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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/23/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 11, N.Y. Yankees 6

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore 6, Boston 4
Detroit 7, Cleveland 3
Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3
Oakland 8, Texas 6
Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota 2
Houston 13, L.A. Angels 3
Seattle 7, Kansas City 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 4, Miami 3
Washington 3, Atlanta 1
Pittsburgh 7, Cincinnati 6
Chicago Cubs 1, L.A. Dodgers 0, 10 Innings
Milwaukee 3, N.Y. Mets 2
Colorado 10, Arizona 5
San Diego 3, San Francisco 2

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American Pharoah, LeBron James and Stephen Curry Up for ESPYS; Vote Now on Full List of Nominees

Eric Bakke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Fan voting opens Wednesday for this year’s ESPY Awards, with a star-studded list of nominees including NBA powerhouses LeBron James and Stephen Curry, boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

James and Curry are going head-to-head in the Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player categories, while American Pharoah is among the nominees in the Best Championship Performance category, alongside pitcher Madison Bumgarner, softball player Lauren Haeger and James, the NBA superstar. The horse’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, is also nominated in the Best Jockey category, while Mayweather is nominated in the Best Fighter category.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is nominated in the Best NFL Player category. Brady’s appeal of a four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” controversy is set for Wednesday.

Odell Beckham Jr., Mo’ne Davis, Cardale Jones and Jordan Spieth are nominated for best breakthrough athlete and the Best International Athlete category features tennis great Novak Djokovic, Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton, golfer Lydia Ko and soccer greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Other awards categories include Best Female Athlete, Best Upset, and Best Coach/Manager.

[Full list of nominees below. Click HERE to vote at ESPN.com/ESPYS.]

During an appearance Wednesday on Good Morning America, Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Andrew Iguodala, the NBA Finals MVP, revealed that his team had been nominated in the Best Team category, with the other teams in the category to be revealed on July 6.

The ESPYS — the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards — will be broadcast live on ABC on July 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The event will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and actor/comedian Joel McHale will host.

Caitlyn Jenner — who was known as Bruce Jenner before transitioning to a woman — will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his daughter, 5-year-old Leah, will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Still has been unwavering in his support of Leah during her battle with cancer.

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. With the exception of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and other special awards, the ESPYS are voted upon by fans and experts.

The event raises more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation — the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano — to promote cancer research.

Full List of Nominees:

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Aaron Rodgers
JJ Watt

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Ronda Rousey
Breanna Stewart
Lindsey Vonn
Serena Williams

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

American Pharoah
Madison Bumgarner
Lauren Haeger
LeBron James

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Odell Beckham Jr.
Mo’ne Davis
Cardale Jones
Jordan Spieth

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Lauren Chamberlain, career NCAA HRs
Devin Hester return, TDs
Peyton Manning, career TD passes
Klay Thompson, most points in a quarter

BEST UPSET

Georgia State over Baylor, Men’s NCAA Tournament
Kansas City Royals win AL Pennant
Mississippi over Alabama, FBS

BEST GAME

A’s vs. Royals, MLB Wild Card
Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7, NBA Playoffs
Patriots vs. Seahawks, Super Bowl

BEST PLAY – done bracket style

1. Odell Beckham catch vs. 16. Albany goalie lacrosse goal

2. Bahamas Bowl Hail Mary vs. 15. Dwayne Bravo cricket catch

3. Lionel Messi goal vs. 14. Jerian Grant dunk

4. Malcolm Butler INT vs. 13. Josh Sheehan triple back flip

5. Stephen Curry step back 3 vs. 12. Ameer Abdullah TD run

6. Ronda Rousey armbar vs. 11. Gerald Green dunk off the glass

7. Tyler Ennis goal vs. 10. Shoni Shimmel circus shot

8. Kevin Pillar catch vs. 9. Jeremy Menez goal

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Geno Auriemma
Bill Belichick
Steve Kerr
Mike Krzyzewski
Urban Meyer

BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE

Rob Gronkowski
Alex Rodriguez
Derrick Rose
Lindsey Vonn

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Novak Djokovic
Lewis Hamilton
Lydia Ko
Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo

BEST NFL PLAYER

Tom Brady
Antonio Brown
DeMarco Murray
Aaron Rodgers
JJ Watt

BEST MLB PLAYER

Madison Bumgarner
Clayton Kershaw
Corey Kluber
Giancarlo Stanton
Mike Trout

BEST NHL PLAYER

Duncan Keith
Alexander Ovechkin
Carey Price
John Tavares
Jonathan Toews

BEST DRIVER

Erica Enders-Stevens
Lewis Hamilton
Kevin Harvick
Juan Pablo Montoya
Will Power

BEST NBA PLAYER

Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Maya Moore
Candace Parker
Diana Taurasi

BEST FIGHTER

Donald Cerrone
Terence Crawford
Gennady Golovkin
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Ronda Rousey

BEST MALE GOLFER

Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth
Billy Horschel

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Lydia Ko
Stacy Lewis
Inbee Park

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Marin Cilic
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Simona Halep
Petra Kvitova
Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Jack Eichel
Frank Kaminsky
Marcus Mariota
Logan Stieber
Dansby Swanson

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Taylor Cummings
Missy Franklin
Lauren Haeger
Micha Hancock
Breanna Stewart

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Ryan Dungey
Tucker Hibbert
Nyjah Huston
Mark McMorris
Josh Sheehan

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Paige Alms
Kelly Clark
Stephanie Gilmore
Laia Sanz

BEST JOCKEY

Javier Castellano
Victor Espinoza
Joel Rosario

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Joe Berenyi
Josh Pauls
Krige Schabort
Mike Shea
Andy Soule

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Kendall Gretsch
Oksana Masters
Tatyana McFadden
Becca Meyers
Greta Neimanas

BEST BOWLER

Jason Belmonte
Parker Bohn III
Mike Fagan

BEST MLS PLAYER

Obafemi Martins
Lee Nguyen
Robbie Keane
Bradley Wright-Phillips

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NASCAR Supports South Carolina Governor’s Position on Confederate Flag

John Harrelson/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Earlier this week, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol in the wake of the massacre at a Charleston church. She has since received the support of NASCAR, which released a statement on the matter Tuesday.

NASCAR said it “supports the position that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took on the Confederate Flag on Monday.”

“As our industry works collectively to ensure that all fans are welcome at our races, NASCAR will continue our long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate Flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity,” the statement continued. “While NASCAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events.”

NASCAR has a strong presence in the Carolinas, holding races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and Darlington Raceway in South Carolina during the season. Several NASCAR teams are based in North Carolina, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte.

Nine people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week. Dylann Roof is charged with murder in connection with the shooting.

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Russia Cuts World Cup Budget

photogearch/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia announced on Monday it will have to cut it’s budget for hosting the 2018 soccer World Cup by $560 million.

The sports ministry called the cut “optimizing” the budget, but it’s a fairly sizeable chunk of money off what will now still be an $11.8 billion total budget.

This is already the third-time this year Russia has had to cut competition costs.

With its economy in trouble since the Ukraine crisis, and a drastic fall in oil prices, hosting the tournament has gotten tougher for the country.

The weak ruble means importing construction materials, which is now much more expensive.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday that the new cuts won’t affect stadium construction and most of the saving will come from not building hotels.

Russia already has canceled 25 hotels this year as well as several training grounds and some stadium capacity.

All this is happening while Russia has also been fighting off suggestions that it might be stripped of the World Cup all together following the corruption scandal at FIFA.

With such cuts and threats of a boycott coming from Western countries, some soccer watchers aren’t worried Russia won’t host the World Cup, just whether if it does, it’ll be worth going to.

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Darryl Hamilton Remembered Following Apparent Murder-Suicide

Jeff Gross/Allsport(PEARLAND, Texas) — Darryl Hamilton’s smile was big enough to fill a baseball stadium.

