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Utley’s Homer Helps Phils Walk-Off in 14 Innings

Utley’s Homer Helps Phils Walk-Off in 14 Innings

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — An error by Jeff Baker in the bottom of the seventh allowed Philadelphia to tie things up before Chase Utley launched a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th giving the Philles a 5-3 win over Miami on Thursday night. 
Philadelphia (36-42) did not lead until Utley’s blast as the Marlins (39-40) got home runs from three different players. Jerrod Saltalamacchia opened the scoring with a solo shot in the third before Giancarlo Stanton made it a 2-0 lead with a homer of his own in the fourth.
The Phillies slowly chipped away, scoring runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. It was an Utley single in the fifth that tied things up for Philadelphia. After Marcell Ozuna broke the tie with a homer in the top of the seventh, Baker’s error allowed Dominic Brown to score the tying run again.
It remained 3-3 for the next six innings, but not without some chances. The Marlins put the go-ahead run on base in every inning except the 13th, loading the bases in the eighth. However, Philadelphia’s bullpen held strong and were rewarded by Utley’s heroics.
After Rollins reached on an infield single to open the bottom of the 14th, Utley hammered a pitch to right, sending the hometown fans home happy. It was the sixth homer of the year for Utley.
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Tiger Shoots 3-Over in Return to Golf

Tiger Shoots 3-Over in Return to Golf

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) — For the first time in three months, Tiger Woods was back on the golf course. Woods shot a 3-over 74 in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on Thursday.
“I was trying to get the numbers and the feel,” said Woods. “That didn’t start happening until midway through my front nine.”
Woods had seven bogeys through his first 12 holes but closed with three birdies in his final six. It was the competitive round for the 14-time champion since having surgery on his back in March. Woods’ last PGA Tour event was the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. He finished in 25th place with a 5-over performance.
The first round 74 is the highest score for Woods at the tournament. Only once has he gone on to win an event after shooting so high, the 2005 Masters when he opened with a 74. Greg Chalmers leads the field after a first round 66, one-shot better than Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.
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NBA Selects Isaiah Austin in 2014 Draft

NBA Selects Isaiah Austin in 2014 Draft

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an emotional moment, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that former Baylor star Isaiah Austin was drafted by the league during Thursday night’s draft. Austin, who was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome last weekend, was forced to give up his dream of playing in the NBA, so the draft announcement was ceremonial.
Marfan syndrome effects the connective tissue within the body that can cause severe damage to the heart. The illness was discovered as part of Austin’s physical in preparation for the draft.
“For Commissioner Silver to even invite me here was a tremendous blessing and it just shows how much class that man has,” Austin said. “It’s really been a tough week for me, and it’s been really rough. I’ve just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody around the world, telling me they’re praying for me and everything.”
Austin averaged 13 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 35 contests with Baylor. The 7’1″ forward also revealed this year that he was playing with a prosthetic right eye after multiple surgeries to repair a detached retina suffered years ago proved to be unsuccessful. 
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Bulls Trade for McDermott

Bulls Trade for McDermott

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the first of many anticipated moves, the Chicago Bulls traded to get former Creighton star Doug McDermott at the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Bulls gave up both of their first-round picks to get the sharp-shooting forward.
McDermott was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, who also get Anthony Randolph and a future second-rounder with the 11th overall pick. Chicago originally held the 16th and 19th overall picks, selecting Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris before the deal.
McDermott was the consensus player of the year in college basketball this past season, averaging 26.7 points per game and shooting over fifty percent from the field. The 6’7″ forward also shot 45 percent from three-point range as a senior, finishing fifth all-time on the NCAA scoring chart with 3,150 points.
Chicago was the lowest scoring team in the NBA in 2013-14, scoring 93.7 points per game while shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown. The Bulls are expected to be a top destination for free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, and they’re hopeful the acquisition of McDermott boosts their odds.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: Group G: Germany 1 – United States 0
Portugal 2 – Ghana 1
Group H: Algeria 1 – Russia 1
Belgium 1 – South Korea 0
MLB: Houston Astros 6 (34-46) – Atlanta Braves 1 (40-38)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (44-33) – Minnesota Twins 4 (36-41)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (40-39) – New York Mets 2 (36-43)
Toronto Blue Jays 7 (45-36) – Chicago White Sox 0 (36-44)
Chicago Cubs 5 (33-44) – Washington Nationals 3 (41-37)
Detroit Tigers 6 (43-32) – Texas Rangers 0 (35-43)
Philadelphia Phillies 5 (36-32) – Miami Marlins 3 (39-40) – 14 Innings 
Milwaukee Brewers 7 (49-32) – Colorado Rockies 4 (35-44)
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (45-36) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (43-37)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (40-38) – San Francisco Giants 1 (46-33)
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Kings Ink Gaborik to 7-Year Contract

