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  • Mickelson confident — at least about links golf Jul 14, 2014 1:57 PM
    Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors. Lefty was in good spirits Monday at the British Open, except for having to return the claret jug.

     
  • Hernandez to face Wainwright in all-star game Jul 14, 2014 1:56 PM
    Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s all-star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League. Hernandez, the first Venezuela pitcher to start for the All-Stars, is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA. Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA and three complete games in 19 starts.

     
  • Cespedes wins HR derby again Jul 14, 2014 11:31 PM
    Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night. Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999. With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers. That was four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round. Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot blast to the third deck above left field that officially measured as the longest of the night. Athletics third base coach Mike Gallego again pitched to Cespedes, who went deep 32 times in last year’s derby at Citi Field in New York. Gallego’s arm looked nearly out of gas by the final round, which started after 10:30 p.m. local time. Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista, and Frazier surprisingly beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the semifinals. Bautista and Stanton each earned a bye to the semifinals under the new bracketed format, which gave each player seven outs and pitted the survivors from each side in the final round. Bautista went deep 10 times in the first round, keeping the fans in the second deck above left field on their toes, and Stanton hit six. That was all, though. After a long wait for his next turn, Stanton put up a zero in the semifinals and let Frazier advance with only one. Oh, but Stanton’s six were beauties. One landed in the third deck above left field, about a half-dozen rows shy of the very top of the ballpark. Another reached the second deck above the center field batter’s eye, a place never touched by a ball during an actual game here. Stanton has been credited with three of the 15 longest home runs in the majors this year, including the second-farthest at 484 feet. Bautista, the AL captain, has 11 home runs in 14 regular-season games here, the most by any visiting player. That’s only one less than Twins cornerstone Joe Mauer, who has played 284 career games at Target Field. Cespedes, who beat Athletics teammate Josh Donaldson in a tiebreaker after each finished with three in the first round, breezed by Baltimore’s Adam Jones in the second round. Frazier topped NL captain Troy Tulowitzki on the other side. Colorado’s Justin Morneau, the fan favorite after 10-plus years and four All-Star games for the host Twins, was eliminated in the first round. Morneau returned to his roots, and so did the event itself, considering the inaugural contest was held at the Metrodome before the 1985 All-Star game. Admission then was a mere $2, slightly less than the $200-and-up price tags on the derby these days. The original form was actually a 1960s-era television show, featuring sluggers like Harmon Killebrew of the Twins. Delayed 54 minutes by light rain on an unseasonably cool night — even for Minnesota — with a start-time temperature of 59 degrees, the contest began with a rainbow protruding from the clouds beyond left-center field that framed this limestone-encased ballpark that opened in 2010. Frazier went first, and while he went deep twice, he didn’t quite reach the rainbow. Neither did Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, the smallest of the participants who had the backing of the crowd with chants of his last name during his two-homer round. “Even my brother he said he got chills,” said Dozier, one of seven first-time participants. His brother, Clay, was his pitcher. The loudest roars were for Morneau, naturally, in his return to the place he called home until being traded last summer. An easy pick for Tulowitzki, Morneau checked the weather forecast as soon as he woke up to gauge the wind direction. The only left-hander in the event his year, Morneau’s third derby appearance brought the fans to their feet with AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” blaring in the background. He hit two in the first round, the only balls all night that landed in the seats in right. Frazier hit one more to beat Morneau and advance in the three-swing tiebreaker. The only player shut out? Dodgers sparkplug Yasiel Puig. He was the first homerless participant since Robinson Cano two years ago in Kansas City.

     
  • Blackhawks defenseman Clendening ready, willing and able Jul 15, 2014 1:25 PM
    Mention the next Blackhawks defenseman destined to come up through the ranks and find a spot with the big club, and the one name that always pops up is that of Adam Clendening. “Personally, yeah, I do (think I'm ready),” Clendening said at Hawks' Prospect Camp. “I've played two years in the American League and that time there has really helped me; worked on my defensive side of the puck and got to play against the other team's best players for two years and some of those guys are now playing in the NHL."

     
  • Rebuilding White Sox not in Tigers’ league Jul 15, 2014 10:17 AM
    Even if the White Sox’ bullpen were good, or Addison Reed were still here getting it done, how much different would 2014 be for the Sox? It would feel better, sure, but the Sox would still be chasing the Tigers.

     
  • Some good, but a lot of bad for Cubs Jul 14, 2014 6:48 PM
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria is nothing if not positive every day, win or lose. The Cubs did more losing than winning before the all-star break. Daily Herald Cubs reporter Bruce Miles breaks down the good and the bad as Major League Baseball takes its break.

     
  • Hawks add Dineen to Quenneville’s staff Jul 14, 2014 12:18 PM
    The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Kevin Dineen as an assistant coach, team officials announced Monday. Dineen and Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville were teammates from 1984 to 1990 when they played for the Hartford Whalers.

