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Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton The Favorite To Win 2014 MLB Home Run Derby

When a player is tied for the National League lead in home runs, it’s no surprise to see him favored in a home run hitting contest. Bovada pinned Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has 21 home runs on the season, as the favorite to win the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby at Target Field with 5-2 odds. The guy he’s sharing the home run lead with, Colorado Rockies shortstop...
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Ubaldo Jimenez Sprains Ankle In Parking Lot Of Apartment; Lands on DL

BALTIMORE — Ubaldo Jimenez’s miserable season worsened Friday when the Baltimore Orioles right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Jimenez twisted his ankle in a parking lot at his apartment complex on Wednesday. “We were looking at it today and it’s pretty puffy, taped up,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday. “We were hoping...
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New York Times Announces LeBron’s Return With Clever Front Page (Photo)

Newspapers all over America had catchy and clever headlines on Saturday to signify LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the New York Times may have outdone everyone else on the front page of their sports section. The column box featuring all of the day’s sports transactions is centered on the page with a bunch of white space surrounding it. Of course, the biggest...
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Vince Carter, Grizzlies Agree To Reported Three-Year, $12.2M Contract

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to a multi-year contract. Carter averaged 11.9 points in 81 games, all off the bench, last season for the Dallas Mavericks. The 37-year-old guard has scored 20.2 points per game over his 16-year career. Sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the terms of the deal are for three years, $12.2 million...
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Reports: Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls Close To Striking Deal

When Pau Gasol turned down a two-year contract offer worth more than $10 million from the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, it seemed clear that he’d be heading out of town for the 2014-15 season. According to reports, the Lakers big man is very close to choosing his new destination. Gasol and the Chicago Bulls are closing in on a sign-and-trade deal that would send Gasol to Chicago...
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Jon Lester Contract: 10 Reasons Red Sox, Pitcher Should Pursue Deal Now

Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox want to strike a deal. Major League Baseball’s All-Star break marks a perfect time to get it done. Lester, who is set to become a free agent after this season, has stated several times that he’d like to remain in Boston beyond 2014. The Red Sox have expressed the same sentiment, acknowledging the ace is an important part of both their present...
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Red Sox Notes: Brock Holt Becoming True Iron Man For Boston In 2014

The Boston Red Sox look determined to finish the first half on a positive note. The Red Sox, owners of two straight walk-off wins to conclude their recent homestand, rolled over the Houston Astros 8-3 in Friday’s series opener at Minute Maid Park. The Sox now hold a three-game winning streak. Perhaps the sudden turnaround is a sign of things to come, or perhaps it’s a nice little...
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Christian Vazquez’s Emphatic Arrival Keeps Red Sox’s Momentum Rolling

The Boston Red Sox are 3-0 in the Christian Vazquez era. OK, maybe the 23-year-old catcher isn’t directly responsible for the Red Sox’s three-game winning streak, especially since he went hitless Wednesday and didn’t play Thursday. But Vazquez, who was called up when A.J. Pierzynski was designated assignment, sure had his fingerprints all over Friday’s 8-3 win over the Houston...
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John Lackey Records Out With Nifty Glove Flip In Red Sox’s Win (Video)

John Lackey became the Red Sox’s first 10-game winner Friday. He also displayed some nifty glove work. Houston Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez attempted to drop down a bunt in the third inning with the Red Sox leading 2-0. Lackey wasn’t prepared to relinquish a single, however, so he stormed off the mound and took matters into his own hands. Lackey scooped the ball with his...
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Mike Carp, Burke Badenhop Combine For Awkward Out In Red Sox Win (Video)

Mike Carp and Burke Badenhop showed why these Boston Red Sox are worth watching even when the score is one-sided. Carp and Badenhop combined for a very unique out in the seventh inning of the Red Sox’s 8-3 win over the Houston Astros in Friday’s series opener at Minute Maid Park. Both players got dirty on the play, which ultimately retired Matt Dominguez for the final out of...
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Erik Jones Earns Second Career Win At NASCAR Trucks Series Race in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa — Erik Jones led for 131 of 200 laps and won the NASCAR Trucks series race in Iowa on Friday night, giving Kyle Busch Motorsports its seventh win in nine races this season. It’s the second career win for the 18-year-old Jones and the sixth victory of 2014 for the No. 51 truck — with five of those coming with Busch behind the wheel. Ryan Blaney was second, followed...
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Chad Johnson Gives Official A Hug After First CFL Touchdown (Photo)

When Chad Johnson plays football, there’s always an added element of entertainment involved. At least that’s the way it was for Ochocinco’s 11 seasons in the NFL. Apparently, nothing had changed. Johnson caught his first Canadian Football League touchdown for the Montreal Alouettes on Friday — a 46-yard snag — then proceeded to hug one of the officials in the end zone...
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Lionel Messi Leads Argentina Into World Cup Final Vs. Germany (Photos)

