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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major League Baseball is taking another day to bask in the glow of the National League’s 8-0 All-Star game rout of the American League Tuesday night. The All-Star break extends through Thursday and the schedule resumes with a full slate of games Friday.
The overnight TV numbers for the All-Star game made it the highest-rated prime-time show Tuesday night, with a 3 percent increase over the 2011 game.
It was the first year-to-year gain since the 2008 game. Last year’s contest in Phoenix drew a record low.
The Royals will be back in action Friday night to host the Chicago White Sox. The Redbirds will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds Friday night.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kansas City Royals prospect Wil Myers drove in one run and scored another to lead the Pacific Coast League to a 3-0 win over the International League in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday night.
Myers finished with a pair of hits for his second impressive All-Star showing in four days. The 21-year-old outfielder had three RBIs on Sunday in the Futures Game in Kansas City, a showcase for top prospects during Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities.
Myers was named Star of Stars for the Pacific Coast League, which snapped a three-game losing streak in the Triple-A All-Star game. The PCL has won seven of the 15 games played under the interleague format.
Buffalo Bisons pitcher Matt Harvey, a New York Mets prospect, worked two shutout innings in front of the hometown fans.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the Saints are a long way apart in locking up a five-year, $100 million contract before Monday’s deadline for a long-term deal. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The sides were more than $10 million apart in the guaranteed portion of the contract, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because talks the talks are ongoing.
The 33-year old Brees would be entering his 12th season. He has never before had the chance to negotiate a contract on par with the elite quarterbacks of the game.
The Saints, meanwhile, risk alienating the best quarterback in franchise history and their fan base, by failing to make an offer to his satisfaction by Monday. That’s the deadline for players with the franchise tag to sign long-term deals.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Defending champion Kentucky will play Duke, and Michigan State meets Kansas in the Champions Classic Doubleheader that will cap ESPN’s 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon.
The network announced Wednesday that the fifth annual day of hoops will start Nov. 13 at midnight EDT with West Virginia at Gonzaga.
Eleven games will follow, with sixteen conferences represented throughout the day. The marathon will be capped by the marquee doubleheader in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A member of Iowa State’s track team has been accused of stealing bicycles on campus and selling them over the Internet.
Court records say 20-year-old Collin Fett has pleaded not guilty to a felony theft charge and is scheduled for trial on Aug. 28.
Iowa State police officers say they found 40 bikes in Fett’s basement.
An ISU athletics department spokesman says Fett has been suspended from competition. Fett throws the hammer and has competed in other weight events.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team plays its first exhibition today. They’re hosting the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas and sound eager for a game. Deron (DEHR’-ihn) Williams says he’s been feeling “rusty.” Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) says the team has had a disjointed start thanks to NBA free agency, and now needs to “rectify that.”
UNDATED (AP) — A mainstay of the San Antonio Spurs will be around awhile longer.
Tim Duncan has signed on for at least his 16th season with the franchise. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but Yahoo Sports cited anonymous sources in reporting it was a three-year, $36 million deal.
Duncan has led the Spurs to the playoffs every year since being selected by the team with the first pick in the 1997 draft. He has two NBA MVP awards and has been the NBA Final MVP three times.
San Antonio has won nine division titles and four NBA championships.
Steve Nash wanted to continue to be the Phoenix Suns mainstay, but that didn’t work out. Instead, the two-time MVP guard helped engineer a trade to the Lakers, who he admitted he never envisioned playing for.
Nash was introduced at the Lakers training site today after getting a three-year $27 million deal. The eight-time All-Star vowed to give his best to help the team win another NBA title.
MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat have won a championship, but they’re still looking for improvement. In a move that could create more space on the court for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have signed Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. The two were teammates in Seattle for five seasons, and both figure to fit perfectly into Miami’s plan to surround James, Wade and Bosh with strong perimeter shooters who can stretch defenses.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jeremy Lin will be staying in New York and as the Knicks’ starting point guard. Coach Mike Woodson say Lin will “absolutely” be back next season and will enter training camp as the starter at his position, even with the Knicks agreeing to a deal with veteran Jason Kidd. Lin has agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets for about $28 million over four years, but the Knicks have said they’ll match any offer.
UNDATED (AP) – Danica Patrick will race her 10th and final Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. The October 21st event was selected for Patrick because it will be open for an extra day of practice. Patrick raced in the IndyCar Series at Kansas, where she won her first career pole in 2005.
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.