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  • Scoreboard roundup -- 6/22/17

    iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

    Chicago White Sox 9, Minnesota 0
    Texas 11, Toronto 4
    Houston 12, Oakland 9
    L.A. Angels 10, N.Y. Yankees 5
    Cleveland 6, Baltimore 3
    Seattle 9, Detroit 6

    Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 1
    Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 2
    Arizona 10, Colorado 3
    Chicago Cubs 11, Miami 1
    Atlanta 12, San Francisco 11
    L.A. Dodgers 9, N.Y. Mets 6

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  • Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz first in NBA draft

    Willard/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The top of the NBA draft went as expected after a week of rampant speculation.

    With the first pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers followed the expected script and chose University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

    The Los Angeles Lakers chose hometown boy Lonzo Ball, from UCLA, with the second pick, and Boston got their man in forward Jason Tatum from Duke at number three.

    The big trade of the night happened early. Chicago dealt forward Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, where Butler will be reunited with his former coach Tom Thibodeau. Minnesota also got Chicago's 16th pick in the draft and sent back the number seven pick, point guard Kris Dunn and forward Zach Lavine.

    Here's a full list of Thursday night's first round draft picks:

    1. Philadelphia 76ers - Markelle Fultz (PG, Washington)
    2. Los Angeles Lakers - Lonzo Ball (PG, UCLA)
    3. Boston Celtics - Jason Tatum (SF, Duke)
    4. Phoenix Suns - Josh Jackson (SF, UNC)
    5. Sacramento Kings - De'Aaron Fox (PG, Kentucky)
    6. Orlando Magic - Jonathan Isaac (SF, Florida State)
    7. Chicago Bulls (via trade with Minnesota Timberwolves) - Lauri Markkanen (PF, Arizona)
    8. New York Knicks - Frank Ntilikina (PG, France)
    9. Dallas Mavericks - Dennis Smith Jr. (PG, NC State)
    10. Portland Trail Blazers (via trade with Sacramento Kings) - Zach Collins (PF, Gonzaga)
    11. Charlotte Hornets - Malik Monk (SG, Kentucky)
    12. Detroit Pistons - Luke Kennard (SG, Duke)
    13. Utah Jazz (via trade with Denver Nuggets) - Donovan Mitchell (SG, Louisville)
    14. Miami Heat - Edrice "Bam" Adebayo (PF, Kentucky)
    15. Sacramento Kings (via trade with Portland Trail Blazers) - Justin Jackson (SF, UNC)
    16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via trade with Chicago Bulls) - Justin Patton (C, Creighton)
    17. Milwaukee Bucks - D.J. Wilson (SF, Michigan)
    18. Indiana Pacers - T.J. Leaf (PF, UCLA)
    19. Atlanta Hawks - John Collins (PF, Wake Forest)
    20. Sacramento Kings (via trade with Portland Trail Blazers) - Harry Giles (PF, Duke)
    21. Oklahoma City Thunder - Terrence Ferguson (SG, Australia)
    22. Brooklyn Nets - Jarrett Allen (C, Texas)
    23. Toronto Raptors - OG Anunoby (PF, Indiana)
    24. Denver Nuggets (via trade with Utah Jazz) - Tyler Lydon (SF, Syracuse)
    25. Philadelphia 76ers (via trade with Orlando Magic) - Anzejs Pasecniks (C, Latvia)
    26. Portland Trail Blazers - Caleb Swanigan (PF, Purdue)
    27. Brooklyn Nets - Kyle Kuzma (PF, Utah)
    28. Utah Jazz (via trade with Los Angeles Lakers) - Tony Bradley (C, UNC)
    29. San Antonio Spurs - Derrick White (PG, Colorado)
    30. Los Angeles Lakers (via trade with Utah Jazz) - Josh Hart (PG, Villanova)

    Check back for updates.

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  • Kansas City Chiefs extend coach Andy Reid's contract, part ways with GM John Dorsey

    Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to extend the tenure of head coach Andy Reid, while parting ways with general manager John Dorsey.

    Reid has brought the team to three playoff berths in his four seasons in Kansas City. The Chiefs have won 43 of their 64 games under Reid.

    "My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under Coach Reid," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats."

    Reid is 173-114 in 18 seasons as an NFL head coach. Only Bill Belichick has won more games among active NFL coaches.

