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Brandon Aiyuk tells Jayden Daniels: 49ers 'don't want me back'

Brandon Aiyuk added more intrigue to his contract stalemate with the San Francisco 49ers with a post to TikTok on Monday. In the video, Aiyuk is talking via FaceTime with Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels, his former Arizona State teammate.   Aiyuk tells Daniels, "They said they don't want me back." Daniels responds, "That's it?"  "I swear," Aiyuk said, prompting Daniels to shout, "My boy!" Aiyuk wrote in the caption of the post, "Im laughing but im crying fr." It is unclear if Aiyuk was implying the 49ers don't want him back for this season or he is saying the 49ers don't want him beyond this season because they are unwilling to meet his demands on what would be a lucrative contract extension.  ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported this weekend that talks between the 49ers and Aiyuk "have stalled a bit." Aiyuk is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is slated to count $14.124 million against the salary cap in...
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Panthers better prepared to hoist Stanley Cup after Game 4 loss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers squandered a chance to win the Stanley Cup in Game 4 against the Edmonton Oilers. That experience might be what was needed to eventually win it. "I think you learn from it. I think the nerves are a little bit less now," winger Carter Verhaeghe said ahead of Tuesday's Stanley Cup Final Game 5 against the Oilers in Sunrise. "It's a little different with the Cup in the building, but we're not really focused on that. We're just trying to focus on playing as well as we can." Edmonton forced Game 5 with an 8-1 win Saturday night. Florida has closed out six playoff series in the past two postseasons under coach Paul Maurice. But he said it is a different mental challenge when the players know that the Cup has been wheeled into the building. "It is different. What's foremost in your head coming to the rink? That it's there, right?" Maurice said. "So we went through it, and it's not something you can truly appreciate...
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Euro 2024: UEFA bans 3 as fake mascot gets on Munich field

A German YouTuber said he made it onto the field during the  European Championship opening ceremony while disguised in a mascot costume, in an incident that revealed flaws in tournament security. Marvin Wildhage published a video appearing to show how he entered the Munich stadium last Friday in a fake costume and danced on the corner of the field before being led away by a UEFA staff member. UEFA said in a statement, "We can confirm that there was an incident with a fake mascot costume at the match in Munich ... between Germany and Scotland. Three people have gained unauthorised access. "UEFA has assessed the situation and initiated the necessary organisational measures. Three individuals have been banned from entering stadiums hosting UEFA Euro 2024 matches. Please understand that we cannot provide any further information due to the ongoing proceedings of the investigating authorities." Wildhage said he ordered his bear costume online from China for €3,200 ($3,400) and...
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Slovakia upset Belgium as VAR denies Lukaku twice

Ivan Schranz scored Slovakia's quickest goal at a major tournament to take his side to a gritty upset 1-0 victory over wasteful Belgium in European Championship Group E on Monday. It was Belgium's first loss in 16 games under coach Domenico Tedesco and a flashback to their disastrous 2022 World Cup campaign, although they did have two goals ruled out by VAR. Both were from the boot of Romelu Lukaku, the first for offside and the second a handball in the buildup on a hugely frustrating day for the Roma striker in which he also missed several clear-cut chances. After the match in Frankfurt, Germany, Tedesco said that the missed chances were a shame but that there was no need to panic for his Belgian side. "I knew one day we would lose a game; unfortunately it's today," Tedesco said. "Today there's not much I can say to the team to be better. We created many chances, big chances. If you score the first goal, it's more than possible. Then the game is easier....
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Israel Adesanya to return vs. Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 305

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya announced on social media that he will return from his self-imposed hiatus to face current champion Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 305, which takes place at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. "Never stole shine, never lost mine," reads the caption on the graphic Adesanya posted with the fight date of August 17 listed. UFC president Dana White confirmed the fight during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show on Monday. Adesanya -- who resides in nearby Auckland, New Zealand -- hasn't fought since he dropped the title in a stunning upset to Sean Strickland last September. After the loss, Adesanya suggested that he might not compete again until 2027, a stance he has since backed off on. The two-time middleweight champion's hiatus will last less than a year, and Adesanya will jump right back into the title picture against one of his biggest rivals in Du Plessis. The two have been feuding ever since South Africa-born Du...
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Les Miles suing LSU; vacated wins drop him below HOF threshold

Former LSU coach Les Miles is suing the school for vacating wins in response to an NCAA infractions case, a move that dropped Miles below the threshold for College Football Hall of Fame qualification. Miles, who coached LSU from 2005 to 2016, also named the NCAA and the National Football Foundation, which manages the College Football Hall of Fame, as defendants. The lawsuit states he was deprived of property rights to the vacated wins and his nomination for the Hall of Fame, which must be done by those affiliated with an NCAA member school. In 2023, LSU vacated 37 wins because of recruiting violations stemming from impermissible benefits paid to the father of former player Vadal Alexander by a former booster. The wins coincided with Alexander's playing career from 2012 to 2015 under Miles, who went 37-14 during the stretch. The vacated football wins were announced alongside other penalties for LSU's football and men's basketball programs by the NCAA's Independent Accountability...
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Commissioner's Cup title game moved to UBS Arena due to NBA draft

