$2 Million in Repairs Authorized for $60 Million High School Football Stadium

ALLEN, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas school board has approved $2 million in funding for repairs to flaws that closed its $60 million high school football stadium.

The Allen school board approved two resolutions that allocate the money and authorize the school district superintendent to pursue a repair contract.

The board says it doesn’t expect to use the money but allocated it in case the stadium architects and builders can’t settle who is liable for the flaws.

Structural cracks and other problems prompted district officials last month to close Eagle Stadium less than two years after it opened.

Forensic engineers reported finding extensive design flaws, which Superintendent Lance Hindt called “engineering failures.” The major concerns were in the concourse framing, retaining walls, press box, single-story structures, main scoreboard and durability of the stadium.

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Bralon Taplin Advances to 400M Semifinal at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland – Three Aggies were in action at Hampden Park Stadium on the second day of track and field events in the 20th Commonwealth Games. Bralon Taplin ran in the opening round of the men’s 400m as Shavez Hart and Kanika Beckles each contested semifinal races in their respective events, the men’s 200m and women’s 400m.

Taplin, representing Grenada, advanced to the semifinal round of the 400 meters as he placed second in his heat with a time of 45.90 seconds from lane 1. Isaac Makwala of Botswana won the heat in 45.33 while Florida’s Hugh Graham Jr., representing Jamaica, initially finished third in the race at 46.11. However, Graham and Kenya’s Solomon Buoga were both disqualified for lane violations.

In the first heat of three 400m semifinal races on Tuesday (2:05 p.m. CT), Taplin will race in lane 4. The semifinal heat includes Chris Brown of Bahamas in lane 3 while Martyn Rooney of England is in 5 and Trinidad’s Jarrin Solomon runs in lane 6. The top two finishers plus the next two fastest times will advance to the final.

Hart, the double sprint champion from the Bahamas, finished seventh in his semifinal race with a time of 10.29 seconds. England’s Adam Gemili won that semifinal race in 10.07 with Jamaica’s Jason Livermore runner-up in 10.11. Also in the race was USC’s Aaron Brown of Canada, placing fifth in 10.17.

Others to miss out in qualifying for the 100 final on Monday were Trinidad & Tobago’s tandem of Keston Bledman (10.24) and Richard Thompson (10.19), who each placed third in their semifinal races and didn’t advance on time.

In the Commonwealth Games 100m final Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica claimed gold in 10.00 with Gemili posting 10.10 for silver and Jamaica’s Nickle Ashmede taking bronze with a 10.12.

The prelims in the 200m on Wednesday will be next for Hart with relay duty in the 4×100 on Friday.

Beckles of Grenada ran her semifinal race in the 400m from lane two. She placed eighth with a time of 55.18. The race was won by Jamaica’s Christine Day in 51.02 with Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller runner-up in 51.58.

Tuesday’s action at Hampden Park includes long jump qualifying for Fabrice Lapierre of Australia at 10 a.m. (4 a.m. CT). Opening heats in the hurdles will include Wayne Davis II in the 110 hurdles and Janeil Bellille in the 400 hurdles as each represents Trinidad & Tobago.

Davis will compete in the third of three heats from lane 5 as he faces England’s William Sharman, Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados, and Richard Phillips of Jamaica. Bellille drew lane 4 for her prelim as she runs in the third heat of three along with Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer in lane 1, and Lauren Wells of Australia.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Bryan Harvey Bounces Back With Win Over Arkansas at SW Region Tournament

WACO — Bryan Harvey’s journey through the elimination bracket of the Southwest Regional surely will get rougher, but for one night Harvey found a soft landing place.

The Major Girls from Harvey bounced back from dropping their opener at the Little League softball tournament, cruising to a 16-1 victory against over-matched Arkansas state champion Malvern on Monday night at the Bush Little League Center.

Harvey’s 11- and 12-year-olds fought through the losers’ bracket to win their previous Section I and Texas East tournaments, and they showed bounce-back capabilities against Arkansas. Harvey blew it open with nine runs in the third inning, and the game was stopped after four frames because of the run rule.

