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July 22, 2014 - 9:04pm
3 min 23 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers are avoiding salary arbitration with forward Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal was announced Tuesday night, three days before the sides were scheduled to go to arbitration.

The 26-year-old Zuccarello had career highs of 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season to lead the team in points.

In the playoffs,...

July 22, 2014 - 9:03pm
3 min 23 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Jack Sock beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday.

Sock and partner Vasek Popisil won the doubles title at Wimbledon earlier this month, upsetting the top-ranked team of Mike and Bob Bryan in the finals.

The 21-year-old Sock said doubles success on the greatest stage in tennis has boosted his singles game.

Sock finished off Gonzalez in 1 hour, 6 minutes by winning...

July 22, 2014 - 9:02pm
3 min 23 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Jack Sock beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday.

Sock and partner Vasek Popisil won the doubles title at Wimbledon earlier this month, upsetting the top-ranked team of Mike and Bob Bryan in the finals.

The 21-year-old Sock said doubles success on the greatest stage in tennis has boosted his singles game.

"(It's) just belief in your game, belief in 30-all points...

July 22, 2014 - 8:57pm
3 min 23 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks placed outfielder Cody Ross on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain and recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno.

Ross hit .238 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 66 games this season after returning from a dislocated hip in 2013. He started to play better over the past month, hitting .358 with a homer in four RBIs in 25 games.

Marte will be making his third stint with the Diamondbacks...

July 22, 2014 - 8:13pm
3 min 23 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness.

The move, announced Tuesday, is retroactive to July 13.

Peralta, who has returned to Tampa for tests, is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 appearances.

The Rays recalled left-hander Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Durham to replace Peralta on the roster. Beliveau, who was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 30...

July 22, 2014 - 8:03pm
3 min 23 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.

The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL is enthusiastic about the challenge. Twice on Tuesday, he mentioned how much fun he was having.

Sam said he hopes the attention is less about his sexual orientation, but added his focus has to be on making the team. He said he's in the best shape of his life, dropping 13 pounds in the month since the...

July 22, 2014 - 7:58pm
3 min 23 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have sent guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts, a deal to give them more assets to go after Kevin Love.

The Cavs sent Felix a second-round pick in 2015 and $1 million to the Jazz for guard John Lucas and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams are not commenting...

July 22, 2014 - 7:54pm
3 min 23 sec ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick returned from a second stint on the disabled list because of an injured right knee.

Reddick, who was activated Tuesday, was sidelined June 29 with the right knee strain after sitting out June 1-23 with a hyperextended knee. Manager Bob Melvin plans to have Reddick — who will wear a brace — in the lineup often because of his bat and defensive presence.

Also Tuesday, Melvin said he...

July 22, 2014 - 7:47pm
3 min 23 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, less than a week after he returned from right knee surgery.

It's the latest disheartening injury for the Rangers in a dreadful season full of them. Soto got hurt running the bases Monday night and left a 4-2 victory over the Yankees.

The move opened a roster spot for right-hander Nick Martinez, reinstated from the disabled list...

July 22, 2014 - 7:38pm
3 min 23 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs took another step toward the future, designating second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment.

Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio was activated from the disabled list Tuesday to take Barney's place on the roster. Bonifacio had been out since June 13 because of strained right oblique.

The 28-year-old Barney won a Gold Glove in the 2012, when his 141 consecutive games without an error tied a major league record. But he...

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