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Jozy Altidore Out Against Germany

Michael Steele/Getty Images(SAO PAULO) — United States forward Jozy Altidore will miss his second straight game of the World Cup with a left hamstring injury.

Altidore will be out for the final game of round one against Germany on Thursday.

“Jozy is recovering really well,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “He’s doing a tremendous job. Our medical staff is on top of it. This game [against Germany] comes still too early for him, but we’re working on him.”

“We’re getting him back in this tournament, as we said. So once this game is done — hopefully successfully — we’ll have a good chance to have him back then in the team,” he continued.

Altidore was injured during the first half of their 2-1 victory over Ghana in the first game of the tournament.

Germany is ahead of the U.S. in Group G by goal differential.

The U.S. can still advance with a draw, win, or a draw between Portugal and Ghana.

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Astros Top Prospect Carlos Correa Out Indefinitely with Ankle Injury

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — The Houston Astros have had some great luck with their prospects this season, but they received some bad news regarding shortstop Carlos Correa as he will miss “a significant period of time” with an ankle injury.

Correa suffered the injury over the weekend while sliding into third base on a triple. He was then carted off the field.

It is unknown just how much time Correa will miss until he’s evaluated by an ankle specialist.

“I expect by midweek we’ll have an update to report,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle. “We’re bringing him to Houston. We’ll have him see our specialist.”

The 19-year-old Correa was the first-overall selection in the 2012 draft and has quickly emerged as one of the top prospects not only in the Astros system, but in all of baseball.

In 62 games this season for the Astros High-A Lancaster team, Correa is batting .325 with six home runs, 57 RBIs, and 20 steals.

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Flyers Acquire RJ Umberger, Draft Pick for Winger Scott Hartnell

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Flyers have traded a fan favorite for a familiar face. The team announced on Monday that they traded winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick.

Umberger is no stranger to Philadelphia. He spent the first three seasons of his career with the team, but was traded to the Blue Jackets back on June 20, 2008.

“He’s a versatile player, a good skater, a good two-way player,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. “He plays all three positions and can kill penalties. He is an attractive guy for us moving forward.”

In 74 games last season, Umberger scored 18 goals and had 16 assists for the Blue Jackets.

Hartnell spent the past seven seasons with the Flyers, and was one of their key offensive players on the first line with Claude Giroux. He scored 20 goals and added 32 assists for the Flyers last season in 78 games played.

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Lebron James Opts out of Contract, Set for Free Agency

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Here we go again. Lebron James’ agent, Rich Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

While NBA fans may be salivating at the idea of landing arguably the best player in the NBA, opting out of his deal does not necessarily mean he will leave the Heat.

James had until June 30 to opt out of the final two years of his deal. He had $42.7 million remaining on his deal.

A four-time NBA MVP, James is one of the most transcendent players in the NBA and all of sports. In 11 NBA seasons, James has averaged 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game.

James spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He infamously chose to play for the Heat during the summer of 2010.

Now 29, James went to four-consecutive Finals with the Heat, and won two titles.

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Mexico Advances to Knockout Stage with 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(RECIFE, Brazil) — Mexico scored three goals in ten minutes of the second half to top Croatia 3-1 and advance to the Round of 16 at the World Cup.

Mexico secures the two-seed in Group A and will now take on the Netherlands Sunday in Fortaleza.

The score was tied nil-nil going into the second half, but Mexico erupted starting in the 72nd minute when Rafael Marquez sent a header past Croatian goalie Stipe Pletikosa.

Just three minutes later, Mexico scored again, when Andres Guardado smashed a left-footed one-timer from 12 yards out into the back of the net.

The Mexicans finished their scoring barrage seven minutes later when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez headed in a shot that deflected off teammate Marquez’s head.

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Canucks Hire Desjardins as New Head Coach

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — The Vancouver Canucks hired Willie Desjardins as the team’s head coach Monday.

Desjardins, 57, has never been a head coach in the NHL, but he did lead the AHL’s Texas Stars to the 2014 Calder Cup title.

“Willie Desjardins has won at every level and we believe that he’ll be an excellent fit as we strive to return to the playoffs and build with youth for long-term success,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. “Willie is a great teacher, motivator, and communicator. His teams have competed with a style of play we believe will help us compete in our division and in the playoffs.”

Desjardins takes over for John Tortorella, who was fired after not living up to expectations and missing the playoffs last season.

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Duncan Exercises Player Option for Upcoming Season

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan exercised his player option for the 2014-15 season, the team announced Monday.

The 38-year-old Duncan, who is coming off winning his fifth NBA title, will earn $10.3 million next season.

The two-time NBA MVP played in 74 regular season games for the Spurs last season, averaging 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, three assists and 1.9 blocks per game.

With this announcement, the Spurs will now have Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili all returning next season to defend their title.

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Jays Place Lawrie on 15-Day DL

Abelimages/Getty Images(TORONTO) — The Toronto Blue Jays placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list Monday, due to a broken right index finger.

Lawrie was injured in the Blue Jays’4-3 loss Sunday against the Reds, when he was hit by a pitch. The 24-year-old is expected to miss three to six weeks.

In 69 games this season, Lawrie is hitting .244 with 12 home runs, 38 RBIs and a .299 on-base percentage.

Toronto also optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo, and recalled outfielders Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar.

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2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Class Announced

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Goalie Dominik Hasek, center Peter Forsberg, defenseman Rob Ford, and Mike Modano were announced as the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014.

The late Pat Burns will be honored as a coach in the builder category and so will referee Bill McCreary.

Hasek won two Hart Trophies as league MVP in 1997 and 1998 with the Sabres and won a Stanley Cup in 2002 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Modano, who ranks 23rd all-time in NHL scoring with 1,374 points, led the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup victory in 1999.

“Mike’s selection into the Hockey Hall of Fame cements what many of us here in Dallas have known for a long time ­ he is not only a Stars franchise icon, he’s one of the finest NHL players of his era,” said Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi in a press release. “He is very deserving of this great honor, and his induction into this exclusive club is a testament to the legacy he has built with his brilliant career and first­class persona. We congratulate Mike, as well as his family and the rest of the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame class.”

Forsberg and Blake won Stanley Cups with the Avalanche, both also have an Olympic and world gold medals.

The maximum amount of players allowed in during one year is four.

The ceremony will take place on Nov. 17.

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Netherlands Advances with Top Spot in Group B

iStock/Thinkstock(SAO PAULO) — Netherlands has advanced in Group B of the World Cup after their 2-0 win over Chile on Monday.

Substitues Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay scored late to give Netherlands the points needed to secure the top spot in the group.

Fer scored on a header from Darryl Janmaat’s cross in the 77th minute and two minutes later Depay scored his second goal in two matches to put away Chile.

Netherlands only needed a draw to secure a spot in the next round.

Chile was coming into the game fresh after knocking out the defending World Cup champion Spain.

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