Kings Ink Gaborik to 7-Year Contract

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings signed winger Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract Wednesday.
The deal is worth an average annual value of $4.875 million, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.
Gaborik was acquired by the Kings via a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in March.
The 32-year-old Slovak played a huge role in the Kings winning Lord Stanley’s Cup this season, scoring a league-leading 14 playoff goals.
Gaborik could have become a free agent on July 1.
“All along I wanted to stay here. The organization knew it, the players knew it, everybody knew it, my agent knew it. That was my No. 1 priority, to try to get the deal done here,” Gaborik said. “I know I could get maybe more money if I went to UFA, but it wasn’t about money. I wanted to stay here and be a part of a great team.”
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Lightning Strike 6-Year Deal with Callahan

Lightning Strike 6-Year Deal with Callahan

(TAMPA BAY) — The Tampa Bay Lightning signed winger Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract Wednesday.
The deal is worth $34.8 million and comes with a full no-trade clause for the first four years and a partial one for the final two, according to ESPN.
“We are pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension with Ryan,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. “He’s proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team.”
The now 29-year-old Callahan was acquired by the Lightning in March through a trade with the New York Rangers.
In 20 games with Tampa Bay last season, Callahan had six goals and five assists.
“I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the next six years and I am excited for this new chapter of my career,” Callahan said in a release. “Tampa Bay has been a great place to live and play from the day I got there. As soon as the season ended I knew it was a place I wanted to be.”
During his eight NHL seasons, Callahan has played in 470 games scoring 128 goals while dishing out 127 assists.
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Shaqiri’s Hat Trick Propels Switzerland into World Cup’s Last 16

Shaqiri’s Hat Trick Propels Switzerland into World Cup’s Last 16

Matthew Lewis/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat trick propelled Switzerland into the Knockout Stage and past Honduras, 3-0 Wednesday, in Group E play at the World Cup.
Switzerland ends up the second-seed from Group E after France and Ecuador tied 0-0, eliminating Ecuador.
Shaqiri started his scoring quickly, scoring in the sixth minute when he smashed a kick from outside the penalty box and into the top right corner of the net.
Shaqiri put the Swiss on the board again in the 31st minute when he took advantage of a 2-on-1 and slid the ball past a tripped-up Noel Valladares to make it 2-0.
In the 71st, striker Josip Drmic passed the ball to a streaking Shaqiri who struck the ball past a diving Valladares for the hat trick.
Switzerland will now take on Argentina Tuesday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
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Lincecum No-Hits Padres Again

Lincecum No-Hits Padres Again

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He shut down the Padres in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win Wednesday. 
Lincecum threw 113 pitches, allowing only one walk and striking out six, as he becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team twice.
The 30-year-old Lincecum got Will Venable to ground out to second base to end the game and secure the 16th no-hitter in Giants’ franchise history.
The Padres have now been no-hit three times in the last five years by the Giants. The other time came in July 2009, when Jonathan Sanchez did it.
Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.
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Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Julian Finney/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) — Uruguayan captain Diego Godin scored the golden goal in the 81st minute of the match as Uruguay advanced to the Round of 16 at the World Cup by ousting Italy 1-0 Tuesday in Group D play.
The game was scoreless in the 59th minute when Italy’s Claudio Marchisio was given a red card, knocking him out of the match and forcing Italy to play with 10 men.
Uruguay capitalized on the man advantage in the 81st minute when Godin headed in a corner from Gastón Ramírez.
There was controversy just a few minutes before the goal. Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez was accused of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Chiellini, who complained many times in the game when nothing happened, complained to the referee — pointing at his shoulder — but the referee paid no attention. After the game Suarez — who has been suspended twice in his career for biting the opposition — didn’t confirm or deny the bite.
“These are just things that happen out on the pitch,” Suarez said. “It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder, and that’s how my eye got like this as well. There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them.”
Although nothing was called on the pitch, FIFA has announced it will investigate the alleged bite. If Suarez is found guilty he will likely face a long suspension. 
The loss means Italy is eliminated from the tournament.
Uruguay finishes Group D play in second place and will face Columbia Saturday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern and can be seen on ABC.
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Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Julian Finney/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) — Uruguayan captain Diego Godin scored the golden goal in the 81st minute of the match as Uruguay advanced to the Round of 16 at the World Cup by ousting Italy 1-0 Tuesday in Group D play.
The game was scoreless in the 59th minute when Italy’s Claudio Marchisio was given a red card, knocking him out of the match and forcing Italy to play with 10 men.
Uruguay capitalized on the man advantage in the 81st minute when Godin headed in a corner from Gastón Ramírez.
There was controversy just a few minutes before the goal. Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez was accused of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Chiellini, who complained many times in the game when nothing happened, complained to the referee — pointing at his shoulder — but the referee paid no attention. After the game Suarez — who has been suspended twice in his career for biting the opposition — didn’t confirm or deny the bite.
“These are just things that happen out on the pitch,” Suarez said. “It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder, and that’s how my eye got like this as well. There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them.”
Although nothing was called on the pitch, FIFA has announced it will investigate the alleged bite. If Suarez is found guilty he will likely face a long suspension. 
The loss means Italy is eliminated from the tournament.
Uruguay finishes Group D play in second place and will face Columbia Saturday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern and can be seen on ABC.
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Mexico Advances to Knockout Stage with 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

