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Former Olympians react to Biles having the decision to withdraw

"I never remember feeling like I ever got to make those decisions."
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Simone Biles of Team United States supports her team mates by carrying their chalk after pulling out after the vault during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Simone Biles, plagued by 'twisties,' says mind and body not in sync at Olympics

Simone Biles said her "mind and body are simply not in sync" in an Instagram post Friday morning while going more in depth about the issue that she says has plagued her since she arrived in Tokyo for the Olympic Games.  Earlier this week, Biles withdrew from Thursday's individual all-around competition at the Olympics to focus on her mental health. The decision came after Biles also withdrew from the team final after one rotation on vault. Biles posted a video of her during practice on the uneven bars on Friday morning in which she tries a 1½ twist and falls flat on her back. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competitive surface," she commented along with the video. Biles had a disastrous vault in the women's team final Tuesday. She seemed to get lost in the air -- a phenomenon called "the twisties," which can cause serious injuries to gymnasts who perform airborne routines. It usually takes some time before the gymnasts can get over the...
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Simone Biles, plagued by 'twisties,' says mind and body not in sync

Simone Biles said her "mind and body are simply not in sync" in an Instagram post on Friday morning while going more in depth about the issue she says has plagued her since the arriving in Tokyo.  Earlier this week, Biles withdrew from Thursday's individual all-round competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo to focus on her mental health. The decision came after Biles also withdrew from the team final after one rotation on vault. Biles posted a video of her during practice in the uneven beam on Friday morning in which she tries a one and a half twist and falls flat on her back. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competitive surface," she commented along with the video. Biles had a disastrous vault in the women's team all-final Tuesday. She seemed to get lost in the air -- a phenomenon called "the twisties," which can cause serious injuries to gymnasts who do airborne routines. It usually takes some time before the gymnasts can get over the twisties This...
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Simone Biles explains competition exit: 'My mind and body are simply not in sync'

"I didn't have a bad performance and quit," the gymnast wrote.
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File-This July 27, 2021, file photo shows Simone Biles, of the United States, waiting to perform on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. Biles’ sponsors including Athleta and Visa are lauding her decision to put her mental health first and withdraw from the gymnastics team competition during the Olympics. It’s the latest example of sponsors praising athletes who are increasingly open about mental health issues. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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Sources: Los Angeles Lakers reach deal to acquire Russell Westbrook, sending 3-player package and pick to Washington Wizards

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the No. 22 pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  The Wizards are sending 2024 and 2028 second-round picks to the Lakers to complete the deal, sources said. According to the Athletic, the Wizards took the No. 22 pick and spun it to the Indiana Pacers for point guard Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of Team USA member and current NBA champion Jrue Holiday. With that pick, the Pacers took  Kentucky forward  Isaiah Jackson. Harrell opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season earlier Thursday, paving the way for the Westbrook trade.  The Lakers also had talks with the  Sacramento Kings on a possible Buddy Hield deal involving Kuzma and Harrell, sources...
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Detroit Pistons take Cade Cunningham with No. 1 overall pick in NBA draft; Jalen Suggs ends up with Orlando Magic

It's been a long time since the Detroit Pistons were a factor in the Eastern Conference. They're hoping Cade Cunningham can be the player to finally get them back to prominence after making the Oklahoma State star the top overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in New York.  "It's still crazy to be in the moment," Cunningham, wearing an all-black suit, shirt and tie, said in an interview with ESPN's Malika Andrews after the selection was made. "Words can't really explain the emotions ... everybody is so happy, my family is all here. To be able to celebrate this moment with them, it's a blessing. "I love it. Detroit, I'm all the way in. Detroit Pistons, I'm all the way in. Let's do it." As expected, the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers took Jalen Green and Evan Mobley with picks No. 2 and 3, respectively. The Toronto Raptors opted for Scottie Barnes at No. 4, with former Gonzaga star Jalen...
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Boston Red Sox acquire All-Star outfielder Kyle Schwarber from Washington Nationals

The American League East-leading  Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star outfielder Kyle Schwarber from the  Washington Nationals on Thursday, it was announced.  Schwarber, 28, is on the injured list with a right hamstring strain but is expected to be back within a week or so. He had a monster June before getting hurt, hitting 16 home runs that contributed to a 1.122 OPS for the month. Schwarber is batting .253 with 25 home runs and 53 RBIs in 2021. He was named to his first All-Star team this year. The Nationals are getting minor league right-handed pitcher Aldo Ramirez in return for Schwarber. Ramirez, 20, had a 2.03 ERA in eight games for Class A Salem. He is on the seven-day injured list. Schwarber signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Nationals after being non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs last season. He has an $11.5 million mutual option for 2022 that includes a $3 million buyout. Schwarber should see time at designated hitter as well as...
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Terrence Clarke, former Kentucky Wildcats player who died in car accident, selected by league in NBA draft

