MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.
Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned the 22-year-old MVP honors.
On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the AL kept up nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 Tuesday for its 13th win in 17 years.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer to help give the AL champion home-field advantage for the World Series.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Pete Rose may have a role to play in next year’s All-Star game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball.
The career hits leader was allowed to participate in baseball’s All-Century team ceremony at Atlanta’s Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and was permitted to be on the field at Great American Ballpark in 2010 for a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of his record-setting 4,192nd hit.
The former Reds star also was on the field in Cincinnati last September for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture honoring Hall of Fame teammate Joe Morgan.
The Reds host the 2015 All-Star game on July 14, and Commissioner Bud Selig left open the possibility Rose could play a part.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The burden of being gay became too great for Billy Bean to bear during his playing career, so he quit rather than seek support for his secret.
Nearly two decades later, part of Bean’s new job will be to help keep someone else from making the same decision.
Major League Baseball has appointed Bean, who came out as gay after leaving the game, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater respect, awareness and equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Saints confirmed a multiyear contract with Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end.
Graham skipped all of the Saints’ voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts – and challenged the NFL’s franchise tag process through arbitration.
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance, contending Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag, worth about $5 million a year more than the $7 million tag for a tight end.
A hearing was held in June and earlier this month. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank sided with the NFL.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats.
Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin sentenced Hardy to 18 months’ probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended.
Hardy’s attorney Chris Fialko said he’ll appeal and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court. In North Carolina that means the terms of Hardy’s probation are on hold until the trial – so he’s free to travel with the team to training camp and compete in games.
A date for the jury trial hasn’t been set.
IRVING, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Kyle Orton after their backup quarterback missed all the offseason workouts amid reports he was considering retirement.
The 31-year-old Orton started the finale last year after Tony Romo injured his back a week earlier. The Cowboys lost to Philadelphia, their third straight season-ending defeat against an NFC East rival with a playoff berth on the line.
The new backup is likely to be Brandon Weeden, Cleveland’s first-round draft pick in 2012. The Cowboys signed Weeden in March, and he worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo continued his recovery from back surgery.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it’s that there are no guarantees.
So when Silver was asked if he could say Sterling would not own the Los Angeles Clippers by the time next season comes around, he said he could not.
Sterling, who was banned by the NBA for life for making racist remarks, is challenging his wife Shelly’s planned sale of the Clippers for $2 billion to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in court. A judge recently delayed the next hearing until July 21, and closing arguments are scheduled for July 28.
MIAMI (AP) – Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he’s ever known some flexibility in the coming years.
Wade signed a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation. Financial terms were not announced, though it’s expected Wade’s salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Mike Miller had choices. None of them was better than playing with LeBron James again.
Miller has agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract with the Cavaliers, re-uniting the sharpshooting forward with James, his former teammate in Miami. Miller’s contract includes a player option in the second year, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Miller will make $2.7 million next season, and the option is worth $2.8 million, the person said.
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bulls said goodbye to forward Carlos Boozer, using the amnesty clause to cut the veteran forward after four seasons with the team.
Boozer came to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal with Utah in July 2010. The two-time All-Star averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls.
He had one season left on a five-year deal worth roughly $75 million. The 6-foot-9 power forward is still owed the money.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Houston Rockets acquired Trevor Ariza as part of a three-team trade that was announced by the Washington Wizards, bringing the 6-foot-8 forward back to where he averaged a career-high 14.9 points during the 2009-10 season.
Ariza will join Houston in a sign-and-trade in a deal also involving New Orleans and the Wizards.
The Rockets will send center Omer Asik, forward Omri Casspi and cash considerations to New Orleans, while Houston will also get forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and a 2015 first-round draft pick from the Pelicans.
Washington will receive center Melvin Ely and a trade exception as part of the deal.