The Bryan squad will play New Mexico state champion Silver City at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner earning a spot in the regional semifinal game to be played at 8 p.m. Tuesday. New Mexico advanced with an 11-6 win over Colorado in Monday’s first game, which was delayed more than an hour because of lightning.

Harvey and Malvern didn’t start until 9:09 p.m., but the late hour did not bother the Bryan girls. Harvey scored two runs in each of the first two innings, taking advantage of wildness by the Arkansas pitcher and a very shaky defense.

During the lengthy top half of the third, Harvey collected six hits and capitalized on four Malvern errors. Harvey sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, which mercifully ended when a Bryan runner was ruled out for leaving first base early on a stolen base attempt.

Harvey got at least one hit from every spot in the batting order, finishing with a total 14 as Malvern’s poor defense negated a starting pitcher who threw fairly hard.

Nicole Goggin, Jade Chavarria, Mariya Reyes, Addie Wright and Bri Warren delivered two hits apiece for Harvey. Leadoff batter Goggin scored in all four trips to the plate, while Chavarria drove in three runs. Hannah Schnettler added a two-run single.

Faith Fernandez started the game in the pitchers’ circle and threw one perfect inning, striking out the side on nine pitches. Goggin moved from shortstop to pitcher and worked the last three innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs.

For three innings, Harvey did a good job of patching the defensive holes that proved costly in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Waco Robinson. The Bryan team got good plays from third baseman Reyes, second baseman Chavarria and center fielder Warren.

The Harvey defense wobbled during a sloppy finish. Bryan’s girls committed four errors during the bottom of the fourth inning, but absorbed only minimal damage as Reyes recorded the final out with a fine play, charging a slow roller to make a bare-handed grab and throw to first.

Arkansas went 0-2 in the regional, dropping its opener against Louisiana 17-1.

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Carter Leads Astros Homer-Happy Win Over Athletics

HOUSTON (AP) _ Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot to center field in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro’s homer a two-run shot.

Krauss’ homer found the upper deck in right field and chased A’s starter Jesse Chavez. Two batters later, Dominguez sent a drive onto the railroad tracks in left field off reliever Dan Otero.

The last time Houston hit three home runs in an inning was June 5, 2013, against Baltimore.

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer won for the first time since May 30, giving up three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

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Darvish 8 Ks as Rangers Beat Jeter, Yankees 4-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for his 10th victory and J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single for the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.

Darvish shouted out and pumped his fist after his final strikeout, when Brian McCann swung and missed to end the seventh with two runners on base.

Brett Gardner homered twice and Derek Jeter had three hits _ to pass Carl Yastrzemski on the hits list _ off the All-Star right-hander, who threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes five days after losing a rain-shortened game in New York.

David Phelps lost for the first time in nine starts, allowing four runs and eight hits over six innings. The right-hander, like Darvish, was credited with a complete game last Wednesday in the 2-1 Yankees victory that didn’t resume after rain in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Nibali Wins Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Tour de France title Sunday to become the first Sicilian to win cycling’s greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998. Marcel Kittel of Germany won Stage 21 in a sprint with overall winner Nibali finishing 24 seconds later.

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Gordon Wins AT the Brick Yard

Capturing his fifth Brickyard 400 victory title yesterday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago when he captured his first. It’s one of the biggest NASCAR races every year and 24 loved that his family was there to share it. The win moved Gordon into a tie with Michael Schumacher who has five Formula One victories over the famed Indianapolis oval.

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Rangers Fall to A’s

John Jaso drove in three runs as the Oakland Athletics
beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 last night. Jaso had a run-scoring single during
Oakland’s five-run second inning and added a two-run double in the fifth. Miles
Mikolas allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

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Stros Drop Five in A Row

HOUSTON (AP) _ Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna homered to lead the Miami
Marlins over the Houston Astros 4-2 yesterday. Jones’ homer capped a three-run
first for the Marlins. Ozuna padded the lead with his solo shot in the sixth.
Miami has won seven of eight following a six-game skid. The Astros have lost
five in a row and eight of 10.

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Aggie Track and Field Win Medals Around the World

EUGENE – Texas A&M’s Shamier Little earned a second gold medal during the IAAF World Junior Championships as a member of the United States winning 4×400 relay team on Sunday. Little ran the opening leg of the relay as the Americans claimed victory in 3 minutes, 30.42 seconds.