Midway through the first round of Thursday night's NBA draft, the league briefly paused its annual selection show to honor the late Terrence Clarke, the 19-year-old basketball prospect out of Kentucky who died in a car accident earlier this year. Commissioner Adam Silver paused the draft and invited Clarke's mother, sister and brother onto the stage, as the NBA selected Clarke -- giving him the honor he would've received had the tragedy earlier this year not taken place. "He was so ready for it, so excited," his mother, Osmine, said in an interview with ESPN that aired after the selection was made. "It's all he talked about, just going to the draft, like, 'Mommy, am I ready for this? This is big.' And I'm like, 'Yes, Terrence, you wouldn't be in this position if you didn't, if people didn't think you were this good." Tributes after the NBA's selection poured in on social media.  Clarke, who was a prep star in the Boston area before playing collegiately...
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Tatjana Schoenmaker sets world record to win gold in 200-meter breaststroke

TOKYO -- South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker set the first individual swimming world record at the Summer Olympics on Friday. On another busy day at the pool, Russian Olympic Committee swimmer  Evgeny Rylov completed a backstroke double and  Emma McKeon gave the mighty Aussie women another gold. Schoenmaker, 24, won the women's 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 18.95 seconds, breaking the mark of 2:19.11 set by Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona. It was the third world record at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, with the first two coming in women's relays. Rylov thoroughly snuffed out America's dominance in the backstroke, adding the 200 title to his victory in the 100 back. Rylov won with an Olympic-record time of 1:53.29, and American  Ryan Murphy wound up with the silver (1:54.15). Murphy was a double-gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he extended an American winning streak...
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Los Angeles Dodgers finalizing deal to acquire stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from Washington Nationals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. The Dodgers will currently send the Nationals four prospects, a source confirmed to Passan: Right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-handed pitcher Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey. Gray and Ruiz were rated by ESPN's Kiley McDaniel as the Dodgers' top two prospects entering the season. Gray was ranked No. 36 among the top 100 prospects in MLB entering the season, according to McDaniel. Ruiz was ranked No. 74. Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to become a free agent after 2021. Scherzer had the right to block any trade because of his 10-and-5 rights (10 years of major league service time and five with the...
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New York Yankees acquire All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Chicago Cubs

The New York Yankees acquired All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, it was announced. Right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara, both minor leaguers, will head from New York to Chicago in the trade. The Yankees also announced they acquired cash considerations from the Cubs but didn't specify the amount. A source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers that it is $5.5 million, which is the remaining balance of Rizzo's $16.5 million salary this season. Rizzo wasn't in the lineup for the Cubs' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. The three-time All-Star is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 92 games this season.  Rizzo, who will turn 32 on Aug. 8, can become a free agent after the season. He has spent the past 10 seasons with Chicago. The slugger went over in a trade with the San Diego Padres in 2012 and is considered one of the iconic Cubs after helping break...
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Los Angeles Dodgers making progress on deal to acquire stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from Washington Nationals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are making significant progress on a deal that would send them star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a prospect-laden return, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to become a free agent after 2021. An eight-time All-Star, the 37-year-old Scherzer is 92-47 with a 2.80 ERA in seven seasons with Washington. He was 3-0 in six starts during the 2019 postseason to help the Nationals win their first World Series championship. Turner, an All-Star this season, is batting .322 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs. Now in his seventh season, the 28-year-old is a career .300 hitter. He exited Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning following a positive test for the coronavirus. 
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Sources: Lakers reach deal to acquire Russell Westbrook, sending 3-player package and pick to Wizards

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the No. 22 pick in Thursday night's draft, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  The Wizards are sending 2024 and 2028 second-round picks to the Lakers to complete the deal.  Harrell has opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season, paving the way for the trade.  The Lakers also had talks with the  Sacramento Kings on a possible Buddy Hield deal involving Kuzma and Harrell, sources told Wojnarowski, but ultimately turned to Westbrook.  Westbrook will join LeBron James, Anthony Davis & Co. in Los Angeles, giving the team a nine-time All-Star point guard. Westbrook, who turns 33 in November, has averaged a triple-double in a season four times in his career, including this past season. He gives the Lakers two of the top five...
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Baseball Hall of Fame rejects Curt Schilling's request to be removed from 2022 ballot

