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KPYN Sports for Wednesday August 6th, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — Robinson Chirinos homered twice to lead Texas to a 16-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox last night. J.P. Arencibia, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for the Rangers. Texas set a season-high in runs scored and snapped a four-game losing streak.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 15th inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros last night. The interleague matchup between teams with two of the four worst records in the majors lasted 5 hours, 5 minutes. Hector Neris tossed a perfect inning to earn the win in his major league debut.
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Bosch has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids, more than a year after the owner of a now-defunct Florida clinic was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. Court documents say that Bosch willfully conspired to distribute the anabolic steroid testosterone from October 2008 through December 2012. Also arrested in connection to a drug conspiracy was Yuri Sucart (SOO'-kart), a cousin of Rodriguez.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Tight end Martellus Bennett has been suspended indefinitely by the Chicago Bears after an altercation in practice Monday. Bennett was spun to the ground by rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller during a full-pad scrimmage in which players were not supposed to be taken to the ground. Bennett responded by getting up, grabbing the first-round draft pick and slamming him to the turf.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he doesn't see an impending preseason matchup against his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, as "a big topic." New Orleans' preseason opener on Friday in St. Louis marks the first time since the NFL's bounty investigation in 2012 that Payton and Williams will be on the same field.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks has been getting some extra sprints in during practice — often with the ball in his hands as he speeds away from would-be tacklers. His performances have the Saints optimistic their latest first-round draft pick will be an immediate, additional threat.
UNDATED (AP) — Saints owner Tom Benson has been treated and released from a hospital after he had trouble breathing while watching practice. Team spokesman Greg Bensel says the 87-year-old Benson is "fine" after being given oxygen.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU officials say defensive end Devonte Fields remains "separated" from the university. That means the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year is still barred from campus and all school activities. Fields last month surrendered to authorities on a misdemeanor assault warrant amid allegations that he threatened his ex-girlfriend and punched her.
UA's Flowers named to Hendricks Award watch list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas senior defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Ted Hendricks Award.
The Ted Hendricks Award Foundation announced Tuesday that Flowers and 31 other defensive ends are on the preseason list.
Flowers was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2013.
The award is named in honor of three-time first-team All-American Ted Hendricks — who is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Flowers' return provides boost for Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Trey Flowers chose to return for his senior season because he wasn't ready to leave a program that had fallen so far.
The defensive end's decision provided coach Bret Bielema with a big boost following last year's 3-9 disappointment, one the Razorbacks hope helps them return to a bowl game for the first time in three years.
Flowers was a freshman on the Arkansas team that went 11-2 and won the Cotton Bowl in 2011, and he had 13 ½ tackles for losses last season while earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.
He was projected by the NFL as a third-round draft pick after last season, but he decided to return to help Bielema continue to rebuild the struggling Razorbacks, who are a combined 7-17 in the last two seasons.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are the second NBA team to have a female coach, hiring WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant to Gregg Popovich. She will retire from the San Antonio Silver Stars after this season to join the Spurs. The first female NBA assistant was Lisa Boyer, who served on John Lucas' staff in Cleveland in 2001-02.
UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. men's national basketball team has trimmed its roster to 16 players by cutting Washington's John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta's Paul Millsap. The Americans are off this week after training last week in Las Vegas, where Indiana All-Star Paul George was lost to a broken right leg. They will resume practice for the World Cup of Basketball on Aug. 14 in Chicago.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been hospitalized in Finland because of blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs, making his return to the ice uncertain. The 39-year-old signed a one-year contract this summer for $2 million and has been Philadelphia's top defenseman for several years, compiling a +38 for his career. The Flyers have braced for Timonen's absence by signing defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year contract.

KPYN Sports for Tuesday August 5th, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Flowers homered and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers last night. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning following a 57-minute delay. Flowers went 3 for 3 and was a double shy of a cycle. He scored two runs as the White Sox snapped a two-game losing streak.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Texas Rangers have added outfielder-first baseman Mike Carp to their 25-man roster. Catcher Chris Gimenez was placed on the paternity list yesterday. Carp hit .198 without a homer and nine RBIs in 42 games this season for Boston. He is a career .260 hitter in 301 major league games with Seattle and Boston.
NEW YORK (AP) — Giants pitcher Matt Cain will have season-ending surgery next week to remove bone chips in his right elbow. The 29-year-old Cain hasn't pitched since July 9 after opening the season 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA. Manager Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) said "it was inevitable" that Cain would have surgery.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have made Andy Dalton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Dalton has signed a six-year extension after passing for more than 3,000 yards in each of his three NHL seasons. Multiple reports say the contract is worth up to $115 million.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — On paper, Terron Armstead is a second-year pro out of a small school with rather limited NFL experience for a starting left tackle. The Saints see him not only as their best bet to keep Drew Brees safe from jarring blind-side hits, but as a player who's well on his way to being viewed among the best at his high-pressure position.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's J.J. Watt knows it's cliche to say "we're working hard every day" and he's "just trying to be a good teammate." But he says those comments encapsulate what he's doing to help this team get back on track after last year's epic collapse. Last year was Watt's first losing season in his three years in the NFL and he took each loss personally.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to training camp and practiced yesterday as his appeal hearing with the NFL took place for a second day in New York. Gordon ended his workout earlier than his teammates so he could participate in the hearing via teleconference with his legal team. They are fighting his potential one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants running back David Wilson will be forced to retire after just two NFL seasons because of a back injury. The Giants' first-round pick in the 2012 draft underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. Wilson caught a pass in practice last week and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brett Favre (fahrv) will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired next July 18. Favre's No. 4 will be unveiled on the Lambeau Field north end zone facade at halftime of a yet-to-be-determined game during the 2015 season.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas quarterback David Ash met with reporters for the first time in almost a year yesterday. He says it feels "good to be back" after concussion symptoms wiped out most of his 2013 season. Ash says a lot of people told him to give up football but he never really considered it. He says team doctors told him he could play again.
University of Arkansas opens fall practices
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas football team has opened its 2014 fall practices with individual drills, seven-on-seven workouts and positional drills.
The Razorbacks held the first of 24 scheduled fall practices on Monday.
Single-day practices are scheduled through Friday with two-a-days to begin on Saturday.
Arkansas opens the season on Aug. 30 with a Southeastern Conference game at Auburn.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has opened preseason camp with questions remaining about which players will drive an offense looking to replace starters at quarterback, running back, two receiver spots and right guard. Coach Les Miles has to nail that down before the season opener against Wisconsin in Houston on Aug. 30.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU junior safety Jalen Mills has been reinstated to the team after his charge of second-degree battery was reduced to misdemeanor simple battery Monday. Mills, who has been a two-year starter, allegedly punched a woman near his apartment last May.
UNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference will try to climb back to the mountaintop minus some of its biggest stars. Top contenders like Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and LSU are breaking in new quarterbacks. Gone are high-profile players like Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel.

KPYN Sports for Monday August 4th, 2014
LEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered to lead off the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers yesterday. The Indians tied the game in the ninth on David Murphy's two-run homer with one out off Neftali Feliz. Scott Atchison retired the final batter in the 12th.
Rangers get 1B-OF Carp from Boston on waiver claim
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired first baseman-outfielder Mike Carp on a waiver claim from the Boston Red Sox.
The Rangers announced the move after their 4-3 loss in 12 innings at Cleveland on Sunday.
Texas also transferred right-handed pitcher Alexi Ogando from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
The 28-year-old Carp batted .198 with no homers and nine RBIs in 42 games for Boston this season. The lefty hitter was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday.
Carp missed more than a month in the middle of the season because of a broken right foot.
Carp is a career .260 hitter with 27 home runs and 123 RBIs in parts of six seasons with Seattle and Boston.
HOUSTON (AP) — Scott Feldman scattered eight hits in his first complete game in nearly a year as the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 yesterday. Feldman retired 17 of the last 19 batters and won for the first time since June 29th. Marcus Stroman allowed five runs on seven hits in three-plus innings.
NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Bumgarner has become the sixth major league pitcher with 13 wins this season, improving to 13-8 by firing a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in San Francisco's 9-0 rout of the New York Mets. He also went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored to help the Giants win for the third time in four games since a six-game skid. Hunter Pence hit two of San Francisco's four homers to help the Giants climb within 2 ½ games of the NL West-leading Dodgers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Lackey was a winner in his St. Louis Cardinals debut while helping his new team pull within one game of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead. Lackey improved to 12-7 by allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings of the Cardinals' 3-2 win over the Brewers. Milwaukee led 2-0 until Matt Holliday sparked the Redbirds' three-run seventh with a solo homer.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Rory McIlroy has followed his British Open victory with a comeback win at the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. McIlroy began the final round three shots behind Sergio Garcia before carding a 4-under 66 for a 15-under total, two strokes ahead of the Spaniard. McIlroy earned over $1.5 million dollars and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking from Adam Scott.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational yesterday after experiencing more back pain. Woods injured himself playing a shot from edge of a bunker on the par-5 second hole and took himself out of the tournament after eight holes. It was his third tournament since undergoing back surgery in March.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt won the GoBowling.com 400 yesterday to complete a sweep of the two Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway. Earnhardt took the lead for good on a restart with three laps remaining and held off Kevin Harvick, who earned a berth in the Chase for the Championship. Joey Logano was third, followed by Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur), Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon.
In Sunday’s NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton Ohio, the New York Giants downed the Buffalo Bills 17-13.
Singer says he wants Bills to stay put
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi has gone directly to the media to let Bills fans know he would keep the NFL team in Buffalo should he win the bidding for the club.
His letter in The Buffalo News on Sunday marks the first time the rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the Bills. He says his group is committed to working with state and local officials to identify a new stadium site in the region.
Bon Jovi added that it's his intention to carry on the legacy created by Ralph Wilson, the team's original owner.
The Bills are for sale following Wilson's death in March.
Texas opens camp with dismissals, suspensions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New Texas coach Charlie Strong opened his first training camp Sunday by announcing the suspension of three potential starters, and confirmed the dismissal of several other players for legal troubles and team rules violations.
Strong said offensive lineman Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner all will miss at least one game for rules violations.
Strong wouldn't detail the violations, but said they ran counter to his team rules of honesty, treating women with respect, no drugs and no guns,
Strong also said wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were suspended after being arrested on rape charges, will not be allowed back regardless of how their cases turn out.
Texas hired Strong from Louisville to replace Mack Brown after 16 seasons.
High school quarterback signs with Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema says Charleston High School quarterback Ty Storey has signed with the Razorbacks and is scheduled to enroll in January.
Storey led Charleston High School to a perfect 15-0 mark and the Arkansas 3A state championship as a junior. He has passed for 8,701 yards and 101 touchdowns in his career and rushed for 511 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He threw for 4,241 yards and 52 touchdowns and ran for 180 yards and six TDs in 2013.
Storey chose Arkansas over other offers — including Alabama and Auburn.
Air Force starts self-inquiry
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy has launched an investigation of its athletic department and is demanding more accountability from coaches after the Colorado Springs Gazette reported allegations of lax oversight and athlete misconduct. Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson has released a statement acknowledging "troubling" behavior by some athletes and other cadets. Johnson told The Gazette that the academy inspector general's office will look into the athletic department to determine whether sports programs promote the school's ideals.

