Game 2 for LA and Arizona
UNDATED (AP) — The second game of the three-game series between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, the top two clubs in the National League West, is on tap tonight in Phoenix. The Dodgers took the opener last night 6-1 to cut the Diamondbacks lead over the Dodgers to 3 1/2 games. The loss snapped a five-game Arizona winning streak. On the mound for the Dodgers will be the newly acquired Ricky Nolasco while the Diamondbacks counter with Ian Kennedy.
Game 2 of the Oakland-Pittsburgh series is being played this evening in Pittsburgh. Last night the Athletics, leaders of the American West, beat the National League Central leading Pirates 2-1.
Another good matchup has Baltimore playing host to Texas. The 49-41 Orioles are in the thick of things in the AL East while the 52-37 Rangers are a half game back of the A's in the AL West.
Along with the Oakland-Pittsburgh game there are two other interleague games tonight. In one contest, the Angels are in Chicago to face the Cubs, while in St. Louis, the Cardinals are playing host to Houston. Adam Wainwright of the Cards is going for his 12th win of the season.
Perez marijuana case update
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (AP) — The marijuana possession case against Cleveland closer Chris Perez and his wife could extend to the final month of the season. The two were at Rocky River Municipal Court in suburban Cleveland and the case is to resume Sept. 3. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports attorneys discussed evidence sharing.
Perez and his wife, Melanie, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor possession charges after marijuana was mailed to their home in their dog's name.
Cavs want Bynum
CLEVELAND (AP) — It appears the Cleveland Cavaliers are serious abound landing free agent center Andrew Bynum A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Cavs have offered Bynum a two-year contract.
The person who spoke to the Associated Press did so on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. Bynum missed all of last season with knee injuries after the 76ers acquired the 25-year-old last summer from the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade.
Bynum is expected to meet with Atlanta and Dallas before making a decision.
NHL-HALL OF FAME
Chelios, Niedermayer top 2013 Hockey Hall class
TORONTO (AP) — Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75. He was selected posthumously in the builder category.
Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups in 17 full NHL seasons to go along with a Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy.
Chelios played 23 full seasons and parts of three more, taking part in his final NHL game at age 48. Among the game's best U.S.-born players, Chelios won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman three times.
Shanahan finished his career with 656 goals and 698 assists. He won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, an Olympic gold medal and was the quintessential scoring power winger of his era.
The official induction ceremony is scheduled for November.
Jags ink Michigan QB
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-round draft pick Denard Robinson to a contract. A college quarterback at Michigan who is learning how to play running back in Jacksonville, Robinson is expected to see playing time as a rookie.
Robinson finished his college career with the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA history, 4,495.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VIRGINIA TECH
Tech boots running back
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes has been kicked out of school after being convicted of assault and battery. Holmes was charged with felony malicious wounding after a fight April 21. He was convicted of the reduced misdemeanor charge on June 13 and was given a one-year suspended sentence. Two counts of simple assault were dropped.
The 20-year-old sophomore started five games last season, rushing for 280 yards and four touchdowns.
TOUR DE FRANCE
SAINT-MALO, France (AP) — Germany's Marcel Kittel won the 10th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Chris Froome stayed out of trouble to keep the leader's yellow jersey. The win is Kittel's second of the Tour.
Froome was the Tour runner-up to British countryman Bradley Wiggins last year. He has a healthy lead over second-place Alejandro Valverde and two-time champion Alberto Contador and will look to extend it in Wednesday's time trial.
Judge refuses Armstrong request
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has refused Lance Armstrong's request to dismiss an insurance company's lawsuit seeking $3 million in bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001. The company sued Armstrong saying he cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Armstrong's attorneys argue the statute of limitations for fraud and breach of contract claims expired by 2011.
Documents made public
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Search warrants in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reveal the breadth of the investigation, with authorities scouring through everything from his house to the contents of his team locker.
Eight search warrants were unsealed after news organizations sought access to the records. A judge had granted the media requests on Monday. The warrants covered multiple cellphones, the video surveillance system at his North Attleborough house and various vehicles.
In an affidavit attached to the search warrants, police describe Hernandez as "argumentative" during their first encounter following the death of his friend.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 17 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.
TENNIS-HALL OF FAME
Querrey knocked out
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Top-seeded Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) has been upset in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, falling to fellow American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-6. Querrey, a 2009 Newport finalist who entered the week ranked 21st in the world, was broken in the seventh game of the opening set by the 120th-ranked Smyczek.
Israel to help Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) — The president of the world governing body of soccer, Sepp Blatter, says Israel has promised to help solve one of Palestinian soccer's biggest problems: traveling in and out of the Palestinian territories.
Blatter is visiting Israel to address Palestinian complaints about restrictions on player movement. The Palestine Football Association has called for sanctions on Israel because of the issue.
Blatter met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo), who says he has pledged to help FIFA (FEE-fuh) find a solution.