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Injuries continue to plague the Nationals in series-opening loss to the Giants
With two outs in the fourth, when Espino poked a single, Gerardo Parra was sent by third base coach Bobby Henlety and thrown out at home by center fielder Steven Duggar, at least five steps shy of scoring. With one out in the seventh, with runners on first and third, Parra ran on a sharp grounder to shortstop Brandon Crawford, the infield drawn in, and was thrown out by another wide margin. He thought it was hit slower and not straight at Crawford. And in the eighth, after the Nationals loaded the bases with three consecutive hits against Tyler Rogers, Parra reached for a first-pitch slider and hit into a threat-killing double play.
Daniel Jones theory Giants are banking on isn’t what it seems
From the time Dan Marino was named 1984 NFL MVP in his second season until recently, quarterbacks were expected to make their biggest improvements in Year 2. The Giants are selling the narrative that fits their plan after Daniel Jones regressed in Year 2. Alarm BellsMarcus Mariota, Titans: One of two quarterbacks listed here who had more interceptions than touchdowns in Year 3. Summary: Unless Allen and Mayfield are the very beginning of a new trend, their Year 3 breakthroughs present as outliers. The Giants’ best-case scenario is Jones’ Year 2 in coordinator Jason Garrett’s offense takes the place of his Year 2 in the NFL.
Devils re-sign defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler
The New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a two-year contract worth $2,250,000 on Friday. The 24-year-old Siegenthaler was acquired from Washington on April 11, 2021, for Arizona’s conditional third-round pick in the 2021 draft that was acquired in the Taylor Hall trade in 2019. Siegenthaler skated in six games with New Jersey following the trade, missing time while in the COVID-19 protocol. Prior to the trade, he appeared in seven games with the Capitals this season. In 105 NHL games, over the course of three seasons with New Jersey and Washington, he has two goals and 11 assists for 13 points.
Shohei Ohtani’s latest jaw-dropping homer not enough in Angels’ loss
SEATTLE — Shohei Ohtani left jaws agape, teammates stunned and fans nearly 500 feet away from home plate ducking for cover. “He’s got that kind of power, that kind of talent,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. Shohei Ohtani belts a long solo homer in the third inning of the Angels’ 7-3 loss to the Mariners. “I was just pumped up.”The Angels had a 3-0 lead thanks to Ohtani’s solo homer off starter Marco Gonzales that soared into the top deck of right field. It left the ballpark buzzing and his teammates — particularly Justin Upton — in disbelief in the Angels dugout.
More heat in the West, Wimbledon finals, Confederate statues' removal: 5 things weekend
EditorsUSA TODAYMore brutal temperatures hit the WestAnother blistering heat wave is in the forecast for the western United States this weekend. Wimbledon crowns women's, men's champsWimbledon will hold its men’s and women’s singles finals this weekend. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the women’s final (9 a.m. England, Italy face off in Euro 2020 finalAfter a pair of extra time wins in the semifinals, England and Italy take the field Sunday for the final of the UEFA European Championship. Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson headed to spaceBillionaire Richard Branson is headed to space Sunday in his own rocket.
Cortes, Yankees bullpen combo on 3-hitter, blank Astros 4-0
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 9, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 9, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON (AP) — New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone hoped he could get three innings out of Nestor Cortes in a spot start against the Houston Astros. “I have bad history against the Houston Astros,” he said. Cole allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings but did not factor in the decision in a 7-4 Houston win on May 6.
NOTEBOOK: For English fan, Euro 2020 offers a sliver of hope
Another failure to qualify for Argentina ’78 was made even harder because, for the second World Cup running, Scotland qualified and took great pleasure to remind the auld enemy of that. Italy had Paolo Rossi leading its attack to a third World Cup; England had Paul Mariner. The semifinal at the World Cup in Italia 90 preceded the group-stage elimination at Euro 92 in Sweden. Why couldn’t England win a tournament with all the talent at its disposal when the eventual victors were a well-drilled but very workmanlike Greece team? U17 and U20 World Cup wins in the last five years would, many hoped, produce success.
Ohtani hits 33rd, but Haniger’s slam lifts M’s past Angels
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani hits a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani hits a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Shohei Ohtani left jaws agape, teammates stunned and fans nearly 500 feet away from home plate ducking for cover. Ohtani became the sixth player to reach the upper deck of T-Mobile Park with a towering blast for his 33rd homer, but Haniger’s two-out grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 7-3. HITTING STREAKDavid Fletcher led off the game with his first homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest for an Angels player since Garrett Anderson in 2008.
Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald hasn't decided whether he wants to return for 18th season
Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver — and current free agent — Larry Fitzgerald isn't sure whether he wants to return to the NFL for another season. Cardinals training camp is set to begin July 27, giving Fitzgerald a few weeks to make a decision on whether he wants to keep playing. Would the Cardinals bring back Larry Fitzgerald? Even if Fitzgerald wants to return, he might not have a role with the Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald isn't sure if he wants to play another year.
Dodgers doomed by bullpen woes and errors in loss to Diamondbacks
Errors by a pair of usually sure-handed corner infielders paved the way for two unearned runs, and the Dodgers walked two batters with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks before 49,215 in Chavez Ravine. “When you’re not scoring runs consistently, things certainly get more magnified,” manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers mustered only five hits and went zero for eight with runners in scoring position to suffer their fourth loss in five games. Price escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first by striking out Asdrubal Cabrera with a 95-mph fastball. The left-hander accepted a bullpen role to start the season, but he will remain in the rotation to start the second half. “I feel like the games I’ve started or opened this year, my velo has been a little higher.
NBA finals prop bets: Phoenix Suns Jae Crowder props for 7/11/2021
DataSkriveSportsbook WireSunday's NBA Playoffs slate features no shortage of betting opportunities, including the Phoenix Suns' Jae Crowder prop bets. Jae Crowder points insightsThe 10.0 points Crowder has scored per game this season is 0.5 fewer points than his points prop bet over/under set for Sunday (10.5). Crowder's season-long scoring average, 10.0 points per game, is 0.6 fewer points than his average points prop bet over/under. In just 38 of his 78 games (48.7%), Crowder has gone over his average rebounds prop bet total of 4.8 boards. Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype / Celtics Wire / LeBron Wire / Lonzo Wire / Nets Wire / Rockets Wire / Sixers Wire / Thunder Wire / Warriors Wire / Rookie Wire / List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
NBA finals prop bets: Phoenix Suns Mikal Bridges props for 7/11/2021
DataSkriveSportsbook WireNBA Finals action continues Sunday, as we focus on the Phoenix Suns and Mikal Bridges' prop bets and lines. Mikal Bridges prop bets breakdownPoints Over/Under : 12.5: 12.5 Over Odds : -125: -125 Under Odds : -105: -105 Points per game : 13.1Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Mikal Bridges points insightsThe 12.5 point total set for Bridges on Sunday is 0.6 fewer points than his season scoring average (13.1). Bridges' season-long scoring average, 13.1 points per game, is 0.7 points higher than his average points prop bet over/under. Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype / Celtics Wire / LeBron Wire / Lonzo Wire / Nets Wire / Rockets Wire / Sixers Wire / Thunder Wire / Warriors Wire / Rookie Wire / List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
NBA finals prop bets: Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton props for 7/11/2021
DataSkriveSportsbook WireSunday's NBA Finals slate features the Phoenix Suns and no shortage of betting opportunities, including lines for Deandre Ayton prop bets. Deandre Ayton points insightsThe 14.8 points Ayton has scored per game this season is 0.7 fewer points than his point total set for Sunday (15.5). Ayton's season-long average points prop bet over/under is 0.2 points higher than his per-game scoring average (14.8 points). In 44 of his 87 games (50.6%), Ayton has outpaced his average rebounds prop bet total of 10.8 boards. Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype / Celtics Wire / LeBron Wire / Lonzo Wire / Nets Wire / Rockets Wire / Sixers Wire / Thunder Wire / Warriors Wire / Rookie Wire / List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
Taylor Widener provides hope as Diamondbacks top shaky Dodgers
For most of his 4 1/3 innings on Friday night, Taylor Widener was pitching aggressively and recording outs. The Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, coming away with a 5-2 victory, their third win in the past four days. “I felt really good the first four innings,” Widener said. I think it’s a good foundation for me to build off of and I’m excited about that moving forward.”In recent weeks, Widener could do nothing but watch. “As any starting pitcher should say, every time I go out there my goal is to give my team a chance to win,” Widener said.
Escobar hits 20th HR, Diamondbacks top shaky Dodgers
Arizona RepublicBy the Associated PressLOS ANGELES — Eduardo Escobar hit his 20th home run of the season and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks pinned another loss on the Dodgers, beating Los Angeles 5-2 Friday night. The Diamondbacks, with the worst record in the majors, have won three of four. Los Angeles didn't help its cause with a lackluster offense that produced just five hits, a shaky defense that made two errors and a combined pitching performance that issued seven walks and hit two batters. Dodgers reliever Edwin Uceta walked three batters in the ninth. David Price did exactly what Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts wanted as he pitched three scoreless innings to start a bullpen game for the Dodgers.
Escobar hits 20th HR, Diamondbacks top shaky Dodgers 5-2
LOS ANGELES - (AP) -- Eduardo Escobar hit his 20th home run of the season and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks pinned another loss on the Dodgers, beating Los Angeles 5-2 Friday night. Los Angeles didn't help its cause with a lackluster offense that produced just five hits, a shaky defense that made two errors and a combined pitching performance that issued seven walks and hit two batters. “When you're not scoring runs consistently, things certainly get more magnified and it's hard to pitch perfect,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Dalton Varsho drew a walk with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 and Los Angeles then turned to Jake Reed, who walked Josh Reddick to score another insurance run. Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (8-1, 2.49) had a no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks three weeks ago.
Ohtani hits 33rd, but Haniger's slam lifts M's past Angels
SEATTLE - (AP) -- Shohei Ohtani left jaws agape, teammates stunned and fans nearly 500 feet away from home plate ducking for cover. Haniger drove a 2-0 pitch from Jose Quintana (0-4) into the left-field bullpen to cap Seattle's rally from a 3-0 deficit. The Mariners said only Chris Carter (465 feet) in 2016 and Jose Abreu (464 feet) in 2017 have hit longer homers at the stadium. HITTING STREAKDavid Fletcher led off the game with his first homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest for an Angels player since Garrett Anderson in 2008. Maddon wanted the extra position player for the final series before the break.
Arizona man accused of plowing truck into cyclists indicted
HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists taking part in a weekend race has been indicted on aggravated assault and other charges. Shawn Michael Chock, 36, was indicted earlier this week on nine counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count each of fleeing an accident and unlawful flight. Chock's attorney, Hunter T. Lewis, declined to comment on the charges Friday when reached by The Associated Press. Chock then hit a telephone pole, and backed out of the crowd as cyclists pounded on the truck’s windows, screaming for him to get out, witnesses said. Chock drove down the road, turned around and headed back toward the cyclists before driving away, witnesses said.
Weir coaches Canadian U19 team into semifinal showdown vs. Team U.S.A.
The team, led by current New York Knicks star RJ Barrett, won gold — the first medal in the team’s history. Team Canada didn’t fair nearly as well, but it hasn’t diminished expectations for the new bunch. Tuesday, in the opening round of bracket play, Canada enjoyed a 86-56 win over Puerto Rico, a team that beat Canada in the 2019 U19 World Cup. Team USA, led by consensus No. Team USA’s coaching staff consists of TCU head coach Jaimie Dixon and assistants Jerod Haase, Stanford’s head coach, and James Jones, head coach at Yale.
Antonio Conte interview: Why Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci make all the difference for Italy
Also, for Leo, for Bonucci, I think together they are the strongest defenders in the Euros. “Donnarumma, I think in this moment and in the future will be one of the best goalkeepers in the world because he is a complete player,” Conte says. “Barella is a player that only two years ago, he was playing with Cagliari, with a medium team,” Conte says. “He has room for improvement, but for this Italy he’s very important because he gives a greater energy. “I think for Jorginho, it’s been very, very important to play in a league like England,” Conte says.
Rockies fall to Padres, 4-2, as Kyle Freeland exits with finger blister and Colorado drops ninth straight at Petco Park
With the Rockies pacing to set the MLB record for fewest road wins in a 162-game season, Petco Park didn’t bring Colorado any favors on Friday in a 4-2 loss in the series opener against San Diego. The woeful Rockies’ road offense faced a pitcher who skipped Triple-A and was making his MLB debut, but they couldn’t break through. And southpaw Kyle Freeland was spinning a solid game before a middle finger blister forced his abrupt exit in the sixth, when San Diego re-took the lead for good. First Grisham had an RBI groundout off Tyler Kinley, then Wil Meyers’ two-out RBI double swung the score to 3-2 and gave San Diego its first lead of the night. Padres closer and Golden native Mark Melancon, who was just named to his fourth all-star game, notched his MLB-leading 27th save with a one-two-three ninth.
Aces struggle offensively in loss to Minnesota Lynx
Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson (22) fights for a tip off with Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) during the first quarter of their WNBA game at Michelob Ultra Arena on Friday, July 9 2021, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLas Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson (22) rejects a shot by Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (24) during the first quarter of their WNBA game at Michelob Ultra Arena on Friday, July 9 2021, in Las Vegas. For the second straight game, Las Vegas sputtered amid a lack of energy, ball movement and player movement in the halfcourt. As a result, the Aces committed 15 turnovers, shot 36.4 from the field and fell 77-67 to the Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx pick and popped their way to uncontested jumpers, converting 7 of 8 triples to put Las Vegas at a 33-17 lead.
Lynx win 6th straight, beating Aces without a free throw
LAS VEGAS - (AP) -- Layshia Clarendon had 18 points and nine assists and the Minnesota Lynx won their sixth straight game, beating the Las Vegas Aces 85-77 on Friday night. Minnesota (11-7) did not attempt a free throw, the second time a WNBA team has finished a game without an attempt. The Lynx led 10-2, had a 37-18 advantage early in the second and led by at least 12 the rest of the way. Kelsey Plum had 16 of her 18 points in the second half for the Aces (14-6). They lost their second in a row, handing Seattle a spot in the WNBA Commissioner's Cup championship.
Diaz, Padres bullpen dominate in 4-2 win over Rockies
SAN DIEGO - (AP) -- Reliever Miguel Diaz rejoined the Padres for the fourth time this season and was part of a dominant performance by the San Diego bullpen Friday night in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Four San Diego relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. The Padres have won nine straight against Colorado at Petco Park, their longest active home winning streak against any opponent. Recalled from Triple-A El Paso for the fourth time this year, Diaz took over and permitted one hit in 2 2/3 innings. With San Diego trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Jake Cronenworth led off with a single, Manny Machado doubled and Tyler Kinley replaced Freeland (1-3).
Fill-ins Casali, Ruf hit homers, Giants beat Nationals 5-3
SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) -- Nationals star Trea Turner turned to Curt Casali and asked the Giants catcher why Logan Webb had left the game so soon. Subbing in, Casali hit his third homer of the season for the NL West leaders. Washington's Tres Barrera hit a two-run triple in the fourth for his first career extra-base hit and RBIs. Giants: C Posey was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to July 6) with an injured left thumb. Wade tested his tender hand by hitting with increased intensity and the Giants opted to play it safe with him.
Unified Milwaukee hosts NBA Finals 50 years after title run
By Steve MeGargeeAssociated PressMilwaukee — Much has changed in Milwaukee since the Bucks won their last NBA title a half-century ago. Fans will flock there again Sunday in hopes of helping the Bucks rally from an 0-2 deficit in the NBA Finals when they host the Phoenix Suns in Game 3. When asked what his proudest moment is with the Bucks, Feigin doesn’t mention the Eastern Conference title the team just won. Bucks players visited a prison last season to spotlight the need for criminal justice reform. If the Bucks can find a way to win their first NBA title in 50 years, it would give Milwaukee residents of all backgrounds another reason to celebrate together.
'We could almost taste it,' FC Cincinnati not happy with draw to Columbus Crew
The Columbus Crew stood on the right, with their fanbase squinting behind them from section 223 of TQL Stadium. Head coach Caleb Porter directed a brusque "shush" to the FC Cincinnati fan section, with his index finger covering his mouth. FC Cincinnati stood on the left, just feet away from their opponents, yet portraying an entire different scene. For some, Cincinnati's 2-2 draw to the Columbus Crew Friday night, felt more like a loss. Then the taste grew stronger, when Luciano Acosta nailed in his third goal of the season in the 24th minute.
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate evokes wartime spirit ahead of final urging England fans to be proud of 'an island our size'
Gareth Southgate has made an appeal to England's wartime spirit ahead of their Euro 2020 final, urging supporters to be proud of its achievements both on and off the pitch. The England manager said the nation has "so much to be proud of" and urged fans to stop "looking at the negatives of our own country". "I think these are historic things that we can be proud of," he told The Daily Telegraph. AdvertisementSouthgate, 50, claimed he believed the 'Blitz spirit' was partially behind England's win against Germany earlier on in the tournament. "For an island our size, we've got an incredible influence on the world and we've got to keep that in a positive way."
Italy have only been European champions once - it means as much to them as it does to England
They have had two World Cup triumphs since Bobby Moore lifted the golden trophy for England in 1966. But Italy have been European champions only once, in 1968, when England, as reigning world champions, lost to Yugoslavia in the semi-finals. The bookmakers make England narrow favourites, and with the advantage of overwhelming support in the 60,000 crowd, that feels about right. Image: Italy manager Roberto Mancini"I think it will be an epic one," said Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, "with history made either way". Which way it went for the Azzurri will be obvious if you walk across any town or village square in Italy on Monday morning.
3 more COVID-19 cases in KBO force 2 games to be canceled
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Saturday two members of the Doosan Bears and one player from the NC Dinos have tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, two members of the Dinos tested positive for COVID-19, and the Dinos-Heroes game got wiped out. The Twins-Bears game was canceled out of precaution because the Bears had played the Dinos in Seoul on Tuesday and Wednesday. The entire Bears team received COVID-19 tests Friday, and two results came back positive, while one additional Dinos player got a positive result in a teamwide retest. The Eagles had their Thursday's game canceled but played Friday.
Impressive win over Astros may just be the spark Yankees need
This is the night and the weekend series that could change everything, and start making the Yankees whole again. Remember, the Astros denied the Yankees a trip to the World Series twice in the past four years. The Yankees celebrate their win over the Astros on Friday night. It’s pretty clear what the Yankees must do to become legit playoff contenders — start swinging the bats the way the Astros swing them. “Obviously we have a good team that we’re playing against, somebody that the American League measures themselves against as the top of the league,” Cole said.
Shohei Ohtani becomes sixth player with right field upper-deck homer at Seattle's T-Mobile Park
Ohtani’s solo shot in the third inning off Marco Gonzales soared into the top deck of right field at T-Mobile Park. The Angels' two-way phenom is the sixth player to reach the upper deck of the right field seats since the stadium opened in 1999. Justin Upton put his hands on his head in shock when it landed in the upper deck. Ohtani is the first player since Albert Pujols in 2006 to hit 33 or more homers in his first 82 games of a season. The others to have reached the upper deck at T-Mobile Park are Joey Gallo (2020), Daniel Vogelbach (2019), Nomar Mazara (2019), Carlos Delgado (2001) and Mo Vaughn (1999).
Par continues to get battered at TPC Deere Run as Luke List grabs John Deere Classic lead with 63
List made seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch and carded a bogey-free 63 to grab the lead through 36 holes. Seven players are at 11 under – Hadley, Adam Schenk (64), Brandon Hagy (64), Chase Seiffert (63), Chez Reavie (67), Lucas Glover (63) and 2016 John Deere winner Ryan Moore (66). I had a couple putting sessions last week where I was like, man, this kind of feels pretty good, and I had a good round with some buddies at home. Seiffert sounded like he had the perfect recipe to follow up his 63 with another solid round on Saturday. “And then try to do the same things, have a nice dinner and I get to sleep in, which is nice.
Kevin Na holes birdie chip at John Deere Classic ... with his putter
On Day 2 of the John Deere Classic, Kevin Na channeled his inner Vijay Singh for a miraculous birdie on the par-4 sixth. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Despite the legendary shot, Singh finished runner-up to Tiger Woods at that tournament. John Deere Classic: Full-field scores | Full coverageRight before the start of the John Deere Classic, Na announced he's withdrawing from next week's Open Championship due to international travel restrictions. And after his first two rounds at TPC Deere Run, it appears he's playing with a double or nothing mentality.
Luke List goes on a birdie binge for 63 to lead John Deere
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Luke List has a happy and healthy home life with his newborn son, and he felt pretty good about his golf game Friday in the John Deere Classic. List ran off seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch in the middle of his round, his only par on a 12-foot birdie chance on the 15th hole, and posted an 8-under 63. That gave him a one-shot lead over Sebastian Munoz going into the weekend at the TPC Deere Run. “I was able to keep hitting the fairway, which out here is premium, and I was able to attack from the fairway,” List said. Among those making it to the weekend was Steve Stricker, the 54-year-old Ryder Cup captain and three-time John Deere Classic winner.
'It’s a constant mental war in there': The evolution of Dustin Poirier
This time, though, he did not, and the fact that Poirier was able to play possum significantly altered the course of UFC history. This fight, which UFC president Dana White said has the most pre-buys this far out in the company’s history, would not be happening if McGregor recognized he had Poirier hurt. “I’m a veteran and I’ve had a lot of fights,” Poirier said, explaining how he was able to survive. In his last nine fights, he’s 7-1 with a no-contest. He’s facing the best of the best and knows the fine line at the top level between winning and losing.
12-year-old boy struck by vehicle after getting off school bus in Worcester
A 12-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle after he got off a school bus in Worcester Friday afternoon, police said. The boy was struck at 1382 Pleasant St. at 3:35 p.m., Lieutenant Sean Murtha, spokesman for the Worcester police, said in an e-mail. The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
SF Giants’ Brandon Crawford starts sensational double play with glove flip
SAN FRANCISCO — More than a decade into his major league career, Brandon Crawford is still making jaw-dropping plays at shortstop. The three-time Gold Glove Award winner gave fans at Oracle Park a reminder that he remains one of the game’s best defensive players by starting a 6-4-3 double play in the sixth inning on Friday with a glove flip to second baseman Donovan Solano. With Nationals catcher Tres Barrera at the plate, Crawford ranged up the middle and laid out with a full-extension dive to snag a groundball headed toward center field. Crawford’s latest web gem helped out reliever Zack Littell, who struck out the next Nationals hitter and posted a scoreless frame to keep the Giants ahead 4-3. At 34, Crawford is the only player above the age of 32 with at least 50 starts at shortstop in the majors this season.
Garrett Richards warms to the task against Phillies
Richards used all four of his pitches to keep batters guessing on Friday night against the Phillies. In his final start before the All-Star break, Richards needed a good performance, and he put on one of his best of the year. “I’m learning new things about myself and about pitching,” Richards said, “I’m starting to get more comfortable with it. Cora said he was impressed with how Richards pitched inside to righthanded batters throughout the game and said he will need to continue throwing that way for the rest of the season. “The way he’s talking, the way he’s acting, there’s more confidence there,” Cora said.
SF Giants blast three home runs, Brandon Crawford leads the way on defense in win over Nationals
SAN FRANCISCO — In the first two decades of home games the Giants played at China Basin, the waterfront ballpark gained quite a reputation. The downtown digs quickly became a pitcher’s paradise and a palace fit only for the all-time home run king. With a balanced offensive approach and three more home runs at Oracle Park, the Giants defeated the Nationals 5-3 and remained ahead of the Dodgers in the National League West. The only player on pace to hit more than 25, Brandon Crawford, went 1-for-4 at the plate, but helped turn a pair of sensational double play that aided the Giants bullpen. Kapler used seven different relievers behind Webb, and it was the first man up behind the Giants starter who allowed the Nationals to claw back into the game.
Phoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith
Phoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-SmithPhoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith on keys to a win over WNBA leading Seattle on Friday.
'I'm just adapting': Tigers' Manning optioned to Toledo after impressive outing against Twins
Tigers rookie Matt Manning had the most impressive outing of his young big-league career Friday night in the Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field. Afterwards, though, he was told by manager AJ Hinch that he was going to be optioned back to Triple-A Toledo through the Major League All-Star break. Still, a tough pill for Manning to swallow in the aftermath of a strong outing. "I think I'm the same pitcher, I'm just learning more at this level," Manning said. "I'm not pitching differently, I'm just adapting to the level."
Saturday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Saturday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. European Union accounts put the new net figure for the financial settlement as £40.8 billion, at least £1.8bn more than the highest UK estimate for the payments. Chris Eubank's son Sebastian found dead at 29The son of boxing legend Chris Eubank has died days before his 30th birthday. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
Olympic triathlete Alistair Brownlee on being disqualified from Tokyo: 'It's ridiculous. It makes no sense'
Going off with your mates on a long bike ride in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s not really work is it? But it’s not like that in every area of my life, I’m not trying to beat everyone in everything that I do. This time, instead of seizing the advantage, swerving round his ailing sibling, Alistair stopped and helped him over the line. If not quite the golden ticket, it is as close to his secret of success as Alistair Brownlee has ever revealed: ‘I said to him, from here on in you need to make sure you do everything exactly on your own terms. ‘After you’ve won the gold, you can go back to being the nice old Jonny we love… until then, put your foot on the jugular.’Relentless: Secrets of the Sporting Elite, by Alistair Brownlee, is out now (HarperCollins, £20); books.telegraph.co.ukIn his own words: Alistair Brownlee...
One Mets plan could have Carlos Carrasco joining them very soon
Carrasco, who tore his right hamstring in spring training, was close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment in May when he was shut down because of discomfort. The Mets acquired Carrasco last winter in the deal with Cleveland that brought Francisco Lindor to Queens. Friday began a stretch in which the Mets were scheduled to play seven straight games against the Pirates, through next weekend in Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mets have only played the same opponent in seven straight games once previously — the Cubs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 1967. This will be the first time the Mets close the first half and open the second against the same opponent.
Yankees blank rival Astros for crucial victory
HOUSTON — Manager Aaron Boone has repeatedly referred to the “heartbreak” the Yankees suffered against the Astros the last time they visited Minute Maid Park in 2019. The visit got off to a promising start Friday night, as the Yankees beat the first-place Astros, 4-0, in front of a sellout crowd. With the victory, the Yankees have won four of five since a three-game losing streak dropped them to .500 over the weekend. Brett Gardner belts a two-run double in the fourth inning of the Yankees’ victory over the Astros. Cortes went out in the second game and pitched well, into the fourth inning, as the Yankees got a much-needed win.
Bucks need more from stars, coach to defy NBA Finals history
If the Bucks are going to make yet another playoff comeback in these NBA Finals, they’re going to have to beat not just the Suns, but also history to do it. Milwaukee, which trails Phoenix 0-2 going into Sunday’s Game 3 at Fiserv Forum, may also need more from struggling stars Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo and from beleaguered coach Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks are getting outplayed, Budenholzer is getting outmaneuvered and if they don’t find answers quickly, they’ll all be ousted. To make a comeback, the Bucks will need increased production by Khris Middleton and for Giannis Antetokounmpo to maintain his high-quality play. It’s about all of us.”The Suns have held Holiday to just 27 points total — the same amount he scored in the Bucks’ Game 6 closeout of Atlanta.
Mets erupt for 10-run inning in rout of Pirates
For one glorious inning against an underwhelming opponent, a Mets lineup that has sputtered for most of this season had all the answers. The game endured a 41-minute rain delay with the Mets batting in the eighth inning and leading by 10 runs. Pete Alonso celebrates his three-run homer in the Mets’ win over the Pirates on Friday. Charles Wenzelberg/New York PostNimmo reached base twice in the sixth inning alone and three times overall as part of the onslaught. Over the next two days, the Mets and Pirates will play three games to close the first half.
Nils Politt triumphs as Mark Cavendish made to wait for record-equalling win
On a day when many wondered if Mark Cavendish could equal Eddy Merckx’s record by winning his 34th Tour de France stage, it was instead the turn of Nils Politt to take his first as a breakaway prospered in Nimes. With wind speeds high, organisers delayed the start in anticipation of the high pace, and the attacks flew at the start. The peloton let the breakaway get away on stage 12 of the Tour de France (Christophe Ena/AP)“It’s a dream to win a stage of the Tour de France,” Politt said. “Today we heard Peter had to leave the race with knee problems so that changed our tactics. That would leave Cavendish needing to survive the Pyrenees before the next sprint opportunity comes on stage 19 to Libourne.
Shohei Ohtani hits baseball to place no human should be capable of reaching
The Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom continued his campaign to become the face of MLB on Friday with his MLB-best 33rd homer of the year. Just look at this violence:This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Next to a group of three people, who couldn't believe what was happening even as it was happening. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
For the USWNT’s veteran core, Tokyo Olympics provide one last hurrah
Fittingly enough, they’ll be attempting to make history once again, as the only team to ever win a World Cup and an Olympics back-to-back. The average age for the 2019 World Cup squad was 28. As much as we’d love to see this group defy mother nature and continue on the roster indefinitely, the reality is it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see all nine on the 2023 World Cup roster. Bill Connelly at ESPN looked at the USWNT’s average age weighted by percentage of minutes played and found that the World Cup weighted average age increased gradually from 23.1 in 1991 to 28.7 in 2019. The post For the USWNT’s veteran core, Tokyo Olympics provide one last hurrah appeared first on Just Women's Sports.
Mark Cavendish made to wait for 34th stage win as Nils Politt solos to victory in Tour de France
Mark Cavendish was made to wait for his chance to match Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage wins as the breakaway had their day on Thursday. With the Mistral wind gusting, organisers delayed the start in anticipation of the high pace, and the attacks flew at the start. Politt’s victory will have cheered his Bora-Hansgrohe team after their three-time former world champion Peter Sagan was forced to withdraw from the race before the stage start with a knee injury. “It’s a dream to win a stage of the Tour de France,” Politt said. That would leave Cavendish needing to survive the Pyrenees before the next sprint opportunity comes on stage 19 to Libourne.
Live updates: Dodgers lead Diamondbacks 1-0 in fourth inning
MRI test results bring relief to Dodgers and left-hander Clayton KershawDodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)A sagging Dodgers rotation got a shot in the arm on Friday when an MRI test confirmed that Clayton Kershaw has inflammation but no structural damage in his left elbow. Kershaw, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday, will resume playing catch on Saturday and is expected to be folded back into the rotation after the All-Star break. Kershaw, 33, last pitched last Saturday against the Washington Nationals, giving up three runs and three hits in four innings before a 1-hour, 44-minute rain delay ended his night. He felt discomfort in his elbow playing catch in Miami before going on the IL.
Cole Irvin takes no-hitter into the sixth, but A’s lose to Rangers
The Oakland A’s lost 3-2 to the Texas Rangers on Friday night in Arlington. Cole Irvin took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but things escalated quickly after Eli White’s infield hit led to singles from Charlie Culberson — interrupted by Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit by a pitch — and Andy Ibanez, the latter scoring the Rangers’ first run and booting Irvin from the game without recording an out. In the fourth, Elvis Andrus singled, Matt Olson hit a double with a 115 exit velocity and Jed Lowrie drew a walk. Matt Chapman, who is riding a 24-game on-base streak, turned a single up the middle into a hustle double to start the sixth. Chapman was called out at second, but deemed safe on replay — Jed Lowrie made it pay with an RBI single.
J.D. Martinez leads hit parade, Red Sox return to home cooking in rout of Phillies
The Sox won their ninth straight game at Fenway with an 11-5 victory Friday night over the Phillies. Martinez drove in four runs, including a go-ahead three run home run in the second inning. Verdugo, Martinez and Rafael Devers all drew walks to load the bases with one out, and Verdugo scored on a Renfroe fielder’s choice. The Phillies jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the second behind three straight singles against Richards. Hernández didn’t field Didi Gregorius’s single to him in center field, allowing the Phillies shortstop to get to second on the bobble.
Police, family continue search for missing 24-year-old man who was last seen in Buckeye
Officials and family members have continued searching for a man who went missing after leaving work in Buckeye more than two weeks ago. According to a GoFundMe account set up by Robinson's family, Robinson was hired as a field geologist and moved to Phoenix after he graduated from college in 2019. Days immediately after Robinson went missing, officials thoroughly searched the area but were unable to find him. Detectives and family attempted to get phone and financial information but were unable to find anything that would help find Robinson. Buckeye police said they are not asking the public to search the desert area, but to be alert for Robinson if in the area.
Phoenix Mercury pull second straight upset, beating WNBA leading Seattle Storm
Playing with eight players at the start and only seven in the second half, the Phoenix Mercury still managed a second straight upset over a WNBA leader Friday night. The Mercury were without Diana Taurasi (hip) for a second straight game and lost her replacement in the starting lineup Sophie Cunningham for the second half due to concussion protocol for a hit in the face. The Mercury led 76-70 with 2:56 remaining. Peddy, playing in place of Cunningham in the second half, made one of two free throws at 1:41 for 80-73. Mercury lead at half despite poor 3-point shootingDespite 2-of-12 shooting from 3-point, the Mercury led 39-34 at halftime.
Conor McGregor talks trash, throws kick at Dustin Poirier before UFC 264
He threw a kick at Poirier during their event-ending faceoff — when he was too far away to connect, of course. The weight cut is getting to him.”“He’s going out on a stretcher in this fight,” McGregor said finally. “You used to be a lot better than that, man,” Poirier said during a rare break in the barrage. Poirier laughed at the difference from the promotion for their second fight last January, when McGregor was disarmingly friendly and charming throughout. T-Mobile Arena hadn’t been built when the duo first met in 2014 and McGregor stopped Poirier in 106 seconds.
‘I knew we were going to be amazing’: Dallas Fuel attract new fans, loyal followers in live return
ARLINGTON -- Colin Corbett is a new Dallas Fuel follower, but he’s already recognizable. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News) (Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)That was one of the few quiet moments in the Fuel’s first live event since February 2020. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer) 3 / 20Dallas Fuel fans cheer player Sp9rk1e at the completion of his live winning interview. Dallas Fuel defeated the Houston Outlaws in The Battle for Texas, 3-0. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)Find more esports coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Rangers’ come-from-behind win over Oakland highlighted by another quality start from Jordan Lyles
Now, Jordan Lyles rolls into the All-Star break as something of a workhorse. On Friday, coming off the highest pitch total compiled by a Rangers starter this year, Lyles bounced back with six innings in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Oakland. Lyles pitched six innings, giving him his fifth quality start in the last six outings. After holding the Rangers hitless for the first five innings, A’s starter Cole Irvin allowed an infield single to No. The Rangers loaded the bases again with no outs after Joey Gallo took a walk but failed to get another run home in the inning.
Philip Anschutz completes sale of minority stake in Lakers
LOS ANGELES — Philip Anschutz sold his 27% minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers to Los Angeles Dodgers co-owners Mark Walter and Todd Boehly in a deal that closed Friday. “We remain strongly invested in the franchise’s long-term success,” Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG, said in a statement. “We are confident that with Jeanie (Buss) as the team’s controlling owner, the Lakers will continue to be the gold standard in the NBA. It includes both sides investing in upgrades and improvements to the downtown Los Angeles arena, which the Lakers will continue to call home through 2041. “The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most successful and admired franchises in sports history,” Walter said.
Chatfield’s Christian Foutch, Grandview’s Reese Chapman living out baseball dream at all-star weekend
?Todd Helton’s legendary baseball career captivated millions of Rockies fans through his 17 years in purple pinstripes. The greatest Rockies player of all-time that is, according to Reese Chapman and Christian Foutch. Fast forward to this weekend, and Chapman and Foutch found themselves playing in the same stadium where they watched Helton and other Rockies stars growing up. As two of 39 top high school prospects from the Class of 2022 selected to participate in the High School All-American Game Friday night, they may very well follow in his footsteps, too. “You don’t often get a chance to step out on an MLB field, especially at 17 years old,” said Foutch, a right-handed pitcher for Chatfield High School.
Morton sharp, Acuña restrained after HBP, Braves top Marlins
MIAMI - (AP) -- Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Ronald Acuña Jr. was restrained after being plunked by another Marlins pitcher and the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 5-0 Friday night. “That was awesome, that was really, really good,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Morton's outing. Everything was really crisp tonight.”In his previous start Sunday, Morton allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings against Miami. I'm tired about it, tired of talking about it.”The Braves capitalized as Acuña advanced on Freeman's grounder and raced home on Albies' double. The Marlins were forced into a bullpen game after scheduled starter Zach Thompson fell ill and became a late scratch.
Dallas Keuchel pitches 7 strong innings while Tim Anderson contributes to 5 runs as the Chicago White Sox defeat the Baltimore Orioles 12-1
Anderson singled leading off the third, made a great decision to tag up and advance to second on a fly ball to center by Yoán Moncada and scored on a double by Brian Goodwin, tying the game at 1.
Hernández leads off with homer, Red Sox beat Phillies 11-5
BOSTON - (AP) -- When Red Sox manager Alex Cora made Kiké Hernández his leadoff hitter, he had one goal in mind: “Instant offense." “He's a tone-setter at the top of the lineup,” Red Sox starter Garrett Richards said. THESE BOOTSThe Red Sox had gone five straight games without an error, one short of their longest string of the season, before committing two in the second inning on Friday night. PITCHING INInfielder Ronald Torreyes pitched the eighth for Philadelphia, retiring the Red Sox in order on just five pitches -- all strikes. Red Sox: Catcher Kevin Plawecki (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and catcher Connor Wong was optioned to Triple-A Worcester.
Kepler 2-run triple, Maeda sharp, Twins top Tigers 4-2
MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) -- Max Kepler hit a two-run triple during a four-run sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins waited out another young Detroit starter, beating the Tigers 4-2 Friday night. Like left-hander Tarik Skubal a night earlier, Detroit rookie Matt Manning didn't allow a hit through the first four innings. Jorge Alcala (2-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of a standout Kenta Maeda. Maeda was out after five scoreless innings and 84 pitches. Ober earned his first career win in his last start with five scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox.
Miley delivers on mound and at plate as Reds top Brewers 2-0
MILWAUKEE - (AP) -- Wade Miley pitched eight shutout innings and helped himself by doubling and scoring in the Cincinnati Reds' 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Miley (7-4) struck out four and allowed seven hits and three walks as the Reds snapped the Brewers' seven-game home winning streak. Miley left after allowing a leadoff double to Avisaíl García in the ninth on his 104th pitch. Heath Hembree took over from there and struck out Rowdy Tellez, Jace Peterson and Omar Narváez to earn his fifth save. This is the second of seven consecutive matchups between the Brewers and Reds.
Mets' Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor homer during 10-run inning in rout of Pirates
Pete Alonso had a three-run home run and Francisco Lindor added a grand slam in the sixth as the Mets turned a nail-biter into a laugher. Lindor walked before Dom Smith grounded an RBI single to right to give the Mets a 3-2 lead and bring up Alonso. Alonso smoked the next pitch over the wall in right-center for his 16th home run and a 6-2 lead. Pirates manager Derek Shelton called on righthander Kyle Keller, who served up an opposite-field grand slam to Lindor on his second pitch to make it 12-2. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the second when Walker hit .135-hitting catcher Michael Perez with a pitch with the bases loaded.
Rays bullpen dominates again in 7-1 win over Blue Jays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (AP) -- Three Tampa Bay relievers combined on five more scoreless innings, Ji-Man Choi drove in three runs and the Rays won their fifth consecutive game, 7-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. “To hold that offense to no runs when they came in says a lot.”Five Rays relievers went seven hitless innings during a bullpen day in a 4-0 win over Cleveland in Game 2 of a doubleheader Wednesday. Choi was hit by a pitch around the left knee with the bases loaded in the fourth and made it 5-1 with a sixth-inning two-run single. Austin Meadows flared a two-out, two-run single to right in the third that put the Rays up 2-1. Rays: RHPs Chris Archer (forearm) and Oliver Drake (right flexor) are throwing live BP and could soon start rehab assignments.
Brittney Griner powers Mercury past Storm, 85-77
PHOENIX - (AP) -- Brittney Griner had 29 points and 15 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 85-77 on Friday night. Skylar Diggins-Smith added 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting for the Mercury (9-9). They beat the top two teams in the WNBA standings in consecutive games with Diana Taurasi sidelined by a hip injury. Griner had 33 points Wednesday night in a 99-90 overtime win over the Las Vegas Aces. The Storm (15-5) missed a chance to clinch a spot in WNBA Commissioner's Cup championship.
Sheets homers, Keuchel strong as White Sox beat Orioles 12-1
BALTIMORE - (AP) -- Baltimore-area native Gavin Sheets homered in his first trip to Camden Yards as a major leaguer, and Chicago White Sox routed the Baltimore Orioles 12-1 Friday night. “That home run was a really cool moment, not just for me but for my family,” Sheets said. Dallas Keuchel (7-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings, yielding one run to earn his first road victory since May 17. UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (6-6, 4.20 ERA) allowed one run and struck out a season-high 12 in seven innings on May 30 against Baltimore. Orioles: RHP Thomas Eshelman (0-1, 7.16), who has never faced the White Sox, has not completed five innings in any of his four starts this season.
Garcia's 2-run single pushes Rangers past Athletics 3-2
The only Rangers hitters to reach base in the first five innings against Irvin (6-8) were two hit batters in the fourth inning. White was the first of six straight Rangers batters to reach. The first four came against Irvin, ending with Andy Ibanez's RBI single to center to halt the shutout bid. Garcia greeted reliever Sergio Romo with his single giving Texas the lead. The A's made it 2-0 in the sixth on Jed Lowrie's RBI single to score Matt Chapman from second.
The Cincinnati Reds beat the Brewers on Friday. It was the Wade Miley Show.
On Friday at American Family Field, the Reds beat the Brewers, 2-0. Standing at third base, Miley took a big lead and was ready to race home if the ball got by the catcher. Miley scored on a double by Reds left fielder Jesse Winker, and the Reds took a 2-0 lead. After allowing a double to start the inning, Miley received a standing ovation from some Brewers fans. Reds reliever Heath Hembree entered the game for Miley, and Hembree picked up his fourth save in the last week.
Cincinnati police children's camp: officers stretch campers to be better than they already are
The eight-week Kim Williams Children in Trauma (CITI) camp includes a weekend-long lock-in style portion of an eight-week program for youths ages 10-13. Trauma can be minor, as simple as a fear of hitting one's head, said Cincinnati Police Department Lt. Chantia Pearson. Everyone has some kind of trauma, Pearson said. Pearson pointed out to the group of children that camp is a place where they can learn from their mistakes. The camp is about getting students to buy into doing things the right way when they are not in front of officers, he said.
Twins bats wake up late in 4-2 victory over Tigers
Tigers rookie Matt Manning was mowing down Twins hitters, and Kenta Maeda was sitting Tigers hitters down at an equal pace. Batting in the seventh spot, Kepler singled off Manning in the fifth inning for the Twins’ first hit, and his two-run triple in the sixth broke the game open in Minnesota’s 4-2 victory in front of a season-high crowd of 21,725. Left-hander Ian Kroll came in to face Larnach and almost immediately balked Arraez to third and Donaldson to second. Alex Kirilloff drew a walk, and Jorge Polanco popped out to third to bring up Kepler for a left-on-left matchup with Krol. Grossman charged it but missed and by the time he retrieved the ball at the wall, Kepler was pulling into third base with a two-run triple and a 4-0 lead.
J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers hit homers as Red Sox bats come alive in thumping of Phillies
As the Red Sox fell in a disappointing series loss to the Angels this week, it wasn’t for a lack of chances. After a cross-country flight back to Boston for the final three games before the All-Star break, it might have been easy for the Red Sox to sleepwalk through this weekend’s series with the Phillies. They tagged Phillies starter Vince Velasquez for seven runs and erased two early deficits, using big home runs from J.D. Then, after the Red Sox took the lead, immediately surrendered it back in the second. The Red Sox rallied again in the second as Bobby Dalbec doubled and Alex Verdugo to put two on for J.D.
Tyson Fury tests positive for COVID-19, fight with Deontay Wilder postponed
The trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas this month has been called off after Fury tested positive for COVID-19, the World Boxing Council (WBC) announced on Friday. WBC heavyweight champion Fury had signed a contract in May to fight American Wilder for a third time on July 24. Fury tested positive earlier this week. Fury, 32, had been set to face fellow Briton Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August in a world heavyweight unification title fight, but an American arbitrator ordered Fury to fight Wilder again before Sept. 15. Fury first fought Wilder, who is now 35, in 2018 and took the WBC title from him in a rematch in February 2020 with a seventh-round stoppage.
Diaz stunner downs Peru to give Colombia Copa 3rd place
Colombia's Luis Diaz celebrates after scoring against Peru in the Copa America third-place matchAdvertising Read moreBrasília (AFP)Luis Diaz scored a sensational winner with virtually the last kick of the match as Colombia beat Peru 3-2 in Brasilia on Friday to finish third in the Copa America. Colombia had the better start and piled on early pressure but Peru held firm despite the ball often pinging around in their box. Diaz had a chance for Colombia but fired straight at goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. Colombia were back level just four minutes after the break as Cuadrado fired a free-kick through a disintegrating wall and past Gallese at his near post. Colombia's tails were up and Cuadrado's cross picked out man-of-the-match Diaz whose acrobatic overhead kick was parried over by Gallese.
Pliskova stands between Barty and emulating Cawley's Wimbledon glory
Barty is attempting to win her first Wimbledon title on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley's maiden crown. To do so she must overcome a world number one who produced her best performance yet of the fortnight in beating 2018 champion Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals. "I think Wimbledon for me has been an amazing place of learning. Despite being behind on head-to-head meetings, the fact that it is a first Wimbledon final for both women could be a leveller. "She has a Grand Slam, but also for her is the first Wimbledon final.
Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner addresses Russell Wilson trade drama
Earlier in the offseason, the NFL was shocked when a disgruntled Russell Wilson was rumored to want out of Seattle. The 32-year-old stayed put, and now, according to teammate Bobby Wagner, the drama is “all water under the bridge.”“I think, honestly, it’s part of how the league works. If you lose and don’t go to the big game, they always try to figure out what went wrong, what happened,” Wagner told USA TODAY Sports Friday. Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson AP (2)Wilson was also angered by Seattle’s playoff performance in last year’s postseason. However, despite the turmoil, Wilson stayed with Seattle.
Report: Kansas City Chiefs' Frank Clark charged with felony possession of an assault weapon
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was charged Friday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office with felony possession of an assault weapon stemming from a March incident, a spokesperson for the office told The Kansas City Star. The arraignment for Clark — who could face up to three years in prison if convicted — is set for July 14, the L.A. County District Attorney's office spokesperson told the Star. Clark, 28, was also arrested in Los Angeles in June for allegedly possessing a concealed firearm in a vehicle. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end is entering his third season with the Chiefs and helped Kansas City to victory in Super Bowl 54 following the 2019 season. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, who drafted him in the second round in 2015.
Bulls guard Zach LaVine is chasing the gold standard of greatness
The way guard Zach LaVine sees it, the contract extension talks are “going to play out the right way … we should be in talks soon and we’ll see what happens.’’The more pressing matter for LaVine? Capturing Olympic gold as a first-time member of Team USA as they prepare to take down the rest of the hoops world in Tokyo next month. It’s a team sport, however, and that’s where LaVine has come up very dry since being selected 13th overall in the 2014 draft. Team USA can help change that. Those are the skills and things we are looking for from him.’’Zach LaVine – Team USA stopper?
White Sox rout Orioles, take a closer look at catcher Seby Zavala
Perhaps Collins will after the All-Star break that follows this weekend’s s series against the struggling Orioles. But at least for now, manager Tony La Russa wants to get recent Triple-A Charlotte callup Seby Zavala accustomed to each of the Sox starting pitchers. “Very impressive,” La Russa said of the way Zavala, who caught seven innings of one-run ball from Dallas Keuchel in the White Sox’ 12-1 rout of the Orioles Friday, has handled pitchers. “He needs the exposure,” La Russa said of Zavala. I think he’ll be good for us.”The Sox bats got riled up to the tune of nine runs against Orioles starter Jose Lopez (2-12) and four relievers.
Morton sharp, Acuña restrained after HBP, Braves top Marlins
MIAMI - (AP) -- Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Ronald Acuña Jr. was restrained after being plunked by another Marlins pitcher and the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 5-0 Friday night. A frustrated Acuña stared and walked toward Bender before he was restrained by Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. Marlins pitchers have hit Acuña seven times since the three-time All-Star's rookie season in 2018, including with the first pitch of Atlanta's first at-bat of their game July 2. That hit-by-pitch resulted in the ejection of Miami starter Pablo López. Freeman gave Atlanta a quick lead with his solo homer against Miami starter Anthony Bass in the first.
Bradley HR in 9th, Indians overcome bad baserunning, beat KC
James Karinchak (6-2) got his second win in two nights, steering around a leadoff double in the ninth. Jorge Soler homered for the Royals, who have dropped 14 of 17 to fall a season-worst 16 games under .500. Taylor made things worse by throwing behind Johnson, who took second when the ball got past first baseman Carlos Santana. Amed Rosario hit a grounder to Royals shortstop Nicky Lopez, who trapped Johnson in a rundown between home and third. UP NEXTIndians RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2) will start Saturday against Royals RHP Mike Minor (6-7), who is 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA in nine appearances against Cleveland.
Morton pours salt on wounds of Marlins’ inept offense, leading Braves’ two-hit shutout
Shawn Morimando relieved Bass and held Atlanta scoreless the next five innings. Recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday, Morimando had one previous relief appearance with Miami this season, when he entered the ninth to close a 9-2 lead against Philadelphia May 24 but allowed four runs and four hits and lasted 2/3 of an inning.
Fifty years later, Reggie Jackson's HR in All-Star Game still stands out
44 of the Yankees – hit a home run off the light tower at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium in the All-Star Game. The 1971 All-Star Game was a home run derby within the game. Aaron’s was his first in an All-Star Game; he only had two overall even though he appeared in 24 Midsummer Classics. Clemente’s homer came in his last All-Star Game at-bat. The players of that time – unlike the players of our time – really cared about who won the All-Star Game.
Is rookie CJ Elleby the next Gary Trent Jr.?: Trail Blazers season review, look ahead
2020-2021 contributions: Elleby appeared in 30 games this season playing 6.4 minutes per contest and averaging 2.3 points on 37.9% shooting. Trent improved greatly his second season and emerged as an impact player in the NBA bubble. This season, Trent played well enough to net Norman Powell in a trade with Toronto that also included sending Rodney Hood to the Raptors. Trent received his big break in his second season partly because of numerous injuries on the roster. Still, it’s possible that at some point, just like with Trent, Elleby could force his way into the rotation within a few seasons.
Columbus police throwing summer block parties as part of mission to connect with community
The moment symbolized the connections that Columbus police bicycle officers in the city's Safe Streets program were hoping to achieve in their first summer block party Friday evening outside the new Linden Community Center. Jeremy's mother, Tela Rics, appreciated that the police division and its Linden bike team were throwing a party for the neighborhood. Placing bicycle officers on the streets of Linden to connect directly with neighbors and serve as problem-solvers was the goal of the Safe Streets program when it was launched in summer 2017. Officer Kevin Davis, a 10-year veteran of the force, has been a part of the Safe Streets team in Linden since it began. Three more summer block parties will be held by the Columbus police Safe Streets program this month at Columbus Recreation and Parks Department community centers:July 16, noon to 3 p.m., Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Ave.July 23, noon to 3 p.m., Far East Community Center, 1826 Lattimer DriveJuly 30, 4 to 7 p.m., Glenwood Community Center, 1888 Fairmont Ave.jfutty@dispatch.com@johnfutty
Thunder: Five things to know about NBA Draft prospect Davion Mitchell
Davion Mitchell, a smooth shooter and shut-down defender, might be the most pro-ready prospect in the 2021 NBA Draft. “You play for Baylor bra?” Lillard tweeted at Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell in March. It’s easy to see why “Are Donovan and Davion Mitchell related?” is a top Google search. Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who turns 23 on Monday, is only two months older than Mitchell, and Gilgeous-Alexander is set to enter his fourth NBA season. Like Dort, Mitchell can play either guard spot, but neither would be the primary playmaker next to Gilgeous-Alexander.
U.S. swimmers say decision to ban fans in Tokyo will not have impact on performance
U.S. swimming stars Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel vowed Thursday that the decision to bar spectators at the Tokyo Games over COVID-19 concerns won’t affect them during competition. Ledecky noted that when the 2020 Games were postponed for a year as the pandemic raged, it wasn’t clear if they would ever, in fact, be held. The Tokyo Games will be the first to take place largely behind closed doors. “I fully trust Team USA, the staff, that they’re going to take care of us, that we’re going to be safe. “It’s something that our athletes have been comfortable with.”Ledecky said the presence of the world’s best swimmers would be more than enough motivation.
Lobos on Lobos: Before it gets competitive, it’s been congenial
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Thursday night, short on players, Mason stepped in to play a few games at Bosque School in advance of Sunday night’s main event. Luckily for Mason, and for those eager Lobo fans planning to attend Sunday’s game, many more former Lobo players made their return to Albuquerque on Friday – some flying in, some driving in. “Fully loaded,” Mason added Friday evening, knowing a good 20 Lobos or so are available. Sunday’s all-star game, which starts at 6 p.m. (doors at the Pit open at 4:30 p.m.) pits two teams of former Lobos against each other. TICKETS: Mason and some of the former Lobo players hopped this past week from gym to gym around the metro area handing out around 500 free tickets to youth basketball players.
Novak Djokovic expecting great battle with Matteo Berrettini in Wimbledon final
Novak Djokovic said he expects a “great battle” against Italian powerhouse Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s Wimbledon final when victory will earn the Serb a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title. The 34-year-old maintained his imperious progress as he fought off Canadian Denis Shapovalov in three tight sets on Friday to move into his 30th Grand Slam final. “Anything is possible in the finals,” the defending champion Djokovic, who has won five of his previous six Wimbledon finals including in 2018 and 2019, told reporters. Italy’s Matteo Berrettini celebrates his win against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Friday at Wimbledon. I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another Grand Slam trophy prior to coming to London.
England and Italy counting down to Euro 2020 final
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)England and Italy are holding their collective breath as the clock counts down to Sunday's Euro 2020 final showdown which will be watched by around 65,000 fans at Wembley and millions more on television. - Previous meetings -England have never beaten Italy at a major tournament, although meetings between the nations have been few and far between. The Azzurri have lit up Euro 2020 ever since beating Turkey 3-0 in the opening game a month ago. Italy had the backing of around 11,000 UK-based fans at the semi-final and their supporters will once again be there for the final. Sunday's game will be their 10th major tournament final.
Daniel Camarena’s brother goes wild after improbable Padres grand slam
The 28-year-old was the first Padres player to have a grand slam for their first career hit, and he’s the second pitcher ever whose first hit was a grand slam. The moment was made sweeter when Camarena’s family was caught on camera celebrating the grand slam. Not only that, a grand slam,” he said. The grand slam was not only a historical moment, but also a pivotal point in the Padres’ comeback victory over the Nationals. San Diego was down 8-2 before the grand slam.
UFC 264 video: Dustin Poirier distanced from heated Conor McGregor in final faceoff
All the pre-fight festivities are over following the final faceoff between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264 ceremonial weigh-ins. The intensity has been building as the lightweight trilogy bout approaches, and after making weight Friday morning at official weigh-ins, Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) came face-to-face one last time before sharing the octagon. After McGregor attempted to kick Poirier during their press conference staredown, UFC president Dana White took no risks in allowing the pair to get physical. Dana White made sure Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor kept their distance during the final #UFC264 faceoff. pic.twitter.com/XCn6v4obIt — MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) July 10, 2021Check out the video above to see the Poirier vs. McGregor ceremonial weigh-in staredown ahead of UFC 264.
Mets trade deadline target Adam Frazier appreciates ‘great’ New York fans
Adam Frazier is garnering some interest on the trade market. The Mets are one of the teams interested in the Pirates second baseman, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Frazier has been one of the best players in baseball this season, hitting .326/.396/.461 with a league-leading 109 hits prior to Friday’s game at Citi Field. Whatever happens, happens.”Adam Frazier Getty ImagesSince making his MLB debut in 2016, Frazier has developed into an elite contact hitter. While adding Frazier would certainly be a luxury for acting general manager Zack Scott, the All-Star’s talent is undeniable.
Michael Conforto confident he’s on ‘right track’ to breaking Mets slump
“Five weeks is five weeks, but ultimately I felt like I could come back and help the team win games. When he’s at the ballpark, though, he’s able to concentrate on what’s most important: helping the Mets win games. “We’ve got a couple things we’re working on now that I feel pretty confident we’re on the right track. “I need to start playing better,” Conforto said. “[Our success] takes a little pressure off me, but I need to start playing better.”
Packers roster 2021: Upgrades or downgrades for every position group on offense
How did the Green Bay Packers do this offseason? This position group will either be improved entering 2021, or massively worse. Verdict: TBDRunning back/fullbackGreen Bay Packers running back Kylin Hill (32) is shown during a mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Green Bay, Wis. Verdict: UpgradeTight endGreen Bay Packers tight end Bronson Kaufusi (45) participates in organized team activities Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Verdict: UpgradeOffensive tackleOffensive lineman Royce Newman (70) is shown during the first day of Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp Friday, May 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wis.
The Suns stunned the NBA world with a gorgeous 10-pass sequence that looked like the peak Warriors
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesThe Suns got an and-one layup off a gorgeous 10-pass sequence in Game 2 of the Finals. On Thursday, the Suns took a 2-0 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. The NBA world reacted in awe:This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Live updates, news, score
Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger looks to snap brutal 10-game slumpThe Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches his single against the Washington Nationals July 2 in Washington. But the sudden power surge was not the start of a hot streak for the slugger. “I think for Cody, it’s more of the abbreviated spring training, the broken leg, the start and stop to the season, and hitting is hard,” Roberts said. “For him to be on our club and impact us defensively like he has, and to still try to get on track and stay on track offensively, it’s still a work in progress. “But all I expect is competing and trying to win pitches, and when he does that in the box, I think all of the performance will start to line up.”
Luke List takes 1-shot lead at John Deere Classic with string of seven birdies in eight holes
That gave him a one-shot lead over Sebastian Munoz going into the weekend at the TPC Deere Run. List is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory, though that wasn’t front and center over the last month. List missed only one fairway. US Senior Open — The combination of wind, heat, and humidity made it difficult to go low at the US Senior Open. Two-time US Senior Open runner-up Miguel Angel Jimenez (71) was 1 under.
Hundreds of Boy Scouts evacuated from Camp Geronimo due to Backbone Fire
As ash began to fall from the sky and smoke covered the sun, the Boy Scouts calmly packed their tents, loaded their cars and drove away from Camp Geronimo. The scouts, who were enjoying a weeklong stay at the camp, had their final night end abruptly due to a wildfire. Camp Geronimo spans over 270 acres north of Payson, according to camp commissionerGerry Hahn. The weeklong trip also gives scouts a great opportunity to earn merit badges and learn the values of the Boy Scouts. For example, safety officials tested the different sirens, so the scouts understood what to do in the event of an emergency, Mitchell said.
ASU basketball player Kyle Feit headed to Florida community college
Arizona State basketball player Kyle Feit will be relocating to Florida in expectations of getting more playing time. Feit, who was a walk-on at ASU, will have three years of eligibility, the first of which he will use at his next stop — Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. The last time Feit saw considerable playing time came in 2018 when he played at prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Feit said he also considered College of Southern Idaho, South Plains in Texas and Florida SouthWestern State in Fort Myers, Florida. Indian River State College, coached by Charlie Wilson, is coming off a 20-4 showing which included a 10-2 mark in the conference.
Arizona Rattlers WR Jarrod Harrington on rediscovering 2019 mojo
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Diamondbacks expect to face uncertain wait in Sunday’s draft
1 overall talent, and Diamondbacks scouting director Deric Ladnier said the uncertainty extends further down the board. “I think there's a blend of all of those guys, where everybody likes all of the players that are up there. The most recent versions link them to Vanderbilt right-hander Kumar Rocker, Louisville catcher Henry Davis, Dallas prep shortstop Jordan Lawlar and Oklahoma prep right-hander Jackson Jobe. Most projections have California prep shortstop Marcelo Mayer going first overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates. “There’s some really advanced high school bats, which I think is one of the strengths of this draft,” Ladnier said.
Baseball for all: Play Ball Park brings fun, history to Denver as part of All-Star Week
But he had a seemingly permanent grin on his face once inside Play Ball Park — a five-day MLB showcase for all things baseball. Play Ball Park is free and open to the public. Major League Baseball expects up to 100,000 total people to come through by the end of Tuesday. It’s the Dunavants’ third Play Ball Park experience, which holds a special place in their hearts. “We got married right before the D.C. All-Star game,” Matt Dunavant said of the 2018 game.
Bud Black a fan of Padres’ all-star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.: “He could go down as one of the best players of all time.”
The Rockies manager heaped praise upon the Padres’ all-star shortstop ahead of Colorado’s three-game series in San Diego, saying that Tatis “could go down as one of the best players of all time.”“That’s how talented he is,” Black said. We’ve already seen he’s got power, he’s got speed, he plays a premium position, he’s got a cannon for an arm. Black said he’s going to make a point to introduce himself to Tatis during next week’s all-star workout day at Coors Field. Tatis signed a 14-year, $330 million deal with the Padres in February, the longest contract in MLB history. Pitching probablesSunday: Rockies RHP Jon Gray (5-6, 3.94) at Padres LHP Ryan Weathers (4-2, 3.02), 2:10 p.m., ATTRMMonday: MLB All-Star break begins
Brewers' Christian Yelich on trying to get going at the plate: 'I don't even look the same up there right now.'
As for what he was focusing on Friday, Yelich said, “Just slowing it down, trying to figure things out. “He’s going to work out strong the next couple of days and as we get to Sunday, we’ll figure out what’s next for him, “Counsell said. “He’s doing really good. He’s moved around a lot and he’s been told ‘no’ a lot, but he’s stuck to it. You don’t know when that opportunity is going to come and when it’s going to click when you get it.
Sun wraps up spot in Commissioner’s Cup championship
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - (AP) -- Jonquel Jones had 24 points and 16 rebounds, DeWanna Bonner added 22 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the Atlanta Dream 84-72 on Friday night to wrap up a spot in the WNBA Commissioner's Cup championship. Connecticut will represent the Eastern Conference in the inaugural title game Aug. 12 in Phoenix after going 8-1 in Commissioner's Cup games. Brionna Jones added 16 points and nine rebounds and Briann January scored 11 points for Connecticut (13-6). Jones was 11 of 18 from the floor to help her reach 20-plus points for the eighth time this season. Cheyenne Parker scored all 15 of her points in the first half for Atlanta (6-12), which has lost three straight.
Rain postpones the start of Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez’s rehab assignment with Class A Winston-Salem
Friday’s game between the Dash and Hickory in Winston-Salem, N.C., was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday.
Mitchell scores 20 points, Fever beat Liberty 82-69
INDIANAPOLIS - (AP) -- Kelsey Mitchell had 20 points and the Indiana Fever won their second straight game after losing 12 in a row, beating the New York Liberty 82-69 on Friday night. Danielle Robinson added 18, and Teaira McCowan had 15 points for the Fever (3-16). Betnijah Laney had 23 points for the Liberty (10-10). Kylee Shook added 13 points, and Sami Whitcomb and Reshanda Gray had 10 each. ___More AP women's basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Twins still working on Miguel Sano’s bat
He had career-highs of 34 home runs and 79 RBIs in 2019 but was limited by injuries to just 105 games. He started so slowly this season, Baldelli and his staff had him platooning at first base against left-handed pitchers. Sano, 28, hits the ball hard when he gets the barrel on the ball, Baldelli noted, but it’s been a challenge. Among active Twins, Sano, 28, ranks first in swings and misses, according to baseballsavant.mlb.com — 38.2 percent. The Twins’ best catcher, Garver was batting .224 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 17 RBIs in 41 games.
Timberwolves’ most likely path to roster improvement this summer is through trades
“For us as we move forward, this team is going to get better primarily through trades and through development,” Rosas said. More are happening this weekend in Minneapolis at the Timberwolves’ in-market draft workouts attended by front-office personnel from a vast majority of NBA teams. “It gives us creativity, it gives us the opportunity to acquire players to address needs in different shapes and forms. Now, it’s time to determine which young players to move forward with, and which ones to perhaps move on from while attempting to address other needs. “We’re a young group that needs leaders, needs examples, needs professionalism,” Rosas said.
Connecticut Sun clinch berth in WNBA’s inaugural Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game with 84-72 win over Atlanta
“We talked about it,” DeWanna Bonner said before the game. “But we just more so talked about bouncing back after that loss that we just took, just focusing on us, and if we can come out and win and clinch, that’s awesome.”
Friday's golf: Luke List goes on a birdie binge for 63 to lead John Deere
That gave him a one-shot lead over Sebastian Munoz going into the weekend at the TPC Deere Run. List is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory, though that wasn't front and center over the last month. Among those making it to the weekend was Steve Stricker, the 54-year-old Ryder Cup captain and three-time John Deere Classic winner. LPGASylvania, Ohio — Nasa Hataoka needed another birdie streak to hang onto the lead Friday in the Marathon LPGA Classic. “Putting myself in contention for the weekend, it feels really, really good.
Pistons get good news, bad news from Team USA on rookies Bey, Stewart
It’s a little bit of good news and some not-so-good news for the Pistons players connected to Team USA and the Select Team that is preparing them for the Olympics this month. Saddiq Bey, who was on the developmental Select Team, is being promoted temporarily to Team USA, according to a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Team USA has three open spots because the Suns’ Devin Booker and the Bucks’ Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton are playing in the NBA Finals. The other two temporary additions to Team USA are Cavaliers guard Darius Garland and Spurs wing Keldon Johnson. Team USA opens its exhibition schedule Saturday in Las Vegas against Nigeria.
Columbus police throwing summer block parties as part of mission to connect with community
The moment symbolized the connections that Columbus police bicycle officers in the city's Safe Streets program were hoping to achieve in their first summer block party Friday evening outside the new Linden Community Center. Jeremy's mother, Tela Rics, appreciated that the police division and its Linden bike team were throwing a party for the neighborhood. Placing bicycle officers on the streets of Linden to connect directly with neighbors and serve as problem-solvers was the goal of the Safe Streets program when it was launched in summer 2017. Officer Kevin Davis, a 10-year veteran of the force, has been a part of the Safe Streets team in Linden since it began. Three more summer block parties will be held by the Columbus police Safe Streets program this month at Columbus Recreation and Parks Department community centers:July 16, noon to 3 p.m., Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Ave.July 23, noon to 3 p.m., Far East Community Center, 1826 Lattimer DriveJuly 30, 4 to 7 p.m., Glenwood Community Center, 1888 Fairmont Ave.jfutty@dispatch.com@johnfutty
Behind Lucas Zelarayan, Crew rallies for fiery road draw in rivalry game at Cincinnati
CINCINNATI – The Crew was without a lot of things at TQL Stadium on Friday night. It didn’t have 11 members of its roster, six gone to national team duty and five unavailable to injury. FC Cincinnati had two, and a raucous orange-and-blue crowd was reveling in the first match of the #HellisReal rivalry in its shiny new stadium. The Crew had Lucas Zelarayan, and that would be plenty. The Crew is now 3-1-3 against its rivals to the south after the first full-capacity game between the teams since August 25, 2019.
