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Awarded Florida catcher Mike Zunino has been selected as the winner of the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Zunino, the No. 3 overall pick by Seattle in last month’s draft, beat out Stanford right-hander Mark Appel and North Carolina State lefty Carlos Rodon for the award, announced Friday night on MLB Network. The award is the latest in a lengthy list of honors for Zunino.

Signed The Brooklyn Nets signed second-round pick Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas. The Nets acquired the point guard’s rights in exchange for cash in a draft-night trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, bringing the Hoboken, N.J., native back to his home area. The 6-foot-3 Taylor averaged career bests of 16.6 points and 4.8 assists as a senior.

• The Golden State Warriors signed 30th overall pick Festus Ezeli to his rookie contract. The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Ezeli set Vanderbilt’s record with 204 career blocked shots in four seasons.

• The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Brian Connelly to a two-year contract according to the NHL team. Connelly led all AHL defensemen in scoring last season with 52 points.

Released A woman accused of shaking down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is out of jail. Louise Neathway was freed on $300,000 bond. She’d spent five months behind bars while her lawyers and family tried unsuccessfully to get her bond lowered. Prosecutors say the 36-year-old Neathway stalked Cashman and extorted $6,000 from him by threatening to hurt his reputation.

Questioned Italy defender Domenico Criscito will be questioned by the Italian soccer federation on July 16 for his alleged role in a match-fixing scandal.

Quoted Star goalie Roberto Luongo said Friday night in a radio interview that he expects to leave the Vancouver Canucks, and could even end up with the rival Chicago Blackhawks.

Cleared An Italian court cleared Austrian ski federation president Peter Schroecksnadel and biathlon chief Markus Gandler of any involvement in the blood-doping scandal at the 2006 Olympics.


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