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by Associated Press posted Jun 28 2013 7:15AM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Thursday night to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
 
     Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double off Craig Stammen (4-3). A.J. Pollock ran for Montero and Cody Ross bunted him to third. After Jason Kubel drew a walk, Gregorius bunted down the first-base line. Pollock ran on contact and scored the go-ahead run and Gregorius beat the throw at first.
 
     Josh Collmenter (4-0) pitched the 10th inning and Heath Bell picked up his 14th save as the Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak.
 
     Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 28 2013 7:14AM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Washington Wizards have traded 38th pick Nate Wolters and the 54th overall selection to the Philadelphia 76ers for Glen Rice Jr.
 
     The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced.
 
     Rice, who played at Georgia Tech but was suspended and played in the D-League last year, was taken 35th overall by the 76ers - then traded to the Wizards. He is the son for former NBA All-Star Glen Rice.
 
     Wolters averaged 22.7 points per game for South Dakota State. He is a 6-foot-5 point guard.
 
     After leaving Georgia Tech following his junior year, Rice played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He averaged 25 points per game in the D-League playoffs.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 27 2013 7:26AM
 WASHINGTON (AP) - After scanning the globe for talent and hosting workouts for dozens of players from around the country, the Washington Wizards could end up using the third overall pick in the NBA draft on someone who played college ball in the nation's capital.
 
     Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter, Jr.  played his home games in college on the home of the Wizards. More importantly, the Wizards need a small forward with a flair for playing defense, and that's as good a description as any for the 6-foot-8 Porter.
 
     Porter says he thinks he would be a "good fit" for the Wizards.
 
     Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld says there isn't "a clear-cut No. 1 or a clear-cut ranking of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5" player in this draft.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 27 2013 7:25AM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann dominated after a shaky start and rookie Anthony Rendon had his third three-hit performance as the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Wednesday night.
 
     The NL West-leading Diamondbacks have lost three straight, including the first two games of their current 10-game road trip.
 
     Zimmermann (11-3) surrendered two runs in the first inning, but held the Diamondbacks scoreless with one hit over his final six innings. He allowed three hits overall, retired the final 10 batters he faced and improved to 13-0 at home dating back to May 17, 2012.
 
     Wade Miley (4-7) allowed three runs, including an unearned run in the fifth. Denard Span scored on Ryan Zimmerman's double play after Tyler Moore's solo homer in the fourth tied the game.
 
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 26 2013 8:32AM
 LONDON (AP) - Injuries have knocked three key players out of Wimbledon - second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, the Belgian who stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round and the American who won the longest match in tennis history.
 
     Azarenka pulled out Wednesday after hurting her right knee in her opening-round win against Maria Joao Koehler. She withdrew minutes before her second-round match against Flavia Pennetta was to begin.
 
     Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, had reached the semifinals at Wimbledon the last two years and had been seeded to face Serena Williams in the final.
 
     Steve Darcis, who beat two-time champion Nadal in straight sets on Monday in one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, pulled out on because of a right shoulder injury.
 
     The 135th-ranked Darcis withdrew was scheduled to play Lukasz Kubot of Poland.
 
     John Isner, the 18th-seeded American, retired during his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino of France with a left knee injury after only two games.
 
 
by Associated Press posted Jun 26 2013 7:22AM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was set to begin a rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from left knee bursitis that has sidelined him for nearly a month. Manager Davey Johnson says Tuesday that Harper, who hasn't played since May 26, likely won't rejoin the Nationals this weekend when they travel to New York.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 25 2013 6:09AM
 SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) - Rod Perry shot an even-par 72 in rainy conditions Monday at Sunriver Resort to take the second-round lead in the PGA Professional National Championship.
 
     Perry, the PGA head pro at Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Fla., had two birdies and two bogeys on the Crosswater Club course, the site of the final two rounds. The 39-year-old left-hander had an 8-under 135 total after opening with a 63 on the Meadows course.
 
     Mark Sheftic and Chip Sullivan, the 2007 winner at Sunriver, were a stroke back after shooting 4-under 67 on the Meadows course. Sheftic is a PGA teaching pro at Merion in Ardmore, Pa., and Sullivan is the PGA director of golf at Hanging Rock in Salem, Va.
 
