Sports News for Friday July 22, 2016

>>Brickyard 400 Arrives In Indy

 

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for Sunday’s Brickyard 400.  Practice begins this afternoon.  The Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 starts tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.  The Brickyard 400 gets rolling on Sunday at 3 p.m.  Jeff Gordon is coming out of retirement to race for Dale Earnhardt Junior, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

 

>>Tigers Trim White Sox In Rain-Shortened Game

 

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Tigers trimmed the White Sox, 2-1, in a rain-shortened affair in Chicago.  The game was called after the top of the seventh inning.  Tim Anderson laced an RBI single for the Sox in the opener of the four-game set.  James Shields dropped to 2-and-5 with the loss.

 

>>Cards Sink Padres

 

(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Cardinals rallied in the final innings to overtake the Padres, 6-5, and complete a four-game sweep at Busch Stadium.  Aledmys Diaz connected for a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to follow St. Louis’ four-run eighth inning.  Diaz finished with two hits and two RBI.  Stephen Piscotty’s three-run homer highlighted the eighth, while reliever Jonathan Broxton came away with the victory.

 

>>NBA Relocating 2017 All-Star Game

 

(New York, NY)  —  The NBA is relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of the state’s “bathroom bill” law.  The league hopes to reschedule the event at the home of the Hornets in 2019.  The controversial law forces transgender persons to use restrooms of the gender listed on their birth certificates.

 

>>Texans’ Watt Has Back Surgery

 

(Houston, TX)  —  Texans star J.J. Watt may not be on the field when the season begins.  Watt will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing surgery for a herniated disc.  Watt is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

 

>>Hardy Works Out For Jaguars

 

(Jacksonville, FL)  —  Controversial defensive end Greg Hardy is back on the football field.  The Jaguars brought in Hardy for a workout yesterday.  Hardy most recently spent one turbulent season with the Cowboys, which included a four-game suspension for a domestic violence case.

 

>>Rice Would Donate Salary To Domestic Violence Programs

 

(Undated)  —  Ray Rice says he would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity if signed by an NFL team this season.  Rice tells “USA Today” the money he earns would go towards domestic violence programs.  Rice has been out of football after a video surfaced of him punching his now wife in 2014.

 

>>Griffey Jr., Piazza To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame Sunday

 

(Cooperstown, NY)  —  Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.  Griffey was a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner and the 1997 American League MVP.  Piazza was a 12-time All-Star and the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year.

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