Review Category : National Sports

Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Mike Trout’s 22nd home run of the year proved to be more than enough on Friday as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat Texas 3-0. It was the seventh straight win for the Angles (55-37) who have also won eight of their last nine.

Garrett Richards was masterful on the hill, scattering five hits in his seven innings of work for Los Angeles. The righty is now unbeaten in his last eight starts, winning seven in a row, with a 1.27 earned run average. Richards (11-2) has not lost since a May 30 defeat at Oakland.

Trout’s homer was the first hit of the night for the Angels as Nick Tepesch had retired the first 10 batters he faced for the Rangers (38-55). Tepesch (3-5) then gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning before ultimately being pulled in favor of Neftali Feliz. Texas has lost 12 of its last 13 and currently sits with the worst record in the bigs.

Adrian Beltre did extend his hitting streak to 15 games for Texas but the team was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

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Kyle Busch Takes the Poll at Loudon

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) — Less than a week after being upside down, Kyle Busch finds himself at the head of the pack prior to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch won the poll for Sunday’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by setting a new track record.

Busch posted a top lap speed of 138.130 mph, winning his second poll of the season. Jimmie Johnson will start alongside him while Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five. The first place start comes less than a week after Busch’s race came to an early close. The No. 18 car was involved in a 25-car wreck last week at Daytona, one that resulted in Busch ending up upside down.

“I thought it was a little bit tight but I guess I was driving through it enough that it was still carrying good speed,” Busch said. “Lap felt good. It didn’t feel that good, but it felt good.”

The record time marked the 13th time this season a track record has been broken during qualifying at a NASCAR event. Also qualifying was 72-year-old Morgan Shepard, who made the field when the 44th entrant dropped out. When the race begins Sunday, Shepard will extend his own record as the oldest driver to take part in a Sprint Cup race.

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Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm, Masahiro Tanaka issued an apology to both the New York Yankees and their fans on Friday. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the official determination was made.

“I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love,” said Tanaka. “Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.”

Yankees owner Brian Cashman said the righty could return in as little as six weeks but also acknowledged the possibility of Tommy John surgery. Tanaka saw three separate doctors on Thursday, including head team physician, Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad, and each agreed on a timetable of six weeks.

Tanaka is currently 12-4 on the year with a 2.51 earned run average and was recently voted to the Major League All-Star Game. He now joins a list of ever growing Yankees on the DL, including three other starting pitchers.

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Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm, Masahiro Tanaka issued an apology to both the New York Yankees and their fans on Friday. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the official determination was made.

“I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love,” said Tanaka. “Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.”

Yankees owner Brian Cashman said the righty could return in as little as six weeks but also acknowledged the possibility of Tommy John surgery. Tanaka saw three separate doctors on Thursday, including head team physician, Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad, and each agreed on a timetable of six weeks.

Tanaka is currently 12-4 on the year with a 2.51 earned run average and was recently voted to the Major League All-Star Game. He now joins a list of ever growing Yankees on the DL, including three other starting pitchers.

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Vince Carter to Join Grizzlies

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Not to be lost in the madness that was LeBron James’ announcement, Vince Carter is also reportedly on the move. Sources say the veteran shooter spent Friday finalizing a three-year deal to join the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sources say the contract is worth $12.2 million per year, luring Carter away from the Dallas Mavericks. Memphis had attempted to get the shooting guard via a trade in 2013 but ended with Tayshaun Price after Dallas backed out of the talks. The Grizzlies were also hoping that Mike Miller would re-sign, but the small forward informed the team that he would not return for next season.

The Mavs were hoping to re-sign Carter by utilizing the cap-room exception owrth $2.7 million per year. Reports say that Carter had told Dallas that he would return to the team for a two-year deal worth $8 million. However, that number would only be possible if the Houston Rockets chose to match the offer give to Chandler Parsons.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (40-52) – Atlanta Braves 4 (50-43)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (42-51) – Washington Nationals 2 (49-42)

New York Mets 7 (43-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-48)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (51-41) – New York Yankees 2 (46-46) – 10 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 6 (50-43) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (48-45)

Cleveland Indians 7 (46-46) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-50)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (49-45) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (42-53)

Los Angeles Angels 3 (55-37) – Texas Rangers 0 (38-55)

Detroit Tigers 2 (52-37) – Kansas City Royals 1 (47-45)

Boston Red Sox 8 (42-51) – Astros 3 (39-55)

Colorado Rockies 6 (40-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (42-50)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (51-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (52-42)

NBA: LeBron James chooses to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (40-52) – Atlanta Braves 4 (50-43)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (42-51) – Washington Nationals 2 (49-42)

New York Mets 7 (43-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-48)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (51-41) – New York Yankees 2 (46-46) – 10 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 6 (50-43) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (48-45)

Cleveland Indians 7 (46-46) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-50)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (49-45) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (42-53)

Los Angeles Angels 3 (55-37) – Texas Rangers 0 (38-55)

Detroit Tigers 2 (52-37) – Kansas City Royals 1 (47-45)

Boston Red Sox 8 (42-51) – Astros 3 (39-55)

Colorado Rockies 6 (40-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (42-50)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (51-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (52-42)

NBA: LeBron James chooses to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

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ESPN: Bosh Staying in Miami

Miami Heat/NBA(NEW YORK) — LeBron James might be departing South Beach but Chris Bosh isn’t.

The Miami Heat are finalizing a five-year, $118 million deal with Bosh, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-10 Bosh was being courted by the Houston Rockets and was reportedly offered a four-year maximum contract. After former teammate LeBron James announced earlier in the day that he was returning to Cleveland it was expected Bosh would accept Houston’s offer. Instead he heads back to Miami, where he’s been part of two championship teams.

The 30-year-old Bosh is entering his 12th NBA season. During his career, Bosh is averaging 19.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, two assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

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ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The Rockets will receive cash and rights to an undisclosed overseas player.

According to ESPNDallas.com, the Rockets are also expected to match the Dallas Mavericks three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.

Meanwhile, the Lakers receive a 26-year-old Lin, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $14.9 million this season.

During his four NBA seasons, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

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Lebron James Is Headed Back to Cavaliers

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland, the four-time MVP announced on Friday in an article he wrote for Sports Illustrated.

James spent seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers before leaving for Miami in 2010. Following his departure, James made four NBA finals appearances and took home two NBA titles, with help from Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, for the Miami Heat.

The Heat made a last-pitch effort to lock in James Wednesday when team president Pat Riley met with James and his agent, Rich Paul, in Las Vegas.

Paul did most of the talking during this free agency process, compared to 2010. He also met with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.

James joins a young Cleveland roster that includes Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, and this year’s number-one overall pick, Andrew Wiggins.

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