Incoming Aggie freshman Ioánnis Kiriazis finished seventh in the men’s javelin on the final day of the World Junior Championships, held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Kiriazis produced his best mark on the first throw, which measured 230-11 (70.38).

After winning the 400 hurdles on Saturday, Little ran in the final of the 4×400 relay as the Americans won the event for the seventh consecutive time at the World Juniors. Little made the first exchange of the baton on the opening leg and the US squad never trailed in the race.

“I had a good start, my goal was to get the team off to a good lead so we wouldn’t have much trouble later in the race,” noted Little.

The winning time 3:30.42 is the world junior leading mark this season and placed the United States ahead of Great Britain’s 3:32.00 and a 3:33.02 from Germany while Canada clocked 3:33.17 for fourth place.

Shavez Hart, Kanika Beckles advance to semifinals at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland – A pair of Aggies ran opening round races on a cool, 60 degree day at Hampden Park during the first day of track and field at the 20th Commonwealth Games.

Shavez Hart of the Bahamas placed second in his heat of the men’s 100 meters with a time of 10.32 to earn an automatic advancement to Monday’s semifinal. Finals in the 100 meters will also be held on Monday.

Kanika Beckles of Grenada finished fourth in a heat of the women’s 400 meters with a time of 54.67, earning a time qualifier to the semifinal round. Also running on Monday, in the first round of the men’s 400, is Bralon Taplin of Grenada.

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A&M Woman’s Basketball Non-Nonference Schedule

COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M released its non-conference women’s basketball schedule today, which features games against nine postseason teams from 2013-14, including games against Duke, Texas, Washington and a 2014 Sweet 16 rematch with DePaul to open the season.

“This is a top non-conference schedule, which along with the always-competitive SEC schedule, hopefully puts us to be in a strong position to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight year, and to host first-and-second rounds for the fourth straight year,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “I like the balance of the schedule, and I like being able to play eight teams from the state of Texas.”

The Aggies open their season at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago, taking on hosts DePaul, New Mexico and Texas-Pan American. DePaul won the Big East Conference in 2014, and had their tournament run ended in the Sweet 16 by the Aggies. ESPN’s Charlie Crème ranks DePaul as the No. 22 team in the nation in his Pre-preseason Top 25.

Reed Arena opens its doors for the first time on Nov. 19 for former Southwest Conference foe Rice. That game opens a five-game homestand that includes previously-announced games against Duke (Nov. 30) and Elementary School Day against 2014 Southland champion Northwestern State (Dec. 3). 2014 SWAC champion Prairie View A&M (Nov. 24) and 2014 WBI participant McNeese State (Nov. 26) also visit during that homestand.

A&M then visits the DFW Metroplex for two games, taking on 2014 WNIT participants TCU (Dec. 7) and SMU (Dec. 9) on a two-game road swing. The Aggies return home on Dec. 13 to face Houston.

“Getting a chance to go to the Dallas-Fort Worth area is very important for our four student-athletes from the area, our recruiting efforts, and for the former students and fans in the area,” added Blair.

The previously-announced SEC-Big 12 Challenge, in North Little Rock, Ark., has the Aggies face 2014 NCAA Tournament Participant Texas on Dec. 21. The Aggies go to Seattle on Dec. 29 to face off against Pac-12 foe and 2014 WNIT quarterfinalist Washington, before closing out the non-conference slate with North Texas on Dec. 31 in Reed Arena.

Five of the Aggies’ 14 non-conference opponents reached the NCAA Tournament in 2014, and six opponents had Top 100 RPIs in 2013-14.

Texas A&M went 27-9 in 2013-14 and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, before falling to eventual National Champion Connecticut. The Aggies return 83% of their scoring in 2014-15, and have been ranked fourth by both ESPN’s Charlie Crème and Sports Illustrated’s Richard Dietsch in the early 2014-15 rankings.

