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Open Championship boasts record $17M purse; winner gets $3.1M

TROON, Scotland -- The golfer who captures the 152nd Open Championship and lifts the Claret Jug at Royal Troon Golf Club on Sunday will collect a record winner's purse. The R&A announced  Monday that this year's Champion Golfer of the Year will receive $3.1 million of a record $17 million purse. That's a $500,000 increase from last year. The runner-up will take home about $1.76 million, while the third-place finisher gets almost $1.13 million. At Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, in 2023, American Brian Harman collected $3 million of a $16.5 million purse after his dominant six-shot victory. "The R&A has a responsibility to strike a balance between maintaining The Open's position in the global game, providing the funds required for governance and developing amateur and recreational golf in 146 countries internationally," R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said in a statement. "We have to make choices if we want to continue to build on the significant growth in...
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July 15

Euro 2024: Spain coach hails historymakers after final win

BERLIN -- Coach Luis de la Fuente celebrated Spain's historymakers and warned there is still more to come after they became the first team to win the European Championships four times by beating England 2-1 in Sunday's final at the Olympiastadion. Mikel Oyarzabal struck an 86th-minute winner after Cole Palmer had cancelled out Nico Williams' opener as Spain made it seven wins from seven at Euro 2024 without needing penalties, scoring 15 goals in the process, which set a tournament record. On route to the trophy, they had to beat holders Italy, hosts Germany and pre-tournament favourites France and England, but De la Fuente said he always believed in Spain's chances even if they were considered outsiders one month ago. "It's not that I thought we were favourites, but I felt we were in a position to win the tournament and we have done," the Spain boss said in a news conference. "It's hard to improve on what we have done here,...
July 15
July 15

Argentina edge Colombia to win record 16th Copa América title

Defending champions Argentina overcame the loss of Lionel Messi to win a record 16th Copa América title by beating Colombia 1-0, thanks to a late extra-time goal from substitute Lautaro Martínez at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. Inter Milan striker Martínez, the tournament's leading goal scorer, latched onto a precise through ball from Giovani Lo Celso before lifting his effort over advancing Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas in the 112th minute. Messi appeared to suffer a noncontact injury while running and falling in the 64th minute and covered his face with his hands when he sat on the bench. Martínez later ran to the bench to hug his captain after the goal that propelled Argentina to surpass Uruguay for the most Copa América titles. In a match that started over 75 minutes late because of crowd trouble at Hard Rock Stadium, Argentina won their third straight major title following the 2021 Copa América and 2022...
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July 14

Guardians take 2B Travis Bazzana with No. 1 pick of MLB draft

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Travis Bazzana, the Oregon State star who was arguably the most polished hitter in this year's draft class, made history Sunday, becoming the first second baseman ever to go No. 1 overall upon being selected by the Cleveland Guardians. Bazzana, 21, a left-handed hitter, accumulated 28 home runs in 60 games this season, the most by a Pac-12 player in a quarter-century, while slashing .407/.568/.911. Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said he sees Bazzana as a second baseman at the moment but believes he possesses the athleticism to play other positions, perhaps the outfield, which might eventually be necessary given the presence of Andres Gimenez in the major leagues. "We view him to be a dynamic player," Antonetti said. "He's a guy who makes really good swing decisions, controls the strike zone really well, rarely swings and misses, and can really impact the baseball. We think he has a chance to impact the game in a...
July 14
July 14

Guardians take Australian 2B Bazzana with No. 1 pick of MLB draft

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Australian second baseman Travis Bazzana was taken by the Cleveland Guardians with the No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball's amateur draft Sunday, and three players from Wake Forest were selected in the top 10. A former cricket, rugby and soccer player who came to the United States to play baseball for Oregon State, the 21-year-old hit .407 with 28 homers and 66 RBIs this season. He became the first Australian and first second baseman taken No. 1. "An opportunity to make an impact on a lot of baseball players and a lot of people back home in Australia, and hopefully change the narrative for baseball there," Bazzana said. Bazzana hit .360 over three seasons at Oregon State with 45 homers, 165 RBIs, 180 walks and 66 steals. Cleveland president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said the team made its decision Sunday. "He recognizes pitches exceedingly well," Antonetti said. "He knows the strike zone, makes good swing decisions, when he does choose...
July 14
July 14

Euro 2024: Spain coach hails historymakers, warns of more to come

BERLIN -- Coach Luis de la Fuente celebrated Spain's historymakers and warned there is still more to come after they became the first team to win the European Championships four times by beating England 2-1 in Sunday's final at the Olympiastadion. Mikel Oyarzabal struck an 86th-minute winner after Cole Palmer had cancelled out Nico Williams' opener as Spain made it seven wins from seven at Euro 2024 without needing penalties, scoring 15 goals in the process, which set a tournament record. On route to the trophy, they had to beat holders Italy, hosts Germany and pre-tournament favourites France and England, but De la Fuente said he always believed in Spain's chances even if they were considered outsiders one month ago. "It's not that I thought we were favourites, but I felt we were in a position to win the tournament and we have done," the Spain boss said in a news conference. "It's hard to improve on what we have done here,...
July 14
July 14

