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Cavaliers' Evan Mobley agrees to 5-year, $224M extension

Cleveland Cavaliers 7-footer Evan Mobley has agreed on a five-year, $224 million maximum rookie contract extension that could become worth as much as $269 million, agents Joe Smith and Thad Foucher of Wasserman told ESPN on Saturday.  Mobley, 23, has quickly become one of the league's elite young defensive big men, including being selected third in voting for Defensive Player of the Year in 2023 as well as being selected First Team All-Defense. He averaged 15.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks this past season for Cleveland, while also posting career-high shooting percentages from every range: 57.9% shooting overall, 37.3% shooting from 3-point range and 71.9% from the free throw line. Since arriving as the third overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft out of USC, Mobley has helped lead the Cavaliers to finishing seventh in defensive rating this past season, first overall in 2022-23 and fifth in 2021-22. Over that same span, Mobley is also one of just four players -- along...
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LeBron James layup helps U.S. dodge upset from South Sudan

LONDON -- There probably will be a movie made about the South Sudan basketball team someday. And the players representing the war-torn young nation added a powerful and dramatic scene Saturday night in a moment the raucous crowd at O2 Arena won't soon forget. LeBron James made a driving layup with eight seconds left to prevent what would've been an historic upset and Team USA escaped with a 101-100 victory. Former Charlotte Hornets forward JT Thor had made a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining and South Sudan had three attempts in the final seconds but couldn't convert the miracle. The club is called the Bright Stars -- the first team to represent the country in the Olympics when it arrives in Paris next week -- and it gave Team USA a thrilling and serious test. "I did not do a great job preparing our team, I think we did not focus enough on what they're capable of and that's on me," Team USA coach Steve Kerr said. "They played a wonderful game and the ending was good...
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Jeremiah Fears commits to Oklahoma, will reclassify

Top-25 guard Jeremiah Fears has committed to Oklahoma and plans to reclassify into the 2024 class, he announced Saturday, allowing him to suit up for the Sooners next season. Fears decommitted from Illinois earlier this month, and Oklahoma quickly emerged as a potential landing spot. "I love their staff and strength coach," Fears told ESPN. "They have NBA experience. Coach [Porter] Moser is a big development guy, a very successful coach, a great person and family man. I need to listen to the coaches and stay focused. "I can help in transition, playing fast, scoring and playmaking. There is a great opportunity for me at OU and I know the SEC will be tough. I am ready to work and get on campus." A 6-foot-2 point guard from Arizona Compass Prep (Arizona), Fears is ranked No. 24 in the ESPN 100 for the 2025 class. With Moser losing his top three guards from last season, Fears will be leaned on immediately alongside transfers Duke Miles (High Point), Kobe Elvis...
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Blue Jays' Bo Bichette out 'multiple weeks' with calf strain

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette has a "moderate" calf strain and will miss "multiple weeks," according to manager John Schneider. The Blue Jays officially placed Bichette on the 10-day injured list Saturday with the right calf strain. Bichette, a two-time All-Star, was injured in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers while running to first base as he lined out to right field to end the sixth inning. He was 1-for-3 before exiting. This is the third time Bichette has injured his right calf this season. Friday marked his return from a four-game absence due to calf soreness. Bichette, 26, spent time on the 10-day injured list in June because of his first calf injury. He missed nine games on that occasion. "I just feel bad for him. It sucks for him and for us," Blue Jays manager Schneider said after Friday's game. Leo Jimenez replaced Bichette at shortstop Friday and in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers. Bichette is batting a...
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Blue Jays put Bo Bichette on 10-day IL for latest calf injury

The Toronto Blue Jays placed shortstop Bo Bichette on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right calf strain. Bichette, a two-time All-Star, was injured in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers while running to first base as he lined out to right field to end the sixth inning. He was 1-for-3 before exiting. This is the third time Bichette has injured the right calf this season. Friday's game marked his return from a four-game absence due to calf soreness. Bichette, 26, spent time on the 10-day injured list in June because of his first calf injury. He missed nine games on that occasion. "I just feel bad for him. It sucks for him and for us," Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Friday's game. Leo Jimenez replaced Bichette at shortstop Friday and in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers. Bichette is batting a career-worst .223 this season. He has four homers and 30 RBIs in 79 games. In a corresponding move, the...
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July 20

Jaboree Antoine commits to Miami Hurricanes football team

Coach Mario Cristobal landed Miami's second-highest rated commitment of the 2025 cycle Saturday when former LSU commit Jaboree Antoine, No. 54 in the ESPN 300, gave his pledge to the Hurricanes. The four-star cornerback from New Iberia, Louisiana, initially committed to LSU on Jan. 27, then pulled his pledge from the Tigers and reopened his commitment on June 23 following visits to Miami and  Florida State. Less than a month later, Antoine joins the Hurricanes as the top defender and the second-ranked prospect in the program's 2025 class, trailing only five-star offensive guard  S.J. Alofaituli, who committed to Miami earlier this month. Antoine's pledge comes as Cristobal's 15th addition in the 2025 class since June 1, including six from within the ESPN 300. The No. 2 prospect in the state of Louisiana this cycle, Antoine stands alongside Alofaituli and four-star safety  Hylton Stubbs as one of three top-100 prospects...
July 20
July 20

