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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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Kershaw Fans 13 in Dodger Win

Kershaw Fans 13 in Dodger Win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Following his first career no-hitter, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw continued his month of dominance with a 13 strikeout performance as Los Angeles defeated St. Louis 6-0 on Sunday afternoon. With seven shutout innings, Kershaw extended his career-best scoreless inning streak to 28 straight.
The Dodgers (47-37) provided more than enough offense for their stellar southpaw, scoring twice in the fourth before Andre Ethier’s three-run homer in the fifth made it 6-0. St. Louis (44-39) struggled to muster much, if any, contact against Kershaw; they were held to just six hits in the loss.
Kershaw (9-2) dominated from the start, never allowing a runner to reach third base. The lefty also struck out at least one batter in each of his seven frames, walking just two. His night was capped by striking out Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter to end the seventh inning. The two-time Cy Young winner finishes June with a 6-0 mark and a 0.62 earned run average.
Los Angeles also moved into a virtual tie with San Francisco (46-36) atop the NL West standings. The Dodgers have won 12 of their last 16 games and were 9.5 games out of first just three weeks ago.
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Costa Rica Advances on Penalties

Costa Rica Advances on Penalties

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(RECIFE, Brazil) — After giving up a stoppage time goal that forced extra time, Costa Rica rebounded to defeat Greece 5-3 on penalty kicks Sunday afternoon. With the win, Costa Rica advances into the quarterfinals for the first time in history.
Following a very stagnant first half, Bryan Ruiz put Costa Rica on top in the 52nd minute to give Los Ticos the lead. Costa Rica had to play the final 25 minutes of regulation, and all of extra time, with just 10 men after Oscar Duarte was sent off with a red card.
The winners of Group D relied on some impressive play by goalkeeper Keylor Nevas to maintain the advantage until injury time. That was when Sokratis Papastathopoulos drove home a ball that was originally saved by Nevas.
Neither team was able to score in extra time and the match went to penalties. Both teams converted on each of their first three spot kicks, with Costa Rica scoring on their fourth. Theofanis Gekas approached to keep Greece tied, but Nevas made a sprawling save to his right and Michael Umana finished the Greeks off with his spot kick.
Costa Rica now faces the Netherlands, who defeated Mexico earlier in the day, in the quarterfinals.
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Athletics Put Josh Reddick on DL

Athletics Put Josh Reddick on DL

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) — Outfielder Josh Reddick was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after the 27-year-old aggravated a knee injury. Reddick was injured in the fourth inning of Oakland’s 7-6 victory over Miami Saturday. He left the game and had an MRI on Sunday. “Until we get the MRI we’re not sure, but regardless it was the feeling of the training staff that he wouldn’t be available,” Athletics skipper Bob Melvin said Sunday. “He’s still sore and stiff. I think it scared him pretty good last night, but he felt better than he thought he would feel this morning.” Reddick had spent three weeks on the disabled list due to a hyperextended right knee and had just been activated on Tuesday. For the season, Reddick has played in 54 games, hitting .229 with four home runs, 24 RBIs and a .296 on-base percentage. First baseman Nate Freiman was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Reddick’s place.
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Netherlands Storm Back in Final Minutes to Oust Mexico

Netherlands Storm Back in Final Minutes to Oust Mexico

VI Images via Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) — The Netherlands tied the game in the 88th minute and then netted a penalty kick in stoppage time to beat Mexico, 2-1, Sunday and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.
Wesley Sneijder smashed a shot from outside the penalty box into the back of the net in the 88th minute when the ball was headed to him off a corner.
The Dutch earned a penalty kick in the second minute of stoppage time when Arjen Robben was tripped up in the box by Rafael Marquez. Robben asked teammate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar if he wanted to take the kick, and Huntelaar obliged, making the kick and giving Holland the lead for good.
“You don’t know when your chance will come, but it was today, and so you grab it with both hands,” Huntelaar said, who was substituted in for Robert van Persie in the 76th minute. “And it was fantastic.”
Mexico has now lost in the Round of 16 in their last six World Cups.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll meet Costa Rica on Saturday. The match is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Round of 16: Netherlands 2 – Mexico 1
Costa Rica (5) 1-1 Greece (3) Penalty Kicks
MLB: Oakland Athletics 4 (51-30) – Miami Marlins 3 (39-43) 
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (42-40) – New York Mets 2 (37-45) 
Chicago White Sox 4 (39-44) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (45-39)
Atlanta Braves 3 (44-38) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (36-46)
Tampa Bay Rays 12 (35-49) – Baltimore Orioles 7 (42-29) 
Colorado Rockies 10 (36-46) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (51-33)
Houston Astros 6 (36-47) – Detroit Tigers 4 (44-34)
Kansas City Royals 5 (42-39) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (45-35)
Minnesota Twins 3 (37-43) – Texas Rangers 2 (37-44) 
Cincinnati Reds 4 (43-38) – San Francisco Giants 0 (46-36) 
Seattle Mariners 3 (44-38) – Cleveland Indians 0 (39-42)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (47-37) – Saint Louis Cardinals 0 (44-39) 
San Diego Padres 2 (35-47) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (35-49) 
Boston Red Sox 8 (38-44) – New York Yankees 5 (41-39)
IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud wins the Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston 2
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Jason Kidd Allowed to Talk with Bucks

