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  • Astros reserve L.J. Hoes slugs HR for mom on her birthday

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    It didn't matter that he hadn't homered since May 13. It was the birthday of L.J. Hoes' mother and she wanted a home run from her son.

    The Astros' outfielder delivered with the game-winning shot in the Astros' 3-2 12-inning win over the A's on Tuesday.

    Hoes connected off Fernando Abad in the 12th to give the Astros the lead that they would not relinquish for Houston's third straight win over Oakland.

    "It's a really good feeling," Hoes said. "Especially since it was my mom's birthday and that was the last thing she told me to do was to hit a homer for her. So to be able to do that for her was a special thing."

    Hoes didn't expect his mother to actually witness the home run given how late the game went and that it took place on the west coast.

    While Hoes may have promised his mother a home run, even he didn't foresee a home run coming out of that 12th-inning swing.

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  • Tim Lincecum's first save lifts Giants past Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings

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    If something didn't happen soon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was trotting a position player out to the pitching rubber.

    As it worked out, something happened.

    The San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night on Brandon Crawford's bases-clearing double in the 14th inning and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save, becoming the first pitcher since Matt Garza in 2010 to throw a no-hitter and notch a save in the same season.

    ''It was huge,'' Bochy said of the hit. ''George (Kontos) might have one more inning at that point.''

    Kontos (3-0) didn't have one more inning. The reliever got just one out before Lincecum, San Francisco's ninth pitcher, got the final two outs for the save.

    Had the game still been tied, Bochy was considering outfielder Tyler Colvin.

    ''I asked him if he had pitched before and he mentioned high school,'' Bochy said.

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  • Patrick Kane pops off for 10 points in Buffalo men's league game

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    Patrick Kane played in a men's league game Monday night in Buffalo.

    Yeah, you read that right.

    Like Derrick Rose showing up to your local gym or Jay Cutler throwing passes to you at the local park, the Blackhawks superstar gave these guys in Buffalo quite a thrill when he suited up for their game. And then he dominated them.

    So this Kane guy showed up to the @Piranhas3DPuck game last night... he was pretty good pic.twitter.com/vX5WaXTNYS

    Kane scored five goals and had five assists to lead all scorers with 10 points. In a men's league game in Buffalo.

    Kane played for a team called the Piranhas that rolled Essex St. Pub, 13-5. Of course, skimming the box score, it doesn't look like Essex St. Pub had any Stanley Cup champs, so the game was probably not the most fair men's league game ever played.

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  • Jeff Fisher says Michael Sam hasn’t been a distraction

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    Tony Dungy's comments about the potential distractions of Michael Sam have sparked a great deal of discussion on the topic, but ultimately, Jeff Fisher is the one who is actually going to deal with the rookie defensive end. The Rams head coach joined The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to discuss the degree to which Sam has disturbed the normal goings-on of St. Louis' preseason activities. "There are no distractions in our building," Fisher said. "There may be an extra camera out there, but that's not something that's life-changing. It's been fine. Mike's handled everything really well. His teammates have embraced him. He came back in great shape and we're going to give him every opportunity to make this football team." In addition to his comments on Sam, Fisher added that he has no issue with Dungy's views on the matter. "I didn't pay much attention to it," Fisher said. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. ... I've got great respect for Tony, but we all have differences of opinion."

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  • Thibaut Pinot yanks white jersey from rival countryman Romain Bardet

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    French rider Romain Bardet cracked on the first "beyond category" Pyreneen climb of this year's Tour, conceding 1:50 to his closest rival for the young rider's white jersey.

    The 23-year-old AG2R team rider lost the white jersey to FDJ.fr rival Thibaut Pinot, who managed to finish the stage in the same group as yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali.

    Pinot now sits in third position overall behind Nibali and Alejandro Valverde of Spain. The 24-year-old climber looks well-placed to become the first Frenchman to finish on the Tour podium in Paris since Richard Virenque came second in 1997.

    Bardet said there's a "strong possibility" his team will now focus on protecting AG2R teammate Jean-Christophe Peraud, who moved up two places to fourth overall on Tuesday, just 1:02 behind Pinot.

    -- Associated Press

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  • After abysmal Stage 16, American Tejay van Garderen 'hoping I can bounce back'

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    American rider Tejay van Garderen was the biggest loser among the Top 10 yellow jersey contenders, blowing up on the first "beyond category" Pyreneen climb and most likely losing his chance of becoming the first American to score a Tour de France podium finish since Greg Lemond 24 years ago.

    The 25-year-old Montana native looked dejected when he freewheeled up to his BMC Racing team bus after the stage. A team staffer tried to shepherd him through a crowd of reporters outside his bus, but Van Garderen stopped, saying "Let's just get this over with so it's done," and bravely answered a handful of questions before heading to the showers:

    "What happened?"

    "I just didn't have the legs, I felt a bit empty."

    "What was going through your mind?"

    "Just hang onto my boys and limit the losses, I don't know."

    Van Garderen had started the day in fifth place, less than a minute behind his third and fourth place rivals for a spot on the Paris podium when the race finishes July 27.

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  • Luke Durbridge crashes into opposing team helper, gives him a shove

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    It's not always fans that get in the road as cyclists roar by. This time an opposing team helper was standing directly in the path of Luke Durbridge that causes the rider to take a spill.

    When both men are on their feet, Durbridge shoves the helper who accepts his punishment and helps Durbridge get back on his bike and gives the racer a helping hand back into the peloton. 

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  • Tour de France peloton off on short, steep Stage 17

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    The Tour de France pack has embarked on Stage 17, the shortest leg of the three-week race featuring three tough climbs plus an uphill finish in the Pyrenees.

    Vincenzo Nibali is again in the yellow jersey that he's worn for all but two stages this year for Wednesday's 124.5-kilometer (77-mile) trek.

    It covers three hard Category 1 ascents from Saint-Gaudens and a final push up to Pla d'Adet ski station above the town of Saint-Lary-Soulan.

    The Italian leader had little trouble keeping his top rivals in check on Tuesday.

    Nibali leads Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde by 4 minutes, 37 seconds.

    -- Associated Press

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  • Broken shin rules Alberto Contador out of Spanish Vuelta

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    Two-time winner Alberto Contador says he will miss the Spanish Vuelta next month because he will not be fit in time.

    The Tinkoff-Saxo rider was still dealing with the right shin he broke in a crash which ended his Tour de France on Stage 10.

    He hoped to defy his doctors and race in the home Grand Tour he won in 2008 and 2012, but he says there have been complications in his recovery.

    In a tweet on Wednesday, Contador said "Adios" to the Vuelta, adding he had not been given a date when he could begin to ride again.

    He called it "a bad day," and thanked the medical team looking after him at the Cemtro Clinic in Madrid.

    The Vuelta begins on Aug. 23.

    -- Associated Press

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  • WATCH: Robert Griffin III joins middle school TV program

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports1 day ago

    Look out, Larry Michael!  It looks like Eliot-Hine Middle School is coming after you and Redskins Nation with their special guest Robert Griffin III, who joined the school's TV program ahead of training camp.

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