Yankees get Drew, Prado in deadline deals (Yahoo Sports) - The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Stephen Drew and infielder-outfielder Martin Prado in two deals meant to help boost a foundering offense for a playoff run. Drew was acquired from the Boston Red Sox with $500,000 for Kelly Johnson on Thursday and Prado came from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league slugger Pete O'Brien and either cash or a player to be named. ''We're obviously trying to improve our offensive output and give Joe (Girardi) flexible options,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said of his manager. Struggling second baseman Brian Roberts will be designated for assignment to make room for Drew. Johnson to take a break from golf - Dustin Johnson of the United States has ruled himself out of the Ryder Cup after deciding to take a break from golf. Home favourite Child wins silver medal - Another decent start for Woods at Firestone (Yahoo Sports) - Tiger Woods took another step on one of his favorite courses toward showing his game might be turning around. Woods made six birdies Thursday to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He was still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone. Justin Rose was among five players at 65, while 27 players in the 76-man field at this World Golf Championship broke par. Rich get richer: Price traded to Tigers (Yahoo Sports) - The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay's David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday. The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson going to the Mariners. Jackson was removed from Detroit's game against the Chicago White Sox with one out in the top of the seventh inning. The inside story of the great Southampton sell-off - Broken pacts, discontent and a silent owner - sports reporter Ben Smith on the background to Saints' £92m player sale. Orioles get Miller in trade with Red Sox (Yahoo Sports) - The AL-East leading Baltimore Orioles fortified their bullpen Thursday, obtaining Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox for minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Miller provides the Orioles another solid left-hander among a crop of relievers that has flourished this season, led by Darren O'Day (3-1, 1.10 ERA) and lefty Zach Britton (3-2, 1.65 ERA, 21 saves). ''With the two really talented left-handed relievers at the end of the game, along with Darren O'Day, it gives us a very, very formidable backend of the bullpen,'' Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. Lynch ends holdout, arrives at Seahawks camp (Yahoo Sports) - Marshawn Lynch has joined Seattle Seahawks training camp after missing the first week. Lynch arrived on Thursday afternoon following the team's morning practice. Lynch has missed the first week of training camp unhappy with his contract status. With Lynch away, the Seahawks have let Robert Turbin and Christine Michael get the bulk of carries during camp. Real Sociedad 2-0 Aberdeen - Aberdeen fall to a 2-0 defeat by an impressive Real Sociedad side in the first leg of Europa League qualifying. Dunne retires from Republic duty - QPR defender Richard Dunne, 34, calls time on his Republic of Ireland career after 14 years and 80 appearances.

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Closing Time: Wrapping up the trade deadline [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 1, 2014, 1:23 am]
While the David Price deal was earth-shattering from a real baseball perspective, there's no need for an extensive fantasy breakdown. Not too much changes in the here and now.  Price was valuable in Tampa, and he'll be plenty valuable in Detroit. Austin Jackson gets a change of scenery at the right time. Drew Smyly is a nice addition for the Rays, and maybe they can find a role for Nick Franklin shortly.  Shortstop prospect Willy Adames? The hounds love him, but settle down a second. He's 18 years old, playing in Single-A. He's years away from helping the Rays, and can't be seen as more than a lottery ticket.  I was shocked Tampa Bay couldn't get a sweeter haul for Price - and if they didn't love the deals offered, why bother trading him at all? He's under contract through 2015. The Rays could have rebooted trade talks over the winter, or into next year - or simply kept Price and tried to make a run with him. Durable left-handed aces, and pitchers good enough to legitimately lead off a playoff series - they don't grow on trees.  Now that the primary trade deadline has come and gone (don't forget, waiver deals will happen in August), let's take a broader look at the majors and try to figure out which way stocks are headed. The goal in this blog is to look at any player of consequence who had his value affected (or protected) today, be it from a trade he was in, a trade his team made, or a trade his team didn't make.  To the tote board: Upgrades John Lackey, SP, Cardinals: Pitchers moving from the AL to the NL, that's fantasy catnip. And at least Lackey already has a working relationship with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, though obviously everyone wants to see Yadier Molina back as soon as possible. I had Lackey as an $11 option in last week's Shuffle Up; I'd go to $14-15 today.  Jon Lackey, SP, Athletics: While Fenway Park never spooked him, we love trading that tidy yard for the forgiving expanses of Oakland. The A's should give him better defense, too.  Oscar Ta

