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Journeyman Wynton Bernard makes Major League debut with Colorado Rockies after 10 seasons in minors

DENVER -- Wynton Bernard is getting his chance to play in the major leagues a decade after he was drafted by the San Diego Padres. The Colorado Rockies selected Bernard's contract from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. He was penciled in to bat seventh and play center field against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series. "It's a special moment," Bernard said. "After how many years I've played I'm finally here. It's amazing. I'm finally here." The 31-year-old Bernard was taken in the 35th round of the 2012 draft and spent three seasons in the Padres' minor league system. He also played in the minors for Detroit, San Francisco and the Chicago Cubs along with stints in the Mexican Winter League, Venezuelan Winter League and independent ball. And he played for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League. Colorado manager Bud Black went to see Bernard and outfielder Connor Joe in the winter of...
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Cleveland Browns' Deshaun Watson, in interview, apologizes to 'all of the women that I have impacted in this situation'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, for the first time, apologized to the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in an interview Friday.  "I want to say that I'm truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation," Watson said during an in-house interview on the Browns' pregame show that aired on Cleveland News 5. The interview took place before Friday night's preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which Watson started.  Prior to Friday, Watson had said in his only two interviews with reporters since joining the Browns from the Houston Texans that he had "no regrets" regarding any of his actions during the massage sessions. In his second interview during Cleveland's minicamp in June, Watson reiterated that he had no regrets about his actions, though admitted he regretted the impact the allegations had on the people around him. He indicated...
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August 12

Houston Astros' Michael Brantley has season-ending shoulder surgery

Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Friday. The five-time All-Star underwent an arthroscopic labral repair, general manager James Click announced. Brantley, 35, went on the injured list June 27 with what was termed shoulder discomfort. He was hitting .288 with five home runs and a .785 OPS in 64 games this season. The Astros (72-41) have an 11-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the American League West entering the Friday games.
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Houston Astros' Michael Brantley has season-ending shoulder surgery

Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Friday. The five-time All-Star underwent an arthroscopic labral repair, general manager James Click announced. Brantley, 35, went on the injured list June 27 with what was termed shoulder discomfort. He was hitting .288 with five home runs and a .785 OPS in 64 games this season. The Astros (72-41) have an 11-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the American League West entering the Friday games.
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August 12

College basketball's NIT moving out of New York; future stops in Las Vegas, Indianapolis

For just the second and third times since 1938, the NIT semifinals and championship won't be held at Madison Square Garden. The postseason tournament is moving out of New York, the NCAA announced Friday, with Las Vegas' Orleans Arena hosting in 2023 and historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2024. The NCAA had started to explore different locations for the NIT in March, with sources telling ESPN that the decision was mutual between the NCAA and Madison Square Garden. The NIT was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the event moved all its games to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in 2021, downsizing the field from 32 to 16. That marked the first time the tournament's final three games weren't held at MSG. The reduced field featured all at-large selections, with no automatic qualifiers. This past March, the tournament reverted to its usual format: 32 teams, with regular-season conference champions earning automatic bids if they didn't...
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August 12

Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

Dec 6 - Ukrainian championship results and standings on Sunday. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 Metalurg Donetsk 0 Kryvbas Kriviy Rih 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Zakarpattya Uzhgorod 0 Illichevets Mariupol 1 Played on Saturday Arsenal Kiev 1 Zarja Lugansk 1 Chernomorets Odessa 0 Dynamo Kiev 1 Metalist Kharkiv 0 Obolon Kiev 1 Metalurg Zaporizhya 0 Tavria Simferopol 1 Karpaty Lviv 1 Vorskla Poltava 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Dynamo Kiev 15 12 3 0 35 7 39 ------------------------- 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 15 10 4 1 36 13 34 ------------------------- 3 Metalist Kharkiv 15 10 2 3 18 7 32 4 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 15 8 4 3 23 11 28 5 Tavria Simferopol 15 7 5 3 18 19 26 ------------------------- 6 Metalurg Donetsk 15 7 3 5 24 17 24 ------------------------- 7 Karpaty Lviv 15 6 6 3 25 20 24 8 Illichevets Mariupol 15 5 3 7 17 24 18 9 Obolon...
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UFC president Dana White not planning fighter raises: 'These guys get paid what they're supposed to get paid'

UFC president Dana White says fighter pay in the organization won't change dramatically while he is in his current position, telling GQ in a video published Thursday that he believes fighters "get paid what they're supposed to get paid." The topic of fighter pay has been a hot-button issue in MMA for years and was thrust further into the spotlight by YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul in recent months. White has said he believes high-profile boxers are overpaid and reiterated in the GQ interview that he thinks UFC fighters are paid more reasonably. "Boxing has absolutely been destroyed because of money and all the things that go on," White said. "It's never gonna happen while I'm here. Believe me, these guys get paid what they're supposed to get paid. They eat what they kill. They get a percentage of the pay-per-view buys. And the money is spread out amongst all the fighters." UFC pays fighters around 20% of its revenue, according to data unearthed during the ongoing...
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August 12

