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Associated Press

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM


Pitchers could dominate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright and Seattle's Felix Hernandez will be the starting pitcher for the All-Star game Tuesday night in Minnesota. Wainwright rolled through the first half of the season with a 12-4 mark, tying for the major league lead in victories. His 1.83 ERA is tops in the majors.

Hernandez tops the American League with a 2.12 ERA. He posted an 11-2 mark in the first half. Hernandez becomes just the second Seattle pitcher to start an All-Star game.

In the bullpen for the NL will be defending Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who already has tossed a no-hitter this year. He's 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and fresh off a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week.

"It's going to be great catching them," said Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy), the NL starter behind the plate. "A lot more fun than facing them."

When baseball's elite met at Citi Field last year, NL batters managed just three hits in a 3-0 loss. A year earlier in Kansas City, the AL had just six hits in an 8-0 defeat.

The game marks the last time Derek Jeter will appear in an All-Star game. The New York shortstop is retiring at the end of the season and will be making his 14th appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic.


Home Run Derby getting down to finals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The annual Home Run Derby contest that highlights the All-Star game festivities was delayed 54 minutes by rain tonight. Toronto's Jose Bautista, Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, Baltimore's Adam Jones, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs), the defending champ, and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier are in the final five.

Cespedes is looking to become the first back-to-back champ since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99.


A-Rod's lawyers sue for back pay

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez faces a new challenge: He is being sued by his own lawyer.

Attorney David Cornwell's law firm filed papers Monday in Manhattan federal court saying the New York Yankees star owes more than $380,000 related to their work fighting his steroid suspension.

As first reported by The Daily News, the firm also is seeking pre-judgment interest and attorney fees that could increase the amount to half a million dollars.

Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. He has said he plans to rejoin the Yankees in 2015.

Rodriguez has admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 but has denied using them since.


Mickelson ready to defend title

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — British Open play begins Thursday at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Phil Mickelson is the defending champ, but hasn't won since capturing the claret jug for the first time last year. He'll be paired up with Masters champ Bubba Watson and Ernie Els and tee off in the afternoon Thursday.

Mickelson says despite the fact he doesn't have a win this season he feels good about his game and wants badly to win another Open championship.

Tiger Woods is making his return to major championship play after missing the Masters and U.S. Open due to back surgery. He has a morning tee time for round one and will be in a group with Angel Cabrera (AHN'-hehl kuh-BREHR'-uh) and Henrik Stenson.


Bulls make 2 trades to clear out space for Gasol

CHICAGO (AP)— — The Chicago Bulls have made two trades to clear salary-cap space, setting the stage for the addition of free-agent center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL').

First, the Bulls sent forward Anthony Randolph, two second-round draft picks and cash considerations to Orlando for the rights to Milovan Rakovic. Randolph was acquired in a draft-night trade with Denver that gave the Bulls the rights to high-scoring Creighton forward Doug McDermott.

Chicago also traded forward Greg Smith to Dallas on Monday for the rights to Tadija Dragicevic.

The pair of moves helps make room for Gasol, who announced over the weekend that he planned to join the Bulls.


Dineen to help 'Hawks

CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Dineen (duh-NEEN'), who coached Canada's women's hockey team to a gold medal at the Sochi (SOH'-chee) Olympics, has returned to the NHL as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks. Dineen was head coach of the Florida Panthers for two-plus seasons before being fired last fall.

Dineen was teammates with Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville (KWEHN'-vihl) from 1984 to 1990 when they played for the Hartford Whalers.


Company owned by Browns' owner pays hefty fine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, has agreed to pay $92 million in fines for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, 10 of whom have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme.

Jimmy Haslam has said he was unaware of the scheme. His brother, Governor Bill Haslam is not involved in Pilot's day-to-day operations.


Brazil sacks Scolari

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian football confederation says it won't keep Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil's head coach.

The move comes after the Brazilians were crushed in the semifinals by eventual champ Germany 7-1, then lost the third place game to the Netherlands 3-0

Scolari's contract ended after the World Cup and he said it would be up to the confederation to decide whether he would remain at the helm of the five-time world champions.

His replacement was not immediately announced.


Good news for two sprinters

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has upheld in part appeals filed by Jamaican sprinters Asafa (ah-SAH'-fah) Powell and Sherone Simpson. Each tested positive for a banned stimulant at Jamaica's national trials last year. Earlier this year, a Jamaica anti-doping disciplinary panel suspended the two Jamaican Olympic medalists for 18 months after a doping ban.

On Monday, CAS announced it had decided to reduce their period of ineligibility to six months. That time has already been served.


Italian race back in front

PLANCHER-LES-MINES, France (AP) — Two-time champion Alberto Contador (KAHN'-tuh-dohr) has dropped out of the Tour de France after crashing during a high speed mountain descent in stage 10. The 31-year-old Spaniard suffered a fractured shin in the spill.

The winner of the stage was Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, who regained the overall race lead.


NCAA big earned $1.7 million

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert received $1.707 million in compensation in 2012-13, a year in which the governing body turned a $32 million profit.

The figures come from the NCAA's latest tax returns, which were released Monday.

Jim Isch, the NCAA's chief operating officer, and top legal counsel Donald Remy also topped the $500,000 mark. Isch received $1.013 million in total compensation. Remy, who is listed as an executive vice president, was third at $619,663.


Olympic trailblazer dies

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Alice Coachman Davis was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she captured the high jump in the 1948 London Games. She has died at age 90.

Davis' daughter, Evelyn Jones, says her mother died early Monday morning in Albany, Georgia..

Davis attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships — including 10 consecutive high jump titles.

She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.


Former Globetrotter foil dies

MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — The Harlem Globetrotters needed someone to beat up on, and Red Klotz supplied them.

The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters has died at age 93.

Klotz formed a working relationship with the Globetrotters in 1952, putting together the opposing teams that almost always lost. In 1971, he hit the game-winner in a rare Globetrotter loss as a 50-year-old player/coach.