Air Force unveils new alternate uniform (Photos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 1, 2014, 12:09 am]
With less than one month to go until the 2014 college football season kicks off, a number of programs have begun to roll out alternate uniforms that will be worn at some point during the season. Air Force is one of these programs, and the new alternate uniform the Falcons unveiled today is one of the best we’ve seen this offseason. Take a look: More pictures of the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! pic.twitter.com/9NtbYqEk9I— Air Force Football (@AFFootball) July 31, 2014 Check out the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! Which game do you hope to see them this season? pic.twitter.com/6wMjjscYoL— Air Force Football (@AFFootball) July 31, 2014 The light blue helmets with the lightning bolt logo make for an especially sharp look. Per Air Force’s Twitter, the team will wear the new uniforms for at least one game in the upcoming season. Coming off a disappointing 2-10 season, the Falcons’ season opens up at home against Nicholls State on August 30. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Happy Hour: Chase Elliott the rookie champ? Plus Denny Hamlin's penalty and more [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 11:32 pm]
Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here, have a good time and everyone's happy. It feels good to be back. Sorry for the break in coverage there folks. Everyone is doing well and hopefully everything is all figured out and we're ready to see what the rest of 2014 and beyond has in store. Thanks for sticking with us. Got to go to my first Brickyard 400 over the weekend. Well, it was more than that. Myself and Geoffrey Miller made a weekend of it and saw four races Friday (CTSC and IMSA at the Indianapolis road course and late models and ARCA at the former IRP) and the Nationwide race on Saturday as well. If I'm going to rank the six races, I think I may say the late model race was the best of the weekend. It featured Kyle Busch and John Hunter Nemechek, who led Busch for the last half of the race. But Busch was right on his bumper and just trying to figure out what he could do on the last lap to get by. And sure enough, he got alongside Nemechek into turn three and outdrove him to the finish line by a few feet as both cars made contact. It was a hell of a show. Before we start this week, I just want to share with you the best and worst NASCAR shirt I've ever seen. I have no idea what would possess someone to buy this. I searched on the NASCAR store online and couldn't find it unfortunately. I should have gone to Jeff Gordon's souvenir hauler to see if it was there. Oh holy crap. This may be the best-worst NASCAR shirt ever pic.twitter.com/7xkYs21rsr— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) July 26, 2014 Let's get to it. ------- With Chase Elliott winning for the 3rd time this weekend in Chicago, it got me wondering… When was the last time a Nationwide rookie won a championship (if ever)? Thanks! - Brian This is a good one. No Nationwide Series driver has won Rookie of the Year and the title in the next season, though Stenhouse won ROY in 2

David Villa says being NYCFC's first player was important to him [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 11:23 pm]
BRONX - In the shadow of Yankee Stadium, someone asked New York City Football Club’s first-ever signing whether anyone had told him about what it’s like to be a winner in the Big Apple. It’s the question that seemingly always has to be asked by the typical New York media gaggle upon the arrival of a star who’s won elsewhere, but never a place that reveres its champions to a degree that they deem acceptable.David Villa – winner of the World Cup, the European Championship, the Champions League, La Liga, the Copa Del Rey – has enough silverware to brag about for a lifetime, if he were so inclined. But he repeated the same message often and with a similar conviction: he’s going to work hard, he wants to win and he wants to leave a legacy at the club he’s helping launch. That it happens to be in New York City is a fringe benefit. Besides, one would be hard-pressed to argue that Villa has anything left to prove to anyone. Still, his enthusiasm for the task of leading NYCFC’s maiden voyage caught even Claudio Reyna, the club’s Director of Football Operations, by surprise during their initial four-hour meeting in Madrid. “What was interesting for David, is that he wanted to be the first, he wanted the challenge, he didn’t shy away from it,” Reyna said. “It’s a big challenge, building a team from nothing in New York City. There are no players, and he says he wants to do this instead of the other opportunities he had in front of him. It was a brave decision. And that’s what we wanted to hear because we believe in him.”“The vision of City Football Group was enticing, but to be the first player in that vision was even more so,” Villa said. “That made me really, really happy.”Villa was recently joined by Frank Lampard, the team’s second designated player signing, and the new teammates attended the friendly between Manchester City and Liverpool at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. While Villa has agreed to join Melbourne City, anothe

