A look at the sports news making headlines today, Thursday, July 10.
Change atop NL East…Simon says 12…Yanks out last Tribe in 14
The Washington Nationals are back in first place in the National League East, thanks to the long ball. Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos all homered in the Nationals 6-2 victory over Baltimore in an interleague game. Doug Fister held the Orioles to two runs in his seven to get the victory. He’s 8-2.
Atlanta fell out of first place a game back of Washington thanks to the Mets’ 4-1 victory over the Braves, their third straight loss to the New Yorkers. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud delivered a two-run home run in the Mets three-run seventh. The Mets are on their first four-game win streak of the season.
In other action:
MRI set for Tanaka…Red Sox DFA Pierzynski
Yankees rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow inflammation and has returned to New York to have an MRI on his right arm.
The move comes a day after Tanaka allowed five runs and 10 hits — both career highs — in 6 2/3 innings of a loss Cleveland. The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his last four outings.
Boston Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara has been added to the AL roster to take Tanaka’s place for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
In other baseball news, the Red Sox have designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIN’-skee) for assignment and called up catching prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 37-year-old Pierzynski hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games this season.
Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating
A jury has found the Los Angeles Dodgers partly at fault in the beating of a Giants fan who suffered brain damage in the 2011 assault at Dodger Stadium. However, the jury absolved former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on any responsibility.
The jury found damages of about $18 million but said the Dodgers were responsible for only a quarter of the sum. The rest of the responsibility was split between the two men who beat fan Bryan Stow.
Enraged Sterling calls wife “a pig”
Calling his wife “a pig,” a raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand and vowed he would never sell the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sterling, his voice rising to a shout in an otherwise quiet courtroom, vowed to spend the rest of his life suing the league.
Sterling is fighting his wife’s proposed $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft exec Steve Ballmer.
Pop gets Spurs extension…AP source: Riley meets with LeBron
Gregg Popovich has agreed to a multi-year extension to stay on as coach of the San Antonio Spurs. The team did not announce the terms of the deal in a two-sentence news release.
Popovich returns to a team that has Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and the rest of the key elements of a team that won the franchise’s fifth NBA title all set to return next season. It was the Spurs’ fifth title under Popovich, who also won his third coach of the year award after leading the team to an NBA-best 62 wins in the regular season.
He is one of three coaches to be named coach of the year three times.
In other NBA news:
Long term deals for key ‘Hawks
The Chicago Blackhawks are committed to retaining their key players. The club has announced eight-year contract extensions with captain Jonathan Toews and star forward Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks did not release the value of the deals that keep the two stars in Chicago through the 2022-23 season.
Chicago selected Toews with the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft, and grabbed Kane with the No. 1 overall selection the following year. They combined to lead the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013.
Kane had 29 goals and 40 assists and Toews finished with 28 goals and 40 assists this season. The Blackhawks lost to league champion Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals.
In other NHL news, the New Jersey Devils signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a seven year, $42 million contract extension. He would have been an unrestricted free agent. Schneider is replacing veteran Martin Brodeur as the Devils No. 1 goalie.
Argentina-Germany World Cup final
Argentina has advanced to the World Cup final by beating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. Argentina will take on Germany in the title match on Sunday.
Argentina connected on all four of its shots in the shootout phase after the two sides played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two of Netherlands’ four penalty kicks.
It’s the third time for a Germany-Argentina World Cup final. Argentina beat Germany in the 1986 World Cup final and Germany returned the favor in 1990.
Race hits Belgium
Defending champion Chris Froome has withdrawn from the Tour de France after crashing in the fifth stage, a day after hurting his wrist in another crash.
Dutch rider Lars Boom won the fifth stage. Race leader Vincenzo Nibali recovered from a crash to extend his overall lead.