Prince is king in the HR Derby
Prince Fielder on last night’s All-Star Home Run Derby defeating Toronto’s Jose Batista in the final round. Fielder won the event three years ago in St Louis as a Brewer and joins Ken Griffey Jr. as the only other multiple time winner, the first representing both leagues. Fielder hit some bombs including the four longest shots of the contest, two measured at 476 feet. Last year’s champion and the American League captain, Robinson Cano, went homerless.
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Cain gets nod as National League starting pitcher
San Francisco’s Matt Cain has gotten the starting pitcher nod for the National League in tonight’s MLB All-Star game at Kauffman Field in Kansas City. Cain is 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA and 118 strikeouts over 120 innings. He’ll face last year’s American League Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander of the Tigers. The American League is currently a -138 favorite at Bovada with the Nationals +118 on the takeback. The total is 8.5 with the High -125 and the Low -105. Check any of SP3s top rated sponsors for individual player and team props. Watch and win !!!
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Nets looking for fourth team to facilitate Howard trade
As the Magic are becoming more resigned to trading Dwight Howard to Brooklyn, the Nets look to find a fourth team to help facilitate the trade by funneling an extra No.1 draft pick to the Magic. The Bulls, Bobcats, Jazz and Timberwolves all have extra draft picks and are possibilities but the trade is still extremely complicated and there is still plenty of work to be done.
Marcus Camby is back with the Knicks after the Rockets agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Knicks. Houston gets Toney Douglas, Josh Harrelson, Jerome Jordan, second round picks in 2014 and 2015, and cash. Camby, who was on the Knicks 2000 NBA Finals team, will reported get a three-year $13.2 million dollar deal to back up Tyson Chandler. The deal takes Camby past his 41st birthday.
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Hope Solo gets official warning for positive test
US National Team soccer goalie Hope Solo has received and official warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for the banned substance Canrenone. The 30-year-old Solo tested positive for Canrenone in a test on June 15.
Solo issued the following statement on the matter ….
“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.”
Solo has accepted the warning and will still play for the United States in the Olympic tournament.
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UFC 148 sets Nevada record for MMA gate
Saturday’s UFC 148 gate of $7 million plus shattered the previous record MMA gate by more than $1.6 million also set in the MGM Grand Garden in 2006 for a Chuck Liddell/Tito Ortiz rematch. UFC 148 is the first MMA event in Nevada that will register among the state’s top 35 boxing gates. Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s split decision over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 tops the list at nearly $18.5 million in gross sales. The all-time record MMA gate of $12.1 million was established in 2011 when 55,724 fans packed Toronto’s Rogers Centre to watch Georges St. Pierre defend the welterweight title against Jake Shields.
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Sacramento gives up on keeping the Kings, going MLB
Mayor Kevin Johnson has given up trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento and will instead try to lure an MLB team to the California state capital. Deal after deal to get a new arena built in San Francisco has fallen through and the Kings will likely be on their way to Anaheim. Johnson will have his work cut out for him the A’s and Giants already in Northern California. Oakland is eyeing a move to San Jose and the giants own the territorial rights to Sacramento.
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