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PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 27: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2015 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

When Damian Lillard agreed to a new maximum contract extension with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, it may have been the beginning of a changing of the guard in Portland. Lillard agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth more than $120 million, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. ''Thank you so much to (at)PaulGAllen and the (at)trailblazers organization,'' Lillard tweeted after the news broke.


Posted: July 3, 2015, 4:49 am

Atlanta Braves' Cameron Maybin drives in the game-winning run with a base hit in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 2-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Cameron Maybin got exactly what he wanted - a chance to make up for his fielding mistake with a big hit against one of the game's best pitchers. Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a chopper against Max Scherzer that bounced over third base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. Pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco began the Atlanta ninth with an infield single, beating shortstop Danny Espinosa's throw to stop a string of 10 in a row retired by Scherzer.


Posted: July 3, 2015, 2:52 am

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots against the Orlando Magic on April 13, 2015 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

After 12 years with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade needed a reminder of how much the franchise valued him. Wade accepted a $20 million, one-year deal on Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency and wrapping up a weeks-long saga that had him seriously wondering about leaving for the first time. A pair of conversations, first with Heat CEO Nick Arison and then another with managing general partner Micky Arison, reminded Wade of what he meant to the team and from there it was a matter of just making numbers work.


Posted: July 3, 2015, 2:24 am

Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Thursday July 2, 2015 (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday's opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind leader Scott Langley. Helped by a morning rain that softened the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, Woods posted his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par.


Posted: July 3, 2015, 12:44 am

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots over Chris Paul #3 and DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Seven of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 111-109 to win the series four games to three. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Tim Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season. Duncan tells the San Antonio Express-News that ''I'll be on the court next year.'' Until Duncan made his announcement Thursday, there was speculation that he could call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs. Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks and earned third team All-NBA and second team All-Defense honors.


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Baseball-Fernandez cuts Giants down to size on Marlins return

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins(Reuters) - Jose Fernandez made a triumphant return after more than a year out with injury when he hit a solo home run and pitched a winning game for the Miami Marlins on Thursday. The 22-year-old from Cuba had not pitched in a Major League game since May, 2014 after he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery and then endured a long recovery process. "I was kind of joking around today, saying, 'I'm going to try to hit it out'," Fernandez told reporters.


Scandal-mired Cardinals sack scouting director

Rain clouds move in over Busch Stadium prior to an interleague game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox, in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 1, 2015The St. Louis Cardinals have dismissed scouting director Chris Correa in an apparent fallout from the hacking scandal involving an alleged breach of the Houston Astros database, reports said. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made the announcement Thursday but did not go into details or discuss the allegations against the Major League Baseball club. "I can confirm he was on administrative leave and subsequently was terminated," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Woods fires his best round of season at Greenbrier

PGA: The Greenbrier Classic-First Round(Reuters) - Tiger Woods shot his lowest score in 16 months, a four-under-par 66 that left him four strokes behind leader Scott Langley after the opening round of the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. "People think I'm crazy when I say I'm close but I felt like I was close," Woods told PGATour.com after a round that included seven birdies, one bogey and a double-bogey in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. "This past week was a good week (of practice) and today I hit the ball well all day until a couple of tee shots at the end, tugged a couple." Woods described as "stupid" his double-bogey at the par-four sixth, his 15th hole, where he left his approach in the bunker, but he roared back like his old self to finish with three consecutive birdies.


Golf-Woods fires his best round of season at Greenbrier

* Woods caps round with three consecutive birdies * Defending champion Angel Cabrera shoots a one-over 71 (Updates to end of round, adds quotes) July 2 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods shot his lowest score in 16 months, a four-under-par 66 that left him four strokes behind leader Scott Langley after the opening round of the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. "People think I'm crazy when I say I'm close but I felt like I was close," Woods told PGATour.com after a round that included seven birdies, one bogey and a double-bogey in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. "This past week was a good week (of practice) and today I hit the ball well all day until a couple of tee shots at the end, tugged a couple." Woods described as "stupid" his double-bogey at the par-four sixth, his 15th hole, where he left his approach in the bunker, but he roared back like his old self to finish with three consecutive birdies. Langley leads as Tiger finds his groove at Greenbrier

Tiger Woods tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 2, 2015 in White Sulphur Springs, West VirginiaTiger Woods found his groove at the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday, bouncing back from his disastrous US Open with a four-under-par 66 that left him four shots behind first-round leader Scott Langley. Langley had eight birdies with no bogeys in his career-best eight-under-par 62. Woods posted his first round in the 60s since the Masters, where rounds of 69 and 68 in the second and third rounds helped him finish tied for 17th.


Wade apparently staying put in Miami

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on April 13, 2015 in Miami, FloridaStar guard Dwyane Wade reassured the Miami Heat faithful on Thursday that he's sticking with the only NBA team he's ever represented. Wade has played his entire NBA career in Miami, winning three league titles.


Chargers' Gates banned four games for doping

Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers catches a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers on December 20, 2014 in Santa Clara, CaliforniaSan Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will miss the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for doping, one of a string of NFL suspensions announced on Thursday. "We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers said in a statement. Gates, who led the Chargers with 12 touchdowns last season, blamed his positive test on "supplements and holistic medicines".


Chargers' Gates banned four games for positive test

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals(Reuters) - San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games without pay four violating the National Football League's substance abuse policy, the team said on Wednesday. Gates, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who is considered one of the best tight ends to ever play in the NFL, said he was unaware at the time that the substance he took to help recover from a long season was prohibited. "As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines," Gates, 35, said in a statement.


Golf-European Tour Latest French Open leaderboard

July 2 (Infostrada Sports) - Latest leaderboard in the first round from the European Tour French Open at the par-71 course on Thursday in Paris holesplayed rounds -4 Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 14 -3 Andrew Dodt (Australia) 17 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 17 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 18 68 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 18 68 Victor Dubuisson (France) 18 68 -2 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 18 69 Simon Khan (Britain) 18 69 Daniel Gaunt (Australia) 18 69 Gregory Bourdy (France) 18 69 Anirban Lahiri (India) 18 69 Mark Foster (Britain) 15 Chris Lloyd (Britain) 13 -1 Tom Lewis (Britain) 14 Scott Hend ... Dubuisson shares lead as storms hit French Open

French golfer Victor Dubuisson watches his drive during the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south west of London, England, on May 23, 2015Top home hope Victor Dubuisson, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger and Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa shared the first round clubhouse lead in the 99th French Open at le Golf National on Thursday on a day bookended by thunderstorms. The enigmatic Frenchman, the emerging Austrian talent and the latest South African prospect posted their three-under scores of 68 early in the day after two and a half hours had been lost as players took cover from the stormy weather spawned by the heatwave stifling western Europe. Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andrew Dodt of Australia were both on that mark with one hole to play.


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