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Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- In a wild game that neither team will likely forget for a while, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 16 innings.

Emilio Bonafacio's home run in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game 4-4, and there wouldn't be another run scored for 12 innings after shortstop Starlin Castro hit a sac-fly to score catcher Jon Baker.

Speaking of Baker, the Cubs ran out of pitchers, so the team turned to the veteran catcher to pitch for the very first time in his seven-year career. He became the first Cubs position player to pitch since 2012.

"It's really cool to get a chance to do this," Baker said. "I was having trouble not smiling on the mound. You never get opportunities to do things like this."

Baker pitched one inning of relief, walked one batter, and wound up getting the win in his pitching debut.

Clocking in at 6 hours and 27 minutes, it was the longest game in the history of both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies in terms of total time.

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Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Oakland Athletics have proved once again why they very well may be the best team in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Oakland scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally back and defeat the Houston Astros, 7-4.

Trailing 4-1 in the ninth inning, the Athletics were able to get the best of closer Chad Qualls.

Alberto Callaspo started the rally as he single home both Derek Norris and Josh Reddick. Yoenis Cespedes proceeded to tie the game with an RBI single.

With the game tied at 4, Brandon Moss was the hero as he singled home Jed Lowrie, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.

"It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat," Moss said. "I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard."

Josh Donaldson gave the team some insurance runs as he later doubled home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss.

The Athletics are now 66-40, and have the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Seattle Mariners 5 (55-51) - Cleveland Indians 2 (52-54)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (53-53) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (46-61)

Chicago White Sox 11 (52-55) - Detroit Tigers 4 (57-46)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (47-60) - New York Mets 0 (51-56)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (58-50) - Boston Red Sox 2 (48-59)

Miami Marlins 3 (53-53) - Washington Nationals 0 (57-47)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (53-54) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (59-49)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (59-46) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (63-42) - 12 Innings

Oakland Athletics 7 (66-40) - Houston Astros 4 (43-64)

Minnesota Twins 2 (48-57) - Kansas City Royals 1 (53-52)

New York Yankees 12 (55-51) - Texas Rangers 11 (42-65)

Chicago Cubs 4 (44-61) - Colorado Rockies 3 (43-63) - 16 innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (60-47) - Atlanta Braves 4 (58-49)

San Diego Padres 3 (47-59) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-49)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (57-49) - San Francisco Giants 1 (57-50)

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Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former showtime era player and new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday.

Scott won three titles with the team from 1983 to '93 and played again during Kobe Bryant's rookie season.

"This has been a dream of mine for so long," Scott said. "It's a dream come true to be here sitting here talking to you guys today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The passion and the love that I have for this organization is second to none. The only thing that I regret is that Dr. [Jerry] Buss isn't here today because he's somebody who showed a lot of love, a lot of confidence in me back in the day."

Scott even had the approval from Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes, who were in attendance during the press conference.

"We came here today to support our brother and our former teammate and champion Byron Scott and also we're here to support the Laker organization," Johnson said. "This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Lakers fans all over the world. We're just excited for what Byron will bring to the table and get back to playing Laker basketball. ... We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you, but we're here supporting you and will support you throughout. Again, congrats to the Laker organization. You chose the right guy."

Scott received a four-year deal from the team and had been rumored to be named the next head coach for a couple weeks.

"I just want to thank him for his patience the last six or seven weeks," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I think it was clear, at least it was clear to us, that Byron was always our first choice."

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Michele Roberts Named New NBPA Chief

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) --  Washington D.C. attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new head of the National Basketball Players Association, making her the first woman to lead a major North American sports union.

After many hours of debating Monday, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to Billy Hunter, who was removed from the position. She needed only 26 votes for election. 

Roberts said she would assemble a management team to run the union, perhaps even changing the union bylaws, before diving into negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The players can opt out of the current CBA after the 2016-17 season, and Roberts wants to do everything in her power to prevent another lockout from happening.

"They've got their union back, and I'm going to make sure that they are empowered to take their union exactly where they want their union to go," Roberts said. "It's going to be a team that's going to empower them to be able to do their business as they decide."

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul said the entire players' union was impressed with Roberts' ideas for the future.

"One particular member from our search committee...asked her a very tough question in the interviews and [vice president] Roger [Mason Jr.] almost fell out of his seat after she finished giving her answer," Paul said. "Even though she's a female, she's very relatable to a lot of our players. I think that's what really hit home for not only myself but some of these other guys as well."

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ESPN: Blake Griffin Has Small Back Fracture

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) --  Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup due to a small fracture in his back, according to ESPN.

Griffin, 25, was advised by doctors not to compete and to allow his back to completely heal before the start of the NBA season.  He has spent the summer working out in Los Angeles with Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which he reportedly suffered during the postseason.

Team USA started training camp Monday in Las Vegas with an extremely thin frontcourt, as fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge also withdrew this summer.

In a statement, USA Basketball said Love was unable to participate "because of his current status," an obvious reference to the trade talks that have been centered around the Minnesota Timberwolves forward.

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NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing sports.

One thing about the fund is that it covers men and women who played multiple contact sports, including football, soccer, and hockey. 

College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

"I wouldn't say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks," Chicago attorney Joseph Siprut said Tuesday. "It's changed college sports forever."

He also said that stricter rules should help ensure the viability of football by calming the fears of parents who are currently inclined to not let their kids play.

"Changes were necessary to preserve the talent well of kids that feeds the game of football," he said. "Absent these kinds of changes, the sport will die."

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Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks

NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) --  The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

"I think it's the right thing for us to do," Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. "It's the right thing for the team. It's the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs."

"We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn't changed in the least," he added.

This year marks the last year of Suh's five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season.  The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.

The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

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Patriots Snag RB Tyler Gaffney

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just days after being waived by the Carolina Panthers after suffering a season-ending knee injury, running back Tyler Gaffney was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Gaffney injured his knee during practice Friday and will need to undergo surgery.

Gaffney was selected in the sixth round of this year's draft by the Panthers.

During his senior season at Stanford, the 6-foot-1, 221 pound Gaffney rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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Maple Leafs Sign Winnik to 1-Year Deal

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs signed center Daniel Winnik to a one-year, $1.3 million contract on Monday.

The 29-year-old Winnik spent the last two seasons in Anaheim playing in 124 games, scoring 12 goals and dishing out 37 assists.

The 6-foot-2, 207 pound Winnik was a ninth round pick by the Coyotes in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played for four teams recording 49 goals, and 101 assists while playing in 490 games.

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