     
  • Deng agrees to 2-year, $20 million deal with Heat Jul 13, 2014 5:33 PM
    Free agent and former Bulls forward Luol Deng agreed Sunday to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng’s agents. The deal includes a player option for the 2015-16 season, Rudoy said. Deng is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Bulls. He appeared in 40 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a trade last season. He fills a need in Miami, which lost LeBron James last week after the four-time NBA MVP said he would leave the Heat after four seasons and return to the Cavaliers. Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, after being chosen No. 7 overall from Duke in the 2004 draft. His contract should be signed early this week.

     
  • Candelario’s blast boosts Cougars to sweep Jul 13, 2014 7:07 PM
    Jeimer Candelario capped off a doubleheader sweep with a walk-off home run — his second of the game — as the Kane County Cougars beat the visiting Beloit Snappers 3-1 and 6-5 in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Sunday.

     
  • Braves beat Cubs 10-7 at Wrigley Jul 13, 2014 5:52 PM
    Chris Johnson can rest easy during the All-Star break. He earned a couple days off. Johnson had three hits, including his third homer in two days, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 10-7 on Sunday at Wrigley Field to keep pace with Washington at the top of the NL East. Johnson hit a long drive to straightaway center field for a three-run shot in a four-run third inning against Travis Wood (7-8). Johnson also went deep twice in the Braves’ 11-6 victory at Wrigley on Saturday. “The biggest thing for me is the fact I’m swinging at strikes,” he said. “When I swing at strikes, I can do some good things.” Atlanta (52-43) has won three of four since a four-game losing streak. It heads into the break one percentage point behind the division-leading Nationals, who won 10-3 at Philadelphia. “We had a pretty good first half, better than pretty good,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Now we’ve got to enjoy this break and come out in the second half and keep firing.” The Braves played without struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, who was suspended by the team for the series finale at Chicago. Atlanta announced the punishment on its Twitter feed, with no further explanation, and Gonzalez called it an “internal matter.” The last-place Cubs (40-54) have lost eight of 10. Arismendy Alcantara and Chris Coghlan each hit a two-run homer off All-Star Julio Teheran (9-6). It was the first career shot for the 22-year-old Alcantara, who also had a bloop double in the first and is batting .391 (9 for 23) in his first five major league games. “With my ability, I’m having fun,” Alcantara said. “It can be fast. I’m having fun.” Chicago scored three times in the eighth, highlighted by John Baker’s two-run double, but Jordan Walden got Junior Lake to fly out to center with a runner on second for the final out of the inning. All-Star Craig Kimbrel then worked the ninth for his 29th save in 33 opportunities. “We put ourselves in a position potentially to even edge closer, and we just fell a little short,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. Teheran pitched seven innings in his first start since a rough outing against the Mets. The right-hander lasted just 3 1-3 innings in an 8-3 loss at New York on Tuesday. Teheran retired 12 in a row after Chicago put runners on first and second with two out in the first. He allowed seven hits while improving to 2-0 in four career starts against the Cubs. “I know that my last outing I didn’t have a good outing,” said Teheran, who is ineligible for the All-Star game because he started on Sunday. “Just trying to come back like I did twice this year.” Wood was charged with seven runs and seven hits in six innings. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA in his last five starts. Wood issued leadoff walks in the second, third and fourth innings, and the first two were costly. Gerald Laird had a two-run double in Atlanta’s three-run second, and Jason Heyward singled home a run before Johnson connected in the third. Johnson’s sixth homer was part of his 30th multihit game of the season. The third baseman was walked intentionally in the seventh to get to Tommy La Stella, who doubled home three runs to give the Braves a 10-2 lead. The 34-year-old Uggla has played sparingly since La Stella was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 28. The three-time All-Star is batting .162 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 48 games. Gonzalez said he expects Uggla to be with the team when it resumes play on Friday night against the Phillies. He also isn’t worried about the effect of the suspension on his team. “I don’t think so. I got a pretty good pulse of our clubhouse,” he said. “If anybody wants to talk to me, my door is always open. And they know that.” NOTES: Atlanta also promoted INF Phil Gosselin from Gwinnett before the game. ... Wood will start Chicago’s second game after the All-Star break. RHP Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.64 ERA) starts the series opener Friday night, and RHP Jake Arrieta (5-1, 1.95 ERA) pitches next Sunday against the Diamondbacks. ... RHP Ervin Santana (7-6, 4.01 ERA) will start Friday night against Philadelphia in Atlanta’s first game after the break. But Gonzalez said he wasn’t sure just yet how the rest of the rotation would line up.

