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Big 12 executive committee meets with Texas, Oklahoma presidents amid talk of departure to SEC

The Big 12 executive committee met with the presidents of Texas and Oklahoma on Sunday amid speculation that the two schools intend to depart for the SEC. Texas' Jay Hartzell and Oklahoma's Joe Harroz met via videoconference with the committee, which includes Big 12 Chairman of the Board of Directors and Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec, Baylor president Linda Livingstone and league commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "The meeting was cordial, and the Executive Committee expressed a willingness to discuss proposals that would strengthen the Conference and be mutually beneficial to OU and UT, as well as the other member institutions of the Conference," Bowlsby said in a statement. "I expect that we will continue our conversations in the days ahead and we look forward to discussing thoughts, ideas and concepts that may be of shared interest and impact." Big 12 sources told ESPN's Heather Dinich they are still expecting Oklahoma and Texas to formally notify the league on Monday that...
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Boston Red Sox end Domingo German's no-hit bid in 8th inning, storm back to beat New York Yankees

BOSTON -- Domingo German was simply dominating the Boston Red Sox. Never more so than in the seventh inning, when the  New York Yankees right-hander struck out stars J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and rookie Jarren Duran. As German walked off the mound then with a no-hitter intact and a solid lead, there was no way to envision what was on deck. Held hitless into the eighth by German and looking feeble, Alex Verdugo and the Red Sox suddenly erupted for five runs to shake Fenway Park and storm past New York 5-4 on Sunday. The old ballpark was almost silent all afternoon, until Verdugo opened the eighth with a long double for Boston's first hit, and he raised his arms in celebration at second base. By the time Kike Hernandez slid home headfirst on Xander Bogaerts' sacrifice fly with the go-ahead run to cap the rally, fans were fired up. "I felt like just getting that hit out of...
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San Diego Padres acquire All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from Pittsburgh Pirates, sources say

The San Diego Padres are acquiring second baseman  Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Frazier, 29, who leads baseball in hits this year, is not a free agent until after the 2022 season. In exchange, the Pirates are acquiring right-hander Michell Miliano, shortstop Tucupita Marcano and outfielder Jack Suwinski, a source told ESPN's Kiley McDaniel. Pittsburgh is also sending approximately $1.4 million to the Padres in the deal, according to The Associated Press. Frazier entered Sunday hitting .327 -- the second-best average in Major League Baseball -- with four home runs and 32 RBIs. A 2020 Gold Glove finalist and an All-Star this season, Frazier was the Pirates' second-longest tenured player, behind right fielder Gregory Polanco. When asked about possibly being traded a week ago, Frazier said he wasn't letting it distract him. "It's pretty cool to be recognized like that and have teams want...
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Source: Deshaun Watson wants to avoid daily $50K fine, reports to Houston Texans camp amid trade request, assault allegations

HOUSTON --  Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson reported to training camp Sunday in order to avoid a $50,000 daily fine, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, teams can no longer forgive fines, and Watson would have been fined $50,000 for every day he was absent from camp. Watson still wants to be traded by the Texans -- a stance that has remained unchanged since the start of the offseason, sources told ESPN. Watson first asked to be traded in January after the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their general manager. Less than two months later, the first of 23 lawsuits was filed against Watson. The now 22 active lawsuits allege sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against the Texans quarterback. Since the lawsuits were filed, new head coach David Culley has largely avoided addressing Watson's legal situation, other than referencing a letter sent by Texans ownership to season-ticket holders in April that said,...
July 25
July 25

Tokyo Olympic Games: Day 2 key moments

Extreme heat is the latest challenge for Tokyo Olympics athletes and may cause rescheduling of outdoor events.
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Extreme heat is the latest challenge for Tokyo Olympics athletes and may cause rescheduling of outdoor events.
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Sources: Chandler Jones unhappy over contract, requests trade from Arizona Cardinals

All-Pro pass-rusher Chandler Jones requested a trade from the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, sources told ESPN. Jones has been unhappy with his contract and missed offseason work as a result. The Cardinals don't want to trade Jones and expect him to report to training camp, which begins Tuesday. Jones, 31, plans to have a big year coming off surgery on his right biceps, and the Cardinals believe he's excited to play alongside new acquisition J.J. Watt despite past unhappiness. A source said Jones is viewed as a "great guy" in the organization and is set to be a pivotal part of the Cardinals' defense this year. The team generally does not publicly discuss contract details regarding its players. It's possible Jones plays out the year in Arizona and hits free agency in 2022. But that might not quell the discord. Jones, due $15.5 million in the final year of his deal, emerged as one of the game's best pass-rushers while recording 49 sacks from 2017 to '19....
July 25
July 25

