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San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis exits game after hurting left shoulder again

SAN DIEGO -- Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder Friday night in the  Padres' 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. It was the third time Tatis, 22, left a game this year due to a left shoulder injury. He was the NL's starting shortstop in the All-Star Game. Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Tatis' injury is similar to his two previous ones and that the team will know more Saturday. "I don't know how to compare them. They've all been a little bit different,'' Tingler said. "We're of the understanding that this was a possibility, the shoulder coming out and then back in. The good thing is it slid back in. "It's so tough to predict, especially without a lot of information at this point. I will say, for whatever reason, he's had a phenomenal ability of getting back in there, honestly sooner than we've expected. But again, it's tough to say without having a lot of information.'' Tatis singled in the first inning and...
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Simone Biles withdraws from vault, uneven bars at the 2021 Olympics; status for last two individual events to be determined

TOKYO -- Simone Biles withdrew from Sunday's individual finals in the vault and uneven bars at the Summer Olympics. "Today, after further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars," USAG said in a statement. "She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam." The 24-year-old Biles withdrew from Tuesday's team final after her first vault, and she later told the media she no longer trusted herself. She then opted out of Thursday's all-around final to focus on her mental health. In a series of posts and videos on her Instagram story on Friday, Biles explained she was still dealing with the "twisties" and said her "mind and body are simply not in sync." Twisties is a term used by gymnasts when they feel like they get lost in the air, which can cause serious injuries during airborne routines.  In one video, Biles is seen...
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Jed Hoyer says Chicago Cubs' major trade-deadline shake-up was 'right thing for the organization'

WASHINGTON -- An 11-game losing streak sealed the Chicago Cubs' fate in the standings not only for 2021, but also for the future of the franchise well beyond this season. In a span of 24 hours, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer tore down the team he helped build -- one that won a World Series in 2016. First baseman Anthony Rizzo was traded to the New York Yankees, shortstop Javy Baez to the New York Mets and third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants. All three popular Cubs will be free agents after this season. "We could either hold these players for two months and have them compete for a fourth-place team or do everything we could do in our power to reset our farm system and reset our organization," Hoyer said on a post-trade deadline Zoom call. "We accelerated that over the last 10 days or so." Hoyer also traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the  White...
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Dodgers' Andrew Friedman says willingness to 'be aggressive' key to team's big trade-deadline splashes

Andrew Friedman's reputation as a pragmatic executive who seeks value on the margins and shies away from the headline-grabbing acquisitions is no longer applicable. The Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations, who cut his teeth in the front office of a famously frugal Tampa Bay Rays organization, is officially a big-game hunter. Over the last four years, Friedman has acquired -- either through free agency or via trade -- Yu Darvish, Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Trevor Bauer, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, a sextet of players who have combined for 25 All-Star Game appearances, four Cy Young Awards and one MVP. The latest move -- plucking Scherzer and Turner from the Washington Nationals for a package of four prospects, headlined by catcher Keibert Ruiz and pitcher Josiah Gray -- might have provided the Dodgers with some distance in a tightly contested National League West and made them the favorites...
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Simone Biles withdraws from vault, uneven bars competitions

The gold medalist pulled out of the all-around earlier this week.
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Simone Biles of the United States during training for the Tokyo Olympics on July 22, 2021.
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Jed Hoyer says Chicago Cubs' major trade-deadline shakeup was 'right thing for the organization'

WASHINGTON -- An 11-game losing streak sealed the Chicago Cubs' fate in the standings not only for 2021, but also for the future of the franchise well beyond this season. In the span of 24 hours, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer tore down the team he helped put together -- which won a World Series in 2016. First baseman Anthony Rizzo was traded to the New York Yankees, shortstop Javy Baez to the New York Mets and third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants. All three popular Cubs will be free agents after this season. "We could either hold these players for two months and have them compete for a fourth-place team or do everything we could do in our power to reset our farm system and reset our organization," Hoyer said on a post-trade deadline Zoom call. "We accelerated that over the last 10 days or so." Hoyer also traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the  ...
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Jed Hoyer says Chicago Cubs' major trading-deadline shakeup was 'right thing for the organization'