His pearly whites were visible in lots of stadiums through the years — in Milwaukee, Texas, San Francisco, Colorado and New York. Hamilton thrived in the majors for 13 seasons on grit and guile, steady hitting, speed and defense.

Hamilton’s insight and personality helped him adapt to his latest role, as an analyst for MLB Network.

But the baseball world was left reeling Monday after authorities announced that Hamilton was dead at 50, the victim in an apparent murder-suicide in Pearland, Texas. His girlfriend Monica Jordan, 44, was also found dead inside the home, as well as the couple’s unharmed 14-month-old, authorities said.

“After responding to a 911 call on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at approximately 4:45 p.m., officers located the body of a deceased male near the main entry to the home,” police said in a news release. “A female, also deceased, was located in another area of the home. Both of the dead suffered apparent gunshot wounds. Based on the initial investigation, it appeared as if Hamilton was the victim of several gunshots and that Jordan had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The shooting investigation is ongoing, Pearland Police said.

Darryl Quinn Hamilton was born on Dec. 3, 1964 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

His megawatt smile was regularly present, even at a young age. But according to a 1993 article by The Advocate in Baton Rouge, two experiences shaped Hamilton during his high school years — his parents’ divorce and his mother battling breast cancer.

His high school yearbook entry featured a meaningful saying: “You never get a second chance, so always make the first impression the best.” Hamilton made his impressions count on the baseball diamond, starring at Nicholls State University before the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the 11th round of the 1986 draft.

Hamilton was a hitting machine during his climb through the minor leagues. He batted a league-best .391 — ahead of Gary Sheffield — for the Rookie League Helena Gold Sox in 1986. He was among his league’s batting leaders in 1987 and 1988, too, before reaching the majors on June 3, 1988.

Hamilton singled in his first Major League at-bat, a ground ball up the middle. He would scatter more than 1,300 hits across 13 big league seasons.

He spent the early part of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. In his first full season, 1991, he batted .311. He added a career high 41 steals in 1992.

After circumstances soured in Milwaukee, Hamilton left via free agency, spending the 1996 season with the Texas Rangers, his first taste of the postseason. He would also reach the playoffs in 1997, 1999 and 2000, helping the New York Mets reach the World Series.

On June 12, 1997, he recorded the first hit during an interleague game in Major League history.

Hamilton finished his career with a .291 batting average. His patience at the plate — he walked 493 times, against 494 strikeouts — and bunting ability made him one of the peskiest leadoff men in baseball during the 1990s, a tone-setter who could cause problems for the opposition.

Additionally, he only made 14 errors in the field during his career for a .995 fielding percentage.

But beyond statistics, Hamilton was appreciated for his personality. The smile. Respect within the game. During his time with the Brewers, he was known for decorating teammates’ lockers with drawings. Hamilton, more than some of his fellow players, seemed to understand how to put the game in the proper context.

“I love my job. Where else can you do something like this and make such stupid money? Not everybody has an opportunity to play a game they love and get paid for it,” he told the La Crosse Tribune in 1994.

“I’m about as nutty and crazy as a guy can get,” he said. “You can be serious and have fun at the same time.”

After the news reports emerged Monday, Hamilton’s contemporaries remembered the nutty, crazy, serious, fun guy, the teammate and friend. Former Brewers pitcher Dan Plesac recalled Hamilton’s superstar smile.

They had seen each other a few weeks ago, Plesac said.

“He was a guy that loved baseball, he loved to work, he was a great teammate, he was a great father, he was a great friend, and everybody that ever crossed Darryl’s path, the same thing — he always had that smile. And that’s what I choose to remember about Darryl Hamilton,” Plesac said on MLB Network.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement following Hamilton’s death.

“He was a talented and personable individual, and we were proud to call him a member of the Baseball Family,” Manfred said in the statement. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathies to Darryl’s family and many friends throughout our game.”

