>>Dodgers Shuffle Cards
(St. Louis, MO) -- Luis Cruz connected on a three-run homer to lift the Dodgers to a 5-3 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. Joe Kelly gave up two earned runs in six innings to suffer the loss for
St. Louis. Carlos Beltran hit a two-run jack and Lance Berkman added an RBI
single for the Cards, who had won their previous three contests. Adam
Wainwright gets the start tonight against Clayton Kershaw in the second test of
>>Samardzija, Cubs Shut Out Pirates
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MARD-juh ]] tossed eight innings of one-hit ball
to lead the Cubs in a 2-0 win over the Pirates. Samardzija struck out five and
allowed just one walk to improve to 7-and-8 on the season. Carlos Marmol closed
it out in the ninth to nail down his 12th save. Alfonso Soriano had a pair of
RBI doubles for Chicago, which snapped a three-game slide. Paul Maholm will
start tonight's middle contest of three against James McDonald.
>>White Sox Split Twins
(Chicago, IL) -- Paul Konerko went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer to power the White Sox to a 7-4 win over the Twins. Alejandro De Aza went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Adam Dunn and
Alex Rios each clubbed two-run homers for Chicago. Gavin Floyd surrendered
three runs, two earned, over six frames to pick up the win while Addison Reed
notched his 16th save. The Sox snapped a five-game slide. Jose Quintana will
toe the rubber against Cole De Vries in tonight's second installment.
>>Bulls Ink Hinrich
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Kirk Hinrich [[ HINE-rick ]]. Terms were not released, but the "Sun-Times" reported in early July that it is a two-year contract worth
approximately $6-million. Hinrich spent the first seven years of his career
with the Bulls. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 assists in 48 games, including
31 starts, last season for the Atlanta Hawks. The 31-year-old has averaged 12.5
points and 5.4 assists in his career with the Bulls, Wizards and Hawks.
>>NCAA Levies Penalties Against Penn State
(Indianapolis, IN) -- The NCAA came down hard on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky
child sex abuse scandal. A four-year postseason ban, five years probation and a
vacation of all wins dating to 1998 were among the significant penalties. Penn
State also must reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a
four-year period. The school was also hit with a $60-million fine.
>>Paterno No Longer Winningest Football Coach
(State College, PA) -- The late Joe Paterno is no longer the winningest football
coach in NCAA FBS history. The former Penn State coach had 111 victories
stripped from his record, dating back to 1998 due to NCAA sanctions over the
Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.