Father slain amid Richmond's rise in random violence as RPD plans to bolster homicide unit
"I'm so scared, I'm so scared, I'm so scared," she screamed. When Greene found McLaurin a short time later, he was lying on his face with blood coming from his head. He was trying to get up, but Greene told him to sit and be still. They would not let Greene go with him in the ambulance. "They wouldn't let us do anything."
Olympic fan's bid to set world record spoiled by decision to ban spectators
Kazunori Takishima’s Olympic dream of setting a world record — a plan that cost him almost $40,000 — ended this week when organisers said spectators would be banned from most Olympic events. Takishima bought a hundred Tokyo 2020 tickets, saving and planning for years in the hope of attending the most Olympic events ever. “I gain so many things when I attend Olympic events,” Takishima said. The tears these athletes cry are authentic. The Guinness World Record stands at 128 and in May, Takishima started negotiating with Guinness to register his record of 134.
Hataoka uses blistering closing stretch to keep Marathon lead
This marks the fourth time in her career she has held the lead through 36 holes, most recently at the 2020 ShopRite Classic. She will take a two stroke lead over American Mina Harigae into the third round of the $2 million tournament which pays the winner $300,000. After shooting the lowest opening round score on the LPGA Tour is almost seven years on Thursday, Hataoka began the second round with a bogey on No. “I did kind of look (at the leaderboard) because we had to wait along the way,” said Hataoka. Tiffany Joh wrapped up her LPGA Tour career by missing the cut as she shot a one-over 73.
Mets are starting to ‘hate’ all these doubleheaders
“I love the seven-inning doubleheaders, but I hate that we have so many this year,” Lindor said before the Mets faced the Pirates at Citi Field. On Wednesday, the Mets spilt a doubleheader against the Brewers at Citi Field, winning the first game and losing the nightcap. Mets star Francisco Lindor is getting tired of all these doubleheaders. “We have got to figure out how to win two games in a day.”The Mets aren’t finished with doubleheaders after Saturday. It’s the highest total for the franchise since 1979, when the Mets played 19 doubleheaders.
Kevin Durant was never going to miss this Olympics opportunity
But he still gave up a month of his offseason to commit to Team USA and a trip to Tokyo for the Olympics. “I committed to USA Basketball when I was coming out of college,” Durant said. Kevin Durant will compete for Team USA at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. He certainly was not going to miss the first Olympics since the passing of Kobe Bryant, whose memory Durant said is driving the many Team USA stars who looked up to him. “Guys that had close relationships will understand how he’d approach every single day, especially with Team USA.
Struggling Gerrit Cole returns to Houston for ‘important’ Yankees start
HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole scored the richest contract for a pitcher in history in December 2019, based in large part on how he pitched for the Astros. In his return to Minute Maid Park with the Yankees, things aren’t quite as good for Cole. Cole’s spin rates — which can be improved by using sticky substances — have dropped since the crackdown. In his last outing, Sunday against the Mets, his spin rates were down from his season average on all of his pitches. Asked Friday if he intends to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Denver, Cole said, “I think so,” but he and the Yankees will discuss it following Saturday’s start.
Brett Gardner’s struggles only highlight Yankees’ outfield problem
Brett Gardner’s struggles at the plate this season have only been a footnote to the Yankees’ overall lack of offensive production from their center and left fielders. After going 2-for-33 in the past 15 games, Gardner is about to wrap up an underwhelming first half of the 2021 season. While Gardner is the longest-tenured member of the 2021 Yankees, it is apparent he has not been able to contribute as he once did. The Yankees have yet to figure out how to clear that hurdle, and their offense has suffered as a result. Boone opted to deploy Tyler Wade, who was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday, in left field and batting ninth Friday.
Knicks legend Earl Monroe thinks Chris Paul is ‘made’ for MSG
“Earl The Pearl” would love for the Suns’ Chris Paul to take the same path in the late stages of his career. Paul helped Monroe promote his documentary, “Black Magic” that centered on civil rights through the prism of basketball at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Chris Paul (l.) and Earl Monroe (r.) at Legends & Legacy: A Salute to 100 Years of Change at Gotham Hall on July 15, 2009. And Chris is that stabilizing force.”Earl Monroe playing for the Knicks against the Celtics in 1979. NBAE via Getty ImagesThat Paul has lasted to 36 is unsurprising to the Knicks legend, but playing at an MVP level is.
Man shot dead, 3 people stabbed near preschool in France: report
One person was shot dead and three were stabbed near a preschool in France on Friday — and the shooter remains "on the run," according to reports. An 18-year-old man was shot in the chest not far from the unnamed school in the La Milliere section of Marseille around 5 p.m. local time, according to unconfirmed local reports cited by the UK Express. "A man was shot dead and three others injured near a kindergarten in Marseille. The author of the shots is on the run and wanted," the local news channel AR1 tweeted Friday, using the French term for preschool. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOther details about the attack, including whether any children were hurt, were not immediately available Friday.
Chiefs' Frank Clark charged with felony possession of assault weapon
Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports2021-07-09 23:27:28 GMT+00:00 - Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was charged in Los Angeles County with felony possession of an assault weapon on Friday and faces up to three years in prison. FOX4 in Kansas City reported that Clark will be arraigned on July 14 in Compton, Calif. The 28-year-old Clark is entering the third season of a five-year, $104 million deal with the Chiefs. Clark has amassed 202 tackles, 11 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 91 games (59 starts).
Chiefs star Frank Clark facing 3 years in prison on felony weapon possession charge
Kansas City Chiefs star Frank Clark is facing up three years in prison after prosecutors formally charged him with felony possession of an assault weapon on Friday, according to TMZ. Clark was initially arrested and booked in a Los Angeles County jail with a $35,000 bond, then released alongside the three other passengers of his car. Frank Clark's legal issues continueOff-the-field behavior has long been a concern with Frank Clark. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Soon after Clark's arrest was reported, the Kansas City Star uncovered that Clark had also been arrested in March on another gun charge. Clark also pleaded guilty to a felony home invasion charge after acknowledging he had stolen a laptop from a floormate in his dorm.
Sixers guard Seth Curry shows off his range at Tahoe golf takeover
The Curry brothers, Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, are known for their elite shooting, but they are also known for their love of the game of golf. The Curry brothers combined both of their skills on Wednesday when they were at the Travis Mathew celebrity golf takeover in Lake Tahoe. There was a basketball court that popped up on the course and the Curry brothers were able to get some shooting in as well. Seth was able to knock one down from beyond the fence that had everybody excited. ListTop 3 draft prospects the Sixers should look at in 2021 NBA draft View 3 items
Watch: Steph Curry gets sparring rematch with Canelo Alvarez on the golf course
For the ninth time, Steph Curry will tee up for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood in Lake Tahoe. For the second straight year, the Golden State Warriors guard is building a new tradition for the event with a championship boxer. At the 2020 edition of the tournament, Curry squared off against super-middleweight boxing champion Canelo Alvarez for a sparring match on the golf course. Luckily for Curry and the Warriors, Canelo didn’t connect with one of his powerful counter punches. Seth and Dell Curry are slated to join Steph in Lake Tahoe for the tournament.
Cam Newton says his shoulder wasn't healthy for years after injury against Chargers
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton played through a shoulder injury for multiple seasons. Newton revealed his shoulder hasn't been right since 2016 in a video released on YouTube on Friday. Newton explained he injured his shoulder after throwing an interception against the then San Diego Chargers in Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season. Even if Newton plays at a high level, his time in New England could be done after this season. Cam Newton dealt with a shoulder injury for years.
Why Sha'Carri Richardson could be more valuable to sponsors after her failed drug test
At 21, Richardson blew away the competition in the women’s 100 meters at U.S. Olympic Trials, solidifying herself as a contender to win gold in her sport’s glamour race. The outcry over Richardson’s Olympic ban has catapulted a headliner in a niche sport to mainstream relevance. A little over a decade later, Richardson’s failed drug test seems to have inspired more sympathy than outrage. At the end of every Olympics, Shabelman fields calls from reporters asking him to assess the endorsement potential of the most prominent athletes. “It takes a Usain Bolt, a Jackie Joyner-Kersee, somebody who does insane things.”In Richardson, Shabelman sees an athlete who can one day break through the clutter.
Kiké Hernández settles into unexpected everyday role in center field for Red Sox
When Kiké Hernández signed with the Red Sox before spring training, he not only had his eyes set on being an everyday player, but also a starting second baseman. Kiké Hernández has been a key part of the Red Sox outfield, spending most of his time in center field this season. But 58 of them have come in center field, a position where Hernández has thrived this season. Heading into Friday’s game, Hernández led all center fielders in defensive runs saved with nine this year. “The Red Sox have and I definitely feel we needed that fourth day.
Former 49ers, Stanford tight end Greg Clark passes away at age 49
Greg Clark, a former 49ers and Stanford tight end, passed away Wednesday after battling a brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his family announced. Clark’s family issued a statement that read:“It is with great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Greg Clark, 49, cherished husband, father, son, brother and friend to so many. Clark played at Stanford from 1995-96 and with the 49ers from 1997-2000. “Greg was an incredible person who touched everyone I’ve ever seen him meet,” said Steve Baker, Clark’s former agent and close friend. “He literally filled any room he was ever in with both warmth and integrity.”So sad to lose a former teammate and a great man in Greg Clark.
Rattlers ready to face their former quarterback in home showdown with Northern Arizona Wranglers
The Rattlers are in first place in the Indoor Football League for the first time this season at 6-1. But they can't take their next opponent, the expansion Northern Arizona Wranglers, for granted on Saturday at 6:05 p.m., at the Snake Pit. Even though they dominated the Wranglers in the first half of the season opener, they know they'll face a different Verlon Reed Jr., this time around. Reed was 7 of 12 passing in the opener, before the Rattlers knocked him out with an injury. The Rattlers' lone loss came against defending IFL champion Sioux Falls Storm, 50-46, on May 22 in South Dakota.
Phoenix Rising set for first-ever match against Charlotte Independence
For the first time since 2018, USL teams are playing inter-conference games this season. On Saturday, that means Phoenix Rising FC is playing its first-ever match against Charlotte Independence. And though Saturday’s game comes against a Charlotte side that’s lost its last three games, Phoenix’s travel could result in heavy legs. Charlotte, though, will have fatigue issues of its own after playing midweek games the past two weeks. While most USL teams play more traditional formations with four defenders, the Independence typically opt for a 3-4-3, with two aggressive, attacking wing backs — a similar set up to the one Tampa Bay used to beat the Rising.
Phoenix Suns: Look back at Devin Booker's Game 2 surge, ahead to NBA Finals resuming in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE – Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams is raising his boys to become men. “You have young boys that are my boys' age, you know why sometimes animals eat their young,” said Williams before Thursday’s Game 2 win against the Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns Arena. In being a father, Williams is showing them in these NBA Finals it’s more than OK to have fears. Booker was too hyped to start Game 2 of the NBA Finals as reflected in missing eight of his first 10 shots from the field. Milwaukee led the NBA in scoring in the regular season at 120.1 points a game.
Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks talking points: Dynasty in Phoenix? Bucks win guarantee?
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America’s pastime is garnering more young females toward baseball. “It’s my first love.”
“Why is she out on the field?”A mother standing in the bleachers during a Little League baseball game was yelling toward the field. Once she started baseball at age 8, there was no stopping her. That’s where Major League Baseball steps in. The 1-day workout series aims to identify talent for various girls’ baseball events hosted by MLB and USA Baseball. “Since these MLB and USA Baseball events have started, you see the amount of growth and more of these women who are playing the sport,” said Meggie Meidlinger, a pitcher for the USA Baseball Women’s National Team.
CPAC: Trump Jr. calls Biden ‘dolt,’ gloats that stripper Stormy Daniels’ lawyer is going to prison
If you get the line right, you get a scoop of ice cream.”Such mockery and red meat is typical both for Trump Jr. and CPAC, which Donald Trump himself will headline on Sunday afternoon. Michael Avenatti is going to prison,” Trump Jr. said. Trump Jr. glossed over his dad’s affair with Daniels, and his family’s own legal entanglements. While he own dad was right about “everything,” Trump Jr. said, Biden has set out a welcome mat for illegal migration. (Elias Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News) (Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)“Addiction is terrible.
Live coverage: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of a four-game series at American Family Field
The Brewers continue a four-game series with the second-place Cincinnati Reds. Get live updates from American Family Field.
Kyle Hendricks keeps rolling along, Cubs’ offense erupts in win over Cardinals
Bryant was out again Friday with an aching hamstring, but he was able to pinch-hit in the seventh inning. Those two and the rest of the batting order strung together hits and scored in vintage Cubs fashion, and starter Kyle Hendricks tossed a quality start, his 13th of the season. Hendricks pitched 6 ? innings, allowing two runs that came in the third inning on RBI singles by Tyler O’Neill and Yadier Molina. “Today I was really good mentally and I did execute a lot of good pitches,” Hendricks said. “So, you know, I’ll take that moving forward.”After a slow start to the season, Hendricks has pitched at least six innings and is unbeaten in his last 11 starts in a row, going back to May 9 against the Pirates.
Taijuan Walker gets Jacob deGrom's All-Star endorsement
In announcing earlier this week that he was declining to go to Denver for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, deGrom suggested his spot could rightly go to teammate Taijuan Walker. Walker downplayed the idea of earning his first All-Star Game nod after his last outing, when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in a victory against the Yankees on July 3. "He’s a guy that deserves to be in the All-Star Game," manager Luis Rojas said. Just watching the slider from where he was last year to where it is this year, it’s a better pitch. Of course, he's the guy, he's the one that did it, but our pitching coaches have worked really well with him, as well."
'They really wanted me': DeVante' Jones puts NBA on hold to chase titles at Michigan
When DeVante’ Jones first entered his name in the transfer portal in late April, it didn’t take long for his phone to blow up. He committed to the Wolverines on May 1 and tested the NBA Draft waters until he withdrew his name on Monday. “Honestly I just feel like I'll come in and do whatever is best for the team,” Jones said. Being a point guard and being able to lead the team, that's the big thing for me. But, ultimately, Jones said he gave his word to Howard that he’d be heading to Michigan.
Spectators also barred from Olympic events in Hokkaido
Naomichi Suzuki, who had requested that the soccer matches be held without spectators, told reporters the organizers reversed their initial decision after talks with Hokkaido officials. According to the organizers, the reason for the about-face is the difficulty of preventing the flow of people between Hokkaido and Tokyo. With most of the events set to be held without spectators during the Summer Games, the organizers are expected to review their plans regarding volunteers and medical staff. On Thursday, the committee and other organizing bodies agreed to hold the Olympics without spectators in Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. While Hokkaido will also stage the men’s and women’s marathon and race walk events between Aug. 5 and 8, the organizers have already requested that the public refrain from gathering along the routes.
UEFA stop Frank Skinner and David Baddiel from singing Three Lions at Wembley
UEFA have reportedly stopped Frank Skinner and David Baddiel from singing Three Lions before the Euro 2020 final as it is too 'partisan' and 'unfair' on the Italians. The comedians were the masterminds behind the Three Lions football anthem - which was penned 25 years ago and has been chanted throughout the tournament. UEFA stopped Frank Skinner and David Baddiel singing Three Lions at Wembley on SundayWhile appearing on the TV show The Last Leg, Skinner shared his frustrations with UEFA's decision. Nevertheless, Skinner and Baddiel were seen singing their hit song from the stands at Wembley as they cheered on England during their semi-final clash with Denmark. Skinner and Baddiel's song enjoyed a roaring comeback during the 2018 World Cup, in which England got to the semi-finals.
UEFA hit £25million jackpot with ticket sales after England's surge to the Euro 2020 final
UEFA will net up to £25million thanks to England’s march to the Euro 2020 final. Gareth Southgate’s men will be backed by a huge crowd at Wembley on Sunday, as they were against Denmark on Wednesday. There were concerns that an early exit for England would hit attendances for the semi-finals and final, which all take place under the arch. UEFA has been raking in the ticket sale money after England surged to the final of Euro 2020For the semi-finals, most tickets cost £501 and £296. Meanwhile, Hungary have been ordered to play their next three matches behind closed doors after racist and homophobic abuse by fans during Euro 2020 matches.
Lynch: European Tour 'security' around Rory McIlroy was a joke, but no laughing matter
Security is conspicuous at most PGA Tour events, whether local police departments or companies hired to manage crowds. It’s possible the personnel hired for security duty at the Scottish Open had little or no experience working a golf tournament. But neither of those excuses holds true for the European Tour, which was made to look amateurish at best, negligent at worst. If there was one group on the course who might have expected competent security, this was it: McIlroy, Rahm, Justin Thomas. Because if these things were just a laughing matter, no one would have ever heard of Günther Parche.
Chiefs’ Frank Clark could face up to 3 years in prison after felony gun charge
Clark claimed the gun was not his, and belonged to a member of his security team. Chiefs star Frank Clark could face up to three years in jail after being charged with felony possession of an assault weapon. Getty Imagessee also The NFL has a gun problem While the NFL fully relies upon our business to stay... Because Clark has been charged with a felony, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could place him on the commissioner’s exempt list, which is paid leave. The Chiefs would have to pay Clark his $18.5 million base salary, for as long as he’s on the list.
Novak Djokovic roars past Denis Shapovalov and will play for his sixth Wimbledon title
Djokovic is eyeing something more grand: sole possession of men’s tennis history, which he could attain by mid-September if he wins Sunday and sweeps all four Grand Slam events this year by adding a fourth U.S. Open to bring his tally to 21. As an extra flourish, he also is chasing Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games, which would set him up to become the only man to achieve the “Golden Slam” of winning all four majors and Olympic gold in singles in one year. (Steffi Graf did so in 1988.)
Five myths about the Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin this month under a cloud of controversy. Postponed by a year because of the pandemic, the Games are a hot-button issue in Japan, where some polls find that about 80 percent of the population opposes staging the Olympics amid a global pandemic. The Games will feature more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries; they’re not required to be vaccinated. Officials announced Thursday that spectators will be banned from all events because of a new pandemic-related state of emergency. These Olympics are different because of the coronavirus, but some myths and misconceptions about the Games persist in any year.
Reporter’s Notebook: The Olympics’ long history of getting political
Olympic fans are now banned from the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo due to concerns about coronavirus. That means possible political protests by athletes at the games will have a limited audience – except when they’re captured on TV or social media. Let’s start with 1906 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The Summer Olympics overshadowed President Jimmy Carter’s State of the Union address to Congress in the winter of 1980. One of the best-known Olympic protests came at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City.
Hendricks wins 9th straight, Wisdom HR, Cubs beat Cards 10-5
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks won his ninth straight decision, Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run homer and Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 on Friday afternoon. Cubs: RHP Ryan Tepera (left calf strain) got two outs in the seventh after being activated from the 10-day IL. UP NEXTCardinals RHP Kwang Hyun Kim (3-5, 3.39) faces Cubs RHP Zach Davies (5-5, 4.28) on Saturday night.
Richard Branson launches into space Sunday on Virgin Galactic flight
ReutersNadal last played at Roland Garros, where he was knocked out by eventual champion Djokovic on June 11 in a four-set thriller -- only his third loss on the Parisian clay where he has won a record 13 titles. The 35-year-old later announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, saying he took the decision after consultations with his team in a bid to prolong his career. "I am looking forward to playing again and Washington shall be the best start for the U.S. Summer Swing for me," said Nadal.
Boxing legend Chris Eubank confirms death of his 29-year-old son, reportedly due to drowning
Sebastian Eubank (left) stands with his father Chris Eubank (right) at a weigh in. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)British boxing legend Chris Eubank's 29-year-old son Sebastian was found dead on a beach in Dubai on Friday. Eubank confirmed Sebastian's death in a statement, saying the family was "devastated" by Sebastian's death, according to the Daily Mail. Sebastian Eubank followed in Chris Eubank's footsteps and boxed professionallyChris Eubank is considered one of the best British boxers of all time. Sebastian Eubank followed in his father's footsteps and also became a professional boxer.
Golf-Rahm earns share of halfway lead at Scottish Open
(Reuters) - World number one Jon Rahm felt there was still plenty of room for improvement despite grabbing a share of lead with an impressive six-under-par 65 in the second round of the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club on Friday. "Those first 10 holes I played incredible," said Rahm, who won his maiden major title at the U.S. Open champion three weeks ago. "I was seven under through 10 and the three pars I had were short putts that could have been made. Having dropped two strokes on the second and fourth holes, Rahm is hoping to tidy up his game going into the weekend. American Scottie Scheffler remained within four strokes off the lead after signing for a splendid round of 63, with Europe's Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington also sitting on seven-under.
In wake of Sha’Carri Richardson’s Olympic ban, USADA says it can’t change marijuana rules alone
The letter, sent Friday, addressed criticisms leveled by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), and Jamie Raskin, (D-Maryland), in their own letter, sent last week, after Richardson’s suspension was announced. AdvertisementOfficially, she received a 30-day ban, but the positive test nullified her first-place finish at the trials, which cost her a spot in the individual race. Friday’s letter, co-signed by USADA CEO Travis Tygart, referenced a rule in Ultimate Fighting Championship that does not penalize marijuana use if it is not meant to enhance performance. But while USADA oversees UFC’s anti-doping program, that league is not signed onto the international anti-doping code, the way USADA, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and all organizations that oversee Olympic athletes are. “Most governments in the world have been very reluctant to take marijuana off the prohibited list for public health reasons,” the USADA letter read.
Astros’ Carlos Correa on IL for health and safety protocols
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been placed on the injured list because of health and safety protocols. AdvertisementCorrea is the second Houston player to recently be put on the injured list because of health and safety protocols. Correa is batting .288 with 16 homers, 20 doubles and 52 RBIs in 82 games this season. The Astros recalled infielder Taylor Jones from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his spot on the roster. Fortunately, there wasn’t.”Kershaw hasn’t pitched since July 4, when he allowed three runs in four innings against Washington.
Suns mirror the unselfish Detroit Pistons’ team Devin Booker grew up idolizing
PHOENIX — Devin Booker grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as a devoted Detroit Pistons fan. Like those Pistons teams, Booker’s Phoenix Suns are founded on finding the open teammate in this year’s playoffs, and then trusting in him to make the shot. “I get mad at him when he don’t shoot.”Booker scored 31 points in Game 2 of the finals Thursday night, propelling the Suns to a 118-108 victory. On Thursday, Booker responded each time the Bucks — or more appropriately, Giannis Antetokounmpo — trimmed the Phoenix lead to within semistriking distance. Advertisement“The thing about Devin, he shoots the same way first quarter, fourth quarter — doesn’t matter; his shot looks the same,” Suns coach Monty Williams said.
Canada wanted NHL to enact stricter virus protocols during shortened season
Face masks were prevalent throughout the NHL this past season, but documents show Canadian health officials wanted the league to take additional steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Still, documents released to The Canadian Press under the Freedom of Information Act show health officials “strongly” recommended the league adopt additional measures before green-lighting its return. He added that the NHL’s protocols had been updated to include testing for a player’s close contacts for 14 days if the player tested positive for the virus. The NHL released numbers June 28 showing it had administered more than 350,000 COVID-19 tests this season, with 119 players receiving “confirmed positives.” The virus forced 12 teams to shut down over the course of the season, postponing 55 games. A Washington Capitals spokesman said Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the club, learned of the death Thursday from a member of Watson’s family.
Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner looks forward to heightened circumstances on US men’s national team
The 27-year-old has made one appearance for the national team before, coming in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago earlier in 2021. Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner was recently called up to the US men’s national team in preparation for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Despite the recognition, Turner said he stays grounded thanks to the players and coaches at the club and national team level that holds him accountable. In the place of national team regulars like Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie — both of whom featured in the UEFA Champions League this past season — is a largely MLS-based group. “Tackles are flying and guys are vying for spots in the team,” Turner said of the recent training sessions.
SF Giants place Buster Posey on injured list, activate Logan Webb
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants and the National League All-Star team each lost their starting catcher to an injured list placement on Friday. Giants manager Gabe Kapler was optimistic Posey could avoid a stint on the injured list after suffering a left thumb contusion in Sunday’s victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but Posey is still feeling lingering soreness and won’t play in the team’s weekend series against the Washington Nationals. Posey will be unable to participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Coors Field after being selected to represent the Giants for the seventh time in his career. Posey also missed his last All-Star Game as he was recovering from a hip injury that ultimately required season-ending surgery in August, 2018. Posey’s injury allowed the Giants to activate right-hander Logan Webb, who has missed more than five weeks with a right shoulder strain.
MLB’s top teams, players, stories include lots of the White Sox and — yes — even some Cubs
BetMGM lists the Astros at +600 to win the World Series, the Sox at +800 and the Red Sox at +1000. The Padres are the best show in baseball, the Giants are Team Mojo, the Mets have Jacob deGrom and the Brewers are coasting with a huge lead. Lance Lynn, Sox: The self-described ‘‘big bastard’’ has the lowest ERA (1.77) among AL starters. 4 ACES, NLdeGrom: He really should get at least half of an actual Cy Young Award for his first-half performance. Zack Wheeler, Phillies: So many strikeouts, so many innings pitched and the best pitcher WAR (4.9) on the planet.
Bucks vs. Suns odds: NBA Finals Game 3 predictions
OK, the Milwaukee Bucks have had sand kicked in their faces twice in the desert by the Phoenix Suns. More:Yet again, the Milwaukee Bucks must topple the math that says their NBA title hopes are slimMore:The Bucks need to assist their own point guard. Milwaukee Journal SentinelJim Owczarski, Bucks beat writer: "No, it’s not an elimination game but Sunday night is must win for the Milwaukee Bucks. On Sunday night, they will play a host to Phoenix Suns for Game 3. Therefore, despite Suns winning the first two games, the home advantage favors Milwaukee Bucks for this game."
Hope for the Bucks: These are the four teams to win NBA Finals after being down 2-0
Over the course of time, 93% of teams that take a 2-0 lead in the NBA playoffs win their series. Since 1980, a team that goes ahead 2-0 in the NBA Finals, 2-0 has won 18 of 20 times. More:Milwaukee Bucks in an 0-2 hole after dropping NBA Finals Game 2 to Phoenix Suns, 118-108More:Yet again, the Milwaukee Bucks must topple the math that says their NBA title hopes are slimMore:Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Bucks will win NBA Finals over Phoenix in six gamesThese are the examples upon which Milwaukee can pin its hopes. Oh look, here's Giannis doing the same type of thing in this very NBA Finals. That gave the Heat a 98-96 win in the first-ever NBA Finals game in Miami.
Blackhawks file motion to dismiss lawsuit from Michigan high schooler allegedly assaulted by Bradley Aldrich
The Blackhawks filed Friday a motion to dismiss the negligence lawsuit filed against them by the Michigan high school hockey player who was allegedly sexually assaulted by former Hawks video coach Bradley Aldrich in 2013. The Hawks now have motions to dismiss pending in both lawsuits against them, having filed such a motion June 14 in the lawsuit filed by the former Hawks player (identified as “John Doe 1”) alleging Aldrich sexually assaulted him in 2010. The arguments in this motion to dismiss differ from those in the motion to dismiss the lawsuit from the former Hawks player. That motion argued the statute of limitations expired before the lawsuit was filed and that the player did not exhaust other legal remedies before suing. The Blackhawks have hired the Chicago law firm Jenner & Block to investigate the claims that Aldrich assaulted two Hawks players in 2010, that Hawks management refused to report the alleged incident to police and that the Hawks provided Aldrich the positive references.
Durant seeks 3rd Olympic gold as Team USA’s elder statesman
The 32-year-old Kevin Durant is the only three-time Olympian on the team, earning gold medals in 2012 and 2016 in London and Rio De Janeiro. Anything, so long as he could convince the world’s best basketball player to play for USA Basketball’s senior national team this summer. “If I didn’t want to come, (USA Basketball) wouldn’t have pressured me,” said the Brooklyn Nets superstar forward. He has a lengthy history with USA Basketball. It began in 2007, when he was summoned after concluding his collegiate career to train with Team USA that summer.
White Sox kept Eloy Jimenez recovery in the family: ‘We made it personal,’ La Russa said
“It started the day he was hurt,” La Russa said. But through the rehab, “we were going to do our darnedest to stay in contention until he got back,” La Russa said. His interaction with the 76-year-old La Russa has been “really, reall good,” Jimenez said. “The number on rehab is 20 days [maximum],” La Russa said. Because I know he’s going to be anxious to produce when he gets here and you want to be fair.
Hendricks wins 9th straight, Wisdom HR, Cubs beat Cards 10-5
CHICAGO - (AP) -- Kyle Hendricks won his ninth straight decision, Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run homer and Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 on Friday afternoon. Chicago won for the second time in three games following an 11-game losing streak. Hendricks, one of the Cubs' few bright spots as they've tumbled below .500, had won eight straight starts before no-decisions in his previous two outings. Cubs: RHP Ryan Tepera (left calf strain) got two outs in the seventh after being activated from the 10-day IL. UP NEXTCardinals RHP Kwang Hyun Kim (3-5, 3.39) faces Cubs RHP Zach Davies (5-5, 4.28) on Saturday night.
For Conor McGregor, UFC 264 fight with Dustin Poirier a chance to revive his MMA career, or see it crash and burn
Poirier has both everything to gain, and everything to lose at UFC 264. For example, CBS Sports MMA experts have unanimously picked Poirier to win this fight. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, try buying UFC 264 ticket options on sale at Ticketmaster. Here’s a look at how you can watch ESPN+ live on your TV.) COMPLETE UFC 264 SCHEDULEEarly prelims, 3:15 p.m. PT/6:15 p.m.
Rangers GM Chris Drury has a very busy summer agenda
New Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury has kept a relatively low profile since being elevated to his new position two months ago. Successfully navigating the expansion draft, entry draft and free agency will be a big key to that. But there are always last-minute contingencies to adjust to, and there will be opportunities to improve the roster that come out of the expansion draft. Projected significant players to be exposed to claim: Tony DeAngelo, Blackwell, Rooney, Gauthier, Keith Kinkaid, Anthony Bitetto. Maybe there’s a player exposed by another team the Rangers want, and Seattle could choose that player and trade him to the Rangers later.
Mets' Carlos Carrasco still expected back sooner rather than later
All signs are pointing to Carlos Carrasco making his Mets debut after the All-Star break. Manager Luis Rojas said on Friday that Carrasco, the veteran righthander the Mets got from Cleveland in the Francisco Lindor deal, might make a minor-league rehab start next week. Carrasco, 34, was slowed by a sore elbow in spring training and then went down with a serious hamstring injury during his rehab. Rojas said Carrasco is scheduled to throw live batting practice Saturday. His career record (all with the Pirates and all in relief) is 1-1 with a 6.97 ERA in 54 games.
Live updates | FC Cincinnati scores 1st-minute goal vs. Columbus Crew
Welcome to Cincinnati.com's live coverage of FC Cincinnati (3-5-2) versus Columbus Crew (4-3-4) on Friday at TQL Stadium. Refresh this page throughout the match for live updates analysis of the game, and follow Enquirer FC Cincinnati beat reporter Pat Brennan for additional updates (@PBrennanENQ). In-match updates:• 1st minute – GOAL, FC Cincinnati (1-0): Edgar Castillo scored his first for the club and it was a big one, coming off a Luciano Acosta assist less than a minute into the rivalry match. • Match underway at approximately 7:40 p.m.Pre-match updates:• FC Cincinnati starting XI (bench): Kenneth Vermeer (GK), Joseph-Claude Gyau, Geoff Cameron, Gustavo Vallecilla, Edgar Castillo, Haris Medunjanin, Yuya Kubo, Alvaro Barreal, Luciano Acosta, Isaac Atanga, Brenner Souza da Silva (Avionne Flanagan, Nick Hagglund, Franko Kovacevic, Ben Mines, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Arquimides Ordonez, Tom Pattersson, Caleb Stanko, Przemys?aw Tyto?).
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III in doubt over Covid with statement due
Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title defence against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, due to be on 24 July, looks set to be postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the champion’s camp. Fury’s team hoped to resurrect his bout with Joshua later this year, but those plans are now set to be scuppered if the mandated meeting with Wilder is delayed. Tyson Fury throws a left at Deontay Wilder when they fought in February 2020. Neither Fury nor Wilder has fought since February last year, when Fury scored a seventh-round knockout to end the American’s unbeaten record. Fury’s team were not available for comment on Friday.
England claim victory in rain-affected T20 opener against India
Nat Sciver and Amy Jones starred as England beat India by 18 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in a rain-affected opening T20 clash between the teams at Northampton. England’s victory sees them win the first of three T20 matches in the multi-format series, with the teams meeting again in Hove on Sunday. England beat India in the opening T20 clash (PA Wire)But Sciver and Jones joined forces to help guide their side towards an impressive total. It took a well-timed low diving catch from Harmanpreet Kaur to dismiss Sciver with less than two overs remaining. India had little time to recover from those setbacks as rain stopped play in the ninth over, with England decisively ahead on DLS.
Nottinghamshire and Kent march on with big Blast wins
Defending champions Nottinghamshire secured a home quarter-final in this year’s Vitality Blast with a 10-wicket win over Yorkshire in a match reduced to seven overs per side after rain delayed the start. Lancashire leapfrogged Durham and into the fourth and final qualifying spot as the Red Rose thrashed Northamptonshire by eight wickets at Emirates Old Trafford. Kent restricted Surrey to just 128 for seven before strolling to a nine-wicket victory at the Kia Oval and strengthening their position at the top of the Vitality Blast’s South Group. Max Holden’s unbeaten 50 was in vain for Middlesex as they could only post 161 for eight to lose by 10 runs. Hampshire climbed off the foot of the group with a crushing 75-run victory over fourth-placed Somerset at the Ageas Bowl.
Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie tune up for Tokyo in style
Laura Muir set a new Scottish record as she won the 800 metres at the Diamond League meet in Monaco on Friday. Fellow Scot Jemma Reekie came second behind Muir, also with a time that beat Sharp’s, clocking 1:56.96. Muir and Reekie’s efforts put them second and third in the rankings in terms of the British women’s 800m record – Dame Kelly Homes is the record-holder with a time of 1:56.21. While Reekie is set to race in the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics, Muir has decided to focus on the 1500m. “Having a training partner like Jemma is huge, Jemma has made me a much faster 800m runner.
So much to be proud of in England’s history – Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate spoke of staving off invasions and world-beating inventions as he recalled England’s past before challenging his players to add to that history by beating Italy in the Euro 2020 final. The Three Lions boss will lead the nation into their first major tournament final in 55 years at Wembley on Sunday. Gareth Southgate, left, consoles Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final (PA Wire)“I think there are historic things that we should be proud of,” he said. “I never mentioned that to the players but I know that’s part of what that story was. “You get lovely messages that say ‘whatever happens now, blah blah blah blah’ but that won’t be how it will be on Monday.
I’m here because of her – Kalvin Phillips hails influence of late grandmother
The ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ is preparing to line up against Italy for a shot at immortality with England – a position Kalvin Phillips does not believe he would be in if it was not for the influence of his Granny Val. “I feel like once you step on the pitch it don’t matter who they have played for or how long they have played,” Phillips said, having praised Azzurri midfielders like Jorginho and Marco Verratti. “It is just a matter of me beating that person and him knowing that I am good enough to compete against him. “I do feel like she is up there looking down and cheering me on.”Asked about her influence, he said: “It was just her example. “I know a lot of people from Leeds are behind me and it’s spreading more through the Yorkshire area.
Gareth Southgate on redemption, resilience and getting it right against Italy
England boss Gareth Southgate said he did not see the Euro 2020 final as the end of his own redemption story as he looked back on his journey from penalty villain to national treasure ahead of Sunday’s clash with Italy. That caretaker role would become a permanent appointment two months later and since then the former international defender has not looked back. Gareth Southgate celebrates victory over Denmark (PA Wire)Southgate guided England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and a third-placed finish at the inaugural Nations League finals a year later. “It’s no use being able to speak about areas of society, if we don’t get the tactical bit right, the selections right, if we don’t manage the players the right way the house falls down. I know now this is a lovely period in many ways but we’ve got to get Sunday right.”
Martina Navratilova hails coach Sascha Bajin’s impact on Karolina Pliskova
Martina Navratilova praised coach Sascha Bajin for bringing out Karolina Pliskova’s positive side ahead of the Wimbledon final. Bajin, who coached Naomi Osaka to two of her major titles, began working with Pliskova ahead of the 2021 season. BBC pundit Navratilova said: “With Sascha, he has definitely loosened her up in that she had previously kept everything in. If there is anybody on the tour now that replicates Evonne’s game and demeanour, it would be Ash. I think it would be incredible if she could win the title 50 years on.”:: Martina Navratilova and Tracy Austin are part of the BBC’s Wimbledon line-up.
Gareth Southgate: England players choose what colour medal they get against Italy in Euro 2020 final
If words truly matter on days of action like this, Gareth Southgate found some stirring terms in one of his last speeches. The England manager told his players they “now have a choice of what colour medal” they receive in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, as he admitted nothing less than victory will be enough. Southgate has guided the country to their first men’s final in 55 years, and the chance to win a second major trophy and first-ever European Championship. The final challenge is a fine Italian team, who make this a genuinely “50-50 match”. I think we’ve got a 50-50 game against a really tough opponent.
England vs Italy: Kyle Walker’s ability to cover for others’ shortcomings could be crucial in Euro 2020 final
Kyle Walker has spent a large portion of a decorated career apologising. There were a couple of actual ones last year when he was caught breaking Covid-19 protocols two months into lockdown. The marauding full-back who lacks top-tier end product and often forgets to do the “back” bit of his job. With Italy’s fluid attacking system of wave upon wave, he will be asked the most challenging questions of his tournament to date. And how poetic it must be that, essentially, it is because of his ability to cover for the shortcomings of others.
Nat Sciver hails ‘important’ win as England claim unassailable lead over India
England’s victory sees them take an 8-4 lead in the series and means they now cannot lose with just two T20s remaining, both worth two points each. She added: “(I) felt good, I mean I wasn’t really thinking about the speed of it. When I did get the strike, I was thinking quite boundary-orientated. “It’s brilliant, we don’t see many of those catches in the women’s game,” Sciver said. “Obviously we see quite a few in the men’s game, but hopefully it can be the start of a few more that we see in our game.
Kem Ley: A shooting that shook Cambodia
"It was so close to home and the message was so, so clear. It was definitely a devastating reminder of the risk involved and I think it is constantly playing in the heads of many of us," Virak says. "It also affects our family. I think for them the return of living with that uncertainty is a lot more difficult."
Mark Cavendish equals Eddy Merckx's record of 34 Tour de France stage wins with 13th stage victory
Mark Cavendish matched Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage wins record with a stage win in CarcassonneHe took victory ahead of his own lead-out man Michael Morkov, with Jasper Philipsen thirdAfter 220 gruelling kilometres between Nimes and Carcassonne, Cavendish did the unthinkable. He secured a 34th stage win on the Tour de France. Merckx, a five-time overall winner of the Tour, took the last of his stage wins in 1975Asked about the record again, he added: ‘I haven’t realised it. We’ve seen such a growth, especially in the UK, of cycling since I’ve started racing here at the Tour de France. First on stage 19 into Libourne and then on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where Cavendish has won four times already.
Matteo Berrettini beats Hubert Hurkacz in four sets to reach the Wimbledon final
Where their football team has led, Matteo Berrettini followed on Friday by taking his place in the final of Wimbledon. The backhand might be a little moderate, a touch functional, but goodness, if Berrettini’s serve doesn’t get you, his forehand will. None of which underplays the guile in Berrettini’s game, because you don’t take the title at Queen’s and follow it with six wins on these courts without knowing how to construct a point. It was 1-0 in the third before Hurkacz won his next game, and yet in the blur of a 6-0 set he only made seven unforced errors. Hurkacz recovered to take the third 7-4 in the tiebreak, but Berrettini broke in the first game of the fourth and what chance did Hurkacz have of breaking back?
Gareth Southgate to receive a knighthood if England beat Italy and win Euro 2020
Gareth Southgate is set to receive further honours recognising his achievement in uniting the country and restoring pride in the national team, even if England lose Sunday’s final. A knighthood is seen as inevitable if England beat Italy to lift their first major trophy for 55 years. Gareth Southgate will very likely be knighted if England go on to win the Euro 2020 finalAlf Ramsey was knighted in 1967 following England’s World Cup win and Southgate would not have to wait long to achieve the same status. That follows mockery over the MBEs given to all the 2005 Ashes winners, including Paul Collingwood, who only played one Test in that series. All three could have their honours upgraded, and other key members of the England squad may also be recognised.
MARTIN SAMUEL: Gareth Southgate is the man to deliver the Hollywood ending
The morning after semi-final night before, Gareth Southgate gathered his England players. Southgate is only too aware that the progress of the England team is, now more than ever, tied to the happiness of the nation. Those experiences can help shape you if you respond to them in the right way, but it isn’t always easy. He consulted Owen Eastwood who had advised on team culture to, among others, the All Blacks, South African cricket and Manchester City. ‘Owen spoke to former players and current players, researching what England had meant and what it meant in a modern sense,’ Southgate explained.
Video: Horrifying moment suspect throws an INFANT at an officer
Video: Horrifying moment suspect, 32, throws a BABY at a cop after as he tries to flee officers following a high speed chaseJohn Henry James III was arrested after leading police on a chase before throwing his child at officers while trying to escape.
Video: Tortillas thrown at basketball team from predominantly Latino school
Video: School basketball team has championship stripped from them in disgrace for throwing TORTILLAS at opposition from predominantly Latino areaCoronado High School students threw tortillas at students from the predominantly Latino school of Orange Glen after a basketball game.
Video: Some Canadians forced to flee due to dangerous wildfires
Video: Lapland records its hottest day since 1914: Region hits 92.3°F - and experts say unusually high temperatures could be linked to North American heatwaveIf you died in the 'heat dome', it's your own fault! Canadian politician is blasted for saying deaths are a 'part of life' during a heatwave and insisting public have to take 'personal responsibility' as...
Simone Biles breaks down in tears while detailing Larry Nassar abuse
Simone Biles has opened up about the moment she realized she had been sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, recalling how she was driving on a Texas highway when she called her mother sobbing. Herself, the 24-year-old gymnast reflected on her experience as a sexual abuse survivor and her path to healing as she prepared for the Tokyo Olympics. Scroll down for videoCandid: Simone Biles, 24, reflected on her experience as a sexual abuse survivor and her path to healing on the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series Simone vs. Simone explained that they were isolated at the remote camp, and many of them weren't aware of what sexual abuse was. Simone admitted to sometimes feeling hesitant to speak out because she is the only survivor who is still competing for the USA Gymnastics team.
American Underdog trailer reveals first look at Zachary Levi as NFL legend Kurt Warner
Zachary Levi (Shazam) plays NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, whose ascent from working at a grocery store in Iowa to a two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP is considered one of pro football's greatest stories of all time. The real Brenda Warner adds that her husband is a 'champion, but he was the same person before all this happened.' Kurt adds how 'cool' it's been to have people tell him how 'inspired' they are from his story, which is now coming to the big screen. Warner adds that everyone has their struggles in life and that he thinks his story, 'encourages people that you can actually get there' and reach your dream. American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story hits theaters nationwide this December.
The curse is over! Mick Jagger watches England beat Denmark at Euro 2020
Yet Sir Mick Jagger, 77, finally broke his losing streak on Wednesday night as he watched England triumph over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final. Mick Jagger opted for a low-key outfit, dressed in a baseball cap and puffer jacket as he watched England beat Denmark at Euro 2020 - finally breaking his 'curse' dating back to 2010Trying to maintain a low profile, Sir Mick opted for a low-key ensemble, keeping colours to a minimum. Sir Mick was treated to a 2-1 England win as Gareth Southgate's side secured their spot in Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy. The Rolling Stones singer finally broke his losing streak on Wednesday night as he watched England triumph over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finalThe Three Lions fell a goal behind after a stunning free-kick by Denmark found its way past Jordan Pickford. The rumours of a 'Mick Jagger curse' returned during the 2014 World Cup and even doubled in intensity as his track record appeared to worsen.
Ciao bella! Meet the glamorous WAGs of the Italian team
Most of the partners of the Italy team were not able to attend the final in London because of Covid travel restrictions. The WAGs include a fiery fitness infuencer and a mother-of-three, as well as an Instagram star with almost 1 million followers of her own. Also cheering from the sidelines is French model Jessica Aidi, who is engaged to Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. Among her racy Instagram snaps are steamy pictures as Benni poses in a bikini, as well as a photo as she cheered her boyfriend on from the stands in Rome last week. The pair work with Italian football league Seriea on their WeWorld campaign, which aims to end violence against women.
Zara Tindall returns to eventing at The Barbury Castle International Horse Trials
Less than four months after the birth of her third child, Zara Tindall has returned to competitive sport. The mother-of-three, 40, who welcomed son Lucas on March 21st, looked delighted to be back in the saddle with her chestnut-coated horse Class Affair as she competed in the dressage phase at Barbury Castle International Horse Trials today. Princess Anne's daughter, who is married to former rugby player Mike Tindall, 42, has been putting family first in the last year, looking after her two daughters Mia Grace, seven and Lena Elizabeth, three, as well as newborn Lucas. Today marks Zara Tindall's return to eventing after the 40-year-old mother-of-three gave birth to her son Lucas on March 21st. The royal is competing in the dressage category with her horse Class Affair at Barbury Castle International Horse TrialsThe competition, which starts today and will last until Sunday, takes place in Wiltshire, near Malborough.
Prince William appears in great spirits as he watches England play Denmark in Euro 2020 semi finals
AdvertisementPrince William looked in high spirits as he supported England in the team's spectacular Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley this evening. However, the Danish royal family hit back at the criticism and instead insisted that it was 'completely natural' that it 'represents Denmark' at the match. This was while millions of Denmark supporters are forced to stay at home and watch it on their TVs instead. Fans living in Denmark were told not to travel otherwise they would fall foul of the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation. 'Ekstra Bladet has been told that there will be representatives from the royal family present at Wembley.
Mick Jagger BROKE lockdown rules to watch England game at Wembley after flying in from France
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger flouted lockdown rules after jetting in from France to watch England's Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark. However, Mick was snapped at Wembley just 24 hours later joining 60,000 football fans last night to watch the Three Lions secure their place in Sunday's final. The source said: 'Mick is a huge football fan and just wanted to be at Wembley. Mick regularly watches football wherever he is based, especially England and his beloved Arsenal. The Rolling Stones are currently finishing off their latest album in London, which is set to be released later this year.
Beaming Prince Charles plays cricket in a suit as he visits Cardiff
The Prince of Wales has thrown his support behind England to beat Italy in the Euro 2020 final, telling pubgoers: 'It would be marvellous if they won.' Meanwhile, earlier today, Prince Charles appeared in high spirits as he played cricket during a visit to Cardiff on his final day of his week-long trip to Wales. Heir to the throne Charles looked dapper in a grey suit, teamed with a blue and red striped tie and check shirt for the occasion. Pictured, Prince Charles beams when playing cricketThe prince met with staff and players when given a tour of the grounds - including Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne. Yesterday, Charles marked the centenary of Church in Wales on the fourth day of his Welsh tour.
Kate Middleton WILL attend the Wimbledon women's and men's finals
AdvertisementKate Middleton will attend the Wimbledon women's and men's finals this weekend after coming out of self-isolation. The Duchess will then go to the men's final on her own on Sunday, with the Duke expected to attend the England football match at Wembley instead. However, the fact that they aren't isolating suggests Kate was in contact with another person - though she had no other engagements apart from her trips to Wembley or Wimbledon. Kate Middleton will attend the Wimbledon finals this weekend. Kate has spent time close to a host of VIPs including David Beckham and Ed Sheeran at Wembley and Tim Henman and Joe Wicks at Wimbledon.
Carole Middleton looks chic in an scarlet dress as she arrives at Wimbledon with husband Michael
AdvertisementPippa Middleton cut a casual figure in a blue and white check dress as she joined her husband and parents for a family day out at Wimbledon. Her parents Carole and Michael Middleton were also on hand to take in the action but were seated in the Royal Box with VIPs including the Queen's cousin Prince Michael of Kent, his son Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman. Business owner Carole, 66, looked chic in a £350 red sundress, cinched at the waist with a flattering fabric belt, while husband Michael, 72, appeared sharp in a navy suit and polka dot tie. She had spent most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks. Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home'.
Tragedy as boxing legend Chris Eubank's son Sebastian drowns at his home in Dubai aged 29
AdvertisementBoxing legend Chris Eubank's son Sebastian has drowned near his home in Dubai just a month after becoming a father for the first time, the family revealed tonight. Chris Eubank tonight said the tragic news had left the family and Sebastian's many friends 'devastated'. The boxing legend added: 'As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom. Chris Eubank's son Sebastian has died in Dubai aged just 29, just days before his 30th birthday and a month after becoming a fatherSebastian (far right), the third oldest of Eubank's five children, was a boxer like his father and fought in light-heavyweight bouts. Chris Jr has won 30 of his 32 fights, 22 by knockout, with his two losses coming against George Groves and Billy Joe Saunders.
AOC claims video of flooded NY subway is result of Americans taking 'orders from fossil fuel execs'
AdvertisementNew Yorkers have resorted to jet skis to get around as Tropical Storm Elsa unleashed torrential rains on the city and commuters were forced to wade through rat-infested subway stations. West Haven was also among the coastal cities dealing with significant street flooding. Friday night's game could also be at risk as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way up the East Coast. Forecasters predict that Elsa's tropical-force winds will arrive in New York City by Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Morehead City, North Carolina, tweeted that a tornado was spotted near Fairfield on Thursday afternoon.
Drake and Johanna Leia Have Cozy Date Alone at Dodger Stadium
He and model Johanna Leia were spotted alone at a romantic table along the third base line at Dodger Stadium by a Los Angeles news chopper. The pair also had custom-made Dodgers jerseys, hers saying “Johanna” and his saying “The Boy.” Both had the number 8. (The current Dodger with the number 8 is Zach McKinstry, who is likely honored by this or very worried.) The Dodgers organization told ABC 7 that “Drake made a sizable donation to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation in order to make his Dodger Stadium dinner date a reality.”Drake and Leia first started appearing in public in June. Her son is the UCLA-bound high school basketball star Amari Bailey and is teammates with LeBron James’s son, Bronny.
The Gareth Southgate Guide To Being A Thoroughly Decent Guy
My north, my Southgate, my east, my west. “I wanna be like Gareth,” Wright said, when questioned on his choice of match attire. “It looks better on him,” sniped Roy Keane (trapped inside Roy Keane’s grizzly body, it seems, is Regina George). “I just wanna be like Gareth.”As he prepares to lead the England team to their very first final at Euro 2020, facing Italy at Wembley on Sunday 11 July, enjoy the Gareth Southgate guide to being a thoroughly decent man. He eschews anything glitzy, spending his downtime dog-walking, fishing and eating “Fat Rascal” scones at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate.
The Toyko Olympics Won’t Have Spectators—But What Disappears When the Crowd Does?
Most of them will wear smiles so wide that their cheeks reach their ears, their eyes animated and ablaze. Others will cry—a physical manifestation of the overwhelming realization that after decades of grueling, unfathomable work, their Olympic dream has begun. Athletes have trained to peak (or reach prime physical shape) during the international tournament, now mere weeks away. And sure, most of the world will watch the games as they’ve always done: on television. I attended the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with my then boyfriend.
Jordan Chiles' Best Bikini Photos: Olympic Gymnast in Swimsuits
Of course, we all know Olympic gymnast Simone Biles — but have you met her USA teammate and best friend Jordan Chiles? The athlete is just as ripped and fit as her close pal, so it’s no surprise she looks just as good in a bikini. “It’s been exciting to watch her grow in and out of the gym,” the most decorated gymnast in the world told ESPN the same month. She looks like she’s having fun out there, laughing and giggling, and doesn’t look stressed or tired. Scroll through the gallery below to see Jordan’s best bikini photos!
Who Is Johanna Leia? Drake Rumored Girlfriend is a Model
Drake must be serious about his rumored new love interest, Johanna Leia, as he went completely over the top to impress her on a date. Johanna is a model who might be best known to Lifetime audiences as a cast member on the series Bringing Up Ballers. Her son Amari Bailey is one of the best high school basketball players in the country. Drake has joined LeBron at Sierra Canyon’s games to watch his 16-year-old son play. Drake gave the post a “like,” as he has with several of her other Instagram photos.
The best cool clothes for hot summer workouts
From innovations in fabric tech to breezy, featherweight design, these are the clothes I would wear to work out when it’s hot, hot, hot. Lululemon Cool Racerback Tank Top I love Lululemon’s Align leggings made with the Cool Nulu fabric. advertisementadvertisementadvertisementArctic Cool built a fan following among runners for its HydroFreeze X fabric tech—a cooling stretch fabric powered by your own sweat. advertisementadvertisementI live in bike shorts during the summer, and these cute ones from Summersalt feature recycled polyester and sweat-wicking CoolCore fibers. Bonded seams make chafing a thing of the past, and there’s just enough stretch for even the worst days of summer.
Shohei Ohtani Coverage Drives Fox Sports’ Flippin’ Bats on TV, Podcast, Social
Ben Verlander, host of Fox Sports’ Flippin’ Bats podcast and television series and its associated social properties, is no stranger to greatness.
Publicis Groupe Benelux Acquires Heineken Agency Boomerang
Chief executive of Publicis Benelux Jacco ter Schegget will take the helm, while founders Fikret Fetahovic, Eldin Fetahovic, Bo The and Alexander Veltman will remain.
'Disappointed' NBC Sports, IOC Adjust to Olympics Fan Ban
Thursday’s ban of all in-person spectators at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics cast a pall over NBCUniversal’s 7,000-hour coverage plans for the Games. But the broadcaster and organizers of the Summer Olympics, which begin in two weeks, are looking for ways to bring fans back into stadiums and competition venues digitally to retain some of the excitement that comes from having fans in the stands.
NFL Coach Lori Locust Talks Diversity in Sports
Episode two of Adweek’s newest series, The Most Powerful Women in Sports features Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust, who’s entering her third season with the Bucs. Locust was thrust into the spotlight in 2021 when she and the Bucs’ assistant strength and conditioning coach made history by becoming the first female coaches to win a Super Bowl. Locust, who says she looks forward to the day when she’s referred to simply as a “coach” rather than “female coach,” spoke with Adweek chief content officer Lisa Granatstein about her lifelong affinity for football and why there’s still more work to be done when it comes to diversity in sports.
Betting on politics: the odds on Keir Starmer leaving
Labour’s victory in Batley and Spen last week has eased pressure on Keir Starmer’s leadership, which had previously been called into question. With £1,866 matched on Smarkets, the odds on him leaving in 2021 have lengthened from as short as three (33.3%) to seven (14.2%). Punters still think his stay as leader is likely to be relatively short, however: you can get 4.1 (24.3%) on him departing in 2022 and 3.9 (25.6%) in 2023. Indeed, the odds on him surviving to 2025 are still a relatively long 5.3 (18.7%). Interestingly, Smarkets also runs a separate market on whether Starmer (pictured) will survive to the start of 2024.
Broncos’ Kendall Hinton pokes fun at himself after Hall of Fame inclusion
Kendall Hinton’s performance at quarterback last season was anything but Hall of Fame worthy. In Week 12, the Broncos quarterback room was ravaged by the virus. In his debut, the wide receiver completed just 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and threw two interceptions. In his 22 starts at quarterback, Hinton threw for 1,504 total yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 53% of his throws. Kendall Hinton’s wristband from his emergency QB start with the Broncos is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ex-Patriot thinks N’Keal Harry ordeal shows Bill Belichick lost control
One former New England Patriot believes that without Tom Brady, the franchise is a shell of its past self. Ted Johnson, a three-time Super Bowl champion who played his entire 10-year career in New England, cited wide receiver N’Keal Harry’s recent trade request as a sign that Bill Belichick is losing control of the organization without Brady by his side. N’Keal Harry is one of the few players who have criticized Bill Belichick. And so guys fell in line because you wanted to play for a winner, you wanted to play with Tom Brady, you wanted to win. “You can’t insult Bill Belichick worse than what N’Keal Harry did.
Rockies vs. Padres prediction: Under the play
In San Diego, Snell has a 1.43 ERA with 55 strikeouts across 37 ²/? innings and opponents are hitting .167. On the road, his ERA balloons to 9.09 with opponents hitting .313. The Rockies are the only team with single-digit road wins, entering Thursday 6-33 away from Coors Field. They had scored an MLB-worst 2.67 runs per game and were hitting .196 on the road compared to a league-best .280 at home. With the Rockies road woes coupled with Snell’s home dominance and the Padres entering Friday having scored four runs or fewer in five of their last seven games against Colorado, this should be a light-hitting Friday at Petco Park.
Jalen Lewis becomes the youngest American basketball player to go pro
At just 16-years-old, five-star recruit Jalen Lewis will become the youngest pro basketball player in American history after signing with the Overtime Elite League, according to The Athletic. The rising high school junior chose the league owned by the sports media company Overtime over universities such as Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, and Michigan. He currently plays at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, CA. Lewis is not the only high school player to join. “There are no limitations to what he’ll be able to do in his career and through Overtime Elite, he’ll have the resources in place to help him reach his dreams.”
Former Yankee Joe Pepitone Sues Baseball HOF over Mickey Mantle's 500th HR Bat
According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the 80-year-old Pepitone's lawsuit states:"Pepitone’s Bat is a one-of-a-kind historical baseball artifact with an estimated value of more than $500,000. The Hall of Fame denies Pepitone's account, saying it has owned the bat since the Yankees donated it in 1967. Specifically, he said then-Baseball Hall of Fame public relations director William Guilfoile—who died in 2016—told Pepitone the bat was his "for the asking." While he wasn't a superstar like Mantle, Pepitone had a productive career with three All-Star selections and three Gold Glove awards. Per Kaplan, Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin estimates Mantle's 500th home run bat is worth "well over $1 million" thanks to Mantle's popularity and the scarcity of game-used items with such significance from that era.
Chiefs' Frank Clark Reportedly Charged with Felony Assault Weapon Possession
AP Photo/Charlie RiedelKansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was charged with felony possession of an assault weapon Friday after police said they saw an Uzi in the 28-year-old's Lamborghini during a routine traffic stop June 20 in Los Angeles, per TMZ Sports. Clark faces up to three years in prison if convicted, and he is due in court next week for a hearing. The defensive end said the gun, which police said they spotted in an open duffle bag, belonged to a member of his security team. Clark was booked into jail the morning of June 21, per Mitchel Summers of WIBW-TV. Clark has played six NFL seasons, four with the Seattle Seahawks and two for the Chiefs.
Naomi Osaka makes us ‘look at the sun’ when it comes to mental health
Cari Champion, co-host of “Cari and Jemele: Stick to Sports,” remarks on how tennis star Naomi Osaka is using her platform to make sure we can no longer look away from issues of mental health
Golf Course Triple-Murder Suspect Was Once Accused of a Drug-Related College Shootout
Rhoden, who was attending Georgia State at the time, was hit once in the chest. But cops hadn’t yet connected Rhoden to the golf course murders, and he bonded out Tuesday night, booking records show. He is set to appear virtually from jail before a judge in Cobb County Magistrate Court at 8 p.m. Friday. The Georgia State University shootout wasn’t Rhoden’s only previous run in with the law. A Georgia State spokesperson declined to provide further details about Rhoden’s time there as a student.
Excessive weekend heat expected to hit 30+ million people in West with temps up to 130 degrees
Another blistering, brutal heat wave is forecast to scorch much of the western US this weekend, meteorologists say. More than 32 million people in the West live where an excessive heat warning or heat advisory is in effect, the National Weather Service said. Heat wave warning: Pacific Northwest heat wave shattered temperature records. “Confidence is very high for a dangerous heat wave to persist through Monday and maybe into Tuesday,” the weather service said. : The heat wave in the West 'virtually impossible' without climate changeThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Weekend heat forecast in West; Las Vegas record could be broken
Father asks for help after son killed in road rage shooting
But I know he killed my son,” said Paul Castro, whose son David died two days after being shot on Tuesday. Police allege the driver followed the Castro family for several miles on Interstate 10 before shooting at their truck shortly after both vehicles exited the freeway. Paul Castro and David’s brother, who was also in the truck, were not injured. Castro said his son had wanted to attend either Texas A&M University or Purdue University and study chemical engineering. “He was worried about global warming, the environment, gun violence,” Paul Castro said.
Dana White said former President Donald Trump will attend UFC 264 for McGregor-Poirier bout
Former President Donald Trump will apparently be in Las Vegas this weekend. UFC president Dana White told TMZ on Friday that Trump will be sitting Octagon-side for UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the third bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Trump has long history with UFC, Dana WhiteSaturday’s UFC event will be the second Trump has attended in recent years. [Don’t miss Poirier-McGregor 3 on July 10: Order UFC 264 on ESPN+ now!] Story continuesUFC president Dana White, seen here at a campaign rally in 2020, said that former President Donald Trump will sit with him for UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Former Yankee Joe Pepitone sues Baseball Hall of Fame over Mickey Mantle bat
Former New York Yankees first baseman Joe Pepitone is suing the Baseball Hall of Fame over the bat Mickey Mantle used to hit his 500th home run, according to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic. The bat belonged to Pepitone, but Mantle borrowed it when he hit the 500th home run of his career. Pepitone's lawsuit states he loaned the bat to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it came with the condition that the bat would be returned if Pepitone wanted it back. The Baseball Hall of Fame believes it owns the bat after the Yankees donated it to the museum in 1967. Mickey Mantle hit 500th home run in 1967Mantle hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Baltimore Orioles in 1967.
Psaki praised Richardson following suspension ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Sha'Carri Richardson, the US track star, has been suspended following a positive test for marijuana use. JEN PSAKI: I would say first that this was an independent decision made by the US Anti-Doping Agency and not a decision that would be made by the US government as is appropriate. And we will certainly leave them the space and room to make their decisions about anti-doping policies that need to be implemented. I will also note that Sha'Carri Richardson is an inspiring young woman who went-- has gone through a lot personally. So this is an independent decision by the US Anti-Doping Agency, but I also felt it was important to note who she is and her history.
Pittsburgh at NY Mets
Who wins the All-Star game? Yes NoWill a first-time All-Star be named MVP? Yes NoWill any of the Braves hit a HR in the AS Game? Yes NoWill any of the Blue Jays hit a HR in the All-Star game? Yes NoWho will be the first to hit a HR in the All-Star game?
USADA responds to letter from AOC regarding Sha'Carri Richardson suspension, says it can't unilaterally change the rules
Sha'Carri Richardson Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesThe United States Anti-Doping Agency has addressed sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's controversial suspension for a positive marijuana test in a new letter to lawmakers, saying it wants to mitigate such "harsh consequences" but can't change the rules unilaterally. responded to their objections over Richardson's one-month suspension after the sprinter tested positive for marijuana, Axios reported. The USADA leaders called it "heartbreaking" that she'll now miss the Olympics and said that the World Anti-Doping Agency's "rules concerning marijuana must change." Richardson was suspended for 30 days over the positive marijuana test, keeping her from the 100 meter race at the Olympics. After Richardson accepted the 30-day suspension, the USADA said "there is no longer any legal process to challenge it or to reverse it."
With Trevor Rosenthal no longer an option, will the A’s pursue a closer at the trade deadline?
The A’s spent $11 million on Trevor Rosenthal with hope that the highly-regarded free agent would replace Liam Hendriks’ production as closer and anchor Oakland’s bullpen. Before the hip injury cropped up, Oakland hoped Rosenthal could slide into the closer spot mid-August to give the bullpen a boost down the stretch. He has the stuff to close, but his role as a left-handed option in any high-pressure situation trumps all. The A’s may not target a Rosenthal-esque closer, but they’ll almost certainly keep adding bullpen arms on cheaper contracts. Less-likely scenario: Trade for a closerClosers will be available at the trade deadline, and rumors have linked Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel with the A’s and Houston Astros.
Wellesley High junior Max Stakun-Pickering wins national title in decathlon
Heading into the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Outdoor Nationals track meet, Wellesley High’s Max Stakun-Pickering knew he had a chance to win a national title in the decathlon at Eugene, Ore.AdvertisementStakun-Pickering had to beat Kazmaier by eight seconds to overtake him and win the title, but he was prepared. Wellesley High's Max Stakun-Pickering's national championship was a year in the making. In the pole vault, the eighth event of the decathlon, Kazmaier fouled in his first two attempts. If he fouled a third time, he would’ve lost a significant amount of points, and Stakun-Pickering would’ve easily won the title. Instead of hoping for an easy route to the title, Pickering said his son was happy to see Kazmaier not foul on his third jump.
Ash Barty will try for her second major title while Karolina Pliskova looks for her first in Wimbledon final
Pliskova seeks her first major championship, five years after losing in her only previous Slam final. WIMBLEDON, England — Ash Barty will be trying to win a second trophy in her past seven Grand Slam tournaments when she faces Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon on Saturday. Goolagong’s second Wimbledon title in 1980 was the most recent for an Australian at the All England Club. Advertisement“So far, my second final, second time I’m playing against a player [who is] No. You want to play the best player in the final,” said Pliskova, who led the WTA rankings herself for eight weeks in 2017.
Arizona State football allegations: Keyshawn Johnson changes stance on Kevin Mawae for leaks
Update: ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson tweeted an update on Friday in regards to his comments last month about Kevin Mawae being a "whistleblower" in the Arizona State football allegations case. "I spoke to my former teammate Kevin Mawae about the ASU football matter," Johnson tweeted. Former ASU offensive analyst Kevin Mawae. More:Reports: ASU football under NCAA investigation for possible recruiting violationsMawae played 241 games in the NFL, starting 238 of those. While with the Jets Mawae played under Herm Edwards, starting their long association.
Moore: Suns in three? Here's how it could happen for Phoenix's first NBA championship
'We broke ’em'The Suns don’t just win games, they frustrate their opponents to the point of rage. But the Suns broke the Lakers in Game 6. Well, Devin Booker broke Anthony Davis, anyway. The Suns broke the Nuggets, too. “It’s a zero-zero mindset for us going into Game 3,” Booker said after the 118-108 win in Game 2.
Bucks vs. Suns odds: NBA Finals Game 3 predictions
OK, the Milwaukee Bucks have had sand kicked in their faces twice in the desert by the Phoenix Suns. More:Yet again, the Milwaukee Bucks must topple the math that says their NBA title hopes are slimMore:The Bucks need to assist their own point guard. On Sunday night, they will play a host to Phoenix Suns for Game 3. Therefore, despite Suns winning the first two games, the home advantage favors Milwaukee Bucks for this game." It’s less a case of can the Bucks take Game 3 and more will the Suns allow that to happen?
Miami Hurricanes land four-star CB Chris Graves from Fort Myers
Hailing from Fort Myers Bishop Verot, his commitment marks the second consecutive recruiting cycle where UM has landed a player from his high school. Freshman cornerback Malik Curtis also came from Bishop Verot in the 2021 class. The 247 Sports composite rankings list Graves — at 6 feet 2, 180 pounds — as the nation’s No. 15 player with the “athlete” position designation, while Rivals tabs him the 36th-ranked cornerback in the class.