WASHINGTON -- An 11-game losing streak sealed the Chicago Cubs' fate in the standings not only for 2021, but also for the future of the franchise well beyond this season. In the span of 24 hours, president of baseball operations, Jed Hoyer, tore down the team he helped put together -- which won a World Series back in 2016. First baseman Anthony Rizzo was traded to the New York Yankees, shortstop Javy Baez to the New York Mets and third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants. All three popular Cubs will be free agents after this season. "We could either hold these players for two months and have them compete for a fourth place team or do everything we could do in our power to reset our farm system and reset our organization," Hoyer said on a post-trade deadline zoom call. "We accelerated that over the last 10 days or so." Hoyer also traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the White...
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American Caeleb Dressel sets world record in 2nd individual win

Dressel was a favorite going into the games.
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Caeleb Dressel of the United States reacts after swimming in the men's 100-meter freestyle semifinal on July 28, 2021, in Tokyo.
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Sources: Boston Celtics acquire Josh Richardson, trade Tristan Thompson in separate 3-team deal

The Boston Celtics were involved in a pair of moves to reshuffle their roster Friday that saw them ship out center Tristan Thompson and bring back three players: guard Kris Dunn and center Bruno Fernando from the Atlanta Hawks and guard Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks. The first deal saw Thompson wind up with the  Sacramento Kings, guard Delon Wright go from Sacramento to Atlanta and Dunn and Fernando wind up in Boston, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston also received a 2023 second-round pick in the deal, sources said.  Later Friday, Boston struck another deal, with sources confirming that the Celtics landed Richardson from the Mavericks by using the remainder of the trade exception created by the sign-and-trade deal that sent Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets in November. Boston now has 13 players with fully guaranteed contracts for next season and are around $5...
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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom out until September with right forearm inflammation

The New York Mets said Friday that Jacob deGrom will be out until September due to additional inflammation in his right forearm. According to acting New York general manager Zack Scott, deGrom threw a bullpen session Thursday and then was diagnosed with the inflammation. DeGrom reached the high 90s near the end of his session, per Mets manager Luis Rojas, but then didn't throw Friday, a deviation from his routine. He will be shut down from throwing for two weeks, pushing back the timetable of his return to September. The ace right-hander is 7-2 in 15 starts with a 1.08 ERA, but last pitched July 7 when he struck out 10 in seven innings against the  Milwaukee Brewers. DeGrom has suffered five injuries this season -- shoulder soreness, right lat tightness, right side tightness and right flexor tendinitis were the other ailments -- had two starts pushed back and had an earlier stint on the injured list in May. When he landed on the IL with forearm tightness,...
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Sources: Sacramento Kings acquire Tristan Thompson in three-team deal with Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks

The Celtics, Hawks and Kings agreed to a three-team trade Friday that allowed Sacramento to acquire  Tristan Thompson, Atlanta to obtain  Delon Wright and Boston to receive  Kris Dunn, Bruno Fernando and a 2023 second-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Thompson, 30, averaged 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in 54 games for the Celtics last season, his first playing anywhere outside of Cleveland, where he spent the first nine years of his NBA career. But with the emergence of third-year center Robert Williams III, plus the return of center Al Horford as part of the Kemba Walker trade last month, there wasn't a need for Thompson any longer in Boston. Now, though, he's headed to Sacramento, where he will give the Kings insurance at the center spot with starter Richaun Holmes set to be an unrestricted free agent Monday. Dunn, 27, played just four games during the regular season as he...
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Houston Texans QB Tyrod Taylor says Deshaun Watson 'absolutely' a resource, not a distraction at training camp

HOUSTON -- For the third straight day of training camp, Deshaun Watson did not take part in team drills. Although the Houston Texans' quarterback stood off to the side for most of practice, newly acquired QB  Tyrod Taylor said Watson's presence has not been a distraction. Taylor said Watson has "absolutely" been a resource for him as he learns this new team and offense in Houston. "Me and Deshaun are friends," Taylor said. "We've known each other for a number of years now. We've had conversations on the field, off the field. Non-football, about life. Everything has been positive conversations and they'll continue to be that way." Watson reported to training camp Sunday after requesting a trade from the Texans in January. Less than two months later, the first of 23 lawsuits was filed accusing Watson of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior. He faces 22 active lawsuits after one was dropped. Taylor, who signed with the Texans just hours before the first lawsuit...
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Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz out indefinitely with foot injury, sources say

