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Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey launched the second grand slam of his career in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. One inning later, pitcher Madison Bumgarner did the same in an 8-4 win.
It was the first time in Major League Baseball history that batterymates each hit grand slams in the same game. For Bumgarner, it was his second slam of 2014 as he became the first pitcher in 48 seasons to complete that feat. Tony Cloninger hit two in one game for Atlanta, against the Giants, at Candlestick Park in 1966.
“That’s pretty cool,” Bumgarner said after the win. “This game is full of strange statistics. It seems like there is a first every day. It’s crazy to get that many opportunities as a pitcher.”
The righty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits, while striking out five. Bumgarner (10-7) ended a three-game personal losing streak as the Giants (52-43) won five of their final nine games before the All-Star break.
Vidal Nuno (0-1) took the loss in his second start for Arizona, giving up four runs on six hits in just five innings. The Diamondbacks (40-56) have lost five of their last 13 games.
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Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

(Major League BaseballCLEVELAND) — Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu continues to dazzle. On Saturday, the first baseman launched his 29th home run of the season, the most in the MLB so far this year.
“He’s good,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventur…

Brazil Booed After Third-Place Loss

Brazil Booed After Third-Place Loss

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — The host country was already on thin ice with their fans when they lost 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. On Saturday, a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands resulted in Brazil being booed off the pitch in front of their own nation.
Thanks in part to some poor defending, the Dutch ran rampant in the 2014 FIFA World Cup third-place match. Robin Van Persie started the performance by converting on a penalty kick in the third minute. Arjen Robben went sprinting past the Brazilian defense but was dragged down by Thiago Silva just inside the box, awarding the spot kick.
Daley Blind, son of assistant coach Danny, tallied his first-ever international goal when David Luiz misplayed a ball in the box. Instead of heading it over his own net for a set piece, he attempted to clear it but instead directed the ball right to Blind’s foot. 
Holland added another goal in stoppage time from Georginio Wijnaldum while goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen stopped the two sure shots he had to face.
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Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Paul Pierce will don new colors next season. On Saturday, the small forward signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Washington Wizards.
Pierce, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets, signed a contract that includes a player option for next summer. The Wizards went after Pierce once swingman Trevor Ariza signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.
The ten-time All-Atar averaged just 13.5 points per game, playing only 28 minutes per contest last year with the Nets. Pierce had also garnered interest from such teams as the Dallas Mavericks, Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. 
Pierce, 36, joined Brooklyn as part of a mega-trade with the Boston Celtics that included Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
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Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Mike Trout’s 22nd home run of the year proved to be more than enough on Friday as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat Texas 3-0. It was the seventh straight win for the Angles (55-37) who have also won eight of their last nine.
Garrett Richards was masterful on the hill, scattering five hits in his seven innings of work for Los Angeles. The righty is now unbeaten in his last eight starts, winning seven in a row, with a 1.27 earned run average. Richards (11-2) has not lost since a May 30 defeat at Oakland.
Trout’s homer was the first hit of the night for the Angels as Nick Tepesch had retired the first 10 batters he faced for the Rangers (38-55). Tepesch (3-5) then gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning before ultimately being pulled in favor of Neftali Feliz. Texas has lost 12 of its last 13 and currently sits with the worst record in the bigs.
Adrian Beltre did extend his hitting streak to 15 games for Texas but the team was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
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Kyle Busch Takes the Poll at Loudon

Kyle Busch Takes the Poll at Loudon

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) — Less than a week after being upside down, Kyle Busch finds himself at the head of the pack prior to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch won the poll for Sunday’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by setting a new track record.
Busch posted a top lap speed of 138.130 mph, winning his second poll of the season. Jimmie Johnson will start alongside him while Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five. The first place start comes less than a week after Busch’s race came to an early close. The No. 18 car was involved in a 25-car wreck last week at Daytona, one that resulted in Busch ending up upside down.
“I thought it was a little bit tight but I guess I was driving through it enough that it was still carrying good speed,” Busch said. “Lap felt good. It didn’t feel that good, but it felt good.”
The record time marked the 13th time this season a track record has been broken during qualifying at a NASCAR event. Also qualifying was 72-year-old Morgan Shepard, who made the field when the 44th entrant dropped out. When the race begins Sunday, Shepard will extend his own record as the oldest driver to take part in a Sprint Cup race.
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Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm, Masahiro Tanaka issued an apology to both the New York Yankees and their fans on Friday. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the official determination was made.
“I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love,” said Tanaka. “Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.”
Yankees owner Brian Cashman said the righty could return in as little as six weeks but also acknowledged the possibility of Tommy John surgery. Tanaka saw three separate doctors on Thursday, including head team physician, Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad, and each agreed on a timetable of six weeks.
Tanaka is currently 12-4 on the year with a 2.51 earned run average and was recently voted to the Major League All-Star Game. He now joins a list of ever growing Yankees on the DL, including three other starting pitchers.
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Vince Carter to Join Grizzlies

