Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Helping send Derek Jeter go out a winner in his last All-Star game appearance, Mike Trout drove in two runs with a triple and a double to lead the American League past the National League 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Jeter started his 14th and final All Star game with a vintage opposite-field double, following an ovation from the Target Field crowd of more than one minute. The Yankees captain went 2 for 2 and was removed to another roar from the fans in the top of the fourth inning.
Max Scherzer picked up the victory with a scoreless inning, and Twins closer Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for the save in front of his home crowd to again give the AL home-field advantage for the World Series.
Islanders agree with Cizikas, de Haan
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Islanders agreed to terms with center Casey Cizikas and defenseman Calvin de Haan on Tuesday.
Cizikas, 23, got a two-year contract. He scored six goals and 10 assists last season, his second full year with the club. In 2013, he had a game-winning goal in a playoff series against Pittsburgh.
The 23-year-old de Haan received a three-year deal. He scored three goals and had 13 assists in 51 games as a rookie, and showed solid improvement throughout the season.
He began the 2013-14 season with Bridgeport of the AHL before earning a call-up to the Islanders on Nov. 28.
The Islanders selected de Haan in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2009 NHL draft.
Tom Renney hired as president of Hockey Canada
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Former NHL coach Tom Renney has been hired as president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada.
He succeeds Bob Nicholson, who resigned this year after running the governing body for more than 15 years. Renney called the appointment an "absolute privilege" at a news conference Tuesday.
Renney spent parts of eight seasons as an NHL coach from 1996 through 2012 with Edmonton, the New York Rangers and Vancouver. He was a Detroit Red Wings assistant the past two seasons.
Renney coached Canada to the silver medal at the 1994 Olympics. With the Rangers, he also was director of player personnel and vice president of player development.
Jim Hornell, chairman of Hockey Canada's board of directors, lauded Renney's experience on all levels of the sport and his "strong passion for hockey development."
Balanced NBA field will make title chase tougher
LAS VEGAS (AP) - When Patrick Ewing played, he saw the league as having one superstar per team.
He sees it heading back that way now.
LeBron James' decision to leave Miami for Cleveland surely shifted the NBA power structure. And while there's obviously a team loaded with future Hall of Famers in San Antonio, plus plenty of teams with two players worthy of at least superstar argument, there's nothing that mirrors what the Heat had when James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were teammates.
James' latest decision also gives Cleveland a better chance to win a title.
But like Ewing knows, since he never won a championship, a more-balanced playing field across the NBA means many other teams figure to have a better chance as well.
PREP ATHLETES OF YEAR
Towns, Turner win national prep athlete awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Karl Towns Jr., a 7-footer headed to Kentucky to play basketball, and Brianna Turner, a Notre Dame recruit, have been honored as national prep athletes of the year.
Towns led his St. Joseph High School team to three straight state titles before graduating a year early this spring. The forward from Metuchen, New Jersey, averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots last season. He earned a 3.50 grade point average and has played for the Dominican senior national team since he was 16.
Turner led Manvel (Texas) High to consecutive state titles, averaging 20.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in just 23 minutes a game last season. The guard-forward started all 154 possible games during her prep career.
The awards presented Tuesday night are sponsored by Gatorade.
BIG EAST-STU JACKSON
Big East adds Stu Jackson to league office
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Wisconsin coach and NBA executive Stu Jackson has been hired by the Big East as to be senior associate commissioner.
Jackson will oversee men's basketball operations and strategic planning. He spent the 2013-14 season as a game analyst for Big East basketball on Fox Sports 1 and as a studio analyst on NBA TV.
Jackson spent 13 years in the NBA, most recently as executive vice president of basketball operations. He also spent six years as president and general manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1994-2000) and four seasons as assistant and then head coach of the New York Knicks (1987-91).
His college basketball resume includes two seasons as head coach at Wisconsin and was an assistant at Providence, Washington State, and Oregon.
Selig: MLB didn't know A-Rod had drug exemption
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Bud Selig maintains Major League Baseball had no idea Alex Rodriguez received a medical exemption from the sport's drug administrator to use a testosterone-boosting substance in 2007.
Rodriguez received a therapeutic use exemption for the otherwise-banned substance clomid, according to the book "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era," which was published last week.
Clomid is prescribed for ovulation induction and has been used by men to restore the production of testosterone following a steroids cycle. The book said the exemption was granted by Bryan W. Smith, then the independent administrator of baseball's drug program.
Selig said Tuesday before the All-Star game that MLB didn't know about the decision.
Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used a banned performance-enhancing substance while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. The New York Yankees third baseman is serving a season-long ban this year after an MLB drug investigation.
Signed Lou Gehrig glove sells for $287,500
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - An autographed baseball glove that Lou Gehrig gave to a Connecticut man when he was a boy has sold for $287,500.
Officials with Hunt Auctions said the glove sold Tuesday at auction in Minneapolis. They didn't disclose the name of the buyer.
Howard Henderson, a 92-year-old Greenwich (GREN'-ich) resident, says the New York Yankees slugger gave him the glove in the mid-1930s. It's signed: "To Howard. I hope you have much luck with this glove as I did. Lou Gehrig."
Gehrig and his wife were friends with Henderson's father, Ray, a songwriter. Gehrig visited the family's Bronxville, New York, home.
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