Back in Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic to face Italy's Matteo Berrettini
WIMBLEDON, England - The victories keep adding up for Novak Djokovic: 20 in a row at Wimbledon since the start of the 2018 tournament, 20 in a row in all Grand Slam matches since the start of this season. rang through the All England Club's main stadium earlier, supporting Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy's first Grand Slam male finalist in 45 years. No man has pulled off that three-title stretch within one year -- let alone all four -- since Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969. “Matteo played (an) unbelievable match,” said Hurkacz, who arrived at Wimbledon on a six-match losing streak but beat Federer and No. By then, Djokovic was punching the air and shouting, knowing the match's end, and another final, was near.
'He loves to win': Durant seeking a third Olympic gold medal
The Brooklyn Nets forward will lead the U.S. Olympic team into Tokyo this month and could become just the second men's player in USA Basketball history to win three golds, joining Carmelo Anthony. And not that this matters to Durant, because it doesn't, but he could simply rewrite the USA Basketball Olympic record book in the next few weeks as well. You're talking about a guy who would sit at home, sit in his house and watch an elementary school basketball game just to watch basketball. Really, really loves the game, loves watching the game, loves hooping.”All that is true, and part of the lure for Durant to play this summer. He's participating in the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, explaining there why he decided not to play for the Olympic team.
Father asks for help after son killed in road rage shooting
But I know he killed my son,” said Paul Castro, whose son David died two days after being shot on Tuesday. Police allege the driver followed the Castro family for several miles on Interstate 10 before shooting at their truck shortly after both vehicles exited the freeway. Paul Castro and David's brother, who was also in the truck, were not injured. Castro said his son had wanted to attend either Texas A&M University or Purdue University and study chemical engineering. “He was worried about global warming, the environment, gun violence,” Paul Castro said.
'Fast and furious' NHL offseason to unfold over three weeks
"There's a number of teams that -- there's just really big decisions to be made," former Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said. “Now it's fast and furious trying to figure out what they can get done.”And not much time to do it. Lawton, now an NHL Network analyst, said it's going to feel like the shortest offseason in league history. This offseason is a big opportunity for teams to chart a course to attempt to follow the Lightning as Stanley Cup champions. “Everyone understands the reality.”For the Lightning and 31 other NHL teams, the reality is everything will happen fast.
Jack Velling, Washington 3-star tight end, commits to Oregon State Beavers
The Oregon State Beavers almost went a full week without a commitment, and given coach Jonathan Smith’s recent hot streak that “drought” would’ve been noteworthy. Instead, Oregon State picked up a significant commitment Friday afternoon, as 247Sports three-star tight end Jack Velling announced his commitment to the Beavers over offers from Arizona State, Fresno State, Michigan, Minnesota, Utah and others:The 6-foot-5, 225-pound jumbo pass-catcher, out of Seattle Prep School (Seattle, Washington), took official visits to Oregon State (June 4), Michigan (June 11) and Utah (June 25). AnalysisThe writing was on the wall for this commitment early in the month when 247Sports four-star tight end Colston Loveland committed to Michigan. Both Loveland and Velling held offers and took important visits to Michigan and Oregon State, and it seemed likely the Wolverines were only going to take one of those two tight ends. As soon as Loveland “popped” for Michigan, that cleared the way for Velling to cement his future in Corvallis.
Former Oregon softball infielder Mya Felder signs with Nebraska
EUGENE — Former Oregon softball first baseman/designated player Mya Felder is headed to the Big Ten. Felder, who entered the transfer portal in late May, signed with Nebraska to finish her college career. “We are thrilled to have Mya join the Nebraska softball family,” Huskes coach Rhonda Revelle said in a statement. We are excited to have Mya wear the Scarlet and Cream.”Felder hit .274 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 46 starts and six other appearances for the Ducks in 2021. The Fresno, Calif. native transferred to UO from New Mexico State in 2019-20 and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Why Tucker Barnhart was surprisingly in the Reds starting lineup on Friday
Barnhart has typically started against right-handed pitchers, and Stephenson has started against left-handed pitchers or after Barnhart has started a couple games in a row. Miley’s relationship with Barnhart has become so strong that Barnhart started on Friday despite a left-handed opposing starter being on the mound. But with the importance of our guy’s comfort level, I just prioritized that today.”With every other starting pitcher, Barnhart and Stephenson have split starts pretty evenly. Working with Barnhart, Miley has had one of the best seasons of his career, and Barnhart caught Miley’s no-hitter in May. In limited at-bats against left-handed pitchers, Barnhart has struggled.
Reds notes: How shortstop Kyle Farmer is trying to stay fresh
MILWAUKEE –– Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer pointed to all of the places he has been hit by a pitch this season. Farmer was in the starting lineup for the first two games against the Brewers, but manager David Bell said Farmer might not start every game. Lorenzen pitched in a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Tuesday, and the plan is for Lorenzen to continue to progress in Louisville until the All-Star break. “In the interest of Michael, our team, our entire season, we’ll probably let him stay in Louisville over the break,” Bell said. When the Reds return from the break, they’ll have a decision to make with the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres odds, picks and prediction
Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Rockies vs. Padres odds with MLB picks and predictions. Rockies at Padres odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line : Rockies +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Padres -225 (bet $225 to win $100): Rockies +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Padres -225 (bet $225 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Rockies +1.5 (-110) | Padres -1.5 (-110): Rockies +1.5 (-110) | Padres -1.5 (-110) Over/Under : 9 (O: -105 | U: -155)PredictionPadres 5, Rockies 2The Rockies are never a good bet on the road, at least on the money line. They are 4-5 ATS against the Rockies this season but 2-1 ATS against them in San Diego. Take the PADRES -1.5 (-110).
Kiké Hernandez feeling more comfortable in everyday role as Red Sox CF: ‘I’m still getting better’
After six seasons of mostly coming off the bench for the Dodgers, Kiké Hernández signed with the Red Sox seeking an everyday job. The Red Sox had plans to make Hernández their full-time second baseman and play him in center field occasionally, but it’s turned out to be the other way around. Entering Friday, he ranked third among MLB outfielders with nine defensive runs saved, and he’s been a critical piece of a Red Sox outfield that leads baseball with 28 assists. We’re in first place, I’m playing everyday center field and we’re playing good baseball. I started getting used to center field on a daily basis.
Father asks for help after son killed in road rage shooting
I don’t know who he is … But I know he killed my son,” said Paul Castro, whose son David died two days after being shot on Tuesday. Police allege the driver followed the Castro family for several miles on Interstate 10 before shooting at their truck shortly after both vehicles exited the freeway. Paul Castro and David’s brother, who was also in the truck, were not injured. Castro said his son had wanted to attend either Texas A&M University or Purdue University and study chemical engineering. “He was worried about global warming, the environment, gun violence,” Paul Castro said.
Chris Eubank's son Sebastian found dead at 29
The son of boxing legend Chris Eubank has died days before his 30th birthday. Sebastian, who was a professional boxer like his father, the third oldest of Chis Eubank’s five children died on Friday morning in Dubai where he lived, representatives of his father said. He became a father for the first time only a month ago when he and his wife had their son, Raheem. “He leaves his wife Salma, his son Raheem born just a month ago, his mother Karron Meadows, brothers Nathanael, Chris, Jr, Joseph, one sister Emily and countless relatives and friends. “As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom.
Mark Cavendish equals Eddy Merckx's all-time record stage wins at Tour de France
British cyclist Mark Cavendish has made history at this year's Tour de France, by equalling Belgian Eddy Merckx's all-time record of stage wins. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Cavendish has also won stages four, six and 10 on this year's tour. Advertisement"I've won a stage of the Tour de France. Merckx, a five-time overall winner of the Tour de France, took the last of his stage wins more than 46 years ago. "I won 34 Tour stages by winning sprints, in the mountains, in time trials and going on the attack on the descents.
Novak Djokovic closer to securing his 20th Grand Slam after cruising past Denis Shapovalov
Gone missing and last seen in the Wimbledon area - the multitude of chances that Denis Shapovalov had to stop Novak Djokovic reaching the men's singles final. He left behind Djokovic to soak up the admiration of the crowd, who had been treated to three compelling sets that ended 7-6 7-5 7-5 in the 34 year-old Serbian's favour. The Canadian's problem in claiming break points was also on show from the beginning. Instead, five break points went begging as the favourite somehow emerged intact at 3-3. By the time he had missed two more break opportunities at 1-0 in the third, ten break points had come and gone.
Neymar furiously hits out at Brazilian fans switching allegiance for Copa America to Lionel Messi
Ahead of his country's clash with Argentina in the Copa America final on Saturday night, Neymar has called out any Brazilian supporters who may be tempted to root against their own country. But Neymar has little time for those Brazilians who are switching their allegiance ahead of this weekend's match at the Maracana. Neymar has slammed Brazilian supporters considering supporting Argentina this weekendHe took to Instagram to question why anyone would turn their back on the Brazilian team'I am Brazilian with a lot of pride and love,' Neymar wrote on Instagram. 'If it's Brazil I am Brazil, and who is Brazilian and does it differently? His former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi has three Copa America goals to his name this tournament, with a brace against Bolivia followed by another goal against Ecuador in the quarter-final.
MICAH RICHARDS: Roberto Mancini will be preparing his Italy troops for WAR against England
Roberto Mancini knows how to get into your head so that when a big day comes, you are ready to run through a brick wall. But there is no need for him to deviate from the plan that has got England into this position. The Azzurri will hope to silence the Wembley crowd and flatten England's dream of gloryThis is going to be a wonderful final. England have got the better attacking options but I don’t feel our defence is miles better than Italy’s. It will be close, it will be tight and it will go the distance but England will get the trophy.
Eddie Hearn leads the tributes to Chris Eubank's son Sebastian after father-of-one tragically dies
Eddie Hearn has led the tributes on social media after the death of Chris Eubank's son Sebastian, aged 29. Chris Eubank Sr confirmed the tragic news in a statement. Chris Eubank's son Sebastian has tragically died in Dubai just days before his 30th birthdayThe father-of-one, also a professional boxer, lived in the UAE with wife Salma and son RaheemSebastian's brother, Chris Eubank Jr, posted his own tribute on social media. 'How sad... thinking of all the family and friends of the Eubank family on their loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Eubank family and all the people who knew him at this time.
Terrifying moment teenage boy's 88mph golf ball is struck by lightning
This is the moment a teen was almost struck by lighting at a driving range in Texas while firing golf balls into a storm. 'When I saw the lightning bolt my first instinct was to run,' Gomez said. 'I was just glad that it {lightning} hit the ball instead of me,' Gomez said. The incident occurred just as Tropical Storm Elsa plummeted through Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday, causing flooding and spawning tornadoes near the coast. The tropical storm is already responsible for at least one fatality, leaving various others injured across the Southeastern coast.
Chris Eubank 'devastated' after son Sebastian found dead days before 30th birthday
Chris Eubank says he is "devastated" after his son Sebastian died days before his 30th birthday. He had followed his father and brother Chris Eubank Jr into the ring, starting a professional boxing career with two victories. Image: Sebastian Eubank with his son RaheemSebastian Eubank's mother, Karron Meadows, added: "Our whole family is grieving at the huge loss of our son and brother, Sebastian. Chris Eubank Jr said on Twitter: "Rest easy little brother, I love you and you will be missed always". Sebastian Eubank beat Polish fighter, Kamil Kulczyk, in his debut fight in February 2018 on the undercard of his older brother's fight against George Groves.
Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads
Live Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads Educators’ unions praise new C.D.C. Africa endures its “worst pandemic week ever.”Mississippi urges ‘high-risk’ residents to avoid indoor mass gatherings as Delta variant spreads. To use the S.D.R.s, countries can agree to trade this interest-bearing asset with other countries in exchange for cash. Researchers at Imperial College London also found that from June 24 to July 5, the number of coronavirus cases had quadrupled across England and had risen eightfold in London. The World Health Organization warned last week that the games, held in cities across Europe, had driven a rise in coronavirus cases.
Dwyane Wade and Son Zaire Team Up with Bleacher Report on Pride Apparel with 'Powerful Message'
"We wanted to do something to try and show our support to my sister Zaya and the whole community," Zaire Wade tells PEOPLE of his LGBTQI+ Pride CollectionDwyane Wade and his son Zaire are continuing to show their support for the LGBTQI+ community. Dwyane, Zaire, Bleacher Report and Nicole Zizi Studio recently partnered with Zaire's apparel company YnG DnA to create a pride collection benefiting Athlete Ally, a leading national non-profit working at the intersection of sport and LGBTQI+ equality. Bleacher Report will donate 50 percent of net proceeds from the sale of select merch sold June 24 through July 31 to Athlete Ally. Zaire says he wanted to team up on the Pride collection as a way to "try and show our support to my sister Zaya and the whole community." RELATED VIDEO: Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union "Allow Their Kids' Uniqueness To Shine""It's simple, this is what people want.
Meet the History-Making Scripps Spelling Bee Winner, Who Also Has Impressive Basketball Skills
The newly crowned 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner, Zaila Avant-garde, holds three Guinness World Records for her ability to dribble multiple basketballs at a timeZaila Avant-garde has entered the world stage! On Thursday, the 14-year-old eighth-grader from Harvey, Louisiana, clinched victory at the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, correctly spelling "Murraya" — a genus of flowering plants — during the live finals at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The only Black winner before Zaila was Jody-Anne Maxwell, who took home the glory in 1998 and represented Jamaica, according to CNN. Zaila Avant-garde Credit: John Raoux/AP/ShutterstockZaila Avant-gardeAlongside her affinity for spelling, the teen is also a basketball prodigy who has impressive basketball-juggling skills. Zaila holds three Guinness World Records for her ability to dribble multiple basketballs at a time, according to USA Today.
USA Men's and Women's Gymnasts Look Fierce in New Team Photos
Veterans Simone Biles and Sam Mikulak lead the two teams as they prepare to compete in the Tokyo GamesGo Team USA! The U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team was named for the Summer Games during the Olympic trials, which ran from June 24 to 27 in St. Louis, Missouri — and now their new photos have dropped. Team USA Credit: Team USATeam USA Credit: Team USATeam USA Credit: Team USATeam USA Credit: Team USATeam USA Credit: Team USANever miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Team USA Credit: Team USATeam USA Credit: Team USATeam USA Credit: Team USATeam USA Credit: Team USATo learn more about all the Olympic hopefuls, visit TeamUSA.org. Team USA Credit: Team USA
TJ Watt Engaged to Sister-in-Law Kealia Ohai's Former Teammate: 'I Am the Luckiest Man in the World'
TJ Watt Engaged to Sister-in-Law Kealia Ohai's Former Teammate: 'I Am the Luckiest Man in the World'TJ Watt is engaged! "I am the luckiest man in the world," he captioned a series of photos from the special moment, which included a shot of the NFL player, 26, down on one knee. YES ?," Rhodes, a professional soccer player, added in her own post. Both Watt and Rhodes went to the University of Madison-Wisconsin, from which the soccer player graduated last December. Their time at the school overlapped in 2016, before the NFL player began his professional career, according to Steelers Depot.
Photos of Former National Spelling Bee Champions (and the Words They Won with)
After 19 rounds of competition Anurag Kashyap, 13, an eighth grader from Meadowbrook Middle School in Poway, California, wins the bee having correctly spelled the word "appoggiatura" in the Grand Hyatt Hotel June 2, 2005 in Washington, DC. The 78th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee got underway with 73 spellers sponsored by over 260 sponsors from the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, and American Samoa. The spellers started with a 25-word written test followed by several oral rounds until a winner was chosen. During the oral rounds a speller could ask a word's pronunciation, definition, part of speech, etymology and could also ask to have the word used in a sentence. The spelling bee is held from June 1 through June 2.
Matt Damon Arrives in Cannes, Plus Christina Haack and New Flame Joshua Hall, Lizzo and More
Vin Diesel attends Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California Celebrities attend Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Los Angeles, USA - 30 Jun 2021
Gabby Douglas Says She's 'So Moved' by the Refugees Training for the Tokyo Olympics
Gabby Douglas Gabby Douglas | Credit: Paul Archuleta/GettyThe "Fierce Five" gold medalist says that she can relate to a piece of every athlete's story who was featured in the series because of her own journey pursuing elite gymnastics. In her early teens, she moved from her hometown Virginia Beach to live with a host family in West Des Moines, Iowa in order to train under Liang Chow, the former coach of Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. "I can relate to everyone's stories and the refugees overcoming adversity and challenges on a minor scale," Douglas explains. GABBY DOUGLAS Credit: Matt Dunham/APAs professional athletes push boundaries within their respective sports, Douglas tells PEOPLE that she knows firsthand how it can be a long journey that can easily get overwhelming. We have the media, we have social media, we have competitions, and so on and so forth," Douglas says.
Tanner Johnson, 2-Year-Old Grandson of Former MLB Player, Loses 5 Toes in Lawn Mower Accident
Tanner Johnson is the grandson of former MLB player Howard Johnson, who played for the Mets, Tigers, Rockies and Cubs, from 1982 to 1995The young grandson of former MLB player Howard Johnson was badly injured in a lawn mower accident this week that left him hospitalized with lower leg injuries. According to a GoFundMe campaign set up by the family, 2-year-old Tanner Johnson lost all five toes and part of his left foot after being run over by the machine on Tuesday. "We have been praying nonstop for Tanner and the family for God's peace and healing hands," Johnson wrote on Twitter. "Any help is appreciated for Tanner," Johnson wrote. On Friday, Johnson posted a video of Tanner learning to move his legs with the help of a walker.
Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews’ Family Photos With Daughter Sterling
Sweet Sterling! Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews became parents in February 2021 and have been documenting their lives with their little one ever since. The Kansas City Chiefs player wrote via Instagram at the time that it was “RING SZN.” The bride-to-be gushed, “This happened today. Matthews explained in February 2021: “We will share photos of her when we [feel] the time is right. “Hi, my name is Sterling,” the new mom wrote alongside sweet June 2021 snaps from a family photo shoot.
Hulu: The 10 best movies to see tonight
Hulu: The 10 best movies to see tonightAdded: 09.07.2021 20:30 | 6 views | 0 commentsBarb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar hits the streamer this week.
First child tax credit check coming in less than a week. Here's how much money you'll get
First child tax credit check coming in less than a week. Here's how much money you'll getAdded: 09.07.2021 22:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsDo you know how much money your family will get per kid on July 15? Use this calculator to find out your child tax credit total for 2021 and 2022.
Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74
Added: 20.08.2020 21:49 | 15 views | 0 commentsAs a researcher at AT&T, she helped lay the groundwork for modern digital assistants like Siri and Alexa.
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins Saturday
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins SaturdayAdded: 29.07.2020 15:14 | 20 views | 0 commentsSource: www.house.govCivil rights icon Congressman John Lewis died last week at age of 80. Lewis was a leader of the freedom riders, and a protege of Martin Luther King Junior. He often faced arrest and violence during his fight against racial segregation. Lewis's body left Atlanta Saturday morning, and is now on its way to Alabama. More in feeds.cbsnews.com » Alabama Tags: Congress
Intelligence Matters: A CBS News original national security podcast
Added: 29.07.2020 12:05 | 17 views | 0 comments"Intelligence Matters" is a weekly podcast about national security and policy hosted by CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell
Late Congressman John Lewis departs Washington for final time
Added: 29.07.2020 16:24 | 18 views | 0 commentsA funeral will be held for Lewis in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday.
Earth has hottest May on record, with 2020 on track to be one of the top 10 warmest years
Earth has hottest May on record, with 2020 on track to be one of the top 10 warmest yearsAdded: 05.06.2020 8:00 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe Earth had its hottest May ever last month, continuing an unrelenting climate change trend as 2020 is set to be among the hottest 10 years ever.
Silence may not be golden at the Tokyo Olympics
Silence may not be golden at the Tokyo OlympicsAdded: 09.07.2021 17:50 | 21 views | 0 comments"I'm a little worried how it's going to affect me," gymnast Simone Biles said.
Golf: Spieth uses birdie blitz to climb Harbour Town leaderboard
Added: 18.06.2020 18:52 | 17 views | 0 commentsJordan Spieth recovered from a poor start with a stunning run of birdies to tie the lowest nine-hole score of his career in the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday.
Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced
Added: 18.06.2020 18:50 | 18 views | 0 commentsLawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client's innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 17 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Djokovic says important all players free to travel to U.S. Open
Added: 18.06.2020 16:22 | 17 views | 0 commentsWorld number one Novak Djokovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player eligible is able to compete.
Alcott slams U.S. Open 'discrimination' over wheelchair omission
Added: 18.06.2020 15:10 | 17 views | 0 commentsAustralian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott has slammed the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the U.S. Open, calling it "disgusting discrimination".
On this day: Born June 19, 1978
Added: 18.06.2020 12:59 | 17 views | 0 commentsDallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was one of the finest imports to feature in the NBA and became the first European player to win the league's Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in 2007 before he led the franchise to a maiden championship in 2011.
From living in a tent to financial independence
From living in a tent to financial independenceAdded: 09.07.2021 22:03 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: cnnphilippines.comSchemes helping homeless people lacking IDs to get bank accounts are transforming hundreds of lives. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Jon Rahm wins US Open at Torrey Pines on his first Father's Day
Jon Rahm wins US Open at Torrey Pines on his first Father's DayAdded: 09.07.2021 13:17 | 26 views | 0 commentsJon Rahm won the 121st US Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, on Sunday.
World Cup 2022: Ambitions of Qatar's grand project come with stark human cost
Added: 09.07.2021 11:39 | 25 views | 0 commentsThey're impossible to miss. On a drive around Qatar, at every turn, it seems, a new football stadium rises out of the desert -- each design offering a futuristic take on its traditional culture.
Kyrgios pulls out of Tokyo Olympics citing empty stadiums and injury
Added: 09.07.2021 10:26 | 25 views | 0 commentsAustralian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has confirmed his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics, saying a ban on spectators attending the Games was a factor behind his decision.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 16 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Golf: Poulter, Hubbard share early lead at RBC Heritage
Added: 18.06.2020 19:37 | 17 views | 0 commentsBritain's Ian Poulter capped an error-free opening round with a birdie-birdie finish to grab a share of the early lead with American Mark Hubbard at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Thursday.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 17 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
British cyclist Mark Cavendish equals Eddy Merckx's Tour de France record
Added: 09.07.2021 17:44 | 19 views | 0 commentsMark Cavendish raced to his 34th stage win at the Tour de France on Friday to equal the record held by the legendary Belgium cyclist Eddy Merckx.
Berrettini becomes first Italian man to reach a Wimbledon final
Berrettini becomes first Italian man to reach a Wimbledon finalAdded: 09.07.2021 16:55 | 23 views | 0 commentsMatteo Berrettini put on a stunning display of power hitting to bludgeon his way past the gutsy Hubert Hurkacz and reach his first Wimbledon final.
The Japanese city rooting for South Sudan at the Olympics
The Japanese city rooting for South Sudan at the OlympicsAdded: 09.07.2021 14:18 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe first time Abraham Majok Matet Guem competed in a track race, he ran in his black school shoes.
Teenage long jump sensation on matching her mother's record
Added: 09.07.2021 15:18 | 22 views | 0 commentsLarissa Iapichino's face said it all: hands on her head and mouth agape, it was the look of someone who could scarcely believe what she had just achieved.
Nelly Korda 'glad to have joined' former pro tennis player dad as major champion
Nelly Korda 'glad to have joined' former pro tennis player dad as major championAdded: 09.07.2021 13:17 | 14 views | 0 commentsWhen it comes to having a strong support system for a potential professional athlete, the Korda family might be the prototype.
Youth coach fatally shot on highway after a possible altercation, officials say
Youth coach fatally shot on highway after a possible altercation, officials sayAdded: 09.07.2021 9:01 | 22 views | 0 commentsMinnesota police believe that what started as a traffic altercation on a highway this week ended in the homicide of a youth baseball coach, officials said.
Charges against 1 of 2 siblings arrested in South Carolina dropped, and officer apologizes
Added: 09.07.2021 20:32 | 15 views | 0 commentsCharges have been dropped for one of two brothers arrested in South Carolina last month, authorities said, while an officer involved has been fired and charged with assault in a case that prompted outrage after video of the arrests surfaced on social media.
Food for London Now: Felix Project takes over south London depot of Marcus Rashford charity FareShare
Food for London Now: Felix Project takes over south London depot of Marcus Rashford charity FareShareAdded: 12.11.2020 12:38 | 21 views | 0 commentsThe Standard’s partner has bolstered its capacity to distribute food by an additional 100 tonnes a week.
France nursery horror attack as one shot and three stabbed in Marseille daylight rampage
France nursery horror attack as one shot and three stabbed in Marseille daylight rampageAdded: 09.07.2021 17:49 | 17 views | 0 commentsONE person has been shot and three others have been injured following a stabbing in Marseille, France.
Japan Covid cases: Can you attend the Tokyo Olympics? Are spectators allowed?
Added: 09.07.2021 17:14 | 18 views | 0 commentsJAPAN will host the Olympics in a matter of weeks, a year after the Covid pandemic suspended the 2020 games, but cases have recently skyrocketed in the country. Can the Olympics go ahead?
British expats in Spain 'furious' over UK quarantine exemption snub: 'We deserve better!'
British expats in Spain 'furious' over UK quarantine exemption snub: 'We deserve better!' Added: 09.07.2021 16:27 | 20 views | 0 commentsBRITISH expats in Spain have been left "furious" over the UK's new quarantine exemption plan.
The best video you'll see of a Walrus dancing like Michael Jackson this week
Added: 08.10.2020 11:20 | 12 views | 0 commentsDancing like Michael Jackson requires that certain something. 300lbs and flippers aren't features that I'd usually think would qualify, but there's always a first time. We're not sure where this footage was shot, but it is without doubt the best video you'll see of a walrus dancing like Michael Jackson this week.
England v India: Nat Sciver leads hosts to win despite spectacular Deol catch
Added: 09.07.2021 22:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsA world-class catch and Nat Sciver's dazzling batting - everything you need to know about England's victory over India.
Poirier v McGregor 3: 'UFC 264 loss could signal beginning of the end for McGregor'
Poirier v McGregor 3: 'UFC 264 loss could signal beginning of the end for McGregor'Added: 09.07.2021 22:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsSource: advanced-television.comBBC's Radio 5 Live team for UFC 264 discuss Conor McGregor's trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier and what it could mean for the Irish superstar's career. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
England v Pakistan ODI: Saqib Mahmood takes four wickets in England win
England v Pakistan ODI: Saqib Mahmood takes four wickets in England winAdded: 09.07.2021 21:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsFast bowler Saqib Mahmood takes 4-42 as England cruise to victory against Pakistan in the first ODI.
Fury v Wilder III: Fight off following Covid-19 case in Briton's camp
Fury v Wilder III: Fight off following Covid-19 case in Briton's campAdded: 09.07.2021 21:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsSource: www.mmamania.comThe 24 July trilogy bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is postponed following a Covid-19 case in the Briton's camp. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Nikole Hannah-Jones Is Not Your (Tenured) Negro
Nikole Hannah-Jones Is Not Your (Tenured) NegroAdded: 09.07.2021 19:40 | 18 views | 0 commentsIn a perfect world, award-winning New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones would've ended up at Howard University anyway.Instead of being held...
We're Only 1 Generation Away From Losing America
We're Only 1 Generation Away From Losing AmericaAdded: 09.07.2021 19:40 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.newshub.co.nzWho is proud to be an American? The good news is that an overwhelming majority of adults (68%) are very or extremely proud to be an American. The bad news is the only group that is not proud are young people. Only 36% of those aged 18 to 24 said that they were extremely or very proud. More in www.realclearpolitics.com »
Scottish Open: 'Incredible' Jon Rahm shares lead as Rory McIlroy misses the cut
Added: 09.07.2021 22:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsWorld number one Jon Rahm delivers an "incredible" first 10 holes to share the Scottish Open lead, as playing partner Rory McIlroy misses the cut.
Watch: Women's T20I highlights
Added: 09.07.2021 22:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsHighlights of the first T20 international between England and India at The County Ground.
Man who smashed Black teen's face with bike chain sentenced to 5 years in prison for hate crime
Man who smashed Black teen's face with bike chain sentenced to 5 years in prison for hate crimeAdded: 09.07.2021 21:39 | 12 views | 0 commentsA Michigan man who admitted to beating a Black teenager with a bike chain because of his race is going to prison for five years.
Georgia country club shooting suspect arrested, charged with 3 counts of murder
Added: 09.07.2021 23:09 | 2 views | 0 commentsBryan Rhoden, 23, was arrested and charged with three counts of murder in the July 3 shooting at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Storm Elsa: Heavy rain floods subways and submerges cars in New York
Storm Elsa: Heavy rain floods subways and submerges cars in New YorkAdded: 09.07.2021 17:16 | 18 views | 0 commentsResidents shared videos of flooded subways and submerged cars, as Storm Elsa passes through New York.
Gary Player: Royal St. George's is 'Easiest of the Open Golf Courses'
As for Royal St. George's, which sits along the country's southern coastline in Kent, England? “Royal St George's probably is the easiest of The Open golf courses, but the thing that will make it, obviously, is the wind,” Player said. “It's a golf course that is steeped in tradition, there have been some wonderful winners.”This will be Royal St. George's 15th time hosting the Open. After Locke’s victory, Royal St. George’s was removed from the rota until 1981. More 2021 British Open CoverageIs the British Open the most interesting of golf's four majors?
Professional Bull Riding elite series photos
Most years, Professional Bull Riding's elite series events are held at major arenas like Madison Square Garden and AT&T Stadium. Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Portrait of rider Lucas Divino (right), detail view of World Championship belt buckle worn by Jess Lockwood (upper left) Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Riders prep for competition in a dimly lit backroom within Cowtown Coliseum. Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Cooper Davis prepping before his ride. Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Rider Lucas Divino in action. Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Rider Kaique Pacheco Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Rider J.B. Mauney Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Portrait of rider Jess Lockwood Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Rider Silvano Alves Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Rider Dalton Kasel Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Rider J.B. Mauney Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated Rider Bourdreaux Campbell Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated
Daily Cover: How deep fakes almost derailed a high school cheerleading team
An unsettling cheerleading scandal is going to court, and it raises questions about the threat of video-manipulation technology in sports—and beyond. SDI Productions/Getty ImagesRead more of SI's Daily Cover stories here.
Full Frame: Trevor Lawrence's SI Cover Shoot
In this week’s Full Frame, SI Photographer Kohjiro Kinno gives a behind the scenes look at SI’s May cover shoot with Trevor Lawrence. Kinno talks about his decade of experience as a photo assistant, and how what he learned watching others has translated into his successful career.
Daily Cover: Asterisk in sports
Sixty years out from Maris’s 61*, and smack in the middle of a sporting era that begs to be put into context, let us hold up for examination the asterisk, which can act as a footnote, fig leaf, scarlet letter and so much more. Sports Illustrated's Madelyn Burke discusses the history of the asterisk in sports. Read more of SI's Daily Cover stories here.
Russell Wilson to host NBC vaccination special featuring Joe Biden, Barack Obama
© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsSeahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, will host NBC and ATTN:'s Roll Up Your Sleeves vaccination special featuring President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, among others. ET on Sunday, April 18, will also include appearances by Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Details of NBC's special were released on the same day as another massive event promoting vaccine awareness was announced. Global Citizen will host Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, which will feature performances by Lopez, Selena Gomez and the Foo Fighters. The concert will take place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the NFL's Rams and Chargers.
Bayley injury: WWE star out of MITB match vs. Bianca Belair
Courtesy of WWEWWE wrestler Bayley will be sidelined for approximately nine months due to an injury, the company announced Friday. She had been scheduled to face SmackDown women’s champion Bianca Belair in an “I Quit” match at the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Belair’s new opponent will be announced Friday night on SmackDown, WWE said. Bayley and Belair had been engaged in a months-long feud that began just after Belair won the title at WrestleMania in April. Belair was victorious in their match at Backlash and defeated Bayley again last month at Hell in a Cell.
U.S.'s Marsch Inherits Opportunity, Strong Squad at RB Leipzig
New Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch became the second American in charge of a team in Germany’s top soccer division after Stuttgart’s Pellegrino Matarazzo. Now Red Bull wants the 47-year-old Marsch to take Leipzig another step further in its development. “One of the most exciting things about being here is how truly talented this team is,” Marsch said. The new Leipzig coach said he hopes their meeting is “a big deal back home. To have us two coaching against each other in a big league and representing two big clubs, I’m really looking forward to it.”More Soccer Coverage:
2021: Sports Illustrated's Where Are They Now?
Where Are They Now? Sports Illustrated Revisits the Biggest Stories of Sporting PastSports Illustrated’s annual “Where Are They Now?” series catches up with the stars and prominent figures from yesteryear. Find all of this year’s trips down memory lane.
Stewart Mandel: Long-suffering Northwesterners anxiously wait for Selection Sunday
Yet here we are, days away from Selection Sunday, with Northwestern still teetering on the bubble, and I find myself ... conflicted. Like all bubble teams, Northwestern has a chance to beef up its resume this week with a strong performance in its conference tournament. The basketball equivalent would be making an NCAA tourney debut as a No. No, the far worse possibility is that Northwestern will finally achieve what 307 other universities did before it by qualifying for the NCAA tournament -- and get placed in Dayton. I covered the inaugural First Four last year, and while organizers made it look in every way like a regular NCAA tournament site, and while First Four participant VCU's subsequent run to the Final Four seemingly validated its existence, let's not kid ourselves -- the real NCAA tournament starts on Thursday, not Tuesday.
Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde's basketball highlights (video)
After wrapping up her historic win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee (she’s the first African American to win in the contest’s history), people started to take notice of Zaila’s other remarkable skill: basketball. Her incredible dribbling has earned her an appearance in a shoe commercial beside Stephen Curry and a chance to perform with the Harlem Globetrotters. Even though she’s the nation’s top speller, Zaila views spelling as a secondary hobby to her first love: basketball. She said after winning the bee that she hopes to play in the WNBA or coach in the NBA one day. Bookmark this page to see previous editions of Hot Clicks and find the newest edition every day.
Cleveland's Losing Streak Should Force a Turning of the Page
Its first nine-game losing skid since the Manny Acta era should cause an overdue reexamination of this club’s ceiling. Eddie Rosario was having his worst season at the plate in Cleveland before an abdominal strain sidelined him earlier this week. Oddly enough, its 2016 World Series opponents have fallen to the fringes of playoff contention at the exact same time with an 11-game losing streak that finally ended Wednesday with a Cubs win. It’d be ideal to usher in the new nickname with a World Series–worthy team next season. Even without a Ramírez trade, it almost certainly isn’t going to happen, anyway.
Rams RB Cam Akers wins 2020 Octopus of the Year Award
In 2019, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NFL’s adoption of the two-point conversion, I introduced the octopus. Coming into the 2020 season, I had hoped someone would mention the octopus on TV. “Cam,” Hanson says to me, in a message I promise to relay to Akers, “all octopi are not created equal. “If the octopus absolutely flips the outcome of the game,” Hanson says, “I don’t care what the plays looked like. After we see that octopus, what are the odds we might see an octopus end-zone celebration?
Zach Kline: From Elite Cal QB Recruit to Nashville Singer-Songwriter
Zachary Scott Kline is a singer-songwriter in Nashville. The seeds of Kline’s music career were planted by his father, who loved the blues and artists such as Muddy Waters and B.B. Kline met the media in the week following the Oregon game, played in pouring rain, forcing Jared Goff out and Zach Kline in. But Kline’s music career remained active during that time. Kline has not forgotten Zach Kline, but he heads toward his 30’s as Zachary Scott Kline.
Tokyo Olympics: How Quanesha Burks went from McDonalds to team USA
Quanesha Burks ordered medium fries with no salt and a side of sweet and sour sauce at McDonald’s. “When I worked at McDonald’s, I thought it was the best job ever,” Burks says. Burks didn’t quit her job until she graduated high school with her 11 state titles, including the 100 meters, long jump and triple jump sweep as a senior. The qualifying round of the long jump went well, with Burks securing her spot in the final on her first jump. “It’s been a journey and it all started with a little girl working at McDonald’s and here I am.”More Coverage of the Olympics:
Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane change England's Euro fortunes
If England goes on to beat Italy in Sunday’s final, there’s every chance Kane could lift the Golden Boot and Sterling the Golden Ball. Again, it was possible to wonder, given England’s attacking riches, whether Sterling was really worth his place in the starting lineup. Sterling scored England’s only two goals in the group stage, and his rapid and incisive dribbling was critical to the wins over Ukraine and Denmark. Every game is subjected to far more intense scrutiny than in a club campaign of 38 league games, plus perhaps 13 Champions League games and another handful in the domestic cups. But players, as Sterling and Kane demonstrate, can grow into tournaments.
UFC 264 preview: High stakes for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Conor McGregor meets Dustin Poirier in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 264 card. This is the third fight pitting McGregor (22-5) against Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). Poirier won the rematch this past January at UFC 257, and the two now return to Vegas to settle the trilogy. Poirier does not have that luxury, lacking the type of charisma that makes McGregor such a UFC centerpiece. As always, the UFC title picture is more exciting with McGregor involved.
WWE tour dates: Live events, Extreme Rules announced for September
The schedule for WWE’s return to touring continues to take shape with the addition of 11 new dates. Included in the new tour dates that were announced on Friday is the news that this year’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view will be held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, Sept. 26. It will air live on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network everywhere else. WWE Supershow and WWE Live are non-televised house shows. This Friday’s SmackDown and next Monday’s Raw are the final shows of the WWE ThunderDome era.
For Euro Finalist Italy, Missing the World Cup Wasn't the End
Italy, a four-time champion and global football heavyweight, had failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Laura Lezza/Getty ImagesFIGC president Carlo Tavecchio said a month earlier that, “not qualifying for the World Cup would be an apocalypse.” It’s an understandable opinion. France missed the 1994 World Cup, then lost a Euro ’96 semi on penalties and won the ’98 World Cup. And after failing to reach Euro ’92, Italy nearly won the World Cup just two years later. Italy reached a combined four UEFA U-17 and U-19 finals and two FIFA U-20 World Cup semis between 2016 and ’19.
Report: Scott Brooks to Join Blazers as Chauncey Billups' Top Assistant
Chauncey Billups made clear that prior head-coaching experience would be the most important attribute in building out his staff with the Trail Blazers. Brooks, former head coach of the Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder, has agreed to be Billups' top assistant in Portland, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Thursday that Brooks, Los Angeles Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins and former LA Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro had emerged as leading candidates for the Blazers' second chair. Brooks, 55, spent the last five seasons as head coach of the Washington Wizards. Over 12 seasons as a head coach, Brooks' teams amassed a 521-414 (.557) record in the regular season and 49-48 (.505) record during the playoffs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Latest Rite of Passage? The Superstar Who Needs Help
PHOENIX — A mere nine days before Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s right knee bent so far inward toward his other knee, he thought he would miss a whole year of basketball. After completing that rite of passage in dramatic fashion—including a Game 7 win on the road against Kevin Durant—Antetokounmpo is now enduring another one: The superstar who needs help. In 96 minutes of the Finals, the Bucks are a plus-four in 75 minutes with Antetokounmpo on the floor. Excluding Giannis, Milwaukee connected on a paltry 38.0% of its field goals Thursday. (After the game, Giannis said he trusts Bud when it comes to deciding his playing time, saying he wouldn’t lobby for more.)
Jalen Lewis signs with Overtime Elite, becomes youngest American pro
High school junior Jalen Lewis is signing a contract with the Overtime Elite league, which will make him the youngest professional basketball player in American history, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Lewis, 16, will earn more than $1 million over the course of his multiyear deal, per Charania. The Overtime Elite league has added multiple top prospects from the class of 2023, including twins Matt and Ryan Bewley. Former UConn head coach Kevin Ollie will lead the Overtime Elite league's team of top prospects. Lewis and the Bewley brothers will be eligible for the 2024 NBA draft after they complete their time in the Overtime Elite league.
Chiefs star Frank Clark charged with felony after police find uzi in car
Chiefs star Frank Clark faces a felony charge of possession of an assault weapon after police found an uzi in his Lamborghini truck on June 20, TMZ Sports reported Friday. The defensive end could face up to three years if convicted, and is reportedly due in court next week for a hearing. He was arrested and charged with the carrying of a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Clark was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and assault in 2014 due to an incident with his then-pregnant girlfriend during his time in college at Michigan. He's in the middle of a five-year deal worth $104 million with Kansas City through 2024.
Daniel Camarena grand slam: Don Orsillo, Spanish radio calls
The lead from the Padres’ wild victory over the Nationals was relief pitcher Daniel Camarena hitting a grand slam. The result was the lefthander becoming the first MLB relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since Pittsburgh's Don Robinson in 1985. Padres play-by-play man Don Orsillo had a fantastic call of the homer. The long pause before he mentions the grand slam came off Max Scherzer was perfect as well. To add even more excitement, the hurler’s father was in the crowd to watch his son, and his reaction to the grand slam was beautiful.
The Fantasy Case Against Michael Carter: This Undersized Back Doesn't Have History on His Side
I’ve already examined Zach Wilson and his potential value for fans in dynasty formats, so let’s look at his new teammate, Michael Carter. Over the last 10 seasons, backs who were 5-foot-8 or less and 205 pounds or less have scored more than 200 fantasy points eight times. That has not been a good round for running backs regarding historical success in the stat sheets. Since 2001, the lone fourth-rounder to finish better than 24th in fantasy points as a rookie was Domanick Williams. VerdictThere is little doubt (no pun intended) that Carter has the highest ceiling of the running backs on the Jets roster.
There Is Still Chlorine in Michael Phelps’s Soul
He’ll be relegated to Olympic spectator for the first time in 25 years; fatherhood and mental health advocacy are his main focuses now. His job was “Michael Phelps’s Son,” and the 5-year-old performed it with adorable aplomb. The Olympic Trials, with all its attendant energy and all the memories of dominance there, was an emotional one. I felt the tears start coming up.”There is chlorine in Phelps’s soul. It is great to experience this side of him.”Father, budding TV analyst, author, mental health advocate—Michael Phelps keeps winning, even on dry land.
Corey Perry Isn't Ready to Call it Quits Just Yet
The 2011 NHL MVP made a noticeable impact in the playoffs this season, and if Perry has his way, he'll be back in a Canadiens uniform in 2021-22. The 2021 Stanley Cup final seemed like a re-awakening of sorts for Corey Perry. His job in Montreal was to bring a veteran presence, a physical side the team was lacking and some goal-scoring along the way. Even though Perry made a name for himself as one of the league's biggest "in-your-face-at-all-times-to-the-point-you-can't-stand-him-in-any-fashion" players in the NHL, his career resume speaks for himself. Perry grew up a Habs fan, but didn't get the chance to experience the full Montreal hockey lifestyle due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can the Tampa Bay Lightning Three-Peat?
Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsCongratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who managed to become just the second team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups in the cap era. Now that the season is officially over, they have to address the big elephant in the room: The Lightning has to break up. According to CapFriendly, the Lightning are the only team over the cap heading into the offseason. To ensure the Kraken does take Johnson, the Lightning may have to part with a draft pick or prospect. The good news is that the Lightning has plenty of players who should be of interest to multiple teams, including captain Steven Stamkos.
UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 - MMA Betting & DFS Preview
UFC 264: Poirier vs McGregor 3#UFC264 MMA Betting PreviewIt’s Monday morning, and I stop through the usual 7-Eleven to grab my extra-large cup of joe before hitting the office. Both fighters are southpaws, and Poirier has almost three times the fight time than McGregor, though Poirier is six months younger. We saw what Poirier could do with those shots in the last fight with McGregor. Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson is not only a fantastic matchup, but there is a bunch on the line. As mentioned in the tip sheet above, here’s my MMA DFS Heat Chart for UFC 264.
MLB Betting Odds, Breakdown and Picks for Friday, July 9: Two Key Games to Target
The SI PRO betting community completed an amazing betting month of June, and July has been holding its own for members thus far. SI Gambling is here to highlight two key Friday matchup bettors should look to exploit. The sharp information from Vegas produced another profitable NFL betting campaign - finishing the 2020 regular season with a record of 68-47-1 ATS. As the action heats up, SI Gambling is here with highlighted MLB games that bettors need to invest in! The sharp money is grabbing the home team and the young arm in a National League East battle at plus-odds.
2021 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Team Outlook: Sorry Jimmy Garoppolo, We All Want Trey Lance ASAP
He held the run game coordinator job from 2017 to 2020 while working under Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. He packs a powerful punch off the snap that creates wins and holes in the run game. LG Laken TomlinsonTomlinson delivered his best success in the run game last year after ranking about the league average for most of his career. OL SnapshotThe 49ers have one of the better offensive lines in the league, with a slant to dominate in the run game. Aiyuk finished with a respectable catch rate (62.5) with some chances in the run game (6/77/2).
Tampa Bay’s NHL Titles Likely the Hardest of All
Winning the Stanley Cup is a challenge any season, but doing it twice during a global pandemic? Tampa Bay played the entire regular season without injured star Nikita Kucherov, too, though he returned for the postseason. I don’t even know what to say.”All that’s left to say is the Lightning pulled off arguably the hardest title defense in the century-plus history of the NHL. Cooper called Goodrow and Coleman the “final pieces” of Tampa Bay’s championship puzzle. Now, after winning twice under the most difficult of circumstances, Tampa Bay is as close to a dynasty as possible in a cap environment.
Where Could the Blues Trade Tarasenko?
Trade rumors have percolated about Vladimir Tarasenko since the St. Louis Blues' early exit from the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. Jeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsTrade rumors have percolated about Vladimir Tarasenko since the St. Louis Blues' early exit from the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. Moving Tarasenko could be difficult, He carries a no-trade clause but Rutherford believes he's provided management with a 10-team trade list. The Islanders, however, are squeezed for cap space and must re-sign Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech and Ilya Sorokin. He suggested offering the Blues a first-round pick, Jake DeBrusk and St. Louis native Trent Frederic.
Sami Jo's Podcast: Episode 11 – LaToya Clarke
LaToya Clarke joins Sami Jo Small about being one of the first Black women to play at the elite hockey level, her career and her career after her retirement. LaToya Clarke is one of the first elite Black players to make it far in the women's game. She captained the University of Minnesota to a national championship and went on to play pro hockey for seven seasons and even got to represent her country internationally. She went on to work in the hockey industry where she’s been thriving for more than a decade. ?Listen on SpotifyListen on IHeartRadioListen on Google PodcastsListen on ACastListen on PodBeanListen on StitcherListen on Player.FMListen on TuneInListen on LuminaryListen on PodBayListen on BullhornListen on BreakerListen on PodfriendListen on PodKnifeListen on Podhero
Former NHL Defenseman Bryan ‘Bugsy’ Watson Dies at 78
Former NHL defenseman Bryan “Bugsy” Watson, who played for Scotty Bowman, with Doug Harvey and coached Wayne Gretzky during his time in hockey, has died. Former NHL defenseman Bryan “Bugsy” Watson, who played for Scotty Bowman, with Doug Harvey and coached Wayne Gretzky during his time in hockey, has died. A Pittsburgh Penguins spokeswoman said the team was told Watson died at his home in St. Michaels, Maryland. Watson played junior hockey under Bowman — who holds the record for the most Stanley Cup titles — with Peterborough. Watson was the Edmonton Oilers’ first coach for their inaugural NHL season in 1980 after moving over from the WHA.
2021 Expansion Draft Preview: West Division
Matt Dumba (David Berding-USA TODAY Sports)So far, I’ve previewed the North, East and Central Division teams for the 2021 expansion draft. First, here’s a quick refresher of some particularly important expansion draft rules:The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will be under the same rules for Seattle as the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. Seattle cannot buy out players chosen in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following its first season. * All first- and second-year NHL players, and all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward protection limits. Top candidates to crack the Kraken: Defenseman Ryan Graves has been talked up as a prime Kraken pick, and I agree with the logic.
William Eklund Will Make a Team Very Happy
William Eklund. William Eklund may very well be the first forward taken in the 2021 draft, but for most fans in North America, he's still an unknown quantity. You'd have to go back to the 2020 Hlinka-Gretzky tournament for some highlights and Eklund did play well, tying for first in team scoring with five points in five games for the bronze medallists. "He's good, he works hard," said one NHL team scout. Eklund played in the SHL all season after splitting the previous campaign between Djurgarden's main squad and several of the program's junior teams.
Seattle Kraken Announce First Pre-Season Schedule
The Kraken will play pre-season home games in various WHL markets before their regular-season home opener. There's a lot of news going on with the Seattle Kraken these days, especially with the upcoming expansion and entry drafts. Earlier today, the franchise announced the six-game pre-season schedule that will see them play two games, home and away, against the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and the Vancouver Canucks each in late September and early October. The first road game for the Kraken will see them play the Oilers at Rogers Place on September 28th, before playing the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on September 29th. Seattle's first trip of any kind to Vancouver and Rogers Arena will be on October 5th to end the team's pre-season schedule.
TikTok star Caitlyn Loane, who gained popularity sharing her life as a young farmer, dies at 19
Rising Australian TikTok star Caitlyn Loane has died. CATIE LOANE Credit: CATIE LOANE/TikTokCaitlyn grew a large following on the social media platform sharing her life as a Tasmanian farmer. "Her smile lit up the room," her mother Richele Loane told The Mercury. Her team, the Devonport Football Club, posted a statement to its Facebook page on Thursday, mourning her death. The priority of the Devonport Football Club at present is to provide an empathetic, supportive network to all associated with the club, with particular focus on those most affected by the tragic passing of Caitlyn."
Julia Landauer calls Survivor Caramoan reunion total and complete BS
Julia Landauer knows her legacy when it comes to Survivor is that she was, in her words, "more boring than vanilla." SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN - FANS VS. FAVORITES Julia Landauer on 'Survivor: Caramoan' | Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor. Survivor Julia Landauer on 'Survivor: Caramoan' | Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesWas there ever a point either during the game or after you got back where you regretted going on the show? Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?
Big Brother cast members reveal what they won't tell the other players
Big Brother cast members reveal what they won't tell the other playersBig Brother Close this dialog window Streaming OptionsSummer of Secrets may have been the theme for season 6 of Big Brother back in 2005, but there are always things every season of the CBS reality franchise that players choose not to tell the other contestants about themselves. So we asked the cast of Big Brother season 23 before they entered the house what about themselves they don't want the other folks to know. We wouldn't worry, because if there is an easier place in the world to blend in as someone with no intelligence than the Big Brother house, we have yet to find it. Watch the video above to see all the secrets that the cast of Big Brother 23 don't want the other players to know, and also make sure to check out their bold predictions for what's going to go down in the house this summer. Close this dialog window Streaming OptionsRelated content:
Black Olympians Are Set Up to Fail
Richardson isn’t the only Black female athlete who’s been barred from participating in the Olympics this year. The paperwork snafu resulted in a five-year suspension, meaning she will miss not only this year’s Olympic Games but the 2024 Games. According to McNeal, World Athletics officials questioned her explanation, claiming she couldn’t have been traumatized if she was well enough to post to social media. Last week, the International Swimming Federation banned Soul Cap — a swim cap designed for Black swimmers with thick natural hair — for use in the 2021 Olympic Games. Olympic policies fail to reflect not only natural variation in body types but how cultural attitudes are evolving.
Dodgers Owners Walter and Boehly Close on 27% Stake in the Lakers
Mark Walter and Todd Boehly now own 27% of the Los Angeles Lakers. Walter and Boehly, co-owners of the L.A. Dodgers, closed on the purchase of the stake from billionaire Philip Anschutz on Friday. As part of the deal, Boehly will join the Lakers’ board of directors to represent his and Walter’s interests. His stake in the Lakers was a personal investment and separate from AEG’s other sports holdings, which include the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Staples Center, where the Lakers play. The Lakers ranked third in Sportico’s most recent NBA valuations, only trailing the New York Knicks ($5.42 billion) and the Golden State Warriors ($5.21 billion).
Excessive weekend heat expected to hit 30+ million people in West with temps up to 130 degrees
All-time record high temperatures could be registered in cities such as Las Vegas and Sacramento. More than 32 million people in the West live where an excessive heat warning or heat advisory is in effect. Another blistering, brutal heat wave is forecast to scorch much of the western US this weekend, meteorologists say. Heat wave warning:Pacific Northwest heat wave shattered temperature records. And as for the influence of human-caused climate change, every heat wave occurring today is made more likely and more intense by climate change, a study released this week found.
Rob Gronkowski trolls ‘blacked out’ Tom Brady in Stanley Cup Twitter exchange
The Buccaneers tight end joined the hilarious Twitter exchange between teammate Tom Brady and the Stanley Cup account Friday, and trolled Brady’s boozy Super Bowl celebration in February. In a follow-up tweet, the Stanley Cup account tagged Gronkowski and wrote, “… and catch,” although it was actually Gronkowski’s fellow tight end Cameron Brate who caught Brady’s Lombardi toss. For context, the Stanley Cup weighs 34.5 pounds, as opposed to the Lombardi Trophy, which weighs seven pounds. In response to the video, Brady seemingly drunk-tweeted: “Noting to see her…just litTle avoCado tequila.”A few weeks after Tampa’s boat parade, Brady appeared on “The Late Late Show” with James Corden, where he had a good laugh over the viral video. Tom Brady with his daughter Vivian during the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl boat parade.
Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner on Russell Wilson offseason drama: 'It's all water under the bridge now'
However, they will also be emerging from an offseason that's hardly been the norm, Russell Wilson uncharacteristically expressing some agitation with the organization. "I definitely feel like it was a little overblown, but it's all water under the bridge now." After all, the Seahawks have lost four of their past five postseason contests and haven't reached the NFC championship game since the 2014 season. Wright re-signs soon, Wagner will be the only holdover from Seattle's Super Bowl defenses. "I think as you get older – for me – I've always had the idea I've wanted to play for the Seahawks my whole career.
Belarus government blocks media outlet, detains reporters
Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged Belarusians to subscribe to media channels on a popular messaging app to support independent media. In the city of Orsha in eastern Belarus, authorities detained Ihar Kazmerchak, the editor of the Orsha.eu news portal, and searched the apartment of photographer Dzyanis Dubkou. Nasha Niva, which was founded in 1906, is the oldest and the most authoritative Belarusian media outlet. She urged Belarusians Thursday to subscribe to media channels on a popular messaging app to support independent media. “The crackdown on independent media in Belarus is continuing,” said the association head, Andrei Bastunets.
Congress Wants Documents from NCAA Showing Disparity Between Men's and Women's Sports
AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FileThe House Committee on Oversight and Reform is seeking documents from the NCAA related to the disparity between men's and women's sports. The letter mentioned the situation that developed during the NCAA women's basketball tournament in March. By comparison, Ohio State men's basketball conditioning coach Quadrian Banks posted a picture of the amenities provided to teams for the men's tournament:NBC Sports' Alex Azzi detailed further discrepancies between the men's and women's basketball tournaments. Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, issued an apology to the women's teams and vowed to do better moving forward. The NCAA provided additional training equipment and upgraded the training facilities for the women's teams amid backlash.
Berrettini says Sunday will be special for Italians
Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2021 Itay's Matteo Berrettini celebrates winning his semi final match against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini says Italians should make sure they have a nice TV for what he promises to be a special Sunday for the sport-mad nation. Berrettini will be a huge underdog in his first Grand Slam final against the Serb who is playing his 30th. Despite soccer fever breaking out across London, seventh seed Berrettini says he will only be focussing on becoming the first Italian to hoist the Challenge Cup. "Obviously I'm going to think first about mine. Then probably, if I have the chance, I'm going to watch them," he said.
‘He loves to win’: Durant seeking a third Olympic gold medal
The Brooklyn Nets forward will lead the U.S. Olympic team into Tokyo this month and could become just the second men’s player in USA Basketball history to win three golds, joining Carmelo Anthony. And not that this matters to Durant, because it doesn’t, but he could simply rewrite the USA Basketball Olympic record book in the next few weeks as well. You’re talking about a guy who would sit at home, sit in his house and watch an elementary school basketball game just to watch basketball. Really, really loves the game, loves watching the game, loves hooping.”All that is true, and part of the lure for Durant to play this summer. He’s participating in the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, explaining there why he decided not to play for the Olympic team.
Southgate’s patriotism leading England into Euro 2020 final
BURTON-ON-TRENT, England (AP) — Behind the unassuming coach on the touchline, Gareth Southgate grasps the privilege of a status never sought and the leadership qualities now so admired in England. “We have so many things here that we should be proud of that we probably underestimate that,” Southgate said Friday. Southgate brought up how much it resonated that England beat the modern-day Germany 2-0 in the round of 16 at Euro 2020. But he sought to transform a depressed England culture and phased out players like all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney. “That inclusivity is really important for us because I think that is what modern England is,” Southgate said.
Gary Neville aims dig at Boris Johnson after England reach Euro 2020 final
Watch: Gary Neville takes swipe at Boris Johnson's leadership during ITV England analysisFootball pundit Gary Neville appeared to take a swipe at Boris Johnson during the post-match analysis of England and Denmark’s Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday night. As fans celebrated the win on the terraces, England manager Gareth Southgate toured the field and celebrated the win with supporters. Gary Neville took aim at Boris Johnson in a veiled swipe following England's win against Denmark on Wednesday. Gareth Southgate has been praised for guiding England to the Euro 2020 final. “It’s just great to see him enjoy this success because he really does deserve it.”Watch: Scenes in London as England reach Euros final
Petition for bank holiday if England win Euros reaches 300,000 signatures
A petition has been launched calling for the day after the Euro 2020 final to be made a Bank Holiday if England wins. (PA)More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the day after the Euro 2020 final to be declared a bank holiday if England win the tournament. It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a bank holiday would be a perfect time to do this. England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday after beating Denmark on Wednesday night. Watch: How England made the Euro 2020 final
The England team Gareth Southgate should pick to defeat Italy and win Euro 2020: Telegraph football writers select their XIs
The England team Gareth Southgate should pick to defeat Italy and win Euro 2020: Telegraph football writers select their XIsEngland face Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday evening after coming from behind to see off Denmark in extra-time of their last-four clash. With that in mind, we have asked our team of football writers to reveal who they would like to see Southgate pick to take on the Azzurri. Jason BurtThe rhythm of the tournament has shown that despite not picking the same XI for three years, Gareth Southgate has been consistent. Italy are a whole different challenge, and so too will this England side be for Italy. Have a go yourself at picking an England XI with our formation builder and join the debate in the comments section below.
Italy 'not scared' of playing England at Wembley, warns Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring in a penalty shootout against Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-finalsDefender Leonardo Bonucci warned that Italy were not scared of taking on hosts England on home soil in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. Italy are targeting a second European title after 1968 while England have never won the continental tournament, with their only major trophy the 1966 World Cup which they won at the old Wembley. "Playing at their home does not scare us," the 34-year-old Juventus centre-back told a press conference Friday. On the pitch there will be the best show for European and world football from Italy, England and the referees. Veteran Italy duo Bonucci and captain Giorgio Chiellini, 36, will be tasked with stopping England striker Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, England's star performer at this tournament.
Kevin Love and Team USA have coach Gregg Popovich running sprints at practice for Tokyo Olympics
He may be 72, but Team USA coach Gregg Popovich has still got it. Popovich, along with the rest of his coaching staff, was forced to do sprints at their practice on Thursday at UNLV ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. The longtime Spurs coach, who just wrapped up his 25th season in San Antonio, took over as the Team USA coach in 2017 after longtime Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stepped down. He served as an assistant on the 2004 Olympics team, which finished with a bronze medal in Athens, but the Tokyo Olympics will be his first Games leading the team. Team USA will play its first group stage game on July 25 against France.
‘Here to win hearts, not medals’: Jonas Brothers clash in new NBC Olympics special
The Jonas Brothers are ready to make their transition from teen heartthrobs at the “Disney Channel Games” to medal-winning Olympians. Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas will go head to head in a new TV special, “Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers,” which premieres July 21 on NBC. Their brotherhood withstood the test of tween-pop stardom, but will the competitive nature of their sibling rivalry break it apart? According to Joe, they’re “here to win hearts, not medals, Kev.”In June, the brothers released a new track called “Remember This,” which will be featured during NBC’s coverage of the Olympics with new, Team USA-inspired lyrics. “Olympic Dreams,” which will feature commentators Rich Eisen and Terry Crews, airs July 21 at 5 p.m. Pacific on NBC.
Novak Djokovic advances to Wimbledon final and one win from history
The victories keep adding up for Novak Djokovic — 20 in a row at Wimbledon since the start of the 2018 tournament, 20 in a row in all Grand Slam matches since the start of this season. That’s why I’m playing.”He worked his way in and out of trouble against a much younger, much-less-experienced opponent Friday until eliminating No. The other key stats: Djokovic saved all five break points in the second set, then all three in the third. No man has pulled off that three-title stretch within one year — let alone all four — since Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969. “Matteo played [an] unbelievable match,” said Hurkacz, who arrived at Wimbledon on a six-match losing streak but beat Federer and No.
Duxbury names assistant Matt Landolfi as head football coach to replace fired Dave Maimaron
He was the interim coach after Dave Maimaron was fired in March, and helped the Dragons finish out a shortened Fall II season at 3-0. Matt Landolfi will be the next head football coach at Duxbury High School. An ensuing investigation showed that students in the football program used anti-Semitic audibles on the practice field as far back as 2010. “I am committed to helping our student-athletes become the best versions of themselves on the field, in the classroom, and, most importantly, in the community,” Landolfi said. They are also without a boys’ hockey coach after John Blake was fired following allegations he sexually assaulted a student in the mid-2000s.
Novak Djokovic on the verge of 20th major championship after eliminating Denis Shapovalov in semifinals
He worked his way in and out of trouble against a much younger, much-less-experienced opponent Friday until eliminating No. 10 Denis Shapovalov, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5, in the semifinals at Centre Court. The other key stats: Djokovic saved 5 of 5 break points in the second set, then 3 of 3 in the third. No man has pulled off that three-title stretch within one year — let alone all four — since Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969. AdvertisementThat backhand forced a Djokovic error to conclude a 15-stroke exchange that provided Shapovalov with a break and a 2-1 edge.
Local sports reporter Courtney Cox joins ‘The Greg Hill Show’ at WEEI
WEEI announced a new co-host, Courtney Cox, for “The Greg Hill Show,” Thursday morning. The local sports broadcaster will join Greg Hill and former New England Patriot Jermaine Wiggins on the show, which airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.“As a well-established broadcaster in this market, Courtney will bring a new perspective to our morning show and we’re excited to have her join the team,” said Tim Clarke, senior vice president and marketing manager for Audacy Boston. Cox, who currently works at NESN, joined as a digital host and reporter in 2016 and has covered events including three Super Bowls, one World Series and a Stanley Cup Final. Prior to working at NESN, she was an anchor and reporter for LAX Sports Network as well as a digital reporter for ACC Network.
Name, image and likeness: It is a cataclysmic event or a watershed moment?
I’m down for whatever,” the Boston College men’s basketball guard said. “It’s certainly an important time — we just have to figure out if it’s a cataclysmic event or if it’s just a watershed time,” said Drew Marrochello, director of athletics at Boston University. We’ve been preparing for this for a while, as everyone has.”AdvertisementFor student-athletes, NIL opportunities put them into an arena once reserved for athletic department marketers and administrators. Lindstrom, the center on the Boston College football team, has nearly 1,600 followers on Instagram as well as about 1,300 followers on his earnestly goofy food-review account. “The way we left things prior to the pandemic is not going to be the same as when we come back in the fall.
Where will Jesuit’s Jordan Lawlar land? Experts analyze his stock ahead of MLB draft
Like Witt, Jesuit shortstop Jordan Lawlar could also be selected that high when the first round of the draft starts this Sunday. “There are increasing odds that Jordan Lawlar is the one of those four high school shortstops that slides,” ESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel said in a media conference this week. Lawlar, a Vanderbilt signee, has shown why he’s deserving of that ranking over the course of his high school career. McDaniel released his final mock draft on Friday and has Lawlar going to the Colorado Rockies with the No. McDaniel had three other high school shortstops going ahead of Lawlar: Eastlake (CA) shortstop Marcelo Mayer (Pirates, No.
NBA Finals Game 3 preview, Bucks trying to figure out how to stop the Suns
NBA Finals Game 3 preview, Bucks trying to figure out how to stop the SunsSuns reporter Duane Rankin and Bucks reporter Jim Owczarski look at Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Sharp money moves line on McGregor-Poirier in UFC 264
Dustin Poirier has climbed to a -140 favorite over Conor McGregor (+120) at Las Vegas sportsbooks after the Irishman opened as a -120 favorite. Conor McGregor takes the stage for an UFC 264 press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 8, 2021. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoMoney on Conor McGregor is expected to pour into sportsbooks Saturday before his trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena. But the early sharp action has been on Poirier, who recently climbed to a -140 favorite over McGregor (+120) after the Irishman opened as a -120 favorite. “We went from Conor as a small favorite to Poirier as the favorite.
Raiders mailbag: What happens if season goes south?
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock dons a Golden Knights hat during the team's NFL football practice on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Raiders headquarters in Henderson. Here is a sampling of what arrived in this week’s Raiders mailbag:Willie Gabel (@willieg21): If Raiders finish 6-11 or 5-12, does Mike Mayock get sacrificed while Jon Gruden’s seat warms for 2022? Chances are, he lands with a team at some point this summer, but probably closer to the regular season. In Crosby’s defense, he played hurt during some parts of the season and, frankly, played too many snaps. That isn’t to slight Crosby as much as it is to point out Ferrell played well last year and his arrow continues to point upward.
McGregor searches for 2nd win since 2017 in UFC’s return to Strip
Despite the lack of success, McGregor remains one of the biggest stars in sports and is the showcase for the UFC’s official return to full capacity shows in Las Vegas. He started hosting events in empty venues last May at a time when most of the sports world was shut down and continued operations in Las Vegas over the last year. But the return to full shows on the Strip is still a monumental moment for the Las Vegas-based company. After Poirier stoically laughed off McGregor’s insults at Thursday’s news conference, McGregor posted sexually graphic comments about Poirier’s wife on social media hours later. Poirier and McGregor will headline the 7 p.m. main card on pay-per-view with nearly 20,000 people there to witness the action in person.
UFC 264: Conor McGregor seeks revenge in third fight with Dustin Poirier
LAS VEGAS - Conor McGregor was soundly beaten by Dustin Poirier less than six months ago. “I have a healthy fear going into every fight,” Poirier said. Anyone who saw UFC 257 last January knows how comfortably Poirier handled McGregor's strengths. Poirier highlighted weaknesses and exploited opportunities in the brash, pugnacious approach that made McGregor the biggest name in combat sports. McGregor showed an inability or unwillingness to check Poirier's leg kicks in that stance until later in the fight, which inevitably meant McGregor's right leg was beaten into painful uselessness.
NYC to open city gyms Saturday nights as part of anti-violence youth program
The program caught on and grew over the years and now with an influx of $5 million in city funding in 2022 municipal budget will be throughout the city. Children between the ages of 11 to 18 will be able to enjoy an array of indoor sports, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, dance, martial arts and more, city officials said. "Everyone looks to New York City, what are you doing, what is working," said Shea. The expanded program will be administered by the Department of Youth and Community Development and operated by various community based organizations. "This has always been important – but it has never been more important than at this moment," Shea said of the program.
Stony Brook's India Pagan headed to Olympics to play for Puerto Rico's women's basketball team
The Stony Brook grad student, who was part of the school’s first ever America East women’s basketball championship team in 2020, will play for Puerto Rico in the Olympics, beginning later this month in Tokyo. Puerto Rico qualified for the games after taking home a silver medal in the FIBA AmeriCup in June. Puerto Rico fell to team USA 74-59 in the final. It will be the first Olympic appearance for the Puerto Rican women’s basketball team. A Connecticut native, Pagan averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.9 minutes during Stony Brook’s run to the NCAA tournament last season.
