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July 05

Jody Allen: Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers not for sale yet but eventually will be

SEATTLE -- Jody Allen, the de facto owner of the NFL's  Seattle Seahawks and NBA's  Portland Trail Blazers, said in a statement Tuesday that the teams are not currently for sale but eventually will be. Allen's statement comes on the heels of last month's report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Nike founder Phil Knight and  Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Alan Smolinsky made an unsolicited offer of more than $2 billion to buy the Blazers. Jody Allen has been the trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust since her brother, the Microsoft co-founder, died in 2018. "As chair of both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks, my long-term focus is building championship teams that our communities are proud of," Allen's statement read. "Like my brother Paul, I trust and expect our leaders and coaches to build winning teams that deliver results on and off the court and field. "As we've stated before, neither of the teams is for sale and there are no sales...
July 05
July 05

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper had three pins inserted in fractured left thumb, but he'll 'be back' in lineup this season

PHILADELPHIA -- Injured slugger Bryce Harper had three pins inserted in his fractured left thumb, he told reporters before the Philadelphia Phillies took on the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Harper, hit by a pitch in San Diego last month, said the pins will be there for four weeks, and although he wouldn't put a timeline on his recovery, he did say "I'll be back" this season. Last week, Harper had successful surgery to repair his broken left thumb, interim manager Rob Thomson said, telling reporters on Wednesday that "it went very well." Harper was injured by a fastball from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell. A day later, the Phillies announced the National League MVP was to be sidelined indefinitely, officially placing him on the 10-day injured list. Harper, 29, the reigning National League MVP, is hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .985 OPS this season in 64 games despite a small tear in the UCL of his right elbow...
July 05
July 05

Tiger Woods finishes tied for 39th at JP McManus Pro-Am, where Xander Schauffele wins

Tiger Woods closed with a 2-over 74 to finish tied for 39th on Tuesday at the JP McManus Pro-Am, a star-studded event in Limerick, Ireland, that served as a tuneup for next week's Open Championship. The good news for Woods was that Tuesday's round marked a slight improvement from his opening 77 on Monday. The highlights were back-to-back birdies at the par-4 15th and par-3 16th, before a slipup at the 18th, where he carded the last of his four bogeys on the day. The crowd, though, hardly seemed to mind. He was met with big applause on the 18th and some fans chanted "Tiger, Tiger!" as he walked off the final green at Adare Manor. Next up for Woods will be the 150th Open Championship at famed St. Andrews starting July 14. It will mark his third official event since suffering serious leg injuries in a car wreck outside Los Angeles in February 2021. He finished 47th at the Masters in April, then withdrew after the third round of the PGA Championship in May. He skipped the U.S. Open...
July 05
July 05

Wimbledon: Tatjana Maria advances to first Grand Slam semifinal at 34, will face Ons Jabeur

LONDON -- The first semifinalist at this year's Wimbledon is the oldest woman remaining in the draw. Tatjana Maria, a 34-year-old German who returned to the tour less than a year ago following the birth of her second daughter, advanced to the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her 35th appearance. She beat another German, 22-year-old Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, on Tuesday on No. 1 Court. "One year ago, I just gave birth," Maria said on court. "It's crazy." Maria is making her 10th appearance at the All England Club and has become only the sixth woman in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals after turning 34. Her best previous performance was reaching the third round in 2015. She never even made it that far at the other three major tennis tournaments. It hasn't all come easy this year. Maria is ranked 103rd in the world and was outside the top 250 as recently as March. Since returning from maternity leave, she lost in the first round...
July 05
July 05

Novak Djokovic rallies from 2 sets down to defeat Jannik Sinner, will face Cam Norrie in Wimbledon semifinals

LONDON -- It says a lot about Novak Djokovic that a two-sets-to-none hole at Wimbledon on a day he was hardly at his best likely left no one thinking the ultimate outcome was a foregone conclusion. A lot about his preeminence at the All England Club in recent years. A lot about his history of overcoming that sort of deficit. A lot about his ability to adjust, to adapt, to right himself quickly. A lot about what might happen if -- or, rather, when -- he got back into the match and it eventually went to a fifth set. And so it was that Djokovic spotted 10th-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy that huge lead Tuesday, then worked his way all the way back to pull away and win 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Centre Court, earning an 11th semifinal berth at Wimbledon with his 26th consecutive victory at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 13, has made more semifinal appearances at the place. Among men, only Federer, with eight, has won...
July 05
July 05

Wimbledon: Tatjana Maria advances to first Grand Slam semifinal at 34

LONDON -- The first semifinalist at this year's Wimbledon is the oldest woman remaining in the draw. Tatjana Maria, a 34-year-old German who returned to the tour less than a year ago following the birth of her second daughter, advanced to the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her 35th appearance. She beat another German, 22-year-old Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, on Tuesday on No. 1 Court. "One year ago, I just gave birth," Maria said on court. "It's crazy." Maria is making her 10th appearance at the All England Club and has become only the sixth woman in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals after turning 34. Her best previous performance was reaching the third round in 2015. She never even made it that far at the other three major tennis tournaments. It hasn't all come easy this year. Maria is ranked 103rd in the world and was outside the top 250 as recently as March. Since returning from maternity leave, she lost in the first round...
July 05
July 05

Stephen Curry collectibles market stays hot as NBA Finals Game 1 jersey sells for $203,330 in 101-bid auction