Indianapolis Colts quarterback  Carson Wentz is out indefinitely after undergoing further testing for a foot injury that he suffered at the end of Thursday's practice, sources told ESPN. Wentz felt a "twinge in his foot" when he rolled out and planted to throw late in the practice, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said Friday. Wentz is still awaiting more information from testing and after meeting with foot specialist Robert Anderson, a source told ESPN, and the team hopes to have a better idea of how long the quarterback will be sidelined after Anderson reviews the scans. The Colts do not consider this to be a season-ending injury, a source told ESPN. "He's with the docs, trying to figure what out the process is," said Brady, who was speaking to the media in place of coach Frank Reich (COVID-19). "Still evaluating what the next move is, how bad it is. Then we'll go from there." The Colts acquired Wentz during the offseason and reunited him with Reich by giving the ...
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San Francisco Giants acquire Kris Bryant from Chicago Cubs for two prospects

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Bryant was the face of the Chicago Cubs for a long time. His new bosses in San Francisco were thrilled that joining the Giants meant so much to him, despite the emotions of leaving the only major league team he's ever known. Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and loved to watch Giants slugger Barry Bonds -- and now the versatile star will get a chance to play not only in the home run king's former spot in left field, but all over the diamond. The first-place Giants made a big splash just before the trade deadline Friday by acquiring Bryant from the Cubs for two minor leaguers. "Could not be more excited to be a Giant," president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. "I've had a number of phone calls after trades with players. Never spoken to a player more excited to be coming to a new organization." The 29-year-old Bryant, whose NL MVP season of 2016 helped the Cubs win their first World Series title in 108 years, got word while wearing his...
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Sources: Boston Celtics trading Tristan Thompson to Atlanta Hawks for Kris Dunn, second-round pick

The Boston Celtics are trading Tristan Thompson to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Kris Dunn, forward Bruno Fernando and a 2023 second-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Thompson, 30, averaged 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds while spending time at both frontcourt positions for Boston last season. The Celtics traded Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder last month in order to bring back longtime Celtics big man Al Horford, creating a need at point guard while filling Thompson's role in the frontcourt. Dunn, 27, was signed by Atlanta last offseason to help shore up their perimeter defense, however he only appeared in four games after undergoing ankle surgery early last season. Dunn is on the last year of a 2-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Hawks.
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New England Patriots QB Cam Newton says Mac Jones is 'cool'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cam Newton said he is still getting to know rookie Mac Jones as they compete for the New England Patriots starting quarterback job, but in sharing his first impression, he cited a phrase made famous by late ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott. "Cool, like the other side of the pillow," Newton said Friday. "You never know when he's really down on himself. You don't really necessarily know when he's up, either. He's real cool." Newton, 32, said that Jones has even surprised him with his knowledge of hip-hop. All of which had Jones, 22, laughing after practice. "That's a nice compliment. I'd say the same about Cam," said Jones, the Patriots' first-round draft pick from the University of Alabama (15th overall). "Obviously, with any relationship and meeting someone new, you have to form the bond and trust. He's helped me and made it a lot of fun. Your first couple practices as a rookie are going to be hard, so he just tries to stay...
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New York Mets acquire star SS Javier Baez from Chicago Cubs for OF prospect

NEW YORK -- Javier Baez got his wish: He's headed to New York to play with longtime pal Francisco Lindor. But first, the Mets are counting on their big-name newcomer to hold down the fort at shortstop for a while. With the trade deadline fast approaching Friday, the Mets acquired Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong. Baez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives New York an immediate fill-in for Lindor. The star shortstop, obtained from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal last winter, is sidelined with a strained oblique and not expected back until at least mid-to-late August. Baez, who can become a free agent after the season, is batting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. He has a .775 OPS and 13 stolen bases in 16 tries, but also leads the National League with 131 strikeouts. He has made 18 errors in 88 games. "We think he adds a lot, brings a ton of energy to our...
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Sources: New York Mets finalizing deal with Chicago Cubs for Javier Baez

The New York Mets are finalizing a trade to acquire shortstop Javier Baez from the Chicago Cubs, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Also heading to New York is right-hander  Trevor Williams, according to multiple reports. The deal is pending medicals, per sources. The compensation going to the Cubs is unknown at this time. Baez is hitting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs this season.  Williams is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 13 games, including 12 starts. Earlier Friday, the Cubs completed a deal with the  Chicago White Sox, sending All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to their crosstown rivals for second baseman Nick Madrigal and right-hander Codi Heuer, sources told Passan. On Thursday the Cubs began their teardown, sending first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees for right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara, both minor leaguers.
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Allyson Felix could make history in Tokyo

