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Cardinals Pitcher Jaime Garcia Out the Rest of the Season

Cardinals Pitcher Jaime Garcia Out the Rest of the Season

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite his best efforts to stay on the field this season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch is reporting that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garica will undergo thoracic outlet surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Garica has been one of the Cardinals more reliable pitchers during his career, but has battled injuries the past two seasons that have limited him to just 16 starts.
He made just nine seasons last season because he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He finally returned this May and made seven starts this season where he went 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA
For his career, the 27-year-old Garcia has a career 3.50 era to go along with a record of 42-26.
This injury could put Garica’s future with the Cardinals in jeopardy if he can’t come back fully healthy next season. He’s owed $9.25 million next season, but he has club options for 2016 and 2017.
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Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Mike Ehrman/Getty images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s officially the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd took to the team’s Twitter account to further endear himself to the fans.
“Over the past couple days, I’ve been asked: ‘Why Milwaukee?’ My answer is simple: there is no place I’d rather be,” Kidd wrote. “Over my twenty years in the NBA as a player and a coach, I have always been impressed with the level of support that Bucks fans have given this team, in good times and bad.
With a talented roster, new owners that are passionate about being successful in Milwaukee, and a great fan base, we have the makings of something special here and I’m proud to be leading this new era of Bucks basketball.”
After a stellar 19-year career, Kidd became the coach of the Brooklyn Nets the season after he retired. The team had massive expectations placed on them, but Kidd could only take them to the second of the playoffs.
In an attempt to gain more power, Kidd reportedly demanded to be named the president of basketball operations. The team balked at Kidd’s demands, and he was promptly traded to the Bucks for two second-round picks.
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Report: Jazz Aquire Steve Novak from the Raptors

Report: Jazz Aquire Steve Novak from the Raptors

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — The Utah Jazz are looking for shooting help and they’ve found it as they’ve acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from the Toronto Raptors.
With the Raptors recently extending point guard Kyle Lowry, the team was looking to unload salary, as Novak is set to make $7.2 million over the next two years. The Jazz will send back a future second-round pick.
The 31-year old Novak is an eight-year veteran who can help stretch the floor for the Jazz as they already have a good nucleus of front-court players like Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and Jeremy Evans.
After finding consistent playing time with the New York Knicks, Novak quickly fell out of favor in Toronto, as he averaged just 10.0 minutes per game and averaged 3.3 points per game.
Despite the limited playing time, Novak still remains a deadly shooter from the 3-point line. In 54 games for the Raptors last season, Novak shot .426% from 3.
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Neymar Suffers Broken Vertebra Out For World Cup

Neymar Suffers Broken Vertebra Out For World Cup

Pool/Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) — The host nation will be without its most popular, and most powerful, player for the rest of the World Cup. Neymar suffered a broken vertebra late in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup with Colombia.
Neymar went to the ground after a collision with Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 88th minute and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Hours after the match, which Brazil won 2-1, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar delivered the bad news.
“It is a benign fracture,” Lasmar said. “This news is not easy, but he will not be available at this World Cup. The fracture does not require surgery. There will be a conservative treatment and [he] will need physiotherapy and comfort to ease the pain.”
The 22-year-old is the face of the Brazilian National Team and one of the top scorers in the world. Now, the host squad must find a way to continue their hope of winning the World Cup on home soil without one of their most talented players.
Brazil will face Germany on Tuesday in semi-final action. To make matters worse, captain Thiago Silva will not be available as well after picking up a second yellow card in the tournament.
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Spencer Hawes Signs with Clippers

Spencer Hawes Signs with Clippers

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Free agent center Spencer Hawes has agreed to a $23 million deal for four seasons. The deal will not be official until the end of the NBA’s moratorium on deals is lifted on July 10.
Hawes averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3 assists per game last year, splitting time between Philadelphia and Charlotte. The 26-year-old also hit better than forty-one percent from the three-point line nearly 45 percent.
The Clippers were reportedly working on a trade proposal for during the season, proving how much the team was looking for someone with his skill set. A 7’1″ center, Hawes is entering his eighth season in the NBA. Los Angeles is looking for another big man to bolster the roster after the firing of head coach Doc Rivers. 
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Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak up to 36 innings

Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak up to 36 innings

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) — Clayton Kershaw continued his torrid performance on the mound by throwing eight shutout innings on Friday night in Colorado. The southpaw has now extended his career-high scoreless innings streak to 36 in a row.
“You don’t ever want to give up a run,” Kershaw casually said. “I guess that’s the goal.”
The Dodger ace gave up just two hits in a 9-0 rout of the Rockies. He was supplied with more than enough offense as Los Angeles score three runs in the first inning. Yasiel Puig opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first. 
Kershaw last allowed in the third inning at Arizona on June 13. The Major League record, 59 consecutive scoreless inning,  is held by former Dodger Orel Hershiser. Of the 36 scoreless innings tossed by Kershaw, he has thrown 17 of those frames against the Rockies. 
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Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Cubs continued to revamp their farm system while the Oakland Athletics may have cemented their spot as a World Series favorite. On Friday night, the Cubs dealt starting pitchers Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija to Oakland for a trio of prospects and a player to be named later.
Samardzija is 2-7 on the year with a 2.83 earned run average. Hammel, who pitched the Cubs to a win on Friday night, has a 2.98 ERA and a 7-5 overall record. The 29-year-old Samardzija still has one year of arbitration to go before being eligible to become a free agent. Hammel’s contract expires at the end of this season. 
To complete the deal, the Athletics (53-33) gave up three of their top prospects along with a future consideration. Addison Russell, the 2012 first-round pick by Oakland, is ranked as the third best prospect in all of minor league baseball by Keith Law. Billy McKinney is hitting .241 on the year with 10 homers and 33 RBI while pitcher Dan Straily were also part of the trade.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Quarterfinals: Germany 1 – France 0
Brazil 2 – Colombia 1
MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (38-46) – Washington Nationals 2 (46-39)
New York Yankees 6 (43-42) – Minnesota Twins 5 (38-47)
Oakland Athletics 1 (53-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (47-41) 12 Innings
Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (45-41) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (37-49)
San Diego Padres 2 (39-47) – San Francisco Giants 0 (47-39)
Chicago White Sox 7 (41-46) – Seattle Mariners 1 (47-39)
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (47-40) – Miami Marlins 2 (41-45)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (44-41) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (51-36)
Kansas City Royals 7 (45-40) – Cleveland Indians 1 (41-44)
Atlanta Braves 5 (48-38) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (36-52)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (39-50) – Detroit Tigers 3 (48-35)
New York Mets 6 (38-48) – Texas Rangers 5 (37-49)
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (50-39) – Colorado Rockies 0 (36-51)
Los Angeles Angels 7 (49-36) – Houston Astros 6 (36-52)
Baltimore Orioles (46-39) Vs. Boston Red Sox (38-47) Postponed due to rain
Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest: Joey Chestnut eats 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win.
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kasey Kahne wins Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway
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Bouchard, Kvitova Advance to Wimbledon Women’s Final

Bouchard, Kvitova Advance to Wimbledon Women’s Final

Jan Kruger/Getty Images (LONDON) — A former champion and first-time finalist will meet in the Wimbledon Final as Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard each won their semifinal matchups on Thursday. Kvitova was the 2011 champion while Bouchard has reached the semi-finals in each of the previous two majors this year.
“I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it’s been kind of years in the making to me,” Bouchard said. “So I believe in myself and I expect good results. I’ve had a good start to the season, but I expect myself to do even better than that.”
Bouchard is projected to rise to No. 7 in the world, the highest ever for a Canadian woman, and reach No. 6 by claiming the championship. The 20-year-old has not dropped a set in six matches during the tournament and is on the verge of becoming the youngest Wimbledon champion since Maria Sharapova won it at 19 in 2006.
For Kvitova, she has reached at least the quarterfinals in each of the last five years. The 24-year-old is 35-5 all-time at Wimbledon and looking for her second title. Kvitova beat Bouchard in their only meetings on hard courts.
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Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Thursday was a busy day for one of the NBA’s most sought after free agents. After spending two hours meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony also spent time with his most recent team in the New York Knicks.
Anthony sat down with members of both team’s leadership and discussed possible terms of contracts as he enters his first ever free agency period. The Lakers contingent was reportedly to include star Kobe Bryant, but the small forward was unable to get back to California in time following a family vacation in Europe. Bryant did say he planned to met with Anthony later in the day.
Following a two and a half hour meeting, Los Angeles told the small forward they would be willing to offer him maximum contract worth $96 million over four years. If Anthony chose to stay with the Knicks, he could garner a five-year deal with a $129 million price tag. New York reiterated to Anthony that he would be given such a contract if he chose to stay.
Anthony has also met with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston during this free agency period. 
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Chiefs OL Watkins Suspended Four Games