The NBA Finals might be over, but Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is still putting up numbers. Less than a month after his historic performance in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the jersey Curry wore during his record-setting first quarter sold for $203,330 in an astounding 101-bid war on NBA Auctions. Curry drained six 3-pointers in the first quarter of Golden State's 120-108 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 on June 2, breaking a record for most 3-pointers made during one quarter in an NBA Finals game. The $203,330 is not the record paid for an NBA jersey at auction, modern or vintage -- falling short of the $3.69 million record game-worn Kobe Bryant jersey from his rookie season. But mere months after he became the NBA's all-time leading 3-point shooter, Curry's collectability is soaring, as it has for the better part of the past year. In late May with collectables marketplace Goldin, a 1-of-1 2009 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Signature...
July 05
July 05

San Jose Sharks hire Mike Grier as 1st Black GM in NHL history

Mike Grier made history as the NHL's first Black general manager when the San Jose Sharks announced his appointment to the position on Tuesday. Grier has broken a long-standing barrier within NHL, which could have far-reaching implication for years to come. "It's something I'm extremely proud of," Grier said of being the league's first Black GM. "I realized there was a responsibility that comes with the territory but I'm up for it [with] how I carry myself and how the organization carries themselves. ... For me, my job is to do the best I can for the San Jose Sharks organization, and if I do that, hopefully it opens the door to give other opportunities to other minorities to get in front-office positions and maybe lead a team down the road as well." It was Grier's ability to do just that which drew San Jose's interest -- a point team president Jonathan Becher wanted to make clear while also celebrating an historic achievement. "We hired the best general manager...
July 05
July 05

Billy Horschel blasts 'hypocrites' playing LIV golf series, accuses some of 'lying'

Billy Horschel became the latest PGA Tour player to criticize members who have been lured to the Saudi Arabian-financed LIV Golf Invitational Series by lucrative signing bonuses and $25 million purses. During a news conference ahead of the Scottish Open on Tuesday, Horschel said he didn't have "ill will" toward players who have left but did take exception to some of their comments about the PGA Tour. "I've been really frustrated by it because there's a lot of guys that are hypocrites, that aren't telling the truth, that are lying about some things, and I just can't stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it as I have been in the past," Horschel said. "I don't fault anyone for going to play the LIV tour. I don't have any ill will for anyone going to play the LIV tour. I have ill will toward comments that they've made, comments saying that [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan doesn't listen, the PGA Tour doesn't listen to us. "Jay Monahan and everyone at headquarters is...
July 05
July 05

Novak Djokovic rallies from 2 sets down to defeat Jannik Sinner, reach Wimbledon semifinals

LONDON -- It says a lot about Novak Djokovic that a two-sets-to-none hole at Wimbledon on a day he was hardly at his best likely left no one thinking the ultimate outcome was a foregone conclusion. A lot about his preeminence at the All England Club in recent years. A lot about his history of overcoming that sort of deficit. A lot about his ability to adjust, to adapt, to right himself quickly. A lot about what might happen if -- or, rather, when -- he got back into the match and it eventually went to a fifth set. And so it was that Djokovic spotted 10th-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy that huge lead Tuesday, then worked his way all the way back to pull away and win 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Centre Court, earning an 11th semifinal berth at Wimbledon with his 26th consecutive victory at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 13, has made more semifinal appearances at the place. Among men, only Federer, with eight, has won...
July 05
July 05

Nick Kyrgios, quarterfinalist at Wimbledon, to face assault charge in Australia court, but attorney says allegations 'not considered as fact'

Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios will appear in court next month to face a charge stemming from an alleged assault of a former girlfriend late last year, authorities said. Jason Moffett, a lawyer representing Kyrgios, told Australia's Canberra Times that he has been briefed on the matter and that Kyrgios is aware of the charge.  "The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr. Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously," Moffett told the newspaper. However, another lawyer representing the player said Tuesday the "precise nature of" the allegations "is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the prosecution" or Kyrgios himself. "While Mr. Kyrgios is committed to addressing any and all allegations once clear, taking the matter seriously does not warrant any misreading of the process Mr. Kyrgios is required to follow," attorney Pierre Johannessen wrote in a statement emailed to the media. Johannessen wrote that "the allegations are not...
July 05
July 05

Boston University researchers say late NFL star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had degenerative brain disease CTE

Demaryius Thomas had the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which is linked to repeated blows to the head, according to an announcement Tuesday by doctors from Boston University who had been studying the former NFL star's brain through the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF). Thomas was found dead in his Roswell, Georgia, home this past Dec. 9, just 15 days before his 34th birthday. At the time, his family believed that seizures, which Thomas had battled since a 2019 car crash, might have led to his death. The coroner's office in Fulton County, Georgia, has not yet ruled on the cause of death. Neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, who was part of the Boston University research team, said Thomas most likely died after having a seizure -- a condition not generally associated with CTE. "CTE itself does not cause death. You don't die from CTE," McKee told ABC News. "What CTE does is it changes your behavior and your personality." Family members say...
July 05
July 05

Tiger Woods says he didn't want to jeopardize chances of playing in Open by also playing in U.S. Open

