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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/14/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Colorado 13, N-Y Yankees 10
Toronto 11, Philadelphia 3
Houston 5, St. Louis 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 11, Chi White Sox 8
Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2
Texas 10, Oakland 6
L.A. Angels 5, Minnesota 4
Baltimore 3, Boston 2
Tampa Bay 8, Seattle 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 7, Arizona 4
Miami 5, San Diego 2
San Francisco 3, Milwaukee 2
Chi Cubs 4, Washington 3
Cincinnati 3, Atlanta 1
Pittsburgh 4, N-Y Mets 0

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Maria Sharapova Files Appeal Against 2-Year Doping Ban

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Maria Sharapova has appealed her two-year tennis ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in hopes of being able to play in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The 29-year-old tennis star first announced in March she failed a drug test after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Last week, the International Tennis Federation issued the two-year ban, and according to BBC she wants the ban to be “eliminated” or reduced.

CAS said it would have a decision on the five-time Grand Slam winner’s case by July 18, according to BBC.

“Maria looks forward to CAS hearing her appeal and hopes she’ll be able to play again,” said Sharapova’s lawyer, John Haggerty, in a statement according to ESPN. “The ITF tribunal concluded she had no intent to do anything wrong, and she thinks a two-year suspension is unfairly harsh.”

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Report: NHL to Expand Franchise to Las Vegas

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — The National Hockey League may soon have a team in Las Vegas.

According to a report from ESPN, NHL sources say they are planning to expand the franchise to the resort town provided organizers pay a $500 million fee.

A formal vote is set to be held during the league’s board of governors meeting on June 22 in Las Vegas but it requires two-thirds approval to pass, according to ESPN.

If the vote passes, the NHL would be the first sports league to have a major professional team in Las Vegas.

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Report: Andrew Bogut Awaiting MRI Results After Game 5 Injury

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Will Andrew Bogut be able to play in Thursday night’s Game 6?

The Golden State Warriors center injured his left knee Monday night in the Game 5 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to ESPN, sources said he underwent an MRI Tuesday morning, but the extent of his injury is still unclear.

A statement from the Warriors on Bogut was expected to come after they arrived in Cleveland Tuesday night, according to ESPN.

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Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Football Equipment for Tryouts Gets Surprise From Stranger

Courtesy of Earl Davis(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) — A chance encounter between a teen and a stranger passing by has turned into a viral sensation resulting in some major surprises for 15-year-old Demarco Bailey.

“I was on my way to a job interview and I rode past him,” Earl Davis, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, said of the first time he met Demarco, who was working out on the side of the road with tires chained around his waist for strength training.

After the two started chatting, Demarco explained that he made the homemade equipment to train himself so he could make the football team at school next year when he’s a sophomore. His family couldn’t afford real equipment, but that certainly wasn’t going to dampen his spirits or slow Demarco down.

“He’s so small and he looks about the same age as my kids that I coach,” Davis, who coaches football for Metro Youth Sports, recalled of their initial conversation. “So I saw him and I was like, ‘Wow.’ My two boys play football and they were home asleep. They work hard, I can’t say that they don’t, but I wanted to take his picture to come home to show them his dedication.”

Davis was so moved by the young man that he posted Demarco’s photo, proudly displaying his homemade gear and well-worn clothes to Facebook, in order to inspire others that if they work hard enough they can achieve their goals. The photo quickly went viral with nearly 35,000 shares and 1,400 comments.

The Facebook post read, in part, “I gave him my name and number so he can work out with my boys, told him we have sleds, parachutes, resistant bands, weights, [etc.] He was geeked up. Best part of all, the whole conversation took place while he was still jogging. He said, ‘Sorry to be rude coach but you gotta drive while I jog. I gotta stay moving.’ He didn’t wanna stop long enough to take a pic! When a kid wants to succeed as bad as they wanna breathe……..then they will be successful.”

Comments began pouring in from strangers wanting to help Demarco out, some even suggesting Davis launch a GoFundMe page for the teen to get new training gear. He listened to that advice, and the page has already surpassed its $5,000 goal.