The 2024 WNBA Commissioner's Cup Championship Game has been moved from Brooklyn's Barclays Center to UBS Arena on Long Island, the league announced Monday. With Barclays Center hosting the NBA draft on June 26, the arena cannot hold the in-season tournament's final there as scheduled the day prior. The New York Liberty earned the right to host the Minnesota Lynx in the championship as the Liberty hold the better regular-season winning percentage between the two teams. "We are excited for the opportunity to defend our Commissioner's Cup title in New York, and we appreciate our fans' unwavering support of our team," Liberty CEO Keia Clarke said in a statement about the move to the home venue of the NHL's New York Islanders. "While we wish we could have brought this game to our fans in our home arena, we are grateful to UBS Arena for accommodating us and providing a world-class venue in New York." "All you can do is control the controllables -- it's cliché...
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Les Miles suing LSU, as vacated wins drop him below HOF threshold

Former LSU coach Les Miles is suing the school for vacating wins in response to an NCAA infractions case that dropped Miles below the threshold for College Football Hall of Fame qualification. Miles, who coached LSU from 2005 to 2016, also named the NCAA and the National Football Foundation, which manages the College Football Hall of Fame, as defendants. The lawsuit states he was deprived of property rights to the vacated wins and his nomination for the Hall of Fame, which must be done by those affiliated with an NCAA member school. In 2023, LSU vacated 37 wins because of recruiting violations stemming from impermissible benefits paid to the father of former player Vadal Alexander by a former booster. The wins coincided with Alexander's playing career from 2012 and 2015 under Miles, who went 37-12 during the stretch. The vacated football wins were announced alongside other penalties for LSU's football and men's basketball programs by the NCAA's Independent Accountability...
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June 16

Tennessee beats North Carolina, moves closer to MCWS finals

OMAHA, Neb. -- Kavares Tears and Reese Chapman homered, Drew Beam limited North Carolina to one hit over five shutout innings, and Tennessee took control of its bracket at the Men's College World Series with a 6-1 win Sunday night. The Volunteers (57-12), trying to become the first No. 1 national seed since 1999 to win the championship, will advance to the best-of-three finals if they can beat Florida State (48-16) or North Carolina (48-15) on Wednesday. Those teams will meet Tuesday in an elimination game. The Vols, 2-0 in a MCWS for the first time, would have to lose twice to be denied their first finals appearance, meaning the streets of downtown Omaha will be filled with orange-clad fans most of the coming week. They're the sixth No. 1 national seed to start 2-0 in Omaha. "Just happy we put ourselves in this spot," Beam said. "It's been awesome seeing the amount of fans who have shown up from Knoxville, all over the country, wearing the orange. This is a pretty special place...
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Bryson DeChambeau wins 2nd U.S. Open as Rory McIlroy falters

PINEHURST, N.C. -- The 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday turned LIV Golf League captain Bryson DeChambeau into a U.S. Open champion again -- and left Rory McIlroy still trying to end his nearly 10-year drought without a major championship victory after arguably the most heartbreaking near-miss of his career. After watching McIlroy inexplicably miss a short par putt for the second time in three holes on the 18th, DeChambeau hit a difficult punch shot from near a tree root in the native area and into a bunker across the fairway. From 55 yards away, he chipped to about 4 feet and sunk a par putt to finish 6 under -- 1 shot better than McIlroy. "I was going to try and birdie the hole on 18, obviously, if I hit a good drive, but pulled it," DeChambeau said. "But I knew where Rory was. After my tee shot, I was up there going, 'Man, if he makes par, I don't know how I'm going to beat him.' I just really didn't know. Then I heard the moans. Like a shot of adrenaline...
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Former infielder, coach Mike Brumley killed in crash at 61

Former major league infielder, coach and instructor Mike Brumley was killed in a car crash on Saturday night. He was 61. Brumley was killed in Mississippi, according to reports. Brumley played for six teams from 1987 to 1995. He most recently served as a minor league coach and instructor for the Atlanta Braves from 2018 to 2022. Braves third baseman Austin Riley was awoken from his sleep Sunday morning with the news that one of the most influential people in his career had been killed. "I got a text about 2:30 this morning and I have been up since," Riley said after homering in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. "There are very few people that have been role models in my baseball career, my dad being No. 1 and Mike Brumley being No. 2. "I feel for his family and his kids and everybody that he was close to. This is a tragic day. Prayers out to his family. It's a tough pill to swallow." Riley said that he spoke to Brumley on a regular basis and...
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Bryson DeChambeau wins 2nd U.S. Open, edging Rory McIlroy