Tiger Woods had planned to play in last month's U.S. Open, but problems with his surgically repaired right leg didn't allow him to compete in the third major of the season. Woods said he skipped the U.S. Open because he didn't want to jeopardize his chances of playing in the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews, which begins on July 14. "The plan was to play the U.S. Open, but physically I was not able to do that," Woods said, while speaking to reporters Tuesday at the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club in Ireland. "There's no way physically I could have done that. I had some issues with my leg and it would have put this tournament in jeopardy, and so there's no reason to do that." Woods' 15 major championships include three victories at The Open, including wins at the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005. "This is a pretty historic Open that we are going to be playing," Woods said. "I'm lucky enough to be part of the past champions that have won there, and want...
July 05
July 05

Jessica Campbell to be first woman behind AHL bench; will coach Seattle Kraken's top minor league affiliate

Jessica Campbell is being hired by the Coachella Valley Firebirds as an assistant coach, making her the first woman behind a bench as a full-time coach in the AHL. A woman has never filled that role in the NHL. The Firebirds, the top minor league affiliate of the NHL's Seattle Kraken, will debut as a team this fall. "I always had a belief as a young girl, playing boys' hockey until I was 17, that I was equal and capable too. I've never focused on my gender," Campbell told ESPN. "Growing up, I never dreamed of coaching, because I didn't see it and therefore didn't know what that path looked like. But for young athletes now, it's so important to have that visibility for them to understand they can literally be anything they want. Some of the guys I will be coaching, their daughters can now watch them have a female coach. And that opens up the conversation, which can inspire young girls for something they might not have seen as possible." It's shaping up to be a monumental...
July 05
July 05

Sources: T.J. Warren, Brooklyn Nets agree to one-year deal

After missing most of the past two seasons with a stress fracture in his left foot, free-agent forward T.J. Warren has agreed to a one-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Warren played four games in 2020-21, and missed the entirety of the 2021 season with consecutive fractures, but he is recovering now and the Nets are hopeful that he can play a role at both forward positions. Warren's commitment will make him the 11th player under contract for the Nets, who are engaged in trade talks for All-NBA forward Kevin Durant after he requested a move last week.  Warren, 28, averaged nearly 20 points on 53% shooting from the field in 2020 for the Indiana Pacers, and he has shown an ability to be a significant and versatile offensive force in Indiana and Phoenix. Warren averaged 31 points on 58% shooting -- including 52% from 3 -- in six games in the Orlando bubble in 2020. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0...
July 05
July 05

Boston University researchers say late NFL star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered from degenerative brain disease CTE

Demaryius Thomas had the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which is linked to repeated blows to the head, according to an announcement Tuesday by doctors from Boston University who had been studying the former NFL star's brain. Thomas was found dead in his Roswell, Georgia, home this past Dec. 9, just 15 days before his 34th birthday. At the time, his family believed seizures, which Thomas had battled since a 2019 car crash, might have led to his death. The coroner's office in Fulton County, Georgia, has not yet ruled on the cause of death. Neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, who was part of the Boston University research team, said Thomas most likely died after having a seizure -- a condition not generally associated with CTE. "CTE itself does not cause death. You don't die from CTE," McKee told ABC News. "What CTE does is it changes your behavior and your personality." Family members say that in addition to the seizures which began in...
July 05
July 05

Nick Kyrgios, quarterfinalist at Wimbledon, to face assault charge in Australia court

Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios will appear in court next month to face a charge stemming from an alleged assault of a former girlfriend late last year, authorities said. Jason Moffett, a lawyer representing Kyrgios, told Australia's Canberra Times that he has been briefed on the matter and that Kyrgios is aware of the charge.  "The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr. Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously," Moffett told the newspaper. Kyrgios faces an Aug. 2 court date, police said. "Given the matter is before the court ... he doesn't have a comment at this stage, but in the fullness of time we'll issue a media release," Moffett said. Kyrgios, 27, will play Wednesday against Chile's Cristian Garin. He reached this stage of the tournament for the first time since making his debut in 2014. Kyrgios' run at the Grand Slam has not been without controversy. He earned fines of $10,000 for spitting in the direction of a heckling...
July 05
July 05

San Jose Sharks to hire Mike Grier as 1st Black GM in NHL history, according to reports

Mike Grier will be named general manager of the San Jose Sharks, becoming the first Black man in NHL history to hold the position, according to multiple reports. The Sharks have not confirmed the hiring but have scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, when they are expected to formally announce Grier as their new GM. Grier, 47, played 14 seasons in the NHL for four different teams, including the Sharks, before retiring in 2011. He spent this past season as the New York Rangers' hockey operations adviser and also worked as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014 to 2018. Grier is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier, who has held that role since 2016. Grier will replace Sharks interim GM Joe Will, who took over in November when longtime GM Doug Wilson left the team because of medical reasons. Wilson officially stepped down in April after 19 seasons with the club. The Sharks reportedly will name Grier as...
July 05
July 04

Chicago White Sox cancel fireworks show, speak out against violence after July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox talked to Major League Baseball on Monday about postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people and wounding at least 30 others. After speaking with MLB and contact with local authorities, the game began on time. The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and a moment of silence was observed before the first pitch of the Twins' 6-3 victory. "Our hearts are with the Highland Park community," the White Sox said in a statement. "The entire Chicago White Sox organization expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today's horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.'' Authorities said a gunman opened fire around 10:15 a.m. local time, when the parade was about three-quarters through, sending hundreds of marchers, parents with strollers and children on...
July 04
July 04

Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut, slowed by injury, captures 15th Fourth of July hot dog eating contest title by eating 63 franks and buns

NEW YORK -- Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey "Jaws" Chestnut gobbled his way to a 15th win Monday at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, powering down 63 hot dogs and buns at the annual exhibition of excess. In a decisive chowdown comeback, women's record holder Miki Sudo downed 40 wieners and buns to win the women's title after skipping last year's frank fest because she was pregnant. A spectator wearing a Darth Vader mask rushed the stage, momentarily disrupting the competition. Chestnut put the protester in a brief chokehold before contest officials hurried over and escorted the intruder away. Another protester in a white stormtrooper mask had also snuck behind the competitors and hoisted a sign saying, "Expose Smithfield's Deathstar.'' Smithfield manufactures Nathan's famous hotdogs. After the altercation, Chestnut went back to the task at hand: Devouring more hot dogs. Monday also marked the contest's return to its traditional location outside Nathan's...
July 04
July 04

Chicago White Sox decide to play game, cancel fireworks show after mass shooting at July 4 parade in Highland Park

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox talked to Major League Baseball on Monday about postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people and wounding at least 30 others. After speaking with MLB and contact with local authorities, the game was slated to begin on time. But there were storms in the area that could affect play. The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and the team observed a moment of silence before the first pitch. "Our hearts are with the Highland Park community," the White Sox said in a statement. "The entire Chicago White Sox organization expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today's horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.'' Authorities said a gunman opened fire around 10:15 a.m. local time, when the parade was about three-quarters through, sending hundreds...
July 04
July 04

Tiger Woods shoots 77, Xander Schauffele leads after Round 1 of JP McManus Pro-Am

Tiger Woods was back playing competitive golf Monday, shooting a 5-over 77 at the star-studded JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland. Woods sits in a tie for 43rd in the 50-player field. Xander Schauffele, coming off a win at the Travelers a week ago, sits in first after an opening, bogey-free 64. Play concludes Tuesday. For Woods, the event is a tuneup to next week's Open Championship at famed St. Andrews in Scotland. Woods hasn't played since withdrawing following the third round of the PGA Championship, where he struggled in cooler temperatures while shooting a 79, then pulled out hours later. It was just his second tour event since he was seriously hurt in a car crash in February 2021; Woods also competed in the Masters, finishing 47th. He opted to skip last month's U.S. Open, saying he needed to give his body more time to heal and get stronger. On Monday, Woods was 5 over on the front, with a double bogey at the par-4 second. He went...
July 04
July 04

Chicago White Sox cancel postgame fireworks show after mass shooting at July 4 parade in Highland Park

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox talked to Major League Baseball on Monday about postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people and wounding at least 30 others. After speaking with MLB and contact with local authorities, the game was slated to begin on time. But there were storms in the area that could affect play. The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and the team planned to observe a moment of silence before the first pitch. "Our hearts are with the Highland Park community,'' the White Sox said in a statement. "The entire Chicago White Sox organization expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today's horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.'' Authorities said a gunman opened fire around 10:15 a.m. local time, when the parade was about three-quarters through, sending...
July 04
July 04

Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios advance into Wimbledon men's quarterfinals

Everything went smoothly for Rafael Nadal against  Botic Van De Zandschulp on Monday until it came time to close out their fourth-round match at Wimbledon. Serving for the win at 5-3 in the third set, Nadal was broken for the second time in the match and he then failed to convert three straight match points when leading 6-3 in the ensuing tiebreaker. That was the end of the Dutchman's resistance, though, as Nadal converted his fourth match point for a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win on Centre Court. The Spaniard is playing his first grass-court tournament since 2019, when he lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals. He is looking for his third Wimbledon title and has a chance at a calendar-year Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open and French Open to take his career tally to a record 22 major titles. "To be in the quarterfinals here at Wimbledon after three years without playing here, it's amazing for me," Nadal said. "So very, very happy." Nadal...
July 04
July 04

WNBA star Brittney Griner makes direct appeal to President Biden for her freedom, asks in letter to 'please don't forget about me'

Brittney Griner made a direct appeal to President Joe Biden for her freedom Monday in a letter passed on through her representatives, writing, "I'm terrified I might be here forever." "I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don't forget about me and the other detainees," an excerpt released by the WNBA star's representatives said. "Please do all you can to bring us home." The letter, described as handwritten, also notes her father's military service. "On the 4th of July, our family normally honors the service of those men who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War Veteran," another excerpt read. "It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year." Griner's trial on charges that she tried to smuggle vape cartridges with hashish oil into Russia began Friday. Legal experts and U.S. officials have described the proceeding as a "show trial" that is certain to end in a...
July 04
July 04

Offensive lineman Francis Mauigoa, No. 5 in the 2023 ESPN 300, next in line to commit to Miami Hurricanes football program

Offensive lineman Francis Mauigoa pulled a mild surprise by committing to Miami on Monday. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Mauigoa, who attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, is No. 5 on the 2023 ESPN 300, and was also considering Tennessee, USC, Alabama, Florida and Hawai'i. Mauigoa becomes Miami sixth's ESPN 300 recruit for this cycle -- joining quarterback Jaden Rashada (No. 22), tight end Riley Williams (No. 66), wide receiver Nathaniel Joseph (No. 142), athlete Robert Stafford (No. 193) and athlete Robby Washington (No. 280). Mauigoa is the first ESPN 300 offensive lineman to play for the Hurricanes since Laurence Seymore came aboard as part of the 2021 class. Miami's 2023 class is 16th in ESPN's latest team rankings, and Mauigoa becomes Mario Cristobal's top recruit for this cycle. Mauigoa is the second highly regarded offensive lineman to make a college commitment within the past week, after Kadyn Proctor (No. 6) stayed home by pledging to Iowa.
July 04
July 04

