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Noah Lyles wins 100 meters at U.S. trials to clinch Olympic berth

EUGENE, Ore. -- To understand how Noah Lyles found himself wearing a gold medal at the U.S. Olympic trials late Sunday night, go back, he says, to this past winter. Across one monthlong stretch in February and March, he entered a trio of 60-meter indoor races. He believes they were key in helping him qualify for the Olympics for the first time in an event long deemed his second best: the 100 meters. "That was the goal [at trials]: Win from the 60 meters each time," Lyles said. "That's why I did so many 60s indoor. I was preparing, getting faster and faster each time." Lyles got so fast late in Sunday's 100-meter final that when he hit top speed and eased away from his eight competitors still meters short of the finish line, he extended his right arm high into the pre-dusk sky and pointed to the heavens in early celebration. It was his sudden realization that after a shaky showing in the event at the last U.S. trials, he was finally going to compete for Olympic gold in it. His...
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Mets' Diaz ejected for foreign substance, faces 10-game ban

CHICAGO -- New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz is facing a 10-game suspension after he was ejected from Sunday night's 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs for having an illegal substance on his pitching hand. Diaz, 30, was thrown out by crew chief Vic Carapazza before he took the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning. "I touched his hand," Carapazza said in a pool report after the game. "Grabbed his hand. The substance was extremely sticky. Discolored ... it definitely wasn't rosin and sweat. We've checked thousands of these. I know what that feeling is. This was very sticky." Diaz claimed he uses only rosin, sweat and dirt on his hands.  "I use the same thing, always," he said. "I rub rosin, sweat and I put my hand in the dirt a little bit so I can have some grip on the ball. ... I was really surprised because I didn't have anything on my hand, glove or belt. They always check everything." Carapazza confirmed there were no sticky substances on Diaz other than...
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Mets' Diaz ejected for having foreign substance, faces ban

CHICAGO -- New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz was ejected in the ninth inning before even throwing a pitch Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs.  Díaz came on to try to seal what turned out to be a 5-2 Mets victory, but was tossed for having a foreign substance after umpires inspected his hands and glove. Díaz now faces a 10-game suspension under MLB Rule 6.02, which states that players cannot "have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance." He can appeal.  Speaking after the game, Díaz said he used the "same thing always" before entering the game -- a combination of Rosin, sweat and a little dirt after he rubbed his hand on the ground.  "I was really surprised because I didn't have anything on my hand, my glove, my belt," he said. "They always check my hat, everything. They just thought that it was sticky a lot. "As soon as they saw me, they was trying to throw me out of the game. I understood. That's their job. That's part of the...
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June 23

USMNT's 'selfless leader' Pulisic inspires win over Bolivia

ARLINGTON, Texas -- United States men's national soccer team coach Gregg Berhalter hailed the leadership of captain Christian Pulisic after his one-goal, one-assist performance in Sunday's  2-0 win over Bolivia to kick off its 2024 Copa América campaign. "He's a selfless leader," Berhalter told reporters after the match at AT&T Stadium. "He goes out and he just competes and works really hard, and that helps the team. And then you add to the fact that he's highly skilled and he can make plays on the offensive end, it's a great combination." "To me, it was an outstanding performance tonight," added Berhalter, who said that Pulisic earned the coach's man of the match award. Pulisic opened the scoring three minutes in, burying a shot after playing a short corner to Tim Weah and receiving the ball back near the edge of the box. Pulisic ran to the sideline and looked for set piece specialist coach Gianni Vio in the stands, eventually pointing at...
June 23
June 23

Protesters face multiple charges after delaying Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Six climate protesters stormed the 18th green while the tournament leaders were lining up their putts for the final hole of regulation at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship on Sunday, delaying the finish for about five minutes. The protesters came from all directions around the green and waved smoke bombs that left white and red residue on the putting surface before Scottie Scheffler, Tom Kim and Akshay Bhatia finished their rounds. Some of the protesters were wearing white T-shirts with the words "NO GOLF ON A DEAD PLANET" in black lettering on the front. Cromwell police said each protester was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass and breach of peace. They were released after posting $5,000 bonds, and they are scheduled to appear in court July 1. "I was scared for my life," Bhatia said after finishing in a tie for fifth. "I didn't even really know what was happening. "But thankfully, the cops...
June 23
June 23

Amy Yang wins Women's PGA; oldest major winner since '18

SAMAMMISH, Wash. -- Standing in the 18th fairway, Amy Yang leaned over to caddie Jan Meierling and acknowledged the anxiety and nerves she carried for the previous 17 holes. "This has been the longest 18 holes I've ever played in my career," Yang told Meierling. After years of near misses in the majors, Yang finally enjoyed the celebration she'd long sought: standing on the 18th green, doused in Champagne by her peers as a major champion. "At one point I thought, 'Will I ever win a major championship before I retire?'" Yang said. "And I finally did it and it's just amazing." Steady over four days at demanding, tree-lined Sahalee, Yang built a huge lead and survived a couple of late mistakes to win her long-awaited major title on Sunday, a 3-shot victory in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Yang closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 7-under 281. She was nearly flawless for the first 15 holes and reached 10 under for the tournament for a 7-shot lead before running into...
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June 23

