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Matt Wieters to Have Season-Ending Tommy John Surgery

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, the team confirmed on Monday.

Wieters was batting .308 batting average, five homers and 18 RBIs in 26 games.

“We were hoping to get real lucky today, but I think we all knew where it was headed,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Monday. “It really wasn’t making a whole lot of progress.”

Wieters has not played since May 10 and will have the injured ligament replaced by a tendon from the right wrist.

Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley are the two other catchers Baltimore has on their roster.

“I feel real confident with the two guys that we have here, and the depth we have below,” Showalter said.

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MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead at 54

Jmi McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baseball has lost a true giant. On Monday, former San Diego Padres outfielder and MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of cancer. He was 54.

Gwynn is truly one of the greatest hitters Major League Baseball has ever seen. He spent all 20 seasons of his career with the Padres.His lowest batting average of his career came his rookie year when he batted .289. He then proceeded to hit over .300 for 19 consecutive seasons. His .338 career average is the highest in MLB since Ted Williams.

“Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement Monday. “The greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life.

Gwynn was inducted into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2007.

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Giants’ Jon Beason Fractures Foot, May Miss Season Opener

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants defensive players continue to drop like flies. This time linebacker Jon Beason injured his right foot during OTAs, suffering a ligament tear and a small fracture.

Beason will be further inspected by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Unfortunately for Beason and the Giants, his status for the team’s season-opener Sept. 8 against Detroit Lions is up in the air.

“The prognosis is ‘X’ amount of time and [the Sept. 8 opener] is within that time frame,” Beason said in a statement. “I expect to be back [for that game]. If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it. If it’s not 16 [games played], maybe it’s 15 or 14. Whatever it is, you want it to be that number as opposed to one.”

After struggling with injuries with the Carolina Panthers, the Giants traded for the former Pro Bowler. He then played like his old self, making 93 tackles for the club in 12 games.

The Giants resigned Beason to a three-year deal worth $16.8 million earlier in the offseason.

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Heats’ Shane Battier to Retire, Ray Allen’s Playing Future Up in the Air

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — While the basketball world will wait and see what the future holds for Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat will lose forward Shane Battier to retirement while Ray Allen is still deciding his playing future.

The 35-year-old Battier just wrapped up his 13th NBA season after he was the sixth-overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies back in 2001.

“I’ve given everything I can to the game and I don’t have any more to give,” Battier said. “And I’m OK with it.”

Battier finishes his career with averages of 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

If Allen does decide to retire as well, he has all but likely ensured that he will make the Hall of Fame in the not-too-distant future. He’s one of the most prolific shooters in NBA history. In 18 NBA seasons, Allen has averaged 18.9 points per game. He’s a career 40% shooter from the 3-point line. He also has two NBA Titles on his resume.

“I’ve had a great career, I’m content with what I’ve done,” Allen said. “It’s hard to think past this moment. In the next couple of days I’ll think about it and see where my true heart lies.”

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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

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

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

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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San Antonio Spurs Win Fifth NBA Championship

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as San Antonio captured their fifth Larry O’Brien trophy with a 104-87 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

The Heat jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first half, but the Spurs came roaring back, taking the lead for good when Leonard drilled a three with 4:47 left in the second quarter.

The 22-year-old Leonard was named the series MVP. He averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in the Finals.

The Spurs’ last NBA championship came back in 2007. It marked the team’s fourth title in nine years.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Michigan 400

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Cross another track off the list for Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson took home the checkered flag for the first time at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday and led 39 of the 200 laps.

Johnson has now won the last three out of four Sprint Cup races and has undoubtedly secured a spot in the Chase.

“I wasn’t taking anything for granted on that final trip around,” Johnson said.

“About 200 yards before the finish line, I knew if the car exploded, I’d still slide across the finish line,” Johnson joked. “That’s finally when I relaxed and let it go.”

It took the six-time Sprint Cup champion 25 times to finally get into Victory Lane at Michigan.

Kevin Harvick, who won the pole, finished in second and was followed by Brad Keselowski.

Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.

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