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O's put RHP Kyle Bradish on IL with another UCL sprain

The Baltimore Orioles are dealing with another injury to a starting pitcher. Kyle Bradish went on the 15-day injured list Saturday with a sprained right UCL after leaving the previous night's loss to Philadelphia complaining about his elbow. It's the same injury that kept him out a month at the start of this season, when he chose to rehab the injury instead of having surgery. It's not yet clear what the severity of the injury is this time around. "It's difficult," manager Brandon Hyde said. "It's part of the game. We've had our share so far this year, and we had to rely on our depth." Even after Friday's 5-3 loss in 11 innings, the Orioles are 21 games over .500. That's despite losing starters John Means and Tyler Wells to season-ending injuries. Dean Kremer is on the IL with a triceps strain. Baltimore also is without closer Felix Bautista because of Tommy John surgery, and left-hander ...
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Astros' Justin Verlander scratched vs. Tigers with neck issue

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander was scratched from Saturday's start against the Detroit Tigers because of neck discomfort. "He's been actually dealing with this for like the last two weeks, trying to pitch through it," manager Joe Espada said. "And we just felt like it's smart if we could just take a break here, skip a start and try to get to the bottom of it." Said Verlander: "When I was out there, I felt like it wasn't really bothering me. But when I go home and sit down and really think about it, I think it's too much of a coincidence and my mechanics were really thrown off." The Astros are hopeful that the 41-year-old right-hander won't need to go on the injured list. He is listed as day to day. "Missing a start, it's not something you want to have happen," Verlander added. "But honestly, day to day is a good thing ... and you've got to trust the trainers, trust everybody you're talking to, and I think the prognosis is pretty good. So I can't put a rating...
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Conor McGregor 'confident' of UFC return, but no timetable

Conor McGregor expressed confidence Saturday that he will still face Michael Chandler in the Octagon at some point, although he did not provide any indication as to when. The Irish superstar was forced to withdraw from a nontitle welterweight bout against Chandler at UFC 303 on June 29 in Las Vegas with an undisclosed injury. On Saturday, McGregor (22-6) confirmed he suffered an injury earlier this month but added that he is "confident" he will be back. "Very tough to be ruled out of my scheduled return bout," McGregor wrote on Instagram. "I picked up an injury prior to the [scheduled news conference June 3] that required more time to heal than was available to me. The decision to postpone the fight was not made lightly, but one made in consultation with my doctors, the UFC, and my team. "My fans and opponent deserve me at my best for this fight and we will get there! Thank you for the messages of support, I am in good spirits and confident I'll be back!" UFC CEO...
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Brighton make Fabian Hürzeler Premier League's youngest boss

United States-born Fabian Hürzeler has become the youngest permanent head coach in Premier League history with his appointment at Brighton. Hürzeler, 31, joins from German side St. Pauli, whom he guided to the Bundesliga after a 13-year absence this season. He has signed a three-year contract with Brighton and will begin working as soon as his work permit is cleared. "From the start of the process to appoint our new head coach, Fabian was always a standout candidate and one who had caught our attention with his exceptional work at St. Pauli over the past 18 months," Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said. "He has a style of play that aligns with how we want a Brighton & Hove Albion team to play, and I'm confident it is one our supporters will appreciate and enjoy. "Fabian also has an excellent coaching pedigree and has worked with the German federation at various age group levels. We are really excited to start working with Fabian to prepare for the...
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Astros' Justin Verlander scratched from start vs. Tigers

The Houston Astros scratched right-hander Justin Verlander from Saturday's start against the Detroit Tigers because of an undisclosed reason. Rookie right-hander Spencer Arrighetti (3-5, 5.33 ERA), who was scheduled to pitch the series finale Sunday, will start in place of Verlander (3-2, 3.95). Verlander, 41, allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings in each of his past two starts. The former American League MVP, nine-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner missed the first three weeks of the season while recovering from an offseason shoulder injury. Arrighetti, 24, has yet to face the Tigers in his career. He allowed one run on four hits in 5⅔ innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
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Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch defends scoreless star Leon Draisaitl