The U.S. sprinter is vying for at least her 10th Olympic medal.
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Allyson Felix competes in the first round of the Women's 200 Meter Dash on day seven of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.,  June 24, 2021.
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Green Bay Packers put QB Aaron Rodgers on pitch count to 'avoid wear and tear,' says Matt LaFleur

GREEN BAY, Wis. --  Aaron Rodgers has never been on a pitch count in training camp. The Green Bay Packers have him on one this year, at least for now. After missing all the offseason work in Green Bay during his standoff with the team, Rodgers hasn't been unleashed quite yet. "I think we're mindful of that with all our quarterbacks, just making sure [of] that because having three quarterbacks, that's a lot of wear and tear on the arm and we don't want to burn 'em out too early," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Friday. "So he and I did talk about exactly what number we're looking for each day or being below a certain number. So we've got a guy out there that lets me know when we're at that halfway mark and then I relay that to Aaron." So far, that number appears to be in the low-to-mid teens when it comes to throws in 11-on-11 team periods. Rodgers threw 13 passes Friday during regular-speed team periods (not including those that were at a jog-through pace), 15 on...
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Chicago White Sox agree to trade with Chicago Cubs for closer Craig Kimbrel

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to acquire All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline, the team announced Friday. In return, the Cubs are getting second baseman Nick Madrigal and right-hander Codi Heuer. The White Sox, who lead the AL Central, were looking for bullpen help, and they now have it with Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks. Kimbrel, 33, has 23 saves this season for the Cubs with an 0.49 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 36⅔ innings. Overall, he has 371 career saves with the Cubs, Red Sox, Padres and Braves over his 12 major league seasons. "We viewed Craig as the premier relief pitcher available at this trade deadline, and so we knew the cost would be steep in terms of parting with young talent," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "But we recognize the special opportunity that currently exists and our team, our clubhouse and our fans deserve to know we will do everything we can to...
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Goalkeeper heroics save the day for US at Olympics

This was the first match in the knockout stage.
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The United States teams celebrates following their team's victory in the penalty shoot out during the Women's Quarter Final match against the Netherlands at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, July 30, 2021, in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady ditches trademark sleeve on left knee

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has officially shed the trademark sleeve he has worn on his left knee since suffering a torn ACL in 2008. He wore it Sunday in his first training camp practice, but Monday, he had it rolled down at his shin. By Tuesday, it was off. He hasn't worn it since and doesn't plan to put it back on. "I don't need it. It's been 14 years since I've [started wearing] it. It feels good," Brady said Friday, the Bucs' final ramp-up day before the pads come on Saturday and the intensity level rises. Brady hadn't practiced as a Buc without it. He even wore it during recreational activities such as golfing, pickup basketball and boating. He underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn MCL he played with all of last year. "It feels good now," Brady said. "It was not my favorite offseason of all time. I haven't had surgery in a long time, so you kinda forget the rehab process and so forth. It's kind of a long, arduous...
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Toronto Blue Jays acquire RHP Jose Berrios from Minnesota Twins for prospects

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios from Minnesota, the team announced on Friday. The Twins receive prospects -- shortstop/outfielder Austin Martin and right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson -- in exchange for Berrios. The 27-year old Berrios is 7-5 in 20 starts this season with a 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 121⅔ innings. Toronto began the day at 51-48, in the fifth spot chasing two AL wild-card slots. Berrios was Minnesota's unquestioned ace, a two-time All-Star who has been as durable as any pitcher in the game and remains under team control through the 2022 season. Dealing Berrios will set a struggling rotation back even further, but the Twins had leverage with so many teams seeking high-end starting pitching. Getting prospects back from deals they're making this month ought to give them a jump start on resetting for 2022 and beyond after this disappointing season on the heels of two straight AL Central titles. Information...
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Why these swimmers celebrated with the athlete who beat them

Tatjana Schoenmaker won gold in the 200-meter breaskstroke.
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Tatjana Schoenmaker (2nd R), after her World Record time in the Women's 200m breastroke final, is congratulated by Lilly King and Annie Lazor of the U.S., and Kaylene Corbett of South Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, July 30, 2021.
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Longtime Boston Bruins center David Krejci returning to native Czech Republic