Vikings receiver Jordan Addison arrested on suspicion of DUI

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison was arrested Friday near Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of driving under the influence, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday night. According to a police report reviewed by ESPN, a West Los Angeles officer found a white Rolls Royce blocking a lane of I-105 westbound to Sepulveda Boulevard northbound. The driver, later identified as Addison, was asleep behind the wheel, according to the report. A DUI investigation led to Addison's arrest at 11:36 p.m. PT. He was released from custody Saturday at 1:36 a.m. Police have not made public Addison's blood alcohol content. The legal limit in California is 0.08. "We are aware of Jordan Addison's arrest this past Friday and are currently gathering more information regarding the incident," the Vikings said in a statement. Addison played his final college season at USC in 2022. He spent time in Los Angeles last week attending the premiere of Netflix's "Receiver,"...
July 14
July 14

Euro 2024: Spain coach hails history-makers, warns of more to come

BERLIN -- Coach Luis de la Fuente celebrated Spain's history-makers and warned there is still more to come after they became the first team to win the European Championships four times by beating England 2-1 in Sunday's final at the Olympiastadion. Mikel Oyarzabal struck an 86th-minute winner after Cole Palmer had cancelled out Nico Williams' opener as Spain made it seven wins from seven at Euro 2024 without needing penalties, scoring 15 goals in the process, which set a new tournament record. On route to the trophy, they had to beat holders Italy, hosts Germany and pre-tournament favourites France and England, but De la Fuente said he always believed in Spain's chances even if they were considered outsiders one month ago. "It's not that I thought we were favourites, but I felt we were in a position to win the tournament and we have done," the Spain boss said in a news conference. "It's hard to improve on what we have done...
July 14
July 14

Caitlin Clark talks Team USA hopes; Cheryl Reeve dismisses Olympics question

MINNEAPOLIS --  Caitlin Clark's goals haven't changed: She wants to play in the Olympics one day. Clark not only helped her squad stay in the WNBA playoff race with a strong finish in the  Indiana Fever's 81-74 victory at Minnesota on Sunday, but did so against a  Lynx team coached by the leader of the U.S. women's national team, Cheryl Reeve. Clark and Aliyah Boston, who recorded her 20th career double-double, both thrived in front of Reeve, who leads an Olympic squad that will head to Paris in pursuit of a gold medal.  Clark, who was left off the national team's roster this year, said Sunday the Olympics are still her "dream." "That's what you dream of as a young kid, getting to represent your country," Clark, who finished with 17 points and six assists in her first WNBA game in Minneapolis, said. "And, obviously, me and [Boston] having the experience of playing for the junior national team, we know how fun that is and how cool that is...
July 14
July 14

Copa América final start delayed after fans rush gates

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The start time for the final of the 2024 Copa América between  Argentina and Colombia was delayed for over 75 minutes on Sunday following a security breach in which fans broke through one of the main entry gates. The game, which was originally scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, kicked off at 9:22 p.m., and after 120 minutes of regular and extra time, Argentina pulled out a 1-0 victory to win the Copa América -- the nation's third consecutive major tournament title and a record 16th trophy in the South American tournament. The delays before kickoff began when, earlier in the day, video on social media showed fans breaking through the southwest gate at Hard Rock Stadium, with some being tackled or otherwise apprehended by police and security personnel. A security guard manning an interior entrance to the stadium confirmed to ESPN that the southwest gate at the venue had been locked down because of a breach. Both teams were taken off the...
July 14
July 14

Copa América final start delayed 30 minutes after fans rush gates

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The start time for the final of the 2024 Copa América between  Argentina and Colombia has been delayed "until further notice" following a security breach in which fans broke through one of the main entry gates. Video on social media showed fans breaking through the southwest gate at Hard Rock Stadium, with some being tackled or otherwise apprehended by police and security personnel. A security guard manning an interior entrance to the stadium confirmed to ESPN that the southwest gate at the venue had been locked down due to a breach. The stadium briefly went on lockdown, before Hard Rock Stadium issued the following statement: "In anticipation of tonight's Copa America Final, thousands of fans without tickets attempted to forcibly enter the stadium, putting other fans, security and law enforcement officers at extreme risk. Security has shut the gates in order to control the entry process at a much slower rate and ensure everyone is kept...
July 14
July 14

Euro 2024: Gareth Southgate to discuss England future after loss

BERLIN -- Gareth Southgate has said a decision over his England future is "not for now" and will speak to "important people behind the scenes" in the coming days after Sunday's Euro 2024 final defeat to Spain. The Three Lions became the first team ever to lose back-to-back Euro finals as Mikel Oyarzabal struck an 86th-minute winner to give Spain a deserved 2-1 win in Berlin. Nico Williams had earlier given Spain a 47th-minute lead before substitute Cole Palmer equalised 17 minutes from time with a fine strike from the edge of the box. Southgate's current contract expires in December and sources have told ESPN that the FA want the 53-year-old to remain in post for the 2026 World Cup having reached two finals, a semifinal and a quarter-final during his four tournaments in charge. However, Southgate has faced sustained public criticism during these finals for his conservative approach and he told German newspaper Bild before the tournament...
July 14
July 14

Euro 2024: Southgate undecided on England future after loss

Gareth Southgate sidestepped questions about his future as England boss following his side's 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2024 final on Sunday. In an engrossing encounter, Spain took the lead early in the second half through a fine Nico Williams goal from inside the box before substitute Cole Palmer drew England level with a stunning strike from distance. With the game looking poised for extra-time, Spain regained the lead through Mikel Oyarzabal's close-range finish in the 86th minute to seal a fourth Euros title in their history. "I don't think now is a time to make a decision like that. I'm going to talk the right people and yeah, it's just not for now," Southgate said in his post-match interview when asked about his future. The result in Berlin means Southgate has now tasted defeat in his second successive Euros final as England manager, following their loss to Italy on penalties in the final three years ago.  "Devastated...
July 14
July 14