Major League Baseball announces support of online sports betting initiative in California

Major League Baseball on Friday announced its support of an initiative that would authorize online sports betting in California, becoming the first major sports league to take sides in the high-stakes battle between bookmaking giants and the state's powerful tribal gaming operators. Two primary sports betting initiatives are on the November ballot. Proposition 26 would restrict betting to in-person only at tribal casinos and four horse racing tracks. Proposition 27 would allow online sports betting. MLB is supporting Proposition 27, The California Solutions to Homeless and Mental Health Act. It is backed by a coalition of sportsbook operators, including DraftKings and FanDuel. A percentage of the revenue from Proposition 27 would be dedicated to fighting the homeless crisis in California. DraftKings and FanDuel are among MLB's official betting partners. MLB, which has five franchises in California, has been an advocate of sports betting legalization since the U.S. Supreme Court in...
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August 12

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID-19, will miss preseason opener

EAGAN, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19, coach Kevin O'Connell said Friday. Cousins will be required to isolate for at least five days, meaning he will not travel with the team for Sunday's preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. Barring complications, Cousins would be eligible to rejoin the team Tuesday for the final week of training camp. O'Connell said Cousins' symptoms are minimal. The Vikings sent Cousins home from training camp Thursday after he fell ill but did not immediately confirm the diagnosis. "I like the way he handled it," O'Connell said, "reporting the symptoms and just going through our in-house process here. I'm proud of how he did that, looking out for his teammates and making sure that we'll get him back ready to roll as soon as possible." Cousins missed one game last season after testing positive for COVID-19. He also quarantined for five days of training camp last...
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August 12

MLB plays iconic ‘Field of Dreams’ game for a 2nd season

The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played a game at the Field of Dreams in Iowa on Thursday, in the second edition of the MLB’s homage to the classic 1989 film starring Kevin Costner.
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Double duty: Matt Patricia, Joe Judge share playcalling duties in preseason opener for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Matt Patricia and Joe Judge split the offensive playcalling duties in the New England Patriots' 23-21 loss to the New York Giants in Thursday night's preseason opener, adding a new wrinkle to a hot-button topic surrounding the team. Head coach Bill Belichick hasn't named an official offensive coordinator to replace Josh McDaniels but is primarily leaning on Patricia, whose title is senior football advisor/offensive line coach, and Judge, whose title is offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach. Patricia called the plays for the opening two series with veteran Brian Hoyer at quarterback Thursday night, then Judge took over when rookie Bailey Zappe entered the game. "I thought it would be a good opportunity for us to do that," Belichick said. Asked if he knows who will call plays when the regular season arrives, Belichick said: "Don't worry about that. We'll work it out. ... We're going through a process. Just like...
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Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds soak in experience at Field of Dreams game in Iowa

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- The intimate crowd, the movie set, all that corn and simply playing a major league game in Iowa were the highlights for participants of Thursday's second-ever Field of Dreams MLB game. The actual competition on the field didn't live up to last year's heroics when the White Sox won in walk-off fashion over the Yankees, but the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds enjoyed themselves nonetheless. "There is no way anything could take away from the day we had here," Reds manager David Bell said after his team lost 4-2. "It's a great experience. Heard so many people throughout our clubhouse saying it's something they'll remember for the rest of their life." The winning team agreed, especially Cubs starter Drew Smyly, who pitched fantastic. His wife and daughter joined him as they celebrated the latter's fifth birthday. He was asked for the day's highlight -- besides pitching five shutout innings. "Just being a...
August 12
August 12

Double duty: Matt Patricia, Joe Judge share play-calling duties in preseason opener for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Matt Patricia and Joe Judge split the offensive play-calling duties in the New England Patriots' 23-21 loss to the New York Giants in Thursday night's preseason opener, adding a new wrinkle to a hot-button topic surrounding the team. Head coach Bill Belichick hasn't named an official offensive coordinator to replace Josh McDaniels, but is primarily leaning on Patricia, whose title is senior football advisor/offensive line coach, and Judge, whose title is offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach. Patricia called the plays for the opening two series with veteran Brian Hoyer at quarterback on Thursday night, then Judge took over when rookie Bailey Zappe entered the game. "I thought it would be a good opportunity for us to do that," Belichick said. Asked if he knows who will call plays when the regular season arrives, Belichick said: "Don't worry about that. We'll work it out. ... We're going through a process. Just like...
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August 11

