Contador to miss Vuelta a Espana - Alberto Contador rules himself out of the Vuelta a Espana following a setback in his recovery from a broken shin. Ustinov named as Fury opponent - Tyson Fury will fight Alexander Ustinov on Saturday after the cancellation of his world title eliminator with Dereck Chisora. After 10 days & 8,500 miles... St Helena reach Glasgow - St Helena's Commonwealth Games team travel five days on a ship and then take two flights to reach Glasgow. Irvine will carry N Ireland flag - World champion Martyn Irvine is chosen to carry the Northern Ireland flag at Wednesday's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Van Gaal criticises tour schedule - Houvenaghel retires from cycling - Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel retires from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury. VIDEO: Jason Statham's Games diving display - Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings (Yahoo Sports) - PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night. Headley wins it in 14th inning of Yankees debut (Yahoo Sports) - Chase Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after both rookie starters entered with a 5.10 ERA. J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half. Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals (Yahoo Sports) - Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the Rays' season-high sixth straight win. St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2-3 innings. Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL.

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Mercury win 13th straight, clinch playoff berth (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:14 am]
SEATTLE (AP) -- Diana Taurasi scored 22 and Candice Dupree added 19 to help the Phoenix Mercury win their 13th straight game and clinch a playoff berth with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.

Moore has 48 points in the Lynx's 112-108 2OT win (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 2:49 am]
Maya Moore scored a franchise-record 48 points, the second most in WNBA history, to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 112-108 in double-overtime on Tuesday night. Moore hit 16 of 30 shots from the field, including 7 of 9 from beyond the arc. The 48 points are just short of the record 51 scored by Riquna Williams last season. Lindsay Whalen scored 26 points and Rebekka Brunson added 17 points and 12 rebounds in her first game of the season.

Fowles helps Sky edge Fever 60-57 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 2:27 am]
Sylvia Fowles had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots to help the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 60-57 on Tuesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak. Epiphanny Prince added 13 points for the Sky, who had lost 13 of 16. Prince hit a driving layup for a 57-55 Sky lead with 21.3 seconds left. Fowles fouled Erlana Larkins, who made one of two free throws with 16.1 seconds remaining.

McBride and Stars edge Shock 95-93 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 2:18 am]
Kayla McBride scored 23 points and the San Antonio Stars overcame career-highs by Odyssey Sims and Skylar Diggins to beat the Tulsa Shock 95-93 on Tuesday night. Danielle Robinson scored 21 points, including the game-winning basket for San Antonio (11-12). Danielle Adams had 15 points and Becky Hammon had 10 points as the Stars remained in third place in the West ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks (10-12). Sims had 39 points and Diggins had 34 for Tulsa (8-15), which fell to 3-9 on the road.

Monday Sports In Brief (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 7:42 am]
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL's top-selling jersey.

5 things to know about the rest of the WNBA season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 7:19 am]
With a little under a month left in the WNBA regular season, the scramble for the playoffs is underway. While Phoenix and Atlanta are solidly sitting atop the two conferences, only 2 1/2 games separates second through sixth place in the East. Most teams have about a dozen games left. ''One game at a time, that's not our priority to catch Atlanta, our priority is to get the fourth or the third seed, if we get ourselves there, then we can look towards trying to catch somebody,'' New York center Tina Charles said.

Penny Toler new Los Angeles Sparks head coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 2:17 am]
Penny Toler didn't like the inconsistency the Los Angeles Sparks had shown this season. So the team's general manager and executive vice president decided to make a coaching change and let Carol Ross go over the weekend. ''It's a difficult situation for any coach to come into, so I'll go to the bench and I'll coach the team.'' She joins a rare club of WNBA coaches who have no previous coaching experience before getting a head coaching position. Smith had been serving as athletic director at a high school in Los Angeles.

