Review Category : National Sports

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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Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings sees that emerging receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is on the verge of becoming a star.

“I’m going to be honest: Once I saw him make a couple plays, I’m like, ‘We’ve got to get him the ball. He does too much well for us not to get him the ball,’” Jennings said.

“If I’m having success, it’s going to open up the door for success for other guys,” Jennings added. “If Cordarrelle’s having success, it’s going to open up the door for a lot of other guys, as well.”

The 30-year-old Jennings is entering his ninth NFL season, and second with the Vikings. He led the team last season with 68 catches and 804 yards.

Meanwhile, in his rookie season, Patterson caught 45 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns. He also averaged over 32 yards per kickoff return, and had to kickoff returns for touchdowns.

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Report: Rudy Gay Will Opt In with Kings

NBA/Memphis Grizzlies(NEW YORK) — Instead of pursuing a long-term deal, Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will opt into the final year of his contract with the team, according to Yahoo Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gay will be paid $19.3 million next season, and it is unlikely he’ll find a new deal this offseason that would pay him the same annual salary.

The Kings are interested in locking up Gay long-term, but Gay and his agent have tabled any contract talks until later this summer.

The 27-year-old Gay was traded by the Toronto Raptors to the Kings during the season, and he has completely transformed himself. In 18 games with the Raptors, Gay averaged 19.4 points per game, but did so on .388% shooting from the field. In 55 games with the Kings, he averaged 20.1 points per game on .488% shooting.

In eight NBA seasons, Gay has averaged 18.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game with the Memphis Grizzlies, Raptors, and Kings.

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Cardinals Place Pitchers Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia on the DL

Major League Baseball(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals starting pitching depth will be tested as the team has placed Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the disabled list.

The right-handed Wacha has a stress fracture in his pitching shoulder. He hasn’t felt full strength his past couple of starts.

“It’s just tightness, it just takes a little bit longer to warm up,” Wacha said. “It’s a little discomfort, something I’m not used to.”

Wacha is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in his second Major League season.

Meanwhile for Garcia, he re-injured his surgically repaired left shoulder.

“This was a little shocking to all of us,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said of Garcia. “In terms of how long he’s going to be out, I don’t know that. We’re going to give him a couple weeks and see how he is and then re-evaluate.”

Garcia is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts this season.

Carlos Martinez is expected to stay in the starting rotation until either Wacha or Garcia are able to return.

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Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony has informed the team that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Anthony, who had hinted towards the decision during the regular season, will be able to negotiate with any team on July 1.

Anthony has the ability to sign a maximum contract worth $96 million over five years with any team outside of the Knicks. Should he choose to resign with New York, the small forward could command a max deal worth $129 million.

Sources close to Anthony say the Chicago Bulls are one team that he would consider playing for. Among others that could garner his services are the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com reported earlier in June that the Miami Heat have also inquired about signing Anthony. Meanwhile, Knicks president Phil Jackson had expressed his hope that Anthony would “opt in” to the final year of his deal and test free agency in 2015.

New York went 37-45 this past season, led by Anthony’s 27.4 points per game. Should he leave, Anthony would become the fifth player in the last 30 years to change teams after averaging more than 27 points that year and the first to do so since LeBron James.

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Padres Fire GM Byrnes

Andy Hayt/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres announced on Sunday that the team would be relieving General Manager Josh Byrnes of his duties.

“This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play,” said team president and CEO Mike Dee. “Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today.”

Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Omar Minaya and assistant general managers AJ Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. will share the role in the interim.

Byrnes joined the Padres in 2010 as the senior VP of baseball operations after being let go by the Arizona Diamondbacks where he was the GM for four years. He was promoted to the same position with San Diego 10 months later and given a five-year contract.

San Diego is 32-43 this season after finishing each of the last two seasons with a 76-86 record. Under Byrnes, the team payroll increased from $40 million to just under $90 million, the 23rd highest in Major League Baseball.

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Carl Edwards Takes Sonoma

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — Carl Edwards had to hold off Jeff Gordon on the final lap, but he was able to secure his first ever road course win on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway in California. The victory was Edwards’ second of the season, cementing his spot in the Chase for the Cup field.

“My road racing progression, it’s been a pretty long climb,” said Edwards, who had never finished higher than third at Sonoma. “The real special part to me was to stand in Victory Lane at Sonoma and have Jeff Gordon come and give me a handshake as the second-place finisher.

Gordon leads all drivers with five wins at Sonoma and almost picked up his sixth. After Edwards took the lead off a restart with 25 laps to go, Gordon made a strong run at the lead but was able to pass the 99 car. His second place finish keeps Gordon on the top of points standings.

Edwards helped Rousch Fenway Racing snap a five-race win streak for rival team Hendrick Motorsports. It also comes one week after Rousch Fenway failed to have a single driver finish in the top-10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third with Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard rounding out the top-five.

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Michelle Wie Wins US Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) — She burst on to the scene as a 13-year-old phenom. Eleven years later, Michelle Wie captured her first ever major championship by winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Her final round Sunday was anything but a breeze for the 24-year-old. Holding a three-stroke lead on the 16th hole, Wie double bogeyed to open the door for Stacy Lewis. Wie followed that up with a clutch 25-foot birdie putt on 17 before sinking a par on 18 for the title.

The final round 70 beat Lewis by two strokes after the worlds number one player made a historic charge. Her 4-under 66 was highlighted by eight birdies, the most by any golfer in a final round at the U.S. Open. After preparing for a possible playoff, Lewis greeted Wie with a hug on the final green.

Wie shot 2-under for the tournament, the only player to finish under par. Lewis finished second at even par while Stephanie Meadows finished at 1-over.

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Marlins Shortstop Rafael Furcal Lands on the DL

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Injuries continue to plague veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal as he will be placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

The 36-year-old Furcal was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier on Sunday after re-injuring his left hamstring on Saturday.

Hamstring and groin injuries have limited Furcal this season to all of just nine games in 2014. He also missed all of the 2013 season with an elbow injury.

This is just the latest setback for the former All-Star. Furcal was hitting just .171 this season for the Marlins and it is unknown when or if he will be able to return to the lineup.

Despite his durability issues, the Marlins signed Furcal to a one-year deal worth $3 million during the offseason.

Derek Dietrich was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Furcal’s spot on the roster. He’s hit .241 for the team in 42 games this season.

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