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Clippers Sign Farmar to Two-Year Deal

Clippers Sign Farmar to Two-Year Deal

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — After backup point guard Darren Collison left for Sacramento, the Los Angeles Clippers only had to look across the street for his replacement. The Clippers have snagged Jordan Farmar from the Los Angeles Lakers, signing him to a two-year deal.
The deal is worth a reported 4.2 million with a player option for the second season. The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the signing. Teams cannot officially sign until the NBA’s moratorium is lifted on July 10. 
“[The Clippers] came the hardest basketball-wise; it’s probably the best situation out there for me,” Farmar said in an interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I turned down more money elsewhere. I get to stay home in L.A. and play for a contender, which is important to me.”
Farmar averaged 10.1 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds in 2013-14 for the Lakers after spending a year in Turkey. The 27-year-old battled through multiple injuries, missing 41 games.
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MLB All-Star Teams Announced

MLB All-Star Teams Announced

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star teams were announced on Sunday night. Toronto’s Jose Bautista was the leading vote-getter among all players, garnering 5.6 million fan votes.
Joining Bautista in the starting lineup for the American League are Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Robinson Cano (Seattle), Josh Donaldson (Oakland), Derek Jeter (New York), Nelson Cruz (Baltimore), Adam Jones (Baltimore), Mike Trout (Baltimore)  and Matt Wieters (Baltimore). Boston’s John Farrell will be the manager after leading the Red Sox to the World Series last year.
Baltimore led the AL with three starters voted into the lineup. Wieters, who is injured and cannot play, was replaced by Kansas City’s Salvador Perez. The Athletics boast the best record in the bigs and lead every team with six total selections. Other notables on the AL squad include pitchers Yu Darvish (Texas) and Masahiro Tanaka (New York) along with Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland) and Victor Martinez (Detroit).
The National League will be led by Yadier Molina (St. Louis) and Chase Utley (Philadelphia), each of whom will be making their sixth appearance in the midsummer classic. Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Aramis Ramirez (Milwaukee), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh), Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee) and Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles) were also voted into the starting lineup.
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was voted a member of the NL squad but will not be allowed to pitch after being traded to Oakland. His spot was filled by Atlanta’s Julio Teheran. The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright headline the pitching staff for manager Mike Matheny.
The MLB All-Star Game will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. on Tues., July 15.
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Boris Diaw Returning to Spurs

Boris Diaw Returning to Spurs

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat wait and wonder about their “Big Three”, the world champion San Antonio Spurs continue to bring back the majority of their roster. Veteran forward Boris Diaw signed a new multi-year deal to return to the Spurs on Sunday.
Sources say that Diaw’s new contract is for three years, and is worth an approximated $22 million. The forward took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the signing saying, “Hey Spurs fans, Good news i stay in san antonio for a few more years. Lets win it again. #gospursgo”.
The 32-year-old averaged 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 2013-14, helping the Spurs to a fifth NBA Championship.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Cleveland Indians 4 (43-44) – Kansas City Royals 1 (45-42)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (45-42) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (52-37)
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (37-53) – Atlanta Braves 1 (49-39)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (47-41) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (37-51)
New York Mets 8 (39-49) – Texas Rangers 4 (38-50)
Washington Nationals 2 (48-39) – Chicago Cubs 1 (38-48)
Chicago White Sox 1 (42-47) – Seattle Mariners 0 (48-40)
Miami Marlins 8 (43-45) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (47-42)
New York Yankees 9 (44-43) – Minnesota Twins 7 (39-48)
Baltimore Orioles 7 (48-40) – Boston Red Sox 6 (39-49) – 12 Innings
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (61-36) – Houston Astros 1 (36-54)
Oakland Athletics 4 (55-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (47-43) 
San Francisco Giants 5 (49-39) – San Diego Padres 3 (39-49)
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (51-40) – Colorado Rockies 2 (37-52)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (41-50) – Detroit Tigers 3 (48-37)
Tennis: Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 to win at Wimbledon.
NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Aric Almirola won a rain-shortened race at Daytona International Speedway.
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Novak Djokovic Wins the Wimbledon Title