KPYN Sports for Friday August 1st, 2014
HOUSTON (AP) — Nolan Reimold hit two home runs as the streaking Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros last night. Reimold's first homer came in the fifth and cut Houston's lead to 4-3. His second homer of the season came against Chad Qualls and sent Toronto to its ninth win in 10 games.
MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Jarred Cosart has been traded by the Houston Astros to the Miami Marlins in a six-player deal. The Marlins also acquired Kiki Hernandez and Austin Wates in exchange for Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick. The Astros made the deal yesterday while 22 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have picked up former Cy Young winner David Price in a three-team trade that sends Austin Jackson to Seattle and Drew Smyly, Willie Adames and Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay. The Oakland Athletics have acquired Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes (gohmz) and cash from Boston for Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ihs SESH'-peh-dehs) and a draft pick. The Bosox also shipped John Lackey to St. Louis for fellow righty Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jon Daniels says the Texas Rangers "probably could have pushed" the return of slugger Prince Fielder to their lineup later this season if they were in a pennant race. The general manager says that makes no sense now for the Rangers. Fielder had cervical fusion of two disks in his neck May 27th.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore running back Ray Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were "totally inexcusable" and insists he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before. He was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Marques Colston says he made resting his ailing left foot a priority during the offseason and feels far healthier than he did a year ago. Colston heads into his ninth season as New Orleans' all-time leading receiver, but is coming off one of his least productive campaigns as a pro.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A limited number of tickets are currently on sale to the general public for six LSU home games in 2014. Associate athletic director for ticket operations Brian Broussard says the tickets are returns from the visiting teams.
GAC coaches pick Henderson State to win title
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Great American Conference football coaches have picked two-time defending champion Henderson State to win its third straight conference title.
The conference announced Thursday that HSU received 10 of the 11 first place votes in the coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
Harding received the other first place vote and is second in the pre-season poll.
Ouachita Baptist is picked to finish third followed by East Central Oklahoma, Southern Arkansas, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Arkansas Tech, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Arkansas-Monticello, Northwestern Oklahoma State, and Southern Nazarene.
Former Razorback Thurman joins UA broadcast team
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas Razorback Scotty Thurman is joining the Razorback Sports Network as a color analyst for Arkansas men's basketball games this season.
The university announced Thursday that Thurman will work with Chuck Barrett — who will handle play-by-play duties.
Thurman will continue as a full-time member of Arkansas athletics where he works with the student-athlete development program. Thurman has been the director of student-athlete development for the men's basketball program for the past four years.
Thurman played for Coach Nolan Richardson at UA from 1993-95 and helped the Razorbacks to an NCAA national championship in 1994 and a runner-up finish in 1995. He is remembered for what is known as "The Shot" in which he hit a three-pointer in the final minute of the 1994 championship game against Duke.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Marc Leishman is the leader through one round of the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Leishman fired a 6-under 64 for a one-shot edge over Ryan Moore, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel. Tiger Woods is four shots back.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for what he says are "personal challenges." The statement he released through his management company offered no details. Johnson will not compete in next weeks' PGA Championship and could miss the Ryder Cup.
BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Kristen Gillman increased her lead to six strokes yesterday in the Junior PGA Championship by shooting a 1-under 70 at Miramont to reach 11 under. Gillman had the best three-day total in the history of the girls' division. Gordon Neale had a two-stroke lead in the boys' division when third-round play was suspended because of thunderstorms.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time major champion Li Na (lee nah) is pulling out of the upcoming U.S. Open because of a knee injury. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title is also withdrawing from hard-court events in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks. Li says the knee has been troubling her since March.

KPYN Sports for Thursday July 31st, 2014

Rangers get rare series win, 3-2 over Yankees
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis retired the last 13 batters he faced in seven strong innings and the Texas Rangers clinched their first series victory in a month, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Brett Gardner led off the game with a homer for the second straight night, after homering twice in the series-opening loss for New York.
The Rangers had lost seven consecutive series since taking two of three against Minnesota from June 27-29.
Texas went ahead to stay with three runs in the first off Hiroki Kuroda. Elvis Andrus had an RBI double and scored the tiebreaking run on a single by Adrian Beltre, who came home on Leonys Martin's single.
Lewis allowed four hits, including solo homers to Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. The right-hander struck out four and walked two, and New York didn't have another runner after Carlos Beltran's two-out single in the third..

Rangers RF Rios leaves after getting hit on quad
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right fielder Alex Rios has left the Texas Rangers game after getting hit by a pitch on the left quad.
The Rangers called the move precautionary after Rios left Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees.
Rios, considered a potential trade possibility before Thursday's non-waiver trading deadline, stayed in the game to run after getting hit by a pitch thrown by Hiroki Kuroda in the third inning. But when Texas took the field for the start of the fourth, Daniel Robertson replaced Rios in right field.

UNDATED (AP) — There were a couple of trades engineered yesterday involving major league pitchers. The Boston Red Sox have dealt left-hander Felix Doubront (doo-BRAHNT') to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named, and the St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right-handed Justin Masterson from Cleveland for outfield prospect James Ramsey. Doubrant is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games this season, while Masterson has compiled a 4-6 record with a 5.51 earned run average in 19 starts.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez has announced his retirement, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36. The lefty-hitting infielder hit .268 with 260 homers and 902 RBIs in 1,615 major league games. Chavez had been on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee.

Jerry Jones: Brent out of rehab, NFL question next
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks.
Jones said Wednesday from training camp that Brent was released from rehab on Monday.
The 26-year-old Brent was convicted in January of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years' probation. He left jail last month and entered a rehab facility in Dallas.
Brent retired last year and will have to apply for reinstatement. He could face a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.

Cowboys' Lawrence out 2-3 months with broken foot
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice at training camp.
Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Lawrence would return to Dallas for surgery and miss eight to 12 weeks. The surgery is set for Thursday.
Lawrence was in a one-on-one drill with Pro Bowl tackle Tyron Smith on Tuesday when his foot got caught as Smith pushed him to the ground.
Dallas could place Lawrence on the short-term injured list. He would miss the first eight games.
The Cowboys moved to near the top of the second round to draft Lawrence out of Boise State after releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in a salary cap move in March.

Cowboys sign OT Tyron Smith to 8-year extension
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed Tyron Smith to an eight-year contract extension that locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season.
The extension signed Wednesday is worth $98 million, pushing the total value of his deal to 10 years and $110 million. Smith gets a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.
The long contract means Smith will likely be the most important blocker for Tony Romo and whoever replaces the 34-year-old quarterback.
Smith was just 20 when Dallas drafted him ninth overall in 2011. He has started all 47 games in his career, missing one game with a sprained ankle in 2012. He played right tackle as a rookie before moving to the left side.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met on July 18 with current and former city officials and leaders to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio. The newspaper said city manager Sheryl Sculley issued a memo to the City Council Tuesday elaborating on the meeting and saying Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio.

QB questions abound in SEC with big stars gone
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps.
The turnover at football's most important position has been so significant that division favorites Alabama and South Carolina will be banking on new starters. Ditto for Texas A&M, Georgia and defending East Division champion Missouri.
Gone are stars Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray. Mississippi's Bo Wallace and Nick Marshall are the most proven returning quarterbacks.
Georgia coach Mark Richt replaces Aaron Murray with fifth-year senior Hutson Mason. Richt says he "wouldn't count out the quarterbacks ... to play great."
Likewise, South Carolina turns to longtime backup Dylan Thompson.
At least five teams will have quarterback competition in camp, including Alabama. Florida State transfer Jacob Coker is battling Blake Sims to replace AJ McCarron.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports has picked Greg Ives to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s next crew chief. Ives was the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's record run of five consecutive championships and will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for NASCAR's most popular driver. He will replace Steve Letarte, who is stepping down at the end of the year for an analyst job with NBC Sports.

UNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL' nah-DAHL') is withdrawing from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title defense at the U.S. Open. Although Nadal is left-handed, the injury affects his two-handed backhand. Those two events would have represented Nadal's hard-court preparation for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.

KPYN Sports for Wednesday July 30th, 2014

Gardner, Yankees snap skid with 12-11win at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous sliding catch and the New York Yankees held on for a 12-11 victory at Texas on Tuesday night in spite of J.P. Arencibia's seven RBIs.
Gardner had a leadoff homer and two doubles, and he reached base twice in a seven-run sixth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.
He started the inning with a double and scored on Carlos Beltran's two run-single, then reached on a three-base error that deflected off two outfielders and sent home the rally's final run.
Arencibia homered twice and drove in seven runs for Texas, including a grand slam. He also had two doubles to be the first Rangers player with four extra-base hits since Josh Hamilton's four-homer game at Baltimore on May 8, 2012.
The last player with at least seven RBIs in a loss was Jonathan Lucroy in 2012, when Milwaukee fell to the Cubs, STATS said.

Texas skipping Tepesch start because of sore knee
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers will skip Nick Tepesch when his next turn in the rotation comes up Friday.
Manager Ron Washington said Tuesday that the move is precautionary, and the Rangers aren't going to rush Tepesch back after he pulled himself out his last start because of left knee soreness.
Jerome Williams starts Friday night in the series opener at Cleveland, followed by Miles Nikolas on Saturday and Yu Darvish on Sunday.
Washington says Tepesch should be ready for his next turn in the rotation, Aug. 6 at the Chicago White Sox.
Tepesch left in the seventh inning Saturday night against Oakland because of the knee issue. That start had been pushed back a day because he pitched in relief in a 14-inning loss two days after throwing 99 pitches his previous start.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Oakland Athletics scored six runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Houston Astros 7-4 last night. Josh Reddick homered and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits for the AL West-leading A's. Enrique Hernandez drove in two runs for the Astros, who fell to 43-64 on the season.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Joe Morgan's teammates and coaches say the New Orleans Saints receiver has looked "fast and healthy" in the early days of training camp. That's an encouraging sign for the Saints passing attack, which made productive use of Morgan as a deep threat two seasons ago.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Safety Jairus Byrd is practicing with the New Orleans Saints for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, has been taken off of the Saints' physically unable to perform list, allowing him to join practic

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has obtained legal counsel familiar to the NFL as he tries to avoid an indefinite suspension for marijuana use. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week. Suh helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the NCAA will create a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football and other contact sports. A filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago says college sports' governing body also has agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows. The NCAA has been accused of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games.

