Following weeks of speculation, the A’s trade starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for two prospects in possibly the first of several moves before the July 31 trade deadline. The A’s acquire right-hander Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham, both of whom are expected to report to Class-A Stockton. The dealing of a front-end starter such as Kazmir for prospects indicates the A’s – nine games under .500 and 11 games out of first place in the American League West after Thursday’s loss to Toronto – are shifting their focus beyond this season.
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A virtual reality system is becoming a hot item for football teams seeking a practice edge. The 49ers and Dallas Cowboys will add the system – developed by Stanford associate professor Jeremy Bailenson and former Cardinal kicker Derek Belch – to their weekly preparations. More teams, including college programs, are expected to sign on in coming days.
Louis Stanfill is playing in one of his last matches Friday as a member of the USA Rugby Eagles against Japan at the Pacific Nations Cup at Bonney Field. He is one of three Jesuit High School graduates playing for the Eagles, along with Blaine Scully, 27, and Eric Fry, 27.
The El Paso Chihuahuas ride the strong pitching of starter Daniel McCutchen to defeat the River Cats 5-2 at Raley Field. Third baseman Kevin Frandsen goes 3 for 4 with a double and RBI for the Cats.
Bob and Mike Bryan, making their debut for California, lift the Dream to a dramatic 20-19 victory over the San Diego Aviators in a World TeamTennis match at Dream Stadium at Sunrise Mall.
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