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Blue Jays Third Baseman Activated Off the Disabled List

Blue Jays Third Baseman Activated Off the Disabled List

Abelimages/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of Major League Baseball’s best offenses is getting more reinforcements as the Toronto Blue Jays have activated third baseman Brett Lawrie off the disabled list.
Lawrie has been out of action since June 22 when …

PJ Tucker Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for ‘Super’ DUI

PJ Tucker Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for ‘Super’ DUI

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — P.J. Tucker, forward for the Phoenix Suns, was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention on Monday for “super extreme” driving under the influence.
Tucker pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him following a May 10 arrest in Scottsdale.
Authorities say that Tucker’s blood alcohol content was .22 at the time of the arrest and that his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
Along with the jail time, he also agreed to put an interlock device in his car for 18 months, enter substance abuse counseling, and pay fines up to $2,750. Tucker was also placed on probation for up to five years.
“I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses,” Tucker said in a statement. “It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again.”
The details of his punishment and statement were released by his attorney’s after his appearance in court.
Phoenix was aware of the arrest when Tucker signed a three-year deal with $16.5 million in July.
“In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. “We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this.”
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Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

David Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Pirates could be losing star center fielder Andrew McCutchen for a month. The team is expected to place the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but sources say McCutchen could be out for at least three weeks due to an oblique injury.
The injury came in the eighth inning of Sunday’s contest with Arizona. After hitting a sacrifice fly in the eighth, McCutchen grabbed his left side while jogging to first but needed help entering the dugout.
The 2013 National League MVP is hitting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBI’s this year.
McCutchen has never been on the disabled list in his career. Since reaching the Majors in 2009, he has missed a grand total of 25 games. The Pirates are currently one-and-a-half games behind division leading Milwaukee and half a game back of the second wild-card spot.
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Giants Pitcher Cain to Have Season Ending Surgery

Giants Pitcher Cain to Have Season Ending Surgery

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain will undergo season ending surgery next Monday, manager Bruce Bochy said on Monday. The procedure will remove bone chips and spurs from the righty’s throwing elbow.
Giants orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki will perform the surgery in San Francisco. Cain, 29, also sought the opinions of Dr. James Andrews and New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek. All recommended surgery which has an expected recovery time of three months.
Cain was just 2-7 in 2014 with a 4.18 earned run average in 15 starts after pitching more than 200 innings every year from 2007-2012. The righty did not comment after San Francisco’s 4-3 win over the Mets on Monday.
“It’s been frustrating for Matt,” said Bochy. “He’s been battling this for a while. It’s time. He could keep trying to push it, but it’s inevitable, it looks like. So we’re going to have this done and have him ready for Spring Training.”
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Kluber Dominates in Indians Win

Kluber Dominates in Indians Win

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Corey Kluber continued an impressive stretch by pitching into the eighth inning of a 7-1 Cleveland Indians win over Cincinnati on Monday. Kluber allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings, scattering six hits for his fifth straight win.
“Klubes has pitched to the point where, heck yeah, you better play with confidence,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the league.”
Cleveland (57-55) provided more than enough offense for Kluber, who has not lost since June 30. The big blow came on a Lonnie Chisenhall three-run home run in the fourth, making it 4-0. Yan Gomes later added a two-run blast of his own in the eighth inning.
Kluber also struck out seven in the victory and walked just two batters. He also upped his scoreless innings streak to 17 before a Brayan Pena RBI double in the eighth ended that run. It was Cleveland’s fourth consecutive win.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Francisco Giants 4 (61-51) – New York Mets 3 (53-59)
Baltimore Orioles 7 (63-48) – Washington Nationals 3 (60-50)
Cleveland Indians 7 (57-55) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (56-56)
New York Yankees 2 (58-53) – Detroit Tigers 1 (61-48) 
Chicago White Sox 5 (55-58) – Texas Rangers 3 (43-69) – 7 Innings
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (67-44) – Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (63-50)
Oakland Athletics 3 (68-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (54-58) 10 Innings
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Report: Cubs Planning to Promote INF Javier Baez

Report: Cubs Planning to Promote INF Javier Baez

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs are planning to promote infielder Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, according to ESPN. He’s expected to make his debut Tuesday night in Colorado.
In 104 games this season with the Cubs Triple-A affiliate, the 21-year-old Baez is batting .260 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs. He has also scored 64 runs and swiped 16 bases.
In 2013, Baez hit .282 with 37 homers and 111 RBIs between Class A and Double-A.
The Cubs, in the midst of a rebuilding year, are 47-63.
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ESPN: Bengals Reward Quarterback Andy Dalton with Six-Year Extension

