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Swisher Slams Cleveland Past Angels in Extras

Swisher Slams Cleveland Past Angels in Extras

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the tenth that put Los Angeles ahead 3-1. Nick Swisher answered with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom half of the inning to give Cleveland a 5-3 victory on Thursday afternoon.
“When I first hit it, I said, all right, that’s a double,” said Swisher. “The next thing you know, it went out. I flipped my bat. I was going crazy.”
The two-out hit was Swisher’s only one of the day, striking out each time in his previous three at-bats. It was also the second time that the Indians (37-36) came from behind in the game. With a runner on third in the second, Cleveland starter Justin Masterson delivered a wild pitch that allowed Howie Kendrick to score and give the Angels (38-33) a 1-0 advantage. 
Cleveland answered back in the third on a groundout from Michael Bourn in the third, the last run scored in the first nine innings. Both Masterson and Los Angeles starter, C.J. Wilson went seven innings before turning things over to the bullpen.
Pujols’ two-RBI hit came off reliever Scott Atchison with two outs, seemingly giving the Angels the victory. However, Bourn walked to lead off before Jason Kipnis doubled two batters later. After Carlos Santana walked to load the bases, Ernesto Frieri came on to try and finish off the game. Frieri induced a fly out from Daniel Murphy for the second out before Swisher’s slam gave the Indians a 5-3 win.
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Uruguay Beats England on Suarez’s Late Goal

Uruguay Beats England on Suarez’s Late Goal

Matthias Hangst/Getty Images(SAO PAULO, Brazil) — He makes his living playing in England’s top tier of soccer. On Thursday, Luis Suarez all but eliminated England from World Cup play, scoring both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory.
In his return from knee surgery, the striker continued where he left off in the English Premier League (EPL) by dominating opposing defenses. The first goal came in the 39th minute when Edinson Cavani chipped the ball across the box where Suarez headed it home for the opening tally. That followed a near goal from England’s Wayne Rooney off a free kick, but his header ricocheted off the crossbar.
As the second half progressed, England continued to search for an equalizing goal. It finally came in the 75th minute when Rooney finished a low cross from Glen Johnson, which slipped past keeper Fernando Muslera, for the tying strike. It was the first World Cup goal in the career of the Manchester United striker who was playing in his 10th career match.
The joy for England did not last long, however. Just 10 minutes later, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerard was unable to play a long ball and it fell perfectly to his club-mate Suarez. After making one quick move to his left, the EPL’s leading goal scorer broke through again for the deciding goal.
To stay alive in the tournament, England must now defeat Costa Rica in their final group play match and hope that Italy wins both of its remaining games. They must also have a better goal differential than both Uruguay and Costa Rica, both of whom would be tied for the second spot in Group D.
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David Blatt Offered Cavaliers Head Coaching Job

David Blatt Offered Cavaliers Head Coaching Job

Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sources close to the Cleveland Cavaliers indicate the team may have found their new head coach. According to multiple media reports, David Blatt was offered the head job on Thursday and the two sides are currently in contract talks.
A longtime European coach, Blatt led Russia to a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic games. He also was the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning the Euroleague Championship this season. The 55-year-old has spent more than 20 seasons coaching in Europe for four different countries.
Blatt was the starting point guard at Princeton for legendary coach Pete Carril from 1977-1981 before having a 13-year playing career overseas. Blatt’s teams have been seen running a similar “Princeton-style” offense that he was taught in his collegiate career. If he accepts, Blatt would be the third Cavaliers head coach in as many seasons.
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Yankees Sweep First Place Blue Jays