     
  • Quigley hits career-best 27, but Sky falls to Dream in OT Jul 13, 2014 9:16 PM
    Angel McCoughtry matched a season high with 33 points, Tiffany Hayes hit the clinching free throws with 29 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 81-79 in overtime Sunday for its fourth straight victory. The Dream (15-5) looked sluggish after winning Saturday night at Indiana, shooting a season-low 35 percent from the field and finding it difficult to put away a Sky team that has lost five straight and 12 of 15. Allie Quigley finished with a career-high 27 points in a reserve role, and Sylvia Fowles, who missed a layup at the regulation buzzer that would have won the game, had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Sky (8-13). “Stupid stuff gets you beat,” said Sky coach Pokey Chatman. “We literally have a segment of video that says that. Until we stop aiding in our demise, the hole is going to get deeper.” Sancho Lyttle scored 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Erika de Souza added 8 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta. Hayes, who had a season-high 21 points the night before, finished with 17. She hit the winning foul shots after Sky forward Jessica Breland threw the ball away with 40.6 seconds left in overtime. The Sky, which lost by 38 on the road in Atlanta last month, took its biggest lead at 11 on Fowles’ 3-point play with 6:23 left in the second quarter. But the Dream came back to lead by a point on McCoughtry’s layup at the 8:38 mark of the third. McCoughtry had 9 points in the third to help the Dream outscore the Sky 17-9. A technical foul on Chatman led to McCoughtry hitting the ensuing free throw and scoring her 20th point one possession later on a fastbreak alley-oop pass from Celine Dumerc. The Dream didn’t trail in regulation after de Souza’s layup made it 50-49 at the 6:17 mark of the third, but a free throw by Tamera Young put the Sky up by 1 early in OT.

     
  • Bandits rally to top Rebellion Jul 13, 2014 8:06 PM
    Amber Patton scored the winning run on an error as the host Chicago Bandits rallied for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings and a series sweep over the Pennsylvania Rebellion on Sunday in Rosemont.

     
  • All-too-familiar story for Bulls Jul 13, 2014 3:59 PM
    The Bulls have become quite familiar with missing out on the best players available, and this time they wind up with Pau Gasol instead of Carmelo Anthony.

     
  • Batavia woman epitomizes triumph over death Jul 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    A 57-year-old Batavia woman and heart transplant recipient is vying for a swimming medal today at the Transplant Games in Houston. “I was lying in a hospital bed near death, and look at me now,” she says. “It's such an amazing feeling as a nonathlete to walk in and walk around that stadium like real Olympic athletes do.”

     
  • Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming Jul 13, 2014 6:14 AM
    When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month’s international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years.

     
  • Castro, Rizzo excited about all-star trip Jul 13, 2014 7:04 PM
    Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro packed up after Sunday's Cubs game and headed to Minneapolis for the All-Star Game. The two players have enjoyed bounce-back years and now will be counted on as team leaders, despite their young age of 24.

     
  • No more frequent flier miles for Teravainen Jul 13, 2014 10:23 PM
    Since we last saw Teuvo Teravainen following a short stint with the Blackhawks late in the regular season, the 19-year-old has added a “couple of kilos” to his frame, got some much-needed rest after a long, long year, and probably most important, relocated to Chicago this summer to cut down on all those round-trip flights to his native Finland as he focuses on making next year’s roster.

     
  • Mirotic, Hinrich set to sign with Bulls Jul 13, 2014 10:00 PM
    The Bulls continued to move forward after missing out on free agent Carmelo Anthony. The team secured agreements to bring back Kirk Hinrich and bring forward Nikola Mirotic over from Spain. Meanwhile, ex-Bull Luol Deng found an interesting new home.

     
  • Tall order? Not for JDC champion Harman Jul 13, 2014 8:09 PM
    Local heroes Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker were in the hunt and the weather couldn’t have been better. That assured the John Deere Classic of its best year for attendance and revenue since tournament director Clair Peterson invited Michelle Wie to spice up the field eight years ago.

     
  • Germany wins World Cup on late goal Jul 13, 2014 4:56 PM
    With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill. Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post. It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title. Goetze had come on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose at the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder’s fresh legs made the difference. Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich player did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta’s four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra time win over the Netherlands. For Germany, the win ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil and lost in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010. It is Germany’s first World Cup title as a unified nation. It was also the third World Cup final between these countries and had been billed as a matchup between the perfect team and the perfect individual, pitting Germany’s machine-like unit against the brilliance of Messi, the four-time world player of the year. But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short. He had one good chance to score when he was sent free in the area just after the halftime break, but sent his shot wide of the far post. It was a difficult angle, but still the type of chance he so often scores from. Messi threatened intermittently throughout the match, but was effectively neutralized for long stretches. When he did try to break forward with one of his quick dribbles, he was surrounded by the German defense. His free kick in the 120th minute went well high. When the final whistle blew, Germany players collapsed in a pile in the middle of the pitch, while Messi walked with his hands on his hips toward the center circle. Up until the winning goal, the game was more notable for top-class defending than creative attacking, but both teams had their share of chances. Gonzalo Higuain wasted an opportunity by firing wide when gifted a chance in a one-on-one with Neuer, and later had a goal ruled out for offside. Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post just before halftime with a header from a corner, and ineffective finishing plagued both sides the rest of the way.

     
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