Fans rush gates in Miami Gardens ahead of Copa América final

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- An entrance gate at Hard Rock Stadium, the venue for Sunday's Copa América final between Argentina and Colombia, has been locked following a security breach in which fans broke through. Video on social media showed fans breaking through with some being tackled or otherwise apprehended by police and security personnel. A security guard manning an interior entrance to the stadium confirmed to ESPN that the southwest gate at the venue had been locked down due to a breach. Shortly after that, an officer for the Miami-Dade police department told ESPN that all gates were locked down, while another officer said it kept changing, describing the situation as "very fluid." Video and images taken by ESPN showed fans crowding around the southwest gate waiting to be let in. Fans have been congregating at Hard Rock Stadium since well before the planned kickoff at 8 p.m. ET, with one parking lot attendant saying he had been called to work early given that...
July 14
July 14

A'ja Wilson has 28 points, 17 rebounds as Aces beat Mystics

WASHINGTON -- A'ja Wilson scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Kelsey Plum scored 22 points and the Las Vegas Aces rallied from a 13-point, second-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 89-77 on Sunday for their fourth win in a row. Tiffany Hayes tied her season best with 17 points and added a season-high five assists for Las Vegas (16-7). The Aces -- who started the season 6-6, matching their loss total from the 2023 regular season in the first 12 games of 2024 -- have won 10 of their past 11 since the return of point guard Chelsea Gray. The 2022 WNBA Finals MVP returned from a foot injury (suffered in the 2023 Finals) on June 19, and Las Vegas has nine wins by 10-plus points since her debut. Plum hit a driving layup about three minutes into the second half to give the Aces a 44-43 lead, their first since 2-0, and Wilson took over, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the third quarter as Las Vegas took a 65-62 lead...
July 14
July 14

Spain set European Championship goals record on way to title

Spain broke the record for goals at a European Championship on Sunday in Berlin, as they beat England 2-1 to secure a record fourth title at the tournament. Substitute Mikel Oyarzabal's 86th-minute winner was also  La Roja's 15th goal of the tournament, beating the 14 scored by France on their way to winning the 1984 edition of the Euros. "I have done my job. I did what I had to do at every moment to try to help," Oyarzabal said after the match. "I was lucky enough to give the victory. Just the fact of being in the 26, you value it a lot here. To have the moment to help as it has happened to me is the best. It happened to me but could have happened to anyone." Luis de la Fuente's Spain dominated the tournament from start to finish, winning all seven games they played and, in the end, scoring the most goals to leave no doubt as to their credentials as Euro winners. "I couldn't be happier. To see the fans, to see the players. A real team, European champions," de...
July 14
July 14

Athletics slug 8 HRs vs. Phillies, most by team since 1999

PHILADELPHIA -- The Oakland Athletics smashed eight home runs in Sunday's 18-3 rout of the first-place  Philadelphia Phillies, the most homers in a game by any one MLB team in 25 years.    Lawrence Butler accounted for three of them while  Brent Rooker and Seth Brown each had two.  Butler had six RBIs. Rooker tied his career high with five RBIs for Oakland, which entered with the fourth-fewest wins in baseball and trailing Seattle by 16 games in the AL West. The Athletics' eight home runs were estimated at a combined 3,340 feet. "It sounds like the distance back to Oakland," manager Mark Kotsay said. "They hit the ball hard today. There weren't really any cheap home runs." Zack Gelof hit a grand slam off Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs in the ninth inning. The last team to hit at least eight home runs in a game were the Cincinnati Reds in September of 1999, when they hit nine against the Phillies. The MLB record is...
July 14
July 14

Athletics slug 8 HRs vs. Phillies, most by team since 2000

PHILADELPHIA -- The Oakland Athletics smashed eight home runs in Sunday's 18-3 rout of the first-placed Philadelphia Phillies, the most homers in a game by any one MLB team in 24 years.    Lawrence Butler accounted for three of them while  Brent Rooker and Seth Brown each had two.  Butler had six RBIs. Rooker tied his career high with five RBIs for Oakland, which entered with the fourth-fewest wins in baseball and trailing Seattle by 16 games in the AL West. The Athletics' eight home runs were estimated at a combined 3,340 feet. Zack Gelof hit a grand slam off Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs in the ninth inning. The last team to hit at least eight home runs in a game were the Cincinnati Reds in September of 1999, when they hit nine against the Phillies. The MLB record is 10 home runs, set by the Blue Jays in 1987.  Trea Turner homered for the Phillies. Philadelphia began play with the most wins in baseball and ahead...
July 14
July 14

Tiger Woods preps for Open with 18-hole practice round

TROON, Scotland -- Fifteen-time major champion Tiger Woods started preparations for the 152nd Open Championship with an 18-hole practice round at Royal Troon Golf Club on Sunday. Woods, a three-time Open Championship winner, spent much of the round chipping and putting as well as trying to chip out of the deep pot bunkers surrounding the greens on the famous links course. Woods looked strong after an overnight flight from Florida. While Tony Finau, Lucas Glover and Jason Day played in the group in front of him, Woods opted to walk the course alone with his caddie, Lance Bennett. Justin Thomas, who played practice rounds with Woods at the first three majors, was competing in the final round of the Genesis Scottish Open on Sunday. It will be Woods' first tournament at Royal Troon since he tied for ninth in the 2004 Open Championship. He missed the 2016 tournament while recovering from a back injury. Woods, 48, missed the cut or withdrew in...
July 14
July 14