ESPN: Bengals Reward Quarterback Andy Dalton with Six-Year Extension

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Cincinnati Bengals see quarterback Andy Dalton as the the face of their franchise, which is why the team has reportedly signed him to a six-year extension worth $115 million.
“I’ve been impressed with him since I’ve gotten to be the coordinator, but I’ve been really impressed with him over the last couple of days, because I think he’s really starting to buy into the urgency, getting the ball out of his hands and making great decisions,” Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. “That was a great throwaway when we were backed up. There were times in the past the ball might have gone someplace else.”
Dalton is entering his fourth NFL season and was set to make just less than $1.7 million in the final year of his deal.
The 26-year-old Dalton has proven to be a solid starting quarterback during his time with the team. He’s led the team to three-straight postseason appearances, but he’s never won a playoff game.
In those three playoff games, Dalton has thrown just one touchdown and six interceptions.
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Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen

Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen

NBA via Minnestoa Timberwolves(NEW YORK) — As each day passes, it looks more and more like Kevin Love’s days with the Minnesota Timberwolves are coming to an end as team owner Glen Taylor admits that a trade is “likely.”
“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do,” Taylor told the Pioneer Press.
Rumors have swirled all offseason, and even before, that Love would not sign a contract extension with the team and that he will pursue free agency once his contract expires.
While the team wants to retain Love, they realize that trading him may be the only way to salvage anything from an imminent departure.
Reportedly, Love may be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-player and possibly multi-team trade that would include number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
Wiggins signed his rookie contract last week, and the team must wait 30 days after signing his deal to trade him, making a late August trade a possible time frame for a deal to happen.
This past season, Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, both top-5 in the NBA.
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Adam Silver Does Not See a ‘Major Shift’ Coming to International Play

Adam Silver Does Not See a ‘Major Shift’ Coming to International Play

NBATV/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Despite the devastating injury to Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during a scrimmage for Team USA, NBA commissioner Adam Silver does not foresee “a major shift in the NBA’s participation in international competitions.”
Still, Silver admitted that George’s injury will re-open conversations about whether or not the NBA’s best players should be participating in international competitions.
“Without a doubt, basketball has grown tremendously since 1992, when NBA players began playing in the Olympics,” Silver said. “Also, it’s important to note the [improvement] many of our players have made in terms of ability, leadership and passion for the game by playing for their home countries.”
“Injuries can happen any place at any time,” he continued. “The experiences our players have enjoyed by participating in their national teams, however, are ones that are unique and special in almost every other way. At this point, I don’t anticipate a major shift in the NBA’s participation in international competitions.”
“It seems clear, however, that this will be a topic at our next NBA competition committee meeting in September and our board of governors meeting in October. And, of course, we will continue to evaluate the pros and cons of participating in international tournaments,” Silver concluded.
On Friday night, George suffered a compound leg fracture and is likely to miss the entire 2014-2015 season.
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Packers to Induct Favre into Hall of Fame, Retire Jersey in 2015

Packers to Induct Favre into Hall of Fame, Retire Jersey in 2015

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) — Brett Favre’s relationship with the team he spent the majority of his career playing for is apparently just fine. Both the quarterback and the Green Bay Packers announced on Sunday that Favre will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his number 4 jersey retired during the 2015 season.
The joint announcement originally came from Favre’s website on Sunday afternoon.
“It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers. Now to have my name placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all of my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM in the history of the NFL,” Favre said in the statement.
Green Bay will make an official announcement at 1:30 p.m. on Monday with Favre participating via telephone. Packers Hall of Fame Inc. president Perry Kidder, Packers president Mark Murphy and former Packers president Bob Harlan will all take part.
Favre joined the Packers on Feb. 11, 1992 after being traded by the Atlanta Falcons who drafted him. He led Green Bay to two Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XXXI, and also won three MVP awards for 1992-2008. Favre announced his retirement that summer but decided he wanted to return and was eventually traded to the New York Jets where he played one season before finishing his career in Minnesota, playing two more years.
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Lackey Wins Debut for Cardinals