Novak Djokovic Wins the Wimbledon Title

LEON NEAL/AFB/Getty Images(LONDON) — In what could go down as an instant classic, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in five sets to take home his second Wimbledon Title.
This is the seventh Grand Slam title for the 27-year-old Djokovic. Evertime Djokovic seemed to go on a roll, Federer would storm right back to keep the pressure square of Djokovic’s shoulders.
“I was hoping that Roger was going to miss the first serve, but that didn’t happen,” Djokovic said. “It rarely happens. That’s why he has 17 Grand Slams and he’s been the most successful player ever, because in important moments, he comes up with his best shots and top game.”
Even though Federer was disappointed with the loss, he was gracious and paid his respect to Djokovic.
“You know going into a match with Novak, it’s always going to be tough,” Federer said. “It had everything for fans to like, the swing of momentum in the first set, him coming back in the second and third, all the back and forth in the fourth set and all the dramas in the fifth.”
With the win, Djokovic regains his number one ranking.
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Atheltics Option Tommy Milone to Triple-A

Atheltics Option Tommy Milone to Triple-A

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) –The Oakland Athletics have so much starting pitching depth now after their recent blockbuster trade, they’ve optioned Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento.
Milone by no means has had a poor season for the Athletics. In 16 starts for Oakland this season, Milone went 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA.
Most teams would love to have a starter with a 3.55 ERA, but the Athletics simply have no place for him in their starting rotation.
Over the weekend, the A’s went out and traded some of their top prospects to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, both of whom have performed better thsi season.
“He was shocked,”Athletics manager Bob Melvin said when he told Milone the news.
Despite the demotion, Milone is expected to rejoin the team at some point this season.
The Athletics now have one of the best starting rotations in all of Major League Baseball, and also lead the league in runs scored.
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Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Wants to Play for a Contender

Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Wants to Play for a Contender

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is in the midst of an MVP caliber season. In his prime, Tulowitzki has expressed his desire to play for a contending team, whether that’s with the Rockies or not.
Entering Sunday, Tulowitzki leads the National League in batting average at .350 and is second in home runs at 18.
Now in his ninth season, Tulowitzki doesn’t want to become like his former teammate, Todd Helton.
“In Todd Helton, there’s someone who’s easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don’t want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn’t have a chance to win every single year,” said Tulowitzki. “He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that’s not me. I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”
Tulowitzki has spent his entire career with the Rockies.
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Cruz Leads Orioles in DH Split with Boston

Cruz Leads Orioles in DH Split with Boston

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) — After Jonathan Herrera’s walk-off, pinch-hit single gave the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 win in Game One of a doubleheader, Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 to lead Baltimore to a 7-4 win in the nightcap on Saturday. Cruz finished the second game mere inches from the cycle, being tagged out trying to stretch a double into a triple.
The Red Sox (39-48) took the first game on the strength of Jon Lester’s impressive pitching. The southpaw tossed eight innings, giving up two unearned runs, while striking out seven in a no-decision. He was matched by Miguel Gonzalez, who struck out six in eight innings. Johnny Gomes beat out an infield single to lead off the ninth. He was sacrificed to second by David Ross before scoring on Herrera’s broken bat looper to right.
In the nightcap, the Orioles (47-40) jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Nick Hundley’s fourth inning homer. Boston tied things up on Stephen Drew’s second homer of the day before adding two more in the home half. Baltimore would then score five unanswered runs en route to a split. Cruz homered in the fifth after doubling and lacing a single in his previous two at-bats. His infield single in the sixth chased Red Sox starter John Lackey. Cruz’s fifth hit of the night came in the eighth with a double to left-center but he was thrown out trying to leg it into a triple.
“I had to try and see what happened,” Cruz said, smiling. “I don’t remember the last time I hit a triple.”
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NASCAR Postponed at Daytona

NASCAR Postponed at Daytona

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Heavy rains and treacherous conditions forced NASCAR to postpone it’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. The Coke Zero 400 will commence on Sunday morning with the green flag set to drop at 11 a.m.
The weather began in midafternoon but a larger cell came over the track just before 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Track officials continued to hold out hope, drying the track as the rain continued to fall, before ultimately announcing the postponement at 9 p.m.
Joie Chitwood, track president at Daytona, said the decision was made because it would have taken at least 1 hour and 45 minutes to get the track ready for racing and an 11 p.m. start would create a 2 a.m. finish that was not conducive for safety.
David Gilliland is on the pole for the race but there is still more rain in the forecast for Sunday.
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Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continues to find himself in trouble. Already facing a possible year-long ban, Gordon was arrested Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that Gordon was taken into custody after going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone around 3 a.m. Saturday. While no official word was given as to whether the impairment was alcohol or drug related, WNCN in Raleigh reported that the wide out’s blood-alcohol level was .09. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.
Gordon was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 26. Neither Gordon, nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus, had a comment on the arrest.
“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation. We will comment further at the appropriate time,” Brown general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement.
The 23-year-old could be banned for the entire upcoming season after failing a second drug test. Gordon was suspended four games in 2013 for what he said was the use of codeine.
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Wediman, Rousey Defend Titles at UFC 175