Carlos Alcaraz sweeps Novak Djokovic, wins 2nd Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England -- After winning his first Wimbledon title in 2023 against seven-time champion Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz fell to the ground in disbelief after what he had achieved. It had been a nearly five-hour battle, needing five sets and with the momentum constantly shifting between the two. On Sunday, there was no such dramatic celebration, nor much drama of any kind. Instead, Alcaraz broke Djokovic in a 13-minute marathon opening game, converting on his fifth break point, and largely dominated the rest of the 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (4) match. By the end of the 2-hour, 27-minute clash on Centre Court, Alcaraz had won his fourth major title and second at Wimbledon, and Djokovic's latest hopes for history were dashed yet again by his young rival. As the likes of the Princess of Wales, Tom Cruise, Benedict Cumberbatch and former champions Stan Smith, Andre Agassi, Rod Laver and Chrissie Evert looked on, the 21-year-old Alcaraz raised his arms in the air...
July 14
July 14

Euro 2024 final: Luke Shaw starts for England vs. Spain

England boss Gareth Southgate is set to hand Luke Shaw a dramatic recall to an otherwise unchanged starting lineup for Sunday's Euro 2024 final against Spain, sources told ESPN. Shaw replaced Kieran Trippier at half-time of Wednesday's semifinal win against the Netherlands, marking only his second appearance for club or country since suffering a hamstring injury playing for Manchester United against Luton on Feb. 18. However, Southgate has deemed Shaw fit enough to start in Berlin as England aim to win their first men's honour in 58 years. Harry Kane is expected to lead the line with Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham in support, meaning semifinal hero Ollie Watkins starts on the bench. The Aston Villa man replaced Kane against the Dutch before scoring the 90th-minute winner that booked England's place in the final. Marc Guéhi missed England's quarterfinal win over Switzerland after...
July 14
July 14

Alabama lands 4-star OT Ty Haywood, No. 18 in 2025 class

Alabama landed its second top-20 commitment of the weekend when four-star offensive tackle Ty Haywood, No. 18 in the 2025 ESPN 300, gave his pledge to the Crimson Tide on Sunday afternoon. Haywood's commitment arrived less than 24 hours after four-star wide receiver Caleb Cunningham (No. 19 in ESPN 300) announced his commitment Saturday. The pair of pledges represent the latest boosts in Kalen DeBoer's construction of one of the top recruiting classes in the nation in the 2025 cycle. With Haywood's pledge, the Crimson Tide now have 17 ESPN 300 pledges in 2025, including nine of the top 100. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound blocker is the program's 14th commitment since June 1, and Haywood stands as the highest-rated prospect in the nation's second-ranked class in ESPN's most recent team rankings for this cycle. Haywood emerged as a standout offensive line prospect at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, where he also competes in shot put and discus. The fifth-ranked offensive tackle in...
July 14
July 14

Euro 2024 final: Luke Shaw set to start for England - sources

England boss Gareth Southgate is set to hand Luke Shaw a dramatic recall to an otherwise unchanged starting lineup for Sunday's Euro 2024 final against Spain, sources told ESPN. Shaw replaced Kieran Trippier at half-time of Wednesday's semifinal win against the Netherlands, marking only his second appearance for club or country since suffering a hamstring injury playing for Manchester United against Luton on Feb. 18. However, Southgate has deemed Shaw fit enough to start in Berlin as England aim to win their first men's honour in 58 years. Harry Kane is expected to lead the line with Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham in support, meaning semifinal hero Ollie Watkins starts on the bench. The Aston Villa man replaced Kane against the Dutch before scoring the 90th-minute winner that booked England's place in the final. Marc Guéhi missed England's quarterfinal win over Switzerland after...
July 14
July 14

Jacoby Jones, who scored 2 TDs in Ravens' SB XLVII win, dies at 40

Jacoby Jones, a Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl star who was known for the "Mile High Miracle" and his jovial antics, has died at the age of 40. The cause of Jones' death was not immediately available. In a statement released Sunday through the NFL Players Association, Jones' family said that he died "peacefully" at his home in New Orleans.  "The family, including his mother, Emily and his son, Little Jacoby, are together and are asking for prayers, privacy, and support as they navigate through this difficult time." The Ravens said in a statement Sunday that "Jacoby had the unique ability to connect with everyone he encountered. His charisma, joy and love created a one-of-a-kind presence that could light up any room or brighten any dark day." A nine-year NFL veteran whose fun personality and flamboyant end zone dances endeared him to fans and teammates, Jones etched himself in NFL history during the Ravens' 2012 Super Bowl run, scoring three postseason touchdowns in...
July 14
July 14

Man United complete Joshua Zirkzee transfer from Bologna

Manchester United completed the transfer of Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee in a deal worth more than €40 million ($43m), the club announced Sunday. Zirkzee signed a contract with United until June 2029 with the option to extend it for another season. "Having had discussions with the manager and the leaders of the club I know how exciting the future is going to be here and I cannot wait to play my part in achieving success for Manchester United," Zirkzee said in a statement released by the club. "I am a player who has always dedicated everything to winning; I'm ready for this next challenge, to go to another level in my career and win more trophies. "It is a privilege to join such an iconic club. I have to take a short break now after being with the national team, but I'll be coming back ready to make an impact straight away." Sources told ESPN that the two clubs had agreed to a deal worth more than the release clause in Zirkzee's contract to allow United to pay...
July 14
July 14