PINEHURST, N.C. -- LIV Golf League captain Bryson DeChambeau is a U.S. Open champion again. Meanwhile, PGA Tour star  Rory McIlroy's nearly 10-year drought without a major championship victory will go on, after he endured the most painful of all his near-misses in the final round of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday. After McIlroy missed a short par putt for the second time in the final three holes on No. 18, DeChambeau hit a difficult second shot out of the native grass -- and near a tree root -- across the fairway into a bunker. From 55 yards away, he chipped to about 4 feet and sunk a par putt to finish 6 under, 1 shot better than McIlroy. "I can't believe that up and down on the last," DeChambeau said. "Probably the best shot of my life." With DeChambeau and McIlroy tied at 6 under -- and McIlroy playing in the group in front of the final one -- both players pulled their tee shots into the unpredictable native area near the grandstand on the...
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Dodgers put Yoshinobu Yamamoto on IL with strained rotator cuff

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto was placed on the 15-day injured list before Sunday's 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals with a strained rotator cuff. Manager Dave Roberts said after the game that Yamamoto will not pick up a baseball for a few weeks while he rests the shoulder.  "He's a guy that we're still trying to learn a lot about, and appreciate the fact that the most important time of the season is yet to come," Roberts said. "His health is paramount. So for us to be proactive and put him on the IL seems like the smartest thing." Yamamoto, 25, playing his first year in the majors after departing his native Japan and signing a record $325 million, 12-year contract, is 6-2 with a 2.92 ERA. Yamamoto left Saturday's loss to Kansas City after two innings. He said through an interpreter after the game that his scheduled start the previous Thursday against Texas had been pushed back because of the tightness. He also said...
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Dodgers put Yoshinobu Yamamoto on IL with triceps tightness

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto was placed on the 15-day injured list before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals with tightness in the triceps of his pitching arm. Manager Dave Roberts said Yamamoto, 25, would undergo testing Sunday to determine the severity of the injury and a recovery timeline. "He's a guy that we're still trying to learn a lot about, and appreciate the fact that the most important time of the season is yet to come," Roberts said. "His health is paramount. So for us to be proactive and put him on the IL seems like the smartest thing." Yamamoto, playing his first year in the majors after departing his native Japan and signing a record $325 million, 12-year contract, is 6-2 with a 2.92 ERA. Yamamoto left Saturday's loss to Kansas City after two innings. He said through an interpreter after the game that his scheduled start the previous Thursday against Texas had been pushed back because of the...
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England pull through as Bellingham 'writes his own scripts'

Gareth Southgate said Jude Bellingham "writes his own scripts" after the Real Madrid midfielder fired England to victory in their Group C opener against Serbia on Sunday. Bellingham's 13th-minute header was enough to give the Three Lions a 1-0 win in Gelsenkirchen as an impressive first-half display gave way to a tense second period, with England struggling to see the game out. However, Bellingham was England's standout performer -- picking up UEFA's Player of the Match award -- and Southgate said: "He writes his own scripts doesn't he? "The timing of his runs. It was a super bit of play in the buildup to the goal as well. I thought at different moments, all of our forward players looked dangerous and did a really good job for the team." England hit the crossbar in the second half as Harry Kane's 77th-minute header was turned onto the woodwork by Serbia goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic, but Southgate's side were unable to...
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Dodgers' Mookie Betts fractures left hand on hit by pitch

LOS ANGELES --  Dodgers shortstop Mookie Betts suffered a fracture in his left hand when he was hit by a 97.9 mph fastball from Dan Altavilla during the seventh inning of Sunday's game against the  Kansas City Royals.  The fracture, which is to a bone in Betts' left wrist, will not require surgery, according to manager Dave Roberts. There is no timetable for his return, though he is expected to be out "for some time."  "It's a big blow. I feel bad for Mookie because he's having an MVP-type season," Roberts said.  The pitch hit Betts at the top of the hand, near the wrist. Betts fell to the ground and was writhing in extreme pain in the batter's box as trainers and Roberts came out to tend to him. Those watching on television and in the lower deck at Dodger Stadium could clearly hear the ball making contact with Betts' hand. Betts went 0-for-3 before exiting Sunday to drop his batting average to .304, ninth in the majors. He was fourth in on-base...
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Dodgers' Mookie Betts hit on left hand by pitch, exits game

LOS ANGELES --  Dodgers shortstop Mookie Betts left during the seventh inning of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals after being hit in the left hand by a 97.9 mph fastball from Dan Altavilla. The pitch hit Betts at the top of the hand, near the wrist. Betts fell to the ground and was writhing in extreme pain in the batter's box as trainers and manager Dave Roberts came out to tend to him. Those watching on television and in the lower deck at Dodger Stadium could clearly hear the ball making contact with Betts' hand. Betts went 0-for-3 Sunday to drop his batting average to .304, ninth in the majors. He was fourth in on-base percentage (.405) and tied for fifth in hits (86).
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'A basketball play': Reese disagrees with her foul on Clark

INDIANAPOLIS -- The second WNBA installment of Caitlin Clark vs. Angel Reese made as many headlines as the first. Clark's Indiana Fever defeated Reese's Chicago Sky 88-83 on Sunday in a game that will be marked by the flagrant foul Reese committed against her college rival. Reese, the former LSU star who has been inextricably linked to former Iowa star Clark since their much-hyped matchup in the 2023 women's Final Four, delivered a hard blow to Clark's head as Clark drove to the basket in the third quarter. Officials upgraded the call to a flagrant foul 1 after a video review. But Reese seemed to take exception to the ruling, describing it as merely "a basketball play" after the loss. "I can't control the refs," she said. "They affected the game a lot tonight. ... I'm always going for the ball. But y'all going to play that clip 20 times before Monday." Reese, who was called for five fouls, was visibly frustrated at times during the game....
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'A basketball play': Reese disagrees with her foul of Clark