Wediman, Rousey Defend Titles at UFC 175

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — UFC 175 saw two title belts on the line Saturday. When all was said and done, both belts remained with their respective champions.
Ronda Rousey remained undefeated, beating Alexis Davis via knockout just 16 seconds into their bout, retaining her women’s bantamweight title. Rousey improved to 10-0 with the victory and notched the second-fastest knockout in UFC history.
Davis, the number one contender, took a stiff right hand to the chin before Rousey threw her to the mat and finished the fight with a flurry of strikes. It was the first time that Davis (16-6) was finished in a fight since 2009.  
In the other co-main event, middleweight champion Chris Weidman silenced critics once again. His unanimous decision victory over Lyoto Machida proved that the former All-American wrestler could go the distance after finishing each of his two previous championship fights.
Weidman (12-0), who won the title by knocking out Anderson Silva one year ago, controlled the first three rounds of the bout before Machida won the fourth. The final round was up for grabs until the champion scored a takedown in the final two minutes and outlasted Machida (21-5) to the bell.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: Quarterfinals:  Argentina 1 – Belgium 0
Netherlands 0 (4) – 0 (3) Costa Rica Penalty Kicks
MLB: Boston Red Sox 3 (39-47) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (46-40) – Game 1
Baltimore Orioles 7 (47-40) – Boston Red Sox 4 (39-48) – Game 2
Minnesota Twins 2 (39-47) – New York Yankees 1 (43-43) 11 Innings
Miami Marlins 6 (42-45) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (47-41)
Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-36) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (44-42)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (46-41) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (37-50)
Seattle Mariners 3 (48-39) – Chicago White Sox 2 (41-47) 14 Innings
Atlanta Braves 10 (49-38) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (36-53)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (40-50) – Detroit Tigers 2 (48-36)
Washington Nationals 13 (47-39) – Chicago Cubs 0 (38-47)
Colorado Rockies 8 (37-51) – Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (50-40)
Cleveland Indians 7 (42-44) – Kansas City Royals 3 (45-41)
Texas Rangers 5 (38-49) – New York Mets 3 (38-49)
San Francisco Giants 5 (48-39) – San Diego Padres 3 (39-48) 10 Innings
Oakland Athletics 5 (54-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (47-42)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 11 (50-36) – Houston Astrps 5 (36-53)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway: Postponed to Sunday at 11 a.m.
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Argentina Reaches World Cup Semis for First Time Since 1990

Argentina Reaches World Cup Semis for First Time Since 1990

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — For the first time since 1990, Argentina is heading to the World Cup semifinal after beating Belgium 1-0 Saturday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored in the eighth minute when the ball deflected off a Belgian defender and into his feet. Higuain took advantage of the opportunity and knocked it past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois right side. The goal breaks Higuain’s four-game scoreless drought.
“Since the first game of this World Cup I said I was calm, that the goals would come. It came and at an important moment,” Higuain said. “It’s been so many years since we made it to the semifinals. Now we did.”
Where they’ll meet the Netherlands on Wednesday. The match scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN.
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Cardinals Pitcher Jaime Garcia Out the Rest of the Season

Cardinals Pitcher Jaime Garcia Out the Rest of the Season

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite his best efforts to stay on the field this season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch is reporting that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garica will undergo thoracic outlet surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Garica has been one of the Cardinals more reliable pitchers during his career, but has battled injuries the past two seasons that have limited him to just 16 starts.
He made just nine seasons last season because he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He finally returned this May and made seven starts this season where he went 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA
For his career, the 27-year-old Garcia has a career 3.50 era to go along with a record of 42-26.
This injury could put Garica’s future with the Cardinals in jeopardy if he can’t come back fully healthy next season. He’s owed $9.25 million next season, but he has club options for 2016 and 2017.
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Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Mike Ehrman/Getty images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s officially the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd took to the team’s Twitter account to further endear himself to the fans.
“Over the past couple days, I’ve been asked: ‘Why Milwaukee?’ My answer is simple: there is no place I’d rather be,” Kidd wrote. “Over my twenty years in the NBA as a player and a coach, I have always been impressed with the level of support that Bucks fans have given this team, in good times and bad.
With a talented roster, new owners that are passionate about being successful in Milwaukee, and a great fan base, we have the makings of something special here and I’m proud to be leading this new era of Bucks basketball.”
After a stellar 19-year career, Kidd became the coach of the Brooklyn Nets the season after he retired. The team had massive expectations placed on them, but Kidd could only take them to the second of the playoffs.
In an attempt to gain more power, Kidd reportedly demanded to be named the president of basketball operations. The team balked at Kidd’s demands, and he was promptly traded to the Bucks for two second-round picks.
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Report: Jazz Aquire Steve Novak from the Raptors

