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Bucks Sign Jabari Parker

Kelly Kline/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — The Milwaukee Bucks signed their second overall pick Jabari Parker on Wednesday.

Parker played one season at Duke University under Mike Krzyzewski where he was First Team All-America, First Team All-ACC member, ACC Rookie of the Year and USBWA National Freshman of the Year.

Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.  He set Duke records in points, rebounds, and double-doubles for a freshman.

The Bucks fired head coach Larry Drew last week and traded for former Nets coach Jason Kidd.

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Hornets Reach Deal with Gordon Hayward

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) — The Charlotte Hornets are doing their best to pry free agent Gordon Hayward away from the Utah Jazz.

Charlotte and Hayward have agree to a four-year offer sheet at the projected maximum of $63 million.

The Jazz will have three days to match the offer by the Hornets once the sheet is signed.

Utah had a chance to reach a deal with Hayward during the season, but both sides failed to find a number and years that worked.

Hayward is seeking a four-year deal worth $13 million annually, but the Jazz are sitting tight at $12 million, reports ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein.

He also visited with the Cavaliers last week.

Hayward averaged 16.2 points per game and 5.1 rebounds last season for Utah.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Semifinals: Argentina 0 (4) – Netherlands 0 (2)

MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (50-37) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (51-42)

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (39-54) – Miami Marlins 3 (44-47) 10 innings

Los Angeles Angels 8 (53-37) – Toronto Blue Jays 7 (48-45)

Colorado Rockies 6 (39-53) – San Diego Padres 3 (40-51)

Washington Nationals 6 (49-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (49-41)

New York Mets 4 (42-49) – Atlanta Braves 1 (49-42)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-42) – Chicago Cubs 1 (38-52)

Boston Red Sox 5 (40-51) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-48)

Kansas City Royals 5 (47-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (42-52)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (40-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-40)

Houston Astros 8 (39-54) – Texas Rangers 4 (38-53)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (50-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (47-44)

New York Yankees 5 (46-44) – Cleveland Indians 4 (44-46) – 14 Innings

Minnesota Twins 8 (41-49) – Seattle Mariners 1 (49-42)

San Francisco Giants 5 (50-41) – Oakland Athletics 2 (57-34)

 

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Blackhawks Agree to 8-Year Contracts with Kane & Toews

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contracts with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the team announced on Wednesday. Each deal is worth $84 million, according to ESPN.

The contracts will take the pair through the 2022-23 season.

“It’s great to be able to continue my career in Chicago,” said Kane in a statement. “Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing. Since I was drafted by the Blackhawks, the people of Chicago have really embraced me and treated me with nothing but respect. I look forward to many more years of success with the Blackhawks.”

Kane has 178 goals and 315 assists in 515 regular-season career games, while Toews has 195 goals and 245 assists in 484 regular-season career games.

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Red Sox Designate C A.J. Pierzynski for Assignment

Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment on Wednesday and called up catcher Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his roster spot.

In 72 games this season, the 37-year-old Pierzynski is batting .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs. He signed a one-year, $8.25 million contract with the Red Sox last December.

In 66 games at Pawtucket this year, the 23-year-old Vazquez is hitting .279 with three homers and 20 RBIs. He also has thrown out 40 percent (19-of-49) of attempted base stealers.

Pierzynski is a two-time All-Star who won the World Series in 2005 as a member of the Chicago White Sox.

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Cavs Trade Jarrett Jack to Nets in Three-Team Deal

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Jarrett Jack to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in a three-team deal with the Boston Celtics, reports ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein.

The Nets will also receive Sergey Karasev in the deal.  The Celtics land Marcus Thorton from Brooklyn to go along with Cleveland’s Tyler Zeller and a future first-round pick from the Cavaliers.

The move helps Cleveland’s pursuit of free agent and Akron native LeBron James.

ESPN’s Tom Penn reports that the trade clears up $21.7 million in cap space for Cleveland.

James is meeting with Heat president Pat Riley in Las Vegas Wednesday.

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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby to Have Wrist Surgery

Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will undergo surgery to repair a wrist that never recovered after physical therapy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby is not expected to miss any regular season games, reports the Gazette.

Crosby was named the league’s Hart Trophy Award winner for the second time this past season. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which is the player’s choice for league MVP.

The 26-year-old Crosby played in 80 games this season and led the league in points (104) and assists (68) while leading the Penguins to the Metropolitan Division championship. He also scored 36 goals with 68 assists.

The Penguins were knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Rangers, which led to the firing of their coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero.

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Aldridge Waiting to Sign Next Year with Blazers

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Portland Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge won’t sign a contract extension this offseason, but will look for one in the 2014-15 season.  

“I’m happy to stay, happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or two,” Aldridge told The Oregonian on Tuesday. “This has no impact on my interest in staying in Portland. I just want to get a five-year deal. I feel like that’s the best decision on my part.”

Aldridge was offered a three-year extension worth $55 million, the Oregonian reports. He’s seeking a five-year deal worth $108 million next year with Portland.

“I don’t want it to be perceived that I’m not happy or I’m not staying on because I’m not signing a three-year deal,” Aldridge told the paper. “It’s just financially smarter to wait…and I’m looking forward to signing the five-year deal when the chance comes.”

Aldridge is hoping to surpass Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler as the greatest player to ever wear a Trail Blazers jersey.

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Brian Vickers Looking to Repeat at New Hampshire

Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Brian Vickers is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory of the season.  NASCAR will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend where Vickers won last year.

“I suppose they would be 1 in 43,” Vickers said of his chances on Tuesday.  “You know, I think we have a really good car.  Obviously I like Loudon.  Especially a track you win at you’ll always like.  We also had a great test up there last week.  But I know a lot of other teams tested there as well.”

“It’s not going to be easy, but I think we’re definitely capable of winning again,” Vickers continued.  “It would be a great place to have a repeat win and lock ourselves into the Chase.”

With the new NASCAR format, one win could be a way in to the Chase. Vickers finished second at a rain-shortened race on Sunday at Daytona.

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