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The Kansas City Royals had Thursday off. They return to Kaufman Stadium to host the St. Louis Cardinals for a three game weekend series starting tonight at 7:10.
UNDATED (AP) — Fans in Detroit got their money’s worth as the Detroit Tigers nipped the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 10 innings.
Quinton Berry’s bases-loaded single with one out in the 10th plated the winning run.
Prince Fielder’s two-out solo blast in the third inning snapped a scoreless tie. The Cards evened things back up in the top of the fourth on a Matt Holliday sacrifice fly.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens rejected a plea deal that would have spared him prison time. Instead, he risked his freedom by going to trial.
Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin says in a telephone interview that prosecutors offered to let the former pitcher plead guilty to one count of lying to Congress when he denied using human growth hormone. In exchange, Clemens would have received probation.
It’s been known that Clemens rejected a plea, of undisclosed scope, in December 2009. The following year, he was indicted on six counts for allegedly lying to Congress. A jury acquitted him Monday on all counts.
Under U.S. sentencing guidelines, Clemens probably would have faced up to 15 months to 21 months in prison if convicted.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia declined comment.
CHICAGO (AP) — Finally, the people in charge agree with the people in the stands.
A major college football playoff is closer than ever to becoming a reality.
The BCS commissioners have backed a plan for a four-team playoff with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the participants. The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval.
Once the presidents sign off, and that seems likely, major college football’s champion will be decided by a playoff for the first time, starting in 2014.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Referees Association has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the league with the National Labor Relations Board.
The complaint was filed Tuesday and alleges that since talks broke down this month the NFL twice sent letters to officials that “contained inaccurate, false and incomplete information” about the bargaining.
It says the league violated the National Labor Relations Act by bypassing the NFLRA and trying to “undermine” support among members.
Negotiations between the NFL and the referees ended June 3 after two mediation attempts that followed nine bargaining sessions since October. The league has said it would start hiring and training replacement officials.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are lowering the price of some 12,000 upper tier seats at MetLife Stadium for the 2012 season.
Jets President Neil Glat says that seats in the end zone, corners and some sideline seats that cut in from the corners will drop in price for next season.
The sideline seats, depending on the row, will fall from $105 per game to either $75 or $50. Those in the corners and in the end zone will drop from $95 to either $75 or $50.
Sellouts are not a concern for the Jets in the 82,500-seat stadium they financed along with the co-tenant Giants. Glat says the dip in prices is being made “to improve the value for our fans.”
The Jets do not require personal seat licenses for the upper tier. The Giants do.
There will be free sports physicals available at Waverly Clinic Wednesday August 1st from 2-5 and again on Thursday, August 2nd also from 2-5 p.m.