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Cruz Leads Orioles in DH Split with Boston

Cruz Leads Orioles in DH Split with Boston

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) — After Jonathan Herrera’s walk-off, pinch-hit single gave the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 win in Game One of a doubleheader, Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 to lead Baltimore to a 7-4 win in the nightcap on Saturday. Cruz finished the second game mere inches from the cycle, being tagged out trying to stretch a double into a triple.
The Red Sox (39-48) took the first game on the strength of Jon Lester’s impressive pitching. The southpaw tossed eight innings, giving up two unearned runs, while striking out seven in a no-decision. He was matched by Miguel Gonzalez, who struck out six in eight innings. Johnny Gomes beat out an infield single to lead off the ninth. He was sacrificed to second by David Ross before scoring on Herrera’s broken bat looper to right.
In the nightcap, the Orioles (47-40) jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Nick Hundley’s fourth inning homer. Boston tied things up on Stephen Drew’s second homer of the day before adding two more in the home half. Baltimore would then score five unanswered runs en route to a split. Cruz homered in the fifth after doubling and lacing a single in his previous two at-bats. His infield single in the sixth chased Red Sox starter John Lackey. Cruz’s fifth hit of the night came in the eighth with a double to left-center but he was thrown out trying to leg it into a triple.
“I had to try and see what happened,” Cruz said, smiling. “I don’t remember the last time I hit a triple.”
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NASCAR Postponed at Daytona

NASCAR Postponed at Daytona

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Heavy rains and treacherous conditions forced NASCAR to postpone it’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. The Coke Zero 400 will commence on Sunday morning with the green flag set to drop at 11 a.m.
The weather began in midafternoon but a larger cell came over the track just before 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Track officials continued to hold out hope, drying the track as the rain continued to fall, before ultimately announcing the postponement at 9 p.m.
Joie Chitwood, track president at Daytona, said the decision was made because it would have taken at least 1 hour and 45 minutes to get the track ready for racing and an 11 p.m. start would create a 2 a.m. finish that was not conducive for safety.
David Gilliland is on the pole for the race but there is still more rain in the forecast for Sunday.
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Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continues to find himself in trouble. Already facing a possible year-long ban, Gordon was arrested Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that Gordon was taken into custody after going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone around 3 a.m. Saturday. While no official word was given as to whether the impairment was alcohol or drug related, WNCN in Raleigh reported that the wide out’s blood-alcohol level was .09. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.
Gordon was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 26. Neither Gordon, nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus, had a comment on the arrest.
“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation. We will comment further at the appropriate time,” Brown general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement.
The 23-year-old could be banned for the entire upcoming season after failing a second drug test. Gordon was suspended four games in 2013 for what he said was the use of codeine.
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Wediman, Rousey Defend Titles at UFC 175

Wediman, Rousey Defend Titles at UFC 175

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — UFC 175 saw two title belts on the line Saturday. When all was said and done, both belts remained with their respective champions.
Ronda Rousey remained undefeated, beating Alexis Davis via knockout just 16 seconds into their bout, retaining her women’s bantamweight title. Rousey improved to 10-0 with the victory and notched the second-fastest knockout in UFC history.
Davis, the number one contender, took a stiff right hand to the chin before Rousey threw her to the mat and finished the fight with a flurry of strikes. It was the first time that Davis (16-6) was finished in a fight since 2009.  
In the other co-main event, middleweight champion Chris Weidman silenced critics once again. His unanimous decision victory over Lyoto Machida proved that the former All-American wrestler could go the distance after finishing each of his two previous championship fights.
Weidman (12-0), who won the title by knocking out Anderson Silva one year ago, controlled the first three rounds of the bout before Machida won the fourth. The final round was up for grabs until the champion scored a takedown in the final two minutes and outlasted Machida (21-5) to the bell.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: Quarterfinals:  Argentina 1 – Belgium 0
Netherlands 0 (4) – 0 (3) Costa Rica Penalty Kicks
MLB: Boston Red Sox 3 (39-47) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (46-40) – Game 1
Baltimore Orioles 7 (47-40) – Boston Red Sox 4 (39-48) – Game 2
Minnesota Twins 2 (39-47) – New York Yankees 1 (43-43) 11 Innings
Miami Marlins 6 (42-45) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (47-41)
Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-36) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (44-42)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (46-41) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (37-50)
Seattle Mariners 3 (48-39) – Chicago White Sox 2 (41-47) 14 Innings
Atlanta Braves 10 (49-38) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (36-53)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (40-50) – Detroit Tigers 2 (48-36)
Washington Nationals 13 (47-39) – Chicago Cubs 0 (38-47)
Colorado Rockies 8 (37-51) – Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (50-40)
Cleveland Indians 7 (42-44) – Kansas City Royals 3 (45-41)
Texas Rangers 5 (38-49) – New York Mets 3 (38-49)
San Francisco Giants 5 (48-39) – San Diego Padres 3 (39-48) 10 Innings
Oakland Athletics 5 (54-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (47-42)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 11 (50-36) – Houston Astrps 5 (36-53)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway: Postponed to Sunday at 11 a.m.
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Argentina Reaches World Cup Semis for First Time Since 1990

Argentina Reaches World Cup Semis for First Time Since 1990

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — For the first time since 1990, Argentina is heading to the World Cup semifinal after beating Belgium 1-0 Saturday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored in the eighth minute when the ball deflected off a Belgian defender and into his feet. Higuain took advantage of the opportunity and knocked it past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois right side. The goal breaks Higuain’s four-game scoreless drought.
“Since the first game of this World Cup I said I was calm, that the goals would come. It came and at an important moment,” Higuain said. “It’s been so many years since we made it to the semifinals. Now we did.”
Where they’ll meet the Netherlands on Wednesday. The match scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN.
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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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