Hamilton was apparently reflecting on family in the hours before he died, posting a black and white image to Facebook on Sunday, Father’s Day, showing him sitting next to his two older sons, all of them wearing jerseys emblazoned with their last name on the back.

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Microsoft Steps Up Its Partnership with NASCAR

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Microsoft has increased its involvement in NASCAR with new multi-year official agreements designating the software developer as an official technology partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports.

According to the agreement, both NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports will adopt the Windows 10 operating system and Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform to deliver technology solutions to help improve performance on and off the track.

Microsoft will also promote the upcoming launch of Windows 10 with primary sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Number 88 Chevrolet SS at Sonoma Raceway on June 28 and Pocono Raceway on Aug. 2.

Additionally, Windows 10 will be the official operating system of Hendrick Motorsports.

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, Developer Experience and Evangelism at Microsoft, notes, “NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports are perpetual innovators in motorsports,” adding, “This sport demands constant innovation, to have its boundaries pushed, so that the sport delivers the exciting experiences expected by fans.”

“The Windows mobile inspection application we launched last year is a great example of how innovative solutions can push boundaries and make the racing experience even better,” says Guggenheimer. “We’re looking forward to the next solutions that we can deploy with both NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports to push each of our organizations forward.”

NASCAR and Microsoft first collaborated in 2014 to make car inspections more efficient and improve communication among NASCAR officials in the garage.

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Darryl Hamilton Remembered Following Apparent Murder-Suicide

Jeff Gross/Allsport(PEARLAND, Texas) — Darryl Hamilton’s smile was big enough to fill a baseball stadium.

His pearly whites were visible in lots of stadiums through the years — in Milwaukee, Texas, San Francisco, Colorado and New York. Hamilton thrived in the majors for 13 seasons on grit and guile, steady hitting, speed and defense.

Hamilton’s insight and personality helped him adapt to his latest role, as an analyst for MLB Network.

But the baseball world was left reeling Monday after authorities announced that Hamilton was dead at 50, the victim in an apparent murder-suicide in Pearland, Texas. His girlfriend Monica Jordan, 44, was also found dead inside the home, as well as the couple’s unharmed 14-month-old, authorities said.

“After responding to a 911 call on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at approximately 4:45 p.m., officers located the body of a deceased male near the main entry to the home,” police said in a news release. “A female, also deceased, was located in another area of the home. Both of the dead suffered apparent gunshot wounds. Based on the initial investigation, it appeared as if Hamilton was the victim of several gunshots and that Jordan had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The shooting investigation is ongoing, Pearland Police said.

Darryl Quinn Hamilton was born on Dec. 3, 1964 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

His megawatt smile was regularly present, even at a young age. But according to a 1993 article by The Advocate in Baton Rouge, two experiences shaped Hamilton during his high school years — his parents’ divorce and his mother battling breast cancer.

His high school yearbook entry featured a meaningful saying: “You never get a second chance, so always make the first impression the best.” Hamilton made his impressions count on the baseball diamond, starring at Nicholls State University before the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the 11th round of the 1986 draft.

Hamilton was a hitting machine during his climb through the minor leagues. He batted a league-best .391 — ahead of Gary Sheffield — for the Rookie League Helena Gold Sox in 1986. He was among his league’s batting leaders in 1987 and 1988, too, before reaching the majors on June 3, 1988.

Hamilton singled in his first Major League at-bat, a ground ball up the middle. He would scatter more than 1,300 hits across 13 big league seasons.

He spent the early part of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. In his first full season, 1991, he batted .311. He added a career high 41 steals in 1992.

After circumstances soured in Milwaukee, Hamilton left via free agency, spending the 1996 season with the Texas Rangers, his first taste of the postseason. He would also reach the playoffs in 1997, 1999 and 2000, helping the New York Mets reach the World Series.

On June 12, 1997, he recorded the first hit during an interleague game in Major League history.

