Cincinnati Reds will host the 2015 All-Star game
CINCINNATI – The Reds will host the 2015 All-Star game at Great American Ball Park, the city’s first since 1988, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Commissioner Bud Selig will discuss the decision Wednesday in Cincinnati, where he’s also appearing to promote Major League Baseball’s latest urban youth academy, according to the person speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
It’ll be the fifth time that Cincinnati – home of baseball’s first professional franchise – will host the All-Star game.
Grizzlies trade 3 players and a pick to Cavs for Leuer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies traded Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first-round draft pick Tuesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer.
The trade is the first big move by the Grizzlies’ new ownership and clears about $6 million in salary in getting Memphis under the luxury tax threshold this season. The Grizzlies rank fourth in the West and are 6-4 over their last 10 games after the NBA’s best start this season.
The deal gives the lottery-bound Cavs another first-round pick to improve a team entering Tuesday night’s home game against Boston with a 10-32 record second-worst in the Eastern Conference.
Mountain West will have a new look next season
DENVER – The Mountain West will add a football championship game next season when it expands to the requisite dozen schools, which will be split into two divisions.
The league is adding San Jose State and Utah State next season.
The new football alignments will feature Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division.
The inaugural football championship is Dec. 7 at the home stadium of the school with the highest BCS ranking.
There won’t be divisions in basketball but an 18-game conference schedule with home-and-home series with eight opponents and single games against a rotation of the remaining teams.
Hawaii is a football-only member in the conference.
Greipel wins Stage 1, his 12th at the Tour Down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia – Germany’s Andre Greipel won the first stage of the Tour Down Under on Tuesday, becoming the most successful rider in the race’s history by claiming his 12th stage win overall.
Greipel’s Lotto Belisol teammates led him into a prominent position at the final bend, and he drew away to win the 85-mile stage effortlessly from Arnaud Demare of France, Australia’s Mark Renshaw and defending champion Simon Gerrans.
The same teamwork guided Greipel to victory in the tour’s 30-mile criterium Sunday – his third win in that event – and he will wear the tour leader’s jersey into the second stage Wednesday.
Wiggins will ride for Froome and the Giro this year
MILAN – Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins confirmed he will make the Giro d’Italia his main priority this year and will support Sky teammate Chris Froome at the Tour.
Wiggins told race organizer Gazzetta dello Sport that the Giro “is my new challenge, my inspiration, the new fire burning inside me. I think winning it, for certain aspects, will be more difficult than winning the Tour.”
Wiggins also won the time trial at last year’s London Olympics, and the Giro route should favor Wiggins’ ability at racing against the clock.
Beginning in Naples on May 4 and ending in Brescia on May 26, the Giro features three time trials for a total of 57 miles.