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Rangers Agree to 5-Year Deal with Brassard


Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers agreed to a five-year contract with center Derick Brassard, according to Brassard's agent Allan Walsh.

ESPNNewYork.com reports the deal is worth $25 million.

Brassard, 26,  recorded a career-high 18 goals during the 2013-14 season.

The new contract means the Rangers avoid going to an arbitration hearing Monday.

Brassard has been with the Rangers since the 2012-13 season when he was traded to New York by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

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Tim Clark Earns First PGA Win Since 2010


ThinkStock(MONTREAL) -- Tim Clark birdied five of the last eight holes to rally past Jim Furyk and win the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal on Sunday.

Furyk, who entered the day with a three-stroke lead, shot a 1-under 69 Sunday, but Clark's 5-under 65 was enough to edge Furyk by one stroke.

"It looked like Jim wasn't going to make any mistakes," said Clark, who earned his first PGA win since the 2010 Players Championship. "He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it."

Clark finishes at 17-under 263, which ties the tournament record for total score set in 1952 by Johnny Palmer.

Dicky Pride shot a 63 Sunday, matching the course record.

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Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees


(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) -- Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas, and skippers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.

Maddux captured four Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons. He finishes his 23 season career with 355 wins, a 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP

"I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special," Maddux said. "Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today."

Maddux wasn't the only inductee to serve time in Atlanta. Glavine also pitched with Maddux, winning two CY Young Awards, while Cox coached the team to the 1995 World Series Championship.

"I'm truly humbled to stand here before you," Cox said. "To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three -- John Smoltz -- I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren't for you guys."

Thomas finishes his 19 major league seasons with two MVP Awards, a .301 batting average, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs.

Torre managed the New York Yankees to six World Series, winning four of them.

La Russa finishes his career third all-time in coaching victories (2,728) and won three World Series titles -- one with the Athletics and two with the Cardinals.

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Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win


Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out five to earn his major league-leading 13th win in the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Wainwright (13-5) bounces back from his last start when he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"The results usually follow my delivery," said Wainwright, who lowered his ERA to 1.92. "When I control my delivery -- I told you I was gonna get things under wraps -- and get my arm in the right spot, success was following that.

"They hit some balls hard, but we played some great defense and made some pitches when we needed to."

Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks was the tough luck loser allowing only one run, a solo homer to outfielder Matt Holliday.

The win puts the Cardinals (56-48) two games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/27/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) - New York Yankees 4 (54-50)

Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)

Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) - Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)

Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) - Houston Astros 2 (42-63)

Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) - Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)

Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) - Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)

New York Mets 2 (50-55) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) - Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) - Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) - 10 Innings

Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) - San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) - Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)

Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) - Texas Rangers 3 (41-64) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) - San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers


Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- LeBron James tweeted on Sunday that he'll go back to wearing No. 23 this season as he makes his return to Cleveland.

When James left Cleveland in 2010, fans burned his No. 23 jersey, but now they'll have to go out and buy another one.

"23 it is! It's only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness," James tweeted.

James switched to his Olympic No. 6 with the Miami Heat, but decided to switch back after the league did not retire the number for Michael Jordan.

James has led the league jersey sales for six of the 11 seasons he's played in the NBA.

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Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400


Chris Graythen/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in his rookie year and took home his fifth on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 43-year-old has competed in all 21 Brickyard 400s in his career and passed Kasey Kahne at lap 144 during a restart to grab the lead for good.

"Never know when your next win is going to come," Gordon said.  

"We've been close a couple times, to getting number five," Gordon continued. "Everytime I come here to Indianapolis, I feel like we have a shot at winning.

Kyle Busch finished second and was followed by Denny Hamlin.

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Jets' Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) -- The one thing the New York Jets are not short on during training camp is confidence. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner both think they're on the verge of stardom.

In a recent survery compiled by ESPN, Smith was ranked the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, something he plans on changing.

"The thing about it is, you have to climb up," Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday after practice. "If I'm No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5."

In his rookie year, Smith threw 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.

Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Dee Milliner made an even bolder claim.

"The best corner in the league? Me," Milliner told the New York Daily News in an interview Saturday. "I ain't gonna say that somebody else is better than me."

Milliner's rookie season was categorized by many as inconsistent at best. He made 56 tackles in 2013 to go along with three interceptions.

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ESPN: Kings Set to Sign Omri Caspi to One-Year Deal


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Omri Caspi is going to where his NBA career began as ESPN is reporting that the veteran forward is nearing a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

In 2009, the Kings drafted Caspi 23rd overall, making him the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round.

Caspi spent last season with the Houston Rockets, but was dealt recently to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the Omer Asik trade.

The Hornets wound up waiving Caspi, leaving him free to sign with anyone after clearing waivers.

During his five-year career, Caspi has proved to be a reliable option off the bench, even if it's in limted minutes. In 71 games for the Rockets last season, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 18.1 minutes per game.

Casspi's cap hit for the upcoming season will be $915,243, which help the Kings stay under the tax threshold without being forced to release forward Quincy Acy

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Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA


NBA via Detoit Pistons(NEW YORK) -- After taking this past year off, former NBA guard Richard Hamilton will pursue a chance to get back into the league.

Now 36-years-old, Hamilton recently spoke David Alacron of HoopsHype, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA again.

 "Yeah, yeah. I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer," he said. "I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title."

Hamilton also added that multiple teams have contacted him about his services for next season.

A 14-year NBA veteran, Hamilton spent the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. His minutes and points per game were the lowest of his career since his rookie season back in 1999.

For his career though, Hamilton has always been a steady and reliable wing scorer. He averaged 17.1 points per game during his career with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and Bulls.

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