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's board of directors denied Curt Schilling's request to be removed from the 2022 Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot in an unanimous vote Thursday. Schilling will remain eligible for the BBWAA ballot for the 10th and final time next year. Schilling, a six-time All-Star over 20 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox, was the leading vote-getter earlier this year when no one was elected. He was named on 71.1% of the ballots, 16 votes shy of the minimum needed for selection. However, Schilling, in a lengthy letter to the Hall that he also posted to Facebook in January, asked to be removed from the writers' ballot next year. "I will not participate in the final year of voting. I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. I'll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter...
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SEC unanimously votes to invite Texas, Oklahoma; Big 12's Bob Bowlsby 'disappointed'

The 14 SEC presidents and chancellors voted unanimously on Thursday to extend invitations to Big 12 co-founders  Oklahoma and  Texas to join the league, leaving one final formality before the deal is done: OU and Texas have to officially accept the offer, which could happen as soon as Friday. "Today's unanimous vote is both a testament to the SEC's longstanding spirit of unity and mutual cooperation, as well as a recognition of the outstanding legacies of academic and athletic excellence established by the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas,'' SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. The board of regents for both Texas and Oklahoma have scheduled separate special meetings Friday morning in which athletic conference membership will be discussed. Oklahoma's regents will meet in Oklahoma City, and Texas' regents will meet via conference call. The next step is to determine when the move will become a reality and what happens to the eight schools left behind. On Monday,...
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Los Angeles Dodgers acquire veteran pitcher Danny Duffy from Kansas City Royals

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran left-hander Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later, it was announced on Thursday. Duffy, who is currently on the injured list with a flexor strain, waived his no-trade clause. He will be a free agent this winter. The 32-year-old veteran has spent his entire 11-year career with the Royals, who drafted him in the third round of the 2007 MLB draft. Duffy is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched for the Royals this season. He is 68-68 with a 3.95 ERA in his career. To make room on the 40-man roster for Duffy, the Dodgers designated outfielder DJ Peters for assignment.
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New York Yankees finalizing deal to acquire first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Chicago Cubs, sources say

The New York Yankees are finalizing a deal to acquire first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. Outfielder Kevin Alcantara and right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino, both minor leaguers, will head from New York to Chicago in the trade, sources told ESPN's Marly Rivera. The Cubs are also sending $5.5 million to the Yankees, which is the remaining balance of Rizzo's $16.5 million salary this season, a source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers. Rizzo wasn't in the lineup for the Cubs' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. The three-time All-Star is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 92 games this season.  Rizzo, who will turn 32 on Aug. 8, can become a free agent after the season. He has spent the past 10 seasons with Chicago. The slugger went over in a trade with the San Diego Padres in 2012 and is considered one of the iconic Cubs after helping break a 108-year...
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SEC unanimously votes to invite Texas, Oklahoma to join conference

The 14 SEC presidents and chancellors voted unanimously on Thursday to extend invitations to Big 12 co-founders Oklahoma and Texas to join the league, leaving one final formality before the deal is done: OU and Texas have to officially accept the offer, which could happen as soon as Friday. "Today's unanimous vote is both a testament to the SEC's longstanding spirit of unity and mutual cooperation, as well as a recognition of the outstanding legacies of academic and athletic excellence established by the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas,'' SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. The board of regents for both Texas and Oklahoma have scheduled separate special meetings Friday morning in which athletic conference membership will be discussed. Oklahoma's regents will meet in Oklahoma City, and Texas' regents will meet via conference call. The next step is to determine when the move will become a reality and what happens to the eight schools left behind. On Monday, Texas and Oklahoma...
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Los Angeles Dodgers finalizing trade to acquire pitcher Danny Duffy from Kansas City Royals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. The Royals will be getting players to be named later for Duffy, sources told Passan. Duffy, who is currently on the injured list with a flexor strain, has no-trade protection that he's expected to waive. He will be a free agent this winter. The 32-year-old veteran has spent his entire 11-year career with the Royals, who drafted him in the third round of the 2007 MLB draft. Duffy is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched for the Royals this season. He is 68-68 with a 3.95 ERA in his career.
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Aaron Rodgers signs reworked deal with Green Bay Packers, sources say

