Update on the latest in sports:


Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 7:06 AM


Hometown hero Harvey named to oppose Scherzer...Cespedes wins Home Run Derby

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets' Matt Harvey will be the starting pitcher for the National League and Detroit's Max Scherzer for the American in tonight's All-Star Game.

Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and leads the league with 147 strikeouts. He becomes 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.

The annual midsummer classic will be played at the Mets' Citi Field.

The 24-year old Harvey will become the youngest starting pitcher at the All-Star game since Dwight Gooden in 1988 when he was 23.

Scherzer is 13-1 and suffered his first loss of the season Saturday against Texas. He has a 3.10 ERA and his 152 strikeouts are second in the majors to the Rangers' Yu Darvish.

NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes (YOH'-eh-nis SES'-puh-dez) of the Oakland Athletics won the Home Run Derby. He edged Washington's 20-year-old Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round of the eight-player competition.

The Cuban-born outfielder is the first player left out of the All-Star game to win the Home Run Derby.


MLB to announce new guards against discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to use the stage of the annual All-Star Game to formally announce Tuesday its new policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the agreement.

Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player. It also will provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

Baseball's move follows an agreement between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the NFL to strengthen that sport's policies. Some NFL prospects recently complained about questions they said were posed to them during the evaluation and hiring system called the NFL combine. The case prompted a look at harassment and discrimination policies in other sports.

It also comes after pro basketball player Jason Collins said in April that he's gay. The veteran center is a free agent.

Few professional athletes are openly gay, and gay rights groups have blamed the policies and atmosphere in sports for forcing gay athletes to hide their sexual orientations.


Selig: Game is cleaner than it's ever been

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) pronounced the sport "cleaner than it's ever been." Selig also defended baseball's drug-testing program, which began in 2003, saying the sport was not slow to react to the charges. He was speaking at a question-and-answer session.

Selig declined to detail baseball's plan for dealing with its on-going investigation of the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which is accused of distributing performing-enhancing drugs.

It has been reported that MLB might attempt to discipline former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun along with other players.


Surgery for Revere...A-Rod 2-for-4 in rehab

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will have surgery today on his broken right foot and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Revere broke his foot on a foul ball before hitting into a double play to end Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the White Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday.

Acquired from Minnesota last offseason, Revere has a slow start with the Phillies. But he raised his average to .305 from .200 on May 1 and had a 10-game hitting streak before getting hurt.

READING, Pa. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a 400-foot home run in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton. He played seven innings in the Thunder's game. He's due for another rehab game Tuesday and maybe Wednesday.


Johnny Football pleads guilty to misdemeanor

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season.

Manziel admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.


Peace comes to New York...Knicks' Smith out for 3-4 months

UNDATED (AP) — Four days after being waived by the L.A. Lakers, Metta World Peace says he'll be signing with the New York Knicks and he's excited to join Carmelo Anthony and Co. The 6-foot-7 forward will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.

World Peace has averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds during his 14-year NBA career.

In other NBA news:

— New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, the NBA's sixth man of the year, has had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy on his left knee that likely will keep him from joining the Knicks when they open training camp in late September. The team said Smith will need 12-16 weeks to recover.

— The Sacramento Kings have officially announced the signing of free agent Carl Landry to a four-year, $26 million deal. The 29-year-old power forward averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds off the bench with the Warriors before opting of the final year of his Golden State contract.

— The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent Elton Brand. The 34-year-old averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season in 72 games with the Dallas Mavericks

— The Memphis Grizzlies have come to terms on a four-year, $20 million contract with guard Tony Allen. He scored 10.3 points and had 6.1 rebounds with 2 steals in the playoffs as Memphis reached its first Western Conference final. Allen also received more points than any other player for this season's NBA All-Defensive First team.


Bills, Byrd fail to reach deal...Bad news for 2 Broncos execs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills failed to reach a long-term deal with free-agent safety Jairus Byrd, and it's unclear whether he'll sign his one-year franchise tag offer from the team.

Byrd was given the "franchise" label in March, and the two sides faced a Monday deadline to work out a long-term deal. He is the only remaining NFL player who has not signed his franchise tender and can only play under a one-year contract as a result of missing the deadline.

Byrd has played in 62 games since the Bills selected him in the 2009 second round, recording 18 interceptions and forcing 10 fumbles while defending 27 passes. The two-time Pro Bowler tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions in 2009 as a rookie.

In other NFL news:

— The Denver Broncos have suspended two executives who are facing drunken driving charges. Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely without pay, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month without pay. Executive vice president John Elway's top two advisers were arrested and jailed on suspicion of drunken driving in separates incidents within a month of each other.


Schedule set for third major

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — The start times and pairing for Thursday's first round of the British Open at Muirfield are set. Tiger Woods is getting a late start locally, at 2:45 p.m, which is 9:45 a.m. on the East Coast. Woods will play the first two rounds with former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell.

Rory McIlroy plays with Scottish Open winner Phil Mickelson, along with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.


Bailey heads to Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Josh Bailey on a five-year, $16.5 million deal. The contract will keep the 23-year-old left wing signed through the 2017-18 season. Bailey, the Islanders' No. 9 pick in the 2008 draft, had 11 goals and eight assists in 38 games and added three assists in six playoff games.


NASCAR to modernize info

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — NASCAR plans to automate its rule book and revamp its appeals process in a wide-ranging effort to bring more clarity to race teams and fans.

The governing body outlined several initiatives it expects to implement in its three major series before the start of the 2015 racing season. Those included converting its rule book from a word document to computer automated-design drawings so race shops can see exactly what is allowed and what isn't.

NASCAR also wants to upgrade what pit information is available to fans on race day.


Back on the bikes

UNDATED (AP) — After a day off at the Tour de France, Tuesday's 16th stage is a 104-mile, medium mountain stage event.

Britain's Chris Froome remains the overall leader by 4 minutes, 14 seconds.


Annual rankings of sports teams

NEW YORK (AP) — European soccer teams top the Forbes list of 50 most valuable sports teams. At the number one spot is Real Madrid (ray-AL' mah-DRIHD'), with Manchester United second and Barcelona third. Forbes says Real Madrid is worth $3.3 billion.

The New York Yankees are fourth with a value of $2.3 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are fifth at $2.1 billion.

Thirty of the 32 NFL teams made the list, along with seven baseball teams and seven soccer teams.