Vince Carter to Join Grizzlies

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Not to be lost in the madness that was LeBron James’ announcement, Vince Carter is also reportedly on the move. Sources say the veteran shooter spent Friday finalizing a three-year deal to join the Memphis Grizzlies.
Sources say the contract is worth $12.2 million per year, luring Carter away from the Dallas Mavericks. Memphis had attempted to get the shooting guard via a trade in 2013 but ended with Tayshaun Price after Dallas backed out of the talks. The Grizzlies were also hoping that Mike Miller would re-sign, but the small forward informed the team that he would not return for next season.
The Mavs were hoping to re-sign Carter by utilizing the cap-room exception owrth $2.7 million per year. Reports say that Carter had told Dallas that he would return to the team for a two-year deal worth $8 million. However, that number would only be possible if the Houston Rockets chose to match the offer give to Chandler Parsons.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (40-52) – Atlanta Braves 4 (50-43)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (42-51) – Washington Nationals 2 (49-42)
New York Mets 7 (43-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-48)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (51-41) – New York Yankees 2 (46-46) – 10 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 6 (50-43) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (48-45)
Cleveland Indians 7 (46-46) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-50)
Toronto Blue Jays 8 (49-45) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (42-53)
Los Angeles Angels 3 (55-37) – Texas Rangers 0 (38-55)
Detroit Tigers 2 (52-37) – Kansas City Royals 1 (47-45)
Boston Red Sox 8 (42-51) – Astros 3 (39-55)
Colorado Rockies 6 (40-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (42-50)
St. Louis Cardinals 7 (51-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (52-42)
Seattle Mariners 3 (50-43) – Oakland Athletics 2 (58-35)
San Francisco Giants 5 (51-42) – Arizona Wildcats 0 (39-55)
San Diego Padres 6 (41-52) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (52-43)
NBA: LeBron James chooses to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers
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ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
The Rockets will receive cash and rights to an undisclosed overseas player.
According to ESPNDallas.com, the Rockets are also expected to match the Dallas Mavericks three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.
Meanwhile, the Lakers receive a 26-year-old Lin, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $14.9 million this season.
During his four NBA seasons, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
 
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Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On Thursday, MLB’s fan base spoke, electing Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo as the Final Vote winners for the 2014 All-Star Game.
It is the 13th season in which the social media/Internet voting method has taken place to decide the final member for both the American League and National League teams.
Sale, an ace on the Chicago White Sox staff, received 6.7 million votes to earn his third All-Star spot. The lefty is 8-1 on the year with a 2.08 earned run average and has been the most dominant pitcher on the White Sox staff.
The 8.8 million votes cast for Rizzo gave the Chicago Cubs first baseman his first ever All-Star appearance. Rizzo his currently hitting .277 for the Cubs and is tied for second in the NL with 20 home runs. He joins shortstop Starlin Castro on the NL roster.
Meanwhile, Erik Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will replace Kansas City’s Alex Gordon on the AL squad. Gordon received an injection on Thursday to help combat a sprained right wrist.
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Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — For the second consecutive night, the Boston Red Sox walked-off against the Chicago White Sox in an afternoon affair at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Mike Carp’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the tenth scored Daniel Nava to give Boston (41-51) the win.
For Carp, it was a grateful return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a broken right foot. After being placed on the disabled list back on June 2, Carp was activated Monday before delivering a game-winner on Thursday.
“Some of the nights, I almost had to turn the TV off in those situations because you can’t be there to help,” said Carp. “It’s tough being on the DL with a boot on my foot.”
The Red Sox trailed 1-0 early but scored three runs in the sixth against Jose Quintana to take the lead.
Chicago (44-49) tied things up in the ninth when Koji Uehara gave up a two-run homer to Conor Gillaspie, forcing extra innings. 
Nava led off the bottom of the tenth with a pinch-hit walk before being advanced to second on Mookie Betts’ sacrifice bunt. Stephen Drew was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Carp singled to left field for the winning run.
It is the eighth time this season that Boston has won in walk-off fashion.
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Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak Ends, Dodgers Win

Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak Ends, Dodgers Win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Clayton Kershaw continued his dominant stretch, picking up yet another victory as he went the full nine innings on Thursday. However, the Dodgers southpaw’s scoreless innings streak came to an end when Chase Headley hit a solo home run in the sixth.
The Dodgers (52-42) would win the game over San Diego, 2-1, as Kershaw allowed just three hits while striking out 11 batters. The hurler was again in complete control, keeping the Padres (40-52) off the board through the first five innings. Kershaw then got the first two outs of the sixth before Headley’s solo shot tied the game at 1-1. That snapped a streak of 41.2 scoreless innings for Kershaw, fifth longest in the modern era.
“It was over the fence, so it was a mistake — and it tied the game,” Kershaw said. “When it’s a game like that, one mistake can kill you. Fortunately for me, that one mistake didn’t.”
Los Angeles would get the lead back in the home half of the inning on Adrian Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly. That helped Kershaw (11-2) win his eighth consecutive start. In each of those starts, the lefty struck out at least seven batters, making him the third pitcher in 100 years to accomplish that feat.
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Cavs Ink Irving to Extension

Cavs Ink Irving to Extension

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Even the potential of luring LeBron James back could not prevent the Cleveland Cavaliers from making a major signing. On Thursday, the Cavs made it official by signing point guard Kyrie Irving to a five-year, $90 million extension.
While the agreement was reached last week, Cleveland could not publicly confirm the deal until the NBA’s moratorium on free agency ended on Thursday. The new contract keeps Irving in a Cavaliers jersey through 2020.
“We are excited that Kyrie has officially committed to be here long term with the Cleveland Cavaliers,” owner Dan Gilbert said in a release. “The future has never been brighter as we are building the team and franchise for sustainable success. Kyrie is obviously a very big piece of our plan.”
The three-year veteran averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds last year for Cleveland. Irving was also named the Most Valuable Player at the NBA All-Star Game.
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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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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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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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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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