Prominent Southern California youth coach Chris Flores arrested on charges of sexual assault of minor

Chris Flores, a prominent Southern California youth coach, was arrested Thursday in Bakersfield on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor. A warrant for Flores' arrest had been issued by the Santa Ana Police Department and was executed with the assistance of Bakersfield police, according to Santa Ana police Sgt. Maria Lopez. Flores, 37, had been under investigation since Aug. 5, when police became aware of allegations against him. Flores, also known as "Coach Frogg," is well-known in the region for his association with several high-profile current and former college and NFL football players. The allegations surfaced on social media this week, stemming from an audio recording of two parties in which an adult male voice -- identified by police as Flores -- prods a girl to go see a movie with him. When she declines his request to FaceTime, the man says, "We talked about this, dude. You gotta stop with the nos." The man goes on to ask the girl whether she "deleted everything,"...
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Mariners activate star outfielder Julio Rodriguez off 10-day injured list

Seattle star rookie Julio Rodríguez was activated from the 10-day injured list Thursday after recovering from a bruised right wrist. Rodriguez missed 11 games after exiting in the eighth inning on July 30 against Houston. Manager Scott Servais said at the time that X-rays were negative, but that the center fielder was very sore and wouldn't be able to hold a bat for at least five days. The team decided it was best to place him on the injured list so they could add another player to the roster. The injury dealt a temporary blow for the Mariners with Rodríguez having a great rookie season, hitting .271 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs. To make room for Rodriguez, outfielder Jarred Kelenic was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners also designated catcher Luis Torrens for assignment Thursday.
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Prominent Southern California athletic trainer Chris Flores arrested on charges of sexual assault of minor

Chris Flores, a prominent Southern California athletic trainer, was arrested Thursday in Bakersfield on charges related to sexual assault of a minor. A warrant for Flores' arrest had been issued by the Santa Ana Police Department and was executed with the assistance of Bakersfield police, according to Santa Ana police Sgt. Maria Lopez. Flores had been under investigation in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct involving underage girls. Flores, also known as "Coach Frogg," is well-known in the region for his association with several high-profile current and former college and NFL football players. The allegations surfaced on social media this week, stemming from an audio recording of two parties in which an adult male voice prods a young woman to go see a movie with him. When she declines his request to FaceTime, the male voice says, "We talked about this, dude. You gotta stop with the nos." Multiple sources familiar with Flores told ESPN the voice on the recording was...
August 11
August 11

Atlanta Braves place ace left-hander Max Fried on concussion IL

The Atlanta Braves placed ace left-hander Max Fried on the 7-day concussion injured list Thursday, days after he hit his head on the field during a game at Citi Field. The Braves made the move retroactive to Monday. Fried was injured in the Braves' 6-2 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday night, the second game of a doubleheader. In the third inning, a throw by Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson bounced and caromed off Fried's chest at first base and went into foul territory. Fried slipped and fell face-first, and his pitching shoulder and head hit the ground hard as he attempted to get the Mets'  Francisco Lindor out with a throw to home plate. Fried remained in the game and pitched six innings, allowing six hits, four runs (two earned), striking out five and walking one. He took the loss, as he was outdueled by Mets co-ace Max Scherzer, to fall to 10-4 this season. He has a 2.60 ERA. The Braves, who are in second place in the...
August 11
August 11

Michigan State men's college basketball coach Tom Izzo gets new 5-year, $31 million deal

Michigan State has signed men's college basketball coach Tom Izzo to a new five-year deal valued at $6.2 million per season, giving him about $2 million more each year. The school announced the deal Thursday, saying the rollover contract will need to be approved by its board next month. "We greatly appreciate Coach Izzo's commitment to our outstanding university and his competitive drive to keep Spartan basketball as a national powerhouse," university president Samuel Stanley said in a statement. Izzo, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016, won a national championship in 2000 and leads all active coaches with eight Final Four appearances. He led Michigan State to a 24th straight NCAA tournament last season. He has won the Big Ten title 10 times in the regular season and six conference tournament championships. The 67-year-old Izzo has led the Spartans since the 1995-96 season, when he was promoted from assistant to head coach, replacing the retiring Jud...
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Bill Russell's No. 6 to be retired across NBA following legend's death last month

The NBA will honor the legacy of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell by retiring his No. 6 jersey for all 30 teams, the league and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday. Russell becomes the first player in NBA history to have his jersey retired leaguewide. Additionally, all NBA players will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys during the 2022-23 season, and every court will display a shamrock-shaped logo with Russell's No. 6 on the sideline near the scorer's table. "Bill Russell's unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill's transcendent career will always be recognized." Starting with the 2022-23 season, no NBA team will be allowed to issue No. 6 to any player. Players who currently wear No. 6 -- such as Los...
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Chicago Bears WR N'Keal Harry undergoes ankle surgery; LB Roquan Smith sits out practice after clearing PUP list

