Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –The Chicago Cubs acquired starting pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins Friday in exchange for minor league relievers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.

The 23-year-old Turner was the ninth overall pick of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. He pitched well through the minor leagues but has struggled in the majors, appearing in 53 games and posting a 9-21 record with a 4.77 ERA.

“He was one of the better starting pitching prospects in all of baseball as recently as a couple of years ago,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “We feel like that talent’s still in there. If you look at his velocity, it’s still there. If you look at some of his peripheral numbers, they’re still pretty decent.”
Turner has pitched 78 1/3 innings this season compiling a 4-7 record, 5.97 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 23 walks and 54 strikeouts.
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Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –The Chicago Cubs acquired starting pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins Friday in exchange for minor league relievers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.

The 23-year-old Turner was the ninth overall pick of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. He pitched well through the minor leagues but has struggled in the majors, appearing in 53 games and posting a 9-21 record with a 4.77 ERA.

“He was one of the better starting pitching prospects in all of baseball as recently as a couple of years ago,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “We feel like that talent’s still in there. If you look at his velocity, it’s still there. If you look at some of his peripheral numbers, they’re still pretty decent.”
Turner has pitched 78 1/3 innings this season compiling a 4-7 record, 5.97 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 23 walks and 54 strikeouts.
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Marc Serota/Getty Images(ATLANTA) –Miami Dolphins starting safety Reshad Jones was suspended four games by the NFL Friday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

“The NFL recently informed me that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL performance-enhancing substances policy,” Jones said in a statement released by the Dolphins. “I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test.”

“I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked. I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches. I apologize to them, (owner)Stephen Ross, the Dolphins organization and fans. During the time away from the team, I will maintain an intense training program so that I can help my team as soon as I return.”

Jones, 26, signed a four-year, $30 million contract with Miami in 2013. He has played four NFL seasons, all with the Dolphins, compiling 214 tackles, 19 passes defended, seven interceptions, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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Marc Serota/Getty Images(ATLANTA) –Miami Dolphins starting safety Reshad Jones was suspended four games by the NFL Friday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

“The NFL recently informed me that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL performance-enhancing substances policy,” Jones said in a statement released by the Dolphins. “I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test.”

“I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked. I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches. I apologize to them, (owner)Stephen Ross, the Dolphins organization and fans. During the time away from the team, I will maintain an intense training program so that I can help my team as soon as I return.”

Jones, 26, signed a four-year, $30 million contract with Miami in 2013. He has played four NFL seasons, all with the Dolphins, compiling 214 tackles, 19 passes defended, seven interceptions, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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NBA/Memphis Grizzlies(NEW YORK) — Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay joined the U.S. national basketball team Friday, a day after forward Kevin Durant withdrew from the squad.

“We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said when talking about his and head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks about adding Gay to the team. “Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball national team.”

During that 2010 world championships, Gay averaged seven points per game while coming off the bench. He was also one of the final cuts made by the 2012 Olympic team.

Team USA will start practicing again Thursday in Chicago as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 30 in Spain.

“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” Gay said. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”

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Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Rory McIlroy continued his impressive play by shooting a 4-under 67 en route to taking over the lead after the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla. His birdie on the final hole put him one shot ahead of both Jim Furyk and Jason Day.

“I scored well, but the golf wasn’t quite as pretty as yesterday at times, neither was the weather, obviously,” said McIlroy after rain delayed day two for almost an hour. “Played well for the most part. There were some key up-and-downs to keep the momentum going in the round.”

The top golfer in the world recorded an eagle, four birdies, and two bogeys in his second round. McIlroy has won each of his last two tournaments, including the British Open, and is a combined 41 under par in his last 10 rounds.

Day had the best Friday round of anyone, posting a 6-under 65 to close to within a stroke of the leader. Furyk also shot well while Ryan Palmer, Rickie Fowler, and Mikko Ilonen all sit at 7-under after two days.

One week after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone, Tiger Woods struggled with back pain and recorded his second straight 3-over to miss the cut at 6-over for the tournament. It is just the fourth time that Woods has missed the cut in a Major.

“It was sore. No doubt about it,” Woods said after totaling a 6-over 148 to miss the cut by five strokes. “It went out on me on the range. Just had to play through it.”

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) – Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)

New York Mets 5 (55-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) – San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)

Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)

Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)

NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) – Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)

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Lloyd Bishop/NBC(AKRON, Ohio) — LeBron James was welcomed back to Ohio in a lengthy homecoming rally in Akron.

The Friday night event came nearly a month after he announced that he would be returning home to Ohio. The general manager of the Cavaliers, the mayor of Akron, the president of the University of Akron, and a choir from a local Boys & Girls Club were all involved in the ceremonies before James even hit the stage.

The homecoming at InfoCision Stadium is just one of the ways that the Cavaliers are currying favor with their fans. Shortly after James announced his return, the team confirmed that they will not be raising season ticket prices.

The celebratory hoards, many of whom waited for hours to get a seat at the event, mark a dramatic turn from four years ago when Cavaliers fans burned his jersey and started riots when he decided to leave for Miami.

The fans weren’t the only ones to react poorly: Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted a shockingly harsh open letter to the team’s “former hero” on the night that James announced his move “with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up.”

Now, the 29-year-old superstar has said that he is happy to move past the bitterness and come back to the place where he once belonged.

“Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart,” James wrote in his essay for Sports Illustrated announcing his latest decision.

“If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids.”

“I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when.”

James — whose personal tagline touts his Ohio roots by saying he’s “just a kid from Akron” — started his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first draft pick in 2003.

He stayed with the team until 2010 after declaring free agency and announcing his move to Miami in a highly publicized ESPN special The Decision. He stayed with the Heat until becoming a free agent at the end of this past season.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BREMERTON, Wash.) — The body of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared last week in Washington State has been found. An autopsy has confirmed her identity, and on Friday, the coroner ruled her death a homicide.

The remains of Jenise Wright were found near her mobile home park in Bremerton, Washington, by an FBI team using search dogs, police said.

Jenise was last seen the night of Aug. 2, her family told police. They reported her missing on Sunday night. Her parents waited a day before calling for help because they say the girl had wandered around the park on her own in the past.

A criminal investigation is underway. Authorities are taking DNA from residents at the mobile home park.

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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men’s basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics’ governing body was in violation of the nation’s antitrust laws.

“The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools,” Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision.

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA’s defense “do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means”.

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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