Report: College basketball multi-team event to feature Kentucky Wildcats, Ohio Bobcats
A multi-team event during the upcoming college basketball season would feature the Kentucky Wildcats and the Ohio Bobcats, according to a report Friday via Twitter from CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Rothstein tweeted that the event also would feature Robert Morris and Mount St. Mary's. Kentucky and Ohio have met eight times - with UK winning seven of those games - since 1949-50, according to sports-reference.com. The two teams last faced off at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum in Dec. 2005, with UK winning 71-63. Ohio head coach Jeff Boals was an assistant coach at Robert Morris from 2004 to 2006.
Ohio State football adds commitment from four-star offensive tackle George Fitzpatrick
Ohio State on Friday added a verbal commitment from George Fitzpatrick, a four-star offensive tackle from Englewood, Colorado. Fitzpatrick, who is the 27th-ranked tackle in the class of 2022, announced his decision in a tweet. He is the second offensive lineman in the Buckeyes’ class, joining fellow tackle prospect Tegra Tshabola, a native of West Chester who announced a commitment last year. More:Offensive, defensive line top 2022 recruiting priorities for Ohio State footballFitzpatrick took an official visit to Ohio State on June 4, one of the biggest recruiting weekends for the program, before heading to Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon in the following weeks. Earlier in his high school career at Cherry Creek, Fitzpatrick played tight end before developing as a tackle and boasts a long frame.
Kiké Hernandez unhappy with MLB over Red Sox’ shortened All-Star break
Two days after Tuesday’s All-Star Game, the Red Sox play the Yankees on Thursday night in New York, which is the only game on MLB schedule as all 28 other teams don’t return to action until Friday. It doesn’t sit right with Hernandez, who isn’t happy that the Red Sox get one fewer day of rest. After the All-Star Game on Tuesday, they don’t have much time to fly back to New York and rest and recover for Thursday. “For the guys that made the All-Star Game, I mean, it sucks. “But hey, MLB likes money and Red Sox-Yankees makes money.
England guarantee series victory over India with win in rain-affected T20
As it was, England’s steepling 177 was too much for a lively India side, who sparkled at moments but couldn’t match the all-round power of the home team. India’s 54 for three, posted in the ninth over before rain washed out the match, was well behind the DLS par-score of 72 required to topple England. Natalie Sciver was the woman in form as she muscled her way to a 27-ball 55, equalling England women’s joint fastest 50 (from 24 deliveries) along the way. A spectacle did soon unfold but of a different nature, as three England wickets fell in five balls. A couple of balls later, Harleen Deol pulled off the catch of the series, and possibly the season, to dismiss Jones.
Welcome to Gareth Southgate Street: England fans rename roads ahead of Euro 2020 final
Eddie Leatherbarrow, one of the residents of the newly-named England Street – which is normally called Wales Street – is among those to have placed flags outside his home. Schoolchildren Aviana Butterworth, Noah Butterworth and Harry Chamberlain have also been entering into the spirit of the tournament as the final draws near. Also in Greater Manchester, a street in Stockport has been renamed in honour of England's Mason Mount. The 22-year-old midfielder has been hailed as one of Gareth Southgate's finest younger players and won admiration from fans after handing his shirt to a 10-year-old girl after the semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley.
Harry Kane ‘motivated’ by chance to emulate Bobby Moore
Harry Kane has stressed Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy is an opportunity England “have to grab with both hands”. It was put to the 27-year-old on Friday that England winning on Sunday would lead to comparisons between him and Bobby Moore captain of the 1966 team. Harry Kane, centre, celebrates after England's 2-1 semi-final victory over Denmark (Mike Egerton/PA). The players we’ve had over the years and produced, we feel proud to be representing them as well. They’ve got some great players, some great experience.
Gareth Southgate interview: 'It won't be enough for me and the players if we don't win it now'
It was the day after the heady night before, after the remarkable occasion of England actually winning a semi-final at a major tournament, and Gareth Southgate sat the players down at their St George’s Park training base. The choice appears to lie between retaining Bukayo Saka or starting with, probably, Phil Foden or Jadon Sancho. “Because I know it won't be enough for me and for the rest of the staff and for the players if we don't win it now. You get lovely messages that say ‘whatever happens now’… But that won't be how it will be on Monday. “I knew that when we have had difficult tournaments as a country, the FA come under scrutiny, so there is not going to be any enthusiasm for an FA man getting the job and I know people saw me as an FA man,” Southgate says when asked about his the perception of him five years ago.
Gareth Southgate summons the warrior spirit of generations past
In his interview, he revealed that his staff had been researching "what England meant and what England meant in a modern sense" to pass on values to the players. "And that inclusivity is really important for us because I think that is what modern England is. "We have exceptional examples of players setting a really good example for young kids who are watching them and will aspire to be them through this tournament. Southgate also spoke of his own heartache as an England player at Euro 1996, when he missed a shoot-out penalty as Germany progressed to the final. Because I know it won't be enough for me and for the rest of the staff and for the players if we don't win it now."
Winning another Wimbledon title ‘would mean everything’ to Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has his eyes firmly on the big prize after showing his competitive steel once again to defeat Denis Shapovalov and reach a seventh Wimbledon final. “It would mean everything,” he said of the glittering prize on offer when he takes on first-time finalist Matteo Berrettini on Sunday. I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another grand slam trophy prior to coming to London I put myself in a very good position. Novak Djokovic stretches for a backhand (PA Wire)“It was very close. I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another grand slam trophy prior to coming to London.
Sebastian Eubank found dead on Dubai beach
Sebastian Eubank, son of British boxing legend Chris Eubank, has died at the age of 29. Sebastian went 2-0 as a professional boxer, fighting once in 2018 and once in 2019, before switching to MMA. Chris Eubank confirmed the news on Friday, writing: “Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son. “As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom. Please respect our grief and privacy while we try to comprehend our loss.”His brother, boxer Chris Eubank Jr, wrote: “Rest easy little brother.
Swimmer Michael Andrew says he will go to Tokyo without being vaccinated
Top Team USA swimmer Michael Andrew has admitted that he will compete in the Tokyo Olympics in two weeks' time without being vaccinated against COVID-19, saying he was concerned the side effects from the jab would interfere with his training. Michael Andrew, 22, who's heavily favored to swim for gold in Tokyo, said he's not vaccinated and won't be vaccinated during Olympic Games (pictured on June 13)'As an athlete on the elite level, everything we do is very calculated. Despite being unvaccinated, Andrew plans to stay with the rest of the US swimming team in the Olympic Village in Tokyo. If he tests positive for COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games, Andrew could be disqualified from competing. The IOC says more than 80% of Olympic Village residents will be vaccinated.
David Beckham waves and gives a thumbs up to fans at Wimbledon men's semi-final
David Beckham appeared to be in a joyful mood on Friday as he attended the men's semi-final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships. The former professional footballer, 46, could be seen waving and giving a thumbs up from the stands, as he entertained the crowds while at the match. David was sat in the Royal Box for his trip to the iconic tennis tournament, as he watched Matteo Berrettini beat Hubert Hurkacz to claim a place in the final. The Inter Miami FC owner teamed his look with a pair of navy trousers, while tying the look together with a polka dot pocket square. The 25-year-old from Rome became the first Italian man to reach the SW19 showpiece after a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 victory.
Biden nominates Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India despite claims he ignored adviser allegations
Joe Biden could face an uphill battle against Senate Republicans after nominating LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured last January) as the US ambassador to India. In Garcetti, Biden will be seen as rewarding a loyal ally, someone who mulled his own 2020 run before stepping aside to manage the COVID crisis. Garcetti also said he did not witness Jacobs hurling slurs at an Asian American city aide from the window of the mayor's vehicle. DailyMail.com sought comment from the White House, Mayor Garcetti's office and attorneys for Jacobs and Bernard and the City Attorney's office. 'Once again, Mayor Garcetti took no action to stop Jacobs from making these comments.'
Warholm cruises as Baker trumps Bromell at Monaco Diamond League
Advertising Read moreMonaco (AFP)Norway's Karsten Warholm cruised to victory in the 400m hurdles at Friday's Diamond League in Monaco, but No.1 US sprinter Trayvon Bromell was upstaged by compatriot Ronnie Baker in the 100m. Just two weeks out from the Tokyo Games, recently-crowned world record holder Warholm cruised to victory in a meeting record of 47.08sec ahead of Brazil's Alison dos Santos. It did not threaten the world record of 46.70sec he set in Stockholm last week, but his winning time still goes down as the joint 12th fastest ever run. I can't think I can do it every time," he said of breaking the world record. The men's 100m left Baker, who won in 9.91sec with Bromell in fifth (10.01), feeling "elation, I'm happy!
Pacific snook caught in Los Cabos could break 20-year world record
It was a lucky decision: that final cast landed Brough an enormous Pacific snook that might break the world record. To our surprise it was a monster snook like neither of us had ever seen before.”The 50-inch-long fish weighed 51 pounds, 4.8 ounces according to a certified scale in Cabo San Lucas. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world record currently stands at 47 pounds, 8 ounces for a snook caught in 2001, also in Cabo San Lucas. The fishing was going well: the pair landed a 50-pound roosterfish, a 45-pound roosterfish and a 25-pound crevalle before Brough reeled in the giant snook. Brough said he brought in the snook in accordance with IGFA rules and has submitted a world record application.
Novak Djokovic to face Italy's Matteo Berrettini in Wimbledon men's final with history on the line
The Associated PressWIMBLEDON, England – We know, of course, that Novak Djokovic can lose matches at Wimbledon, and he can lose at other Grand Slam tournaments, too, because it has happened – and actuality proves possibility. 10 Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 on Friday night to reach the final at the All England Club. rang through Centre Court earlier, supporting Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy’s first Grand Slam male finalist in 45 years. Djokovic dropped his opening set this fortnight to British teen Jack Draper – and has won all 18 since. By then, Djokovic was punching the air and shouting, knowing the match’s end, and another final, was near.
Reds vs. Brewers prediction: Wade Miley makes Cincinnati the pick
The $2.4 million home has five bedrooms, a Wiffle ball field and a neighbor who will be yelling, “GET OFF MY LAWN!”Liked what we watched Wednesday when the Reds crowned the Royals. But they will have to deal with a significant upgrade in talent facing the Brewers in Milwaukee. Cincinnati’s Wade Miley (6-4, 3.06 ERA) hasn’t lost a game since May 19 and is 2-0, with a 2.62 ERA over his last seven starts. The Brewers return home after losing two of three to the Mets. We are sorry for the inconvenience.” Casa de Stitches went dark and our date with Elsa hadn’t even begun.
Fans upset with Andrei Vasilevskiy’s equipment in NHL’s dumbest controversy
They mocked Vasilevskiy, the Conn Smythe winner, for what they believe are oversized pads that made him look gargantuan. “Did Tampa hoard an extra player inside Vasilevskiy’s equipment? The two goalies both are listed at 6’3?, but in the photo Vasilevskiy seems to mountain over Price. Getty ImagesReferees have the ability to stop play whenever they desire to enforce an equipment check. A goalie would receive a two-game suspension for having illegal equipment.
The $12 million truth about Stephen A. Smith’s ESPN deal
Smith’s contract is for $12 million per year, according to sources. That makes the total compensation of the contract that he signed in late 2019 a five-year, $60 million deal. The Athletic first tweeted Smith’s $12 million total compensation number. Taylor’s contract runs out the day of a potential Game 6 of the Finals. Stephen A. Smith’s ESPN contract pays him $12 million per year.
Opinion : The time has come to save baseball by changing the rules
Five seasons ago, there were 3,294 more hits than strikeouts. Three seasons ago, strikeouts edged past hits. Writer Jayson Stark notes that until 2018 there had never been a month with more strikeouts than hits. This April there were almost 1,100 more strikeouts than hits, and writer Tyler Kepner says this season is on a pace for approximately 5,000 more strikeouts than hits. This season, teams are shifting on 32 percent (usually an infielder in shallow right field), which will erase perhaps 600 hits.
The final NHL Stanley Cup game on NBC attracts 3.6 million viewers
The final numbers are in, and the National Hockey League's attracted 3.6 million viewers for Game 5 of its Stanley Cup Final on NBC, the league's last season on the network. But compared to the 2020 Stanley Cup, which was played last September, viewership recovered. This series averaged 2.52 million viewers. The 2019 Stanley Cup Final featured the Boston Bruins – one of the "original six" hockey clubs in the NHL – and St. Louis Blues, and averaged 5.3 million viewers throughout seven games. ESPN and TNT will divide the upcoming Stanley Cup broadcasts.
Cheruiyot puts Olympic disappointment aside to clinch Diamond League win
The 25-year-old finished fourth at the Kenyan trials and told reporters his poor performance came after a family tragedy. The 27-year-old Kipyegon, who returned to competition in 2019 after taking two years off for the birth of her daughter, defeated 2019 world champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands by more than two-and-a-half seconds. In the men's 100m, American Ronnie Baker upset a stacked field to clinch his second back-to-back Diamond League win in 9.91 seconds, with his compatriot Trayvon Bromell finishing a disappointing fifth in 10.01, after winning the U.S. Olympic trials last month. "Overall this year is probably the most technically sound I have been," said Baker, 27, who finished second at the U.S. team trials to clinch a spot in the Olympics for the first time in his career. Karsten Warholm followed up his world record performance eight days ago with another Diamond League win, clinching the men's 400m hurdles in a meet record 47.08 seconds.
Watch Atlanta Falcons vs New York Giants: How to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel, Dates, Times
How to watch Atlanta Falcons vs New York GiantsOn Sunday, September 26, Atlanta Falcons face the New York Giants in a regular NFL season game. Game DetailsWho: Atlanta Falcons vs New York GiantsWhen:Sunday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m.Network: FOXHow to Live Stream Atlanta Falcons vs New York GiantsIf you don’t have cable, you can stream Sunday Night Football games on Peacock or find games on other streaming service providers such as: YouTube, Hulu with Live TV, Fubo, or Sling. Check out our full NFL regular season schedule for all matchups, start times and where to watch every game or visit the Atlanta Falcons schedule or New York Giants schedule to see the full team schedule matchups. Watch Atlanta Falcons vs New York Giants: How to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel, Dates, Times originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Maria Taylor breaks silence after ESPN drops Rachel Nichols for NBA finals
Maria Taylor (ESPN/YouTube)Maria Taylor, a reporter at the centre of a racism controversy at ESPN, has spoken out after her colleague, Rachel Nichols, was dropped from coverage of the NBA finals. Breaking her silence on Wednesday, Ms Taylor tweeted that in “dark times I always remember that I am in this position to open doors and light the path that others walk down”. It follows a New York Times report on Sunday in which Ms Nichols criticised ESPN for selecting Ms Taylor, who is Black, to cover the 2020 NBA finals. Just find it somewhere else,” said Ms Nichols in July 2020. Ms Nichols will continue hosting episodes of “The Jump”, a weekday show for ESPN online.
Appreciation: In the UCLA football galaxy, Terry Donahue was as good (and good looking) as it gets
In a city where men who look like Terry Donahue become movie stars, Donahue became a football coach. Donahue got the UCLA head coaching job in 1976, when he was 31. And so, with that story, and his ascendency to the head coaching job, the “Gutty Little Bruin” became a non-erasable image. Donahue retired in 1995, and most would agree, as would Donahue himself in later years, that he stopped too soon. Able-bodied Bruin football players had somehow acquired, and were using, handicap placards to park, taking spots away from people in wheelchairs and on crutches.
MLB draft: Which Bay Area prospects will hear their names called?
Ky Bush, LHP, St. Mary’s College, 6-6, 240Baseball America rank: No. Sean Sullivan, RHP, Cal, 6-1, 170, age 20Baseball America rank: No. Ian Villers, RHP, Cal, 6-6, 245, age 20Baseball America rank: No. Tim Tawa, IF/OF, Stanford, 6-0, 191,Baseball America rank: No. Francis HS); Cullen Kafka, RHP (Oregon/De La Salle HS); Bryan Woo, RHP (Cal Poly/Alameda HS); Patrick Wicklander, LHP (Arkansas/Valley Christian HS)Correspondent Mike Lefkow contributed to this report.
Who will the Red Sox choose at No. 4 in the MLB draft?
The Red Sox hold the No. AdvertisementThere’s one near-certainty for the Sox: High school shortstop Marcelo Mayer is expected to be off the board. Presuming Mayer is off the board, there’s a lot of guessing about whom the Red Sox will choose. On Thursday, Red Sox director of amateur scouting Paul Toboni outlined why the Sox wanted to keep an open mind about their selection rather than limiting their conversation to a top four. Courtesy/Wake Forest High School Athletic Department“He can do so many things offensively,” said high school coach Mike Joyner.
Report: Phoenix Suns wing Torrey Craig 'day to day' with right knee injury, no structural damge
Craig injured his right knee while falling down and was helped off the court and to the locker room, and did not return due to a right knee contusion. Suns coach Monty Williams didn't address the injury after the game, but we received an update from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Wojnarowski tweeted that "an MRI on the right knee of Suns F Torrey Craig revealed no structural damage, source tells ESPN. Craig injured knee in Game 2 on Thursday. More Bucks vs. Suns NBA Finals coverage:The Suns were already without forward Dario Saric, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Game 1 and won't play any more in the series.
Four-star basketball recruit Ayanna Thompson from state champion DeSoto commits to Ole Miss
Defending Class 6A state champion DeSoto has five players committed to Division I women’s basketball programs after four-star guard Ayanna Thompson joined the group. The 6-1 Thompson announced on Twitter that she is headed to the SEC to play after committing to Mississippi. She is ranked by ESPN’s HoopGurlz as the eighth-best recruit in Texas and the 97th-best player in the nation in the Class of 2022. The team will also return 6-5 Kentucky pledge Tionna Herron, 6-4 Texas pledge Amina Muhammad and 6-4 Sa’Myah Smith (the MVP of the state final). Thompson is among four DeSoto players ranked among the top 100 recruits in America.
Phoenix Suns fans won't be allowed to meet team after NBA Finals, Sky Harbor Airport says
After winning series against the Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns fans came out in droves to meet their team at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, with huge celebrations ensuing with the team. That evidently won't be allowed to happen when the NBA Finals with the Milwaukee Bucks concludes, at least according to a post from the airport. "There will NOT be any opportunities at the Airport for fans to see & interact with the @Suns when they arrive in PHX after NBA Finals games. More Bucks vs. Suns NBA Finals coverage:If the series were to go to seven games, the final game would be held at Phoenix Suns Arena on Thursday, July 22. Some Suns fans reacted to the airport's post:
Monty Williams inspires Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton with talk in win vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams seem to have been pushing all the right buttons in the NBA Finals (and throughout the NBA playoffs and the entire NBA season, for that matter). Go dominate the game with force.”More Bucks vs. Suns NBA Finals coverage:Ayton had struggled in the game up until that point, at least according to the lofty standard he has set for himself in the NBA playoffs. Even with the struggles in Game 2, Ayton finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 42 minutes. "I didn't play the way I wanted to play, especially trying to finish around the rim," Ayton said. Reaction to Monty Williams' video with Deandre Ayton:
ASU baseball goes into MLB draft with much lower profile than in 2020
From a collegiate perspective, Arizona State was the star of the 2020 major league baseball draft. Spencer Torkelson was the first player selected in a draft shortened from 40 rounds to five because of the pandemic. Not that ASU won't have a presence in a 20-round draft, held in July for the first time, Sunday-Tuesday, to coincide with the MLB All-Star Game. The highest rated draft prospect with ASU ties this year likely won't make it to campus to play for new coach Willie Bloomquist. Because of its 2020 draft losses, ASU went with a number of young position players this season who will be return in 2022.
Recalling memorable 1998 Home Run Derby when Ken Griffey Jr. turned Coors Field into “a great spectacle”
Before the 1998 Home Run Derby became one of the most memorable in league history — and before it forever cemented Coors Field’s reputation as a launchpad — the game’s preeminent superstar had to change his mind. And I told him, ‘This is going to be one of the most talked about home run derbies ever. Not a standard-setting derby, and the highlight in a weekend that brought a widespread national spotlight to Coors Field, then just three years old. “1998 set the stage for the hype of the Home Run Derby as we know now it, with all the notoriety and all the publicity it gets. “Well, he did it, and no one was forgetting that day or Coors Field after that.”“A great spectacle”At that ’98 derby, no one hit a ball out of the stadium.
Former NHL defenseman Bryan ‘Bugsy’ Watson dies at 78
Former NHL defenseman Bryan “Bugsy” Watson, who played for Scotty Bowman, with Doug Harvey and coached Wayne Gretzky during his time in hockey, has died. A Pittsburgh Penguins spokeswoman said the team was told Watson died at his home in St. Michaels, Maryland. Watson played junior hockey under Bowman — who holds the record for the most Stanley Cup titles — with Peterborough. The Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Association called Watson a fan favorite known for his feisty play. Watson was the Edmonton Oilers’ first coach for their inaugural NHL season in 1980 after moving over from the WHA.
Spelling bee champ Zaila Avant-garde is hoops whiz — and Guinness World Record holder
Zaila Avant-garde won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday and made history by becoming the first African American contestant to win in 93 editions of the competition. A basketball prodigy, Zaila holds three Guinness World Records for her ability to dribble multiple basketballs at a time. In a profile with the outlet, she said her next big goal is to make the 2022 USA Basketball under-16 national team. In addition to the spelling bee crown, Zaila holds the Guinness World Records title holder for most bounce juggles in one minute. Zaila outlasted a field of 11 finalists to win the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee title and the first-place prize of $50,000 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
Catcher Adrian Del Castillo leads Miami Hurricanes prospects primed for MLB draft
“Something that can be corrected,” he said, “but it’s something that got away from us a little bit — and him — and we weren’t able to correct it in enough time to get him back to where he was, especially his freshman year.”
Nets to hire David Vanterpool as assistant coach, source confirms
The Nets are finalizing a deal to bring David Vanterpool on as a part of Steve Nash’s coaching staff, according to a source. ESPN was first to report that the 48-year-old Vanterpool would replace Ime Udoka, who took the head coaching job with the Celtics. Vanterpool has reportedly interviewed for at least four different head coaching vacancies in recent years, but has yet to get his chance. When the Timberwolves dismissed Ryan Saunders and replaced him Chris Finch, that elicited an angry social media post from Lillard. His first NBA job was as director of player personnel with some of the key players being current Nets stars Kevin Durant and James Harden.
UConn women’s freshman Azzi Fudd already standing out with amazing footwork, textbook shooting and an air of confidence
“And her ability to get shots off and the way the shot comes off every single time the exact same way. I mean I knew it, but when you watch it on a regular basis, it’s pretty amazing. ... She catches it the same way and shoots it the same way, and because her footwork is always right, it always looks like it’s going in.”
Blazer Focused podcast: Damian Lillard’s future; his take on Billups hire; crazy trade rumors; Olympic team
The latest episode of the Blazer Focused podcast with Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian/OregonLive also features Andrew Theen, podcast editor and huge Blazers fan. Is it wise for Lillard, banged up much of the season, to play on the Olympic team? Will the Blazers be able to make a trade to help Lillard bring Portland it’s first NBA title since 1977? -- Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook). Subscribe to Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the latest news and top stories
Euro 2020 Final: England vs. Italy odds, picks and prediction
Nathan BeighleSportsbook WireIn Sunday's Euro 2020 Final, England takes on Italy. Below, we preview the England vs. Italy odds and lines and make our best Euro 2020bets, picks and predictions. Also see:England vs. Italy: Odds, picks and predictionsOdds via BetMGM ; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line: England +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Italy +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Draw +195England +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Italy +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Draw +195 Over/Under: 1.5 (O: -200 | U: +140)Special UEFA EURO 2020 betting offerBet $1 on any team's money line, WIN $100 (in free bets) if any EURO team scores a goal that day. PredictionItaly 1, England 1 (Italy wins in extra time)BET on a DRAW (+195) because both teams have shown resourcefulness in tight games.
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov shares special call with 'idol' Igor Larionov after Cup win
Detroit — Former Red Wings great Igor Larionov received an unexpected phone call late Wednesday night. Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov put in a FaceTime call to Larionov, his hockey idol, while Larionov was at dinner with his son. Kucherov and the Stanley Cup, which the Lightning had just won, filled the screen of Larionov’s phone. “You’re my idol!” Kucherov shouted six times to Larionov, the 60-year-old Hall of Famer who is a legend in Russian hockey. Ironically, Larionov was part of the Wings team that won 62 games in 1995-96 — did not win the Cup — then won two Stanley Cups.
Tigers to host 'Detroit's Biggest Summer Baseball Bash' on July 17
The Detroit NewsThe Tigers are planning to kick off the second half of the season with a bang. On Friday, the team unveiled details for "Detroit's Biggest Summer Baseball Bash,” which will take place Saturday, July 17, for the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Several former players and coaches will also participate in a question and answer session before the game. Additionally, there will be guest appearances from the Red Wings, Pistons and Lions and a pregame ceremony honoring frontline and essential workers. “Whether it’s the gate giveaway, autographs from over a dozen Tigers alumni or seeing athletes and coaches from our other great local sports teams, we can’t wait to play host for Detroit’s Biggest Summer Baseball Bash.”
Oklahoma City Police aim to fill over 150 positions as new recruit class begins
The 143rd police academy of the Oklahoma City Police Department began Friday as the department seeks to fill more than 150 open positions. "The recruits in this class are going to undergo over 1,000 hours of training," she said. Department recruits must be able to complete the department obstacle course in under si minutes for admittance to the academy. Applicants must be between 21 and 45 years old on the first day of their academy class. Oklahoma City Police Department Hiring EventWhen: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. July 10Where: Oklahoma City Police Training Center, 800 N. PortlandCost: Free
Revolution keeper Matt Turner on loan to U.S. Men’s National Team
New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner is entering a new phase in his professional career. Turner, 27, can secure a full-time spot on the U.S. Men’s National Team with a strong performance in this weekend’s 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. “Anytime you get an opportunity with the National Team it’s a huge honor and a huge opportunity that you can never take for granted. Turner earned his first international cap in the U.S. National Team’s a 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 31, but the Gold Cup represents his first extended global endeavor. Guzan and Johnson have competed in Gold Cup tournaments in the past while Turner is a CONCACAF novice.
Bucks fan becomes online sensation for beer, tearing shirt
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee Bucks fan has become a social media darling after a cameraman at Fiserv Forum caught him chugging a beer and ripping his shirt during a playoff game. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Dan Roberts of New Berlin had just gotten a new Bucks shirt hours before he attended Game 5 of the Bucks’ playoff series against Atlanta. Roberts proceeded to slam his beer rip his shirt in half. The Bucks posted the moment on their social media. Several fans throughout the playoffs have won fame on social media by ripping their shirts or chugging beers on the Jumbotron at Fiserv Forum.
Teenager who survived getting shot says Louisville's gun violence is 'all over nothing'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Before a June evening spent with a friend in a park, Victoria Gwynn already knew what the trauma caused by gun violence felt like. Gwynn acknowledged she is a survivor of gun violence and able to walk around with the help of crutches. Louisville's homicides:Coroner identifies man shot by person 'damaging his car'"There is not a more important issue, in my opinion, going on in our city right now," Miller said, calling gun violence Louisville's "defining" problem. And before she "could even actually take a step to run," Gwynn heard the simple, yet horrific, sound:BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOMPeople scattered, and Gwynn fell to the ground, unable to get up due to bullets fracturing the bones in her right leg. Victoria Gwynn concluded there is no complex factor explaining the city's gun violence.
Copa America Final: Brazil vs. Argentina odds, picks and prediction
Nathan BeighleSportsbook WireThe Copa America Final is set, and it will be a showdown between the two best South American teams in Argentina and Brazil. Below, we preview the Brazil vs. Argentina odds and lines, and make our best Copa America picks and predictions. Third overall by FIFA World Rankings, Brazil will be taking on eighth-ranked Argentina in the Copa America Final. Brazil vs. Argentina : Odds, picks and predictionsOdds via BetMGM ; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. As we've seen in both Euro 2020 and Copa America, being at home can be a major advantage.
Novak Djokovic relentless in straight-sets win over Denis Shapovalov
Greater players would have surrendered meekly, but Shapovalov continued to strike the ball wonderfully until deep in the third set. In both second and third sets, he rose at the most tense moment just before the tiebreak to seize control. “He was serving for the first set, he was probably the better player for most of the second set, and had many chances. Denis Shapovalov during his defeat by Novak Djokovic. However, nobody in the history of this sport has mastered the ability of playing well in the pivotal moments as much as Djokovic.
Duke of Cambridge’s speed on the polo field draws comparison with Jack Grealish
The Duke of Cambridge helped secure a win for his team at a charity polo match on Friday, as his speed on the field drew a comparison with England winger Jack Grealish. He looked delighted as he scored two goals for his winning US Polo Assn team in the Out-Sourcing! Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor. It was his first charity match in over a year, beating the Thomas Goode and BP teams into second and third place. As the Duke galloped down the field, commentator Karl Ude-Martinez said: "The Prince goes up for the pass, it’s like seeing Jack Grealish going towards goal."
Jon Rahm warns he can get better after claiming share of Scottish Open lead
US Open champion Jon Rahm warned his rivals he still has room for improvement after claiming a share of the lead in the £5.8million abrdn Scottish Open. If my second shot on 16 went two yards further than it did I would have had no shot to the pin. It was good golf combined with good luck. “Stood on the 16th tee, even par for the round and looking at the leaderboard that didn’t really seem that good. “It’s always nice to be there or thereabouts and to go into the weekend only a shot back is always good.”
Lions tour facing more upheaval with further fixture changes likely
The British and Irish Lions tour faces more upheaval after Warren Gatland revealed that next week’s opponents could swap places to give South Africa more time to overcome their outbreak of coronavirus. Fresh from seeing the Bulls replaced by the Sharks for Saturday’s fixture at Loftus Versfeld, plans are having to be revised for fixtures five and six of the tour. The Lions depart for Cape Town on Sunday and Gatland also indicated that the final two Tests are highly likely to be moved from Johannesburg to the coastal city that hosts the series opener on July 24. “I’m pretty sure the second and third Tests will be played in Cape Town. When the Lions leave for Cape Town, the five will be left behind in Johannesburg until they are able to follow the main group out of Gauteng.
'I'm crying writing this': Final good luck messages for England's stars - by those who know them best
You can run and run and run. You didn’t have any kit or boots with you so you had to get them off the lad who you replaced. You’re going to have to deal with expectations, more than 40,000 people screaming at you, being told you’re not very good, being criticised and scrutinized. It helped that he was so good with his feet that he could pass it better than most centre backs, too. Every single time he wanted to go, to move away from home, taken out of his comfort zone and challenged.
How top seed Novak Djokovic reached another Wimbledon final
Novak Djokovic is back in the Wimbledon final for a seventh time. The world number one will face Matteo Berrettini as he bids for his sixth SW19 crown and 20th grand slam title. The 19-year-old received plenty of plaudits for his performance but Djokovic still eventually breezed through. Third round – beat Denis Kudla 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7)Wimbledon 2021 – Day Five – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (PA Wire)Another straight-sets win but this one was not nearly as straightforward. Fourth round – beat Cristian Garin 6-2 6-4 6-2Wimbledon 2021 – Day Seven – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (PA Wire)Djokovic eased into his 50th grand slam quarter-final with another straight-sets victory.
Derby and Sheffield Wednesday accept suspended points deductions
Derby and Sheffield Wednesday have both accepted suspended points deductions after being sanctioned by the EFL for failure to pay their players. The Rams have accepted a three-point penalty which will be implemented if the club fail to pay their players before June 30, 2022. If Wednesday pay their players up until December 31, 2021, the sanction will be reduced to a suspended three-point deduction. Last season, the Owls were docked 12 points, reduced to six on appeal, after breaching EFL spending rules. Had the club not been hit with the penalty, they would have avoided relegation and Derby would have gone down.
Chris Eubank's son, Sebastian Eubank, found dead days before 30th birthday
Chris Eubank's son, Sebastian Eubank, has died, his father has said in a statement. The 29-year-old professional boxer - the third oldest of Eubank's children - was reportedly found dead in Dubai, where he lived. Eubank senior paid tribute to his son, saying he was a "deep thinker who liked to challenge and accepted wisdom". My family and I are devastated to hear of the death of Sebastian just days before what would have been his 30th birthday. Sebastian's mother, Karron Meadows, added: "Our whole family is grieving at the huge loss of our son and brother, Sebastian.
Drake 'rents out Dodger Stadium for romantic dinner' with Amari Bailey's mom
The 34-year-old hip hop star was spotted on a romantic dinner at a very unique location - Dodger Stadium - which he reportedly rented out for a night with model Johanna Leia, on Friday. He's got game: Drake reportedly rented out Dodger Stadium for a romantic dinner date with Johanna Leia, the mom of high school basketball star Amari Bailey, on Thursday nightWhile the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing in Miami, Florida against the Marlins, their legendary baseball stadium was put to use by the Canadian Grammy winner. Drake and Johanna were spotted together last month at the same high school varsity basketball match to watch the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers and its leading stars, Johanna's son Amari Bailey and Bronny James. Sadly, their team lost out on a place in the regional final and Drake was spotted consoling Amari with a hug after the game. First meeting: Drake and Johanna were spotted together last month at the same high school varsity basketball match to watch the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers and its leading stars, Johanna's son Amari Bailey and Bronny James
Tragedy as boxing legend Chris Eubank's son Sebastian drowns at his home in Dubai aged 29
AdvertisementChris Eubank's son Sebastian has drowned near his home in Dubai just a month after becoming a father for the first time, aged 29. Chris Eubank's son Sebastian has died in Dubai aged just 29, just days before his 30th birthday and a month after becoming a fatherSebastian (far right), the third oldest of Eubank's five children, was a boxer like his father and fought in light-heavyweight bouts. Sebastian was the fourth member of the famous fighting family to enter the paid ranks of boxing - following Chris Jr, cousin Harlem and half-brother Nathanael Wilson. Sebastian was one of four children born from Eubank's first marriage to Karron, while his eldest son Nathanial was born from a previous relationship. As teenagers, Sebastian and Chris Jr were the subject of a custody row after they were sent to the US to live with a guardian named Irene Hutton.
Injured Canada star Davies out of Gold Cup
Canada's Alphonso Davies has withdrawn from the CONCACAF Gold Cup after suffering an ankle injuryAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Alphonso Davies was ruled out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday after suffering an ankle injury in training, Canada Soccer said in a statement. The Bayern Munich star, who played for Canada at both the 2017 and 2019 tournaments, has returned to Germany for treatment, the governing body said. The injury means Canada will go into the tournament, which kicks off in the United States on Saturday, without their best player. Davies, 20, has scored nine goals in 23 senior appearances for Canada since making his debut in 2017. Davies' injury further diminishes the Gold Cup's star power after USA coach Gregg Berhalter named a second-string team for the tournament for teams across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Djokovic braced for Berrettini and Wimbledon crowd in history push
"Every player hopes in big matches, coming into big stadiums, that he's going to have a majority of the crowd behind him," said Djokovic. "Berrettini, his first time in a Grand Slam final, he's kind of an underdog. Most of the Centre Court crowd were behind the Canadian, even more so when he walked off in floods of tears. When he defeated Federer in the epic 2019 final, Djokovic revealed that when the fans were chanting for the Swiss legend, he had to imagine they were shouting his name instead. When Sunday comes, the 34-year-old hopes the Centre Court crowd will appreciate what he is trying to achieve.
Shapovalov rues letting Djokovic off hook
Djokovic saved 10 of 11 break points to go through to defend his title after running out a 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 winner. Shapovalov had become an 'adopted Briton' due to his engaging personality and expressive behaviour on court. Shapovalov, though, could not hold back the emotion at the end of his first ever Grand Slam semi-final. - 'Incredible guy' -Djokovic had paid Shapovalov warm compliments after he departed Centre Court saying he had been the better player in the second set and the Canadian revealed he had not stopped there. "He's (Djokovic) an incredible guy," said Shapovalov.
'It's 50-50': England captain Kane expects Euro final nail-biter
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)England captain Harry Kane expects Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy to go down to the wire because the teams are so evenly matched. Kane believes either team would be fitting champions, but he is confident England have enough quality to win the European Championship for the first time. "It's a real tough game. "Obviously we're all grounded enough to know we have a very tough game on our hands on Sunday. "Whenever your name is mentioned in the same company as players like that, it only gives you motivation, gives you confidence," Kane said.
Sebastian Eubank dead: Son of boxing legend Chris found on Dubai beach at just 29
Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy noticeBoxing legend Chris Eubank's son Sebastian has died in Dubai, it has been confirmed. The 29-year-old, who followed his father into the ring, was found dead on a beach. Chris Eubank Snr said: "Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son. "My family and I are devastated to hear of the death of Sebastian just days before what would have been his 30th birthday. "As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom.
Lithuania starts building anti-migrant fence
Lithuania starts building Belarus border anti-migrant fence09.07.2021Lithuania claims that Belarus is directing the flow of migrants from the Middle East and Africa illegally across the border into the EU. Lithuania on Friday began putting up a fence along its border with Belarus after experiencing a recent massive influx of migrants coming from its neighbor. More than 1,500 people have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus in the past two months — a number 20 times that seen in the whole of 2020. The fence will end up being 550 kilometers longWhat does Lithuania accuse Belarus of? She said her government considered the actions by Belarus to be directed against the entire EU rather than Lithuania itself.
Poynter: How N.C. Policy Watch Reporter Joe Killian Followed the UNC-Nikole Hannah-Jones Story From Beginning To End
I had secured an apartment in North Carolina so that I would be ready to teach that January. My editors at The New York Times had already supplied quotes for the press release of the big announcement. Killian spent 10 years at the (Greensboro, North Carolina) News & Record before coming to N.C. Policy Watch almost five years ago. That matters in North Carolina, he said, where the governing boards of universities are nearly all former Republican lawmakers, and active Republican lobbyists and activists. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
What We Love to See: Black Women Olympians Doing What They Want With Their Hair and Nails
What We Love to See: Black Women Olympians Doing What They Want With Their Hair and NailsProfessional athletics and beauty have never been mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, complete freedom of this kind of expression isn't always granted to Black athletes, especially if they are Black women. For years, the appearance of Black women athletes has been under surveillance and picked apart by the public: being a "palatable" Black person has been a means for survival for centuries. A study conducted by the Perception Institute found that Black women suffer more anxiety about their hair compared to women of other races. Hair, nails, and clothing shouldn't matter in the workplace — and certainly not in the athletic arena — but unfortunately, it does happen .
Oksana Chusovitina Heads to Tokyo, Her 8th Olympic Games: "I Only Got Better, Like Fine Wine"
Tokyo is set to be Oksana Chusovitina's eighth Olympic Games. If you want a trip down gymnastics memory lane, the Olympic Channel put together a compilation of her Olympic routines, which you can watch here. This was not in any way related to my career," Chusovitina told CNN last year. Chusovitina is known primarily now as a vault specialist, having won a total of nine world medals on that event. To put things into perspective, she attempted the extremely hard Produnova (a front handspring entry with two full front flips off of the vaulting table) at the last Olympic Games.
All Eyes on Centre Court: Ashleigh Barty and Karolína Plíšková Face Off in Wimbledon Final
13 Karolína Plíšková are set to face off at Centre Court on Saturday. Plíšková (below), meanwhile, is considered the most successful active women's player to have never won a Grand Slam singles title. It will be the second time she faced off against the number one player in the world in a final. "I think she has an extremely difficult game to play," Plíšková said of Barty, noting that the grass courts give Barty a difficult "slice" and that she can make her opponents "play ugly". The two players have played each other seven times, with Barty holding a 5-2 advantage going into Wimbledon.
False Positives, Historical Wins, and Finishing High School: Caroline Marks's Road to Tokyo
Marks entered the contest ranked third in the world, trailing Peterson in second and Moore in first. She lost in the first heat and landed in the elimination round, where another loss could have knocked her out of the competition, the world title race, and Olympic qualifications in one fell swoop. Marks and world-title winner Moore will both be representing the US in the Olympics, something Marks said was a childhood dream of hers. With the WSL on hold, she trained at home and focused on finishing her home schooling and graduating high school. the sport of surfing is what Marks really loves.
Naomi Osaka Explains the Importance of Taking Care of Your Mental Health in a Powerful Essay
In May, Naomi Osaka announced that she was withdrawing from the French Open after she was fined $15,000 for skipping a press conference following her first-round win in the tournament. In June, she withdrew from Wimbledon, and her team released a statement that she was "taking some personal time with friends and family." On July 8, Osaka opened up about her decision to take care of her mental health in a personal essay for Time magazine. Even though she said she hasn't been media trained, Osaka has given numerous one-on-one interviews to the media. Phelps in particular, who has been so vocal about his own mental health, told the 23-year-old that by speaking up about her mental health, she might have saved a life.
All Eyes on Center Court: Ashleigh Barty and Karolína Plíšková to Face Off in Wimbledon Final
13 Karolína Plíšková are set to face off at Center Court on Saturday. Plíšková (below), meanwhile, is considered the most successful active women's player to have never won a Grand Slam singles title. It will be the second time she faced off against the number one player in the world in a final. "I think she has an extremely difficult game to play," Plíšková said of Barty, noting that the grass courts give Barty a difficult "slice" and that she can make her opponents "play ugly." The two players have played each other seven times, with Barty holding a 5-2 advantage going into Wimbledon.
Oksana Chusovitina Heads to Tokyo, Her 8th Olympic Games: "I Only Got Better, Like Fine Wine"
Tokyo is set to be Oksana Chusovitina's eighth Olympic Games. If you want a trip down gymnastics memory lane, the Olympic Channel put together a compilation of her Olympic routines, which you can watch here. This was not in any way related to my career," Chusovitina told CNN last year. Chusovitina is known primarily now as a vault specialist, having won a total of nine world medals on that event. To put things into perspective, she attempted the extremely hard Produnova (a front handspring entry with two full front flips off of the vaulting table) at the last Olympic Games.
Dwyane Wade Supports Miami After Condo Collapse: "First Responders Are the Real MVPs"
After moving from Miami to Los Angeles back in 2019, Dwyane Wade is back to show support for his community when they need it most. On July 8, the former Miami Heat player paid his respects at the memorial site for the Champlain Towers South condo collapse in Southside, FL. Dwyane isn't the only Miami sports star to pay his respects. On June 24, the Miami Dolphins used their food relief program to provide meals to first responders and families affected while the Miami Marlins sent a van full of meals and water for rescue workers. Current Heat players brought supplies to first responders on June 24 and visited the memorial on June 30.
I'm an Editor, and These Are the 14 Workout Pieces I'm Eyeing For July
This summer, I'm getting outside and moving my body, so I need some great new workout clothes. As an editor, I'm always shopping, so I see everything that drops almost instantaneously. With all that information, these are the 14 pieces I want to add to my cart. What I'm into right now is brightly colored sets, a sentence I truly never thought I'd say. Keep on reading to shop my picks, and happy summer!
Exquisite Gaudí house in Barcelona becomes temporary Airbnb crown jewel
Antoni Gaudí, renowned for his lifelong devotion to La Sagrada Família, is one of the most important modern architects. Now, the very first house Gaudí designed, Casa Vicens in Barcelona, is opening its doors as an Airbnb for one night only in the fall of 2021.
Watch Zaila Avant-garde become the first African American to ever win the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the first African American to do so since the annual competition began in 1925. Last year the Scripps Spelling Bee was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic — the first time this had occurred since World War II (same goes for Wimbledon). The competition was tough, Scripps having introduced a new word meaning component requiring contestants to answer multiple choice vocabulary questions. 2021's Scripps National Spelling Bee champion isn't the only title Avant-garde holds. "It was super exciting to win [the Spelling Bee] because now I get to get a nice trophy, which is the best part of any win," said Avant-garde.
The NCAA Decision To Finally Allow College Athletes To Profit Off Their Own Likenesses Has Schools Now Actively Recruiting Them As Influencers
This is an excerpt from Please Like Me , BuzzFeed News’ newsletter about how influencers are battling for your attention. “The future of college athletes earning potential starts today!” said @DanHartleb , the head coach of the University of Illinois baseball team. LSU quickly packaged this promo video to get future student-athletes hyped about their future earning potential. Until last week’s Supreme Court ruling, there were myriad better places for young people to build their personal brands than UT Austin. They went from saying “rules are rules” to “let us help you make money!”I reached out to UT Austin about this marketing push.
Zaila Avant-garde Is The First Black American To Win The Scripps National Spelling Bee
Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde only began competitive spelling two years ago, but that’s just the beginning of just how gifted she is. Joe Skipper / ReutersA teenager from Louisiana has made history by becoming the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the competition's second Black winner since its inception. After tying for 370th place in 2019, #Speller133 Zaila Avant-garde wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. ? Congratulations to Zaila Avant-Garde, a 14-year-old from Harvey La., for winning the Scripps National #SpellingBee! !??? Twitter: @mayorcantrellRaise your hand if you have watched Zaila Avant-garde's joyful response to winning the National Spelling Bee about 20 times.
Phil Foden & His Childhood Sweetheart Are Expecting Their Second Baby This Year
With the England team reaching the Euro 2020 final, the focus on the team is in full force. Most likely to catch viewer’s eyes is Manchester City player Phil Foden. The footballer is in a long term relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Rebecca Cooke. Per the Sun, the young couple have one son, Ronnie, born in January 2019, and are expecting a daughter later this summer or early autumn. Thank you @easportsfifa#FIFA21!”Speaking about the birth of his son, Foden revealed in an interview for Manchester City’s official website: “I was there for the birth.
Kalvin Phillips & His Childhood Sweetheart Share The Cutest Posts On IG
With England through to the Euro 2020 finals against Italy, all eyes are on the talented squad of men who (fingers crossed) will be bringing it home on Sunday, July 11. Midfielder Kalvin Phillips is an important member of the England team, and is a talented footballer who’s also signed to Leeds United. The Midfielder has been with partner Ashleigh Behan for some time now, although reports are mixed on how long exactly. Interestingly, Phillips is not the only England squad member who is happily partnered up with their childhood sweetheart. However long they’ve been together, Phillips and Behan seem super close and often share snaps of each other on Instagram.
Who's On US Women's Gymnastics Summer Olympics Team & How To Watch
Here’s a look at each of the six young dynamos on the USA women’s gymnastics team and the unique abilities they each bring to the squad. Simone BilesGymnastics fans are undoubtedly in for a treat this year, especially thanks to Biles at the helm of the women’s Olympic team. Grace McCallumMcCallum is the fourth and final gymnast of the U.S. Women’s Team to perform in the team competition. MyKayla SkinnerBefore cinching her spot on the Olympics team, Skinner didn’t think she would make it to Tokyo after a battle with the COVID-19 virus. How To Watch The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics TeamTo watch Team USA’s women’s gymnastics team in action this year, check out the Olympic Summer Games airing from July 23 to Aug. 8 on NBC, Peacock, the NBC Sports app, and NBCOlympics.com.
From stocking shelves to Hall of Fame: QB Kurt Warner shares look at movie about his life
Kurt Warner, an Iowa native and Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame quarterback, released a first look at his biopic, "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story" via Twitter this week. The two-minute video features scenes from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage of the filming process and interviews with Warner; Brenda Warner, his wife; Zachary Levi, who plays Warner, and Anna Paquin, who plays Brenda Warner. It’s made for the big screen,' " Kurt Warner said during his interview. Born in Burlington, Iowa, Warner attended high school in Cedar Rapids before playing football at the University of Northern Iowa. More:Biopic on Kurt Warner coming to theaters in DecemberHe returned to Cedar Falls, where he stocked shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store and served as a graduate assistant for the UNI football team.
Nets hiring David Vanterpool as assistant coach
The Nets will round out their coaching staff – and presumably land their defensive coordinator – with the expected hiring of David Vanterpool. The well-respected assistant will essentially replace Ime Udoka, who largely engineered the Nets’ defense for rookie head coach Steve Nash before departing this offseason for the coveted head coaching gig with the Boston Celtics. The Nets are hiring David Vanterpool as an assistant coach. As NetsDaily notes, Vanterpool actually got his first break into coaching thanks to former Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. His first job was in 2007 as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow, a Russian powerhouse then owned by Prokhorov.
Ex-Wizards coach Scott Brooks joining Chauncey Billups’ staff in Portland
The former Wizards head coach will join Chauncey Billups’ staff as a top assistant for the Blazers, according to ESPN. Billups, a first-time head coach, reportedly inked a five-year deal with Portland. Getty ImagesAfter the Wizards’ season ended in early June, Washington’s star backcourt in Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook championed Brooks’ return as head coach. Getty ImagesAs Billups continues to assemble a coaching staff in Portland, his hire was overshadowed by a decades-old sexual assault allegation. The point guard previously expressed his hope to see Jason Kidd in the head coach position in Portland — though, the former Lakers assistant secured a head coaching job in Dallas.
Cubs scouting Mets prospects as disastrous stretch turns them into sellers
In a decision that may have significant implications for the Mets, the Cubs have elected to become sellers at the July 30 MLB trade deadline, The Athletic reported Friday morning. According to the report, a Cubs scout was recently seen at a Mets Low-A affiliate game, further fueling trade speculation between the two clubs. The Mets were linked during the offseason to Kris Bryant, who even received a mysterious “Welcome to the Mets” text over the winter amid a bevy of trade rumors. Kris Bryant is likely the Cubs’ most valuable trade chip. “We’ve believed in these guys since 2015,” Cubs president Jed Hoyer said on Thursday prior to Chicago’s 8-0 loss to the Phillies.
Novak Djokovic storms into Wimbledon final with chance at history
Novak Djokovic is on the precipice of history. On Friday, Djokovic advanced to the Wimbledon final by ousting 10th-seeded Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Djokovic, who is seeking his sixth Wimbledon title, is the reigning champion of the previous two Wimbledons, winning in both 2018 and ‘19. The top-ranked player in the world has breezed through his first six rounds in the tournament, winning all but one match in straight sets. After dropping his first set of the tournament to Jack Draper of Great Britain, Djokovic has yet to lose a set, let alone a match.
Djokovic tames Shapovalov to reach Wimbledon final
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic absorbed a barrage of powerful hitting from Canadian Denis Shapovalov to reach his seventh Wimbledon final on Friday with a 7-6(3) 7-5 7-5 victory that kept the indefatigable Serb on course to write history. Tenth seed Shapovalov was bidding to become only the second Canadian man to reach the Wimbledon final and despite producing some scintillating tennis, he was left pondering what might have been after failing to crack the toughest nut in the business. Djokovic won the opening set despite Shapovalov serving for it at 5-4, then saved several break points in the second as his opponent threw the kitchen sink at the five-time champion. Even in the third set Shapovalov continued shooting from the hip but eventually his fire blew out as Djokovic claimed one of the toughest straight sets wins of his Wimbledon career. Shapovalov left the court with tears in his eyes but he showed enough in a marvellous run to suggest that he is ready to challenge for the biggest prizes in tennis.
Storm rips through Jacksonville, tears roof off business in scary video footage
Hurricane-force winds tore the roof off a Jacksonville, Florida business on Thursday as a nearby surveillance camera captured the scary scene. The footage was shot by Secur-Net USA, Inc., a video surveillance company, and captured the roof being blown off Cannon's Towing, which is just around the corner. Jim Youngblood, owner of Secur-Net USA, said he's grateful his staff wasn't hurt in the storm. "We saw it coming down the street and hunkered down," Youngblood told WTLV, an NBC affiliate in Jacksonville. The business was built to withstand a Category 3 hurricane so it's pretty beefed up."
Unified Milwaukee hosts NBA Finals 50 years after title run
Thousands of fans gather outside Fiserv Forum to watch on a video screen as the Milwaukee Bucks play at Phoenix in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Monday, July 5, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Steve Megargee)Thousands of fans gather outside Fiserv Forum to watch on a video screen as the Milwaukee Bucks play at Phoenix in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Monday, July 5, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Steve Megargee)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Much has changed in Milwaukee since the Bucks won their last NBA title a half-century ago. Nothing reflects the differences more than the melting pot of fans swarming together outside Fiserv Forum playoff games. “It doesn’t matter what color you are,” Brandon Cunningham, a 27-year-old Milwaukee resident, said outside Fiserv Forum before Game 1.
In letter, USADA says it can’t change marijuana rules alone
The letter, sent Friday, addressed criticisms leveled by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, in their own letter, sent last week, after Richardson’s suspension was announced. The 21-year-old sprinter will not compete at the Tokyo Games after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana after her victory in the 100-meter finals at the Olympic trials last month. ADVERTISEMENTFriday’s letter, co-signed by USADA CEO Travis Tygart, referenced a rule in Ultimate Fighting Championship that does not penalize marijuana use if it is not meant to enhance performance. But while USADA oversees UFC’s anti-doping program, that league is not signed onto the international anti-doping code, the way USADA, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and all organizations that oversee Olympic athletes are. “Most governments in the world have been very reluctant to take marijuana off the prohibited list for public health reasons,” the USADA letter read.
How the NFL keeps its players from going broke
See what it's like to attend the NFL's Personal Finance Camp, which trains players on how to make their money last long after they stop playing.
Former Cavs G Dellavedova signs 3-year deal with Melbourne
FILE - In this April 1, 2021, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Matt Dellavedova (18) shoots ahead of Philadelphia 76ers' Tyrese Maxey (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The former feisty Cavaliers guard signed a three-year contract Friday, July 9, 2021, with Melbourne United, the defending champion in Australia's National Basketball League. The former Cavaliers point guard signed a three-year contract Friday with Melbourne United, the defending champion in Australia's National Basketball League. Dellavedova helped the Cavs win the 2016 NBA title, ending a 52-year championship drought for Cleveland's pro teams. ---More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports
In first event since winning U.S. Open, Jon Rahm co-leads at Scottish Open
Three weeks ago, Jon Rahm stormed the back nine at Torrey Pines and claimed his first major championship at the U.S. Open. He hasn’t teed it up since but so far, so good at the abrdn Scottish Open this week. Rahm shot a second-round 65 and is tied with Thomas Detry after 36 holes at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. Rahm played the back nine first and threw six birdies on his score card to make the turn in 29. The 149th Open Championship is next week at Royal St. George’s in England.
Tour de France riders fall off road in stage 13 crash; Mark Cavendish ties stage wins record
Mark Cavendish has tied the record for most stage wins in a Tour de France. The incident didn't prevent Mark Cavendish from making history and tying the record of 34 stage wins at a Tour de France. Tour de France riders fall off road in crashThe crash happened with 58 km to go in the stage when Soren Kragh Andersen fell off the right side of the road and into a deep ditch. Cavendish makes history with stage 13 victoryCavendish came out on top on Friday and with it tied cycling great's Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage wins at a Tour de France. Stage 13 took riders on a 220-kilometer ride through southern France, ending in the city of Carcassonne.
I can do better: Jon Rahm warns rivals after taking lead at Scottish Open
US Open champion Jon Rahm warned his rivals he still has room for improvement after setting the clubhouse target on day two of the abrdn Scottish Open. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. “I was seven under through 10 and the three pars I had were short putts that could have been made. If my second shot on 16 went two yards further than it did I would have had no shot to the pin. If I just clean up some little mistakes it could be better.”This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Bud Light rewards Kucherov with sponsorship after wild press conference
Nikita Kucherov put on a post-game press conference for the ages, and has signed an endorsement deal that aligns with his fun, off-ice interests. The 2019 Hart Trophy winner did it while fuelled by several Bud Lights, and there's plenty more where that came from now after he signed a deal with the beer company. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. The dynamic winger capped off one of the best two-year individual runs in hockey history on Wednesday night, and deserves to celebrate (responsibly, of course) with as many Bud Lights as he desires.
Rams will open 10 training camp practices in Irvine to the public
After a one-year absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rams will return to UC Irvine for training camp, which begins July 28, the team announced Friday. Ten practices will be open to the public before camp concludes Aug. 10. Open practices will be held July 28-31, Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 6, 9 and 10. AdvertisementCoach Sean McVay has said that the Rams will hold preseason practices with the Dallas Cowboys and the Las Vegas Raiders, but neither workout will be at Irvine. The Rams open the season Sept. 12 against the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium.
Stephon Gilmore on Patriots contract situation: ‘I just want what I’m worth’
Patriots star cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s push for a new contract is getting bolder with contract extension deadlines approaching and training camp on the horizon. The veteran corner and 2019 Defensive Player of the Year reportedly told insider Josina Anderson that he is not seeking a trade from the Patriots and only wants “what I’m worth, however that plays out.”Advertisement“Every player should be paid what they’re worth. Gilmore’s original five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots made him one of the higher-paid cornerbacks in the league at the time he signed it. AdvertisementAs for his readiness for training camp, he was more equivocal: “We’ll see; if I need to be. But I also don’t want to push it.”The Patriots and Gilmore can negotiate a contract extension up until July 15.
Olympic athletes seem ready to defy the rules and protest in Tokyo. How will the IOC respond?
The most famous act of athlete activism occurred on an Olympic podium, when gold medal-winning sprinter Tommie Smith thrust his black-gloved hand into the sky. Sign up for the Globe’s Tokyo Olympics newsletter“I would be astonished if there’s not significant athlete protests. “It’s mightily important to understand passing the baton without dropping it,” Smith said in a conversation with the Globe. “There are ways to do things that won’t incur what Tommie Smith did in 1968. Noah Lyles wears a black glove while he runs in an homage to Tommie Smith.
Phoenix Suns super fan 'MR. ORNG' embraces NBA Finals after so many down years
He's MR. ORNG. He even had MR. ORNG trademarked so nobody else could use it. "I said, 'No, I've been here 11 years as MR. ORNG. Even now, receiving speaking engagements from youth to retirement communities as MR. ORNG, he says he takes no money. And I have to be there, too.."His star player at Peoria, junior point guard Andrew Camacho, is impressed by his coach's commitment to Mr. ORNG.
Patrick Battillo has gone through the lows and highs with Suns as MR.ORNG
Patrick Battillo has gone through the lows and highs with Suns as MR.ORNGPeoria basketball coach Patrick Battillo has ridden every emotion with the Suns as NR.ORNG for 11 years
Report: Phoenix Suns wing Torrey Craig 'day to day' with right knee injury, no structural damge
Craig injured his right knee while falling down and was helped off the court and to the locker room, and did not return due to a right knee contusion. Suns coach Monty Williams didn't address the injury after the game, but we received an update from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Wojnarowski tweeted that "an MRI on the right knee of Suns F Torrey Craig revealed no structural damage, source tells ESPN. The Suns were already without forward Dario Saric, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Game 1 and won't play any more in the series. Saric's minutes went to Craig on Thursday night, until he went down, and to a lesser extent, Frank Kaminsky, making the Suns very thin in the frontcourt.
How FC Dallas Academy aided Weston McKennie’s unlikely path from ‘Texas boy’ to world-class star
FRISCO — Weston McKennie, Little Elm’s own, won’t bedazzle the home folks this week in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Before he bypassed FC Dallas and Virginia for the Bundesliga and history as the first American to wear Juventus’ black and white. His failure to make the U-17 World Cup team in 2015, for instance, was a fork in the road:Continue his worldly ways? Upon his return to Texas, he played as an 11-year-old at the FC Dallas Academy on 13-U teams. “The sky,” Hayden said, “is the limit.”Find more FC Dallas coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Niwot’s Elise Cranny relishes chance to represent community that “made me who I am today” in Tokyo Olympics
Before each season, Niwot track and field head coach Maurice Henriques handed out “Getting To Know You” forms for every athlete to fill out that included season-long and long-term goals. Nine years later, Cranny received a text message from her former coach after the Olympic Trials in June. “I was reflecting a lot on that and the incredible team and coaches at Niwot,” Cranny said. At the Olympic Trials in Eugene this June, she surged down the stretch in the 5,000-meter race to punch her ticket to Tokyo with a first-place finish in 15 minutes, 27.81 seconds. “She’s such an inspiration.”For high school standouts such as Fulkerson, the Olympian has solidified the standard for long-distance runners in the Cougars’ program.
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers odds, picks and prediction
Jess RootSportsbook WireThe Arizona Diamondbacks (25-64) open a three-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (54-34) Friday to wrap up the first half of the season. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers odds with MLB picks and predictions. Diamondbacks at Dodgers odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line : Diamondbacks +240 (bet $100 to win $240) | Dodgers -280 (bet $280 to win $100): Diamondbacks +240 (bet $100 to win $240) | Dodgers -280 (bet $280 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Diamondbacks +1.5 (+105) | Dodgers -1.5 (-125): Diamondbacks +1.5 (+105) | Dodgers -1.5 (-125) Over/Under : 8.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)PredictionDodgers 5, Diamondbacks 2The Diamondbacks have the league's second-worst road record at 10-36 and have only one win in their last 29 road games. Take the DODGERS (-280).
Allie Quigley to participate in WNBA All-Star three-point contest
The WNBA announced Friday afternoon that the league’s MTN DEW three-point contest will be added to the All-Star schedule next week in Las Vegas and two-time winner Allie Quigley headlines the list of players tapped to participate. She’s averaging 11.8 points in 21 minutes of play for the Sky compared to her 15.4 points in 29 minutes as a starter last season. Quigley has embraced the change and is the fourth leading scorer for the Sky through 19 games. If there’s a better knock-down shooter from behind the arc, coach and general manager James Wade said he hasn’t seen it. The first four racks will have four official WNBA game balls worth one point each and one money ball worth two points.
Former major leaguer Todd Frazier brings passion, power to US Olympic baseball
When the U.S. team gathered for that tournament, Frazier was given an additional task by former big leaguer Ernie Young, the U.S. hitting coach. Major League Baseball does not release anyone on 40-man rosters for the Olympics, and general managers often discourage eligible players in their farm systems. U.S. manager Mike Scioscia, who led the Angels for 19 seasons, says Frazier brings “a relaxed focus” that filters through to the rest of his roster. Yeah, that’s what I love — everything about it.”As recently as two years ago, Frazier had 21 homers and 67 RBIs. “Do I miss baseball in the major leagues?
How to get to Allegiant Stadium for Saturday’s Garth Brooks concert
Road barricades close traffic to Hacienda Avenue at Polaris Avenue in advance of a concert at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoCars parked on lot C outside of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoPeople line up on the Hacienda Avenue bridge to enter Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the Illenium concert, Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoWith over 50,000 people expected to converge on Allegiant Stadium for Saturday’s Garth Brooks concert, knowing how to get where you need to be ahead of time is key. ParkingWith parking lots for Allegiant Stadium events spread out around the area, concertgoers will be driving to various lots.
Novak Djokovic will face Matteo Berrettini in Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, England — We know, of course, that Novak Djokovic can lose matches at Wimbledon, and he can lose at other Grand Slam tournaments, too, because it has happened — and actuality proves possibility. 10 Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 on Friday night to reach the final at the All England Club. rang through Centre Court earlier, supporting Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy’s first Grand Slam male finalist in 45 years. Djokovic dropped his opening set this fortnight to British teen Jack Draper — and has won all 18 since. By then, Djokovic was punching the air and shouting, knowing the match’s end, and another final, was near.
Unified Milwaukee hosts NBA Finals 50 years after title run
MILWAUKEE - (AP) -- Much has changed in Milwaukee since the Bucks won their last NBA title a half-century ago. Fans will flock there again Sunday in hopes of helping the Bucks rally from an 0-2 deficit in the NBA Finals when they host the Phoenix Suns in Game 3. When asked what his proudest moment is with the Bucks, Feigin doesn't mention the Eastern Conference title the team just won. Bucks players visited a prison last season to spotlight the need for criminal justice reform. If the Bucks can find a way to win their first NBA title in 50 years, it would give Milwaukee residents of all backgrounds another reason to celebrate together.
Zaila Avant-garde is a Scripps National Spelling Bee champion and also a Guinness World Records basketball star
Zaila Avant-garde can do more than just a spelling bee star. The Scripps National Spelling Bee champion is a 14-year-old from New Orleans and the first African American to ever win the spelling bee, which is pretty amazing on its own. Avant-garde won the competition by spelling the word “Murraya,” which is a genus of flowering plants in the citrus family. When Avant-garde isn’t spelling and being a young genius, though, she’s giving other kids buckets on the basketball court. If you didn’t know who Zalia Avant-garde was before, you know now.
Eight Gophers invited to try out for 2022 U.S. Olympic hockey team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Eight players with Gophers ties are among the 27 players invited to the 2021-22 U.S. Women’s hockey team residency program that will prepare Team USA for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The University of Minnesota representatives include six previous Olympians: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Amanda Kessel, Kelly Pannek, Lee Stecklein and Megan Bozak. Current college-eligible Gophers Grace Zumwinkle and Abbey Murphy also were invited to try out for their first Olympic team. Zumwinkle was a 2020-21 Patty Kazmaier Award finalist, and Murphy was a member of the WCHA all-Freshman team. Brandt, Cameranesi, Kessel, Pannek and Stecklein were among those on the 2018 Olympic team that won gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Paul Daugherty: Somehow, Angels' Shohei Ohtani is a hidden treasure
Confession: I have not seen Shohei Ohtani play baseball in 2021. Next to the Texas Rangers, there is no more nondescript franchise in the game than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. “He’s the best baseball player I’ve ever seen in my life,’’ CC Sabathia offered not long ago. Baseball has numbers for almost everything, but not for Ridiculous or Stupid Good; otherwise, Ohtani would be leading those categories, too. He’s the only player ever to steal 10 bases, hit 10 homers and make 10 pitching starts in one year.
Scottish Open spectator grabs club from Rory McIlroy's bag, tries to take a swing
As you'll see from the video below, a spectator just casually walks over to Rory McIlroy's bag as the golfer is hanging out with Jon Rahm. The fan casually takes the driver cover off, grabs another club and looks like he's going to practice swinging. After a little bit, when he walked back and they were taking him out you could smell the reason why it happened. "Let me put it this way: you could smell the reason why he did what he did. I'm going to say it was vodka.
Oklahoma State mailbag: Talking NIL, quarterback debates and future football schedules
STILLWATER — This week’s Oklahoma State mailbag is full of good questions regarding Name, Image and Likeness, the Cowboy defense, quarterback talk, future scheduling and more. I think it’s unanswerable right now, because we don’t know exactly what companies will be looking for in aligning with athletes. More:Big 12 football: Sooners voted atop preseason poll; Oklahoma State picked fourthChris: Do you see OSU football being a bit better than last year due to Spencer Sanders' progression and O-line perhaps more healthy? More:Oklahoma State football adds future series with ColoradoAngel: Why hasn't OSU football rescheduled Oregon State since they owe us a game in Stillwater? For instance, Oklahoma State operates with the philosophy of scheduling one Power 5 opponent each year in the non-conference.
Oklahoma State football adds future series with Colorado
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State added a familiar football program to its future schedule on Thursday, announcing a home-and-home series with Colorado in the middle of the next decade. The Buffaloes will visit Stillwater for the first game of the series on Sept. 13, 2036, with the Cowboys returning the trip to Boulder on Sept. 12, 2037. The two programs were part of the same conference for 51 seasons, beginning in the Big Eight from 1960-95 and then the Big 12 from 1996-2010. Colorado leads the all-time series 26-20-1, though OSU has won the last three meetings. That includes the last two games in Big 12 Conference play, as well as a meeting in the Alamo Bowl in 2016.