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears wide receiver N'Keal Harry underwent surgery on his left ankle Thursday and will be sidelined for an unspecified amount of time, according to coach Matt Eberflus. Harry sustained the injury on the first play of team drills Saturday when the ankle got wrapped up underneath linebacker Nicholas Morrow on a pass that went his direction. The 2019  New England Patriots first-rounder, who was traded to Chicago last month, could not bear weight on his ankle and was helped off the field by trainers and teammates. Harry's injury is one of several at the wide receiver position for the Bears. Byron Pringle is out indefinitely with a quad injury, per the team, and rookie Velus Jones Jr. is classified as day-to-day despite missing the last week of training camp. Chicago was without 21 players for the second day in a row at practice, its last before the preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on...
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Judge: LIV golfers didn't show they were harmed by PGA Tour

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The federal judge who denied temporary restraining orders to three LIV Golf players who wanted to come back to the PGA Tour to compete in the FedEx Cup playoffs said the plaintiffs failed to "even show that they have been harmed -- let alone irreparably." United States District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman, of the Northern District of California, made that assessment in her written ruling that was released on Thursday. Freeman ruled on Tuesday that the PGA Tour could ban Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford from competing in the FedEx Cup playoffs while they were suspended for appearing in LIV Golf tournaments without conflicting-event releases. "Based on this evidence, [temporary restraining order] Plaintiffs have not even shown that they have been harmed -- let alone irreparably," Freeman wrote in her ruling. "It is clear that the LIV Golf contracts negotiated by the TRO Plaintiffs and consummated between the parties were based...
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Sources: New York Jets add OT Duane Brown after Mekhi Becton's serious knee injury

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- With right tackle Mekhi Becton likely sidelined the entire season with a knee injury, the New York Jets finalized a two-year, $22 million contract with offensive tackle  Duane Brown, a five-time Pro Bowler, sources told ESPN. The veteran free agent visited with the Jets over the weekend, attending their annual Green & White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. The Jets began courting Brown before Becton's injury Monday. Initially, coach Robert Saleh said Brown would be a "bonus" because he was satisfied with his tackle situation, but that changed Monday night when Becton's MRI revealed a chip fracture in his right kneecap. Brown, who turns 37 on Aug. 30, has 203 career starts -- all at left tackle. His position with the Jets has yet to be determined, a source said. It will be discussed once he arrives. He didn't miss a start the past two seasons while playing for the Seattle Seahawks. He made the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement last...
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Pittsburgh Steelers to start Mitch Trubisky over Mason Rudolph, Kenny Pickett in preseason opener

LATROBE, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have named a starting quarterback for their preseason opener, with coach Mike Tomlin going with Mitch Trubisky over Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett. The order for the Saturday game against the Seattle Seahawks reflects how the Steelers have divided reps throughout camp. Trubisky has taken almost all of the first-team reps, while Rudolph and Pickett have alternated second- and third-string periods. "I wasn't gonna be blowing in the wind regarding quarterback rotation," Tomlin said. "We've been thoughtful about giving guys an opportunity to work in different groups, but our intentions are to play them this first time out very much the way we started this process." The order was largely expected and signals that the 2017 first-round pick has the inside track to the starting job, but the backup role is still a toss-up between Rudolph and Pickett. And though all three will get an opportunity to play...
August 11
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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner set for hip surgery, expected to miss 2022-23 season

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner is expected to miss the 2022-23 season after he has hip surgery, the team announced Thursday. A full timeline on Lehner's recovery is still to be determined. Vegas did not provide further details on when or how it was determined that Lehner needed surgery. Lehner, 31, was Vegas' primary starter for the first time last season but was sidelined multiple times by various ailments. He was eventually shut down in April to have shoulder surgery on an injury suffered in February. He had taken over as the Golden Knights' No. 1 goaltender after Marc-Andre Fleury was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in July 2021. The two had shared the net after Lehner arrived in Vegas via trade from the Blackhawks in 2020. Later that year, Lehner signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the Golden Knights. In 44 games in 2021-22 -- Lehner's 12th NHL campaign -- the goaltender had a 23-17-2 record with a .907 save percentage and...
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Coach Todd Bowles: Tom Brady away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers to 'deal with some personal things'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be away from the team for a period of time to "deal with some personal things," coach Todd Bowles said Thursday. Bowles said Brady's absence was discussed in advance and that he will return after next week's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 20. "This is something we talked about before training camp started," Bowles said. "We allotted this time because he wanted to get in and get chemistry with the guys and go through two weeks of training camp, knowing he wasn't going to play the first two games. He didn't want to take away reps from Blaine [Gabbert] and Kyle [Trask], as well as 'Griff' [ Ryan Griffin] going into these next two games, knowing it's something he needs to handle." When asked if the issue was health-related, Bowles said, "It's a personal issue. That's all I can tell you." Bowles said he has a "pretty high level of confidence" that Brady will be...
August 11
August 11