Hamilton finished his career with a .291 batting average. His patience at the plate — he walked 493 times, against 494 strikeouts — and bunting ability made him one of the peskiest leadoff men in baseball during the 1990s, a tone-setter who could cause problems for the opposition.

Additionally, he only made 14 errors in the field during his career for a .995 fielding percentage.

But beyond statistics, Hamilton was appreciated for his personality. The smile. Respect within the game. During his time with the Brewers, he was known for decorating teammates’ lockers with drawings. Hamilton, more than some of his fellow players, seemed to understand how to put the game in the proper context.

“I love my job. Where else can you do something like this and make such stupid money? Not everybody has an opportunity to play a game they love and get paid for it,” he told the La Crosse Tribune in 1994.

“I’m about as nutty and crazy as a guy can get,” he said. “You can be serious and have fun at the same time.”

After the news reports emerged Monday, Hamilton’s contemporaries remembered the nutty, crazy, serious, fun guy, the teammate and friend. Former Brewers pitcher Dan Plesac recalled Hamilton’s superstar smile.

They had seen each other a few weeks ago, Plesac said.

“He was a guy that loved baseball, he loved to work, he was a great teammate, he was a great father, he was a great friend, and everybody that ever crossed Darryl’s path, the same thing — he always had that smile. And that’s what I choose to remember about Darryl Hamilton,” Plesac said on MLB Network.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement following Hamilton’s death.

“He was a talented and personable individual, and we were proud to call him a member of the Baseball Family,” Manfred said in the statement. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathies to Darryl’s family and many friends throughout our game.”

Hamilton was apparently reflecting on family in the hours before he died, posting a black and white image to Facebook on Sunday, Father’s Day, showing him sitting next to his two older sons, all of them wearing jerseys emblazoned with their last name on the back.

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Tom Brady Set to Appeal ‘Deflate-Gate’ Suspension

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game “deflategate” suspension on Tuesday.

The appeal hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. ET at the league’s headquarters in New York City.

The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended after a report by attorney Ted Wells found Brady was probably “at least generally aware” that his team’s footballs were deliberately underinflated for the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18. The Patriots won that game, 45-7.

Goodell chose to personally oversee the appeal despite objections from Brady’s camp.

Wells will attend the appeal hearing, a league source told ABC News.

The hearing allows Brady the chance to present new information that could convince Goodell to reduce or nullify the suspension.

A four-page letter from union counsel Tom DePaso reveals the main points of Brady’s appeal. According to the letter, Brady’s counsel will contend that Goodell violated the league’s collective-bargaining agreement by delegating authority to Troy Vincent — the NFL’s executive vice president and Brady’s former teammate — to hand down Brady’s punishment.

Additionally, Brady’s counsel plans to argue that the penalties for Brady are “grossly inconsistent” with the league’s past discipline of similar alleged conduct.

Brady’s counsel will also detail how the Wells Report “grasps at dubious, contradictory and mischaracterized circumstantial evidence.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/22/15

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Philadelphia 11, N.Y. Yankees 8

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 8, Cleveland 5
Toronto 8, Tampa Bay 5
Minnesota 13, Chicago White Sox 2
L.A. Angels 4, Houston 3
Kansas City 4, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 4, L.A. Dodgers 2

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Joe Paterno Honored by Pennsylvania Brewery with Special Beer

Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images(LATROBE, Pa.) — A western Pennsylvania brewery is honoring late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno with a special brew.

The Duquesne Brewing Company said on Monday it’s rolling out a Vienna-style lager in mid-August in 12-ounce cans that will feature Paterno’s image and college football accomplishments, ABC News affiliate WTAE-TV reports.

“I think we’ll get Joe’s fans, and over a 40-year career that could go age 22 to 90, and that’s a good thing,” said Mark Dudash, owner of Duquesne Brewing told the television station.

The brewery is working with Paterno’s family on the beer, and a portion of the beer’s proceeds will go to charities the family supports.

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