to try to relish the opportunity, and anytime I can step up to the plate with an at-bat to help our team win the game or win the game right there, I feel better about it.”
The Athletics (60-36) now lead the Angels by 1 1/2 games in the AL West.
Meanwhile, The Orioles (52-43) still have a four game lead over the Blue Jays and Yankees in the AL East.
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Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games on Friday after an independent investigation found Priefer made a homophobic comment in the 2012 season.
In a statement released by team owner Ziggy Wolf and president Mark Wilf, the Vikings apologized for the incident. 
“In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.”
Allegations over an alleged anti-gay comment came from former punter Chris Kluwe, who claimed that he was released by the organization because of his advocacy for the LGBT community. While the report found Priefer had made disparaging comments, no evidence was obtained to support Kluwe’s claim as to why he was released.
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Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For just the third time in history, the top pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft goes unsigned. The Houston Astros failed to reach a deal with left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday’s deadline.
The high school southpaw was originally offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, but sources say that offer was lowered when concerns about Aiken’s elbow ligament rose. Aiken was the third high school pitcher ever to be taken number one overall and was the first high school lefty to go in the top five since 2002.
The MLB players association has said the union is working with Aiken to explore all possible options, as well as looking into the way Houston handled negotiations with fifth-round pick Jacob Nix.
“Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers,” Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA said in a statement. “Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options.”
The Astros have maintained that no wrongdoing occurred in the negotiations and that Aiken’s deal was “extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case.”
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Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The injury news continues to get worse for the New York Yankees. General Manager Brian Cashman announced on Friday that the pitcher is set to have season-ending surgery on his right knee.
The southpaw will have arthroscopic debridement surgery in hopes of returning for the 2015 season. The procedure is an alternative to microfracture surgery, but could still be in play if the first surgery does not go as planned. 
“He tried the rehab side of it, and obviously that didn’t work,” Cashman said of the decision for Sabathia to go under the knife. “If he had three different options, that was the least. Now, we are on the middle side of this thing, the cleanup of the knee, and hopefully that is good enough.”
Sabathia is one of four starting pitchers the Yankees have lost to injury in 2014 since Opening Day. Ivan Nova is already out for the year with Tohmmy John surgery, while Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda are hopeful to return. Sabathia 304 with a 5.28 earned run average at the time of his injury.
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Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Angels executed a deal on Friday that will help them attempt to keep pace in the increasingly competitive AL West, acquiring closer Houston Street from San Diego as part of a six player deal. 
The Padres will receive four prospects in return while also sending minor league pitcher Trevor Gott. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with shortstop Jose Rondon were packaged together by the Angels. The deal is still pending a physical.
Currently holding a 1.09 earned run average with 24 saves, Street is fifth on the career saves list among active pitchers. 
Street will join and Angels team that sits two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the best record in baseball. In his tenth year, the closer has converted 258 saves and holds a career 2.87 ERA. The righty began his career in Oakland, pitching four years for the Athletics.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – Second Round:
1.  Rory McIlroy -12  (6-under for the day)
2.  Dustin Johnson -8  (7-under for the day)
3.  Ryan Moore -6  (4-under for the day)
Francesco Molinari -6  (2-under for the day)
Rickie Fowler  -6  (3-under for the day)
Sergio Garcia -6  (2-under for the day)
Charl Schwartzel -6 (5-under for the day)
Louis Oosthuizen -4 (4-under for the day)
MLB: New York Yankees 4 (48-47) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (51-45)
Texas Rangers 5 (39-57) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (49-48)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (54-43) – Washington Nationals 2 (51-43)
San Francisco Giants 9 (53-43) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-51)
Atlanta Braves 6 (53-43) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (42-54)
Cleveland Indians 9 (48-47) – Detroit Tigers 3 (53-39)
Boston Red Sox 5 (44-52) – Kansas City Royals 4 (48-47)
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (50-46) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-56)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (45-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (44-51)
Chicago White Sox 3 (46-51) – Houston Astros 2 (40-57)
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (53-44) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (54-44)
Oakland Athletics 5 (60-36) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (52-43)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (41-56) – Chicago Cubs 4 (40-55)
New York Mets 5 (46-50) – San Diego Padres 4 (41-55)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (58-37) – Seattle Mariners 2 (51-45)
 
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British Open Round 2 Recap

British Open Round 2 Recap

ThinkStock(HOYLAKE, England) — New day, same story at the British Open. Rory McIlory remains atop the leader board after shooting his second straight 6-under 66.
Heading into the weekend, McIlory holds a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson.
For Johns…

49ers Reward Tackle Joe Staley with Two-Year Extension

49ers Reward Tackle Joe Staley with Two-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — One of the strengths of the San Francisco 49ers is their offensive line, which is why they’re rewarding tackle Joe Staley with a two-year extension that will run through the 2019 season.
This means St…

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