NCAA puts Henderson State on probation
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — The NCAA has placed Henderson State on two years of probation and fined the school $2,500 for rules violations that included a coach offering a loan to a prospective athlete, exceeding phone contact limits and holding impermissible tryouts and practices.
The Division II school in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, self-imposed several penalties in 2012 after an inquiry into possible violations. Those included a loss of nearly half the women's basketball program's 10 scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year and limiting recruiting activities on and off campus.
Henderson State's self-imposed probationary period ended May 1, but the NCAA extended that through July 2016. It also issued show-cause orders for two of the school's former head coaches. The NCAA didn't name them.
Henderson State is a member of the Great American Conference.

Central Arkansas adds 2 more to soccer roster
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The University of Central Arkansas men's soccer team has added two more players to its roster heading into the 2014 season.
Head coach Ross Duncan announced the additions of midfielder/forward Pepe San Roman and forward Andre De Giorgi. The added players complete the school's roster.
Duncan says the experience of the new recruits will help bolster the team.
The soccer team opens its season next month at Mississippi College.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Ivan Johnson after he started all five games for their summer league team. The contract was announced yesterday. Johnson played last season in China, averaging 26 points and nearly 10 rebounds in 24 games.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA is looking forward to the completion of the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers now that a judge has cleared the way. The $2 billion dollar sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer could be wrapped up within two weeks after Monday's ruling that Shelley Sterling has the right to sell the team over the objections of estranged husband Donald Sterling. While Donald Sterling can still fight the decision through the appeals process, the judge also ruled that the sale could not be delayed by the appeal.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Byron Scott has been reintroduced to the Los Angeles media after being named the 25th head coach of the Lakers. Scott boldly predicted a quick return to NBA title contention for the Lakers, who are coming off their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes (wihlks) attended the news conference for their former teammate, who helped the 1980s Lakers win three championships.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The punishment means Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill are not eligible to return until the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Sept. 14 at Chicago. Grubb was also fined $125,000, while Hamlin and team owner Joe Gibbs were both docked 75 points in the driver and owner standings.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — FC Dallas has traded midfielder Andrew Jacobson to expansion New York City FC for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. The deal was announced yesterday, about eight months before New York's newest team starts play in Yankee Stadium in March. Jacobson becomes the fifth player on the expansion team's roster.

KPYN Sports for Tuesday July 29th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single for the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees last night. Brett Gardner homered twice and Derek Jeter had three hits off Yu Darvish. Darvish threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes five days after losing a rain-shortened game in New York.

The Yankees and Rangers play game two of their 3-game series tonignt at Globe Life Park in Arlington. You can listen to the game live on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM. Pre-Game for Rangers baseball tonight at 6:30 p.m. and first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

UNDATED (AP) — Three of the majors' six first-place teams were in action last night, and all three saw their respective leads trimmed a bit. Oakland tops the AL West by 1 ½ games over the Angels after the Astros homered four times in a 7-3 win over the Athletics in Houston. Milwaukee's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay cuts the Brewers' lead in the NL Central to 1 ½ games over St. Louis, and Washington's lead in the NL East is down to a half-game over Atlanta after the Nationals blew a 6-0 lead in a 7-6 loss at Miami.

UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs have shipped second baseman Darwin Barney and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named. The move comes six days after he was designated for assignment by the Cubbies. And the Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to Kansas City for infielder Danny Valencia.

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams' nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys. The third-year cornerback pulled and grabbed the receiver aggressively enough to prompt a heated, facemask-to-facemask exchange that ended with a shove. Claiborne says he's ready to prove he's worthy of Dallas' dramatic move up the draft board to get him with the sixth overall pick in 2012.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAH'-muh-kahng soo) until after the season. Suh becomes a free agent after the season, and the Lions could still keep him by using their franchise tag on him. Suh has 27 1/2 sacks since being taken by the Lions with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— Broncos top receiver Demaryius (deh-MEHR'-ee-uhs) Thomas has returned from bereavement leave but missed Monday's early practice because his flight from Georgia didn't get back in time for him to participate in the workout. Thomas missed the first five days of training camp for the AFC champs following the death last week of his grandmother in Georgia. He participated in the team's evening walkthrough in shorts.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two LSU freshmen football players face charges, one for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside Middleton Library and the other for allegedly tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment. Capt. Cory Lalonde told The Advocate that 17-year-old Trey Lealaimatafao (LAY-ah-LAH-eee-mah-tah-fow), of San Antonio, Texas, and 19-year-old Davon (DUH-von) Godchaux, of Plaquemine, were issued misdemeanor citations in lieu of being booked Thursday into the parish jail.

ALLEN, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas school board has approved $2 million in funding for repairs to flaws that closed its $60 million high school football stadium. The Allen school board approved two resolutions that allocate the money and authorize the school district superintendent to pursue a repair contract. Structural cracks and other problems prompted district officials last month to close Eagle Stadium less than two years after it opened.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer by ruling against team owner Donald Sterling's attempt to block the transaction. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks.

KPYN Sports for Monday July 28th, 2014

Jaso has 3 RBIs as A's beat Rangers 9-3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — John Jaso drove in three runs, helping Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 Sunday night.
Jaso had a run-scoring single during Oakland's five-run second inning and added a two-run double in the fifth.
The Athletics' first three batters — Jaso, Stephen Vogt and Yoenis Cespedes — each had a double and a single, and Josh Reddick added three singles.
Kazmir moved into a tie for the American League lead while allowing seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Adam Rosales had a two-run homer in the second, and Adrian Beltre added a solo shot off reliever Evan Scribner in the eighth.
Miles Mikolas allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

Tonight, the Rangers open a 3-game series at home against the Yankees. You can listen to the Rangers vs. the Yankees tonight on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM, pre-game for Rangers baseball tonight at 6:30 p.m. and the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna homered to lead the Miami Marlins over the Houston Astros 4-2 yesterday. Jones' homer capped a three-run first for the Marlins. Ozuna padded the lead with his solo shot in the sixth. Miami has won seven of eight following a six-game skid. The Astros have lost five in a row and eight of 10.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The L.A. Dodgers roughed up Jake Peavy (PEE'-vee) for four runs in six innings as they finished a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory at AT&T Park. Carl Crawford's RBI triple highlighted a three-run fifth inning against Peavy, who was making his Giants debut a day after being acquired from Boston. The victory gives the Dodgers a game and a-half lead over the Giants in the NL West.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles are working extra-long hours for their victories, but they'll take them. The AL East-leading Orioles improved to 11-3 in extra-inning games by edging Seattle 3-2 on Manny Machado's tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10 inning yesterday.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays' longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games. Ortiz's homer was his fifth in seven games and his 29th at Tropicana Field, most among visiting players.

NEW YORK (AP)— — The Toronto Blue Jays are celebrating their first series win at Yankee Stadium in nearly two years by edging the Yankees 5-4. Dioner (dee-AH'-nur) Navarro hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth for the Jays, who own a one-game lead of the Yanks for the second wild card in the AL.

Joe Torre inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Joe Torre, the managerial mastermind of the resurgence of the New York Yankees, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
While Torre excelled as a player — in 1971 he won National League MVP honors with a signature season that included 230 hits and a .363 average, 97 runs, and 137 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals — he became something special in the Yankees dugout.
Despite mediocre stints managing the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, Torre was hired by the Yankees prior to the 1996 season. In 12 years with Torre at the helm, the Yankees won 10 division titles, six AL pennants, and four World Series.
Torre is the only man to amass more than 2,000 hits as a player and win more than 2,000 games as a manager, according to STATS.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Capturing his fifth Brickyard 400 victory title yesterday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago when he captured his first. The win moved Gordon into a tie with Michael Schumacher (SHOO'-mah-kur), who has five Formula One victories over the famed Indianapolis oval.

Bryant undoubtedly tops Dallas receiver group now
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dez Bryant suddenly finds himself as one of the oldest Dallas receivers, and by far the most accomplished.
The 25-year-old is going into the final season of his rookie contract with the potential of a big pay day looming. But his answers to that question sound more like a leader than the troubled rookie who didn't pay his jewelry bills four years ago.
Bryant says he "can't be selfish" by worrying about a new contract. The player who refused to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads in his first training camp with the Cowboys says there won't be any rookie hazing of receivers in California.
With 34 touchdowns in three seasons, Bryant is easily the most dangerous target for Tony Romo.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
Lawyers for Sterling plan to argue Monday that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though Donald Sterling had given her written authority to pursue a sale.
The attorneys also say she tricked Donald Sterling into taking mental exams that found he had signs of the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
That finding was sufficient for him to be removed as a trustee of the Sterling Family Trust and allow Shelly Sterling to move forward with the sale of the team.
Later in the process, however, Donald Sterling tried to stop the sale by dissolving the trust.

KPYN Sports for Friday July 25th, 2014

Cowboys' Romo happy to spend hours nursing back
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Tony Romo paused to add up how long it would take to coddle his surgically repaired back on the first day of training camp.
The final tally for the 34-year-old Dallas Cowboys quarterback: about four hours.
Romo isn't worried about getting hit. He thinks he can play several more years, even joking Thursday that he'll still be taking snaps when he's 45.
But he knows he will have to alter his routine significantly after a herniated disk in a season-saving win at Washington led to back surgery that forced him out of a loss in a playoffs-or-bust finale against Philadelphia.
Romo says he will "have no problem doing that" as he tries to end a rare four-year playoff drought in Dallas.

Cowboys put Spencer, Leary on active injured list
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have placed defensive end Anthony Spencer and guard Ron Leary on the active physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
Both players can practice once they are cleared medically. Spencer is still recovering from knee surgery almost a year ago and Leary has a hamstring injury.
The Cowboys have their first practice Thursday.
Dallas placed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye on the active non-football illness list. The former top 10 pick from 2007 is trying a comeback after being out of football last season.
Spencer had a career-high 11 sacks in 2012 but played just the opener last year because of knee trouble that started in the offseason. Leary started all 16 games at left guard in 2013.

Cowboys LB McClain misses start of camp for trial
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain missed the start of training camp to return to Alabama for trial on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said McClain returned to his home state Wednesday, and the team was hopeful he would get back from Decatur, Alabama, in time for the third day of camp workouts Saturday.
McClain's trial was set for Friday after a judge rejected a delay. McClain traveled with the team from Dallas to Oxnard, California, on Tuesday.
The Cowboys acquired the rights to McClain from Baltimore on July 1. He was the eighth overall pick by Oakland out of Alabama in 2010 but hasn't played since 2012.
McClain has been arrested three times in Decatur since 2011.

Cowboys reach marketing deal with Carnival Cruise
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carnival Cruise Lines and the Dallas Cowboys are entering a marketing agreement that will expand the ship operator's brand at the team's $1.2 billion stadium and other properties.
The largest cruise operator in Texas said Thursday the multiyear deal will include giveaways for fans on game days and sponsorship of the team's training camp show on a regional sports network. The Cowboys had their first camp practices Thursday.
Miami-based Carnival will send golf carts around the parking lots on game days offering prizes that will include cruise vacation giveaways. The cruise line also will have a presence in Cowboys media and online properties.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says the new training camp setup at West Virginia's Greenbrier resort is amazing. Payton, speaking after the team reported for camp Thursday, says he's also pleased the list of players not healthy enough to participate in Friday's first practice is short.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.

