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Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA in 2015 (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 11:49:02 PM

Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully leads an eulogy for late Dr. Frank Jobe during a memorial service at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Apr. 7, 2014. Dr. Frank Jobe, was the surgeon who pioneered the elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless pitchers. Jobe died last month at 88. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The announcement was made by in Korean, Spanish and English by players Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner on the Dodger Stadium video board in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against Atlanta.

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 8:45:34 PM

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2009, file photo, Florida Matt Patchan (71) and Marcus Gilbert (76) look on as Florida quarterback Tim Tebow lies on the turf after being sacked during an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Tebow received a concussion on the play that put him in the hospital for a night. The parties in a class-action head injury lawsuit against the NCAA that deals with concussion issues announced a settlement in a filing in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. ''It's changed college sports forever.'' Others strongly disagreed. One plaintiffs' attorney not involved in the negotiations called it a ''terrible deal'' that lets the NCAA off the hook far too easily.

AP source: Gordon hires attorney, plans defense (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 8:10:18 PM

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL. Facing an indefinite suspension for marijuana use, Cleveland's talented wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

Cain to meet with elbow specialist (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 9:17:44 PM

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain looks up at the score board walking back to the dugout after being removed in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain plans to meet with specialist Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion on his injured elbow.

NBA players union elects new executive director (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 9:34:36 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 15: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during the NBA Summer League on July 15, 2014 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. When she saw an interview last year with an NBA player and noticed how passionately he talked about trying to improve his embattled union, she wanted to be more than a fan. Roberts was elected early Tuesday morning as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and the Washington trial lawyer is eager to provide the leadership it needs after a few difficult years. ''Someone, whether it be a boy or a girl, who understood that this was their union, and they intended to run it, and they were looking for someone who appreciated that and was not going to deviate from that.'' Roberts received 32 of 36 votes at a meeting of players in Las Vegas, defeating tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote.

Manziel's college jersey up for auction (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 2:50:07 PM

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes during the first practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea, Ohio Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo)

One of the jerseys Johnny Manziel wore during his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Texas A&M will be auctioned off this week. The No. 2 jersey, with an estimated value of $100,000, was worn for six games in 2012 by Manziel, the dazzling quarterback who became the first freshman to win college football's most prestigious award. It will be up for auction online starting on Aug. 6 through the National Sports Collectors Convention. Manziel is in his first NFL training camp with the Browns.

Cobb strikes out 12, Rays win 5-1 (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 11:35:28 PM

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb goes into his windup against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Alex Cobb pitched, Ben Zobrist hit and the Tampa Bay Rays won again. Tuesday night's 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers was the Rays' 11th in 12 games and it moved them within one game of .500 (53-54) for the first time since April 23. ''This is the team we are,'' said Zobrist, who drove in the Rays' first two runs with a home run and a double. ''From here on out, I don't think we're ever going to return to the way we were playing before June 11.'' Since that date the Rays are 29-12, the best record in the majors over that span.

Orioles beat Angels 7-6 in 12 innings (Yahoo Sports)
7/30/2014 12:20:16 AM

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, second from left, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning solo home run in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Baltimore Orioles have a knack for winning in extra innings, and it has nothing to do with luck. Manny Machado homered leading off the 12th inning, and the Orioles survived a rocky outing from starter Chris Tillman in a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Baltimore is 12-3 in extra innings and has won seven straight. ''To do that, you've got to have a good effort out of your bullpen - and we did tonight,'' manager Buck Showalter said.

P.J. Tucker faces 'extreme drunken driving' charge (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 4:23:08 PM

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 16: P.J Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns in a game against the Sacramento Kings on April16, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker was charged with 'extreme drunken driving' two months before he signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract - $12.7 million guaranteed - with the Suns. Scottsdale police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .222 percent nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 for operating a vehicle in Arizona. Tucker's Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer on May 10. Tucker's attorney Melanie Beauchamp declined on Tuesday to comment on the arrest.

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse (Yahoo Sports)
7/29/2014 8:30:16 PM

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 1: Stephen A. Smith talks with some fans while the Los Angeles Clippers face the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on May 1, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's ''First Take'' last Friday about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention, including a stinging rebuke online from a fellow ESPN personality. A day later, ESPN took action.