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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are going into the soccer business.

The Yankees are partnering with Manchester City to own Major League Soccer’s 20th team, which will be called New York City Football Club and plans to start play in the 2015 season.

Manchester City, owned by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, will be the majority owner of the team.

While MLS has been negotiating with New York to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the home of the New York Mets, NYC FC will start play at an interim home and will consider other sites for a stadium.

The new team is intended to spark a rivalry with the New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison, N.J.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw scattered three singles in his second complete game of the year and Matt Kemp hit his first home run since April 24, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Ryan Braun managed a pair of singles and Yuniesky Betancourt also singled for the only hits off Kershaw (5-2). The lefty struck out five and walked one.

Andre Ethier homered and tripled for the last-place Dodgers before being ejected by plate umpire Dan Bellino for arguing a called third strike in the eighth inning.

The victory was a respite for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. He addressed speculation before the game on whether he would be fired this week, insisting he didn’t feel as if he was about to be replaced.

Yovani Gallardo (3-4) gave up three runs, including two homers, in six innings. The right-hander lost his third consecutive start and the reeling Brewers have dropped 15 of 18 games.

With the Dodgers’ bullpen giving up 12 runs while Los Angeles was swept in a three-game weekend series at Atlanta, Mattingly took no chances. He sent Kershaw out for the ninth, and the ace needed only 10 pitches to retire the Brewers in order.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said before the game he thought Kemp’s lack of power this season was due to the slugger’s offseason surgery on his left shoulder.

The star center fielder hit his second homer of the season, connecting for the first time in a span of 87 at-bats. Kemp’s solo homer came in the sixth.

Colletti said his team, second-to-last in the majors in scoring at 3.4 runs per game, needed to hit better in the clutch. The Dodgers went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position against the Brewers.

Kershaw beat the Brewers for the second time in five starts. He has given up only three earned runs in 39 2-3 innings for an 0.68 ERA in that span.

Kemp, who hit 116 homers the past four seasons, walked to lead off the second and scored easily on Ethier’s triple for a 1-0 lead.

The Brewers tied it in the third. Rickie Weeks walked and later scored on a groundout to second by Norichika Aoki.

Ethier’s solo homer, his fourth, put the Dodgers ahead in the fourth.

NOTES: Dodgers LHP Ted Lilly was reinstated off the 15-day DL. RHP Matt Magill was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. Lilly will spend a couple of days in the bullpen and is expected to start Saturday against St. Louis. … Dodgers INF Jerry Hairston has tendinitis in his left knee.

The massive tornado that ripped through a handful of Oklahoma City suburbs and killed at least 50 people grabbed the attention of the sports world on Monday, especially the players and coaches with ties to the area.

Kevin Durant, a three-time scoring champion for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, posted on his Twitter account that he was praying for everyone involved. He added: “Everybody stay safe!”

Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner went to Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, just south of Oklahoma City. The school had its roof torn off and walls knocked down. Some of those killed died at the school.

“I mean, it’s terrifying,” the right-hander said.

Hefner still has family living in Moore. He said he had been in contact with his mother, who told him his cousins and uncles were OK.

“It’s just unfathomable,” he said. “I used to live there.”

Dodgers star Matt Kemp posted on Twitter: “`m giving $1000 for tonight’s HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. (hash)PrayforOklahoma”

Coverage of the tornado damage was on the clubhouse TV as the Red Sox prepared for their game at the Chicago White Sox.

“It’s a tragedy when you see a natural disaster like that take place, so many innocent people that are certainly affected, if not directly by injury or possibly loss of life,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Having been though something similar back in 1997 that had probably very similar damage, it’s a scary situation. Our thoughts are with all the people affected.”

Farrell played for Oklahoma State in college, and then served as the assistant coach and pitching and recruiting coordinator for the Cowboys for five seasons from 1997-2001.

“The location today is very close to where it was back in `97,” Farrell said. “Just that area just south of Oklahoma City seems to be right in the path of unfortunately a lot of storm fronts and certainly the tornadoes again today.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura also played his college ball at Oklahoma State, where was a three-time All-America. The Santa Maria, Calif., native said he didn’t know anything about tornadoes until there were a couple that passed through the area while he was in school.

“It’s scary,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do about it.”

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who played at Oklahoma State and grew up in the Oklahoma City area, was relieved that no one in his wife’s family was injured.

“Devastating damage to Moore, Oklahoma due to Tornadoes,” Weeden wrote on his Twitter account. “Please keep these people in your prayers. Thankfully (at)MelanieWeeden family is safe.”

Kansas coach basketball coach Bill Self also went to Oklahoma State.

