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By Nathan Schultz | Sports from New York To L.A

Albert Pujols gave us the most heartwarming moment of the Home Run Derby

Young Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson knocked Albert Pujols out of the revamped Home Run Derby last night with a thrilling 12-11 win, but the best moment of their matchup — and the entire derby — didn’t come at the plate.

After their matchup, Pujols walked over to Pederson to give him a congratulatory …

Major League Baseball

DeAndre Jordan's short, strange trip ends back in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeAndre Jordan's first flirtation with free agency proved a brief affair, with the big man initially enchanted by the lure of a new suitor, only to waffle when confronted with the prospect of leaving the Los Angeles Clippers behind.

"He left for a moment mentally," coach Doc …

Report: Deron Williams seeks release from Nets to join Mavericks

One might think that the week cannot get any more full of drama, intrigue, and craziness when it comes to NBA free agency and specifically the Dallas Mavericks. One would be wrong.

ESPN reports that the Deron Williams is pursuing a release from the Brooklyn Nets under some form of buyout, at which …

Deron Williams

NASCAR dialing up new rules packages to enhance passing

NASCAR on Tuesday announced rules package changes for four of the final nine races of the Sprint Cup regular season and left open the possibility of more in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The new packages, intended to stoke passing and enliven a product the series has found at times flat this season, …

For Soccer Team’s Parade, a Whirlwind of High-Level Activity in City Hall

As the United States national soccer team prepared to take the field in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, the phone of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top political fixer began to buzz.

It was Howard Wolfson, a former deputy mayor under Michael R. Bloomberg, and a more than occasional critic of his …

American Soccer

NBA sets 2015-16 salary cap at record $70M for 11 percent increase

NEW YORK -- The NBA salary cap was set Wednesday for next season at $70 million, a higher-than-expected number that paves the way for free agent contracts to be signed.

The league said the cap increased by 11 percent from last season's $63.1 million and the 2015-16 cap will be the highest ever -- …

Salaries & Wages

Free agency winners, losers: Spurs assemble title team as flagship franchises falter

When the San Antonio Spurs partied late into the night on May 2, their Game 7 loss in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers having led to a surreal scene outside a Hollywood club where the local paparazzi were waiting, it was only natural to wonder if this was their end.

The end of Tim …

Hungry, terrifying tarp swallows groundskeeper at Pirates-Padres game

Who knew being a groundskeeper could be so dangerous?

During the Pittsburgh Pirates-San Diego Padres game on Tuesday, a groundskeeper was helping set up the tarp for a rain delay. But little did he know the tarp would soon devour him.

But have no fear — some of the players came to the rescue.

Andrew …

U.S. World Cup win draws record TV ratings; team looks at what's next

Fourteen hours after its one-sided win in the final of the Women's World Cup, the U.S. team gathered Monday near Vancouver's bay-side convention center for another in a seemingly endless procession of public victory celebrations.

On the edge of the crowd a small woman pushed forward, holding out a …

Killion: Women’s soccer has made great strides since ’99

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Wildfires were blazing all over Western Canada on Sunday, raging out of control and sending smoke far and wide. And everyone, no matter where they were, knew a serious fire was burning.

That is a perfect analogy for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. What happened Sunday was a …

NBA forward blames bigger iPhones for wrecking his shooting percentage

Matt Bonner has achieved a 41.4 percentage on three-point shots during his 11-year NBA career, but during his last season with the San Antonio Spurs, he only managed to reach 36.5 percent. What happened? Well, Apple released bigger iPhones, and Bonner thinks this gave him tennis elbow.

"Everybody is …

iPhone

High stakes hearing on arena deal set for today

Seeking a scoring drive Monday on a proposed $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena, lawmakers are holding a high-profile hearing on a bill to have the …

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Brewers extend winning streak to eight games with 6-1 victory over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Rookie Taylor Jungmann allowed four hits in eight innings and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their winning streak to eight games …

Major League Baseball

Earnhardt wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Dillon's crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A horrific last-lap accident that left drivers fearing for Austin Dillon's safety muted Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in the rain-delayed race at Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt crossed the finish line at 2:41 am Monday morning filled with dread after Dillon's car …

Dale Earnhardt

Daily Dose: All-Stars Aligning

The MLB All-Star votes have been tallied, and the Kansas City Royals dominance isn’t as severe as feared.