ESPN NFL reporter and handicapping expert Hank Goldberg dies at 82

Hank Goldberg, who worked at ESPN as an NFL reporter and handicapping expert for two decades, died Monday on his 82nd birthday, his family confirmed. Goldberg had been in treatment for chronic kidney disease in recent years. Known as Hammering Hank, Goldberg was .500 or better in 15 of 17 NFL seasons while predicting games at ESPN. He made appearances on NFL Countdown and ESPN Radio and contributed to the network's thoroughbred racing coverage.  Goldberg had also been a contributor on ESPN's Daily Wager throughout the sports betting show's existence, doing weekly hits during the NFL season and occasional appearances around the Triple Crown races. His last appearance on ESPN was in May, when he did a phone interview from the Kentucky Derby.  "Hank was a bigger part of ESPN's soul than anyone will ever know," said longtime ESPN anchor Chris Berman. "His information made us smarter. His insight made us wiser. His friendship made us better people. Rest in peace Hammer, and thank you...
July 04
July 04

Simona Halep cruises into Wimbledon quarterfinals; Amanda Anisimova ends Harmony Tan's run

Simona Halep is living up to her status as the only former Grand Slam champion left in this year's women's draw. The Romanian beat fourth-seeded Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2 on Centre Court on Monday to return to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and extend her winning streak at the All England Club to 11 matches. Halep will next face 20th-ranked American Amanda Anisimova, who ended Harmony Tan's time at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. The 115th-ranked Tan, from France, had become one of the toasts of the tournament after a remarkable run that included ousting seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the first round. It is Anisimova's first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the semis at the French Open in 2019, when she also beat Tan along the way. Anisimova, 20, lost in the first round of Wimbledon last year. The 16th-seeded Halep won the title in 2019 but missed last year's edition with a left calf injury, while the 2020 tournament was canceled because...
July 04
July 04

Former ESPN NFL reporter and handicapping expert Hank Goldberg dies at 82

Hank Goldberg, who worked at ESPN as an NFL reporter and handicapping expert for two decades, died Monday on his 82nd birthday, his family confirmed. Goldberg had been in treatment for chronic kidney disease in recent years. Known as Hammering Hank, Goldberg was .500 or better in 15 of 17 NFL seasons while predicting games at ESPN. He made appearances on NFL Countdown and ESPN Radio and contributed to the network's thoroughbred racing coverage.  Goldberg had been a contributor for ESPN's Daily Wager throughout the sports betting show's existence, doing weekly hits during the NFL season and occasional appearances around the Triple Crown races. His last appearance on ESPN was in May, when he did a phone interview from the Kentucky Derby.  Goldberg was also a longtime fixture in Miami, serving as a local radio and TV host for more than 25 years and working as a Dolphins radio analyst. He began his career in the 1970s as an assistant to handicapper Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder.
July 04
July 04

Washington Nationals star Juan Soto says he's avoided major calf injury

WASHINGTON -- Nationals star Juan Soto said an MRI on his left calf showed no damage after he left Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins because of tightness. "Everything was fine," Soto said. "We gonna be good. They said it's just a little tight, so just going to take a couple days and see how it goes." Soto, 23, was not in Washington's lineup Monday, but he pinch hit in the eighth and drew a walk. "He felt good enough to hit, but he couldn't run and we didn't want him to run,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday after his team's 3-2 loss in 10 innings. "He got on base for us, and we had to get him out of there.'' The outfielder felt something tighten up behind his left knee and in his calf after making a throw in right field in the top of the third inning Sunday. He exited after running the bases and getting involved in a rundown in the bottom of the fourth. "It didn't feel that well, so I just take the decision to pull out of the...
July 04
July 04

Oklahoma St. 68, Bradley 57

LAS VEGAS -- Oklahoma State's James Anderson scored 19 points Friday night to lead the Cowboys past Bradley 68-57 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. Anderson was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line and had four rebounds. Ray Penn added 14 points, while Keiton Page had 10 for Oklahoma State (5-0). The five Cowboys victories have come by an average margin of 20.5 points. Taylor Brown led Bradley (3-2) with a game-high 21 points. After Bradley took a 10-5 lead, the Cowboys responded by scoring the next 10 points and stayed ahead the rest of the way. Oklahoma State's biggest lead came at 52-32 with 11:18 left in the game. This was the teams' first meeting since 1958.
July 04
July 04

Washington Nationals star Juan Soto says he's avoided major calf injury

Washington Nationals star Juan Soto said he has avoided a major injury to his left calf but may be sidelined for a few more days. Soto told reporters Monday that an MRI taken late Sunday showed that "everything was fine" with his calf. The former National League batting champion was not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Miami Marlins and will take it "day by day." "We're going to be good," Soto told reporters. "They said it's just a little tight, so it's going to take a couple days and see how it goes. It all depends on how I feel day by day." Soto left Sunday's loss to Miami after being involved in a fourth-inning rundown. The All-Star outfielder flexed and pointed to his left leg after making a throw in right field in the third inning. "You don't want to go out of the game that easy," Soto said Monday, according to The Washington Post. "I want to be out there. I wanted to give my 100 percent, so why not try it again? But definitely, whenever I start...
July 04
July 04

