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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…

Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield as crowded as ever, Matt Kemp is open to a trade so he can get regular playing time.
Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, has expressed his client’s desire to be an everyday play…

Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) — Despite not even reaching the national championship game last year, SEC media members selected Alabama as the preseason favorite to win the conference this college football season.
The poll was revealed on Thursday, the final of four SEC media days. It showed what was a surprise to no one: Alabama vs. Auburn for the conference title.
The Crimson Tide (154) earned more votes than every other Southeastern Conference school combined. Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), and LSU (9) rounded out the top 5.
“Arguably, they’ve got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team,” said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. “If the recruiting services are correct, and they’re pretty much correct.”
Alabama also led the conference with nine players named to the preseason first-team. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon were the top two vote-getters among all players.
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Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Pelicans have found a new sharpshooter. The team agreed to terms with Jimmer Fredette on a one-year deal on Thursday, worth the league minimum.
Fredette, who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, finished last season with the Chicago Bulls after earning his release from the Kings. The guard played sparingly in eight games with the Bulls, spending time on the roster during their playoff run.
Fredette’s best season came in his rookie year, 2011-12, when he averaged 7.6 points per game and shot 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.
The Pelicans hope that the former Brigham Young star will replace the production lost when Anthony Morrow signed with Oklahoma City. 
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Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Lakers added to their wealth of big men on Thursday, claiming forward Carlos Boozer off amnesty waivers. The Lakers won a blind bid against nine teams, putting up $3.25 million to garner Boozer’s rights, according to reports. 
“We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season,” Mitch Kupchak, Lakers general manager, said in a news release.
Boozer was released via the amnesty clause by the Chicago Bulls just over a week ago, making it possible for Chicago to sign free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls still must pay the remaining $13.6 million on his 2014-15 contract, but by utilizing the amnesty clause, the contract comes off the books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes.
Los Angeles has already signed a pair of power forwards, reaching agreements with both Ed Davis and Jordan Hill. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 76 contests for Chicago last season.
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Tracy McGrady Retires From Baseball

Tracy McGrady Retires From Baseball

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tracy McGrady has retired for the second time, this time from the game of baseball. The former NBA All-Star called it quits after appearing in four games for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.
His final appearance came in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, and ended with his first-ever strikeout. McGrady tossed 1 1/3 innings, fanning Bryan Pounds to pick up the first, and only, “K” of his career. In total, the 35-year-old threw a total of 6 2/3 innings, earning a 6.75 ERA.
“This has been an awesome year,” McGrady said, according to CBS Houston. “Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them, learn from them every day, it’s been an honor.”
McGrady played baseball all the way up until his senior year of high school, when he transferred to a school without a baseball team. He then focused on basketball and became a seven-time All-Star.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – First Round:
1.  Rory McIlroy -6 (66)
2.  Matteo Manassero -5 (67)
3.  Edoardo Molinari -4 (68)
Brooks Koepka -4 (68)
Francesco Molinari -4 (68)
Jim Furyk  -4 (68)
Sergio Garcia -4 (68)
Adam Scott -4 (68)
Shane Lowry -4 (68)
4. Tiger Woods -3 (69)
Robert Karlsson -3 (69)
Marc Leishman -3 (69)
Koumei Oda -3 (69)
Rickie Fowler -3 (69)
Hideki Matsuyama -3 (69)
Jimmy Walker -3 (69)
Yoshinobu Tsukada -3 (69)
Boo Weekley -3 (69)
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Rory McIlroy Leads Day One of the British Open

Rory McIlroy Leads Day One of the British Open

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOYLAKE, England) — Rory McIlory has taken the British Open by storm after shooting a 6-under 66 on Thursday.
“It was pretty stress-free to be honest,” McIlroy said after his round. “I got myself out of position a couple of times on the course but that was really it. And obviously no bogies when I did get myself out of position. I was able to get it up and down nicely. Just a really solid round of golf.”
Matteo Manassero made only one bogey and also shot 33 after the turn, resulting in second-place finish after one round at 5-under 67.
After a tough start to the day, Tiger Woods rebounded nicely to shoot a 3-under 69, which is tied for 10th.
Defending champions Phil Mickelson had a tough day on the course, shooting a 74 and closing with a bogey.
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ESPN: Sabres Re-Sign Center Tyler Ennis

ESPN: Sabres Re-Sign Center Tyler Ennis

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — As the Buffalo Sabres continue to rebuild their franchise, the team is committed to having center Tyler Ennis part of their future as ESPN is reporting the team has rewarded Ennis with a five-year co…

Chukars Start Homestand with a Beatdown of Billings

Chukars Start Homestand with a Beatdown of Billings

IDAHO FALLS, ID –  Idaho Falls started a seven game homestand off right with a 10-2 rout of Billings Wednesday.  It was quite a show for the 3,000 fans that showed up to Melaleuca Field, making it the third largest crowd of the season. After falling behind 1-0, Idaho Falls (16-13) rallied in the second […]

Pacers Agree to Deal with Guard Rodney Stuckey

Pacers Agree to Deal with Guard Rodney Stuckey

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Now that Lance Stephenson has taken his talents to Charlotte, the Indiana Pacers have signed guard Rodney Stuckey to a one-year deal.
Terms of the deal have not been released yet.
Stuckey had spent his entire …