Team USA falls to France at Tokyo Games for first Olympic men's basketball loss since 2004

SAITAMA, Japan -- Team USA's invincibility in men's basketball is long gone, and the journey to a fourth consecutive gold medal is already fraught with adversity. France gut-punched the Americans with a brilliant finish for an 83-76 victory to open the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. It snapped a 25-game Olympic winning streak dating back to 2004 for Team USA. The final blow came when Evan Fournier drilled a 3-pointer with a minute to play to give the French the lead for good, completing their comeback after the U.S. had an eight-point lead with four minutes to play. It was the biggest of his 28 points in one of the finest games he has played in his career. It was followed by an incredible possession in which the Americans managed to get five shots off and missed them all. The final three were wide-open 3-point attempts by Zach LaVine, Kevin Durant and Jrue Holiday. "I got to lead the team because I know these guys," Fournier said. "It's a hell of a...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette says he will consider COVID-19 vaccine despite tweet to contrary

TAMPA, Fla. -- In a tweet that was put out Thursday and later deleted, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette indicated he didn't want to get vaccinated for COVID-19. But on Sunday he said his decision wasn't set in stone and he is open to the idea. "I just don't know too much about it," Fournette said after the team's first training camp practice. Coach Bruce Arians said that rather than bringing in a specialist to address the team's concerns about the vaccine as a whole -- which Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera did -- the team would make doctors available to address individual players' concerns. Fournette plans to take him up on that. "I'm going to talk to them, and just see what's the best decision, for myself and for the team," Fournette said, adding that if he doesn't get the vaccine, he's prepared to undergo the far more restrictive COVID-19 unvaccinated player protocols that significantly impact team and social activities away from...
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Odell Beckham Jr. says Cleveland Browns have 'special opportunity' at a Super Bowl this season

GATES MILLS, Ohio -- Heading into the start of training camp this week, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. says his team has a "special opportunity" at a Super Bowl this season. "It's just something that feels special about this team," Beckham said Sunday during his youth football camp in the Cleveland area. "I think there's something special going on and something special with this city. "Cleveland needs a championship. And I think that's the goal and mentality in that building. And that's what I want to be a part of." After suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 7 last year, Beckham could only watch as Cleveland surged into its first postseason appearance since 2002. The Browns then defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in their playoff opener before taking the Chiefs to the wire in Kansas City, ultimately losing 22-17 in the divisional round. "I watched them compete last year and it was like the one game that hurt me the most was...
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Minnesota Vikings rookie DT Jaylen Twyman, who was shot 4 times in June, to report to camp, agent says

Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle  Jaylen Twyman, who was shot four times this summer in Washington, D.C., "has recovered enough from his gunshot wounds that he will be reporting to training camp Sunday with the other rookies," agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "He's really excited," Rosenhaus said. Twyman is expected to start camp on the non-football injury list, but he believes he will be able to play at some point early this season, Rosenhaus said. Two of Twyman's gunshot wounds are completely healed, but his pelvis wound still is causing some issues. Twyman was in a vehicle when he was shot four times -- in the arm, leg, buttocks and shoulder -- in June. He was one of several people wounded. Minnesota drafted Twyman with the 199th pick in May. Before opting out of the 2020 season, Twyman became the first interior defensive lineman to lead Pitt in sacks (10.5 in 2019) since Aaron Donald achieved the same feat six years prior.
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Source: Deshaun Watson wants to avoid daily $50K fine, plans to report to Houston Texans camp amid trade request, assault allegations

HOUSTON --  Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson plans to report to training camp Sunday in order to avoid a $50,000 daily fine, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, teams can no longer forgive fines, and Watson would have been fined $50,000 for every day he was absent from camp. Watson still wants to be traded by the Texans -- a stance that has remained unchanged since the start of the offseason, sources told ESPN. Watson first asked to be traded in January after the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their general manager. Less than two months later, the first of 23 lawsuits was filed against Watson. The now 22 active lawsuits allege sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against the Texans quarterback. Since the lawsuits were filed, new head coach David Culley has largely avoided addressing Watson's legal situation, other than referencing a letter sent by Texans ownership to season-ticket holders in April that...
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Source: Deshaun Watson wants to avoid $50K fine, plans to report to Houston Texans training camp amid trade request, assault allegations