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's now in writing that Aaron Rodgers will have a much easier time leaving the Green Bay Packers after this season, if he so chooses. Rodgers on Thursday signed his reworked deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Among the concessions in the new contract: • The 2023 year in his original contract is voided, making 2022 the final year on his contract. • Forfeiture provisions were removed from the contract, preventing the Packers from pursuing prorated portions of Rodgers' signing bonus. That means Rodgers would not lose any of the signing bonus or roster bonus money he received this year (totaling more than $14 million), and after the 2021 season, the remaining $5.7 million in proration from his 2019 signing bonus also is no longer forfeitable. No other financial changes were believed to have been made to the deal. Rodgers reported to training camp on Tuesday and participated when practice opened Wednesday, all while progress was made on...
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Sources: Lakers nearing deal to acquire Russell Westbrook, would send 3-player package and pick to Wizards

The Los Angeles Lakers are nearing a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a 2021 draft pick, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  Harrell has opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season, paving the way for the potential deal.  There's no agreement in place and work still to do on the Westbrook trade. Discussions toward a completed deal are largely centered on the draft compensation that would return to the Wizards in the trade -- whether it includes the Lakers' 22nd overall pick on Thursday night (8 ET on ABC, ESPN and the ESPN App) or perhaps second-rounders, sources told ESPN. Lakers' talks with the  Sacramento Kings on a possible Buddy Hield deal had also been ongoing between the two teams, sources told Wojnarowski.  If the trade goes down, Westbrook will join LeBron James, Anthony Davis & Co....
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Sources: Lakers moving toward deal that would send Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell to Kings for Buddy Hield

Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell is opting into his $9.7 million player option for next season, paving the way for the team to move toward completing a deal that would send forward Kyle Kuzma and Harrell to the Sacramento Kings for guard Buddy Hield, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade still needs to be agreed upon, but there's been momentum toward its ultimate completion, sources told Wojnarowski.
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ESPN responds to Big 12 letter accusing the network of trying to 'destabilize' the league

ESPN bolstered its response to a Big 12 conference letter that accused the network of trying to "destabilize" the league, writing in a letter of its own that ESPN has "engaged in no wrongful conduct" and that "there is nothing to 'cease and desist.'" The letter from Burke Magnus, ESPN president of programming and original content restated ESPN's position that the claims had no merit, and added: "Apart from a single vague allegation that ESPN has been 'actively engaged in discussions with at least one other' unnamed conference, which ESPN disputes, your letter consists entirely of unsubstantiated speculations and legal conclusions." Texas and Oklahoma informed the Big 12 this week that they would not be renewing an agreement that binds them to the league and its eight other members until 2025. The grant of media rights runs concurrently with the Big 12′s billion-dollar television contracts with ESPN and Fox. On Tuesday, Texas and Oklahoma submitted a request to the SEC to...
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Max Scherzer focuses on positives in possible Washington Nationals finale

Max Scherzer doesn't know if he will be traded before Friday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, but with rumors swirling, it certainly felt Thursday like he had pitched his final game for the Washington Nationals, the franchise he led to the World Series title in 2019. He allowed one run over six innings and picked up the win -- his 92nd for the Nationals in the regular season -- when his longtime catcher Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to give the Nationals a 3-1 victory over the  Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader. With the Nationals slumping badly in July, they traded closer Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the day. Scherzer could be next, with the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox the leading candidates to land the three-time Cy Young winner. "I don't want to look at this as a negative thing," Scherzer...
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Where NFL vaccination rate stands a week after announcing crackdown

Over 75% of players were partially vaccinated as of July 22.
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Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill wears a mask as walks off the field after an NFL football training camp practice, July 29, 2021, in Owings Mills, Md.
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Sunisa Lee wins gold for U.S. in gymnastics all-around at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO -- An American finished atop the podium Thursday in the women's Olympic gymnastics all-around, just as always. Sunisa Lee became the fifth straight American woman to claim the Olympic title, edging Rebeca Andrade of Brazil in an entertaining and hotly contested final while defending champion Simone Biles watched from the stands. "It's crazy. It doesn't feel like real life at all," said Lee. "Coming into this competition I didn't even think that I could be competing for a gold medal," she added. "I was coming to compete for a silver medal. "I knew that I just had to stay focused. I wasn't trying to worry about the scores at all." Lee's total of 57.433 points was just enough to top Andrade, who earned the first gymnastics all-around medal by a Latin American athlete but missed out on gold when she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor routine. Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova earned bronze two days after leading ROC to gold in the team final. Lee and the Americans...
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Former NBA player Lamar Odom, former heavyweight boxing champ Riddick Bowe book celebrity bout

Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe is getting back in the ring. Bowe, 53, will face former NBA player Lamar Odom in a celebrity boxing event on Oct. 2 at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami, event promoter Damon Feldman told ESPN on Thursday. Bowe, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, ended the main portion of his pro career in 1996 following a victory over Andrew Golota. Bowe fought three more times after that -- in 2004, 2005 and then in 2008, his final professional bout. "He's been asking me to do this for a long time," Feldman told ESPN. "We just didn't know when and will it be safe." Odom, 41, is coming off a similar event against singer Aaron Carter. Odom, who played in the NBA from 1999 to 2013, was declared the winner of the June 11 exhibition following a knockout in the first round. Both fighters will wear 23-ounce gloves, and the bout will consist of three two-minute rounds, Feldman said. The promoter said headgear usage will be "likely,"...
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New York Jets' Zach Wilson signs rookie deal after missing first 2 days of practice

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It took longer than expected, but the New York Jets and quarterback Zach Wilson agreed to terms Thursday on his rookie contract Thursday. The first-round pick and presumptive starter, who missed two days of practice as the two sides haggled over technicalities in the contract language, signed a four-year, $35.15 million contract -- a slotted deal that is fully guaranteed. It includes a $22.9 million signing bonus and a fifth-year team option, standard for all first-round picks. Wilson, who took a red-eye from Los Angeles and arrived in New Jersey on Thursday morning, was the last unsigned first-round selection from the 2021 NFL draft. The contract includes offset language and the signing bonus will be paid within 15 days, per a source, details that imply that the sides have compromised because those were the sticking points. Initially, the Jets wanted to defer payments into 2022. Coach Robert Saleh, speaking to reporters shortly before news...
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NFLPA president JC Tretter rips teams' wristband use for unvaccinated players

BEREA, Ohio -- NFLPA president JC Tretter ripped the NFL teams that are forcing their unvaccinated players to wear wristbands, calling it an unnecessary move that publicly shames players. "It's a nonsensical idea," the Cleveland Browns center said Thursday. "They say they need a differentiator between vaccinated and unvaccinated players. We already have a differentiator. The unvaccinated players need to wear masks. No other sports league uses any sort of scarlet marking or helmet decal or wristband, because they know it's not necessary and the teams know who's vaccinated, who's not vaccinated." This week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the NFL and the NFLPA remain at odds over the use of wristbands to identity unvaccinated players. "So what it really comes down to is the NFL wanted to put a policy in place to try to shame unvaccinated players publicly about their status and make that known to everyone on the field," Tretter said. "It shouldn't be the case...
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Los Angeles Police say New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes resisted arrest, had to be subdued by Taser

Los Angeles police say  New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes resisted arrest and had to be subdued by Taser while officers were investigating a domestic violence call on Wednesday morning.   In a news release Thursday, police say Hayes was arrested under "California Penal Code section 69, Resisting Arrest," which carries a stiffer penalty and includes using violence to try to prevent officers from doing their duties. A conviction on that charge could carry a maximum of three years in jail. The Los Angeles Police Department says Hayes met officers, who were responding to the call, in the front yard of the residence. When officers informed Hayes they needed to speak with someone inside the residence, they say, he tried to prevent them from entering. Footage from police body cameras reportedly shows Hayes trying to enter the residence despite warnings from officers. As he continued to push forward, officers called for backup and tried to place Hayes' hands behind...
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Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant not in Chicago Cubs lineup amid trade buzz

CHICAGO -- Social media platforms were abuzz after the Chicago Cubs announced their Thursday starting lineup, which did not include stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo -- although manager David Ross said no one has been traded. At least not yet. "I had this earmarked for Rizz for a while now," Ross stated before the Cubs' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds. "First off-day after the All-Star break. That was normal. "Looking at the length of the game last night and KB [Bryant] all over the place, and issues with his legs, just made some sense to me." Bryant saw his first action of the season at shortstop during Wednesday's loss after starting the game in left field. He endured a 69-pitch ninth inning and had hamstring problems last week, so Ross decided a day off was needed. Both players could be dealt before Friday's MLB trade deadline as both are free agents after this season. Bryant has been tied to the New York Mets, and Rizzo...
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Sources: Detroit Pistons to select Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham with No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

