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Chukars Win Third Straight Game

Chukars Win Third Straight Game

(BILLINGS, MT) — The Chukars have a season high three game winning streak after setting down the Mustangs 4-2 on Wednesday. Idaho Falls (12-11) moves above .500 for the first time this season. Ryan O’Hearn didn’t waste anytime increasing his hitting streak to 12 with a two-run home run in the first inning. Billings (11-12) would […]

Hornets Reach Deal with Gordon Hayward

Hornets Reach Deal with Gordon Hayward

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) — The Charlotte Hornets are doing their best to pry free agent Gordon Hayward away from the Utah Jazz.
Charlotte and Hayward have agree to a four-year offer sheet at the projected maximum of $63 million.
The Jazz will have three days to match the offer by the Hornets once the sheet is signed.
Utah had a chance to reach a deal with Hayward during the season, but both sides failed to find a number and years that worked.
Hayward is seeking a four-year deal worth $13 million annually, but the Jazz are sitting tight at $12 million, reports ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein.
He also visited with the Cavaliers last week.
Hayward averaged 16.2 points per game and 5.1 rebounds last season for Utah.
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Yankees Place SP Masahiro Tanaka on DL

Yankees Place SP Masahiro Tanaka on DL

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images (CLEVELAND) — The New York Yankees placed rookie starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation.
The Yankees flew Tanaka to New York Wednesday to receive an MRI on the elbow.

“It’s obviously soreness,” Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said. “I’m not saying it’s a significant injury. There’s soreness, and he must have felt that it was affecting him a little bit. So he felt it was best to send him back to have an MRI.”

The 25-year-old Tanaka has been brilliant in his first season in the States. He’s thrown 129 1/3 innings compiling a 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 19 walks, 135 strikeouts, and a major league-leading 12 wins.

Boston Red Sox Koji Uehara will take Tanaka’s spot on the American League All-Star team.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Semifinals: Argentina 0 (4) – Netherlands 0 (2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (50-37) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (51-42)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (39-54) – Miami Marlins 3 (44-47) 10 innings
Los Angeles Angels 8 (53-37) – Toronto Blue Jays 7 (48-45)
Colorado Rockies 6 (39-53) – San Diego Padres 3 (40-51)
Washington Nationals 6 (49-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (49-41)
New York Mets 4 (42-49) – Atlanta Braves 1 (49-42)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-42) – Chicago Cubs 1 (38-52)
Boston Red Sox 5 (40-51) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-48)
Kansas City Royals 5 (47-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (42-52)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 (40-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-40)
Houston Astros 8 (39-54) – Texas Rangers 4 (38-53)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (50-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (47-44)
New York Yankees 5 (46-44) – Cleveland Indians 4 (44-46) – 14 Innings
Minnesota Twins 8 (41-49) – Seattle Mariners 1 (49-42)
San Francisco Giants 5 (50-41) – Oakland Athletics 2 (57-34)
 
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Blackhawks Agree to 8-Year Contracts with Kane & Toews

Blackhawks Agree to 8-Year Contracts with Kane & Toews

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contracts with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the team announced on Wednesday. Each deal is worth $84 million, according to ESPN.
The contracts will take the pair through the 2022-23 season.
“It’s great to be able to continue my career in Chicago,” said Kane in a statement. “Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing. Since I was drafted by the Blackhawks, the people of Chicago have really embraced me and treated me with nothing but respect. I look forward to many more years of success with the Blackhawks.”
Kane has 178 goals and 315 assists in 515 regular-season career games, while Toews has 195 goals and 245 assists in 484 regular-season career games.
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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby to Have Wrist Surgery

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby to Have Wrist Surgery

Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will undergo surgery to repair a wrist that never recovered after physical therapy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Crosby is not expected to miss any regular season games, reports the Gazette.
Crosby was named the league’s Hart Trophy Award winner for the second time this past season. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which is the player’s choice for league MVP.
The 26-year-old Crosby played in 80 games this season and led the league in points (104) and assists (68) while leading the Penguins to the Metropolitan Division championship. He also scored 36 goals with 68 assists.
The Penguins were knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Rangers, which led to the firing of their coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero.
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Aldridge Waiting to Sign Next Year with Blazers

