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Sports briefs for July 11, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

First ball Babe Ruth hit out of Yankee Stadium up for auction

MIAMI — The first baseball whacked over the fence at Yankee Stadium by legendary home run king Babe Ruth goes on auction on Saturday in his home town of Baltimore, part of a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of his storied major league career.

The unofficial home run ball, which bears Ruth’s autograph, was slugged during a batting practice session before empty bleachers and a snow-covered outfield two months before the stadium officially opened in the spring of 1923.

“I would expect it to approach or pass seven figures,” said Ken Goldin, president of Goldin Auctions, which is selling 126 pieces tied to Ruth to celebrate the anniversary.

Lakers trade for Rockets’ Lin, keep Young, Hill

The Los Angeles Lakers traded for point guard Jeremy Lin and a first-round pick in a deal with the Houston Rockets on Friday and also reached contract agreements with shooting guard Nick Young and forward Jordan Hill, according to reports.

The Lin deal will free up cap space for the Rockets and unload his salary of $14.89 million. However, Lin’s contract will only count $8.3 million on the Lakers’ cap based on the deal’s structure, according to Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo sources also said the Lakers will send cash and the rights to a draft pick currently overseas.

Bosh may stick with Heat

Free agent forward Chris Bosh appears to be staying in Miami instead of following LeBron James out the door and going his own way to the Houston Rockets.

According to reports, Bosh agreed to a maximum five-year, $118 million contract on Friday to return to the Heat. Yahoo Sports also reported that the Heat are attempting to re-sign guard Dwyane Wade, keeping two of the Big Three in Miami next season.

Another report indicated that Wade was considering his hometown Chicago Bulls.

The Rockets reportedly made a maximum offer to Bosh for four years and worth $88 million. Yahoo reported Bosh and Houston head coach Kevin McHale were expected to speak.

Rangers’ Soto charged with pot possession

Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night in Grapevine, Texas, and charged with marijuana possession.

The 31-year-old Soto was released after posting $500 bail. The charge is a misdemeanor because he had less than 2 ounces, according to the Grapevine Police Department.

Soto was pulled over by police around 11 p.m. for speeding. Grapevine Police spokesman St. Robert Eberling said Soto was cooperative while being arrested.

Soto suffered a left knee injury in March and has not played yet this season for the Rangers.


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