Elsa soaks NYC and New England as it races up East Coast
The storm came a day after a deluge flooded some streets and subway stations in New York City. Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain was possible in some areas Friday, enough to cause flash flooding. The strongest winds were expected to stay off the coast of New England. But the storm was expected to bring heavy rain – up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) on the Maine coast – before blowing into the Bay of Fundy and Canada late Friday. Eight of those hurt had to be taken to hospitals, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base spokesperson Chris Tucker said.
Matteo Berrettini beats Hurkacz and becomes first Italian in Wimbledon final
Yesterday, the 25-year-old from Rome became the first Italian – man or woman – to reach the Wimbledon final, beating Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, the 14th seed, 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-4 with a barrage of stunning strikes. Berrettini is the first Italian man since Adriano Panatta, a fellow Roman, to reach a grand slam final and 45 years after Panatta’s French Open victory, he will play either five-times champion Novak Djokovic or Canada’s Denis Shapovalov for the title on Sunday. It was a brilliant performance from Berrettini, who had the edge in terms of experience, having already been to a grand slam semi-final once before, at the US Open in 2019. Matteo Berrettini gave Hubert Hurkacz ‘basically zero’ chances, the defeated Pole admitted. My first serve really wasn’t helping me, which usually does and gets me out of trouble.
BBC contract to broadcast Wimbledon extended until 2027
The longest partnership in sports broadcasting history is to reach a century after the BBC announced it is to extend its contract to broadcast Wimbledon until 2027. The agreement will mean the broadcaster marking 100 years of coverage from the grass court grand slam in SW19, with its first Wimbledon coverage broadcast on radio from Centre Court on 29 June 1927. That year a microphone and loudspeakers were installed on the court to broadcast the calls of the umpire. “Wimbledon on the BBC will continue to bring the nation must-see sporting moments free-to-air, captivating audiences of all ages.”The agreement means the grand slam remains free-to-air across BBC television, online and radio. In 2019, a peak audience of 9.6 million watched the men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on BBC One.
Mark Cavendish equals Merckx’s record with 34th Tour de France stage win
Mark Cavendish equalled the long-standing Tour de France stage win record, held by the five-times winner Eddy Merckx, with the 34th stage win of his career that ended in Carcassonne on Friday. “I won 34 Tour stages by winning sprints, in the mountains, in time trials and going on the attack on the descents. Does that not seem much?”Cavendish described his memorable win in Carcassonne as “one of the hardest”. The drag uphill in a big gear was not meant for short legs.”But despite his dislike of discussing the stage win record, Cavendish admitted that his momentous win had been his most demanding success since the start of the race in Brittany on 26 June. The British Team Bike Exchange rider sat on the road for several minutes, briefly remounting, before quitting the race.
Defeating ghosts: England have shrugged off history to make history
For all football’s hot air, its schmaltz, its extra cheese, this England team do seem to offer a model of something, of leadership, of merit rewarded, of finding ways to let go of the past. What matters here is what England do, what England think, the conversations England have with themselves. Southgate may be the gatekeeper to this England team. To win with England in a game such as this is to defeat first the ghosts, the noises through the wall, the shadow against the door. It will be draining, bruising and also entirely new, virgin territory not just for this light and airy England team but for the rest of us, too.
Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beats Denis Shapovalov to move another step closer to third consecutive title
Novak Djokovic will take on Matteo Berrettini for a third straight Wimbledon title on Sunday after fighting off the challenge of young Canadian Denis Shapovalov. He was well off his usual standards to start with, double faulting twice in the third game and dropping serve on a blistering Shapovalov backhand. Shapovalov was playing freely in his maiden Slam semi-final and won 15 points in a row on serve until he came to serve for it at 5-4. Denis Shapovalov was unable to take his chances (PA Wire)He recovered well from 0-30 but at 30-30 he missed a forehand with the court gaping, and Djokovic broke back. Shapovalov channelled his frustration into an argument with the umpire as he saw his Wimbledon final dreams ebbing away.
Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic defeats Denis Shapovalov to reach final
Standing on the precipice of history, Novak Djokovic refused to wobble in the face of a tempest of youth. He forced five break points but still couldn’t find an answer at the pivotal moment as another inexplicable forehand fizzed wide at 2-1. Frothing with anger, Shapovalov vented furiously at the umpire as a Hawk-Eye challenge sealed the set in Djokovic’s favour. At 1-1 in the third set, he mounted another bold attack on Djokovic’s serve, but what followed amounted to a familiar pattern. He dominated the rallies, brought up two break points at 15-40, but tensed up and crumbled in long rallies of attrition.
How England and Italy compare statistically ahead of Euro 2020 final
England will bid for Euro 2020 glory against Italy on Sunday at Wembley. Austria’s extra-time goal in the last 16 ended a run of 11 successive Italy clean sheets, while England’s run reached seven before Damsgaard’s strike. Italy have taken almost twice as many shots, 108 to England’s 58, and while England will be looking for another fast start they will have to work hard for it. However, of the 55 shots faced by Italy in the tournament, only two have come in that same time period. They have had a second extra-time period, going the distance against both Austria and Spain, to England’s one.
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier both weigh in at 156lbs for UFC 264 showdown
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier both scaled the lightweight non-title limit of 156lbs ahead of their blockbuster third showdown at UFC 264 at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. “He’s Buster Douglas, he’s going to be known for that,” McGregor said at the final press conference. “It was a fluke win and I’m going to correct it on Saturday night. “I’m going to go through his head, put holes in them and take it off its shoulders. On more than occasion, McGregor referenced Poirier’s wife Jolie, chanting “Jolie’s wife” and saying “your wife is your husband”.
Terrifying moment teenage boy's 88mph golf ball is struck by lightning
When visiting a San Antonio Topgolf with friends recently, a teenager was nearly frightened to death when his golf ball was struck by a sudden burst of lightning. Gomez told DailyMail.com he was caught off guard by the lightning that he slipped as a reaction. 'I was just glad that it {lightning} hit the ball instead of me,' Gomez said. The incident occurred just as Tropical Storm Elsa plummeted through Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday, causing flooding and spawning tornadoes near the coast. The tropical storm is already responsible for at least one fatality, leaving various others injured across the Southeastern coast.
Tour de France: Cavendish equals Merckx's 46-year old record after 34th stage win
British rider Mark Cavendish on Friday equalled Eddy Merckx's record for most Tour de France stage victories after claiming his 34th win. Friday's stage victory in Carcassonne is the fourth for Cavendish so far during this Tour de France. Video posted online by the Tour de France shows the British rider, 36, celebrating his win by hugging his teammates. "It's just another Tour de France win, it's like my first," he added. Slovenian Tadej Poga?ar of UAE-Team Emirates -- who won the 2020 Tour de France -- remains in the leader's yellow jersey.
Harry Styles shows off his toned physique as he and girlfriend Olivia Wilde enjoy a trip on a yacht
And Harry Styles, 27, and Olivia Wilde, 37, looked more loved up than ever as they cosied up in the sea while enjoying a trip on a yacht in Italy on Friday. It's no surprise that Harry was lavishing Olivia with attention as she looked effortlessly chic aboard the yacht. Olivia showcased her natural beauty and appeared to go makeup free for the day of swimming and snorkelling while Harry showered off. Meanwhile, Olivia showcased her taut abs as she pulled herself back onto the yacht after her dip in the sea. Olivia lay down in the sun and washed as Harry washed the salt water off his body with a shower head.
Jon Rahm reveals that fan who grabbed Rory McIlroy's golf club 'was clearly not sober'
Please email: rachael.bunyan@mailonline.co.uk AdvertisementGolfer Rory McIlroy found himself confronted by a drunk spectator today who took one of the Irishman's clubs and prepared to play a shot with it. Mail Online has learned that both McIlroy's caddy and his playing partner Jon Rahm could smell alcohol on the eccentric thief as he brazenly took the Northern Irishman's club. pic.twitter.com/QGWPQBg6x6 — By The Flagstick (@ByTheFlagstick) July 9, 2021The star had been chatting to caddy Harry Diamond when the incident took place. 'Let me put it this way, you could smell the reason why he did what he did,' Rahm said later. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: 'Officers were alerted to a man causing a disturbance within the grounds of the Renaissance Club in East Lothian, around 8am on Friday 9 July.
Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2021
The year-to-date average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 49.3°F, 1.7°F above the 20th-century average, ranking in the warmest third of the January-June record. Precipitation was below average across much of the interior West, northern Rockies, northern and central Plains and the Northeast. Drought intensified and/or expanded across portions of the West, northern and central Plains, Midwest, New England and Hawaii. Precipitation was below average across much of the West, northern Plains, Great Lakes, Northeast and Florida. Nine states across the interior West, northern Plains and New England ranked among their top-10 driest January-June periods on record.
Gatland expects all three Lions Tests to be in Cape Town
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland walks on the field before a tour match against the Sharks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg this weekAdvertising Read moreJohannesburg (AFP)British and Irish Lions rugby coach Warren Gatland said on Friday he expected all three Tests against South Africa to be played in Cape Town. "I'm not 100 percent sure, but I'm pretty sure they will be played in Cape Town," he said during an online press conference in Johannesburg. The Lions are due to fly to Cape Town on Sunday following Saturday's match against the Sharks in Pretoria. Gatland was speaking after announcing 13 changes in the Lions team that will face the Sharks for the second time in four days. The Lions coach said he was not sure who his team would play in their first match in Cape Town on Wednesday.
From make believe to historic reality for Wimbledon finalist Berrettini
Jacopo and Berrettini would play endlessly as young boys even inside the family home pretneding to be their favourite players to add to the "real life" experience. "When we were kids, we were going on holiday, we were always bringing our racquets," said Berrettini. "We played so many times, even without the ball, just pretending we were playing in our living room in a great final. For Berrettini, there had been no finer day -- a 2019 US Open semi-final being the previous best showing at a Grand Slam. "I'm like, Okay, maybe this guy he stepped into Wimbledon and he thought about making the finals.
US swimmer Andrew outlines why he's skipping Covid vaccine before Tokyo Games
US Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew says he has no plans to receive a Covid-19 vaccine before heading to the Tokyo GamesAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Michael Andrew took an unconventional path to the Tokyo Games and the US swimmer won't be bowing to pressure to receive the Covid-19 vaccine before heading to the Olympics. Andrew, 22, confirmed in a virtual press conference from Team USA's Hawaii training camp on Thursday that he had not been vaccinated and didn't plan to be. He had indicated the same stance at the US trials in Omaha, Nebraska, last month and didn't want to change course so close to the Games. Andrew and his family have taken a similarly unorthodox approach to his swimming career. Andrew said he would strictly adhere to all of the testing, masking and social distancing protocols required of Games competitors.
Williams overcomes hardships to mold Suns into winners
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, front right, talks with his team during game two of the NBA FinalsAdvertising Read moreMilwaukee (AFP)Overcoming personal tragedy and career setbacks, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams is on the verge of realizing a life's dream by becoming an NBA champion. Williams relies on a year of hard work and lessons learned to avoid too much talking these days. "We both were unbelievably headstrong and competitive and I was probably more 'my way or the highway,'" said Williams. Williams worked as an assistant coach for the 2016 US Rio Olympic gold medal team. Emotions bubbled over for Williams in a Los Angeles locker room moment earlier this month after the Suns clinched an NBA Finals berth.
Djokovic into 30th Grand Slam final, faces Berrettini for Wimbledon title
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Novak Djokovic reached his 30th Grand Slam final on Friday with a straight sets win over Canada's Denis Shapovalov to move one victory away from a sixth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 20th major. The world number one triumphed 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 in a tense semi-final in which he crucially saved 10 of 11 break points. In his seventh Wimbledon final, Djokovic will face Matteo Berrettini after the world number nine became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final by beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4. He will also just need the US Open to become only the third man in history, and first since 1969, to complete the calendar Grand Slam. On Sunday, Berrettini will attempt to become Italy's first men's Grand Slam champion since Adriano Panatta at the 1976 French Open.
Djokovic into 30th Grand Slam final, faces Berrettini for Wimbledon title
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Novak Djokovic reached his 30th Grand Slam final on Friday with a straight sets win over Canada's Denis Shapovalov to move one victory away from a sixth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 20th major. The world number one triumphed 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 in a tense semi-final in which he crucially saved 10 of 11 break points. In his seventh Wimbledon final, Djokovic will face Matteo Berrettini after the world number nine became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final by beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4. He will also just need the US Open to become only the third man in history, and first since 1969, to complete the calendar Grand Slam. On Sunday, Berrettini will attempt to become Italy's first men's Grand Slam champion since Adriano Panatta at the 1976 French Open.
Congress seeking documents from NCAA on college sports gender disparities
The chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight and Reform Committee, along with two Democratic members of Congress are seeking documents from the NCAA regarding disparities between men's and women's sports. The letter cites several gender disparities throughout the year including the stark differences in tournament facilities and inequality in treatment during the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments. The letter notes that the Committee on Oversight and Reform has the authority to investigate this matter at any time. “By failing to invest in and promote women’s athletics programs in the way it does for men, NCAA prevents women’s sports from reaching their full potential,” they wrote. “Reports of other disparities, including in coronavirus safety protocols and in branding and promotion practices, have raised serious questions about how long-standing NCAA organizational decisions have perpetuated gender inequities in collegiate athletics,” Speier and Sherrill wrote.
Top US swimmer Michael Andrew refuses COVID vaccine ahead of Olympics
One of Team USA’s premier swimmers is heading to the Tokyo Olympics without being vaccinated. Michael Andrew, the 2016 world champion in the 100-meter individual medley who recently flirted with the 200-meter world record last month, has not received the COVID-19 vaccine. Michael Andrew during the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on June 14, 2021. Though not the only unvaccinated athlete destined for Tokyo, Andrew is in the minority. Last month, USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey estimated that “around 90 percent” of the U.S. national team had been vaccinated.
Alica Schmidt, world’s sexiest athlete, reveals stunning Olympic workout videos
Olympic hopeful Alica Schmidt has thousands of followers sprinting to see her workout videos. Australian magazine Busted Coverage elevated Schmidt to celebrity status by handing her the baton of sexiest athlete three years ago. Getty ImagesSchmidt posted on social media: “I can finally train on the track again. The whole event is still in doubt, with the International Olympic Committee only meeting for the first time in 2021 on Wednesday. But if it progresses as quickly as her social media standing, perhaps a golden career could be ahead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo in Michael Jordan company after insane quarter
A hyperextended knee didn’t stop Giannis Antetokounmpo from having one of the best quarters in NBA Finals history. The two-time MVP scored 20 of his playoff career-high 42 points in the third quarter Thursday night, despite Milwaukee losing to Phoenix, 118-108, to fall behind 2-0 in the series. Antetokounmpo become the fourth player in NBA history to score 20 points in a single quarter in a Finals game — putting him in good company alongside NBA greats Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Jordan was the last to do it when he scored 22 points in the second quarter of a Finals game on June 16, 1993. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 of his 42 points in the third quarter of Game 2 in the NBA Finals Thursday night.
Historic Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde is also a hoops phenom
Zaila Avant-garde made history at the age of 14, becoming the first African-American Scripps National Spelling Bee winner after correctly spelling “murraya.” After she was crowned winner of the bee, Zaila placed both hands on her face in awe and jumped with joy, a moment that has since gone viral. Zaila is already a basketball phenom who holds three Guinness World Records for dribbling multiple basketballs at a time. I’m really trying to go somewhere with it. But basketball’s like the main dish.”Zaila Avant-garde won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After her spelling bee win, Zaila has garnered attention from celebrities and pro athletes, including Lakers star LeBron James, who tweeted, “CONGRATULATIONS CHAMP!!!!!
Nationals manager Davey Martinez: ‘There was an emptiness last year’
You know, in this game, you got to endure a lot of failure. As we know, some of the best players in the world, they get 10 at-bats and get three hits. It’s the same thing as a coach or as a manager. There’s a lot of sleepless nights when I constantly think about players and how to make them better. Because I know what they endure every day, what they go through.
Clay Travis hits back at Jemele Hill: ESPN lost its way by following left-wing Twitter debates
On the podcast, Hill discussed the controversy alongside Amin Elhassan and quickly related the story to her own drama regarding ESPN. At the 12:50 mark, she shared her belief that ESPN was being led by "idiots" like Clay Travis. "They let the idiots in the room control the conversation, people like Clay Travis. However, many including Clay Travis have speculated her different position was a result of her frequent political statements. "If you did that, you would be far left-wing and far, far out of touch with what the real viewer is," Travis said.
Holding Tokyo Olympics in pandemic shreds consensus in Japan
But the decision to proceed with the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics has shredded it. Even though the government is now supercharging its vaccine drive after a slow start, the vast majority of the population still won’t be immunized when the Games start in two weeks. The official cost of the Tokyo Olympics is $15.4 billion, but government audits suggest it’s twice that. Before the postponement 15 months ago, Japan was on track to host a well-run if expensive Olympics. IOC President Thomas Bach called Tokyo the "best prepared Olympics ever" — and he still says it repeatedly.
Teen basketball prodigy wins National Spelling Bee: 'I don't really know how I do it'
14-year-old Louisiana native Zaila Avant-garde already had multiple Guinness world records to her name when she was crowned the first African-American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. Avant-garde, who has called spelling a side hobby, is a basketball standout who hopes to play someday in the WNBA. Her ability to dribble multiple balls simultaneously has earned her three Guinness world records. "I don't really know, like, how I do any of the stuff I do," the teen prodigy told "America's Newsroom" Friday. "Nepeta," a genus of Old World mints, was the word that gave her the most trouble in the final.
Shaq loses his pants during final Turner broadcast of season
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMThe former NBA superstar turned broadcaster appeared on NBATV’s Finals coverage last night remotely from his home. At the end of his segment, he was told that his responsibilities as broadcaster were officially over until next season. Shaq, Kenny, Charles, and Ernie can get away with more than any broadcast team in the world, thanks to their senses of humor and cavalier attitude toward traditional broadcasting. Even with all the fun, Shaq and his cohost Kenny Smith were both visibly relieved to be officially done for a while. Because of the COVID-bubble season and near immediate transition into the 2021 season, basketball and all of the games’ many employees have been working around the clock.
Italy's Berrettini reaches 1st Grand Slam final at Wimbledon
rang through Centre Court, supporting Matteo Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy's first Grand Slam finalist in 45 years. 7-seeded Berrettini used an 11-game run to grab a big lead and then held on to beat No. Just, ‘Thanks.’ And I need, I think, a couple of hours to understand what happened," Berrettini told the capacity crowd. In the first set, for example, the 6-foot-5, barrel-chested Berrettini compiled 21 winners — 11 off his forehand — and just eight unforced errors. Berrettini, and his supporters, needed to wait only five minutes for a second opportunity to close it, which he did.
Apple in early talks to stream NFL Sunday Ticket games
Apple executives have held preliminary discussions with NFL leadership about acquiring the rights for the league’s Sunday Ticket package for Apple TV+, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. The tech giant joins a number of other tech and media companies who are pursuing rights to Sunday Ticket, which gives subscribers access to all NFL games outside their local television markets. Rights for the ticket are currently held by DirecTV, which pays around $1.5 billion a year. Talks between Apple and the NFL have been ongoing for months and continued this week at the Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. The remaining deals will keep the vast majority of NFL games on the familiar network and cable TV channels, but with more opportunities to expand access to games on streaming.
No fans at the Tokyo Olympics will lead to at least $800 million in ticket-sale losses, analyst says
This Summer’s Tokyo Olympics will officially be held without fans as Japan has declared a state of emergency due to increasing cases of COVID-19. See also: Gary Vaynerchuk says this is how you can tell if an NFT will be a winner over the next 10 yearsAccording to Liam Fox, an analyst at analytics company GlobalData, the absence of fans at the Tokyo Games could lead to as much as $800 million in revenue losses. “Pre-pandemic, Tokyo 2020 organisers initially expected 7.8 million tickets would be made available for the Olympics. See also: Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks, CDC says in new school guidanceThe Olympic Games this Summer will still be called “Tokyo 2020” even though the games will begin in 2021, the International Olympic Committee informed MarketWatch. Earlier in 2021, one Japanese poll indicated that over 80% of people think the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or believe the Olympics won’t happen at all.
Who needs internal combustion? Racers start their E-engines in Brooklyn
And now, it’s race time again in New York City with a green, new-tech twist aimed in the direction automobile manufacturers are heading anyway. Now, you’ve got the New York stop on the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E-Championship, better known as the New York City E-Prix. Sam Bagnall/Formula ETheir first New York race was in 2017. They believe that in 10, 15, 20 years time, there will be more electric cars sold than combustion-engine cars. Hopefully, we can stay here for many, many more years.”Ellis Henican is an author based in New York City and a former newspaper columnist.
Giants observations: Alex Wood dazzles in win over Cardinals
Led by Alex Wood, the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Wednesday night, avoiding a series sweep. Wood had his best start in a couple of months, throwing 94 pitches and allowing just one run and three hits in seven innings. The Cardinals got an early run but then spent the rest of the night shaking their heads as Wood mixed it up with his slider and sinker. The Giants got that first run back and then took the lead on Mike Yastrzemski's double in the second. Nolan Arenado was up next and Rogers fell behind 2-0, but he got Arenado to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Wood goes 7 to win 8th, Giants beat Cardinals 5-2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Wood pitched seven strong innings of three-hit ball, and the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Wednesday night. “(Wood) takes the responsibility of pitching well when we’re not at our best very seriously,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. The Giants lefty had six strikeouts and two walks and won for the first time in four career starts against the Cardinals. “It’s certainly going to be something that’s going to impact him for some time. Giants: RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.86) will come off the IL to start against Washington on Friday.
How NFL, Nike Benefit From Jersey Number Changes: Sport of Money
Nearly 50 NFL players will be changing their jersey numbers this season, and since they are making the change in the 2021 season they will have to pay a price for the privilege. The NFL is relaxing the rules for which numbers certain position groups can select from. Defensive players who previously couldn't choose a single digit number, like they might have had in college, can do so now. But players who want to make the change now must buy the outstanding inventory of jerseys with the old jersey numbers. Athletes have a special connection to their jersey numbers and some are willing to pay to change their jersey numbers this year.
Yury Dokhoian, chess coach who guided Gary Kasparov, dies at 56
After Kasparov retired as a chess professional, Mr. Dokhoian went on to have a successful career coaching other elite players and Russian national teams. By many accounts, Yury Dokhoian, a Russian grandmaster who died July 1 in Moscow at 56, had the necessary tools. Mr. Dokhoian took on that role in 1994, when Kasparov was the world champion. After Kasparov retired, Mr. Dokhoian started coaching Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva, Russian sisters who became grandmasters under his tutelage. In his own tribute to Mr. Dokhoian, Karjakin called him kind but demanding.
The four Red Sox who have exceeded expectations and made this season a delight
But Red Sox fans know what they have. Of course, it would be close to a dereliction of duty to discuss this Red Sox season without touching on at least a couple of individual revelations. AdvertisementSo here are four players, among many, who have outpaced my expectations while helping make this season a delight we never saw coming:J.D. AdvertisementGarrett Whitlock has appeared in 25 games for the Red Sox. That line applies to several Red Sox relievers, but none more than the 28-year-old lefthander.
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In tackling the pandemic, Chelsea finds new strengthAs a second wave of the pandemic rises, many people in Chelsea are starting to think about how to steer the city through the recovery that will someday come, and ensure that any rebound benefits those who most need support.
2021 MLB Draft guide: How to watch, first-round order, and when the Red Sox pick
What is new about the 2021 MLB Draft? The MLB draft typically takes place during early June, but this year it will be in July to coincide with the All-Star game. Where do the Red Sox pick? In addition to the fourth pick, the Red Sox will pick fourth in the remaining rounds of the draft. What is the first round MLB Draft order?
Conor McGregor talks trash, throws kick at Dustin Poirier before UFC 264
“On Saturday night, you’re going to get walked around that octagon like a dog and then put to sleep,” McGregor said to Poirier. “He's going out on a stretcher in this fight,” McGregor said finally. “You used to be a lot better than that, man,” Poirier said during a rare break in the barrage. Poirier laughed at the difference from the promotion for their second fight last January, when McGregor was disarmingly friendly and charming throughout. AdvertisementT-Mobile Arena hadn’t been built when the duo first met in 2014 and McGregor stopped Poirier in 106 seconds.
Hotline mailbag: Pac-12 expansion options, the NIL slippery slope, ASU football’s possible double whammy and more
The goal of expansion (for any conference) isn’t to increase the number of slices in the proverbial revenue pie. legally able to regulate NIL to create a level playing field for schools when it comes to recruiting? In either case, regulating the recruiting piece is what most concerns college coaches and administrators: NIL opportunities (real or fabricated) will be used as a means of player procurement. As for the potential correlation between alumni riches and NIL opportunities for recruits, yes: That could very well be the case. Any additional thoughts on ASU’s football recruiting scandal?
Patient of nurse accused of sexual assault sues California hospital
A patient of a Providence Mission Hospital nurse accused of sexually assaulting her and two others filed a lawsuit Thursday, July 8 alleging that negligence on behalf of the medical facility gave the defendant the opportunity to violate her. Cooksey said she came to Providence Mission Hospital on March 31 with injuries from a car accident. The lawsuit accuses Mission Hospital of failing to adequately supervise the nurse as he administered drugs and conducted sensitive procedures for no apparent medical purpose. Administrators at Providence Mission Hospital are cooperating with investigators looking into the alleged sexual assault, Orange County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun said. “The caregiver has not worked at Providence Mission since the hospital learned of the first incident,” the facility said in a statement Thursday.
Tracy Perez-Petersen steps down as volleyball coach at Arlington Martin after nearly 500 wins
After winning a state championship and recording nearly 500 wins, Tracy Perez-Petersen has stepped down as the volleyball coach at Arlington Martin. Perez-Petersen is taking a girls coordinator position at Jobe Middle School in Mansfield. Rhonda Dunn, who had been Perez-Petersen’s assistant coach, has been promoted to head coach at Martin. “I just decided it was time to spend more time with my kids,” Perez-Petersen said Friday. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”Perez-Petersen led Martin to the Class 5A state championship in 2005 in her first season as head coach.
‘Summer Kickback Series’ starts for youth on South and West sides
The city launched its “Summer Kickback Series” Friday, aiming to create safe spaces and programs for youth on the South and West sides. Each Friday night until Aug. 27, the participating organizations will host a “For Teens, By Teens” event. An anonymous donor is paying for funds for the hiring of 238 teens and young adults, according to the news release. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, First Lady Amy Eshleman, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Amazon, and community-based organizations started the “Summer Kickback Series” as part of the city’s My CHI.My Future, which strives to connect youth to their communities. “The Summer Kickback Series builds upon MCMF’s efforts to further young Chicagoans’ professional development leading to positive futures,” Lightfoot said in the news release.
Meet the Milwaukee Bucks fan who went viral after chugging a beer and ripping his shirt at a Bucks game
And in doing so, he captured the hearts of Milwaukee Bucks fans across the nation. It was the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, and Roberts noticed the Bucks cameraman was focused on him. In a period of about 20 seconds, Roberts quickly chugged his beer and then ripped his green long-sleeve Bucks shirt in half. After the game was over, Roberts went to a nearby bar to wait for an Uber. But he felt there was a lack of enthusiasm among his fellow Bucks fans.
All deaths are sudden, but the 2021 Cubs’ demise is one for the record books
The Cubs recently went through an 11-game losing streak. Wasn’t the public conversation all about how Cubs ownership was going to have to fortify the roster before the trade deadline? Cubs fans tramp to Wrigley instinctively, in the same way no one has to tell them to get dressed in the morning. We had seen the Cubs’ house for what it was, a structure that was showing lots of wear and tear. That’s what the losing streak looked like.
Cubs place pitcher Brad Wieck on 10-day injured list with an irregular heartbeat
The Cubs placed pitcher Brad Wieck on the 10-day injured list Friday with an irregular heartbeat. He had heart surgery in February 2020 to repair an atrial flutter, and he started experiencing the irregular heartbeat earlier this week. Wieck has been wearing a heart monitor for the last several days, and it reported the irregular heartbeat while he was sleeping. “We want to make sure he’s in the right space,” Ross said. “We want to all be on the same page of making sure he’s safe and being able to go out there and compete,” Ross said.
USADA says it can’t unilaterally change marijuana doping rules
The letter, sent Friday, addressed criticisms leveled by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, in their own letter, sent last week, after Richardson’s suspension was announced. The 21-year-old sprinter will not compete at the Tokyo Games after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana after her victory in the 100-meter finals at the Olympic trials last month. Friday’s letter, co-signed by USADA CEO Travis Tygart, referenced a rule in Ultimate Fighting Championship that does not penalize marijuana use if it is not meant to enhance performance. But while USADA oversees UFC’s anti-doping program, that league is not signed onto the international anti-doping code, the way USADA, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and all organizations that oversee Olympic athletes are. “Most governments in the world have been very reluctant to take marijuana off the prohibited list for public health reasons,” the USADA letter read.
In letter, USADA says it can't change marijuana rules alone | GreenState
The letter, sent Friday, addressed criticisms leveled by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, in their own letter, sent last week, after Richardson’s suspension was announced. The 21-year-old sprinter will not compete at the Tokyo Games after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana after her victory in the 100-meter finals at the Olympic trials last month. Friday’s letter, co-signed by USADA CEO Travis Tygart, referenced a rule in Ultimate Fighting Championship that does not penalize marijuana use if it is not meant to enhance performance. But while USADA oversees UFC’s anti-doping program, that league is not signed onto the international anti-doping code, the way USADA, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and all organizations that oversee Olympic athletes are. “Most governments in the world have been very reluctant to take marijuana off the prohibited list for public health reasons,” the USADA letter read.
Ohio State lands commitment from Louisiana scoring guard Cedric Russell
Ohio State has landed a commitment from Louisiana transfer guard Cedric Russell, The Dispatch has confirmed. The news, which was first reported by Jeff Goodman at Stadium, comes after a whirlwind recruitment after the 6-2, 190-pound Russell entered the transfer portal June 30. He told 247Sports.com earlier this week that he had cut his list to five schools and would also be considering Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Marquette and St. John’s. He also planned to make an announcement “by the end of the week,” and Friday morning he called Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and newly hired assistant Tony Skinn to commit to the Buckeyes. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners odds, picks and prediction
USA Today SportsbookwireThe Los Angeles Angels (44-42) travel to T-Mobile Park Friday to start a three-game series with the host Seattle Mariners (46-42) at 10:10 p.m. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Angels vs. Mariners odds with MLB picks and predictions. Bet just $1 on either team's money line, WIN $100 (in free bets) if either team hits a home run during the game. Angels at Mariners odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Angels -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Mariners +100 (bet $100 to win $100)Angels -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Mariners +100 (bet $100 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Angels -1.5 (+135) | Mariners +1.5 (-160)Angels -1.5 (+135) | Mariners +1.5 (-160) Over/Under: 8.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)PredictionMariners 4, Angels 1Listen, I'm all for fading Seattle when Gonzales is on the mound when the situation warrants it, but this ain't the spot.
Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants odds, picks and prediction
USA Today SportsbookwireThe Washington Nationals (42-44) visit the San Francisco Giants (54-32) Friday to start a three-game set at Oracle Park. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Nationals vs. Giants odds with MLB picks and predictions. 2021 road splits: 0-0 with a 3.65 ERA (12 1/3 IP, 5 ER), 0.97 WHIP and 5.0 K/BB rate across 10 bullpen outings. Nationals at Giants odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. However, I much prefer the San Francisco sides, especially the Giants money line, then the total in this game.
My memories of being there in 1966: A World Cup Willie rosette and Nobby Stiles dancing in delight
Attending the 1966 World Cup Final as an 11-year-old schoolboy was an overwhelming experience in every sense, not least because of the high number of goals scored in a match that ultimately resulted in a 4-2 victory for England. Back in the 1960s, before comfortable all-seater stadiums were the norm, most of the 100,000 or so fans packed into the old Wembley stood on the terraces, which presented an enormous challenge for a small boy like me trying to watch the game. To make sure I could at least get to see some of the action, I brought a small camping stool with a plank of wood to stand on so I could see over the shoulders of the burly fans around me. The only problem with this – so I thought – ingenious arrangement was that every time a goal was scored the crowd surged forward, sending me and my makeshift viewing platform clattering to the ground. As a consequence, I spent a great deal of the early phases of the game trying to retrieve the various components of my contraption to continue watching, only for the whole arrangement to collapse again as the crowd celebrated – or despaired when it involved Germany – every time the ball hit the back of the net.
It’s taken me a lifetime to find football – now I'm thinking of getting the Phil Foden haircut
The crowded booed me (I’m not surprised) and five days later I Iost my seat (you’re not surprised). I know nothing about football. And on Wednesday I was excited to find Schmeichel was still playing – until my son-in-law explained to me that this was Peter’s son, Kasper. Don’t ask me about tactics or the offside rule or whether or not that penalty was forced, unforced or utterly unearned. But I know what I like and I love the look and style of Gareth’s boys.
Tour de France 2021: Record-equalling stage win feels ‘like my first’, says Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish etched his name deeper into Tour de France history on Friday as he won his 34th career stage to match the record of the great Eddy Merckx. The win moves Cavendish level with the Belgian Merckx, a five-time overall winner of the Tour, who took the last of his stage wins in 1975. I’ve won a stage of the Tour de France. France Cycling Tour de France (AP)“I’ve worked so hard for it. France Cycling Tour de France (AP)Such was the strength of his Deceuninck-QuickStep team that Cavendish’s own lead-out man Michael Morkov took second ahead of Jasper Philipsen.
How could you, Ursula? ‘Anglophile’ von der Leyen backs Italy to win Euro 2020 final
Ursula von der Leyen will support Italy against England in the European Championship final at Wembley on Sunday, it was announced on Friday, amid bubbling Brexit tension between Britain and Brussels. The European Commission president, who is German, will be backing Roberto Mancini’s men against Gareth Southgate’s side. Italy is a founding member of the European Union, while England voted overwhelmingly for Brexit in the 2016 referendum. If that wasn’t enough for Mrs von der Leyen to don the famous blue shirt of the Italian gladiators on Sunday night, England knocked Germany out of the tournament. Despite Brexit and her support for Italy, Mrs von der Leyen professes to be an anglophile after spending time as a student in London.
Matteo Berrettini aiming to kick off ‘special Sunday’ for Italy with Wimbledon title
Matteo Berrettini powered his way into the Wimbledon final to set up a spectacular sporting double-header for Italy on Sunday. And Berrettini hopes he can provide the first half of what could prove to be a ‘Domenica speciale’, or special Sunday, for his home nation. I’m really happy that together with football now we are one of the biggest sports in Italy,” he said. “I would say buy a nice TV if you don’t have one already because I think it’s going to be a special Sunday for all of us. Wimbledon 2021 – Day Eleven – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (PA Wire)“Obviously I’m going to think first about mine.
Spain's Alvaro Morata packs on the PDA with model wife Alice Campello during beach day in Sardinia
He missed a crucial penalty in Tuesday's shootout as Spain lost to Italy in their Euro 2020 semi-final. But Alvaro Morata, 28, looked happier than ever as he packed on the PDA with his model wife Alice Campello, 26, during a family beach day in Porto Cervo, Sardinia on Wednesday. Happy times: Alvaro Morata, 28, packed on the PDA with his model wife Alice Campello, 26, during a family beach day in Porto Cervo, Sardinia on WednesdayStanding at the edge of the water, the couple and their twin boys, Leonardo and Alessandro, two, soaked each other with water pistols. Alice showed off her slim frame in a nude one-shouldered swimsuit, while Alvaro stayed covered up nin a T-shirt and swim shorts. All of Spain's newspapers on Wednesday morning maintained that Spain did not deserve to lose the final after dominating possession at Wembley.
Tokyo Olympics ticket sales boss tears up during apology over spectator ban
A Tokyo 2020 Olympics official in charge of ticket sales choked up as he apologised to people who had their tickets cancelled. Mr Takishima, 45, said he has attended every summer and winter games since the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics in Italy. Before Tokyo 2020, he had attended 106 ticketed Olympic competitions, and he had planned to see 28 events over the 17 days of the Games. The Guinness World Record currently stands at 128 but Mr Takishima started negotiating with Guinness to register his record of 134 in May. He is hopeful of breaking the record at next year's Beijing Winter Olympics or at Paris in 2024 but said it will not be the same as doing it in his hometown.
Adorable girl speaks to press ahead of receiving Mason Mount's shirt
Video: Schoolgirl, 10, who was given Mason Mount's shirt breaks down in tears on This Morning as player says her emotional reaction 'made it a really special night' for him in video messageThis clip shows Belle McNally speaking to press before she melted hearts last night when she was given a shirt by Mason Mount following the Three Lions' epic Euros 2020 clash.
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Giggs, 47, takes dip with topless girlfriend Zara Charles, 33, in Spain
AdvertisementRyan Giggs and his younger girlfriend Zara Charles were seen taking a dip in the sea, after touching down in Spain for a romantic getaway. He threw on a pair of shades, while Zara slipped her feet into a pair of gold sandals. His trial will take place in January 2022 at Manchester Crown Court. Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram directed that the trial should be heard at Manchester Crown Court. Following his split from Kate, Ryan found love again with lingerie model Zara who has 'supported' him through the charges.
Bucks come home desperate for win over Suns in NBA Finals
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, shown dunking over Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, says the Bucks will put themselves in position to win Sunday's game three of the NBA FinalsAdvertising Read moreMilwaukee (AFP)Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks haven't been able to beat Phoenix all season. Now they have two days to figure out how or risk being swept in the NBA Finals. "We're going to figure out ways to put ourselves in position to win," Antetokounmpo said. "We took a step toward the right direction but we have to keep getting better to put ourselves in position to win this series," Antetokounmpo said. "I don't know if we're going to win the next game or the game after that.
Wolves sign Ait-Nouri on full-time deal after loan spell
Permanent move: French defender Rayan Aït-Nouri has joined Wolves on a five-year contract after a loan spellAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri on a permanent deal from Angers, the Premier League club announced Friday. The Frenchman has signed a five-year contract after impressing on loan at Molineux last season. "We think Rayan is a great signing for the football club," Wolves technical director Scott Sellars told the club's website. Meanwhile, Wolves defender Ruben Vinagre has joined Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan. It is the 22-year-old Portuguese's third loan spell away from Molineux following stints with Olympiacos and Famalicao last season.
Another heat wave for the West this weekend. More hot and dry conditions in the months ahead.
The western and south-western states are bracing for another scorching heat wave this weekend, lasting into next week. x At least 28 million people are slated to experience highs in the triple digits over the coming week. NWS has some suggestions on how to prepare for the heat wave -x Dangerously hot conditions are likely across the interior beginning Friday and continuing into the weekend as daytime temperatures warm to between 102°-110°F. x It will be hot, hot, HOT this weekend! https://t.co/JI2DUvhln5 pic.twitter.com/MiMmWJK5MJ — NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) June 30, 2021Fall and WinterIt will be another dry fall/winter for the parched Southwest this year.
Five college football teams that will stay Under win total projections
After detailing five teams I expect to go over their 2021 season win total in Thursday’s Bet Smart, here’s the flip side (odds by BetMGM and DraftKings). Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly picked up his 100th victory at the school after the Irish’s 45-31 victory over Boston College. The 2020 team was extremely gritty, going 8-1 against the spread and taking care of Auburn 35-19 in the Citrus Bowl. The 2021 schedule is difficult as always, and is made worse by the Irish playing six teams who have the prior week off. Now, with what is one of the lowest Stability Scores on my scale (2), the Volunteers are asked to win six games to meet their DraftKings win prop.
‘Marrying Millions’ star Bill Hutchinson arrested for sexual assault
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)“Marrying Millions” star Bill Hutchinson was arrested on Tuesday for sexual assault of a teenage girl. Aside from the 17-year-old, Hutchinson also lives with his 23-year-old fiancée Brianna Ramirez, a 13-year-old biological son, a 16-year-old daughter of his ex-wife and another 17-year-old female who witnesses claimed Hutchinson has legal guardianship of. Ramirez, 23, and Hutchinson share a 40-year age gap and are currently engaged. Reps for Hutchinson and “Marrying Millions” did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. He and Ramirez were one of two returning couples on Season 2 of the wildly popular reality series “Marrying Millions” on Lifetime.
Kentucky cops accused of hiding bodycam footage from Breonna Taylor’s death
Kentucky cops may have withheld body camera footage from the police shooting death of black EMT Breonna Taylor, a new lawsuit claims. FacebookBreonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker sobbed after he realized his girlfriend had been shot. LMPDIt would have been hard for officers involved in the incident “to not have had their Axon body cameras activated at one point or another,” says the suit, filed Wednesday. Louisville Metro PoliceShell casings are marked outside Breonna Taylor’s apartment. Louisville Metro PoliceDuring the early-morning raid, three undercover cops burst into Taylor’s Louisville home as part of a drug-dealing investigation targeting her ex-boyfriend.
Bradley Beal is already impressing Team USA Coach Gregg Popovich
Everybody is interchangeable, and everybody has free rein to be aggressive,” Beal said. “We obviously have to understand that there’s only one basketball, but at the same time, everybody is unselfish. … I think obviously we understand everybody is talented. I want to be one of the best defenders on the team, and go out there and do that. So, I want to be the guy who goes out and guards and gets after it.”
Drake rents out Dodger Stadium for date with model Johanna Leia
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)He’s in his feelings again. Drake rented out Dodger Stadium for an intimate date with model Johanna Leia in Los Angeles Thursday. “@DRAKE ON A DATE? In photos shared by Christi, Leia was seen wearing a Dodgers jersey while the rapper rocked his signature sweater look. InstagramInterestingly enough, Drake often attends games with LeBron, 36, to cheer on 16-year-old Bronny, which is perhaps how the hip-hop star first crossed paths with Leia.
Youth baseball coach killed in road rage shooting: MN police chief decries 'tragic, senseless' violence
Police Chief Erik Fadden gave an update Friday on the investigation into the road rage murder of a father and youth baseball coach, who was shot and killed in Plymouth, Minnesota. In an interview on "America’s Newsroom," the Plymouth police chief described the scene as one of the most tragic things he’d seen in his career. Fadden said that while there is no single reason he has seen for the increase in violence and crime, there has been a change in attitudes toward police. MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEFS SEE ‘UNSUSTAINABLE’ CRIME SPIKE: ‘NEVER SEEN GUN VIOLENCE LIKE THIS’"There is a trickle-down effect from the downtown area in Minneapolis. Boughton coached his son's local AAU baseball teamFox News’ Mike Lugnariello contributed to this report.
Calling time: Restrained refs kept Euro 2020 games flowing
Referee Danny Makkelie checks with VAR for penalty during the Euro 2020 soccer semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool Photo via AP)Referee Danny Makkelie checks with VAR for penalty during the Euro 2020 soccer semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON (AP) — Playing at the European Championship has been a very welcome feeling for England defender John Stones. That would be a good thing that’s probably come out of this tournament.”So quick are some of the VAR checks that it might not seem one is even taking place. In Sunday’s final at Wembley Stadium, Dutch referee Björn Kuipers will oversee the match between England and Italy.
Olympic athletes face new performance anxiety: No fans in the stands
No fans in the stands could be a major hurdle for some of the U.S. athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics. By comparison, the U.S. has recorded nearly 34 million confirmed cases and over 609,000 Covid-19 deaths — both world-leading figures. So far, at least three Olympic athletes arriving in Japan have tested positive for Covid-19, as have some staffers in the Olympic Village, according to published reports. In interviews with NBC News, former Olympic competitors and sports psychologists all said it remains to be seen how the Olympic athletes will respond when there’s only silence in the stands. “Competing without a cheering crowd could be a real challenge for some athletes,” former U.S. Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk Sell said.
Tennis players discuss mental health issues raised by Osaka
Osaka's recent withdrawal from Grand Slam play for a mental health break was not the first such episode for a tennis player — and it likely will not be the last. Osaka's recent withdrawal from Grand Slam play for a mental health break was not the first such episode for a tennis player — and it likely will not be the last. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Naomi Osaka was not the first professional tennis player to withdraw during a Grand Slam tournament because of mental health concerns — and she likely won’t be the last. “There have been plenty of players that have had some mental health issues, whether you know it or not. “We’ve been talking about this forever,” said Becky Ahlgren Bedics, vice president of mental health and wellness for the WTA, the women’s tennis tour.
Spectator takes swing of McIlroy's club at Scottish Open
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — A spectator was escorted from the course at the Scottish Open on Friday after taking a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag and taking a few swings with it. The incident took place on the 10th tee, where McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. The man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security guard after handing the club to McIlroy’s caddie, Harry Diamond. “At approximately 8am on Friday morning, a spectator entered the tenth tee area,” a statement from the European Tour read. “He was quickly escorted from the tee by security personnel and the matter is in the hands of Police Scotland.”U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, Nos.
ISU's Williams brings positive energy from the NBA
Williams worked for three seasons as a player development coach under Dwane Casey with the Detroit Pistons. Story continues"I don't look at myself as a NBA coach who says, 'I've seen it, so listen to me.' Positive energyWhen one attends an ISU workout, it doesn't take long to see one of the attributes Williams brings to the table — positive energy. Bryston is one of the best in the world at player development," Schertz said. I wanted to be that guy, when they left Indiana State, they said, 'Coach Williams changed my life.
CF Montreal trades Erik Hurtado after he declined COVID-19 vaccine
CF Montreal will do whatever it takes to play games back in Montreal. To make that process go more smoothly, the club traded Erik Hurtado to the Columbus Crew SC for $200,000 after Hurtado declined the COVID-19 vaccine. Erik Hurtado played seven games with CF MontrealHurtado, 30, signed with CF Montreal as a free agents in the offseason. Prior to joining CF Montreal, Hurtado played for Vancouver and Kansas City. Erik Hurtado played for Kansas City before signing with CF Montreal in the offseason.
Tropical Storm Elsa soaks New York City as it races up the East Coast
Fast-moving Tropical Storm Elsa hit the New York City region with heavy rain and high winds Friday, toppling trees and hindering some rail service as it churned its way toward New England. “The drainage system was just overwhelmed.”The storm came a day after a deluge flooded some streets and subway stations in New York City. Although videos showed flooding in some stations Thursday, “we actually weathered the storm quite well,” interim New York City Transit president Sarah Feinberg said in an email. Heavy rain had ended in New York City by midmorning. AdvertisementA tropical storm warning Friday morning stretched along parts of the East Coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
Fan escorted off the course at Scottish Open after taking Rory McIlroy’s club
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — A spectator was escorted from the course at the Scottish Open on Friday after taking a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag and taking a few swings with it. The incident took place on the 10th tee, where McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. Widely spread footage on social media showed a man walk on to the tee, take the head cover off McIlroy’s driver and then grab an iron from the bag. McIlroy, a four-time major winner, was seen looking on in bemusement.
Game 89: Phillies at Red Sox lineups and pregame notes
After going 3-3 on their West Coast trip, the Red Sox return to Fenway to close out the first half of the season with a three-game series with the Phillies before heading into the All-Star break. The two teams already faced each other in May, with the Red Sox taking two of three in Philadelphia.
Milwaukee Bucks ticket prices for Game 3 of NBA Finals vs. Phoenix Suns on the rise
The city of Milwaukee has waited a long time to see their Bucks return to the NBA Finals. More Bucks vs. Suns NBA Finals coverage:Ticketmaster is offering some tickets for $400 each. If you want a guaranteed view of the court, it has a limited amount of tickets going for around $550. More:Phoenix Suns top Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of NBA Finals: LeBron James, others react to winVivid Seats' least expensive seats are listed for $432 (standing room only). More:Phoenix Suns fan takes off prosthetic leg during 'Show off your shoe' segment in NBA Finals
Local links: Nine North Texans qualify for U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
Nine players from North Texas have qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship beginning Monday at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md. Richardson’s Libby Winans will play Oklahoma teammate and younger sister Meagan on Thursday at Fort Worth’s River Crest Country Club. In the other match, Texas recruit Bohyun Park, a three-time UIL Class 4A individual champion from Carrollton Ranchview, will play Texas A&M sophomore Ellie Szeryk of Allen. 1 seed Kenlie Barrett, 21, of The Woodlands will play Katy’s Elina Sinz, and Dallas’ Hailey Jones, an Oklahoma State junior, will play San Antonio’s Emma McMyler, a sophomore at Xavier University. The deadline to enter for Second Chance Qualifying for the Higginbotham Texas State Open is 5 p.m. July 19.
Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Finals Game 3 odds, picks, predictions: Who wins?
The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns face off in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at 5 p.m. Arizona time on Sunday. More Bucks vs. Suns NBA Finals coverage:BetMGM: Bucks are 4-point favorites in Game 3 vs. SunsIt writes: "Milwaukee holds a losing record against the spread this year, going 36-55 ATS. Crowd Wisdom: Bucks have impressed on the roadIt writes: Milwaukee Bucks are 0-2 down in the series and they now desperately need a win. Therefore, despite Suns winning the first two games, the home advantage favors Milwaukee Bucks for this game. As per them, the win probability of Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 against Phoenix Suns is 51% and the chances of Phoenix Suns winning an away game against Bucks is 49%."
Rangers GM Chris Young must pick wisely at No. 2 in MLB draft. His legacy may depend on it
All you have to do, Chris Young, is choose one Sunday, then pony up nearly $8 million ($7,789,900 in slot value to be exact). After all, it’s not every Rangers GM that gets a chance to make the second overall pick in the MLB draft. With three high school shortstops, two college pitchers and a college catcher comprising their short list, none of whom features clear talent separation from the others, the debates have been lively. The thought is, in general, college players may have lower ceilings, but higher “floors.” They are a little more predictable. 2,” said MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo, who will also serve as a co-host on MLB Network’s coverage.
I-70 near Colorado Boulevard reopens after five-car crash
A five-car crash briefly closed westbound Interstate 70 just west of Colorado Boulevard in Denver on Friday morning. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed westbound lanes around 9:30 a.m. to clean up the crash between the exits for Colorado and Brighton boulevards. An hour later, CDOT said all lanes had been reopened. #I70 westbound: Crash cleared between Exit 276B – CO 2; Colorado Boulevard and Exit 276A – US 6; Steele Street. https://t.co/E1MY6IBbYp — Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) (@ColoradoDOT) July 9, 2021The crash also closed Colorado Boulevard in both directions, Denver Police said at 10 a.m. A police spokeswoman said the crash resulted in only minor injuries.
Nuggets Mailbag: Will Bol Bol ever be a significant part of Denver’s rotation?
Is it time for me to give up my dream of seeing Bol Bol as a regular in the Nuggets’ rotation? — Matt, East ColfaxThere is no bigger mystery on the Nuggets’ roster than Bol Bol, who signed a two-year deal entering last season and barely made it off Michael Malone’s bench. Even as the injuries mounted late in the regular season, Bol played 26 minutes in all of April. — @DavidSt24 via TwitterI think the Nuggets more than trust Monte Morris to be their starting point guard next season. And would that allow more flexibility in bringing in a guard/wing rotation player?
Commentary: Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew declining COVID-19 vaccine is selfish, unfair to teammates
U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew couldn’t be bothered to get the COVID-19 vaccine. About 90 percent of the U.S. national swimming team did, as of a June estimate. At the Olympic swimming trials last month, I asked Lindsay Mintenko, managing director of the U.S. national team, about contact tracing rules and the vaccine in Tokyo. Can you imagine a couple dozen Michael Andrews running around Tokyo, just waiting for COVID to latch onto them so they could take out a good chunk of the U.S. Olympic team? Andrew is fortunate to be surrounded by a cocoon of smart, caring teammates who more than likely will keep him safe.
Oakland A’s exploring possible temporary stint at Las Vegas Ballpark
Jamie Lewis, right, laughs with her friend Nettie Byerly, center, during a Las Vegas Aviators game against the Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttLuke Roa, 6, enjoys the Las Vegas Aviators game against the Sacramento River Cats from the standing room lawn at Las Vegas Ballpark on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLas Vegas Ballpark allowed fans to fill it at full capacity for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic for a minor league baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and the Reno Aces on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. With the A’s lease at RingCentral Coliseum expiring in 2024, the Major League Baseball franchise could utilize its Triple-A affiliate’s home, Las Vegas Ballpark, on a temporary basis. If the A’s do end up at Las Vegas Ballpark, it wouldn’t be the first time a Major League team played in a non-MLB stadium.
Richard Petty’s grandson racing at Elko Speedway on Saturday, and he’s out to win
Thad Moffitt knew he was going to start racing at age 8, after a day at the Daytona 500 with his grandfather, Richard Petty. After the race, Petty and Moffit walked out to pit row, where Moffitt had an epiphany. By the age of 14, Moffitt started racing go-karts competitively — a bit of a late start considering many drivers start racing before they turn 10. My progression was kind of like go-karts, not even a year later late models, not even a year later ARCA,” Moffitt said. Moffitt’s and ARCA’s next stop is at Elko Speedway in Elko New Market, Minn., for the Menards 250 at 9 p.m. Saturday.
In letter, USADA says it can't change marijuana rules alone
The letter, sent Friday, addressed criticisms leveled by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, in their own letter, sent last week, after Richardson's suspension was announced. Friday's letter, co-signed by USADA CEO Travis Tygart, referenced a rule in Ultimate Fighting Championship that does not penalize marijuana use if it is not meant to enhance performance. But while USADA oversees UFC's anti-doping program, that league is not signed onto the international anti-doping code, the way USADA, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and all organizations that oversee Olympic athletes are. “Most governments in the world have been very reluctant to take marijuana off the prohibited list for public health reasons,” the USADA letter read. “It is worth noting that when marijuana was included in the first prohibited list in 2004, one of the strongest advocates for inclusion of marijuana on the prohibited list was the U.S. government.”Subscribe to Sports Now newsletter By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.
Todd Frazier brings passion, power to US Olympic baseball
When the U.S. team gathered for that tournament, Frazier was given an additional task by former big leaguer Ernie Young, the U.S. hitting coach. Major League Baseball does not release anyone on 40-man rosters for the Olympics, and general managers often discourage eligible players in their farm systems. U.S. manager Mike Scioscia, who led the Angels for 19 seasons, says Frazier brings “a relaxed focus” that filters through to the rest of his roster. He won the 2015 All-Star Home Run Derby and reached the playoffs three times but never the World Series. Yeah, that's what I love -- everything about it.”As recently as two years ago, Frazier had 21 homers and 67 RBIs.
Portland Trail Blazers prepared to hire Scott Brooks as lead assistant: Report
The Portland Trail Blazers are prepared to hire former Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks to be the lead assistant alongside new head coach Chauncey Billups, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Prior to going 183-207 with the Wizards, Brooks spent seven seasons coaching Oklahoma City, which won the Western Conference championship during the 2011-12 season. Brooks spent six seasons as an assistant coach with Denver, Sacramento and Oklahoma City before taking over as head coach of the Thunder in 2008. Billups, who played 17 years in the NBA, spent this season as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers. Former Wizards coach Scott Brooks is finalizing a deal with Portland to become Chauncey Billups’ top assistant coach, sources tell ESPN.
Seattle Seahawks’ DK Metcalf challenges Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill to a foot race
Metcalf’s speed has also fed speculation on whether he is as fast - or faster - than Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Tyreek Hill cooked Aaron Jones in a race ?Is there anyone in the NFL that is faster than Hill? Get at me next off season @cheetah — DK Metcalf (@dkm14) July 8, 2021Hill didn’t wait long to respond. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Metcalf posted a time of 4.33 seconds (electronic) in the 40 at the NFL scouting combine in 2019.Who would win the race? Hill would be favored in the 40, but Metcalf might be tough to beat in the 100.
Fighters no longer penalized for marijuana tests in Nevada | GreenState
Boxers and MMA fighters in Nevada who test positive for cannabis will no longer be suspended, thanks to a vote by the state’s athletic regulators. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Nevada Athletic Commission will immediately remove any penalties for a fighter who tests positive for the chemicals found in marijuana. Before the change, a positive test for marijuana could leave a competitor facing a suspension of up to nine months and a fine of their purse. The NFL raised the threshold for a positive test and eliminated suspensions. The number of major athletic organizations that have chosen to cease cannabis testing is growing every year.
Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Detroit Tigers (40-48) and Minnesota Twins (36-50) continue a four-game series Friday at 8:10 p.m. Twins odds with MLB picks and predictions. Bet just $1 on either team's money line, WIN $100 (in free bets) if either team hits a home run during the game. Tigers at Twins odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Tigers +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Twins -250 (bet $250 to win $100)Tigers +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Twins -250 (bet $250 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Tigers +1.5 (+100) | Twins -1.5 (-120)Tigers +1.5 (+100) | Twins -1.5 (-120) Over/Under: 9 (O: -120 | U: +100)PredictionTwins 5, Tigers 3Minnesota took Thursday's series opener, and the Twins are the clear favorite Friday.
Sheldon Neuse embraces improved career in minors, major leagues, cites fatherhood as key motivator in his life
Oklahoma City Dodgers infielder Sheldon Neuse thinks of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark as a familiar field. He’d played there multiple times during his career playing infield for the Sooners from 2014-16. After a trade in February led Neuse to the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit his first big league home run on April 22 against the San Diego Padres. “It's nice to be back in a field that I'm familiar with.”In 53 games in the big leagues, Neuse has tallied three home runs on a .211 batting average and 24 hits. But most importantly, Neuse, 26, insists his biggest development in his adult life is being a dad.
Thunder: Five things to know about NBA Draft prospect James Bouknight
The 20-year-old declared for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season. Here are four other things to know about Bouknight:Brooklyn born and raisedLike Walker, Bouknight grew up in New York City — Walker in the Bronx and Bouknight in Brooklyn. NBA Draft Combine standoutBouknight measured 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds at the NBA Draft Combine, which were seen as solid numbers since he projects to play off the ball. Bouknight hasn’t shown the ability to create for others, which is why he’s better suited to play shooting guard than point guard. Series box to go with story belowThunder NBA Draft Series
OU basketball teams to compete in inaugural Jumpman Invitational
The Oklahoma men's and women's basketball teams are set to compete in the 2022 Jumpman Invitational. The inaugural event is scheduled for Dec. 20-21, 2022, inside the Charlotte Hornets' Spectrum Center. It'll feature the men's and women's teams for the original four schools to sign partnership deals with Jordan Brand in both basketball and football: Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida. Matchups and game times have not been determined, but the event will feature two games each night. More information on the inaugural invitational will be announced once details are finalized in the coming months, according to an OU press release.
Tramel's ScissorTales: After OU & Iowa State, Big 12 football predictions are jumbled
On that, I think we all can agree, when it comes to predicting the Big 12 football race. Anyway, here’s how I would rank the Big 12, going into the conference media days next week:1. OU: Six straight Big 12 titles, with an all-time record of 10-1 in conference championship games. I don’t know about that, but just the fact that someone is willing to talk about it is good news for the Big 12. Kansas State: The Wildcats were 2-0 in the Big 12 last season with Skylar Thompson at quarterback and 5-4 with him in 2019.
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore talks contract: ‘I just want what I’m worth’
Stephon Gilmore is one of the more soft-spoken players in the Patriots’ locker room. Gilmore skipped the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp as part of a contract dispute as he enters the final year of his deal. “I just want what I’m worth, however that plays out,” Gilmore said. Right now I'm just trying to focus on myself & make sure I'm good mentally & physically.” Gilmore's base salary: $7M 2021. “Right now I’m just trying to focus on myself, and make sure I’m good mentally and physically.”
Hashimoto: Tokyo Paralympics could still see some fans
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers are holding out hope that the Paralympic Games might allow some fans. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee on Thursday banned all fans from Olympic venues in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures because of surging COVID-19 cases. A smattering of Olympic venues in outlying areas of Japan will allow some fans. Organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto, speaking at a Friday briefing, said a decision on Paralympic fans would be made after the Olympics close on Aug. 8. The Olympic flame arrived on Friday in Tokyo and was unveiled at the Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium.
Shelbyville Road traffic shift planned for this weekend delayed
UPDATE: The work that was set to take place on Sunday, July 11, has been delayed, according to I-Move Kentucky, due to inclement weather in the forecast. A new traffic pattern will be implemented Sunday from 2 a.m. to noon on Shelbyville Road at the Interstate 265 interchange, according to a release from I-Move Kentucky, with intermittent lane closures throughout the morning. Drivers heading east on Shelbyville Road and looking to get on I-265 North at that time will have to cross a concrete median to get on the freeway. The work is part of an effort to widen I-265 from four lanes to six between Interstate 71 and Taylorsville Road. The project, I-Move Kentucky, aims to improve several interstates in Jefferson and Oldham counties and is expected to be completed in 2023.
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Oakland Athletics (50-39) and Texas Rangers (34-53) open a three-game series Friday at 8:10 p.m. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Athletics vs. Rangers odds with MLB picks and predictions. Athletics at Rangers odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Athletics -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Rangers +115 (bet $100 to win $115)Athletics -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Rangers +115 (bet $100 to win $115) Against the spread/ATS: Athletics -1.5 (+115) | Rangers +1.5 (-140)Athletics -1.5 (+115) | Rangers +1.5 (-140) Over/Under: 9 (O: -115 | U: -105)PredictionRangers 5, Athletics 4No team has a worse OPS the last two weeks than Oakland's .602 mark. BACK THE RANGERS (+115) on a play with strong conviction and a good price.
‘Three Lions’ – a song for perennial losers who keep on believing, says David Baddiel
David Baddiel has hit back at a US magazine as he insisted England anthem "Three Lions" is about "how we mainly lose". The comedian issued a response to an article in New York Magazine, entitled "The National Psychodrama of England's Euro 2020", after it attracted ridicule on social media. But Baddiel said the true theme of the song was about hope in the face of near-inevitable failure. "It's about how we mainly lose but still irrationally believe that this time, hope might triumph over experience," he wrote on Twitter. It also claimed the England coach, Gareth Southgate, had emerged in recent weeks as "the country's most prominent foil to Boris and his merry band of Brexiteers".
The unseen Bobby Moore: the hidden side to England's greatest ever captain
On Sunday, Sir Geoff Hurst is likely to be the only Englishman at Wembley Stadium who knows what it means to win an international football trophy. The boys of ’66 have been sadly diminished in the intervening 55 years of hurt, falling one by one. His presence embraces Wembley constantly, evoked in the statue outside the ground. There Bobby Moore stands tall, foot on the ball, surveying the crowds as they surge up Wembley Way. The great captain of England’s only World Cup winners died from bowel cancer in 1993 aged only 51.
Security stepped up for Euro 2020 final after Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel targeted by laser pen
Security will be stepped up at Wembley for Sunday's European Championship final following the laser-pen incident that saw England charged by Uefa. Kane’s penalty was saved by Schmeichel but the Tottenham striker scored on the rebound to put England 2-1 in front. Television footage later revealed that someone in the crowd shone a green laser pen in Schmeichel’s face in the moments before Kane stepped up to take it. Speaking to Danish media following the defeat, Schmeichel said "I did not experience [the laser pen] on the penalty kick because it was behind me on my right side. It was an unsavoury scene that drew condemnation from England fans on social media.
Sir Geoff Hurst: World Cup winners had to go out and get normal jobs unlike today’s millionaires
"I ended up working in mechanical breakdown insurance for Motorplan, going around garages trying to sign up new clients," Sir Geoff says. "But winning it, we thought, ‘we love this World Cup, it’s fantastic’, we’ll do it again and win one or two more." Sir Geoff took advantage of the national game's renaissance to sell his World Cup memorabilia, including that famous red Number 10 shirt. No mention of the World Cup medal! But would any of the current England players have got into the World Cup winning team?
Bobby McAlpine, chairman of Alfred McAlpine in the boom time of motorway expansion and well-known figure on the Turf – obituary
Bobby served as deputy chairman and later chairman after his father’s retirement in 1985. However, as the civil engineering contracts began to dry up in the 1980s it became a struggle to maintain the family’s presence in the business, which effectively ended with Bobby’s own retirement in 1992, after which he devoted himself to other businesses (including co-founding the wine merchant Haynes Hanson & Clark) and sporting pursuits. A long-standing member of the Jockey Club and director of Aintree and Bangor racecourses, he was chairman of Chester from 1988 to 2007, and stewarded at Wolverhampton, Bangor, Chester, Haydock, Aintree and Newmarket. His interest in racing had been fired as a boy when his uncle told him about winning the Grand National in 1921 with his horse Shaun Spadah. He was still in his twenties when, in a moment of recklessness after playing cricket with Ian Lomax, he agreed to buy a four-year-old gelding from Ireland called Marnrack, to be trained by Lomax’s wife Rosemary.
Euro 2020 matchday 29: Leader of the Three Lions speaks of his pride
Gareth Southgate insists he could not be prouder to be an Englishman as he prepares to become just the second manager to lead the nation into a major tournament final. Sunday will be the first time the Three Lions have played in a major final since winning the World Cup in 1966 – a gap of 55 years. “Because we’re a special country, we are historically an incredible country and I know I couldn’t be prouder to be an Englishman. The Three Lions are set to play in the European Championship final for the first time. “We’ve learned a lot of things and gained a lot of experience and that’s got us to where we are on Sunday.
Eddy Merckx versus Mark Cavendish: How the two Tour de France greats stack up
Mark Cavendish won stage 13 of this year’s Tour de France to equal Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins. He has taken full advantage of that chance, winning stages four, six, 10 and 13 to move level with Merckx in the all-time standings. Merckx also won six stages on two other occasions while Cavendish won five each in 2010 and 2011 and four in 2008 and 2016, as well as this year so far. The next rider on the list of stage wins is Bernard Hinault, with 28 between 1978 and 1986 including seven in 1979. JerseysEddy Merckx, centre, celebrates winning the yellow jersey in 1974 (PA Archive)The contents of Merckx’s wardrobe, though, are what truly set him apart from Cavendish.
No bank holidays here: Calm Italy takes Euros final in its stride, but confidently predicts victory
Bank holidays, days off, late openings; you’ll find none of that in Italy ahead of Sunday’s Euros final with England, where life remains relatively normal – at least, for now. There’s no talk of a bank holiday if Italy wins, either - then again the Azzuri have appeared in three previous finals. Meanwhile, health minister Roberto Speranza has pleaded with Italians to wear masks and social-distance if they’re planning to watch the match on big screens outside. In fact, while smaller towns are setting up big screens for fans to watch, two of those under the most pressure to stave off infections amid rising tourist numbers, have banned them. Fans must be online by Sunday morning for a chance of snaring one of the 3,500 tickets up for grabs between the two sites.
Tour de France 2021: Mark Cavendish wins stage 13 to equal Eddy Merckx’s record
Mark Cavendish matched Eddy Merckx’s Tour de France stage wins record as he collected the 34th of his career in Carcassonne on Friday. Cavendish moved level with Merckx as he took victory ahead of his own lead-out man Michael Morkov, with Jasper Philipsen third at the end of the 220km stage 13 from Nimes, giving Cavendish his fourth win of this year’s Tour. The 36-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable return to form and capitalised on an unexpected selection for the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad, winning his first stages in the race since 2016. Cavendish equalled the record of Belgian Merckx, a five-time overall winner of the Tour, who took the last of his stage wins in 1975. Philipsen tried to come around the outside inside the final 100 metres, but Cavendish once again proved the strongest to extend his advantage in the points leader’s green jersey.
