NEW YORK (AP) — The American League will have home field advantage in the World Series following the AL’s 3-0 shutout that ends the National League’s three-game winning streak in the All-Star Game. In his final All-Star appearance, retiring 43-year-old New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was named All-Star MVP after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning, one of 10 AL pitchers who combined on the three-hit shutout.
NEW YORK (AP)— Baseball’s All-Star Game was played under a cloud of possible pending suspensions for performance enhancing drugs. Michael Weiner (WEE’-nur), head of the baseball players union, said he expects Major League Baseball will complete its investigation within a month, but says he doesn’t expect any suspensions to be served until the 2014 season.
NEW YORK (AP)— One early casualty of the All-Star game was New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH’), who was hit with a Matt Harvey pitch and left in the first inning. Cano said after the game he didn’t think it was a serious injury and he thought he would be able to play when the baseball season resumes Friday.
MIAMI (AP) — Two NBA teams are helping their salary cap situation by cutting a highly paid veteran, who still gets paid under the NBA’s new “amnesty” clause. The NBA champion Miami Heat are designating Mike Miller as their amnesty player, a move that may save more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years, and Milwaukee is doing the same with forward Drew Gooden.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group. The Americans play El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore, while Costa Rica meets Honduras.