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Blazers officially acquire three players

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers formally signed free agent small forward Dorell Wright and acquired center Robin Lopez and forward Thomas Robinson in trades, sealing three of several deals the team struck last week. The Blazers got Lopez in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Sacramento that sent guard Tyreke Evans to...
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Portland to host MLS All-Star game

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland will host the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced the event at Jeld-Wen Field on Wednesday. In recent years, the MLS All-Stars have played premier international teams in the annual match. This year’s All-Stars are set...
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Beware of Kaepernick, Wilson

Caution is not one of my fortes. It was absent when I tried to pull off that sick wheelie in grade school, only to descend upon a parked car’s windshield. I could cut off a few strokes from my golf game employing restraint instead of John Daly’s “Aw, why the hell not?” mentality. Given...
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Rockies bounce back against Padres

SAN DIEGO – The Rockies expected to get a good game out of starter Jorge De La Rosa. Charlie Blackmon’s contribution was an unexpected surprise. De La Rosa took a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning in beating San Diego for the sixth straight time and Blackmon, recalled from Triple-A on Monday, drove in the...
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Angels blast Cubs behind five HRs

CHICAGO – It took them nearly up until the All-Star break, but Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally went back-to-back. The Los Angeles Angels sluggers connected in the fifth inning of a 13-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night – the first time Pujols and Hamilton homered in consecutive at-bats this season. After...
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Raiders’ Maiava charged with assault

HONOLULU – Linebacker Kaluka Maiava is charged with assaulting two men during a brawl at a Maui bar, days after signing with the Oakland Raiders. Maiava, 27, and his brother Ilima Maiava, 30, are charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and fourth-degree criminal property damage, a petty misdemeanor, said Maui Prosecuting Attorney John Kim. They’re...
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Wheeler, Mets complete Giants sweep

SAN FRANCISCO – Zack Wheeler used to have long talks with Sergio Romo when they were teammates in the Giants organization, and the young pitcher is good pals with Mike Kickham. None of that mattered when Wheeler took the mound at AT&T Park for the first time. He just wanted to pitch well. Wheeler threw...
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Ortiz becomes all-time best DH hitter as Boston beats M’s

SEATTLE – As a younger player, Harold Baines and Edgar Martinez were among the hitters David Ortiz looked up to as examples. So it’s not lost on Ortiz that he has now passed both to become baseball’s all-time leader in hits as a designated hitter. ”Wonderful hitters and when I first came up watching those...
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Liriano leads Pirates past A’s

PITTSBURGH – Francisco Liriano doesn’t like to think about what might have been. At the moment, the present is so sweet there’s no use focusing on the past. The veteran left-hander’s renaissance hit a new high in Pittsburgh’s 5-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Liriano (9-3) scattered four hits over seven innings,...
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HRs in 14th lift Dodgers past D-backs

PHOENIX – The Dodgers were going to head back to Los Angeles from a successful road trip regardless of what happened in their series finale against Arizona. To close it out with a dramatic comeback and complete a three-game sweep, they couldn’t have scripted it any better. Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis hit consecutive homers...
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