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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

Tuesday’s Sports Minute

WASHINGTON GETS A WIN: Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond (20) scores as Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (54) covers home plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Monday, July 21, in Denver. Photo: Associated Press/Jack Dempsey

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Tuesday, July 22.

Desmond’s Mile High night…Move over, Yaz…Ryu wins 11th

Washington shortstop Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 to lead the Nationals past Colorado 7-2. Desmond had four singles and his 17th home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Danny Espinosa had a double and triple and also drove in two runs. That helped Doug Fister win his ninth game.

The victory moved the Nationals into first place in the NL East.

In other baseball finals:

  • The Atlanta Braves fell a game back of Washington in the NL East by losing 3-1 to Miami in 10 innings. Garrett Jones drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning. — Milwaukee moved a half-game ahead of idle St. Louis in the NL Central by beating Cincinnati 5-2. The Brewers scored three runs on two misjudged balls in the outfield by Chris Heisey.
  • Boston won its fifth straight by routing Toronto 14-1 as David Ortiz swatted his 452nd and 453rd career home runs and moved past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list.
  • Detroit opened an interleague series in Arizona by edging the D-Backs 4-3. Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered. Justin Verlander moved past Hal Newhouser into third place on Detroit’s career strikeout list with 1,772.

  • Seattle downed the New York Mets 5-2 in other interleague play. Catcher Mike Zunino hit his 14th homer. Willie Bloomquist added three hits for the Mariners.
  • Yanks’ Teixeira hurting…Uggla gets minor league deal from Giants

    New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the team’s leading run producer. Teixeira has been hampered by a left lower lat injury that was causing spasms in his back for about a month, and the pain escalated over the weekend.

    In other baseball news, the San Francisco Giants have signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract. Uggla was released last Friday by the Braves after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job.

    Manzeil tops jersey sales…Dareus to enter drug rehab program

    Despite being No. 2 on the depth chart, Johnny Manziel is No. 1 with the fans.

    The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp with Cleveland this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league says that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com.

    Following Manziel are three established starters, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and Denver’s Peyton Manning.

    In other NFL news:

  • Marcell Dareus’ attorney says the Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle has agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed. Dareus, who is from Alabama, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by a state trooper on May 5.
  • Standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins and starting cornerback Leon Hall are among nine players placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday by the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Veteran guard Chris Snee is retiring from the New York Giants because of a series of injuries. After meeting with the team Snee decided to end his NFL career after 10 seasons. He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems. He sat out minicamp last month but had indicated he expected to play this season. The 32-year-old son-in-law of coach Tom Coughlin was a second-round pick in 2004 and has made four Pro Bowls.
  • A Philadelphia Eagles player is facing charges in Arizona after authorities say he pushed a police officer investigating a bar brawl. Officials say Keelan Johnson, a first-year safety, was arrested early Saturday following a confrontation with officers outside a bar in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, home of Arizona State University. Johnson played in 49 games for the school.
  • Clubs continue to rework rosters

    The NBA champion Spurs have worked out a deal to bring back Matt Bonner. He played sparingly last season for San Antonio but contributed with outside shooting. He has been with the Spurs for eight seasons and ranks third in franchise history in 3-pointers made and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage.

    In other NBA signings:

  • Free-agent guard Nick Young has signed a multiyear deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers playing mostly off the bench.
  • The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly comment on contract details. Hinrich, who has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Bulls, averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 73 games last season.
  • The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent forward Richard Jefferson as a possible replacement for Vince Carter off the bench. Reports are it’s a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Jefferson started 78 games for Utah last year but figures to be used as a 3-point threat coming off the bench. The Mavs lost Carter when he signed with Memphis as a free agent.
  • James starts 5-day China trip

    LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ star was greeted by pianist Lang Lang in Beijing in front of hundreds of basketball fans.

    The two exchanged gifts. Lang Lang received a pair of basketball shoes. James got an album of Lang Lang’s music and a CD with the FIFA Brazil World Cup music. James’ five-day trip is sponsored by Nike.

    Future of team remains uncertain

    The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties says the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Darren Schield, who oversees the finances of The Sterling Family Trust, testified that three banks are ready to recall their loans to Sterling because of his decision to dissolve the trust. His move was designed to rescind an agreement for the sale of the Clippers, a team he bought for $12 million.

    Schield said if Sterling has to dump $500 million worth of apartment buildings he could destabilize the Los Angeles real estate market.

    A probate trial to resolve the matter has been underway since last month but was in recess for a week.

    A week to go

    The world’s best cyclists took yesterday off. The 15th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday was won by Alexander Kristoff of Norway. In the overall standings the leader remains Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali.

    The race to Paris continues today with the 16th stage and ends this Sunday when the competitors race down the Champs-Elysees.

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