Matthew Lombardi Agrees to Join Rangers

Matthew Lombardi Agrees to Join Rangers

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Center Matthew Lombardi agreed to return from playing overseas and join the reigning Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.Lombardi played in Switzerland for Geneve-Servette last season and led …

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLS: Philadelphia Union 3 – New York Red Bulls 1
Sporting Kansas City 2 – Columbus Crew 1
Toronto FC 1 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
WNBA: New York Liberty 77 (8-13) – Atlanta Dream 75 (15-6)
Minnesota Lynx 93 (17-6) – Tulsa Shock 82 (7-15)
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Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) — The Carlos Boozer-era is over in Chicago as the Bulls have informed him that he’s been amnestied.
Boozer was entering the final year of his contract, and was set to earn $16.8 million next season. While Boozer will still receive his full salary, it won’t count against the Bulls salary cap.
With the recent additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls front-court suddenly became very crowded, and very expensive.
Boozer’s contract is now put out to bid and teams under the salary cap can enter a blind bid, with the team putting in the highest bid (over a minimum of $1.4 million) can get his services.
The 32-year-old Boozer is still a productive NBA player. This past season for the Bulls, he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
He spent four of his 12 overall seasons in the NBA in Chicago, and has career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
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Phillies’ Chase Utley Has No Desire to Be Traded

Phillies’ Chase Utley Has No Desire to Be Traded

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Even though the Philadelphia Phillies have seen better days, long-time second baseman Chase Utley will not seek a trade from the only team he’s ever suited up for.
“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side,” he said Monday. “I’ve picked some brains over the course of the last few years. I really enjoy Philadelphia. I love playing baseball in Citizens Bank Park. I love playing in front of Philly fans.”
“There’s no better place to play in my opinion. Obviously winning is important and you want to do that, and I would like to do that in Philadelphia,” he continued.
Entering the All-Star break, the Phillies are 42-53, which is last in the NL East.
Meanwhile, Utley is in his twelfth season with the Phillies, and is owed $15 million next season as part of a deal that contains options for $15 million in each of three additional years that could become guaranteed if he has 500 plate appearances in the previous season and doesn’t finish the season hurt.
During his career, Utley has hit 225 home runs, driven in 854 runs, has batted .288, and won a World Series with the team in 2008.
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Hornets Agree to Deal with Lance Stephenson

Hornets Agree to Deal with Lance Stephenson

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Charlotte Hornets have reached a deal with one of the top free agents on the market as they’ve agreed on a three-year deal with former Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.
ESPN is reporting that the deal is worth $27 million. The Hornets have a team option in the third year of the contract as well.
“Lance is forever grateful for all the love he’s received from Pacers fans. He is especially grateful to his teammates, Frank Vogel, Herb Simon, the Pacers management and most of all, Larry Bird,” Stephenson’s agent, Alberto Ebanks, said in a statement. “While we tried our best to come to the best possible terms for both sides, there was not sufficient flexibility in the terms of the contract, particularly the length of the contract.”
What makes this a peculiar move for Stephenson is that the Pacers had offered Stephenson a five-year deal worth $54 million. He turned the deal down because he said he felt undervalued.
Stephenson’s fourth NBA season proved to be his best as a pro. In 78 games, he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.
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AL Wins in Jeter’s Last All-Star Game Hurrah

AL Wins in Jeter’s Last All-Star Game Hurrah

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star game, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to help the American League down the National League 5-3 Tuesday.
Jeter was the highlight of the game. The 14-time All-Star doubled to leadoff the bottom half of the first inning and proceeded to score on Mike Trout’s triple. Jeter then led off the bottom of the third with a single.

Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth but Alexei Ramirez ran out onto the field to replace him. That sparked almost everyone at Target Field to give No. 2 a standing ovation while the song “New York, New York” played in the background. Jeter then went into the AL dugout where he received hugs from his teammates before coming back on the field for a curtain call.

After the celebration ended the NL tied the game 3-3 when Jonathan Lucroy doubled in pinch-runner Dee Gordon. But Mike Trout, who was named the game’s MVP, gave the AL the lead for good in the fifth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line.
The game ended with some excitement for the home crowd as Twins pitcher Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the AL.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB All-Star Game: American League 5 – National League 3 (MVP: L.A. Angels OF Mike Trout)
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Miami Heat Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat has re-signed guard Dwyane Wade, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different. I am ecstatic to have him back in the fold and I am confident that Dwyane, as always, will be leading this team as we look to contend for NBA Championships.”
Miami originally selected Wade out of Marquette with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In 11 seasons with the Heat, Wade has averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds per game. The 10-time All-Star has won three NBA championships during his tenure.
The Heat also announced on Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Luol Deng.
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MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that former outfielder Billy Bean will serve as the first ambassador of inclusion.
“We are proud to announce our hiring of former major leaguer Billy Bean as a consultant that will serve as Major League Baseball’s first ambassador of inclusion,” commissioner Bud Selig said at a news conference.
In that role, Bean will provide training and guidance related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout baseball. He’ll work with teams throughout the majors and minor leagues.
Bean played in the majors from 1987-1989 and 1993-1995 with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. After his playing career was over, Bean revealed that he is gay.
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