The Detroit Pistons have landed on a decision to select  Oklahoma State's  Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Detroit officials traveled to New York on Wednesday, met with Cunningham a final time and finalized the decision to choose him at No. 1 in meetings Thursday morning, sources told Wojnarowski. With the Pistons expected to take Cunningham, sources told ESPN that the Houston Rockets continue to trend toward Jalen Green with the No. 2 pick. Likewise, the Cleveland Cavaliers are trending toward Evan Mobley at No. 3, according to sources. Cunningham is a dynamic 6-foot-8 point guard who completed his lone freshman season as Big 12 Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. Cunningham, who won the Wayman Tisdale Award as the top freshman in college basketball, led the Big 12 in scoring with 20.1 points per game -- the fourth-highest mark by a...
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Amanda Nunes tests positive for COVID-19; Bantamweight title defense vs. Julianna Pena off

Amanda Nunes, the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the UFC, will have to wait a little longer for the next defense of her bantamweight championship. She tested positive for COVID-19, UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell told ESPN on Thursday, canceling her fight with Julianna Peña that was scheduled for Aug. 7 in Houston in the co-main event of UFC 265. Campbell said the plan is to reschedule the bout when Nunes is fully healthy and ready to compete. Nunes (21-7), 33, also holds the UFC's featherweight championship. The fighter from Brazil is coming off a March tap-out victory over Megan Anderson. Pena (11-4), UFC's No. 5 bantamweight, scored a third-round submission victory over Sara McMann in January. The 31-year-old American's two UFC defeats came against Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.
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New York Jets' Zach Wilson signs rookie deal after missing first 2 days of practice, sources say

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It took longer than expected, but the New York Jets and quarterback Zach Wilson agreed to terms Thursday on his rookie contract, sources told ESPN. The first-round pick and presumptive starter, who missed two days of practice as the two sides haggled over technicalities in the contract language, will sign a four-year, $35.15 million contract -- a slotted deal that is fully guaranteed. It includes a $22.9 million signing bonus and a fifth-year team option, standard for all first-round picks. Wilson, who took a red-eye flight from Los Angeles and arrived in New Jersey on Thursday morning, was the last unsigned first-round selection from the 2021 NFL draft. The contract includes offset language and the signing bonus will be paid within 15 days, per a source, details that imply that the sides have compromised because those were the sticking points. Initially, the Jets wanted to defer payments into 2022. Coach Robert Saleh, speaking to reporters...
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Amanda Nunes tests positive for COVID-19; Bantamweight title defense off vs. Julianna Pena

Amanda Nunes, the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the UFC, will have to wait a little longer for the next defense of her bantamweight championship. She tested positive for COVID-19, UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell told ESPN on Thursday, canceling her fight with Julianna Peña that was scheduled for Aug. 7 in Houston in the co-main event of UFC 265. Campbell said the plan is to reschedule the bout when Nunes is fully healthy and ready to compete. Nunes (21-7), 33, also holds the UFC's featherweight championship. The fighter from Brazil is coming off a March tap-out victory over Megan Anderson. Pena (11-4), UFC's No. 5 bantamweight, scored a third-round submission victory over Sara McMann in January. The 31-year-old American's two UFC defeats came against Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.
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July 29

Chicago White Sox acquire 2B Cesar Hernandez from Cleveland Indians

The Chicago White Sox have acquired second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the Cleveland Indians for Double-A left-hander Konnor Pilkington, the team announced. The White Sox have been in the market for a second baseman, and they get one in Hernandez, 31, who is hitting .231/.307/.431 with 18 homers in his second year with the Indians, who trail the White Sox by 8½ games. "César Hernández provides our club with a valuable combination of a power bat in the middle infield and Gold Glove quality defense," said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. "Adding a player like César gives [manager] Tony [La Russa] a strong and proven option at second base for the stretch run of the season and hopefully into October." The White Sox lost Nick Madrigal for the season in June after he had surgery to repair tendon tears in his right hamstring. The trading deadline is Friday, when Cleveland opens a three-game series in Chicago. Hernandez hit a...
July 29
July 29

Toronto Blue Jays address bullpen issues by acquiring closer Brad Hand from Washington Nationals

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired three-time All-Star closer Brad Hand from the Washington Nationals for minor league catcher Riley Adams, the teams announced Thursday. Hand is 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 21 saves this season. Hand signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Nats this past offseason. He was coming off another solid season as the closer for the Cleveland Indians in 2020, leading the major leagues with 16 saves, but was a victim of the team's salary purge heading into 2021. The Blue Jays have had a multitude of injuries in their bullpen, beginning with the team losing Kirby Yates to Tommy John surgery to start the season. Also missing time has been Julian Merryweather (oblique), Tyler Chatwood (neck), Carl Edwards Jr. (oblique) and David Phelps, lost for the season after undergoing surgery on his right lat. Adams, 25, is considered the best power hitter in Toronto's system according to...
July 29
July 29