RB James White retiring from NFL, says it was 'an honor to represent' New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --  New England Patriots running back James White, a three-time Super Bowl champion, announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday after eight seasons. White, who re-signed with the Patriots on a two-year deal in the offseason, is on the team's physically unable to perform list. He suffered a hip injury last September that ended his season and required surgery. White said in a statement posted to social media that "it has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of New England as a Patriot!" "Thank you to Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream. To be able to play my entire career for one franchise, in front of the best fans in the NFL, has been a tremendous blessing and honor," he added in the statement.  White, 30, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Patriots, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out...
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Skylar Diggins-Smith's status uncertain as Phoenix Mercury fight for WNBA playoff spot

The status of All-Star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith remains uncertain as the Phoenix Mercury continue to battle for one of the last two WNBA playoff spots with two games remaining in the regular season. Diggins-Smith, the team's leader in scoring and assists this season, did not play in Saturday's victory over New York or Wednesday's loss to Minnesota. She was listed as out with a non-COVID illness for the first game and out for personal reasons for the second. The Mercury (14-20) are tied with Atlanta, Minnesota and New York, while Los Angeles (13-21) is also in the playoff race heading into Thursday's games. The only team that already has been eliminated from the postseason is Indiana. Phoenix's remaining games are both at home, against Dallas (Friday) and Chicago (Sunday), which beat the Mercury in the WNBA Finals last year. The Mercury announced Monday that veteran guard Diana Taurasi would miss the rest of the regular season with a quad...
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Cubs, Reds to play ball at 'Field of Dreams'

This is the second game MLB has played dedicated to the 1989 film.
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Sources: Mac Jones, most New England Patriots starters not expected to play in preseason opener

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and most of the team's starters aren't expected to play in Thursday night's preseason game against the New York Giants, sources told ESPN. The Patriots have joint practices next week with the Carolina Panthers followed by a preseason game with them. Then the following week, the team flies to Las Vegas for joint practices with the Las Vegas Raiders and a final preseason game against them. The Patriots' preseason opener is expected to mostly feature rookies and backups vying for roster spots. Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, a fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky, projects to see the majority of action behind veteran Brian Hoyer. The Giants plan to open with their healthy starters, per sources.
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Atlanta Braves prospect Vaughn Grissom homers, 'seemed like a kid on the playground' in debut

BOSTON -- Top Atlanta Braves prospect Vaughn Grissom homered onto Lansdowne Street in his major league debut, and Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run shot on Wednesday night to highlight an 8-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Called up earlier in the day from Double-A, the 21-year-old Grissom hit the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning over the Green Monster and the seats above it and onto the street below for his first big league hit. He tossed his bat aside before taking off around the bases, clapped his hands as he rounded third base and arrived home to be congratulated by Michael Harris II, who had singled ahead of him. "I didn't feel a thing. I didn't feel one thing," Grissom said of his home run during his on-field, postgame interview on Bally Sports South. "Literally, I hit it and blacked out until I saw my first-base coach and just started laughing." A healthy number of Braves fans in the crowd of 35,406 gave Grissom a big...
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Vanessa Bryant’s trial over Kobe Bryant crash photos begins

First responders allegedly shared photos of her husband and daughter's bodies.
August 10
August 10

Tua Tagovailoa's reaction to Miami Dolphins' Tom Brady interest: 'I'm still here ... that's all noise'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa told reporters last week that he believes the team is "all in" on him despite its prior interest in Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. His answer was even more succinct Wednesday when asked again about his reaction to that interest. "Yeah, I mean, I'm still here," he said. "To me, that's all noise at this point." Tagovailoa and the Dolphins practiced with Brady's Buccaneers on Wednesday, the first of two joint practices before the teams' preseason opener Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. The timing of their joint practice coincidentally comes one week after the NFL disciplined Miami for impermissible contact with Brady in 2019 and 2021 -- failed efforts to persuade him to join the Dolphins as a limited partner, football executive and possibly as a player. The league fined Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and limited partner and vice chairman Bruce Beal a combined $2 million and stripped...
August 10
August 10

Chicago Bears remove linebacker Roquan Smith from physically unable to perform list

