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Baseball's all-stars to show their stuff

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 10 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball's all-stars take center stage tonight in Kansas City.

Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants will be the starting pitcher for the National League squad and Detroit's Justin Verlander will be the first hurler to take the mound for the American League.

The winner of the game will bestow home-field advantage on that league's entry in the World Series this fall.

The National League has won the last two all-star games after losing the previous 13.


Lakers' Buss in hospital for dehydration

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 10 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was in a hospital Tuesday because of dehydration and was expected to make a full recovery, the team said.

The NBA club released a statement that said the 78-year-old businessman was expected to be released soon.

"He is recovering and is expected to be released soon," the Los Angeles Times quoted Lakers publicist John Black as saying in a statement.

Details of Buss' health issues were not provided.

TMZ.com reported Buss fell ill about 9 p.m. Monday and that someone at his home called police. The entertainment news Web site said the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and paramedics took him to a hospital.

The Times said Buss also went to a hospital in December for blood clots in his legs that were attributed to excessive travel.

Buss, a former chemist who made his fortune in the real estate business, bought the Lakers in 1979. The team has won 10 of the franchise's 16 NBA championships during his tenure.


Deadline passes on Coyotes petition drive

GLENDALE, Ariz., July 10 (UPI) -- The road to new ownership for the Phoenix Coyotes seemed clearer Tuesday after critics of the team's lease deal with Glendale missed the petition deadline.

A group of Glendale residents had pushed for a referendum to overturn the deal; however, the group failed to hand in signatures in favor of a vote by Monday's deadline.

Backers of the petition drive said the deadline should have been July 16, which would be a month after they obtained the paperwork for the petition drive. They told The Arizona Republic they would consider legal action if city hall did not accept their petitions next week.

The Republic said it was unclear how many signatures had been collected or whether derailing the referendum would move the proposed sale of the team to Greg Jamison.

Also in question was the future of the Coyotes' star player Shane Done, who had held off on negotiations for a new contract with the team -- or a potential free-agency suitor -- until the ownership question was clarified.


D.C. United owner bringing in new partners

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- D.C. United owner Will Chang is bringing in two new business partners, the Major League Soccer franchise announced Tuesday.

The team said Erick Thohir and Jason Levien, two co-owners of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, are joining D.C. United as managing partners as the four-time MLS Cup champions pursue the construction of a soccer specific stadium.

"I'd like to borrow a quote from Martin Luther King from his famous speech," Chang said at a news conference. "My first dream for D.C. United is to find a permanent home. The second dream is to turn D.C. United into a global brand. And in Jason and Eric, I've found the perfect partners to fulfill my dreams."

Thohir, a media and entertainment businessman based in Indonesia, played a key role in bringing the Los Angeles Galaxy to Indonesia for a 2011 post-season friendly against the country's national team.

Levien previously worked as a sports agent and attorney, and as an executive with the Sacramento Kings.


O'Meara won't play in British Open

LANCASHIRE, England, July 10 (UPI) -- Pro golfer Mark O'Meara has withdrawn from this year's British Open because of an undisclosed injury.

O'Meara, 55, captured the British Open's claret jug in 1998, the same year he won the Masters. He has been playing on the Champions Tour since 2007.

His spot at this year's event at Royal Lytham & St. Annes won't be filled since the field is already over the normal 156 players.

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