Lackey Wins Debut for Cardinals

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — John Lackey allowed two runs in seven innings while the Cardinals offense rallied late to help the righty earn his first win in a St. Louis uniform, 3-2 over Milwaukee.
Lackey (1-0) made his Cardinals debut after being traded to St. Louis from Boston at the trade deadline.
The Brewers jumped out to a quick lead on an Aramis Ramirez single in the first inning before Mark Reynolds launched a solo home run in the top of the second. Lackey would settle down and enter into a pitchers duel with Matt Garza. Milwaukee’s starter cruised through his first six innings before tweaking his left oblique and exiting the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. 
Garza’s bullpen let him down in the bottom of the seventh when Matt Holliday homered off Zach Duke to start the rally. AJ Pierzynski later singled home a run to tie the game at 2-2 ahead of an Oscar Taveras double that plated Jhonny Peralta for the go-ahead run. 
Trever Rosenthal closed the door for St. Louis for his Major League-leading 34th save. Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) took the loss for Milwaukee.
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Giants Beat Buffalo in Hall of Fame Game

Giants Beat Buffalo in Hall of Fame Game

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) — Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib connected with rookie wide receiver Corey Washington on a 73-yard strike in the fourth quarter to help give the New York Giants a 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame game.
The Giants (1-0) debuted their new offense, courtesy of first-year coordinator Ben McAdoo, and showed off a balanced attack. Most impressive was the combination of Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams in the backfield. The rookie Williams led the Giants with 43 rushing yards on seven carries. His best run, a 21-yard scamper, led to New York’s first touchdown of the night and gave them a 7-3 first quarter lead.
Buffalo (0-1) countered with a two-yard pass from Jeff Teul to Robert Woods in the second quarter before heading into halftime tied at 10-10. The Bills then took the lead on a Dan Carpenter field goal and held that advantage until Nassib and Washington connected.
Starting quarterback Eli Manning was 6-for-7 in three series for 43 yards but lost a fumble. EJ Manuel struggled in his two series, completing just two passes for only 19 yards.
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McIlroy Surges for WGC Title, Woods Withdraws

McIlroy Surges for WGC Title, Woods Withdraws

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) — Rory McIlroy hit three straight birdies on his first three holes to erase a three shot deficit on the final day of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. It was the second straight tournament win for McIlroy, who regained the top spot on the world golf ranking.
McIlroy entered the day trailing Sergio Garcia by three strokes, but opened Sunday’s round with three consecutive birdies to tie Garcia, who bogeyed to give McIlroy the lead. His impressive play continued throughout the day, finishing with a 4-under 66 to capture his first World Golf Championship. Garcia finished second behind McIlroy, much like he did two weeks ago at the British Open.
Marc Leishman finished third while Patrick Reed finished fourth.
Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from competition after re-injuring his surgically repaired back. The injury came on the second hole when he landed in a sand trap after using an awkward stance to attempt a shot. Woods attempted to play through but eventually withdrew on the ninth hole and needed assistance leaving the course.
Woods was not certain whether or not he will compete at the PGA Championship next week in Louisville. McIlroy will be looking for his third straight win and his second Major title this year.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Franicsco Giants 9 (60-51) – New York Mets 0 (53-58)
Cincinnati Reds 7 (56-55) – Miami Marlins 3 (54-57)
Baltimore Orioles 1 (62-48) – Seattle Mariners 0 (57-54)
Detroit Tigers 4 (61-47) – Colorado Rockies 0 (44-67)
Washington Nationals 4 (60-49) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (49-63)
Houston Astros 6 (47-65) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (60-53)
Cleveland Indians 4 (56-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (43-68) – 12 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (59-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (61-51)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7 (66-44) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (54-57)
Kansas City Royals 4 (57-53) – Oakland Athletics 2 (67-43)
Minnesota Twins 16 (50-60) – Chicago White Sox 3 (54-58)
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (49-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (59-52) – 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 7 (47-63) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (63-49)
San Diego Padres 4 (51-60) – Atlanta Braves 3 (58-54) – 10 Innings
New York Yankees 8 (57-53) – Boston Red Sox 7 (49-62)
NFL Preseason: New York Giants 17 (1-0) – Buffalo Bills 13 (0-1)
NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.
Golf: Rory McIlroy won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Completes Pocono Sweep

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Completes Pocono Sweep

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. survived a multi-car crash on lap 117 and then went ahead on the final restart to take home the checkered flag at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
Earnhardt Jr. completed the Pocono season sweep with the victory and was followed by a late charging Kevin Harvick.
Earnhardt credited the hard work by his team and crew chief Steve Letarte during the last restart.
“We had a fast car all day,” Earnhardt said. “Steve’s strategy was perfect at the end. I don’t know if anyone knew what was going on there, but it was pretty awesome.”
Earnhardt won his third race of the season, which is the most since he won six times back in 2004.
Denny Hamlin last completed the Pocono sweep back in 2006.
Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.
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Bon Jovi Writes a Letter to Bills Fans