INDIANAPOLIS -- The second WNBA installment of Caitlin Clark vs. Angel Reese made as many headlines as the first. Clark's Indiana Fever defeated Reese's Chicago Sky 88-83 on Sunday in a game that will be marked by the flagrant foul Reese committed against her college rival. Reese, the former LSU star who has been inextricably linked to former Iowa star Clark since their much-hyped matchup in the 2023 women's Final Four, delivered a hard blow to Clark's head as Clark drove to the basket in the third quarter. Officials upgraded the call to a flagrant 1 foul after a video review. But Reese seemed to take exception to the ruling. She described it as merely "a basketball play," after the loss. She continued, saying, "I can't control the refs. They affected the game a lot tonight. ... I'm always going for the ball. But y'all going to play that clip 20 times before Monday." Reese, who was called for five fouls, was visibly frustrated at times in...
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Bellingham's header gives England Euro win over Serbia

A powerful first-half header by Jude Bellingham sent England on the way to a successful launch of their Euro 2024 campaign with a 1-0 win over Serbia on Sunday that began confidently, but saw the Three Lions clinging on for the points by the end. The excellent Bellingham stormed into the box to connect with Bukayo Saka's deflected cross that sailed across the box perfectly for the 20-year-old midfielder to put the Euro 2020 runners-up ahead from close range in the 13th minute. The result put England top of Group C after Denmark and Slovenia drew 1-1 earlier on Sunday. Bellingham, who began the move for the only goal himself, set the tempo for much of England's attacking play and was cheered to the rafters of the cavernous Arena AufSchalke by the army of Three Lions fans bellowing his name. Gareth Southgate's attack-minded team initially found space down the right as Saka linked up with full back Kyle Walker, whose surging...
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Bellingham's header gives England 1-0 Euro win over Serbia

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 16 (Reuters) - An early header by Jude Bellingham was enough for England to beat Serbia 1-0 in their Group C opener at the European Championship on Sunday as they ground out a victory from a contest they initially dominated. England took the lead in the 13th minute when Bellingham burst into the six-yard box to power home a header from a deflected Bukayo Saka cross, finishing off a move that the 20-year-old maestro launched himself deep in midfield. Gareth Southgate’s side controlled possession but struggled to turn their domination into scoring opportunities against a Serbia side who defended deep and ended the first half with no goal attempts at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen. Serbia looked livelier in the second half albeit without creating clear-cut chances and goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic had to make a stunning reflex save that bounced off the crossbar to keep out a Harry Kane close-range header in the 77th...
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New Manchester United contract not 'easily done' - Ten Hag

Erik ten Hag said he has yet to agree a new contract at Manchester United and admitted that it won't be "easily done" after being told by the club's new football regime that his job is safe at the Premier League team. Ten Hag was informed by the Ineos-led football board last week that he would not be fired as manager after winning the FA Cup, despite the team's  eighth-place finish in the league. But having agreed to retain the former Ajax coach, sources told ESPN that Ineos are ready to extend Ten Hag's contract beyond the final 12 months of his existing deal. Ten Hag has now said, however, that further talks are needed with United, who confirmed to him that they had spoken to former Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel about replacing him. "Manchester United and I still have to find an agreement for the new contract," Ten Hag told Dutch broadcaster NOS. "This isn't easily done, we are still going to...
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Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after fan zone threat

A man was shot by police in an area packed with football supporters in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands after threatening an officer with a pick axe, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after the threat. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible in the leg. "He apparently tried to set fire to this Molotov cocktail and then approached several people including police officers, and the police officers then had to make use of their firearms," Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen said. "We assume that this is an isolated case, that is, disconnected from football... I don't see any threat at all or any impact on the game today." Levgruen added that the police "still don't have any insights into the background, including his motivation, which...
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Celtics waiting on Kristaps Porzingis' status for Game 5

BOSTON -- As the Celtics attempt to close out the NBA Finals with a victory over the Mavericks, it remains to be seen whether Kristaps Porzingis will be back on the court for Game 5 on Monday night. "I haven't talked to him yet," Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla told reporters at TD Garden on Sunday. "Going to talk about that before we start [practice]. ... So I'm not sure kind of where he's at. "But he's trying and doing everything he can to try to put himself in position to be out there. I know that for sure." The Celtics officially listed Porzingis as questionable for Game 5.  Porzingis missed Games 3 and 4 in Dallas with a torn medial retinaculum allowing dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon in his left leg. Boston didn't make Porzingis available to reporters Sunday, though in a very brief conversation with ESPN as he walked off the court, the center said he was feeling better. The 7-foot-3 Latvian, who hadn't played past the first round of the...
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Kyrie Irving aims to silence Celtics crowd, 'self-doubt' in Game 5