England vs Italy: John Stones paying no attention to Raheem Sterling criticism ahead of Euro 2021 final
John Stones is paying no attention to the criticism of Raheem Sterling for winning England’s decisive penalty in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, and believes that it was the correct decision to award the spot-kick. Sterling insisted after the final whistle that he had been fouled, even though television replays only showed minimal contact. When asked whether he was bothered by the criticism of his Manchester City and international team-mate, Stones said: "Definitely not. “I am biased but I saw it back and I think the referee made the correct decision, or VAR made the correct decision. Like Stones, Sterling has had to put up with limited playing opportunities at City, having fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola towards the end of the season.
Euro 2020: John Stones tips Raheem Sterling to be crowned player of the tournament
John Stones has backed England and Manchester City team-mate Raheem Sterling to be named player of the tournament at Euro 2020. The 26-year-old grew up a stone’s throw from Wembley Stadium and scored the winner in two Group D fixtures under the arch. Sterling has scored three goals for England at Euro 2020. Now, ahead of the final against Italy on Sunday, Stones believes Sterling has been good enough to earn the accolade as Euro 2020’s best player. I believe and I’d love to see him get player of the tournament.
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate is the one – England boss more popular than politicians in survey
England boss Gareth Southgate is considerably more popular than both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, according to a survey by YouGovFigures published by YouGov on Friday showed 66 per cent of adults surveyed having a favourable view of Southgate, with only five per cent an unfavourable view. The numbers for Johnson were 39 per cent favourable and 54 per cent unfavourable, while it was 26 and 55 per cent respectively for Starmer. It comes after former England defender Gary Neville hailed Southgate’s leadership following the team’s 2-1 extra-time victory over Denmark on Wednesday that sent them into Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. The region in which his popularity level was lowest was Scotland – although that was still 45 per cent saying favourable, while 10 per cent said unfavourable. Southgate’s side take on Italy at Wembley in what is England’s first major tournament final since winning the 1966 World Cup.
Conor McGregor’s forced return to old ways adds pressure ahead of Dustin Poirier trilogy bout
In fact, McGregor’s rematch against Diaz was the perfect example of the Irishman setting out to learn from a loss and improve as a mixed martial artist. Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor in January (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)The question has never been more appropriate than now, though. Ahead of his rematch with Poirier in January, ‘Notorious’ played Mr Nice Guy. Coming into the trilogy bout in Las Vegas this weekend, McGregor has been back at his old tricks: taunting his opponent menacingly and making morbid predictions for fight night. But if McGregor has not properly dissected his defeat by Poirier, he is likely to be dissected by the ‘Diamond’ once more.
Euro 2020: Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings doing what they can to help England cause
Conor Coady insists he is just doing his national duty by helping England chase Euro 2020 glory from the bench. Three Lions assistant manager Steve Holland labelled the Wolves captain his player of Euro 2020 despite the fact Coady is yet to feature in the tournament. But the Aston Villa defender echoed Coady and insisted it was about the greater good. “It was a dream come true to play for England in the opening game of a major tournament. That is where our success has come from, everything you don’t see.
Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini’s path to his first Wimbledon final
Matteo Berrettini has reached the Wimbledon final for the first time. First round – beat Guido Pella 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-0Britain Wimbledon Tennis (AP)Arriving at Wimbledon as Queen’s Club champion, seventh seed Berrettini laid down an early marker by hitting 47 winners, including 20 aces, and winning 45 out of 54 first-service points against Argentinian Pella on Court Three. Only seven aces were thundered down and Berrettini double-faulted three times, but he won 84 per cent of his first service points. Quarter-final – beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3Wimbledon 2021 – Day Nine – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (PA Wire)The first real test was a tight, back-and-forth clash against Canadian 16th seed Auger-Aliassime. Berrettini showed more consistency and firepower to claw his way into the last four after three hours and three minutes.
Matteo Berrettini beats Hubert Hurkacz in four sets to reach the Wimbledon final
Matteo Berrettini served up a Sunday sporting double for Italy by reaching the Wimbledon final after overpowering Hubert Hurkacz in four sets. The 25-year-old from Rome became the first Italian man to reach the SW19 showpiece after a 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 victory. But the Polish 14th seed was simply blown away over the first two sets as he faced the non-stop barrage that is the Berrettini serve. But Berrettini, the Queen's Club champion last month, immediately broke again and wrapped up victory when Hurkacz's final return of his mammoth serve floated long. It will be a first grand slam final for Berrettini, who said: 'I have no words, really.
Staging the Euros in 11 host cities has been unfair to fans and teams, says Aleksander Ceferin
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has ruled out holding the European Championships in cities across the continent again. The tournament has been beset with public health and logistical challenges as teams and fans have been forced to navigate their way around eleven host cities. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the logistical challenges posed by holding the Euros in 11 host cities have been too great and the format will not be used again'It is not fair to the fans. It's in a way not correct that some teams have to travel more than 10,000 kilometres and the others 1,000 for example. 'So it's a difficult one, it's an interesting idea but hard to implement and I don't think we will do it again.'
Euro 2020: Phil Foden fears England team-mates will BREAK promise to dye hair blond if they win
Phil Foden has revealed his worry that his England team-mates will not fulfil their commitment to dyeing their hair blond like him if they win Euro 2020. England face Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley on Sunday evening, with Foden's England team-mates apparently set to follow Foden's example and get a similar haircut. But the Manchester City star now fears his fellow Three Lions compatriots will not keep their word and match him, should they go on to win the competition. Foden, 21, dyed his hair bleached blond before the tournament like talismanic midfielder Paul Gascoigne did for England back at Euro 1996. Gareth Southgate's side face the Azzurri in the continental showpiece knowing Roberto Mancini's outfit are likely to prove their toughest test so far at Euro 2020.
Mark Cavendish equals Eddy Merckx's record of 34 Tour de France stage wins with 13th stage victory
Mark Cavendish matched the Tour de France stage wins record as he collected the 34th of his career in Carcassonne. Mark Cavendish matched Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage wins record with a stage win in CarcassonneHe took victory ahead of his own lead-out man Michael Morkov, with Jasper Philipsen thirdCavendish moves level with the Belgian Merckx, a five-time overall winner of the Tour, who took the last of his stage wins in 1975. Merckx, a five-time overall winner of the Tour, took the last of his stage wins in 1975Asked about the record again, he added: 'I haven't realised it. I've won a stage of the Tour de France. We've seen such a growth, especially in the UK, of cycling since I've started racing here at the Tour de France.
Alabama officer still getting paid after murder conviction
Huntsville police officer William Darby, 28 (left), in May was found guilty of murder for the 2018 shooting death of Jeffrey Parker (right). Following Darby's conviction, McMurray and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle released statements disputing the jury's verdict. 'While we thank the jury for their service in this difficult case, I do not believe Officer Darby is a murderer,' McMurray said. Darby testified that he shot Parker in defense of himself and other officers because he feared Parker might shoot them. Just days after Darby's conviction, a Huntsville city official announced that he will continued to be paid by the police department.
Matteo Berrettini beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach Wimbledon final
rang through Centre Court, supporting Matteo Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy's first Grand Slam finalist in 45 years. 14 Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-4 at Wimbledon on Friday. Just, ‘Thanks.’ And I need, I think, a couple of hours to understand what happened,” Berrettini told the capacity crowd. That worked well and eased the path to six breaks for Berrettini, who saved both such chances for Hurkacz. Berrettini, and his supporters, needed to wait only five minutes for a second opportunity to close it, which he did.
Lionel Messi Tries to Slay His Ghosts
As soon as he was back in the changing room, away from the glare of the cameras and the eyes of the world, Lionel Messi got rid of it. Messi did not care. He had been given the trophy only a few minutes after Argentina had lost the World Cup final, after the one prize he craved more than any other in soccer had eluded him at the last. He would, he would later say, regret the defeat for the rest of his life. Seven years later, Messi returns to Maracana this weekend.
Saints’ Tom Brady interest adds another level to ‘motherf–ker’ mystery
I was thinking, ‘You’re sticking with that motherf–ker?’” Brady recalled, laughing. Loomis’ comments came just a few weeks after it was reported that Brady came close to signing with the Saints, before he ultimately inked a two-year, $50 million deal with the division-rival Buccaneers. Getty ImagesBrady to New Orleans could’ve been a possibility while Brees, the Saints’ incumbent QB and 13-time Pro Bowler, considered retirement. Brady went on to win a Super Bowl in his first year with Tampa, despite the Saints beating the Bucs twice during the regular season. New Orleans became NFC South champions, but Brady came out on top in the NFC Divisional Round with a 30-20 win over Brees’ team.
Rangers sign Brett Howden ahead of expansion draft deadline
The Rangers officially kicked off their offseason Friday morning by signing restricted free agent Brett Howden, a strategic move that broadens their options for the upcoming Seattle Kraken expansion draft. With roughly a week until the deadline for each NHL team to submit their final protection list for the expansion draft – which is set for July 21 – the Rangers signed Howden to a one-way contract worth $885,000, The Post has learned. Prior to signing Howden Friday, the only logical choices the Rangers had were Kevin Rooney and Colin Blackwell. Brett Howden skates with the Rangers. Since he was acquired by the Rangers in February 2018 as part of the deal that sent former captain Ryan McDonagh to the Lightning, Howden has accumulated 16 goals and 33 assists.
Zaila Avant-garde erupts in joy after Scripps National Spelling Bee win
Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from Louisiana, became the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday when she correctly spelled Murraya, a genus of plants. Zaila Avant-garde, the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, correctly spelled Murraya as her final word. “I was pretty relaxed on the subject of Murraya and pretty much any other word I got,” Zaila said. In addition to being a champion speller, Zaila Avant-garde holds basketball-related Guinness World Records. “Usually to be as good as Zaila, you have to be well-connected in the spelling community.
First-time American Olympians to watch in Tokyo
SportsFirst-time American Olympians to watch in TokyoAthletes from around the country will represent Team USA and compete for their first Olympic medal this summer in Tokyo, including stars of brand-new Olympic sports like skateboarding and surfing.
MLB All-Star Game 2021: What to know
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game will be played on July 13 at Coors Field in Denver and will feature the top talent baseball has to offer. The MLB All-Star game was first played in 1933 at Comiskey Park, in Chicago, and has been the annual Mid-Summer Classic ever since. The All-Star Game will air on Fox. Here’s what you need to know:**Coors in the All-Star GameThe All-Star Game was played at Denver's Coors Field once before, in 1998, when the American League defeated the National League, 13-8. **Recent results2020: Not held due to coronavirus pandemic2019: American League, 4-32018: American League, 8-6 (10 innings)2017: American League, 2-1 (10 innings)2016: American League 4-2**How to watchMLB All-Star Weekend essentially begins Sunday afternoon at Coors Field with the MLB All-Star Futures Game featuring some of the top young players in baseball.
Clay Travis: NBA’s need to skew ratings proves woke damage remains
The NBA likes to tout its television ratings to the mainstream media, seemingly to push the narrative that people are watching in droves. The mainstream media all too often gladly accepts it as gospel, then pushes the same narrative to the public. Why are NBA ratings down so massively at a time when most other sports leagues have recovered in a pretty substantial way? The league went broke because they went woke. JEFF VAN GUNDY'S 'HOODLUM' REMARK ABOUT SUNS' DEVIN BOOKER DRAWS SCRUTINY ON SOCIAL MEDIAHow exactly did the NBA go woke?
Video: Rory McIlroy's Club Taken by Fan in Tee Box at 2021 Scottish Open
Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty ImagesA fan pulled off a high-risk heist of a club from Rory McIlroy's bag at the 2021 Scottish Open and managed to take a few practice swings Friday before being escorted away by security. The four-time major champion said after the round he was "surprised" by the incident but credited security, saying the situation was "handled efficiently," per Martin Dempster of The Scotsman. "At that point, the security people assigned to following the group moved in and took him away." "Security was good, but these things can happen," Rahm told reporters. Rory and I both thought it was a prank or someone who was supposed to be there."
Video: 2021 Scripps Spelling Bee Winner Zalia Avant-garde Shows off Basketball Skills
AP Photo/John RaouxZaila Avant-garde, the 14-year-old winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, is also a standout basketball player in her native Louisiana with three Guinness world records to her name. Avant-garde, who became the first African American winner of the Bee on Thursday night, owns the world records in relation to dribbling basketballs. "I kind of thought I would never be into spelling again, but I’m also happy that I’m going to make a clean break from it," Avant-garde said. "I can go out, like my Guinness world records, just leave it right there, and walk off." Thursday marked the return of the Scripps National Spelling Bee for its 93rd edition after last year's event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Berrettini seals Wimbledon final berth with Hurkacz win
Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2021 Itay's Matteo Berrettini celebrates winning his semi final match against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini stayed solid in the face of a spirited fightback from Poland's Hubert Hurkacz to become the first Italian to reach the Wimbledon final on Friday with a 6-3 6-0 6-7(3) 6-4 victory. Waiting for Berrettini on the opposite side of the net will be either world number one Novak Djokovic, a five-time Wimbledon winner, or Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov. "I have no words," Berrettini said in his on-court interview. Friday's victory also made Berrettini the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta won the Roland Garros title in 1976. Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Pritha SarkarOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Rangers, F Brett Howden agree to one-year deal
Dec 28, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring against Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports2021-07-09 15:24:49 GMT+00:00 - The New York Rangers and restricted free agent forward Brett Howden agreed to a one-year deal on Friday. The team did not release financial details, but the New York Post reported it is worth $885,000. Howden, 23, appeared in 42 games in 2020-21 and had seven points (one goal, six assists) and 11 penalty minutes. In 178 games with the Rangers (2018-21), he has posted 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists).
Barty primed to end Aussie wait for Wimbledon title against Pliskova
Barty, bidding for a second Grand Slam title having won the French Open in 2019, will start as favourite having won five of the seven matches she has played against Pliskova. Barty, winner of the girls singles in 2011, has made no secret of targeting Wimbledon this year and coach Craig Tyzzer said it is a challenge she has embraced. So lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish 50 years after Goolagong's trailblazing first Wimbledon title would be extra special. Since reaching her maiden Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open in 2016, Pliskova reached only two more semi-finals at the majors before this year's Wimbledon run. "I spoke with her a little bit about it yesterday, I was like, I don't understand how she hasn't done better here before," Bajin, who coached Naomi Osaka to her first two Grand Slam titles, told reporters.
Spelling Bee Champ Is A Speed-Reading Math Whiz Who Holds 3 World Records
This year’s spelling bee champ is F-A-S-C-I-N-A-T-I-N-G.Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from Harvey, Louisiana, made history Thursday when she became the first African American winner and the second Black champion in the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s 96-year history. But that may not even be the most interesting thing about the teen. JIM WATSON via Getty Images Zaila Avant-garde competes in the first round of the the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals in Orlando, Florida, on July 8. “I’m hoping that in a few years I’ll see a whole lot more African American females, and males too, are doing well in the Scripps Spelling Bee,” Zaila told “Good Morning America” on Friday. “You don’t really see too many African Americans doing too well at spelling bees, and that’s a bit sad, because it’s like a really good thing.
Holding Tokyo Olympics in pandemic shreds consensus in Japan
The state of emergency will run throughout the Olympic Games and remain in place until August 22. The state of emergency will run throughout the Olympic Games and remain in place until August 22. But the decision to proceed with the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics has shredded it. The official cost of the Tokyo Olympics is $15.4 billion, but government audits suggest it’s twice that. When fans were still in the planning to attend venues, organizers initially said they were looking into selling alcohol.
Italy’s Berrettini reaches 1st Grand Slam final at Wimbledon
Italy's Matteo Berrettini celebrates after defeating Poland's Hubert Hurkacz during the men's singles semifinals match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 9, 2021. rang through Centre Court, supporting Matteo Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy’s first Grand Slam finalist in 45 years. Just, ‘Thanks.’ And I need, I think, a couple of hours to understand what happened,” Berrettini told the capacity crowd. In the first set, for example, the 6-foot-5, barrel-chested Berrettini compiled 21 winners — 11 off his forehand — and just eight unforced errors. Berrettini, and his supporters, needed to wait only five minutes for a second opportunity to close it, which he did.
Wimbledon 2021: Matteo Berrettini reaches first Grand Slam final despite late push by Hubert Hurkacz
Matteo Berrettini of Italy had little trouble against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland to advance to the Wimbledon final. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Matteo Berrettini stormed into his first Grand Slam final behind a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 over Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals at the All England Club on Friday. He is the first Italian man to reach the Wimbledon final and is coming off a semifinal appearance at the French Open. Hurkacz came back in the final set to give the Italian a tough time and forced a fourth set. Berrettini used his serve to get out of it and move into his first Grand Slam final of his career.
Coach's dad wants Bucks to press, Giannis likes the idea
Coach's dad wants Bucks to press, Giannis likes the idea Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer argues with officials during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Phoenix. The Bucks coach said his father wants to see the NBA team use a high school strategy. ''He wants us to press every minute of every game,'' Budenholzer said. He's going to be a basketball coach again, working for Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis. Like Daly, Brown coached the Pistons, leading them to the 2004 NBA title.
Mike Budenholzer had to change his ways to get Bucks on path to NBA Finals
For a brief moment, Budenholzer, 51, was emotional considering the magnitude of coaching in the NBA Finals in his home state with his children, wife, parents and siblings in attendance. Mike Budenholzer and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the Bucks in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974. Budenholzer said before Game 1 of the NBA Finals referencing the longtime play-by-play voice of the Suns. "Every team has a different journey and every team has to go through different things," Budenholzer said. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mike Budenholzer makes adjustments to get Bucks to NBA Finals vs. Suns
Sha’Carri Richardson’s Olympic Absence About More than Marijuana
The reason Sha’Carri Richardson won’t run the 100 meters in Tokyo is only partially about marijuana. Team Trials, doesn’t actually prevent her from participating in the Olympics. It’s an important distinction, given that Richardson’s suspension ends a few days before the track portion of the Olympics is set to begin. Not only was Richardson the fastest American woman this year, she’s also the country’s most recognizable young track star. The USATF rules, however, aren’t without high-profile moments.
Bucks fail to adjust in Game 2, putting Mike Budenholzer's job in jeopardy
PHOENIX — There were some adjustments made by coach Mike Budenholzer and the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. The Phoenix Suns absorbed an aggressive first-quarter blitz before taking control and going up 2-0 after a 118-108 victory. Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges shoots over Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on July 8, 2021. Game 3 will be one of the most important games of Budenholzer’s career and his decision-making throughout will be dissected thoroughly. Now, I don't know if we're going to win the next game or the game after that.
Jalen Lewis, 16, youngest player to sign pro basketball contract by joining Overtime Elite
Jalen Lewis, a five-star recruit and junior in high school, is signing a contract with the Overtime Elite professional league making him the youngest prospect in the U.S. to ever turn pro, The Athletic's Shams Charania first reported on Friday. What is Overtime Elite? Overtime Elite, a league backed by sports media company Overtime, promises high school athletes at least $100,000 annually to play in the league and wants to bring in about 30 of the country's best talents. Overtime Elite plans to start in September with Kevin Ollie, the former UConn men's coach, serving as the head coach and head of player development. It gives the Overtime Elite league three top prospects from the 2023 high school class as well as top international prospects in Jean Montero, Alexandre Sarr and Nathan Missia-Dio.
Devin Booker, the alpha of the NBA's next generation
We have long wondered who will assume the mantel as the NBA's alpha once LeBron James passes the torch carried by Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan before him. Story continues(Wade was the only one of those five to win Finals MVP before turning 25. Bryant famously gave Booker, then a rookie, his shoes after a game in 2016, inscribing them with the message: "Be Legendary." Asked what the late Bryant might tell him now, Booker told ESPN's Malika Andrews, "Finish the job." Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns are two wins away from their first NBA championship.
Dave Dombrowski doesn’t agree that he strip-mined the Red Sox to win a title, and other thoughts
In this spirit we should recognize contributions Dave Dombrowski made to the Sox’ first-half success of 2021. ? Theo Epstein got all the credit for the 2004 curse-busting Red Sox even though Dan Duquette assembled half the championship roster. ? The official Twitter account of your Boston Red Sox asks in its bio: “Remember your tweets from the first week of the season? Im trying to imagine Pablo Sandoval demanding a raise in the summer of 2017 before he was released by the Red Sox. ? Classy of the Red Sox to honor longtime travelling secretary Jack McCormick.
Motorcyclist dies in Oakland hit-and-run
OAKLAND — A 33-year-old motorcyclist died Thursday night from injuries suffered after he collided in East Oakland with an SUV that kept going before he collided with another SUV causing him to be ejected onto the roadway, police said. The name of the man, an Oakland resident, has not been released yet. The collisions happened at the intersection of 79th Avenue and International Boulevard about 10:11 p.m. Thursday. The driver of the Nissan, an Oakland resident, remained on the scene and rendered assistance to the motorcyclist before police and paramedics arrived. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the Pontiac driver.
Curry at Tahoe tourney: No regrets on skipping Olympics, plus NBA Draft thoughts, next Canelo ‘fight’
Draymond Green and Steph Curry are both in Nevada this week, but they’re having vastly different experiences. Before he squares off against his brother and father, Curry stepped into an imaginary boxing ring with boxer Canelo Álvarez during Wednesday’s practice session at Edgewood. I kind of got down and went right into his sweet spot,” Curry said. 14 picks in this month’s NBA Draft, and the two-time MVP is already putting his pitch on paper for free agents. Whoever comes out on top, Curry is already looking forward to his chance to play the underdog against them.
Love Texas high school football? The Dallas Morning News is hiring freelancers for the 2021 season
The Dallas Morning News is looking for paid freelancers to assist in its unrivaled live coverage of high school football. FREELANCE REPORTER FOR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLThe Dallas Morning News sports department seeks freelancers to produce statistics and stories for high school football games for the upcoming season. Candidates should have the following:— A passion for and understanding of high school football rules and statistics. This part-time freelance opportunity is open to college students and others with experience covering high school football. To apply, send your resume and other pertinent information to High School Sports Coordinator Greg Riddle at griddle@dallasnews.com AND Asst.
Multiple drownings at Joe Pool Lake ‘very, very unusual,’ according to Grand Prairie official
Grand Prairie public safety officials are urging swimmers to wear life jackets after four people have drowned this season at Joe Pool Lake. Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murphy said the number of drownings have made for a “very, very unusual” summer. “It’s tragic, and it doesn’t have to happen.”In the most recent incident, 26-year-old Alejandro Rea of Dallas, drowned in the lake July 4. “I know life jackets are cumbersome. “But I have yet to pull someone out of the lake who was wearing a life jacket.”
NFL Journal: Why are Broncos’ picks in rounds 2-3 still unsigned? It’s semi-complicated
During a span of six days in mid-May, the Broncos signed six of their 10 draft picks, a product of the mostly-formulaic negotiations for rookie contracts. Round 3: The first 12 picks are signed, but only two among Nos. I reached out to my trusty NFL executive to make heads from tails about rounds 2-3. In weeks 2 and 3 the Broncos face rookie quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence (at Jacksonville) and Zach Wilson (vs. the New York Jets). Fangio is 18-9 as a coach/defensive coordinator against rookie quarterbacks and those players have 32 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a 73.7 rating.
Jed Hoyer says Cubs’ plans at trade deadline have changed
But less than two weeks later, the Cubs had strung together 11 consecutive losses and sunk to fourth place in the National League Central. As the losing streak went on and the trade deadline got closer, the types of phone calls team president Jed Hoyer was getting changed. Eleven days ago is not where we were mentally, and, obviously, 11 games certainly changes a lot of things.”Headed into the season, most of the signs pointed toward the Cubs being sellers at the trade deadline. Hoyer likes a model along the lines of what the Yankees did in 2016, when they shipped out players such as Aroldis Chapman at the trade deadline, then turned around and fielded a playoff team the next season. This kind of approach would leave the door open to some players the Cubs trade at this year’s deadline making a return in 2022.
Wimbledon win makes Matteo Berrettini first Italian Grand Slam finalist in 45 years
rang through Centre Court, supporting Matteo Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy’s first Grand Slam finalist in 45 years. Just, ‘Thanks.’ And I need, I think, a couple of hours to understand what happened,” Berrettini told the capacity crowd. In the first set, for example, the 6-foot-5, barrel-chested Berrettini compiled 21 winners — 11 off his forehand — and just eight unforced errors. “I was feeling that I was deserving to win that set, and I lost it, and I said to myself, ‘It doesn’t matter. Berrettini, and his supporters, needed to wait only five minutes for a second opportunity to close it, which he did.
After a different year of scouting, Twins set for draft
A look back at the Twins’ recent first-round draft picks shows a clear trend since scouting director Sean Johnson, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine took the reins — and it’s certainly not coincidental. The Twins have not selected a pitcher in the first round since Tyler Jay in 2015. That group’s first draft was in 2017, when they opted for shortstop Royce Lewis with the first overall pick. In speaking on Zoom about the upcoming draft for nearly 25 minutes on Tuesday, some of Johnson’s drafting philosophies became clear. Now, that’s not to say that when the Twins are on the clock Sunday night with the No.
A look at who Wild could lose in NHL expansion draft, and what would hurt most
There might not be a team in the NHL more impacted by the expansion draft than the Wild. Will current general manager Bill Guerin make a side deal to dictate which player the Wild lose in the expansion draft? Remember, former general manager Chuck Fletcher traded top prospect Alex Tuch to the Golden Knights under the guise that they selected Erik Haula in the expansion draft. In the meantime, here’s a list of players the Wild could lose in the expansion draft, ranked in order of which would hurt the most. Maybe the Wild would feel comfortable rolling the dice and leaving him exposed if it meant keeping someone else safe in the expansion draft.
Tennis players discuss mental health issues raised by Osaka
WIMBLEDON, England - (AP) -- Naomi Osaka was not the first professional tennis player to withdraw during a Grand Slam tournament because of mental health concerns -- and she likely won't be the last. “There have been plenty of players that have had some mental health issues, whether you know it or not. There aren't days off for “load management.” Players can't even get in-match coaching at most tournaments. “We've been talking about this forever,” said Becky Ahlgren Bedics, vice president of mental health and wellness for the WTA, the women's tennis tour. Sometimes you don't have fresh air, because you can't open your windows.
Holding Tokyo Olympics in pandemic shreds consensus in Japan
TOKYO - (AP) -- Japan is famous for running on consensus. But the decision to proceed with the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics has shredded it. Even though the government is now supercharging its vaccine drive after a slow start, the vast majority of the population still won't be immunized when the Games start in two weeks. The official cost of the Tokyo Olympics is $15.4 billion, but government audits suggest it's twice that. IOC President Thomas Bach called Tokyo the “best prepared Olympics ever” -- and he still says it repeatedly.
Italy's Berrettini reaches 1st Grand Slam final at Wimbledon
rang through Centre Court, supporting Matteo Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy's first Grand Slam finalist in 45 years. 7-seeded Berrettini used an 11-game run to grab a big lead and then held on to beat No. In the first set, for example, the 6-foot-5, barrel-chested Berrettini compiled 21 winners -- 11 off his forehand -- and just eight unforced errors. That worked well and eased the path to six breaks for Berrettini, who saved both such chances for Hurkacz. Berrettini, and his supporters, needed to wait only five minutes for a second opportunity to close it, which he did.
Oregon State men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle invited to throw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game in August
On Aug. 25, the Oregon State men’s basketball coach will throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field prior to the Chicago Cubs game against Colorado. Tinkle grew up in Chicago, and it was highly publicized in the days leading up to the Beavers’ Sweet 16 game against Loyola of Chicago. Tinkle often attended Cubs games with his father and family. “You grow up as a fan and go to games and you’re wondering what it would be like to step onto that field,” Tinkle said. Throwing out a first pitch at a Cubs game is a new level – of nervousness.
UConn women’s rowers, coaches thrilled about university’s decision to reinstate the program through 2023
“The rowing experience has been such an essential part of the plaintiffs’ educational experience at UConn,” Felice Duffy, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, said in a statement. “They are excited to be able to focus on preparing for the fall rowing season with their coaches and teammates. They look forward to working with UConn to ensure all female athletes are treated equally under Title IX, including having the rowing program reinstated for the long term.”
Nurses union, UC Medical Center finalize contract with 8.8% average wage hike
After two days of voting, the Registered Nurses Association, the union representing University of Cincinnati Medical Center nurses, ratified a three-year contract with the hospital. This is a victory for the union who has been pushing for improved conditions at the medical center since late April. The ratified contract includes an average wage increase of 8.8% in the first year of the contract and some receiving raises of up to 25% over the course of three years. The union had been in contract negotiations with the hospital since late April. Dominic Mendiola, labor representative for the Ohio Nurses Association, said there have been nurses on the medical surgery floors who've been assigned up to six patients.
MLS: Predicting the first FC Cincinnati-Columbus Crew 'Hell is Real' derby of 2021
More:FC Cincinnati prepares for Columbus Crew: 'It's gonna be a big game for everybody'The match is one of the most unpredictable during FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam's tenure at the club. The stage is set for FC Cincinnati to make it their memory to cherish. Odds: FC Cincinnati is favored to win, according to BETMGM.com. Enquirer prediction: FC Cincinnati 2, Columbus Crew 1. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Hurtado will be available for selection against FC Cincinnati.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini reaches first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon
rang through Centre Court, supporting Matteo Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy’s first Grand Slam finalist in 45 years. 7-seeded Berrettini used an 11-game run to grab a big lead and then held on to beat No. Just, ‘Thanks.’ And I need, I think, a couple of hours to understand what happened,” Berrettini told the capacity crowd. In the first set, for example, the 6-foot-5, barrel-chested Berrettini compiled 21 winners — 11 off his forehand — and just eight unforced errors. Berrettini, and his supporters, needed to wait only five minutes for a second opportunity to close it, which he did.
Holding Tokyo Olympics in pandemic shreds consensus in Japan
But the decision to proceed with the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics has shredded it. “The IOC also seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important.”Support for going ahead seems to be split, and there’s persistent opposition. Even though the government is now supercharging its vaccine drive after a slow start, the vast majority of the population still won’t be immunized when the Games start in two weeks. The official cost of the Tokyo Olympics is $15.4 billion, but government audits suggest it’s twice that. IOC President Thomas Bach called Tokyo the “best prepared Olympics ever” — and he still says it repeatedly.
Woman arrested in freeway crash that killed mother, 5 kids
PHOENIX (AP) — A 35-year-old woman injured in a fiery three-vehicle freeway crash that killed her friend and that woman's five children has been arrested, authorities said. The crash split the car in half and it burst into flames, killing Moffitt and her five children, the DPS said. Holton and her four children in the SUV were seriously injured. She was arrested after being released from the hospitalOnline court records didn't list an attorney for Holton who might comment on her behalf. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers odds, picks and prediction
USA Today SportsbookwireThe Milwaukee Brewers (53-36) host the Cincinnati Reds (45-42) Friday for the second game of their four-game series at American Family Field. Milwaukee beat Cincinnati Thursday 5-3 as the Brewers relievers held the Reds hitters scoreless over 4 2/3 innings pitched with just 1 hit, 0 walks and 6 strikeouts. Bet just $1 on either team's money line, WIN $100 (in free bets) if either team hits a home run during the game. Reds at Brewers odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Reds +105 (bet $100 to win $105) | Brewers -125 (bet $125 to win $100)Reds +105 (bet $100 to win $105) | Brewers -125 (bet $125 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Reds +1.5 (-190) | Brewers -1.5 (+155)Reds +1.5 (-190) | Brewers -1.5 (+155) Over/Under: 8.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)PredictionBrewers 6, Reds 4I'm BETTING 1 unit on the BREWERS (-125) for a few different reasons.
Columbus Crew at FC Cincinnati odds, picks and prediction
Nathan BeighleSportsbook WireThe Columbus Crew (4 wins, 3 losses, 4 draws) travel two hours south to take on FC Cincinnati (3-5-2) at TQL Stadium Friday. Below, we preview the Columbus Crew vs. FC Cincinnati odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions. Columbus Crew at FC Cincinnati: Odds, picks and predictionsOdds via BetMGM ; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line: Columbus Crew +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | FC Cincinnati +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Draw +240Columbus Crew +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | FC Cincinnati +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Draw +240 Over/Under: 2.5 (O: +100 | U: -135)Special MLS betting offerBet $1 on any team, WIN $100 (in free bets) if any MLS team scores a goal that day. PredictionColumbus Crew 2, FC Cincinnati 1BET on CREW (+190) because they're the better team.
New York Yankees at Houston Astros odds, picks and prediction
Cameron DaSilvaSportsbook WireThe New York Yankees (44-42) and Houston Astros (54-34) play the first game of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park Friday. Yankees at Astros odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line : Yankees +105 (bet $100 to win $105) | Astros -130 (bet $130 to win $100): Yankees +105 (bet $100 to win $105) | Astros -130 (bet $130 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Yankees +1.5 (-185) | Astros -1.5 (+150): Yankees +1.5 (-185) | Astros -1.5 (+150) Over/Under : 9 (O: -115 | U: -105)PredictionAstros 4, Yankees 3The Astros had won six games in a row before losing 2-1 to the Oakland Athletics Thursday. Bet the ASTROS (-130) to win outright. I would either PASS on the spread or make a small wager on the YANKEES +1.5 (-185) to cover but the reward isn't great.
Shooting on I-64 West near I-265 shuts down lanes of traffic, Louisville police say
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — All lanes were blocked Friday morning on Interstate 64 West near I-265 after a shooting left one person wounded, according to Louisville Metro Police. Eighth Division officers responded about 10:15 a.m. to the reported shooting on I-64 West at the 17.8 mile marker, which is just past the I-265 interchange, LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. The person, whose age was not provided, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Mitchell said. An unknown suspect fled westbound in a vehicle on I-64, Mitchell said. MetroSafe reported Friday morning that lanes would be shut down on I-64 West at I-265, with drivers advised to use alternate routes.
Kentucky basketball recruiting: Skyy Clark suffers ACL injury
LEXINGTON - As Kentucky basketball coaches hit the road over the next month to gain a closer look at the Wildcats' top class of 2022 recruiting targets, John Calipari and his staff will not be able to watch commitment Skyy Clark play. Clark announced Friday he has suffered an injury to the ACL and meniscus in his left leg that will cause him to miss the rest of the summer AAU season. "This will not affect my decision to attend Montverde Academy this fall and the University of Kentucky in 2022." Kentucky basketball recruiting:What UK fans need to know about Illinois transfer Kofi CockburnClark is the only commitment in Kentucky's 2022 class. The 247Sports Composite, which averages the ratings of the major recruiting services, ranks Clark as the No.
Move of the week: how to stabilise your core with the slow mountain climber
While these are usually performed at speed, as a cardio/core exercise, I recommend you do them slowly, to ensure safer and more effective execution. If you struggle to hold a regular push-up position, put your hands on to a chair. b) Slowly bring your right knee towards your right elbow. c) Extend your right leg back and repeat using your left leg. d) Keep your core tight throughout, and avoid letting your hips sink towards the floor.
Sir Geoff Hurst: World Cup winners had to go out and get normal jobs unlike today's millionaires
"I ended up working in mechanical breakdown insurance for Motorplan, going around garages trying to sign up new clients," Sir Geoff says. "But winning it, we thought, ‘we love this World Cup, it’s fantastic’, we’ll do it again and win one or two more." Sir Geoff took advantage of the national game's renaissance to sell his World Cup memorabilia, including that famous red Number 10 shirt. No mention of the World Cup medal! But would any of the current England players have got into the World Cup winning team?
Andriy Shevchenko interview: Why England are so difficult to manage against
A week before England’s first major tournament final appearance since 1966, it was Andriy Shevchenko, manager of the Ukraine national team, who was trying to plot a way of trying to stop Gareth Southgate’s side. Nullify Sterling and you must still watch for Bukayo Saka or Jadon Sancho, who started against Ukraine. Keep all three quiet and you can be sure Grealish or Phil Foden will get on to the pitch. “We know, especially in attack, there are a lot of options for England,” said Shevchenko, who has returned to his home in England since Ukraine’s elimination. You know you are facing a very strong team, who are in a very good moment, a historic moment.
Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov, Wimbledon 2021: live score and latest updates
An unreturnable serve takes it to 15-30 then Shapovalov successfully appeals a forehand drive that was called out and they replay the point. Great defence from Djokovic at full stretch and Shapovalov missing a forehand winner at the net gives Djokovic break point but his opponent serve-volleys to take it to deuce. Shapovalov plinks a backhand long after a good rally and Djokovoc breaks back. As long as Djokovic can tie Shapovalov up in a rally, he dictates its terms. Break of serve.
Marlborough racing tips and best bets for today's races
Following today’s racing tips? Each day Marlborough will bring you the best bets from every race at every racecourse around the country. From the bright lights of the Cheltenham Festival and Glorious Goodwood to a low-key evening meeting at Chelmsford City, we have all your racing tips and best bets covered. Looking for a daily racing nap? Marlborough will indicate his top tip for the day in traditional style, with his other notable selection highlighted with "NB".
Primary schools pupils allowed to come in late on Monday after Euro 2020 final
Broseley Primary in Dark Lane, Broseley, Shropshire, was among dozens of other schools to tell parents they could bring their children in late on Monday if they wanted to stay up to watch England. From speaking to many of our parents, their children will be staying up to watch it. Therefore, you can bring your child to school as late as 10am on the Monday morning and they will not be marked late. "It's 55 years since England reached a major football final so let them watch, talk about the importance of the National Anthem, talk about pride and resilience and possibly disappointment. "And bosses should show flexibility too towards the 2.2 million workers who work on a Sunday, many of them key workers.
British Lions: Three players to watch in second Sharks battle
The British and Irish Lions will play the Sharks for the second time in four days when they meet again at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Here, the PA news agency looks at three players to watch against the men from Natal. Anthony Watson – England, wingAmong the contingent forced to self-isolate, Watson will finally make his first start when the tour is four matches old. But Watson, a Test Lion in 2017, is a class act with an extraordinary skill for beating defenders. As captain, Murray is in pole position but Gatland admires Davies’ ability to apply defensive pressure and his predatory support play.
Wimbledon: Ashleigh Barty driven on by disappointment and defeats
World number one Ashleigh Barty says her determination to win Wimbledon comes from tough defeats she suffered in 2018 and 2019. Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova's records (PA Graphics)“I wasn’t sure if it would ever happen, honestly,” she said. “I think Wimbledon for me has been an amazing place of learning. It is not her first grand slam final, as she lost at the US Open against then world number one Angelique Kerber. I know she has a grand slam, but also for her is the first Wimbledon final.
Wimbledon 2021: Matteo Berrettini defeats Hubert Hurkacz to reach Wimbledon final
In this match alone, Berrettini delivered 21 blistering aces and conceded just two break points. The forebear came as early as the fourth game, when Berrettini showed his superiority in the rallies, seizing on rising balls early to force Hurkacz onto his heels. Berrettini broke, clinched the set, and threatened never to look back. Berrettini snarled and showed no sympathy, delivering another hail of unreturnable serves before battering forehands into the corners with adrenaline-induced devilment. For all that Berrettini’s serve was brilliant, Hurkacz had been deserted by his own lethal weapon, his accuracy plummetting in the first two sets.
What does Mark Cavendish’s joint-stage wins record at the Tour de France mean?
Mark Cavendish has matched the Tour de France stage wins record with victory in Carcassonne on Friday moving him level with the great Eddy Merckx on 34. It was the Manxman’s fourth stage win of the 2021 Tour as his remarkable return to form continued. Cycling – Tour de France 2009 – Stage Two (PA Archive)After an short-lived Tour debut in 2007, Cavendish started winning a year later and the victories came in floods. Cavendish would not claim to be his equal, but that merely emphasises the achievement of matching any record Merckx ever set. On the list of active riders, Peter Sagan is the next on the list of Tour stage winners with 12, with the 31-year-old having taken the last of those in 2019.
Jude Bellingham tipped to shine when England’s attentions turn to the World Cup
Jude Bellingham will be a key part of England’s bid for World Cup glory, insists Birmingham academy boss Mike Dodds. The 18-year-old’s potential and talent has been labelled as “scary” by Dodds ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final with Italy. Bellingham has made three appearances for England at the Euros and is the third youngest player to play for the Three Lions, behind Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney. “If you go through his achievements already, the most expensive 17-year-old in world football, youngest player for Birmingham, youngest ever goalscorer, youngest player to play and scorer in the knockout phase of the Champions League. “He is the third youngest Englishman to play for England and he’s the youngest player to play in the knockout phase in the Euros.
Euro 2020: England’s memorable squad from all corners the perfect blend for nation they represent
Each international tournament has a certain replica shirt replete with the name and number of a memorable player. For Euro 2020, it has been hard to pin down a standout among England fans. Worthy, no doubt, but it feels a bit like having a favourite brand of Greek yoghurt (Fage, if you’re wondering). The point is, rarely have there been so many riders in the battle for beneath-the-shoulder space among the English support. Of course, some of those names on England shirts are in keeping with club lines, though even they feel like the minority this summer.
Olympic official chokes up over cancelled tickets
Tickets were cancelled because of a last-minute move to hold the Games without spectators in the Tokyo area due to the pandemic.
Lithuania begins building Belarus border fence to deter migrant arrivals
Lithuania has begun building a fence along its border with Belarus to deter third-country migrants from entering the country. Lithuania -- which has backed and granted refuge to Belarus opposition figures -- has accused its neighbour of organising border crossings for people mainly from Iraq, the Middle East, and Africa. The double, barbed wire fence will run 550 kilometres along the 680-kilometre border between the two countries. AP Photo/Mindaugas KulbisRelations between Lithuania and Belarus are tense following the disputed re-election of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020. Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya fled to Lithuania soon after the election.
Prince William takes part in charity polo match at Windsor
The Duke of Cambridge took part in the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 at Guards Polo Club in Windsor today. The pair both competed in the Jerudong Trophy charity polo match together at Cirencester Park Polo Club in 2017. They also went head-to-head in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, held in honour of late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on July 2019. Prince William and Prince Harry were reunited at Kensington Palace last Thursday where together they unveiled a statue of their beloved late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday after a tumultuous 18 months for their own relationship. Prince William lines up with players ahead of the charity polo match at Windsor this afternoonPrince William is seen taking part in the charity polo match at Windsor this afternoonDuke of Cambridge (R) takes part in the Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 match at the Guards Polo ClubThe royal appeared to be getting in to the competitive spirit as he part in the Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 at Guards Polo ClubWilliam was seen playing to the best of his ability at the charity polo match at Windsor this afternoonThe Duke of Cambridge and his teammates are pictured during the charity match this afternoonThe royal looked to be enjoying himself as he competed in the charity polo matchThe Duke of Cambridge shared a sweet moment with his teammate during this match this afternoonTeams take part in the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 at Guards Polo Club, Windsor, which will help raise funds and awareness for charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of CambridgePrince William appeared playfully competitive on the field as he lined up alongside his team at the charity polo matchWilliam and his teammates are seen congratulating each other after the match this afternoon
RAI has to change Euro final commentator due to COVID - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 9 - State broadcaster RAI has to change its coverage of the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England after three members of its team, including Azzurri-match commentator Alberto Rimedio tested positive for COVID-19. RAI has started testing all of the members of its team working on the Euros.
Wimbledon: Berrettini becomes first Italian ever to reach final - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 9 - Matteo Berrettini made tennis history on Friday by beating Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 to become the first Italian ever to reach the men's singles final at Wimbledon. The 25-year-old Roman, who last month won Queen's, an important warmer for Wimbledon, as a debutant, will face the winner of the other semi-final between world number one Novak Djokovic and Denis Shapovalov.
Cavendish equals Merckx Tour de France record
Advertising Read moreCarcassonne (France) (AFP)Mark Cavendish equalled the all-time tally of Tour de France stage wins when he sped over the finish line at Carcassonne on Friday for a landmark 34th victory in the race. It was Cavendish's fourth win on the 2021 edition and sees the British sprinter equal Eddy Merckx's 35-year-old record of Tour de France stage wins. It is all the more remarkable considering Cavendish's career looked compromised in December, teamless, without a Tour de France win in five years, and struggling to put a long bout of the tiring Epstein Barr virus behind him. Cavendish has steadfastly refused to hype the record due to his reverence for the great Belgian Merckx, who also won the Tour de France five times. Known as the "Manx Missile", the rider from the Isle of Man made it across the line on Friday just a few centimetres ahead of two sprint rivals to celebrate wildly with his team.
Berrettini makes Wimbledon breakthrough as Djokovic eyes 30th Slam final
World number nine Berrettini will face either Djokovic or Denis Shapovalov in Sunday's final where he will attempt to become Italy's first men's Grand Slam champion since Adriano Panatta at the 1976 French Open. Djokovic can reach a seventh Wimbledon final later Friday, driven on by the desire to capture a sixth title at the All England Club and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title. "I feel like I've been playing, hitting the ball well throughout the entire tournament, putting myself exactly where I want to be: semi-finals," said 34-year-old Djokovic who can reach his 30th Slam final. Shapovalov, the stylish left-hander, has reached his first Slam semi-final by seeing off two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, a 2019 semi-finalist. Before this year, Shapovalov had only won one match at Wimbledon while his best Grand Slam performance was a run to the US Open quarter-finals last year.
Stones urges England to make Euro 'dream' come true
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)England defender John Stones has challenged his team to make their Euro 2020 "dream" come true when they face Italy in Sunday's final. Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Charlton and the rest of the England players who won the World Cup in 1966 remain iconic figures. "We all love the England team, growing up as fans, being able to play for them now, we absolutely cherish it. - 'Unique quality' -After reaching the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, England have gone one step further this time. "He has a unique quality of staying calm in situations and I think it passes through the team," Stones said.
Cavendish equals Merckx's all-time Tour stage win record with 34th victory
Mark Cavendish equalled the all-time tally of Tour de France stage wins when he sped over the finish line at Carcassonne on Friday for a landmark 34th victory in the race. Advertising Read moreIt was Cavendish's fourth win on the 2021 edition, 13 years after claiming his first, and sees the British sprinter equal Eddy Merckx's 46-year-old record of Tour de France stage wins. ???? @MarkCavendish took his 34th stage win to equal Eddy Merckx record! The final KM ?????? @MarkCavendish remporte sa 34ème victoire d'étape sur le Tour et égale le record d'Eddy Merckx. Le dernier KM ??#TDF2021 pic.twitter.com/VUxyXN7mKa — Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 9, 2021Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.
Cavendish equals Merckx Tour de France record
Advertising Read moreCarcassonne (France) (AFP)Mark Cavendish equalled the all-time tally of Tour de France stage wins when he sped over the finish line at Carcassonne on Friday for a landmark 34th victory in the race. It was Cavendish's fourth win on the 2021 edition and sees the British sprinter equal Eddy Merckx's 46-year-old record of Tour de France stage wins. Cavendish had until Friday steadfastly refused to hype the record due to his reverence for the great Belgian Merckx, who also won the Tour de France five times. "It's just another win on the Tour de France," he said shortly after his narrow win. British Olympic hope Simon Yates pulled out of the Tour de France after a nasty mass-fall caused by gravel earlier on the stage.
Fury-Wilder heavyweight fight postponed over Covid outbreak: WBC
Tyson Fury's fight with Deontay Wilder has been postponed, the WBC confirmed FridayAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Tyson Fury's heavyweight title defence against Deontay Wilder has been postponed after the champion and members of his camp contracted Covid-19, the World Boxing Council confirmed on Friday. In a brief post on Twitter, the WBC confirmed the July 24 bout had been postponed but did not say when the trilogy fight would be rescheduled. "Fury vs Wilder III will be postponed," the WBC said. "We wish Tyson Fury's team and him speedy recovery from COVID." However that fight was scuppered after an arbitrator ruled that Fury was legally obligated to face Wilder in a third fight.
Lithuania starts building Belarus border anti-migrant fence
Lithuania on Friday began putting up a fence along its border with Belarus after experiencing a recent massive influx of migrants coming from its neighbor. More than 1,500 people have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus in the past two months — a number 20 times that seen in the whole of 2020. The fence will be constructed of two layers of barbed wire and cover 550 kilometers (340 miles) of the nearly 680-kilometer border. She said her government considered the actions by Belarus to be directed against the entire EU rather than Lithuania itself. Watch video 05:06 Lithuania seeks EU help with migrants: Jakob Wöllenstein (KAF Vilnius) speaks to DWWhat has Belarus said?
Spelling bee champ Zaila Avant-garde is basketball whiz — and Guinness World Record holder
Zaila Avant-garde won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday and made history by becoming the first African American contestant to win in 93 editions of the competition. A basketball prodigy, Zaila holds three Guinness World Records for her ability to dribble multiple basketballs at a time. In addition to the spelling bee crown, Zaila holds the Guinness World Records title holder for most bounce juggles in one minute. Her three World Records include:Most balls juggled in one minute with four basketballMost dribbles in 30 seconds with four basketballsMost basketballs dribbled by one person simultaneously (6)That hand-eye coordination and smarts combo ... again, scholarship, Kim Mulkey? Zaila outlasted a field of 11 finalists to win the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee title and the first-place prize of $50,000 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
UFC is a money machine that doesn’t need the next Conor McGregor
Like him or not, Conor McGregor transcended the UFC like no fighter ever has. Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor at UFC 257. A McGregor fight, though, needs no artificial sweeteners. Even when he’s gunning for a belt, he’s the center-ring attraction at the combat circus. Money, and Jones’ apparent desire for more than the UFC wants to offer, looks to be a prime factor.
Opinion: US swimmer Michael Andrew's decision not to get vaccinated is selfish, unfair to teammates
U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew couldn’t be bothered to get the COVID-19 vaccine. About 90 percent of the U.S. national swimming team did, as of a June estimate. Isn’t he lucky that his teammates chose to do what he wouldn’t do and get vaccinated? Can you imagine a couple dozen Michael Andrews running around Tokyo, just waiting for COVID to latch onto them so they could take out a good chunk of the U.S. Olympic team? Andrew is fortunate to be surrounded by a cocoon of smart, caring teammates who more than likely will keep him safe.
Brazen fan walks onto course, steals club out of Rory McIlroy’s bag
Another Open, another fan intrusion. Less than three weeks after a streaking fan invaded the 13th fairway during the U.S. Open, an unruly spectator was ejected from the Scottish Open on Friday after crashing the green and plucking a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag. In a video captured by David Wilson, the fan can be seen nonchalantly walking onto the No. 10 tee box while McIlroy, Jon Rahm and McIlroy’s caddie, Harry Diamond, gathered by McIlroy’s bag before teeing off. The fan calmly reaches into the bag and grabs a club while the stunned trio perform a series of double-takes.
Nats’ Josh Harrison endeared himself to Padres fans by giving them ‘taste of their own medicine’
“It’s good banter,” Harrison, who turned 34 on Thursday, said on the MASN postgame show after Washington’s 15-5 win Wednesday. “Nothing, you know, that’s too harsh. They’re cheering for their team, but I’m talking trash back. I don’t really get to get out there too often, so when they talk trash, [the way] my family grew up, if you can dish it, you’ve got to be able to take it. I’m just giving them a little taste of their own medicine and I think I got them a little bit.”
Giannis has been great, but the Bucks need greater
The Bucks have the size to play a bullying style, which they used to close out Atlanta. When Ayton is off the floor, they should try to take advantage. And when Ayton is on the floor, they should test him and see if they can bait him into foul trouble. It wouldn’t require an all-out commitment to post play, which is not popular (or efficient) in today’s game. It seems foolish for Budenholzer to be tricked into small ball and not play Bobby Portis, who is one of the league’s most effective big men coming off the bench.
Why Dave Martinez went with Sam Clay in ninth inning vs. Padres
Hand has fared better against righties in 2021 — an aberration compared to the rest of his career. But this was Clay’s game to extend or lose. His goal with the righties was to keep his pitches down and away to induce groundballs. He did that with Pham, spotting a sinker near the low-and-outsider corner, but Pham still poked it to right for a leadoff single. Then Tatis, one of the best right-handed batters on the planet, chopped a high grounder to third for the first out.
U.S. swimmer Michael Andrew on why he’ll go to Tokyo without coronavirus vaccine
Andrew, 22, said during a remote media availability from the U.S. swim team’s training camp in Hawaii that he chose not to get vaccinated in the month between trials and the Olympics, explaining, “It was kind of a last moment. I didn’t want to put anything in my body that I didn’t know how I would potentially react to. As an athlete on the elite level, everything we do is very calculated … I didn’t want to risk any days out, because there are periods where, if you take the vaccine, you have to deal with some days off.”
Caitlyn Jenner: Olympics should not be used as 'political tool' for flag protests
Former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner told "Fox & Friends" on Friday that she disagrees with protests at the Olympic Games and views them as a "political tool." HOUSE REPUBLICANS EXPRESS CONCERN TO US OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OVER ATHLETES WHO PROTEST AGAINST THE USCAITLYN JENNER: I’ve been around the Olympics obviously for a long time. So, I’ve been a patriot for a long time and I don’t like using the Olympic Games as a political tool…I don’t like that. I think the Olympic Games has the greatest potential for good in the world. It’s the largest gathering of countries in the world.
ESPN’s $3 million offer to Maria Taylor may not let her finish NBA Finals
After her private and insensitive comments were made public, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols was dropped from the sidelines to start the NBA Finals broadcast. Now it is unclear whether host Maria Taylor will finish the league’s marquee event. Besides hosting The Finals and "NBA Countdown," Taylor, 34, is the college football national championship sideline reporter and NCAA Women’s Tournament host. Clouding the negotiations is the New York Times article in which Nichols’ nearly year-old private comments were made public. ESPN executives failed to take any meaningful action over Nichols’ comments, which may have been illegally recorded.
Man screams, refuses to go down slide in hilarious video
A man in Hot Springs, Ark., learned that lesson the hard way when he got to the top of a 32-foot slide, according to a video. The slide works by hoisting riders – who are holding onto a handle – to the top of the slide. MAN TAKES DOG DYING OF CANCER FOR ONE LAST WALK UP MOUNTAIN IN WHEELBARROWHowever, Murph apparently didn’t realize how tall the slide really was, the video shows. In the clip, Murph can be seen being hoisted up the slide as onlookers – including Jones – cheer him on. Finally, about 41 seconds into the 50-second clip, Murph lets go of the handle and slides to the bottom, where he then appears relieved.
Yankees pitcher lands on injury list after 'freak accident'
The New York Yankees’ have had an odd season — and Michael King landing on the injury list because of a "freak accident" he suffered in the weight room is just a reminder of that. King was placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday with a right middle finger contusion. PADRES' DANIEL CAMARENA ENTERS MLB HISTORY BOOKS WITH IMPROBABLE GRAND SLAMThe 26-year-old right-handed pitcher has appeared in 14 games for New York this season, making six starts. Domingo German was set to start Wednesday but he had an emergency root canal, which scratched him from the start against the Mariners. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Yankees being their final series before the All-Star break on Friday against Houston.
Sean Hannity: Fans should loudly and proudly sing national anthem and 'take their sports back'
Sean Hannity called on U.S. sports fans to "take their sports back" from the divisions of politics Thursday after NHL fans were seen singing the national anthem during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. At a time when far-left groups are polarizing everything from Independence Day observance to the American flag, Hannity encouraged fans across the sports spectrum to stand up and sing on behalf of the country. Fox News contributor Leo Terell told Hannity that the post only exposes "how racist Black Lives Matter is. 99.9% of black Americans support the flag and love it country and don't associate with black lives matter Utah," he said. The New York Times was ripped last weekend for publishing a piece that suggested the American flag has become a symbol of divisiveness.
Islanders fans' national anthem rendition stuns once again before playoff game
New York Islanders fans set the stage for Game 3 of the team’s Stanley Cup playoffs matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night with a chilling rendition of the national anthem. The fans’ rendition came more than a week after fans and singer Nicole Raviv went viral during the team’s playoff matchup against the Boston Bruins. POINT SCORES AGAIN, LIGHTNING BEAT ISLANDERS 2-1 IN GAME 3Jets offensive lineman Dan Feeney and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson were among those in attendance. Brayden Point gave Tampa Bay the go-ahead goal in the second period, and goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 Islanders shots. Tampa Bay won the game 2-1.
Forget the Euros, Argentina v Brazil is weekend's big match
Argentina are unbeaten in 19 games going into the showdown at the Maracana stadium, while Brazil, the hosts and reigning champions, have not lost since Argentina beat them in a November 2019 friendly. “Whether we like it or not they have the best player in the world (Messi),” said Brazil forward Richarlison. The two sides have met four times in finals, three in the Copa America and one in the Confederations Cup - in 2005. Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America’s forerunner in 1937 but have not done so in a showpiece match since. But he missed the 2019 Copa America triumph through injury.
Italy defender Bonucci not familiar to everyone at Euro 2020
Italy's Leonardo Bonucci reacts after scoring a penalty kick during the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match between Italy and Spain at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Justin Tallis/Pool Photo via AP)Italy's Leonardo Bonucci reacts after scoring a penalty kick during the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match between Italy and Spain at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, despite being in full uniform, had some convincing to do to prove he belonged on the field at Wembley Stadium. “I found it funny,” Bonucci said Friday, two days before Italy plays England in the Euro 2020 final. “That says everything about our relationship on and off the field.”Bonucci has played in all six of Italy’s matches at Euro 2020, while Chiellini missed two with injury.
Euro 2020 final: Where Italy and England can win or lose
Italy's Jorginho celebrates after scoring the last penalty kick during the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match against Spain at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Jorginho converted the decisive penalty kick Tuesday to give Italy a 4-2 shootout win over Spain and a spot in the European Championship final. Jorginho converted the decisive penalty kick Tuesday to give Italy a 4-2 shootout win over Spain and a spot in the European Championship final. The European Championship final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on Sunday has all the makings of a tight and tense title match. As for Italy, England likely will have noticed Spain frequently getting in behind Italy left back Emerson Palmieri, who came in as the replacement for injured starter Leonardo Spinazzola.
Trade rumor rankings: Jaylen Brown, Damian Lillard and more
If in the coming weeks the Blazers decide that they have to trade Damian Lillard, I think Boston would be in a pretty good position to make a strong offer that would have to include Jaylen Brown. For more on the Buddy Hield trade front, click here. For the latest on the Damian Lillard trade front, click here. For the latest on the Ben Simmons trade front, click here. For the latest on the Marvin Bagley trade front, click here.
Duck Creek Technologies Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results
Non-GAAP net income was $4.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared with non-GAAP net income of $1.9 million for the comparable period in fiscal year 2020. LiquidityStory continuesAs of May 31, 2021, Duck Creek had $115.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, $256.0 million in short term investments and no debt. The information presented above includes non-GAAP financial measures such as “non-GAAP income from operations,” “adjusted EBITDA,” “non-GAAP net income,” “non-GAAP net income per share,” and “free cash flow.” Refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Metrics” for a discussion of these measures and reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other MetricsThis press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP income from operations, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share, and free cash flow. See below for a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
Giants Training Camp: When will Saquon Barkley practice, confidence in Daniel Jones? | SportsNite
In this Countdown to Training Camp, the guys focus on Saquon Barkley who's been vague on when he'll return to the field after suffering a torn ACL last season. They also discuss their confidence level in QB Daniel Jones now in his second year under head coach Joe Judge and surrounded by some new weapons. Watch more SportsNite: https://sny.tv/shows/sportsnite About SportsNite: SportsNite takes viewers inside all things New York sports by discussing the latest sports news of the night. About SNY: SNY is an award winning, multiplatform regional sports network serving millions across the country through unparalleled coverage of all things New York sports. Check out more from SNY at https://sny.tv ? Subscribe to SNY on YouTube: https://on.sny.tv/S5RYeWN Like SNY on Facebook: https://on.sny.tv/rBYAHLi? Follow SNY on Twitter: https://on.sny.tv/nOn1uq1 ? Follow SNY on Instagram: https://on.sny.tv/lEArPVp
Five-star Oakland basketball recruit chooses $1 million over last 2 years of high school
His contract with Atlanta-based Overtime Elite, which says it will begin play in September, was reported to be worth more than $1 million over multiple years. At 16 years old, Lewis will become the youngest professional basketball player in American history. After signing the professional deal, he is no longer eligible in the California Interscholastic Federation, the state’s governing body for high school sports. Kevin Ollie, the former men’s coach at Connecticut, is the head coach and director of player development. Players are also provided insurance in the case of injury and up to $100,000 in college tuition if they leave professional basketball, the league says.
This 6-year-old Desoto runner has her sights set on the Olympics
Is the next Olympian coming out of DeSoto? But for now, 6-year-old Dakota White’s love for running has her eyes set on competing against those her own age. Her coach, James Robinson, told Channel 4 he believes the best is yet to come for White. “America had the most talented kids in the world in track and field,” Robinson told the station. “She will be among the finest.”When asked by Channel 4 if anyone could beat her, White answered with a confident “No.”
Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley reportedly a strong frontrunner for Orlando Magic HC job
Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, once believed a strong internal candidate for Dallas’ brief coaching vacancy before hiring Jason Kidd, appears close to nabbing his first NBA head coaching job. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night that Mosley is a strong frontrunner for the Orlando Magic’s head coaching job and they are closing in on a deal with him. According to The Athletic, Mosley is expected to leave the Mavericks after failing to receive the “serious consideration” for head coach job in Dallas. “He’s a young man that’s worked extremely hard to build up his reputation as a great young coach, great communicator,” former Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said on KESN-FM (103.3) last June. Prior to coming to the Mavericks, Mosley was an assistant at Cleveland from 2010 to 2014 and, before that, a Nuggets player development coach from 2006-2010.
Kyle Busch gets his groove back, eyes NASCAR title run
Las Vegan Kyle Busch has climbed to fourth place in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings and rebooted a championship bid that appeared stuck in low gear. “We’ve had a good turnaround,” an almost buoyant Busch said during a telephone chat with the Review-Journal. Busch this week seemed more than happy to discuss the NASCAR ones. pic.twitter.com/uK0FVV5BHm — NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 4, 2021Schedule bodes wellLast week, Busch drove a red car in the Cup Series’ first race since 1956 on the scenic 14-turn Road America circuit in Wisconsin. The NASCAR championship race is Nov. 7, more than a month after the Arizona Diamondbacks’ last home game — and last ceremonial first pitch.
Cubs’ Adbert Alzolay gets acquainted with new catcher Robinson Chirinos — quickly
At 26 and with just over 100 career innings under his belt, each start is still a learning experience for Adbert Alzolay. Taking on the Phillies on Thursday, one new experience for Alzolay was working with a brand-new catcher in Robinson Chirinos. Alzolay has developed a great rapport with regular backstop Willson Contreras, but Chirinos joined the Cubs on Monday, leaving little time to prep for working together. Alzolay allowed four runs in five innings in the Cubs’ 8-0 loss. “I think he’s a guy that is one of the better starters in our rotation,” Ross said.
Body of Loyola University Chicago grad found in the rubble of Surfside condo tower
The body of a Loyola University grad from Chicago has been recovered from the rubble of the Surfside condominium tower in Florida, authorities said Thursday. It brings to 64 the number of people who have died in the collapse of the tower just north of Miami Beach. Mora had worked for Morton Salt in Chicago, and had been staying with his parents, Juan and Ana Mora, when the building crumbled to the ground. Kind of more old school than anything.”Cepero said his friend had truly settled into his home in the Midwest. From graduating from Loyola to becoming a Cubs fan and favoring the deep dish from Lou Malnati’s, Cepero said, “Chicago is everything for him.”
6 key numbers that explain the 1st half of the Chicago Sky’s season, from defensive strength to 5 players averaging double-digit points
The Sky have long been one of the most prolific offensive teams in the league, but without Parker, who was recovering from a left ankle injury, and with Allie Quigley sidelined with a hamstring injury, their offense ranked last in the WNBA. Stefanie Dolson also was absent while helping the U.S. women’s national team qualify for the 3-on-3 tournament.
Euro 2020 final: Where Italy and England can win or lose
The European Championship final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on Sunday has all the makings of a tight and tense title match. “The games against Spain (in the semifinals) and England will be very different,” Verratti said. Get this: The full backs from Chelsea's Champions League-winning team, Reece James and Ben Chilwell, have played one game between them at Euro 2020. Euro 2020 is showing, however, that Southgate's abilities should not necessarily be regarded as inferior to Roberto Mancini's -- at international level, anyway. As for Italy, England likely will have noticed Spain frequently getting in behind Italy left back Emerson Palmieri, who came in as the replacement for injured starter Leonardo Spinazzola.
Watch: Fan ejected after trying to steal Rory McIlroy’s golf club at the Scottish Open
A fan brazenly walked onto the 10th tee box where McIlroy and caddie Harry Diamond were standing and attempted to grab a headcover from the golf pro’s bag. Then he snatched an iron and began taking practice swings during the second round of the Scottish Open Friday morning. This is the most random thing ?????????? pic.twitter.com/tsHDyyM0BO — Peter Finch (@PeterFinchGolf) July 9, 2021The fan was apprehended by tournament security. The fan reportedly returned the headcover to McIlroy and handed the club to Diamond. “It was a surprise, yes, but it was handled efficiently and everything’s OK,” McIlroy told reporters after his round.
Monty Williams keeps pushing all the right buttons while leading Phoenix Suns title chase: ‘He’s a special man’
Mind you, his voice was raised high enough only so Ayton could hear him over the din of the crowd. “You set a high level for yourself,” Williams said. He did it again Thursday, part of the reason why the Suns are up 2-0 in these NBA Finals. “He’s obviously a fine basketball coach,” Popovich said this week in Las Vegas, where he and his U.S. Olympic team are getting ready for the Tokyo Games. The Suns were the worst team in basketball over the last five seasons.
Online gambling and sports betting will arrive in Connecticut in September when FanDuel and DraftKings come to the casinos. How will it work?
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. is zeroing in on downtown Hartford’s XL Center as the spot for a major sports betting venue. But the lottery, which will control the location of 15 sports betting venues in Connecticut under the new sports and online gambling law, said it expects to first look to smaller locations in the Hartford area to offer sports gambling sooner to the betting public. The first betting could begin as early as the start of the NFL season on Sept. 9.
Oregon State’s Sept. 25 game at USC could be program’s most significant in years: Previewing Beavers’ 2021 football season
OSU v. USC previously: The Trojans are 63-10-4 against Oregon State. The Beavers’ last win came in 2010, a 36-7 win in Los Angeles. Vegas 2021 win total: 8½What’s to like about USC: With the Trojans, it’s more about the Xs and Os than the Jimmies and Joes. If so, a case can be made this is the most meaningful OSU game in more than a decade. Score prediction: USC 35, Oregon State 24Where USC ranksAthlon Sports (OSU 75): No.
Diverse England team wins fans in nation eager for good news
Updated 4 times AlertMeLONDON — Hannah Kumari has been an English soccer fan since childhood, but she never wanted to fly an England flag. A poster created by the Museum of Migration showed what the England team would look like without the players who had a parent or grandparent born abroad: Just three of the 11 starting players remained. England’s rugby, cricket and soccer teams have done much to strip the English flag of its negative associations in recent years. “There has been an enormous intergenerational shift towards a civic and inclusive English identity that crosses ethnic and faith grounds,” said Sunder Katwala, director of the equality think-tank British Future. He said the modern, multicultural England team is part of a “culture shift” that has “changed the public conversation about what is English.”Not everyone thinks the national soccer team represents all that is best about England.
A bear pulled a woman from her tent, killed her. The Montana town is a popular stop for cyclists.
