National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2014-07-23T01:04:53Z National Sports Majka wins short, steep Tour de France Stage 17 PLA D'ADET, France (AP) — Poland's Rafal Majka captured his second stage victory at the Tour de France on Wednesday, winning Stage 17th with a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees. Pyeongchang's 2018 Olympic committee faced audit SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games, South Korean officials said. AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them. Seahawks start atop AP Pro32 rankings NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. 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. LeBron James humbled by fans in Hong Kong HONG KONG (AP) — LeBron James was honored by the appearance of hundreds of fans who clutched his jersey or held up life-size cutouts of his face at a store in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Selig still waiting on Tommy John report PITTSBURGH (AP) — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers. Jets eliminating paper season tickets EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders and offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly. Tour de France pack off on short, steep Stage 17 PLA D'ADET, France (AP) — The Tour de France pack has embarked on Stage 17, the shortest leg of the three-week race featuring three tough climbs plus an uphill finish in the Pyrenees. Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. Philippine anger as game with NBA players is cancelled Organisers of a visit by NBA stars to the basketball-mad Philippines have apologised and offered refunds after an exhibition game was abruptly cancelled. Tycoon Manny Pangilinan, whose company sponsored the scheduled match Tuesday night between a visiting NBA contingent and the national team, issued a profuse apology amid growing anger at the cancellation. The NBA team, including the Houston Rockets' James Harden, the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, were supposed to play "five on five" games with the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Denver Broncos owner gives up control due to Alzheimer's Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, whose team has reached six Super Bowls in his 30 years in charge, has relinquished day-to-day control of the team due to Alzheimer's disease. "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team's daily operations due to his condition," a Broncos statement said. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B', who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength." Bowlen had already placed his ownership share into a trust controlled outside his family with hopes that one of his seven children would one day take over the Broncos, who won the 1998 and 1999 Super Bowls but suffered their most recent of four title-game losses last February to Seattle in New York. Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer's, steps down By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club's daily operations. Bowlen, 70, is one of the NFL's most well-known owners and guided the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances during his 30 years at the helm. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength," the team said in a statement. The team's president, Joe Ellis, will oversee day-to-day management, while a trust will handle Bowlen's ownership of the team. Sterling files new suit amid Clippers collapse fears Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a new lawsuit Tuesday as testimony continued in a probate trial on the validity of a $2 billion deal to sell the NBA team. A mess that began in April when recordings of Sterling making racist comments to his would-be girlfriend led to his being banned from the NBA for life by league commissioner Adam Silver, lingers on -- even as an August 15 deadline approaches to complete the deal, or risk having the offer withdrawn. The league began proceedings to strip ownership from Sterling before he gave wife Shelly the power to make a sales deal. She struck a $2 billion pact with former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, only to have Sterling file a lawsuit challenging the validity of the forced sale. Athletics make 10-year Oakland stadium lease deal The Oakland Athletics announced a 10-year lease extension deal with the city council to continue playing Major League Baseball games at the team's 48-year-old home ballpark. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will meet next Tuesday to consider the deal but are expected to approve the plan that will ensure the team remains in Oakland. "We are pleased to hear today that the A's owners are agreeing to the terms the City Council approved last week for a 10-year lease extension," Oakland mayor Jean Quan and city council president Pat Kernighan said in a joint statement. Cavaliers gain salary room for possible Love deal A salary-dumping deal by the Cleveland Cavaliers could help the new NBA team of superstar LeBron James swing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for star center Kevin Love. The Cavaliers obtained guard John Lucas III and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from Utah for second-year guard Carrick Felix, a second-round pick in next year's NBA Draft and $1 million. L.A. Clippers would lose players if Sterling stays: CEO By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald Sterling is still associated with the team, Richard Parsons, the franchise's interim chief executive, said on Tuesday at a trial over the NBA team's $2 billion sale. Parsons, the former Time Warner CEO who was installed by the NBA to run the Clippers in May, testified that the