New Orleans Saints, Rashid Shaheed agree on 1-year extension

The New Orleans Saints and exclusive rights free agent wide receiver Rashid Shaheed reached agreement on a one-year, $5.2 million contract extension, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday. Shaheed, who also is a returner for New Orleans, was an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection last season. The deal was negotiated by his agents, Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey, and comes four days before the Saints open training camp. As the Saints transitioned to Derek Carr as the starting quarterback in 2023, Shaheed finished with 46 receptions for 719 yards and five touchdowns for the season. In a 38-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts in October, he had three receptions on three targets, with 153 yards and a score. Shaheed, 25, is a running threat, as well, when the Saints offense look for a change of pace with misdirection. In his rookie season of 2022, he had four carries for 57 yards and a touchdown, and last year, he carried the ball seven times for...
July 20
July 20

Two-time Super Bowl champion Shaq Barrett retires from NFL

Linebacker Shaquil Barrett, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos, announced his retirement Saturday. "I'm ready to shift my full focus to my wife and kids and helping them realize there dreams," Barrett wrote as part of an Instagram post. "I've been thinking about this for a while and the decision has never been more clear then it is right now." Barrett had signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins in March after being released by the Buccaneers in a cost-cutting move. The 31-year old Barrett spent five seasons in Tampa, including the 2020 campaign that resulted in a Super Bowl title with quarterback Tom Brady at the helm. Barrett and his family suffered a tragedy in April 2023 when his 2-year-old daughter, Arrayah, drowned in the family's pool. He returned for the start of the 2023 season and registered 4.5 sacks and 52 combined tackles, including 33 solo tackles. An undrafted free...
July 20
July 20

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto off IL after meniscus recovery

The Philadelphia Phillies reinstated star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day injured list Saturday. Realmuto, a three-time All-Star, had been sidelined since mid-June following right meniscus surgery. He is batting .261 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 51 games. He had hit in a career-best 17 straight games in which he played this season. Realmuto, 33, is a career .272 hitter with 161 homers and 598 RBIs in 1,191 games with the Miami Marlins (2014-18) and Phillies. Also on Saturday, the Phillies recalled right-hander Yunior Marte from Lehigh Valley and optioned catcher Rafael Marchan and righty Michael Mercado to Triple-A. Marte, 29, posted a 3.31 ERA in 15 relief appearances with Philadelphia this season. He is 2-2 with two saves and a 4.95 ERA in 94 career relief appearances with the Phillies. Marchan, 25, batted .294 with three homers and six RBIs in 17 games with the Phillies this season. Mercado, 25, posted a 1-2 record...
July 20
July 20

Jaylon Johnson tired of Bears' potential: 'It's about action'

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The last time the preseason hype was this strong, the Chicago Bears had just won the NFC North with the league's top-ranked defense in 2018. The following season, those expectations were met with disappointment when the Bears stumbled to a third-place finish in the division with an 8-8 record. Jaylon Johnson was drafted by Chicago one year later, in 2020, and has never been part of a team with a winning record during his tenure. As the Bears opened training camp with their first practice Saturday, the second-team All-Pro cornerback said the vibe around a team with heightened outside expectations doesn't seem any different. "I feel like I've been on some talented rosters to where we've had a lot of upside," Johnson said. "I feel like for me it's one of those things where I'm tired of just having upside and having potential. I want to be in a position where we actually go out there and we are that and not just what we're projected to be at." ESPN Bet...
July 20
July 20

Billy Horschel holds one-shot lead at rainy Open Championship

TROON, Scotland -- It was just over 13 months ago, after defending champion Billy Horschel carded a 12-over 84 in the first round of the Memorial Tournament, that the former FedEx Cup champion talked about his mental struggles in an unforgiving game. "My confidence is the lowest it's been in my entire career -- I think ever in my entire golf career," Horschel said at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on June 1, 2023. On Sunday, Horschel will have a chance to rewrite his legacy in the final round of the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club. He survived the wind and rain Saturday to post a 2-under 69, giving him a 54-hole total of 4-under 209, one stroke better than six golfers, including PGA Championship winner Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns and Justin Rose. "I love it," Horschel said. "I've worked my entire life to be in this position. Listen, I've been in the lead many times going into a final round. Obviously, this is a major....
July 20
July 20

Source: Lomachenko ends talks with Davis, eyes return in '25

Talks between Gervonta Davis and Vasiliy Lomachenko have broken off, an official involved in the negotiations told ESPN, after Lomachenko decided to take off the rest of 2024. The highly anticipated lightweight title unification between Davis (one of boxing's top stars) and Lomachenko (a future Hall of Famer) was being eyed for November in Las Vegas.  Officials from PBC, which represents Davis, and Lomachenko's promoter Top Rank met last week in Las Vegas as they attempted to finalize a deal for an ESPN-Prime Video PPV, sources said. Lomachenko, 36, plans to return in 2025 to defend his IBF 135-pound title, the official said. The two-time Olympic gold medalist won the title in May with an 11th-round TKO victory over George Kambosos in Australia. The fight was Lomachenko's first since a disputed decision loss to Devin Haney the previous May. Ukraine's Lomachenko (18-3, 12 KOs) also won titles at 126 and 130 pounds. Lomachenko arrived in Los Angeles this week to...
July 20
July 20

