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Latest Sports News 6-29-12

>>Cardinals Host Bucs

The St. Louis Cardinals open up a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates this evening at Busch Stadium.  Adam Wainwright gets the nod opposite Kevin Correia in the opener.  The Cards had a five-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss at Miami on Wednesday to fall to 40-and-36 on the season.

>>White Sox Rally To Top Yankees
(Bronx, NY)  --  Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the White Sox a 4-3 comeback win over the Yankees.  Alejandro De Aza went 4-for-5 with a solo homer for Chicago in the opener of the four-game set.  Hector Santiago was credited with his second win.  Addison Reed nailed down his 11th save.  Jose Quintana gets the nod opposite Adam Warren in tonight's second installment.
>>Cubs Host Houston
(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Cubs open up a three-game series against the Houston Astros this afternoon at Wrigley Field.  Paul Maholm [[ muh-HALL-um ]] will toe the rubber against Bud Norris in the opener.  The Northsiders took two-of-three from the New York Mets in their last series, but suffered a 17-1 loss in Wednesday's finale to fall to 26-and-49 on the season.

>>Leonard Drafted By Blazers
(Newark, NJ)  --  The much-anticipated 2012 NBA Draft took place last night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Illinois center Meyers Leonard was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 11th pick in last night's draft.

>>NFL Adjusting Start Times Of Doubleheader Games
(New York, NY)  --  The NFL is adjusting the start times for its Sunday doubleheader games.   Rather than 4:15 p.m. Eastern, the second wave of doubleheader Sunday games on CBS and FOX will now start at 4:25 p.m. Eastern.  The 4:05 p.m. Eastern kickoff for games not on the doubleheader network will remain unchanged. Over the last three seasons, the NFL concluded that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched from the end of a 1 p.m. Eastern game to a mandatory doubleheader kickoff.  With a start time of just ten minutes later, that number would have been reduced to only 15 games.  The adjustment will impact about 40 games this season.

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