Angel Reese outduels Caitlin Clark with 25 and 16 in Sky's win

CHICAGO -- For the first time in their pro careers, Angel Reese got the win over Caitlin Clark. Reese did so with one of the best performances yet, scoring a career-high 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to lead the Chicago Sky to a thrilling 88-87 comeback victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday, despite 17 points and a franchise-record 13 assists for Clark. Reese recorded a double-double for the eighth consecutive game, extending her WNBA rookie record, to help Chicago overcome a 15-point second-half deficit and earn her first victory over the Fever and Clark as a pro. The Fever had won the previous two matchups this season, both in Indianapolis. "This is what I do: I come out and perform," Reese said after the game. "I do what it takes to win every single day." Chicago ended the game on a 31-15 run over the final 11:25 powered by Reese, who had as many points (15) and field goals (5) as Indiana during that span. Reese grabbed an...
June 23
June 23

USMNT wins Copa América opener with Pulisic goal, assist

Christian Pulisic scored in the third minute and assisted on Folarin Balogun's goal in the 44th as the United States cruised past Bolivia 2-0 in its Copa América opener Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. Pulisic joined Clint Dempsey as the only U.S. players with a goal and an assist in a Copa América match. Pulisic also reached 30 goals in 69 international appearances, the fewest games needed to make the mark among Americans. "We came out flying with a lot of intensity. Obviously, that early goal helped us a lot," Pulisic said. "All around, a pretty dominant performance. I think we could have put it away and had more goals there." Among six invited guests to South America's championship, the U.S. is expected to advance from Group C to the quarterfinals along with Uruguay. "It's a start that's massive for us. Build the confidence," American defender Antonee Robinson said. "If we were being picky, we could have been a lot more clinical. We could have put another...
June 23
June 23

Chicago Cubs unveil Ryne Sandberg's statue at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO -- On the 40th anniversary of his most famous game, Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg was immortalized outside Wrigley Field as the team unveiled a statue of his likeness in an afternoon ceremony Sunday. Sandberg, 64, was feted in front of friends, family and former teammates, while current Cubs looked on from the second level of the stadium concourse. Both his double-play partners at shortstop -- Larry Bowa and Shawon Dunston -- were in attendance and spoke to the crowd, which included legions of Cubs and Sandberg fans. "This guy wanted to win more than anyone I played with," Bowa said. Sandberg was a nine-time Gold Glove winner, seven-time Silver Slugger and 10-time All-Star. He hit 282 home runs at a time when second basemen didn't possess a lot of power. "I was an opposite-field hitter my first two years," Sandberg said after the ceremony. "[Manager] Jim Frey wanted me to turn on some fastballs on fastball counts. 'If it doesn't work you...
June 23
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Hungary's Varga' 'healthy' after suffering facial fractures

STUTTGART, Germany --  Hungary striker Barnabás Varga is in stable condition in the hospital after breaking several bones in his face in a midair collision with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn during Sunday's 1-0 win in Stuttgart. Hungary substitute Kevin Csoboth scored the only goal in the 100th and final minute of a game that had such lengthy stoppage time largely due to Varga receiving prolonged treatment on the field. Gunn and Varga collided in the 68th minute as they battled to meet Dominik Szoboszlai's free kick. Varga appeared to suffer a reaction to the clash, which prompted his teammates to signal furiously for medical assistance. Hungary captain and Liverpool midfielder Szoboszlai pulled the stretcher along with the medical staff carrying it as many fans behind the goal voiced their anger at how slow it was brought to Varga's aid. Officials then held sheets up to shield Varga from the crowd as he was tended...
June 23
June 23

Hungary's Varga in stable condition after collision vs. Scotland

STUTTGART, Germany --  Hungary striker Barnabás Varga is in stable condition in a hospital after a midair collision with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn during Sunday's 1-0 win in Stuttgart. Substitute Kevin Csoboth scored the only goal in the 100th and final minute of a game that had such lengthy stoppage time largely due to Varga receiving prolonged treatment on the field. Gunn and Varga collided in the 68th minute as they battled to meet Dominik Szoboszlai's free kick. Varga appeared to suffer a serious reaction to the clash, which prompted his teammates to signal furiously for medical assistance. Hungary captain and Liverpool midfielder Szoboszlai pulled the stretcher along with the medical staff, carrying it as many fans behind the goal voiced their anger at how slow it was brought to Varga's aid. Officials then held sheets up to shield Varga from the crowd as he was tended to for several minutes before he was...
June 23
June 23

Hungary's Varga suffers serious-looking injury vs. Scotland

STUTTGART, Germany --  Hungary forward Barnabás Varga was in a stable condition in hospital, the country's football federation said, after he suffered a serious-looking injury at his team's final group match at the European Championship on Sunday. The Group A game against Scotland was halted for nearly 10 minutes so Varga could get treatment after colliding with opposing goalkeeper Angus Gunn. Varga's teammates held up blankets to shield the player as he was tended to by medical staff, while everyone looked on in concern. Both sets of fans applauded when Varga was stretchered off. Hungary scored the game's only goal in the 10th minute of stoppage time through Kevin Csoboth to clinch a 1-0 win and keep alive their hopes of making the round of 16 as one of the competition's four best third-placed teams. "That gave us that extra bit, obviously we don't ever want to see that on a football pitch but thankfully he's conscious...
June 23
June 23

