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Jury awards $14 million to injured Giants fan

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LOS ANGELES -- A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

Bryan Stow's father said his son probably wouldn't understand the details of the settlement that will give him about $14 million from the Dodgers, "but Bryan will know that he got some help today."

"He's not going to be 100 per cent, maybe for a long time, maybe never. What he gets is going to help him through now, and that's what he needs," Dave Stow said.

The jury delivered its verdict in a Los Angeles courtroom after weeks of testimony about the assault after the opening day game in 2011 between the rival teams.

 

Rich shoe deal for Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins has signed a multiyear deal with Adidas, the shoe giant announced on Wednesday. Wiggins' deal is believed to be five years and worth about $13 million, according to various national reports.

Wiggins is the first top overall pick to select Adidas since Derrick Rose in 2008.

Wiggins' deal is far less than the $180-million figure he was rumored to command last fall, but it's a victory for a shoe company that historically has been crushed by Nike. Adidas' top client, Rose, has suffered injuries two of the past three seasons and the company was perhaps looking for a new face.

Wiggins and the Cavaliers are in Las Vegas preparing for summer league, which opens Friday.

 

Jays lose rubber match

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Kole Calhoun also connected, leading the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in the rubber game of the three-game series.

The Blue Jays took a 7-6 lead in the sixth on Dioner Navarro's two-out RBI single against Fernando Salas, making his second appearance off the disabled list after missing 19 games because of inflammation in his shoulder.

But Pujols responded with a drive that hit the top of the centre-field fence beyond the outstretched glove of Colby Rasmus and bounced over for his 20th homer of the season and 512th of his career, tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 21st place all-time. It scored Mike Trout, who reached on a fielder's choice grounder after Calhoun drew a leadoff walk from Aaron Loup (2-2).

Jason Grilli (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for his first AL victory since 2009 with the Texas Rangers, striking out cleanup hitter Jose Bautista with two men on to end the seventh.

 

Yanks put Tanaka on DL

CLEVELAND -- Yankees rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow inflammation and has returned to New York to have an MRI on his right arm.

Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits -- both career highs -- in 6 2-3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night. The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his last four outings.

Tanaka went back to New York for an MRI, but manager Joe Girardi said there is no prognosis yet.

"We won't be sure until he actually sees the doctor, and we'll go from there," Girardi said.

Tanaka began the season 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA, but hasn't been as effective in his last four starts, going 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. He's allowed eight home runs in his last five starts, including two on Tuesday, a two-run shot in the sixth to Nick Swisher that put Cleveland ahead and a solo blast by Michael Brantley in the seventh.

Tanaka has anchored a shaky Yankees rotation missing CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

 

Auction will fetch millions

BALTIMORE -- The first ball Babe Ruth hit over the fence in Yankee Stadium and his 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox are among about three dozen Ruth-related items scheduled for auction in Baltimore.

The auction at the Sports Legends Museum will be held Saturday night, a day after the 100th anniversary of Ruth's major league debut. He played his first game on July 11, 1914. Ruth was born in Baltimore.

The items will be on display for the public ahead of the auction. Other collectables to be sold include Super Bowl rings from the 1970 Baltimore Colts and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

Goldin Auctions estimates that the 125 items to be auctioned off could fetch as much as $10 million. Ruth's contract is already up to $370,000 in online bidding.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 10, 2014 D6

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