Joe Saunders (MLB)
Saunders and the Angels took on the red hot New York Yankees Friday, July 10, coming away with a 10-6 win. Saunders went five innings on the mound, giving up five runs and nine hits. He left the game with Los Angeles trailing 5-1, but the Angels scored four runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh to rally for the win.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 15th home run of the season in the fifth inning off Saunders, whose ERA is now 4.65 on the season, and record remains 8-5 after earning no decision Friday night. The Angels and the rest of the league were off Monday to Wednesday for the All-Star Game in St. Louis Tuesday night.
The American League defeated the National League 4-3, clinching home-field advantage for the AL representative in the World Series.
Patrick Nyarko (MLS)
Nyarko and the Chicago Fire moved into first place in the eastern conference Saturday, July 11 with a 0-0 tie against the Columbus Crew. Nyarko only played 15 minutes, entering the game in the 75th minute to replace Baggio Husidic.
The tie gave the Fire one point in the standings, which moved them into a tie with Toronto FC atop the east. Both teams have 25 points, while DC United and Columbus are tied for second place, just a point back with 24.
Kerri Gardin (WNBA)
Gardin's Connecticut Sun lost an epic battle with the Detroit Shock in overtime Saturday, July 11 by a final score of 79-77. Gardin played 28 minutes, scored 12 points, and grabbed 4 rebounds.
There were 17 lead changes in the game. The Shock picked up four technical fouls, including three in the fourth quarter. The most either team outscored the other in a single quarter was two points, and that was in the overtime period; every other quarter the teams alternated one-point edges in that period.
The loss was the second in a row and third in four games for the Sun, who fell to 5-6 on the season and four games out of first place in the eastern conference.
On Tuesday night, Gardin did not start for the first time this season against the Los Angeles Sparks, and the Sun came away victorious 82-71.
Gardin played ten minutes and scored five points. The win moved the Sun a half game closer to first place, still 3.5 games behind the Indiana Fever.