PGA Tour's Travelers delayed as climate protesters storm 18th

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Six climate protesters stormed the 18th green while the leaders were lining up their putts for the final hole of regulation at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship on Sunday, delaying the finish for about five minutes. The protesters came from all directions around the green and waved smoke bombs that left white and red residue on the putting surface before Scottie Scheffler, Tom Kim and Akshay Bhatia finished their rounds. Some of the protesters were wearing white T-shirts with the words "NO GOLF ON A DEAD PLANET" in black lettering on the front. Cromwell police said each protester was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass and breach of peace. They were released after posting $5,000 bonds and are scheduled to appear in court July 1. "I was scared for my life," Bhatia said after finishing in a tie for fifth. "I didn't even really know what was happening. ... But thankfully the cops were there and...
June 23
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Scheffler beats Kim in playoff to win PGA Tour's Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. --  Scottie Scheffler won the Travelers Championship in a playoff on Sunday, waiting out a disruption by climate protesters on the 18th green and Tom Kim's tying birdie on the last hole of regulation for his sixth victory of the year. That's the most wins in one PGA Tour season since Tiger Woods had six in 2009. And Scheffler, the world's top-ranked player, still has two months to go. It was Scheffler's fourth victory of the year in the tour's $20 million, limited-field signature events, earning him a payday of $3.6 million. He also won the Masters and The Players Championship. It's the most wins in a season before July since Arnold Palmer won six (two each in February, April and May) in 1962. After a five-minute delay when six people stormed the 18th green and sprayed it with red and white powder, Scheffler left a 26-foot putt from the fringe on the edge of the cup and tapped in for par. That gave him a 5-under 65 and a four-day...
June 23
June 23

Fullkrug strikes late as Germany draw with Switzerland to win Euro group

Hosts Germany came back from a goal down to snatch a 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday in Frankfurt thanks to a stoppage-time header from Niclas Fullkrug, sending them into the knockout stage of Euro 2024 as winners of Group A. Germany's Robert Andrich had a 17th-minute goal ruled out for a foul in the buildup, and 11 minutes later Dan Ndoye scored with a deft volleyed finish for the Swiss (who finished in second place in the group) before striking the post two minutes later. Germany exerted enormous pressure in the second half but struggled to get shots on target, and substitute Fullkrug had to bail them out with his goal two minutes into stoppage time. Germany will face the second-place team in Group C, with England, Denmark, Slovenia and  Serbia all still in the mix, in Dortmund on Saturday. Switzerland will play the second-place team in Group B on the same day in Berlin, with Italy, Albania and ...
June 23
June 23

Rangers' Max Scherzer returns, ties Greg Maddux in strikeouts

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Max Scherzer couldn't wait to finally get back on the mound for the Texas Rangers. The three-time Cy Young Award winner also knew when he had done enough in his season debut. Scherzer retired the first 13 batters he faced, and 15 of 16 overall, over five scoreless innings in the Rangers' 4-0 win Sunday over the Kansas City Royals. "Everything from a baseball standpoint was telling me to go back out there. You know, I'm pitching well, I'm throwing the ball well," Scherzer said. "I just don't know how I'm going to recover from this. ... I was feeling my forearm kind of fatigued." The 39-year-old Scherzer hadn't started a game for the Rangers since Game 3 of the World Series on Oct. 30, when he exited after three scoreless innings because of back tightness. He had surgery in mid-December to repair a herniated disk in his lower back, then during his rehab dealt with a nerve issue that was diagnosed and still an issue after he experienced...
June 23
June 23

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton goes on IL with strained hamstring

NEW YORK -- Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton went on the injured list for the eighth time in six seasons Sunday, a day after straining his left hamstring. A 34-year-old former MVP, Stanton left Saturday night's 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves and was scheduled to undergo imaging Sunday. Stanton doubled off the center-field wall in the fourth inning and winced when he rounded third base on  Gleyber Torres' double. Trent Grisham pinch hit for Stanton leading off the sixth. Stanton missed 266 of 708 games (38%) over the past five seasons. He appeared to be walking gingerly as he exited the locker room Saturday night. "Obviously he's dealt with these kind of things in the past," manager Aaron Boone said. "So hopefully it's not something that keeps him down too long." Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had said Nov. 13 at the annual GM meetings: "He's going to wind up getting hurt again more likely than not because it seems to be...
June 23
June 23

PGA Tour's Travelers delayed as protesters storm 18th green

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Six people came out of the crowd and stormed the 18th green while the leaders were lining up their putts on the final hole of regulation at the Travelers Championship on Sunday, delaying the finish of the PGA Tour event for about five minutes. The people came from all directions and sprayed white and red powder -- leaving stains on the grass before Scottie Scheffler, Tom Kim and Akshay Bhatia finished their rounds -- before they were apprehended quickly. At least one of the group was wearing a white T-shirt that said, "NO GOLF ON A DEAD PLANET." The crowd surrounding the 18th green heckled the protesters by yelling profanities and cheered the police who intervened. After the intruders were tackled by police and taken off, Scheffler left a potential 26-foot clincher from the fringe on the right edge of the cup, then tapped in for par. Kim, who trailed by one stroke heading into the final hole, sank a 10-foot birdie putt to tie Scheffler...
June 23
June 23

Blue Jays' Orelvis Martinez gets 80-game ban for PED violation

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Orelvis Martinez was suspended 80 games Sunday for violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy, just two days after his big league debut. Martinez, 22, is the Blue Jays' top hitting prospect and was called up last week after shortstop Bo Bichette was placed on the injured list. Martinez tested positive for clomiphene, a fertility drug on the league's banned substance list. In a statement, Martinez said he had spent the past two years trying to start a family with his girlfriend and was prescribed Rejun 50, a clomiphene tablet, over the winter after visiting a fertility clinic in his native Dominican Republic. "We wanted to keep this matter private, even within our family, and trusted the doctor who assured us this treatment did not include performance-enhancing drugs," Martinez said in the statement. "Therefore, I made the mistake of not disclosing this to my team or the MLBPA. "With that said, I took...
June 23
June 23