David Krejci announced he will not return to the Boston Bruins next season, leaving the NHL after 15 seasons to return home to the Czech Republic. "Since the end of the season, as I have thought about my future, it has become clear that I need to make a difficult decision for my family and I. At this point in my career and life, I need to return to the Czech Republic and play in front of my family, who sacrificed so much to help me achieve my NHL dreams," Krejci said in a statement Friday. "I want to play in front of my parents, brother and friends. I want my children to live where I grew up." Krejci, a 35-year-old center, and the Bruins faced a difficult decision this offseason. He was hitting unrestricted free agency for the first time. He was coming off a six-year contract with a $7.25 million cap hit. And he had spoken about ending his hockey career in his native Czech Republic rather than returning for another season in Boston. Krejci played in 962 games with the...
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Sources: Toronto Blue Jays to acquire RHP Jose Berrios from Minnesota Twins for prospects

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a deal to acquire right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios from Minnesota, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan. The 27-year old Berrios is 7-5 in 20 starts this season with a 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 121⅔ innings. The Twins will receive prospects -- shortstop/center fielder Austin Martin and right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson -- in exchange for Berrios, sources told ESPN. Toronto began the day at 51-48, in the fifth spot chasing two AL wild-card slots. Berrios was Minnesota's unquestioned ace, a two-time All-Star who has been as durable as any pitcher in the game and remains under team control through the 2022 season. Dealing Berrios will set a struggling rotation back even further, but the Twins had leverage with so many teams seeking high-end starting pitching. Getting prospects back from deals they're making this month ought to give them a jump start on resetting for 2022 and beyond after this disappointing season on...
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Oklahoma City Thunder get future first-round NBA draft pick, Derrick Favors from Utah Jazz

Oklahoma City added to its stockpile of future first-round picks as the Utah Jazz traded a future No. 1 and center Derrick Favors to the Thunder for a 2027 second-round pick, it was announced Friday. Before the move, the Thunder already had 12 first-round picks above and beyond their own -- some of which they can swap -- over the next five drafts. Oklahoma City traded the No. 16 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to the Houston Rockets for two future first-rounders -- in 2022 (via the Pistons) and 2023 (via the Wizards). The Rockets then used the selection to pick Alperen Sengun. Favors, a 30-year-old center who has played nine of his 11 NBA seasons with the Jazz, averaged 5.4 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. He has also spent time with the Nets and Pelicans during his career. The 2027 pick heading to the Jazz is the least favorable of Oklahoma City's four second-round picks. The trade gets Utah $13 million below the luxury tax, with the...
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Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz out indefinitely with foot injury -- sources

Indianapolis Colts quarterback  Carson Wentz is out indefinitely after undergoing further testing for a foot injury that he suffered at the end of Thursday's practice, sources told ESPN. Wentz felt a "twinge in his foot" when he rolled out and planted to throw late in the practice, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said Friday. Wentz is still awaiting more information from testing and after meeting with foot specialist Robert Anderson, a source told ESPN, and the team hopes to have a better idea of how long the quarterback will be sidelined after Anderson reviews the scans. The Colts do not consider this to be a season-ending injury, a source told ESPN. "He's with the docs, trying to figure what out the process is," said Brady, who was speaking to the media in place of coach Frank Reich (COVID-19). "Still evaluating what the next move is, how bad it is. Then we'll go from there." The Colts acquired Wentz during the offseason and reunited him with Reich by giving the ...
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Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners unanimously accept invitation to SEC

The board of regents in Texas and Oklahoma unanimously voted to formally accept invitations to join the SEC, the schools announced Friday. The Oklahoma board of regents approved the Sooners' eventual move to the SEC during a meeting on Friday, shortly after the Texas board did the same for the  Longhorns. It puts a bow on a week of formalities that will ultimately make the SEC the first 16-team superconference. "This is the right decision at the right time for the future of our UT athletics programs," Texas president Jay Hartzell said in a statement. The next step is to determine when the move will become a reality -- and what happens to the eight Big 12 schools left behind. On Monday, Texas and Oklahoma issued a joint statement saying that they intend to remain in the Big 12 through June 30, 2025, when the current Big 12 media rights deal expires -- but it's possible that the schools will attempt to exit sooner. Each university would have to pay a penalty...
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Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard has undisclosed injury, does not practice