Phillies surprisingly quiet as MLB trade deadline passes [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 10:53 pm]
You look at the Philadelphia Phillies roster and then their place in the standings and it would seem pretty obvious. The Phillies should have been sellers Thursday, the day of MLB's non-waiver trade deadline. The San Diego Padres have been selling for weeks, and they actually have a better record than the Phils. The Cleveland Indians were selling. The Tampa Bay Rays were (sort of) selling. And they're both within sniffing distance of the playoffs. That goes to show there was value to be had and opportunistic teams weren't going to stand there and do nothing. It was value, apparently, the Phillies either weren't interested in or, if you listen to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., weren't being offered. Because the Phillies did nothing on trade deadline day. No trades involving Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon or even Marlon Byrd. (There was that fake trade for Byrd, but that's another story). All of those players, all considered trade bait the past few weeks, will be in Phillies uniforms come Aug. 1. According to Amaro, that's because other GMs around MLB weren't doing their jobs. From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer:  Amaro said Phillies did not ask for “top prospects.” Criticized other GMs for not being aggressive enough.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 31, 2014 Amaro called Marlon Byrd “one of the most productive righthanded bats in the game.” He was surprised no team stepped up.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 31, 2014 Well, Ruben, you might have a point there ... hold on, wait, what's that? Marlon Byrd, by the way, has the 29th highest OPS (.795) among qualified righthanded hitters.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 31, 2014 The old "It's not me, it's them" defense doesn't fly here for Amaro. The Red Sox and their flurry of trades show what kind of return was waiting for teams willing to deal. By sitting on their hands and doing nothing, the Phillies only inspired more criticism. Like so: Here's how Amaro spent the day. (More comics

Phil Hughes tries to glove phantom liner up the middle on double to left center [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 10:49 pm]
Right-hander Phil Hughes of the Minnesota Twins evidently saw something nobody else at Kauffman Stadium did Wednesday night. As slugger Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals took a big swing and pulled a pitch to left-center for a double, Hughes reacted as though Perez had lined the ball back through the middle. Hughes flinched and reached to his left, snapping his glove shut in an effort to catch something that wasn't there. Hughes continued to turn his body toward center field, perhaps to see if anyone on the Twins infield could catch up to Perez's BB. But they all had turned around to watch the ball short-hop the fence in left-center, before setting up for a relay throw from the outfield. "But what about the line drive up the middle?" Hughes might have been saying to himself? It was bi-ZARRE. Perez's double tied the score, and Kansas City won 3-2. That's all secondary, though, to Hughes and the invisible liner (via @AaronGleenman on Twitter): Hughes eventually caught on, but so did teammates like Glen Perkins: This is from last night and I'm still laughing. Phil *almost* caught it. (h/t @ParkerHageman ) https://t.co/7cr5oHIr2N— Glen Perkins (@glenperkins) July 31, 2014 More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

The 10-man rotation, starring Isaiah Thomas, a point guard scorned [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 10:45 pm]
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: Sactown Royalty. Isaiah Thomas makes it very clear that he believes he is better than Darren Collison, the man signed to replace him as the point guard of the Sacramento Kings, and that he believes everyone associated with the Kings will soon think the same thing now that he's joined up with the Phoenix Suns: "They always say you don't know what you got until it's gone, and I feel like that's going to happen […] I tell everybody I love Sacramento, I always will love Sacramento, but when we play them I'm going to kill Sacramento." PF: Mavs Moneyball. Jason Gallagher recalls the strange things that winning championships, one-click ordering and copious amounts of booze can do to a man. SF: BSports. A deep-dive, SportVU-based statistical look into which teams passed the ball most frequently and most effectively, as measured by how often their passes led to assist opportunities, converted buckets, and so on. SG: VICE Sports. Colin McGowan: "You will fail to utterly ignore DurantWatch 2016 and piffle like it because you're a person, and people are weak. But you should give it your best shot." PG: Grantland. Jordan Ritter Conn talks to scouts, coaches, players and observers of all stripes in search of an answer to a question posed by many in the basketball world: When, and why, did New York City stop being "The Mecca?" 6th: Bulls.com. Good stuff from Sam Smith on Derrick Rose's looking-good-so-far return to the court for Team USA in Las Vegas, and how the Chicago Bulls point guard's approach to the comeback is different now than it was after his first season-ending knee injury. 7th: Pounding the Rock. Jesus Gomez explains why he doesn't think there's some grand conspiracy behind the San Antonio Spurs ruling Manu Ginobili out of competing for Argentina in the u

