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Skaggs Placed on DL with Forearm Strain

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels Friday due to a left forearm strain.

Skaggs was pitching a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings against the Orioles Thursday night before waiving to the dugout to have his pitching arm checked out. He was then pulled from the game.

“He’s going to be on the DL, and it looks like a forearm strain,” Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said. “He’ll get some other opinions on exactly what is going on, but we’ll just take it one step at a time. It’s something that might take a little bit of time.”

While there is no timetable for Skaggs return, Scioscia expects the left-hander to pitch again this season.

Left-hander Michael Roth was recalled from Double-A Arkansas to take Skaggs place.

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Roger Goodell Defends Ray Rice Punishment

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) — There has been much criticism that the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic violence is too short, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the punishment is “consistent” with previous sanctions issued by the league.

“We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL, and there are consequences for that,” Goodell said while speaking at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday. “Obviously, when we are going through the process of evaluating an issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that are available to us.”

Some questioned why Rice’s suspension was two games when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger received a four game suspension in 2010 for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Goodell brought up the fact that Rice has an unblemished track record, something the NFL takes into account when handing out suspensions.

“If it’s their first offense, someone who has had a strong background of being very responsible in the community and doing the right things and not violating either policies or anything else that would reflect poorly on the NFL, then we take that into account,” Goodell said. “When there’s a pattern, we also take that into account on the other side.”

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Roger Goodell Defends Ray Rice Punishment

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) — There has been much criticism that the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic violence is too short, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the punishment is “consistent” with previous sanctions issued by the league.

“We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL, and there are consequences for that,” Goodell said while speaking at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday. “Obviously, when we are going through the process of evaluating an issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that are available to us.”

Some questioned why Rice’s suspension was two games when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger received a four game suspension in 2010 for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Goodell brought up the fact that Rice has an unblemished track record, something the NFL takes into account when handing out suspensions.

“If it’s their first offense, someone who has had a strong background of being very responsible in the community and doing the right things and not violating either policies or anything else that would reflect poorly on the NFL, then we take that into account,” Goodell said. “When there’s a pattern, we also take that into account on the other side.”

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Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez Sent to DL

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Miami Marlins Friday due to right shoulder inflammation.

The 24-year-old Alvarez is having a career season, pitching 137 2/3 innings, compiling an 8-5 record, 2.48 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 83 strikeouts while making his first All-Star team.

This is not the first time that Alvarez has been on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. In 2013, the Venezuelan started the year on the DL with the same injury and didn’t return until July 4th.

“I don’t know if it is in the same spot or the same type of pain he had last year,” Marlins skipper Mike Redmond said. “We’re going to get him checked out and make sure that we get him healthy. Hopefully we caught it early enough so it’s not a huge deal.”

The DL move is retroactive to Wednesday.

Jacob Turner will start in Alvarez’s place Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Paul George Suffers Serious Leg Injury

NBA via Indiana Pacers(LAS VEGAS) — Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered what appeared to be a serious right leg injury in the fourth quarter of the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas Friday night.

George was running after James Harden, who was on the other team, when his leg buckled prompting him to slide into the base behind the basket.

After the play everyone immediately stopped in shock and awe as it appeared George had broken his leg just above his ankle. Coach Mike Krzyzewski, medics and members of George’s family hurried to his side.

George was treated on the court and had his leg put in an air cast before being taken off in a stretcher to a thundering applause.

The game was stopped after the incident.

“This is a very tough blow,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “It’s a first for us in USA basketball to have something like this take place. It’s a tough situation for our entire organization, our coaches and players and very, very emotional. There’s no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.”

George is being treat at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Las Vegas.

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Tony Parker Signs Three-Year Extension

San Antonio Spurs/ NBA(NEW YORK) — Spurs guard Tony Parker signed a three-year extension on Friday, reports ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein.

Parker’s deal is worth $43.3 million, according to Stein.

“So happy,” Parker told the San Antonio Express-News. “Spurs for life!”

The six-time All-Star has spent 13 years in San Antonio and has won four NBA titles since being drafted out of France.

The 32-year-old averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes per game last season.

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Kyle Larson Wins Pole for Pocono

Jerry Markland/Getty Images Sport(LONG POND, Pa.) — Kyle Larson set a track record of 183.438 mph and took home the pole at Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.

Larson is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of his career and is hoping that it comes this weekend.

“I really think a win is coming soon, maybe before the Chase starts,” the 22-year-old rookie said on Friday.

“I knew we had a shot at the pole after the second round,” Larson continued. “I was nervous and I hit all three corners about as good as I could, so I was really excited about that.”

Joey Logano followed Larson on the front row. Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and last weekend’s winner, Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five.

“We push them to be better the first round,” Logano said. “They push us to be better as we go into the third round. I’m getting better. We’re able to see what we do differently, which helps us because one is good in one area and one is good in the other, so we can see both of that.”

Larson took home his first checkered flag in the Nationwide Series back in March.

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Kyle Larson Wins Pole for Pocono

Jerry Markland/Getty Images Sport(LONG POND, Pa.) — Kyle Larson set a track record of 183.438 mph and took home the pole at Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.

Larson is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of his career and is hoping that it comes this weekend.

“I really think a win is coming soon, maybe before the Chase starts,” the 22-year-old rookie said on Friday.

“I knew we had a shot at the pole after the second round,” Larson continued. “I was nervous and I hit all three corners about as good as I could, so I was really excited about that.”

Joey Logano followed Larson on the front row. Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and last weekend’s winner, Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five.

“We push them to be better the first round,” Logano said. “They push us to be better as we go into the third round. I’m getting better. We’re able to see what we do differently, which helps us because one is good in one area and one is good in the other, so we can see both of that.”

Larson took home his first checkered flag in the Nationwide Series back in March.

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Dwyane Wade: Had a Feeling James Was Leaving Miami

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Heat forward Dwyane Wade wasn’t surprised when his former teammate, LeBron James, told him that he’d be going back to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers.

Wade said on Friday that he supported whatever decision James’ was going to make, but had a feeling he’d be headed back to Cleveland.

“Yeah, I went to sleep knowing,” Wade told reporters. “He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yay or nay, but I knew. I could tell.”

“As his friend, I’m just supportive,” Wade continued. “As crazy as that might sound, I’m supportive of my friends doing what makes them happy. Obviously, same thing with him in this situation. You’ve gotta do what makes you happy — selfishly do what makes you happy. The decision to go back home was that.”

The Heat brought in free agents Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger. The team also resigned All-Star and two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh.

“It was a different summer for us,” Wade said. “It’s no secret, obviously; it’s been a change in how we looked the last four years by losing LeBron to Cleveland. I think our ownership has done a great job so far of trying to not replace but recover from that. The only thing we do as a franchise and as players is we move forward.”

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