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Pistons Hire Tim Hardaway as Assistant Coach

Pistons Hire Tim Hardaway as Assistant Coach

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) — The Detroit Pistons added former NBA star Tim Hardaway to their bench as an assistant coach on Thursday.
The 13-year NBA veteran will bring leadership to a young team coached by Stan Van Gundy, who is also the team president.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of some quality people to our coaching and basketball operations staffs and the Detroit Pistons Organization,” Van Gundy said. “These are all highly-qualified individuals who bring a wide range of experience and will all play very important roles in helping to shape our vision.”
“Tim Hardaway informed us that he has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Detroit Pistons. [Owner] Micky [Arison] and I, and the entire organization, couldn’t be more thrilled for Tim as he embarks on the next chapter of his basketball career,” Miami Heat team president Pat Riley said.  “Tim was one of the cornerstones of this franchise for six seasons; providing excitement to fans in Miami and all over the country with his dazzling moves and killer crossover, and he has been a franchise pillar since the day he arrived in Miami. But most of all, he has been an important figure in the South Florida community.”
Hardaway made five All-Star teams and averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 867 career games.
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Durant Withdraws from Team USA

Durant Withdraws from Team USA

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant withdrew from Team USA, citing “physical and mental fatigue.”Durant, who is the reigning NBA MVP, broke the news to Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski Thursday. “This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country,” Durant said in a statement. “I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint.
Durant continued, “I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. I will be rooting for USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them.”
Durant joins fellow forwards Kevin Love, Paul George, and LaMarcus Aldridge as players who will not play for the U.S. in the FIBA World Cup in Spain this summer.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Yankees 1 (60-54) – Detroit Tigers 0 (62-50)
Washington Nationals 5 (62-51) – New York Mets 3 (54-61) 13 Innings
Milwaukee Brewers 3 (63-52) – San Francisco Giants 1 (62-53)
Chicago Cubs 6 (49-64) – Colorado Rockies 2 (45-69)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (52-63) – Houston Astros 5 (47-68)
Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (61-53) – Miami Marlins 2 (55-59)
Baltimore Orioles 2 (65-49) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (61-55)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (59-56) – Cleveland Indians 0 (57-58)
Kansas City Royals 6 (60-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (49-66)
Oakland Athletics 3 (70-44) – Minnesota Twins 0 (51-62)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (61-52) – Boston Red Sox 2 (50-64)
Seattle Mariners 13 (60-54) – Chicago White Sox 3 (55-61)
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (66-50) – Los Angeles Angels 0 (67-47)
NFL Preseason: New York Jets 13 (1-0) – Indianapolis Colts 10 (0-1)
Washington Redskins 23 (1-0) – New England Patriots 6 (0-1)
Baltimore Ravens 23 (1-0) – San Francisco 49ers 3 (0-1)
Kansas City Chiefs 41 (1-0) – Cincinnati Bengals 39 (0-1)
San Diego Chargers 27 (1-0) – Dallas Cowboys 7 (0-1)
Denver Broncos 21 (1-0) – Seattle Seahawks 16 (0-1)
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Landon Donovan Retiring From Soccer

Landon Donovan Retiring From Soccer

iStock/Thinkstock(CARSON, Calif.) — L.A. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan says he will hang up his cleats for good at the end of the Major League Soccer season.
“It’s bittersweet for me as I tell people and now as I say it here,” Donovan said during a news conference on Thursday. “There’s some sadness. I’m also equally excited for what’s to come.”
In 320 games with the San Jose Earthquakes and Galaxy, Donovan has scored 138 goals and has 124 assists. He’s the top goal scorer in MLS history and has won the league’s championship five times.
The 32-year-old Donovan has scored 57 international goals and five World Cup goals. He is the top goal scorer in MLS history, with 138 goals.
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Troy Tulowitzki Is Tired of Losing