Bon Jovi Writes a Letter to Bills Fans

Paul Zimmerman/WireImage(CANTON, Ohio) — New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi wrote a letter to Bills fans as the location of their team moving forward is in question.
The Buffalo News published a letter by Bon Jovi on Sunday that showed his intentions to keep them in Buffalo.
“There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it’s important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo,” Bon Jovi wrote. “I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I’m not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day.”
The Bills lease in Buffalo runs through the 2022 and the Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders still questioned Bon Jovi’s letter.
“While we appreciate his sentiment, it’s worth noting that nowhere in his letter does he write or directly state that he will ‘not move the Bills from Buffalo,’ ” wrote the Alliance’s directors, Matt Sabuda, Brian Cinelli and Steve Brady.
“Anything short of formal action taken on their part will be viewed as nothing more than rhetoric,” the Alliance directors wrote.”
Bon Jovi did not name the Toronto partners that are on his team in the letter published on Sunday.
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Reed, Strahan Lead Those Inducted into 2014 Hall of Fame

Reed, Strahan Lead Those Inducted into 2014 Hall of Fame

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) — Receiver Andre Reed, defensive ends Michael Strahan and Claude Humphrey, defensive back Aeneas Williams, linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones and punter Ray Guy were all inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night.
Reed, who played in four Super Bowls with the Bills in the 90′s, reflected on playing with quarterback Jim Kelly.
“I wanted the ball every single time,” Reed said while talking to Kelly who was in the audience. “I wanted you to be proud of me and know that you could count on me at any time. You know our old saying bro…12 plus 83 always equals six.”
Strahan, who is fifth in the NFL in career sacks, explained how his dad helped him transform from a huskie child into a football player.
“He didn’t know about about the weight lifting part,” Strahan said of his father who would go to the gym with him. “But Muscle and Fitness or whatever it was that he took these programs out of I can’t read one to this day because of that. I remember being in the gym and I didn’t want to be there, and my dad looked at me and said, ‘son, one day it will pay off.’ And dad I’ve got to say it payed off.”
Ray Guy became the first punter ever inducted into the Hall.
“It’s been a long, long overdue but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team,” Guy said.
Aeneas Williams played 14 seasons split between the Cardinals and the Rams.
“If you would have told me, ‘Aeneas, you have to the potential to be one of the best cornerbacks,’ I would have thought you were crazy and hit you with my right hand,” Williams said. “I’ll just take a moment to soak this all in.”
Derrick Brooks is a former Defensive Player of the Year who won the Super Bowl in 2002 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Walter Jones played his entire 12-year career for the Seahawks and made nine Pro Bowls.
Claude Humphrey was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
“Now they tell me I only had 10 minutes up here, but let me start off by telling you that I’ve waited 30 years to get to this podium, so don’t rush me guys,” Humphrey said.
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Diamondbacks Place Goldschmidt on 15-Day DL

Diamondbacks Place Goldschmidt on 15-Day DL

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — All Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday with a fractured left hand.
Goldschmidt was hit by an Ernesto Frieri pitch in the ninth inning of the team’s 9-4 loss Friday to the Pittsburgh Pirates. There’s no timetable for Goldschmidt’s return.

“You always want to get back as quickly as possible and play, but you need to be safe about it, too,” Goldschmidt said. “If it’s ready and they’re going to let me, yes, I want to play, play every day, as much as I can. I’ll work hard at the rehab, and if there’s a way to speed it up as much as I can while being smart about it, I’ll do anything that they’ll allow.”
In 109 games this season, Goldschmidt is hitting .300 with 19 home runs, 69 RBIs, 75 runs scored and a .396 on-base percentage.
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Lester Wins in First Start with Oakland

Lester Wins in First Start with Oakland

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Jon Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, walking one while striking out three, winning his first start with the Oakland Athletics 8-3, over the Kansas City Royals Saturday.
Oakland acquired Lester (11-7) from the Boston Red Sox in a trade Thursday. That trade also included outfielder Jonny Gomes, who had two hits and two RBIs in the victory.
Oakland (67-42) trailed 1-0 when it exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning.
Royals starter Jason Vargas (8-5) takes the loss allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Kansas City (56-53) now sits five games behind Detroit for first place in the AL Central.
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