"I think she was competitive, but that was secondary to the journey or the adventure she was on that particular day," he said Thursday. Lokan had been looking forward to the Montana bike trip for months, said Mary Flowers, another friend from Chico. Lokan had taken long-distance bike trips and on this one was accompanied by her sister and a friend, Flowers said. "She was talking about her summer plans — this wonderful wild adventure, riding her bike on, I don't know, a 400-mile trip or something," Flowers said. "A woman in her 60s, and she's doing this kind of stuff — she had a passion for life that was out of the ordinary."
Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians odds, picks and prediction
USA Today SportsbookwireThe Kansas City Royals (36-51) and AL Central rival Cleveland Indians (43-42) continue their four-game series at Progressive Field Friday. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Royals vs. Indians odds with MLB picks and predictions. vs. Indians on the current roster: 52 at-bats with a .212/.323/.269 slash line, 10/7 K/BB, 0 HR and 3 RBIs. Royals at Indians odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Royals +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Indians -145 (bet $145 to win $100)Royals +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Indians -145 (bet $145 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Royals +1.5 (-155) | Indians -1.5 (+125)Royals +1.5 (-155) | Indians -1.5 (+125) Over/Under: 10 (O: -105 | U: -115)PredictionRoyals 7, Indians 5GIMME the ROYALS (+125) FIRST 5 INNINGS for 1 unit.
Lions handed lifeline after negative Covid tests as Anthony Watson and Liam Williams return
The British and Irish Lions have been given the green light to play Saturday's second match against the Cell C Sharks in Pretoria after the latest round of PCR testing returned negative results. Despite the green light for the match, a staff member who tested positive and four close contacts, including one player, must continue to isolate. England wing Anthony Watson makes his first start of the tour with Liam Williams starting at full back. In the back row, Tadhg Beirne, Hamish Watson and Jack Conan start in what could well be a Test combination. “It’s obviously been a slightly turbulent week, but we remain determined to keep rolling with the punches,” said Gatland.
Macho Mancini vs Sensible Southgate: who is the most stylish manager?
If you don’t count Boris Johnson, there are no cuddly, outsized team mascots at Euro 2020. No giant, weird-looking bumblebees or fridges like you get in the Premier League. (There is, though, a terrifying official tournament one, who looks like the Borstal-dwelling son of Rosie and Jim.) But it doesn’t matter, because prowling the touchline during the final at Wembley on Sunday will be two fiftysomething men who epitomise the differences between England and Italy. In the blue corner will be Roberto Mancini, the Italy manager.
Wimbledon: Duke of Kent steps down as president of the All England Club
The Duke of Kent is stepping down as President of Wimbledon's All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club after more than five decades at the helm. The 85-year-old, a first cousin of the Queen, has been President of the prestigious club since 1969. The Duke said: "It has been an honour to serve this remarkable institution for as long as I have. "To have seen this tournament, and the game of tennis, grow and inspire generations over the span of five decades has been an extraordinary experience, and I am incredibly proud to have been part of it. "I look forward now to watching as the young players of today pursue ever higher standards of excellence, and I shall continue to cheer them on as they do.”The Duke has opened six new courts or facilities, including the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, in May 1977, and the new No.1 Court in 1997.
Leonardo Bonucci warns Italy to be alert to threat from England’s young attack
Leonardo Bonucci is confident Italy’s old guard can use all of their experience to avoid being given the runaround by England’s young frontline in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday. “The English forwards are very strong and are great players, so the whole team must be very cautious in our defence. Bonucci said: “Harry Kane is a very famous player, he has been doing very well at Tottenham and for the national team. “In these latest three matches (at Euro 2020) we have had the chance of meeting three of the best forwards in the world. “They have conceded very few shots, have two great players like (Harry) Maguire and (John) Stones, who made Manchester United and Manchester City great,” he said.
Wales captain Jonathan Davies bracing team for tough test against Argentina
Jonathan Davies says Wales are fully aware of what awaits them when Argentina’s juggernaut rolls into the Principality Stadium on Saturday. Wales have toppled Argentina in the countries’ last four meetings, and are unbeaten against them since 2012. “They like to enforce the game, bring their emotion into the game, and they have a strong kicking game as well,” Wales captain Davies said. We know it is probably going to be a step up again this week, and next week as well. “Hopefully, we can put in a good performance between the two of us and put the team in the right areas of the field.”
Euro 2020: Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and Ian Broudie to perform ‘Three Lions’ on TV ahead of final
Frank Skinner and David Baddiel are reuniting with The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie for a new televised performance of their hit 1996 football-themed single “Three Lions”. The news comes ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy, which will take place on Sunday (11 July). Skinner and Broudie will appear on The Last Leg’s Euro special, which airs on Channel 4 tonight (9 July). After the Denmark win, Baddiel suggested that he thought even reaching a final was enough to say that football had “already come home”. Speaking to Today on Radio 4, Baddiel said: “I think really what it is telling us is that it has been difficult.
Mike Blair: Scotland camp was not a complete waste of time despite Covid issues
Mike Blair insists there were some positives to take from Scotland’s camp despite all three summer games being cancelled due to Covid-19 issues. Then it was announced on Friday morning that Scotland’s Test against Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday week was cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak in the home camp. He said: “Everyone is really disappointed. We are really disappointed but we still found that we were able to get some stuff out of it. We are really disappointed but we still found that we were able to get some stuff out of it.
Euros: No fear about facing England in London - Bonucci - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 9 - Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci said Friday that the Azzurri are not fazed about facing England in their London home of Wembley in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. "Victory on Sunday would be a big injection of confidence for Italy and the whole football movement, for us and the federation," the Juventus centre-back said. Bonucci said he was ready to be put to the test by the English strikers. "The English national team's forwards are really good," he said. "We defenders will have to be careful and cunning will be needed to cause them trouble up front".
England's Gregory grateful for PSL knowledge against Pakistan
Yet despite the upheaval, 50-over world champions England still thrashed Pakistan by nine wickets, with only 67.1 of the match's scheduled 100 overs required. But the surprise of his return to international duty was eased a touch by the fact Gregory was up against familiar opponents, having played for Islamabad United in this year's Pakistan Super League T20 tournament. "Knowing who you are playing against and their strengths and weaknesses helps, having that experience in the PSL was amazing," Gregory told reporters on Friday. "But they (Pakistan) have obviously been playing cricket, they've come off a delayed PSL -- I don't think they've come off a couple months chilling (relaxing) back home. #photo1It remains uncertain if England's stand-ins will be retained for the subsequent T20 series against Pakistan but Gregory is determined to make the most of his chance.
Simon Yates out of Tour de France after mass fall
The pack gives chase as the Tour heads for Carcassonne -- but a mass fall put paid to the hopes of Britain's Simon Yates and Germany's Roger KlugerAdvertising Read moreCarcassonne (France) (AFP)Simon Yates has pulled out of the Tour de France after a nasty mass-fall caused by gravel brought around 30 riders down some 60km away from the Carcassonne finish line on stage 13 on Friday. The fall was caused by gravel on a corner with Geraint Thomas also hitting the tarmac, with others taking a frightening roll down a grassy ravine that made way to a deep drop into a river. Lotto's German rider Roger Kluger was so badly grazed in the mass fall he also had to pull out while other riders who had tumbled into the grassy ravine struggled to clamber back up with their bikes. The 2021 edition of the Tour has been blighted with falls with stage 1 hit by a sensational spectator-caused mass pile up and stage 3 hit by a series of nasty tumbles. Stage 13 is a 220km run from Roman arena town Nimes to the citadel of Carcassonne run through Chinon vineyards and several of the fallers had formed a grupetto of ragged stragglers behind the main pack.
George to lead Lions in second match against Sharks
But four players who were originally named to play in the first match against the Sharks are in the team: fullback Liam Williams, wing Anthony Watson, fly-half Dan Biggar and scrumhalf Gareth Davies. The quartet were withdrawn from Wednesday's match following what proved to be a false positive Covid test by an unnamed player. The Sharks agreed to play a second match against the Lions after the originally-planned fixture against the Bulls was called off after several cases of Covid in the Bulls camp were discovered. George follows Wyn-Jones, Stuart Hogg and Iain Henderson in leading the Lions in their four matches, including the pre-tour match against Japan. Lions team (15-1):Liam Williams; Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Chris Harris, Duhan van der Merwe; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Jack Conan, Hamish Watson, Tadgh Beirne; Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje; Tadhg Furlong, Jamie George (captain), Rory Sutherland.
Cerezo make ACL last 16 as Kitchee face nervous wait
With 14 points from six matches, Cerezo join Nagoya Grampus and Kawasaki Frontale who made the cut earlier along with South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai. Hong Kong champions Kitchee face a nervous wait to find out if they go though after they finished on 11 points with three wins and two draws. Kitchee were lucky to collect even one point on Friday, as Cerezo failed to take any of their numerous chances, especially in the first half. Cerezo's Koji Toriumi, Yoshito Okubo and Hiroshi Kiyotake missed early opportunities at the Chang Arena in Buriram. Kitchee were slightly better after the break and could have even clinched a shock win, but Cleiton and Matt Orr's efforts went wide.
Louisiana teen the first African-American winner of US spelling bee
Zaila Avant-garde, the first African-American winner of the Scripps National Spelling BeeAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)A teenager from Louisiana has become the first African-American winner of the national spelling contest, correctly spelling the word "murraya" -- a kind of tropical tree -- for the victory. Zaila Avant-garde, 14, from Harvey, a town near New Orleans, was crowned the champion of the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday evening. A talented basketball player, Avant-garde also holds Guinness world records for dribbling, juggling and bouncing basketballs. "Three Guinness World Records and now the national spelling bee champ! Last year's spelling bee final was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time the competition was not held since World War II.
A rambunctious coach trains young female weightlifters in Lift Like a Girl
Postmedia may earn an affiliate commission from purchases made through links on this page. Equal parts uplifting and frustrating, Lift Like a Girl is nevertheless a fine example of the girls-doing-surprising-things-in-faraway-places documentary subgenre. You may remember the 2019 Oscar winner Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You’re a Girl), or 2016’s The Eagle Huntress, about a 13-year-old training to become the first female eagle trainer in her family’s history. It is here that “Captain Ramadan,” a former Olympic weightlifter, trains young girls in the sport. Try refreshing your browser, or A rambunctious coach trains young female weightlifters in Lift Like a Girl Back to videoThey include his daughter Nahla and also up-and-comer Asmaa Ramadan, whom he nicknames Zebiba (Raisin) for her small size.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake sent boulders onto a California highway, hitting some cars
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake sent boulders onto a California highway, hitting some carsNo injuries were reported after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in California caused massive boulders to fly onto a road, hitting some cars.
Scottish Open spectator grabs club from Rory McIlroy's bag, tries to take a swing
As you'll see from the video below, a spectator just casually walks over to Rory McIlroy's bag as the golfer is hanging out with Jon Rahm. The fan casually takes the driver cover off, grabs another club and looks like he's going to practice swinging. If this was in U.S., crowd would be going nuts, security guy would aggressively tackle the guy. After a little bit, when he walked back and they were taking him out you could smell the reason why it happened. I'm going to say it was vodka.
Jets hoping Denzel Mims’ production can match potential
As the Jets get closer to training camp, I am examining the roster and giving you my top 25 players. He showed flashes of the potential the Jets saw from him at Baylor, but he never could quite put together a complete game. Then, he injured his hamstring before training camp started and missed the truncated camp. The Jets would do a competition period at the beginning of practice with the starting offense against the starting defense. The Jets suddenly have a crowded receivers room and you wonder if Mims, a favorite of the former coaching staff, gets squeezed out by the new coaches.
The strategy that quietly destroyed Conor McGregor in last Dustin Poirier fight
Dustin Poirier’s emphatic victory over Conor McGregor at the beginning of the year goes down on their ledgers as “TKO (punches).”That’s true enough. Poirier unleashed a barrage of fists that McGregor barely withstood before appearing to lose consciousness following a gnarly right hook. And they kept coming, affecting the movement of McGregor and often buckling him as the outside of his calf changed its hue. Felder suspects McGregor’s ongoing affair with boxing contributed to losing sight of the calf kick’s rise to ubiquity in the sport. “And for Conor, that’s gonna come down to: What’s he gonna do with these calf kicks?
Two Astros skipping All-Star Game after cheating scandal
A pair of Astros are backing out of the first MLB All-Star Game since Houston’s infamous sign-stealing scandal. “I’m grateful for everybody that voted for me to be in the All-Star Game. It’s our first child, so I need that time.”Altuve, batting .282 with 19 home runs, blamed his All-Star Game absence on a left leg injury. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa will skip the All-Star Game. Getty ImagesThis year’s All-Star Game is the first since Houston’s sign-stealing scandal first rocked the sport’s landscape last January.
Opinion : U.S. athletes who protest their country’s flag are playing right into China’s hands
In a statement, U.S. Soccer said that none of the players “turned their back on WWII Veteran Pete DuPré during tonight’s anthem” adding “the players all love Pete.” Note the statement didn’t say the players would never disrespect the American flag — because that would be demonstrably untrue. The team seems most upset at the notion that anyone thought they had shown disrespect to a sweet old man like Pete. What they don’t seem to understand is that when they protest the flag, they show disrespect for Pete and all the veterans who fought under that flag. They show disrespect for all of Pete’s comrades who sacrificed their lives so they could have the freedom to play a kids’ game for a living.
But ‘it’s break!’: Thousands of D.C.-area kids head to summer school, sometimes reluctantly
In Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest school system, more than 52,000 students — out of about 161,000 — signed up for summer programs, some of which started this week. In D.C., where most schools are launching their “summer acceleration” academies later this month, more than 8,800 of the system’s 52,000 students registered for the in-person classes. And in Virginia’s biggest school system, Fairfax County Public Schools, 36,911 students — out of about 180,000 — are taking 2,859 different summer classes.
Fan takes Rory McIlroy's club in odd moment at Scottish Open
Rory McIlroy had a run-in with a spectator at the Scottish Open on Friday. McIlroy was on the 10th hole during the second round at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick when the fan came up to his bag, grabbed a club and decided to take a few swings with it. The fan handed the club back to McIlroy’s caddie, Harry Diamond. "At approximately 8am on Friday morning, a spectator entered the tenth tee area," the European Tour said in a statement. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMcIlroy finished the first round 1-under 70 along with Collin Morikawa.
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios drops out of Olympics over fan ban, injuries
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios dropped out of the Olympics on Thursday after Tokyo 2020 organizers announced there would be no fans at the games due to coronavirus concerns. Kyrgios said the decision to bar spectators and the need to be healthy for future tournaments were some of the reasons for his withdrawal. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"It’s been my dream to represent Australia at the Olympics and I know I may never get that opportunity again. He had to retire from Wimbledon during a match last week because of a strained abdominal muscle. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThere is one more major left on the tennis schedule this year – the U.S. Open in New York City.
Goldman Sachs bets England will beat Italy this weekend, but...
New York (CNN Business) Here's some good news for long-suffering fans of England's football (aka soccer) team. Goldman Sachs predicts that England has a 58% chance of defeating Italy in Sunday's Euro 2020 final. Goldman Sachs GS Now for the bad news.has been wrong so far with many of its soccer prognostications — particularly when it comes to Gli Azzurri, or the Blues, as Italy is known to its fans. Goldman's Christian Schnittker and the rest of the European economics team originally forecast that Belgium would win the tournament. And perhaps Goldman Sachs should stick to forecasting GDP growth and making stock picks.
How Southgate transformed England's image and his own
The transformation has therefore been remarkable after Southgate guided England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and the Euro 2020 final, with Sunday's showdown versus Italy the country's most anticipated game since the 1966 World Cup final. "I have never believed that we should just stick to football," Southgate told The Players Tribune, which provides a platform to connect directly with fans, before the tournament. HUMBLE PLAYERSHis England side are not just the most successful since Alf Ramsey's World Cup winners but are also a group of humble players. "Southgate has managed to convey to his highly paid stars that they are not only playing football. Southgate and his coaching staff, meanwhile, have travelled to watch live NBA and NFL games, incorporating strategies to improve set-piece routines and game management.
'It is youngsters against old men' - Bonucci wary of England speed
"It is youngsters against old men," Bonucci told a news conference on Friday. "They have very strong attackers, we will need great attention towards them and the whole team. Bonucci also had words of praise for the England defence, which has conceded just one goal all tournament en route to the final. "England have a super defence, I already said this during the qualifying phase," Bonucci added. "We will need to give great attention as a defence and show a lot of cunning to score in attack."
Hoops legend Scottie Pippen is now making bourbon
Digits bourbon, $69.99Basketball great Scottie Pippen may be known as one of the players who led the Chicago Bulls to multiple NBA championships — that is, other than his even more famous teammate, Michael Jordan. Pippen, who retired from the game after 17 seasons in 2004, has joined forces with Savage & Cooke, an up-and-coming California distillery, on a newly released bourbon called Digits. So what does playing basketball have in common with making bourbon? Pippen says he wanted a bourbon that was soft and smooth, with particular appeal for novice sippers. “There’s still a lot of footage that was collected back in my playing days,” he says.
NABJ 'outraged' after Rachel Nichols video, demands meeting with Disney, ESPN execs
ESPN gave Maria Taylor hosting duties for the 2020 NBA Finals from the Disney "bubble," a job Nichols evidently had issues relinquishing. More: ESPN replaces Rachel Nichols with Malika Andrews as sideline reporter for NBA FinalsESPN's response to the Nichols matter was "even more appalling." "The company’s actions could have alienated Taylor and left another Black employee punished for exposing the matter," the NABJ statement said. Kayla Johnson, a producer at ESPN who is Black, received a two-week suspension for sending the Nichols video to Taylor, according to the Times. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rachel Nichols video: NABJ 'outraged' demands meeting with ESPN, Disney
ESPN removes reporter from NBA Finals sideline coverage after comments
ESPN benched reporter Rachel Nichols from covering the NBA Finals from the sidelines after a recording surfaced of her making disparaging comments about her colleague, Maria Taylor. In leaked audio, Nichols, who is White, reportedly criticized ESPN last year for choosing Taylor, who is Black, to report on the sidelines of the NBA Finals over her. The network said Nichols will still host "The Jump" during the NBA Finals. Taylor, a seven-year veteran of ESPN, is still scheduled to host the "NBA Countdown" for the finals. In a statement, ESPN told CBS News its decision will keep the focus on basketball.
Kevin Durant on past injuries ‘That was the end of the world to me’
The TelegraphThe second round of the Scottish Open experienced a bizarre and troubling start here when a spectator brazenly walked on to a teebox and took a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag. As McIlroy and world No 1 Jon Rahm looked on in befuddlement, the man took a few swings before officials eventually arrived to lead him away. Inevitably, there will be questions posed about the security at this $7 million event. This is the first time that fans have been allowed in to watch a British golf event since the pan
Cato Corp Continues Its Comeback Run
As a value investor, I am wired to like the underdog, the longshot, the comeback story. Fashion retailer Cato Corp (CATO) continues its own comeback run, and despite giving back 9% over the past four trading days, is up 68% year-to-date. CATO has been a serial repurchaser of its stock and has reduced shares outstanding by about 22% over the past five years. Women's fashion retail is as competitive as major league baseball, and CATO is attempting to prove that it can compete, and make money doing it. This is my second go-around with CATO, it's not as profitable as the first, but getting there.
Photos: Heat wave brings scorching temperatures to Southern California
(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)Landon Victor, 3, of Long Beach, chases after pigeons while playing at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)CHATSWORTHUCLA student Josh Puchalski practices his bouldering skills at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth before temperatures began to soar. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)AdvertisementCASTIACSamuel Garcia, 12, collects shells in the sand for his sister Paola Garcia, 4, as the family from Palmdale tries to beat the heat at Castaic Lake Lagoon. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)Zachary Pruett, 10, catches wind with his umbrella as he was trying to put it away at Castaic Lake Lagoon. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)More visual journalism from the Los Angeles Times
Dodgers Dugout: Rotation is in a shambles
Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and, if you can pitch six innings, you might want to give the Dodgers a call. Get our Dodgers Dugout newsletter for insights, news and much more. That’s when the Dodgers announced that Kershaw was headed to the 10-day IL because of inflammation in his left forearm. Except there are few teams in a hurry to help out the Dodgers, unless the Dodgers are willing to unload a boatload of prospects.
Suns' Devin Booker, on the hard work that makes teammate Mikal Bridges the player he is
Suns' Devin Booker, on the hard work that makes teammate Mikal Bridges the player he isDevin Booker spoke highly of teammate Mikal Bridges, with Bridges right next to him Thursday night after the Suns won Game 2.
Mavericks forward Nicolo Melli to leave NBA, return to Italy’s Olimpia Milano
After appearing in just 26 combined games across the regular season and playoffs for the Dallas Mavericks, Nicolo Melli is leaving the NBA and returning to the Euroleague. The Italian forward is re-joining Olimpia Milano on a three-year deal, the team announced on Friday. In 22 games with New Orleans last season, Melli was shooting 25% from the floor and 19% from 3-point range. In Dallas, Melli shot 38% from the floor and 33% from 3-point range while averaging four points in just over 14 minutes per game. Melli, 30, was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason before opting to return to Olimpia Milano.
Bridges Barrage: Suns forward Mikal Bridges lights up Bucks in Game 2 win
Mikal Bridges set up in the corner in front of the Milwaukee Bucks' bench. Bridges hit another corner 3 in the first quarter and shot another glance at his opponents. Which is pretty much what the Suns are doing through two wins in two games of the NBA Finals, including their 118-108 Game 2 win. Phoenix Suns Arena rocked as the Suns dropped 20 3-pointers on Thursday, three for Bridges on his way to a playoff career high of 27 points. Sometimes he would get close to the basket but he would get to a spot where he can make that seven, eight-foot jump shot," Suns head coach Monty Williams said of Bridges.
3 undrafted free agents who are primed to make noise at Cowboys training camp
The Dallas Cowboys have consistently been one of the better teams in the NFL at unearthing gems among undrafted free agents each year. This is where the Cowboys originally unearthed gems such as Cole Beasley and Patrick Crayton in the past. pic.twitter.com/HwisJbgedF — Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) September 1, 2018Vasher’s overall skill set certainly needs a lot of work, but in a training camp setting, his Texas-sized catch radius should enable him to make noise during Cowboys camp. And the latter is a big reason why undrafted fullback Nick Ralston could make some noise during Cowboys camp. If he doesn’t, then the only noise Ralston will make at camp will come from the frustration of missed opportunities.
Denver weather: Record high expected Friday with more dry days ahead
Denver should hit its 100th 100-degree day in 149 years of metrological tracking Friday, according to the National Weather Service. This comes after Thursday saw the city’s highest temperature in more than three years with a reading of 102 degrees at Denver International Airport. The high fell one degree shy of the record for July 8 and was the hottest the Mile High City has been since June 28, 2018, when temperatures reached 105 degrees. Record or near record temperatures are likely today, with highs peaking near 100F. Sunday will be sunny with a high of 88 degrees and a low of 60 degrees.
Craig Counsell answers 5 questions after Brewers take the first of 7 games against Reds
Craig Counsell answers 5 questions after Brewers take the first of 7 games against RedsMilwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell answers 5 questions after the Brewers take the first of 7 games against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, July 8, at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Philadelphia Phillies (42-43) and Boston Red Sox (54-34) open a three-game interleague series Friday with a 7:10 p.m. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Phillies vs. Red Sox odds with MLB picks and predictions. RHP Garrett Richards is the projected starting pitcher for the Red Sox. Phillies at Red Sox odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Phillies +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Red Sox -135 (bet $135 to win $100)Phillies +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Red Sox -135 (bet $135 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Phillies +1.5 (-160) | Red Sox -1.5 (+135)Phillies +1.5 (-160) | Red Sox -1.5 (+135) Over/Under: 11 (O: -110 | U: -110)PredictionPhillies 5, Red Sox 4Philadelphia has struggled on the road with an 18-27 record through 45 games.
Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets odds, picks and prediction
Brian RuddSportsbook WireThe Pittsburgh Pirates (32-54) and New York Mets (45-38) got rained out Thursday, and will now begin a four-game weekend series Friday at 7:10 p.m. Mets odds with MLB picks and predictions. Pirates at Mets odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line : Pirates +175 (bet $100 to win $175) | Mets -200 (bet $2000 to win $100): Pirates +175 (bet $100 to win $175) | Mets -200 (bet $2000 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Pirates +1.5 (-130) | Mets -1.5 (+105): Pirates +1.5 (-130) | Mets -1.5 (+105) Over/Under : 7.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)PredictionMets 5, Pirates 2The Pirates have struggled all season on the road, winning just 13 of 42 contests and ranking 29th in the league at 3.00 runs per game. Go with METS -1.5 (+105).
St. Augustine Prep acquires property for $42 million expansion, adding 900 student seats
The growth heats up competition for students, coming as Milwaukee Public Schools is stepping up its own recruitment efforts following enrollment losses. "It's first come, first serve, and some of them come from public schools, some of them come from private schools." Other funding, about $2,500 per student, comes from Ramirez’s family foundation and other donors. Ramirez envisioned this expansion when he first opened Aug Prep in 2017 at 2607 S. 5th St., a few blocks south of Lincoln Avenue just west of I-43. Ramirez said he doesn't anticipate further expansions to the Aug Prep campus, though he might consider another project in the area.
Body of Loyola University Chicago grad found in the rubble of Surfside condo tower
The body of a Loyola University grad from Chicago has been recovered from the rubble of the Surfside condominium tower in Florida, authorities said Thursday. It brings to 64 the number of people who have died in the collapse of the tower just north of Miami Beach. Mora had worked for Morton Salt in Chicago, and had been staying with his parents, Juan and Ana Mora when the building crumbled to the ground. Kind of more old school than anything.”Cepero said his friend had truly settled into his home in the Midwest. From graduating from Loyola to becoming a Cubs fan and favoring the deep dish from Lou Malnati’s, Cepero said, “Chicago is everything for him.”
Friday's Brewers broadcast won't be found in its usual spot on Bally Sports Wisconsin, but you can still watch it
Friday night's game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds won't be found in its usual place on Bally Sports Wisconsin. The game, with first pitch at 7:10 p.m., has been moved exclusively to YouTube, where it's free to watch. You can find the broadcast at youtube.com/mlb or youtube.com/brewers. All you need is an internet connection, with no extra software or subscription to purchase. A Brewers game in May against the St. Louis Cardinals also moved to YouTube.
Erik Spoelstra a study in continuity at USA Olympic training, with Mark Few recalling Heat coach’s playing days
“Everybody always asks on the collegiate level, ‘How can we be the next Gonzaga?’ And I talk about continuity, and how important it is,” Few said. “And I look at San Antonio and how solid they have been, and just that franchise that you hold up there and you want to emulate. Look at Miami, the same look. You’re in awe of the success they’ve had. I think they both talk about those cultures.
As Tommies move to Division I athletics, their facilities must follow
St. Thomas’ unprecedented move from Division III to Division I athletics will still be in its infancy — with tickets in demand — on October 3 when the St. Actually, they’ll be in Mendota Heights, the site of St. Thomas Ice Arena, the 1,000-seat venue that the Tommies share with St. Thomas Academy. “They are going to end up with some better facilities than they already have, it’s just going to take some time. Just like our new conference wants to grow and prosper, St. Thomas is the same way. Because we are in a neighborhood, a lot of our competition facilities are also going to be our practice facilities.
Former Premier league player Jon Stead reels back on retirement to join Hartford Athletic as assistant coach
“I’m doing something that I love. I’m here by choice, and I’ve decided to come and do this because it’s best for my family and I in the long run,” Stead said. “I hope I bring some detail to the Athletic’s roster. I call it the Dark Arts, the stuff I’ve learned while playing the game for so long. If we can get the details into place when they’re 24 or 25 years old, if we get that in early and not wait until they’re old like me, because even I’m still learning, it’ll help.
Michigan Community College Association president to retire
Michael Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association, is retiring at the end of the year, officials announced Friday. The organization that oversees 28 public community college in Michigan has launched a search for a new leader. “Over the past 15 years, Michael has served as an outstanding leader for community colleges across the state,” said Dr. Dale Nesbary, board chair of the Michigan Community College Association and president of Muskegon Community College. “Working alongside Michigan’s 28 public community colleges has been an amazing opportunity and I am so proud of the work our team has been able to accomplish. I have no doubt that this organization will continue to do great things on behalf of Michigan’s community colleges in the years to come.”kkozlowski@detroitnews.com
MSU's James Piot leads group of state golfers to qualify for men's, women's U.S. Amateur
Piot, the Michigan State senior who just set the scoring average and won the Michigan Medal Play among other fine achievements this past year, is heading back to the U.S. Last year, he finished second in stroke play before falling in match play in the round of 32. At a second Michigan qualifier, Tuesday at Oakland's Katke-Counsins, Wayne State senior Grant Haefner of Berkley was medalist, two shots better than fellow qualifier Bradley Bastion, a Western Michigan alum. A field of 264 golfers will tee it up, with two rounds of stroke play to determine who advances to match play and the round of 64. Amateur, Michigan junior Hailey Borja qualified for her third consecutive appearance in the tournament, and Michigan State freshman Valentina Ross also made it.
ABQ man charged with shooting at passing car
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalNew Mexico State Police arrested an Albuquerque man accused of stealing his father’s car and driving to Santa Rosa, where he fired a shotgun at a passing vehicle Wednesday morning, authorities said. She said as she got closer to the car she saw the driver get out and point a shotgun at her. The Santa Rosa police chief and an officer received the call and drove to I-40 and – believing he was headed their direction – waited for the car to pass by. The officers saw the man park alongside the frontage road and go into a nearby portable toilet. Officers found shotgun shells in the gray car and a shotgun in a case nearby.
African American spelling bee champ makes history with flair
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These 10 charts show you vaccination and virus trends
"I may die of Covid, but I'd rather die actually living," Bills receiver Cole Beasley wrote in a letter posted to social media. "... My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar."
Lithuania builds border fence to stem migration from Belarus
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania began Friday to erect a fence along its border with Belarus to deter third country migrants from entering, a week after Vilnius declared a state of emergency to address a sharp rise in migratory flows — which it says Belarusian authorities are encouraging. Lithuania, which has backed and granted refuge to Belarus opposition figures, accuses its neighbor of organizing the border crossings by people mainly from Iraq, the Middle East and Africa. The double, barbed wire fence will run for 550 kilometers (342 miles), covering most of the nearly 680-kilometer (423-mile) frontier. It will cost 41 million euros ($48 million), according to Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite. In the past two months, more than 1,500 people have crossed into Lithuania — 20 times more than in the whole of 2020.
Gilberto Ramirez vs. Sullivan Barrera fight odds, picks and prediction
Below, we break down the Ramirez vs. Barrera odds, with boxing picks and predictions. Gilberto Ramirez vs. Sullivan Barrera oddsOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Gilberto Ramirez: -1000 (bet $1,000 to win $100) | Sullivan Barrera: +600 (bet $100 to win $600) | Draw: +2500Rivera has an implied win probability of 90.91% with the -1000 money line odds. Ramirez vs. Barrera: Odds, predictions and picksRamirez (-1000) will cost you 10 times your potential return, or just $10 return on every $100 risked. Ramirez vs. Barrera best betI like RAMIREZ ON POINTS (-150) for much less risk.
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles odds, picks and prediction
Brian RuddSportsbook WireThe Chicago White Sox (51-35) and Baltimore Orioles (28-58) open a three-game series Friday with a 7:05 p.m. LHP Dallas Keuchel is the projected starting pitcher for the White Sox. White Sox at Orioles odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line : White Sox -155 (bet $155 to win $100) | Orioles +125 (bet $100 to win $125): White Sox -155 (bet $155 to win $100) | Orioles +125 (bet $100 to win $125) Against the spread/ATS : White Sox -1.5 (+100) | Orioles +1.5 (-120): White Sox -1.5 (+100) | Orioles +1.5 (-120) Over/Under : 10 (O: -105 | U: -115)PredictionWhite Sox 7, Orioles 5The Orioles are 13-42 in their last 55 games and are 4-13 in games started by Lopez this season. Expect another big day and back the WHITE SOX -1.5 (+100).
Four ways to get through this weekend if you love – or hate – football
For the first time since 1966, the Three Lions are through to a major football final and will face Italy on Sunday. Instead, opt for Love Island, a show which follows a group of chiselled twenty-somethings flirting with each other in the Balearic sunshine for a cash prize. In Love Island, it refers to... well, you can fill in the rest. In Love Island, it means a contestant has been booted out of the villa. You would be forgiven for thinking that, in the final, football fans might storm into your home too.
Wenger, Brailsford and Eddie Jones: The big-name networks feeding ‘rebel ideas’ to Gareth Southgate
Among the praise showered on Gareth Southgate for leading England to the Euro 2020 final has been acclaim for his hunger for new ideas to produce and sustain a winning team. That has included looking outside the world of football for inspiration and “rebel ideas”, whether it be studying how the Mercedes Formula One team works or devouring books on anthropology. Southgate is part of ‘Leaders P8’, a knowledge platform connecting people at the highest levels of sport. The England manager is also part of a WhatsApp group of elite coaches that spring up off the back of the network, featuring the likes of Arsene Wenger, Eddie Jones and Sir Dave Brailsford. Similar to Southgate’s appointment as England manager, which came about by accident rather than design, what Sheepshanks calls a “rebel ideas board” owes its existence more to a twist of fate than meticulous planning.
Who is in the Royal Box on Friday 9 July?
David Beckham, astronaut Tim Peake and actor Andy Serkis are just some of the guests in Friday’s Royal Box for the Wimbledon men’s semi-final matches. The Royal Box, which is located on Centre Court at the legendary SW19 sports venue, has 74 seats reserved for the royal family and invited guests of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC). Who is in the royal box? On Friday, only Professor Paul Elliott and Dr Joshua Elliott from Imperial College’s medicine and epidemiology department are listed in the Royal Box. Other guests in Friday’s Royal Box include:Sir Simon Russell Beale: ActorLiam Fox: MP and former Secretary of State for International TradeSimon Litherland: CEO of Britvic drinksKevin Cho: Managing Director of OppoDavid Grutman: President and co-owner of Inter Miami CFBarbara Slater: Director of BBC Sport
Low-rise jeans, Juicy Couture and oversized sunglasses: The golden age of the ‘WAG’
Arguably leading the pack, David Beckham’s wife Victoria popularised oversized sunglasses, while Alex Curran, who is now married to Steven Gerrard, was a walking Juicy Couture advertisement, often spotted in the brand’s signature matching sets. Low-rise jeans were also the rage, with fitness trainer Carly, wife of Joe Cole, regularly showing off her trim stomach. Cole, then known by her maiden name Tweedy, was engaged to England left-back Ashley Cole at the time. This England tank top paired with calf-high brown heeled boots, highlighted hair tousled to perfection, a chunky wristwatch, enormous diamond flashing beneath the stadium lights and a killer pair of sunglasses. (L-R) Victoria Beckham, Rosie McLoughlin, Coleen Rooney, Louise Owen, Elen Rivas (Mark Large/ANL/Shutterstock)And what better way to showcase a tan than by wearing mostly all-white ensembles?
Patriotism, nostalgia and national identity: The complicated politics of England football shirts
“A *lot* of men aged 35-50 on the train in a range of old England shirts”, Nelson wrote. Wearing an England shirt to watch an England match isn’t exactly ground-breaking, but in recent years, the question of English national identity has shown itself to be anything but straightforwardWearing an England shirt to watch an England match isn’t exactly ground-breaking, but in recent years, the question of English national identity has shown itself to be anything but straightforward. But is there still a chance there may be something positively unifying about a sea of England shirts? Still, while it might be easy to distance club shirts from the worst elements of fandoms, this becomes harder when a national side – and in turn a national identity – is involved. If a retro England shirt is a claim to a historical moment, then that particular moment was optimistic, sunny, broadly happy.
‘My daughter runs around the garden when England needs a goal’: The superstitions and rituals of football mega fans
England fans across the country and beyond are dreaming of victory after Gareth Southgate’s team defeated Denmark in a nail-biting quarter-final on Wednesday evening. The stones aren’t too big – just little pebbles off his garden path. “We make my daughter run around the garden”Elaine, 63, YorkThis started in 1996 when my daughter, Laura, was 14. Whenever we were watching a game where we needed to score, we would send Laura off to run around the garden. “I curl up into a ball”Thom, 32, LondonBefore a big game, I tend to curl up into a ball and agonise about what’s going to happen.
Lions given green light to face Sharks on Saturday after latest Covid tests
The British and Irish Lions have been given the green light to play Saturday’s match against the Sharks in Pretoria after the latest round of PCR testing returned negative results. Warren Gatland has named just two backs in a six-two split on the bench with tour captain Conor Murray and fly-half Finn Russell present. “It’s obviously been a slightly turbulent week, but we remain determined to keep rolling with the punches,” Gatland said. “We want to pass on thanks to the Sharks boys for fronting up and going again on Saturday. That’s the spirit of rugby and a great chance for them to have another shot at us.”
I can do better: Jon Rahm warns rivals after taking lead at Scottish Open
US Open champion Jon Rahm warned his rivals he still has room for improvement after setting the clubhouse target on day two of the abrdn Scottish Open. “Those first 10 holes I played incredible,” Rahm said. “I was seven under through 10 and the three pars I had were short putts that could have been made. If my second shot on 16 went two yards further than it did I would have had no shot to the pin. In contrast, McIlroy was set to miss the cut after adding a 71 to his opening 70 to finish one under par.
From veteran Giorgio Chiellini to maestro Marco Verratti – Italy’s key men
Italy stand between England and Euro 2020 glory as the two sides go head-to-head in Sunday’s final at Wembley. Roberto Mancini’s side extended their unbeaten run to 33 matches in their penalty shootout win against Spain in the semi-finals. Here, the PA news agency takes a look at five players to watch out for in the Azzurri’s line-up. Chiellini is the embodiment of his nation’s spirit, a physical, imposing defender willing to go above and beyond for the cause. Donnarumma, over 6ft 4in, was outstanding in Italy’s defeat of Belgium and saved Alvaro Morata’s penalty in the shoot-out win against Spain.
Wimbledon 2021 LIVE: Berrettini vs Hurkacz and Djokovic vs Shapovalov - latest men’s semi-finals updates
? Close Canadian tennis stars Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime inspire at WimbledonFollow all the action from the men’s singles semi-finals at Wimbledon. The opening match on Centre Court will see Queen’s Club champion Matteo Berrettini face Hubert Hurkacz. Then it will be the turn of defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is now within touching distance of equalling Federer and Rafael Nadal’s men’s grand slam record. The Serbian has only dropped one set all tournament and will still feel fresh after a somewhat kind draw. That is not the case for Denis Shapovalov, who came through an epic five-set quarter-final against Karen Khachanov.
Spectator ejected after taking club from Rory McIlroy’s bag at Scottish Open
A spectator smelling of alcohol was ejected from the abrdn Scottish Open after nonchalantly grabbing a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag on the 10th tee. Rahm’s caddied Adam Hayes can be seen calling for security before the man was eventually escorted off the tee after handing the club to McIlroy’s caddie Harry Diamond. “He came in so confident and we thought he was going to take a picture or something. “After a little bit, when he walked back and they were taking him out you could smell the reason why it happened. Asked if the incident had unnerved McIlroy, Rahm added: “I don’t think so.
Matt Proudfoot wants England players to be comfortable
Matt Proudfoot will send England’s forwards in search of their “own soul” to rebuild their pack dominance. Head coach Eddie Jones has challenged England’s pack to become feared around the world again, after a dismal fifth-place finish at the Six Nations. And forwards coach Proudfoot believes the best way to realise those aims is by allowing the England players to be comfortable in their own skin. Asked if his exploits with South Africa can help underpin his England tenure, Proudfoot replied: “No, I think England have their own strengths, their own soul, I would say, as a pack. “I’m excited about all of them, there’s good players there with a lot of potential,” said Proudfoot.
Double rowing world champion Mat Tarrant heading to Tokyo as a Team GB ‘spare’
Mat Tarrant will be racing at his second Olympic Games in Tokyo but his name will not grace any record books, nor has he any intention of inking the traditional rings tattoo on his torso. Not included in the final tally of 376 Team GB athletes named on Thursday were 22 reserves, most of whom will travel to the Games, in rowing, athletics, cycling, hockey and equestrian. Mat TarrantTarrant told the PA news agency: “I think of myself as an Olympian, but on paper I’m not. Rio Olympic Games 2016 – Day Six (PA Archive)“But once you are given that role you’ve got to rise above it. “I don’t think I’ll be getting the hoop tattoo,” Tarrant admitted.
Rugby prop Ellis Genge hails Gareth Southgate’s ‘new generation’ man management
England rugby star Ellis Genge has hailed Gareth Southgate’s “new generation” man management that allows individual personalities to shine on the biggest stage. Leicester and England prop Genge paid tribute to England boss Southgate’s open managerial style, that has helped the likes of Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford change public perceptions on their personas. England will take on Italy at Wembley on Sunday for the Euro 2020 title in their first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup. Southgate’s managerial stance has been a breath of fresh air and Genge believes England rugby boss Eddie Jones has had a similar impact. “What you’re seeing is the new generation player-manager relationships, where you can actually be yourself as opposed to having to fit in,” said Genge.
Uefa president does not see a repeat of Euro 2020 finals format
Even without the added logistical and public health difficulties associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament would have been a tough ask for fans and players alike, and Ceferin is clearly not keen on a repeat. “I would not support it any more,” he told the BBC’s Sports Desk podcast. It’s in a way not correct that some teams have to travel more than 10,000 kilometres and the others 1,000 for example. “It’s not fair to the fans. “So it’s a difficult one, it’s an interesting idea but hard to implement and I don’t think we will do it again.”The 2024 Euros will be held in Germany.
14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde becomes first Black US student to win Scrips National Spelling Bee
Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde on Thursday became America’s first Black Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. The only other Black winner of the National Spelling Bee was Jody-Anne Maxwell from Jamaica, who won the championship in 1998. Besides her win in the prestigious championship, Zaila has also proved her mettle on the basketball court. I’m really trying to go somewhere with it. Zaila won more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Britain, U.S. and others highly concerned by possible new Hong Kong media laws
LONDON – Britain, the United States and a coalition of other nations said on Friday they were concerned that further legislation in Hong Kong could be used to curtail media freedom. “We are highly concerned by the possible introduction of new legislation that is intended or could risk being used to eliminate scrutiny and criticism by the media of the government’s policies and actions,” the statement, published by Britain on behalf of the Media Freedom Coalition, said. The coalition is made up of Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Beaming Prince Charles plays cricket in a suit as he visits Cardiff
Prince Charles appeared in high spirits today as he played cricket during a visit to Cardiff on his final day of his week-long trip to Wales. The Prince of Wales, 72, beamed as he took up a bat and tried to hit one of the balls hurled at him by players at the Glamorgan Cricket Club. Heir to the throne Charles looked dapper in a grey suit, teamed with a blue and red striped tie and check shirt for the occasion. Pictured, Prince Charles beams when playing cricketThe prince met with staff and players when given a tour of the grounds - including Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne. Yesterday, Charles marked the centenary of Church in Wales on the fourth day of his Welsh tour.
Symbolic… but not for the reasons they were hoping for: Olympic flame lands in Tokyo in pouring rain
The Olympic flame arrived in Tokyo on Friday to an empty stadium and in pouring rain as the city prepares for a spectator-free games. Unlike 'worldwide partners' with multi-year deals, domestic sponsors are only involved in the Tokyo Games. There will now be a scaled down city-wide torch relay ahead of the opening ceremony, when the cauldron will be lit in the Olympic stadium. 'I'm glad that we welcome the torch relay, with these legacies we proudly show at home and abroad,' Koike said. 'Now, what I have to do is ask how I can still create an opportunity to connect people around the world through the Olympic Games.'
Suspect arrested in Georgia country club shooting that left 3 dead, including golf pro who witnessed the crime
A suspect in a shooting that left three dead at a Georgia country club, including the club's golf pro, has been arrested, police said Thursday. Rhoden was charged with three counts of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping, Cox said. Last Saturday, police arrived at the club at 2:30 p.m. and found Eugene "Gene" Siller, the director of golf for the club, dead with a gunshot to his head. Rhoden was arrested the day after the shooting in an unrelated case and was charged with DUI, among other charges, according to online jail records. He was released on bond Tuesday and arrested again Thursday on the murder charges from the golf course shooting.
Jerry Rice thinks he might have been able to double his stats in today's NFL
Jerry Rice is one of the best wide receivers to ever grace an NFL field. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMRice said Tuesday he thinks his stats would have doubled if he were playing in the NFL today. "First of all, the game really favors the wide receiver now, because you can’t put your hands on him," he told Peacock TV’s "Brother from Another" ahead of the American Century Championship golf event. BEARS ROOKIE JUSTIN FIELDS IS 'PURE JUICE,' NFL ANALYST SAYS"Linebackers can’t take shots at you coming across the middle anymore. But a wide receiver who has matched the numbers Rice put up in his career has yet to come.
Jake Paul ribs Conor McGregor as bout teased again before UFC 264
A potential fight between Conor McGregor and Jake Paul was brought up again Thursday before the Irishman faces off against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 over the weekend. When asked about either of them bring cage-side for the Poirier fight, he replied, "I couldn’t care about them two dingbats." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"I don’t see so, but never say never," McGregor said about a potential fight. Jake Paul ratcheted up some of the pressure on McGregor for a potential fight. "You can tell Conor has lost ‘it.’ He no longer speaks from a place of authenticity & you can tell he’s trying to convince himself of his own lies.
From the lowest of lows, England and Italy reach final summit
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - For all the differences in style and approach, there is a remarkable symmetry to the journeys taken by England and Italy towards Sunday's Euro 2020 final. Southgate was able to draw on an exciting young generation of talent emerging from the Under-21 team and from the academies of Premier League clubs but his most significant decision was to change the culture around the England team. Still, players in the squad who experienced the bitterness of failure and its fall-out know where they have come from. The past record certainly favours Italy, who have never lost against England in four meetings at a major tournament and have been defeated once in eight competitive games with England. There may be little to choose between the two starting lineups but England have stronger options from the bench as Chiellini noted.
Lithuania plans wall along border with Belarus to stop migrant flow
Lithuania plans to build a wall along its border with Belarus in a bid to deter migrants and refugees. Since June 1, 1,044 migrants attempting to cross the border have been detained, according to Simonyte, compared to 81 in all of 2020. Simonyte claimed Belarusian travel agencies were opened in Middle Eastern countries to convince migrants to come to Belarus, after which they would be sent across the border to Lithuania. The recent migrant crisis started following EU backlash against the forced landing of an international flight containing a Belarusian dissident. Washington Examiner VideosTags: Lithuania, Belarus, News, European Union, Europe, RussiaOriginal Author: Brady KnoxOriginal Location: Lithuania plans wall along border with Belarus to stop migrant flow
Doug Pederson: Eagles didn’t draft Jalen Hurts to undermine Carson Wentz
That much is clear after the club finished 4-11-1, fired head coach Doug Pederson, and traded away quarterback Carson Wentz to the Colts. But in a separate interview, he detailed what he saw going wrong with Philadelphia last season after the club drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round. So we did that a year ago and brought in Jalen Hurts — not to undermine Carson Wentz, not to do anything to take away his job or anything because Carson was our starter. “I look back on my time and there are a lot of positives I take from it,” Pederson said. “But I’m not going to dwell too much on the past.”Doug Pederson: Eagles didn’t draft Jalen Hurts to undermine Carson Wentz originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Dan Orlovsky argues Jalen Hurts is not nearly as good as Carson Wentz
Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft after spending a season in Oklahoma. In his rookie year with the Philadelphia Eagles, he spent most of the time on the sidelines as QB2 under Carson Wentz. Today, ESPN’s NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky went on live television and said something that Eagles fans likely don’t want to hear. “If the Eagles could go back right now and re-do that decision, I’m 100% convinced that they would not have taken Jalen Hurts,” said Orlovsky. “If Jalen Hurts plays as well as he can, he can’t sniff as good as Carson Wentz is.”
The Daily Sweat: Shohei Ohtani is the favorite to win the Home Run Derby
The overwhelming favorite to win American League MVP is also the favorite to win the Home Run Derby. Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is making his first appearance in the derby on Monday and he’s BetMGM’s betting favorite at +325. The Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo is second to Ohtani among derby participants with 23 homers. A Djokovic win will tie him with Rafael Nadal and Federer at 20 major wins. It’ll also be his third major win of the year.
Doug Pederson on Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts and what went wrong in Philadelphia
Doug Pederson, the former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, and the only coach to win the Lombardi Trophy for the franchise, made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. During the sitdown, Pederson addressed his handling of Carson Wentz, the future of Jalen Hurts, and when the season took a complete 180. Pederson says “he believed” Wentz was supposed to be the “franchise” moving forward despite Philadelphia constantly looking to evaluate and select prospects at the position. Pederson was fired, Wentz was traded to Indianapolis, Hurts became the starting quarterback for this season and Nick Sirianni was named head coach. List3 things that must happen for Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East View 3 items
Watch: Fan at Scottish Open walks onto tee box and grabs one of Rory McIlroy's clubs
We have another golf course intruder. A fan at the Scottish Open on Friday decided that he really needed to grab one of Rory McIlroy's clubs out of the bag. As they were talking, the fan grabbed a club out of McIlroy's bag and decided that it was time to get ready for a practice swing. Unlike this fan — who needed to grab a club from McIlroy's bag — the one at the U.S. Open brought his own clubs onto the course. Perhaps golf course security will be a topic of offseason debate for the PGA and European Tours.
Saquon Barkley still won’t put a timetable on his return
Giants running back Saquon Barkley repeatedly has declined to put a timetable on his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Barkley dodged multiple questions about his return to health, including if he might begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Eisen asked Barkley if he should feel confident about taking Barkley at the top of his fantasy draft. “If I was a betting man, I was told the best thing to do is bet on yourself, so why not?” Barkley said. Saquon Barkley still won’t put a timetable on his return originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
USC freshman Ceyair Wright is on the big screen in ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’
“It was pretty cool.”So says football standout, actor and soon-to-be teenage heartthrob Ceyair Wright about playing the film role of LeBron James’ eldest son in the film “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” which will be released next week. Wright is a freshman defensive back at USC. Shooting was completed more than a year ago when Wright was a junior defensive back at Loyola. “When I was in the recruiting process, that was one thing I was looking for,” Wright said. I’m ready to defend him.”Wright had to make the tough decision last spring whether to play football for Loyola and risk injury or opt out and prepare for USC.
FAQ: What you need to know about the Trevor Bauer case and where it stands right now
Pasadena police are continuing to investigate Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer for felony assault after a woman accused him of choking her until she lost consciousness and injuring her over the course of two sexual encounters. Bauer is on an administrative leave from the Dodgers as MLB completes its own investigation. That leave — which is paid and does not constitute a disciplinary action — was extended by Major League Baseball through July 15. Through his agent, Bauer has denied the charges, saying the encounters were consensual. The Times answers a series of questions about what might happen next.
Rain, winds pick up in Providence area as Tropical Storm Elsa reaches R.I.
“More than anything this is a really good reminder to everyone to be ready for hurricane season,” said Clara Decerbo, director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency. “Go over your family preparedness plans, and check in with work to make sure of their plans for hurricane season. This is a good reminder that even though we do not frequently get major storms, we are certainly in the hurricane zone.”PROVIDENCE — The effects of Tropical Storm Elsa reached Rhode Island on Friday morning, with rain steadily falling over the Providence area and winds starting to pick up. They were expecting 40 to 55 mile per hour winds beginning Friday morning and ending by the middle of Friday afternoon. National Grid said the storm’s gusting winds could damage trees and knock down power lines.
Arizona woman wins Nathan's hot dog eating contest: How she burped her way to victory
Michelle Lesco of Tucson downed 30.75 hot dogs in 10 minutes on Sunday, July 4, to win the women's division of the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The hot dog eating competition happens every Fourth of July at Coney Island, New York. Her strategy is simple: She raises money by doing hot dog eating practices. This year, every time someone donated $150, Lesco filmed an update or a practice for the “Coney” — the Nathan’s hot dog competition. Working up some of the air that's swallowed while eating all those hot dogs, Lesco said, happens while jumping — and, in turn, burping.
Rockies podcast: Road woes, Bill Schmidt’s chances at the permanent GM job and Trevor Story trade update
In this edition of the On The Rox podcast, Denver Post sportswriters Kyle Newman and Patrick Saunders analyze the Rockies’ woes away from Coors Field this year as the team is on pace to break the MLB record for lowest road winning percentage in a single season. Plus, commentary on interim general manager Bill Schmidt’s candidacy for the permanent job as well as an update on the trade status of shortstop Trevor Story. Subscribe to the podcastSoundCloud | iTunes | Stitcher | RSS
'We've seen this movie': Why the Phoenix Suns' win over the Milwaukee Bucks wasn't great TV
The Phoenix Suns’ 118-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday was good basketball and terrific for Valley fans. The team is in a great position heading into Milwaukee for Game 3 on Sunday. Yes, thanks to an incredible game by the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 42 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, it was close. But despite the Bucks coming back every time the Suns threatened to blow it open, the outcome never really seemed in doubt. It’s close for a while, the Suns pull away, the Bucks mount a comeback and the Suns finish things off.
Everything you need to know ahead of the Dallas Fuel’s first live event with fans in over a year
Esports Stadium Arlington was actually host to the most recent Fuel match as well, when the Fuel lost two matches in February 2020. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the Fuel and this weekend’s action — whether you’re new to the Overwatch League or not. Dallas Fuel Overwatch League players practice ahead of their season opener against Houston at Envy Gaming Headquarters in Dallas, Monday, March 29, 2021. (Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)What’s at stakeThe Dallas and Houston match has huge implications for Summer Showdown seeding. — Dallas Fuel still winning, but want blueprint for more success after two-win weekend— ‘Life is bound to change when you win’: How the Dallas Fuel became first-time championsFind more Fuel coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Astudillo’s four RBIs lead Saints’ rout
Astudillo added a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Saints, who have won the first three games of their six-game series, and five of seven games overall. He was charged with three earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5.1 innings but earned the victory to improve to 5-2. With one out in the third, three consecutive Saints batters drew walks to load the bases for Astudillo, who cleared the bases with a double down the left field line for a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, Jimmy Kerrigan hit a two-run home runt to straightaway center, his seventh of the season, making it 7-0. Two batters later, Astudillo crushed a solo homer to left, his first with St. Paul, to give the Saints a 10-0 lead.
Matignon hires DJ Pinkham as its new boys hockey coach
Matignon Athletic Director, Michael Lahiff ‘75, has announced the hiring of DJ Pinkham as its new coach to bring Matignon boys hockey back to its own program. Matignon had been in a cooperative situation with Malden and Revere the last two years. “I hope that DJ Pinkham with his high level of energy can work to bring back the excitement that the program once had. I would like to thank Revere Athletic Director, Frank Shea and Malden Athletic Director, Charlie Conefrey for their support in giving our boys a place to play over the last two years. I would also like to thank coach Joe Ciccarello for his guidance of our boys for the last two years.“
Hingham Bay Jr Regatta
Hingham , MA. - June 9: Charlie Lancow of SHYC tries to right his sailboat during the Hingham Bay Jr Regatta on June 9, 2021 in Hingham , Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Danny V’s high school softball final 2021 rankings
The Attleboro softball team can lay claim to one fact: They were the only team to score against Taunton this year. 1 softball team was, let’s look at candidates for the second spot behind the Tigers. We will wrap up the season by giving our awards for coach and player of the year. 1: Coach of the Year, Carrie Consalvi (Taunton); Player of the Year, Kelsey White (Taunton). 2: Coach of the Year: Katie Holmes (Dighton-Rehoboth); Player of the Year, Eliana Raposo (Dighton-Rehoboth).
MBCA Baseball All-Stars moved to Saturday
Due to the weather forecast,the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) has moved both of its All-Star games to Saturday at Howard Park/Rotondi Field, 220 Maplewood St., Malden. The Junior Select State All-Star Game will be held at 10 a.m. and the Sophomore Select State All-Star Game will be held at 1 p.m. This year’s Junior All-Star game has an “old-school” flavor, as the team names and team colors are associated with the two winningest high school coaches in Mass. The second team will be named “Team Johnson,” honoring retired Leominster head coach Emile Johnson, who compiled 725 coaching wins in his career. MBCA JUNIOR ALL-STAR ROSTERSTEAM CAREY: C: Dylan Locke (Hopkinton), Chris Faraca (Bishop Fenwick), Cam Ayotte (Millbury); IF: Matt Cassidy (Plymouth So.
Spectator takes swing of McIlroy's club at Scottish Open
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — A spectator was escorted from the course at the Scottish Open on Friday after taking a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag and taking a few swings with it. The incident took place on the 10th tee, where McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. The man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security guard after handing the club to McIlroy’s caddie, Harry Diamond. “At approximately 8am on Friday morning, a spectator entered the tenth tee area,” a statement from the European Tour read. “He was quickly escorted from the tee by security personnel and the matter is in the hands of Police Scotland.”U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, Nos.
2022 Super Bowl LVI Odds: Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers poised for rematch
The Kansas City Chiefs once again head into the campaign as the Super Bowl favorites, with the 2021 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers right behind. Below, we look at the 2022 Super Bowl LVI odds, be sure to check back for our NFL picks and predictions. 2022 Super Bowl odds: FavoritesOdds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. The Big Game is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022Where is the 2022 Super Bowl? Want some action on the 2022 Super Bowl?
In my whole career, Wednesday with the Lions was a day like I have never experienced before
They were locked in their rooms, not knowing if the game was going to go ahead until the all-clear was given around 5.30pm. Normally before the game you would have a walkthrough and get-togethers to focus on game preparation. Luckily we have a lot of great leaders in the squad and Iain Henderson took control as he was captain of the team. It was a great release to watch the semi-final at the end of a stressful day. I think they have done an amazing job and I am just so excited to see if it really is finally coming home.
Tour de France 2021, stage 13 – live updates as Mark Cavendish bids to match Eddy Merckx's stage win record
With the threat of crosswinds teams hoping to contest the stage win and those challenging in the general classification will be minded to have their diesel engines as near the the front of the bunch as is humanly possible. Likewise, protected riders will need to be shielded from any dangers if they are to finish their jobs off. Here's a quick reminder of who will be wearing what as respective leader in each of the four main classifications – in other words those that have jerseys. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) will be dressed in the maillot jaune, the leader's yellow jersey, for the fifth consecutive day with a healthy margin of over five minutes.
The England team Gareth Southgate should pick to defeat Italy and win Euro 2020: Telegraph football writers select their XIs
England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday evening after coming from behind to see off Denmark in extra-time of their last-four clash. It will be the first time the men's England side have played in a major final since winning the World Cup in 1966 - a gap of 55 years. With that in mind, we have asked our team of football writers to reveal who they would like to see Southgate pick to take on the Azzurri. Jason BurtThe rhythm of the tournament has shown that despite not picking the same XI for three years, Gareth Southgate has been consistent. It feels that Phil Foden may be the ideal starter against Italy with so many options off the bench.
Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says laser from England fan didn't affect him
Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said he was not put off by a laser that was shone in his face during England's penalty.
Japanese citizens seek injunction to cancel Olympics over virus concern
A group of citizens in Japan sought a court injunction on Friday to halt the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, arguing that going ahead with the games during the coronavirus pandemic violates the constitutionally guaranteed right to live. The four citizens filed with the Tokyo District Court demanding that games organizers cancel the sporting events, saying the organizers have not provided grounds in which they can be held in a “safe and secure” way to protect people. They also argued that the Tokyo Games cannot be held without interaction with others, thereby increasing the risk of the virus spreading, according to the written complaint. The filing of the suit comes after organizers decided Thursday that no spectators will be allowed in almost all venues due to a surge of coronavirus cases. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government declined to comment, saying it has not received the citizens’ complaint.
Jose Mourinho is ALREADY ruffling feathers at Roma and has 'told EIGHT players' they can leave
Jose Mourinho has already started to wield the axe at Roma, reportedly telling eight members of his first-team squad that they don't have a future at the Stadio Olimpico and will be sold this summer. Roma boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly told eight of his new squad that they will be soldPedro is reportedly one of the eight players that have been told they have no future with RomaAnte Coric, Davide Santon and Federico Fazio have also reportedly been cast aside by their new manager. However, speaking at his first press conference as Roma boss, Mourinho insisted he is yet to open discussions with any players regarding joining the club. You can choose to believe whether that is true or not, but I have not spoken to anyone,' the ex-Tottenham manager confirmed. Mourinho signed a three-year contract to succeed former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca in May.
Martin Braithwaite is now Barcelona's RICHEST player with his US property business worth £181M!
Martin Braithwaite is now Barcelona's richest player due to the success of his US real estate business, according to Forbes. But with Barcelona yet to sort out fresh terms with star man Lionel Messi - who is currently a free agent as a result - Braithwaite is now Barcelona's richest player. Danish forward Martin Braithwaite is now Barcelona's richest player, according to ForbesThe 30-year-old is the richest player right now with Lionel Messi currently a free agentThe forward is said to earn £85,000-per-week at the Nou Camp, meaning he is only joint-14th in the highest-earners list alongside midfielder Carles Alena. Braithwaite invested around £617,000 ($850,000) back in 2017 with his uncle, Philip Michael, and it grew to be worth £7.2m ($10m) by the end of the year. Braithwaite also owns a clothing brand called 'Trente' - founded by his French entrepreneur wife Anne-Laure Braithwaite - which is also believed to have enjoyed enormous success in her native country.
Will Suga's Olympic gamble pay off?
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga may have been counting on the Tokyo Olympics to buoy public sentiment before a general election this year. Instead, the games could turn into his biggest liability because of a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Olympic organizers agreed Thursday to ban spectators at venues in and around the capital after the government decided to declare a fresh state of emergency through Aug. 22. Casting a long shadow over the general election is Tokyo Gov. But if she changes course and chooses to run in the general election, she could become a powerful challenger for prime minister, Komiya said.
Super Sunday features England-Italy, Argentina-Brazil, Wimbledon and UFC 264-can it get any better?
Emiliano Martinez was Argentina's hero in their Copa America semi-final win over ColombiaArgentina won the last of their 14 Copa America titles in 1993, and face the defending champions Brazil, who have won it nine times, themselves. BBC has the broadcast rights for the Copa America in the UK and it will be available to watch live on the BBC Red Button service. WATCH THE WIMBLEDON FINAL For viewers in the UK, the Wimbledon 2021 men's final will be shown on BBC One and online via the iPlayer. WATCH EURO 2020 FINAL England v Italy will kick-off at 8pm UK time at Wembley Stadium. England won the World Cup having scored more boundaries during the match – and the celebrations began.
Arsenal to be the subject of Amazon's next instalment of hit "All or Nothing" documentary
Arsenal will become the latest football club to be part of Amazon's 'All or Nothing' documentary series next year. The Gunners' north London rivals Tottenham were the subject of the series during the 2019-20 season in what turned out to be a chaotic and unsuccessful season for Spurs under former boss Jose Mourinho. But in a statement, Amazon has announced that the red half of north London is set to follow in their footsteps with camera crews set to film Mikel Arteta's squad through the whole of the 2021-22 campaign. The Gunners will therefore hope that next season proves to be more fruitful than their neighbours, particularly after a disappointing 2020-21 campaign. Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years after finishing eighth in the Premier League table for a second straight season.
Euro 2020: Lineker calls England fans 'rude and utterly classless' if they boo Italy anthem in final
Gary Lineker has described England fans who boo the Italian national anthem at the Euro 2020 final on Sunday as 'rude, disrespectful and utterly classless' but Gary Neville has disagreed, asking 'is it really that bad?'. His tweet read: 'If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket for the final, please, please don’t boo the Italian anthem. The Italian anthem Il Canto degli Italiani (The Song of the Italians), or Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) from its opening line, is a loud, lively, booming song, with the Azzurri gaining plaudits for belting it out with huge passion at Euro 2020. Gary Lineker has urged England fans not to boo the Italian national anthem on Sunday nightMatch of the Day host called supporters who did so 'bloody rude' but Gary Neville disagreedIf you’re lucky enough to get a ticket for the final, please, please don’t boo the Italian anthem. — Gary Lineker ? (@GaryLineker) July 8, 2021But former England assistant manager - and Sky Sports and ITV pundit - Gary Neville disagreed with Lineker, questioning whether it really is as disrespectful as Lineker intimated.
Dillian Whyte is ready to step in and fight Deontay Wilder in Tyson Fury's place, says Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn has announced that Dillian Whyte is ready to step in and fight Deontay Wilder after Tyson Fury's shock withdrawal from their upcoming fight after testing positive for Covid. 'Spoke to Dillian Whyte - he is due to fight end of August but ready to jump in July 24 v Wilder', Hearn tweeted early on Friday morning. Hearn had previously announced that Whyte was likely to fight in late August in the US, but had not named an opponent. Whyte filmed his own video easily lifting the same weight and ruthlessly mocked Wilder's weightlifting performance. Fury's withdrawal from the Wilder bout has plunged plans for his super-fight with Anthony Joshua into further disarray.
Bitter TV presenters in Spain claim 'pathetic' Euro 2020 has been 'conditioned' for England to win
A Spanish TV show has slammed UEFA for conditioning Euro 2020 for England to win the finalThe Three Lions will contest Sunday's Euro 2020 showpiece against Italy at WembleyWhat was the reaction on El Chiringuito to that England penalty? England will face Italy in the final on Sunday and many Europeans are expected to support the Azzurris over the Three Lions. Describing the penalty decision as 'generous', the paper declared, 'Let's take the crown', adding that Denmark 'frightened' England. 'The best team won, England deserved to win, England was fantastic but for me it was never a penalty. I don’t understand the decision.”José Mourinho says England should NOT have been given their penalty v Denmark.
'He did wrong and I'm the one being penalised': Deontay Wilder fury at Tyson Fury postponement
Deontay Wilder has reacted furiously to the news his highly-anticipated trilogy fight against Tyson Fury has been postponed after the Gypsy King tested positive for coronavirus. Sportsmail reported on Thursday that Fury versus Wilder III is off after the Briton's Covid-19 diagnosis, along with three members of his camp, meaning the bout will probably be delayed until early October. And The Athletic boxing writer Lance Pugmire tweeted that the 'Bronze Bomber' said to his manager Shelly Finkel that he felt it was another problem caused by Fury. “Again now, he did wrong and I’m the one being penalized,” Wilder told his manager Shelly Finkel. 'Again now, he did wrong and I'm the one being penalised,' Wilder told his manager Shelly Finkel.'
Make no mistake! Euro 2020 littered with own goals
Double the pain for Wojciech SzczesnyNot for the first time misfortune has stalked Szczesny at the Euro. Moments after saving an Alvaro Morata penalty in a crucial game with Spain, the Slovakia goalkeeper produced a clanger from which his team never recovered. I'm sure Martin will learn from that," said Slovakia coach Stefan Tarkovic in defence of his blundering player. Pedro and his goalkeeper Unai Simon changed all that as they combined to produce another bizarre Euro 2020 moment. It was the only time so far a team scoring an own goal had not gone on to lose.
Alica Schmidt, dubbed ‘World’s Sexiest Athlete,’ is headed to the Olympics
Schmidt is officially Tokyo bound for this summer’s postponed 2020 Olympics, she confirmed in a post on Instagram on Saturday. Schmidt will compete on the German team in the women’s 4×400 relay and the Games’ first 4×400 mixed relay, according to the Daily Star. Germany’s Alica Schmidt (second from left) and her 4x400m relay teammates at the 2019 European Athletics U23 Championship in Sweden. She finished second in the 2017 European Athletics Under-20 Championship in the 4×400 relay, where she took home silver. Alica Schmidt Getty Images“My family always says that food is my favorite topic,” Schmidt said in a past Instagram post discussing her eating habits.
