Sports Headlines - July 15

Cespedes gets second-straight Home Run title

During last night’s MLB Home Run Derby in Minneapolis, Yoenis Cespedes paced himself well during a rain delay and successfully garnered his second straight home right title.

The outfielder for the Okland A’s became the first repeat winner in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round Monday night. Ken Griffey Jr. was the last person to take two consecutive home run titles in 1998 and 1999.

Cespedes finished with 28 homers, four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round. The serious-faced outfielder even told fellow “A” teammate Josh Donaldson he was approaching the event all wrong, saying “I knew he wasn’t going to win because his mentality was to take the ball out of the stadium, and I told him that is not the way you win this competition. Just put a good swing on it and it usually takes care of it.”

His biggest homer came at the end with a 452-foot bomb to the upper deck above left field that was officially the longest shot of the night, too.

Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista and Frazier surprisingly beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the semifinals.

Parsons 'offended' by Houston Rockets decision not to match Mav's deal

Chandler Parsons will land in Dallas with the Mavericks on a three-year, $46 million deal and plenty of motivation after being “offended” by the Houston Rockets during his free-agency process.

Parsons told Yahoo! Sports that he was bothered by the fact Houston didn’t match the Mavs offer and made it clear they didn’t consider him good enough to be the third-best player on a championship contender.

Parson was cited as saying, “I was offended by the whole process. They publicaly said they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player.”

The Rockets would have matched the offer to Parsons if Houston had successfully recruited All-Star power forward Chris Bosh to join center Dwight Howard and shooting guard James Harden as the franchise’s proven stars.

The Mavs, however, made Parson a top priority and owner Mark Cuban said he is happy to have such a valuable player on the Dallas squad.


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