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch defended the play of center Leon Draisaitl, the playoffs' second-leading scorer who has yet to register a point in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Saturday night's Game 4. Draisaitl had 28 points in 18 games entering the Final. That included 10 goals, second on the team behind winger Zach Hyman (14). Draisaitl had not gone three straight games without a point this season. "I've seen Leon obviously play better, but to say that he's playing poorly is vastly unfair. I think he's helping a lot," said Knoblauch, whose team trails the  Florida Panthers 3-0 and faces elimination in Game 4. Draisaitl is third on the team in shots on goal (9) and fourth in shot attempts (16) in all situations during the Stanley Cup Final. Although he has gotten chances on an Oilers power play that is now 0-for-10 in the series, he has generated just two shots on goal and four shot attempts at 5-on-5, where the...
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June 15

Brighton make Fabian Hurzeler Premier League's youngest boss

United States-born Fabian Hurzeler has become the youngest permanent head coach in Premier League history with his appointment at Brighton. Hurzeler, 31, joins from German side St. Pauli, who he guided to the Bundesliga after a 13-year absence this season. He has signed a three-year contract with Brighton and will begin working as soon as his work permit is cleared. "From the start of the process to appoint our new head coach, Fabian was always a standout candidate and one who had caught our attention with his exceptional work at St. Pauli over the past 18 months," Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said. "He has a style of play that aligns with how we want a Brighton & Hove Albion team to play, and I'm confident it is one our supporters will appreciate and enjoy. "Fabian also has an excellent coaching pedigree and has worked with the German federation at various age group levels. We are really excited to start working with Fabian to prepare for the...
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Copa América: Ronaldinho blasts Brazil squad, won't support

Brazil legend Ronaldinho has blasted this year's Copa América squad ahead of the tournament, saying there is a "lack of love for the shirt" among the team. Ronaldinho, who won Copa América with Brazil in 1999 and the World Cup in 2002, took to Instagram to bemoan "a sad moment for those who like Brazilian football." "It's difficult to find energy to watch the games," he wrote. "This is maybe one of the worst teams in recent years, it has no respectable leaders, just average players for the most part. "I've been following football since I was a kid, long before I thought about becoming a player, and I've never seen a situation as bad as this. There's a lack of love for the shirt, a lack of determination and most importantly [a lack of] football. "The performance has been one of the worst things I've ever seen. It's a shame. That's why I declare I'm giving up here. I won't watch any CONMEBOL Copa América games and I won't celebrate if Brazil win." The 2005 Ballon...
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Jamahal Hill: Meniscus, ACL injuries led to UFC 303 withdrawal

UFC 303 underwent a major overhaul once it was revealed that Conor McGregor had sustained injuries that would not allow him to face Michael Chandler. But he wasn't the only fighter dealing with injuries as former UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill was also forced to withdraw from his co-main event spot against Carlos Ulberg. Hill took to Instagram to reveal a litany of injuries that caused him to take himself out of his light heavyweight fight on June 29. According to Hill, he was dealing with two tears in his meniscus, a sprained ACL and a Baker's Cyst that required significant drainage. Hill (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was looking to make a quick turnaround after losing to light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira by first-round knockout at UFC 300 in April. He was initially booked to face Khalil Rountree Jr., but Rountree withdrew from the fight after accidentally ingesting a banned substance....
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Source: Bengals WR Tee Higgins to sign franchise tender

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is officially in the fold for the upcoming season. Higgins will sign his franchise tag Saturday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. By signing the tag, the fifth-year wide receiver is now expected to be at training camp. The latest development comes two days after the Bengals concluded their three-day mandatory minicamp. Higgins has missed the entire offseason program while the tag remained unsigned. Earlier in the week, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow said he remained in contact with Higgins since the end of last season and welcomed the idea of throwing with him before training camp begins in late July. "Tee and I are always talking," Burrow said. "I've seen Tee several times this offseason. He looks great. Whenever he's ready to come back, I'll be excited to see him." Higgins is set to earn $21.8 million this season under the tag. He and the Bengals can still negotiate a long-term deal until July 15, though the...
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Lions signing UFL kicker Jake Bates to 2-year deal

The Detroit Lions are signing big-footed UFL kicker Jake Bates to a two-year contract this week, his agent, Marty Magid, told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday. Bates, 24, ranked second in the UFL this season with 17 field goals for the Michigan Panthers. That includes a 64-yard game-winning kick in the season opener against the St. Louis Battlehawks -- just two yards less than Justin Tucker's NFL record of 66. That kick was Bates' first in a game, as the former soccer player didn't turn to football until he was a senior in high school and was a kickoff specialist in college at Texas State and Arkansas. Bates visited the Lions, Packers and Commanders before opting to stay in Michigan.
June 15
June 15

Down 3, Tennessee rallies for MCWS walk-off win over Florida St.