Hungarian GP: McLaren lockout front row with Lando Norris pole

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Lando Norris led teammate Oscar Piastri in McLaren's first front row lockout since 2012 in a chaotic qualifying session at the Hungaroring. McLaren last achieved the feat at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, so long ago it was Lewis Hamilton's final race with the team. Championship leader Max Verstappen will start from third position after a session which featured two red flags, one triggered by out-of-form Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. Norris said afterward: "I am very very happy, not an easy qualifying, different conditions, always ending up on top, it's the best part of it all. I'm happy especially for the team, a one-two is even better to see so congrats to the team. He added: "We've already got confidence, so it's not like we not a lot more of it or we are searching for it. I think we've come into this weekend and the last few and we're happy. We know we can do a good job and we've got a good car to fight for pole and that's exactly what we did today....
July 20
July 20

Si Woo Kim sinks longest hole-in-one in Open history

TROON, Scotland -- South Korea's Si Woo Kim made the longest hole-in-one in Open history when he aced the 238-yard par-3 17th in the third round at Royal Troon on Saturday. Kim, who shot an even-par 71, selected a 3-iron from his bag and struck his ball to the front fringe where it rolled across the putting surface and dropped in the hole. "I've had about six holes-in-one before, but this is the most memorable," he said of his moment of magic on the 17th, which had never witnessed a hole-in-one in previous Opens at Troon. The previous longest hole-in-one at the Open was the 212-yard ace Frank Lickliter II made at the fifth hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001. Kim was 5 over after three rounds.
July 20
July 20

Noah Lyles runs personal best in 100m ahead of Paris Olympics

American world champion Noah Lyles ran a personal best of 9.81 seconds in the 100 meters Saturday in the final Diamond League meeting before the Paris Olympics. Lyles, one of the biggest names in the sport at the moment, delivered in the final race of the day, clipping two-hundredths off his best time in front of a sellout crowd of 60,000, easily the largest on the Diamond League circuit. South African Akani Simbine took second in 9.86, while Letsile Tebogo of Botswana was third in 9.88 as the first five broke 10 seconds. Lyles has emerged as one of the biggest personalities in athletics. Having taken the 100-meter world title in Budapest last year to add to three world titles, and an Olympic bronze, in the 200, he is becoming the man to beat in the blue-ribbon event. "That was fun," said Lyles, who was sluggish out of the blocks but supreme over the second half of the race. "I could have had a better start, but the transitions were great and coming away with a PB, this has been...
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July 20

See Woo Kim sinks longest hole-in-one in Open history

TROON, Scotland -- South Korea's Si Woo Kim made the longest hole-in-on in Open history when he aced the 238-yard par-three 17th in his third round at Royal Troon on Saturday. Kim, who shot a level-par 71, selected a three iron from his bag and struck his ball to the front fringe where it rolled across the putting surface and dropped in the hole. "I've had about six holes-in-one before but this is the most memorable," he said of his moment of magic on the 17th which had never witnessed a hole-in-one in previous Opens at Troon. The previous longest hole-in-one at the Open was the 212-yard ace Frank Lickliter II made at the fifth hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001. Kim was five over after three rounds.
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July 20

Clark, Reese 'looking forward' to WNBA All-Star Game pairing

PHOENIX -- For 40 minutes Saturday, Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark and Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese will put aside their rivalry to join forces on Team WNBA in the league's All-Star Game against the United States women's national team. In a weekend when the stars of women's basketball have congregated in the blistering heat of Arizona, the unification of Clark and Reese has become a storyline unto itself. And they know it. "That's what everybody wants to see," Reese said Friday. The two, who played against each other in the 2023 women's NCAA tournament national championship game and 2024 Elite Eight when Clark was at Iowa and Reese was at LSU and three times in the first half of the WNBA season, have momentarily embraced being teammates. They spent time working on a pick-and-roll together during Friday morning's practice. "I'm looking forward to it," Reese said. "Everybody can wear their 'Get Along' shirts together for one...
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July 19

Allisha Gray first WNBA player to sweep 3-point, skills titles

PHOENIX -- Dinner is on Allisha Gray. The Atlanta Dream guard took home a payday nearly equivalent to her annual salary after making WNBA history Friday night by becoming the first player to win the skills challenge and 3-point contest in the same year. For her wins, Gray won $5,150 from the WNBA and $110,000 from Aflac, the insurance company that announced Thursday it would supplement the league's prize money with $55,000 for each event's winner. Gray's yearly salary is $185,000. She is ready to splurge a bit and take her Dream teammates out to dinner, but there's one caveat. "For my team, yeah, they gotta plan it," Gray said. "I'll just pay the bill." After going first in the 3-point finals and scoring 22 points, she had to hold her breath on the final shot of the contest. Fellow finalist Jonquel Jones of the New York Liberty was down to her last shot, a money ball that, had she made, would have given her the win by a point. But Jones' shot...
July 19
July 19

USMNT's Tyler Adams undergoes back surgery, to miss PL season start

AFC Bournemouth and United States men's national team midfielder Tyler Adams is looking at yet another lengthy spell on the sideline after undergoing back surgery, according to Cherries manager Andoni Iraola. Bournemouth are scheduled to play EFL League One side Wrexham at UC Santa Barbara in a preseason friendly on Saturday. Iraola was asked during the pregame news conference about how important it was for Adams to stay fit, at which point he revealed that the midfielder had undergone back surgery. "He finished the season with an injury in his back," Iraola said. "He wanted to play Copa América because it was very important for him, but he had restrictions and was still in pain, so two days after they were knocked out, he had surgery." Iraola added that he expects Adams to be out for some time, though he declined to mention a specific timeline for the midfielder's return. "It is difficult to say how long but he won't be fit for the start of the...
July 19
July 19