Ayaka Furue wins Evian Championship with eagle on 18

Ayaka Furue made a late charge to win the Evian Championship with an eagle on the last hole to clinch her first major title Sunday. The 24-year-old Japanese golfer held her nerve with another clinical putt, having made three birdies in the previous four holes to finish at 19 under overall after posting a 6-under 65. Furue placed one stroke ahead of Australian Stephanie Kyriacou, the overnight leader, and two ahead of Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit, who shot a superb 8-under 63 in the final round to move into contention for her second major. "Breathtaking, like incredible, and I'm so speechless," Furue said. American Lauren Coughlin (69) finished four shots behind Furue in fourth place. Heading to the 18th hole, Furue and Kyriacou were level at 17 under with Tavatanakit, who was already in the clubhouse. Furue teed off well and found the fairway, while Kyriacou's shot swerved left into the rough. Furue found the green with her second shot, giving her a championship opportunity,...
July 14
July 14

Team USA coach Steve Kerr reacts to shooting of Donald Trump

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Calling it a "terrible" and "demoralizing day for our country," Team USA men's basketball coach Steve Kerr tried to summarize the emotions of his team Sunday in the wake of an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. "This is a time where we feel very proud to represent our country wearing USA on our chest, competing in the Olympics," Kerr said. "We've talked to the players about how important it is to show the best version of us as human beings to represent our country in a respectful, dignified manner. It makes you want to do that even more so, because this is really shameful for us to sit here and think about what happened and what's going on in our country." Kerr, whose father, Malcolm, was assassinated in 1984 in Beirut, Lebanon, has a long history of criticizing gun violence. Malcolm Kerr was targeted by the militant group Islamic Jihad because he served as the president of the American University of Beirut.  "It's such a...
July 14
July 14

Rose Namajunas dominates Tracy Cortez, wants UFC title shot next

Rose Namajunas used superior striking and grappling to shut down a spirited effort from Tracy Cortez and earn a unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night at the sold-out Ball Arena in Denver. It was a home game for the UFC's No. 6-ranked flyweight Namajunas (14-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC), who has resided in Denver for the past decade, and the former two-time strawweight champion dominated in every facet against Cortez. The early portions of the fight saw Namajunas use her superior striking to pick off Cortez, and her grappling owned the middle rounds. With scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47, Namajunas collected her second consecutive win after dropping her flyweight debut against  Manon Fiorot in 2023. "I am Colorado's first UFC champion, so I want to bring that belt home," Namajunas said following the victory. "Either that or a women's BMF [title fight]." With flyweight champion  Alexa Grasso slated to fight  Valentina...
July 14
July 13

Reds' Cam Collier wins Futures Game MVP; Rangers' Teodo shines

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cam Collier and Emiliano Teodo represent two extremes on the player acquisition spectrum. The Cincinnati Reds drafted Collier, a third baseman and son of a former big leaguer, out of junior college in the first round (18th overall) of the 2022 draft and gave him a $5 million bonus. The Texas Rangers signed a 19-year-old Teodo, ancient by Dominican amateur standards, for $10,000 in 2020. On Saturday, both prospects starred for their respective teams on the biggest stage of their young careers at the Futures Game. Collier, the National League's starting third baseman, was named the Larry Doby Award winner, given to the game's MVP, after blasting a solo home run to open the scoring in the NL's 6-1 win at Globe Life Field. Teodo, meanwhile, started the game for the American League in what he hopes is his future home ballpark and became the first pitcher to ever throw two perfect innings in Futures Game history. The standout performance required just...
July 13
July 13

Hayes: USWNT win over Mexico a sign of progress before Olympics

HARRISON, N.J. -- United States women's national team head coach Emma Hayes said her team still needs to improve its decision-making in the final third, but she saw signs of progress in the 1-0 win over  Mexico at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. Hayes' third game in charge of the U.S. was the Americans' penultimate match before the Olympics and its first with the roster that leaves for France next week in search of the program's first Olympic gold medal since 2012. "If we use [the Concacaf Gold Cup] as a reference point, I think it's fair to say this game was much more measured, much more controlled," Hayes told reporters. "[We] limited them to very little, so [it's] a step in the right direction." The victory comes less than five months after Mexico's historic 2-0 victory over the USWNT in the group stage of the Concacaf W Gold Cup, the Americans' first loss to Mexico on home soil. Saturday was a more measured game that saw the USWNT retain...
July 13
July 13

Sources: Dodgers' Dustin May out for '24 after esophageal surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Dustin May will miss the remainder of the 2024 season after undergoing surgery to repair an esophageal tear earlier this week, sources told ESPN on Saturday. May, 26, has not pitched this season following surgery last year to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right arm. He was set to go on a rehabilitation assignment in the coming weeks, but the surgery to repair his esophagus will keep him from physical activity for the next two months, according to sources. The injury, sources said, first appeared during a dinner and required intervention after May sought attention the next day for pain in his throat and stomach. Medical personnel diagnosed the tear in May's throat, sources said, and acted quickly. May is expected to make a full recovery. The Dodgers had hoped May would help stabilize a pitching staff bedeviled by injuries. Among those currently joining May on the injured list: starters Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Walker Buehler,...
July 13
July 13