Euro 2024: UEFA to up security after Ronaldo pitch invasions

UEFA are to introduce additional security measures at Euro 2024 fixtures and file criminal complaints against any supporter who invades the pitch after six spectators attempted to take photographs with Cristiano Ronaldo during Portugal's Group F win against Turkey in Dortmund on Saturday. German referee Felix Zwayer was forced to halt the game, which ended in a 3-0 win for Portugal, on four separate occasions after fans ran onto the pitch and headed for Ronaldo. Two more supporters attempted to reach the former Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid forward following the final whistle, prompting Portugal coach Roberto Martinez to voice concerns over the safety of players if a fan has malevolent intentions rather than simply attempting to take a selfie with those on the pitch.    Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is scheduled to stage a semifinal later in the tournament and will be the venue of ...
June 23
June 23

Tommy Paul wins Queen's title, to be top U.S. men's player

LONDON -- American fifth seed Tommy Paul won his first grass-court title by beating Italy's Lorenzo Musetti 6-1, 7-6 (8) in the Queen's Club Championships Sunday. The 27-year-old's third career crown will take him above Taylor Fritz in the ATP rankings, making him the highest-ranked American in men's singles. Paul was dominant in the first set, landing three aces, while Musetti struggled with unforced errors. Paul also broke in the second set and served for the match with a 5-4 lead, but Musetti broke back to take the set into a tiebreak. Musetti, 22, put up a fight in the tiebreaker, saving two match points and carving out a set point, but Paul ultimately took the victory in the prolonged battle. "I want to congratulate Lorenzo on a good week. He's been playing amazing tennis," Paul said. "I'm happy to get the win today. I'm happy to share the court with you. This is the perfect way to go to Wimbledon." Paul, who reached the third round at Wimbledon...
June 23
June 23

Blue Jays' Orelvis Martinez gets 80-game ban for violating PED policy

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Orelvis Martinez was suspended 80 games Sunday for violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy, just two days after his big league debut. Martinez, 22, is the Blue Jays' top hitting prospect and was called up last week after shortstop Bo Bichette was placed on the injured list. Martinez tested positive for clomiphene, a fertility drug on the league's banned substance list. In a statement, Martinez said he had spent the past two years trying to start a family with his girlfriend and was prescribed Rejun 50, a clomiphene tablet, over the winter after visiting a fertility clinic in his native Dominican Republic. "We wanted to keep this matter private, even within our family, and trusted the doctor who assured us this treatment did not include performance-enhancing drugs," Martinez said in the statement. "Therefore, I made the mistake of not disclosing this to my team or the MLBPA. "With that said, I took...
June 23
June 23

No. 1 Jannik Sinner wins Halle Open for first grass-court title

Italian World No. 1  Jannik Sinner won his first grass-court title by edging his doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2) in the Halle Open final in Halle, Germany, on Sunday. The win marks the 22-year-old Australian Open champion's 14th career singles title. Poland's Hurkacz and Sinner, who played together in the Halle Open doubles, each saved a break point in the first set, traded aces and held serve forcing a tiebreak which Sinner won. The top seed had a chance to go 2-0 up in the second set but Hurkacz saved two break points as both players again held their serves before Sinner claimed the title after another tiebreak. "It's inspiring what you've been doing the last 12 months," Hurkacz told Sinner. "Jannik becoming No. 1 in the world is really special. I try to learn from that. Big congrats." Sinner also congratulated the fifth-seeded Hurkacz, who won the Halle Open in 2022, for reaching another final. "We're very good friends off court ... seeing us...
June 23
June 23

Pegula tops Gauff in semis, Kalinskaya in final for Berlin title

Jessica Pegula knocked out top seed and fellow American Coco Gauff 7-5, 7-6 (2) in a rain-interrupted semifinal clash and went on to beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-7 (0), 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the final to win the Berlin Open on Sunday. The semifinal was suspended Saturday due to rain, with world No. 5 Pegula leading 7-5, 6-6 (3-1). She wasted no time after the match resumed under a cloudy sky Sunday, winning four of the last five points to reach the final. Pegula lost a competitive first set to Kalinskaya after both players broke the other three times each. But the American bounced back, breaking in the first game to set up a win in the second set. Pegula, 30, broke Kalinskaya to take a 3-1 lead in the third set, but the Russian player fought back with a break of her own and saved four break points in the next game to make it 4-4. Kalinskaya, 25, was on the verge of two more breaks that would have taken her to victory, but the American saved five match points to win both...
June 23
June 23

Sha'Carri Richardson wins 100 final to make U.S. Olympic team

EUGENE, Ore. -- It started with a stare-down. Unlike during her two previous heats at the U.S. Olympic trials this weekend when she exuberantly saluted the crowd upon her introduction, Sha'Carri Richardson's 100-meter women's final Saturday night at Hayward Field began much differently. Hands on her hips, she stared straight ahead, locked into a focus that, 10.71 seconds later, made her an Olympian for the first time. With that blistering time, the fastest in the world by a woman this year, Richardson took gold in the event and punched her ticket to the Paris Olympics. There, she will join training partners Melissa Jefferson and Twanisha Terry, who placed second and third, respectively. After crossing the finish line, Richardson, 24, jogged half the first turn of the track before dropping to a knee, bending her head and allowing a few moments to let her emotions take over. "Definitely still confidence, still my exciting normal self, but more so overwhelmed with just emotions of...
June 23
June 23