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, who has requested a trade via Instagram, did not practice Friday because of an undisclosed injury. Howard, an All-Pro selection in 2020 after leading the NFL in interceptions with 10, jogged off the field after the team's warm-up Thursday before resurfacing some 40 minutes later and watching the end of practice from the sideline. The team provided no updates on Howard's condition. Howard took to Instagram on Tuesday night to request a trade over his displeasure about his contract. "I don't feel valued, or respected, by the Dolphins," Howard said in his post Tuesday night. "Just like they can take a business-first approach, so can I. "I'm one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and the tape backs up that claim. Yet, I'm the second highest paid cornerback on my own team, and it's not even close. That's why I want to make it clear I'm not happy, and have requested a trade. Until that trade...
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Washington Nationals' Starlin Castro suspended 30 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy

WASHINGTON --  Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been suspended for 30 games without pay and fined an undisclosed amount for violating Major League Baseball's policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Shortly after MLB announced the penalty Friday, the Nationals said they would release Castro when the ban concludes. Castro will be ineligible for the postseason under the terms of the suspension and will be required to undergo evaluation and treatment, MLB said. "Having reviewed all the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Castro violated our policy and that discipline is appropriate," baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this month, while MLB was investigating allegations against Castro, that he didn't plan on having him back with the team this season. "We take all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. We fully support the commissioner's decision,"...
July 30
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Texas Longhorns unanimously accept invitation to SEC

The Texas board of regents unanimously voted to formally accept an invitation to join the SEC, the school announced Friday. The Oklahoma board of regents is also meeting on Friday morning, and the Sooners are expected to follow the Longhorns into the SEC, putting a bow on a week of formalities that will ultimately make the SEC the first 16-team superconference. "This is the right decision at the right time for the future of our UT athletics programs," Texas president Jay Hartzell said in a statement. The next step is to determine when the move will become a reality -- and what happens to the eight Big 12 schools left behind. On Monday, Texas and Oklahoma issued a joint statement saying that they intend to remain in the Big 12 through June 30, 2025, when the current Big 12 media rights deal expires -- but it's possible that the schools will attempt to exit sooner. Each university would have to pay a penalty of at least $75 million to $80 million to break...
July 30
July 30

Texas Longhorns unanimously approve invitation to SEC

The Texas board of regents unanimously voted to formally accept an invitation to join the SEC, the school announced Friday. The Oklahoma board of regents is also meeting on Friday morning, and the Sooners are expected to follow the Longhorns into the SEC, putting a bow on a week of formalities that will ultimately make the SEC the first 16-team superconference. "This is the right decision at the right time for the future of our UT athletics programs," Texas president Jay Hartzell said in a statement. The next step is to determine when the move will become a reality -- and what happens to the eight Big 12 schools left behind. On Monday, Texas and Oklahoma issued a joint statement saying that they intend to remain in the Big 12 through June 30, 2025, when the current Big 12 media rights deal expires -- but it's possible that the schools will attempt to exit sooner. Each university would have to pay a penalty of at least $75 million to $80 million to break...
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Tokyo Olympic Games: Day 7 key moments

Michael Andrew’s mask controversy is just one of the key moments on Day 7 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Michael Andrew’s mask controversy is just one of the key moments on day 7 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Olympic moments: Djokovic out, USA women's soccer stay alive

Here's what you missed from Day 7 of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
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Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle, Christen Press, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan of Team United States celebrate following their team's victory in the penalty shoot out after the Women's Quarter Final on July 30, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
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Dreams of Golden Slam dashed at Olympics

Only one player, Steffi Graf, has pulled it off.
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Novak Djokovic celebrates winning against Italy's Matteo Berrettini during their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in London, July 11, 2021.
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Oklahoma City Thunder get future first-round NBA draft pick, Derrick Favors from Utah Jazz -- sources

Oklahoma City further added to its stockpile of future first-round picks as the Utah Jazz agreed to send a future No. 1 and center Derrick Favors to the Thunder for a future second-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Before the move, the Thunder already had 12 first-round picks above and beyond their own -- some of which they can swap -- over the next five drafts. Oklahoma City traded the No. 16 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to the Houston Rockets for two future first-rounders -- in 2022 (via the Pistons) and 2023 (via the Wizards). The Rockets then used the selection to pick Alperen Sengun. Favors, a 30-year-old center who has played nine of his 11 NBA seasons with the Jazz, averaged 5.4 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. He has also spent time with the Nets and Pelicans during his career. The trade gets Utah $13 million below the luxury tax, with the Jazz likely to be hit with a lesser financial penalty if they...
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Former Olympians react to Biles having the decision to withdraw

