A look at the sports news making headlines today, Tuesday, July 22.
Desmond’s Mile High night…Move over, Yaz…Ryu wins 11th
Washington shortstop Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 to lead the Nationals past Colorado 7-2. Desmond had four singles and his 17th home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Danny Espinosa had a double and triple and also drove in two runs. That helped Doug Fister win his ninth game.
The victory moved the Nationals into first place in the NL East.
In other baseball finals:
Detroit opened an interleague series in Arizona by edging the D-Backs 4-3. Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered. Justin Verlander moved past Hal Newhouser into third place on Detroit’s career strikeout list with 1,772.
Yanks’ Teixeira hurting…Uggla gets minor league deal from Giants
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the team’s leading run producer. Teixeira has been hampered by a left lower lat injury that was causing spasms in his back for about a month, and the pain escalated over the weekend.
In other baseball news, the San Francisco Giants have signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract. Uggla was released last Friday by the Braves after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job.
Manzeil tops jersey sales…Dareus to enter drug rehab program
Despite being No. 2 on the depth chart, Johnny Manziel is No. 1 with the fans.
The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp with Cleveland this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league says that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com.
Following Manziel are three established starters, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and Denver’s Peyton Manning.
In other NFL news:
Clubs continue to rework rosters
The NBA champion Spurs have worked out a deal to bring back Matt Bonner. He played sparingly last season for San Antonio but contributed with outside shooting. He has been with the Spurs for eight seasons and ranks third in franchise history in 3-pointers made and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage.
In other NBA signings:
James starts 5-day China trip
LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ star was greeted by pianist Lang Lang in Beijing in front of hundreds of basketball fans.
The two exchanged gifts. Lang Lang received a pair of basketball shoes. James got an album of Lang Lang’s music and a CD with the FIFA Brazil World Cup music. James’ five-day trip is sponsored by Nike.
Future of team remains uncertain
The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties says the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Darren Schield, who oversees the finances of The Sterling Family Trust, testified that three banks are ready to recall their loans to Sterling because of his decision to dissolve the trust. His move was designed to rescind an agreement for the sale of the Clippers, a team he bought for $12 million.
Schield said if Sterling has to dump $500 million worth of apartment buildings he could destabilize the Los Angeles real estate market.
A probate trial to resolve the matter has been underway since last month but was in recess for a week.
A week to go
The world’s best cyclists took yesterday off. The 15th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday was won by Alexander Kristoff of Norway. In the overall standings the leader remains Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali.
The race to Paris continues today with the 16th stage and ends this Sunday when the competitors race down the Champs-Elysees.