    As for Dorsey, Hunt released a statement saying that his contract would not be renewed beyond the upcoming 2017 season. "After consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now," Hunt explained.

    Dorsey was the sixth GM in Chiefs history, and has spent 27 years in the NFL as a player and a staffer.

    "I want to think Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons," Dorsey said. "I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization the best."

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  • Cubs demoting slugger Kyle Schwarber

    Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) -- Just seven months after winning their first World Series in more than 100 years, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rough patch, and on Thursday, they announced the demotion of one of their big sluggers.

    Outfielder Kyle Schwarber is being sent to Triple-A Iowa, the team said, ahead of an 11-game road trip. Schwarber is hitting just .171 this season -- that after putting together a strong .412 batting average in last year's World Series.

    Schwarber played in the Fall Classic last year without having registered a single hit in the regular season, having torn his ACL in the year's third game.

    The fourth pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber burst onto the scene in 2015 with 16 home runs in 69 games. While his power has remained this year -- slugging 12 homers in 64 games -- the rest of his game has seen a dramatic slip.

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  • James Blake no longer threatening to sue NY after wrongful tackle

    iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Tennis star James Blake withdrew his notice of claim against the City of New York, nearly two years after he was tackled by a plainclothes police officer who wrongly identified Blake as a suspect in a credit card fraud ring.

    In exchange, the city agreed to establish the “James Blake CCRB Fellowship” to investigate police misconduct.

    The arrangement appoints a fellow to the CCRB, who will perform outreach in neighborhoods with a high volume of police complaints to help the agency close more of its investigations.

    In exchange for the creation of the fellowship, Blake has agreed to withdraw the notice of claim that he filed against the city. The city law department will also pay about $175,000 in legal costs Blake accumulated over the past two years and his travel expenses associated with developing the fellowship.

    Blake’s attorney, Kevin Marino, said, “Mr. Blake and I are very pleased that we were able to turn this unfortunate incident to advantage with the establishment of the James Blake CCRB Fellowship."

    The officer who tackled Blake, James Frascatore, was later brought up on departmental charges after the CCRB determined he used excessive force. Frascatore has been negotiating a plea deal with the CCRB, but no resolution has been reached.

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  • Scoreboard roundup -- 6/21/17

    iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

    Tampa Bay 8, Cincinnati 3

    Kansas City 6, Boston 4
    N.Y. Yankees 8, L.A. Angels 4
    Cleveland 5, Baltimore 1
    Toronto 7, Texas 5
    Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 2
    Houston 5, Oakland 1
    Seattle 7, Detroit 5

    Miami 2, Washington 1
    San Diego 3, Chicago Cubs 2
    St. Louis 7, Philadelphia 6, 10 Innings
    Atlanta 5, San Francisco 3, 11 Innings
    Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 3
    Arizona 16, Colorado 5
    L.A. Dodgers 8, N.Y. Mets 2

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  • Las Vegas Golden Knights complete roster in NHL expansion draft

    vencavolrab/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of their first season in the NHL, the Las Vegas Golden Knights spent Wednesday filling their roster with players from the other 29 teams in the league.

    As part of the league's expansion draft, each team was able to protect nine players, leaving a total of 673 players available for the new team in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights were required to selected 30 players -- 14 forwards, nine defenseman and three goalies. They were not allowed to select more than one player from the same team.

    Here's the roster Las Vegas has following the expansion draft:

    Teemu Pulkkinen (ARI)
    William Carrier (BUF)
    Tomas Nosek (DET)
    Cody Eakin (DAL)
    Jonathan Marchessault (FLA)
    Reilly Smith (via trade with FLA)
    Connor Brickley (CAR)
    Chris Thorburn (WPG)
    Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (PHI)
    Nikita Gusev (via trade with TBL)
    James Neal (NSH)
    Mikhail Grabovski (via trade with NYI)
    Brendan Leipsic (TOR)
    David Perron (STL)
    Oscar Lindberg (NYR)
    Erik Haula (MIN)
    William Karlsson (CBJ)
    David Clarkson (via trade with CBJ)
    Alex Tuch (via trade with MIN)