Troy Tulowitzki Is Tired of Losing

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has begun to take swings as he makes his return to the lineup.
Tulowitzki was hurt after running out for a ground ball last month in Pittsburgh and has seen his team fall to last in the National League. The Rockies have dropped their last nine out of ten games.
“I think that’s why I came out numerous times and said I want to win,” Tulowitzki told the Denver Post on Wednesday. “It doesn’t mean I want out of here. It means I’m sick and tired of losing.”
Before the injury, Tulowitzki was putting up fantastic numbers leading baseball in batting average (.340) and on-base percentage (.432) while scoring 71 runs, hitting 21 homers and knocking in 52 runs.
“Something needs to change. Hopefully that comes fairly quickly,” Tulowitzki continued. “You can’t force it. But at the same time, we’re all frustrated with this year — especially me.”
“I don’t see any quit,” Tulowitzki added. “They come out here and play hard every single day. We’ve had some deficits we’ve overcome. And I think we would have (team) meetings if we didn’t sense that. We’re playing hard. And (manager) Walt (Weiss) has said the same thing.”
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Greg Oden Arrested

Greg Oden Arrested

NBA via Portland Trail Blazers(INDIANAPOLIS) — Free agent center Greg Oden was arrested on Thursday in Indianapolis after being charged for allegedly punching a woman, reports USA Today Sports.
The former No. 1 pick punched the woman in the face, according to the newspaper.
“I was wrong, and I know what has to happen,” Oden said in the police report.
The Indiana native played in 23 games for the Miami Heat last season and averaged 2.9 points off the bench in Miami’s run to the finals.
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Tiger Declares He’s Ready to Play in PGA Championship

Tiger Declares He’s Ready to Play in PGA Championship

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Just three days after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational due to pain in his back, Tiger Woods has announced he will play Thursday in the PGA Championship. “Pain-free, yes, except for the headache of talking to you guys,” Woods said during a press conference Wednesday after being asked if he was in any pain.Woods played a nine-hole practice round Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club, where he won the 2000 PGA Championship. “I felt pretty good about how I played and the shots I hit,” Woods said. “I have to get used to how this golf course is playing.”Woods injured his back Sunday on the second hole at Firestone when he awkwardly hit a shot out of fairway bunker. He continued to play until after his tee shot on the ninth hole before being assisted off the course in a golf cart. Woods had surgery on his back on March 31 but he said the pain he felt Sunday wasn’t related. Woods tees off at 8:35 a.m. Thursday. He’s playing in a group with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB:  San Diego Padres 5 (52-61) – Minnesota Twins 4 (51-61) 10 Innings
Texas Rangers 3 (45-69) – Chicago White Sox 1 (55-60)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (55-59) – Oakland Athletics 3 (69-44)
Seattle Mariners 7 (59-54) – Atlanta Braves 3 (58-56)
New York Yankees 5 (59-54) – Detroit Tigers 1 (62-49)
Philadelphia Phillies 10 (51-63) – Houston Astros 3 (47-67)
Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (60-53) – Miami Marlins 3 (55-58)
Washington Nationals 7 (61-51) – New York Mets 1 (54-60)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (61-54) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (64-49)
Cincinnati Reds 8 (58-56) – Cleveland Indians 3 (57-57)
San Francisco Giants 7 (62-52) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (62-52)
Colorado Rockies 13 (45-68) – Chicago Cubs 4 (48-64)
Boston Red Sox 2 (50-63) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (60-52)
Kansas City Royals 4 (59-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (49-65)
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (65-50) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (67-46)
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Chukars Game Rained Out, Double Header Wednesday

Chukars Game Rained Out, Double Header Wednesday

  IDAHO FALLS, ID. — The Idaho Falls Chukars-Helena Brewers game at Melaleuca Field scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th has been postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday night, starting at 5pm at Melaleuca Field. Each of the games will be scheduled for seven innings. This is the 2nd Idaho Falls […]

Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) — New York Jets veteran quarterback Michael Vick believes second-year quarterback Geno Smith will be “10 times” better than he was last year.
The Jets signed Vick to be the backup to the young Smith in the offseason and he’s taken it in stride.
“He’s going to be great,” Vick said Tuesday after practice. “He’s going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I’m looking forward to it.”
“You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon,” Vick continued.
Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
“I want to see some production,” head coach Rex Ryan said of Smith. “I think we’ll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let’s have the production, too.”.
Ryan, who is relying on the success of the team for another contract, believes that having Vick as a backup is a good thing for Smith.
“When you have a Mike Vick come in here, you’d better be at the top of your game,” Ryan said.
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Bears Suspend Bennett for Training Camp Fight