Aaron Boone says Joey Gallo will be with New York Yankees on Friday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --  New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Thursday confirmed that the Yankees have acquired All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. The Yankees announced the trade shortly after Boone spoke with reporters. Boone said he spoke with Gallo on Thursday and "welcomed him to the team." "I think we're a lot better today,'' Boone said before the Yankees played Tampa Bay. Boone said that Gallo will be with the Yankees for Friday's series opener against the Marlins in Miami. While he has played right field for Texas, Boone envisions Gallo playing a lot in left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder. "We're excited to add an All-Star,'' Boone said. The Rangers received right-hander Glenn Otto, second baseman Ezequiel Duran, shortstop Josh Smith and second baseman/outfielder Trevor Hauver from New York. Texas also sent pitcher Joely Rodríguez to New York. New York's left-handed hitters have...
July 29
July 29

Tokyo Olympic Games: Day 6 key moments

American gymnast Sunisa Lee’s gold medal is just one of the key moments on day 6 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
July 29
American gymnast Sunisa Lee’s gold medal is just one of the key moments on day 6 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
July 29

Brittney Griner supports Simone Biles, says 'it hit close to home'

When she heard the news that American gymnast Simone Biles was withdrawing from competition at the Tokyo Olympics, U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner empathized in a very personal way. "I could feel where she was, and it hit close to home," Griner said Thursday. "I felt that one deep." A year ago, Griner left the WNBA's bubble in Bradenton, Florida, for what was described as personal reasons. Her Phoenix Mercury were just over halfway through their season, and she was the team's leading scorer and rebounder at the time. She has since spoken openly about mental health being a big factor in why she had to exit during her eighth WNBA season. "It was a very hard decision," Griner said Thursday. "I've always been very vocal about it: I've dealt with some really bad depression, and suicidal thoughts when I was younger. "I felt like I was hurting my team, but also felt like I was crushing [myself] on the inside. If you're not your best self, that's when injuries come in...
July 29
July 29

Brittney Griner supports Simone Biles, says 'it hit close to home'

When she heard the news that American gymnast Simone Biles was withdrawing from competition at the Tokyo Olympics, U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner empathized in a very personal way. "I could feel where she was, and it hit close to home," Griner said Thursday. "I felt that one deep." A year ago, Griner left the WNBA's bubble in Bradenton, Florida, for what was described as personal reasons. Her Phoenix Mercury were just over halfway through their season, and she was the team's leading scorer and rebounder at the time. She has since spoken openly about mental health being a big factor in why she had to exit during her eighth WNBA season. "It was a very hard decision," Griner said Thursday. "I've always been very vocal about it: I've dealt with some really bad depression, and suicidal thoughts when I was younger. "I felt like I was hurting my team, but also felt like I was crushing [myself] on the inside. If you're not your best self, that's when injuries come in because...
July 29
July 29

Sources: Chicago White Sox finalizing deal for Cleveland Indians 2B Cesar Hernandez

The Chicago White Sox are finalizing a deal to acquire second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the Cleveland Indians, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. The Indians are getting minor league pitcher Konnor Pilkington from the White Sox, a source told The Associated Press. The left-hander has pitched in Double-A this season. The White Sox have long been in the market for a second baseman, and now they get one in the 31-year-old Hernandez, who is hitting .231/.307/.431 with 18 homers in his second year with the Indians, who trail the White Sox by 8 1/2 games. The White Sox lost Nick Madrigal for the season in June after he had surgery to repair tendon tears in his right hamstring. The trading deadline is Friday, when Cleveland opens a three-game series in Chicago. Hernandez hit a two-run homer in Cleveland's 7-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday. The Indians have several young middle infielders in their system, including Andres Gimenez, who came...
July 29
July 29

Top-20 senior Kyle Filipowski commits to Duke basketball; first recruit for coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer

