A.J. Pierzynski to join Cardinals, Matt Kemp’s agent suggests trade from Dodgers


The Cardinals pick up a troublesome catcher, the Dodgers may have to unload one of their most expensive assets and nobody seems willing to pay the price for Jon Papelbon.

The Cardinals are hoping that they have better luck with controversial catcher A.J. Pierzynski than the Red Sox did, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold is reporting that St. Louis is about to sign the recently released backstop.

According to Goold’s source, Pierzynski is in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame inductions and will be meeting up with the team in Chicago to finalize a deal between the two sides. He will be filling in for the injured Yadier Molina, whose torn thumb tendon will keep him out for the next few months.

Pierzynski did not play up to expectations as a member of the Red Sox and was designated for assignment and replaced by Boston’s top catching prospect, Christian Vasquez. He was then released on the July 16.

Kemp looking to leave

It appears that the crowded outfield in Los Angeles may lead to a change of scenery for Matt Kempat least according to what his agent, Dave Stewart, told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

“Eight years is a long time to be in one place,” Stewart told Heyman, “Sometimes change is good. This might be the time to change.” He went on to say that Kemp’s time with the team has “never been smooth.” While making it clear that state of affairs was not entirely on the Dodgers organization, blaming everyone involved instead.”Some of it’s the player, some of it’s the situation. It’s not the player, it’s not management, it’s both. It’s never smooth,” Stewart said.

Causing friction this time is Kemp’s belief he should be a starting center fielder, with Stewart also seeing it as center field or bust: “Whether you play him in center field, or you trade him, you do something.”

Manager Don Mattingly has already made it clear how he feels about that choice. In response to Kemp telling writers, “I’m a center fielder,” Mattingly told the same group, “That’s fine. He can view himself however he wants. I’m playing him in left.”

Papelbon is too good, expensive a closer

The market for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has not seen much traction despite many top teams having glaring needs in the bullpen, according to Jon Heyman. It’s not the price right now, however, but the issues with the thorny back end of his player-friendly deal. Papelbon’s due $13 million next season and possibly again in 2016 if he manages to appear in 100 combined games over these next two seasons.

Also dampening the market is Papelbon’s established position as closer, which fewer teams are looking for than more flexible relievers. Heyman says that teams like the Giants, Pirates and Dodgers are weary about picking up someone in a set role, especially with his financial baggage.

Finally, those who might be more pliable money-wise, such as the Angels and Tigers, have already paid a steep price for players like Huston Street and Joakim Soria. Whether or not the cost to the Phillies of trading Papelbon will outweigh the long-term benefit of being able to cut payroll will likely determine whether or not they move him. Considering recent reports from CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury saying they are talking about “moving on without Ryan Howard,” they may be more willing than we think.

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RBC Canadian Open 2014: Tee times, TV schedule, online streaming for Saturday


Jim Furyk and home favorite Graham DeLaet will start the weekend at the bottom of the tee sheet on Saturday, trying to end two separate winless droughts.

The RBC Canadian Open has cut the field in half, and after 36 holes, just 6 of the 19 Canadians remain. This is a national championship where the failure of the host nation has started to overwhelm all the other narratives in recent years. It’s been 60 years since a Canadian won the Canadian Open, a remarkable drought given some of the talent that’s come and gone in the intervening years.

The weekend at Royal Montreal will begin with another native hope in contention looking to end the winless streak. Graham DeLaet, one of the more accomplished and talented Canadian players in several years, matched the course record on Friday to jump more than 40 spots into a tie for second place. DeLaet got out in the morning wave, playing alongside Jim Furyk, who also shot a 63, to make a huge move up the board.

Mike Weir is certainly more accomplished, but DeLaet is perhaps the most talented and top ranked Canadian option the host country has had at this event in a decade. His second round 63 at least gives the home crowd a rooting interest over the final 36 holes. He starts Saturday two shots off the lead at 8-under, going out in the penultimate group at 1:46 p.m. ET.

Furyk and Tim Petrovic will anchor the tee sheet nine minutes later. It’s hard to believe that Fuyrk has not won a PGA Tour event since he won the FedExCup in 2010, taking the TOUR Championship and the $10 million final playoffs prize. There have been so many close calls and contentions for Furyk in recent years, but he has yet to close it out on a Sunday afternoon. He’s one of several world-class players backed by the title sponsor this week, and he’ll be the favorite to win on the weekend. He’ll start the second half of his tournament at 1:55 p.m with Petrovic.