Auburn's Marshall pays citations in Georgia
REYNOLDS, Ga. (AP) — Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.
Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder said Thursday that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the $1,100 in fines. That means Marshall won't have to appear at a September court hearing.
Holder and another officer found less than an ounce of marijuana in Marshall's car during a July 11 traffic stop for the window tinting. The fines were $1,000 for the marijuana and $100 for the window tint violation.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn't let Marshall attend Southeastern Conference media days. Malzahn said Monday on ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" that he would decide Marshall's punishment "in a short period of time."
The Tigers open Aug. 30 against Arkansas.

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 yesterday for their sixth win in seven games. Brett Gardner doubled, scored a run and drove in one as the Yankees kept up their push since the All-Star break. Texas fell to 3-17 in July and dropped 22 games under .500.

Rangers promote RHP Nate Adcock after Soria trade
NEW YORK (AP) — The Texas Rangers have promoted right-handed reliever Nate Adcock from the minors, a day after trading closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers.
Adcock joined the team for Thursday's game against the New York Yankees.
The 26-year-old Adcock was 1-0 with one save and a 2.76 ERA in 13 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
Adcock pitched 36 games for Kansas City in 2011 and 2012, and signed with Texas in the offseason. He had a rib removed this spring in surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve problem that was causing numbness in his right arm and hand.

NEW YORK (AP) — The pitching-poor Texas Rangers plan to add right-hander Jerome Williams and will start him Friday night against AL West-leading Oakland. The Rangers will purchase Williams' contract from Triple-A Round Rock. Williams was released by Houston earlier this month after going 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 26 relief appearances.

The Rangers open up a 6-game home stand tonight with game one of their 3-game series against the A’s. You can listen to the Rangers vs. A’s tonight live on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM, , pre-game for Rangers baseball tonight at 6:30 p.m. and first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Jerome Williams will be the starter for Texas.

Mavs sign former All-Star guard Jameer Nelson
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have signed former All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson as a free agent.
Terms of the deal announced Thursday weren't released, but it is reportedly a one-year contract for the team's salary cap exception of $2.7 million with a player option for another year at roughly the same amount.
Nelson spent his first 10 seasons with Orlando after the Magic acquired his rights from Denver, which took him with the 20th overall pick in 2004. The 32-year-old has career averages of 12.6 points and 5.4 assists.
Orlando waived its career leader in assists on June 30.
Nelson was an All-Star in 2009, when he averaged 16.7 points and shot 45 percent from 3-point range.
He joins a crowded list at point guard alongside Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home, for at least 30 days. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick in a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days.

MONTREAL (AP)— Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic (peh-TROH'-vihk) start the day tied for the top spot entering the second round of the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club after shooting 6-under 64 yesterday. Amateur Taylor Pendrith and Kyle Stanley are one shot back.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Qualifying medalists Sam Horsfield and Sean Crocker each won two matches yesterday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at The Club at Carlton Woods. Horsfield beat South Korea's Won Jun Lee 3 and 2 in the second round. Crocker beat John Augenstein 3 and 2.

KPYN Sports for Thursday July 24th, 2014

Jerry Jones: Garrett not coaching for job
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Jones doesn't like to repeat his good sound bites, so he found a new way to say Jason Garrett isn't coaching for his job.
The Dallas Cowboys owner said Wednesday it wasn't a "make or break" season for Garrett, a year after opening training camp by declaring that last season wouldn't be "Armageddon" for his coach if the once-proud franchise missed the playoffs again.
The Cowboys have identical endings to all three full seasons under Garrett, losing to NFC East rivals to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs.
This time, Garrett is in the final year of his contract. While he's not talking extension, Jones also isn't talking change.
Dallas has its first camp practice Thursday.

Yankees top Rangers 2-1 in rain-shortened game
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances.
David Phelps pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games on a 10-game homestand following the All-Star break.
New York has taken two of the first three in a four-game series that ends Thursday afternoon.

Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.
The trade was completed Wednesday night during Texas' rain-shortened loss to the New York Yankees. Soria says he was informed of the deal during the delay at Yankee Stadium.
Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.
Soria moves from the last-place Rangers to the AL Central-leading Tigers and gets reunited with the closer he replaced in Texas this season. Joe Nathan, a Rangers reliever from 2012-13, has a 5.89 ERA and 20 saves in 25 tries this year for Detroit.
The trade was first reported by Scout.com and FOXSports.com.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes homered twice before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury as the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 last night. The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock for his 15th and 16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays ran their winning streak to seven by blanking the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0. Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on the five-hit shutout. The Rays have won 25 of 36 and are 13-4 in July.

SEATTLE (AP) — The 41-year-old Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') came within seven outs of a perfect game as he retired the first 20 batters in the New York Mets' 3-2 win at Seattle. Colon finally gave up a single to Robinson Cano (kan-OH') and improved his overall mark to 9-8 this season and 13-1 all-time at Safeco Field.

DENVER (AP) — Colorado ended its seven-game slide by holding off the Washington Nationals 6-4 as Jorge De La Rosa improved his record to 11-6. De La Rosa, who is 42-14 lifetime at Coors Field, outpitched Washington's Stephen Strasburg, who fell to 7-8.

PHOENIX (AP)— Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Austin Jackson a three-run double and the Detroit Tigers roughed up the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5 in a slugfest at Chase Field. Each team rapped out 13 hits as the AL Central-leading Tigers built an early 7-0 lead after four innings against Trevor Cahill, who fell to 1-7.

Mavs void deal for Rashard Lewis over knee issue
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have voided the contract of Rashard Lewis because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Wednesday the team discovered the need for surgery during a physical. Lewis had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.
The 34-year-old Lewis spent the past two seasons mostly coming off the bench in Miami. He averaged 4.5 points last season. He was expected to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward.
Lewis has played 16 seasons since skipping college to enter the draft and going 32nd overall to Seattle in 1998. He has career averages of 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Mavericks' Felton pleads guilty in NYC gun case
NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He took a plea deal that involves admitting a felony but spares him jail.
Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon under an agreement prosecutors outlined last month. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.
Felton was arrested in February. Authorities said his estranged wife's lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was his.
Felton was charged under a state law that bans many large-capacity ammunition magazines. Prosecutors said Felton's could hold about 20 rounds.
Felton was then with the New York Knicks. He was traded to Dallas last month.
The NBA has said it's monitoring the case.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony has ended in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers. Closing arguments are set for Monday before the judge decides whether Shelly Sterling can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

WNBA veteran Becky Hammon retiring after season
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Stars veteran Becky Hammon will retire after the season, her 16th in the WNBA.
The Stars said Wednesday that the team's all-time leader in assists, points per game and three-point field goals made has left an indelible mark on the league. The 37-year-old Hammon is a six-time All-Star who ranks seventh in history in total points, second in three-point field goals made, fourth in assists, sixth in games played and first in free-throw percentage.
The former Colorado State star signed with the New York Liberty after going unpicked in the 1999 WNBA Draft. She helped guide New York to six playoff appearances, and with the Stars reached the finals only to fall to Detroit in 2008.

US movie theaters to show Premier League games
NEW YORK (AP) — Movie theaters around the U.S. will show live English soccer games on their big screens on Saturday mornings.
The simulcasts will start with the opening of the Premier League season Aug. 16. Thirty-three theaters in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington are currently scheduled to take part.
The deal was announced Wednesday by Fathom Events and NBC Sports Group, which broadcasts the Premier League in the U.S.

ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday night on the dirt at Eldora Speedway for his second Camping World Truck Series victory of the year. Wallace took the lead from Kyle Larson on the final restart on the half-mile oval and held on for his third career series victory.

KPYN Sports for Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

UNDATED (AP) — Chase Headley hit a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers last night. Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles. The Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after both rookie starters entered with a 5.10 ERA.

NEW YORK (AP)— The New York Yankees, trying to boost their anemic offense, acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. The move paid immediate dividends when Headley drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning of the Yankees' 2-1 victory over Texas.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th as the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 last night for their first win in four tries at the Coliseum this year. The Astros also earned their first three-game winning streak against the A's in franchise history. Hoes connected off Fernando Abad.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg) says he's "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers. A handful of experts, including Dr. James Andrews and New York Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, are putting together a report to help baseball address the rash of reconstructive Tommy John surgeries.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL says he's enthusiastic about the challenge of training camp and has dropped 13 pounds in the last month to get ready for the experience, weighing in at 257.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Cisco running back Mason Reed scored on a 3-yard run with 11 minutes left to play as the North beat the South 13-7 in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game. Reed broke a 7-7 tie with his run yesterday in San Antonio. Jake Parker's 17-yard touchdown catch just before halftime opened the North scoring. The performance earned him Offensive Most Valuable Player honors.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to keep the team and derail a potential $2 billion sale. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

KPYN Sports for Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter last night to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the sloppy New York Yankees. Texas got run-scoring singles from Geovany Soto, Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo to go ahead in only its third win in 17 July games. Adrian Beltre drove in the Rangers' first run with a fielder's choice in the third inning.

DENVER (AP) — Ian Desmond enjoyed his second career 5-for-5 night and hit a two-run home run in leading the Washington Nationals past Colorado 7-2. The Nationals victory, combined with Atlanta's 3-1 loss to Miami in 10 innings, moved Washington one game ahead of Atlanta in the NL East race.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale improved to 9-1 in his first outing since the All-Star break and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run in the Chicago White Sox' 3-1 victory over slumping Kansas City. The Royals held a team meeting before the game but lost their fourth straight and seventh in their last eight games.

TORONTO (AP) — Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has passed Boston great Carl Yastrzemski (yah-STREM'-skee) on baseball's career home run chart with two homers in Boston's 14-1 victory over Toronto. One inning after matching Yastrzemski with No. 452 on Monday night, Ortiz connected again to take over sole possession of 36th place on the all-time list.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN'-jihn YOO) won his 11th game, Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2. Ryu joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys waived defensive tackle Chris Whaley and signed receiver Dezmon Briscoe and tight end Dallas Walker yesterday. Whaley signed as an undrafted free agent in May. Briscoe was a sixth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2010 and landed on Tampa Bay's practice squad after getting released.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed nose tackle John Jenkins on the physically unable to perform list just days before the start of training camp. Jenkins hasn't practiced this offseason because of a pectoral injury.

DENVER (AP) — Broncos safety T.J. Ward is scheduled to be in court for charges stemming from an incident at a strip club.
Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT's All Nude Club. Ward's hearing in Denver County Court is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Cleveland, where he also earned second-team All-Pro honors last year.
Ward is a major component of Denver's defensive makeover this offseason following the AFC champions' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Marcell Dareus' attorney says the Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle has agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed. Dareus, who is from Alabama, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by a state trooper on May 5.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury has left the team to focus on what coach Kevin Sumlin calls "personal issues." Stansbury had been a star on last season's Aggie defensive front, playing in 10 games and recording 47 total tackles and three sacks.

