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Scoreboard Roundup 7-3-14

Scoreboard Roundup 7-3-14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 7 (46-40) – San Francisco Giants 2 (47-38)
Philadelphia Phillies 5 (37-48) – Miami Marlins 4 (41-44)
Detroit Tigers 8 (48-34) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (38-50)
Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (36-51) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (44-41)
New York Yankees 7 (42-42) – Twins 4 (38-46)
Baltimore Orioles 5 (46-39) – Texas Rangers 2 (37-48)
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (49-39) – Colorado Rockies 2 (36-50)
Oakland Athletics 4 (52-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (47-40)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (48-36) – Houston Astros 2 (36-51)
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ESPN: Mavericks Sign Dirk Nowitzki to 3-Year Deal

ESPN: Mavericks Sign Dirk Nowitzki to 3-Year Deal

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(NEW YORK) — The greatest player to suit up for the Dallas Mavericks isn’t going anywhere as, according to ESPN, the team has agreed on a three-year contract with forward Dirk Nowitzki.
The deal is expected to be in the $30 million range. ESPN also is reporting that the new deal contains a player option that would allow Nowitzki to return to free agency in the summer of 2016.
Nowitzki took a below-market value deal due to his allegiance to the team, and the team’s desire to use the saved money to go after free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and Luol Deng.
Nowitzki has been with the Mavericks for 16 seasons, making his NBA debut back in 1998.
When all is said and done, Nowitzki will likely suit up for the Mavericks for the duration of his 19-year career, something rarely seen in professional sports these days.
During his NBA career, the 36-year-old Nowitzki has averaged 22.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, and led the franchise to its only NBA Championship back in 2011.
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Jason Kidd Ready for New Job in Milwaukee

Jason Kidd Ready for New Job in Milwaukee

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jason Kidd is moving on from last season with the Brooklyn Nets.  The Milwaukee Bucks introduced Kidd on Wednesday and Kidd did not mention the team once during his press conference.
“This is business. I think [Nets general manager] Billy [King] said it best,” Kidd said with a grin. “It’s business, and that’s what it comes down to.”
“When you’re a player, you’re gonna be criticized. And as a coach, you’re gonna be criticized even more because it’s about wins and losses,” Kidd continued. “And so for me it’s being able to get better as a coach.”
“I’m still a young coach and I’ve still got a lot to learn about coaching and I want to surround myself with guys like [Bucks GM] John [Hammond] and [owners] Wes [Edens] and Marc [Lasry] and be able to learn from them,” he added. “I’m excited about this opportunity. Today is all about Milwaukee and I’ll be criticized about why [Ersan] Ilyasova didn’t take the game-winning shot. It just comes with the territory and we move forward.”
Kidd also said he’s looking forward to teaching a young roster, which includes Jabari Parker.
“It’s not about the market. It’s about being able to teach, and I have a great opportunity in Milwaukee with a young roster. Our goal is to become a championship team, and having this opportunity with Milwaukee, I’m very excited about it,” Kidd said. “I’ve played in small markets, I’ve played in big markets, basketball is inside the arena. It doesn’t recognize what market you’re in. It’s about wins and losses. That’s the way I approach it.”
Kidd was traded to the Bucks after requesting the right to speak with other teams. The deal is worth $15 million for three years, according to ESPN.com.
The Nets received two second round draft picks for him. The team also retired Kidd’s No. 5 jersey this past season.
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Raptors Double Up Chukars

Raptors Double Up Chukars

(OGDEN, UT)  – The game started with dueling two-run home runs by both teams in the first, but the Idaho Falls Chukars couldn’t keep pace with the Raptors as Ogden pulls away for a 10-5 win Wednesday.  Ryan O’Hearn crushed a home run in the first inning to get the Chukars (7-10) on the board […]

Forward Steve Downie Signs 1-Year Contract with Penguins

Forward Steve Downie Signs 1-Year Contract with Penguins

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Free-agent winger Steve Downie signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. The 27-year-old Downie played last season with the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, dishing out 20 assists and compiling 24 points. Downie is reunited with Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who coached Downie in Tampa Bay during the 2009-10 season. That season Downie had career highs in goals [24] and assists [46]. Downie becomes the fifth player signed by Pittsburgh in the last two days. The Penguins also signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, winger Blake Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss, while also re-signing forward Marcel Goc.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/2/14