HOUSTON --  Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson plans to report to training camp Sunday in order to avoid a $50,000 daily fine, a source tells ESPN's Ed Werder. Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, teams can no longer forgive fines, and Watson would have been fined $50,000 for every day he was absent from camp. Watson still wants to be traded by the Texans -- a stance that has remained unchanged since the start of the offseason, sources tell ESPN. Watson first asked to be traded in January after the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their general manager. Less than two months later, the first of 23 civil lawsuits was filed against Watson. The now 22 active lawsuits allege sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against the Texans quarterback. Since the lawsuits were filed, new head coach David Culley has largely avoided addressing Watson's legal situation, other than referencing a letter sent by Texans ownership to season-ticket holders in...
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How Olympic athletes trained through uncertainty of Tokyo Games

The International Olympics Committee announced the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games in March of last year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world.
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The International Olympics Committee announced the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games in March of last year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world.
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Tokyo Olympics Day 2: US women's gymnastics stumble, COVID cases rise, skateboarding

Here is what you missed from Day 2 of the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Chase Kalisz of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 400m individual medley on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo.
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Sources: Deshaun Watson plans to report to Houston Texans training camp amid trade request, assault allegations

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson plans to report to training camp on Sunday, sources confirmed to ESPN. Had Watson not reported, he would have been fined $50,000 per day. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams can no longer forgive fines. A source told ESPN's Ed Werder that Watson is reporting to camp solely to avoid those fines, and his desire to be traded is unchanged. Watson's plan to report to camp, which was first reported Sunday by NFL Network, comes after an offseason in which he first asked to be traded in January after the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their general manager. Less than two months later, the first of 23 civil lawsuits was filed against Watson. The now 22 active lawsuits allege sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against the Texans quarterback. Since the lawsuits were filed, new head coach David Culley has largely avoided addressing Watson's legal situation, other than referencing a letter sent by...
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Sources: Deshaun Watson plans to report to Houston Texans training camp amid trade request, legal situation

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson plans to report to training camp on Sunday, sources confirmed to ESPN. Had Watson not reported, he would have been fined $50,000 per day. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams can no longer forgive fines. A source told ESPN's Ed Werder that Watson is reporting to camp solely to avoid those fines, and his desire to be traded is unchanged. Watson's plan to report to camp, which was first reported Sunday by NFL Network, comes after an offseason when he first asked to be traded in January after the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their general manager. Less than two months later, the first of 23 civil lawsuits was filed against Watson. The now 22 active lawsuits allege sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against the Texans quarterback. Since the lawsuits were filed, new head coach David Culley has largely avoided addressing Watson's legal situation, other than referencing a letter sent by Texans...
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Source: Houston Texans acquire WR Anthony Miller in trade with Chicago Bears

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have acquired wide receiver Anthony Miller in a trade with the Chicago Bears, a source confirmed to ESPN. The Texans and Bears also swapped late-round draft picks in the trade, which was first reported by NFL Network. Miller indicated he was changing teams Saturday night on social media, tweeting, "Houston Let's Get It!!!!!!!" and "Thank You Chicago." The Bears traded up to draft Miller in the second round in 2018, and he led the team with seven touchdown catches that season. But Miller has caught just four touchdowns since then. Last season in Chicago, Miller had 49 catches for 485 yards and two touchdowns. In January, the wide receiver was ejected from the Bears' playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints for fighting. Miller joins 12 other wide receivers on the Texans' roster, including Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and 2021 second-round pick Nico Collins. Miller is the ninth receiver added by...
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Golfers Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm out of Olympics after positive COVID-19 tests

Bryson DeChambeau and  Jon Rahm are out of the Olympic golf tournament after both tested positive for COVID-19. DeChambeau, 27, will be replaced by  Patrick Reed on the U.S. team. According to statements released Saturday night by the International Golf Federation and USA Golf, DeChambeau tested positive as part of the final testing protocols before leaving the United States for Japan. Rahm's positive test was announced by the Spanish Olympic committee. He tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in two months Sunday. Rahm will not be replaced on the Spanish team, leaving Adri Arnaus as the country's lone hope in the men's golf event. "I would have loved to have been the first Spanish Olympic gold medalist in golf," Rahm said in a tweet, "but unfortunately destiny had other plans. This is a great reminder for all of us that we're still in a pandemic, things are not over, and we still need to fight together to get through this the best we can."...
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Naomi Osaka wins opening tennis match at Tokyo Olympics, feeling 'refreshed, happy again'

TOKYO -- Naomi Osaka is back playing tennis, still winning and also talking to the media again. The Japanese superstar who lit the Olympic cauldron defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday at the Tokyo Games in her first match in nearly two months. Osaka hadn't played since she withdrew from the French Open in May to take a mental health break, revealing that she has dealt with depression. She then sat out Wimbledon. Osaka stopped to talk with reporters after Sunday's match, having said in Paris that she experiences "huge waves of anxiety" before meeting with the media and that she would be skipping news conferences. "More than anything else, I'm just focused on playing tennis," Osaka said. "The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, so I feel like the break that I took was very needed. I feel definitely a little bit refreshed, and I'm happy again." She added that she was "happy" that reporters were asking her questions, then said: "I...
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Naomi Osaka wins opening match at Tokyo Olympics, feeling 'refreshed, happy again'

