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Giants place closer Mark Melancon placed on DL

Giants place closer Mark Melancon placed on DL

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23003231

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list for a second time this season with a sore forearm.

Melancon, who signed a $62 million, four-year contract with the Giants during the offseason, was on the disabled list with the same injury in May. Manager Bruce Bochy says he will see doctors on Wednesday and likely have an MRI.

Melancon is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances. Bochy says he doesn’t know how long the 32-year-old right-hander will be out.

San Francisco also promoted right-hander Dan Slania from Double-A Richmond. The 25-year-old Slania was 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts with Richmond after a disastrous stint at Triple-A Sacramento earlier this year in which he was 0-8 with a 7.82 ERA in 12 starts.



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Claudio Bravo, Chile crush Portugal on penalties to reach Confederations Cup final

Claudio Bravo, Chile crush Portugal on penalties to reach Confederations Cup final

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23002802

KAZAN, Russia — Claudio Bravo made three penalty saves as Chile defeated Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shootout to reach the Confederations Cup final on Wednesday.

Bravo, who missed the first two games because of injury, stopped penalties by Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, sending Chile to its third straight international final after winning consecutive Copa America titles.

Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez all scored for Chile in the shootout.

The teams had drawn 0-0 after normal and extra time.

The result was justice for Chile, which had a strong penalty appeal turned down in extra time and then saw the ball hit the woodwork twice in a few seconds a few minutes later.

Chile and Portugal both came close in the first 10 minutes but there were few chances after that. Ronaldo was off-form for Portugal and Chile gradually took control.

Chile will play Germany or Mexico in Sunday’s final in St. Petersburg.



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Yankees place Matt Holliday on 10-day DL with viral infection

Yankees place Matt Holliday on 10-day DL with viral infection

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23002803

CHICAGO — The New York Yankees have placed designated hitter Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list with a viral infection.

The 37-year-old Holliday is batting .262 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 68 games in his first season in New York. The move was made retroactive to Sunday.

The Yankees also recalled infielder Miguel Andújar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before Wednesday night’s game at the Chicago White Sox. The 22-year-old Andujar began the season with Double-A Trenton, but was promoted after a strong start.

New York also announced that first baseman Chris Carter was outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and had accepted his assignment. Carter was designated for assignment after Friday night’s 2-1 victory over Texas.



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WATCH: Nolan Arenado stops grounder barehanded, throws out Giants batter from his back

WATCH: Nolan Arenado stops grounder barehanded, throws out Giants batter from his back

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23002390

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado made an amazing defensive play.

At this point, it’s just Nolan being Nolan.

In the bottom of the third inning against San Francisco Wednesday, Giants pitcher Ty Blach — a Regis Jesuit High School alum — hit a grounder toward the Rockies’ all-star third baseman. Arenado stopped the ball with his bare hand, grabbed it, spun around and threw Blach out at first for the second out in the inning.

The Rockies were leading 2-0.



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“It didn’t go over big with my daughters”: John McEnroe scolded for Serena Williams comment

“It didn’t go over big with my daughters”: John McEnroe scolded for Serena Williams comment

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23001944

Everywhere you look this week, there’s John McEnroe, talking about how Serena Williams would be “like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tennis circuit. You could call McEnroe’s round of interviews an apology tour, except for one little thing.

He’s still Johnny Mac. He isn’t apologizing. He explained as much repeatedly in a series of appearances ever since his comment sparked a silly debate and even in the face of criticism within his own family.

“It didn’t go over big with my daughters, either, okay?” he said when “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” crowd booed a recap of his controversial NPR interview.

There are plenty of McWomen to object, too. There’s Emily, his 26-year-old with ex-wife Tatum O’Neal, and daughters Anna, 21, and Ava, 18, and stepdaughter Ruby Myers with his wife, Patty Smyth. “You remember ‘The Honeymooners’ — Ralph Kramden — me and my big mouth! It’s a little bit like that,” McEnroe said. “Do they say that about girl basketball players, that they’re as good as Michael Jordan?”

Gulp.

“They might say ‘women’s basketball players,’ ” Colbert offered, to cheers.

And, no, he was offering no apology for the Serena comment, just as he had declined to do on “CBS This Morning.”

“People always ask me, ‘Can you beat Serena Williams?’ ” continued McEnroe, who in one of life’s happy coincidences just happens to have that new book (“But Seriously”) coming out. “My girls don’t think I can beat her now. I thought I could beat her. She’s pregnant, so maybe I should play her now. I’d have a better chance. But either way, I wish her the absolute best. She’s the best thing that’s happened to American tennis in the last 10, 15 years.”

McEnroe triggered this angle of his a tour to promote his new book with his comment, which came in an interview with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro. She took issue with McEnroe’s qualifier in describing Williams as the best female player in the world.

“Well, because if she was in, if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world,” McEnroe said. ” … That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player. I do, but the reality of what would happen would be I think something that perhaps it’d be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower. And on a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”

Serena fired back on Twitter, asking for privacy during her pregnancy as Vanity Fair, with her nude photo on the cover, hit the stands.

Coach to Canada's Milos Raconic, ...
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In a Saturday June 18, 2016 file photo, John McEnroe, Coach to Canada’s Milos Raconic, looks across the court as Raconic plays Australia’s Bernard Tomic during their semifinal tennis match on the sixth day of the Queen’s Championships London.