BOSTON -- With his Dallas Mavericks attempting to avoid elimination in the NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving feels the pressure to perform in a road arena that presents uniquely challenging circumstances for him. After Sunday's practice in preparation for Game 5 on Monday, Irving discussed the villain treatment he has received at TD Garden since his decision to leave the Boston Celtics in free agency five years ago. Irving struggled in the Mavs' two road losses to open these Finals, averaging 14.0 points on 35.1% shooting, providing plenty of ammunition for a fan base that considers him to be a public enemy. "I mean, let's just call it what it is," Irving said. "When the fans are cheering, 'Kyrie sucks,' they feel like they have a psychological edge, and that's fair. Of course, if I'm not making shots or turning the ball over, that makes it even more of a pressing issue that they can stay on me for. "I think in order to silence even the self-doubt, let alone the...
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Chiefs' Isaiah Buggs charged with domestic violence, burglary

Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs has been arrested for the second time in a month after he was booked on a domestic violence/burglary charge in Alabama on Sunday morning and released, according to online records. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office records show Buggs was released on $5,000 bond. No further details about the arrest were available. The Chiefs were aware of the case but declined to comment On May 30, Buggs turned himself in after he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty in Tuscaloosa. Two dogs under his care -- a pitbull and a rottweiler mix -- were found to be neglected and severely malnourished. One of the dogs had to be euthanized. Buggs' agent, Trey Robinson, has alleged his client is a victim of an ongoing "subversive campaign" to force the closure of the hookah lounge he owns in Tuscaloosa. Buggs, 27, played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and two with the Detroit...
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Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after hammer threat

A man was shot by police in an area packed with football supporters in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands after threatening an officer with a sledgehammer, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after the threat. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible in the leg. "He apparently tried to set fire to this Molotov cocktail and then approached several people including police officers, and the police officers then had to make use of their firearms," Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen said. "We assume that this is an isolated case, that is, disconnected from football... I don't see any threat at all or any impact on the game today." Levgruen added that the police "still don't have any insights into the background, including his motivation,...
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Euro 2024: Eriksen scores opener 3 years post-cardiac arrest

Christian Eriksen scored for Denmark in their opening European Championship match against Slovenia on Sunday, three years after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at the last tournament in 2021. Eriksen, 32, opened the scoring for the Danes in the 17th minute in Stuttgart after he received a flicked pass from Jonas Wind inside the box. For much of the contest it seemed as though Eriksen's goal would prove decisive for Denmark, but Erik Janža's deflected strike in the 77th minute earned Slovenia a draw. "Well, it was nice [to score], it came at a good time," Eriksen said. "We had talked about scoring from a set-piece and we did and, unfortunately, the others did too, but we scored and got off to a good start. "It was great with so many Danish fans." In 2021, Eriksen collapsed in the 43rd minute of the game against Finland with the score 0-0. Finland eventually won 1-0, with Eriksen named man of the match. Danish football federation...
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Albania fan playfully taunts Italian supporters by snapping spaghetti

An Albanian fan playfully taunted Italian supporters by snapping spaghetti and tossing it into the air ahead of Saturday's Euro 2024 match between the two countries in Germany.
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Euro 2024: Weghorst 'upset' at Netherlands sub role post-goal

HAMBURG, Germany -- Dutch manager Ronald Koeman said Wout Weghorst is "upset" at being told he is likely to start games on the bench for the Netherlands at Euro 2024 after the former Manchester United forward scored a late winner in a 2-1 win against Poland just minutes after entering the game as a substitute. Weghorst, 31, replaced Memphis Depay in the 82nd minute of the Group D fixture in Hamburg and scored moments later by converting a Nathan Aké pass from close range. The Dutch had missed several clear chances against the Poles, whose first-half opener by Adam Buksa was cancelled out by Cody Gakpo, before Koeman turned to Weghorst. After the striker netted his seventh goal in 11 international matches to send his team to victory, Koeman said that he has had to tell Weghorst why he believes he has more impact in games from the bench. "When I spoke to Wout in the beginning to come in with the national team,...
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Cubs' Kyle Hendricks earns starting job back vs. Giants

CHICAGO -- Veteran Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks will start Wednesday's game against the Giants, the team announced Sunday. It will be Hendricks' first start since giving up eight runs in a May outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has made five relief appearances since then, including three scoreless ones this month. "We're down pitchers right now," manager Craig Counsell said before announcing the move. The Cubs lost two starters just this week, including Ben Brown to a neck injury and Jordan Wicks to an oblique strain. Wicks came out of Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after 1⅔ innings, giving way to Hendricks who threw 4⅓ shutout innings in emergency duty. Despite the 3-0 loss, that outing, along with several other recent ones, earned Hendricks another chance at starting. "In a lot of ways, Kyle continues to impress you even though he's had a tough go of it so far," Counsell said. "He's worried about the things he can...
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Ferrari defends title as 499P hypercar wins 24 Hours of Le Mans