Steve Ballmer expects Clippers to contend despite losing Paul George

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Standing inside the LA Clippers' new state of the art Intuit Dome, team owner Steve Ballmer said he "hated" seeing Paul George leave but made it clear he believes the retooled roster surrounding Kawhi Leonard and James Harden can contend this season. Ballmer -- who gave reporters a final preview of the Clippers' new home and the first glimpse of the double-sided display called "The Halo Board" -- said he likes the club's new roster. Ballmer believes the Clippers will be competitive even without George and fan favorite Russell Westbrook. "I love Paul," Ballmer said. "Let's start with Paul as a human being. Paul is a great human being, and I've really enjoyed my opportunity to get to know Paul's family. So on a personal level, I hated it. I hated it. "From a basketball perspective, Paul is a fantastic player, future Hall of Famer. But we knew we needed to continue to get better. And with the new CBA, what tools,...
July 19
July 19

Clark, Reese excited to team up at WNBA All-Star Game

PHOENIX -- For 40 minutes on Saturday, Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark and Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese will put aside their rivalry to join forces on Team WNBA in the league's All-Star Game against the United States women's national team. In a weekend when the stars of women's basketball have congregated in the blistering heat of Arizona, the unification of Clark and Reese has become a storyline unto itself. And they know it. "That's what everybody wants to see," Reese said Friday. The two, who played against each other in the 2023 Women's NCAA tournament national championship game when Clark was at Iowa and Reese was at LSU, and then three times in the first half of the WNBA season, have momentarily embraced being teammates. They spent time working on a pick-and-roll together during Friday morning's practice. "I'm looking forward to it," Reese said. "Everybody can wear their 'Get Along' shirts together for one day, at least. So, I know a...
July 19
July 19

Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese excited to team up as All-Stars

PHOENIX -- For 40 minutes on Saturday, Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark and Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese will put aside their rivalry to join forces on Team WNBA in the league's All-Star Game in Phoenix against the United States Women's National Team. In a weekend when the stars of women's basketball have congregated in the blistering heat of Arizona, the unification of Clark and Reese has become a storyline unto itself. And they know it. "That's what everybody wants to see," Reese said Friday. The two, who played against each other in the 2023 Women's NCAA tournament national championship game when Clark was at Iowa and Reese was at LSU, and then three times in the first half of the WNBA season, have momentarily embraced being teammates. They spent time working on a pick-and-roll together during Friday morning's practice. "I'm looking forward to it," Reese said. "Everybody can wear their 'Get Along' shirts together for one day, at least. So,...
July 19
July 19

Image of Caitlin Clark to be on hood of car at Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS -- Caitlin Clark made her first appearance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- on  Josh Berry's No. 4 Ford. The rookie driver took his Stewart-Haas Racing entry to the traditional 2.5-mile oval with an image of the WNBA rookie star plastered across the hood of his car. Speedway officials had hoped to get the top pick in the WNBA draft to the facility for May's Indianapolis 500 festivities, but the Indiana Fever spent most of that time playing road games. This weekend, Clark is participating in All-Star activities in Phoenix. So Panini, one of Berry's sponsors, did something neither NASCAR nor IndyCar officials could -- helping make Clark the face of race weekend. "Obviously, starting our partnership with Panini has been really cool; they have a huge presence in NASCAR and in sports in general," Berry said before Friday's practice session. "For them to use the hood of our race car to draw attention to the Caitlin Clark collection that's...
July 19
July 19

Former Dolphins, Cards RB Kenyan Drake announces retirement

Running back Kenyan Drake announced his retirement from the NFL on social media Friday following eight seasons in the league. "It's been an incredible ride," Drake wrote on Instagram. "Hard to believe 8 seasons have come and gone. I've loved the journey -- the wins, the moments big and small, the comradery, the energy, all of it. ... Ready to enjoy a little retirement and see where the next chapter takes me. Thanks to everyone that was along for the ride with me -- wouldn't change a thing." Drake was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft after four years at  Alabama. He was a standout for the Crimson Tide, totaling 1,495 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in his time in Tuscaloosa. With Miami, Drake slowly became a main part of its special teams unit and rushing attack, recording 883 yards from scrimmage in 2017. His most famous play with the Dolphins came on Dec. 9, 2018, when he completed the "Miracle in Miami" by...
July 19
July 19

Sources: Condon's $9.25M bonus with Rockies ties MLB record

The Colorado Rockies and slugger Charlie Condon are in agreement on a deal that includes a $9.25 million signing bonus, tying the Major League Baseball record for up-front money to a drafted player, sources told ESPN. Condon, taken with the No. 3 pick in Sunday's draft, matches the bonus given to the No. 2 pick, Chase Burns, by Cincinnati on Thursday. The first overall selection, Travis Bazzana, agreed to an $8.95 million bonus with Cleveland this week, according to sources. The 21-year-old Condon, who played third base at the University of Georgia but is expected to be an outfielder with the Rockies, hit 37 home runs this year, the most since the NCAA started mandating BBCOR bats in 2011. With top-of-the-scale power and elite swing decisions, Condon batted .433/.566/1.009 and drove in 78 runs with 57 walks and 41 strikeouts this season. ESPN's Kiley McDaniel ranked Condon as the No. 1 player on his 2024 draft board. The bonuses given to Condon and Burns...
July 19
July 19