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears removed linebacker Roquan Smith from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Wednesday, the team announced. The news comes one day after Smith, 25, said in a written statement that he has requested a trade after contract negotiations between the linebacker and team reached an impasse. Smith reported to training camp on July 26 without a new contract and was expected to hold in until he and the Bears reached an agreement. The former first-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal where he is set to earn $9.7 million. Smith participated in the entire Bears offseason workout program this spring while waiting for a new contract and did not appear to suffer an injury at any point. The linebacker has been present for all 12 training camp practices, often seen riding a stationary bike and doing rehab exercises near the team's weight room. NFL teams are mandated by the collective bargaining agreement to pay...
August 10
August 10

Al Avila fired as vice president, general manager of Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers fired longtime general manager Al Avila on Wednesday as the team struggled mightily in a year in which it guaranteed nearly a quarter-billion dollars in free agency to bolster its efforts to contend. Avila, 64, had spent more than two decades with the organization, including the past seven years as general manager after first serving as assistant GM. Born in Cuba, he was the only GM of Latin American descent in Major League Baseball, a sport whose player population is nearly 30% Latin American, and one of just four people of color leading a front office, alongside San Francisco GM Farhan Zaidi, Miami GM Kim Ng and  Chicago White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams. During Avila's tenure, the Tigers finished in last place in the American League Central Division four times and currently occupy the basement with a 43-68 record and a -122 run differential, both third-worst in the majors. "To Tigers fans, you're the best and...
August 10
August 10

Cleveland Browns expect to start Deshaun Watson at quarterback in preseason opener at Jacksonville

BEREA, Ohio --  Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to start Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars. The team made the announcement Wednesday just before boarding a flight to Jacksonville, Florida. Watson and the Browns are waiting to see whether he will be suspended longer than the six-game suspension he was handed for violating the personal conduct policy by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson last week. On Aug. 3, the NFL appealed Robinson's ruling, as it seeks a tougher punishment for Watson. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey to hear the appeal. On Tuesday, Goodell told reporters that the league is seeking a season-long suspension because the quarterback's actions were "egregious" and "predatory behavior," as Robinson noted in her 16-page report. While issuing the six-game suspension, Robinson found that Watson had in sexual assault (as the NFL defines it),...
August 10
August 10

Al Avila out as vice president, general manager of Detroit Tigers

Al Avila is out as executive vice president and general manager of the Detroit Tigers, it was announced Wednesday. "Once I decided to make a change, I sat down with Al and thanked him for his nearly 22 years of service to our organization," CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a statement. Ilitch, who invested millions in the offseason in an attempt to return his team to contention, said he would oversee the search process for Avila's replacement. Assistant general manager Sam Menzin takes over the day-to-day leadership role. "I want to re-establish our momentum and progress towards building a winning team and I am driven to find a talented executive to help us do that," Ilitch said. The Tigers have had only one winning season (2016) since Avila was promoted to general manager on Aug. 4, 2015, after serving as Dave Dombrowski's assistant.  Detroit has the second-worst record in the American League at 43-68, and the Tigers are last in the AL Central entering Wednesday's...
August 10
August 10

Detroit Lions rookie WR Jameson Williams gets Matthew Stafford's No. 9

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The newest No. 9 for the Detroit Lions is expected to be a lot faster than the old one in the Motor City. Lions rookie receiver Jameson Williams has officially switched his jersey to No. 9 --  Matthew Stafford's old Detroit number. He shared an image of the uniform on his Instagram account. Williams originally agreed to wear No. 18 as a nod to Lions great Calvin Johnson, who wore No. 81, by flipping it, but was looking for a single-digit number instead. He reached out to Stafford on his own via text as a courtesy, according to a source. Stafford didn't have any issues, the source confirmed. The Los Angeles Rams quarterback wore No. 9 for a dozen seasons in Detroit, where he set numerous franchise records before being traded for Jared Goff and then winning the Super Bowl this past season. There is no specific timetable on Williams' return as he recovers from a torn ACL in January during the collegiate national...
August 10
August 10

Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas approve decision to not let LIV Golf members into PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Rory McIlroy was paying attention to court proceedings Tuesday, when a federal judge in California denied a temporary restraining order to three suspended PGA Tour members who signed with LIV Golf and then wanted to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford won't be playing in the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the first leg of the playoffs, when it starts Thursday at TPC Southwind. "From my vantage point, common sense prevailed, and I thought it was the right decision," McIlroy said Wednesday. "Now that that has happened, I think it just lets us focus on the important stuff, which is golf. We can all move forward and not have that sideshow going on for the next few weeks, which is nice." Justin Thomas, who said he was looking for updates from the hearing on Twitter, also agreed with the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman. McIlroy and Thomas both said the ongoing dispute...
August 10
August 10

Atlanta Braves call up top prospect Vaughn Grissom to majors with Orlando Arcia put on IL