Fox TV Tampa Bay makes shameful comparison with Detroit after David Price trade [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 10:20 pm]
Detroit, trying to stand on its feet after decades of decay, is an easy target for pot shots. Crime, urban blight, whatever, Detroit is low-hanging fruit when it comes to rusty jokes. Someone running the Twitter account for the Fox TV station in Tampa Bay thought it would be funny Thursday afternoon to give David Price an idea of what he was in for after being traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers. He or she used Detroit's problems to marginalize Price's new surroundings. Even though the tweet already has been deleted and apologized for, this is what it described to Fox 13's 40,000 followers plus others: It compares a white sandy beach of Tampa Bay (presumably) with a condemned block in Detroit (presumably). The captions read: "Take some comfort, Rays fans," along with "Good luck, David." Not original or funny, just mean-spirited and misleading. In fact, St. Petersburg, Fla. (where the Rays play) doesn't compare as well to Detroit as Fox 13 might think when it comes to crime. And if you've ever actually been to Detroit, and interacted with the people who work and live there, you'd never consider hurting their feelings like this. This is how the Fox TV station in Detroit responded, and if you know something about baseball in both cities, you know what's coming: .@MyFoxTampaBay pic.twitter.com/XpPPHCjBAN — FOX 2 News | WJBK (@FOX2News) July 31, 2014 That's the best thing possible to say. Although, paradoxically, the Rays' attendance problems are sort of like the Detroit of Major League Baseball jokes. The subject has been beaten to death, it's not really fair to the fans, and it's time to think of something else to say. After today. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

Andrei Kirilenko's love for cheetahs knows no bounds (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 10:07 pm]
As the calendar turns from July to August and the doldrums of another NBA summer continue, never fear — Andrei Kirilenko is here, with a cheetah, to brighten your days before the FIBA World Cup brings meaningful basketball back into our lives. As brought to our attention by The Brooklyn Game, the 33-year-old Nets forward posted a picture from his Basketball Without Borders tour across Africa on Instagram, declaring, "I am in love with cheetahs." Kirilenko is one of 10 NBA representatives — including Greg Monroe, who would be wise to stay away from big carnivorous cats as an unsigned restricted free agent — scheduled to attend the league's global development program in Johannesburg from Aug. 5-8. The others' affection for cheetahs is unknown. Of course, Kirilenko's love of cheetahs makes all the sense in the world. Long and lean and fleet of foot with a mean mane, AK-47 has a relationship with large felines rivaled only by Ed Helms in the "Hangover." Of course, Kirilenko has pledged his love for animals on Instagram before — declaring a stingray his good friend, the Jazz Bear his favorite mascot and a rhinoceros among his favorite works of art — so let's hope the aforementioned cheetah is as forgiving as his wife when it comes to the ways of the heart. P.S. Kirilenko's Instagram account is legit mesmerizing.