Report: Jazz Aquire Steve Novak from the Raptors

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — The Utah Jazz are looking for shooting help and they’ve found it as they’ve acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from the Toronto Raptors.
With the Raptors recently extending point guard Kyle Lowry, the team was looking to unload salary, as Novak is set to make $7.2 million over the next two years. The Jazz will send back a future second-round pick.
The 31-year old Novak is an eight-year veteran who can help stretch the floor for the Jazz as they already have a good nucleus of front-court players like Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and Jeremy Evans.
After finding consistent playing time with the New York Knicks, Novak quickly fell out of favor in Toronto, as he averaged just 10.0 minutes per game and averaged 3.3 points per game.
Despite the limited playing time, Novak still remains a deadly shooter from the 3-point line. In 54 games for the Raptors last season, Novak shot .426% from 3.
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Trail Blazers Sign Chris Kaman

Trail Blazers Sign Chris Kaman

NBA via New Orleans Hornets(NEW YORK) — The Portland Trail Blazers added veteran center Chris Kaman to their roster on Friday.  Kama and the Trail Blazers agreed to a two-year deal worth $9.8 million, reports ESPN.com.
Kaman averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds last season with the Lakers.
Kaman made the All-Star team in 2010 and will primarily be a backup to Robin Lopez, who averaged 11.1 points per game and 8.5 rebounds for Portland.
Kaman has spent 11 seasons in the NBA and will provide great veteran leadership to a young Trail Blazers roster.
The deal cannot become official until July 10 when the league-wide moratorium on signings ends.
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Senators Sign David Legwand

Senators Sign David Legwand

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(OTTAWA) — The Senators added a key veteran free agent on Friday.  Center David Legwand and Ottawa agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million.
Legwand split time with the Predators and the Red Wings last season.
“David is a good, veteran center, a guy that skates pretty well, gets up and down the ice,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement.
Legwand had 51 points in 83 games between the two teams after spending 15 seasons in Nashville before being traded to Detroit in March.
“We just think the way things shook out for us that having an experienced center that can be a decent faceoff man, be a good defensive player, get points, was very important at this time,” Murray continued.
The Senators sent center Jason Spezza to Dallas on Tuesday for right winger Alex Chiasson.
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Neymar Suffers Broken Vertebra Out For World Cup

Neymar Suffers Broken Vertebra Out For World Cup

Pool/Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) — The host nation will be without its most popular, and most powerful, player for the rest of the World Cup. Neymar suffered a broken vertebra late in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup with Colombia.
Neymar went to the ground after a collision with Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 88th minute and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Hours after the match, which Brazil won 2-1, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar delivered the bad news.
“It is a benign fracture,” Lasmar said. “This news is not easy, but he will not be available at this World Cup. The fracture does not require surgery. There will be a conservative treatment and [he] will need physiotherapy and comfort to ease the pain.”
The 22-year-old is the face of the Brazilian National Team and one of the top scorers in the world. Now, the host squad must find a way to continue their hope of winning the World Cup on home soil without one of their most talented players.
Brazil will face Germany on Tuesday in semi-final action. To make matters worse, captain Thiago Silva will not be available as well after picking up a second yellow card in the tournament.
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Spencer Hawes Signs with Clippers

Spencer Hawes Signs with Clippers

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Free agent center Spencer Hawes has agreed to a $23 million deal for four seasons. The deal will not be official until the end of the NBA’s moratorium on deals is lifted on July 10.
Hawes averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3 assists per game last year, splitting time between Philadelphia and Charlotte. The 26-year-old also hit better than forty-one percent from the three-point line nearly 45 percent.
The Clippers were reportedly working on a trade proposal for during the season, proving how much the team was looking for someone with his skill set. A 7’1″ center, Hawes is entering his eighth season in the NBA. Los Angeles is looking for another big man to bolster the roster after the firing of head coach Doc Rivers. 
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