Hard-charging Kyle Larson making a run at Denny Hamlin for NASCAR regular-season title
Larson has been on an incredible run since mid-May to whittle down Hamlin's points lead. Those five bonus points are important.”The regular-season champion receives 15 bonus points going into the postseason; 10 bonus points go to the driver who finishes second in the standings. But to now stack up Hamlin with Larson, good isn’t good enough. Even if neither driver were to win a race or another stage before the playoffs started and Hamlin won the regular-season title, Larson would still have the bonus points advantage. Again, that’s if things stay the same and Larson doesn’t continue to earn bonus points that Hamlin isn’t.
Conor McGregor aims explicit tweet at Dustin Poirier's wife ahead of UFC 264
Conor McGregor came after Dustin Poirier’s wife in their UFC 264 press conference Thursday night and went even further on social media as the bad blood between the two appeared to get worse. At the press conference, the Irishman said "your wife is your husband" and then tried to start a "Jolie’s wife" chant aimed at Poirier. "Me and the hubby walking into the press conference," he wrote. That’s when McGregor came off the top rope and came for the jugular. CONOR MCGREGOR ON UPCOMING FIGHT AGAINST DUSTIN POIRIER AT UFC 264: 'I'M COMING IN TO KILL THIS MAN'"Your wife wants to see the hair around my d--k and b---s bro.
Padres' Daniel Camarena enters MLB history books with improbable grand slam
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena did the improbable Thursday night against the Washington Nationals – hit a grand slam against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Not only that, a grand slam." WITH FANS BACK, BALLPARK WORKERS ENJOY CHANCE TO RETURNHe became the second pitcher in MLB history whose first hit was a grand slam. He was the first relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since Don Robinson did it for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 12, 1985, and was the first Padres player to have a grand slam for his first hit. The last player to have a grand slam for his first hit was San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.
Ireland basketball CEO apologizes for post about Sterling
England's Raheem Sterling, left, is fouled by Denmark's Mathias Jensen and a penalty is awarded during the Euro 2020 soccer semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool Photo via AP)DUBLIN (AP) — The chief executive of Ireland’s basketball federation has apologized for an offensive social media post about England soccer player Raheem Sterling. !” in response to a BBC Facebook post about the controversial penalty won by Sterling in England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark in the European Championship semifinals. “My choice of words commenting on a penalty incident were not thought out,” O’Byrne said in a statement issued by Basketball Ireland late Thursday. “Basketball Ireland would like to stress its ongoing commitment to inclusion and basketball’s diverse community, which has been led by Mr. O’Byrne in recent years,” the federation said in Thursday’s statement.
The Latest: 3 journalists at Euro 2020 positive for virus
Italy players celebrate after winning the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match against Spain at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Carl Recine/Pool Photo via AP)Italy players celebrate after winning the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match against Spain at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Carl Recine/Pool Photo via AP)The Latest on soccer’s European Championship:___Italy’s media session at the national team’s headquarters will be held entirely by video link after three journalists tested positive for COVID-19. The positive results come from tests carried out ahead of Tuesday’s semifinal match between Italy and Spain in London. There is thought to be almost no risk to the players because they have all been vaccinated and are also in a bubble.
New U.S. COVID Hot Spots, Biden's Consumer Plan, Spelling Bee Champ: News You Need To Start Your Day
Good Morning, hope everyone's having an excellent start to their Friday. We're following a number of domestic and international stories for you this morning:— The Morning Edition live blog teamEmily Alfin Johnson, Rachel Treisman and William Jones
Former Sixers draft pick Mikal Bridges helps Suns beat Bucks in Game 2
One of them is Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams who has made every right adjustment through the first two games thus far, but there is another one in former Sixes draft pick Mikal Bridges. Philadelphia selected Bridges 10th overall in the 2018 draft before they flipped him to the Suns for the 16th pick which turned out to be Zhaire Smith. After scoring 14 points in Game 1, Bridges turned in an even better performance in Game 2. Bridges scored 27 points to go along with seven rebounds to help the Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-108 and take a 2-0 lead in the finals. On the Bucks side of things, their former Sixer, Jrue Holiday, had 17 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in a losing effort.
NBA betting: Pick against the spread for Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Bucks and Suns
Yahoo Sports' Minty Bets has the pick you need for Game 2 between the Bucks and Suns. Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns (-5.5), Total: 219.5Will Milwaukee be able to avoid a 2-0 series deficit? The Bucks are looking to even the NBA Finals at 1-1 after losing Game 1 on Tuesday night. The Bucks are 5.5-point underdogs entering Game 2 and are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine contests. Yahoo Sports’ Minty Bets likes the Bucks to cover the points in this game.
2021 NFL Preview: With a strong defense and some Fitzmagic, Washington should be even better
Yahoo Sports is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per weekday in reverse order of our initial 2021 power rankings. Despite that, with an offense that might have been the worst in the NFL, the Washington Football Team won the NFC East. Washington's strength is its defense, and it's possible WFT will have the best defense in the NFL this season. His performance against the San Francisco 49ers was one of the most dominant games anyone had last NFL season. -It's hard to see Washington's defense slipping too much, but defensive success is hard to sustain year after year.
Spectator takes club from Rory McIlroy’s bag on second day at Scottish Open
Rory McIlroy’s second round of the abrdn Scottish Open got off to a bizarre start after a spectator took a club from the four-time major winner’s bag on the 10th tee. McIlroy was waiting to get his round under way at 8am at the Renaissance Club alongside US Open champion Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. Rory McIlroy (left), Jon Rahm (centre) and Justin Thomas during day two of the abrdn Scottish Open (Jane Barlow/PA)The man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security guard after handing the club to McIlroy’s caddie Harry Diamond. A spokesperson for the European Tour said: “At approximately 8am on Friday morning, a spectator entered the 10th tee area. “He was quickly escorted from the tee by security personnel and the matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland.”This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
The Sports Report: There will be no fans in the stands at the Olympics
David Wharton on the Olympics: The Tokyo Olympics made history last year when they were postponed until this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement from the heads of tennis’ four major tournaments warned that “repeat violations” could result in “tougher sanctions,” including suspension from future Grand Slam events. 1995 — Pete Sampras becomes the first American to win Wimbledon three straight years by beating Boris Becker 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Sampras, winner of seven Wimbledon titles, 13 Grand Slam championships, extends his mark at Wimbledon to 53-1 over the past eight years. 2016 — Serena Williams wins her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final.
Zaila Avant-garde breezes to National Spelling Bee win
Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots. Declared the champion, Zaila jumped and twirled with joy, only flinching in surprise when confetti was shot onto the stage. “I was pretty relaxed on the subject of Murraya and pretty much any other word I got,” Zaila said. Zaila won efficiently enough — the bee was over in less than two hours — that another innovation, a lightning-round tiebreaker, wasn’t necessary.
Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer has administrative leave extended by MLB
Major League Baseball has extended Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave for an additional seven days while they continue their investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Bauer. Since adopting a joint domestic violence policy with MLB, the players’ union has never declined a request to extend administrative leave. “Administrative leave is neither a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation.”Bauer was placed on administrative leave by MLB originally last Friday, two days after news of the sexual assault allegations came to light. Related Articles Dodgers cancel Trevor Bauer bobblehead night, remove merchandise from team storeDave Stewart rips Dodgers for their handling of Trevor Bauer assault allegationsTrevor Bauer still scheduled to start for Dodgers on Sunday, despite sexual assault investigationDodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer accused of assaulting womanReport: AEG’s Philip Anschutz to sell Lakers stake to Dodgers owners The woman was granted a temporary ex parte restraining order. Bauer had the option to appeal MLB’s decision to put him on administrative leave but chose not to.
Four days in April: How politics brought the MLB All-Star Game to Denver
Over the course of four days in April, Major League Baseball found itself at a political crossroads. The league – three months older than Colorado – has canceled its All-Star Game just twice, in 1945 and 2020, and moved it just once, from the Atlanta suburbs to Denver this year. And MLB started to field questions about its All-Star Game, which was slated to be played in Atlanta’s suburbs about 100 days later. In 2010, a small group of liberals urged MLB to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona in response to a new immigration law they viewed as xenophobic and racist. Newcombe replied, “Well, that could be your answer.”The 1948 All-Star Game was played in St. Louis’ Sportsman’s Park, a notoriously racist ballpark.
Rockies have glaring needs at starting pitcher, shortstop entering 2021 MLB Draft in Denver
As the Rockies head into Sunday’s 2021 MLB Draft, Colorado has two glaring positional needs: starting pitcher and shortstop. That’s where the Rockies’ farm system — widely ranked near the bottom of baseball — has a dearth of top-end prospects. And that’s why a player from one of those two positions makes the most sense when the Rockies pick at No. Related Articles Rockies Insider: Examining Colorado’s recent hits and misses in MLB Draft’s first round from 2011 to 2016Newman: In another lost season, Rockies aren’t playing poorly enough for chance at No. They drafted him in the 38th round of the 2018 draft out of North Oconee High in Georgia.
Pick 6: Is Trevor Story a sneaky Home Run Derby longshot? Will someone launch a 500-foot homer in LoDo?
Can Mets first baseman Pete Alonso defend his crown in the Home Run Derby on Monday or will Shohei Ohtani bring “Sho-time” to Coors Field? The Rockies shortstop is a bit of a longshot to win with +800 odds — meaning a $100 bet would win $800 — according to the DraftKings Sportsbook. +800The odds Rockies shortstop Trevor Story will win the 2021 Home Run Derby, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. 499.5The over-under for how far the longest home run in the derby will travel on Monday, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. -560The odds the U.S. men’s basketball team will win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna fight odds, picks and prediction
Below, we break down the Diaz Jr. vs. Fortuna odds, with boxing picks and predictions. Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna oddsOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Joseph Diaz Jr.: -225 (bet $225 to win $100) | Javier Fortuna: +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | Draw: +1600Rivera has an implied win probability of 69.23% with the -225 money line odds. Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna: Tale of the tapeJoseph Diaz Jr. (-225)Record: 31-1-1 (15 KOs)Height: 5-foot-6Reach: 64?Stance: SouthpawPlace your legal, online boxing bets in CO, IA, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV and Washington D.C. at BetMGM, The King of Sportsbooks! Diaz Jr. vs. Fortuna best betI like DIAZ JR. ON POINTS (-125) in this one rather than just playing him straight up.
At Wimbledon, Pliskova seeks 1st Grand Slam title, Barty 2nd
WIMBLEDON, England - (AP) -- Ash Barty will be trying to win a second trophy in her past seven Grand Slam tournaments when she faces Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon on Saturday. Pliskova seeks her first major championship, five years after losing in her only previous Slam final. Goolagong's second Wimbledon title in 1980 was the most recent for an Australian at the All England Club. “So far, my second final, second time I'm playing against a player (who is) No. You want to play the best player in the final,” said Pliskova, who led the WTA rankings herself for eight weeks in 2017.
Two big innings lift Indianapolis past Columbus Clippers 10-3
Staff reportsPrevious game: Indianapolis 10, Clippers 3, Thursday at Huntington Park. Rivera homered as Indianapolis defeated the Clippers 10-3. Indianapolis had two big innings, with four runs in the second inning and five in the eighth. Columbus starter Kirk McCarty (6-2) allowed five runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Gabriel Arias and major league veteran Wilson Ramos homered for the Clippers.
Hector Tanajara vs. William Zepeda fight odds, picks and prediction
Below, we break down the Tanajara vs. Zepeda odds, with boxing picks and predictions. Hector Tanajara vs. William Zepeda oddsOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Hector Tanajara: -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | William Zepeda: -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | Draw: +1600Tanajara and Zepeda have an implied win probability of 52.38% with the -110 money line odds. Tanajara vs. Zepeda: Odds, predictions and picksTanajara (-110) has easily been the better technical boxer and showed well against some good competition. Tanajara vs. Zepeda best betZepeda will get some big blows in, but Tanajara is tough and won't be dropped like his other opponents.
Spelling bee champion makes history with flair; 17 arrests in Haiti assassination; Suns go up 2-0
Today is Friday, July 9, 2021. Let's get caught up. Here's what you should know today: African American spelling bee champion wins with flair; 17 arrested, including two Americans, in the assassination of Haiti's president; and the Suns take a 2-0 series lead over the Bucks in the NBA Finals. Keep scrolling for today's top stories, this date in history and celebrity birthdays. TOP STORIESAfrican American spelling bee champ makes history with flairLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots.
Spelling bee champion makes history with flair; 17 arrests in Haiti assassination; Suns go up 2-0
Here's what you should know today: African American spelling bee champion wins with flair; 17 arrested, including two Americans, in the assassination of Haiti's president; and the Suns take a 2-0 series lead over the Bucks in the NBA Finals. Keep scrolling for today's top stories, this date in history and celebrity birthdays. TOP STORIESAfrican American spelling bee champ makes history with flairLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots. Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. She knew Black kids around the country were watching Thursday night's ESPN2 telecast, waiting to be inspired and hoping to follow in the footsteps of someone who looked like them.
The Euro 2020 Fiver: England. Italy. It’s on!
We’re as charmed as anyone by the players of England and Italy and the way their managers have helped to change styles and perceptions. NEWS, BITS AND BOBSBoris Johnson is poised to call an extra bank holiday if England win Sunday’s final at Wembley. In more PR stunt news, meerkats at London Zoo have picked England to beat Italy. Would actually winning EN 2020 change England, wonders Jonathan Liew. Bloody draws and blown penalties: six classic England v Italy games.
Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov, Wimbledon 2021: live score and latest updates
The five-time winner and defending champion will contest his 10th Wimbledon and 41st Grand Slam semi-final on Friday against 22-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov who has reached this stage for the first time in his career. That said, his draw has been kind and the only seed he has faced was number 17 Cristian Garin in the fourth round. One thing is probably certain. Shapovalov will not just sit back and wait to be ground down by the relentless Djokovic. "I do believe that I have the game to beat him and the game to win that match."
Matteo Berrettini vs Hubert Hurkacz, Wimbledon 2021: live score and latest updates
No one would have picked the unassuming Hurkacz out at the start of the fortnight. Even Murray agreed with this point when I asked him about Hurkacz a couple of seasons ago. “A lot of people have said that he returns in a very similar style to me,” Murray acknowledged. “If he wants to play, he’s going to have to deal with more losses, I think.”Navratilova replied in similar vein. Shapovalov has already ended Murray’s Wimbledon dream, just as Hurkacz ended Federer’s.
Duchess of Cambridge to attend Wimbledon singles finals
The Duchess of Cambridge will be out of isolation to attend the Wimbledon ladies singles final tomorrow, accompanied by Prince William, Kensington Palace has announced. She will also attend the men’s singles final on Sunday, in a weekend heavily dominated by sport. It is not yet known whether he will be joined by Prince George, seven, who was in the stands to watch England beat Germany in the knock out stages. As patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), the Duchess presented the Wimbledon trophies for the first time in 2019. An avid tennis fan, she attended the Championships last Friday, day five, but was forced to leave suddenly after finding out she had to self-isolate.
Top 10 weekend breaks in Europe, now that cities are back
Of all holiday types, city breaks have suffered the most during the pandemic. Europe's greatest capital's emptied of tourists last year and are only now coming back to life. Four nights at the four-star Grand Pigalle Hotel at the foot of Montmartre, leaving St Pancras on July 28, starts at £384 a head with Eurostar (0343 218 6186; eurostar.com). Fourvière, meanwhile, offers a Notre Dame basilica to match the capital’s and a Roman amphitheatre to eclipse it. A four-night stay at the four-star Hotel Carlton Lyon, flying from Heathrow on August 25, costs from £432 per person via Last Minute (0871 277 1070; lastminute.com).
Andy Farrell hoping to unearth talent as Ireland end summer series against USA
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell says unearthing some “gems” who are serious contenders for his squad going forward will be the mark of a successful summer series. Farrell has named eight uncapped players in his 23-man group for Saturday evening’s season finale against the United States while three others will make maiden Test starts. “That’s why I am so buoyant, so pleased with the last few weeks,” Farrell said, looking ahead to the 2021-22 schedule. Farrell is excited by the 23-year-old’s potential at both ends of the field. We’ve got to respect how we want to play the game and make sure we don’t become ill-disciplined in the way we perform.
Blistering US article about England’s Euro 2020 ‘psychodrama’ divides Twitter
Gareth Southgate and his team are just hours away from England’s first major final since 1966. “The English themselves seem utterly confused about what a victory for this particular team would mean,” he continues. “The national team has long borne the weight of England’s collective fears and anxieties. “As it happens, the team’s actual best player in this tournament, Raheem Sterling, was born in Jamaica,” he adds. The writer ends by pointing to “the inevitable bedlam that will follow an England victory on Sunday.”“What story will England tell?” he asks.
Spectators barred from public events in Tokyo
Spectators will be barred from public events in Tokyo as a consequence of the Japanese government’s decision to impose a city-wide State of Emergency for the duration of the Olympic Games. The Tokyo Organising Committee has announced that fans will be asked to refrain from spectating on roadsides during the cycling and triathlon events in the city. In addition, no spectators will be admitted into Musashinonomori Park, where the road cycling events are scheduled to start. The move follows an earlier decision to order fans to refrain from spectating during the marathon and race walk events in Sapporo which is also under State of Emergency regulations. In announcing the renewed State of Emergency in Tokyo on Thursday, the Japanese government confirmed it would reverse an earlier decision to allow some spectators into Games venues, due to a recent rise in coronavirus cases.
Phil Foden: England star urges teammates not to get caught up in emotion ahead of Euro 2020 final
Phil Foden has urged England to remain calm ahead of their historic Euro 2020 final. The Three Lions face Italy in their first major final for 55 years at Wembley on Sunday. Wednesday’s 2-1 extra-time semi-final win over Denmark wrote the squad into the history books but Foden knows they cannot afford to get caught up in the occasion. He added: “I’ve told them but I’m feeling they are not going to do it. We’ve still got a tough final to win.
Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal and super over drama – previous England men’s finals
Here, the PA news agency takes a look England men’s teams that have played in finals in other sports. Rugby UnionEngland have fell short against South Africa in two Rugby World Cup finals (PA Archive)England have been in four Rugby World Cup finals, which is the highest number of appearances alongside Australia and New Zealand. Two years later it became the World Team Classic and the England team of Steve Davis, John Spencer and David Taylor triumphed over the Welsh trio in Reading. The same trio reached the final of the re-named World Team Cup in 1985 but lost to Ireland in Bournemouth. DartsPhil Taylor and Adrian Lewis guided England to World Cup success in four of the first six tournaments.
Spectator takes club from Rory McIlroy’s bag on second day at Scottish Open
Rory McIlroy’s second round of the abrdn Scottish Open got off to a bizarre start after a spectator took a club from the four-time major winner’s bag on the 10th tee. McIlroy was waiting to get his round under way at 8am at the Renaissance Club alongside US Open champion Jon Rahm and Justin ThomasFootage on social media showed a man walk on to the tee, take the distinctive dog headcover off McIlroy’s driver and then grab an iron from the bag as the former world number one looked on in apparent bemusement. Rory McIlroy (PA Wire)The man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security guard after handing the club to McIlroy’s caddie Harry Diamond. A spokesperson for the European Tour said: “At approximately 8am on Friday morning, a spectator entered the 10th tee area. “The 35-year-old man has been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and enquiries are ongoing.”It is the first time that fans have been allowed in to watch a British golf event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with around 4,000 permitted entry per day.
England vs Italy head-to-head: Famous matches from one night in Rome to Pirlo’s Panenka ahead of Euro 2020 final
England have reached the final of Euro 2020 where they will take on Italy at Wembley on Sunday. Italy have the overall edge, winning 10, with England victorious eight times. The last time England beat Sunday’s foes was six meetings ago, a 2-0 win at Wembley in 1977. England 0 Italy 0 (Italy win 4-2 on penalties) – June 24 2012England bowed out of Euro 2012 following more penalty shoot-out disappointment. Italy 2 England 1 – July 7 1990Italy and England were both left feeling like the bridesmaids after they contested the third-place play-off at Italia 90 following painful World Cup semi-final defeats.
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier prize money: Fight purses for UFC 264 main event
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier headline UFC 264 this weekend as they complete their trilogy, with the score one apiece heading into the biggest fight of the year. The pair will main event UFC 264 in a full-capacity T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the city where they first fought. UFC 264 takes place on Saturday 10 July. No official purses have been disclosed for the UFC 264 main event, but Poirier has said he could make “five, six, seven, ten times” more money by fighting McGregor than he would have made from a lightweight title fight. Full cardMain cardDustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor (lightweight)Gilbert Burns vs Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (welterweight)Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy (heavyweight)Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya (women’s bantamweight)Sean O’Malley vs Kris Moutinho (bantamweight)PrelimsCarlos Condit vs Max Griffin (welterweight)Niko Price vs Michel Pereira (welterweight)Ryan Hall vs Ilia Topuria (featherweight)Trevin Giles vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight)Early prelimsJennifer Maia vs Jessica Eye (women’s flyweight)Omari Akhmedov vs Brad Tavares (middleweight)Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs Jerome Rivera (flyweight)Hu Yaozong vs Alen Amedovski (middleweight)
Val Kilmer film is poignant yet bittersweet, say critics
"Val is an exhilarating, honest and raw look at the life of an actor, this actor, with all the trials and tribulations that go with a 40-year career in front of audiences," he wrote. "The victories and defeats, the will to carry on despite being dealt a devastating blow for any performer, especially one who finally achieved a dream on getting back on stage with [the one-man play] Mark Twain.
Tokyo governor suggests canceling Olympics no longer an option
Canceling or scaling down the Tokyo Olympics is no longer an option, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike suggested Friday, a day after games organizers agreed to hold the games mostly without spectators. There remain calls, including from the Tokyo Medical Association, to consider canceling the Tokyo Games, which are slated to start later this month, if it is hard to prevent infections from spreading and avoid straining medical services. Koike, meanwhile, suggested that the Tokyo Paralympics could be held with spectators, depending on the pandemic situation. The Paralympics “will be a big legacy for Tokyo if we can move on together with many people,” Koike said.
Rory McIlroy looks on in bemusement as spectator takes a club from his bag at the Scottish Open
Rory McIlroy's second round of the Scottish Open got off to a bizarre start on Friday morning after a spectator took a club from the four-time major winner's bag on the 10th tee. McIlroy, 32, was waiting to get his round under way at 8am at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick alongside recently-crowned US Open champion Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. He then went back for more and grabbed an iron from McIlroy's bag as the former world No 1 looked on in apparent bemusement. The man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security guard after handing the club to McIlroy's caddie Harry Diamond. He put the distraction on the 10th tee behind him early on, however, as he birdied the 18th to improve to three under par, eight shots off the pace.
Jenna Coleman joins Frank and Christine Lampard and David Beckham for day 12 of Wimbledon
AdvertisementThe celebrities were out in force for day 12 of Wimbledon, with the likes of Jenna Coleman, Frank and Christine Lampard and David Beckham seen milling around the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Friday. Ten out of ten-nis: Jenna Coleman looked radiant in a blue checked dress as she joinsedFrank and Christine Lampard and David Beckham for day 12 of WimbledonKeeping her accessories simple, The Serpent actress slung a small brown bag over her shoulder and donned a pair of sunglasses. Also looking radiant for the outing was Christine Lampard, 42, who wowed in a white tiered midi dress that she paired with neutral accessories. The Duchess of Cambridge's parents Carole and Michael Middleton also put on a stylish display as they arrived at Wimbledon. She had spent most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks.
Prince George 'begged' Prince William to take him to England game
Prince George 'begged' Prince William to take him to watch England play Germany in the European Football Championship, a royal expert has claimed. That’s why we saw him looking so smart in his suit - he really wanted to dress like William.' For the occasion, George, who was spotted talking to former footballer David Beckham during the evening, donned a smart suit just like his father Prince William, with a similar tie in pink and blue teamed with a light blue shirt underneath. George attended his first live game with his father to watch Aston Villa play against Norwich City in October 2019. In 2020, it was revealed that Prince George played in a local football team during term time, and had again celebrated his seventh birthday with a football-themed party.
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III is OFF and it could threaten Anthony Joshua fight
Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder has been called off after the Gypsy King himself was found to have tested positive for Covid among a number of his team. Hopes of salvaging Fury v Wilder III on July 24 were dashed when it was finally admitted that not only three of his camp members but also Fury himself have tested positive for coronavirus. Upon learning of Fury's positive Covid case, Wilder reportedly told co-manager Shelly FInkel via Michael Benson: 'Again now, he did wrong and I'm the one being penalised.' An October fall-back date, also in Vegas, will rule out any chance of Fury facing Joshua in a predicted December showdown in Riyadh. The Joshua - Fury fight was swiftly dropped and Fury's team turned their attentions to Wilder, quickly arranging a July date, with Joshua being forced to take on Oleksandr Usyk in September instead.
Kate Middleton WILL attend the Wimbledon women's and men's finals
AdvertisementKate Middleton will attend the Wimbledon women's and men's finals this weekend after coming out of self-isolation. The Duchess will then go to the men's final on her own on Sunday, with the Duke expected to attend the England football match at Wembley instead. However, the fact that they aren't isolating suggests Kate was in contact with another person - though she had no other engagements apart from her trips to Wembley or Wimbledon. Kate Middleton will attend the Wimbledon finals this weekend. Kate has spent time close to a host of VIPs including David Beckham and Ed Sheeran at Wembley and Tim Henman and Joe Wicks at Wimbledon.
Djokovic set to rule over Wimbledon's young pretenders
The world number one will be overwhelming favourite to defeat semi-final opponent Denis Shapovalov, the Canadian player he has already beaten six times out of six. Apart from dropping the first set of his opener against British wildcard Jack Draper, Djokovic has been untroubled. Shapovalov, the stylish left-hander, has reached his first Slam semi-final by seeing off two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, a 2019 semi-finalist. Berrettini is the first Italian man in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Nicola Pietrangeli in 1960. That dismal streak included defeat in the first round of the French Open to world number 154 Botic Van de Zandschulp and first-up losses in the grass court events at Stuttgart and Halle.
England dare to dream ahead of Euro 2020 final against impressive Italy
England have never lifted the European Championship trophy, while Italy have not won the title since 1968Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)England fans are looking forward to a first major tournament final in 55 years as their team prepare to face Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday. #photo2Flag-waving fans in London's Trafalgar Square abandoned their seating to merge into a huge, swaying crowd after the final whistle. - Vibrant England -England have suffered semi-final heartbreak at major tournaments four times since 1966 and those agonising defeats have been etched in the psyche of English football. Italy reached their 10th major tournament final with a tense victory over Spain. Away from the mounting fervour, UEFA has charged England over their fans' behaviour after a laser pointer was aimed at Denmark's Schmeichel.
How Suns' Devin Booker stays fresh to carry heavy workload vs. Bucks in NBA Finals
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams remains well aware six-year guard Devin Booker is only 24 years old. In the Suns’ 118-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Booker logged a high volume in points (31), shots (12-of-25 overall, 7-of-12 from 3) and minutes (44). Therefore, it surprised no one that Booker was ready for the moment in a pivotal Game 2 that gave the Suns a 2-0 series lead. After missing seven of his first 10 shots, Booker quickly course corrected. Sometimes young players can exert that energy while getting away with poor habits.
García HR in 8th, Brewers beat Reds to boost NL Central lead
Avisaíl García hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati 5-3 Thursday night, boosting their NL Central lead to seven games over the Reds. STAR STOPPINGThe Reds loaded the bases in the first and second innings, but came up empty. REDS ON THE MOVECincinnati IF Max Schrock returned from a rehab assignment and then was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. ... Minor league OF Darlin Guzman was traded to the Blue Jays to complete the Jan. 22 deal in which the Reds acquired RHP Héctor Pérez. UP NEXTReds LHP Wade Miley (6-4, 3.06 ERA) faces Brewers LHP Eric Lauer (3-3, 4.11 ERA) on Friday.
Miller hits 3 HRs, Phillies rout reeling Cubs 8-0
Brad Miller hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career, and the Philadelphia Phillies routed the sinking Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Thursday night. Miller hit a solo drive in the third inning and added two-run homers in the fifth and seventh innings. With a chance at joining the other 18 players who have hit a record four home runs in a game, Miller popped up in the ninth. "None were cheap shots," Phillies starter Zach Eflin said. Cubs manager David Ross said Alzolay's lack of execution, not lack of stuff did in the righty — especially against Miller.
Fury positive for COVID, 3rd Wilder bout postponed
A person with knowledge of the situation says heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for COVID-19, and his third bout with Deontay Wilder will be postponed likely until the fall. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the promoters of the lucrative heavyweight trilogy are still finalizing the new date for the most anticipated heavyweight bout of the summer. Although Fury largely outboxed his powerful American challenger, Wilder knocked down Fury twice to split the scorecards. Fury then trounced Wilder in their rematch in Vegas in February 2020, knocking down Wilder twice and finally forcing Wilder's corner to stop the bout. Although he demanded the bout, Wilder has been acting erratically in the months leading up to it.
Munoz, Hadley share the lead at John Deere Classic
Sebastian Munoz never knows when the switch will come on and the putts start to fall, but he recognized it happening Thursday in the John Deere Classic. Munoz was motoring along when he closed with five straight birdies at the TPC Deere Run for an 8-under 63, turning a solid day into a share of the lead with Chesson Hadley. "It's funny because when I make a lot of birdies, I usually play a little more safe and pick my spots. "I'm not used to getting up at 5 in the morning anymore to play," Stricker said. The Australian can't travel overseas.
Triathlete rides out the pandemic on her way to Tokyo Games
Australian triathlete Ashleigh Gentle had just finished a training session at her temporary base of Cairns in north Queensland state. Hot, muggy and tropical Cairns — except for the tropical part — is exactly what she’s expecting during her competition at the Tokyo Olympics. "It’s one of the hottest, most humid places, and it’ll help simulate conditions for Tokyo," Gentle said of Cairns in a phone interview with The Associated Press. The mixed race on July 31 starts an hour later. Gentle didn’t always do well trying to cope with the after-effects of the coronavirus-forced postponement last year of the Tokyo Games.
FOX Bet Super 6 'Quiz Show': $10,000 up for grabs answering questions on Trump at CPAC, McGregor-Poirier
Another $10,000 is on the line this weekend in the FOX Bet Super 6 "Quiz Show," a weekly contest that features six multiple-choice questions. The FOX Bet Super 6 app is free to download and the contests are free to enter. App users can also play other games answering questions on various sporting events, the stock market and more. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFOX Bet Super 6 is available nationwide with the exception of Washington state. FOX Bet is an online and mobile sportsbook originally developed through a first-of-its-kind national media and sports wagering partnership in the United States between The Stars Group Inc. and FOX Sports, a unit of Fox Corporation.
Former Cavs, Bucks guard Dellavedova joins Melbourne United
Jan 20, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) drives against New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) in the fourth quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY SportsJuly 9 (Reuters) - NBA veteran Matthew Dellavedova is returning home to Australia to play for Melbourne United after signing a three-year deal with the National Basketball League (NBL) champions. Dellavedova spent eight seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside LeBron James in 2016. "I am really excited to sign with Melbourne United and come back to the NBL," Dellavedova said in a statement. Dellavedova will head to his third Olympics with Australia's Boomers and is currently with the national team ahead of the July 23-Aug. 8 Tokyo Games.
The Rush: Suns take 2-0 NBA Finals lead over Bucks behind Booker
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE to see today’s piping-hot, fresh-outta-the-oven episode of THE RUSH with Jared Quay! We’ll let you know everything you didn’t know you needed to know about sports. Other stuff too. But mostly sports. It’s Friday, July 9th, 2021, and and here’s what Jared’s cookin’ up:The Phoenix Suns took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals over the Milwaukee Bucks, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo going off for 42 pointsThere will be no fans at the Tokyo OlympicsThe Nevada State Athletic Commission will no longer punish boxers and fighters for positive marijuana tests
Jon Rahm admits ego got in the way for his opening tee shot at Scottish Open
Jon Rahm admitted his ego briefly got the better of him before he recovered to card an opening 66 in the abrdn Scottish Open. Making his first start since winning at Torrey Pines last month, Rahm was announced on the first tee as the US Open champion, Race to Dubai leader and world number one, only to promptly carve his tee shot way off target. My ego might have got a little too big, tried to hit a little too hard on (number) one. “I didn’t have my best feel out there but after the first tee shot, which was probably about as bad a tee shot as I can hit, feeling-wise, I just told myself really trust the visualisation process, see the shot, trust the shot and trust that your body can do it, and it really worked out. “Playing with fans is incredible,” the world number three said.
Rory McIlroy disturbed on tee at Scottish Open as man grabs club from his bag
Rory McIlroy’s second round of the abrdn Scottish Open got off to a bizarre start after a spectator took a club from the four-time major winner’s bag on the 10th tee. McIlroy was waiting to get his round under way at 8am at the Renaissance Club alongside US Open champion Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. The man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security guard after handing the club to McIlroy’s caddie Harry Diamond. An onlooker told The Scotsman: “He was standing at the back of the tee and went over to Rory’s bag, took out the driver [sic] and had a couple of swings with it. The players laughed it off, saying they knew he wasn’t a golfer when they saw his grip.”
Scottish Open hit by bizarre incident as spectator takes club out of Rory McIlroy's bag at tee box
a spectator comes on and takes McIlroy's club and then the players all look shocked., , Screengrabs from video on https://www.instagram.com/golfmagic/ - Scottish Open hit by bizarre incident as spectator takes club out of Rory McIlroy's bag at tee box - INSTAGRAM.COM/GOLFMAGICThe second round of the Scottish Open experienced a bizarre and troubling start here when a spectator brazenly walked on to a teebox and took a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag. As McIlroy and world No 1 Jon Rahm looked on in befuddlement, the man took a few swings before officials eventually arrived to lead him away. McIlroy usually has at least one security guard with him, but it was unclear where the detail was on this occasion. It occurred on the 10th tee here at the North Berwick course, from where the group began. David Wilson, a member of nearby club Kilspindie who posted the footage, added: "He was quickly dealt with.
Report: Maria Taylor has $3M salary offer from ESPN, interest from other networks
With her contract set to expire amid a tumultuous NBA Finals for ESPN, Maria Taylor reportedly has a roughly $3 million salary offer on the table to remain at the network. Maria Taylor's contract at ESPN is set to expire before a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals. (Doug Buffington/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)Will Maria Taylor consider staying at ESPN amid fallout? Taylor has reportedly refused to work directly with Nichols since her comments were internally leaked at ESPN. Nichols was replaced as the network's sideline reporter for the Finals by Malika Andrews after the Times' report.
ASK IRA: Is Tyler Herro ultimately a mix of hubris and humility?
A: No, ego as confidence is an NBA currency. It is the player who doesn’t believe he can be better that you have to worry about. As long as ego and confidence do not get in the way of work ethic, then hubris over humility hardly is an NBA sin, and, in fact, often a driving force toward greatness. There is nothing wrong with Tyler Herro enjoying himself, as well as the trappings he has achieved as a 21-year-old. It has to be about more than “not regressing.” It has to be about continued growth.
Today in sports history: July 9
Ten years ago, Derek Jeter homers for his 3,000th hit, making him the first player to reach the mark with the New York Yankees. See more sports moments from this date:
‘I can’t wait’: Helmet-only football practices beginning Saturday brings excitement
This time last year, Manual then-junior Jawaun Northington didn’t know if there was going to be a football season and if there was, what it was exactly going to look like. It was a stressful time, but now he’s excited knowing there will for sure be football played in the fall. After the COVID-19 pandemic changed high school athletics last season, football players and coaches are looking forward to having a somewhat normal fall campaign. This includes football, with helmet-only practices beginning July 10 as well. “I think everybody last year was kind of disappointed with the lack of normal football environments we got,” St. Xavier senior Bennett Boehnlein said.
What University of Louisville baseball players could be drafted in the 2021 MLB Draft?
The MLB Draft begins on Sunday, which means more Louisville baseball players are set to begin their professional careers. 5 by MLB.comDavis turned himself to an elite baseball prospect in his time at Louisville. 275 prospect in the MLB draft by Baseball America. 281 ranked prospect by Baseball America. Adam Elliott, senior pitcherThe left hander from Louisville isn't ranked by Baseball America or MLB.com.
Here's everything we know about the 2021-22 Kentucky basketball schedule
LEXINGTON - The 2021-22 college basketball schedule should look something closer to normal after a year drastically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Kentucky, that means fans back at full capacity in Rupp Arena, a full slate of non-conference games and the return of preseason exhibitions and Big Blue Madness. Big Blue Nation will also hope it means the return to national relevance to the program after an embarrassing 9-16 record last season. UK is gradually releasing information about its 2021-22 schedule throughout the summer. Kentucky basketball 2021-22 schedulevs. Duke - Nov. 9 | New York | Champions Classicat Michigan - Dec. 4vs. Notre Dame - Dec. 11 | Location TBAvs. Ohio State - Dec. 18 | Location TBA | CBS Sports Classicat Kansas - Jan. 29 | Big 12/SEC ChallengeLouisville - TBAEmail Jon Hale at jahale@courier-journal.com; Follow him on Twitter at @JonHale_CJ.
She spent 5 years seeking redemption, now ex-UK star Keni Harrison has chance in Olympics
Former University of Kentucky track star Keni Harrison is gearing up for her first Olympic Games after she spent five years chasing redemption. Harrison finally qualified for her first Olympic team when she finished first in the 100-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials on June 20, and she refuses to take the opportunity for granted. More:Former UK track star, world-record holder Keni Harrison qualifies for Tokyo Olympics“I've just been training (for) the last five years for the moment of making my first Olympic team, and it finally came true. I'm confident in myself, and just ready to go and do my best,” Harrison said in her press conference on Thursday. Not the only UK alumni to punch her ticket to Tokyo, Harrison is joined by former Wildcats Javianne Oliver (100-meter dash), and Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who will represent Puerto Rico in the 100-meter hurdles.
Bans on Native American mascots pick up after Washington Football Team name change
Lawmakers in Colorado and Nevada last month passed bills to bar public schools from adopting Native American mascots. ADVERTISEMENTThe debate over whether to end the use of Native American mascots has raged for decades, after the National Congress of American Indians formally issued a call for change in 1968. More recently, the debate has been fueled by studies from scholarly groups that show such images can have a detrimental impact on young Native American students. ADVERTISEMENTSupporters of keeping the Native American mascots often say those images and names are meant to honor the legacy and history of tribes in their communities. The proposed bans on Native American mascots have frequently broken down along party lines.
The ‘banterfication’ of BBC sport coverage has to end
Crouch, a likeable and intelligent man, has been lumbered with the role of the BBC’s Football Banter Merchant-in-Chief, thanks to his successful podcast, That Peter Crouch Podcast. Beginning as a vehicle for Crouch’s amusing and enlightening anecdotes about being a professional footballer, it has descended into a cavalcade of sub-pub badinage and, gulp, banter. Co-presenter: “But you’re so tall!” Crouch: “I know!” If you like hearing men laugh at their own jokes, it’s a winner. When I was young, I begged my parents to let me stay up and watch Match of the Day. Now, however, our kids don’t need to bother with tedious football highlights and can watch MOTDX, a football-cum-youth culture show, which is as much about pop music as it is about sport (boring old sport!).
Meghan Markle offered support Naomi Osaka quit French Open, says
Naomi Osaka has revealed that Meghan Markle reached out to offer her support after she withdrew from the French Open citing mental health difficulties. Michelle Obama, Will Smith, Novak Djokavic, US swimmer Michael Phelps and NBA basketball player Steph Curry were just some of the celebrities to contact Osaka with supportive words. “However, in my opinion (and I want to say that this is just my opinion and not that of every tennis player on tour), the press-conference format itself is ... in great need of a refresh,” she argued. Osaka acknowledged the “privileged” nature of being a professional tennis player, adding that it also came with a high level of scrutiny. The self-confessed “introvert” went on to propose that professional tennis players should be entitled to a small number of “sick days” per year.
These Tory MPs criticised England players for taking the knee and now they’re glad ‘it’s coming home’
Here are a few who aren’t a fan of taking the knee but still want England to win this Sunday:Priti PatelThe Home Secretary has faced some pretty strong backlash for calling taking the knee “gesture politics” but also making ‘gestures’ of support to the England team. Johnson doesn’t like gestures but he has posed with a giant England flag and turned up to the semi-final wearing England kit over a shirt and tie. Jacob Rees MoggPrime Minister’s Questions (PA Media)Rees Mogg is no fan of taking the knee. “The BLM movement is a Marxist movement that wants to do things like defund the police and is not sympathetic to our current civil structures. Yesterday, he recited lines rapped by footballer John Barnes in the song ‘World In Motion’ in the Commons to show his excitement about England winning the semi-final game against Denmark.
From failure to a final - how England turned a ‘joke’ into joy
The final step before the rise arrived mere months later, as Ashworth presented the “England DNA” document in 2014. “Many in the game were mocking England DNA,” one source from the top level of the English game says. England players would first of all be coached to build play and possess the ball like the Spanish, as can be seen in a technician like Phil Foden. Players seen as disruptive or divisive were cast out. England players celebrate after the win over Denmark (The FA via Getty Images)It is entirely possible that Italy become a model for how England are still getting some things wrong.
Basketball Ireland chief exec apologises for post about Raheem Sterling penalty
The chief executive of Basketball Ireland has apologised for a social media post about England footballer Raheem Sterling which has led for calls for him to resign. Bernard O’Byrne replied to a BBC Facebook post about the penalty won by Sterling in England’s Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark writing: “BLACK DIVES MATTER”. Basketball Ireland said in a statement that O’Byrne had deleted the post, which came from his personal account. O’Byrne added: “My choice of words commenting on a penalty incident were not thought out. Many of those replying to Basketball Ireland’s post felt an apology was insufficient and called on the board to ask for his resignation.
Pints for 10p as young Ken Barlow causes Corrie stir – 1966 compared to 2021
England’s long wait to contest another major final has come to an end. The Three Lions will face Italy in Sunday’s European Championship decider and attempt to finally add to their World Cup triumph of 1966. A lot has changed in the last 55 years. Here, the PA news agency takes a look at how life then compares to now. July 2021: Todd Grimshaw reaches a new low as he steals from a homeless man’s funeral fund.
Callum McManaman joins Tranmere after leaving A-League side Melbourne Victory
Tranmere have signed former Wigan and West Brom winger Callum McManaman. The 30-year-old, who starred in Wigan’s FA Cup triumph of 2013, has signed a one-year deal at Prenton Park after a spell in Australia with Melbourne Victory. The League Two club have also announced the signing of striker Elliott Nevitt from non-League side Warrington Rylands. Liverpool-born Nevitt, 21, caught the eye of professional sides when he scored a hat-trick in Rylands’ FA Vase final victory at Wembley in May. Rovers manager Micky Mellon told the club’s website: “We have worked very hard to sign Callum and it has been a long pursuit.
Harry Kane: Former coach recognised England captain’s big-game qualities at six years old
Harry Kane helped England come from behind to beat Denmark and reach the final of Euro 2020 on Wednesday, but the forward’s role in the victory came as no surprise to former coach Dave Bricknell. But seconds after that opener the camera panned to the England captain, who could be seen urging his team-mates to stay focused. I don’t know if I am biased or not these days but I just thought he was unreal. Harry Kane in action for Millwall (PA Archive)“Following his career, he always had the drive, belief and determination. “I see his mum and dad every now and again and we always have a chat and say hello,” Bricknell said.
When is McGregor vs Poirier and how can I watch UFC 264?
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier headline UFC 264 this weekend as they complete their trilogy, with the score one apiece heading into the biggest fight of the year. During his surge towards the UFC featherweight title, McGregor knocked out Poirier in the first round of a 2014 contest, before the American (27-6) exacted his revenge at lightweight this January, stopping ‘Notorious’ in the second round. The pair will main event UFC 264 in a full-capacity T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the city where they first fought. UFC 264 takes place on Saturday 10 July. Full cardMain cardDustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor (lightweight)Gilbert Burns vs Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (welterweight)Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy (heavyweight)Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya (women’s bantamweight)Sean O’Malley vs Kris Moutinho (bantamweight)PrelimsCarlos Condit vs Max Griffin (welterweight)Niko Price vs Michel Pereira (welterweight)Ryan Hall vs Ilia Topuria (featherweight)Trevin Giles vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight)Early prelimsJennifer Maia vs Jessica Eye (women’s flyweight)Omari Akhmedov vs Brad Tavares (middleweight)Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs Jerome Rivera (flyweight)Hu Yaozong vs Alen Amedovski (middleweight)
Mike Blair frustrated as Covid-19 outbreak sees Georgia call off Scotland match
Mike Blair was left “massively disappointed” after Scotland’s Test against Georgia in Tbilisi scheduled for later this month, was cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak in the hosts’ camp. Georgia reported six positive Covid-19 cases whilst in South Africa this week which led to the cancellation of their match against the Springboks. Scotland had already been forced to call off their Test match against Romania and an ‘A’ international against England due to positive Covid-19 tests being returned in the Scots’ camp. Interim head coach Blair said: “As a playing group and management team, we’re obviously massively disappointed as the Georgia match was a challenge we were looking forward to, especially given that our last two fixtures have been called off. We’re obviously massively disappointed as the Georgia match was a challenge we were looking forward to, especially given that our last two fixtures have been called off.
Tour de France 2021 LIVE: Stage 13 latest news and updates from Nimes to Carcassone
? Close Fan's cardboard banner causes huge Tour de France crashAnother day, another 220 km of gruelling Tour de France race to go - and today Mark Cavendish is just one away from equalling Eddy Merckx’s all-time Tour record of 34 Stage wins. He’ll be aiming to go level with Merckx as Stage 13 heads to Carcassone, after a more relaxed day saw Nils Politt claim victory on Thursday. Tadej Pogacar retains yellow and continues to lead overall by five minutes and 18 seconds from Rigoberto Uran, with Jonas Vingegaard third a further 14 seconds back. The Tour has never had a bunched finish through the citadel at Carcassone, so it remains to be seen how the race progresses and whether Cavendish is in position to benefit from a sprint finish and equal the record he craves. Follow all the updates from Stage 13 of the Tour de France here:
Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez join Liverpool squad for Austria training camp
Long-term injured defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez plus new signing Ibrahima Konate will all kick off pre-season at Liverpool’s training camp in Austria on Monday. Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who had to pull out of England’s Euro 2020 squad on the eve of the tournament with a thigh muscle tear, is also in the squad along with 11 academy players. “We look forward to going to Austria again for the start of our pre-season. All the conditions to prepare the team there are just at a very high level,” assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders told liverpoolfc.com. When you ask a lot from your players you have to give a lot as well – and we find all of this in Austria.”
Front-running Hakuho, Terunofuji remain unbeaten in Nagoya
Yokozuna Hakuho, and ozeki Terunofuji, who is aiming for promotion to that same exalted rank, each won on Friday to remain undefeated co-leaders after six days at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. 3 maegashira Hokutofuji (3-3). Facing a wrestler who relies heavily on thrusting and shoving, Hakuho rocked Hokutofuji back on the charge before stepping back and luring his opponent in. The 29-year-old Terunofuji, who is seeking a third straight grand tournament championship, easily defeated No. Terunofuji seized his opponent’s belt on the charge, steered him toward the edge and forced him out in a matter of seconds.
World watches as Japan tries to manage games amid COVID-19
Journalists from around the world will be visiting Japan, and there is a possibility that negative impressions of the country will be widely reported to the world. In Japan, it is likely that people are going to be asked to watch the games at home. Japan should also keep in mind how the nation will be viewed by other countries after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. With the Olympics, the world is now paying attention to Japan and we need to act responsibly. The Japanese public and the rest of the world need to know that Japan remains in a difficult situation and that, while steps are being taken to hold the Tokyo Games safely, the pandemic is still ongoing.
Nile dam deal between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan is possible, UN says
Nile dam deal between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan is possible, UN saysAn agreement on Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam is possible, the UN said Thursday, urging "trust, transparency and open engagement" as Egypt accused Addis Ababa of threatening its existence. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has drawn the ire of Egypt and Sudan since construction began in 2011, with both fearing for their water resources. FRANCE 24's Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.
Nice team, but old divisions run deep for England's neighbours
"Asking Wales fans to support England is like asking Everton fans to support Liverpool or Spurs fans to support Arsenal," said football writer Tom Williams, who used to work for AFP, on Twitter. For example, England fans repeat the ritualistic mantra of "Football's Coming Home", a song recorded for Euro 1996, at each tournament. But England fans insist that the song is just a self-deprecating and humorous recognition of blind optimism in the face of crushing reality. Despite that, some critics have been impressed by Gareth Southgate's England team, who have vocally supported causes such as racial equality -- taking the knee before games -- and gender equality. "That version of chest-beating imperialism which people love to hate, has absolutely nothing to do with this England team," said Kemp.
Three things on Wimbledon finalist Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty bids to emulate fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley in winning the Wimbledon title AFP Sport picks out three things on herAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Three things on Australia's Ashleigh Barty who faces the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova for the Wimbledon title on Saturday:Gave it a Bash-- Barty decided out of the blue aged 18 in 2014 to take a break from tennis -- she had won the junior Wimbledon title in 2011 and reached three Grand Slam doubles finals. She received the full support of her mentor and role model Evonne Goolagong Cawley. "After a break and trying other things, I missed tennis and decided that I wanted to come back." Barty the role model-- Just as Evonne Goolagong Cawley has acted as both an inspiration and then as a mentor to Barty so she wants to do the same for younger generations of indigenous Australians. Barty is doing her bit as National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador, appointed by Tennis Australia in 2018 to encourage younger generations to take up tennis.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder set to be postponed until October due to a Covid-19 outbreak
WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury (L) and Deontay Wilder (R) face-off during the press conference for the WBC heavyweight championship at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on June 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's upcoming fight will be postponed until October due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the champion's camp, according to reports in the US. The trilogy fight for Fury's WBC heavyweight championship was set for three weeks' time on July 24 in Las Vegas. The Athletic reported on Friday morning that "at least 10" people in Fury's Vegas gym have caught Covid-19. Joseph Parker, the former WBO heavyweight champion, was also training alongside Fury, but his manager David Higgins has told Sky Sports: "Joseph does not have Covid."
Meet Bjorn Kuipers, the 'world's richest referee' and the man in charge of England vs Italy
Bjorn Kuipers refereeing - Meet Bjorn Kuipers, the 'world's richest referee' and the man in charge of England vs Italy - GETTY IMAGESWith hopes of ending 55 years of hurt, emotions are guaranteed to be high for England's Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley. Telegraph Sport takes a look at Bjorn Kuipers, the Dutch referee - and supermarket boss - who will be the man in the middle on Sunday night. The last time that Italy and England met in a tournament, at the 2014 World Cup, the Dutchman was the man in the middle. But England have had more success in recent times with Kuipers as the man with the whistle. The man dubbed the world’s richest referee has been put in charge of England’s first European Championship final, Sunday's showdown with Italy at Wembley.
Paris police detain rapper Lil Baby on drugs allegation, search NBA star James Harden
American rapper Lil Baby was detained in Paris on Thursday on suspicion of transporting drugs, according to the city prosecutor’s office. NBA star James Harden also was stopped but not detained, the prosecutor’s office said. Images shared on social networks showed the Brooklyn Nets star briefly frisked in the incident on one of the French capital’s most elite avenues. The prosecutor’s office said one other person was also detained, without releasing the identity. Harden and Lil Baby, whose real name is Dominique Jones, were in France to attend Paris Fashion Week, according to local media.
Evening forecast: Big cooldown coming, with rain into Wednesday afternoon
WeatherThere's a slight chance of showers overnight and late Friday afternoon, with warmer weather on the way.
No shocker: Quarterback competition is biggest question for Ohio State as fall approaches
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories looking at the 10 most pressing questions facing Ohio State football as it prepares for the 2021 season. Ohio State has a number of questions as it prepares for what is expected to be a much more normal 2021 football season after the COVID-related chaos of 2020. Fields led Ohio State to the College Football Playoff in both his seasons, including the title game against Alabama last year. Rob Oller: Silent Stroud looks like leader in Ohio State QB competitionThe last time Ohio State had a quarterback competition was 2018 following the departure of J.T. Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, the top overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, is committed to Ohio State.
Depleted Columbus Crew descend into TQL Stadium against confident FC Cincinnati
Much has changed since the Crew and FC Cincinnati last met for the intrastate Hell is Real rivalry. “We know that mainly because of our supporters and how bad they want to beat the city down the street.”MORE:Arace: All things considered, opening night at new Crew stadium was a grand affairTo win at FC Cincinnati’s new TQL Stadium, the Crew (4-3-4, 16 pts.) Who will start for the Columbus Crew against FC Cincinnati? In the Crew's 3-1-2 all-time record against FC Cincinnati in MLS, Zardes has scored seven goals. But FC Cincinnati (3-5-2, 11 pts.)
OBF: Red Sox are Boston’s last hope to end Tampa Bay’s run of sports domination
The 2021 Boston Red Sox have become the last best hope standing between Tampa Bay and world sports domination. Tampa Bay transplant and Red Sox director of baseball operations Chaim Bloom has demonstrated he has the smarts to do it correctly. Only 14 of the 40 players who were on the Red Sox roster when Bloom arrived remain. Still, the 2021 Red Sox are as much Bloom’s team as the 2021 Bucs belong to Brady. Nope, your Red Sox are the last best hope Boston has in stopping Tampa Bay’s perpetual championship boat parade.
Red Sox Notebook: Dave Bush considering six-man rotation to reduce workload on starters
The Red Sox are considering a six-man rotation to start the second half of the season. The rotation has been worked hard in the first half, having entered Friday with 462 1/3 innings, eighth-most in MLB. “We’re trying to give everybody a little bit extra rest,” pitching coach Dave Bush said. Overall, the Sox rotation ranks 20th in MLB with a 4.40 ERA. Asked if the team considered moving him to the ‘pen, Bush said he’s been encouraged by Richards’ recent start.
Hashimoto: Tokyo Paralympics could still see some fans
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are holding out hope that the Paralympic Games might allow some fans. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee on Thursday banned all fans from Olympic venues in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures because of surging COVID-19 cases. A smattering of Olympic venues in outlying areas of Japan will allow some fans. Organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto, speaking at a Friday briefing, said a decision on Paralympic fans would be made after the Olympics close on Aug. 8. The Olympics involve 11,000.
Top Louisville football players to watch: At No. 21, a key special teams player emerges
26 Cameron: nose tackle Jacques Turner; Dominique: Offensive lineman Renato BrownNo. 25: Cameron: wide receiver Shai Werts; Dominique: offensive lineman Cole BentleyNo. 24: Cameron: offensive lineman Bryan Hudson; Dominique: linebacker Jack FagotNo. 23: Cameron: outside linebacker Marvin Dallas Jr.; Dominique: offensive lineman Bryan HudsonNo. 22: Cameron: offensive lineman Renato Brown; Dominique: offensive lineman Trevor ReidCameron Teague Robinson CTeagueRob@gannett.com; Twitter: @cj_teague;
Bloody draws and blown penalties: six classic England v Italy games
Italy 1-0 England, June 1980 (Euros group stage)“We thought we had a chance to win it,” Ray Wilkins said. Italy 2-1 England, July 1990 (World Cup third-place play-off)It was the match nobody wanted. England players on the subs bench perform a Mexican Wave during the 1990 World Cup third place playoff. England 1-2 Italy, June 2014 (World Cup group stage)England arrived in Brazil with the difficult task of facing two former World Cup winners in the group stage. “I don’t think there’s any need to doubt this England group of players will go on to do good things,” said Hodgson.
‘Touch and go’: injury had threatened Ash Barty’s Wimbledon dream
Ash Barty, on a high after reaching her first Wimbledon final, has revealed how close she was to missing out on her dream at the All England Club because of injury. It was more hopeful and the fact that, ‘OK she could start and be injury-free.’”Asked when she first believed she could make a Wimbledon final, Barty conceded: “I wasn’t sure if it would ever happen, honestly. Probably 2018 [when she lost to Daria Kastkina], 2019 [beaten by Alison Riske] was some of my toughest weeks playing. “To come away with losses in those two tournaments, I learned a hell of a lot from those two times. “It’s been unique, it’s been incredible, it’s been tough, and I wouldn’t change one thing about it.
Novak Djokovic stands alone and above other Wimbledon semi-finalists
It is five years since Shapovalov was winning the junior singles title here, the same year Murray won his second Wimbledon title. By contrast, the five-time champion Djokovic is in the last four at Wimbledon for the 10th time and will be playing his 41st grand slam semi-final. He has also lost his previous two matches with Djokovic, who has lost one semi-final in a slam since 2014. “I’ve seen him play against Murray,” Djokovic said. With Djokovic still going strong, the title remains a long way off for them but you just never know for sure what is going to happen.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3: Fight postponed after Briton tests positive for coronavirus
The trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder scheduled for July 24 in Las Vegas has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak with the Briton and members of his camp testing positive for the virus. The retired judge Weinstein had ruled that Wilder had a contractual right to a third contest with Fury. Neither Fury, who claimed the WBC title in the fight, nor Wilder, have fought in the interim. The third fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who will battle for the WBC heavyweight title. Before the postponement Fury-Joshua 3 was due to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Euro 2020 final: This is what it feels like preparing for the biggest game of your life
It was a bit different for us than England because we were not in our own country, we were in Austria and we had been travelling to different stadiums and using different training grounds. Also, it can be a little bit emotional to read all the nice messages all of the time, when you are trying to focus and concentrate on what will be the biggest game of your life. We knew what we had to do and I really remember the 2008 tournament as one of the most enjoyable times of my career. I remember before that final against Germany that I had wanted to try to swap my shirt with Michael Ballack, but I forgot to because of all the celebrations after we won the game. I’m glad now that I didn’t because I have kept my shirt from that game and one day I will do something special with it.
Bookmakers braced for big losses if Harry Kane wins Golden Boot
Bookmakers are hoping England captain Harry Kane fails to hit the back of the net at football’s European Championship final on Sunday. Betting firms face multi million-pound losses if the Three Lions striker wins the prestigious Golden Boot award for the tournament's most prolific goalscorer. While the exposure to outright winners can be carefully managed by bookmakers, the Golden Boot competition is more difficult to gauge. Before opening his account against Germany in the second round of the competition, Kane was a 50/1 shot at being the top goalscorer, according to Paddy Power. I’m pleased that calls from prohibitionists to ban TV betting ads are baseless.”
Scottish Open hit by bizarre incident as spectator takes club out of Rory McIlroy's bag at tee box
The second round of the Scottish Open experienced a bizarre and troubling start here when a spectator brazenly walked on to a teebox and took a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag. As McIlroy and world No 1 Jon Rahm looked on in befuddlement, the man took a few swings before officials eventually arrived to lead him away. Inevitably, there will be questions posed about the security at this $7 million event. McIlroy usually has at least one security guard with him, but it was unclear where the detail was on this occasion. It occurred on the 10th tee here at the North Berwick course, from where the group began.
Covid-19: UK working to accept foreign vaccinated travellers
Getty Images Copyright: Getty Images Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder Image caption: Tyson Fury and Deontay WilderThe trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on 24 July has been postponed after the Briton tested positive for coronavirus. A source close to Fury told BBC Sport the WBC world heavyweight champion was deeply frustrated by the situation. Fury tested positive on Thursday and after discussions with medical experts the fight was called off - it is likely to be rescheduled for October. Fury beat Wilder to become WBC champion in February 2020 - 14 months after the pair shared a thrilling draw in Los Angeles. Neither man has fought since Fury's victory in Las Vegas
Olympic flame lighting ceremony marks countdown to 2020 Tokyo Games
The Olympic torch ceremony on Friday was a muted affair with no spectators present as Paralympian, Aki Taguchi and former tennis player Shuzo Matsuoka handed the eternal flame over to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The ceremony marked the countdown to the Opening of the 2020 Games in what was likely a sign of things to come for the postponed event. What was once an occasion that excited the masses in Japan has now turned bitter, as people have taken to the streets to call for the cancellation of the games amid fears of COVID-19. The rise in infections forced the city to move the torch relay away from the capital's streets. It remains unclear how the torch will enter the stadium for the opening ceremony; the games are due to begin on 23 July.
Empty seats and disappointed fans: An Olympics behind closed doors
The first Olympic Games ever postponed during peacetime will become the first to be held mostly behind closed doors. The loss of ticket revenue — not to mention the added time and money to be spent refunding millions of ticket holders — will cast a heavy burden on the central government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Only a portion of ticket holders will be able to watch the Tokyo Games in person. Organizers had said around 910,000 — or about a quarter of all domestic ticket holders — would lose their tickets as a result. The virus has already been detected among a small but growing list of athletes and staff linked to the games.
Could YOU pass 1950s exam for 10-year-olds? Fractions and grammar quiz will tell how smart you are
A tricky quiz sat by 10-year-old British pupils in the 1950s will put your knowledge of grammar and fractions to the test. The quiz, shared on US-based trivia platform Quizly, will test how much you remember about spelling and punctuation. When the dog recognised me it wagged it's tail. When the dog recognised me I wagged it's tail. When the dog recognised me it wagged its tail.
French nightclubs reopen for first time since Covid struck
French nightclubs reopen for first time since Covid struckFriday night French clubs will be permitted to reopen for the first time since the Covid-19 crisis erupted, although stringent rules mean many will stay shuttered.
China celebrates ‘favourite Japanese’ table tennis star and Olympian Ai Fukuhara’s ‘divorce freedom’
Japanese table tennis player Ai Fukuhara and table tennis player Chiang Hung-Chieh have confirmed their divorce. Photo: Xinhua
Scripps Spelling Bee 2021: Zaila Avant-garde Wins
The last few words were rattled off in a swift spelling duel, with only two finalists still on the stage, Chaitra Thummala and Zaila Avant-garde. “Does this word contain like the English word murray, which would be the name of a comedian?” Zaila asked, referring to the actor Bill Murray and drawing laughs from the pronouncer and the judges. Zaila, who just finished eighth grade in her hometown, Harvey, La., showed a prowess for spelling at 10, when her father, who had been watching finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN, asked her how to spell the winning word: marocain. But she did not start spelling competitively until two years ago, when she asked her parents if she could compete in the regional spelling bee. “I really like that word,” Zaila said.
Zaila Avant-garde Makes Spelling History, and Other Moments From the Bee
The last word, after hundreds of competitors fell to some of the dictionary’s worst verbal terrors, was murraya. When Zaila Avant-garde, 14, spelled it correctly on Thursday night, she put her hands to her head, beamed and twirled, her arms outstretched and confetti raining across the stage. Zaila, 14, an eighth grader from near New Orleans, had just won the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the first Black American student to take the cup after 10 other finalists stumbled in the competition’s final rounds. It was a remarkable achievement for a girl who only began spelling competitively two years ago. Not only did she dissect word after word on spelling’s biggest stage, she had already set three Guinness world records for dribbling, bouncing and juggling basketballs.
Patrick Mahomes Hits the Golf Course with Brittany Matthews and Baby Sterling: 'Family Vacation'
Patrick Mahomes Hits the Golf Course with Brittany Matthews and Baby Sterling: 'Family Vacation'Patrick Mahomes is spending some quality time with fiancé Brittany Matthews and their 4-month-old daughter, Sterling Skye. "Family Vacation ??," captioned Mahomes, to which Matthews responded in the comments section, "My favs???." Brittany Matthews Patrick Mahomes Credit: Brittany Matthews InstagramThe high school sweethearts — who got engaged in September, when Mahomes popped the question on the same day he received his Super Bowl ring — welcomed their first child on Feb. 20. The couple and their little one recently enjoyed a family vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. RELATED VIDEO: Brittany Matthews Says She's 'Soaking in Every Minute' with Newborn Daughter SterlingWant to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday?
Man Arrested for the Murder of Golf Pro Gene Siller and 2 Other Men Found Dead at Country Club
Professional golfer Gene Siller, an employee of the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, was among the victimsMan Arrested for the Murder of Golf Pro Gene Siller and 2 Other Men Found Dead at Country ClubA Georgia man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of three men including a professional golfer. Bryan Anthony Rhoden is accused of the slaying of professional golfer Gene Siller, who was an employee of the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, as well as Paul Pierson and Henry Valdez. golf pro murder Pinetree County Club homicide scene | Credit: 11 alive/ youtubeOn Tuesday, authorities said that Siller was killed because he had "witnessed an active crime taking place." "We definitely feel confident there was no relationship between the shooter and Mr. Siller," said Cox during Thursday's news conference. "PGA of America sends our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to his family, club and the Georgia PGA community," Richerson added.
Serena Williams and Daughter Olympia Pose in Matching Pink Outfits: 'I Got It from My Mama'
Recently, Olympia has been taking after her athlete mom, joining her for tennis practices tooSerena Williams and Daughter Olympia Pose in Matching Pink Outfits: 'I Got It from My Mama'Olympia Ohanian has inherited a few traits from her mom, Serena Williams! Williams' sweater — which is from Brunette the Label — reads "Mama," while Olympia's reads "I got it from my mama." Olympia's dad, Alexis Ohanian, left some love in the comments, writing: "???? my two girls"Serena Williams Credit: Serena Williams InstagramSerena Williams Credit: Serena Williams InstagramRecently, Olympia has been taking after her athlete mom, joining her for tennis practices too. Williams did go into "tennis mom" mode before Olympia's first lesson in October. Serena Williams of the US with her daughter Alexis Olympia Serena Williams, Olympia | Credit: MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via GettyNever miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.
2021 National Spelling Bee Champ Zaila Avant-garde Makes History as First Black American Winner
The 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making this year's competition extra special for its 11 finalistsAnd the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner is ... Zaila Avant-garde! Zaila, who is also a basketball prodigy, is the first Black American student to be crowned the champion in the bee's nearly century-long history, as well as the first winner from Louisiana. Eleven finalists traveled down to Florida for the finals that normally take place in Washington, D.C., as do the preliminary rounds during the competition's usual in-person "Bee Week." They should be proud of all they have accomplished by winning spelling bees at the classroom, school and regional level." Jacques Bailly said the competition would end after 20 rounds, and anyone who spelled three more words correctly would be crowned co-champions.
Rising TikTok Star Caitlyn Loane, Who Gained Popularity Sharing Her Life as a Young Farmer, Dead at 19
Rising TikTok Star Caitlyn Loane, Who Gained Popularity Sharing Her Life as a Young Farmer, Dead at 19Rising Australian TikTok star Caitlyn Loane has died. Day is a national day of action in Australia, aimed at sparking conversations about mental health and suicide prevention. CATIE LOANE Credit: CATIE LOANE/TikTokCaitlyn grew a large following on the social media platform sharing her life as a Tasmanian farmer. Her team, the Devonport Football Club, posted a statement to its Facebook page on Thursday, mourning her death. The priority of the Devonport Football Club at present is to provide an empathetic, supportive network to all associated with the club, with particular focus on those most affected by the tragic passing of Caitlyn."
NHS Covid-19 app sensitivity to be reviewed
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Quadriplegic driver makes Goodwood Festival racing debut
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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 264: Start time, how to watch
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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flight: How to watch, start time, livestream
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Peugeot's 9X8 Le Mans race car looks like it came straight out of Cyberpunk 2077
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