Sports News for Thursday June 30, 2016

>>Luck Contract Worth 140-Million Dollars


(Indianapolis, IN)  —  Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is now the highest-paid player in the NFL.  The team has signed the 26-year-old to a new six-year contract worth 140-million dollars.  Luck has led the Colts to three playoff appearances and one AFC Championship Game in four seasons.


>>Durant To Meet With Thunder First


(Oklahoma City, OK)  —  Pending free agent Kevin Durant plans to meet with the Thunder today.  ESPN reports the two sides are expected to discuss team direction as the Thunder try to retain their top star.  Durant is scheduled to meet with the Warriors, Spurs, Heat, Celtics and Clippers in the coming days.


>>Royals Top Cardinals In Extras


(St. Louis, MO)  —  Alcides Escobar doubled in the winning run as the Royals topped the Cardinals, 3-2 in 12 innings at Busch Stadium.  Stephen Piscotty homered in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game for St. Louis.  Seth Maness gave up the losing run as he fell to 0-and-2.


>>Rizzo Inside-The-Park Homer Sparks Cubs’ Win Over Reds


(Cincinnati, OH)  —  Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the first inning and the Cubs cruised to a 9-2 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.  Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. also homered for Chicago, which swept the three-game series.  The Cubs host the Mets tonight.


>>White Sox Top Twins Behind Shields


(Chicago, IL)  —  James Shields finally earned his first win in a White Sox uniform in their 9-6 victory over the Twins.  Shields fired six-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball.  Brett Lawrie, Tyler Saladino and Todd Frazier all launched solo shots.  Minnesota scored five in the ninth before Nate Jones closed the door for his first save.


>>Indians Win 12th Straight


(Atlanta, GA)  —  The Indians ran their winning streak to 12 games with a 3-0 victory over the Braves.  Cleveland is a win shy of matching the franchise mark set in 1942 and 1951.  The 12-game run is the longest in the majors this season.


>>Weather Postpones Game Three Of College World Series Finals


(Omaha, NE)  —  A national champion has yet to be crowned in college baseball.  The decisive Game Three of the College World Series finals between Arizona and Coastal Carolina was postponed last night due to inclement weather in Omaha.  The game is now scheduled for today.


>>Phelps Makes History In Omaha


(Omaha, NE)  —  Swimming star Michael Phelps is in the record books once again.  Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha to become the first male swimmer to ever earn a spot on five American Olympic teams.  Phelps turns 31 years old today.

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