KPYN Sports Radio 1400 Sports for Monday July 21st, 2014

HOYLAKE, England (AP)— Rory McIlroy went wire-to-wire in capturing his first British Open with a final-round 71 for a 17-under 271 finish, two shots ahead of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. The 25-year-old McIlroy picked up the third leg of a career Grand Slam. If he wins the Masters next year, he would become just the sixth player to win all four of golf's majors.

TORONTO (AP) — Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 yesterday. Cabrera drove in three runs and finished 3 for 5 as the Blue Jays won their first series since sweeping a two-game set against Milwaukee on July 1-2. He also made a great catch on a sinking liner by Adam Rosales in the sixth.

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking RBI double as the Houston Astros clinched an 11-7 win over the Chicago White Sox yesterday. Daniel Webb allowed RBI doubles in the seventh to Dominguez and L.J. Hoes. Marwin Gonzalez followed with a two-run single. Dominguez had three hits and four RBIs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Houston outfielder George Springer sat out the Astros' 11-7 win over the Chicago White Sox because of soreness in his right quad and knee. Astros manager Bo Porter said that Springer was available off the bench yesterday but wasn't needed. Springer will receive treatment the next two days.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics improved baseball's best record to 61-37 with a 10-2 rout of the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles. The A's remain a game and a-half ahead of the L.A. Angels, who posted their major league-leading 30th come-from-behind victory with a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez delivered a run-scoring go-ahead hit in the top of the ninth to give the L.A. Dodgers a 4-3 victory over St. Louis. That victory moves the Dodgers into a tie with the Giants in the NL West and also creates a tie at the top of the NL Central between the Cardinals and Brewers.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (dehs-PAHN'-yay) of the San Diego Padres lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the eighth inning when Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets doubled before the Padres rallied for a 2-1 victory. The Padres, who have never thrown a no-hitter in their 46-year franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It might be a little late, but the Tampa Bay Rays are moving up in the AL East race. James Loney had two hits and two RBIs, and Chris Archer won consecutive decisions for the first time this season as Tampa Bay topped Minnesota 5-3 for its fifth straight win to move within three games of AL East-leading Baltimore.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The probate trial on the future of the Los Angeles Clippers is resuming Monday.
The trial is dealing with whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust.
Sterling agreed to the sale but then tried to revoke consent in spite of a signed letter instructing his wife Shelly Sterling to sell for the highest price she could get.
The court action to resolve the matter has been under way since last month but was in recess for a week.
With three days of hearings ahead, Donald Sterling's lawyers suggested they would call the battling couple back to the witness stand separately to address unanswered questions.

Pats get some insurance for Gronk
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Three days before training camp opens, the New England Patriots have signed veteran tight end Nate Byham. The 26-year-old Byham spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay after his first two seasons with San Francisco.
The Patriots have been seeking depth at tight end going into training camp. Rob Gronkowski was a limited participant in minicamp last month as he continued his comeback from a season-ending knee injury last year.

KPYN Sports for Friday July 18th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have recalled opening day catcher J.P. Arencibia (ar-ehn-SEE'-bee-uh) from Triple-A Round Rock and may use him at first base. The team also activated catcher Geovany Soto, who had been on the 60-day disabled list since tearing cartilage in his right knee late in spring training. The Rangers made roster room by designating first baseman Carlos Pena for assignment.

The Texas Rangers return to action tonight after the all star break and they open a 7 game road trip against the American league east with game one of a 3-game series vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. You can listen to the Rangers at the Blue Jays tonight live on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM, first pitch at 6:07 p.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers had become accustomed to coming out of the All-Star break looking for moves to bolster a playoff chase. The Rangers are now on pace for 90 losses or more. They'll finish with 90 losses if they go 34-33 the rest of the way.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed guard Devin Harris. ESPN reported Harris got a $16.5 million, four-year deal. Harris played for Dallas on a one-year, $3 million deal last season. He originally had a $9 million, three-year deal. It was scuttled by a toe injury that forced him to miss the first half of the season.

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says the Los Angeles Lakers have claimed 12-year veteran Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bulls last season, both below his career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds. He will join a Lakers team that has already signed fellow power forwards Jordan Hill and Ed Davis.

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — The second round of the British Open is underway at Royal Liverpool. The field is chasing Rory McIlroy, who fired a 6-under 66 yesterday for a one-shot edge over Italy's Matteo Manassero. Tiger Woods was three shots back through 18 holes, and defending champ Phil Mickelson was eight shots off the pace.

2 Razorbacks named to Doak Walker award watch list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Razorback running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins have been named as preseason candidates for the 2014 Doak Walker Award.
The award is named after three-time All-America running back Doak Walker of SMU and is presented each year to the nation's top college running back.
Collins is a sophomore who was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the year last season after rushing for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns.
Williams is a junior who ran for 900 yards and four touchdowns last season and was named an honorable mention to the College Football News All-Sophomore team.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 18 and the finalists will be named on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11.

SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform.
Not that they're complaining.
Players at SEC Media Days this week were mostly pleased about the trend toward a few more perks — including scholarships that would offer full cost of attendance. They also admit they've already got it pretty good.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive has even said the Big Five conferences could break away from the NCAA if players aren't compensated more properly.
The life of major college football players and coaches could change drastically once the NCAA and Big Five conferences are done revamping the current system.
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel says players aren't starving but "it would be nice to receive a little more compensation."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An attorney for Lance Armstrong says the cyclist talked with investigators recently about doping in the sport's past. Elliot Peters told The Associated Press that Armstrong set up the meeting and sat for questions for seven hours on May 22 in Northern Virginia, and described the session as a "very good meeting." The probe has been expected to center on the International Cycling Union's handling of doping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially its links with Armstrong.

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Italian Vincenzo Nabili will wear the leader's yellow jersey into the 13th stage of the Tour de France today, a grueling, 122-mile mountain trek that will put competitors in the French Alps . He holds a 2 minute, 23 second lead over Australian Richie Porte. Norway's Alexander Kristoff was the winner of the 12th stage, which covered 115 miles.

KPYN Sports for Thursday July 17th, 2014

Dallas Cowboys release backup QB Kyle Orton
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Quarterback Kyle Orton has been released by the Dallas Cowboys.
The expected move Wednesday came after Tony Romo's backup skipped all the offseason workouts amid reports Orton was considering retirement.
The Cowboys report to training camp in California next week.
Orton was fined about $70,000 for failing to report during the offseason and missing the mandatory minicamp in June. The move saves Dallas about $3.25 million this season, but will cost the team about that amount on the salary cap over the next two seasons.
Brandon Weeden takes over as Romo's backup. Weeden, Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in March and worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo continued his recovery from back surgery.

Bielema: Uptempo dangers fact not fiction
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Bret Bielema once again faced SEC media days questions about his aversion to uptempo offenses.
The Arkansas coach says he hasn't softened his stance that they are hazardous to defenders because that would mean backing off on protecting his players.
Earlier Wednesday, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said the fears about fast-paced systems are "fiction." Pinkel says he doesn't "buy the health issue in any way."
The Razorbacks will have to face Auburn's hurry-up offense in their Aug. 30 opener.
Arkansas is trying to rebound from a winless SEC season. Bielema sees plenty of positive signs from his players off the field, from academics to behavior.
He says quarterback Brandon Allen has had one of the best offseasons Bielema has "ever seen a positional player have, let alone a quarterback."

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has reinstated a highly regarded defensive back from Miami who last month broke the jaw of a Lady Raiders basketball player. Tech athletics says Nigel Bethel II will return to the team but will sit out the first three games of his first season. Berthel punched Amber Battle her during a pickup basketball game at the campus recreation center and was dismissed from the football program the next day.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alabama and Southern California are set for their first regular-season matchup since some storied games in the 1970s. The Crimson Tide and the Trojans will play in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington. The Labor Day weekend season opener at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium will be held in September 2016.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty and TCU defensive end Devonte Fields are the Big 12 preseason players of the year. Petty passed for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns while setting 17 school records last season as the Bears won their first Big 12 title and played in their only BCS bowl. Fields had four tackles without a sack while playing only three games before a foot injury.

Fulmer, Mack Brown added to Broyles committee
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former coaches Mack Brown of Texas and Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee have been named to the selection committee for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.
The Little Rock Rotary Club announced the addition Wednesday. The panel includes former coaches Vince Dooley of Georgia, Hayden Fry of Iowa and Barry Switzer of Oklahoma, among others.
Brown coached Texas to a national title in 2006 and Fulmer led Tennessee to one in 1998. Both also have had assistant coaches win the Broyles Award: Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis in 2005 and Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe in 1998.
The award is named after longtime Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who had 24 assistants become head coaches.
This year's winner will be announced Dec. 9.

Royals acquire RHP Jason Frasor from Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have acquired veteran reliever Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers for Triple-A right-hander Spencer Patton.
The trade was made Wednesday, the same day Patton was scheduled to participate in the Triple-A All-Star game. The Rangers will assign him to Triple-A Round Rock.
Frasor was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season, his second in Texas. He spent nine seasons with Toronto (2004-12), returning to the Blue Jays after being traded to the White Sox in July 2011 and finishing that season in Chicago.
Patton is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves in 34 relief appearances for Triple-A Omaha this season. He has 60 strikeouts in 46 1-3 innings while holding opponents to a .161 batting average.

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — The 143rd edition of the British Open is underway at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Masters winner Bubba Watson and U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur) are seeking their second major title of the year. Reigning British Open champ Phil Mickelson tees off later today.

Wizards get C Blair in deal with Dallas
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards have acquired center DeJuan Blair in a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
The 6-foot-7 Blair averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 78 games in his only season with Dallas. He spent his first four seasons with San Antonio and has career averages of 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Dallas obtained the rights to Emir Preldzic in Tuesday's trade. The 6-9 Preldzic was selected by Phoenix with the 57th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lance Stephenson has joined the Charlotte Hornets after four seasons with the Indiana Pacers. A person familiar with the contract says Stephenson has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Michael Jordon-led team, a package that includes a team option for the third season. Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game for the Pacers last season.

UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder say they have signed free-agent guard Anthony Morrow, who averaged career-highs of 10.4 points and 2 1/2 rebounds for New Orleans last season. Brandon Rush is back with the Golden State Warriors after accepting a two-year contract. And a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Heat free agent James Jones will be joining LeBron James with the Cavaliers.

KPYN Sports for Wednesday July 16th, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in his first All-Star game to help the American League beat the National League 5-3 in Minnesota. Mike Trout took MVP honors by hitting an RBI triple in the first inning before snapping a 3-3 with a run-scoring double in the fifth. Miguel Cabrera smacked a two-run homer to help the AL overcome a pair of RBI doubles by Jonathan Lucroy.