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(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 7 (47-39) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (51-35)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (38-49) – New York Yankees 3 (41-42)
Detroit Tigers 9 (47-34) – Oakland Athletics 3 (51-33)
Kansas City Royals 4 (44-40) – Minnesota Twins 0 (38-45)
Seattle Mariners 5 (47-38) – Houston Astros 2 (36-50)
Cleveland Indians 5 (41-43) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (48-39)
San Diego Padres 3 (38-47) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (43-41)
Washington Nationals 4 (46-38) – Colorado Rockies 3 (36-49)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (44-40) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (35-51)
Atlanta Braves 3 (47-38) – New York Mets 1 (37-48)
Miami Marlins 5 (41-43) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (36-48)
Chicago White Sox 3 (40-46) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (47-36)
Chicago Cubs 16 (37-46) – Boston Red Sox 9 (38-47)
Baltimore Orioles 6 (45-39) – Texas Rangers 4 (37-47)
Saint Louis Cardinals 2 (45-40) – San Francisco Giants 0 (47-37)
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Padres & OF Seth Smith Agree To 2-Year Contract Extension

Padres & OF Seth Smith Agree To 2-Year Contract Extension

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres and outfielder Seth Smith have agreed to a two-year contract extension, the club announced on Wednesday. The deal is worth $13 million, according to ESPN, with a club option for the 2017 season worth $7 million.
In 72 games this season with San Diego, Smith is batting .281 with 18 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 25 RBIs and 33 runs scored. The Padres acquired the 31-year-old from the Oakland Athletics this past off-season for righthanded pitcher Luke Gregerson.
In eight major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2007-11), A’s (2012-13) and Padres (2014), Smith has hit .266 with 82 homers and 298 RBIs.
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Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Buffalo Bills suffered a hit to their defense on Tuesday.  Top linebacker Kiko Alonso is expected to miss the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL injury.
“We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season, but we look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the league’s outstanding rookies in 2013,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement on Wednesday.
Alonso was recovering from hip surgery this offseason. 
Alonso won the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and finished third in combined tackles.
The Bills begin training camp on July 18.
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Idaho Vandals Join Big Sky Conference for Most Sports

Idaho Vandals Join Big Sky Conference for Most Sports

(MOSCOW, ID) –  The University of Idaho is back in the Big Sky Conference to compete in all sports except football. The football team will join the Sun Belt Conference. Idaho will play its first Big Sky Conference volleyball match on Sept. 25 at Northern Colorado and its first league soccer match the next day, […]

Marcin Gortat Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Wizards

Marcin Gortat Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Wizards

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Marcin Gortat will be staying in Washington after he agreed to a new five-year deal worth $60 million with the Wizards on Tuesday.
“I’m proud to say Washington will be my home,” Gortat posted to his twitter account on Tuesday.
Gortat was one of the top targets to bring back for Washington and both sides met earlier in the week to discuss his future with the team.
The deal can’t officially be signed until July 10 when the league moratorium is lifted.
Gortat was huge for the Wizards off the bench this past season, averaging 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. 
The Wizards made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.  They’ll shift their attention now to re-signing forward Trevor Ariza.
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Goalie Ryan Miller Signs 3-Year Deal with Canucks

Goalie Ryan Miller Signs 3-Year Deal with Canucks

Dave Sandford/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) — Goalie Ryan Miller signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday. The 33-year-old Miller joins a Canucks team that traded away its franchise goalie Roberto Luongo last season.”I felt it was important to get a goalie with experience,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “Over the years, he’s played a lot of games. He gives us that experience that we need.” Miller, who is a Vezina Trophy winner, has played 11 NHL seasons between Buffalo and St. Louis. During that time, he has compiled a 294-194-58 record, a .915 save percentage, and a 2.59 goals-against average.
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Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys acquired linebacker Rolando McClain in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Dallas sent a 2015 sixth-round pick to Baltimore in return for McClain and Baltimore’s 2015 seventh-round pick.
McClain was selected out of Alabama with the eighth overall pick by the Raiders in 2010. He eventually was released by the Raiders after multiple arrests and other off-field issues.
                                                               
McClain signed with the Ravens in 2013 but retired before playing a game. The NFL reinstated McClain in March 2014 after the linebacker communicated that he wanted to play, but McClain decided to retire again soon after. But again the itch to play came back again, and McClain was officially taken off the reserve/ retired list Tuesday.                                                                                                                                                     
The addition of McClain helps the Cowboys replace linebacker Sean Lee, who tore his ACL and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
                                                                                                                           
The 24-year-old McClain has played in 41 NFL games. During that time, he had 175 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 17 passes defended.
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Avalanche Sign Iginla