With the likes of Omar Infante leading the …

Baseball

Abby Wambach's World Cup finale ends with American leader lifting championship trophy

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Abby Wambach lifted American coach Jill Ellis after the final whistle. She ran to the stands for a hug from her wife. And then along with Christine Rampone, she became the first American to lift the Women's World Cup championship trophy in 16 years.

Not a bad farewell …

World's number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy says ruptured ligament in left ankle playing soccer

LONDON – World number one Rory McIlroy says he has ruptured ligament in left ankle while playing soccer.

The Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement on his Instagram account, only saying that he is "working hard to get back as soon as I can."

McIlroy says he …

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Austin Dillon's crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A horrific last-lap accident that left drivers fearing for Austin Dillon's safety muted Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in the rain-delayed race at Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt crossed the finish line at 2:41 am Monday morning filled with dread after Dillon's car …

Watch all 7 goals from the bananas U.S. World Cup win

On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National team won its first World Cup in 16 years in a game played at a blinding pace. If you got up to go to the kitchen for another beer (or a glass of water if that’s not your thing) you probably missed a goal.

The United States netted five, tying the tally of the …

New book captures essence of Wisconsin Badgers' title game run

FOX Sports Wisconsin

A team that produced the single greatest college basketball season the University of Wisconsin has ever seen deserved a story …

College Sports

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter, five others work out with Bucks

St. Francis — R.J. Hunter figures the Milwaukee Bucks could use an outside shooter.

Why not him?

The Georgia State junior, who sank one of the most …

Milwaukee Bucks

McCarthy: Packers WR Davante Adams would be OTA 'MVP'

Green Bay --- Running highlights from Mike McCarthy's Tuesday news conference...

On minicamp... Today's practice was all review, install one through …

Chip Kelly: Agent requested Evan Mathis' release, team complied

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that guard Evan Mathis' release last week was in response to "multiple" requests from agent Drew Rosenhaus.

"We were asked by his agent for a release on multiple occasions," Kelly said before Tuesday's minicamp practice. "We weren't going to come …

Philadelphia

Watch this hitter, catcher and umpire all get hit by the same pitch

Being hit by a pitch is pretty much the opposite of fun. Just ask Anthony Rizzo, who currently leads the league with a ridiculous 14 plunkings. Ow, right?

But, while experiencing the collision of a small and dense sphere with one's body doesn't produce the most pleasant feeling, sometimes, it is kind

Pitt WR Tyler Boyd formally charged with DUI from Friday traffic stop

Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd was formally charged with driving under the influence following a traffic stop early Friday in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania.

News of Boyd being taken into custody following a 2:35 a.m. traffic stop broke over the weekend, but Jefferson Hills police Chief Eugene …

Traffic

Boston Revises Bid in Effort to Host 2024 Olympics

BOSTON — When Boston 2024, the private group organizing the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, unveiled its plans in January, it boasted that it would put on “the most walkable Games in modern times.”

Well, spectators may find themselves on some awfully long walks.

In a striking about-face, …

Jason Day examines Tiger Woods’ game and mental state at the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods’ struggles stem from his wayward tee shots and mental state, says Jason Day.

Questioning whether Tiger Woods has the motivation to win another grand slam event, starting this week at the U.S. Open, has become a popular parlor game among the punditry. When a playing peer questions the …

Tiger Woods

Sydney Leroux Returns to Vancouver but Says She Isn’t Looking Back

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — “Nothing better than being back in Vancouver!” Sydney Leroux wrote on her Twitter account Monday night.

On Tuesday, Leroux returned to B.C. Place Stadium with the United States national team for its final group match in the Women’s World Cup. Nigeria was the opponent, a …