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Giants RB David Wilson Cleared for Training Camp

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Giants running back David Wilson has been cleared for all activities when the Giants open training camp on Tuesday.

“Just got cleared ….. #cleared for everything now the story continues,” Wilson tweeted on Monday following his examination.

Wilson suffered a neck injury during Week 5 last season and missed the rest of the year in a difficult season in which the team failed to make the playoffs.

Wilson had surgery during the offseason to repair the neck injury and participated in a couple OTA’s and minicamp in May.

The Giants signed veteran running back Rashad Jennings during the offseason to fill the void they had at the position. New York also has veteran Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox to go along with fourth-round pick Andre Williams at the running back position.

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Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Snee is reportedly ready to hang up his cleats and shoulder pads. A source close to the New York Giants lineman says he has scheduled a meeting for Monday morning with team officials to tell them he’s considering retiring.

While his final decision is not 100% made, the 32-year-old would not be able to start the season on time anyway thanks to a longer than expected recovery from elbow surgery in November.

After missing the team’s minicamp in June because of the extended rehab, New York and Snee each began weighing their options. The Giants gave the majority of reps to third-year player Brandon Mosley while also letting their second-round pick, Weston Richburg, see some time.

Snee, a four-time Pro Bowler, could be entering his 11th season as an offensive lineman for the Giants.

Snee played just three games in 2013 and was placed on injured reserve on October 4 due to an ailing hip injury. The 2004 draft pick out of Boston College helped the Giants to two Super Bowls in his 10-year career. He is also the son-in-law of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

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Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels scored two runs off former teammate Fernando Rodney to walk-off against Seattle (52-46) for the second time in three days.

The 6-5 victory was the 30th time this season that the Angels (59-38) have come from behind to get a win.

What made the win a little more intriguing was the back-and-forth between the Angels and their old closer. Rodney, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, used his trademark “bow-and-arrow” celebration after Kole Calhoun flew out to end the inning.

That stirred up the LA dugout as Albert Pujols doubled to score Mike Trout and tie the game off of Rodney. The two then traded arrows before Grant Green singled home the winning run, handing Rodney the loss.

“That’s his thing,” Pujols said of the celebration. “I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”

Rodney said after the game that he was directing the arrow towards the Angels fans who booed up him upon entering the game. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons with Los Angeles and was just 17-for-28 in save opportunities.

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Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks.

Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins’ contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him.

After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal.

Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million.

All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James.

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Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Lisa Blumenfield/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Jon Lester tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight batters in a 6-0 Red Sox win over Kansas City on Sunday. The win was the fourth in a row for Boston (46-52), giving them a sweep over the Royals (48-49) at Fenway Park.

The Boston ace dominated, allowing no earned runs for the third time in four starts.

Throughout the 2014 season, the talk about Lester off the field has been surrounding his impending free agency. The southpaw can become a free agent at the end of the season and has been pitching without negotiating a new contract during the year. In his last seven starts, Lester is 4-0 with a 0.85 earned run average.

“You’ve got to take each one as an individual,” Lester said. “If I’m out there thinking about what I did last time, I’m not worried about the right things.”

His offense gave Lester more than enough run support, beginning in the first with an RBI groundout from Dustin Pedroia. Daniel Nava drove in three runs on the day, including a two-run double in the third. The game was blown open in the fourth after David Ross’ two-run home run made it a 5-0 Red Sox lead.

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Giants Place First Baseman Brandon Belt on the DL with a Concussion

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s been a tough season for San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. His latest injury will land him on the disabled list as the team is holing him out due to a concussion he suffered on Saturday.

Belt suffered the injury when he was struck by a ball in the face while fielding during batting practice . Tests Sunday confirmed the concussion, manager Bruce Bochy said.

It’s not clear yet whether that will be the 15-day disabled list, or the new 7-day disabled list that is specifically designed for players displaying concussion symptoms.

Belt was off to a scorching start to the season, finally living up to the expectations many had for him that made him one of hte top hitting prospects in the organization.

Belt missed over a month earlier in the season with a broken thumb, and his concussion is just the latest setback for him.

Still just 26, Belt is hitting .242 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 46 games played.

Infielder Adam Duvall will likely be recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take Belt’s place on the roster.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/20/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — MLB: Miami Marlins 3 (45-52) – San Francisco Giants 2 (54-44)

New York Yankees 3 (50-47) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (51-47)

Washington Nationals 5 (53-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (54-45)

Toronto Blue Jays 9 (51-48) – Texas Rangers 6 (39-59)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (52-46) – Colorado Rockies 3 (40-58)

Detroit Tigers 5 (54-41) – Cleveland Indians 1 (50-48)

Boston Red Sox 6 (46-52) – Kansas City Royals 0 (48-49)

Atlanta Braves 8 (54-44) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (43-54)

Houston Astros 11 (41-58) – Chicago White Sox 7 (47-52)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (47-53) – Minnesota Twins 3 (44-53)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (59-38) – Seattle Mariners 5 (52-46)

Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (43-56) – Chicago Cubs 2 (40-57)

San Diego Padres 2 (43-55) – New York Mets 1 (46-52)

Oakland Athletics 10 (61-37) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (53-44)

Golf: Rory McIlroy wins the 2014 Open Championship.

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Report: Bucks Plan on Claiming Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an effort to save salary cap space, The Los Angeles Lakers waived point guard Kendall Marshall with hopes of re-signing him. Instead, ESPN is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks will put a claim in on him and his rights will become the team’s property.

Marshall started 45 games for the Lakers last season and resurrected his career after he spent time in the NBA Developmental League after he was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns back in 2012.

The Lakers were hoping that no one would put in a claim on him, and would then re-sign him to a more team-friendly deal.

Even though he has trouble shooting the ball, Marshall has proved himself to be a more that reliable point guard at the NBA level.

In 54 games this past sesaon, Marshall averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per game.

With the Bucks having rookie Jabari Parker and sophomore Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marshall will likely be counted on to be a distributor and lock down the point guard position.

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Rory McIlroy Wins The Open Championship

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(MERSEYSIDE, England) — Rory McIlroy held on to win the 2014 Open Championship on Sunday to capture the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy, 25, led by six shots heading into the final round. The lead was down to two shots at one points, but he wound up closing with a 1-under-71 for a two-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

After winning the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship, McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players with three different majors at age 25 or younger.

Woods shot a final-round 75 to tie for 69th, capping off his worst 72-hole finish in a major as a pro.

“I just had to get more game time,” Woods said. “I think we did the smart thing by not playing too much leading into this event, just want to assess how my back was. And where I need to strengthen, how I need to go about it, how to gain my explosiveness again, and all that’s come along.”

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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.

The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench. Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.

The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.

Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.

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