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Sports Line: Bayhawks beaten by Machine, 16-14

Another spectacular effort by midfielder Joe Walters wasn't enough as the Chesapeake Bayhawks suffered a 16-14 loss to the Ohio Machine in a Fourth of July shootout at Selby Stadium.

Walters was once again the offensive catalyst -- firing in four goals and dishing off four assists -- to lead the Bayhawks in a back-and-forth affair that featured seven ties and five lead changes. Midfielder Ben Hunt added four points on two goals and two assists for Chesapeake (3-7), which missed a chance to climb out of last place in Major League Lacrosse.

Attackmen Drew Westervelt and Brandon Benn both totaled two goals for Chesapeake, which committed 21 turnovers. Goalie Tyler Fiorito finished with 11 saves while face-off specialist Stephen Robarge won 16 of 31 draws for the Bayhawks, who will have a week off before returning home for a July 17th meeting with the Rochester Rattlers.

Midfielders Matt Mackrides and David Earl contributed a goal and assist apiece for Chesapeake, which must win its remaining four games to finish .500. Cottle did not want to contemplate the team's playoff possibilities following the tough loss.

The Bayhawks return home on Thursday, July 17 against the Rochester Rattlers at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

BASEBALL: The New York Yankees are no longer expecting CC Sabathia to return to their rotation this year, given the persistence of inflammation in his injured right knee.

Asked Friday whether he believed Sabathia's season was over, manager Joe Girardi said: "I think that's about fair to say."

The six-time All-Star left-hander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee since mid-May, when his ERA reached a career-high 5.28. The Yankees were targeting a post-All-Star-break return for Sabathia, who had begun a rehabilitation assignment.

* Former closer Neftali Feliz has been recalled by the struggling Texas Rangers from Triple-A Round Rock, adding a fresh arm to their taxed bullpen for an interleague series against the New York Mets.

Texas also optioned right-hander Ben Rowen to Round Rock and placed lefty Joe Saunders on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Feliz, an All-Star in 2010 and the AL Rookie of the Year, was the closer on two Rangers teams that went to the World Series. He was one strike from clinching the title for Texas in 2011 before St. Louis rallied in Game 6.

* The Seattle Mariners have activated designated hitter Corey Hart and first baseman Justin Smoak from the 15-day disabled list.

Hart was in the starting lineup for Friday night's game at the Chicago White Sox, but Smoak was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners also designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.

Hart had been sidelined by a strained left hamstring. He hit .209 with five homers in 37 games before he went on the DL in May.

* Unable to fully test his sore left shoulder on a wet field, David Wright remains out of the New York Mets' lineup for a seventh straight game.

The star third baseman had targeted Friday night against Texas for his return. But rain prevented Wright from going through a rigorous pregame workout, so the Mets have decided to hold him out.

NAVY FOOTBALL: The Naval Academy announced on Thursday that it has sold out its ticket allotment for the 2014 Army-Navy Game presented by USAA. The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium and will be televised nationally by CBS.

Navy will also play neutral site games against Ohio State (Saturday, Aug. 30 in Baltimore) and Notre Dame (Saturday, Nov. 1 in Landover) and five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium including the home opener on Sept. 20 against Rutgers and Homecoming on Oct. 25 against San Jose State.

The team reports for camp on Wednesday, July 30, the first practice is Thursday, July 31 and Media Day/Fan Fest is Saturday, Aug. 2.

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