     The top 20 finishers will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.
 
by Associated Press posted Jun 25 2013 6:00AM
  MIAMI (AP) - The NBA champion Miami Heat have enjoyed their celebratory parade through the streets of the city. A crowd of 400,000 was expected to see the players, coaches and recently won trophy. The Heat beat the Spurs in seven games to win the NBA title.
 
     Several players held super-soaker squirt guns and sprayed water on fans as confetti blew through the air and dotted the streets. 
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 25 2013 5:59AM
 BOSTON (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks have won their fifth Stanley Cup and second since 2010, doing so with a two-goal flurry in the waning moments.
 
     Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored in the final 76 seconds to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 comeback win over the Bruins in Game 6 of the finals in Boston. Bolland's Cup-winning goal came just 17 seconds after Bickell knotted the score.
 
     The Bruins appeared poised to force a Game 7 after Milan Lucic (loo-CHEECH) tallied with 7:49 remaining. Boston later killed off a minor penalty but couldn't hold off a Chicago team that outshot the Bruins 16-7 in the third period.
 
     Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored the Hawks' first goal and assisted on the game-tying tally. Toews' availability for the game was in doubt after he suffered a head injury in Saturday's win over the Bruins.
 
     Corey Crawford handled 23 shots for the Blackhawks, while Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins.
 
     Patrick Kane came away with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Kane scored nine goals and 19 points in 23 games.
 
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 21 2013 5:26AM
 UNDATED (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann became a 10-game winner and hit a sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals reached the .500 mark with a 5-1 win over Colorado. Zimmerman held the Rockies to one run on six hits, striking out nine over eight innings. He's 10-3.
 
     Nats shortstop Ian Desmond homered for the second straight night. Adam LaRoche had three hits and drove in two.
 
     Roy Oswalt (OHZ'-wahlt) lost in his Colorado debut. He went five innings, allowed four runs and struck out 11.
 
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 21 2013 5:25AM
  ST. LOUIS (AP) - Lance Lynn earned his 10th victory to tie for the NL lead, Matt Holliday homered and drove in two runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Thursday night.
 
     Lynn (10-1) allowed a run on three hits in six innings with six strikeouts and has reached double digits in wins before the All-Star break both of his years in the rotation, going 11-4 last year and making the All-Star team. He joined teammate Adam Wainwright and Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the league lead.
 
     Wellington Castillo homered leading off the third for the Cubs.
 
     Castillo's second homer of the season and first since April 8 briefly tied it at 1 after David Freese's run-scoring groundout off Scott Feldman (6-6) had given the Cardinals the lead.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 21 2013 5:24AM
 MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat made it back-to-back NBA championships -- and third since 2006 -- with a gritty 95-88 victory over San Antonio in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. As usual, LeBron James made it happen.
 
     The Heat superstar poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the second straight year. With the Heat nursing a two-point lead, James secured the victory with a 19-foot jumper with 27.9 seconds left. He and added two free throws four seconds later. James made 5 of 10 3s, all while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the L.A. Lakers in 2009-10.
 
     Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier (BAT'-ee-ay) scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami. The Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win the final two games at home.
 
     Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebound for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game 7 since Washington in 1978.
 
     San Antonio lost for the first time in five finals appearances.
 
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by AP posted Jun 19 2013 7:54AM


VIDEO - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was questionedTuesday afternoon by police investigating a possible homicide in North Attleborough, SI.com reported Tuesday, citing sources close to the investigation.

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by Associated Press posted Jun 17 2013 5:39PM
 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - About 325 former Penn State players have signed a statement supporting the lawsuit filed by the family of former coach Joe Paterno and other former players seeking to overturn NCAA sanctions against the football program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
 
     Former player Brian Masella released the letter Monday in support of the lawsuit, which was also filed last month by some coaches, trustees and faculty. Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, and former NFL quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Todd Blackledge are among the notable names who signed on to the statement. 
 
     Masella said he and a few other former players organized the statement on their own after some of the plaintiffs explained their position in a letter to former players and sought their support. He stressed the statement had no connection to the official Football Letterman's Club.
 