Yankees Sweep First Place Blue Jays

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — David Phelps turned in a quality start while Carlos Beltran drove in two runs as the Yankees swept Toronto in a three-game set on Thursday. It was the 16th consecutive win for New York (38-33) over the Blue Jays (41-33) at Yankee Stadium.
Phelps (3-4) picked up the win, tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs. The righty struck out seven in his outing but did give up a two-run homer to Melkey Cabrera in the third that tied the game at 2-2. New York quickly took the lead back when Beltran hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Ellsbury, before he added another RBI in the fifth with a ground rule double.
After Derek Jeter drove in a run with a ground out in the sixth, Yangervis Solarte worked a pinch-hit walk in the seventh that made it a 6-2 lead. Sean Kelley gave up a two-run blast in the top of the eighth to Edwin Encarnacion that closed the gap to two. Matt Thornton then allowed a base hit in the ninth before Adam Warren entered the game and picked up his second save of the year.
Drew Hutchinson (5-5) lasted just four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits. The sweep tied New York with the Blue Jays in the loss column and moved them just a game and a half out of first in the American League East.
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A’s Have Best Record in MLB After Rolling Past Rangers

A’s Have Best Record in MLB After Rolling Past Rangers

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — For the first time since May 22, Sonny Gray allowed fewer than three runs, helping the Oakland Athletics top the Texas Rangers 4-2 Wednesday and grab the best record in baseball. Gray pitched seven innings allowing six hits, two runs, two walks while striking out seven.
“I don’t think there really is a difference other than I was able to make pitches,” Gray said. “That’s probably it. People sometimes forget that baseball is a pretty hard game and there’s going to be some rough patches that you’re going to go through.

Oakland (44-28) started its scoring in the third inning when John Jaso doubled to center off Rangers starter Nick Tepesch allowing Craig Gentry to score. Jaso crossed home plate just a few batters later when Josh Donaldson slapped a single to center.

The Rangers (35-37) tied the game in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run single, but the A’s answered back in the bottom of the inning scoring twice to take the lead for good.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.
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Croatia Eliminates Cameroon from World Cup

Croatia Eliminates Cameroon from World Cup

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was ejected after getting a red card late in the first half, and Croatia capitalized scoring three of their four goals after the penalty en route to a 4-0 win over Cameroon in Group A play at the World Cup Wednesday.
Song was ejected in the 40th minute when he elbowed Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic. That gave Cameroon 10 men for the rest of the match. Mandzukic, who had been suspended from Croatia’s first game versus Brazil, capitalized on the penalty by scoring twice to help eliminate Cameroon from World Cup contention.

Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic also scored for Croatia, who can advance out of the group stage with a win over Mexico on Monday.
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Kershaw No-Hits Rockies

Kershaw No-Hits Rockies

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Clayton Kershaw can add another feather to his cap: the 26-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander no-hit the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night, as the Dodgers blanked the Rockies 8-0.
Kershaw, who already is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, struck out a career-high 15 while walking none. He becomes the first pitcher ever to strikeout that many batters without allowing a walk.
The Dodgers’ ace almost had the perfect game. In the seventh inning shortstop Hanley Ramirez fielded a Corey Dickerson grounder and threw wide to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, allowing Dickerson to get on base. The play was ruled a throwing error and was the only blemish in Kershaw’s 107 pitch masterpiece.
While Dickerson was the only man to get on base, he also ended the game when he struck out swinging sending the crowd at Dodger Stadium wild.
“To get to do it in front of this crowd with how excited they were, and how into it they were is pretty special,” Kershaw said.
The no-hitter is the second of the season for the Dodgers. Josh Beckett threw one in Philadelphia on May 25. It’s the first time since 1956 two Dodgers pitchers threw a no-hitter in the same season.
“I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”
Kershaw’s no-hitter is the 22nd in Dodgers history.
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Ochoa Leads Mexico to Draw with Brazil

