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Alabama RB Drake, a Hillgrove High grad, arrested

Alabama junior running back Kenyan Drake was arrested early Saturday, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Drake, who played at Hillgrove High, was charged with one misdemeanor count of “obstructing governmental operations.”

According to the arrest report, Tuscaloosa police were investigating a downtown shooting early Saturday morning and secured the crime scene with police tape.

The report said, “While investigators were working on the crime scene Kenyan Adam Drake told officers his vehicle was parked inside the crime scene and he wanted to get his vehicle. Officers told him he would not be able to get his vehicle until the scene was released by (police).

“Drake became upset and went through the crime scene tape and entered the crime scene after being told not to by officers. Officers immediately took the suspect into custody and charged him with Obstructing Governmental Operations. … He was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $1,000.00 …

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Discuss the U.S.-Belgium World Cup match

The U.S. will face Belgium at 4 p.m. today in the Sweet 16 of the World Cup.

A win will see the U.S. to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 and the second time in team history in the tournament’s modern format.
It may be the last World Cup game for several U.S. stars, including forward Clint Dempsey, fullback DaMarcus Beasley and goalie Tim Howard, who are in their 30s.

This will be a game of contrasts.

The U.S. has yet to play well for 90-plus minutes in its three World Cup games – a win over Ghana, tie to Portugal and loss to Germany — but is greater than the sum of its parts.

In contrast, Belgium is full of standouts in European leagues, but has yet to play up to its potential in this World Cup in wins over Algeria, Russia and South Korea.

The U.S. may get key player Jozy Altidore back from the torn hamstring he sustained in the opening minutes of the opening game against Ghana. It would be a surprise to see him on the field, considering what’s riding on …

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Former Tech tennis player earns spot in Wimbledon

Kevin King, a former All-American at Georgia Tech who has won three professional doubles titles this year, earned a spot in the Wimbledon main doubles draw, with partner Ryan Harrison.

Unseeded in the qualifier at the Bank of England Sports Ground, King, 23, and Harrison had to win twice to gain one of four qualifying spots in the men’s doubles draw. They defeated third-seeded Rameez Junaid of Austria and Phillipp Marx of Germany in three sets in the opening round, then defeated eighth-seeded Konstantin Kravchuck of Russia and Tim Puetz of Germany on Wednesday.

King, a two-time All-American with 90 doubles wins at Tech who is from Peachtree City, is ranked No. 129 in the world in doubles, and has won three doubles titles in ITF Futures and ATP Challengers events while playing with former Tech teammates Juan Spir and Dean O’Brien.

Competition at Wimbledon begins Monday.

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Hudson hit hard for first time with Giants

Tim Hudson’s first season in San Francisco has been so good that there was much media speculation in May about whether or not the former Braves pitcher would be a Hall of Famer some day.

But Hudson showed he’s human Wednesday with his first bad start of the season. He gave up seven runs in the Giants’ 7-6 loss to the White Sox in Chicago.

Not a good sign: White Sox runners circle the bases against former Brave Tim Hudson (left).

Not a good sign: White Sox runners circle the bases against former Brave Tim Hudson (left).

“It’s frustrating, no doubt about it,” Hudson said. “You score six runs on a day I pitch, we should win these games.”

Hudson allowed 12 hits, two of them home runs, in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

The 38-year-old Hudson, who played nine seasons for the Braves, is 7-3 with a 2.39 ERA and has helped the Giants hold first place in the NL West.

As for the Hall of Fame analysis, the Columbus, Ga., native is now 212-114 in his career.

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Stafford, Ryan, Johnson among locals in Forbes top 50

Floyd Mayweather is America’s highest-paid athlete, and LeBron James is getting an estimated $38 million this year from corporate America just to hawk products.

That’s the word from Fortune magazine and Sports Illustrated, which released their list of the 50 athletes who are making the most money. The list cites salaries from each players most recent season, which endorsement estimates are from “agents and a stable of experts and marketing executives.”

Mayweather’s salary is listed at $105 million, with no endorsement money. James’ $38 million tops the endorsement figures, with Phil Mickelson ($33 million) and Tiger Woods ($31 million) not far behind. Kobe Bryant was fourth in endorsements at $20 millon.

Behind Mayweather in salary was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at $40 million. Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford’s $31.5 million salary with the Detroit Lions ranked second.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal heads the list of …

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NBA stars read #MeanTweets

Continuing the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” theme for today – see previous post – we bring you the latest installment of #MeanTweets for NBA stars.

For the NBA Finals, Kimmel gathered a variety of NBA players to show them how fans really feel about them on Twitter.

(You’ll want to hear Dikembe Mutombo’s at the end. Classic.)

He did the same last year.

The players’ reaction is pretty much always the same … speechless.

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Stanley Cup turned into giant margarita cup

What can be done to the Stanley Cup.

The Los Angeles Kings are the holders of the NHL trophy after defeating the New York Rangers.

As has become tradition, players take the cup on a tour of defiance and do all kinds of gnarly things.

Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel, along with the Kings’ Justin Williams and Alec Martinez, tested the boundaries of what they could do with Lord Stanley’s mug.

After running through a number of opportunities – including painting it black in honor of the king – they decided to turn it into a delicious cocktail receptacle.

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Airline – it wasn’t Delta – loses Rory McIlroy’s clubs

It’s been a tough few weeks for Rory McIlroy.

Last month he broke up with fiance Caroline Wozniacki (by the way, it’s not too late to wager on who he will date next); he finished tied for 23rd in this weekend’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C.; and now United Airlines has lost his golf clubs.

McIlroy, plans to play in this weekend’s Irish Open, which starts Thursday at Fota Island Resort in Cork.

It’s kind of a homecoming, you know, since he is from Northern Ireland.

Well, he arrived fine, but his clubs are MIA.

Perhaps he shoulda flown Atlanta’s hometown airline Delta? But the good news is United has located McIlroy’s clubs and will deliver them tomorrow – which means he will only miss today’s practice round.

He does have an offer to borrow a pair:

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is dead at 54

Tony Gwynn was one of the most prolific hitters in baseball for nearly two decades. (AP)

Tony Gwynn was one of the most prolific hitters in baseball for nearly two decades. (AP)

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died early Monday, following a long battle with cancer. He was 54,

Left handed Gwynn had 3,141 hits during a career that spanned 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres. He compiled a career .338 batting average – 18th best of all-time – in 2,440 games. The 15-time All-Star won eight batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards. He was a key member of the 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres National League Championship teams.

Photos: Gwynn’s 20-year career in baseball | Sign the condolences guestbook

Commissioner Bob Selig called Gwynn one of the best hitters “our game has ever known.”

“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,” Selig said. “On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony’s wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. …

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Famous names called in baseball draft

Some players just have baseball in their blood.

The sons of Cal Ripken Jr., Mariano Rivera, Lenny Dykstra, Paul Byrd, Charlie Leibrandt and Bobby Bonilla were among the 1,215 players picked in the 2014 major league baseball draft.

The New York Yankees selected Mariano Rivera III, the son of the former record-breaking closer, in the 29th round. The 20-year-old Rivera, a right-handed starting pitcher as a sophomore at Iona College, went 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 70 innings for the Gaels.

The Washington Nationals picked Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., in the 15th round. Ripken is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound first baseman. He batted .321 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 42 games this season after transferring from South Carolina.

The Braves picked Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra, in the 7th round, and J.J. Franco, the son of former All-Star pitcher John Franco, in the 38th round. The Braves also selected Grayson …

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