     The ex-players in the statement said they stood with the others in the case in demanding "fairness, due process, truth, and a just outcome. Everyone - Sandusky's victims, Penn Staters, and the public at large - deserves to know the complete truth." 
 
     As in the lawsuit, the former players in the statement took issue with the NCAA basing its strict sanctions on what they called the flawed report by former FBI director Louis Freeh on the scandal for the school. 
 
     Freeh concluded that Paterno and three former school officials concealed allegations against Sandusky, a retired defensive coordinator found guilty in June 2012 on dozens of criminal counts covering allegations on and off campus. Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison. 
 
     Paterno died in January 2012. Freeh's report was released the following July, and the NCAA issued its sanctions less than two weeks later. The landmark penalties included a four-year bowl ban and steep scholarship cuts. 
 
     Paterno's family and the school officials have firmly denied there was a cover-up. The family earlier this year commissioned a critique which called Freeh's report a "rush to injustice."
 
     The lawsuit filed several weeks ago argues the NCAA sidestepped its own rules with uncharacteristic speed in levying sanctions, and sought to raise fresh questions about Freeh's report.
 
     "In speaking with a couple former players, we wanted to do something to support the (others) involved in the lawsuit," Masella, a 1975 graduate who played tight end and punter, said in a phone interview. "We had to start somewhere. It basically started to snowball." 
 
     When asked, Masella also said their actions don't take away from the full support that former players have for coach Bill O'Brien and the current team. 
 
     They backed O'Brien "100 percent," and that they wanted what was best for the current players in hoping to reverse the sanctions, he said.
 
     The NCAA has not filed a response yet to the lawsuit. NCAA president Mark Emmert - named as a defendant in the lawsuit - declined comment on individual cases last month.
 
     "I'm perfectly fine to have an opportunity for us to state our case and have it heard in a court of law, then we'll let a legal system do its work," Emmert said in Irving, Texas at a Big 12 meeting on May 30.
 
     
 
by Associated Press posted Jun 17 2013 5:37PM
  MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs are heading to Miami with two shots at winning their fifth NBA title -- and fourth in the Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-blee) era.
 
     Parker and Ginobili combined for 50 points as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead with a 114-104 win over the Miami Heat last night. The Spurs shot 60 percent from the field.
 
     Parker played over 35 minutes, shot 10-for-14 from the field and delivered a team-high 26 points. Ginobili also had the hot hand while making a rare start, hitting eight of his 14 shots and finishing with 24 points and 10 assists.
 
     The Spurs can wrap up their fifth championship Tuesday in Miami. If the Heat win that one, Game 7 will be Thursday night in Miami.
 
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by Fox Sports posted Jun 17 2013 9:36AM


VIDEO - James and Wade share thoughts after the tough Game 5 loss.

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by Fox Sports posted Jun 14 2013 7:53AM

VIDEO - Hear from Jason Kidd after being named the coach of the Nets

by AP posted Jun 13 2013 11:03AM
     BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey State Police are trying to determine the cause of a dirt track crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler.
 
     Leffler died after the crash at southern New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on Wednesday.
 
     A spectator, Chris Taitt, says he was at the race but looking the other way when the crash occurred. He says Leffler had been in second place, apart from other cars when his car slammed into a wall at a turn. He says the wing on the car was "flattened like a pancake," and the seat appeared to be displaced.
 
     Many drivers, owners and sponsors in NASCAR are remembering Leffler as a loving father to his 5-year-old son, an open person and a versatile driver.
 
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by AP posted Jun 13 2013 4:30AM


VIDEO -      SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) - NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.
 
     The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.
 
     After losing his NASCAR ride, Leffler had been racing dirt car events most of this year, including the 410 Sprint Car race Wednesday that promised a $7,000 prize to the winner at the 0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval. On Sunday, Leffler finished last at Pocono in his lone NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year.
 
     From Long Beach, Calif., Leffler made 423 starts in NASCAR's three national series, but won just the two Nationwide races and one Truck Series event in a career that began in 1999. He also made three IndyCar Series starts, finishing 17th in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 12 2013 5:11PM
 NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname is "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."
     Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
     Goodell cited the nickname's origins and polls that support its popularity. He wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also point out fan pride in the team's heritage.
     The name is the subject of a legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.
     Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name. Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho, this week became the latest high school to drop the name.
 