Oklahoma St. 68, Bradley 57

LAS VEGAS -- Oklahoma State's James Anderson scored 19 points Friday night to lead the Cowboys past Bradley 68-57 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. Anderson was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line and had four rebounds. Ray Penn added 14 points, while Keiton Page had 10 for Oklahoma State (5-0). The five Cowboys victories have come by an average margin of 20.5 points. Taylor Brown led Bradley (3-2) with a game-high 21 points. After Bradley took a 10-5 lead, the Cowboys responded by scoring the next 10 points and stayed ahead the rest of the way. Oklahoma State's biggest lead came at 52-32 with 11:18 left in the game. This was the teams' first meeting since 1958.
July 04
July 04

Bobcats 116, Raptors 81

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gerald Wallace is finally starting to hit some shots. Stephen Jackson is beginning to figure out his teammates. The combination produced a record-setting win and a confident Charlotte locker room. Wallace broke out of his shooting slump Wednesday night to score 31 points and grab 13 rebounds, Jackson added 23 points and the Bobcats routed the Toronto Raptors 116-81 for the most lopsided victory in franchise history. With their offense suddenly coming together this week, the Bobcats won their second straight game following a seven-game skid in a fashion never seen in the team's six years. Charlotte's previous largest margin of victory was 32 points against Indiana on Nov. 16, 2005. "This was our best game so far," coach Larry Brown said. With managing partner Michael Jordan looking pleased from his front-row seat, the Bobcats set a season high for points for the second straight game thanks to Wallace, who was 10 for 20 from the field and 11 of...
July 04
July 04

New York Mets' Jacob deGrom pleased with first rehab start

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom struck out five of the six batters he faced and threw 18 of 24 pitches for strikes in his first minor league rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Sunday. The only hiccup for deGrom against the Jupiter Hammerheads in Port St. Lucie, Florida, came when he hit a batter with a pitch. As deGrom warmed up in the bullpen before the game, more than a dozen of the young St. Lucie players gathered behind him to watch his regimen. He admitted after the game to having some nerves but was happy with how the start went overall.  "I felt like I had control of everything -- the main thing was trying to locate the fastball and pitch off that. Everything felt good," deGrom said, according to MLB.com. "[My shoulder] feels 100 percent. Because it was bone ... you can't really push it. I had to wait until the bone was healed and move forward from there." The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined all season because of a stress reaction in his...
July 04
July 03

Framber Valdez, Houston Astros author 'special' day, striking out 20 in win over Los Angeles Angels

HOUSTON -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout finished 0-for-11 with nine strikeouts in a three-game series and Los Angeles hitters fanned 20 times, equaling a major league record, as the Houston Astros won 4-2 for a sweep on Sunday. Rookie Jeremy Pena homered twice, capped by a two-run drive with two outs in the ninth inning off Ryan Tepera (1-2) to win it. "To do it on a walk-off, it's unreal," Pena said. "It's always fun walking it off, you get the win ... and it's great." Trout struck out seven straight times in the first two games. In the finale, the three-time AL MVP reached base in his first at-bat on an error by Pena at shortstop before striking out looking in his next two plate appearances. Trout popped out in his last at-bat to extend his skid to 0-for-14. He is having another strong season, batting .272 with 23 homers and 47 RBIs, despite his second long slump of the year -- he was a career-worst 0-for-26 before ending that...
July 03
July 03

Washington Nationals awaiting test results on Juan Soto's calf

The Washington Nationals say slugger Juan Soto left Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Miami Marlins with a left calf injury. According to the team, Soto was undergoing an MRI after the game to determine the extent of the injury. "We'll reevaluate him and see what's going on,'' manager Dave Martinez said. Soto flexed and pointed to his left leg after making a throw in right field in the third inning and was taken out after being involved in a rundown in the fourth. Soto had his hitting streak snapped at eight games after getting walked twice. "Oh, yeah, it's terrifying, obviously,'' said Nationals first baseman  Josh Bell, who ended  Pablo Lopez's no-hit bid in the seventh and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth. "Fingers crossed that it's not anything too, too time-consuming. We'll see. I know he's probably going to get the results back here soon. I know we're all holding our breath for him. I guess time will tell.'' In other...
July 03
July 03

Agent: Chicago Bulls reach deal with veteran PG Goran Dragic

The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran point guard Goran Dragic, agent Bill Duffy told ESPN on Sunday. The Brooklyn Nets won the Dragic sweepstakes last season, beating out the Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers and  Milwaukee Bucks to sign the guard after his contract was bought out. He ended up playing just 16 regular-season games for Brooklyn and struggled some after sitting out most of the season with the Toronto Raptors. However, Dragic found his form in the playoffs, averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 56% from the field in just under 20 minutes per game. Dragic, 36, has a reputation for stepping up his game in the playoffs. He averaged 19 points per game for the Miami Heat during their run to the NBA Finals in 2020 before a plantar fasciitis injury sidelined him against the Lakers. Entering his 15th NBA season, Dragic...
July 03
July 03

Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas both draw fine a day after fiery third-round match at Wimbledon

LONDON -- The fiery third-round Wimbledon match between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas has resulted in both players being fined. Kyrgios defeated Tsitsipas 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) to book his place in the fourth round on Saturday. But he has received a $4,000 fine for an "audible obscenity" after being hit with a code violation during the match. His opponent, Tsitsipas, has also been hit with a $10,000 fine for "unsportsmanlike conduct" after being handed two code violations for ball abuse during the match. The tempestuous encounter left Tsitsipas furious, saying Kyrgios has "an evil side" and must have been "a bully at school" for the way he behaved throughout the match. Kyrgios, who will open play on Centre Court on Monday against Brandon Nakashima, fired back at Tsitsipas, calling him "soft." The flashpoint in the match happened in the second set when Tsitsipas flicked a ball into the corner stands, narrowly missing a spectator. Kyrgios called...
July 03
July 03

Venus Williams, Jamie Murray bow out of mixed doubles tournament at Wimbledon after tiebreaker

LONDON -- Venus Williams and Jamie Murray are out of the mixed doubles tournament after failing to convert five match points in a marathon third-set tiebreaker against British duo Jonny O'Mara and Alicia Barnett. O'Mara and Barnett converted the fifth match point of their own when Murray netted a backhand, winning the second-round match 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (16) on No. 2 Court. The 42-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, was playing her first tournament in any tennis discipline in more than 10 months. It was an emotional match that drew a large crowd, and when the victory was sealed, O'Mara and Barnett both dropped their racquets in jubilation and hugged in front of a standing ovation before shaking hands at the net with Williams and Murray. American duo Coco Gauff and Jack Sock advanced to the third round by beating Nicolas Mahut and Zhang Shuai 6-4, 7-6 (3). The Associated Press contributed to...
July 03
July 03

Sources: Chicago Bulls reach deal with veteran PG Goran Dragic

The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran point guard Goran Dragic, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. The Brooklyn Nets won the Dragic sweepstakes last season, beating out the Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers and  Milwaukee Bucks to sign the guard after his contract was bought out. He ended up playing just 16 regular-season games for Brooklyn and struggled some after sitting out most of the season with the Toronto Raptors. However, Dragic found his form in the playoffs, averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 56% from the field in just under 20 minutes per game. The Athletic first reported news of Dragic's agreement with the Bulls. Dragic, 36, has a reputation for stepping up his game in the playoffs. He averaged 19 points per game for the Miami Heat during their run to the NBA Finals in 2020 before a plantar fasciitis injury...
July 03
July 03

Pedro Munhoz suffered corneal abrasion during no-contest vs. Sean O'Malley at UFC 276

LAS VEGAS -- Pedro Munhoz suffered a right corneal abrasion from an accidental eye poke by Sean O'Malley at UFC 276 on Saturday night, Munhoz told ESPN on Sunday. Munhoz said he was taken to the hospital after the fight, which ended in a no-contest in the second round when he could not continue because of the eye poke. Munhoz said his eye was swollen, he could not open it and he had to be given several medications to treat it. He also released a video on Instagram in his native Portuguese explaining the situation. Translated, Munhoz said he suffered a second eye poke in the second round and "couldn't see for 20 minutes." UFC executive Reed Harris tweeted Sunday morning that he saw Munhoz at the fighter hotel and that his eye was "swollen shut." After the fight, O'Malley said he felt like Munhoz was looking for a way out of the bantamweight bout and could have continued. But Munhoz had won the first round on two of the three judges' scorecards. O'Malley...
July 03
July 03

Jannik Sinner outduels Carlos Alcaraz to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals for first time

Jannik Sinner outdueled Carlos Alcaraz in a matchup of up-and-comers Sunday to reach his first Wimbledon quarterfinal round, although he needed six match points to put his opponent away. Sinner, 20, failed to convert two match points in the third-set tiebreaker but recovered to win 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3 on Centre Court against the 19-year-old Alcaraz. In terms of combined age, it was the youngest men's singles matchup in the round of 16 or later at Wimbledon since 1985, when 17-year-old Boris Becker beat Henri Leconte in the quarterfinals. The 10th-seeded Sinner had three more match points at 5-2 in the fourth, but the No. 5-seeded Alcaraz saved them all before holding serve. Sinner then saved a break point in the next game before finally converting his sixth match point with a forehand winner. "For me, I didn't expect it because I wasn't playing so well on grass," Sinner said. He will face defending champion Novak Djokovic, who defeated unseeded Tim van...
July 03
July 03

Winnipeg Jets hire Rick Bowness as NHL team's new head coach

The Winnipeg Jets on Sunday named Rick Bowness as the eighth head coach in the franchise's history. He becomes the Jets' third head coach since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011. "We're very excited to hire Rick Bowness as the third head coach of Jets 2.0," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a statement. "Rick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, both in the NHL coaching ranks and as a player and coach in the city of Winnipeg. Rick is a fantastic hockey mind and an even better person and we're confident he will lead this team to new heights." Bowness, 67, started his coaching career with the Jets, culminating in 28 games running the bench to close the 1988-89 season. The former right wing ended his NHL playing career with Winnipeg in the 1982 playoffs. "I'm tremendously excited to be returning to Winnipeg," Bowness said in a statement. "I'm appreciative of this chance presented to me by Kevin Cheveldayoff, Mark Chipman and the ownership...
July 03
July 03

