Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mid-summer night in Kansas City as baseball's All-Stars gather
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The last time baseball held its All-Star
Game in Kansas City, Willie Mays made his 24th and final
appearance. Some 39 years later, the game's youngest stars will be
on display tonight at Kauffman Stadium.
A record five rookies are on hand for tonight's classic,
including Washington's 19-year-old Bryce Harper, the youngest
position player ever named an All-Star. He's joined by Anaheim
outfielder Mike Trout, pitchers Wade Miley from Arizona, Oakland's
Ryan Cook, and Texas starter Yu Darvish, who was a five-time
All-Star in Japan before coming over.
None of the rookies will be in the starting lineups. Detroit's
Justin Verlander and Matt Cain of San Francisco are the starting
pitchers after each winning nine games in the first half. Cain was
a somewhat surprising pick by National League manager Tony LaRussa,
edging out Mets' knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is tied for the
league lead with a dozen wins.
The National League lineup starts with Carlos Gonzalez, followed
by Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun and Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) in the
cleanup spot. Carlos Beltran bats fifth, with San Francisco
teammates Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval behind him. Dan Uggla and
Rafael Furcal (fur-KAHL') round out the starters.
Yankees Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') top the
American League order, with Josh Hamilton and Jose Bautista behind
them. Prince Fielder bats fifth, coming off a win in last night's
Home Run Derby. Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray), David Ortiz, Mike
Napoli (NA'-poh-lee) and Curtis Granderson are the others.
LaRussa is just the fourth inactive manager to man an All-Star
game bench, after retiring following St. Louis' World Series win
over Texas. Rangers skipper Ron Washington is managing his second
straight All-Star game.

Berets are back for U.S. Olympians
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The U.S. Olympic team is bringing
back the berets that were such a big hit in Salt Lake City.
The team will wear navy blue berets with red and white stripes
during the Opening Ceremony in London.
The men's uniform will include navy blue blazers with the
Olympic team patch, red, white and blue neckties and white pants.
Women will pair the blazers with scarves and skirts.
The powder-blue berets worn in 2002 became the Salt Lake Games'
most sought-after item, selling out in stores across the city.

Bannister returns to Oxford track to carry Olympic torch
OXFORD, England (AP) -- Roger Bannister says he still feels at
home on the track where he became the first runner to break a
four-minute mile 58 years ago.
Bannister was back on the Oxford track today, carrying the
Olympic torch across the finish line.
The 83-year-old Bannister slowly walked 30 yards, holding the
torch in his left hand on a chilly, rainy day as hundreds cheered.

Tour de France rider arrested in doping investigation
MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Judicial officials say a Tour de France
rider has been arrested in connection with a doping investigation.
The officials say Remy DiGregorio was picked up at his team
hotel during the Tour's first rest day. Sources say two other
people were also arrested in connection with the probe, which began
last June.

Army to drop out of NASCAR sponsorship after season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Ryan Newman's 39 car won't have a U.S.
Army logo on it next year.
The Army is ending its longtime NASCAR sponsorship after this
season, citing a reallocated marketing budget. It has sponsored
Newman's car at Stewart-Haas Racing since the team was formed three
years ago.
The move comes as a pair of congressmen push an amendment that
would ban the military from sponsoring sports teams.

O'Meara to miss British Open
LYTHAM, England (AP) -- If Mark O'Meara's going to add another
British Open trophy to his collection, it'll have to wait at least
another year.
O'Meara has pulled out of next week's tournament at Royal Lytham
and St. Anne's because of an undisclosed injury.
O'Meara won the Open at Royal Birkdale in 1998.

USA Football staging health clinics at four NFL facilities
UNDATED (AP) -- USA Football is set to put on a "Protection
Tour" at NFL team facilities to help teach young players better
safety measures.
The tour will begin later this month at the Chicago Bears and
Indianapolis Colts training complexes, followed by visits to the
New York Giants facility and to San Francisco, where the 49ers will
host an event.
It's being held in conjunction with helmet maker Riddell,
Chartis Insurance and the NFL, with an emphasis on teaching kids
proper tackling form, helmet fitting and concussion awareness.

I'll Have Another sold to Japanese farm for $10 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- I'll Have Another is heading overseas.
The owner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness says he
sold the colt to a farm in Japan for $10 million.
J. Paul Reddam says in a blog that's a lot more than he was
offered in the U.S., noting "greed has something to do with it."
I'll Have Another was retired with a tendon injury the day
before the Belmont Stakes, where he could have become the first
Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

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