Here is every deal made on MLB's exciting trade-deadline day [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 10:06 pm]
First, exhale. Major League Baseball's 4 p.m. ET deadline for non-waiver trades has passed and it was quite a ride. It was one of the best trade-deadline days in years, with aces moving, contenders getting better and a large number of major leaguers – not just prospects – swapping teams. It was a lot to follow, especially in that final 45 minutes or so. We thought you, our wonderful reader, might be well served if The Stew collected every trade and put it in one single list. Here you are. Enjoy ... while we exhale some more. DAVID PRICE GOES TO THE TIGERS IN A THREE-TEAM SWAP It happened. David Price finally got traded. He's a member of the Detroit Tigers now, joining Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez in what soon might be renamed Cy Young City. The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners were also part of the deal, with the Rays getting pitcher Drew Smyly and shortstop Willy Adames from Detroit, plus infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners. Seattle added outfielder Austin Jackson for their part in the deal. [More] THE A'S GET JON LESTER FROM RED SOX FOR YOENIS CESPEDESThe other ace on the move happened Thursday morning, when the Oakland Athletics landed Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for slugger Yoenis Cespedes, a high-powered deal that set the tone for a wild day of trading for the Red Sox. [More] JOHN LACKEY GOES TO ST. LOUISThe Red Sox sent another starting pitcher, John Lackey, to the St. Louis Cardinals and got a nice return. Pitcher Joe Kelly and first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig came to Boston. What makes Lackey, 35, appealing is that a clause in his contract calls for him to make only $500K next season. It's been reported that Lackey plans to honor that and not seek a new deal. [More] ANOTHER BOSTON MOVE: ANDREW MILLER TO BALTIMOREThe Red Sox then dealt highly sought-after relief pitcher Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles. This time, they got a player for the future in return. The O's gave up their

Johnny Manziel doesn't 'think there's any rush' to start Week 1 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 10:05 pm]
By all accounts, the starting quarterback competition in Cleveland hasn't materialized. There's no competition yet. Brian Hoyer, who over the last two weeks has turned into Joe Montana based off the gushing quotes from everyone in the organization, is fending off rookie Johnny Manziel quite easily, it seems. There's a long way to go and no matter how much the team wants to pump up Hoyer (and clearly they're doing so in part to send a message to Manziel), he doesn't have much of a track record of being a good NFL quarterback. Manziel could win the starting job with a good preseason. But it appears he has a long way to go. He hasn't taken any reps with the starters yet. It's looking like a good bet he won't be the starter by Week 1, but that isn't a reason for him to panic. "I think I’ll play whenever these coaches decide that I’m ready," Manziel said, according to the team's transcript. "I don’t think there’s any rush. For me, it’s whenever Coach (Mike) Pettine, (offensive coordinator) Coach (Kyle) Shanahan decide that. I don’t think they ever want to throw me into a situation that I’m not ready for or something that I can’t handle. I don’t know if they drafted me necessarily thinking that I should come in and start week one. I think they wanted to see where I’m at and see how I progress, and hopefully, they’re happy with how I’m progressing." Here's more of Manziel's press conference on Thursday: It's true that the team is probably better off if Manziel learns and is fully ready by the time he plays. There will be pressure to make a change if Hoyer doesn't produce much early on, and keep in mind that the optimism over Hoyer is based off one good game and one decent game last season before he got hurt. [Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football!] Although some Browns sources decided to rip Manziel in a Cleveland Plain Dealer story the day the team reported to camp, publicly the coaches are way more

Texas A&M's renovated football complex is extremely impressive (Video/Photos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 9:47 pm]
As part of the major renovation of Kyle Field, Texas A&M also rebuilt the Bright Football Complex, and the results are extremely impressive. The Bright Complex sits in the south end zone of Kyle Field and has undergone a 36,000 square-foot overhaul which is supposed to modernize and “create the most forward-thinking, technologically-advanced” facility in the country, according to the program. Everything from the locker room to the players’ lounge to the sports medicine facility have been upgraded. The total cost of the project cost a whopping $20.8 million. Take a look at the photos, provided by A&M. Here's what the Entrance to the Bright Complex looks like: The Hagner Auditorium:  Players-only access to the locker room, training room and more: Customizable video display upon entry: The hallway leading to positional rooms: An Adidas uniform display: A hydrotherapy pool in the new sports medicine area. It features eight HDTVs mounted inside the walls. The door to the players' locker room: Team locker room: Each locker has LED screens with player information: A closer look at the LED screens for at each locker: There is a barber shop lounge attached to the locker room: LED TVs are embedded in the mirrors above each sink in the locker room bathroom. Two positional meeting rooms: As you can see, A&M isn't playing around. These upgraded faciities are up there with the best in the nation. This boosts everything associated with the program from team morale, to health, and especially recruiting. It would be tough for any recruit to visit a complex like this and say no to Kevin Sumlin and company. You can get an even closer look at the new complex and locker room in the videos below.  A&M will open its season on the road at South Carolina on August 28. The re-opening of Kyle Field will come the following weekend, on September 6 against Lamar.  For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports

