Henry, Keane among 20 selected as MLS All-Stars
NEW YORK (AP) — The MLS All-Star team will have an international flavor when it faces AS Roma.
Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry of France and Irish striker Robbie Keane of the Galaxy are among 20 players on the roster for the league's All-Star game on July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Italy's Marco Di Vaio, who plays for the Montreal Impact, also was selected Monday for the match against the Italian club.
Several players with U.S. national team experience also made the roster, including Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Brad Davis (Houston), Omar Gonzalez (Galaxy) and Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
Also on the list: defenders Corey Ashe (Houston), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurelien Collin (Sporting KC) and DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle); midfielders Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal), Tim Cahill (New York), Brad Davis (Houston), Will Johnson (Portland) and Mike Magee (Chicago); and forwards Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).
The goalkeepers will be Raul Fernández (FC Dallas) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Harvey, Scherzer to start All-Star game
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Matt Harvey will start Tuesday night's All-Star game on his home mound at New York's Citi Field, and the Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer will open for the American League.
Harvey will be the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star game since Houston's Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall.
NL manager Bruce Bochy's starting lineup announced Monday has Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips leading off, followed by St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran, Reds first baseman Joey Votto, Mets third baseman David Wright, Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado designated hitter Michael Cuddyer and Washington center fielder Bryce Harper.
AL manager Jim Leyland has the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout in left field and leading off, followed by New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera, Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista, Boston designated hitter David Ortiz, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy.
ALL-STARS-HOME RUN DERBY
Cespedes steals show from All-Stars, wins HR Derby
NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes has won baseball's Home Run Derby, becoming the first player left out of the All-Star game to take home the crown.
The Oakland Athletics slugger beat Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round Monday night at reconfigured Citi Field, hitting the decisive drive with five swings to spare.
In only his second major league season, the outfielder from Cuba dropped his bat and raised his arm when he sent his 32nd homer of the night some 455 feet to deep center field, where it caromed off the back wall of the black batter's eye. He was swarmed by the American League All-Stars near the third base line.
The final addition to the field, Cespedes was the fourth player not selected for the All-Star game to compete in the event.
Manziel pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his arrest last year for fighting outside a bar near campus.
The Heisman Trophy winner made a brief appearance in court Monday and admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation in June 2012. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.
Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson says Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served following his arrest.
His court appearance comes after Manziel departed a day early from the prestigious Manning football camp held in Louisiana. Manziel said an illness caused him to miss practice sessions.