"I never remember feeling like I ever got to make those decisions."
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Simone Biles of Team United States supports her team mates by carrying their chalk after pulling out after the vault during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
July 30

Simone Biles, plagued by 'twisties,' says mind and body not in sync at Olympics

Simone Biles said her "mind and body are simply not in sync" in an Instagram post Friday morning while going more in depth about the issue that she says has plagued her since she arrived in Tokyo for the Olympic Games.  Earlier this week, Biles withdrew from Thursday's individual all-around competition at the Olympics to focus on her mental health. The decision came after Biles also withdrew from the team final after one rotation on vault. Biles posted a video of her during practice on the uneven bars on Friday morning in which she tries a 1½ twist and falls flat on her back. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competitive surface," she commented along with the video. Biles had a disastrous vault in the women's team final Tuesday. She seemed to get lost in the air -- a phenomenon called "the twisties," which can cause serious injuries to gymnasts who perform airborne routines. It usually takes some time before the gymnasts can get over the...
July 30
July 30

Simone Biles, plagued by 'twisties,' says mind and body not in sync

Simone Biles said her "mind and body are simply not in sync" in an Instagram post on Friday morning while going more in depth about the issue she says has plagued her since the arriving in Tokyo.  Earlier this week, Biles withdrew from Thursday's individual all-round competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo to focus on her mental health. The decision came after Biles also withdrew from the team final after one rotation on vault. Biles posted a video of her during practice in the uneven beam on Friday morning in which she tries a one and a half twist and falls flat on her back. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competitive surface," she commented along with the video. Biles had a disastrous vault in the women's team all-final Tuesday. She seemed to get lost in the air -- a phenomenon called "the twisties," which can cause serious injuries to gymnasts who do airborne routines. It usually takes some time before the gymnasts can get over the twisties This...
July 30
July 30

Simone Biles explains competition exit: 'My mind and body are simply not in sync'

"I didn't have a bad performance and quit," the gymnast wrote.
July 30
File-This July 27, 2021, file photo shows Simone Biles, of the United States, waiting to perform on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. Biles’ sponsors including Athleta and Visa are lauding her decision to put her mental health first and withdraw from the gymnastics team competition during the Olympics. It’s the latest example of sponsors praising athletes who are increasingly open about mental health issues. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
July 30

Sources: Los Angeles Lakers reach deal to acquire Russell Westbrook, sending 3-player package and pick to Washington Wizards

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the No. 22 pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  The Wizards are sending 2024 and 2028 second-round picks to the Lakers to complete the deal, sources said. According to the Athletic, the Wizards took the No. 22 pick and spun it to the Indiana Pacers for point guard Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of Team USA member and current NBA champion Jrue Holiday. With that pick, the Pacers took  Kentucky forward  Isaiah Jackson. Harrell opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season earlier Thursday, paving the way for the Westbrook trade.  The Lakers also had talks with the  Sacramento Kings on a possible Buddy Hield deal involving Kuzma and Harrell, sources...
July 30
July 29

Detroit Pistons take Cade Cunningham with No. 1 overall pick in NBA draft; Jalen Suggs ends up with Orlando Magic

It's been a long time since the Detroit Pistons were a factor in the Eastern Conference. They're hoping Cade Cunningham can be the player to finally get them back to prominence after making the Oklahoma State star the top overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in New York.  "It's still crazy to be in the moment," Cunningham, wearing an all-black suit, shirt and tie, said in an interview with ESPN's Malika Andrews after the selection was made. "Words can't really explain the emotions ... everybody is so happy, my family is all here. To be able to celebrate this moment with them, it's a blessing. "I love it. Detroit, I'm all the way in. Detroit Pistons, I'm all the way in. Let's do it." As expected, the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers took Jalen Green and Evan Mobley with picks No. 2 and 3, respectively. The Toronto Raptors opted for Scottie Barnes at No. 4, with former Gonzaga star Jalen...
July 29
July 29

Boston Red Sox acquire All-Star outfielder Kyle Schwarber from Washington Nationals