    Luca Sbisa (VAN)
    Jon Merrill (NJD)
    Brayden McNabb (LAK)
    Jason Garrison (TBL)
    Deryk Engelland (CAL)
    Jake Bischoff (via trade with NYI)
    Colin Miller (BOS)
    Marc Methot (OTT)
    David Schlemko (SJS)
    Alexei Emelin (MTL)
    Griffin Reinhart (EDM)
    Clayton Stoner (ANA)
    Trevor van Riemsdyk (CHI)
    Nate Schmidt (WAS)
    Shea Theodore (via trade with ANA)

    Calvin Pickard (COL)
    Jean-Francois Berube (NYI)
    Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)

    Acquired Draft Picks
    Winnipeg Jets 1st round pick (No. 13)
    New York Islanders 1st round pick (No. 15)
    Tampa Bay Lightning 2nd round pick (No. 45)
    Boston Bruins 5th round pick (No. 142)
    Buffalo Sabres 6th round pick (No. 161)
    Pittsburgh Penguins 4th round pick 2018

    Columbus Blue Jackets 2nd round pick 2019
    New York Islanders 2nd round pick 2019
    Winnipeg Jets 3rd round pick 2019
    Pittsburgh Penguins 2nd round pick 2020

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  • Oakland Raiders nearing big money contract extension with Derek Carr

    Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders could be close to a contract extension worth more annually than any contract ever given to a quarterback, ESPN reports.

    Sources tell ESPN that Carr and the Raiders are nearing a deal that would pay the third-year signal-caller about $25 million per year. The contract is expected to be signed by the time the training camp deadline Carr had provided for negotiations arrives.

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is currently the highest paid player in terms of annual salary at $24.6 million per season. Only Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees are also above $24 million annually.

    Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins currently earns $23.9 million per year, but is working on a long-term deal.

    Carr's 3,937 passing yards and 28 touchdowns last season helped lead the Raiders to their first postseason berth in nearly 15 years. He suffered a broken fibula in Week 16, however, missing the playoff loss to the Houston Texans.

    At team minicamp, Carr has said that he's just happy to be back. "As soon as the ball was snapped, it was a blessing," Carr said. "It kind of all went away."

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  • Cubs' Addison Russell's wife filing for divorce, won't talk domestic abuse claims with MLB

    Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell's wife is filing for divorce, a law firm representing her announced on Wednesday, and Melisa Russell will not meet with Major League Baseball to discuss claims of domestic abuse.

    According to a report from ESPN, Beermann Pritikin Mirabell Swedlove LLP is representing Melisa Russell in the matter.

    Major League Baseball announced that it was looking into an Instagram post of Melisa Russell's earlier this month. In the post, she seemed to imply that Russell was cheating on her and treating her badly. A comment on the post from someone identified as a friend of hers accused the Cubs shortstop of physically abusing his wife.

    Melisa Russell has not commented publicly on those accusations.

    "It is her desire to pursue a resolution that is, first and foremost, in the best interest of the parties' son, and which occurs in a swift, amicable and private fashion," the law firm's statement read.

    Addison Russell has denied abusing his wife.

    Major League Baseball and the league's players' union has a tough domestic violence policy, which was adopted in 2015. Multiple players, including New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia and shortstop Jose Reyes, and Atlanta Braves utilityman Hector Olivera, were suspended for more than 15 games under the policy.

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  • Marian Hossa to miss 2017-18 season due to allergy, skin condition

    Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Scoring 26 goals at the age of 38, it seemed as if nothing would be able to slow Marian Hossa down. That is, until it was discovered that the three-time Stanley Cup winner and five-time All Star had been battling a skin condition due to an allergic reaction to his equiptment. As a result, Hossa will not play in the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season.

    "While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice," Hossa said in a statement Wednesday. "The Chicago Blackhawks organization, including Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and Stan Bowman, and my agent, Ritch Winter, have been very supportive throughout this entire process."

    "The Chicago Blackhawks are in full support of Marian Hossa as he addresses his medical issues," Blackhawks Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "This is extremely difficult for us because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is — competitive, loyal and humble. He has played a major role in the success our franchise has experienced in recent years, which makes his departure from our lineup a significant loss."  

    "Marian has been dealing with the effects of a progressive skin disorder that is becoming more and more difficult to treat and control with conventional medications while he plays hockey," Blackhawks' team physician Dr. Michael Terry said. "Because of the dramatic nature of the medications required and their decreasing effectiveness, we strongly support his decision not to play during the 2017-18 season."

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