Now that the weekend has arrived, Golf Channel will split duties with CBS over the final two rounds. CBS doesn’t typically send their first team north for coverage of this event, so you probably won’t get Jim Nantz. They’re about to start their second-biggest stretch of the season behind the Masters. CBS will take over next week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where all top 50 in the world are expected to tee it up, and then pick up from there with coverage of the season’s final major. On Saturday, both Golf Channel and CBS will provide their usual simulcast streaming services online. Here are all your media options for the third round:

Saturday’s third round coverage

Television:

1 to 2:30 p.m. ET — Golf Channel

3 to 6 p.m. — CBS

Online streams:

1 to 2:30 p.m. – Golf Channel simulcast stream

3 to 6 p.m. – PGATour.com/CBS simulcast stream

Radio:

Noon to 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

And here’s the tee sheet for Saturday’s third round:

Tee Time Players
8:35 AM Troy Merritt
8:40 AM Taylor Pendrith Jeff Overton
8:49 AM Brad Fritsch Jim Herman
8:58 AM Mike Weir James Hahn
9:07 AM Ben Crane K.J. Choi
9:16 AM Ricky Barnes Ryuji Imada
9:25 AM Kevin Chappell D.H. Lee
9:34 AM Charlie Wi Andres Romero
9:43 AM Thomas Aiken Adam Hadwin
9:52 AM Charlie Beljan D.A. Points
10:01 AM Sean O’Hair Derek Ernst
10:10 AM Kevin Kisner Josh Teater
10:19 AM Ken Duke William McGirt
10:28 AM Brandt Snedeker Geoff Ogilvy
10:37 AM Jerry Kelly Johnson Wagner
10:46 AM Joel Dahmen Troy Matteson
10:55 AM Vijay Singh Morgan Hoffmann
11:04 AM Woody Austin Charl Schwartzel
11:13 AM Steve Marino Russell Knox
11:22 AM Scott Piercy Patrick Rodgers
11:31 AM Ernie Els Stewart Cink
11:40 AM Martin Laird Matt Bettencourt
11:49 AM David Hearn Ben Curtis
11:58 AM Eric Axley Dicky Pride
12:07 PM Tim Herron Nathan Green
12:16 PM Edward Loar Retief Goosen
12:25 PM J.J. Henry Will Wilcox
12:34 PM Robert Allenby Roberto Castro
12:43 PM Joe Durant Tim Wilkinson
12:52 PM Tim Clark Jamie Lovemark
1:01 PM Danny Lee Nick Watney
1:10 PM Greg Chalmers Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
1:19 PM Michael Putnam Matt Kuchar
1:28 PM Scott Brown Andrew Svoboda
1:37 PM Graeme McDowell Justin Hicks
1:46 PM Graham DeLaet Kyle Stanley
1:55 PM Jim Furyk Tim Petrovic

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MLB scores: Rays win 8th straight, Ichiro ends long HR drought


David Price leads the Rays to their eighth straight win and Ichiro hits his first home run in almost a year.

The Tampa Bay Rays came back to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Friday night for their eighth consecutive win, and continue a tear that has brought them within three wins of .500.

They came at the Red Sox from all sides, with walking trade rumor David Price striking out 10 in eight innings while giving up no walks. According to ESPN’s Stats and Info, he is tied with Cliff Lee for the most 10-plus strikeouts, no-walks games over the last three seasons with seven. He’s also continued to make himself simultaneously invaluable to the Rays’ rising playoff hopes and one of the best trade chips the organization has ever had.

Any expected fireworks from a meeting between Boston’s David Ortiz and Price — who engaged in a war of words in the aftermath of the last time Price pitched against the Sox — were never lit. Ortiz did argue with an umpire over a call, but was not ejected.

Ichiro Suzuki really knocks it out of the park

While he’s shown the ability to hit them in the past, Ichiro’s approach at the plate has never allowed him to hit many home runs despite a surprising amount of strength and a strong batting eye. Which has led to him suffering through prolonged droughts like the one he’s had since last August.

But, thankfully, our long national nightmare is over. Suzuki hit what would end up being a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the third off of the Jays’ Mark Buehrle. According to AP, Ichiro thought he was going to hit one before the game because of the actions of one Derek Jeter.

