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Adam Wainwright To Miss Monday’s Start Against N.Y. Mets

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will miss his next start on Monday against the New York Mets because of a sore elbow.

The team has called it a precautionary move and expects Wainwright to return to the rotation next Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The two-time All-Star has been dealing with tendinitis in his pitching elbow.

On the season, Wainwright is 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA. He has struck out 91 batters in 100 1-3 innings of work.

Wainwright has won at least 19 games, three times in his nine-year career.

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Canadiens Agree To 4-Year Extension With Coach Michel Therrien

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens and coach Michel Therrien agreed to a four-year contract extension, the club announced on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Therrien had one-year remaining on his current contract. His new deal will take him through the 2018-19 season.

Therrien is in his second stint as coach of the Canadiens, having compiled a record of 75-42-13 since taking over in 2012. He previously led Montreal for part of three seasons from 2000-03.

The Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals this season, where they lost in six-games to the New York Rangers.

Therrien led the Pittsburgh Penguins for part of four seasons, highlighted by an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in 2008, where they fell in six games to the Detroit Red Wings.

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“Mighty Mouse” Keeps UFC Flyweight Title

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) – For the straight time, Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC Flyweight championship. Johnson dominated Ali Bagautinov by winning a unanimous decision, 50-45 on Saturday night at UFC 174.

“I’m the king,” Johnson (20-2-1) said after the fight. “I’ll stay the king as long as I can. I’m going to keep knocking them down.”

The fighter known as “Mighty Mouse” was superior in almost every facet. Cageside stats showed Johnson landing 164 strikes to just 66 from Bagautinov (13-3). There was one moment of uncertainty, in the fourth round of the bout. Johnson slipped in the middle of the octagon but was able to take a strong right hand well and recover.

Since winning the inaugural 125-pound belt in 2012 by beat Joseph Benavidez, Johnson has not lost a single fight. His next opponent is projected to be John Dodson, who lost a unanimous decision to the champ back in 2013.

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Vince Young Announces Retirement

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — He has not played since 2011, but Vince Young announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. Young played parts of six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.

Young was the third overall pick in 2006 by the Titans and was named Rookie of the Year, starting immediately. The former Texas Longhorn was also selected to the Pro Bowl in both 2006 and 2009. The 31-year-old threw for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career.

After not playing in 2013, Young was cut by the Green Bay Packers and was later signed by the Cleveland Browns May 1. Cleveland also signed Tyler Thigpen that day before releasing Young after they drafted Johnny Manziel.

Althought he signed a rookie contract that guaranteed him just under $27 million, Young suffered from financial issues his entire career and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.

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Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 for the Phillies in a 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at home. His one hit, however, broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise record for hits in a career of 2,234.

The game was briefly delayed in the fifth for a brief celebration that Schmidt participated in. A Hall of Famer, Schmidt retrieved the bat for Rollins before delivering it to him at first, along with a hug and a high-five.

“I told him, `Congrats, it couldn’t happen to a better guy,” Schmidt said later in the game. “I’m glad I was here. My heart is pounding.”

Rollins received a standing ovation in each of his at-bats, but grounded out and lined out in his first two attempts at the record. The shortstop would later score in the fifth on Dominic Brown’s three-run homer that put the game out of reach.

Chase Utley also homered as Philly won their fourth game in five tries. Schmidt’s record had stood since 1989 before Rollins took it over.

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Balotelli’s Header Lifts Italy Past England

Warren Little/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Mario Balotelli headed in a cross from Candreva in the 50th minute, giving Italy a 2-1 lead as they would go on to defeat Englad by that score in Group D play at the World Cup. England outshot the Italians 18-12 but the defense lapsed in their loss.

The Azzuri took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute as Claudio Marchiso corralled a volley from Andrea Pirlo before making a couple nifty moves to take the early advantage. England quickly responded with an equalizer from Daniel Sutrridge less than three minutes later.

Sturrdige post began and finished the scoring chance, sending a cross nearly 40 yards to open up the defense. Wayne Rooney settled the bar, before delivering it back to Sturridge who connected on his shot.