“Dear John I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” she tweeted. “I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”

Let it be noted that McEnroe called Williams “arguably the greatest athlete of the last 100 years” when she won Wimbledon in 2015 and also that he didn’t qualify that based on gender. On “CBS This Morning,” he was pressed to say where, at 58, he would rank. “About 1,200 in the world.”

McEnroe wasn’t really saying anything Williams herself hasn’t said. “For me, men’s tennis and women’s tennis are completely, almost, two separate sports,” Williams said four years ago on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” “If I were to play Andy Murray, I would lose 6-0, 6-0 in five to six minutes, maybe 10 minutes. No, it’s true. It’s a completely different sport. The men are a lot faster and they serve harder, they hit harder, it’s just a different game. I love to play women’s tennis. I only want to play girls because I don’t want to be embarrassed.”

That should quiet things around the McEnroe household.



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Ice Cube, Cleveland Cavaliers still waiting on Chauncey Billups’ decision

Ice Cube, Cleveland Cavaliers still waiting on Chauncey Billups’ decision

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23001762

CLEVELAND — Ice Cube is chilling as he waits for Chauncey Billups to make a move.

The rapper-turned-basketball mogul said Wednesday that he doesn’t know if Billups will join Cleveland’s front office and lead the Cavaliers’ basketball operations. Last week, Cube, who co-founded Big3, a new 3-on-3 league featuring former NBA players, said he was certain Billups was taking a job with the Cavs and wished him well in his new endeavor.

However, Billups, a five-time All-Star guard, remains undecided about leaving his TV analyst job and uprooting his family in Denver to start anew in Cleveland.

“We’ll find out I guess pretty soon here,” Cube said Wednesday in New York. “We hope he’d play in the Big 3 of course, but we wish him well if he decides to take the job in Cleveland. Our league is player friendly in every way you could think about. So we want him to be happy and successful in whatever he do.”

Billups met twice last week with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert about a future with the club. They’ve known each other for a decade and Gilbert is looking for someone to oversee the Cavaliers’ front office after general manager David Griffin parted ways with the team following three straight trips to the NBA Finals.

The 40-year-old Billups lacks front-office experience, but he’s well connected in the league and has an excellent reputation.

Gilbert was at the White House on Wednesday. He posed for photos with President Donald Trump and the Chicago Cubs, who were in Washington playing the Nationals and visited the White House to celebrate winning their first World Series title in 108 years last season.

Gilbert and Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner were at the White House to speak with Trump about the turnaround they’ve helped in Detroit.

Cube’s 3-on-3 venture tipped off last weekend and he’s hoping that if Billups doesn’t join the Cavaliers, he will play for one of the league’s eight teams.

“He’s one of the first guys to sign with us, so we really would love to see him in that Killer 3 Mr. Big Shot jersey with the No. 1 on it,” Cube said.

AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in New York contributed to this report.



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Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants live blog, June 28, 2017

Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants live blog, June 28, 2017

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23001432

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Mobile users, if you can’t see the live blog, tap here.



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Tennessee Titans player Logan Ryan pays off older brother’s student loans after signing $30M contr

Tennessee Titans player Logan Ryan pays off older brother’s student loans after signing $30M contr

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23001433

Hard work pays off.

Former New England cornerback Logan Ryan learned that when he signed a lucrative three-year, $30 million deal with the Tennessee Titans after four great seasons with the Patriots, who drafted him in the third round in 2013. Now, he’s using his new riches to pay off some hard studying done by his older brother.

On Tuesday, the 26-year-old surprised his 29-year-old brother by paying off his brother’s $82,000 student loans. Ryan posted about the gift on Instagram.

“My man got accepted to college, graduated with honors, and now works as an engineer,” Ryan captioned the photo of him presenting the oversized check to his brother. “He did everything the right way and still lives with a ridiculous amount of student loan debt.”

Instagram Photo

Ryan added: “The system is broke and makes no sense!! I’m Fortunate and blessed to be able to take care of that for him.. Love you big bro you deserve it!! #Family #FinallyFree”

Ryan, who played college ball at Rutgers, isn’t shy about promoting issues he believes in. He’s been most vocal about animal rights, using his Instagram to promote the adoption of dogs from shelters. Last year, when the NFL allowed players to wear cleats to support a charity or cause for one game, Ryan chose to promote animal welfare.

Ryan’s interest in helping dogs made more headlines last week when he reportedly asked his wedding guests to donate to a local shelter in St. Lucia, where he wed former Rutgers softball player Ashley Bragg, instead of giving them gifts.

“When we got to St. Lucia we noticed on our drive all the stray dogs and cats on the street. It was very strange to us,” Bragg, whose last name is now Bragg Ryan, told ABC News.

In fact, one of those stray dogs ended up in their wedding photos when the animal sauntered up to them on the street.

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“We were just having fun, having just gotten married,” Ryan said. “We’re walking the streets, doing this photo shoot and this dog kind of chose us.”



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WATCH: Jake the Diamond Dog carries water bottles to baseball umpires

WATCH: Jake the Diamond Dog carries water bottles to baseball umpires

29/06/2017, Denver, Multi Sports, Denver Post Publication, Article # 23001434

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A talented dog caught the attention of fans at an Indiana minor league baseball game this week.

“Jake the Diamond Dog” was at the Fort Wayne TinCaps game Monday night. He carried a basket filled with bottles of water to the umpires on the field in exchange for head pats. The Indianapolis Star reports that Jake doesn’t stay at just one baseball park. He travels around the Midwest.

Jake’s official website says he also delivers the game ball to pitchers, snags foul balls, takes the umpires towels, plays batboys and catches Frisbees.



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