Ferrari won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second year in a row on Sunday after a battle with Toyota to the finish of the 92nd edition of the endurance race. Almost out of fuel and on a wet track, Denmark's Nicklas Nielsen took the checkered flag in the 499P hypercar shared with Italian Antonio Fuoco and Spaniard Miguel Molina over 311 laps of the Sarthe circuit. The Toyota GR010 hybrid driven by Jose Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries finished 14.221 seconds behind after starting 23rd. Nielsen, Fuoco and Molina were all first-time overall winners, but the outcome remained open right to the end in a race with a safety car period lasting more than four hours during the night. The car's fuel gauge was registering around 2% at the finish. "The worst for me was when they asked me to go slower because that's usually where the mistakes happen," Nielsen said about saving fuel to the finish. "The last lap was so long. They kept me updated on the gap ... so it was just about...
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Euro 2024: Weghorst goal gives Dutch late victory over Poland

HAMBURG, Germany -- Wout Weghorst scored within two minutes of entering the game as a substitute to secure a 2-1 win for the Netherlands against Poland in their Group D opener in Hamburg. Weghorst, who scored just two goals in 31 appearances for Manchester United while on loan at Old Trafford during the 2022-23 season, replaced the ineffective Memphis Depay in the 82nd minute as coach Ronald Koeman attempted one last throw of the dice after seeing the Dutch miss a series of chances. Although Weghorst's time at United proved unsuccessful in front of goal, the Hoffenheim forward took his recent tally to seven goals in 11 appearances for his country when he broke clear of his marker to guide Nathan Ake's pass beyond Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny with a left-footed shot from ten yards. With Poland missing their injured striker Robert Lewandowski, the Dutch had been favourites to win this game, but the 1988 European...
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June 16

Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after ax threat

A man was shot by police in an area packed with football supporters in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands after threatening an officer with an ax, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after the threat. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible. "He apparently tried to set fire to this Molotov cocktail and then approached several people including police officers, and the police officers then had to make use of their firearms," Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen said. "We assume that this is an isolated case, that is, disconnected from football... I don't see any threat at all or any impact on the game today." Levgruen added that the police "still don't have any insights into the background, including his motivation, which may have led to...
June 16
June 16

Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after axe threat

A man was shot by police in an area packed with football supporters in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands after threatening an officer with an axe, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after the threat. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible in the leg. "He apparently tried to set fire to this Molotov cocktail and then approached several people including police officers, and the police officers then had to make use of their firearms," Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen said. "We assume that this is an isolated case, that is, disconnected from football... I don't see any threat at all or any impact on the game today." Levgruen added that the police "still don't have any insights into the background, including his motivation, which may...
June 16
June 16

Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after ax attack

A man was shot by police in a Hamburg, Germany, area packed with football supporters ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands following an attack on an officer with an ax, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after an officer was attacked. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible for the attack. It is not yet clear whether the attacker was a football supporter. In a statement, Hamburg Police said, "At St Pauli, there is currently a major police operation. "According to initial findings, a person threatened police officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device. The police then used their firearms. The attacker was injured and is currently receiving medical treatment." A heavy police presence has been visible in Hamburg ahead of the game, but both sets of supporters have mixed...
June 16
June 16

U.S. swim trials: Ledecky makes Olympics; Walsh sets record

Katie Ledecky is heading to her fourth Olympics, an accomplishment that seemed unimaginable when she was a 15-year-old kid in London. These days, it wouldn't seem like a Summer Games without her. As steady as ever, Ledecky cruised to victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials Saturday night, where earlier Gretchen Walsh set a world record in the 100 butterfly.  Ledecky makes qualifying for the Olympics look so much easier than it is. Ledecky became just the ninth U.S. swimmer to qualify at least four times for the sport's grandest stage. "I pride myself on that consistency," she said. "Sometimes it can be tough to feel you're not having a breakthrough. But being really consistent is something I'm really happy with. I've learned to really enjoy training and take advantage of the moment." Cheered on by a crowd of 20,689 at the home of the Indianapolis Colts, Ledecky touched the wall in the temporary pool in 3 minutes, 58.35 seconds. She improved on...
June 16
June 16

Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after axe attack

A man was shot by police in a Hamburg, Germany, area packed with football supporters ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands following an attack on an officer with an axe, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after an officer was attacked. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible for the attack. It is not yet clear whether the attacker was a football supporter. In a statement, Hamburg Police said, "At St Pauli, there is currently a major police operation. "According to initial findings, a person threatened police officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device. The police then used their firearms. The attacker was injured and is currently receiving medical treatment." Police officers shot the man in the leg, Hamburg police told German news agency dpa. A police spokesman said...
June 16
June 16

A'ja Wilson emotional as sliding Aces fall in Finals rematch

LAS VEGAS -- The Aces dropped their sixth game of 2024 on Saturday -- as many as they lost all of last regular season -- as the Liberty  prevailed 90-82 in a WNBA Finals rematch before a packed house that included LeBron James courtside. Afterward, Las Vegas star A'ja Wilson got emotional talking about what she needs to do to help the two-time defending champion Aces out of this lull. "It's hard. I love my teammates so much," a teary-eyed Wilson said after Las Vegas lost its fifth in seven games. "[People] say I'm the best player in the world. That's great. But I want to be the best person. I want to be the best teammate, because that's how I get the best out of my team. "So when it comes to wins and losses ... I break this game down piece by piece because I want to be great for my team ... great for this franchise. It is hard as s---. Great teams in this league that are going to try to come after you every single night. But when it comes...
June 16
June 16

