Sports News for Thursday July 21, 2016

>>Surgery Could End Kershaw’s Season


(Washington, DC)  —  Clayton Kershaw’s back injury is becoming cause for major concern.  Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says there’s a possibility the ace might need surgery on his back, which would end Kershaw’s season.  Kershaw hasn’t pitched since June 26th.


>>Rizzo Homers Twice As Cubs Top Colon, Mets


(Chicago, IL)  —  Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs to power the Cubs to a 6-2 win over the Mets at Wrigley Field.  Addison Russell went 3-for-3 with a two-run double for Chicago.  Kyle Hendricks pitched six-and-a-third shutout innings for the Cubs, who took two-of-three in the series.


>>Martin’s Second Homer Give M’s 11-Inning Win Over White Sox


(Seattle, WA)  —  Leonys Martin hit two home runs, including the game-winner in the 11th inning, as the Mariners rallied to beat the White Sox 6-5.  Dan Jennings served up the homer in the 11th to take the loss for Chicago.  Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the first inning and Melky Cabrera singled in a run in the second to give the Sox an early 4-0 lead.


>>Cardinals Sweep Doubleheader With Padres


(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Cardinals completed a doubleheader sweep of the Padres with a 3-2 win.  Jedd Gyorko homered twice and plated all three runs for St. Louis.  Jaime Garcia pitched into the sixth to improve to 7-and-6.  Seung Hwan Oh notched his fourth save.


>>Cardinals Power Past Padres In Game One


(St. Louis, MO)  —  Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer to give the Cardinals the lead in a 4-2 win over the Padres in the opener of Wednesday’s twinbill.  Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina also went deep for St. Louis.  Carlos Martinez pitched seven innings of two-run ball for his ninth win.


>>Rangers’ Fielder May Need Season-Ending Surgery


(Arlington, TX)  —  Another playoff contender may lose a star for the rest of the year.  Rangers slugger Prince Fielder has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a herniated disk.  The injury may require season-ending surgery.


>>Red Sox Hold Off Giants Behind Ramirez


(Boston, MA)  —  Hanley Ramirez hit three homers to power the Red Sox to an 11-7 win over the Giants.  Ramirez drove in a career-high six runs for Boston, which moved a half-game ahead of the Orioles for first place in the AL East.


>>Russia Rules Out Olympic Boycott Over Doping


(Moscow)  —  The head of Russia’s Olympic Committee is ruling out a boycott of the Rio Games over the handling of a doping scandal.  The International Olympic Committee is considering a ban on all Russian athletes because of a state-backed doping scheme at the 2014 Winter Games


>>NBA To Play Two Regular-Season Games In Mexico In January


(New York, NY)  —  The NBA will play back-to-back regular-season games in Mexico City early next year.  The Suns will face the Mavericks in Mexico on January 12th and then take on the Spurs on January 14th.  Both games will be played at the Mexico City Arena.


>>Saints Hold League’s First Training Camp Practice Today


(White Sulphur Springs, WV)  —  An NFL team will hold a training camp practice today for the first time this summer.  New Orleans Saints rookies will be on the field for the start of camp in West Virginia.  Veterans don’t report until next Wednesday.  The Saints are the first of the league’s 32 clubs to practice, with most opening training camps next week.  Baltimore Ravens rookies are due in camp tomorrow and the vets on Wednesday.  Detroit Lions rookies report on Saturday, followed by the veterans next Thursday.


>>Colts Open Training Camp Tuesday


(Anderson, IN)  —  The Colts kick off training camp on Tuesday at Anderson University, with the team’s first practice coming a day later.  The Colts will have 11 practices open to the public at AU, where they’ll train from July 26th through August 11th.  The preseason opens on August 7th against the Packers in Canton, Ohio.


>>NASCAR Rolls Into Indianapolis Saturday


(Indianapolis, IN)  —  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for Sunday’s Brickyard 400.  Practice begins tomorrow afternoon.  Kyle Busch held off Joey Logano to take last year’s race.


>>Earnhardt Jr. To Miss Two More Races, Gordon To Fill In


(Indianapolis, IN)  —  NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss two more races with concussion-like symptoms.  “Little E” missed this past weekend’s race in New Hampshire and will also sit out Sunday’s race at the Brickyard.  Hendrick Motorsports says Jeff Gordon will come out of retirement to drive the number-88 car for at least the next two weekends.  Gordon retired at the end of last season.

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