Peterson says he's got 5-year, $70 million deal (Yahoo Sports) - Cornerback Patrick Peterson says he has reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, with $48 million guaranteed. Peterson revealed the terms via twitter Tuesday night. The Cardinals announced the deal a short time later, but did not disclose the terms. The agreement keeps Peterson under contract with Arizona through 2020. Liriano fans 11 in Pirates' 3-1 win (Yahoo Sports) - Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night. Josh Harrison hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and Travis Snider added a two-run shot in the second for the Pirates, who moved within one game of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. A former minor league prospect for the Giants, Liriano (3-7) gave up a home run to Mike Morse but was otherwise stellar while leading the surging Pirates to their eighth win in 11 games. San Francisco lost its sixth straight, matching its longest skid of the season. Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA in 2015 (Yahoo Sports) - Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The announcement was made by in Korean, Spanish and English by players Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner on the Dodger Stadium video board in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against Atlanta. Orioles beat Angels 7-6 in 12 innings (Yahoo Sports) - BALTIMORE (AP) -- Manny Machado homered off Cory Rasmus leading off the 12th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Cobb strikes out 12, Rays win 5-1 (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Rays' 11th win in 12 games. Cain to meet with elbow specialist (Yahoo Sports) - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain plans to meet with specialist Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion on his injured elbow. AP source: Gordon hires attorney, plans defense (Yahoo Sports) - Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL. Facing an indefinite suspension for marijuana use, Cleveland's talented wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. England win five silvers in athletics - Laura Weightman, Laura Samuel, Will Sharman, Ashley Bryant and Nick Miller all win silvers on a thrilling night for England. Home nations win three golds in pool - Tevez father freed after kidnapping - The father of Argentine football star Carlos Tevez is freed after being kidnapped on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and held for eight hours.

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IndyCar fines RLL for Toronto race violation (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 9:03 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- IndyCar has fined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $5,000 for a weight violation in the car driven by Luca Filippi at Toronto.

Bourdais and Conway win in IndyCar doubleheader (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 20, 2014, 11:35 pm]
IndyCar ran two races in Toronto on Sunday, where rain wreaked havoc on both the schedule and driver strategy. It instead began Sunday morning, roughly five hours before the start of the second race, and won by Sebastien Bourdais. The sky eventually did open, the track became slick and drivers darted to pit road for rain tires. When the track began to dry, Mike Conway gambled and made an early stop to remove his rain tires.

Conway, Bourdais take Toronto IndyCar wins (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: July 20, 2014, 10:19 pm]
Britain's Mike Conway won his second race of the season and France's Sebastien Bourdais captured his first title since 2007 on Sunday at IndyCar's Toronto Indy double-header. While Bourdais won from the pole to snap a 52-race IndyCar win drought, the second race produced the most drama as three cars crashed when rain began on lap 13. Shortly after Conway made an inside passto overtake fellow Englishman Justin Wilson for the lead, a major third-turn tangle involving seven cars halted the race and set up a restart that saw Conway seize command to the checkered flag. Brazil's Tony Kanaan was second with Australian Will Power third, although he lost ground on the day overall in his fight for the season points title with Brazilian teammate Helio Castroneves.

Mike Conway wins 2nd race of Toronto doubleheader (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 20, 2014, 9:51 pm]
Mike Conway has won the second race of IndyCar's doubleheader at Toronto, where rain forced the series to run both races on Sunday. Conway was one of the first drivers to replace the rain tires when the track began to dry, and it put him in position to win a race that had been dominated by Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power.

Bourdais ends 52-race IndyCar win drought (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: July 20, 2014, 5:03 pm]
French pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais ended a seven-year win drought by capturing the first of two races Sunday at the Toronto Indy double-header. "It's damn sweet," Bourdais said. Brazil's Helio Castroneves was second with Brazil's Tony Kanaan third, France's Simon Pagenaud fourth and New Zealand's Scott Dixon fifth. Bourdais won four IndyCar series titles from 2004-2007 in the ChampCar era before leaving two seasons in Formula One and returning to IndyCar in 2011.

Bourdais ends long winless drought in Toronto (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 20, 2014, 4:25 pm]
Sebastien Bourdais dominated from the pole at Toronto in the first IndyCar Series race of a Sunday doubleheader, cruising to his first open wheel victory since 2007. Bourdais is in his first season with KVSH Racing and this is his first podium finish of the year. Bourdais won his first pole since 2007 and now has his first victory since the 2007 Champ Car season finale in Mexico City.

Toronto IndyCar event postponed by rain (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 11:58 pm]
Heavy rain that created visibility problems for drivers and slick conditions for cars forced postponement of Saturday's scheduled IndyCar race at Toronto by a day. The race, the first IndyCar event to be postponed due to bad weather since Sao Paulo in 2011, will be staged as part of a double-header Sunday along with the weekend's other planned event, creating a crucial day in the hunt for the season points title. Brazil's Helio Castroneves leads with 471 points, just nine ahead of Australian Will Power with American Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Indianapolis 500 winner, third at 32 points adrift. Power crashed in a warm-up lap and the pace car spun as officials tried in vain to start the race on rain tires.