Weekend Sports In Brief (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 21, 2014, 7:45 am]
HOYLAKE, England (AP) -- Rory McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the British Open to capture the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

Slumping LA Sparks fire Carol Ross as coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 21, 2014, 1:10 am]
Carol Ross has been fired as coach of the slumping Los Angeles Sparks, and will be replaced by general manager Penny Toler for the rest of the season. Ross had a 61-36 record in 2 1/2 years with the Sparks, including two playoff appearances and was the WNBA coach of the year in 2012. ''I'd like to thank Carol for her contributions to the Sparks organization, team and Los Angeles community,'' said Toler. Decisions like this are never easy, and we wish Carol the best.'' Also out is assistant coach Gail Goestenkors, who was elected to the women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Schimmel's 29 leads East over West 125-124 in OT (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 9:53 pm]
PHOENIX (AP) -- Shoni Schimmel scored an All-Star game record 29 points and had eight assists as the East pulled out a 125-124 victory Saturday over the West in the first WNBA All-Star Game to go into overtime.

East All-Stars-West All-Stars Preview (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 1:55 am]
The desert is a perfect place for this year's WNBA All-Star Game. It's where the most dominating basketball in the league has been played this season The Phoenix Mercury enter the All-Star break on a franchise-record 12-game winning streak and have compiled a gaudy 18-3 record. ''It kind of matches the momentum of the team,'' said West coach Cheryl Reeve of the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, ''the excitement surrounding the team.'' Mercury stars Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner are starters for the West in Saturday's game, with teammate Candice Dupree among the reserves. Taurasi said the game is a reward to the Mercury's loyal fan base.

Streaking Mercury host WNBA All-Star Game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 19, 2014, 1:02 am]
PHOENIX (AP) -- The desert is a perfect place for this year's WNBA All-Star Game. It's where the most dominating basketball in the league has been played this season

Diggins an All-Star on, off the court (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 18, 2014, 10:19 pm]
Not even Drake's infatuation can throw Skylar Diggins off her game. While hosting the ESPYs on Wednesday, Drake met Diggins for the first time and performed a skit with his dream woman. While wearing a Diggins' No. 4 Notre Dame jersey, Drake recited a poem titled ''Can I Dig In,'' and got a kiss on the forehead for his troubles. Diggins, ever the businesswoman, said she agreed to the appearance at the last minute.

Ruffin-Pratt scores career-high 18 in Mystics win (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 18, 2014, 4:56 am]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 18 points and Monique Currie added 16 as the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-75 on Thursday night.

Mercury rout Sun, extend win streak to 12 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 18, 2014, 4:43 am]
Penny Taylor had a season-high 23 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals and the Phoenix Mercury extended their franchise-best winning streak to 12 games with a 101-85 rout of the Connecticut Sun on Thursday. All-Star Brittney Griner added 21 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots, giving her 80 at the All-Star break for Phoenix (18-3). Katie Douglas hit a season-high five 3-pointers and had 23 points, five rebounds and six assists for the Sun (10-14), who have lost eight of their past 10. Phoenix - which hosts the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday - is one win or a Seattle loss, away from clinching a playoff spot, with a month left in the season.

Catchings scores 25, Fever top slumping Sky 82-64 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 18, 2014, 1:19 am]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tamika Catchings scored 25 points, and Briann January added 14 as the Indiana Fever sent the Chicago Sky to their sixth straight loss, 82-64 on Thursday night.

Shock beat Stars 95-90 behind 22 points from Paris (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 17, 2014, 6:59 pm]
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Courtney Paris scored a career-high 22 points and the Shock made three late free throws to beat the San Antonio Stars 95-90 Thursday.

Sparks return home after winning road trip (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 17, 2014, 7:20 am]
Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks left for their four-game road trip languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference. ''It definitely wasn't an easy decision,'' Toliver said.

Bird and Latta named WNBA All-Star replacements (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 16, 2014, 11:58 pm]
Sue Bird and Ivory Latta have been selected as replacements for Saturday's All-Star game by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. Bird, who stars for Seattle, will join the Western Conference roster, filling the spot of Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, who has missed the last seven games due to bursitis in her left knee. Latta, who leads Washington in scoring, joins the Eastern Conference roster in place of Elena Delle Donne, who has been sidelined for 12 of the Chicago Sky's last 13 games due to the effects of Lyme disease.

Stars-Shock Preview (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 16, 2014, 10:06 pm]
The San Antonio Stars and Tulsa Shock both find themselves limping into the All-Star break. San Antonio is hoping that a matchup with the Shock's league-worst defense can help cure its struggling offense Thursday in Tulsa. San Antonio, which faced a 20-point halftime deficit, fell to 1-4 when leading scorer Danielle Robinson fails to reach double figures. Shameka Christon was 1 for 5.





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