Copa América: Colombia boss criticizes Shakira halftime show

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. --  Colombia head coach Nestor Lorenzo criticized CONMEBOL's decision to extend the 2024 Copa América final halftime from a traditional 15 minutes to 25 minutes in order to accommodate a performance from Colombian pop star Shakira. "I hope you enjoy, Shakira is great," he said in his news conference ahead of Sunday's final with Argentina at Hard Rock Stadium. "For a final, when the rules change for both teams, bad pitches for both or same weather for both, then I can't say if its bad or if it favors one side. "I can't understand it, I wish it were like the rest. When we came out in the 16th minute we were sanctioned, but now that there is a show we can come out in the 20th-minute mark. Players can get cold, but it's on both sides. I found out today that this is how it is, and that's it." The coach referenced incidents in the group stage that saw managers Lionel Scaloni (Argentina), Ricardo Gareca ( Chile), Marcelo Bielsa...
July 13
July 13

Copa América: Colombia boss criticizes Shakira half-time show

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. --  Colombia head coach Nestor Lorenzo criticized CONMEBOL's decision to extend the 2024 Copa América final half-time from a traditional 15 minutes to 25 minutes in order to accommodate a performance from Colombian pop star Shakira. "I hope you enjoy, Shakira is great," he said in his news conference ahead of Sunday's final with Argentina at Hard Rock Stadium. "For a final, when the rules change for both teams, bad pitches for both or same weather for both, then I can't say if its bad or if it favors one side. "I can't understand it, I wish it were like the rest. When we came out in the 16th minute we were sanctioned, but now that there is a show we can come out in the 20th-minute mark. Players can get cold, but it's on both sides. I found out today that this is how it is, and that's it." The coach referenced incidents in the group stage that saw managers Lionel Scaloni (Argentina), Ricardo Gareca ( Chile), Marcelo...
July 13
July 13

Argentina back Uruguay players, concerned about final security

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. --  Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni said he understands the reaction of Uruguay players in entering the stands to protect their family members in the aftermath of last Wednesday's Copa América semifinal between Uruguay and Colombia. The ugly incident in Charlotte, North Carolina, saw Uruguay players, including  Darwin Núñez and Ronald Araújo, climb into the stands and clash with Colombia fans. Tournament organizer CONMEBOL later said it would open an investigation into the incident as well as the players' involvement. This sparked a strong and passionate defense of Uruguay's players from manager Marcelo Bielsa on Friday, ahead of Saturday's third-place game against Canada. He placed the blame mostly on CONMEBOL, but also on local organizers for the lack of security. "If you see what happened happen, and there's [no other process to escape] and they are attacking their girlfriends, their mothers, a baby,...
July 13
July 13

Sophia Smith leads USWNT past Mexico in Olympic tuneup

Sophia Smith scored in the 64th minute and the United States got revenge for a loss to Mexico earlier this year with a 1-0 victory in the rematch on Saturday. The friendly match at Red Bull Arena was the first of two tuneup games for the United States ahead of the 2024 Olympics. The Americans will play Costa Rica on Tuesday at Audi Field in Washington before departing for France. Mexico beat the United States for just the second time ever at the Concacaf Women's Gold Cup in late February. Lizbeth Ovalle and Mayra Pelayo scored in a 2-0 Mexico victory. On Saturday, the United States had the best chances of the first half but was unable to break through. Smith, Lindsey Horan and Sam Coffey all had attempts in the scramble in front of Mexico's goal before the half ended, but couldn't score. But in the second half, Trinity Rodman passed to Mallory Swanson, who appeared ready to shoot but instead dished...
July 13
July 13

Judge sets Yankees record with 34th HR before All-Star break

BALTIMORE -- Aaron Judge set a New York Yankees franchise record on Saturday with his 34th home run before the All-Star break. Roger Maris hit 33 before the break in 1961, the year he finished with a major league record of 61. Judge matched that mark in 2022 and went on to hit 62 homers, breaking what had become an American League full-season mark held by Maris. Across Major League Baseball, Judge's 34 homers are the most by a player before the All-Star break since Chris Davis (37) in 2013, and that total is tied with Frank Howard in 1969 for seventh most before the break all time, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Juan Soto and Judge hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning of a 6-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles, both to center field. Soto's 426-foot drive gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead, and Judge followed with a towering solo shot that went 431 feet. Judge reached base all five times he came to the plate in Friday night's...
July 13
July 13

Royals' Matt Quatraro makes case for Seth Lugo as AL starter

BOSTON --  Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro lobbied for Royals right-hander Seth Lugo to start Tuesday's All-Star Game for the American League. Quartaro made the case for Lugo with Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy, who will lead the AL team. "I called him and pushed as hard as I could to recommend Seth to start," Quatraro said Saturday.   Lugo entered Saturday's start against Boston 11-3 with a majors-leading 2.21 ERA. Only Atlanta's Chris Sale (12-3) had more wins. "It certainly merits it with his accomplishments through the year," Quatraro said. "I understand that there's a lot of guys there that deserve it and their managers are campaigning for them as well." Lugo, however, got shelled in his start vs. the Red Sox, giving up 10 hits and five runs in 5 innings. The performance brought his ERA down to 2.48 on the year.  A first-time All-Star, 34-year-old Lugo is in his first season with the Royals, who signed him to a $45 million,...
July 13
July 13