“I went back and met his mom and told her about the demand for the GoFundMe,” said Davis. “I talked to his dad a couple times. On Sunday we all went out to Dairy Queen. They are so humble. It’s a fight to get Marco to even spend the money that was donated for him. He doesn’t want to spend it. He doesn’t feel like he worked for it. He wants to take the stuff that was donated to him and get some equipment, but then donate the rest to others.”

Davis has used some of the funds to purchase Demarco all new gear to get him started, but still wants to add to the collection. Demarco has even been training with Davis’ sons at the gym to help give him the proper skills and background to play well on the field.

“He played football in eighth grade and had two concussions and that’s why his mom wouldn’t let him play freshman year, but now she’s turning around on the idea,” Davis explained. “She said that he is super aggressive on the football field, but he’s never been trained to play the proper way, so that’s where the concussions came from. With the proper training, she’s willing to try it again.”

Demarco’s family is currently looking for new housing and is unsure of which school he’ll be attending at the start of the school year, but it’s safe to say with his new equipment and headstrong determination, he’ll be more than ready for tryouts to begin.

“I can’t really believe it,” Davis said of all the attention his heartwarming post has gotten. “Demarco is so calm about everything. You never meet a kid like that. He doesn’t like the attention, he just wants to keep working out.”

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Cavs Stay Alive Thanks to Historic Performance by James, Irving

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are still alive in the fight for their first championship.

Thanks to small forward LeBron James and point guard Kyrie Irving scoring 41 points each Monday night, the Cavs staved off elimination, beating the Golden State Warriors 112-97 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It was the first time in NBA history that two teammates had more than 40 points in the same Finals game.

Not helping the Warriors’ cause was the absence of power forward Draymond Green, who had to sit out the game after being suspended over a flagrant foul in Game 4. Golden State also lost center Andrew Bogut early in the third quarter Monday to a knee injury. He is expected to have an MRI on Tuesday.

The Warriors now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Cleveland will have a chance to tie it up on Thursday when they are back home for Game 6.

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Russian Soccer Federation Fined over Fan Violence

iStock/Thinkstock(NYON, Switzerland) — UEFA, the administrative body for European soccer, has fined the Russian soccer federation nearly $170,000 over fan-related violence that took place after a 1-1 tie in a match against England Saturday night in Marseille, France.

French authorities Tuesday morning started deporting “hyper-violent” Russian soccer fans who were involved in clashes that left dozens of English fans injured. Six Brits received jail sentences and bans from entering France, according to a report in the Telegraph, a British newspaper.

“Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behavior [have] been brought against the RFU,” UEFA announced in a statement.

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Kyle Larson’s Car Failed Post-Race Inspection at Michigan

Jared C. Tilton/Thinkstock(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Kyle Larson’s car failed a post-race inspection Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, the site of the Sprint Cup Series’ FireKeepers Casino 400.

The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet failed at the laser station, NASCAR.com reports.

Any penalties would be announced later this week.

Larson finished third in Sunday’s race. He was working with an interim crew chief, Philip Surgen, with his usual crew chief, Chad Johnston, suspended for a previous team violation.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/13/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Philadelphia 7, Toronto 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Chi White Sox 10, Detroit 9, 12 Innings
Oakland 14, Texas 5
Minnesota 9, L.A. Angels 4
Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
Miami 13, San Diego 4
San Francisco 11, Milwaukee 5
Washington 4, Chi Cubs 1
Cincinnati 9, Atlanta 8

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Cleveland 112, Golden State 97

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Philadelphia Eagles and Fletcher Cox Agree to Six-Year Extension

John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Fletcher Cox has agreed to a six-year extension with the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to ESPN, sources say the deal is worth $103 million with $63 million in guaranteed money.

In a tweet Monday, Cox said, “I would like to thank Mr.Lurie and the whole Eagles organization ….”

I would like to thank Mr.Lurie and the whole Eagles organization ….

— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) June 13, 2016

The 25-year-old was first selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. He has appeared in 64 games with 58 starts in his four-year career.

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