Sports News for Wednesday July 13, 2016

>>AL Beats NL In 87th All-Star Game


(San Diego, CA)  —  The American League knocked off the National League, 4-2, in the 87th MLB All-Star Game in San Diego.  The American League will have home-field advantage in the World Series for the fourth straight year.  The AL has won 11 of the 14 games since the format change in 2003.


>>Royals’ Hosmer Named MVP


(San Diego, CA)  —  Eric Hosmer is the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game.  The first baseman for the defending World Series champion Royals smacked a solo homer and an RBI single in win.  Royals teammate Salvador Perez also launched a go-ahead two-run homer in the victory.


>>Cards Begin Second Half With Homestand


(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Cardinals begin the second half with a 10-game homestand.  St. Louis opens with a three-game series versus the Marlins starting on Friday.  That’s followed by four against the Padres and three opposite the Dodgers.  The Cards are 46-and-42.


>>Cubs Open Second Half Vs. Rangers


(Chicago, IL)  —  The Cubs will begin the second half of the season against the Rangers on Friday.  It’s the opener of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.  Chicago enters the second half with a seven-game lead on the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.


>>White Sox Visit Angels Friday


(Anaheim, CA)  —  The White Sox will kick off the second half of the year against the Angels in Anaheim on Friday.  The affair will be the first of a three-game series.  The Sox are seven games out of first place in the AL Central.


>>”Big Papi” Receives Standing Ovation In Final ASG


(San Diego, CA)  —  David Ortiz is bidding farewell to the All-Star Game.  The Red Sox slugger went 0-for-1 with a walk in last night’s game before departing to a standing ovation.  The 40-year-old is retiring at the end of the season.


>>NBA Tweaks Foul Policy


(Undated)  —  The NBA is tweaking the “Hack-a-Shaq” rules.  Away-from-the-play fouls in the final two minutes of any quarter will now result in one free throw and the ball.  These intentional fouls previously only awarded a free throw and the ball in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime.


>>Pacquiao Returning To Ring


(Undated)  —  “Pac-Man” is returning to the boxing ring.  Manny Pacquiao [[ PACK-ee-ow ]] has announced he will come out of retirement to fight later this year.  Pacquiao’s retirement was short lived, as the 37-year-old announced he was walking away from the sport in April.

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