“We wish nothing but the very best for (those affected by the storm) and our thoughts are with them,” he said.

Golf’s governing bodies approved a rule Tuesday that outlaws the putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, a move opposed by two major golf organizations that contend long putters are not hurting the game.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association said Rule 14-1b will take effect in 2016.

“We recognize this has been a divisive issue, but after thorough consideration, we remain convinced that this is the right decision for golf,” R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said.

The new rule does not ban the long putters, only the way they commonly are used. Golfers no longer will be able to anchor the club against their bodies to create the effect of a hinge. Masters champion Adam Scott used a long putter he pressed against his chest. British Open champion Ernie Els and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson used a belly putter, as did Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship.

“We strongly believe that this rule is for the betterment of the game,” USGA President Glen Nager said. “Rule 14-1b protects one of the important challenges in the game – the free swing of the entire club.”

The announcement followed six months of contentious debate, and it might not be over.

The next step is for the PGA Tour to follow the new rule or decide to establish its own condition of competition that would allow players to anchor the long putters. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in February the USGA and R&A would be “making a mistake” to adopt the rule, though he also has stressed the importance of golf playing under one set of rules.

“I think it’s really important that the PGA Tour – and all the professional tours – continue to follow one set of rules,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We have gotten very positive feedback from the tours around the world saying that they like one set of rules, they like the R&A and USGA governing those. So if there was some type of schism, we don’t think that would be good for golf.

“And we are doing what we think is right for the long-term benefit of the game for all golfers, and we just can’t write them for one group of elite players.”

The tour said in a statement it would consult with its Player Advisory Council and policy board to determine “whether various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions, and if so, examine the process for implementation.”

PGA of America President Ted Bishop, who had some of the sharpest comments over the last few months, also said his group would discuss the new rule – and confer with the PGA Tour – before deciding how to proceed.

“We are disappointed with this outcome,” Bishop said. “As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game.”

Some forms of anchoring have been around at least 40 years, and old photographs suggest it has been used even longer. It wasn’t until after Bradley became the first major champion to use a belly putter that the USGA and R&A said it would take a new look at the putting style.

“It can never be too late to do the right thing,” Nager said.

Those in favor of anchored putting argued that none of the top 20 players in the PGA Tour’s most reliable putting statistic used a long putter, and if it was such an advantage, why wasn’t everyone using it?

“Intentionally securing one end of the club against the body, and creating a point of physical attachment around which the club is swung, is a substantial departure from that traditional free swing,” Nager said. “Anchoring creates potential advantages, such as making the stroke simpler and more repeatable, restricting the movement and rotation of the hands, arms and clubface, creating a fixed pivot point, and creating extra support and stability that may diminish the effects of nerves and pressure.”

The governing bodies announced the proposed rule on Nov. 28, even though they had no data to show an advantage. What concerned them more was a spike in usage on the PGA Tour, more junior golfers using the long putters and comments from instructors that it was a better way to putt. There was concern the conventional putter would become obsolete over time.

The purpose of the new rule was simply to define what a putting stroke should be.

“The playing rules are not based on statistical studies,” Nager said. “They are based on judgments that define the game and its intended challenge. One of those challenges is to control the entire club, and anchoring alters that challenge.”

The topic was so sensitive that the USGA and R&A allowed for a 90-day comment period, an unprecedented move for the groups that set the rules of golf. The USGA said about 2,200 people offered feedback through its website, while the R&A said it had about 450 people from 17 countries go through its website.

Among those who spoke in favor of the ban were Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker.

“I’ve always felt that in golf you should have to swing the club, control your nerves and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13,” Woods said Monday.

Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson have used the long putter as long as they have been on the PGA Tour. Scott switched to the broom-handle putter only in 2011, and he began contending in majors for the first time – tied for third in 2011 Masters, runner-up at the 2012 British Open, his first major victory in the Masters last month.

“It was inevitable that big tournaments would be won with this equipment because these are the best players in the world, and they practice thousands of hours,” Scott said after winning the Masters. “They are going to get good with whatever they are using.”

It was Clark’s dignified speech to a players-only meeting – with Davis from the USGA in the room – that helped sway the tour’s opinion to oppose the ban.

Davis and Dawson said their research indicated the opposition to the new rule was mainly in America. The European Tour and other tours around the world all backed the ban.

Players can still use the putter, but it would have to be held away from the body to allow free swing. Mark Newell, head of the USGA’s rules committee, said the rule would be enforced like so many others in golf – players would have to call the penalty on themselves.

BY DOUG FERGUSON 
AP GOLF WRITER

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Virtually all the sports fans in the state of Missouri remember 2011 when the St. Louis Cardinals had the famous “rally squirrel” in their run to the World Series championship.  Now, the Fair Grove Eagle high school baseball team has a “rally turtle” that players say has helped change their fortunes.