Mexico captain Edson Álvarez injured in Copa América opener

Mexico captain Edson Álvarez will undergo tests in the next couple of days after being forced off with an injury in the first half of his team's Copa América win over  Jamaica on Saturday at Houston's NRG Stadium. After sprinting back during a counterattack from Jamaica, the West Ham midfielder suddenly hit the ground in pain, clutching his left hamstring. Álvarez had to be helped off the field in obvious pain and was visibly distraught at his match, and potentially his tournament, coming to an end after less than 30 minutes. "With Edson, we're going to wait a couple of days to give him an examination and know well what he has," Mexico manager Jaime "Jimmy" Lozano said in a postgame news conference. "Obviously as it is with any other player, the intention is not to risk anything. He felt something in his leg." In both teams' opening game of the competition, Michail Antonio appeared to put Jamaica ahead with a short-range header in the 50th...
June 23
June 23

Texas A&M takes down Tennessee in Game 1 of MCWS finals

OMAHA, Neb. -- Great start. Great finish. And now, after beating Tennessee 9-5 in the Men's College World Series finals opener Saturday night, Texas A&M faces its most difficult task of the season. The Aggies must knock off the high-powered No. 1 national seed one more time Sunday to claim their first national championship. The Aggies (53-13) put themselves in position with Gavin Grahovac homering to begin the game, breaking it open with a five-run third inning and bringing in Evan Aschenbeck to pitch 2⅔ innings of shutout relief to turn back a Tennessee offense that was starting to get cranked up. "We all know what's at stake," Aggies coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "There's no Lombardi speech. We just try to keep them as loose as we can." Game 1 winners have won 13 of the 20 titles since the championship became a best-of-three series in 2003. Tennessee (58-13), trying to become the first No. 1 seed since 1999 to win the championship, will go into Sunday's Game 2 having lost...
June 23
June 22

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton pulled from game due to hamstring

NEW YORK --  Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton left Saturday night's 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves because of left hamstring tightness. The Yankees said Stanton will have imaging on Sunday. Stanton doubled off the center-field wall in the fourth inning and winced when he rounded third base on  Gleyber Torres' double. Stanton scored to give New York a 4-1 lead. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Stanton came to him after scoring and asked to be removed from the game.  Trent Grisham pinch hit for Stanton leading off the sixth. "Hopefully it's not too significant," Boone said. Stanton played in 69 of the Yankees' first 79 games this season -- none in the field -- and is hitting .246 with 18 homers and 45 RBIs. He is in the midst of his healthiest season with the Yankees since he played in 158 games in 2018, his first after he was acquired from  Miami. Stanton, 34, arrived in spring training slimmer after missing 266 games...
June 22
June 22

Georgia star slugger Charlie Condon wins Golden Spikes Award

CARY, N.C. -- Georgia's Charlie Condon was selected the winner of the Golden Spikes Award on Saturday as the country's top amateur baseball player. Condon, who last week won the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball's national player of the year, sits atop the NCAA leaderboard in most major offensive categories. His 37 home runs were the most since Lance Berkman hit 41 for Rice in 1997. Condon also led the nation in batting average (.433), slugging percentage (1.009), total bases (233) and OPS (1.565). The Southeastern Conference player of the year ranked in the top six nationally in on-base percentage (.556) and runs scored (84). Condon, a redshirt sophomore third baseman/outfielder, is projected to go No. 2 overall to the  Cincinnati Reds in ESPN's latest mock of next month's MLB draft.    Condon was the fifth Golden Spikes finalist in Georgia program history and the school's first winner. He is the 11th winner from the SEC, most of any conference. Condon...
June 22
June 22

USMNT's Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent available for Copa América opener

ARLINGTON, Texas -- United States men's national team head coach Gregg Berhalter said all 26 players are available for Sunday's Copa América opener against Bolívia amid concerns over the fitness levels of midfielder Tyler Adams and forward Josh Sargent. "From my understanding, everyone will be available [Sunday] to play some role," Berhalter told reporters at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. "I can't go into specifics about length of time for Josh, but I know he's available to play a role." Sargent last played for his club, Norwich City, on May 16, when he suffered a foot injury. He did not feature in either of the USMNT's June friendlies ahead of Copa América but was named to the final roster for the tournament. Adams played the final 14 minutes of the USMNT's 1-1 draw with Brazil on June 12. Adams played limited minutes for Bournemouth last season because of a hamstring injury and back spasms. "Tyler's been sharp," U.S. defender ...
June 22
June 22

Robert Whittaker defeats Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Fight Night

If anyone ever doubted Robert Whittaker's willingness to fight anyone at any time, he proved them wrong and then some Saturday. In what was arguably the riskiest fight of his career, Whittaker (26-7) knocked out Ikram Aliskerov (15-2) just 1 minute, 49 seconds into their middleweight main event at UFC Fight Night. The 185-pound contest headlined UFC's first trip to Saudi Arabia, which is vying to challenge Las Vegas as the perceived "Fight Capital of the World." Whittaker was supposed to face undefeated middleweight Khamzat Chimaev (13-0), but Chimaev was forced to withdraw last week because of illness. UFC replaced Chimaev with Aliskerov, a talented up-and-comer who had fought only twice in UFC. It became an all-risk, no-reward situation for Whittaker, but he accepted anyway. "I told everybody, I am the boogeyman," Whittaker said. "I'm the best in the world and the most dangerous matchup for anyone in the division. I'll take a fight anywhere, anytime. I...
June 22
June 22