Report: Metta World Peace heading to Chinese Basketball Association to join Sichuan Blue Whales [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 9:23 pm]
Metta World Peace, it turns out, is a man of his word — the 34-year-old forward really isn't retired. But he also won't be playing professional basketball in the NBA next season. Or, at least, he won't be at the start of the season. After tweeting early Tuesday morning that he "met with three teams" about playing in China, that a "deal [was] done" and that he "just [had] to sign now," the former Ron Artest has reportedly reached an agreement to join the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, as first reported by ESPN New York's Ian Begley and subsequently confirmed by Chinese news outlet Sports Sina (via Sportando). Apparently, World Peace already has his first order of business lined up: First thing I am doing when I get to china will be visiting Pandas with my daughter @BabyGirl_Sade— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) July 31, 2014 RealGM's Shams Charania reports that World Peace will receive a one-year deal worth $1.43 million, which is a shade less than what he'd make on a 10-plus-year veteran's minimum deal stateside, but will make him the highest-paid import player in the CBA. World Peace still hopes to land a roster spot with an NBA team once the Chinese pro season wraps up in February, according to Charania. World Peace's chances of piquing NBA interest would figure to improve dramatically if he can show a capacity to make a consistent impact against younger competition, even in a lesser league. First thing's first, though — he'll have to stay on the floor. That was no easy feat during a 2013-14 NBA campaign that saw him play only 388 minutes for the New York Knicks due in part to struggles with a strained left knee — the same knee in which he suffered a tear to the lateral meniscus during the previous season with the Los Angeles Lakers, only to return, somewhat shockingly, less than two weeks after undergoing surgery. While his coaches and teammates appreciated his willingness to get back as soon as possible in an attempt to

Cultural Leonesa wore their tuxedo kit for the most elegant charity match ever played [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 9:11 pm]
Spanish third-division club Cultural Leonesa made headlines around the world when they unveiled a special tuxedo kit last week and now they've actually worn it for a match. The kit, which was designed specifically to draw as much attention as possible to the club's charitable interests, was used for a one-day preseason tournament benefitting the local mining industry. Ten percent of all shirt sales will go to charities for mining families. Smokin ;) pic.twitter.com/OTi0ekl2xt— Higinio Marín Escavy (@Higinio_10) July 30, 2014 Henning Nielsen, marketing manager for kitmaker Hummel, told CNN: "The club wanted to help the mining industry in the region, which is having some really tough times. "We wanted to go in and explore the club's heritage and find what has local character, and incorporate that into the design. "The club is celebrating its 90-year anniversary, so instead of having a formal reception with wine and drinks and snacks the club decided to do something ... another way with a bit of character." The white tux goalkeeper kit was a particularly inspired creation. - - - - - - - Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

Dustin Johnson is taking an indefinite leave from professional golf for 'personal challenges' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 8:56 pm]
One of the most talented golfers on the planet is taking some time away from the game to deal with personal issues. Dustin Johnson, an eight-time PGA Tour champion, released a statement on Thursday stating he will be, "taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately.” The statement continued, “I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced." “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.” Johnson was not in the field this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and will miss the final major of 2014 next week at the PGA Championship. It also looks like Johnson won't be around for the FedEx Cup playoffs, where he currently sits fourth in standings, and could miss the Ryder Cup in late September if he decides to decline the automatic spot he would earn as he sits fifth in standings for the United States.  But more than that, this looks like a decision that Johnson made on his own and hopefully everything works out for him and he comes back to the game happy, healthy and as dominant as ever. The PGA Tour released a statement as well, simply saying, "We have nothing to add to Dustin’s statement. But wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA Tour in the future.” - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!