After a 7-10 start, the team went to Miller, Missouri to play in a tournament and before the game, team member Talon Bates found a turtle near the baseball field fence.  Bates brought the turtle into the team’s dug-out, the Eagles played one of their best games of the season, and the turtle was kept as a good luck charm.  He was given the name “Herman”,  and since he has joined the Eagles they have won eight straight games without a loss and captured a district championship. The team really does believe he’s made a difference and have gone to great lengths to accommodate their new friend.

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ar. – The Springfield Cardinals tossed their fourth shutout win of the season, 7-0, against the Arkansas Travelers before 6,762 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park on Saturday night.

The Cardinals (22-18) jumped in front in the top of the first inning against RHP Lay Batista (L, 2-4). Springfield loaded the bases to start the game with singles from LF Mike O’Neill and 3B Ruben Gotay around a walk from CF James Ramsey. DH Chris Swauger then ripped an RBI single up the middle, lifting Springfield to the early 1-0 lead.

The one run advantage proved to be enough run support for the trio of LHP Tim Cooney (W, 2-0), LHP Nick Greenwood and RHP Ramon Delgado, who combined to blank the Travelers (23-18). Cooney tossed the first six innings, striking out seven and scattering only five hits. Greenwood then dealt 1.2 scoreless innings, before Delgado closed it with 1.1 frames.

Springfield added to its lead in the top of the third frame. With one down, Gotay and Swauger smacked consecutive singles. 1B Xavier Scruggs then struck for the first of his five RBIs on the day, placing a single to center field to score Gotay for the 2-0 lead.

The Cardinals stretched the advantage in the top of the fifth. O’Neill led off the inning with a double, before Ramsey worked another walk. A Gotay single loaded the bases, before Batista got Swauger to line out for the frame’s first out. However, Batista then hit Scruggs with a pitch, forcing home O’Neill from third. RHP Elvin Ramirez took over on the mound and dealt a quick strikeout, but RF Adam Melker worked an RBI free pass, plating Ramsey for the 4-0.

Scruggs put the finishing touches on the onslaught in the top of the ninth. With two down, Gotay extended the inning with a walk, before Swauger singled to right field to put two men on. Scruggs then launched a three-run home run to left field, accounting for the eventual final score of 7-0 in the Cardinals win.

Liberty boys track place 4th place at Missouri Class 2 state competition.  This is the highest finish that any track team has ever placed and the highest of any Liberty team since the 2nd place finish of the boys basketball team of 1987-88.  The following athletes were honored as All-State this past weekend in Jefferson City.

 

Place    Event                      Name                                                                         

2nd     110 High Hurdles     Jaelon Acklin

2nd      4×800 Relay            Denton Postlewait, Trenton Bush, Carlos Hernandez,   Daylan Quinn

4th       Shot Put                 Adam Niehaus

7th       400m Dash           Denton Postlewait

7th       1600m Run          Daylan Quinn

7th       300m Hurdles       Austin Smotherman

8th       800m Run            Denton Postlewait

 

Top Four Class 2 Team Standings

Lamar    79

Cleveland NJROTC  40

Charleston   34

Liberty (MV-BT)   28

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Desmond Buerge, a freshman on the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team, will continue his collegiate playing career at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.
            Buerge, a 6-foot, 5-inch forward, from Carthage, Mo., signed a national letter of intent with the Aggies this week and will rejoin former Grizzly Volunteer Assistant Coach Drew Richards, who was recently hired by the university as an assistant coach.  The Aggies are an NCAA Division II program that competes in the Lone Star Conference.
            “We knew Desmond was an NCAA academic qualifier out of high school and could leave us after a year, so his decision is not a surprise,” said Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker.  “We are happy that he found a spot that is the right fit for him to continue his playing career.  He did a great job for us as a freshman, and he will be missed.”
            “I am thankful to Missouri State-West Plains and the Grizzlies for the opportunity they provided me,” Buerge said.  “I feel like I am prepared for the next level, on and off the floor.”
            This past season, Buerge averaged 8.2 points, two rebounds and one assist per game.  He shot 40.2 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from 3-point range.  He also scored in double figures 14 times for the Grizzlies last season.
            “Desmond really grew into the college game on both ends of the floor,” Walker said.  “There were times when he was our leading scorer, and there were times when we needed him to use his length to guard some talented scorers.  He’s in good hands with Coach Richards and should continue to grow and improve.”
            For more information about the Grizzly Basketball program, visit the team’s website athttp://www.wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb.htm or call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.