team would likely lose profitability and its overall value if sponsors, one of its top revenue streams, leave because of Sterling. "We have a bunch of sponsors who are sitting at the edge of the pool and they don't want to go into the water," Parsons told Los Angeles Superior Court a day after failed settlement talks between Sterling, 80, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who won the bidding for the team. Seven ex-NFL players appeal concussion settlement (Reuters) - Seven retired National Football League players are appealing a recent settlement between the league and about 5,000 former players stemming from a lawsuit over concussions suffered on the field, court records show. The appeal, filed in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, came about two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody granted preliminary approval to a settlement that removed a $675 million cap on awards to former players who were part of the groundbreaking head injury lawsuit. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say 20,000 retired players could be covered under the agreement. The players filing the appeal said the settlement did not offer enough to those who had yet to see the worst of their symptoms appear, and did not cover all diagnoses suffered by players with head trauma. National Basketball Association roundup (The Sports Xchange) - Talks between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves surrounding forward Kevin Love threaten to derail talk of a newly formed 'Big Three' in Cleveland. The Cavaliers are offering No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett to acquire Love from the Timberwolves, but Chicago is still in the picture, according to ESPN. Trade options from the Bulls are likely to be young veterans and former first-round picks Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. It is not known whether the Bulls would part with sweet-shooting forward Doug McDermott. ... Major League Baseball roundup (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula. The Padres agreed to pay $1 million of the remaining $3.968 million on his $10.525 million contract this year. Headley has not reached the production level he achieved two years ago when he hit 31 home runs, led the National League with 115 RBIs in 161 games, finished fifth in the league's Most Valuable Player balloting and won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the Padres. De Paula, 23, was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games, including 17 starts, for Class A Tampa this year. NFL TV analyst Tony Dungy backs off comment about gay player (Reuters) - NFL television analyst and former coach Tony Dungy backed off on Tuesday from comments he "wouldn't want to deal with" the diversions arising from drafting the league's first openly gay player, saying he was referring to media attention surrounding such a move. Dungy, who was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts when they won the Super Bowl in 2007 and also coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had aroused criticism over the remark about defensive end Michael Sam, which was published in the Tampa Bay Tribune on Sunday. "Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it." "It's not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen," he added. National Football League roundup (The Sports Xchange) - A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. "I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. "I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. Ferry tragedy gives Koreans extra drive for Crown South Korea's women golfers dedicated their efforts at this week's inaugural LPGA International Crown team matches to lifting their homeland's spirits after April's ferry disaster that killed nearly 300 people. The Seoul ferry sank on April 16 with 476 people on board, including 325 high school children, and 294 were confirmed dead in a mishap that stunned South Korea after learning incompetence, corruption and greed contributed to the tragedy. Everybody still thinks about that and all the young kids and feels really sad," ninth-ranked Ryu So-Yeon, the 2011 US Women's Open champion, said Tuesday. Judge sets January start for murder trial of ex-NFLer Hernandez By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that the former NFL star's trial would begin on Jan. 9, according to a spokeswoman for Bristol County Superior Court. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough in June 2013. Garsh did not rule on Tuesday on a motion filed a day earlier by Hernandez's lawyers that asks the court to "take prompt action" to prevent news broadcasts of Hernandez's hearings from capturing courtroom conversations between the former Patriots player and his lawyers. Yankees receive 3B Headley in trade with Padres (Reuters) - The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitching prospect Rafael De Paula, the Yankees announced. The switch-hitting Headley, who hit 31 home runs with 115 RBIs and won a Gold Glove for fielding in a breakout season in 2012, is batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs this year. The Yankees also received $1 million in the exchange for Headley, who is owed $4.16 million on his current contract, mlb.com reported. ... Rookie stars among warm-up foes for US world team Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Utah's Trey Burke were among 13 players named Tuesday to a USA Select squad that will help train America's Basketball World Cup squad of NBA stars. The Select team, featuring five NBA rookies, is a first step for young players into the USA Basketball talent pool that has produced gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a 62-1 