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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Wednesday’s Sports Minute

TAMPA BAY RAYS: Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, left, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 22 in St. Louis. Photo: Associated Press/Jeff Roberson

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Wednesday, July 23.

Rays win 6th straight…Newest Yankee comes through

The surging Tampa Bay Rays won their sixth in a row, and beat one of baseball’s best pitchers in the process. The Rays beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.

The Rays tagged Wainwright for four runs on six hits in four and two-thirds innings. Wainwright was trying to become baseball’s first 13-game winner. Instead he fell to 12-5. Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double.

Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay. The Rays have outscored teams 36-11 during their streak.

In other baseball:

  • Chase Headley, just acquired in a trade from San Diego, came through with a storybook swing in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
  • AL East-leading Baltimore retained its four-game lead by doubling up the L.A. Angels 4-2. Jonathan Schoop homered and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles. Miguel Gonzalez evened his record at 5-5 with the victory.
  • In another 14-inning marathon, San Francisco outlasted Philadelphia 9-6. Brandon Crawford delivered a bases-loaded double to drive in the go-ahead runs. Tim Lincecum, usually a starter, got the final two outs in the bottom of the 14th for the Giants.
  • Milwaukee nipped Cincinnati 4-3 to take a game and a-half lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Brew Crew.
  • Tulowitzki on DL…Cubs DFA Barney…Yanks acquire Padres’ Headley

    Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by Colorado because of a left hip flexor strain. The move is retroactive to Sunday. Tulowitzki suffered the injury in a game against Pittsburgh Saturday.

    The 29-year-old All-Star shortstop is hitting .340 and is third in the NL with 21 home runs.

    In other baseball news:

  • The Chicago Cubs took another step toward the future by designating second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment. Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio was activated from the disabled list to take Barney’s place on the roster. Bonifacio had been out since June 13 because of strained right oblique. The 28-year-old Barney won a Gold Glove in the 2012, when his 141 consecutive games without an error.
  • Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, less than a week after he returned from right knee surgery. The last-place Rangers currently have 14 players on the DL.
  • Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he’s “anxious” to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers. A handful of experts, including Dr. James Andrews and New York Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, are putting together a report to help baseball address the rash of reconstructive Tommy John surgeries.
  • It’s Sam season now…Chargers ink Woodhead for 2 years

    Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.

    The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL says he’s enthusiastic about the challenge. Twice on Tuesday, he mentioned how enjoyable it was being back on the field and trading wisecracks with teammates.

    “I’m so excited to be back with the guys,” Sam said. “Football’s fun.”

    Sam hopes there will be less attention about his sexual orientation, but added his focus has to be on making the team. He said he’s in the best shape of his life, dropping 13 pounds in the last month, weighing in at 257 pounds.

    In other NFL news:

  • Seven former professional football players are challenging a tentative class action settlement of NFL concussion claims. Their appeal echoes their previous complaints that some players won’t be fairly compensated under the settlement, which would cover nearly 20,000 retired players for 65 years.
  • The San Diego Chargers agreed to a two-year contract extension with running back Danny Woodhead. Woodhead is coming off a career year. He had career highs of 76 catches (second on the team), 605 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Not giving up…Rivers will quit if Sterling remains owner

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not giving up his fight to keep the team, and has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to derail a potential $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The lawsuit names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team without his permission.

    Meanwhile, Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons says coach Doc Rivers has told him he’ll quit if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.

    NBA-CAVALIERS

    Report: Cavs close to signing top pick

    CLEVELAND (AP) —It’s not clear as to how long Andrew Wiggins will be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers but a person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick in the near future. Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as today.

    If the Cavs and Wiggins work out a deal, a trade for Love would not be able to be consummated for 30 days.

    The Cavs and Timberwolves have had ongoing discussions about a trade for Love since before the draft. The Timberwolves have always insisted that Wiggins be involved in any package, a stipulation the Cavaliers have resisted.

    A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have sent guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts, a deal to give them more assets to go after Love.

    The Cavs sent Felix a second-round pick in 2015 and $1 million to the Jazz for guard John Lucas and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy,

    In other NBA news:

    — The Chicago Bulls say they have signed first round draft pick Doug McDermott who was last season’s college player of the year. Terms of the deal involving the 6-foot-8 forward from Creighton weren’t released.

    — The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week. The contract is for two years and about $2.5 million.

    NHL-NEWS

    Mats re-ups with Rangers

    UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers are avoiding salary arbitration with forward Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

    The 26-year-old Zuccarello had career highs of 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season to lead the team in points.

    In other hockey news:

    — Forward Antoine Roussel (an-TWAHN’ roo-SEHL’) and the Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract. He played in 81 games last season and finished with 14 goals and 29 points. He also finished with 209 penalty minutes, making him the only player in the NHL with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes.

    TOUR DE FRANCE

    Nibali retains leadership

    BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali finished 8 ½ minutes back of stage 16 winner Michael Rogers of Australia but maintained his overall lead in the Tour de France. The 16th stage was the longest of the long race as it covered 147 miles.

    The Tour de France ends this Sunday when the racers converge on Paris.

    OBIT-ROBERT NEWHOUSE

    Former Cowboys running back dead at 64

    DALLAS (AP) — Robert Newhouse, who played running back for the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons and went to three Super Bowls, has died. He was 64.

    Newhouse’s son, Rodd Newhouse, says his father died Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a battle with heart disease. Newhouse had suffered a stroke in 2010.

    The burly running back was drafted by the Cowboys in 1972 out of the University of Houston. Newhouse ran for 4,784 yards in his career with Dallas. He retired in 1983 after playing in three Super Bowls with some of the Cowboys greatest teams, including the 1976 NFL champions.

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