Jason Kidd Allowed to Talk with Bucks

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After helping to turn the Brooklyn Nets season around and reach the playoffs, Jason Kidd’s future with the team is uncertain. Reports surfaced late Saturday night that the first year head coach could be on his way out of the Big Apple and headed to Milwaukee.
Sources confirmed a report from the New York Post that Kidd was allowed to speak with the Bucks after his request for a promotion was denied by Nets ownership. Kidd reportedly asked for personnel decisions to be added to his duties in addition to his coaching as well as part ownership. Milwaukee then asked, and was granted, permission to talk with Kidd about leaving Brooklyn.
Negotiations were said to be far enough along that the two sides were discussing compensation for the Nets when Kidd was hired away. Milwaukee, which already has a coach and general manager under contract, was purchased by Marc Lasry and Wes Edens earlier this year. Lasry was once a part-time owner of the Nets when Kidd was playing for the franchise, and was even a financial adviser to the former point guard. 
Should they need a new coach, sources say Brooklyn has shown interest in Mark Jackson, Lionel Simmons, and George Karl among others. In his first season as an NBA head coach, Kidd went 44-38 after a 10-21 start. Brooklyn reached the playoffs for a second straight year before being ousted by the Miami Heat in the second round. 
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Harper Homers Three Times in Rehab

Harper Homers Three Times in Rehab

G Fiume/Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) — During a rehab stint with Double-A Harrisburg, Bryce Harper belted three home runs in a 10-4 win for the Senators on Saturday. The Washington Nationals outfielder was preparing to return to the Major League’s following thumb surgery.
Harper was 4-for-5 in his third rehab game, driving in five runs. Hitting in the third spot of the order, Harper was the designated hitter for the Senators. The 2012 National League Rookie of the Year injured his thumb on a headfirst slide in late April before being placed on the disabled list on April 27. He was hitting .289 with one homer and nine RBI’s at the time of the injury.
The Nationals are hoping to get Harper back to the bigs this week. Manager Matt Williams said he is unsure if Harper will play for Harrisburg in Sunday’s game with Akron. Washington is currently tied with Atlanta for first place in the NL East.
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Napoli’s Homer Helps Sox Beat Tanaka

Napoli’s Homer Helps Sox Beat Tanaka

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Masahiro Tanaka tossed a complete nine innings but took the loss as the Boston Red Sox beat New York 2-1 on Saturday night. Mike Napoli hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and cement the win.
Tanaka (11-3) battled hard with Red Sox starter Jon Lester (9-7), who pitched eight innings allowing just one run. Boston (37-44) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a David Ross homer and left the rest in the hands of their ace lefty. Lester struck out six in his eight frames before handing the ball over to Koji Uehara in the ninth.
The Yankees (41-38) tied things up in the home half of the third on a ground out from Derek Jeter. Both pitchers then battled inning-by-inning to maintain the deadlock. Lester held New York hitless until the sixth inning before giving up a single to Brett Gardner.
With Tanaka matching his counterpart, the game look destined for extras. Napoli, who had struck out in his previous two at-bats, took advantage of a mistake for his 10th homer of the season. It was just the third win in nine games for the defending World Series champs. Uehara earned his 17th save by throwing a perfect ninth inning.
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Keselowski Wins At Kentucky Again

Keselowski Wins At Kentucky Again

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(SPARTA, Ky.) — For the second time this year, Brad Keselowski found himself in victory lane after winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski becomes the first ever repeat winner at the track as he cemented his spot in the Chase for the Cup.
Keselowski started on the pole and led 199 of the 267 laps to get the win. He had to weave his way through traffic, sitting in sixth place after a restart. On lap 248, Keselowski was able to make his move and get past Kyle Busch for the lead. Busch went on to finish second in the race.
“I knew it was going to be a dogfight to get back to Kyle and then race him,” Keselowski said. “We got there with a really fast car and I hit the perfect run on him with traffic. Next thing I knew, we were there. It feels really good to get that second win.”
Ryan Newman placed third while Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five. The 2012 Cup champion posted his ninth top-10 finish of the season and moved up one spot in to fourth place in the standings.
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Brazil Advances Past Chile in Penalty Kicks

