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Sports Report: Yankees Sign Kaprielian; Justin Houston Becomes Highest-Paid LB In NFL

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In major league baseball, the regular season resumes tomorrow and teams have already begun to make moves. The New York Yankees have signed former UCLA right-hander James Kaprielian, the 16th overall pick in the June draft. The Yankees announced the signing yesterday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The 6-foot-4  Kaprielian was 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA and had 114 strikeouts in 106 2-3 innings for the Bruins as a junior.

Baseball's All-Star Game drew a record-low television rating. The AL's 6-3 win over the NL in Cincinnati on Tuesday night earned a 6.6 rating and 12 share on Fox. The previous low was a 6.8 in 2012.

Fox reports that the broadcast averaged 10.9 million viewers, down from the 11.3 million for last year's game, Derek Jeter's final All-Star appearance.

Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program, while shares measure the percentage of TVs in use at the time


The Kansas City Chiefs have made Justin Houston the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history, giving him a six-year, $101 million package in which more than half the money is guaranteed. Houston has made three consecutive Pro Bowls and was the key to Kansas City's front-seven dominance last year. He broke Derrick Thomas's franchise record with 22 sacks in 2014, a half-sack off Michael Strahan's NFL single-season record.

A pair of wide receivers managed to hammer out new contracts before Wednesday's deadline for players under the franchise designation. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Cowboys deep threat Dez Bryant has received a five-year, $70 million contract which includes $45 million in guaranteed money. Denver Broncos' star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has signed a five-year, $70 million contract.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not get a new long-term contract deal from the New York Giants ahead of a deadline for players who have franchise tags. The lack of a deal by yesterday's deadline is not surprising considering Pierre-Paul's status has been uncertain since he was hurt in a fireworks accident July 4th.

The New York Giants have added depth at the safety position, signing veteran Jeromy Miles. The Giants announced the move yesterday, giving returning defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo a player he coached the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

The agent for Patriots kicker Stephen Gostowski is working on a last-minute deal that would replace his $4.56 million franchise tag. Gostkowski hit 94.6 percent of his field-goal attempts last year, nailing a league-high 35 of 37.


The New York Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dylan McIlrath. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing yesterday. McIlrath had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games with the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack last season.

The Dallas Stars have landed another member of the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team, inking defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year, $7.5 million contract after acquiring Patrick Sharp in a trade last week. Center Ryan Kesler has agreed to a six-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. And Justin Schultz and the Edmonton Oilers have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million pact.


The Boston Celtics have waived guard Phil Pressey. He averaged 3.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 12.0 minutes last season, with a season-high of 11 points against Miami on March 25th. He also played in 75 games for the Celtics in 2013-14 after he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent.


British Open organizers are biding their time before deciding whether Turnberry should be removed from the championship rotation following comments by course owner Donald Trump about Mexicans. The Republican candidate for president is facing a backlash after saying some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists. Trump recently purchased Turnberry, a links resort on the west coast of Scotland that has hosted the British Open four times.

CONCACAF – Gold Cup:

Two goals in stoppage time led to a 4-4 draw between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night in their final group match at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tied 3-3 through regulation, Mexico pulled ahead on an own goal by Trinidad and Tobago defender Cordell Cato in the first minute of extra play. With less than a minute left, Trinidad and Tobago's Yohance Marshall headed in a corner kick to tie the match. Trinidad and Tobago (2-0-1, 7 points) took Group C's top seed into the quarterfinals, and will face Panama on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Mexico (1-0-2, 5 points) will play Costa Rica in the second quarterfinal game Sunday.


Swiss authorities say one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a U.S. corruption probe has been extradited to the United States. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice says the unnamed official, whom it didn't identify, was extradited on Wednesday. It said in a statement Thursday that he was handed over to three U.S. police officers who accompanied him on the flight to New York. The official agreed last week to be extradited, unlike six others who are contesting the extradition.


In the WNBA, New York beat San Antonio 84-68, Chicago bested Washington 85-57, Seattle topped Los Angeles 68-61, and it was Indiana over Tulsa 83-80.

Tour de France:

The winner of the 11th stage of the Tour de France was Poland's Rafal Majka. The 25-year old won a stage that included several mountain climbs.

Britain's Chris Froome continues to wear the leader's yellow jersey, 2:52 ahead of Tejay Van Garderen of the United States.


Caitlyn Jenner has accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.

The 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and current reality TV star received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world's biggest stars after her 10-minute speech.

The 65-year-old told the audience, "This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine." And she said, "Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect."

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