Texas A&M robs homer in ninth, tops Florida in MCWS thriller

OMAHA, Neb. -- Jace LaViolette robbed Cade Kurland of a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning, Justin Lamkin and two relievers struck out 16 and Texas A&M held off Florida 3-2 in a weather-delayed Men's College World Series opener that ended early Sunday. The Aggies (50-13) will play Kentucky on Monday night in a Bracket 2 winners' game. The Gators (34-29), the national runners-up to LSU last year, will meet North Carolina State in a Monday afternoon elimination game. Texas A&M scored its runs in the first three innings against Liam Peterson (3-5), the first freshman to start a MCWS opener for Florida, and then relied on Lamkin, Chris Cortez (10-3) and Evan Aschenbeck to hold down the Gators' high-powered offense. Florida had come from behind in four of its six NCAA tournament wins and nearly did it again. Down a run in the eighth, the Gators loaded the bases with two outs against Aschenbeck. The left-hander, named Stopper of the Year as the nation's top closer, got out of the...
June 16
June 16

Gervonta Davis shows 'a little rust,' then KO's Frank Martin

LAS VEGAS -- Gervonta Davis packed a full house into the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday for his first appearance in 14 months and then set off a frenzy with a vicious knockout. Davis (30-0, 28 KOs) knocked out Frank Martin with a left hand at 1:29 of the eighth round to successfully defend his WBA lightweight championship. It was Davis' first fight since an equally stunning knockout of Ryan Garcia in April 2023. It was also his first appearance since he served 44 days in a Baltimore detention center last summer for violating the terms of a house arrest stemming from a hit-and-run crash in November 2020 that injured four people. "Yeah, there's a little rust, but it's OK. I'm back," Davis said. "A couple rounds, I feel as though I ain't warm up completely how I wanted to. I did warm up, but I got cold as the fight was going on before me. But it's OK. No excuses." All three judges had Davis ahead 67-66 on the scorecards at the time of stoppage. Martin actually...
June 16
June 16

Gervonta Davis flattens Frank Martin in 8th-round KO victory

LAS VEGAS -- In his first appearance in 14 months, Gervonta Davis packed a full house into the MGM Grand on Saturday and set off a frenzy with a vicious knockout. Davis (30-0, 28 KOs) knocked Frank Martin out cold with a left hand at the 1:29 mark of the eighth round to successfully defend his WBA lightweight championship. It was Davis's first fight since an equally stunning knockout of Ryan Garcia in April 2023. Davis, 29, served 44 days at a Baltimore detention center last summer for violating the terms of a house arrest stemming from a hit-and-run crash in November 2020 that injured four people. Davis took his time in the early rounds, calmly walking Martin down but rarely opening up with his notorious power. By the fourth round, however, Davis started to settle in, and his power had a visible effect on Martin, who reacted so strongly to several of Davis' fakes that it drew laughs from the champion and the sellout crowd. A knockout finish felt all but inevitable in the...
June 16
June 15

Wings' Ogunbowale: 'Politics' involved in Olympics selection

Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale told the "Nightcap" podcast in an episode released Thursday that she took her name out of the pool for the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team "months ago" and that she thinks "politics" goes into the selection of the squad. The 12-member 5-on-5 women's team for the Paris Games was announced Tuesday. The players most talked about who didn't make it were  Indiana Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark and Ogunbowale, who has been one of the top scorers in the league during her six WNBA seasons, all with Dallas. "Me being me, I just felt the vibes," Ogunbowale said of how she thought she was being assessed by USA Basketball. "When it comes to that stuff, it really doesn't have much to do with your game. It's really about who they feel like fits with the team. That's on the men's side, too. "The committees say they look for people who ... I don't know, honestly. But I could already tell. I actually took my name out of the...
June 15
June 15

Edmonton Oilers break out in Game 4, stay alive with 8-1 win

Connor McDavid scored, "La Bamba" played in the Edmonton Oilers locker room, and the Stanley Cup Final is heading back to Florida after a statement win. McDavid scored his first goal of the series as part of a four-point performance and  Stuart Skinner was spectacular in making 32 saves as the Oilers routed the Florida Panthers 8-1 in Game 4 on Saturday night, chasing Sergei Bobrovsky and avoiding a sweep. Game 5 is Tuesday in Sunrise. "It's just one win," McDavid said. "That's all it is, whether you score eight or you score one. It's just one win. We've got to go to Florida and do a job and drag them back to Alberta." The Panthers' party will have to wait after a complete meltdown from a team with many players who have never been this close to hoisting the Cup. Bobrovsky was pulled five minutes into the second period after allowing five goals on 16 shots -- more than he gave up in the first three games of the series combined. "It had...
June 15
June 15