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Amed Rosario exits after being hit in head

PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Amed Rosario left Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates after being hit in the head with a 99 mph fastball from Pirates rookie Jared Jones. Jones' third pitch to the right-handed Rosario went up and in, striking Rosario's helmet. Rosario crouched over for several moments at scorching PNC Park, where the game-time temperature was 95 degrees, before being helped off the field by members of the Tampa Bay training staff. Richie Palacios ran for Rosario. Palacios then took over at second base at the bottom of the first, while starting second baseman Jose Caballero slid over to third to take Rosario's spot on defense. Later in the game, the Rays announced that Rosario suffered "facial lacerations," but no broken bones. After the loss, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Rosario is not expected to go on the injured list, adding that he had a "stitch or two" on his lip. Overall,...
June 22
June 22

Breanna Stewart keys Liberty's win with historic first half

Breanna Stewart had 33 points, 7 assists and 6 blocks to help the New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks  98-88 on Saturday. Sabrina Ionescu added 24 points and Kayla Thornton had 20 for New York (14-3), which has won 10 of its past 11 games, including the first meeting between the teams on Thursday. Stewart made sure they swept the two games. She had an incredible first half on both ends of the floor Saturday, scoring 24 points to go along with five assists and five blocks. She became the first player in WNBA history to have over 20 points, 5 assists and 5 blocks in a half. Stewart, who also had three steals, made eight of her 10 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes. New York trailed 31-23 early in the second quarter before the reigning MVP took over. Stewart scored 19 points in the frame -- matching the Sparks for total points -- on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with three blocks.  With Stewart scoring or assisting on 29 of New...
June 22
June 22

Memphis lands 2025's No. 3-ranked QB Antwann Hill

The top remaining uncommitted quarterback in the 2025 class came off the board Saturday when four-star prospect Antwann Hill, ESPN's No. 3-ranked pocket passer in the 2025 cycle, announced his pledge to the University of Memphis. Hill, a one-time Colorado commit from Warner Robins, Georgia, picked the Tigers over Florida during an Instagram live announcement featuring an appearance from former Migos rapper Quavo. Ranked as the No. 40 overall recruit in the 2025 ESPN 300, Hill is the highest-rated commit in program history, and his pledge now leaves only one uncommitted quarterback -- four-star recruit Malik Washington (ESPN's No. 19 pocket passer) -- among the top 300 prospects in the upcoming class. Hill enters his senior season at Georgia's Houston County High School this fall as one of the state's most experienced quarterbacks with 36 starts to his career tally. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound passer racked up 2,732 yards and 31 touchdowns to five interceptions during...
June 22
June 22

Copa América 2024: USA must set tempo vs. Bolivia - Tim Ream

DALLAS -- United States men's national team defender Tim Ream said his team must set the tempo early in Sunday's Copa América opener against Bolívia. "We have to come out with an intensity, with a desire to impose ourselves on the game and make sure that we're the ones that are doing the right things and creating the feel and the intensity of the games," Ream told reporters on Thursday at the Cotton Bowl. "It's going to be important for us to do that from the first minute. Obviously, we don't want to have anything happen like [against] Jamaica, where you're scrambling for the rest of the game." That Jamaica game was the Concacaf Nations League semifinal in March. The USMNT conceded in the first minute and equalized in second-half stoppage time before scoring twice in extra time to advance to the final, which the Americans won. Sunday marks the beginning of the USMNT's Copa América campaign on home soil, the team's biggest test ahead of a co-hosted...
June 22
June 22

Euro 2024: Portugal game stopped four times by Ronaldo fans

Portugal's Euro 2024 Group F win against Turkey in Dortmund on Saturday was halted four times by supporters running onto the pitch for selfies with Cristiano Ronaldo, with two more doing the same postmatch. Portugal coach Roberto Martinez spoke in grave terms about the incidents after the game saying it should not be allowed to happen and urged other supporters not to follow suit. "It is a concern, but today we were lucky as intention of the fans were good," he said. "The fans recognise big stars and icons but there is a very difficult situation if their intensions are wrong and players are exposed. "It shouldn't happen. There is lots of security, so it shouldn't happen. Maybe there is a message to that fans, that this is not the right way [to behave]. The message is that it could get worse for the future and it's not good that the players are so exposed on the pitch." Ronaldo, now playing his club football in Saudi Arabia with Al Nassr, smiled and posed...
June 22
June 22

Lando Norris delivers best lap 'ever' after McLaren fire at Spanish GP

BARCELONA, Spain -- McLaren went from evacuating its hospitality unit to celebrating pole position on Saturday courtesy on Lando Norris, who made it happen with what he described as the best lap of his life. Norris pipped Red Bull's Max Verstappen to pole by just 0.02 seconds, his first since the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. Several hours earlier, one pair of Norris' race shoes had been lost in the confusion which followed a fire breaking out in its hospitality centre -- one McLaren team member went to hospital as a precaution after the team and its guests had been successfully escorted outside. Despite the drama, Norris said his preparations were unaffected. "A bit of a scare for the whole team, never a nice thing," Norris said in the post-qualifying press conference. "But just a bit more probably of a stressful day than I would have liked. "I lost my shoes, and that was probably as bad as it got for me honestly. Just different, I've not been in my normal room,...
June 22
June 22