Bears formulating preseason plan for rookie QB Caleb Williams

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears are working out a plan for rookie quarterback Caleb Williams to get reps in preseason games this August. The Bears hold their first training camp practice on Saturday, which is 12 days ahead of their appearance at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, where they'll face the Houston Texans on Aug. 1. The plan for Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 draft, includes getting the quarterback ample run in preseason games, something that the Bears have been discussing since the spring. "Haven't made any decisions but we certainly want to get him some reps," coach Matt Eberflus said. "I know the guys last year [2023 first-round QBs C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young and Anthony Richardson] got 45 to 55 reps in terms of those guys. We're looking right in that range. We'll see, but again, it's always week to week because you have to see what the health of your line is and where everybody is. But...
July 19
July 19

Ravens sign former Bears S Eddie Jackson, 2-time Pro Bowler

The Baltimore Ravens have signed two-time Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. Jackson was released Feb. 15 by the Chicago Bears in a move to free up salary cap space. A fourth-round selection in 2017, he started all 100 games he appeared in over seven seasons with Chicago. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and earned All-Pro honors in 2018 on the Bears defense that carried Chicago to its latest NFC North championship. A foot injury shortened each of the safety's past three seasons. Jackson still played at least 12 games a year from 2021-22. Jackson, 30, has totaled 15 interceptions, 44 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles and 459 tackles in his career. He is tied for third in Bears franchise history with six career defensive touchdowns, five of which came in his first two seasons. After a two-season drought without an interception (2020-21), Jackson moved from strong safety back to free safety after Chicago...
July 19
July 19

Chicago Fire to credit fans if injured Lionel Messi can't play

The Chicago Fire announced Friday that they will provide compensation to fans if Lionel Messi is unable to feature due to injury when  Inter Miami CF visit Soldier Field on Aug. 31. The Argentina forward suffered a ligament injury in his right ankle during the Copa América final against Colombia on July 14 at Hard Rock Stadium, forcing him to the sideline for an as-yet-undetermined amount of time. In the case that Messi cannot play against Chicago, the team said it will offer single-match buyers who purchase between now and Aug. 31 $250 off two or more new 2025 Chicago Fire season-ticket memberships or $100 off two or more single match tickets for the 2025 home match against Inter Miami. For fans who already had tickets, the Fire will offer the opportunity to claim two complimentary tickets to the Fire's 2024 Fan Appreciation Night for the Oct. 19 match versus Nashville SC "As the Club looks forward to filling Soldier...
July 19
July 19

Grizzlies trade former lottery pick Ziaire Williams to Nets

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Ziaire Williams, a 2021 top-10 draft pick, to the Brooklyn Nets, the teams announced Friday. Williams goes to the Nets with a 2030 second-round pick via the Dallas Mavericks for Mamadi Diakite and the draft rights to Serbian Nemanja Dangubic, the 54th pick in the 2014 draft. The deal moves out the $6.1 million guaranteed on Williams' contract for 2024-25 and creates some more salary cap flexibility as the Grizzlies work toward re-signing guard Luke Kennard. Williams, 22, has had a limited role since going 10th overall in the 2021 draft out of Stanford, and he could get more of an opportunity with the rebuilding Nets. Brooklyn picks up another future draft asset to take on Williams in the deal. Williams has averaged 7.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 150 games for the Grizzlies in his three NBA seasons. A 27-year-old depth player, Diakite entered the league in the 2020-21 season and has...
July 19
July 19

Chiefs on finding new home: 'This is a generational decision'

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs went all-in and failed "pretty badly" as an April vote for a renovated Arrowhead Stadium fell flat, team president Mark Donovan said. Now, the Chiefs are continuing discussions with officials from both Kansas and Missouri to figure out the team's future location after their lease at Arrowhead expires following the 2030 season. Donovan said they're looking at the failed vote as an opportunity to consider what makes the most sense for fans and the future of the franchise. "This is a generational decision," Donovan said. "This is going to impact the future of this franchise for generations. We've got to get it right and we are going to do the due diligence." The Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals went to voters in Jackson County, Missouri, in April hoping to extend an existing three-eighth-cent sales tax for two facilities: a renovated Arrowhead for the Chiefs and a new stadium for the Royals. The measure failed, with more than 58% of...
July 19
July 19

Utah State: Blake Anderson's 'fact-finding mission' broke rules

Utah State's athletic director and university president told football coach Blake Anderson that he was fired for attempting to personally investigate the circumstances of a player's domestic violence arrest, according to a termination letter obtained by ESPN on Friday. Anderson contacted the girlfriend and roommate of a Utah State football player in April 2023 after learning that the player had been arrested because of an alleged domestic abuse incident, according to an investigation commissioned by the university. Anderson said he was on a "fact-finding mission" to determine if the player should be suspended or if they needed to take any further action, according to an investigative report obtained via public records request. University officials received the final report, which was conducted by the Husch Blackwell law firm, on July 1. The school announced it had placed Anderson on leave on July 2 and formalized its decision to fire him on Thursday. A letter signed by athletic...
July 19
July 19

Sources: Grizzlies trade Ziaire Williams to Nets

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Ziaire Williams, a 2021 top-10 draft pick, to the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN on Friday. Williams goes to the Nets with a 2030 second-round pick via the Dallas Mavericks for Mamadi Diakite and the draft rights to Serbian Nemanja Dangubic, the 54th pick in the 2014 draft, sources said. The deal moves out the $6.1 million guaranteed on Williams' contract for 2024-25 and creates some more salary cap flexibility as the Grizzlies work toward re-signing guard Luke Kennard. Williams, 22, has had a limited role since going 10th overall in the 2021 draft out of Stanford, and he could get more of an opportunity with the rebuilding Nets. Brooklyn picks up another future draft asset to take on Williams in the deal. Williams has averaged 7.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 150 games for the Grizzlies in his three NBA seasons. A 27-year-old depth player, Diakite entered the league in the 2020-21 season...
July 19
July 19

