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Red Wings Agree to 3-Year Deal with Tatar

Red Wings Agree to 3-Year Deal with Tatar

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a three-year deal with center Tomas Tatar on Monday.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth an average of 2.75 million per season.
The 23-year-old Tatar played his first full season in 2013-14, scoring 19 goals and racking up 39 points in 73 games. He also represented Slovakia in at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Tatar was taken by the Red Wings with the 60th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played 100 games for the Wings, recording 24 goals and dishing out 23 assists.
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Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas, and skippers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.
Maddux captured four Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons. He finishes his 23 season career with 355 wins, a 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP
“I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special,” Maddux said. “Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today.”
Maddux wasn’t the only inductee to serve time in Atlanta. Glavine also pitched with Maddux, winning two CY Young Awards, while Cox coached the team to the 1995 World Series Championship.
“I’m truly humbled to stand here before you,” Cox said. “To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three — John Smoltz — I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren’t for you guys.”
Thomas finishes his 19 major league seasons with two MVP Awards, a .301 batting average, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs.
Torre managed the New York Yankees to six World Series, winning four of them.
La Russa finishes his career third all-time in coaching victories (2,728) and won three World Series titles — one with the Athletics and two with the Cardinals.
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Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out five to earn his major league-leading 13th win in the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Wainwright (13-5) bounces back from his last start when he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“The results usually follow my delivery,” said Wainwright, who lowered his ERA to 1.92. “When I control my delivery — I told you I was gonna get things under wraps — and get my arm in the right spot, success was following that.
“They hit some balls hard, but we played some great defense and made some pitches when we needed to.”
Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks was the tough luck loser allowing only one run, a solo homer to outfielder Matt Holliday.
The win puts the Cardinals (56-48) two games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.
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ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ANDERSON, Ind.) — Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles tendon, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
Ballard was injured Friday at training camp when trying to catch a ball during a non-contact drill and had to leave the field on a golf cart.
“When you see someone like Vick Ballard go down who’s worked so hard to get back, it’s tough, but it happens,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “As soon as you get to camp, those things happen. He’s still young, and he’s got a full career ahead of him, so we have to do an MRI and see exactly what it is and then go from there. But you really hope to not hear any of that kind of news.”
Ballard only played in one game last season after tearing his right ACL in September.
With Ballard gone, Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw will compete for the starting running back position.
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Maple Leafs Sign Reimer to 2-Year Deal

Maple Leafs Sign Reimer to 2-Year Deal

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) — The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that they’ve signed goalie James Reimer to a two-year contract. 
Reimer was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing set for Monday. Instead he receives a contract that will pay him $2.6 million next season and $2 million in 2015-16.
Reimer started last season as the Leafs starting goalie but lost the job to Jonathan Bernier. Reimer got the job back when Bernier suffered a season ending knee injury.                                                                                                                                                                                            
 The 26-year-old Reimer is entering his fifth season with Toronto. Over his NHL career, he’s posted a 65-48-15 record with a .914 save percentage, a 2.84 goals-against average and 11 shutouts.

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Guard Carl Nicks Parts Ways with Bucs

Guard Carl Nicks Parts Ways with Bucs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) –Offensive guard Carl Nicks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually agreed to part ways Friday.
The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012 with the team but has been dealing with ailments that have allowed him to play in only nine games the last two seasons.

“I’d like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field,” Nicks said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The 29-year-old Nicks has played in six NFL seasons, including four with New Orleans where he won a Super Bowl.                                         