TOKYO -- Naomi Osaka is back playing, still winning and also talking to the media again. The Japanese superstar who lit the Olympic cauldron defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in her first match in nearly two months. Osaka hadn't played since she withdrew from the French Open in May to take a mental health break, revealing that she has dealt with depression. She then sat out Wimbledon. Osaka stopped to talk with reporters afterward, having said in Paris that she experiences "huge waves of anxiety" before meeting with the media and that she would be skipping news conferences. "More than anything else, I'm just focused on playing tennis," Osaka said. "The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, so I feel like the break that I took was very needed. I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and I'm happy again." She added that she was "happy" that reporters were asking her questions, then added: "I feel a little bit out of my body...
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Naomi Osaka wins opening match at Tokyo Olympics; No. 1 Ashleigh Barty out

TOKYO -- Naomi Osaka is back and still winning. The Japanese superstar who lit the Olympic cauldron defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in her first match in nearly two months. Osaka hadn't played since she withdrew from the French Open in May to take a mental health break, revealing that she has dealt with depression. She then sat out Wimbledon. The second-ranked Osaka was sharp from the start, serving an ace down the T on the opening point of the match and racing out to a 5-0 lead. Wearing a bright red dress and a red visor and with her hair styled in red-and-white braids to match the colors of the Japanese flag stitched onto the left side of her chest, Osaka served six aces in all and produced 25 winners to Zheng's 10. Osaka's match was originally scheduled to open the tournament on Saturday but then was pushed back a day before her starring role in Friday's opening ceremony. Osaka will next face 50th-ranked Viktorija Golubic of...
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Andy Murray (quad) withdraws from Tokyo Olympics singles tennis tournament, remains in doubles

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men's singles tennis tournament at the Tokyo Olympics because of a quad strain. The two-time Olympic gold-medal winner was hoping to defend his title at Tokyo 2020, but he has decided to prioritize the men's doubles tournament alongside Joe Salisbury. The announcement came prior to his previously scheduled opening-round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday. Murray was replaced by Australia's Max Purcell. A statement from Team Great Britain said Murray's decision "followed consultation with medical staff in relation to a quad strain." "I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe," Murray said. Murray and Salisbury are through to the second round of the men's doubles after an impressive opening-round victory (6-3, 6-2) over No. 2-seeded...
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Andy Murray withdraws from Tokyo Olympics singles tennis tournament, remains in doubles

Two-time defending champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men's singles tennis tournament in Tokyo. Organizers did not immediately say why the British player pulled out shortly ahead of his scheduled opener against ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on Center Court. Max Purcell of Australia will play Auger-Aliassime instead. Organizers said Murray remained in the doubles tournament with partner Joe Salisbury. Murray and Salisbury beat the second-seeded French team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday. Murray has a total of three Olympic medals. He also won a silver in mixed doubles at the 2012 London Games with Laura Robson.
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Keyshawn Davis' rout caps 3-0 start for U.S. men's boxing in Tokyo

Keyshawn Davis, a 3-0 pro widely hailed as Team USA's best hope to end the gold-medal boxing drought for the men, advanced to the Round of 16 with a 5-0 victory over the Netherland's Enrico Lacruz on Saturday evening in Tokyo. Davis, 22, won all three rounds on all five cards. He's looking to become the first male boxer to win gold for Team USA since Andre Ward in 2004. (Ward is currently an ESPN boxing analyst.) Fighting out of Norfolk, Virginia, Davis won over the judges with a sharp jab and smooth combinations that he was able to deliver before evading incoming shots. "These guys can't beat me," Davis told ESPN last week. "I'm the best in the tournament. ... If I don't wanna get hit, you're not going to hit me." Davis' lightweight triumph capped a 3-0 start for the American men, a team looking to reclaim its dominance on the global stage. The United States holds the all-time lead for boxing gold medals at 50 (the sport was introduced at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis)....
July 25
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Positive COVID-19 test shelves golfer Bryson DeChambeau for Olympics; Patrick Reed takes spot

Bryson DeChambeau is out of the Olympic golf tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test. DeChambeau, 27, will be replaced by Patrick Reed. According to statements released Saturday night by the International Golf Federation and USA Golf, DeChambeau tested positive as part of the final testing protocols before leaving the United States for Japan. The men's tournament begins Thursday outside of Tokyo. "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement. "Representing my country means the world to me, and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo. "I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so." The eight-time PGA Tour winner, who captured the 2020 U.S. Open, was among the four U.S. qualifiers for the Games, along with Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander...
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Yoan Moncada initially ruled safe after missing home plate; call triggers two challenge requests