The Atlanta Braves called up top prospect Vaughn Grissom to the majors on Wednesday in a series of moves that included placing second baseman Orlando Arcia on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring. The 21-year-old Grissom, an infielder, has hit .324 with an .899 OPS at two levels of the Braves' minor league system and is currently with Double-A Mississippi, where he was hitting .363 in 22 games. He has 14 home runs and 67 RBIs in the minors this season. Grissom has played shortstop, third base and second base in the minors and likely will play mostly second base in the majors with Arcia on the IL and Ozzie Albies still sidelined by a fractured left foot. Grissom is playing second base in Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox, batting ninth. This is the second time this season the Braves have called up their top prospect from Double-A to the majors. In May, the Braves recalled center fielder ...
August 10
August 10

Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from FedEx St. Jude Championship with neck injury

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Hideki Matsuyama withdrew from the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, on Wednesday because of a neck injury. Matsuyama, who is ranked 11th in the FedEx Cup points standings, is in good shape to advance to next week's BMW Championship (top 70 players) at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware and the season-ending Tour Championship (top 30 players) at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. "I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from this week's FedEx St. Jude Championship, but I felt it was the best decision to ensure my neck receives the treatment it needs for me to compete in the BMW Championship and Tour Championship," Matsuyama said in a statement released Wednesday. It was the fourth time this season that Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters champion, has pulled out of a tournament because of injury. He also withdrew at The Players, Valero Texas Open and 3M Open. He was disqualified during the first round...
August 10
August 10

Cleveland Browns lose WR Jakeem Grant for season to torn Achilles

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver and kick returner Jakeem Grant Sr. has a torn Achilles and will miss the entire 2022 season after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Grant had to be carted off the field during Tuesday's practice after suffering the injury. "I really feel awful for Jakeem," Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday before the results of the follow-up tests were known. "We've witnessed how hard the young man has worked since he got to our team. We all realize injuries are a part of our game but that doesn't make it any easier to accept especially for someone that works as hard and carries himself like Jakeem." The Browns signed Grant to a three-year deal this offseason to be their kick and punt returner; Grant, however, was also having a standout training camp as a receiver out of the slot, as well. Grant, a Pro Bowl returner for the Chicago Bears last season, has four punt return touchdowns and two TDs off kick returns...
August 10
August 10

Source: Cleveland Browns lose WR Jakeem Grant to torn Achilles

BEREA, Ohio -- Follow-up tests have confirmed that Cleveland Browns wide receiver and kick returner Jakeem Grant Sr. has a torn Achilles, a source told ESPN on Wednesday. Grant had to be carted off the field during Tuesday's practice after suffering the injury in the drill.  "I really feel awful for Jakeem," Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday before the results of the follow-up tests were known. "We've witnessed how hard the young man has worked since he got to our team. We all realize injuries are a part of our game but that doesn't make it any easier to accept especially for someone that works as hard and carries himself like Jakeem." The Browns signed Grant to a three-year deal this offseason to be their kick and punt returner; Grant, however, was also having a standout training camp as a receiver out of the slot, as well. Grant, a Pro Bowl returner for the Chicago Bears last season, has four punt return touchdowns and two scores off kick...
August 10
August 10

Wake Forest Demon Deacons QB Sam Hartman out indefinitely with non-football-related medical condition

Wake Forest will be without starting quarterback Sam Hartman for "an extended period of time" because of a non-football-related issue, the school announced Wednesday, but head coach Dave Clawson insisted Hartman will return at some point this season. Clawson said Hartman underwent "a medical procedure" Tuesday night after seeking medical attention during a workout earlier in the day. The school did not specify the nature of the situation, citing privacy laws, but Clawson said it was "one of those things that could happen to any one of us." Clawson said he did not want to speculate on a timetable for Hartman's return, but the QB, who accounted for 50 touchdowns last season, was at practice Wednesday and addressed the team afterward. "He just wanted those guys to see him and know he's OK," Clawson said. "He wanted to come out here with a smile and see his teammates. He's in a good place. ... He's a guy that's extremely motivated. Football's very important to him, he loves...
August 10
August 10

Boston Celtics open with top projected win total for 2022-23 NBA season, followed by Suns, Warriors, Bucks

The Boston Celtics, the consensus betting favorite to win the 2022-23 NBA title, have the highest projected win total for next season at 54.5 at Caesars Sportsbook, which released its numbers Wednesday. The Phoenix Suns have the next-highest total at 53.5 and are followed by the defending-champion Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks at 52.5. With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving involved in a wild offseason full of trade rumors and public discord, the Brooklyn Nets (45.5) pose unique bookmaking uncertainty for the coming season. "We just have to go off of what we know now," Caesars Sportsbook assistant director of trading Adam Pullen told ESPN. "One thing I am not high on is predicting where players are going. If [Durant or Irving] gets traded, then we have to adjust to the news." Said Caesars Sportsbook senior trading manager Eric Fenstermaker: "[45.5] is kind of in the middle. If Durant and Kyrie stick around, it will...
August 10
August 10