Mexico Advances to Knockout Stage with 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(RECIFE, Brazil) — Mexico scored three goals in ten minutes of the second half to top Croatia 3-1 and advance to the Round of 16 at the World Cup. Mexico secures the two-seed in Group A and will now take on the Netherlands Sunday in Fortaleza. The score was tied nil-nil going into the second half, but Mexico erupted starting in the 72nd minute when Rafael Marquez sent a header past Croatian goalie Stipe Pletikosa. Just three minutes later, Mexico scored again, when Andres Guardado smashed a left-footed one-timer from 12 yards out into the back of the net. The Mexicans finished their scoring barrage seven minutes later when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez headed in a shot that deflected off teammate Marquez’s head.
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Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony has informed the team that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Anthony, who had hinted towards the decision during the regular season, will be able to negotiate with any team on July 1.
Anthony has the ability to sign a maximum contract worth $96 million over five years with any team outside of the Knicks. Should he choose to resign with New York, the small forward could command a max deal worth $129 million.
Sources close to Anthony say the Chicago Bulls are one team that he would consider playing for. Among others that could garner his services are the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com reported earlier in June that the Miami Heat have also inquired about signing Anthony. Meanwhile, Knicks president Phil Jackson had expressed his hope that Anthony would “opt in” to the final year of his deal and test free agency in 2015.
New York went 37-45 this past season, led by Anthony’s 27.4 points per game. Should he leave, Anthony would become the fifth player in the last 30 years to change teams after averaging more than 27 points that year and the first to do so since LeBron James.
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Padres Fire GM Byrnes

Padres Fire GM Byrnes

Andy Hayt/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres announced on Sunday that the team would be relieving General Manager Josh Byrnes of his duties.
“This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play,” said team president and CEO Mike Dee. “Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today.”
Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Omar Minaya and assistant general managers AJ Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. will share the role in the interim.
Byrnes joined the Padres in 2010 as the senior VP of baseball operations after being let go by the Arizona Diamondbacks where he was the GM for four years. He was promoted to the same position with San Diego 10 months later and given a five-year contract.
San Diego is 32-43 this season after finishing each of the last two seasons with a 76-86 record. Under Byrnes, the team payroll increased from $40 million to just under $90 million, the 23rd highest in Major League Baseball.
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Carl Edwards Takes Sonoma

Carl Edwards Takes Sonoma

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — Carl Edwards had to hold off Jeff Gordon on the final lap, but he was able to secure his first ever road course win on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway in California. The victory was Edwards’ second of the season, cementing his spot in the Chase for the Cup field.
“My road racing progression, it’s been a pretty long climb,” said Edwards, who had never finished higher than third at Sonoma. “The real special part to me was to stand in Victory Lane at Sonoma and have Jeff Gordon come and give me a handshake as the second-place finisher. 
Gordon leads all drivers with five wins at Sonoma and almost picked up his sixth. After Edwards took the lead off a restart with 25 laps to go, Gordon made a strong run at the lead but was able to pass the 99 car. His second place finish keeps Gordon on the top of points standings.
Edwards helped Rousch Fenway Racing snap a five-race win streak for rival team Hendrick Motorsports. It also comes one week after Rousch Fenway failed to have a single driver finish in the top-10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third with Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard rounding out the top-five.
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Michelle Wie Wins US Women’s Open

Michelle Wie Wins US Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) — She burst on to the scene as a 13-year-old phenom. Eleven years later, Michelle Wie captured her first ever major championship by winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Her final round Sunday was anything but a breeze for the 24-year-old. Holding a three-stroke lead on the 16th hole, Wie double bogeyed to open the door for Stacy Lewis. Wie followed that up with a clutch 25-foot birdie putt on 17 before sinking a par on 18 for the title.
The final round 70 beat Lewis by two strokes after the worlds number one player made a historic charge. Her 4-under 66 was highlighted by eight birdies, the most by any golfer in a final round at the U.S. Open. After preparing for a possible playoff, Lewis greeted Wie with a hug on the final green.
Wie shot 2-under for the tournament, the only player to finish under par. Lewis finished second at even par while Stephanie Meadows finished at 1-over.
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Varela’s Final-Second Goal Sends Portugal to a 2-2 Draw with U.S.

