Cespedes wins again, beating Frazier in HR derby
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati's Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night.
Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999.
With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers. That was four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington's Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round.
Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot blast to the third deck above left field that officially measured as the longest of the night.
Hernandez vs Wainwright in All-Star game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
Hernandez is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA. He is the second Seattle pitcher to start an All-Star game following Randy Johnson in 1995 and 1997.
NL manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals chose the ace of his own staff. Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA and three complete games in 19 starts. It will be the 11th All-Star start by a Cardinals pitcher.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, a 14-time All-Star who is playing his final season, will lead off for the AL.
Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen leads off for the NL.
Haslam-owned truck-stop chain to pay $92M fine
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say the truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay $92 million in fines for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, ten of whom have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme.
The agreement was signed by attorneys for the nation's largest diesel retailer Friday. The agreement does not protect any individual at Pilot from prosecution and requires the company to cooperate with an ongoing investigation of current and former employees.
Jimmy Haslam has said he was unaware of the scheme. Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam is not involved in Pilot's day-to-day operations.
Dawg Pound: Browns getting dog mascot 'Swagger'
CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel's newest teammate with the Browns has four legs and can roll over on command.
A dog named "Swagger" will lead them onto the field next season, Cleveland team vice president of marketing Kevin Griffin revealed in a radio interview. Griffin says the dog is a bull mastiff, described by The American Kennel Club as a dog "that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors."
The dog mascot is an attempt to re-connect with Cleveland's Dawg Pound of the past. The notoriously rowdy bleacher section in old Municipal Stadium gave Cleveland one of the best home-field advantages.
The Browns will be the fourth team in the league with an animal mascot, joining Seattle (hawk), Denver (Arabian horse) and Baltimore (two ravens).
Pacers face new challenges in Central Division
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana has a new theme this season. Win the Central Division title and they'll probably have the inside track to the NBA Finals.
It won't be as easy for the two-time defending division champs the third time around.
The additions of LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins have turned the often overlooked Central Division into the central focus in the East. If Derrick Rose is healthy after missing most of the last two seasons with knee injuries, the Central could have the conference's three best teams.
Pacers players Paul George and Chris Copeland say they're ready up to the challenge.
But they also know that Indiana must keep improving to keep up with their rivals.
More than 26 million watch World Cup final in US
NEW YORK (AP) - With an estimated 26.5 million viewers, Sunday's World Cup final stands as the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history.
The Nielsen company said Monday that 17.3 million people watched Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on ABC. An additional 9.2 million tuned in to the game on the Spanish-language Univision network.
That tops the 24.7 million who watched the U.S.-Portugal match earlier in the tournament, and the same number of people who saw the 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain.
Between well-played games and a time zone compatible with U.S. viewing, both networks were up significantly throughout the tournament from four years ago.
Emmert paid $1.7 million as NCAA revenues increase
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert received $1.707 million in compensation in 2012-13, a year in which the governing body turned a $32 million profit.
The figures come from the NCAA's latest tax returns, which were released Monday.
Jim Isch, the NCAA's chief operating officer, and top legal counsel Donald Remy also topped the $500,000 mark. Isch received $1.013 million in total compensation. Remy, who is listed as an executive vice president, was third at $619,663.
During that fiscal year, the NCAA generated $874 million in revenue - a 4 percentage-point increase over 2011-12 - and had $842 million in expenses, a 6.4 percentage-point increase over the previous fiscal year.
The tax documents also show a record $546 million was distributed to member schools in 2012-13.
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