Wednesday's Sports In Brief

The Associated Press
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BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) -- Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.

Both Pineda and Davis said it was pine tar.

''When it's that obvious, something has got to be said,'' Farrell explained after the game. ''Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.''

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda and the organization were ''embarrassed.''

Girardi doesn't expect to be fined for pushing a television camera to keep it from showing Pineda walking in the tunnel from the team's dugout to the clubhouse.

CHICAGO (AP) - Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday with a loss - a dramatic, error-filled one, at that.

One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday.

After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop (0-2), Miguel Montero had a tying single against James Russell and Aaron Hill followed with a two-run triple off Justin Grimm.

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Former NBA star Tracy McGrady signed to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League.

The 6-foot-8 right-hander officially reported to spring camp last week and made his first scrimmage game appearance against Alvin Community College on April 16. In an inning of work, McGrady allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to have elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season.

The right-hander, signed in November to an $8 million, one-year contract, was placed on the disabled list before the season began. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month.

CHICAGO (AP) - Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo will be sidelined for an extended period of time because of a stress fracture in his left foot.

Manager Kirk Gibson said Trumbo will get a second opinion from Dr. Michael Lee in Arizona before a timetable for his return is determined.

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OBITUARY

HAVANA (AP) - Family members say Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana. He was just two days short of his 103rd birthday.

Grandson Rogelio Marrero confirmed the death Wednesday afternoon.

Marrero was a diminutive right-hander from Cuba who went by the nickname ''Connie'' when he pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s.

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SWIMMING

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool.

Having shed the 30 pounds he piled on since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps will resume his career starting Thursday at the Arena Grand Prix. He will swim the 100-meter butterfly, an event in which he holds the world record. He dropped his plans to compete in the 100 freestyle the same day.

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PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.

That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis; and a Monday night doubleheader with the New York Giants at Detroit, followed by San Diego at Arizona.

The NFL will play three games in London: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28; Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26; and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Jacobs family is involved in helping secure the Bills' future in Buffalo, and hasn't ruled out getting involved in buying the team.

Jeremy Jacobs Jr., the son of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Sr., told The Buffalo News that the family has been engaged in discussions involving the franchise's future, but said it was too early to say whether it will make an attempt to buy the team.

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge sentenced Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington to a year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter.

Now Washington, one of the team's top defensive players, will wait to see what punishment he may face from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing.

Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks. He says decisions like this are not easy and respectfully asks for ''prayers and understanding and privacy during this difficult time.''

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PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Goran Dragic was honored as the NBA's Most Improved Player after his career year helped lead the Suns to 23 more wins this season.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Slovenia came into the season with a career scoring average of 9.5 points in five years. He had 20.3 points and 5.9 assists per game as Phoenix went 48-34 and just missed the playoffs in the tough Western Conference. Dragic shot 50.5 percent from the field and 40.8 percent on 3-pointers.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Pacers guard Lance Stephenson acknowledged that he and Evan Turner got into a practice ''scuffle'' last week before Game 1 against Atlanta but denied the two threw any punches.

Coach Frank Vogel and Indiana's players concurred with Stephenson's version of events, though the descriptions were different. Yahoo! Sports first reported that Turner had to be ''dragged out of practice'' last week after the argument and that fists were flying.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate already has been eliminated.

Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks.

Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should.

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PRO HOCKEY

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

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SOCCER

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid hopes a narrow home win put it in position to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2002.

In a matchup of teams acclaimed to be the best in Europe this season, Karim Benzema scored in the 19th minute to give the Los Blancos a 1-0 victory over defending champion Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semifinal.

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MOUNTAINEERING

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - With the Mount Everest climbing season increasingly in doubt, Nepalese tourism officials traveled to base camp Thursday to negotiate with Sherpas who want to walk off the job after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides.

Friday's avalanche - the worst ever recorded on Everest - has exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.

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GOLF

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Greg Norman and Joe Buck will call the U.S. Open when it moves to Fox next year.

The network signed a 12-year rights deal with the U.S. Golf Association in August to air the Open and its other championships. Fox said that two-time British Open champion Norman would join Buck on its lead golf announcing team.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.

A State College, Pa., restaurant owner says he's interested in having the new statue put in front of his establishment.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn't involved in the plan.

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TENNIS

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Second-seeded David Ferrer was ousted from the Barcelona Open by a Russian opponent for the second straight year and defending champion Rafael Nadal labored to victory.

Ferrer was unable to find his rhythm in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opening match while Nadal struggled past fellow Spanish player Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Nadal eventually overcame his 103rd-ranked opponent to reach the third round, rebounding from a surprise loss to Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals.

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix.

MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) - Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat last year's runner-up Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 7-5, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR.