record since settling for bronze at the 2004 Athens Games. NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and three other members of the squad that won Olympic gold two years ago in London were named last week to the US team that will defend the world title in Spain in September. The Select unit that will train against them in Las Vegas during a selection camp will include NBA All-Rookie Team players Oladipo, Burke, Tim Hardaway Jnr of New York and Mason Plumlee of Brooklyn plus All-Rookie second-teammer Cody Zeller of Charlotte. "Johnny Football" Manziel has a month to win Browns QB job (Reuters) - Johnny Manziel has found instant popularity since being drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but will have to wait until August to find out if he has the starting quarterback job. The charismatic Manziel, whose No. 2 jersey has become the National Football League's top seller, is in competition with journeyman Brian Hoyer for the critical assignment. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters at team headquarters on Monday that a starting quarterback would be named by the third week of the preseason if not before. Pettine said he would meet on Tuesday with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to decide how to split first-team reps in training camp between former Texas A&M star Manziel and Hoyer. Sterling, Ballmer discuss possible Clippers deal: source By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday met with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to discuss a possible settlement over Sterling's opposition to the $2 billion sale of the basketball team, a source close to the case said. Ballmer met with Sterling for 90 minutes at the 80-year-old real estate billionaire' s request, but the talks did not resolve Sterling's opposition to the deal brokered by his estranged wife, the source said. Sterling and his wife, Shelly Sterling, are locked in a court battle over whether Sterling has legal standing to block the NBA-record sale to Ballmer. Philadelphia Eagles player arrested in shoving of Arizona officer A Philadelphia Eagles football player was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of felony aggravated assault for allegedly pushing a police officer probing a bar fight, authorities said on Monday. Keelan Johnson, 24, was booked into jail early on Saturday and later released after the skirmish at a bar on Mill Avenue, an entertainment district near Arizona State University in Tempe. Johnson, an Eagles safety who played college football for Arizona State, is accused by Tempe police of assault and resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, according to court records. Johnson was signed to the Eagles' practice squad before the start of the 2013 season. Pacers aquire Stuckey, rue loss of Stephenson (Reuters) - Three days after losing one of the National Basketball Association's best young players on the free agent market, the Indiana Pacers gained a welcome boost by signing seven-year league veteran Rodney Stuckey on Monday. Though Stuckey lacks the all-round talent of fellow shooting guard Lance Stephenson, who opted to leave the Pacers for more money with the Charlotte Hornets, he will certainly give Indiana plenty of athleticism and vigor. "Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statament. Asian stars excited for LPGA team showdown After two decades of watching US and European women golfers play for the Solheim Cup, top worldwide rivals have their chance at a team title in the LPGA International Crown. The inaugural edition of the event will begin Thursday at suburban Baltimore's Caves Valley Golf Club with eight teams of four women seeking global bragging rights and the richest share of $1.6 million in prize money. "Every time I was watching Solheim Cup, I always wish I can be there playing," Taiwan's third-ranked Tseng Ya-Ni said. The Americans feature world number one Stacy Lewis, fifth-ranked teen Lexi Thompson, former world number one Cristie Kerr and veteran Paula Creamer -- all ranked in the world top 12. California law limits school football practices to cut concussions By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Football practices at which middle- and high-school students tackle each other will be restricted in California under a law signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest U.S. effort to minimize brain injuries from the popular sport. The measure, which limits practices with full-on tackling during the playing season and prohibits them during most of the off-season, comes amid growing concern nationwide over brain damage that can result from concussions among student as well as professional athletes. "This is a very balanced approach," said Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, the law's author. It's good for kids and it's good for parents." The measure, which goes into effect in January, makes California the 20th state to restrict practices by middle school and high school football teams during which tackling and other full-contact activities are allowed. Exclusive: Sterling needs $2 bln sale of NBA's Clippers to pay debt By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If the disputed $2 billion sale of professional basketball's Los Angeles Clippers is not completed, it could force team owner Donald Sterling to sell off some of his real estate assets to pay back debt, the executive who manages his holdings told a court on Monday. Darren Schield, the chief financial officer of Sterling's Beverly Hills Properties, testified that Sterling's attempts to block the NBA-record sale his estranged wife brokered would open the door for banks to call the real estate billionaire's $480 million in liabilities. "We