Shane Lowry moves past cameraman's distraction to lead Open

TROON, Scotland -- Shane Lowry holds a two-shot lead at the 152nd Open Championship, but only after he survived a debacle involving a photographer and a spectator on the 11th hole at Royal Troon Golf Club on Friday. Lowry, who started the round one stroke behind Daniel Brown, had a two-stroke lead over the relatively unknown qualifier and 2018 Open runner-up Justin Rose after posting a 2-under 69 to move to 7 under after 36 holes. Lowry had a two-stroke lead over Brown, who shot a 1-over 72 on Friday, when he stepped to the 11th hole, which is known as "The Railway" and is considered the most difficult on the course because of the railroad running down the right side of the fairway and thick gorse protecting the left. After safely hitting his tee shot 301 yards down the right side, Lowry was left with 176 yards to the pin. As Lowry prepared to hit his approach shot, he noticed a photographer standing several yards in front of him. "There was a cameraman...
July 19
July 19

Tiger Woods 14 over at Open, to miss another major cut

TROON, Scotland -- Tiger Woods' major championship season ended with another missed cut in the 152nd Open Championship on Friday, and golf fans won't see him again on the PGA Tour this season. Woods carded a 6-over 77 in the second round at Royal Troon Golf Club, leaving him with a 36-hole total of 14-over 156. The projected cut line was 4 over. Woods has now missed the cut or withdrawn in six of his past seven majors. It was Woods' worst score to par after the first two rounds in 23 starts at The Open; his previous worst was 9 over after 36 holes at St. Andrews in Scotland in 2022. It was his second-worst score to par after 36 holes in a major -- he was 16 over in two rounds at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington, during the only other stretch in his career when he has missed the cut in three straight majors. The fifteen-time major champion was tied for 149th when he walked off the course, ahead of only four of the 153 other golfers...
July 19
July 19

Kevin Durant practices with Team USA, questionable for South Sudan

LONDON -- Kevin Durant was able to practice with Team USA for the first time Friday as he recovers from a right calf injury with coach Steve Kerr hoping he can get into one of the team's last two tune-up games before the Paris Olympics. Durant is questionable for Saturday night's game at O2 Arena against South Sudan as team officials want to monitor how he recovers. But practicing was an important sign of progress in getting Team USA's all-time leading Olympic scorer back after he'd missed all activities over the past two weeks. "I would love for him to play in a game, but we have to take it day by day," Kerr said. "We'll see where he is tomorrow." Durant suffered the injury in workouts in mid-June. The team stayed away from a timeline but it lingered longer than Durant had hoped. He admitted he was getting worried that the recovery might threaten his availability for the Olympics. "You always had those concerns, but I see progress every day," said Durant, who has...
July 19
July 19

Olympics: Global cyber outage hits deliveries, accreditation

The Paris Olympics' organising committee said on Friday the impact of a global cyber outage on its operations was limited and ticket sales were unaffected however accreditation and uniform deliveries have been affected one week ahead of the Games. The global tech outage that appeared to be related to issues at global cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike and Microsoft was affecting operations in many sectors on Friday including airports, airlines, media and banks.   "We have activated contingency plans in order to continue operations," the organising committee said in a statement.  "At this point, the impacts are limited and concern in particular the delivery of uniforms and accreditations. "Paris 2024's ticketing systems have been unaffected. The operations around the preparation of venues is continuing normally, and work schedules are not at risk. The torch relay is continuing along its route as normal." At the Games' press centre, security checks outside were done...
July 19
July 19

Reds sign No. 2 pick Chase Burns to draft-record $9.25M bonus

Right-hander Chase Burns has broken Paul Skenes' draft bonus record, landing a $9.25 million signing bonus from the Cincinnati Reds, a source told ESPN. Burns, a Wake Forest product, was the second overall pick in the 2024 MLB draft on Sunday night. He is the only first-round pick to officially sign thus far. No. 1 draft pick Travis Bazzana ( Cleveland Guardians/Oregon State) and third pick Charlie Condon ( Colorado Rockies/Georgia) were universally seen as the top two players in the draft, so either or both of them could best Burns' bonus before the Aug. 1 signing deadline. MLB.com was first to report Burns' signing Thursday. Skenes signed for a $9.2 million bonus with the Pittsburgh Pirates after being selected first in the 2023 MLB draft. He started Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game, the first pitcher to do that the year after being drafted. Burns pitched the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Tennessee, then transferred...
July 19
July 18

Sources: Westbrook to join Nuggets after Clippers-Jazz trade

The Clippers and Jazz agreed to a sign-and-trade deal involving Russell Westbrook, the teams announced Thursday, and sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the former MVP is expected to join the Nuggets after Utah waives him and buys out the remainder of his contract. The Clippers received guard  Kris Dunn from the Jazz as part of the sign-and-trade deal. The Clippers and Dunn agreed to a three-year, $17 million contract with a non-guaranteed season in the third year, sources told Wojnarowski. Utah also received a 2030 second-round pick swap, the draft rights to center Balsa Koprivica, who was the 57th pick in the 2021 NBA draft, and $4.3 million in cash, sources said.  Westbrook is coming off a 2023-24 season in which he averaged a career-low 11.1 points for the Clippers. The Nuggets can use a veteran backup point guard who can provide energy and defend after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson left in...
July 18
July 18