As the Japanese player told reporters through a translator: “I was kind of expecting that. During batting practice, [Jeter] always tells me, `Can’t leave,’ which means the ball doesn’t leave the ballpark. This time, though, I think he said, `Can leave.’”

For his part, Jeter gave his fellow future Hall of Famer the silent treatment for a bit before congratulating him on the shot.

No wonder the Rangers have such great luck

Santana’s multiple multi-HR games first for Tribe

Friday’s final scores

Rockies 8, Pirates 1

Mets 3, Brewers 2

Marlins 2, Astros 0

Royals 6, Indians 4

White Sox 9, Twins 5

Rangers 4, Athletics 1

Padres 5, Braves 2

Nationals 4, Reds 1

Rays 6, Red Sox 4

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 5

Cubs 7, Cardinals 6

Dodgers 8, Giants 1

Orioles 2, Mariners 1 (10)

Angels 2, Tigers 1

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Tour de France 2014, Stage 20: Route, TV schedule and more


There’s still space on the podium as the Tour gears up for the homestretch of the final weekend.

The 2014 Tour de France rides from Bergerac to Périgueux in ts penultimate stage with two podium spots still available. The three men behind presumptive winner Vincenzo Nibali — Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Péraud and Alejandro Valverde — will likely carry the majority of the drama in the race’s home stretch.

With a time trial, they’ll have a proper stage for it. And after a wild Stage 19, filled with crashes and spills on a wet course, the second-to-last stage’s unique format should provide a welcome change of pace.

It’s the only time trial of the 2014 Tour de France, according to CyclingQuotes.com, and German Tony Martin – the Tour de France website calls him one “of the three best time trialists of the current era” – is the favorite to win it. But, even for those who finish behind the winner, there is a great amount of time that can be made up. Especially when 15 seconds is all that stands between second place or sitting off the podium.

None of this should concern Nibali, who is a full 7:10 clear of his nearest competitor, Pinot. But Péraud sits 13 seconds behind Pinot, with Valverde on his back tire at 7:25, thought here’s nothing stopping the Italian from going for broke on the time trial to top a solid run at the top of the General Classification.

Here’s a look at the map for the route, courtesy of the Tour’s website:

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Here’s a look at the route, with stopwatches designating where the time trials will be taking place:

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The Tour will be broadcast on NBCSN at 8 a.m. ET, and will be replayed at 8 p.m and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Daniel Bryan caught a burglar


Yes! Yes! Yes!

You’ve gotta know better than to rob a pro wrestler’s house, man. If you get caught, you’re gonna get caught by a dang pro wrestler. From the AP:

According to police, Bryan Danielson and his wife, Brianna, drove into the carport of their Arcadia home and saw a door to the house start to open.

That’s when Danielson and his wife, a fellow former WWE star known as Brie Bella, ran inside to check on their dog, Josie.

“I saw the guys running out the back. I chased them. I caught one of them. I kept him until police got there,” Danielson said.

Bryan (Danielson) subdued successfully subdued the one guy while the other got away. And now the answer to the question we were all gonna ask:

The former champ said he didn’t have to apply the “Yes! lock” – his signature move- to get Sosa to surrender, but he did put him in a rear naked choke hold.

“Unfortunately, he wasn’t in very good shape,” Danielson said. “So, it didn’t take much.”

So maybe Bryan didn’t finish with his signature move, but I refuse to believe he didn’t celebrate the capture like this:

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2014 NASCAR Brickyard 400 race weekend weather forecast: Chance of scattered storms


Heat and humidity will be in place this weekend and with that moisture, areas of scattered showers and storms are possible. Will any of these storms cause problems for NASCAR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

The weekend weather forecast for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Brickyard 400 is one that will be hot and humid and also with a chance of scattered showers and storms both Saturday and Sunday. There is also a chance of strong to severe storms during the weekend.

Saturday will feature partly to mostly cloudy skies and hot and humid temperatures. While there is a chance of a pop up storm or two during the morning and afternoon, the real and best threat for storms will be Saturday evening and during the overnight. These storms could produce strong to severe storms that produce damaging winds and large hail. Highs for Saturday will be around the upper 80s to near 90.