AP source: Cowboys releasing backup QB Orton
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Kyle Orton after their backup quarterback missed all the offseason workouts amid reports he was considering retirement.
A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Cowboys were cutting ties with Orton slightly more than a week before the start of training camp. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the decision.
The 31-year-old Orton started the finale last year after Tony Romo injured his back a week earlier. The Cowboys lost to Philadelphia, their third straight season-ending defeat against an NFC East rival with a playoff berth on the line.
The new backup is likely to be Brandon Weeden. Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have agreed to a multiyear contract. Graham skipped all of the Saints' voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts, and challenged the NFL's franchise tag process through arbitration before losing. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance, contending Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag, worth about $5 million a year more than the $7 million tag for a tight end.

Ex-NFL player in California court on rape charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper, who is facing sexual assault allegations in several states, is returning to court in California.
Sharper is scheduled to appear today in a Los Angeles court, where he's charged with drugging and raping two women last year after meeting them at a West Hollywood nightclub.
The judge and attorneys will be setting a date for a preliminary hearing to determine whether Sharper should stand trial.
Another hearing is then scheduled on Sharper's extradition to Arizona, where prosecutors are alleging he drugged and sexually assaulted three women.
He's also been investigated for alleged sexual assaults in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. He has denied the allegations.
The 38-year-old Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints in a 14-year career.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas area is expected to see more than 60,000 out-of-state fans and $300 million in spending when it hosts the new college football championship game. The Texas Comptroller's Office projected the economic impact when it approved a major events trust fund for the January game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The trust fund is anticipated revenue set aside to help pay for expenses.

Aggies Sumlin can't escape Manziel questions
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin didn't shed much light on the competition to replace star quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Sumlin's first podium question Tuesday at Southeastern Conference media days was about, What's it like to not have Manziel?
He'd already tried to head off question about the competition between sophomore Kenny Hill and highly touted freshman Kyle Allen. That question will be answered on the field not at a podium before hundreds of reporters.
The challenge remains. The Aggies must replace three NFL first-round picks, including the 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Texas A&M won 20 games in its first two seasons in the SEC with a headline-hogging quarterback. Now, the Aggies get a chance to prove they can win big in the powerhouse league even without Manziel.

4 Central Arkansas football games to be televised
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The University of Central Arkansas says at least four of its football games will be televised this fall.
UCA announced Tuesday that the season-opener at Texas Tech on Aug. 30 will be broadcast by Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN3 will carry the Oct. 4 UCA game to be played at Stephen F. Austin.
The Southland Conference network will televise UCA home games against Nicholls on Sept. 27 and Nov. 8 against Lamar.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House members have introduced a bill to require the NCAA, schools, conferences as well as the College Football Playoff to reveal how much money is flowing through college sports. North Carolina Democrat David Price and Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri introduced the bill, saying in a statement it would allow "for the first apples-to-apples comparison" of revenues and spending throughout college sports.

UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat have resigned All-Star guard Dwyane (dwayn) Wade to a two-year contract, with Wade holding the option for the second year. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) has officially become a Houston Rocket after being acquired in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Washington. The San Antonio Spurs have finalized the signing of veteran forward Boris Diaw (DEE'-aw) to a three-year, $22 million deal.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have added veteran power forward Rashard Lewis. Lewis is a two-time All-Star who has played 16 seasons with four teams since going straight to the NBA out of a Houston high school in the 1998 draft. He played for Seattle, Orlando and Washington before the last two seasons in Miami.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA's best coach is bringing in one of Europe's very best to add to his staff. The San Antonio Spurs have hired Ettore Messina to be an assistant under Gregg Popovich. Messina comes to San Antonio from Russia. He is a two-time Euroleague coach of the year and has also coached in Italy.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas high school athletic officials have voted to move the boys' and girls' state basketball tournaments to San Antonio after 93 years in Austin. The University Interscholastic League announced the move to the Alamodome yesterday. The move was prompted by scarcity of hotel rooms in Austin in early March because of the South By Southwest festival.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby doesn't need surgery on the wrist that bothered him during the playoffs. The Penguins captain will continue to receive treatment and be evaluated before the start of training camp. Crosby had just one goal and nine points in 13 playoff games after leading the league in scoring during the regular season.

UA's Ellenwood invited to US Team soccer camp
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas soccer player Ashleigh Ellenwood has been invited to the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Domestic Training Camp.
Ellenwood is among 24 players invited to the camp that began Tuesday and runs through July 22 in Seattle, Washington.
Ellenwood is a forward who has 48 points in 44 career games at UA and was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection last season.
She said the camp will help her prepare for the coming season with the Razorbacks.

KPYN Sports for Tuesday July, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners will be the American League starter in tonight's All-Star game at Target Field. King Felix is sporting an 11-2 record with a 2.12 ERA this season. He'll be opposed by the St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright, who is 12-4 with a major league-best 1.83 ERA.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— Don't be surprised if the All-Star game is a low-scoring affair, with star pitchers such as defending Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw available for the bullpen. The last two All-Star games have been shutouts with the AL winning 3-0 last year and the NL winning 8-0 two years ago.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) is already a winner at the All-Star game. The Oakland Athletics slugger successfully defended his title at the Home Run Derby by defeating Cincinnati's Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round. Cespedes is the first back-to-back champ since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99.

CHICAGO (AP)— — The Chicago Bulls have made two trades to clear salary-cap space, setting the stage for the addition of free-agent center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL'). First, the Bulls sent forward Anthony Randolph, two second-round draft picks and cash considerations to Orlando for the rights to Milovan Rakovic. Chicago also traded forward Greg Smith to Dallas on Monday for the rights to Tadija Dragicevic.

DALLAS (AP) — Prized SMU recruit Emmanuel Mudiay will pursue professional basketball opportunities overseas instead of playing for the Mustangs. Coach Larry Brown says that the decision by the 6-foot-5 McDonald's All-American point guard was based on a "hardship issue" and not any academic issues for the incoming freshman.

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Changes are coming to Brazil's soccer team, which finished a disappointing fourth in the World Cup. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolaro is not coming back at coach. The move comes after the Brazilians were crushed in the semifinals by eventual champ Germany 7-1, then lost the third place game to the Netherlands 3-0.

DALLAS (AP) — A Cowboys offensive lineman has pleaded guilty to a first-time drunken driving charge. Ronald Leary was arrested in suburban Dallas in September 2012 after failing a field sobriety test. He will receive 18 months of probation and a $1,000 fine. Leary was a Memphis University guard before the Cowboys signed him as a free agent in 2012.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — A gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff. College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock unveiled the more than 2-foot-high trophy Monday. The first hoisting will be reserved for the winner of the first national championship game next January in Arlington.

Razorback linebacker on Butkus Award watch list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas senior linebacker Braylon Mitchell has been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award.
Mitchell is one of 51 players named to the list released Monday.
Semi-finalists for the award will be named Oct.27 and the finalists on Nov. 24.
The award is named after former University of Illinois and Chicago Bears standout Dick Butkus.

Arkansas defensive end named to Lombardi list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas senior defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award.
Flowers is one of 123 players named to the list announced Monday.
Flowers is a senior who was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference last season. He was previously named to the watch lists for both the Nagurski and Bednarik awards.

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive continued his hard push for NCAA reform, saying the Big Five conferences need more autonomy or they will have to make drastic changes. Slive's remarks came at the beginning of the league's media days on Monday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Bowl officials and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation say the game will be played in the Superdome on Saturday, Dec. 20. Kick-off is at 10 a.m. The New Orleans Advocate reports this year's post-season game, sponsored by R+L Carriers, will feature teams from the Sun Belt and Mountain West conferences and will air on ESPN.

KPYN Sports for Monday July 14th, 2014

UNDATED (AP) — Baseball enters its four-day All-Star break with National League races much tighter than the three American League divisions. Washington and Atlanta are in a virtual tie for the East, Milwaukee leads St. Louis by a game in the Central and Los Angeles Dodgers are a game ahead of the Giants in the West. The closest race in the American League is in the West where the Oakland Athletics are leading the surging L.A. Angels by a game and a-half.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — No question the team that goes into the All-Star break needing a rest is the Texas Rangers, who have the worst record in the majors at 38-57 after their eighth straight defeat, 10-7 to the L.A. Angels. The Angels, a major league-best 26-9 since June 6, swept a four-game series against Texas for the first time in their history.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Trout doubled twice and drove in four runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 10-7 yesterday. Texas lost its eighth in a row and has the worst record in the majors. Trout sent three runs home with a two-out double in the second inning. Alex Rios drove in three runs for Texas.

HOUSTON (AP) — Clay Buchholz allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 12 in his fifth career shutout in the Boston Red Sox's 11-0 win over the Houston Astros yesterday. Brock Holt had a career-best five hits to help the Red Sox to their fourth victory in five games heading into the All-Star break. Buchholz didn't walk a batter in his first shutout since June 2013.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— The Home Run Derby kicks off tonight's All-Star festivities with the midsummer classic Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) is back trying to defend his title in the Home Run Derby.

Futures Game: Gallo gives US 3-2 win over World
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo showed off his power with a soaring two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the U.S. team the lead for good in a 3-2 victory over the World squad Sunday at the All-Star Futures Game for baseball's best minor leaguers.
Gallo's one-out drive to right field off Houston Astros right-hander Michael Feliz was estimated at 419 feet. The 20-year-old third baseman for Double-A Frisco hit several other balls farther than that during a head-turning batting practice display at Target Field.
The assumed successor for four-time All-Star Adrian Beltre with the Rangers, Gallo has 31 homers and 73 RBIs this season in 85 games. He followed a two-run homer in the top of the sixth by Javier Baez against Washington Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany is celebrating its first World Cup triumph as a united country following its 1-0 victory over Argentina. West Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990, with the 1990 title also coming against the Argentines.

EDMUND, Okla. (AP)— Colin Montgomerie is the fifth golfer to capture the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year. The portly Scot won a three-hole playoff against Gene Sauers yesterday to win the U.S. Senior Open, the first time since 2002 that this event went to a playoff.

Parsons headed to Mavs, Rockets not matching offer
DALLAS (AP) — Chandler Parsons is going to the Dallas Mavericks after the Houston Rockets decided not to match the restricted free agent's three-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million.
Parsons tweeted Sunday that he had heard from the Rockets. The 6-foot-9 small forward wrote that Houston will always have a special place in his heart and that he will never forget the memories.
Parsons signed the offer sheet early Thursday, only minutes after the NBA's moratorium on signing free agents ended. Houston had until Sunday to match.
Mark Cuban welcomed Parsons to Dallas in a message on a Cyber Dust account controlled by the Mavericks owner and the team.
Parsons will be in the Dallas frontcourt with Dirk Nowitzki after playing his first three NBA seasons with the Rockets.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Jeremy Lin has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for the rights to center Sergei Lishchuk. The Lakers also gave up first- and second-round draft picks in 2015. Lin will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the salary cap. The Lakers have cap room to absorb Lin's contract.