Utah State fires Aggies football coach Blake Anderson

Utah State fired football coach Blake Anderson on Thursday, two weeks after informing him of its intent to terminate because of alleged actions in 2023 that the school said violated his contract and university policy. The school cited "significant violations" related to the reporting requirements for all Utah State employees. "These reporting requirements include a prohibition on employees outside the USU Office of Equity from investigating issues of sexual misconduct, including domestic violence," the school said in a statement Thursday. "Additionally, Anderson failed to manage the team in a manner that reflects USU's academic values." Anderson's attorney Tom Mars, in a statement on X, said "all available legal remedies" will be pursued against the school. Mars said the firing decision and Utah State's "inflammatory" news release July 2, which outlined the reasons for Anderson's expected dismissal, violated the terms of Anderson's contract. Anderson coached Utah State for the...
July 18
July 18

Reds sign RHP, No. 2 pick Chase Burns to draft-record $9.25M bonus

Right-hander Chase Burns has broken Paul Skenes' draft bonus record, landing a $9.25 million signing bonus from the Cincinnati Reds, a source told ESPN. Burns, a Wake Forest product, was the second overall pick in the 2024 MLB draft on Sunday night. He is the only first-round pick to officially sign thus far. No. 1 draft pick Travis Bazzana ( Cleveland Guardians/Oregon State) and third pick Charlie Condon ( Colorado Rockies/Georgia) were universally seen as the top two players in the draft, so either or both of them could best Burns' bonus before the Aug. 1 signing deadline. MLB.com was first to report Burns' signing Thursday. Skenes signed for a $9.2 million bonus with the Pittsburgh Pirates after being selected first in the 2023 MLB draft. He started Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game, the first pitcher to do that the year after being drafted. Burns pitched the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Tennessee, then transferred...
July 18
July 18

Lamar Jackson disputes Troy Aikman's trademark bid for No. 8

Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is challenging Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman's use of their shared No. 8 in a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office complaint, according to federal records. Jackson, who owns or has applied for several trademarks using the number in various phrases, says Aikman's attempt to use "EIGHT" on apparel and bags would be "likely to cause confusion, or cause mistake, or to deceive" the purchasing public as to whether they're buying products from Jackson or Aikman's company, Jackson's attorney said in July 9 filings. Jackson "has expended considerable time, effort, and expense in promoting, advertising, and popularizing the number 8 in connection with his personality and fame" and "is well-known by this number due to his notoriety and fame, along with his promotion of this number in his trademarks and in media coverage," according to the appeals. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback, through his attorney, has filed two appeals to...
July 18
July 18

Jaguars sue Amit Patel, ex-employee who stole funds

The Jacksonville Jaguars sued their former employee who stole $22 million from the team in Florida state court Thursday for $66.6 million in damages. Amit Patel, who oversaw the team's virtual credit card program, pleaded guilty in federal court in December to stealing more than $22 million from the team over a 3½-year period to pay off gambling debts and fund a life of luxury. In Thursday's filing, the team said that Patel stole the bulk of that money, $20 million, in just eight months. In the lawsuit, the team alleged fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and civil theft. The claims are largely based on Patel's admissions in federal court. Patel's lawyer, Alex King, did not immediately respond to ESPN's request for comment. According to Negin Kordbacheh, an attorney who practices business law in Florida, if the Jaguars prevail in court, it will allow the team more flexibility to recover the stolen funds from Patel without relying on the...
July 18
July 18

Fans file lawsuits over Copa América final chaos, seek over $100K

Multiple lawsuits have been filed by fans against South American soccer's governing body CONMEBOL and the operators of Hard Rock Stadium in the wake of the chaos surrounding Sunday's Copa América final. The complainants claim that they purchased tickets for the final but that crowd control issues prevented them from entering the stadium. The first suit was filed on Monday by Jaqueline Martinez against South Florida Stadium LLC (Hard Rock Stadium) and the Confederacion Sudamerica de Futbol (CONMEBOL) in the Circuit Court for the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County. A second suit was filed on Wednesday by Marta Pintos, Eduardo Martinez and Nicolas Osorio against the same defendants. Each suit is seeking over $100,000 in damages. Sunday's final between Argentina and Colombia in Miami Gardens, Florida, was delayed 82 minutes after fans without tickets broke through security barriers in order to get into the venue. Stadium personnel responded...
July 18
July 18

Sources: Alabama to name field at Bryant-Denny after Saban

The University of Alabama plans to honor former coach Nick Saban by naming its football playing field for him at Bryant-Denny Stadium, sources told ESPN. A meeting of the Alabama system board of trustees is scheduled for Friday, and on the agenda is the "consideration of resolution approving a naming at Bryant-Denny Stadium at UA." A ceremony to dedicate the new field name is expected to be held on Sept. 7 in conjunction with the South Florida game. Saban, who retired in January, won six national championships in 17 seasons at Alabama. He was 108-9 at home as the Crimson Tide's coach, and they won 21 in a row in Tuscaloosa before losing to Texas in Week 2 last season. In his final eight seasons as coach, Saban's only SEC home loss was to LSU in 2019. That LSU team went 15-0 and won the national championship. Saban is now working as a college football analyst for ESPN. He already has a statue of him erected just outside the stadium on the Walk of Champions...
July 18
July 18