Top-20 rising senior Kyle Filipowski committed to Duke on Thursday, giving Jon Scheyer his first recruit since being named the Blue Devils' coach-in-waiting. Filipowski took visits to Syracuse, Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa and UConn in June, but his trip to Duke toward the end of the month changed the direction of his recruitment. The Blue Devils extended an offer to Filipowski on his visit and became the favorite shortly thereafter. "At the end of the day, they just checked all of the boxes for me," Filipowski told ESPN. "They are a national-level team, my academics were very important to me, and I had a good feel for the environment and campus. Just being around that type of environment and having those relationships, I really feel like when I'm done with my time at Duke I'll be the best version of myself, both on and off the court. I can just envision myself growing there with the people I'm surrounding myself with." A 6-foot-11 big man from New York who attends...
July 29
July 29

Top-20 senior Kyle Filipowski commits to Duke Blue Devils, first recruit for coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer

Top-20 rising senior Kyle Filipowski committed to Duke on Thursday, giving Jon Scheyer his first recruit since being named the Blue Devils' coach-in-waiting. Filipowski took visits to Syracuse, Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa and UConn in June, but his trip to Duke toward the end of the month changed the direction of his recruitment. The Blue Devils extended an offer to Filipowski on his visit and became the favorite shortly thereafter. "At the end of the day, they just checked all of the boxes for me," Filipowski told ESPN. "They are a national level team, my academics were very important to me, and I had a good feel for the environment and campus. Just being around that type of environment and having those relationships, I really feel like when I'm done with my time at Duke I'll be the best version of myself, both on and off the court. I can just envision myself growing there with the people I'm surrounding myself with." A 6-foot-11 big man from New York who attends...
July 29
July 29

Sources: Alabama Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young has already signed more than $800K in NIL deals

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, who has yet to start a game in his young career, has already signed deals using his name, image and likeness that are worth more than $800,000, according to sources. However, Young has been presented -- but has yet to accept -- deals worth well in excess of $1 million, sources told ESPN. Alabama coach Nick Saban sent shock waves through college football last week when he told a group of Texas high school coaches that Young, a sophomore, was set to make "almost seven figures." However, Saban declined to elaborate on the nature of those deals and would not say who the deals were with, leading to speculation about the actual amount and why he chose to talk about it so publicly. Stanford coach David Shaw said at Pac-12 media days this week that Saban mentioning Young's worth was no accident. "It's obvious to me that Nick wanted to plant that and make sure people knew that," he said. "It's a great way to recruit people to come to...
July 29
July 29

Green Bay Packers GM says Randall Cobb trade was 'very important thing' for Aaron Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brian Gutekunst left little to interpretation: The Green Bay Packers' general manager brought receiver Randall Cobb back to Green Bay because Aaron Rodgers wanted him. "I think that's a big part of it," Gutekunst said Thursday, one day after completing a trade with the Houston Texans to acquire Cobb. "Obviously without Aaron, I don't think we would probably be pursuing that. Randall's still a really good player. Seeing him last night just kind of reminded me what an impact he'll have in our locker room and for our football team. "But this was a very important thing for Aaron, and that's why we did it." One of Rodgers' desires that came up during Wednesday's 32-minute news conference, when he thoroughly explained his beefs with the Packers, was the interest in having more input on who stays and who goes. The Packers let Cobb, 30, leave in free agency after the 2018 season. "I just want to be involved in...
July 29
July 29

Key moments from the Olympic Games: Day 6

Here's what you missed from Day 6 of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
July 29
Sunisa Lee of the United States is congratulated by Jade Carey after winning the gold medal on July 29, 2021, in Tokyo.
July 29

Sunisa Lee makes history in gymnastics all-around

Jade Carey replaced Simone Biles, who withdrew, for the U.S.
July 29
Sunisa Lee of Team United States reacts after competing on uneven bars during the Women's All-Around Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
July 29

Novak Djokovic 1 step closer to making tennis history at the Olympics

Only one player, Steffi Graf, has pulled it off.
July 29
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 29

Kelvin Benjamin rips Joe Judge after being released by New York Giants: 'He was doing everything to kind of sabotage the situation'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kelvin Benjamin was released Wednesday by the New York Giants and didn't appreciate how it all went down for everybody to see. He was especially critical of coach Joe Judge, who he thought was doing everything to "kind of sabotage the situation." Benjamin explained his side of the story in a phone conversation Wednesday night with ESPN. He was in good spirits despite the spirited on-field confrontation earlier in the day. "I'm good," Benjamin said. "A little disappointment." His disappointment was the result of how the situation unfolded. It all began with Judge calling Benjamin over on the field before the first practice of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Judge told the converted wide receiver that he'd be fined for reporting to camp overweight. Benjamin, who was trying to resuscitate his career as a tight end, said the Giants wanted him to report to camp at 251 pounds. He was 265 pounds in the spring and came in...
July 29

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