  • Pat Summitt's will leaves 'personal property' to Tyler Summitt

    Pat Summitt’s last will and testament didn’t spread the property of the Tennessee women’s basketball coaching legend. Summitt gave all of her "tangible personal property" to her only son, Tyler. A copy of the will was obtained by the News Sentinel, and it specified that Summitt’s property included "automobiles, clothing, jewelry and other articles of personal use or ornament." Summitt’s home off Alcoa Highway in Blount County was put up for sale earlier this summer. She lived at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville from late January until her death on June 28 after a five-year battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The will is dated July 18, 2013. Summitt’s brother, Tommy Head, was

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  • NFL players fed up with Roger Goodell, strike threat real

    At least one team's player rep went on record this week warning NFL players to begin preparing for a strike - even though the league's current Collective Bargaining Agreement does not expire for nearly five years. Can there be a clearer vote of no confidence in the leadership of commissioner Roger Goodell? Goodell has spent the last few years lurching from one crisis to another, from Ray Rice to Adrian Peterson, from steroids to supplements, from under-inflated footballs to over-inflated egos, and still, too often, we do not know what the penalty is for a particular act, or even if there is one, until after the fact. There have been ample signs that the leadership of the NFL Players Association is at odds, to put it mildly, with Goodell over his handling of player discipline.

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  • Nick Diaz Reportedly Jumped by 4 Men, Involved in Las Vegas Nightclub Incident

    UFC star Nick Diaz was reportedly attacked by four assailants outside a Las Vegas nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "I didn't start it," Diaz told TMZ. "They didn't know who I was." Per ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Diaz's role in the altercation has been cleared up by the club: Diaz said he would not be pursuing prosecution for his attackers and told TMZ that the assailants "got the worst of it." According to TMZ, Diaz did attempt to defend himself, although he was struck in the head. The altercation is said to have turned into a melee that spilled into the Bellagio casino and culminated in the attackers "swinging chairs and brawling with club and casino staffers" before being escorted

    Bleacher Report
  • Lane Johnson says he'll sue supplement company over suspension

    Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson first complained about the NFLPA’s lack of supplement testing after his positive test triggered a 10-game suspension. Now he says he’ll sue the supplement company that he says sold him the amino acids that led to the positive test. Johnson had $25 million in guaranteed money remaining on his deal, but the positive test meant none of that money is guaranteed anymore due to a clause in his contract.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Aly Raisman on How the Final Five Reacted to Gabby Douglas Getting Bullied

    During the Olympic games, Final Five member Gabby Douglas watched herself be torn apart by internet trolls who dubbed her “Crabby Gabby” for not appearing supportive enough of her teammates during the all-around team competition (Douglas reportedly wasn’t as smiley as her other teammates in the stands) or patriotic enough during the medal ceremony (Douglas did not have her hand on her heart). Now, with the games behind them, Final Five team captain Aly Raisman opened up to E! News about what she, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian were doing behind the scenes to help their teammate.

    Elle
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    Jamal Crawford is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, superstar athlete or otherwise. In his fantastic profile of Crawford at The Undefeated, Mike Wise details a particularly troubling incident early his career with the Chicago Bulls. Citing unnamed sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Wise retells a story about how Crawford (along with Ray Allen) once spent a night at Michael Jordan’s restaurant, One Sixtyblue, shooting craps with professional gamblers.

    UPROXX
  • What it’s like to face the ‘biggest serve in the history’ of tennis at 163 mph

    A booming, cannon ball-like blast emanates from Sam Groth’s tennis racket nearly every time he serves. If an opponent fails to react before they see the ball, it’s too late. The serve will end up as another easy ace for Groth. Players have been dealing with Groth’s thunderous serve even before the 28-year-old turned pro in 2006. He rode his big serve to the Wimbledon boys’ doubles final in 2005 and in May 2012, Groth cemented his status as the biggest server in the sport when he hit the fastest recorded serve at 163.7 mph during an ATP Challenger match. At 6-feet-4 and weighing nearly 220 pounds, the Australian hardly resembles the prototypical tennis player. But with his powerful build and unique

    Washington Post
  • National TV talk show blasts Eagles for trading up to draft Carson Wentz

    Carson Wentz came to Eagles with a lot of fanfare and expectations. Fans have taken to Wentz already as shown by how many No.11 jerseys are on the backs of people walking around Philadelphia. The Eagles got the No.2 pick (Carson Wentz) and a 2017 4th-round pick in exchange for No.8 pick (Jack Conklin), a 3rd-round pick (Daryl Worley) a 4th-round pick (Connor Cook) along with a 2017 first round pick and a 2018 2nd-round pick. Max Kellerman is a newcomer to the ESPN show, “First Take.” He voiced his displeasure towards the Eagles trade when he was on the show with Stephen A. Smith and Damien Woody. “Obviously, at the time they made the trade, they made a mistake,” Kellerman said. “They gave up

    Eagles Wire
  • Warriors jump from KNBR to 95.7 FM the Game: Why they did it, what this means, what's next for Tom Tolbert?