IndyCar Series in Toronto rained out (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 10:29 pm]
The IndyCar Series race Saturday in Toronto has been called because of rain. IndyCar officials had decided to make it a 90-minute or 65-lap race once it started. IndyCar was scheduled to run a second race Sunday in Toronto. Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 earlier in the day.

IndyCar Series in Toronto in rain delay (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 9:18 pm]
The start of the IndyCar Series race Saturday in Toronto has been delayed by rain. IndyCar officials decided to make it a 2-hour timed race once the race starts. Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 earlier in the day, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto.

Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar pole at Toronto (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 3:59 pm]
Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 on Saturday, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto. Bourdais' lap of 58.9479 seconds (107.179 mph) on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit at Exhibition Place earned him his 32nd career pole. He's now tied with Michael Andretti for eighth on the career open wheel poles list. Will Power joins Bourdais on the front row for Saturday's race.

Bourdais wins IndyCar pole at Toronto (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 3:32 pm]
Sebastien Bourdais has won his first open-wheel pole since 2007, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto. Will Power joins Bourdais on the front row for Saturday's race. Points leader Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan completed the top six. Bourdais was second and third in Toronto last year, the start of six top-10 finishes over the final eight races for Dragon Racing.

Dixon hopes Toronto fuels IndyCar championship run (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 18, 2014, 8:53 pm]
Scott Dixon is running out of races to become a championship threat. The three-time IndyCar champ might be at the right track to prove it's still too early to count him out for a fourth title. Coming off a victory at Pocono, Dixon still wasn't thinking about a championship when he arrived at Toronto last year. The 33-year-old Kiwi swept the Toronto doubleheader, moving him from fourth overall in the driver standings to second.

Hinchcliffe hopes for success at home in Toronto (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 17, 2014, 10:13 pm]
James Hinchcliffe had no idea how poorly he's run in Toronto, his hometown race. I didn't realize it was that bad,'' Hinchcliffe said Thursday. Hinchcliffe loves returning to the street course at Exhibition Place, the track he credits for sparking his love of racing. He's 11th in the IndyCar standings.

Toronto course a challenge for IndyCar drivers (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 16, 2014, 10:20 pm]
Ryan Briscoe knows all about Toronto hospitals. Briscoe broke his wrist in the first race of the doubleheader at the Honda Indy Toronto last year. Just finishing the claustrophobic street course race at Exhibition Place in one piece is difficult enough for IndyCar drivers. Briscoe has seen a bit of everything at the race, and, like most drivers, is still trying to figure out how to win in Toronto.

Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar race in Iowa (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 13, 2014, 3:31 am]
Ryan Hunter-Reay blew past the field with two laps to go and won the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday for his first victory since the Indianapolis 500. It was the fifth straight win in Iowa for Andretti Autosport, and the second in three years for Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay hadn't led a lap since Indianapolis, and he spent most of Saturday's race far from contention. Josef Newgarden finished second, followed by Target Chip Ganassi teammates Kanaan and Scott Dixon.

Scott Dixon wins pole for IndyCar race in Iowa (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 11, 2014, 11:56 pm]
Team Penske has been so strong in the IndyCar series this season that any one of its drivers could win on Saturday night. Penske's history at Iowa Speedway suggests that none of them will. Penske entered the weekend at Iowa's .875-mile short track with the series co-leaders, Will Power and Helio Castroneves, and perhaps the hottest driver in the circuit in Juan Pablo Montoya. Penske is 0 for 7 in Iowa despite three poles, while rival Andretti Autosport has claimed the last four races.

IndyCar rookie Hawksworth back after Pocono crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 10, 2014, 8:41 pm]
Jack Hawksworth hit the wall at Pocono so hard that he hurt his heart. Hawksworth hopes the wreck won't halt the momentum of his promising rookie season in IndyCar. Hawksworth arrived for pre-race preparations at Iowa Speedway on Thursday, just four days after being released from the hospital. Hawksworth missed last weekend's race at Pocono Raceway after a nasty crash during a practice run.

Hawksworth back after nasty Pocono crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 10, 2014, 8:08 pm]
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -- Jack Hawksworth hit the wall at Pocono so hard that he hurt his heart.

Hawksworth cleared by IndyCar to race at Iowa (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 8, 2014, 9:50 pm]
Jack Hawksworth has been cleared by IndyCar to race at Iowa after sitting out Sunday's event at Pocono with a heart contusion. Hawksworth was diagnosed with a heart contusion and held overnight for observation. He was released Sunday and had to be seen by IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger for clearance to race. Hawksworth was cleared Tuesday to race this weekend at Iowa.

Montoya wins IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 6, 2014, 7:53 pm]
Juan Pablo Montoya has won the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, the highlight of a triumphant return to open wheel racing after seven years in NASCAR. Helio Castroneves was second to make it a 1-2 finish Sunday for team owner Roger Penske. Montoya won for the first time in the CART/IndyCar Series since 2000 and had his first major victory since he won a road course race at Watkins Glen in NASCAR in 2010. With double points awarded in the 500-mile races, Castroneves moved into a tie for the points lead with Team Penske teammate Will Power.

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