The match went into halftime tied at 1-1, but that did not last long. Five minutes into the second frame Balotelli got loose on the backline and was rewarded with his first goal of the tournament. Much was made of the absence of Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian goalkeeper, who sat with an ankle injury. His replacement was more than capable as Salvatore Sirigu made four saves in the win.

Italy will take on Costa Rica on Friday while England resumes Group play on Thursday when they take on Uruguay.

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Kaymer Comes Back Down to Earth, Still Leads by 5 Strokes

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C) — Martin Kaymer, who shot back-to-back 65′s Thursday and Friday, shot a 2-over 72 Saturday and now holds a five-stroke lead heading into the final round at the U.S. Open.

After having only one bogey through the first two days, Kaymer had five on Saturday to fall back to 8-under for the tournament. Still, his performance was good enough to hold a sizeable lead, especially on a day where only two golfers shot rounds under par.

“I didn’t play as well as the first two days, but I kept it together,” Kaymer said.

The two golfers that did shoot under par are the two that find themselves in second place, five strokes back of Kaymer. Erik Compton had five birdies and an eagle en route to a 3-under 67 while Rickie Fowler had five birdies to also shoot a 3-under 67.

Kaymer has history on his side when it comes to winning. It has been 95 years since a player with a 5-stroke lead heading into the final round at a U.S. Open lost. Still, Kaymer isn’t counting his chickens before they hatch.

“If you’re four shots, five shots, six shots, if you play a golf course like this, it can be gone very quickly,” he said. “You could see it today. So the challenge tomorrow is to keep going and not try to defend anything. So we’ll see how it will react tomorrow, how the body feels and how I handle the situation.”

Kaymer and Fowler will make up the final pairing Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2. They are scheduled to tee off at 3:35 p.m Eastern.

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Paul Menard takes Home the Nationwide Ollie’s Bargain Barn 250

BannanStock(BROOKLYN, Michigan) — It came in an unpredictable fashion, but Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ollie’s Bargain Barn 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

With five laps remaining in the race, leader Joey Logano suffered a flat tire and had to pit. Logano wound up finishing the race in 16th place, his first non top-five Nationwide finish this season.

Menard took advantage of Logano’s misfortune as he held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win his first Nationwide series race since 2006.

“Man, good to be back in victory lane,” Menard said after the race. “Win number two, and I think we’ve finished second or third the past couple years so this was good.”

Hornish Jr. wound up finishing second in the race, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, and Brian Scott. Regan Smith finished seventh, and still remains atop the points standings.

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Metta World Peach to Coach High School Girl’s Basketball Team

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Metta World Peace may no longer playing professional basketball, but he has decided to become a coach. World Peace will serve as an assistant coach for the Palisades High Girl’s basketball team.

Palisades coach Torino Johnson confirmed to the media that World Peace will join his staff. Johnson had previously met World Peace after coaching his daughter four years ago.

“He’ll be heavily involved in our program,” Johnson said, according to the Orange County Register. “We keep having, it’s an ongoing dialogue, but it’s all positive. There’s no out. The only purpose for this is to be positive and to be impactful — and this is of his choosing.”

Palisades went 21-12 in 2013-14. The team won the L.A. City Section Division 2 title in 2012.

World Peace spent 15 seasons in the NBA for the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Lakers, and Knicks. He averaged 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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Costa Rica Downs Suarez-Less Uruguay

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) — Uruguay scored first but by the end of the match it was Costa Rica walking off the pitch with a 3-1 victory Saturday, in both teams first game of Group D play in the World Cup.

Uruguay played without star striker Luis Suarez, who is dealing with a knee injury. The 2010 Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan, 35, took Suarez’s place.

Things looked alright for Uruguay at first when it scored on an Edinson Cavani penalty kick in the 24th minute to take a 1-0 lead. The game stayed that way until the second half when Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell and Oscar Duarte scored less than three minutes apart.

Sub Marco Urena added a late goal in the 84th minute to end any hope of a Uruguayan comeback.

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