Wake Forest Demon Deacons QB Sam Hartman out indefinitely with non-football medical condition

Wake Forest will be without starting quarterback Sam Hartman for "an extended period of time" due to a non-football issue, the school announced Wednesday. After workouts on Tuesday, Hartman sought medical attention for a condition unrelated to football, according to the school. Details on the condition were withheld due to privacy restrictions. Medical personnel ran tests on Hartman and determined he should be withheld from competition indefinitely. "Tuesday was a frustrating day, but I am extremely grateful for our medical staff and for Dr. Chris Miles and Niles Fleet for staying with me throughout this process," Hartman said in a statement released by the school. "I look forward to attacking this rehabilitation process and I am so appreciative of the support I have received from my family, teammates and coaches." Hartman, a three-year starter, led Wake to the ACC Atlantic Division title last season and a Gator Bowl win over Rutgers, throwing for 4,228 yards and...
August 10
August 10

Trial to begin over Kobe Bryant helicopter crash photos

LOS ANGELES -- An invasion of privacy trial against the Los Angeles County sheriff's and fire departments begins Wednesday in a U.S. District Court just over a mile from where Kobe Bryant played for the Lakers. Bryant's widow, Vanessa, claims deputies did not take the photos for investigative purposes and shared them with firefighters who responded to the Jan. 26, 2020, crash scene. The lawsuit said a deputy showed the photos to bar patrons and that a firefighter showed them to off-duty colleagues. Vanessa Bryant is seeking unspecified millions in compensation.  "Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought that sheriff's deputies, firefighters, and members of the public have gawked at gratuitous images of her deceased husband and child," the lawsuit says. "She lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online." Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and five other parents and players were flying to a girls' basketball...
August 10
August 10

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani joins Babe Ruth as only players in MLB history to have at least 10 HRs and 10 wins in same season

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Another home run, another pitching win, another spot in the history books. Just another night for Shohei Ohtani. The two-way sensation from Japan withstood another injury scare and pitched six scoreless innings to go with his team-leading 25th home run, reaching yet another monumental milestone as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Tuesday. Ohtani joined Babe Ruth (1918) as the only players in major league history to have at least 10 home runs and 10 wins in the same season. According to the Angels, two players from the Negro Leagues also did it: Bullet Rogan of the 1922 Kansas City Monarchs and Ed Rile of the 1927 Detroit Stars. "I feel like every time we're out there he does something special,'' Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. "You try not to take for granted what we're seeing every night but it's pretty awesome to be a part of. These things don't go by us lightly.'' Ohtani singled and scored on ...
August 10
August 10

Dropped call: Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro has phone fly from back pocket during slide into third

PHOENIX -- Rodolfo Castro got the call-up and dropped a call in his return to the big leagues. The Pittsburgh infielder lost his phone during a slide into third base, and the Pirates lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Tuesday night. "I don't think there's any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone,'' Castro told Pittsburgh media members through an interpreter. "It's horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.'' Rookie Tommy Henry (1-1) was sharp in his Chase Field debut, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings for his first big league win. Castro made a different kind of noise after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis -- with his phone. The second-year second baseman walked in the fourth inning and went to third on Oneil Cruz's single. Castro slid headfirst into the bag to beat the throw, and the impact sent his phone flying from his back...
August 10
August 09

Federal judge rejects bid by three LIV golfers to compete in FedEx Cup playoffs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order to three golfers who were seeking to participate in the FedEx Cup Playoffs after leaving the PGA Tour for the upstart LIV Golf Invitational Series. The players, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford, were seeking relief to participate in the first leg of the playoffs, at this week's FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are eligible to compete in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Gooch is 20th in the standings, Jones is 65th and Swafford is 67th. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended the players after they appeared in LIV Golf tournaments without conflicting-event releases from the tour. U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman, of the Northern District of California, ruled that the LIV players had not made their case of irreparable harm and agreed with the tour's position that the players' argument for...
August 09
August 09

Federal judge denies three LIV golfers' bid to compete in FedEx Cup playoffs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order to three golfers who were seeking to participate in the FedEx Cup Playoffs after leaving the PGA Tour for the upstart LIV Golf Invitational Series. The players, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford, were seeking relief to participate in the first leg of the playoffs, at this week's FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are eligible to compete in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Gooch is 20th in the standings, Jones is 65th and Swafford is 67th. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended the players after they appeared in LIV Golf tournaments without conflicting-event releases from the Tour. U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman, of the Northern District of California, ruled that the LIV players had not made their case of irreparable harm and agreed with the Tour's position that the players' argument for...
August 09

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