July 31st, 2014

National Sports

Person with knowledge of deal to AP: Athletics get Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes

By Janie McCauley, The Associated Press on July 31st, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. – A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the deal. ... Read More »

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Russell sisters on same wavelength for Canada at Women’ Rugby World Cup

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2014

Kelly Russell knows younger sister Laura is never too far behind her on the rugby pitch. And that’s good news for Canada. Kelly, who plays No. 8 at the back of the scrum, is captain of the Canadian women’s team. Younger sister Laura is a prop, plying her trade at the forwards’ coal face. “We ... Read More »

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NBA referee Violet Palmer to marry longtime female partner in Los Angeles

By Dan Gelston, The Associated Press on July 31st, 2014

Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. “This ... Read More »

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Pipe break that flooded UCLA campus, including basketball mecca, shows risk of aging systems

By Brian Melley And Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press on July 31st, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago. The flooding sent ... Read More »

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Goalkeepers Sean Johnson, David Ousted perfect, Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw

By The Associated Press on July 30th, 2014

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire’s 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night. Vancouver’s Erik Hurtado had the Whitecaps’ best chance of the game in the 49th minute. He broke free of the defenders and cut to the centre of the box, but ... Read More »

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6 treated for carbon monoxide exposure while cleaning up flooded UCLA Pauley Pavilion

By The Associated Press on July 30th, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Authorities say 6 people who were helping clean up UCLA’s flooded Pauley Pavilion are being treated for exposure to carbon monoxide. The arena’s court was covered with up to 10 inches of water Tuesday after a 30-inch water main broke nearby and sent water cascading onto campus. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman ... Read More »

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Buehrle earns first victory in 10 starts and Blue Jays win 6-1 to sweep slumping Red Sox

By Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press on July 30th, 2014

BOSTON – Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win in almost two months and Dioner Navarro had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory, a 6-1 win over the slumping Boston Red Sox. Buehrle (11-7) allowed one run on six hits and ... Read More »

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Hamid makes saves 8 saves, DC United beats Toronto FC 3-0

By The Associated Press on July 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON – All-star goalkeeper Bill Hamid tied a career high with eight saves for his fifth shutout of the season in D.C. United’s 3-0 victory over Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Eddie Johnson and Chris Rolfe scored to help the Washington club win its fourth straight game. Toronto also had an own-goal. Johnson opened the ... Read More »

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Dodgers announcer Vin Scully: ‘It’s a long time to be working at one job without advancement’

By Beth Harris, The Associated Press on July 30th, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Vin Scully is poking fun at himself after the announcement that he will return for his record 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ broadcast booth. He joked on Wednesday that it’s a long time to be working at one job without advancement. The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer also says ... Read More »

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Official: Pipe break that flooded UCLA campus has dumped 20 million gallons of water

By Brian Melley And Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press on July 30th, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Authorities say a pipe break that flooded UCLA’s famed Pauley Pavilion has now released 20 million gallons of water and continues to gush. Jim McDaniel of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says the century-old pipe that burst on Sunset Boulevard is releasing about 1,000 gallons of water a ... Read More »

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