Chiefs OL Watkins Suspended Four Games

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The NFL suspended Kansas City Chiefs’ Rokevious Watkins for the first four games of the 2014 season for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. The reserve offensive lineman will not receive pay during his suspension.
Watkins will be allowed to partake in training camp and preseason games with the suspension beginning on Sept. 7 when the Chiefs open the year at home against Tennessee. Watkins will also miss games against Denver (9/14), Miami (9/21), and New England (9/29). He is eligible to return following the Monday night game against the Patriots.
After playing three games last season, starting one for Kansas City, Watkins was competing for a backup role with the Chiefs. Three offensive lineman have been signed away as free agents in the offseason.
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Tanaka Picks Up 12th Win for Yankees

Tanaka Picks Up 12th Win for Yankees

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth, helping Masahiro Tanaka win his Major League best 12th game of the season. The homer also allowed the Yankees to snap a season-long five-game losing streak.
New York (42-42) trailed 2-0 after four innings before the Beltran blast. Zelous Wheeler followed with a solo shot to make it a 4-2 lead over Minnesota. That allowed Tanaka (12-3) more than enough help to get the victory. The rookie right hander finished the game going seven innings allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out three.
Former Yankee Phil Hughes (8-5) took the loss by allowing all seven runs on eight hits in six and one-third innings. The Twins (38-46) were able to get within a run on a Kendrys Morales ground out in the sixth but could not push the tying run across. 
Tanaka set a New York rookie record for wins prior to the All-Star break. David Robertson picked up his 19th save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth.
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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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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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France Gets It Together Late to Advance to Quarterfinals

France Gets It Together Late to Advance to Quarterfinals

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — France scored two goals in the final 11 minutes of the game to upend Nigeria in the Round of 16 at the World Cup Monday. Paul Pogba scored the first goal off of a corner in the 79th minute to get France on the board. Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Joseph Yobo re-directed a cross from teammate Mathieu Valbuena into the back of the net to put the game out of reach for the Nigerians. France, which did not make it out of the group stage in the last World Cup, now advances to take on Germany in the Quarterfinals. “I have no words to describe this feeling,” Pogba said. “The whole country is behind us and scoring that goal really liberated us. I am so happy for the team and all of France.” France’s match against Germany is Friday. The game is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch the action on ESPN2.
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Germany Prevails in Extra Time Over Algeria

Germany Prevails in Extra Time Over Algeria

Martin Rose/Getty Images(PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL) — Algeria held tough against the powerhouse Germans, but in the end, the Germans survived and advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals by winning 2-1 in extra time Monday.

In actuality, it was only a matter of time before the Germans scored; they outshot Algeria 28-10. The scoring started in the second minute of extra time when substitute Andre Schurrle took a pass from teammate Thomas Muller, which he knocked past Algerian goalie Rais M’Bolhi.
 

Germany got back at it 18 minutes later when Mesut Ozil drilled a shot into the net off of a rebound. Algeria’s Abdelmoumene Djabou scored just a minute later, but it was too late as Germany advanced to the quarterfinals for the ninth straight time.
 
Germany will take on France Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN2.
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Rose Wins Quicken Loans National

Rose Wins Quicken Loans National

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) — Justin Rose hit a ball into the pond on the 18th fairway but made bogey to force a playoff in the final round of the Quicken Loans National on Sunday. Rose then made par on the first playoff hole to beat Shawn Stefani at Congressional National Golf Course for his first win of the season.
Stefani, who narrowly missed a birdie putt on 18 to win, duplicated Rose’s mistake and ended up in the same pond on the extra hole. That opened the door for Rose, who earned his first PGA Tour win since taking the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
The Englishman shot a 1-under 70 to finish with a tournament score of 4-under. Stefani posted the same score in the final round in his quest for his first PGA Tour victory.
“I felt like all aspects of my game were tested this week, and it’s really nice to win in that fashion,” Rose said.
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Griner Breaks WNBA Record with 11 Blocks

Griner Breaks WNBA Record with 11 Blocks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(TULSA, Okla.) — Brittney Griner blocked 11 shots, a WNBA record, while adding 21 points in an 80-77 win for the Phoenix Mercury over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday night. The previous record of 10 was held by both Lisa Leslie (2004) and Margo Dydek (2001).
“I knew I had a couple of blocks, but I didn’t know how many,” said Griner. “To do that is pretty big, now I guess I have to try to beat it.”
Phoenix (10-3) has now won seven of its last nine games, following a loss to Tulsa back on June 6. The back-and-forth game went down to the final possession with the Shock (6-9) trailing by three. Skylar Diggins threw up a contested shot that bounced off the rim where the Mercury were able to grab the rebound and hold on to the win.
All five starters scored in double figures for Phoenix while Tulsa was led by three different players, including Diggins, with 16 points.
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