Ochoa Leads Mexico to Draw with Brazil

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) — Brazil had many scoring opportunities but could not slip one past Mexican goal keeper Guillermo Ochoa, leading the two countries to a 0-0 draw at the World Cup Tuesday. Ochoa was remarkable in net, making six saves — many from point-blank range — tying the country’s record for most saves by a keeper in a World Cup match since 1966. Ochoa started his masterful performance in the 26th minute when he dove to the right side of the net just in time to stop a header from Brazilian star, Neymar. Ochoa continued to thwart Brazil’s offensive attacks the rest of the game, resulting in Mexico’s first point ever versus Brazil in a World Cup game. “In the end, a 0-0 mirrors what happened, it was a very hard-fought match,” Brazilian head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “The draw wasn’t a good result because a victory would have already allowed us to advance, but we need to be able to respect our opponent, which played very well.”
The game leaves both Mexico and Brazil with four points after two games in Group A play, with Brazil holding the goal differential tiebreaker.
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Bronson Arroyo Placed on DL for First Time

Bronson Arroyo Placed on DL for First Time

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(PHOENIX) —  The Arizona Diamondbacks placed starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo on the disabled list for the first time in his career on Monday.  
The 37-year-old starting pitcher was sent to the 15-day DL with right elbow tendonitis, ending Arroyo’s 369 consecutive-starts streak. 
The only player with a longer active starts streak is the Toronto Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle (443).
“It’s really unfortunate when it’s a guy who has an unblemished record when it comes to posting up each and every time,” Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. “But it would have been hard to run him back out there again, going to war as he says, against AK-47s with his little .22. He still found a way to win, which was amazing.” 
Arroyo has pitched in 15 major league seasons. During that time, Arroyo pitched 2,364 2/3 innings, compiling a 145-131 record with a 4.53 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 642 walks and 1,526 strikeouts. 
Outfielder Roger Kieschnick was recalled from Triple-A Reno to take Arroyo’s roster spot. 
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Germany Pounds Portugal Behind Muller’s Hat Trick

Germany Pounds Portugal Behind Muller’s Hat Trick

Michael Steele/Getty Images(SALVADOR, Brazil) — Germany’s Thomas Muller scored a hat trick and Portugal played a man down from the 38th minute on, as the Germans pounded the Portuguese in both teams’ World Cup opener on Monday.Muller got his day started in the 12th minute when he drilled a penalty kick to put the Germans up 1-0. Mats Hummels scored off of a corner kick from teammate Toni Kroos 20 minutes later.Things got worse for Portugal when defenseman Pepe received a red card after elbowing Muller in the head and then getting in Muller’s face.Muller scored his remaining two goals during stoppage time at the end of the first half and then at the 78th minute.Due to the red card, Pepe is automatically suspended from Portugal’s game on June 22 against the United States.
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ESPN: Altidore Will Undergo Re-Evaluation Tuesday on Hamstring

ESPN: Altidore Will Undergo Re-Evaluation Tuesday on Hamstring

Michael Steele/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) — U.S. striker Jozy Altidore will be re-evaluated Tuesday in Sao Paulo at the team’s training headquarters for a hamstring injury that he suffered during the Americans’ 2-1 World Cup opening win over Ghana on Monday.Altidore was chasing a ball down the left wing in the 21st minute of the game when he pulled up lame holding his left hamstring. He was carried off the field in a stretcher. “It was a little bit of a shock that Jozy got injured,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “It was a tough pill to swallow.”Altidore has scored 12 goals this season split between the United States national team and Sunderland of the English Premier League.
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Dallas Clark Calls It Quits