    The Warriors have just announced that they’ve ended their 32-year run with KNBR (and 40 years total) and signed a multi-year deal with 95.7 the Game (KGMZ-FM) starting this coming season. This is a major move for the franchise–away from KNBR’s monster signal and tradition–but it has been in the works from the moment Warriors executives (led by owner Joe Lacob and president Rick Welts) were infuriated when KNBR moved several Warriors playoff games this spring to a sister station in order to broadcast Giants games. Big bullet point for Warriors management: 12 of their 24 playoff games this past season were not broadcast on KNBR 680 due to Giants conflicts. The Giants always have priority at KNBR; the Warriors knew this, the Warriors tried to talk to KNBR about ways to get around this during the playoffs, but there was no logical method to do it.

    Viewfinder
  • Jim Boeheim’s Melo comments are evidence of why athletes hate the media

    Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has a habit of creating headlines that are not all that flattering, to himself or to the people that he’s commenting on, which is why it wasn’t much of a surprise that a quote he gave to Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard has been making the rounds this week. The quote in question? “He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of his former star and now three-time Olympic champion Carmelo Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.” That sounds bad, doesn’t it? But … I mean, he’s right, isn’t he? Melo is 32 years old and title-less. He’s been to the conference finals once and gotten out of the first round

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  • DeAngelo Williams spits truth about Steelers offensive line and Roethlisberger

    If you are ever in search of a sound byte about the Pittsburgh Steelers, all you have to do is ask running back DeAngelo Williams and he shall provide. When Williams went on ESPN First Take he had no qualms about gushing about his offensive line and quarterback. It’s great to see Williams give props to his offensive line like that. There’s no doubt this is a supremely talented group and grossly underrated by the rest of the NFL. You have to appreciate a running back who understands how important his offensive line is to his success. As far as Ben Roethlisberger goes, his pedigree speaks for itself, but as Williams said, the options having Roethlisberger under center provides is brutal for opposing

    Steelers Wire
  • How Alabama football is saving unemployed coach Charlie Weis

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  • This tomahawk dunk is vicious and disrespectful

    The Olympics just ended and the start of the NBA season is still months away. This stretch is typically a dark, lonely time of the year for basketball having highlight withdrawals. Fortunately, high schooler Jordyn Adams filled the void and gifted us a dunk that we could watch on repeat until the NBA season tips. Prepare yourself, this posterization isn't for the faint of heart: Sweet, fancy Moses. Adams loaded that tomahawk dunk up and floated in the air for what seems like minutes. All just setting the stage for the poor defender in a red sweatshirt to come up on the very wrong end of this highlight. At this point it seems like things are going south, but maybe not all was lost for young Mr.

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  • Syracuse Men's Soccer Team Pulls Off Viral Stunt

    The players successfully headed a soccer ball to all 25 teammates in the locker room without letting it touch the ground. All: Good morning, America. That was Syracuse university men's soccer team. Heads up, people. You won't believe the stupt they're

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  • Katie Ledecky explains why she is passing up an estimated $5 million per year in endorsements

    What is Katie Ledecky’s net worth? The swimmer could have a whole lot more — about $5 million per year in endorsements. Katie Ledecky proved to be one of the biggest stars of the 2016 Rio Olympics with her dominance in the pool.

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    Big League Stew
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  • Best Player in Europe: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Bale, Griezmann to win award

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  • Ryan Lochte Teammate James Feigen Apologizes, Details Rio Gas Station Gaffe & Brazilian Authorities’ Big Fine Demands

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  • Maryland names starting QB, adds UNC transfer QB Caleb Henderson

    There were a couple of developments on the quarterback front for Maryland Wednesday morning. The one with the most immediate impact was the announcement that Perry Hills has been named the Terps’ starter at the position.  Hills, a senior, had been involved in an offseason-long competition with fellow senior Caleb Rowe for the starting job. Hills started eight games last season and ran for 535 yards, the fourth-most by a quarterback in the program’s history.  He also tossed 13 interceptions; in fact, Hills and Rowe, who started the other four games, combined to toss a staggering 28 interceptions. Of the 114 quarterbacks in passing efficiency listed on the NCAA’s stats website, Hills was 109th.

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    Ball Don't Lie
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  • U.S. Open Pressure Points: No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and an unexpected turn of events

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  • NASCAR announces warnings to Xfinity teams

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