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4th of July Sports Update

The White Sox start a three-game home series tonight against the Seattle Mariners.  The Sox are coming off a three-game series loss to the Angels after avoiding the sweep with a 3-2 win on Wednesday.  Chris Sale toes the rubber in Game One against Roenis Elias of the Mariners. Pre-game on WCMY at 5:35 with the first pitch at 6:10.

The Cubs continue their 11-game road trip tonight in D.C. against the Washington Nationals.  Jason Hammel gets the nod for the Cubs against Tanner Roark [[ ro-ARK ]] of the Nats.  The Cubs are coming off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.

Jhonny Peralta belted a two-run homer in the first inning as the Cardinals cruised to a 7-2 win over the Giants in the rubber match of a three-game series at AT&T Park.  Pitcher Carlos Martinez had a two-run single, while Jon Jay plated a run and scored twice for the Redbirds, who have won two in-a-row after a three-game skid.  On the mound, Martinez struck out six over five innings of one-run ball as he improved to 2-and-3.  Lance Lynn takes the ball tonight against Miami.  
Former Bulls guard Rick Brunson is in trouble with the law.  He faces a sexual assault charge stemming from his June 25th arrest at a fitness center in Vernon Hills.  Police say he also faces charges of criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery.  Brunson played 54 games for the Bulls in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.

Carmelo Anthony's free agent tour came to a conclusion on Thursday in Los Angeles.  It finished off with "Melo" meeting with the Knicks, the team he's played for since being dealt to New York during the 2010-2011 season.  ESPN is reporting Phil Jackson is willing to give Anthony a max contract offer of five years and 129-million-dollars.  The All-Star forward also took visits with the Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the future Hall of Famer. A person with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press that Nowitzki would get a three-year contract worth roughly $30 million.
Eugenie Bouchard (boo-SHARD') has made Canadian tennis history. The 20-year old has become the first from her country, male or female, to make it to a grand slam final. Bouchard will play for the Wimbledon title after beating third-seed Simona Halep (HA'-lehp) 7-6, 6-2. She'll take on Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) for the women's crown. The 2011 champ beat fellow Czech Lucie Safarova (sa-fuh-ROH'-vuh) 7-6, 6-1.
A national organization representing college and university presidents is disputing a federal ruling that students who receive college athletic scholarships are essentially employees of their schools with collective-bargaining rights. The 1,800 members American Council on Education filed a 30-page friend-of-the court brief, taking issue with the ruling by a National Labor Relations Board regional director. It allows college athletes at Northwestern University to unionize. It was one of several briefs filed on both sides of the debate. The full labor board is weighing the case.
World Cup soccer resumes today in Brazil with a pair of quarterfinal matches.  France and Germany meet at noon Eastern in Rio de Janeiro.  Then, host Brazil takes on Colombia in Fortaleza [[ for-tuh-LAY-zuh ]]. 
Ottawa City Rec Softball Thursday night for the women on the south diamond: Muffy’s over Killelea Financial 19-nothing, Hardcore 13 Lost Creek Machine 5, Kubiak blanked JJ’s 7-nothing, BASH over Herman’s 13 to 2, and BASH edged Kubiak 5 to 4. For the men on the north diamond: Angels Pub over The Outage II 14 to 6, Zeller Inn Over McDonnell Farms 10 to 8, and BASH beat Terry’s Auto Haus 20 – 17.
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