Sports News for Tuesday July 5, 2016

>>Durant Joining Warriors


(Undated)  —  Kevin Durant is shocking many in the basketball world and joining the Warriors.  Durant said in a letter posted on “The Players’ Tribune” that the Warriors offered him the greatest potential for his contribution and personal growth.  He had spent his entire career with the Oklahoma City franchise.


>>Warriors Rescind Barnes’ Qualifying Offer


(Oakland, CA)  —  The fallout from Kevin Durant’s decision came fast.  The Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer to Harrison Barnes, who is poised to sign with the Mavericks.  The Vertical also reports Golden State will trade center Andrew Bogut to Dallas.


>>Spurs To Sign Pau Gasol


(San Antonio, TX)  —  Pau Gasol is going back to the Western Conference.  The Vertical reports Gasol and the Spurs have agreed to a two-year, 30-million-dollar contract.  Meanwhile, the same publication reports Tim Duncan is “leaning strongly” towards retiring.


>>Cardinals Fall To Pirates, Polanco


(St. Louis, MO)  —  Gregory Polanco homered twice to lead the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  Carlos Martinez allowed three runs in seven innings to fall to 7-and-6 with the loss.  Matt Carpenter drove in both St. Louis runs with a single in the fifth and a double in the ninth.


>>Cubs Power Past Reds


(Chicago, IL)  —  Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Addison Russell all homered as the Cubs powered past the Reds 10-4 at Wrigley Field.  Bryant left the game with a bruised lower left leg, but should be okay.  Kyle Hendricks got his seventh win.  The second of the three-game series is this afternoon.


>>White Sox Whip Sabathia, Yankees


(Chicago, IL)  —  Tim Anderson and Dioner Navarro each hit two-run homers to help power the White Sox to an 8-2 win over the Yankees.  Todd Frazier went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles for Chicago, which has won three in-a-row and five of its last six games.  Melky Cabrera added a pair of hits in his return from a sprained wrist.  James Shields pitched six innings of two-run ball to even his record at 2-and-2 for the Sox.

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