NCAA, QBs shift among topics at SEC media days
UNDATED (AP) — There's plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference.
The league opens its annual media days on Monday with radical change in the college athletic model appearing imminent and the SEC Network soon to take the airwaves. A fourth day has been added to the event in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, and the SEC has issued about 1,100 media credentials.
Florida State ended the SEC's seven-year run of national titles by beating Auburn in January. Six of the league's teams will have new starting quarterbacks with the exodus of star power at the position including Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron and Georgia's Aaron Murray.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive opens SEC media days then Auburn's Gus Malzahn will take the podium.

KPYN Sports for Friday July 11th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star center fielder Mike Trout had a three-run homer among his four hits for the Los Angeles Angels in a 15-6 victory over the freefalling Texas Rangers last night. The first four Angels batters in the game had hits and scored. Hector Santiago struck out eight in six innings. The left-hander allowed four runs and five hits.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus left last night's game with the Los Angeles Angels after being spiked on the left ankle while turning a double play. The Rangers say the injury isn't considered serious. Andrus initially stayed in the game but ran slowly after grounding out in the third.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is focused on healing after neck surgery. Fielder says he is motivated to get back but isn't pushing anything. He isn't expected to play again this season but should be ready for spring training.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — L.A. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had his scoreless inning streak end at 41 innings when San Diego's Chase Headley homered in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Padres. That's the third-longest scoreless streak in Dodger history after Orel Hersheiser and Don Drysdale. Kershaw won his eighth straight decision to improve to 11-2, going the distance with a three-hitter and striking out 11.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees are hoping their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season. Yanks GM Brian Cashman says Tanaka could return in six weeks, but didn't rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn't respond to a rehab program.

CHICAGO (AP) — Changes could be in the works for Wrigley Field, the century-old iconic home of the Cubs on Chicago's North Side. A city commission unanimously approved the Cubs' massive $500 million renovation project that includes a Jumbotron and six other electronic signs, although owners of rooftop venues across the street have vowed a court challenge if their sight lines are blocked.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have developed a $66 million plan to demolish the historic Astrodome and replace it with a green space and "Astrodome Hall of Fame" in time for the 2017 Super Bowl at the Texans' stadium next door. But Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, tells The Associated Press that the plan is purely conceptual and there's no timetable for it.

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — The PGA Tour stop this week is the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., where there is a little extra pressure as Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman start second round play tied for the lead after they shot 8-under-par 63 yesterday. The top finisher not previously eligible for the British Open will earn a spot next week at Royal Liverpool for this year's Open, provided he's among the top five and ties.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas System chancellor says he won't approve beer and wine sales at Longhorns football games in Austin this fall. Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa says he and UT Austin President Bill Powers agreed the school needs more study of alcohol sales at basketball, baseball and track events before allowing it at football games. Texas long banned alcohol sales at athletic events before allowing some last spring.

NEW YORK (AP) — None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday. League spokesman Michael Signora says in an email that all four players — New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead — went undrafted and are now free agents.

Arkansas' Flowers on Nagurski Trophy watch list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
The Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club announced the watch list Thursday for the trophy given annually to the player selected as college football's defensive player of the year. It is named after Bronko Nagurski, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame who played for the University of Minnesota and the Chicago Bears.
Flowers will be a senior this season after being named to the All-Southeastern Conference second team as a junior.

KPYN Sports for Thursday July 10th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Houston Astros climbed out of last place in the AL West by completing a three-game sweep with an 8-4 victory over All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers last night. Grossman and rookie George Springer homered for the Astros. Dallas Keuchel allowed four runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth homered in Washington's 6-2 victory over Baltimore, propelling the Nationals into first place in the National League East. Doug Fister improved to 8-2 by holding the Orioles to two runs in his seven innings.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have fallen out of first place. They are now a game back of Washington after falling 4-1 to the New York Mets, who are on their first four-game winning streak of the season. The Braves have lost four straight after a nine-game winning streak.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Alfredo Simon (SY'-muhn) is the NL's first 12-game winner after Billy Hamilton hit a tiebreaking triple in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Reds won their fifth in a row — matching their season high — and moved a season-best seven games over .500.

SAO PAULO (AP) — For the third time, it will be Argentina-Germany in a World Cup final after the Argentines advanced to Sunday's championship with a semifinal victory over the Netherlands in a match decided by a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks. Argentina beat Germany in the 1986 World Cup final and Germany returned the favor in 1990.

UNDATED (AP) — Gregg Popovich has agreed to a multi-year extension with the San Antonio Spurs. Popovich is 1,116-533 in his career and won his third coach of the year trophy this season after leading the Spurs to an NBA-best 62 wins in the regular season. He is one of three coaches to be named coach of the year three times.

NEW YORK (AP) — Four players will be available during the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday. SMU running back Traylon Shead, New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg and defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross are eligible for the draft. The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance at entering the NFL.

Arkansas punter Irwin-Hill named to Ray Guy list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas punter Sam Irwin-Hill has been named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list.
The award is named after College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL punter Ray Guy and is presented each year to the player selected as the nation's top punter.
Irwin-Hill will be a senior. He averaged 44.3 yards per punt last season and led the Southeastern Conference with 20 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Ten semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 14 and three finalists will be announced Nov. 24 The winner will be announced Dec. 11.

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Bernard Langer (LAHN'-gur) is the man to beat at the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National starting today in Oklahoma. The 56-year-old Langer has three victories, three runner-up finishes and 11 top 10s in 12 Senior Tour events this year.

KPYN Sports for Wednesday July 9th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chris Carter led off two innings with home runs as the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 last night. Jose Altuve had two hits, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly. The All-Star second baseman matched Houston's franchise record with 28 consecutive stolen bases. He leads the American League with 126 hits and a .341 batting average.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish was struck in the head by a ball during a throwing session in the outfield while the Texas Rangers took batting practice yesterday. Darvish resumed throwing after a few minutes. Darvish is scheduled to start the series finale against Houston tonight.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros outfielder Alex Presley has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. The Astros made the move before lastnight's game. Presley got hurt while swinging during an at-bat in the eighth inning of the series opener at Texas on Monday night. Presley had a homer in Monday night's win before having to leave in the middle of an at-bat.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have placed right-hander Nick Martinez on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Phil Irwin from Triple-A Round Rock. Martinez has discomfort in his left side. The move was retroactive to July 2nd. Martinez is 1-6 with a 5.10 ERA over 16 games for the Rangers.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals pulled some ninth inning magic again. Following Matt Adams' walkoff home run Monday night, rookie Kolten Wong connected with a two-run homer off Ernesto Frieri with two outs for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates last night.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Four-time NBA MVP and top free agent LeBron James held meetings for more than three hours yesterday in Las Vegas, but declined to give any hint as to which team might have the inside track for his services next season. Some of James' representatives have met with several teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team James broke in with but abandoned four years ago to play for the Miami Heat.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A testy Donald Sterling is due back on the witness stand today after a lively 90-minute appearance yesterday, disputing those who say he suffers from Alzheimer's disease as he tries to fight for control of the L.A. Clippers. The 80-year-old billionaire contends that his wife, Shelly, had no authority to singlehandedly arrange a team sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

SAO PAULO (AP) — Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie is questionable for today's World Cup semifinal against Argentina after succumbing to a stomach problem. Van Persie trained separately on Tuesday with defender Daryl Janmaat and coach Louis van Gaal said both were suffering "stomach and intestinal problems."

UNDATED (AP) — Today's Netherlands-Argentina victor advances to Sunday's World Cup final against Germany. The Germans advanced with a 7-1 thrashing of host Brazil, the worst defeat in Brazil's glorious soccer history and the most lopsided World Cup result ever.

Arkansas, Arkansas State tight ends on Mackey list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tight ends at the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State have been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award.
Arkansas sophomore Hunter Henry was named to the watch list Tuesday, as was junior Darion Griswold of Arkansas State.
Henry was named a second-team all-Southeastern Conference player by The Associated Press last year. He started seven games and played in all 12 of the Razorbacks' contests, and was the only freshman tight end in the SEC with a 100-yard receiving game. He gained a first down on 22 of his 28 receptions.
Griswold is the first Arkansas State player to be named to the Mackey watch list. He had 24 catches for 312 yards last year.
Arkansas' D.J. Williams won the Mackey award in 2010.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway. Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 on Tuesday because the track bar on Busch's Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation.

KPYN Sports for Tuesday July 8th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jon Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs as the Houston Astros snapped a seven-game skid with a 12-7 victory over the Texas Rangers last night. Gonzalez's triple followed five consecutive singles in a six-run second inning. Singleton's towering flyball landed two rows above the Texas bullpen in right-center for a three-run shot and a 9-2 lead in the fourth.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have sent struggling rookie outfielder Michael Choice to Triple-A Round Rock. Choice was demoted and infielder Donnie Murphy was designated for assignment yesterday. The Rangers brought up right-handed reliever Roman Mendez and outfielder Jake Smolinski from Round Rock.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams cracked a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh last night. The victory moves the defending NL champion Cardinals to within four games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee, which lost 3-2 to Philadelphia for its sixth loss in seven games.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles hit three home runs in a six-run 11th inning to beat Washington 8-2 to take the opener of a four-game "Battle of the Beltways" interleague series. Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado all went deep in the 11th after Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 28th homer, a two-run shot, for the AL East-leading Orioles.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver left last night's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays after two perfect innings because of tightness in his lower back. The 31-year-old right-hander is 9-6 with a 3.87 ERA in his 18 previous starts this season, the third year of a five-year, $85 million contract extension that will expire after the 2016 season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An expert hired by Mrs. Donald Sterling has testified the 80-year-old owner of the L.A. Clippers has Alzheimer's disease. The NBA wants Sterling out as team owner because of racist remarks he made. Shelly Sterling has made a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but Donald Sterling claims she didn't have authority to make a unilateral agreement.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is worried about Brazil's "brutal" tackling in recent games, and has appealed to the referee of their World Cup semifinal to be on the lookout for such tactics. Germany and Brazil play this afternoon (3 p.m. Eastern time) with the winner advancing to Sunday's World Cup final against the Netherlands-Argentina winner.

Razorback DE named to Bednarik Award watch list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award that's presented to the player selected as the college football defensive player of the year.
The Maxwell Football Club announced the 76-man watch list on Monday. Semifinalists will be announced in November, while the winner will be named on Dec. 11.
Flowers was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2013 after recording 44 tackles, with five quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception and two pass breakups.
The award is named for Chuck Bednarik — a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. It has been presented each year since 1995.