Dallas Clark Calls It Quits

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tight end Dallas Clark is calling it a career.
The 35-year-old Clark will retire on Wednesday as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, the team with whom he played nine of his 11 NFL seasons.Clark was selected by the Colts in the first round of the 2003 draft. He is a franchise leader in tight end receptions and touchdown catches. His final NFL season was spent in Baltimore, where he caught 31 balls for 343 yards and three touchdowns with the Ravens.The former first-team All-Pro finishes his career with 505 catches for 5,665 yards and 53 touchdowns.
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Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony, projected to be one of the top free agents if he chooses to opt out of his contract, may have a new suitor. Over the weekend, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki made his pitch for Anthony.
“If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki said in a radio interview.
Despite being under contract for next season, Anthony is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract with the New York Knicks and test free agency.
Along with the Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat have also been rumored to have interest in the small forward. Still, Knicks president Phil Jackson has publicly stated his desire for Anthony to remain in New York.
“Listen, I think I’ve showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody,” Nowitzki said. “The only tough season I think we’ve had is when we had [Antawn] Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass. I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner.”
Anthony, who has said he would like to remain in New York, has stated on multiple occasions during the season that he planned to become a free agent this summer. Should he choose to re-sign with the Knicks, ‘Melo could ink a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. If Anthony signs with another team, his contract would only be able to be a maximum of $96 million over four seasons.
Dallas won 49 games last year and made the playoffs as the eight seed. The Mavericks were champions in 2011 and are projected to have more than $30 million in cap space.
The Knicks won just 37 games this year and are not expected to have enough cap space to create a contender for the 2014-15 season.
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Seferovic’s Last Gasp Goal Lifts Switzerland Past Ecuador

Seferovic’s Last Gasp Goal Lifts Switzerland Past Ecuador

Stu Forster/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — Haris Seferovic scored less than 30 seconds before the final whistle, giving Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Sunday afternoon. The game-winning goal came in stoppage time on a counter-attack and mad dash down the field.
The game was deadlocked for the majority of the second half with both teams looking for a go-ahead strike. As Ecuador put together a last second attack, Michael Arroyo was dispossessed by Valon Behrami who immediately sprinted downfield. Knifing through the middle of the pitch, and maintaining control through multiple defenders, Behrami eventually got the ball to Ricardo Rodriguez. It was Rodriguez who sent a low cross to the near post where Seferovic blasted a shot into the top of the goal from four yards out.
Ecuador held a halftime lead thanks to Enner Valencia’s header on a free kick in the 22nd minute. Joslip looked to have knotted things up but was called offsides and the goal disallowed. Admir Mehmedi would find the equalizer for the Swiss, heading home a corner in the 48th minute. 
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France Blanks Honduras, 3-0, in World Cup

France Blanks Honduras, 3-0, in World Cup

Vinicius Costa/Getty Images(PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil) — A penalty kick just before halftime opened the scoring before France added two more in the second half, defeating Honduras 3-0 in their World Cup opener on Sunday. Goal-line technology was used for the first time in the tournament, helping to prove the second strike of the match was legitimate.
Les Blues controlled play for the entire first half but could not find a way to break through. It finally happened during stoppage time of the first when Wilson Palacios picked up his second yellow card as he knocked Paul Pogba to the pitch. Karim Benzema stepped up to take the penalty kick and put France ahead 1-0 heading into the break.
The second half spelled doom for Honduras, and quickly. Goalkeeper Noel Valladares had a shot from Benzema ricochet off the post, and then him, before trickling over the line for an own goal. Valladares attempted to swipe the ball out but goal-line technology showed that it just crossed over. Benzema eventually netted his second tally in the 72nd minute, securing the win.
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Messi Scores as Argentina Beats Bosnia-Herzegovina

Messi Scores as Argentina Beats Bosnia-Herzegovina

Matthias Hangst/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) — After being shutout in the 2010 World Cup, Lionel Messi wasted little time getting on the stat sheet in Brazil. On Sunday, Messi netted his first goal of the tournament in the 65th minute, helping to lead Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
It was the first goal that Messi scored in the World Cup since making his debut in the showcase in 2006. The 26-year-old captain worked a give-and-go with Gonzalo Higuain before receiving the ball at the top of the penalty box. He then maneuvered his way across the face of the goal, and away from defenders, before rifling a shot just inside the post to give Argentina a 2-0 lead.
Bosnia rallied late in the match, getting a goal from Vedad Ibisevic in the 85th minute. It was the first goal in the country’s history after qualifying for its first-ever World Cup.
An own goal just three minutes in put Bosnia in a hole early. Messi delivered a free kick towards goal that bounced off a head before deflecting off Sead Kolasinac’s shin.
Despite the win, the Argentinians were outshot 16-11 in the contest.
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“Mighty Mouse” Keeps UFC Flyweight Title