Florida State gets Brady Smigiel, No. 6 pocket passer in '26

Four-star quarterback Brady Smigiel, the sixth-ranked pocket passer in the 2026 class and No. 55 prospect in the ESPN Junior 300, announced his commitment to Florida State on Saturday. "God is good," Smigiel wrote in a post on X. "I'm home." Smigiel, a 6-foot-5 passer from Newbury Park, California, is the fifth top-10 quarterback in the 2026 class to announce his pledge. He picked the Seminoles over Ohio State, Oregon and Washington and held offers from Notre Dame, Georgia and Michigan, among others. Smigiel's commitment follows pledges earlier this week from fellow top-10 quarterbacks Dia Bell ( Texas, No. 2 pocket passer) and Brady Hart ( Michigan, No. 8 pocket passer). Smigiel's big arm and 52 passing touchdowns under center for California's Newbury Park High School last fall cemented his place among the top quarterbacks in the 2026 class. Those performances...
June 22
June 22

Rangers RHP Max Scherzer says he'll make season debut Sunday

Texas Rangers right-hander Max Scherzer said he will make his season debut Sunday against the visiting Kansas City Royals. The Rangers, however, have yet to announce their starting pitcher for Sunday's series finale versus the Royals in Arlington, Texas. Scherzer has been working his way back after he underwent surgery on Dec. 15 to repair a herniated disc in his back. He is also dealing with a nerve issue in his thumb. He is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 11 innings (three starts) with Triple-A Round Rock. Scherzer, who turns 40 July 27, was 4-2 last season with a 3.20 ERA in eight regular-season starts for Texas after being acquired from the New York Mets at the trade deadline. He did not pitch in the wild-card or division series because of a shoulder strain and was 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA in two starts in the American League Championship Series. He started Game 3 of the World Series and pitched three scoreless innings in a 3-1 win against the ...
June 22
June 22

Phillies, LHP Cristopher Sanchez agree on 4-year extension

The Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Cristopher Sanchez have agreed to a four-year contract extension that begins in 2025 and runs through 2028, the team announced Saturday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the deal that includes club options for 2029 and 2030. Sanchez is playing this season on a one-year, $753,500 contract. The deal allows the two sides to avoid Sanchez's arbitration years while affording the Phillies contractual control of the left-hander through the option years. Sanchez, 27, is 4-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 14 starts this season. He has surrendered just one home run and struck out 66 batters in 77⅓ innings. He is 10-10 with a 3.73 ERA in 55 career games (36 starts) with the Phillies. Information from Field Level Media was used in this report.
June 22
June 22

Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur retire from Berlin Open matches

Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur on Saturday became the latest top-10 players to retire from the Berlin Open because of injury or illness, after Wimbledon champions Elena Rybakina and Marketa Vondrousova also withdrew this week. Sabalenka was forced to retire from her quarterfinal against Russia's Anna Kalinskaya because of shoulder pain when the Belarusian trailed 5-1 in the opening set. It marked the first time in her WTA Tour career that Sabalenka had retired from a match because of injury. Kalinskaya has reached the semifinals with two walkovers after Wimbledon champion Vondrousova slipped and fell during their last-16 match, forcing the Czech player to retire. Jabeur, meanwhile, was involved in a 72-minute opening set in her quarterfinal with Coco Gauff that the American won 7-6 (9) before the Tunisian retired because of illness. Jabeur was seen getting her temperature checked before she retired. "It doesn't feel like a win, especially...
June 22
June 22

Shohei Ohtani homers, but Angels get win against Dodgers

Taylor Ward singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Los Angeles Dodgers  3-2 on Friday night in Shohei Ohtani's first game against his old team. The Angels won in extra innings for the first time this season, after losing three previous times. "It's awesome," Ward said. "You just never know with us. Just got to keep fighting." Ohtani hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth that put the Dodgers ahead. He was 2-for-2 with two walks but got caught stealing to end the eighth. The Dodgers managed just three other hits. "I just made a bad pitch," Angels reliever Matt Moore said. "The guys came back really good, so I just washed it away. It's very hard to win here. Our team did a really good job of playing all the way to the end." Ohtani left Anaheim for the Dodgers in December, signing a record 10-year, $700 million deal. He has homered in four of his past six games and has scored a run and...
June 22
June 22

Shohei Ohtani homers, but Angels get win vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES --  Taylor Ward singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Friday night in Shohei Ohtani's first game against his old team. The Angels won in extra innings for the first time this season, after losing three previous times. "It's awesome," Ward said. "You just never know with us. Just got to keep fighting." Ohtani hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth that put the Dodgers ahead. He was 2-for-2 with two walks but got caught stealing to end the eighth. The Dodgers managed just three other hits. "I just made a bad pitch," Angels reliever Matt Moore said. "The guys came back really good, so I just washed it away. It's very hard to win here. Our team did a really good job of playing all the way to the end." Ohtani left Anaheim for the Dodgers last December, signing a record $700 million, 10-year deal. He has homered in four of his past six games and has...
June 22
June 22

Shohei Ohtani homers, but Angels get last laugh vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Taylor Ward singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Friday night in Shohei Ohtani's first game against his old team. Ohtani hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth that put the Dodgers ahead. He was 2-for-2 with two walks but got caught stealing to end the eighth. The Dodgers managed just three other hits. Jo Adell started the 10th at second base and was sacrificed to third by Nolan Schanuel. Dodgers closer Evan Phillips (0-1) came in and retired Luis Rengifo on a groundout before Ward singled to left. The Dodgers couldn't produce in the bottom of the inning. Cavan Biggio started at second and took third on Jason Heyward's groundout, but Carlos Estevez struck out Enrique Hernández and Gavin Lux to end the game and earn his 14th save. Luis García (2-0) got the win with two innings of relief. Ohtani's...
June 22
June 22