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (42-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 6 (54-48)
New York Yankees 6 (54-48) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (54-50)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (50-53) – Boston Red Sox 4 (47-56)
Washington Nationals 4 (56-44) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-51)
Philadelphia Philles 9 (45-58) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-59)
San Diego Padres 5 (46-56) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-48)
Texas Rangers 4 (41-62) – Oakland Athletics 1 (63-39)
Chicago White Sox 9 (50-54) – Minnesota Twins 5 (46-56)
New York Mets 3 (49-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (58-46)
Kansas City Royals 6 (52-50) – Cleveland Indians 4 (51-52)
Miami Marlins 2 (49-53) – Houston Astros 0 (42-61)
Colorado Rockies 8 (42-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-48)
Los Angeles Angels 2 (61-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-43)
Baltimore Orioles 2 (57-45) – Seattle Mariners 1 (53-50) – 10 Innings
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (57-47) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-46)
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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There’s a new sheriff in Austin and Charlie Strong is making his presence known. The first year head coach has already kicked at least six players off his team since taking over the Longhorns, adding four more to the list on Friday.
Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet, defensive back Chevoski Collins and senior running back Joe Bergeron have all been dismissed from the team according to multiple sources. Turner, Overstreet, and Collins were all dismissed for violating team rules while the reason for Bergeron’s dismissal is not yet known. The University has not made mention of any suspensions or dismissals.
A projected starter, Turner has played 37 games with five starts in his Longhorns career. Overstreet ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman after switching to running back from the quarterback position. Collins was a redshirt player last season and listed as a backup safety while Bergeron had faced academic issues in the spring. 
Fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott were also kicked off the team back in the spring for a violation of team rules. A source close to the Longhorns said has many as five more players could face disciplinary action for similar infractions. Strong has also suspended receivers Kendall Sanders and Montreal Meander after the two were arrested on sexual assault charges Thursday night.
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Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It has been almost three months since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a head coach. On Friday, the team reportedly offered the job to Byron Scott and are currently negotiating terms of a contract.
League sources said that a verbal offer was made to Scott after he spoke with Lakers owner Jim Buss on Thursday night. 
Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and again in 1996-97 season, winning three NBA Championships while playing with Magic Johnson. In more than 13 seasons as a head coach, Scott has roamed the sidelines with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2010 by the Cavaliers just days before LeBron James left for Miami and spent the last four seasons in Cleveland.
Superstar Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996, gave his endorsement of the hiring. The Lakers have not had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned back in April. Scott becomes the fourth head coach for Los Angeles since 2011.
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Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Jost West/Getty Images Sport(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday.
ESPN reports the contract is for four years and will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season.
The Cavaliers have been talking about sending Wiggins as part of a package deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, but because of NBA rules involving rookie contracts, Wiggins can’t be traded for 30 days.
The 6-foot-8, 19-year-old Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a block per game last season at Kansas.
The Cavaliers also signed second-round pick Joe Harris Thursday.
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Kreider Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Rangers

Kreider Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Rangers

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Restricted free agent winger Chris Kreider has avoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.
ESPN reports Kreider will make an average of $2.475 million annually. Kreider was selected by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Last season, the 23-year-old scored 17 goals and dished out 20 assists in 66 regular season games for the Blue Shirts. The Rangers and Kreider came to terms just before their arbitration hearing that was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Pitching prospect Danny Salazar has been recalled by the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians wasted no time getting Salazar on the mound, giving him the start in Tuesday night’s 8 to 2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Salazar was sharp, throwing five innings, giving up one run, walking three while striking out six.
The team had high hopes for the 24-year-old this season after he started 10 games last season pitching 52 innings, with a 3.12 ERA, striking out 65 batters while walking only 15. But Salazar wasn’t as sharp and was sent to Triple-A Columbus on May 16 after starting eight games, during which he compiled a 1-4 record, 5.53 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.
To make room for Salazar the Indians optioned reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.
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Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just three days after being released by the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The second baseman reported to Triple-A Fresno upon signing the deal.
“This is a chance for us to take a look at him and evaluate him, and a chance for him to go down and get his timing and get some playing time,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “At some point we’re going to have to make a call. I can’t say he’s going to be up here in the next few days, no. He needs some playing time right now.”
A three-time All-Star, Uggla was in his fourth season with Atlanta, but was hitting an abysmal .162 with just 10 RBI and two home runs in 48 games. The 34-year-old struck out 495 times in 451 games with the Braves from 2011-13 while also putting together a franchise record 33-game hitting streak.
Uggla underwent eye surgery last summer and was left off the Braves postseason roster before being reinserted in Spring Training.
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First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Big 12 Football will make another bit of history when the college football season kicks off this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced on Monday that the first female referee in league history has been assigned to work one of its games.
Bowlsby said Catherine “Cat” Conti will be on the field during Kansas’ home opener on Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. Conti had previously worked as an official with the Southland Conference.
The league commissioner noted that Conti has paid her dues and earned a chance to be on the field. Bowlsby also explained that Walt Anderson, Big 12 officiating supervisor, assigned Conti to the game because, “she is just a darned good official.”
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Michael Cooper Diagnosed with Cancer

