A look at the sports news making headlines today, Friday, July 11.
Kershaw tosses another beauty…Braves and Nats tied at the top
Clayton Kershaw has made his case to be the National League starter in Tuesday’s All-Star game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw, who already has a no-hitter this season, tossed a three-hitter Thursday night, striking out 11 in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over San Diego. Kershaw has won eight straight decisions and enters his All-Star break with an 11-2 mark.
The only downer for Kershaw was he saw his scoreless innings end at 41 when Chase Headley homered in the sixth inning. That’s the third-longest scoreless streak in Dodger history after Orel Hersheiser and Don Drysdale.
Kershaw’s streak was the longest in the majors since Brandon Webb went 42 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.
In other major league action:
Cards lose Molina…Yanks’ Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament
Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The injury will force him to miss between eight and 12 weeks. Molina was injured Wednesday when he planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into third base.
Elsewhere around the majors:
Chicago bigs OK Cubs’ renovation plan
Changes could be in the works for Wrigley Field, the century-old iconic home of the Cubs on Chicago’s North Side. A city commission unanimously approved the Cubs’ massive $500 million renovation project that includes a Jumbotron and six other electronic signs, although owners of rooftop venues across the street have vowed a court challenge if their sight lines to the games are blocked.
Timeout in legal wrangling
A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal — but there is hope for more time.
Donald Sterling has vowed never to sell the team and he’s trying to block his wife’s single-handed deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Attorneys for Shelly Sterling have accused his side of stalling tactics.
Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing until July 21 because two of Sterling’s lawyers had plans for a vacation and a wedding anniversary. He set closing arguments for July 28.
That’s well past the expiration of Ballmer’s offer next Tuesday. Ballmer’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, said outside the court that there’s a provision to extend the deadline another month as long as progress is being made in court.
Irving lands new deal with Cavs
As they work on trying to entice LeBron James back to Cleveland, the Cavaliers have wrapped up the services of All-Star guard Kyrie Irving for another five years. The deal is worth $90 million. Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds a game in 71 games last season. The former No. 1 overall pick was also voted MVP of the NBA’s All-Star game.
In other NBA signings:
Wie falters in opening round
Recently crowned Women’s U.S. Open champ Michelle Wie (wee) didn’t have the kind of first round she was hoping for in the Women’s British Open. Wie completed play at 3-over-75, seven strokes off the pace set by Japanese leader Ayako Uehara.
American Mo Martin is alone is second place at 3-under while Stacy Lewis is 1-under and Inbee Park even.
McIlroy grabs lead
Rory McIlroy rolled in six birdies in seven holes around the turn and shot a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Scottish Open. Phil Mickelson missed a 3-foot par putt at the final hole for his only bogey in a 68, a solid start to the defense of his title. The tournament is a tune-up event for next week’s British Open.
Germany’s Greipel wins stage
Andre Greipel of Germany has won the 120-mile, mostly flat sixth stage of the Tour de France as the pack entered Champagne country. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali has retained the yellow jersey.
FIFA denies appeal
FIFA, the governing body of soccer, has rejected Luis Suarez’s appeal against his four-month ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match. The Uruguayan can appeal the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Suarez was banned from all soccer matches and fined more than $100,000 for biting the shoulder of an Italian player. This is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent.
Net profit of $25 million on record revenue for Pack
The Green Bay Packers had another year of record revenues, yet income fell after making some high-priced player moves. The NFL’s only publicly owned team said revenue rose 5 percent from 2013 to $324 million, but total expenses increased nearly 18 percent to $298 million, leaving a net income of around $26 million.
The Packers are required to release detailed financial data as a publicly owned team. They are the only NFL team to do so.
Demolition plans in the works
They say it’s more a concept than a plan but the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have developed a $66 million plan to demolish the historic Astrodome and replace it with a green space and “Astrodome Hall of Fame.”
The Texans and the rodeo propose to have the project completed in time for the 2017 Super Bowl at neighboring NRG Stadium, the NFL team’s home venue.
But Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, told The Associated Press there is no timetable because the plan is not being placed before the Harris County commissioners for a decision on the county-owned stadium.