Sports News for Friday July 1, 2016

>>NBA Free Agent Negotiating Period Underway


(Undated)  —  NBA free agency is underway.  The free-agent negotiating period began at 12:01 a.m. Eastern.  Teams can now talk contract numbers with players on the open market, although deals can’t officially be signed until the league formally announces the new salary cap next week.


>>Durant Meets With Thunder


(Oklahoma City, OK)  —  This year’s prized free agent may very well end up staying put.  Kevin Durant met with the Thunder yesterday and ESPN reports the meeting “went well”.  Durant is still scheduled to meet with the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat over the next three days.


>>Coastal Carolina Wins First Baseball National Championship


(Omaha, NE)  —  Coastal Carolina is celebrating its first national championship in baseball.  The Chanticleers beat Arizona 4-3 in the deciding Game Three of the College World Series finals in Omaha.  The national title is the first for Coastal Carolina in any sport at the Division One level.


>>Royals Cut Down Cardinals


(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Royals allowed only three hits in a 4-2 win over the Cardinals.  Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI for Kansas City, which took three of four in the home-and-home set.  Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta launched solo shots for St. Louis.  Mike Leake allowed two earned runs across seven innings to fall to 5-and-6.


>>Mets Rally Past Cubs


(Flushing, NY)  —  The Mets scored three runs in the seventh to rally for a 4-3 win over the Cubs in the first meeting between the team’s since last year’s NLCS.  Javier Baez and Kris Bryant went deep for Chicago, which wasted a 3-0 lead.  Joel Peralta took the loss.  The second of the four-game series is tonight.


>>White Sox Top Twins On Shuck Single In Eighth


(Chicago, IL)  —  J.B. Shuck singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the White Sox topped the Twins, 6-5.  Todd Frazier hit his 23rd home run for Chicago, which blew a 5-2 lead before pulling out the win.  Nate Jones got credit for the win and David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth to notch his 21st save as the Sox took two-of-three in the series.


>>Indians Match Club Record With 13th Straight Win


(Toronto, Ontario)  —  The Indians have matched the longest winning streak in franchise history.  Cleveland extended the run to 13 straight games with a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays.  The Indians tied the team mark set in 1942 and 1951.


>>Sprint Cup Series Heads To Daytona


(Daytona, FL)  —  The Sprint Cup Series heads to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400.  Qualifying takes place today at 4:10 p.m., with the 160-lap, 400-mile race to follow Saturday night.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag at last year’s race.


>>Phillies Prospect Loses Eye


(Philadelphia, PA)  —  Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof has undergone surgery to remove his right eye.  Imhof was injured when a piece of metal snapped off an exercise machine and struck him in the eye and head.  It’s unclear if the 22-year-old will attempt to continue his baseball career.

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