“Mighty Mouse” Keeps UFC Flyweight Title

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) – For the straight time, Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC Flyweight championship. Johnson dominated Ali Bagautinov by winning a unanimous decision, 50-45 on Saturday night at UFC 174.
“I’m the king,” Johnson (20-2-1) said after the fight. “I’ll stay the king as long as I can. I’m going to keep knocking them down.”
The fighter known as “Mighty Mouse” was superior in almost every facet. Cageside stats showed Johnson landing 164 strikes to just 66 from Bagautinov (13-3). There was one moment of uncertainty, in the fourth round of the bout. Johnson slipped in the middle of the octagon but was able to take a strong right hand well and recover.
Since winning the inaugural 125-pound belt in 2012 by beat Joseph Benavidez, Johnson has not lost a single fight. His next opponent is projected to be John Dodson, who lost a unanimous decision to the champ back in 2013.
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Vince Young Announces Retirement

Vince Young Announces Retirement

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — He has not played since 2011, but Vince Young announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. Young played parts of six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.
Young was the third overall pick in 2006 by the Titans and was named Rookie of the Year, starting immediately. The former Texas Longhorn was also selected to the Pro Bowl in both 2006 and 2009. The 31-year-old threw for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career.
After not playing in 2013, Young was cut by the Green Bay Packers and was later signed by the Cleveland Browns May 1. Cleveland also signed Tyler Thigpen that day before releasing Young after they drafted Johnny Manziel. 
Althought he signed a rookie contract that guaranteed him just under $27 million, Young suffered from financial issues his entire career and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. 
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Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 for the Phillies in a 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at home. His one hit, however, broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise record for hits in a career of 2,234.
The game was briefly delayed in the fifth for a brief celebration that Schmidt participated in. A Hall of Famer, Schmidt retrieved the bat for Rollins before delivering it to him at first, along with a hug and a high-five.
“I told him, `Congrats, it couldn’t happen to a better guy,” Schmidt said later in the game. “I’m glad I was here. My heart is pounding.”
Rollins received a standing ovation in each of his at-bats, but grounded out and lined out in his first two attempts at the record. The shortstop would later score in the fifth on Dominic Brown’s three-run homer that put the game out of reach.
Chase Utley also homered as Philly won their fourth game in five tries. Schmidt’s record had stood since 1989 before Rollins took it over.
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Balotelli’s Header Lifts Italy Past England

Balotelli’s Header Lifts Italy Past England

Warren Little/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Mario Balotelli headed in a cross from Candreva in the 50th minute, giving Italy a 2-1 lead as they would go on to defeat Englad by that score in Group D play at the World Cup. England outshot the Italians 18-12 but the defense lapsed in their loss.
The Azzuri took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute as Claudio Marchiso corralled a volley from Andrea Pirlo before making a couple nifty moves to take the early advantage. England quickly responded with an equalizer from Daniel Sutrridge less than three minutes later.
Sturrdige post began and finished the scoring chance, sending a cross nearly 40 yards to open up the defense. Wayne Rooney settled the bar, before delivering it back to Sturridge who connected on his shot.
The match went into halftime tied at 1-1, but that did not last long. Five minutes into the second frame Balotelli got loose on the backline and was rewarded with his first goal of the tournament. Much was made of the absence of Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian goalkeeper, who sat with an ankle injury. His replacement was more than capable as Salvatore Sirigu made four saves in the win.
Italy will take on Costa Rica on Friday while England resumes Group play on Thursday when they take on Uruguay.
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