Michael Cooper Diagnosed with Cancer

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Dream head coach and former Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer. Cooper has taken a leave of absence from the team and will have surgery this week, the Dream said on Monday.
Assistant coach Karleen Thompson will fill in for the 58-year-old, who is expected to miss two weeks. Cooper will have surgery at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and is expected to make a full recovery.
“I’m fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection,” said Cooper. “I know the team will be in good hands with Coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon.”
Cooper won five NBA titles while playing for the Lakers during the “Showtime” era. He also won consecutive WNBA titles as the coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. This is Cooper’s first season with the Dream, which currently holds a 15-6 record.
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Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(DALLAS) — During his annual state of the league address at the Big 12 media day, commissioner Bob Bowlsby proclaimed Monday that “cheating pays” in intercollegiate athletics.
“Enforcement is broken. The infractions committee hasn’t had a hearing in almost a year,” said Bowlsby. “It’s not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.”
Bowlsby continued by saying he does not believe cheating is a widespread epidemic, but that he fears for the future of the NCAA and its student-athletes.
“We certainly are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits,” explained the commissioner. “I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated.”
While slamming college sports’ governing body, Bowlsby did come to the defense of the collegiate model, saying that he was against the unionization of student-athletes.
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Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Snee is reportedly ready to hang up his cleats and shoulder pads. A source close to the New York Giants lineman says he has scheduled a meeting for Monday morning with team officials to tell them he’s considering retiring.
While his final decision is not 100% made, the 32-year-old would not be able to start the season on time anyway thanks to a longer than expected recovery from elbow surgery in November.
After missing the team’s minicamp in June because of the extended rehab, New York and Snee each began weighing their options. The Giants gave the majority of reps to third-year player Brandon Mosley while also letting their second-round pick, Weston Richburg, see some time.
Snee, a four-time Pro Bowler, could be entering his 11th season as an offensive lineman for the Giants.
Snee played just three games in 2013 and was placed on injured reserve on October 4 due to an ailing hip injury. The 2004 draft pick out of Boston College helped the Giants to two Super Bowls in his 10-year career. He is also the son-in-law of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
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Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels scored two runs off former teammate Fernando Rodney to walk-off against Seattle (52-46) for the second time in three days.
The 6-5 victory was the 30th time this season that the Angels (59-38) have come from behind to get a win.
What made the win a little more intriguing was the back-and-forth between the Angels and their old closer. Rodney, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, used his trademark “bow-and-arrow” celebration after Kole Calhoun flew out to end the inning.
That stirred up the LA dugout as Albert Pujols doubled to score Mike Trout and tie the game off of Rodney. The two then traded arrows before Grant Green singled home the winning run, handing Rodney the loss.
“That’s his thing,” Pujols said of the celebration. “I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”
Rodney said after the game that he was directing the arrow towards the Angels fans who booed up him upon entering the game. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons with Los Angeles and was just 17-for-28 in save opportunities. 
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Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks.
Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins’ contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him. 
After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal.
Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million.
All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James.
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Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Lisa Blumenfield/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Jon Lester tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight batters in a 6-0 Red Sox win over Kansas City on Sunday. The win was the fourth in a row for Boston (46-52), giving them a sweep over the Royals (48-49) at Fenway Park.
The Boston ace dominated, allowing no earned runs for the third time in four starts.
Throughout the 2014 season, the talk about Lester off the field has been surrounding his impending free agency. The southpaw can become a free agent at the end of the season and has been pitching without negotiating a new contract during the year. In his last seven starts, Lester is 4-0 with a 0.85 earned run average.
“You’ve got to take each one as an individual,” Lester said. “If I’m out there thinking about what I did last time, I’m not worried about the right things.”
His offense gave Lester more than enough run support, beginning in the first with an RBI groundout from Dustin Pedroia. Daniel Nava drove in three runs on the day, including a two-run double in the third. The game was blown open in the fourth after David Ross’ two-run home run made it a 5-0 Red Sox lead.
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