Aldridge Waiting to Sign Next Year with Blazers

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Portland Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge won’t sign a contract extension this offseason, but will look for one in the 2014-15 season.  
“I’m happy to stay, happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or two,” Aldridge told The Oregonian on Tuesday. “This has no impact on my interest in staying in Portland. I just want to get a five-year deal. I feel like that’s the best decision on my part.”
Aldridge was offered a three-year extension worth $55 million, the Oregonian reports. He’s seeking a five-year deal worth $108 million next year with Portland.
“I don’t want it to be perceived that I’m not happy or I’m not staying on because I’m not signing a three-year deal,” Aldridge told the paper. “It’s just financially smarter to wait…and I’m looking forward to signing the five-year deal when the chance comes.”
Aldridge is hoping to surpass Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler as the greatest player to ever wear a Trail Blazers jersey.
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Chukars Tame Mustangs to Reach .500 for First Time

Chukars Tame Mustangs to Reach .500 for First Time

(BILLINGS, MT) — The dynamic duo of Wander Franco and Kyle Pollock combined for half of the Chukars 16 hits in a 10-6 win over the Billings Mustangs Tuesday night.  The victory pushes Idaho Falls up to .500 for the first time this season. Reigning Pioneer League Player of the Week, Ryan O’Hearn got the […]

Brian Vickers Looking to Repeat at New Hampshire

Brian Vickers Looking to Repeat at New Hampshire

Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Brian Vickers is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory of the season.  NASCAR will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend where Vickers won last year.
“I suppose they would be 1 in 43,” Vickers said of his chances on Tuesday.  “You know, I think we have a really good car.  Obviously I like Loudon.  Especially a track you win at you’ll always like.  We also had a great test up there last week.  But I know a lot of other teams tested there as well.”
“It’s not going to be easy, but I think we’re definitely capable of winning again,” Vickers continued.  “It would be a great place to have a repeat win and lock ourselves into the Chase.”
With the new NASCAR format, one win could be a way in to the Chase. Vickers finished second at a rain-shortened race on Sunday at Daytona.
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Germany’s Klose Sets All-Time World Cup Goals Record

Germany’s Klose Sets All-Time World Cup Goals Record

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil) — On Tuesday, German striker Miroslav Klose broke the record for most goals scored at the World Cup.The 36-year-old Klose scored his 16th, and record-breaking goal, in the 23rd minute of Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal. Klose tied the record, held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, in Germany’s Group Stage game against Ghana earlier in the tournament. Klose, who is Germany’s all-time leading scorer with 71 goals in 136 matches, becomes only the third player ever to score in four straight World Cups. The other two are West Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Brazil’s Pele.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup Semifinals: Germany 7 – Brazil 1
MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (47-42) – Chicago Cubs 2 (38-50) Game One
Cincinnati Reds 6 (48-42) – Chicago Cubs 5 (38-51) Game Two
Cleveland Indians 5 (44-45) – New York Yankees 3 (45-44)
Detroit Tigers 14 (49-37) – Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (51-41)
New York Mets 8 (41-49) – Atlanta Braves 3 (49-41)
Chicago White Sox 8 (44-47) – Boston Red Sox 3 (39-51)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (42-51) – Kansas City Royals 3 (46-43)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (49-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (47-43)
Miami Marlins 2 (44-46) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (38-54)
Minnesota Twins 2 (40-49) – Seattle Mariners 0 (49-41)
Houston Astros 8 (38-54) – Texas Rangers 3 (38-52)
Colorado Rockies 2 (38-53) – San Diego Padres 1 (40-50)
Philadelphia Phillies 9 (39-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 7 (52-39)
Oakland Athletics 6 (57-33) – San Francisco Giants 1 (49-41)
Toronto Blue Jays 4 (48-44) – Los Angeles Angels 0 (52-37)
Baltimore Orioles (49-40) Vs. Washington Nationals (48-40) Postponed due to rain
 
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Cliff Lee Set to Return to the Phillies After the All-Star Break

Cliff Lee Set to Return to the Phillies After the All-Star Break

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the Philadelphia Phillies fading fast in the standings, they could use all the help they can get. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that they expect starting pitcher Cliff Lee back after the All-Star break.
Lee is recovering from a strained left elbow, and is eying a return to the rotation July 19. He hasn’t started for the Phillies since May 18.
The 35-year-old Lee made his first rehab start on Sunday, but he was limited to just 24 pitches for Class-A Clearwater due to poor weather.
Still, Lee remains one of the most consistent pitchers in Major League Baseball.
With the Phillies staring at another losing season, Lee is one of their biggest trade chips. The sooner he can prove he’s healthy, the better chance the team can get a good return for him.
Lee is signed through 2015 and has a minimum of $50 million left on his contract over the next season and a half. That figure could grow to $62.5 million if he vests his option for 2016.
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Pirates’ Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole Heading to the Disabled List

