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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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