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Scherzer comes close...Billups talks to Cavs...Merger on hold

June 21, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — Max Scherzer has come within five outs of the third no-hitter of his big league career. But he then gave up two unearned runs as the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1. After backup catcher A.J. Ellis reached on an infield single in the eighth inning for Miami’s first hit, an error by first baseman Adam Lind and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs. Scherzer threw a wild pitch that scored the tying run, and Giancarlo Stanton lined an RBI single — the Marlins’ only other hit.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been meeting for a second straight day with former NBA star Chauncey Billups about a front-office position. Gilbert could be close to offering a job to Billups, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The Cavaliers are looking for a general manager after Gilbert and David Griffin parted ways this week after three consecutive trips to the Finals. It’s believed that Billups would take on a different role, perhaps as director of basketball operations.

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily halted the planned merger between daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings. The judge approved a temporary restraining order that was agreed upon Tuesday by the two companies and the Federal Trade Commission. Without the order, the merger could have been completed yesterday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police in 2015. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city’s police watchdog agency. Surveillance video showed an officer charging at Blake before grabbing him by the arm and taking him to the ground in a case of mistaken identity. An internal case against the officer is pending.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players union have donated $1 million to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City to support its operations, expansion and educational opportunities. The Negro Leagues museum was founded in 1990 in a one-room office in Kansas City and has grown into an attraction that draws thousands of visitors every year. Many big league players make it a point to stop by when their teams are in town to play the Royals.

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