Avalanche Sign Iginla

Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Colorado Avalanche signed free agent winger Jarome Iginla to a three-year, $16 million contract Tuesday.The 37-year-old Iginla played last season with the Boston Bruins scoring 30 goals and dishing out 31 assists in 78 games, helping the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.Iginla had interest in re-signing with Boston, but the Bruins have a shortage of salary-cap space. “In the NHL it’s hard to pick which team is going to win, but you want to be on a contender, and I think at this stage in my career that is very important,” Iginla said to Sportsnet. “I know Boston, they have a great shot, a great team and they work very hard and they’re committed. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to this year in Boston, but they’ll be right back there and have a great shot again and I realize that. But it wasn’t really a full option and Colorado, to me, is a young, dynamic team and they’re just getting better.”Last season the Avalanche won the Central Division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs in seven games to the Minnesota Wild.Iginla has played 17 NHL seasons split between Calgary, Pittsburgh, and Boston. He is a six-time All Star, who has scored 560 goals, tying him with Guy Lafleur for 24th on the NHL’s all-time top scorers list.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: Belgium 2 – United States 1
Argentina 1 – Switzerland 0
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (46-39) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (51-34)
Los Angeles Angels 8 (46-35) – Chicago White Sox 4 (39-45) Game One
Los Angeles Angels 7 (47-35) – Chicago White Sox 5 (39-46) Game Two
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (43-40) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (35-50)
Washington Nationals 7 (45-38) – Colorado Rockies 1 (36-48)
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (37-49) – New York Yankees 1 (41-41)
Baltimore Orioles 8 (44-39) – Texas Rangers 3 (37-46)
Detroit Tigers 3 (46-34) – Oakland Athletics 0 (51-32)
Atlanta Braves 5 (46-38) – New York Mets 4 (37-47)
Chicago Cubs 2 (36-46) – Boston Red Sox 1 (38-46)
Seattle Mariners 13 (46-38) – Houston Astros 2 (36-49)
San Francisco Giants 5 (47-36) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (44-40)
Minnesota Twins 10 (38-44) – Kansas City Royals 2 (43-40)
Miami Marlins 5 (40-43) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (36-47) 11 Innings
Cleveland Indians 10 (40-43) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (48-38)
San Diego Padres 8 (37-47) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (43-40)
 
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United States Falls to Belgium at World Cup, 2-1

United States Falls to Belgium at World Cup, 2-1

iStock/Thinkstock(SALVADOR, Brazil) — The United States run at the World Cup is over after falling to Belgium in overtime on Tuesday, 2-1, in the round of 16. 
Belgium got on the board first when Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute. They would add a second goal in the 105th minute when Romelu Lukaku connected. The U.S. would cut the deficit two minutes later on a goal from Julian Green. 
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard recorded 16 saves — a World Cup record.
Up next for Belgium is a quarterfinal showdown against Lionel Messi and Argentina.
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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Wimbledon; Sharapova, Nadal Eliminated

Serena Williams Pulls Out of Wimbledon; Sharapova, Nadal Eliminated

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of their doubles match at Wimbledon on Wednesday against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele, after Serena was diagnosed with a viral illness.
“I am heartbroken I’m not able to continue in the tournament,” Serena said in a statement. “I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me.”
In women’s singles competition, Maria Sharapova was ousted from the fourth round in three sets by Angelique Kerber, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
On the men’s side, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal fell to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia in four sets, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.
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Magic Waive Point Guard Jameer Nelson

Magic Waive Point Guard Jameer Nelson

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — After 10 seasons with the team, the Orlando Magic have waived point guard Jameer Nelson.
“I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic has afforded me and my family over the past 10 years,” Nelson said…

Braves Place Catcher Evan Gattis on the DL

Braves Place Catcher Evan Gattis on the DL

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves will be without one of their best power hitters for the next couple weeks as the team placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list after a recent MRI revealed a bulging …

Big Inning Helps Chukars Hand Ogden 7th Straight Lost

Big Inning Helps Chukars Hand Ogden 7th Straight Lost

(OGDEN, UT) —  The Idaho Falls Chukars pounded out seven runs in the eighth inning en route to a 9-2 win over the Ogden Raptors Monday.  The loss was the seventh straight setback for the Raptors. The Chukars (7-8) struck first by scoring two runs in the first capped off by a Corey Toups solo […]

Cavaliers Reward Kyrie Irving with Five-Year Extension

Cavaliers Reward Kyrie Irving with Five-Year Extension

NBA via Cleveland Cavaliers(NEW YORK) — Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers can put their fears to rest as All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has agreed to sign a five-year extension with the team worth $90 million.
Irving had one more year left on his roo…

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