would have to start selling our real estate," Schield said in Los Angeles Superior Court, adding that Sterling owns about $2.5 billion in property. "We'd have no choice." Schield was called to testify by lawyers for Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, who has asked a probate court to confirm her as having the authority to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. In Clippers court case, octogenarian lawyer relishes the ruckus By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With the $2-billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers at stake and the team's irascible owner refusing to bless the record deal his estranged wife brokered, Bert Fields can hardly keep a smile from his face. As one of the colorful cast of characters in a trial over the minutiae of a family trust and California probate law, the 85-year-old attorney to some of Hollywood's biggest players over the last five decades appears to relish his role as the adversary of Donald Sterling, the man banned for life by the NBA over racist remarks. "Bert Fields is one of those lawyers who is in his element in the courtroom," said Steven Weisburd, a Texas civil litigator who has been part of legal teams that have opposed Fields. Fields, who has a reputation for making a witness' time on the stand miserable, may get another shot to examine Sterling as the 80-year-old real estate billionaire could testify again when his own attorneys start their case in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Giants four-time Pro Bowl guard Snee retires (Reuters) - The New York Giants lost a member of the family on Monday when four-time Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee announced his retirement after 10 seasons with the National Football League club. Snee, who has been plagued by injuries the last couple of seasons, was perhaps best known for being the father of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin's grandchild when the player was drafted in the second round in 2004 out of Boston College. Ten years later, he was remembered as a stalwart on Giants teams that won Super Bowls 42 and 46 over the New England Patriots. Giants' Cain and Belt placed on disabled list (Reuters) - Matt Cain's injury-plagued season took another downturn on Monday when the San Francisco Giants pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, mlb.com reported. Cain, the Giants' highest-paid player with a $20 million salary, has already made two previous appearances on the disabled list this season because of a cut finger and a hamstring injury. The three-time All-Star, who pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros in June 2012, will be replaced by right-hander Yusmeiro Petit in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Phillies in Philadelphia. In another blow for the Giants, who are tied for first place in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team also announced on Monday that first baseman Brandon Belt has been put on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Nicklaus and Woods hail McIlroy's Open victory By Tony Jimenez HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have combined to salute Rory McIlroy's performance in capturing the British Open title for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman became the third youngest golfer in the modern era, after the two American greats, to land three of the four major championships when he triumphed by two strokes at Royal Liverpool on Sunday. "I like his swagger," said 18-times major winner Nicklaus on his official Facebook page. "Rory didn't put himself in position to lose the golf tournament. What a difference a year makes for Holywood great McIlroy By Tony Jimenez HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - New British Open champion Rory McIlroy does not do 'dull' but perhaps that is no surprise for a man with a glamorous-sounding birthplace like Holywood. McIlroy is one of that rare breed who always seemed destined for greatness and his two-shot win at Royal Liverpool on Sunday meant that, at 25, he became the third youngest player in the modern era to land three of the four major championships. He enjoyed a glittering career as a teenager, reaching the top of the world amateur rankings, before bursting on to the senior stage with a superb opening 68 in the 2007 British Open at Carnoustie, the only bogey-free round of the day. McIlroy then finished third in his second event as a professional, at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, before capturing his first European Tour win at the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, aged 19. I did everything I could to catch McIlroy, says Garcia By Tony Jimenez HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia was in philosophical mood on Sunday after finishing as a major championship runner-up for the fourth time in his career. Garcia fired a six-under-par 66 for a 15-under total of 273 but he and American Rickie Fowler wound up two strokes adrift of winner Rory McIlroy. McIlroy climbs to second in rankings Rory McIlroy climbed to number two in the world golf rankings on Monday following his victory in the 143rd British Open on Sunday. The Northern Irishman rose from eighth to second behind Australian Adam Scott, who retained top place after finishing tied for fifth at the Royal Liverpool course. It was McIlroy's third major title and he is now three-quarters of the way to a grand slam of majors at the age of 25. Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who finished down the field after shooting 287, fell one place to third and Englishman Justin Rose slipped from third to fourth. 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