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Youkilis Takes a Slim Lead on Teixeira

Posted: June 30, 2009 5:37 PM ; Updated: June 30, 2009 7:29 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston's Kevin Youkilis has moved back in front of the Yankees' Mark Teixeira with two days left in AL balloting for starters for the All-Star game in St. Louis on July 14.

Youkilis had 1,915,303 votes in totals released Tuesday to Teixeira's 1,875,256. Last week, Teixeira was ahead by 35,632 ballots.

Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler's lead over Boston's Dustin Pedroia was cut to 6,830, down from 58,390 in totals released last week. Kinsler has 2,170,100 votes to Pedroia's 2,163,270.

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Manny Set for Return to Bigs

Posted: June 30, 2009 12:17 PM ; Updated: June 30, 2009 1:29 PM

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Ready or not, Manny Ramirez is headed back to the big leagues.

The suspended slugger played what is expected to be his final minor league rehab game Monday night for Class-A Inland Empire, going 1 for 3 with two strikeouts. He is eligible to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in San Diego after serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

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Yao's Injury Career-Threatening

Posted: June 29, 2009 7:56 PM ; Updated: June 29, 2009 8:01 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Rockets center Yao Ming's broken left foot could be a "career-threatening" injury.

Dr. Tom Clanton, the Houston Rockets' team physician, told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that Yao's injury "has the potential for him missing this next season and could be career-threatening."

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USA Can't Hold On Against Brazil

Posted: June 29, 2009 9:12 AM ; Updated: June 29, 2009 9:39 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Clint Dempsey sobbed as the Americans walked up to get their second-place medals, unable to hide the pain and the disappointment any longer.

The euphoria of knocking off Spain last week dissolved Sunday in the Confederations Cup final when Brazil unleashed its "Beautiful Game."

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NBA Draft Recap

Posted: June 26, 2009 2:06 AM ; Updated: June 26, 2009 11:13 AM

How did your team do? Grade each team's draft by clicking here!

And be sure to check out where you ranked in the NBA Mock Draft competition!

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Magic Make Trade for Vince Carter

Posted: June 25, 2009 5:24 PM ; Updated: June 26, 2009 12:07 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Vince Carter is going home to Orlando, and to the Eastern Conference champion Magic.

On a draft day when Cleveland made the biggest splash by trading for the Suns' Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando made a blockbuster move of its own in acquiring the Nets' Carter, an eight-time NBA All Star who grew up in Daytona Beach and lives in Orlando.

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Shaq Traded to Cavs

Posted: June 25, 2009 8:31 AM ; Updated: June 25, 2009 6:13 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron and Shaq: Two of the NBA's biggest stars are now teammates.

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