>>Hayward Signing With Celtics
(Boston, MA) — Gordon Hayward is coming to Boston. The prized free agent announced yesterday he is signing with the Celtics. The 27-year-old had spent his entire career with the Jazz since being selected with the ninth pick in the 2010 draft. He averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season.
>>Heat Waive Bosh, Will Retire His Number
(Miami, FL) — The Heat are formally parting ways with forward Chris Bosh, but also plan to honor the big man. The 33-year-old has been waived by Miami, but the Heat will retire the 11-time All-Star’s jersey. Bosh missed all of last season and parts of the previous two due to blood clots.
>>Marlins’ Five-Run Sixth Sinks Cardinals
(St. Louis, MO) — Lance Lynn surrendered a go-ahead, three-run homer to Christian Yelich in the sixth inning and the Cardinals went on to lose 5-2 to the Marlins at Busch Stadium. Greg Garcia had staked St. Louis to a 2-0 lead with a two-run shot in the fifth. Lynn allowed four runs, but just two earned, in five-and-a-third to fall to 6-and-6.
>>Cubs’ Rally Falls Short Against Rays
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs fell behind 6-1 in the fourth inning and couldn’t quite recover in a 6-5 loss to the Rays at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester allowed all six runs in five innings to fall to 6-and-6. Ben Zobrist drove in two for the Cubs, who have lost five-of-seven. Chicago is second in the NL Central at 41-and-42, three-and-a-half back.
>>A’s Walk-Off White Sox On Barreto Homer In Ninth
(Oakland, CA) — Franklin Barreto homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Athletics a 7-6 win over the White Sox. Melky Cabrera’s RBI single in the top half had tied the game at six for Chicago. Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Jose Abreu a three-run shot for the Sox, who had won four of their previous five. Tommy Kahnle took the loss.
>>Blues, Parayko Contract Coming To A Head
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues still have some pressing business left this offseason. That’s to sign restricted free-agent defenseman Colton Parayko. Today is the deadline for the 24-year-old to file for arbitration, with the club deadline tomorrow. Parayko would get to choose either one year or two years if lets the Blues file.
>>Joey Chestnut Sets Record Winning Hot Dog Eating Contest
(Brooklyn, NY) — Joey Chestnut set a new record and is once again the hot dog eating champion. Chestnut scarfed down 72 dogs and buns to win the Nathan’s annual Hot Dog Eating Contest for the 10th time in New York. That is a record number of hot dogs eaten for the competition.