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Sports Report: American League Bests National League In All-Star Game

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MLB:

The American League maintained nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 in last night's All-Star game. Yankees Captain Derek Jeter started his 14th and final All Star appearance with a vintage opposite-field double, following a 63-second standing ovation from the Target Field crowd. Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named MVP after producing an RBI triple and the tiebreaking double, and the Tiger’s Miguel Cabrera added a two-run homer for the AL, which is 14-3-1 in the last 18 All-Star games.

Bud Selig maintains Major League Baseball had no idea Alex Rodriguez received a medical exemption from the sport's drug administrator to use a testosterone-boosting substance in 2007. According to the recently released book, "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era," Rodriguez received a therapeutic use exemption for the otherwise-banned substance clomid.

NBA:

All-Star guard Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, saying he has confidence in the organization and the team it is building. A person familiar with the situation says Wade signed a two-year package that includes a player option for the second season. Financial terms were not announced, though it's expected Wade's salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract.

Avery Bradley has signed a four-year contract that keeps the guard with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics provided no details of the contract, reportedly worth $32 million. The team took Bradley with the 19th pick of the 2010 draft.

NFL:

The New Orleans Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have resolved their differences. The club has confirmed that the two sides have agreed to a multiyear contract.

Graham skipped all of the Saints' voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts, and challenged the NFL's franchise tag process through arbitration. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance, contending Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag, worth about $5 million a year more than the $7 million tag for a tight end.

NHL:

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with center Casey Cizikas and defenseman Calvin de Haan. Cizikas got a two-year contract. He scored six goals and 10 assists last season, his second full year with the club. Haan received a three-year deal. He scored three goals and had 13 assists in 51 games as a rookie, and showed solid improvement throughout the season.

WNBA:

In the WNBA, Connecticut beat Seattle 86-63, Los Angeles defeated Indiana 86-78, and Phoenix bested Washington 90-78.

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