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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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Idaho State Football Picked 10th and 12th in Preseason Polls

Idaho State Football Picked 10th and 12th in Preseason Polls

(PARK CITY, UT) — The Idaho State Football will once again be playing the part of underdog in 2014.  The Bengals were picked 12th in the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches poll.  The media are a little more optimistic about the Bengals, ranking them 10th.  Eastern Washington is the clear favorite to win the league, […]

Tiger Ready for British Open

Tiger Ready for British Open

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOYLAKE, England) — Tiger Woods is not concerned about his back problems anymore and is poised to compete for another major title this week at the British Open.
“I’ve been in circumstances like this,” Woods said on Tuesday. “If you remember in ’08 I had knee surgery right after the Masters. I won a U.S. Open. I didn’t play more than nine holes and the Sunday before the U.S. Open I didn’t break 50 for nine holes and still was able to win it in a playoff, with an (torn) ACL and a broken leg.”
“I’ve proven I can do it, it’s just a matter of putting my game and giving myself the best chances this week to miss the ball in the correct spots, to be aggressive when I can, and obviously to hole putts. That’s a recipe you find for every major championship, but I’ve just got to do it this week,” Woods continued.
Woods last played in June at Congressional Country Club and missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National after shooting a 74 and 75.
The 14-time major champion said that his back and swing are almost 100 percent.
“It’s getting better,” Woods said. “Playing at Congressional was a big boost to me. The fact that I was able to go at it that hard and hit it like that with no pain. It wasn’t like that the previous time I played. Playing at both the Honda and Doral [in March] I did not feel well. But to come back and be able to hit the ball as hard as I was able to hit it. I’ve gotten stronger since then, I’ve gotten more explosive, I’ve gotten faster since then. That’s going to be the case, I’m only going to get stronger and faster, which is great.”
Woods tees off on Thursday morning at 9:04 a.m. local time (4:04 ET).
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Chukars Loss Ends Otherwise Good Road Trip

Chukars Loss Ends Otherwise Good Road Trip

(GREAT FALLS, MT) — The good news for Idaho Falls was they won five out of seven games on the Montana road trip.  The bad news was they ended the trip with a 7-3 loss to Great Falls on Monday. The Chukars (15-13) were only able to get one run of Voyagers starter Matt Ball […]

Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Chandler Parsons is a Dallas Maverick after agreeing on a three-year deal worth $46 million last week. Still, Parsons is “offended” that the Houston Rockets did not even entertain the offer sheet that he signed with Dallas and believes that he was the third best player on the roster.
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.”
“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys,” Parsons continued. “They are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season and will join the likes of Dirk Nowitzki next season.
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Cespedes Wins Second-Straight HR Derby

Cespedes Wins Second-Straight HR Derby

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — For the second-straight year, Yoenis Cespedes is the All-Star Home Run Derby champion.
The Oakland Athletics outfielder defeated the Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round Monday night to become the first repeat champion since Ken Griffey Jr. did it in 1999.
For the second-straight year, Cespedes had Oakland’s third-base coach Mike Gallego throw to him.
Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista to advance to the final against Frazier, who beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the NL semifinals.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was the only player to not hit a home run in the derby. He’s the first player to be shutout since Robinson Cano was in 2012.
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Starting Pitchers Announced for MLB All-Star Game

Starting Pitchers Announced for MLB All-Star Game

iStockphoto(MINNEAPOLIS) — The American League will send Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez to the mound for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field, where he will be opposed by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for the National League.
On the season, Hernandez is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. He has struck out 154 batters in 144 1-3 innings of work.
Wainwright is 12-4 on the year with a 1.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. The righthander has struck out 115 batters in 138 innings.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will bat leadoff for the AL, followed by Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mike Trout, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
On the NL side, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will leadoff, followed by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Miami Marlins designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Carlos Gomez.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled righthanded pitcher Trevor Cahill from Triple-A Reno and reassigned righthander Mike Bolsinger.
In 19 games with the D-Backs this season, Cahill is 1-6 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He has struck out 44 batters in 41 1-3 innings of work.
On the season with Arizona, Bolsinger is 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 10 appearances. He has struck out 48 batters in 52 1-3 innings.
At the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks are 40-56, 13 1-2 games behind the National League West division leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Chukars Blank Voyagers for Second Shutout of the Season