Panthers rue nullified goal vs. Oilers in Game 6 of Stanley Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice wouldn't have challenged it. Edmonton Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch thought it was obvious. One thing was clear: The offside video review that took down Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov's second-period goal was a turning point in Edmonton's 5-1 Game 6 Stanley Cup Final victory Friday night. Barkov appeared to score 10 seconds after Edmonton's Adam Henrique gave the home team a 2-0 lead just 46 seconds into the second period. But the Oilers' bench challenged the goal, saying the Panthers were offside. After a video review, the officials determined that Florida's Sam Reinhart "preceded the puck into the offensive zone and was in an offside position prior to the Panthers' goal," taking Barkov's goal off the board and preserving the 2-0 lead for Edmonton. The Oilers were in control of the game at that point. The ruling stopped Florida from stealing any of the momentum. "You're...
June 22
June 22

Nelly Korda misses cut after career-worst 81 at Women's PGA

Nelly Korda was sent packing early again Friday in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, another shocking downfall after a dominating run. A stroke behind first-round leader Lexi Thompson after an opening 3-under 69, the top-ranked Korda shot an 81 in the second round to miss the weekend cut by a stroke. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it was Korda's worst 18-hole score as a professional in her LPGA Tour career and tied for her worst in any LPGA Tour round (two others came as an amateur). The round also was the highest in a major championship by a top-ranked player since the inception of the ranking in 2006. Korda also missed the cuts in the U.S. Women's Open -- opening with an 80 -- and the Meijer LPGA Classic in her past two starts after winning six of seven events, a run that started with a record-tying five straight victories. "It's just golf recently for me," Korda said. "No words for how I am playing right now. I'm just going to go home and try to...
June 22
June 22

Oilers beat Panthers to force Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final

Connor McDavid was held without a point, so Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers' other top players stepped up to put them one win from the Stanley Cup. Draisaitl made his first major impact in the Final by setting up Warren Foegele's early goal, Adam Henrique and Zach Hyman scored in the second period, and the Oilers forced a Game 7 by beating the Florida Panthers  5-1 in Game 6 on Friday night. "At the end of the day, we play to win and this is going to be the hardest game for us," Draisaitl said. "We have to bring our game again." The Oilers are the third team to tie the Final after falling behind 3-0 in the series, and the first since the Detroit Red Wings in 1945. The Oilers have the chance Monday night in Sunrise, Florida, to join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only NHL teams to come all the way back from that deficit to hoist the Stanley Cup. "There was an unshakable belief," Hyman said. "No...
June 22
June 22

Caitlin Clark, Fever top Dream in front of record Atlanta crowd

The Indiana Fever, playing in front of another capacity crowd on the road, won their fourth consecutive game Friday, something the franchise had not achieved since 2015. Indiana beat Atlanta 91-79 in front of 17,575 fans at State Farm Arena, setting a Dream record for single-game home attendance. The previous record was 11,609 for the franchise's inaugural game against the Detroit Shock in 2008 at the same venue, then known as Philips Arena. The Dream's usual home at Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Georgia, where they have played since 2021, has a capacity of 3,500. But the high ticket demand for Friday's game against the visiting Fever and No. 1 draft pick Caitlin Clark prompted the move to the larger facility in downtown Atlanta, home of the NBA's  Hawks. The Dream's other home game this season against the Fever, on Aug. 26, will also be played at State Farm Arena. Indiana was led by the four draft lottery picks in its starting lineup. ...
June 22
June 21

Oilers dominate to force Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta --  Connor McDavid was held without a point, so Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers' other top players stepped up to put them one win from the Stanley Cup. Draisaitl made his first major impact in the Final by setting up Warren Foegele's early goal, Adam Henrique and Zach Hyman scored in the second period and the Oilers forced a Game 7 by beating the Florida Panthers 5-1 in Game 6 on Friday night. "At the end of the day, we play to win and this is going to be the hardest game for us," Draisaitl said. "We have to bring our game again." They are the third team to tie the final after falling behind 3-0 in the series, and the first since the Detroit Red Wings in 1945. The Oilers have the chance Monday night in Sunrise, Florida, to join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only NHL teams to come all the way back from that deficit to hoist the Stanley Cup. "There was an unshakable belief,"...
June 21
June 21

Coyotes slam cancellation of June 27 Arizona land auction

The Arizona State Land Department has canceled a land auction scheduled for Thursday that the Arizona Coyotes' owner was counting on to reactivate his dormant NHL franchise. In April, the NHL board of governors approved the establishment of a franchise in Utah, with Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo transferring his team's hockey assets -- from the roster and draft picks to the hockey operations department -- to Smith Entertainment Group while retaining the team's intellectual property. As part of the sale, the NHL approved a plan that rendered the Arizona Coyotes franchise inactive, with a right to reactivate if Meruelo fully constructed "a new, state-of-the-art facility appropriate for an NHL team within five years." The Coyotes had targeted a 95-acre parcel of land in north Phoenix as a potential new home for an arena. Earlier this year, the ASLD board of appeals unanimously approved a $68.5 million appraisal of the land and set the auction date. The Coyotes released images...
June 21

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