Detroit Tigers' 'great comeback' stuns Los Angeles Dodgers

DETROIT -- Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after the Detroit Tigers overcame a 9-4 deficit in the ninth as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-9 on Saturday. Wenceel Perez bunted Ryan Vilade to third to start the 10th. The Dodgers played a five-man infield, but Urshela ruined the strategy by homering to left off Yohan Ramirez (0-4). "What a game! The whole team, fighting all game," Urshela said during his on-field, postgame interview on Bally Sports. "It's a great comeback for us." Shohei Ohtani hit his 200th homer and tripled, giving him 233 total bases -- the eighth-highest total before the All-Star break since the game was first played in 1933. Ricky Vanasco started the ninth for the Dodgers but didn't retire any of the three batters he faced. It was 9-6 when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts brought in closer Evan Phillips. Phillips retired the first two batters, but Carson Kelly hit an RBI single...
July 13
July 13

Angel Reese's historic double-double streak ends at 15 games

Angel Reese's WNBA-record consecutive double-double streak ended Saturday as the star rookie finished with eight points and 16 rebounds in the Chicago Sky's 81-67 home loss to the first-place  New York Liberty. Reese finished 3 for 13 from the floor and was limited to just two points on 0 for 5 shooting in the second half. The former LSU standout had an opportunity to get up one final shot attempt on the Sky's final possession of the game, but four Liberty players surrounded her, forcing her to kick the ball out to a teammate.   "[Winning] is what's most important to me," Reese said about the streak on Thursday. "I think I've done a great job, being able to be consistent and I've broken the record already. So [I want to] be able to just be me and do whatever my teammates need." Reese broke the WNBA record for most consecutive double-doubles with 13 last Sunday. She had extended the streak to 15 games before falling short in Saturday's loss.  New York, which...
July 13
July 13

Heston Kjerstad put on concussion IL after HBP to helmet

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad has been placed on the seven-day concussion injured list after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch during Friday's game against the  New York Yankees.  Kjerstad had initially listed in the Orioles' lineup for Saturday's game before he was replaced by Austin Hays in left field about 90 minutes ahead of first pitch. According to multiple reports, Kjerstad wasn't feeling 100% after taking part in pregame drills, leading to the decision to remove him from the lineup. Kjerstad was hit in the helmet by a 97 mph pitch from Yankees closer Clay Holmes, prompting the benches to empty in the bottom of the ninth inning of New York's 4-1 victory. With one out, Holmes' pitch hit Kjerstad around the ear flap. After a delay, Kjerstad was able to get up but left the game. Then things escalated, with Orioles manager Brandon Hyde walking toward the New York dugout and pointing, at which point Yankees catcher ...
July 13
July 13

Euro 2024 final: Southgate believes in 'dream' win vs. Spain

Gareth Southgate has reacted to claims England could be feted to win Euro 2024 by insisting: "I'm not a believer in fairytales but I am a believer in dreams." The Three Lions face Spain in Berlin on Sunday 28 years on from Germany's victory in London at Euro '96, a tournament forever remembered in England for Southgate's decisive semifinal shoot-out penalty miss as a player. This summer, England required a 95th-minute equaliser to force extra-time before winning their round-of-16 tie against Slovakia before beating Switzerland on penalties in the quarterfinals. Southgate and captain Harry Kane were asked at Saturday's pre-match news conference whether the pair believed in fate given they could now turn the tables and win in Germany. Kane said: "You can answer that one. You were about in '96. I was only three!" Southgate replied: "I was around, very much around -- probably one of the more popular Englishmen in Berlin, I would...
July 13
July 13

Kalen DeBoer, Alabama land top commit in WR Caleb Cunningham

Kalen DeBoer secured the highest-rated commitment of his early tenure at Alabama on Saturday with a pledge from four-star wide receiver Caleb Cunningham. Cunningham, No. 19 in the 2025 ESPN 300, is the top-ranked prospect in the state of Mississippi in this cycle and picked the Crimson Tide over in-state programs Ole Miss and Mississippi State along with SEC foes Auburn, Florida and Tennessee. Cunningham confirmed his commitment on social media.  The third-ranked wide receiver in 2025, Cunningham is now the highest-rated prospect in DeBoer's inaugural recruiting class with the Crimson Tide. Cunningham represents Alabama's 16th ESPN 300 commit to a class that checked in at No. 2 in ESPN's latest team recruiting rankings for the 2025 cycle.   The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver is the program's eighth top-100 commit in the upcoming class, joining the likes of cornerback Dijon Johnson (No. 25 in ESPN 300), dual-threat quarterback Keelon Russell (No. 32), outside...
July 13
July 13

Heston Kjerstad out of Orioles lineup day after HBP to helmet

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad was pulled from Saturday's lineup against the New York Yankees after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch during Friday's game. Kjerstad was initially listed in the Orioles' lineup before being replaced by Austin Hays in left field about 90 minutes ahead of first pitch. According to multiple reports, Kjerstad wasn't feeling 100% after taking part in pregame drills, leading to the decision to remove him from the lineup. Kjerstad was hit in the helmet by a 97 mph pitch from Yankees closer Clay Holmes, prompting the benches to empty in the bottom of the ninth inning of New York's 4-1 victory. With one out, Holmes' pitch hit Kjerstad around the ear flap. After a delay, Kjerstad was able to get up but left the game. Then things escalated, with Orioles manager Brandon Hyde walking toward the New York dugout and pointing, at which point Yankees catcher Austin Wells tried to restrain Hyde but...
July 13
July 13

