Daily Jolt: Rangers closing in on Matt Garza deal

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Rangers closing in on Garza deal

Soon, the speculation may finally come to an end. The Texas Rangers are moving closer to acquiring right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs, according to an official involved in the discussions. The teams have had extensive talks on Garza and discussed the framework of a deal, but other clubs remain in the mix, major league sources say. One of those teams is the Los Angeles Dodgers, who maintained interest in Garza even after acquiring right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins. The Rangers, however, are the "most motivated" of any team in the discussions, sources say. The Cubs, in trying to formulate their return for Garza, have discussed Rangers prospects at various levels, including Triple-A third baseman Mike Olt. (FOX Sports)Comment

Now or never for LSU's Mettenberger

With the words, "This December I'll join the LSU Tigers," quarterback Brandon Harris may be the Tigers' future, but Zach Mettenberger is the present. [Mettenberger's] now-or-never season has arrived. In five seasons he's had five offensive coordinators and played in three states. As a fifth-year senior, the NFL beckons from less than a year away. He's on schedule to graduate in December. It's time for him to cash in on his ample potential and his big arm. And, boy, does LSU need him to do that in 2013. With eight starters gone from a defense decimated by the NFL draft and the possibility of being without its best running back, Mettenberger's final college season takes on a much bigger urgency. (The Times-Picayune)Comment

Bleak outlook for Raiders' stadium?

On the surface of things, a Raiders franchise with its own Bay Area stadium would seem to make sense. Unfortunately, after speaking to people well connected in the Bay Area, who know far more about the inner workings of the local economy and political climate, I don't see any way this gets off the ground. Not a Raiders-only stadium. Not a stadium they would share with the Oakland A's. Not a proposal that would add a basketball arena to the complex, either. No, frankly, I'd be quite stunned if all of this isn't dead on arrival. ... The best (only?) real option for the Raiders in the Bay Area would be to strike a deal to be tenants of the York family and share the sparkling new stadium the 49ers are counting down to opening in Santa Clara. (CBS Sports)Comment

Must-See Photo

Lee Westwood went on a tear early in his second round at the British Open on Friday morning. Westwood notched five birdies through his first nine holes to rocket up the leaderboard. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Warriors guard Kent Bazemore threw down a poster-worthy one-handed slam over Mavericks center Jackie Carmichael during the fourth quarter of a Las Vegas Summer League game on Thursday.

Game To Watch

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

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SI Vault: 1996 Summer Olympics

This Day in Sports

  • 1996 -- The Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics was held in Atlanta. Evander Holyfield carried the torch into the stadium and Muhammad Ali officially lit the flame.
  • 1910 -- Cy Young captured his 500th career major-league win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Senators 5-4.
  • 1960 -- Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal allowed just one hit in his MLB debut. The Giants edged the Phillies 2-0.
  • 1974 -- Indians pitcher Dick Bosman threw a no-hitter against the Oakland A's. Cleveland won the game 4-0.