WILL RAIN CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR THE NATIONWIDE RACE SATURDAY AFTERNOON?Odd of completing the Nationwide race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon is around 60 to 70 percent. I think an official race is likely, which means they will get to half way or beyond, but as we get more into the evening hours the threat of storms increase. At this time, storm arrival Saturday evening looks to be between 6 and 8 p.m. EDT.

CAN NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE ON SUNDAY? Storms from Saturday night and early Sunday morning should move out before morning. There could be a few lingering showers and storms but it appears the start of the day Sunday will be dry. The Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled around 1 p.m. EDT. The odds of racing Sunday afternoon are around 75 percent but there could be delays with scattered showers and storms forming during the afternoon. I am not ruling out a possible delay due to a storm but I think we can get a full race if not an official race. This forecast continues to be a work in progress so expect several updates.

Please follow me on Twitter @NASCAR_WXMAN and like me on Facebook for the latest weather updates through the weekend.

Conditions in Indianapolis, IN: Click here for Current Weather ConditionsLook at Doppler Radar | Mobile Friendly Site | Mobile Radar

SATURDAY:
9:00 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series final practice – Partly sunny – temp: 70
12:10 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Series qualifying – Partly sunny, breezy and warm – temp: 83
2:10 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup series qualifying – Partly sunny, chance of a storm, humid – temp: 85
4:30 p.m. EDT
Nationwide series Race – Clouds and sun, increasing chance of a shower or storm – temp: 87

SUNDAY:
12:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-race – Sun and clouds, chance of storms – temp: 82
1:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sun and clouds, chance of storms– temp: 84
2:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sun and clouds, chance of storms – temp: 84
3:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sun and clouds, chance of storms – temp: 85
4:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sun and clouds, chance of storms – temp: 86
5:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sun and clouds, chance of storms – temp: 85

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Cat spectates, takes a nap at Rangers game


You’re a terrible fan, cat.

Yo, this cat is the worst kind of fan:

Cat shows up hours late without a ticket, marches directly onto the dirt, then TAKES A DAMN NAP:

Real Rangers fans would kill for seats that close, and this tool just plops down and goes to sleep without paying a dollar.

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A soccer goal so quick it fits in a single Vine


Gustavo Ramirez scored RIGHT from kick-off.

This is kick-off of an Ascenso MX (Mexican second division) game between Necaxas and Mineros. This Vine begins with the opening whistle, and it ends with a 1-0 score in favor of Mineros:


Here’s the full video:

That says 7 seconds for the Gustavo Ramirez goal. I’ve seen 4 elsewhere. Since Vines are just a hair over 6 seconds at maximum, it’s definitely no longer than that.

Whatever the exact time, I think we can all agree this is extremely damn fast. You’ve been bested, Clint Dempsey, and it’s not even close.

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New Michael Jackson Thriller Inspired Video From 2 Chainz: Free Base


2 Chainz wants you to see something.

New Michael Jackson Thriller Inspired Video From 2 Chainz: Free Base

And now…the video.

This is EbenGregory.com…telling you lol @ the 1:16 mark.

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Breaking: Wiz Khalifa Calls Out Tyga For Dropping Out Of “Under The Influence” Tour (Video)


Friendships in Hip Hop are usually an exercise of passive aggressiveness, but not with Wiz Khalifa. In a recent interview, Wiz Khalifa explains why Tyga dropped out of the “Under The Influence” tour and why he thinks his excuse is corny.

Breaking: Wiz Khalifa Calls Out Tyga For Dropping Out Of “Under The Influence” Tour (Video)

Reports AllHipHop:

The Under The Influence tour kicked off yesterday (July 24th) in Scranton, Pennsylvania at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Two weeks before the tour started, two and a half months after it was announced, Wiz Khalifa informed the public on his personal Twitter account that Tyga was dropping out of the tour:

Less than 8 hours after Wiz Khalifa announced Tyga’s abrupt exit, Tyga took to his personal Twitter account to explain that he left the tour to finish his album and film a movie. According to Wiz during an interview with Mina SayWhat on Power 99 earlier today (July 25th) that excuse was wack and Tyga never informed him of his departure from the tour personally:

I felt like that was just corny. We’re better than that. At the end of the day, you don’t say ‘album and a movie’ to sound like you have something to do, ’cause I did my album before the tour and I’m shooting a movie once I get off tour and I got a son. So, at the end of the day, what do you want to do with your life?

And now…

This is EbenGregory.com…telling you if you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.Hit page 2 for to see Wiz tell the truth.

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