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by AP posted Jun 12 2013 11:45AM
 By HOWARD ULMAN
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     FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't ready to give his impressions of Tim Tebow after one practice.
 
     Belichick says he's not getting into a "minute-by-minute" evaluation of his new backup quarterback. Tebow practiced for the first time with the Patriots on Tuesday after signing with the team. The Patriots are holding their three-day minicamp that runs through Thursday.
 
     Belichick said Wednesday he doesn't think it's a good idea to evaluate players on a couple of plays, especially at this time of year. The Patriots plan to start their training camp in late July. He says he'll wait until he and his staff have more information before evaluating players.
 
     He also says any time a player is on the field for the first day it's a learning experience.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 11 2013 10:37PM
  DENVER (AP) - Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been given a cortisone injection in his swollen left knee, and he will wear a brace to ensure he rests the joint.
 
     Harper was given the shot after he visited noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola, Fla. Trainer Lee Kuntz said Tuesday Harper will rest the knee for a week. 
 
     Kuntz said that Andrews confirmed the original diagnosis made by team doctors that Harper, who is on the 15-day disabled list, has patellar bursitis.
 
     Harper was photographed with his knee wrapped and wearing a heavy brace, setting off Internet speculation that he had some sort of surgery. But Kuntz reiterated that was not the case.
 
     Also, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who is on the DL with a lat strain, threw a simulated game Tuesday and came out of it well.
 
by WTIC -Hartford posted Jun 11 2013 10:19AM


VIDEO - Former Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was signed by the New England Patriots. He's expected to begin work at minicamp on Tuesday.

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by Fox Sports posted Jun 7 2013 9:41AM


VIDEO - LeBron James gives his thoughts after Miami's Game 1 loss.

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by Fox Sports posted Jun 7 2013 9:40AM


VIDEO - Tony Parker talks about his clutch performance in Game 1.
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by AP posted Jun 6 2013 11:30AM


VIDEO - Major League Baseball has begun interviewing players linked to a Miami anti-aging clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs and became the focus of the sport's investigation. 

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by Fox Sports posted Jun 6 2013 10:28AM

VIDEO - Peter Schrager on who is calling the plays in Dallas.

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by Associated Press posted Jun 5 2013 6:32PM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his back.
 
     The Nationals made the move Wednesday after Strasburg skipped a scheduled bullpen session. The session was supposed to determine whether he could make a start on Saturday.
 
     Strasburg was removed after two innings when he showed obvious discomfort during Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
 
     The Nationals said the next day that Strasburg had a "slight strain" to the lat. The team was hoping he would not miss a start, although he was moved back two days in the rotation to give him time to heal.
 
     Manager Davey Johnson said a pitcher will be promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to start on Saturday.
 
     Strasburg is 3-5 with a 2.54 ERA. 
 
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by AP posted Jun 5 2013 11:33AM


VIDEO - Ryan Braun did not want to talk Tuesday night about an ESPN report saying that MLB is seeking to suspend several players, including the Milwaukee slugger, who have been linked to a Florida anti-aging clinic and its director.

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by AP posted Jun 5 2013 8:24AM


VIDEO - A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that the founder of a Miami anti-aging clinic has agreed to talk to Major League Baseball about players linked to performance-enhancing drugs.

by AP posted Jun 4 2013 10:53AM
     NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Sunday afternoon games will be available to local fans on mobile phones through Verizon starting with the 2014 season.
 
     The league said Tuesday it had extended its deal with Verizon. For the coming season, the NFL Mobile app will continue to allow subscribers to watch Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games, NFL Network and NFL RedZone.
 
     The following season, the service will expand to include Sunday afternoon games on CBS and Fox within teams' home markets, along with all playoff games.
 
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by AP posted Jun 4 2013 10:24AM


VIDEO - David "Deacon" Jones, a Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, has died. He was 74

by AP posted Jun 3 2013 10:13AM

VIDEO - During one of three weather delays at a soaked Yankee Stadium Sunday night, a few players got jumpy in the New York and Boston dugouts when thunder boomed and lightning crackled. 

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