Chukars Blank Voyagers for Second Shutout of the Season

(GREAT FALLS, MT) — Idaho Falls sent Great Falls crashing down to Earth Sunday with a 4-0 win.  It marked the second shutout of the year for the Chukars. Brandon Downes are Corey Toups both doubled to begin the game.  Idaho Falls (15-13) would go on to notch a season high seven doubles off Voyagers (16-11) […]

Cavaliers’ David Blatt Says Team Won’t Trade Andrew Wiggins

Cavaliers’ David Blatt Says Team Won’t Trade Andrew Wiggins

Jost West/Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) — With rumors flying that the Cleveland Cavaliers could now shift their attention to acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love, head coach David Blatt says the team will not trade Andrew Wiggins in any potential deal for Love.
“There’s no reason or cause for worry on his part because Andrew’s not going anywhere, as far as I know and as far as the club has expressed,” Blatt told reporters Saturday.
Wiggins was the number one overall pick by the Cavaliers in the NBA Draft last June. Many see him as a potential franchise player, and the team is reluctant to give him up.
“I would think for a guy like Andrew, to have the opportunity to play with arguably one of the best players of all time, and to learn from him and to be tutored by him and to play alongside him — which he will — I gotta think that’s a tremendous boost to his confidence and his comfort level and probably his motivation,” Blatt told reporters.
Love is reportedly “intrigued” by the idea of playing with James in Cleveland, but it remains to be seen if the Cavaliers can bring him on board without giving up Wiggins.
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European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next Season

European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next Season

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Nikola Mirotic is finally coming to the NBA as he’s agreed on a contract with the Chicago Bulls that will bring him over to America next season.
Mirotic was acquired by the Bulls in a draft-day deal back in 20…

ESPN: Heat Re-Sign Center Chris Andersen

ESPN: Heat Re-Sign Center Chris Andersen

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Even without Lebron James suiting up for the Miami Heat next season, the team is committed to putting together a winning team as they’ve re-signed center Chris Andersen.
Andersen’s new deal is worth two years and will pay him $10 million.
In two seasons with the Heat, the 36-year-old Andersen has resurrected his career with Miami. He’s established himself as a reliable big man off the bench who has earned crunch time minutes with the team in the regular season and the playoffs.
In 72 games for the Heat this past season, Andersen averaged 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.3 blocks in 19.4 minutes per game.
Despite the free agent departure of James, the Heat have not been quiet this offseason. They’ve brought in Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. The team has also resigned Chris Bosh, Andersen, and are expected to bring back Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem.
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Brian Harman Wins John Deere Classic

Brian Harman Wins John Deere Classic

(SILVIS, Ill.) — For the first time in his young career, Brian Harman played in the final pairing on Sunday. The 27-year-old handled that pressure, making three clutch birdies down the stretch to win the John Deere Classic by one stroke over Zach Johnson.
“It was very hard, probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do in my life,” Harman said. “Just trying not to let your mind run wild is the hardest part out there.”
Johnson, a neighbor of Harman, shot a 7-under 64, tying the leader on the 14th hole with a birdie. When Harman approached the 14th, he was able to make par before knocking home birdie putts on each of the next two holes to pull away.
A bogey on 18 didn’t hurt the first-time PGA winner, who held a two-stroke lead as he stood on the final tee. The victory earns Harman the final exemption for the British Open and also gave him an invitation to the Masters and Tournament of Champions, both firsts.
Jhonattan Vegas finished tied for third with Jerry Kelly while Scott Brown and Tim Clark tied for fifth.
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