Tim Lincecum celebrated his second career no-hitter in a personalized USMNT jersey

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And what appears to be a knight’s helmet. Via Ahmed Fareed of CSN Bay Area

The U.S. soccer team will face Germany on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET in their final match of World Cup group play. A win or tie gets them through to the Round of 16. “Big Time Timmy Jim” wants it bad.

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Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.