Chicago White Sox runner Yoan Moncada missed home plate and was called out in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday after a long video review in which each team asked for a challenge. The play happened in the top of the fifth inning with the bases loaded and the ChiSox trailing 4-0 in Milwaukee. With Moncada on third base, second baseman Leury Garcia hit a dribbler in front of the plate which Brewers starter Corbin Burnes grabbed and flicked toward home for the force out. He missed his catcher with the throw just as Moncada crossed the plate -- though he clearly stepped over it. Home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak made a safe signal, apparently not seeing the miss by Moncada. After a mound visit with Burnes, manager Craig Counsell decided to challenge the play. Moncada was ruled out but then White Sox manager Tony La Russa asked for a rules challenge of his own. La Russa previously worked with the league on video review rules and thought the...
July 24
July 24

Positive COVID-19 test shelves golfer Bryson DeChambeau for Tokyo Olympics; Patrick Reed takes spot

Bryson DeChambeau is out of the Olympic golf tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test. DeChambeau, 27, will be replaced by  Patrick Reed. According to statements released Saturday night by the International Golf Federation and USA Golf, DeChambeau tested positive as part of the final testing protocols before leaving the United States for Japan. The men's tournament begins Thursday outside of Tokyo. "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement. "Representing my country means the world to me, and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo. "I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so." The eight-time PGA Tour winner, who captured the 2020 U.S. Open, was among the four U.S. qualifiers for the Games, along with  Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander...
July 24
July 24

Positive COVID-19 test shelves Bryson DeChambeau for Tokyo Olympics; Patrick Reed takes spot

Bryson DeChambeau is out of the Olympic golf tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test. DeChambeau, 27, will be replaced by Patrick Reed. According to statements released Saturday night by the International Golf Federation and USA Golf, DeChambeau tested positive as part of the final testing protocols before leaving the United States for Japan. The men's tournament begins Thursday outside of Tokyo. "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," said DeChambeau in a statement. "Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo. I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so." The eight-time PGA Tour winner, who captured the 2020 U.S. Open, was among the four U.S. qualifiers for the Games along with Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. DeChambeau earned the last of...
July 24
July 24

TJ Dillashaw tops Cory Sandhagen by split decision in first fight since 2019

Any questions about TJ Dillashaw's standing in the bantamweight division after a long layoff have been answered -- emphatically. Dillashaw, the former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, defeated Cory Sandhagen via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) in a bloody, back-and-forth fight Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. Sandhagen opened up a nasty cut between Dillashaw's right eye and nose, but he still gutted it out over five rounds. Dillashaw was coming off a two-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) due to a positive drug test for EPO. He had not fought since January 2019 when he lost a flyweight title fight to Henry Cejudo via TKO in 32 seconds. "I wasn't worried about the naysayers," Dillashaw said on the postfight show on ESPN+. "I knew I was going to get this victory. Very tough fight. To me, this was the title fight. Cory Sandhagen is legit. I've trained with him. I knew he was that good before...
July 24
July 24

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork says Aggies will be prepared should Texas, Oklahoma join SEC

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork says the Aggies will be prepared should  Texas and  Oklahoma join the SEC, adding that any concern with the potential move was about preserving the collaborative nature of the league.  "Regardless of who joins the SEC, whether it's now [or] in the future, 'the 12th Man' is ready," Bjork told ESPN on Saturday. "Our teams are ready. Our coaches are ready. Our athletic department is ready to compete at the highest level. That's what the SEC is, that's what we are as a university, and we're ready for whatever comes next." Texas and Oklahoma could make their move to the SEC official in a matter of weeks, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The Austin American-Statesman first reported that timeline.    Meanwhile, multiple Big 12 sources told ESPN's Heather Dinich on Saturday they are expecting Oklahoma and Texas to formally notify the Big 12 on Monday that they don't intend to extend their existing media rights deals with...
July 24
July 24

Now in 'place I felt like I could call home,' optimistic Melvin Ingram energized with Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- At 32 years old with nine NFL seasons under his belt, outside linebacker Melvin Ingram is a seasoned veteran. But entering his next chapter with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ingram said he feels like he's just getting started. "I feel 18," Ingram said. "I'm a kid. I've still got a lot left in me. I love football and my body feels great. "Had an injury last year, but that's a part of the game. It's a physical sport. Right now I'm 100, 200 percent healthy. I feel amazing." Following a lingering knee injury that kept him sidelined for more than half the 2020 season, Ingram became a free agent when the Los Angeles Chargers let his four-year, $64-million deal expire. He put together his best season in 2017 with 10.5 sacks and a defensive touchdown, finishing his Chargers career with a total of 49 sacks, 7 fumble recoveries, 360 combined tackles and 108 quarterback hits. "That has no motivation for me," Ingram said of his departure from Los Angeles....
July 24
July 24