 2014-15 Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 14 – at DePaul (Chicago, Ill.)
Nov. 15 – vs. New Mexico (Chicago, Ill.)
Nov. 16 – vs. Texas-Pan American (Chicago, Ill.)
Nov. 19 – Rice (Reed Arena)
Nov. 24 – Prairie View A&M (Reed Arena)
Nov. 26 – McNeese State (Reed Arena)
Nov. 30 – Duke (Reed Arena)
Dec. 3 – Northwestern State (Elementary School Day – Reed Arena)
Dec. 7 – at TCU (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Dec. 9 – at SMU (Dallas, Texas)
Dec. 13 – Houston (Reed Arena)
Dec. 21 – vs. Texas (SEC/Big 12 Challenge – North Little Rock, Ark.)
Dec. 29 – at Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
Dec. 31 – North Texas (Reed Arena)

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McCarthy, Yankees top Texas for 6th Win in 7 games

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 Thursday for their sixth win in seven games.

Brett Gardner doubled, scored a run and drove in one as the Yankees kept up their push since the All-Star break.

Texas fell to 3-17 in July and dropped 22 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of the 1988 season.

McCarthy improved to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts since the Yankees got him in a deal with Arizona earlier this month. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA at the time of the trade.

McCarthy limited Texas to one run and four hits. He struck out five, and fanned Alex Rios to finish off an 11-pitch at-bat that ended the first inning.

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Former Aggie Star Knoblauch Charged with Assaulting Ex-Wife

HOUSTON (AP) _ Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch has been released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

Knoblauch played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals during a 12-year career.

He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins issued a statement Thursday saying that “in light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication” with Knoblauch, they have decided to cancel the Aug. 23 ceremony.

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Two Texas WRs Face Felony Charge

AUSTIN, Texas — Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.

Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were in custody at the university police station. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to “get their story straight,” and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

First-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, who will welcome his team to preseason training camp in two weeks, said he has suspended both players.

“We’ve been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall and Montrel since it was brought to our attention,” Strong said in a statement released by the school. “It’s been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I’m extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that.”

The sexual assault charges carry prison terms of two to 20 years. Telephone messages left with attorneys for both players were not immediately returned.

According to arrest affidavits filed by police, the accuser knew both men.

Police said they were called to her dorm at 3:43 a.m. and found the woman under an entryway service desk, crying, barefoot and disheveled. The woman told police she had gone to Austin’s Sixth Street entertainment district with friends and agreed to return to Meander’s dorm, where they began to have consensual sex.

Sanders then knocked on the door, and Meander let him in, according to police. The woman said Meander went into the bathroom and that Sanders forced her to have vaginal and anal sex.

Meander returned and joined the assault despite her telling both of them to stop, according to police. She told police that she also suspected that Sanders used his mobile phone to take a picture or video of her.

Detectives separately interviewed both players at the university police station. Police said the players agreed to let police look at pictures on their phones, and detectives said they found at least one photo of the victim.

“The university campus must be an environment free from all sexual assault and violence,” Texas president Bill Powers said in a statement released Thursday. “At the University of Texas at Austin, student safety is our top priority and we are involved with the national efforts to prevent a culture of sexual violence from taking root on campuses. We educate all of our students about preventing sexual assault and vigorously investigate all allegations so we can take the appropriate action.”

Sanders, a junior, has played in 23 career games and started seven last year. He has 39 career receptions for 376 yards and one touchdown. Sanders was suspended for the 2013 season opener after a drunken-driving arrest. Meander is a redshirt freshman who did not play last season.

Powers’ statement said the allegations have been and will continue to be thoroughly investigated and that the university has undertaken an internal student judicial review.

“I commend [UT police] Chief Carter for conducting a fair and thorough investigation and Coach Strong for making a decision that is in the best interest of his team and the university,” Powers said. “We encourage everyone to respect both the criminal and administrative review processes as they continue.”

ESPN.com’s Max Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bombers Split Double Header with Texas Marshals

Dallas, TX (July 23, 2014) – The Brazos Valley Bombers (31-11) split a double header with the Texas Marshals (16-27) on Wednesday, taking the first seven inning game 3-2 and conceding the second 6-8.

