Ellsbury closes gap on Hamilton in All-Star voting

NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury has narrowed the gap on Josh Hamilton in fan voting for the final starting spot in the American League outfield at the All-Star game.

Major League Baseball released the latest results Tuesday. The All-Star teams will be announced Sunday, except for a last reserve.

Hamilton is the only player outside the AL East who leads in the voting. The Texas slugger is about 120,000 ahead of Ellsbury, the Boston speedster.

Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista tops all major leaguers with more than 5.2 million votes. Balloting ends Thursday night.

Injured shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and catcher Russell Martin of the New York Yankees are ahead, as are Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and designated hitter David Ortiz.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won't revive baseball star Roger Clemens' lawsuit against his former personal trainer for claiming he injected the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormones.

The high court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from the seven-time Cy Young winner, who has an upcoming perjury trial in Washington.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Clemens' defamation suit against his longtime trainer Brian McNamee, saying a Texas federal court didn't have jurisdiction over Clemens' claims involving statements McNamee made in New York.

Clemens wanted that decision overturned, but the high court refused to take up the case.

McNamee said in New York he had injected Clemens with steroids and HGH and repeated those allegations during an interview at his New York home to a writer for

Kaepernick shows off arm, legs in 49ers workouts

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick was a full participant at an informal minicamp of San Francisco 49ers players for the first time, showing off his strong arm and moving swiftly after surgery on his lower left leg in early May.

The second-round pick out of Nevada says he skipped a symposium for NFL rookies this week because he didn't want to miss a chance to bond with teammates and learn the playbook.

About two dozen players gathered for the first day of a four-day minicamp led by quarterback Alex Smith on Tuesday. Smith is a free agent expected to re-sign with the team, although Kaepernick figures to put some pressure on him for the starting spot.

Smith also organized another minicamp earlier this month.

NBA players, owners to meet again Thursday

DALLAS — Representatives for NBA players and owners will meet Thursday, hours before the collective bargaining agreement expires, and Commissioner David Stern says that's still enough time for a deal.

Owners did not vote to authorize a lockout during their meeting Tuesday, but have given the labor relations committee the go-ahead to do whatever is necessary.

If a deal is not reached, owners could lock out the players when the CBA expires at the end of the day, though both sides have said negotiating could extend past the deadline if progress is being made.

Though a large group of players attended the last meeting, Thursday's session is expected to be only a small group from both sides.

Compiled from wire reports

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