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Knicks Agree to Send Center Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — Tyson Chandler is heading back to the Mavericks as the New York Knicks and Dallas have agreed on a six-player trade with Chandler as the center piece.

The trade would sent Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to the Mavericks in exchange for point guards Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin along with guard Wayne Ellington, center Samuel Dalembert, and two second-round picks in Thursday night’s draft.

Chandler played for the Mavericks during the 2010-2011 season — the season they won their one and only NBA Championship.

“The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues,” Knicks executive Phil Jackson said in the announcement. “We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility.”

This move will help Dallas pursue top free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James.

For the Knicks, it provides future flexibility, young players, and draft picks, which is something the Knicks haven’t had much of in recent years.

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Vanderbilt Wins First College World Series

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) — The Vanderbilt Commodores are the champions of College Baseball as they won their first ever College World Series on Wednesday night over Virginia in dramatic fashion.

In a series that had been lacking offense, Vanderbilt’s John Norwood broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, which proved to be the difference.

“I thought it was gone, but you never know in this park,” Norwood said. “I was just hoping it went out, and if it didn’t, I knew my teammates would pick me up. It’s a home run, but it’s also a team effort to get here. We were confident the whole entire year.”

What’s even more amazing is that was just Norwood’s third home run of the season, and his first in over two months. It was also only the third home run in 16 College World Series games.

Vanderbilt second baseman Dansby Swanson was chosen the CWS Most Outstanding Player. Swanson batted .323 in the CWS, scored five runs, drove in two and stole three bases.

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Kings Ink Gaborik to 7-Year Contract

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings signed winger Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract Wednesday.

The deal is worth an average annual value of $4.875 million, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

Gaborik was acquired by the Kings via a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in March.

The 32-year-old Slovak played a huge role in the Kings winning Lord Stanley’s Cup this season, scoring a league-leading 14 playoff goals.

Gaborik could have become a free agent on July 1.

“All along I wanted to stay here. The organization knew it, the players knew it, everybody knew it, my agent knew it. That was my No. 1 priority, to try to get the deal done here,” Gaborik said. “I know I could get maybe more money if I went to UFA, but it wasn’t about money. I wanted to stay here and be a part of a great team.”

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Kings Ink 7-Year Contract with Gaborik

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings signed winger Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract Wednesday.

The deal is worth an average annual value of $4.875 million, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

Gaborik was acquired by the Kings via a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in March.

The 32-year-old Slovak played a huge role in the Kings winning Lord Stanley’s Cup this season, scoring a league-leading 14 playoff goals.

Gaborik could have become a free agent on July 1.

“All along I wanted to stay here. The organization knew it, the players knew it, everybody knew it, my agent knew it. That was my No. 1 priority, to try to get the deal done here,” Gaborik said. “I know I could get maybe more money if I went to UFA, but it wasn’t about money. I wanted to stay here and be a part of a great team.”

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Lightning Strike 6-Year Deal with Callahan

(TAMPA BAY) — The Tampa Bay Lightning signed winger Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract Wednesday.

The deal is worth $34.8 million and comes with a full no-trade clause for the first four years and a partial one for the final two, according to ESPN.

“We are pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension with Ryan,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. “He’s proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team.”

The now 29-year-old Callahan was acquired by the Lightning in March through a trade with the New York Rangers.

In 20 games with Tampa Bay last season, Callahan had six goals and five assists.

“I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the next six years and I am excited for this new chapter of my career,” Callahan said in a release. “Tampa Bay has been a great place to live and play from the day I got there. As soon as the season ended I knew it was a place I wanted to be.”

During his eight NHL seasons, Callahan has played in 470 games scoring 128 goals while dishing out 127 assists.

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Shaqiri’s Hat Trick Propels Switzerland into World Cup’s Last 16

Matthew Lewis/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat trick propelled Switzerland into the Knockout Stage and past Honduras, 3-0 Wednesday, in Group E play at the World Cup.

Switzerland ends up the second-seed from Group E after France and Ecuador tied 0-0, eliminating Ecuador.

Shaqiri started his scoring quickly, scoring in the sixth minute when he smashed a kick from outside the penalty box and into the top right corner of the net.

Shaqiri put the Swiss on the board again in the 31st minute when he took advantage of a 2-on-1 and slid the ball past a tripped-up Noel Valladares to make it 2-0.

In the 71st, striker Josip Drmic passed the ball to a streaking Shaqiri who struck the ball past a diving Valladares for the hat trick.

Switzerland will now take on Argentina Tuesday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

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Lincecum No-Hits Padres Again

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He shut down the Padres in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win Wednesday.

Lincecum threw 113 pitches, allowing only one walk and striking out six, as he becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team twice.

The 30-year-old Lincecum got Will Venable to ground out to second base to end the game and secure the 16th no-hitter in Giants’ franchise history.

The Padres have now been no-hit three times in the last five years by the Giants. The other time came in July 2009, when Jonathan Sanchez did it.

Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.

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Lincecum No-Hits the Padres Again

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He shut down the Padres in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win Wednesday.

Lincecum threw 113 pitches, allowing only one walk and striking out six, as he becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team twice.

The 30-year-old Lincecum got Will Venable to ground out to second base to end the game and secure the 16th no-hitter in Giants’ franchise history.

The Padres have now been no-hit three times in the last five years by the Giants. The other time came in July 2009, when Jonathan Sanchez did it.

Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.

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Penguins Name Mike Johnston Head Coach

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Penguins named Mike Johnston as their new head coach, the team announced on Wednesday.

Johnston has been a coach and general manager with the Western Hockey League’s Portland team since 2008 and prior to that was an assistant with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

“As a career coach, you aspire to get to these positions,” Johnston said. “It’s been my goal. It’s been my dream.”

Johnston takes over for Dan Bylsma, who was 252-117-32 and led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009.

“Mike comes to Pittsburgh with great experience at all levels of hockey,” Penguins vice president/GM Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “He has terrific knowledge of the game and proven leadership ability. His coaching style is going to be good for the players we have here with the Penguins — it’s an up-tempo style, but it begins from deep in the defensive zone. We’re very excited to have him.”

Johnston understands that the expectations are high and isn’t worried about that one bit.

“Everything we do [from day one] is setting the table for the playoffs,” Johnston said.

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Matt Kenseth Hoping for Success at Kentucky

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of the season and is the defending race winner at Kentucky Speedway, where NASCAR will be on Saturday night.

Kenseth has three top-10 finishes in three starts and is hoping to get Joe Gibbs Racing in Victory Lane.

“I don’t know if I would say our best opportunity,” Kenseth said on Tuesday. “I’m not even sure how many races we’ve run this year, 15 or 16, but I feel like the way we ran last year, any one of those races with the exception of maybe last weekend would have been a good chance for us to get up there and get a win.”

Kenseth sits 11th in the standings, but one win gives Joe Gibbs Racing a better chance at a Chase berth.

“You know, we’ll see what happens,” Kenseth continued. “It was a good track for us last year for sure, so you know, hopefully we’ll get there this weekend and have some speed and hopefully be a factor.”

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