Cristopher Sánchez replaces Chris Sale, gives Phillies 8 All-Stars

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cristopher Sánchez is set for his first All-Star Game appearance as the replacement for Atlanta lefty Chris Sale, who is scheduled to start for the Braves on Sunday and won't pitch in the Midsummer Classic. The addition of Sánchez pushes the Phillies' MLB-leading total to eight All-Stars, adding to the franchise record. Five of them are pitchers, a major league record.  The game is Tuesday night at the home of the Texas Rangers. Philadelphia will go into the break as the only team in the big leagues with at least 60 victories. Sánchez becomes the 38th first-time All-Star and the ninth replacement -- five from the National League. He raised the total number of All-Stars to 73. Sánchez, 27, is 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA. He allowed two runs in six innings in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday in his last start before the break. Sánchez was the third member of...
July 13
July 13

Barbora Krejcikova outlasts Jasmine Paolini to win Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England -- After winning her second major singles title following a roller-coaster match Saturday, Barbora Krejcikova threw her hands up in the air in celebration and pointed at the sky. Needing three match points and nearly two hours, she had just defeated Jasmine Paolini, the No. 7 seed and crowd favorite, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to claim her first Wimbledon title as former champions such as Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Maria Sharapova watched on from the royal box. Krejcikova became the eighth woman to win the prestigious title in eight years. "I don't have any words right now," Krejcikova said to the Centre Court crowd moments later during the trophy presentation. "It's definitely the best day of my tennis career and also the best day of my life." The 28-year-old from Czechia (Czech Republic) had previously won the 2021 French Open title, as well as 11 major titles in doubles and mixed doubles, but she hadn't advanced past the quarterfinals in...
July 13
July 13

Tadej Pogacar wins mountainous 14th stage of Tour de France

Two-time champion Tadej Pogacar surged ahead on the final climb to win the mountainous 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday and extend his overall lead to nearly two minutes. The elite climbers' duel between Pogacar and two-time defending champion Jonas Vingegaard finally came when Pogacar peeled away with about 3 miles left. "I love racing on instinct," Pogacar said. "Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I love it that way." Pogacar caught up with and overtook his UAE Emirates teammate Adam Yates, while Vingegaard was initially dropped but showed good composure to limit the damage. The Dane crossed the line 39 seconds behind Slovenian Pogacar, who completed the 199-mile trek in just over four hours. "Let's keep this positive energy so we can win more," Pogacar said. "I was feeling really good today." Remco Evenepoel of Belgium was third and dropped to third overall behind Vingegaard. "I stayed with him a little, but he rode faster and faster and I was...
July 13
July 13

Kevin Durant again sits out Team USA practice; Kerr unconcerned

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Team USA has relocated halfway across the world but is still in a holding pattern with star Kevin Durant, who missed practice again Saturday with a calf strain and likely won't play when the Americans face Australia in a friendly set for Monday. Coach Steve Kerr has been publicly downplaying any concern about the injury but pushed back his timeline before leading the team through practice. "I know there's still a couple of weeks before we have to make a decision roster-wise," Kerr said. "So we're just taking it day by day." For weeks, Team USA had a contingency plan in place if Kawhi Leonard wasn't able to play in the Olympics as he recovered from a knee injury, lining up Derrick White as the probable replacement in early June. The Americans made that move Wednesday, releasing Leonard and putting White on the roster as they broke training camp in Las Vegas. If the team has a backup plan for Durant, it is keeping it under...
July 13
July 13

Kevin Durant again sits Team USA practice; Kerr unconcerned

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Team USA has relocated halfway across the world but is still in a holding pattern with star Kevin Durant, who missed practice again Saturday with a calf strain and likely won't play when the Americans face Australia in a friendly set for Monday. Coach Steve Kerr has been publicly downplaying any concern about the injury but pushed back his timeline before leading the team through practice. "I know there's still a couple of weeks before we have to make a decision roster wise," Kerr said. "So we're just taking it day by day." For weeks, Team USA had a contingency plan in place if Kawhi Leonard wasn't able to play in the coming Olympics as he recovered from a knee injury, lining up Derrick White as the probable replacement in early June. They made that move Wednesday, releasing Leonard and putting White on the roster as they broke training camp in Las Vegas. If the team has a backup plan for Durant in the event he isn't able to...
July 13
July 13

Sources: Nuggets' DaRon Holmes tears Achilles in summer debut

LAS VEGAS -- Denver Nuggets first-round pick DaRon Holmes suffered a torn Achilles and is likely to miss the 2024-25 season, league sources confirmed to ESPN. Holmes suffered the injury Friday during the Nuggets' 88-78 loss to the LA Clippers in their summer league opener. He left Cox Pavilion on crutches. Holmes, drafted 22nd overall out of Dayton, had 11 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes.  The injury is a big blow to the Nuggets' depth. At 6-foot-9, Holmes was expected to be a primary backup big for Denver this season. The Athletic was first to report Holmes' injury.
July 13
July 13

Bronny James: Ready for any level with Lakers after summer

LAS VEGAS -- Bronny James says he will welcome any assignment in his first season as a professional, as long as it comes with a chance to play and improve as a basketball player. "I'm just looking forward to any basketball I play, no matter what level I'm playing at," James said after the  Lakers' 99-80 loss to the  Houston Rockets in Los Angeles' opening game in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday. James was asked about the possibility of spending time in the G League after Houston's Cam Whitmore, the No. 20 pick in the 2023 draft, finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. As a rookie, Whitmore played 13 games for Houston's G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and averaged 26.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game. After scoring a quick six points to put Los Angeles up 13-10 midway through the first quarter against Houston, James struggled on offense the rest of the way, finishing...
July 13

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