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Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The walk-off was the 28-year-old Donaldson’s fifth of his career.

“I enjoy those moments,” Donaldson said. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to try to relish the opportunity, and anytime I can step up to the plate with an at-bat to help our team win the game or win the game right there, I feel better about it.”

The Athletics (60-36) now lead the Angels by 1 1/2 games in the AL West.

Meanwhile, The Orioles (52-43) still have a four game lead over the Blue Jays and Yankees in the AL East.

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Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The walk-off was the 28-year-old Donaldson’s fifth of his career.

“I enjoy those moments,” Donaldson said. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to try to relish the opportunity, and anytime I can step up to the plate with an at-bat to help our team win the game or win the game right there, I feel better about it.”

The Athletics (60-36) now lead the Angels by 1 1/2 games in the AL West.

Meanwhile, The Orioles (52-43) still have a four game lead over the Blue Jays and Yankees in the AL East.

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McIlroy Continues to Lead After Day 3 at The Open

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(MERSEYSIDE, England) — Rory McIlroy continues to lead at Royal Liverpool.

The 25-year-old McIlroy shot a 4-under 68 Saturday and holds a six stroke lead over Rickie Fowler.

McIlroy was actually tied with Fowler heading into the 14th, but the Irishman proceeded to shoot 4-under from there while Fowler bogeyed three of the final six holes.

McIlroy is looking to win the third major of his career, and even though he has a big lead, he isn’t letting it get to his head.

“I’m not taking anything for granted,” McIlroy said. “If the guys in front of me had just finished a little better — finished the way I did — then my lead wouldn’t have been as much as it was. … A lot can happen. And I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it. You can’t let yourself think forward. You’ve just got to completely stay in the moment, and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods shot a 73 and is 19 strokes off the lead.

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Haslem Re-Signs with Heat

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) — Forward Udonis Haslem re-signed with the Miami Heat.

ESPN.com reports it’s a two-year deal worth $5.5 million.

“Udonis Haslem has been a fixture in Miami over the last 11 years,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He’s a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player that would play just about any position or role in order to win.”

The 34-year-old Haslem has played all 11 of his NBA seasons in Miami. During that time he has averaged 8.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games on Friday after an independent investigation found Priefer made a homophobic comment in the 2012 season.

In a statement released by team owner Ziggy Wolf and president Mark Wilf, the Vikings apologized for the incident.

“In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.”

Allegations over an alleged anti-gay comment came from former punter Chris Kluwe, who claimed that he was released by the organization because of his advocacy for the LGBT community. While the report found Priefer had made disparaging comments, no evidence was obtained to support Kluwe’s claim as to why he was released.

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Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For just the third time in history, the top pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft goes unsigned. The Houston Astros failed to reach a deal with left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday’s deadline.

The high school southpaw was originally offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, but sources say that offer was lowered when concerns about Aiken’s elbow ligament rose. Aiken was the third high school pitcher ever to be taken number one overall and was the first high school lefty to go in the top five since 2002.

The MLB players association has said the union is working with Aiken to explore all possible options, as well as looking into the way Houston handled negotiations with fifth-round pick Jacob Nix.

“Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers,” Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA said in a statement. “Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options.”

The Astros have maintained that no wrongdoing occurred in the negotiations and that Aiken’s deal was “extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case.”

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Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The injury news continues to get worse for the New York Yankees. General Manager Brian Cashman announced on Friday that the pitcher is set to have season-ending surgery on his right knee.

The southpaw will have arthroscopic debridement surgery in hopes of returning for the 2015 season. The procedure is an alternative to microfracture surgery, but could still be in play if the first surgery does not go as planned.

“He tried the rehab side of it, and obviously that didn’t work,” Cashman said of the decision for Sabathia to go under the knife. “If he had three different options, that was the least. Now, we are on the middle side of this thing, the cleanup of the knee, and hopefully that is good enough.”

Sabathia is one of four starting pitchers the Yankees have lost to injury in 2014 since Opening Day. Ivan Nova is already out for the year with Tohmmy John surgery, while Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda are hopeful to return. Sabathia 304 with a 5.28 earned run average at the time of his injury.

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Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Angels executed a deal on Friday that will help them attempt to keep pace in the increasingly competitive AL West, acquiring closer Houston Street from San Diego as part of a six player deal.

The Padres will receive four prospects in return while also sending minor league pitcher Trevor Gott. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with shortstop Jose Rondon were packaged together by the Angels. The deal is still pending a physical.

Currently holding a 1.09 earned run average with 24 saves, Street is fifth on the career saves list among active pitchers.

Street will join and Angels team that sits two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the best record in baseball. In his tenth year, the closer has converted 258 saves and holds a career 2.87 ERA. The righty began his career in Oakland, pitching four years for the Athletics.

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Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Angels executed a deal on Friday that will help them attempt to keep pace in the increasingly competitive AL West, acquiring closer Houston Street from San Diego as part of a six player deal.

The Padres will receive four prospects in return while also sending minor league pitcher Trevor Gott. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with shortstop Jose Rondon were packaged together by the Angels. The deal is still pending a physical.

Currently holding a 1.09 earned run average with 24 saves, Street is fifth on the career saves list among active pitchers.

Street will join and Angels team that sits two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the best record in baseball. In his tenth year, the closer has converted 258 saves and holds a career 2.87 ERA. The righty began his career in Oakland, pitching four years for the Athletics.

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Uggla Released by Braves

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Three-time All-Star Dan Uggla was told by the Atlanta Braves Friday that he would be given his unconditional release waivers.

The 34-year-old Uggla was acquired by the Braves through a trade with the Marlins in November 2010. Uggla proceeded to sign a 5-year, $62 million contract.

Uggla had good first season in Atlanta hitting 36 home runs while driving in 82 runs. In 2012 he was selected as an All-Star for the third time, but Uggla struggled the last two seasons and lost his starting job this May to Tommy La Stella.

Uggla is still owed over $18 million by the Braves through the end of 2015.

Tyler Pastornicky has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Uggla’s place.

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