New football betting rules enforced - Rules preventing players from betting on any footballing activity will help combat match-fixing, says the English FA. Child savours Games silver medal - Dodgers beat Braves 2-1 on Kershaw's 9-hitter (Yahoo Sports) - Clayton Kershaw would have welcomed a little help from the umpires in the ninth inning, if only to end the game a bit sooner. When he didn't get it, the Dodgers' ace finished off the Braves on his own. Rose acknowledges tension with Bulls (Yahoo Sports) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose acknowledged tension between members of his inner circle and team management. Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times in an article posted Thursday that he knows ''it's been there.'' ''I'm happy I didn't personally see it,'' Rose said. It bothered me because when I wasn't around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn't all right.'' There has been speculation in recent years of tension between the organization and Rose's camp. The newspaper cites unidentified organization sources as saying the strain was over members of his inner circle taking shots at the organization and Rose not playing a bigger role in recruiting Carmelo Anthony. What is it like being Usain Bolt? - Adulation, glory, money, weird photocalls, 'selfie' requests and a 'bagman' to get his food - the life of the sprint superstar. Tottenham to sign £4m defender Dier - Tottenham agree to sign Sporting Lisbon's England Under-21 defender Eric Dier for £4m, subject to a medical. 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.

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Dodgers beat Braves 2-1 on Kershaw's 9-hitter (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 5:36 am]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw scattered nine hits and struck out nine while tying his career-best winning streak of 10 games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.

Pujols' RBI in 13th lifts Angels over Orioles 1-0 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 4:37 am]
A frustrating night for Albert Pujols had a delightful ending. Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Thursday to avert a three-game sweep. Pujols grounded into double plays in each of his first two at-bats. In the 11th, the 34-year-old slugger hit a scorcher down the third-base line that Manny Machado snared in the top of the webbing before throwing to first from foul ground to beat Pujols by a step.

Phillies lose Lee, defeat Nationals 10-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 2:51 am]
Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Thursday night despite starter Cliff Lee leaving in the third inning with an elbow injury. Grady Sizemore had three hits and three RBIs as the Phillies pounded out 17 hits. After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs, Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand. Lee, making his third start since missing two months, left the game, and the Phillies announced he had a recurrence of the flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. Antonio Bastardo (5-4) retired Span, the only batter he faced, and got the win.

Cliff Lee leaves start against Nationals in 3rd (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 12:48 am]
Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who recently returned after missing two months with a left elbow strain, left in the third inning of Thursday night's game at Washington. The Phillies announced that Lee had a recurrence of the left flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. They gave no time table for Lee's return. After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs in the third, a frustrated Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand. Manager Ryne Sandberg and the team trainer came out, and Lee left the game which was tied 0-0.

Yankees get Drew, Prado in deadline deals (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 12:13 am]
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.

Braves get INF-OF Bonifacio, LHP Russell from Cubs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 10:30 pm]
CHICAGO (AP) -- The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.

Rich get richer: Price traded to Tigers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 10:26 pm]
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.

Yankees get INF Prado from Diamondbacks (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 10:19 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees have acquired veteran infielder Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Peter O'Brien.

Orioles get Miller in trade with Red Sox (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 9:49 pm]
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.

Marlins get Cosart from Astros in 6-player deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 9:05 pm]
The Miami Marlins were shoppers instead of sellers for a change at the trade deadline, and they added a starting pitcher to help make a playoff push. Miami acquired right-hander Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros in a six-player deal Thursday. The Marlins also acquired infielder-outfielder Kiki Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick. The Marlins, often out of the race before August, were in the market to upgrade their young, thin rotation after a recent six-game winning streak put them back in the playoff picture.

Twins sign Kurt Suzuki to 2-year extension (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 9:00 pm]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have signed All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.

AP source: Tigers acquire ace Price from Rays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 8:52 pm]
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 trade joins Price with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in the rotation for the AL Central-leading Tigers, giving Detroit the last three American League Cy Young winners. The deal comes just hours after the Oakland Athletics got Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay has played much better over the last month and entered Thursday only 5 1/2 games behind a wild card - but the Rays decided to deal their ace anyway.

Red Sox send SS Drew to Yankees for 3B Johnson (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 8:35 pm]
The Boston Red Sox have obtained third baseman Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees for shortstop Stephen Drew. He re-signed with Boston on May 22 and has hit .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games. Boston also sent cash to New York.

Nationals acquire INF Cabrera from Indians (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 8:16 pm]
The Washington Nationals have acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement Thursday. The 28-year-old Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but has played 162 games at second base - his likely position in Washington - most recently in 2009. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is out with a strained right hamstring, and regular second baseman Anthony Rendon has shifted over to third.

Orioles get LHP Miller in trade with Red Sox (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 7:46 pm]
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have obtained left-hander reliever Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Lackey goes from Red Sox to Cards for Kelly, Craig (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:51 pm]
The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline. The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red Sox said they had sent their No. 1 starter, left-hander Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics with outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick.

Seattle gets OF Chris Denorfia from Padres (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:45 pm]
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have acquired veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaugers.

Brewers acquire OF Gerardo Parra from D-backs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:43 pm]
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor leaguers.

A's get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:06 pm]
The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline. Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also received cash from Boston in another blockbuster deal by A's general manager Billy Beane. The Red Sox also get a draft pick in a deal confirmed by both teams. A few hours later, the Red Sox traded their No. 2 starter, right-hander John Lackey, to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to Cards (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 5:36 pm]
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.



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