Tokyo Olympics Day 1: COVID cases up, youngest athlete out

Here is what you missed from Day 1 of the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Iulian Teodosiu of Romania is seen in action against Luca Curatoli of Italy in the men's individual Sabre fencing match on July 24, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.
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U.S. women knock off top-ranked France in 3x3 Olympic basketball debut, go 2-0 on the day

The United States women have dominated 5x5 Olympic basketball as winners of the past six gold medals. The Americans are off to a great start in a debut sport, too: 3x3 basketball. The U.S. women won both of their 3x3 games Saturday, including knocking off top-ranked France 17-10 with first lady Jill Biden in attendance. Then the Americans beat Mongolia 21-9. "What an honor and what an opportunity to play in front of the first lady," U.S. guard Kelsey Plum said. "As soon as we walked out, we saw her in the stands. She waved, and she brought all the energy, so we are grateful for that. "I think there was a lot of buildup; it was kind of good to get the jitters out of the way. The tournament will just get better. You are in your first game on a worldwide stage, but once we started and the shots started falling, we were just able to be ourselves." Just a year ago, Plum was rehabbing an Achilles tendon injury that forced her to miss the 2020 WNBA season before returning this season....
July 24
July 24

U.S. women knock off top-ranked France in 3x3 Olympic basketball debut; go 2-0 on the day

The United States women have dominated 5x5 Olympic basketball as winners of the past six gold medals. The Americans are off to a great start in a debut sport, too: 3x3 basketball. The U.S. women won both their 3x3 games Saturday, including knocking off top-ranked France 17-10, with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in attendance. Then the Americans beat Mongolia 21-9. "What an honor and what an opportunity to play in front of the First Lady," U.S. guard Kelsey Plum said. "As soon as we walked out, we saw her in the stands. She waved, and she brought all the energy, so we are grateful for that. "I think there was a lot of buildup; it was kind of good to get the jitters out of the way. The tournament will just get better. You are in your first game on a worldwide stage, but once we started and the shots started falling, we were just able to be ourselves." Just a year ago, Plum was rehabbing an Achilles tendon injury that forced her to miss the 2020 WNBA season. She's returned to the WNBA...
July 24
July 24

Tokyo Olympic Games: Day 1 key moments

After a 12-month delay, the unprecedented 2020 Tokyo Olympics will take place without fans and spectators due to the city's COVID-19 state of emergency.
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After a 12-month delay, the unprecedented 2020 Tokyo Olympics will take place without fans and spectators due to the city's COVID-19 state of emergency.
July 24

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completes usual offseason training cycle

Aaron Rodgers hasn't been with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, but his ongoing stalemate with the franchise hasn't changed how he prepares for the season. As he has done for most of the past decade, the reigning NFL MVP went through his normal offseason training regimen with Proactive Sports Performance, a program that includes field work, a weight room, yoga and sand dunes work. According to the company, the routine lasts around six to seven weeks for NFL athletes and concluded Saturday as players head off to training camp. While it remains unknown whether Green Bay's franchise quarterback will be in attendance when the Packers open camp Wednesday, a Proactive Sports Performance representative said Rodgers is "working and he's ready" for football. In April, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Rodgers does not want to return to the team because of issues he has with management. Despite the three-time MVP's stance, the Packers have remained adamant that...
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July 24

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completes his usual offseason training cycle

Aaron Rodgers hasn't been with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, but his ongoing stalemate with the franchise hasn't changed how he prepares for the season. As he has done for most of the past decade, the reigning NFL MVP went through his normal offseason training regimen with Proactive Sports Performance, a program that includes field work, weight room, yoga and sand dunes work. According to the company, the routine lasts around six-to-seven weeks for all of their NFL athletes and concluded Saturday as players head off to training camp. While it remains unknown if Green Bay's franchise quarterback will be in attendance when the Packers open camp Wednesday, it appears Rodgers has been staying ready. In April, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Rodgers does not want to return to the team because of issues he has with management. Despite his stance, the Packers have remained adamant that they will not trade the three-time MVP, and offered a record-breaking...
July 24
July 24

Philadelphia Flyers trade Jakub Voracek back to Columbus Blue Jackets for Cam Atkinson