Pirates’ Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole Heading to the Disabled List

Justin A. Keller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is heading to the 15-day disabled list after the team announced he’s being shut down with right lat soreness thanks to right shoulder fatigue.
Cole had to be removed from his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in just his second appearance since coming off the disabled list on June 28.
“It’s very frustrating,” Cole told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The bullpen just didn’t go well. I wasn’t myself. If you can’t be yourself in a bullpen, how can you do it when you pitch (in a game)? It’s hard enough to get through the Cardinals’ lineup when you’re feeling good.”
The 23-year-old Cole is in his first full season in the Majors after he was the 1st overall pick by the team during the 2011 Draft. In 14 starts this season, Cole is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 85.2 innings pitched.
Brandon Cumpton will be called up to take Cole’s place in the starting rotation.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles 8 (49-40) – Washington Nationals 2 (48-40) 11 Innings
New York Mets 4 (40-49) – Atlanta Braves 3 (49-40) 11 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 9 (46-42) – Chicago Cubs 3 (38-49)
Chicago White Sox 4 (43-47) – Boston Red Sox 0 (39-50)
Kansas City Royals 6 (46-42) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (41-51)
New York Yankees 5 (45-43) – Cleveland Indians 3 (43-45)
Houston Astros 12 (37-54) – Texas Rangers 7 (38-51)
Seattle Mariners 2 (49-40) – Minnesota Twins 0 (39-49)
Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (38-53) – Miami Marlins 1 (43-46)
San Diego Padres 6 (40-49) – Colorado Rockies 1 (37-53)
St. Louis Cardinals 2 (48-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (47-42)
Philadelphia Phillies 3 (38-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (52-38)
Oakland Athletics 5 (56-33) – San Francisco Giants 0 (49-40)
Los Angeles Angels 5 (52-36) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (47-44)
 
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Heat Make Moves In Free Agency

Heat Make Moves In Free Agency

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Free agent forward Danny Granger has agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Heat worth $4.2 million, according to ESPN.
The 31-year-old Granger split time last season between the Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Clippers, where he averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.  His best season came during the 2008-09 campaign, where he averaged 25.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Pacers.
The Heat also has agreed to sign a deal with free agent forward Josh McRoberts. In seven seasons in the NBA, the 27-year-old has averaged 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He has suited up for the Portland Trail Blazers, Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets.
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Hornets Rookie PJ Hairston Involved in Gym Altercation

Hornets Rookie PJ Hairston Involved in Gym Altercation

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Charlotte Hornets rookie point guard P.J. Hairston finds himself in hot water again as he was recently involved in an altercation at a local YMCA.
A high school basketball player is alleging that he was suc…

Yankees Designate Outfielder Alfonso Soriano for Assignment

Yankees Designate Outfielder Alfonso Soriano for Assignment

Jm McIsaac/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Alfonso Soriano’s second tenure with the New York Yankees has come to an end as the team has designated the veteran outfielder for assignment.
“We designated Soriano, which is extremely difficult because he’s bee…

Blue Jays First Baseman Edwin Encarnacion Out Two Weeks

Blue Jays First Baseman Edwin Encarnacion Out Two Weeks

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif) — One of the hottest hitters in baseball will have to sit out the next couple weeks. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will be out of action due to a quad strain.
Encarnacion no…

Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic

Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W. Va.) — Angel Cabrera has won just two tournaments in his PGA Tour career, both of which were majors. On Sunday he picked up his first non-major event victory by taking the Greenbrier Classic.
“This was a great opportunity,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control today out there, and I didn’t want to let it get away from me.”
The 44-year-old finished the tournament at 2-under, posting a 6-under 64 in his final round to beat George McNeill by two strokes. McNeill shot a season-best 61 for his fourth top-10 finish of the year.
For Cabrera, it is his first top-10 finish of the season and his first win since the 2009 Masters. The Argentinian’s only other PGA Tour victory came in the 2007 U.S. Open. 
And although McNeill played well, he suffered some bad news right after his round — his older sister passed away from cancer early Sunday morning.
“Golf doesn’t really mean a whole lot,” McNeill told reporters after hearing the news. “So it’s hard.”
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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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