Argentina survived 120 scoreless minutes and penalty kicks to beat the Netherlands and advance to Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup final against Germany. Argentina has been heavily reliant on all-world captain Lionel Messi, but its star hasn’t scored a goal since the group stage. Still, Argentina has kept winning, proving in the process that it’s much more than Messi. As we eagerly...
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Lamar Odom Released By Knicks For Being ‘Unable To Uphold’ NBA Standards

Lamar Odom has had better days. In fact, this will probably go down as one of his worst. Odom was waived by the New York Knicks on Friday, after the team signed him late last season when Phil Jackson was hired as president of basketball operations. Phil Jackson: "Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player."— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS...
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WATCH: Billy Hamilton is just amazing on the basepaths

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is fast. Just how fast, you ask? When you see his bunt single against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, you’ll understand. Hamilton managed to avoid the tag and stay in the base path while somehow developing the ability to fly. It’s even crazier from the side angle. And to top it all off, Hamilton scored from first on a cleanly...
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Jake Peavy: ‘I Would Never Have Any Hard Feelings’ Toward Boston Red Sox

Jake Peavy left Fenway Park following Thursday’s game and boarded the team flight to Houston. For all of this week’s trade rumors, Peavy remained a member of the Boston Red Sox. Peavy discussed his whirlwind week with WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford after Thursday’s game. The right-hander again expressed his desire to remain in Boston while acknowledging he understands he still could...
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Masahiro Tanaka Apologizes To New York Yankees, Fans For Being Injured

BALTIMORE – New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka accepts his elbow injury as “a challenge” and vows to return soon to help the team win. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA after spending seven years in Japan’s Pacific League. Tanaka, who hopes to avoid...
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John Lackey Looking To Overcome Recent Struggles Against Astros (Video)

John Lackey has been a key piece in the Boston Red Sox’s starting rotation since 2013, but his past three outings have been a little rocky. He’ll be looking to turn that around against the Houston Astros on Friday. In his last three starts, the usually-dominant Lackey has given up 16 earned runs. This could be due to some fatigue. Lackey has been struggling to get through six...
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South Florida Paper Keeps LeBron James Goodbye Short And Sweet (Photo)

The front page of Saturday’s South Florida Sun Sentinel gets straight to the point. LeBron James is leaving the Miami Heat to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, so there isn’t much reason to rejoice. Here’s the front page of tomorrow's South Florida Sun-Sentinel: http://t.co/0X0nlgbbQI— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) July 11, 2014 The cover of Saturday’s Plain Dealer will...
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Report: Suns Finalizing Sign-And-Trade To Get Isaiah Thomas From Kings

The Phoenix Suns didn’t land LeBron James, but they made one move to solidify their roster. The Suns reached an agreement with Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas on Friday, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing league sources. Thomas is a restricted free agent, so the teams are working out a sign-and-trade deal. USA Today’s Sam Amick confirmed the deal and outlined...
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Jon Lester’s Dominance Making Case For All-Star Game Start (Video)

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester is known for his deadly cutter, but it was his curveball that shut down the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Lester pitched seven innings of one-run ball, striking out 12 batters and walking no one. It was his sixth straight quality start, and it showed how all three of his pitches have been shutting down batters. With his recent dominance...
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Heat Organization, LeBron James Thank One Another For Memories With Miami

Miami’s reaction to LeBron James’ decision to return home to Cleveland has been a different story than what happened four years ago in Ohio. LeBron’s announcement that sent the sports world into a frenzy Friday afternoon has been handled with class and respect from all parties involved. Soon after the news broke, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison took to Twitter and thanked LeBron...
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Report: Lakers Trade For Jeremy Lin, Pau Gasol Turns Down Two-Year Offer

The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t going to stand still, even if their day has been overshadowed by LeBron James’ announcement that he’s returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin to the Lakers on Friday, according to ESPN Los Angeles. Lin has one year left on his contract, which will preserve cap space for the Lakers next summer. Los Angeles...
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Red Sox-Astros Live: Boston Begins Final Series Before All-Star Break

7:30 p.m.: If you’re looking for an indication of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s offensive improvement, look no further than Friday’s lineup — although Xander Bogaerts’ and Stephen Drew’s struggles certainly are factors, too. Bradley, who typically bats at the bottom of the order, is batting sixth for the first time in his career. Mike Carp, who provided a walk-off single Thursday...
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Adam Vinatieri’s ‘Snow Bowl’ Field Goal Voted Top Patriots Play

When you think about the most memorable plays in New England Patriots history, two moments from the same season immediately come to mind. But in a close vote, Patriots fans ultimately chose the moment that came first: Adam Vinatieri’s game-tying “Snow Bowl” field goal against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 divisional playoff. The former Pats kicker was the hero of the Patriots’...
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