Brazil Advances Past Chile in Penalty Kicks

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil) — It wasn’t easy but Brazil advances to the World Cup quarterfinals by beating Chile 3-2 in penalty kicks, after finishing the first 120 minutes in a 1-1 draw.
Neymar scored on Brazil’s fifth penalty shot and Chile’s Gonzalo Jara’s missed the tying shot, nailing it off the post, to keep the host country alive.
“We needed this,” Brazil goalie Julio Cesar said. “I just hope that the next games don’t go to penalty kicks again because our family members and relatives might have a heart attack.”
Brazil started the scoring in the 18th minute when David Luiz scored his first World Cup goal. The lead didn’t last long, as Chile’s Alexis Sanchez slid one past Cesar and into the back of the net in the 38th minute to tie the match.
The rest of the game featured close calls but no goals. During stoppage time before the half, Chile almost scored off a corner but Luiz slid in front of the ball to keep the match tied.
Chile also had a chance in the 121st minute to end it, when Mauricio Pinilla’s smashed a shot that just hit the crossbar.
Brazil advances to take on Colombia Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. You can catch that on ESPN.
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(1) Serena Williams Ousted in 3rd Round at Wimbledon

(1) Serena Williams Ousted in 3rd Round at Wimbledon

Steve Bardens/Getty Images(WIMBLEDON, England) — Another Grand Slam, another early exit for Serena Williams.
The top-seeded Williams, who lost before the quarterfinals in the previous two Grand Slams this year, lost in the third round at Wimbledon Saturday, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet.
“I felt I was playing pretty well,” Williams said. “I worked really hard coming into this event. Sometimes it happens. You work hard — maybe it’s not for today, it’s for tomorrow.”
Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, suffered her earliest exit at the All England Club since 2005.
“If I’m not playing a great, great match, these girls, when they play me, they play as if they’re on the ATP Tour, and then they play other girls completely different,” Williams said. “It’s never easy being in my shoes.”
It’s the second time Williams lost to Cornet this year. The 24-year-old French woman beat Williams at the Dubai Champinships in February.
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Scoreboad Roundup – 6/28/14

Scoreboad Roundup – 6/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Round of 16: Brazil (3) 1-1 Chile (2) FT- Penalty Kicks
Colombia 2 – Uruguay 0
MLB: Chicago White Sox 4 (38-44) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (45-38)
Texas Rangers 5 (37-43) – Minnesota 0 (36-43)
Atlanta Braves 10 (42-38) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (36-43) Game 1
Atlanta Braves 5 (43-38) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (36-44) Game 2
Washington Nationals 3 (42-38) – Chicago Cubs 0 (34-45) Game 1
Washington Nationals 7 (43-38) – Chicago Cubs 2 (34-46) Game 2
New York Mets 5 (37-44) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (41-40)
Milwuakee Brewers 7 (51-32) – Colorado Rockies 4 (35-46)
Detroit Tigers 4 (44-33) – Houston Astros 3 (35-47)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 (34-49) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (42-38)
Oakland Athletics 7 (50-30) – Miami Marlins 6 (39-42) 14 Innings
Los Angeles Angels 6 (45-34) – Kansas City Royals 2 (41-39)
Boston Red Sox 2 (37-44) – New York Yankees 1 (41-38)
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (46-37) – Saint Louis Cardinals 1 (44-38)
Cleveland Indians 5 (39-41) – Seattle Mariners 0 (43-38)
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (35-48) – San Diego Padres 1 (34-47)
Cincinnati Reds 7 (42-38) – San Francisco Giants 3 (46-35)
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Report: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Report: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Big 3 just might be sticking together after all. According to reports, guard Dwyane Wade, and forward Udonis Haslem have opted out of their contracts and will become free agents.
On the surface, this might spell gloom and doom for Heat fans, but these moves could allow the team re-sign Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Wade, and possibly another high-level free agent.
Haslem is likely to re-sign with with the Heat, but on a more team-friendly deal. He was due to make $4.62 million next season.
The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire 11-year career, and has won three championships during his tenure in South Beach.
Wade is also a career member of the Heat organization. He’s been with the team since they drafted him sixth overall back in 2003, the same year they selected Haslem.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB:  Game 1 – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (33-48) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (41-37)
Game 2: Baltimore Orioles 4 (42-37) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (33-49)
New York Yankees 6 (41-37) – Boston Red Sox 0 (36-44)
Chicago Cubs 7 (34-44) – Washington Nationals 2 (41-38)
Chicago White Sox 5 (37-44) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (45-37)
Atlanta Braves 4 (41-38) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (36-43)
Oakland Athletics 9 (49-30) – Miami Marlins 5 (39-41)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (41-39) – New York Mets 2 (36-44) 11 Innings
Texas Rangers 5 (36-43) – Minnesota Twins 4 (36-42)
Kansas City Royals 8 (41-38) – Los Angeles Angels 6 (44-34)
Milwaukee Brewers 3 (50-32) – Colorado Rockies 2 (35-45)
Houston Astros 4 (35-46) – Detroit Tigers 3 (43-33) 11 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 6 (41-38) – San Francisco Giants 2 (46-34)
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (34-48) – San Diego Padres 1 (34-46)
Saint Louis Cardinals 3 (44-37) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (45-37)
Seattle Mariners 3 (43-37) – Cleveland Indians 2 (38-41)
NHL Draft: The Florida Panther select defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first pick
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kevin Harvick wins the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 at Kentucky Speedway
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