2 Razorbacks named to Maxwell Award watch list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams have been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which honors the top college football player in the country.
The Maxwell Football Club announced the 78-man watch list on Monday. Semifinalists will be announced in November, while the winner will be named on Dec. 11.
Last season, Collins was named Southeastern Conference freshman of the year. He finished the season with 1,026 yards on 190 carries with four touchdowns.
Williams finished last season with 900 rushing yards and four touchdowns, also adding seven receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Alabama's A.J. McCarron won the Maxwell Award last year.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Alexis Jones is going to Baylor after starting every game she played at Duke the past two seasons. Baylor says Jones has signed a financial aid agreement to attend the Big 12 school. She tore the ACL in her left knee in February and missed Duke's last seven games.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech University officials say an All-American junior college baseball player who later competed for Tech drowned while swimming with family over the holiday weekend. Tech says Elliot Richoux (ree-SHOO') died Friday at Lake Conroe (KAHN'-roh). Authorities say he had jumped from a dock before slipping below the water. His body was found about 30 minutes later.

KPYN Sports for Monday July 7th, 2014

UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been voted to the starting lineup for the July 15 game at Minnesota. Jeter is hitting .273 with 23 RBIs in his 20th and final major league season. Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was the leading vote-getter for the second time in four years.

Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish will represent the Texas Rangers at the 2014 All-Star Game, to be played at Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday, July 15, and shown live on FOX. This will be Beltre's fourth appearance in the Midsummer Classic, and Darvish's third.

NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Wheeler breezed into the seventh inning as the New York Mets beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 yesterday for a series win. Daniel Murphy's RBI double in the seventh made it 7-1. But reliever Gonzalez Germen allowed Alex Rios' first homer in 46 games and Leonys Martin's two-run drive before getting an out in the eighth.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Garrett Richards won his sixth decision in seven starts to lead the surging Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros yesterday. Albert Pujols drove in the Angels' first two runs with a bases-loaded single. Richards allowed six hits over 7 1-3 innings.

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) blew a 5-2 lead in the fourth set before pulling out a 6-7, 7-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 triumph over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men's final. It's the second Wimbledon title for Djokovic, who also won it in 2011. Federer was trying to become Wimbledon's first eight-time singles champion.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Aric Almirola won the weather-delayed and rain-shortened Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, putting Richard Petty's famed No. 43 in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999. Almirola led for 14 of 112 laps before the race was stopped for good by another steady downpour after being postponed one day by rain. Brian Vickers was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Casey Mears and Austin Dillon.

WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W. Va (AP) — Angel Cabrera fired his second consecutive 6-under-par 64 to win the Greenbrier Classic by two strokes over George McNeill. The Argentine was 16-under in earning his first non-major PGA victory. His other wins came in the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters.

Barrett steps aside from Razorback baseball
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Longtime University of Arkansas baseball announcer Chuck Barrett is stepping down.
Barrett and the university say he will continue as the Razorbacks play-by-play voice for football and basketball - but is giving up baseball duties after 23 years. Barrett has done all three sports the past seven years while also serving as the UA athletic department's director of broadcasting.
Barrett was first hired in 1992 to announce Razorback baseball games and has called more than 1,250 games since.

SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has possession of the yellow jersey in the Tour de France after winning the second stage. The Astana team leader led a breakaway bunch to finish first in the 201-kilometer (125-mile) ride over nine rolling hills and through the heath of Yorkshire, England. Nibali leads the overall standings by two seconds over Slovakia's Peter Sagan.

UNDATED (AP) — Boris Diaw says he's staying in San Antonio. The versatile forward tweeted yesterday that he is staying in San Antonio "for a few more years." Diaw did not reveal the specifics of his new contract with the Spurs. Yahoo! Sports first reported that it is a three-year deal worth $22 million.

PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Flower Mound's Lauren Cox scored 20 points and blocked eight shots to help the United States beat Spain 77-75 in the women's under-17 world championship game yesterday. Asia Durr had 17 points and four assists. The United States was 7-0 in the tournament and is 23-0 overall in the biennial event that started in 2010.

KPYN sports for Thursday July 3rd, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones and Ryan Flaherty hit solo homers as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 last night. The Rangers have lost eight consecutive road games. Baltimore stayed within one game of first-place Toronto. The Orioles moved six games over .500.

HOUSTON (AP) — Logan Morrison drove in two runs in Seattle's big sixth inning as the Mariners beat the Houston Astros 5-2 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep. The Mariners were down by two before a four-run sixth inning. Chris Young allowed two hits and struck out a season-high eight.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves extended their longest winning streak of the season to seven games by beating the New York Mets 3-1. Chris Johnson's three-run double in the first inning was all the runs Julio Teheran (TEH'-rahn) need to win his eighth game.

DETROIT (AP) — The AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, fresh off their three-game sweep of AL West-leading Oakland, have won 11 of 13. The Tigers send out Max Scherzer in search of his 10th victory as Detroit opens a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyson Ross tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game and outdueled major league ERA leader Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) in the San Diego Padres' spiffy 3-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds. The victory completed a three-game sweep for the Padres.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama commended the U.S. men's soccer team yesterday for making their country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, during an Oval Office phone call with two of the team's most celebrated players. Obama called goalkeeper Tim Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey the day after the U.S. team was eliminated from the World Cup after dropping a 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle with former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins to replace Jason Kidd as their coach. Kidd was introduced as the Milwaukee Bucks new coach yesterday after the Nets swung a trade with the Bucks to let Kidd out of his contract with Brooklyn.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars re-signed center Vernon Fiddler to a two-year, $2.5 million contract yesterday. Fiddler will provide depth behind Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. Fiddler had six goals and 17 assists in 76 games last season. The Stars also signed 22-year-old Brendan Ranford to a three-year entry-level contract.

DENTON, Texas (AP) — North Texas linebacker Sed Ellis and tight end Chris Loving have been suspended indefinitely after they were arrested on charges of stealing television sets. Coach Dan McCarney decided to suspend both players after talking to them following their arrests. Police say Ellis and Loving admitted to the thefts and returned the TVs at a police station.

KPYN sports for Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Belgium beat the United States 2-1 yesterday to eliminate the Americans from World Cup. Belgium ended a scoreless tie in the 93rd minute and scored 12 minutes later to take a two-goal lead into the second 15-minute overtime period. Julian Green scored in the 107th minute for the U.S. and Tim Howard made 16 saves.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 26th home run as the Baltimore Orioles breezed past the skidding Texas Rangers 8-3 last night. Cruz is closing in on his career high of 33 home runs with Texas in 2009. He is already one homer short of matching his total last year with the Rangers. That season was cut short by a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.

HOUSTON (AP) — A seven-run sixth inning propelled the Seattle Mariners to score a season high in a 13-2 win over the Houston Astros last night. Hisashi Iwakuma went six innings and gave up a run on seven hits while striking out seven. Jarred Cosart tied a season-high by allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings to end a four-game winning streak.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have acquired the rights to former Baltimore linebacker Rolando McClain and are placing Sean Lee on season-ending injured reserve with a torn knee ligament. McClain was the eighth overall pick by Oakland in 2010. Off-the-field issues shortened his career. He has been retired and hasn't played since 2012. Lee tore the ACL in his left knee in the first offseason practice.

LONDON (AP) — The men's and women's quarterfinals highlight today's Wimbledon schedule. Top seed Novak Djokovic faces Marin Cilic (CHEE'-leech), third seed Andy Murray takes on Grigor Dimitrov, fourth seed Roger Federer battles No. 5 Stan Wawrinka (vahv-REEN'-lah) and No. 8 Milos Raonic (ROW'-nich) meets Nick Kyrios (KEER'-ee-ohs). The women's quarters have third seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) against Sabine Lisicki (sah-BEEN' lih-SIH'-kee) and No. 9 Angelique Kerber versus Eugenie Bouchard (yoo-JEE'-nee boo-SHAHRD').

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jodie Meeks has agreed to a $19.5 million, three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points and scored a team-high 1,209 points for the Los Angeles Lakers last season.

UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving has agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension reportedly worth $90 million. Center Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-shihn gohr-THAT') agreed to a $60 million, five-year contract to remain with the Washington Wizards. A person familiar with the deal says the Golden State Warriors and guard Shaun Livingston have agreed to a three-year contract worth about $16 million.

UNDATED (AP) — NHL free agency has opened with a flurry of moves, including a major trade. The Dallas Stars acquired forward Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh) and a prospect from Ottawa for forward Alex Chiasson (CHAY'-sahn), two prospects and a second-round pick in next year's draft. Goaltender Ryan Miller signed with Vancouver, forward Tomas Vanek took a deal with Minnesota, St. Louis picked up forward Paul Stastny (STAS'-nee) and Colorado snared forward Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh).

KPYN Sports for Tuesday July 1st, 2014

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tih-dohr) will be available for the U.S. in today's World Cup game against Belgium, although it doesn't appear he's ready to start. The forward strained his left hamstring in the Americans' opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn't appear in their next two games. The U.S. Soccer Federation tweeted that Altidore "is ready and available."

BALTIMORE (AP) — Steve Pearce hit two of Baltimore's four home runs off Joe Saunders as the Orioles defeated the Texas Rangers 7-1 last night. Pearce put Baltimore ahead to stay with a two-run drive in the first inning and connected again in the fourth. It was his first two-homer game during a career that began in 2007.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (muh-CHAH'-doh) has begun serving his suspension after losing his appeal. Machado originally was suspended June 10 for intentionally throwing his bat on the field during an at-bat in Baltimore's game against Oakland on June 8.

The Rangers and Orioles play game two of their 4-game series tonight in Baltimore. You can listen to the Rangers vs. Orioles tonight on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM, pre-game at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch at 6 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano had a three-run shot in the seventh inning in a 10-4 Seattle Mariners win over the Houston Astros last night. Rookie James Jones had a career-high four hits and his second three-steal game. He's the second player in franchise history and first since Ichiro Suzuki in 2004 to have at least four hits and three steals in a game.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee have agreed to a deal that allows Jason Kidd to become the Bucks' coach. The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 that was formerly their own, and another in 2019 belonging to either Milwaukee or Sacramento. Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke point guard Alexis Jones says she will transfer to be closer to home as she recovers from a knee injury. Jones is a native of Irving. She will have two years of eligibility remaining. Jones averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals while starting every game over two seasons.

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Ed Messbarger has died at 81. He won 630 games in a 41-year college coaching career spent mostly at St. Mary's and Angelo State in Texas. Messbarger also coached at Benedictine Heights College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the University of Dallas.

LONDON (AP) — Today's Centre Court schedule at Wimbledon begins with Maria Sharapova's fourth-round match against Angelique Kerber before Rafael Nadal takes on Nick Kyrious (KEER'-ee-ohs) in a fourth-rounder. Top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) and No. 3 Andy Murray played themselves into the quarterfinals by winning yesterday.

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have acquired veteran forward Daniel Briere (bree-EHR') from the Montreal Canadiens for right wing P.A. Parenteau (PAR'-ehn-toh) and a fifth-round pick in next year's draft. Briere had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games last season. Parenteau registered 14 goals and 19 since while missing 25 games last season after hurting both knees during the year.




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