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Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they've rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.

"Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCARDINALS ! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal," Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.

Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns' Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.

Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they'd be getting. He's made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He's considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.

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Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015


Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.

The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

It will be the 86-year-old Scully's 66th season announcing for the team.

"It is very difficult to say goodbye," Scully said in a statement. "God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched, and this is not the time."

Scully has been the team's play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers' Steve Nash


NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.

"I think this is my last season. But I still love to play," Nash told reporters. "I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year."

The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He's a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

Still, he's had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He's missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he's battled various injuries.

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Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- In a wild game that neither team will likely forget for a while, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 16 innings.

Emilio Bonafacio's home run in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game 4-4, and there wouldn't be another run scored for 12 innings after shortstop Starlin Castro hit a sac-fly to score catcher Jon Baker.

Speaking of Baker, the Cubs ran out of pitchers, so the team turned to the veteran catcher to pitch for the very first time in his seven-year career. He became the first Cubs position player to pitch since 2012.

"It's really cool to get a chance to do this," Baker said. "I was having trouble not smiling on the mound. You never get opportunities to do things like this."

Baker pitched one inning of relief, walked one batter, and wound up getting the win in his pitching debut.

Clocking in at 6 hours and 27 minutes, it was the longest game in the history of both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies in terms of total time.

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Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning


Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Oakland Athletics have proved once again why they very well may be the best team in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Oakland scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally back and defeat the Houston Astros, 7-4.

Trailing 4-1 in the ninth inning, the Athletics were able to get the best of closer Chad Qualls.

Alberto Callaspo started the rally as he single home both Derek Norris and Josh Reddick. Yoenis Cespedes proceeded to tie the game with an RBI single.

With the game tied at 4, Brandon Moss was the hero as he singled home Jed Lowrie, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.

"It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat," Moss said. "I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard."

Josh Donaldson gave the team some insurance runs as he later doubled home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss.

The Athletics are now 66-40, and have the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/29/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Seattle Mariners 5 (55-51) - Cleveland Indians 2 (52-54)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (53-53) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (46-61)

Chicago White Sox 11 (52-55) - Detroit Tigers 4 (57-46)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (47-60) - New York Mets 0 (51-56)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (58-50) - Boston Red Sox 2 (48-59)

Miami Marlins 3 (53-53) - Washington Nationals 0 (57-47)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (53-54) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (59-49)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (59-46) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (63-42) - 12 Innings

Oakland Athletics 7 (66-40) - Houston Astros 4 (43-64)

Minnesota Twins 2 (48-57) - Kansas City Royals 1 (53-52)

New York Yankees 12 (55-51) - Texas Rangers 11 (42-65)

Chicago Cubs 4 (44-61) - Colorado Rockies 3 (43-63) - 16 innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (60-47) - Atlanta Braves 4 (58-49)

San Diego Padres 3 (47-59) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-49)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (57-49) - San Francisco Giants 1 (57-50)

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Lakers Introduce Byron Scott


Chris Chambers/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former showtime era player and new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday.

Scott won three titles with the team from 1983 to '93 and played again during Kobe Bryant's rookie season.

"This has been a dream of mine for so long," Scott said. "It's a dream come true to be here sitting here talking to you guys today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The passion and the love that I have for this organization is second to none. The only thing that I regret is that Dr. [Jerry] Buss isn't here today because he's somebody who showed a lot of love, a lot of confidence in me back in the day."

Scott even had the approval from Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes, who were in attendance during the press conference.

"We came here today to support our brother and our former teammate and champion Byron Scott and also we're here to support the Laker organization," Johnson said. "This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Lakers fans all over the world. We're just excited for what Byron will bring to the table and get back to playing Laker basketball. ... We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you, but we're here supporting you and will support you throughout. Again, congrats to the Laker organization. You chose the right guy."

Scott received a four-year deal from the team and had been rumored to be named the next head coach for a couple weeks.

"I just want to thank him for his patience the last six or seven weeks," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I think it was clear, at least it was clear to us, that Byron was always our first choice."

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Michele Roberts Named New NBPA Chief


Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) --  Washington D.C. attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new head of the National Basketball Players Association, making her the first woman to lead a major North American sports union.

After many hours of debating Monday, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to Billy Hunter, who was removed from the position. She needed only 26 votes for election. 

Roberts said she would assemble a management team to run the union, perhaps even changing the union bylaws, before diving into negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The players can opt out of the current CBA after the 2016-17 season, and Roberts wants to do everything in her power to prevent another lockout from happening.

"They've got their union back, and I'm going to make sure that they are empowered to take their union exactly where they want their union to go," Roberts said. "It's going to be a team that's going to empower them to be able to do their business as they decide."

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul said the entire players' union was impressed with Roberts' ideas for the future.

"One particular member from our search committee...asked her a very tough question in the interviews and [vice president] Roger [Mason Jr.] almost fell out of his seat after she finished giving her answer," Paul said. "Even though she's a female, she's very relatable to a lot of our players. I think that's what really hit home for not only myself but some of these other guys as well."

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ESPN: Blake Griffin Has Small Back Fracture


Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) --  Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup due to a small fracture in his back, according to ESPN.

Griffin, 25, was advised by doctors not to compete and to allow his back to completely heal before the start of the NBA season.  He has spent the summer working out in Los Angeles with Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which he reportedly suffered during the postseason.

Team USA started training camp Monday in Las Vegas with an extremely thin frontcourt, as fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge also withdrew this summer.

In a statement, USA Basketball said Love was unable to participate "because of his current status," an obvious reference to the trade talks that have been centered around the Minnesota Timberwolves forward.

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NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing sports.

One thing about the fund is that it covers men and women who played multiple contact sports, including football, soccer, and hockey. 

College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

"I wouldn't say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks," Chicago attorney Joseph Siprut said Tuesday. "It's changed college sports forever."

He also said that stricter rules should help ensure the viability of football by calming the fears of parents who are currently inclined to not let their kids play.

"Changes were necessary to preserve the talent well of kids that feeds the game of football," he said. "Absent these kinds of changes, the sport will die."

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