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired forward Cam Atkinson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek as the teams swap offensive wingers. There was no salary retained in the one-for-one deal. Atkinson, 32, spent all 10 years of his NHL career with the Blue Jackets after being taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. He has 213 goals and 189 assists in 627 games, including a 41-goal season in 2018-19. His goal-scoring has declined in the past two seasons, dropping under a goal per 60 minutes of play for the first time in his career. Voracek, who turns 32 in August, began his career with Columbus, which drafted him seventh overall in 2007. He had 134 points in 241 games in three years with the Blue Jackets before they traded him to the Flyers in a deal for Jeff Carter in 2011. He spent 10 years in Philadelphia, scoring 738 points in 968 games while playing major minutes on their top scoring line. But his ice...
July 24
July 24

What to expect as surfing makes Olympics debut

"I'm stoked, super stoked," said Team USA surfer Kolohe Andino.
July 24
Carissa Moore does a slashing turn off a wave while competing in the women's qualifying heat 3 at the Kelly Slater WSL Surf Ranch event in Lemoore, Calif., June 19, 2021.
July 24

NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol

Unvaccinated NFL players will be subjected to a fine of $14,650 every time they violate COVID-19 procedures.  A spotlight was put on the punishment after a report that Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians would fine a player "$14,000 on the spot every time he isn't wearing a mask or is breaking a protocol." The article did not directly quote Arians and did not specify whether it was a team rule or a league rule, leading some to speculate that Arians was instituting this fine as his own personal rule. "NFL policy," Arians told ESPN in a text message. "League rules." League spokesperson Brian McCarthy confirmed to ESPN that Arians "was correct" in his understanding of the NFL's rule. The stipulations place a premium on wearing appropriate PPE and offer restrictions on the number of people and types of venues players may gather in for social or team-related purposes. Arians said the Bucs will have close to 85% of players fully vaccinated by final cut-downs....
July 24
July 24

Colorado Avalanche re-sign Cale Makar to six-year, $54M contract

The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year, $54 million contract extension. The Avalanche announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Saturday, with Makar's agents disclosing the contract's value. Makar, 22, is one of the NHL's premier young defensemen. The Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year in 2019-20 and a Norris Trophy finalist for best defenseman last season, Makar has 20 goals and 74 assists in 101 career games, with a plus-29 rating. Makar's $9 million average annual value against the salary cap is the second highest on the Avalanche, behind winger Mikko Rantanen's $9.25 million AAV on a six-year deal signed in 2019. At the moment, it's tied for the fourth-highest cap hit for a defenseman in 2021-22 behind Erik Karlsson of San Jose ($11.5 million), Drew Doughty of Los Angeles ($11 million) and  Roman Josi of Nashville ($9.059 million). It matches  ...
July 24
July 24

Draymond Green feeling 'lot of respect' for NBA Finals players sticking to Tokyo commitment

TOKYO --  Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday arrived in Japan on a private jet just before 11 p.m. Saturday, less than 24 hours before Team USA opens Olympic play against France in a vital game out of the gate. It was a brutal travel day after an exhausting playoff stretch, and the combination will test their mental and physical stamina. It also won the extreme respect of their American teammates. "I have a lot of respect for those guys for not only committing to do this but actually keeping their word," Team USA forward Draymond Green said. "You're talking about three true professionals, three extremely competitive guys that wouldn't be on their way here if this didn't mean something." As the American team got together to watch NBA Finals games during training camp in Las Vegas and after flying to Japan, they speculated about the possibility that one or more of the three might beg off after such an extreme turnaround. But all three...
July 24
July 24

Olympics 2021: U.S. Water Polo makes history with 25-4 win over Japan before Spain top record

The U.S. women's water polo team made Olympics history with its dominant 25-4 win over host Japan in its opening match of the Tokyo Games, but its record stood for only a couple of hours as Spain's team then recorded its own one-sided record-breaking victory. Spain's 29-4 victory over South Africa is now the biggest winning margin in women's water polo at the Olympics as the Spanish team surpassed Team USA's comfortable opening triumph earlier on Saturday. Team USA's 25-4 win over hosts Japan toppled a number of records at the Games as the team starts the chase for a third consecutive gold medal in women's water polo. In what the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) called the "most prolific offensive attack in Olympics history," the victory saw the U.S. score 25 goals (surpassing the 16 scored by China and Australia at the London Games in 2012) and 14 goals in a half, four more than the previous record of 10. The 21-point victory also overtook Australia's 16-3...
July 24
July 24

How tennis history could be in the making at the Olympics

Only one player, Steffi Graf, has pulled it off.
July 24
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning against Italy's Matteo Berrettini during their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in London, July 11, 2021.
July 24