Yankees, Red Sox make first trade since 1997, send Stephen Drew to the Bronx [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 8:39 pm]
Stephen Drew is headed to the New York Yankees where he'll shift to second base and backup the retiring Derek Jeter at shortstop for the rest of the season. But that's not even the most interesting part of the trade the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox struck Thursday shortly before MLB's non-waiver trade deadline. The Yankees and the Red Sox, baseball's biggest rivals, made a trade together. That's headline material, regardless of the players involved.  That hasn't happened since 1997, when the Red Sox sent Randy Brown and Mike Stanley to New York for Tony Armas and Jim Mecir. Both the Red Sox and the Yankees had traded with every other team in MLB since then, but not each other, according to some wonderful digging by the folks at Cut4. The Yankees send utilityman Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox, who were the biggest dealers on trade-deadline day. Johnson for Drew ranks low on the list of Boston trades, but the rarity of a Red Sox-Yankees swap makes it much more interesting.  Drew didn't play the first few months of the season, holding out as a free agent, then he signed a one-year deal to return to the Red Sox for about $10 million. He hasn't been very productive, though, hitting .176/.255/.328 with four homers and 11 RBIs. The Yankees will pay almost all of the $5 million owed to Drew, according to Sean McAdam of CSN New England. Drew has never played second base, so that could get interesting, but Brian Roberts hasn't produced there for the Yankees. Might as well try Drew. He's now part of a rebuilt-through-trades infield that includes Chase Headley and Martin Prado, who was also acquired by the Yankees in a trade Thursday from the Diamondbacks. Prado can play second and third, but also in the outfield, if necessary. One last interesting note on this deal: The Red Sox and Yankees are both off Thursday, but play each other in a three-game series starting Friday. Makes the travel for the traded players a little easier. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - -

Austin Jackson leaves Tigers mid-inning after being traded to Mariners [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 8:38 pm]
Your browser does not support iframes. The most surreal moment of the trading deadline Thursday — not counting the MLB Network or Jim Bowden falling for fake transactions — happened at Comerica Park after it became known the Detroit Tigers were trading for ace left-hander David Price in a blockbuster three-way deal. In the top of seventh inning, the Tigers pulled outfielder Austin Jackson from their game against the White Sox, with manager Brad Ausmus literally waving Jackson off the field after a 2-2 pitch by Joakim Soria to Gordon Beckham with one out. Umpires called for time, and a change was made, with Rajai Davis coming out of the Detroit dugout to replace Jackson in center field. Jackson jogged off, blowing bubble gum, and shaking hands on his way out of town to the Seattle Mariners. One of the final players he hugged, right-hander Max Scherzer, had come over with Jackson in another three-way blockbuster trade years earlier. It's possible that Price might become Scherzer's replacement in the rotation next season, seeing as Price is under contract and Scherzer is headed for free agency. But more on that in the coming months. This was Jackson's moment. Many fans stood and even more applauded for Jackson, who's still just 27 years old but has already compiled four-plus seasons in the majors, batting .277 with a .727 on-base plus slugging to go with four homers and nine stolen bases in 2013. He's also played in 35 postseason games for Detroit. It happens every season — some call the period #HugWatch — when traded players, upon finding out they're moving, hug their teammates good-bye in the dugout. Often times, these players will have been removed ahead of time, or scheduled not to play, because it was known a trade was possible. The Red Sox even skipped Jon Lester's start Wednesday because they knew he was on the verge of playing elsewhere. In Price's case, he had worked out during Tampa Bay's day off, and had said he would be golfing at the deadline. T