Winnipeg Jets hire Rick Bowness as team's new head coach

The Winnipeg Jets on Sunday named Rick Bowness as the eighth head coach in the franchise's history. He becomes the Jets' third head coach since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011. "We're very excited to hire Rick Bowness as the third head coach of Jets 2.0," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a statement. "Rick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, both in the NHL coaching ranks and as a player and coach in the city of Winnipeg. Rick is a fantastic hockey mind and an even better person and we're confident he will lead this team to new heights." Bowness, 67, started his coaching career with the Jets, culminating in 28 games running the bench to close the 1988-89 season. The former right wing ended his NHL playing career with Winnipeg in the 1982 playoffs. "I'm tremendously excited to be returning to Winnipeg," Bowness said in a statement. "I'm appreciative of this chance presented to me by Kevin Cheveldayoff, Mark Chipman and the ownership...
July 03
July 03

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts returns after 15-game absence

The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated Mookie Betts from the injured list, and he is playing right field and leading off in Sunday's series finale against the San Diego Padres. Betts, 29, missed the Dodgers' past 15 games with a cracked right rib, suffered when he collided with center fielder Cody Bellinger during a game against the Los Angeles Angels. Betts, the 2018 American League MVP when he played for the Boston Red Sox and a five-time All-Star, is hitting .273 with 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and an .884 OPS this season. In other moves Sunday, the Dodgers reinstated left-hander David Price from the family medical emergency list, optioned infielder Eddy Alvarez to Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated right-hander Ian Gibaut for assignment. The 36-year-old Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays, has pitched out of the bullpen this season and has a 3.20 ERA in 19⅔...
July 03
July 03

Tampa Bay Lightning trade Ryan McDonagh to Nashville Predators

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville Predators on Sunday to clear space under the NHL salary cap. The Predators sent defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Grant Mismash to the Lightning for the 33-year-old McDonagh, who waived his no-trade clause to make the deal happen. McDonagh has four more seasons on his contract with a $6.75 million average annual value. "If we didn't live in a flat salary-cap world, it would never have crossed my mind to ask Ryan McDonagh to waive his no-trade clause because I would've been ecstatic to know that I had him under contract for four more years," Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said Sunday. BriseBois met with McDonagh face-to-face Wednesday regarding the decision. "Not the most pleasant thing I've had to do in my tenure as general manager, but I'm sure it was even more uncomfortable for him because I know he didn't want to leave the...
July 03
July 03

Zhou Guanyu's car flips over tire barrier in huge F1 crash

SILVERSTONE, England -- The British Grand Prix was suspended before the end of the first lap after two huge collisions involving multiple drivers on the pit straight resulted in Zhou Guanyu's Alfa Romeo ending up on the wrong side of the tyre barriers at Turn 1. Emergency crews were immediately in attendance, with Zhou and Williams driver Alex Albon being taken to the medical centre. Both were cleared of major injuries and released from Coventry Hospital after precautionary checks.  A replay showed Pierre Gasly being pinched between George Russell on one side and Zhou on the other, with contact between Gasly and Russell pitching the Mercedes of Russell into Zhou's Alfa Romeo. The energy of the second impact rolled Zhou's car, sending it upside down through the run-off area before it barrel-rolled over the barriers, only to be stopped by the catch fence in front of a grandstand. Zhou later said Formula One's Halo cockpit protection "saved my life". The Halo was introduced in...
July 03
July 03

New York Yankees place Ron Marinaccio on injured list with shoulder inflammation

Yankees rookie reliever Ron Marinaccio was placed on the 15-day injured list Sunday with shoulder inflammation, leaving New York's solid bullpen without a key piece nearing the season's halfway point. Marinaccio, 27, felt discomfort in his shoulder after pitching in Saturday's 13-4 win over the Cleveland Guardians in the first game of a doubleheader. The right-hander came in after Aroldis Chapman walked the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The Yankees decided it would be best for him to get some extended rest to heal. "Ronnie's kind of a younger guy and going through the grind of a major league season for the first time, that instead of just pushing through this right now and maybe be a lingering issue, we felt like it was best to give him these few days to keep him as strong and fresh as possible," manager Aaron Boone said. Marinaccio has been terrific since being called up May 21. He has pitched 15⅓ scoreless innings, allowing just an infield...
July 03
July 03

Zhou Guanyu, Alex Albon sent for medical checks after huge F1 collision at British GP

SILVERSTONE, England -- The British Grand Prix was suspended before the end of the first lap after two huge collisions involving multiple drivers on the pit straight resulted in Zhou Guanyu's Alfa Romeo ending up on the wrong side of the tyre barriers at Turn 1. Emergency crews were immediately in attendance, with Zhou and Williams driver Alex Albon being taken to the medical centre. Both were cleared of major injuries, but Albon will be transferred to Coventry Hospital for precautionary checks while Zhou was released from the medical centre during the race.  A replay showed Pierre Gasly being pinched between George Russell on one side and Zhou on the other, with contact between Gasly and Russell pitching the Mercedes of Russell into Zhou's Alfa Romeo. The energy of the second impact rolled Zhou's car, sending it upside down through the run-off area before it barrel-rolled over the barriers, only to be stopped by the catch fence in front of a grandstand. Albon was involved in...
July 03

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