>>Cubs Cut Down Braves
(Atlanta, GA) — Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball and the Cubs held on for a 4-3 win over the Braves in Atlanta. Lester improved to 6-and-6. Wade Davis allowed two runs in the ninth but escaped to earn his 18th save. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer and Ben Zobrist singled in two runs in the victory.
>>Cardinals Ride Six-Run Sixth To Win Over Mets
(Flushing, NY) — Paul DeJong and Tommy Pham each homered in a six-run sixth inning as the Cardinals doubled up the Mets 6-3 at Citi Field. Adam Wainwright pitched five and two-thirds innings of three-run ball to move to 11-and-5 with the win. Wainwright also had an RBI double to help his own cause at the plate. Brett Cecil closed it out to record his first save.
>>White Sox Host Dodgers
(Chicago, IL) — The White Sox open a two-game series with the Dodgers on the Southside tonight. Chicago enters the set last in the AL Central at 38-and-52 on the year. Miguel Gonzalez will be on the hill for the Sox. LA sends out ace Clayton Kershaw.
>>Panthers Part Ways With GM Gettleman
(Charlotte, NC) — Dave Gettleman is out as general manager of the Panthers. Carolina surprisingly relieved Gettleman of his duties yesterday. The 66-year-old Gettleman had served as GM of the Panthers since 2013. Carolina went 6-and-10 last season after falling to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50 the previous year.
>>Cousins To Play Under Franchise Tag
(Ashburn, VA) — Kirk Cousins is set to the become the first quarterback to play under the franchise tag for two straight seasons. Cousins failed to reach a long-term deal with Washington before yesterday’s deadline. He will make just under 24-million-dollars with the Redskins this season.
>>Lakers Win Summer League Tournament
(Las Vegas, NV) — The Lakers are champions of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. LA knocked off the Trail Blazers 110-98 in the championship game last night. Lonzo Ball did not play in the title game due to a calf strain but was still named Summer League MVP.
>>Pierce Retires With Celtics
(Boston. MA) — Paul Pierce is retiring as a member of the Celtics. Pierce signed a one-day deal yesterday in order to retire with the franchise. The 39-year-old spent his first 15 NBA seasons in Boston. He helped lead the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008. Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck says Pierce’s number-34 will be retired.
>>Colts’ Tickets On Sale Thursday
(Indianapolis, IN) — Single-game tickets for the Colts go on sale Thursday morning. The Colts begin preseason play at home against the Lions on August 13th. Indianapolis’ home opener in the regular season is against the Cardinals on September 17th.
>>Cowboys’ Whitehead Says Dog Was Stolen, Being Held For Ransom
(Dallas, TX) — Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is taking to social media to ask for the return of his dog. He posted on Instagram that his dog, Blitz, was stolen from his home Sunday and is now being held for ransom. He says he’s since been contacted by phone with a demand of 10-thousand dollars for the dog’s return.