Bears Suspend Bennett for Training Camp Fight

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(BOURBANNAIS, Ill) — The Chicago Bears fined and suspended tight end Martellus Bennett for conduct detrimental to the team after getting in a fight with cornerback Kyle Fuller during practice Monday.
“Last night (Monday), we made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “This is a process that we’re working with Martellus. We are in contact with him. Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible. He’s a very loved and respected teammate. We want him back, but it’s a process we have to work through.”
The 27-year-old Bennett pushed and then body-slammed Fuller after Fuller tried stripping the ball from Bennett during Monday’s training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University. 
Bennett had to be calmed down by teammates. The situation led to head coach Marc Trestman to end practice early.
“Everybody talks about friendships, but really we are all preparing to win a championship,” Bennett said. “If we make friends along the way, cool. But I’m just trying to help the Bears win a championship and do the job to the best of my ability.”
No details were released on the length of the suspension or the amount of the fine Bennett received.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Cincinnati Reds 9 (57-56) – Cleveland Indians 2 (57-56)
Miami Marlins 6 (55-57) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (59-53)
New York Mets 6 (54-59) – Washington Nationals 1 (60-51)
Baltimore Orioles 9 (64-48) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (60-54)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (62-51) – San Francisco Giants 3 (61-52)
Texas Rangers 16 (44-69) – Chicago White Sox 0 (55-59)
Minnesota Twins 3 (51-60) – San Diego Padres 1 (51-61)
Philadelphia Phillies 2 (50-63) – Houston Astros 1 (47-66) – 15 Innings
Detroit Tigers 4 (62-48) – New York Yankees 3 (58-54) – 12 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (60-51) – Boston Red Sox 2 (49-63)
Kansas City Royals 12 (58-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (49-64)
Chicago Cubs 5 (48-63) – Colorado Rockies 5 (44-68) – 12 Innings
Seattle Mariners 4 (58-54) – Atlanta Braves 2 (58-55)
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (64-50) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (67-45)
Oakland Athletics 3 (69-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (54-59)
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Nationals Claim LHP Matt Thornton Off Waivers

Nationals Claim LHP Matt Thornton Off Waivers

iStockphoto(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Matt Thornton off waivers from the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
In 46 games with the Bronx Bombers this season, Thornton compiled a record of 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA. He has struck out 20 batters and walked just six in 24 2-3 innings of work.
During his 11-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Yankees, Thornton is 32-45 with 23 saves and a 3.49 ERA. His career batting average against left-handed batters is .233.
The Yankees promoted left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Thornton’s roster spot.
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Idaho State Bengals Begin Fall Practice

Idaho State Bengals Begin Fall Practice

  POCATELLO, Idaho-  Idaho State football coach Mike Kramer is excited to get the 2014 season underway.  The Bengals hit the practice field for the first time this fall on Monday evening inside Holt Arena . With eight starters returning on offense and nine on defense, there is a lot for Kramer to be excited […]

Chukars Walk Off Against the Brewers

Chukars Walk Off Against the Brewers

  IDAHO FALLS, ID — It was an eventful night at Melaleuca Field Monday night.  The Chukars blew a five run lead, went into extra innings for the second straight night, and came away with the walk off 8-7 win over the Brewers. Idaho Falls (23-23, 3-5) was the benefactor of a Helena error in the […]

Biogenesis Founder Tony Bosch Surrenders to the DEA

Biogenesis Founder Tony Bosch Surrenders to the DEA

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WESTON, Fla.) — One year after Major League Baseball handed down the suspension to Alex Rodriguez, federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents filed charges against Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch as well as others connecte…

Dan Uggla Rejects Assignment to Triple-A, Released by Giants

Dan Uggla Rejects Assignment to Triple-A, Released by Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the second time this season, second baseman Dan Uggla is a free agent as the San Francisco Giants have released the former All-Star after he rejected an assignment to Triple-A.
Earlier this sea…

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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