Tuesday's Sports in Brief
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval sent the National League to a big early lead. Matt Cain and the rest of an imposing pitching staff finished off a Giant blowout in the All-Star game.
The San Francisco sluggers keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that powered the NL to an 8-0 romp over the American League on Tuesday night.
Cabrera homered and won the MVP award in the ballpark where he played last season, and Cain got the win in the NL's most-lopsided All-Star victory, its third straight.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Major League Baseball could start in-season testing for human growth hormone next year.
Players were given a blood test for HGH during spring training as part of the labor contract that was agreed to in November, which allows blood testing during the offseason and spring training, and if there is reasonable cause.
Union head Michael Weiner, speaking to the Baseball Writers' Association of America before the All-Star game, said players were starting to discuss whether to expand testing to the regular season in 2013.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Yankees and Mets, Cubs and White Sox, and Dodgers and Angels will be reduced under Major League Baseball's new schedule format for 2013.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has complained to the Boston Red Sox about a film manager Bobby Valentine produced about Dominican prospects.
``Ballplayer: Pelotero,'' a documentary that tracks corruption in the process of signing Dominican amateurs, opens Friday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With Lance Armstrong digging in for a legal fight, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued lifetime sports bans to three former staff members and consultants on the cyclist's winning Tour de France teams for drug violations.
Luis Garcia del Moral was a team doctor; Michele Ferrari was a consulting doctor; and Jose ``Pepe'' Marti (team trainer) worked for Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel squads. All had been accused by USADA of participating in a vast doping conspiracy on those teams during part or all of Armstrong's seven Tour victories from 1999-2005.
Armstrong also has been charged and has declared his innocence.
VILLIE-MORGON, France (AP) - The longtime problem of doping hit the Tour de France again when French rider Remy Di Gregorio was arrested at his team hotel and suspended by his team.
Police made their move on the Tour's first rest day in arresting the Cofidis cyclist, with judicial officials saying two other people suspected of supplying the Frenchman with banned substances were also arrested - one along with the rider in Bourg-en-Bresse, and another in Marseille.
Deron Williams hit the jackpot in Las Vegas, and Blake Griffin signed on for a few more years in Los Angeles.
Free agents in the NBA could finally sign contracts starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT Wednesday, and the Brooklyn Nets wasted no time getting their All-Star point guard to put pen to paper - well, iPad actually - on a new deal worth $98 million over five years.
The Nets came to Williams at his hotel in Las Vegas, where he is training with the U.S. Olympic team.
The Clippers announced they signed Griffin to a contract extension that could be worth $95 million over five years. Also, the Lakers announced their sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix to bring Steve Nash to Los Angeles.
A number of other deals have been agreed to, including NBA champion Miami signing Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis in hopes of a repeat, the Knicks adding Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby. New York also is expected to match the offer sheet Jeremy Lin got from Houston.
Still not completed is a deal for Dwight Howard, who doesn't want to wait until he's a free agent next summer to change addresses. Orlando is negotiating with Howard, who has asked to be traded to the Nets, but so far hasn't found a deal worth shipping out a franchise center.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A report into whether football coach Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials took steps to conceal that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was a child molester will be released Thursday - online for all to see.
The internal report by former FBI chief Louis Freeh is expected to reveal how the university treated Sandusky, Paterno's one-time heir apparent, after top administrators fielded complaints about his encounters with young boys more than a decade ago. It is also expected to cast light on how the Hall of Fame coach, who died in January, exerted control over the football program while Sandusky worked under him and after Sandusky retired from coaching.
Paterno's family, meanwhile, moved to protect his legacy, issuing a statement saying he didn't cover up for Sandusky or hinder an investigation of his assistant's activities.
Paterno's family also called Sandusky, who was convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on campus, a ``master deceiver.''
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - American women outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team for the first time, achieving the milestone in the summer of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
The U.S. Olympic Committee released its roster for the London Olympics and it listed 269 women and 261 men.
LONDON (AP) - It was a banner day for the Olympic torch: It visited the queen at Windsor Castle, was carried by the man who broke the 4-minute mile and by Britain's greatest Olympic rower, and even got a passing glance at a streaker.
The day began with the torch being held aloft by 83-year-old Roger Bannister, who in 1954 became the first runner to smash the 4-minute mile.
A naked man with `Free Tibet' written on his back also streaked past crowds just before former rower Steve Redgrave got the torch in Henley, 35 miles west of London. Redgrave, 50, won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics.
LONDON (AP) - Usain Bolt is back in full training and ``feeling good,'' his agent said, addressing concerns over an injury following successive defeats at the Jamaican Olympic trials.
Ricky Simms told The Associated Press in an email that Bolt is fit ahead of the defense of his titles in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the London Games, which open July 27.
LONDON (AP) - A British judge rejected a bid by residents of a London high-rise to keep their building from being used as a missile base during the Olympic Games.
Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said that Britain's Ministry of Defense acted legally when it decided to put the weapons atop the Fred Wigg Tower.
Residents of the 17-story tower, about 2 miles from the Olympic Park in east London, say the missile battery could make their homes a terrorist target.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR penalized two championship contenders - including suspensions for Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon's team - for problems found during qualifying at Daytona.
Three-time champion Tony Stewart was docked six points, and crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 because of a cooling hose found inside Stewart's car after his qualifying lap. Stewart forfeited his second-place qualifying spot, but still rallied to win Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race.
Addington and car chief Jeff Meendering were both placed on probation through Aug. 22, and listed car owner Margaret Haas was docked six championship owner points.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Eager to resolve his suspension for a failed drug test, AJ Allmendinger said that he has formally asked NASCAR to test his second urine sample and insisted that he would never ``knowingly'' take a prohibited substance.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, effectively ending its sponsorship in NASCAR altogether after a decade.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Green Bay Packers had a record year financially, driven in large part by a 13-0 start in a season in which they were the defending Super Bowl champion.
The Packers said they had $42.7 million in net income in 2011-12, an increase of 150 percent over the previous year. Total revenue was $302 million, up 6.9 percent.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Wild card Nicole Gibbs, a junior at Stanford, beat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic to earn a matchup against the top seed, Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, in the second round on Wednesday.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Top seed and defending champion John Isner beat qualifier Sergei Bubka 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 in an opening-round match at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) - Top-seeded Sara Errani cruised past Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Italiacom Open, while five-time champion Anabel Medina Garrigues lost 6-1, 6-3 to a wild-card Maria Elena Camerin.
UMAG, Croatia (AP) - Wild card Mate Pavic upset sixth-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round of the Croatia Open, while American Wayne Odesnik upset eighth-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5.
Fabio Fognini of Italy, Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia and Marco Trungelliti of Argentina also advanced.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Big-serving Lukas Rosol, who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, beat fifth-seeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the Mercedes Cup.
UMAG, Croatia (AP) - Former finalist Potito Starace of Italy beat qualifier Ivo Klec of Slovakia 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the first round of the Croatia Open.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Texas running back Johnathan Gray, whose 205 career touchdowns were the most in high school history, and New York forward-center Breanna Stewart, a Connecticut recruit, were honored as the national prep athletes of the year.