Cespedes wins epic Home Run Derby, ASG starters: Scherzer vs Harvey, Metta to the Knicks, Manziel pleads guilty, Bronc execs suspended, Monday Recap: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Yoenis Cespedes downs Bryce Harper for Home Run Derby crown

He wasn’t considered a favorite and in fact, he was Robinson Cano’s “add on” pick but when the smoke had cleared, Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was much the best in this year’s All Star Game Home Run Derby. Cespedes dominated every round of the contest hitting a total of 32 home runs while registering just 25 outs. He beat the Nat’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final with five swings in hand. Many of Cespedes’ shot were titanic blasts of the 450 foot variety in pitcher friendly Citi Field.

Scherzer and Harvey named ASG starters

Detroit’s Max Scherzer and the Met’s Matt Harvey have been named the starting pitchers for tonight’s All Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Scherzer started the year a perfect 13-0 before absorbing his first loss on Saturday. Harvey is a home town phenom who has been dominant for a team at or near the basement of the NL East. As of this writing, the homestanding National League is a small -118 favorite with the total set on eight flat with the over shaded 20 cents.

World Peace and Knicks agree on a two-year deal

The artist formerly know as Ron Artest has returned to his home town and will play for the New York Knicks. The former St John’s product who was raided in Queens, inked a two-year deal believed to be worth $3.2 million in total. Metta still has $7.3 coming this year from the Lakers after being amnestied out last week. MWP made the announcement of the signing himself to the Knick broadcast team covering the team’s Las Vegas Summer League game with the Charlotte Bobcats.

J.R. Smith has knee surgery, camp in doubt

Less than a week after signing a new four-year $24 million dollar deal with the Knicks, sixth-man extraordinaire J.R. Smith has had surgery to repair a knee issue and will need 12-16 weeks to recover. Smith has surgery on hi patellar tendon to help correct a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. It is exactly the same injury that sidelined OKC’s Russel Westbrook during the NBA playoffs. Smith’s availability at the start of NBA training camp is questionable.

Olajuwon joins Rockets staff, will mentor Howard

Hakeem Olajuwon will join the Houston Rockets staff as a coach, ostensibly to work with Houston big men Dwight Howard and Omer Asik. D12 has worked with Oaljuwon before and the Rocket Hall-of-Famer was part of the recruiting team that lured Howard to Houston. Olajuwon has had no official capacity with the team since retiring as a player in 2001.

Manziel pleads guilty to misdemeanor fake ID charges

One day after making news for his early departure from the Manning passing camp in Louisiana, Heisman winner Johnny Manziel resolved a long standing court case that almost had him not attending Texas A&M. Manziel pleaded guilty on Monday to the failure to identify charge, reaching an agreement that would see him pay the maximum $2,000 fine, pay $232 in court costs and spend two days in jail. The judge ruled that Manziel had already served the jail time, however, when he was jailed following the arrest. Get all the complete details of the incident here.

The WSOP will have “November Nine” sometime this morning

As of 9:00 PM Monday night, the field of the World Series of Poker had been whittled down to a final 21 players. Sometime this morning a final table of the “November Nine” will be left standing to return in four months to duke it out for the $8.4 million dollar first prize. Sportbetting3 will have a complete report on the Wednesday edition.

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(MLB) American League +113 over the National League (Tuesday, July 16, 8:15 PM EST)