Varela’s Final-Second Goal Sends Portugal to a 2-2 Draw with U.S.

Christopher Lee/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Portuguese midfielder Valera scored on a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo in the final minute of stoppage time, as Portugal ties the United States 2-2 on Sunday in Group G play at the World Cup.
A win would have sent the U.S. into the Knockout Stage of the tournament. Instead, America will have to beat Germany on Thursday to guarantee it advances to the Round of 16.
“We just go at it the tougher way,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said to ESPN. “So we got to go and beat Germany, ah, get a result against Germany that’s what we got to do.”
In reality the U.S. played a great game. After falling behind 1-0 in the 5th minute, the Americans tied the game in the 64th minute when Jermaine Jones bent a ball around a Portuguese defender and into the net.
The game stayed tied until the 81st minute when Clint Dempsey scored off his stomach on a pass from Graham Zusi.
It looked like the Americans were going to win it, but Valera’s header three seconds over the allotted stoppage time secured the tie.
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19-Year-Old Origi Nets Game-Winner, Sending Belgium Into Knockout Stage

19-Year-Old Origi Nets Game-Winner, Sending Belgium Into Knockout Stage

KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) — Belgium is advancing to the Knockout Stage of the World Cup, thanks to a 19-year-old. Striker Divock Origi became the youngest player in Belgian World Cup history to score a goal when he scored in the 88th minute to push the Belgians past Russia 1-0 Sunday in Group H play. The only goal of the game came when Eden Hazard zipped a pass from the byline directly to Origi in the penalty box. Origi promptly smashed the ball past Igor Akinfee to break the scoreless tie. Origi was substituted into the game in early in the second half in place of Romelu Lukaku, who had only touched the ball in the opponents’ penalty box once in 113 minutes this World Cup.The win clinches Belgium the top seed in Group H, which means it will play whoever finishes with the second seed in Group G in the Round of 16.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Group H: Belgium 1 (2-0-0, 6pts) – Russia 0 (0-1-1, 1pt)
Algeria 4 (1-1-0, 3pts) – South Korea 2 (0-1-1, 1pt)
Group G: United States 2 (1-0-1, 4pts) – Portugal 2 (0-1-1, 1pt)
MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (37-37) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (42-35)
New York Mets 11 (35-41) – Miami Marlins 5 (37-38)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 (31-46) – Houston Astros 2 (33-44)
Detroit Tigers 10 (40-32) – Cleveland Indians 4 (37-39)
Saint Louis Cardinals 5 (41-35) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (34-40)
Washington Nationals 4 (39-35) – Atlanta Braves 1 (38-37)
Minnesota Twins 6 (36-38) – Chicago White Sox 5 (35-41)
Seattle Mariners 2 (40-36) – Kansas City Royals 1 (39-36)
Baltimore Orioles 8 (39-35) – New York Yankees 0 (39-35)
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (37-38) – Chicago Cubs 1 (31-42)
San Francisco Giants 4 (45-30) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (32-47)
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (42-35) – San Diego Padres 1 (32-44)
Boston Red Sox 7 (35-41) – Oakland Athletics 6 (47-29) 10 Innings
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (47-30) – Colorado Rockies 5 (34-41)
Los Angeles Angels 5 (41-33) – Texas Rangers 2 (35-40)
NASCAR Sprint Cup: Carl Edwards wins the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway
PGA: Kevin Streelman wins the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands
Women’s U.S. Open: Michelle Wie wins by two strokes over Stacy Lewis
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Alex Torres Becomes First to Wear Protective Cap

Alex Torres Becomes First to Wear Protective Cap

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — When Alex Torres entered Saturday night’s matchup against Los Angeles in the eighth inning, he became the first pitcher in Major League history to wear a league-approved protective cap. 
The cap features padded inserts around the hat, enlarging the size of the hat. The San Diego Padres reliever commented after the game that the difference “isn’t much” and that it doesn’t feel as it looks. The league signed off on the caps on January 17 after testing multiple prototypes.
Major League Baseball first began looking into more protective headgear after Brandon McCarthy suffered life-threatening brain injuries after being struck in the ear by a line drive while pitching for Oakland in 2012. McCarthy has recovered and is now pitching for Arizona.
Torres has become an advocate for protection for pitchers after watching Alex Cobb suffer a concussion due to a line drive to the head when the two were teammates in Tampa Bay. Since then, Cobb has fought to put padded inserts into the caps of young baseball and softball players.
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