Sources: Alabama to name field at Bryant-Denny after Nick Saban

The University of Alabama plans to honor former coach Nick Saban by naming its football playing field for him at Bryant-Denny Stadium, sources told ESPN. A meeting of the Alabama system board of trustees is scheduled for Friday, and on the agenda is the "consideration of resolution approving a naming at Bryant-Denny Stadium at UA." A ceremony to dedicate the new field name is expected to be held on Sept. 7 in conjunction with the South Florida game. Saban, who retired in January, won six national championships in 17 seasons at Alabama. He was 108-9 at home as the Crimson Tide's coach, and they won 21 in a row in Tuscaloosa before losing to Texas in Week 2 last season. In his final eight seasons as coach, Saban's only SEC home loss was to LSU in 2019. That LSU team went 15-0 and won the national championship. Saban is now working as a college football analyst for ESPN. He already has a statue of him erected just outside the stadium on the Walk of Champions...
July 18
July 18

Jaguars sue ex-employee who stole funds, seeking $66.6M in damages

The Jacksonville Jaguars sued their former employee who stole $22 million from the team in Florida state court on Thursday for $66.6 million in damages. Amit Patel, who oversaw the team's virtual credit card program, pleaded guilty in federal court in December to stealing more than $22 million from the team over a 3½-year period to pay off gambling debts and fund a life of luxury. In Thursday's filing, the team said that Patel stole the bulk of that money, $20 million, in just eight months. In the lawsuit, the team alleged fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and civil theft. The claims are largely based on Patel's admissions in federal court. Patel's lawyer, Alex King, did not immediately respond to ESPN's request for comment. According to Negin Kordbacheh, an attorney who practices business law in Florida, if the Jaguars prevail in court, it will allow the team more flexibility to recover the stolen funds from Patel without relying on...
July 18
July 18

Auburn's Freeze 'couldn't go another year' without calling plays

DALLAS -- Auburn coach Hugh Freeze conceded Thursday that relinquishing playcalling duties for the first time in his career last season was "so dang uncomfortable" that he had to make a change. "I don't mean this to say I'm some offensive guru or anything," Freeze told ESPN, "but I felt like I took one of my strengths off the table." It was reflected in the Tigers' offense, which finished 11th in the SEC in scoring (26.2 points per game) under former offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, who was fired following the 6-7 season. "For the first time ever, [I] let somebody else design it -- and I'm sure they're really good at it -- but it was so dang uncomfortable for me that it affected the confidence of the kids and the chemistry," Freeze said. "... Just knew I couldn't go another year and I didn't think we had the answers [quarterback] Payton [Thorne] needed. That was troublesome to me." Freeze hired longtime Ole Miss assistant Derrick Nix as his new offensive...
July 18
July 18

Tiger Woods struggles to 8-over 79 at Open Championship

TROON, Scotland -- Tiger Woods said he didn't do much right while posting an 8-over 79 in the first round of the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Course on Thursday, which left him in danger of missing the cut in a third straight major for only the second time in his career. Woods, a three-time winner of the Claret Jug, is tied for 138th after the opening round, 14 strokes behind leader Daniel Brown. The golfers with the low 70 scores and ties will make the 36-hole cut. "I didn't do a whole lot of things right today," Woods said. "I made that putt on the third hole (for birdie), and then I think I had, what, three three-putts today? I didn't hit my irons very close, and I didn't give myself a whole lot of looks today. I need to shoot something in the mid-60s tomorrow to get something going on the weekend." If Woods doesn't do that, he'll be in danger of missing the cut in a third straight major. He wasn't around for the weekend at the PGA Championship...
July 18
July 18

Pittman on hiring Petrino as OC at Arkansas: 'I want to win'

DALLAS -- Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said Thursday he knew his hiring of offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino would be controversial, but he remains convinced that bringing back Petrino was what was best for the program. The Hogs are coming off a 4-8 record a year ago, and Pittman is well aware of the hot-seat talk and the narrative that Petrino might be a popular choice to replace him if things don't go well this season. "I want to win. I don't care about all the rest of it," Pittman told ESPN during an interview at SEC media days. "This has never ever, ever been about me. I'm grateful to be the head coach at Arkansas, and I'm trying to make the people of the state of Arkansas, the team and the staff proud to be a part of the program." Pittman, who has a home in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and plans to retire there, paused and said with a firm smile, "Now, if they send me down to Hot Springs, it wouldn't be the end of the world." To be clear, he's not planning on going...
July 18
July 18

Commanders president Jason Wright changes role, out after season

ASHBURN, Va. -- Jason Wright, the first Black team president in NFL history, will no longer serve in that role and will leave the Washington Commanders after the season, a team spokesperson confirmed. He'll serve as a senior adviser until his departure. Wright will continue to focus on securing naming rights for the stadium as well as helping in finding a new stadium site. But there will be an immediate search for a new president, led by majority owner Josh Harris and Tad Brown, the CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment. Former owner Dan Snyder hired Wright in August 2020, based in large part on the recommendation of the league, per multiple sources. Washington was embroiled in controversy that summer, from allegations of a toxic work culture -- and sexual harassment accusations -- to a name change. Wright was hired to steer the franchise through this period. He also was hired to try to rebuild the season-ticket base, which had dwindled considerably over the years...
July 18

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