Second baseman Jimmy Norris was the first to cross the plate in the first game, scoring on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Dane Steinhagen in the second inning. Third baseman Hunter Hagler added his first home run of the season to his resume and brought in the Bombers’ second run of the night in the fourth inning. The third run was scored again by Hagler, this time on a single by Steinhagen in the sixth.

Heston Van Fleet took the win on the mound in the first game with five strikeouts in his six innings of work. Closer Cannon Chadwick took the save, holding the Marshals to their two runs.

“Heston did a good job competing tonight,” said head coach Curt Dixon. “The good thing about what Heston does is he commands the zone, doesn’t walk guys. He gives up a few hits with nobody on base he doesn’t get beat. It was really good for him, setting the tone, going six innings and starting a double header.”

In the second game, first baseman G.R. Hinsley knocked a home run out of the park in his first at bat. Hinsley’s run was followed up by two more in the second inning. Catcher Robie Rojas scored on a double by Steinhagen, shortly followed by another double by center fielder Matt Hilston that brought Steinhagen back home.  

The Marshals were able to send five runs across the plate in the middle of the game to take the lead. The Bombers rallied in the final two innings, but were unable to overcome the Marshals.

“We did a good job to fight there at the end, with all the things that went wrong for us and the momentum that we didn’t take advantage of, and still be a base hit away from tying the game there at the end,” Dixon said. “It says a lot about the fight of our team and how talented our team is to play that bad and still be in it until the last pitch.”

Third baseman Logan Nottebrok scored in the sixth inning after a hit by shortstop Kolbey Carpenter. Rojas hit a double in the sixth to send designated hitter Grady Caldwell home. Left fielder Ford Moore scored the final run in the seventh inning behind a single by Caldwell.

Bombers pitcher Zach Girrens took the loss for the night with two innings under his belt and two strikeouts. Nick Johnson and Brandon Kirkham stepped out of the bullpen and recorded one strikeout each.

The Bombers return home to Cellucor Field on Thursday to face the Acadiana Cane Cutters at 7:05 p.m. for the first game in a two game series.

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Astros Place Springer on DL, Recall Krauss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Houston Astros have placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps and recalled utility man Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Astros made the moves before Wednesday night’s game at Oakland. The team had originally said Springer’s issue was with his right leg before making correcting their announcement.

Springer’s stint on the DL is retroactive to Sunday because he hasn’t played since Saturday at the Chicago White Sox. He is batting .231 with 20 home runs and 51 RBIs through 78 games in his rookie season.

Krauss hit .173 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 39 games with the Astros earlier this year. He has hit .289 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 42 games for Oklahoma City.

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Tigers Acquire Closer Joakim Soria From Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) _ The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

The trade was completed Wednesday night during Texas’ rain-shortened loss to the New York Yankees. Soria says he was informed of the deal during the delay at Yankee Stadium.

Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.

Soria moves from the last-place Rangers to the AL Central-leading Tigers and gets reunited with the closer he replaced in Texas this season. Joe Nathan, a Rangers reliever from 2012-13, has a 5.89 ERA and 20 saves in 25 tries this year for Detroit.

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Cespedes Hits 2 HRs, A’s Hold Off Astros 9-7

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high
with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the
Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night.

The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the
second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock for his 15th and
16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid _ matching his career
high _ since his last long ball June 19 against Boston.

Cespedes was replaced in left field with the A’s leading 8-1 in the seventh.
But the Astros almost pulled off an improbable comeback, scoring five runs in
the eighth before the back of Oakland’s bullpen shut them down

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Yankees top Rangers 2-1 in Rain-shortened Game

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brett Gardner hit a tie-breaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances.

David Phelps pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games on a 10-game home stand following the All-Star break.

New York has taken two of the first three in a four-game series that ends Thursday afternoon.

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Mavericks’ Felton Pleads Guilty in NYC Gun Case

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He took a plea deal that involves admitting a felony but spares him jail.

Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon under an agreement prosecutors outlined last month. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

Felton was arrested in February. Authorities said his estranged wife’s lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was his.

Felton was charged under a state law that bans many large-capacity ammunition magazines. Prosecutors said Felton’s could hold about 20 rounds.

Felton was then with the New York Knicks. He was traded to Dallas last month.

The NBA has said it’s monitoring the case.

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