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Sports Report: NFL's Frank Gifford Dies At 84

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford has died. He was 84. In a statement released by NBC News, his family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes yesterday morning. A star on both offense and defense in an era when NFL players were starting to specialize, Gifford went on to a successful second career as a broadcaster on "Monday Night Football."

The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Nickell Robey to a contract extension. The third-year defensive back was entering the final season of his contract. Robey signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Cal in April 2013 and has not missed a game for Buffalo. In 32 games and eight starts, Robey has four sacks and an interception.

In preseason football, in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio Minnesota topped Pittsburgh 14-3.


In baseball, in the American League, Toronto swept the Yankees after blanking New York 2-0 in game three yesterday. The Jays are the first team to post back-to-back shutouts of the Yankees since the Angels in May 1999 who are now 1 ½ games back from the AL East-leading Yankees. Boston topped Detroit 7-2, Cleveland won against Minnesota 8-1, Kansas City edged the White Sox 5-4, the Angels slid past Balitmore 5-4 in 11 innings, Seattle doubled up Texas 4-2, and it was Oakland over Houston 5-4.

In the National League, Philadelphia beat San Diego 5-3, Pittsburgh bested the Dodgers 13-6, Miami trumped Atlanta 4-1, Arizona edged Cincinnati 4-3 in 10 innings, the Cubs blanked San Francisco 2-0, Milwaukee slid past St. Louis 5-4, and it was Colorado over Washington 6-4.

Tonight the Mets face Colorado in New York.

Police swept through Wrigley Field with dogs after a telephone threat prompted police to evacuate the ballpark for about an hour late Sunday afternoon.

Security told the media to leave the press box right following the Cubs' 2-0 victory over the Giants. A Chicago Police spokesman said the department received a telephone threat that prompted officers to investigate. Neither police, nor ballpark security, would provide further details about the nature of the threat. Authorities also redirected traffic away from a street that runs behind Wrigley.


Joey Logano won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International yesterday. Kyle Busch finished second. Kevin Harvick coasted home third, Matt Kenseth was fourth, and Kurt Busch fifth. Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Sam Hornish Jr. and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10. Kevn Harvick ran out of gas on the last lap after holding ground against Logano.


Jeff Maggert shot a final round 6-under-64 to win the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic. He finished 16-under-par, four shots in front of Colin Montgomerie and five better than Scott Dunlap and Mark O'Meara. Maggert's round featured seven birdies and a bogey.

Shane Lowry carded four birdies and no bogies in a 66 that allowed him to win the PGA's Bridgestone Invitational at 11-under par, two strokes ahead of Bubba Watson. Lowry locked up victory with a shot that sailed through trees from left of the 18th fairway and descended over a bunker before settling just over 10 feet from the hole for one final birdie. Watson had a final round 4-under-66 as well to finish alone in second at minus-9. Jim Furyk and Justin Rose shared the 54-hole lead before closing with 72s to finish in a tie for third at 7-under.

J.J. Henry won the Barracuda Championship for the second time in four years by beating Kyle Reifers with a 15-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the second playoff hole. Reifers had three back-nine eagles in a 22-point round to match Henry at 47 points at Montreux Golf and Country Club in the PGA Tour's only modified Stableford event.


He's gotten a buzz cut for cancer research and now Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to take the ice bucket challenge to help find an ALS cure. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will be joining former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates and his family to take the challenge on the steps of the State House this afternoon.

Horse Racing:

At Saratoga Race Course, Honor Code won the Whitney for jockey Javier Castellano and trainer Claude McGaughey III. Horse Cavorting won the Longines Test for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.


In the WNBA, Chicago beat Phoenix 74-64, Washington topped Connecticut 84-73, Atlanta defeated Tulsa 98-90, and it was Minnesota over Los Angeles 72-64.