Olympics 2021: U.S. Water Polo makes history with 25-4 win over host Japan

The U.S. women's water polo team made Olympics history with its dominant 25-4 win over host Japan in its opening match of the Tokyo Games. The comfortable victory saw the U.S. topple a number of records at the Games as the team starts the chase for a third consecutive gold medal in women's water polo. Coach Adam Krikorian challenged the players in the buildup to Saturday's opener at the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre by saying "pressure is a privilege," and the athletes answered with a commanding win. In what the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee called the "most prolific offensive attack in Olympics history," the victory saw the U.S. score a record 25 goals (surpassing the 16 scored by China and Australia at the London Games in 2012) and the most goals in a half, 14, four more than the previous record of 10. The 21-point victory also overtook Australia's 16-3 win over Great Britain in 2012 as the most one-sided win in Olympics history. Maggie Steffens and Stephanie...
July 24
July 24

Tokyo 2020: US Water Polo makes history with 25-4 win over hosts Japan

The U.S women's water polo team made Olympics history with their dominant 25-4 win over hosts Japan in their opening match of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The comfortable victory saw the U.S. topple a number of records at the Games as they start the chase for their third consecutive gold medal at the Olympics. Head coach Adam Krikorian challenged the players in the build up to their opener on Saturday at the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre by saying "pressure is a privilege," and the athletes answered with a commanding win. In what the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) called the "most prolific offensive attack in Olympics history" the victory saw the U.S. score 25 goals (surpassing the 16 scored by China and Australia at London 2012) and the most goals in a half, following their 14 against Japan, four more than the previous record of 10. The 21-point victory also overtook Australia's 16-3 win over Great Britain in 2012 as the most one-sided win in Olympics...
July 24
July 24

Tokyo braces for typhoon, reschedules Olympic rowing events

Tokyo 2020 is bracing itself for a typhoon that is set to hit the city early next week, and organizers have already pre-emptively moved around the rowing schedule in anticipation. Olympics organizers have shifted Monday's races to Sunday, with other heats moved forward to Saturday. With the competitors already battling high temperatures in Tokyo, the local organizing committee is also now preparing for a typhoon to hit the Olympics early next week. "Unlike an earthquake, we're able to predict the path of a typhoon so we can make plans, and indeed when it comes to rowing, as a preventative measure, we have decided to change the schedule for the event," said Takaya Masa, spokesperson of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. "Changing the schedule is not a rare event, and we understand the burden it'll have on athletes. We're looking closely at the path of the typhoon to make decisions as preventative measures. Should it make land, there could be damages, and if that's going to be the...
July 24
July 24

Montreal Canadiens select Logan Mailloux in NHL draft despite teen's 2020 trouble in Sweden

Logan Mailloux was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 31st overall pick in the NHL draft Friday night, despite the Canadian teenager asking teams not to pick him after he was fined for an offense of a sexual nature in Sweden last year. Mailloux, 18, was fined by Swedish police for showing a photo to his teammates via Snapchat that depicted him and a woman engaged in a consensual sexual act. The photo was taken without consent of the woman, who went to local police. Mailloux was not arrested but was fined for invasion of privacy and defamation. When he returned to North America, he found NHL teams asking about the incident in pre-draft interviews. After multiple media reports chronicling what happened in Sweden were published, a dozen teams vowed not to have Mailloux on their draft boards. Mailloux decided to "renounce" himself from the draft, in a highly unusual move, because he was still eligible to be drafted. "The NHL draft should be one of the most exciting...
July 24
July 23

Tokyo Olympics hand out 1st gold medal

The first medal events took place Saturday.
July 23
Qian Yang, of China, reacts after winning the gold medal in the women's 10-meter air rifle at the Asaka Shooting Range in the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo.
July 23

Buffalo Sabres select Michigan Wolverines defenseman Owen Power with No. 1 overall pick

The Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman  Owen Power with the first pick in the NHL Draft on Friday night. Power, 18, was the No. 1 ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. His selection marks just the fourth time in NHL history that an NCAA player has gone first overall, joining forward Joe Murphy (1986, Detroit Red Wings), goalie Rick DiPietro (2000, New York Islanders) and defenseman Erik Johnson (2006, St. Louis Blues). The 6-foot-6 defenseman is the second blueliner the Sabres have taken first overall in the last four drafts, joining 2018 No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin. Power is just the third defenseman to be drafted first overall since 2007. Power played 26 games for Michigan as a freshman last season, tallying 16 points. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, he appeared in 10 games for Team Canada at the IIHF world championships, playing alongside NHL players. His mobility and...
July 23

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