Magic Johnson: 'If I don't see another three-pointer from a Laker team, I'll be happy.' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 8:34 pm]
During the 1990-91 season, a campaign that saw the Los Angeles Lakers ride a fifth-ranked offense all the way to the NBA Finals, Magic Johnson and Byron Scott led the team in attempting 250 and 219 three-pointers, respectively. No other Laker even broke triple digits in triples attempts, as the aging Laker backcourt relied more and more on the perimeter bombs to contribute. It would be the last season the two would play together, as Johnson retired the next October after being diagnosed with HIV, and Scott went on to a respected journeyman career as a three-point specialist. Both eventually returned to the Lakers for one final NBA season – Magic in 1996, Scott the next season – with Magic continuing to rely on his push shot from outside the arc, and Scott taking nearly half his attempts from long range. This is why it was more than a little curious that Magic would offer a particularly nasty take on the shot that has served him so well, in talking up Scott’s recent hire as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. From Eric Pincus at the Los Angeles Times: "The team is better than what we had last season, because we have more guys who can do more things than just shoot three-pointers," said Johnson.  "If I don't see another three-pointer from a Laker team, I'll be happy." Now, that last line about never seeing another trey thrown up by a member of his beloved team might be a throwaway joke, but Magic has taken his anti-Mike D’Antoni crusade to all time heights. D’Antoni should not have been hired by the Lakers in 2012. The Lakers’ front office should not have attempted to build a philosophy that resembled Steve Nash and D’Antoni’s former Phoenix Suns squads, as the franchise should have made a better attempt to work around the low post stylings of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. It’s just fine to criticize both the hire and D’Antoni’s work, as we all have, without looking tacky at best and downright mean at worst. I mean: Happy days are here again! Mike

Magic Johnson: 'If I don't see another 3-pointer from a Laker team, I'll be happy.' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 8:34 pm]
During the 1990-91 season, a campaign that saw the Los Angeles Lakers ride a fifth-ranked offense all the way to the NBA Finals, Magic Johnson and Byron Scott led the team in attempting 250 and 219 3-pointers, respectively. No other Laker even broke triple digits in triples attempts, as the aging Laker backcourt relied more and more on the perimeter bombs to contribute. It would be the last season the two would play together, as Johnson retired the next October after being diagnosed with HIV, and Scott went on to a respected journeyman career as a 3-point specialist. Both eventually returned to the Lakers for one final NBA season – Magic in 1996, Scott the next season – with Magic continuing to rely on his push shot from outside the arc, and Scott taking nearly half his attempts from long range. This is why it was more than a little curious that Magic would offer a particularly nasty take on the shot that has served him so well, in talking up Scott’s recent hire as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. From Eric Pincus at the Los Angeles Times: "The team is better than what we had last season, because we have more guys who can do more things than just shoot 3-pointers," said Johnson.  "If I don't see another 3-pointer from a Laker team, I'll be happy." Now, that last line about never seeing another trey thrown up by a member of his beloved team might be a throwaway joke, but Magic has taken his anti-Mike D’Antoni crusade to all-time heights. D’Antoni should not have been hired by the Lakers in 2012. The Lakers’ front office should not have attempted to build a philosophy that resembled Steve Nash and D’Antoni’s former Phoenix Suns squads, as the franchise should have made a better attempt to work around the low-post stylings of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. It’s just fine to criticize both the hire and D’Antoni’s work, as we all have, without looking tacky at best and downright mean at worst. I mean: Happy days are here again! Mike D'Antoni resign

Report: Two South Carolina freshman DBs qualify academically, will report to camp [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 8:31 pm]
It was reported earlier this month that as many as eight members of South Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class would not qualify academically to enroll in the school and join the football team. Now it appears that two of those players will make it to Columbia, after all. Gamecock Central reported Wednesday that cornerbacks Wesley Green and Chris Lammons have been admitted into school and will report with the rest of the team when camp begins Friday. The two corners reportedly were forced to retake standardized tests after both of their original scores were “flagged prior to enrollment.” South Carolina’s admissions committee met on Wednesday and the two players were given the green light. This has to be welcomed news for South Carolina. Gamecocks assistant Steve Spurrier Jr. told The State earlier in the month that defensive back is “a pretty critical area” for the team in 2014. Both players are rated by Rivals.com as four-star recruits. The 5-foot-10, 168-pound Green, a native of Lithonia, Ga., was the 17th-best cornerback in the 2014 class. Lammons, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound athlete from Plantation, Fla., who played quarterback in high school, was rated as the 14th-best athlete in the nation. Those two, along with four-star D.J. Smith and three-star Al Harris Jr., are expected to provide depth and see some early playing time. The Gamecocks, who finished 11-2 last season, lost its three top cornerbacks from 2013. South Carolina opens its season at home against Texas A&M on August 28 in a Thursday night showdown. For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper





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