The American League East-leading  Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star outfielder Kyle Schwarber from the  Washington Nationals on Thursday, it was announced.  Schwarber, 28, is on the injured list with a right hamstring strain but is expected to be back within a week or so. He had a monster June before getting hurt, hitting 16 home runs that contributed to a 1.122 OPS for the month. Schwarber is batting .253 with 25 home runs and 53 RBIs in 2021. He was named to his first All-Star team this year. The Nationals are getting minor league right-handed pitcher Aldo Ramirez in return for Schwarber. Ramirez, 20, had a 2.03 ERA in eight games for Class A Salem. He is on the seven-day injured list. Schwarber signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Nationals after being non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs last season. He has an $11.5 million mutual option for 2022 that includes a $3 million buyout. Schwarber should see time at designated hitter as well as...
July 29
July 29

Terrence Clarke, former Kentucky Wildcats player who died in car accident, selected by league in NBA draft

Midway through the first round of Thursday night's NBA draft, the league briefly paused its annual selection show to honor the late Terrence Clarke, the 19-year-old basketball prospect out of Kentucky who died in a car accident earlier this year. Commissioner Adam Silver paused the draft and invited Clarke's mother, sister and brother onto the stage, as the NBA selected Clarke -- giving him the honor he would've received had the tragedy earlier this year not taken place. "He was so ready for it, so excited," his mother, Osmine, said in an interview with ESPN that aired after the selection was made. "It's all he talked about, just going to the draft, like, 'Mommy, am I ready for this? This is big.' And I'm like, 'Yes, Terrence, you wouldn't be in this position if you didn't, if people didn't think you were this good." Tributes after the NBA's selection poured in on social media.  Clarke, who was a prep star in the Boston area before playing collegiately...
July 29
July 29

Tatjana Schoenmaker sets world record to win gold in 200-meter breaststroke

TOKYO -- South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker set the first individual swimming world record at the Summer Olympics on Friday. On another busy day at the pool, Russian Olympic Committee swimmer  Evgeny Rylov completed a backstroke double and  Emma McKeon gave the mighty Aussie women another gold. Schoenmaker, 24, won the women's 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 18.95 seconds, breaking the mark of 2:19.11 set by Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona. It was the third world record at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, with the first two coming in women's relays. Rylov thoroughly snuffed out America's dominance in the backstroke, adding the 200 title to his victory in the 100 back. Rylov won with an Olympic-record time of 1:53.29, and American  Ryan Murphy wound up with the silver (1:54.15). Murphy was a double-gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he extended an American winning streak...
July 29
July 29

Los Angeles Dodgers finalizing deal to acquire stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from Washington Nationals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. The Dodgers will currently send the Nationals four prospects, a source confirmed to Passan: Right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-handed pitcher Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey. Gray and Ruiz were rated by ESPN's Kiley McDaniel as the Dodgers' top two prospects entering the season. Gray was ranked No. 36 among the top 100 prospects in MLB entering the season, according to McDaniel. Ruiz was ranked No. 74. Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to become a free agent after 2021. Scherzer had the right to block any trade because of his 10-and-5 rights (10 years of major league service time and five with the...
July 29
July 29

New York Yankees acquire All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Chicago Cubs

The New York Yankees acquired All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, it was announced. Right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara, both minor leaguers, will head from New York to Chicago in the trade. The Yankees also announced they acquired cash considerations from the Cubs but didn't specify the amount. A source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers that it is $5.5 million, which is the remaining balance of Rizzo's $16.5 million salary this season. Rizzo wasn't in the lineup for the Cubs' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. The three-time All-Star is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 92 games this season.  Rizzo, who will turn 32 on Aug. 8, can become a free agent after the season. He has spent the past 10 seasons with Chicago. The slugger went over in a trade with the San Diego Padres in 2012 and is considered one of the iconic Cubs after helping break...
July 29
July 29

Los Angeles Dodgers making progress on deal to acquire stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from Washington Nationals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are making significant progress on a deal that would send them star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a prospect-laden return, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to become a free agent after 2021. An eight-time All-Star, the 37-year-old Scherzer is 92-47 with a 2.80 ERA in seven seasons with Washington. He was 3-0 in six starts during the 2019 postseason to help the Nationals win their first World Series championship. Turner, an All-Star this season, is batting .322 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs. Now in his seventh season, the 28-year-old is a career .300 hitter. He exited Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning following a positive test for the coronavirus. 
July 29

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