Wilson emotional after sliding Aces fall in Finals rematch

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Aces dropped their sixth game of 2024 on Saturday -- as many as they lost all of last regular season -- as the New York Liberty prevailed 90-82 in a WNBA Finals rematch before a packed house that included LeBron James courtside. Afterward, Las Vegas star A'ja Wilson got emotional talking about what she needs to do to help the two-time defending champion Aces out of this lull. "It's hard. I love my teammates so much," a teary-eyed Wilson said after Las Vegas lost its fifth in seven games. "[People] say I'm the best player in the world. That's great. But I want to be the best person. I want to be the best teammate, because that's how I get the best out of my team. "So when it comes to wins and losses ... I break this game down piece by piece because I want to be great for my team ... great for this franchise. It is hard as s---. Great teams in this league that are going to try to come after you every single night. But when...
June 15
June 15

Ronaldinho's Brazil Copa América criticism part of ad campaign

Brazil legend Ronaldinho said his criticisms of this year's Copa América squad were in fact a collection of posts made from fans on social media that he reproduced as part of an advertising campaign for a deodorant brand. Ronaldinho had earlier posted on Instagram that there is a "lack of love for the shirt" among the team, sparking a defence of the squad by current international Raphinha. However, hours later, Ronaldinho said those words were not his and he was trying to engineer support for the current side. "I would never abandon supporting Brazil," he wrote on his Instagram account. "These words of abandonment of mine, in fact, were reproductions of real posts from fans on social media. Imagine hearing these reviews before playing? It's not possible, motivation goes down. "The support of the fans makes a huge difference for the players and what they need is support at this time," he continued before adding a promotion for a deodorant...
June 15
June 15

Wings' Arike Ogunbowale: 'Politics' involved in Olympics selection

Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale told the "Nightcap" podcast in an episode released Thursday that she took her name out of the pool for the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team "months ago" and that she thinks "politics" goes into the selection of the squad. The 12-member 5-on-5 women's U.S. team for the Paris Games was announced Tuesday. The players most talked about who didn't make it were  Indiana Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark and Ogunbowale, who has been one of the top scorers in the league during her six WNBA seasons, all with Dallas. "Me being me, I just felt the vibes," Ogunbowale said of how she thought she was being assessed by USA Basketball. "When it comes to that stuff, it really doesn't have much to do with your game. It's really about who they feel like fits with the team. That's on the men's side, too. "The committees say they look for people who ... I don't know, honestly. But I could already tell. I actually took my name out...
June 15
June 15

Copa América: Ronaldinho's Brazil criticism part of ad campaign

Brazil legend Ronaldinho said his criticisms of this year's Copa América squad were in fact a collection of posts made from fans on social media that he reproduced as part of an advertising campaign for a deodorant brand. Ronaldinho had earlier posted on Instagram that there is a "lack of love for the shirt" among the team, sparking a defence of the squad by current international Raphinha. However, hours later, Ronaldinho said those words were not his and he was trying to engineer support for the current side. "I would never abandon supporting Brazil," he wrote on his Instagram account. "These words of abandonment of mine, in fact, were reproductions of real posts from fans on social media. Imagine hearing these reviews before playing? It's not possible, motivation goes down. "The support of the fans makes a huge difference for the players and what they need is support at this time," he continued before adding a promotion for a deodorant...
June 15
June 15

U.S. swim trials: Ledecky makes Olympics, Walsh sets record

INDIANAPOLIS -- Katie Ledecky is heading to her fourth Olympics, an accomplishment that seemed unimaginable when she was a 15-year-old kid in London. These days, it wouldn't seem like a Summer Games without her. As steady as ever, Ledecky cruised to victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials on Saturday night, where earlier Gretchen Walsh set a world record in the 100 butterfly.  Ledecky makes qualifying for the Olympics look so much easier than it is. Ledecky became just the ninth U.S. swimmer to qualify at least four times for the sport's grandest stage. "I pride myself on that consistency," she said. "Sometimes it can be tough to feel you're not having a breakthrough. But being really consistent is something I'm really happy with. I've learned to really enjoy training and take advantage of the moment." Cheered on by a crowd of 20,689 at the home of the Indianapolis Colts, Ledecky touched the wall in the temporary pool in 3 minutes, 58.35...
June 15
June 15

Bryson DeChambeau fights hip injury, up 3 shots at U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Standing on the 13th tee box in the third round of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on Saturday, Bryson DeChambeau told his caddie, Gregory Bodine, "I would love to go for this green." Someone in the gallery shouted, "Yeah, you should!" DeChambeau thought better of it and told the fans before hitting a long iron, "Don't boo me, I'm sorry." They were only cheering for DeChambeau, the LIV Golf League captain who has won the hearts of golf fans with his on-course high-fives and YouTube videos. With a potent combination of length off the tee and deft putting on the greens, DeChambeau opened a 4-stroke lead on the back nine before carding a 3-under 67 for a 3-shot advantage heading into Sunday's final round. As much a showman as a golfer, DeChambeau enjoyed every minute of it. "It was amazing," he said. "I can't thank them enough. It was a blessing. Man, they riled me up. It just gives me a spike in my adrenaline and allows me to focus more on...
June 15

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