Dylan Dreiling lashed a game-winning single into the left-center gap in the bottom of the ninth inning as Tennessee stormed back from a three-run deficit to beat Florida State 12-11 at the Men's College World Series on Friday. The top-seeded Volunteers overcame sloppy defensive play and poor pitching, ratcheting up their high-powered offense another notch at the end to win their first MCWS opener in five appearances since 2001. Tennessee (56-12) will play North Carolina in a Bracket 1 winner's game Sunday night. Florida State (47-16) will meet Virginia in an elimination game in the afternoon. Christian Moore went 5-for-6 for the Volunteers while becoming the first player to hit for the cycle at the MCWS since Minnesota's Jerry Kindall did it against Ole Miss in 1956. Tennessee, which trailed 9-4 in the fifth inning, overcame its biggest deficit to win on the road or at a neutral site since coming from five runs down to win at UC Irvine in 2017. The Volunteers,...
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Luka Doncic answers critics in dominant Game 4, keeps Mavs alive

DALLAS -- Mavericks coach Jason Kidd passionately defended his 25-year-old superstar before Friday's Game 4 of the NBA Finals, saying some of the "barbecue"-hot criticism of Luka Doncic over the previous couple of days had gone "a little too far." Doncic responded in the best possible way, putting together a dominant, poised performance to lead the Mavericks to a season-extending 122-84 win, preventing the Boston Celtics from celebrating their record-breaking 18th championship on the American Airlines Center court. "I think he made a few people eat their words in a healthy way," Mavericks co-star Kyrie Irving said. Doncic finished with 29 points and 5 assists in 33 minutes, resting the entire fourth quarter along with the rest of the starters on both sides in the third-most lopsided game in Finals history. He had 22 points in the paint, more than all the Celtics combined in the three quarters that he played. But Doncic's offensive...
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Yanks' Verdugo 'fired up' after crushing home run in return to Fenway

BOSTON --  Alex Verdugo had a two-run homer and four RBIs in his return to Fenway Park, and Luis Gil struck out six as the MLB-leading New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-1 on Friday night. Verdugo spent four seasons with the Red Sox before being traded to New York in December in a rare deal between the AL East division rivals. "To come over here, do what we did as a team and obviously the swing that I put on in the first to give us the lead, it was a big moment," Verdugo said. "It felt like a lot of relief for me, and also just a lot of anticipation for this matchup. "It was pure adrenaline, just fired up. Wasn't really expecting to swing at the first pitch and to put it out of the ballpark and give us the early 2-0 lead was big. I kind of let a little yell out when I rounded first, and when I hit second, I saw my dugout going crazy, so I just kind of lost it again." Verdugo hit the first pitch he saw from Boston...
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Celtics flop with chance to clinch NBA Finals: 'Have to reassemble'

DALLAS -- Entering Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and sitting one win away from a record-setting 18th NBA championship, the Boston Celtics told the world they would play with the same motivation they did through the first three games of the series. Things didn't exactly play out that way. The Celtics from the opening three games of this series never made it into the building for Game 4. Boston fell behind early and never recovered as the Dallas Mavericks steamrolled their way to a 122-84 victory to avoid a sweep Friday night.  The loss snapped the Celtics' 10-game postseason winning streak and marked their first road loss in these playoffs. "Ultimately, I felt like they were the better team tonight,"  Al Horford said. "We can say all these things about us. ... They played much better than us. "They clearly outplayed us, and that's tough to take. But that's the reality." The loss sends the Finals to a fifth game Monday night at TD Garden in...
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Charles Barkley says he's retiring from TV after 2024-25

Charles Barkley says next season will be his final one on TV. Barkley, part of the highly popular, award-winning "Inside the NBA" studio show, said Friday night that the 2024-25 season will be his last with TNT and that he won't be joining any other network beyond that either. "I ain't going nowhere other than TNT," Barkley, 61, said on NBATV after the Dallas Mavericks' Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. "But I have made the decision that, no matter what happens, next year is going to be my last year on television. And I just want to say thank you to my NBA family. You guys have been great to me. My heart is full with joy and gratitude." The NBA has been negotiating its next media rights deals, which would begin in the 2025-26 season. While the NBA hasn't announced what the deals will look like, Disney/ABC/ESPN, Amazon, NBC and Warner Bros. Discovery have been vying for what's reported to be three available packages of games and affiliated...
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Charles Barkley says next season will be final one on TV

Charles Barkley says next season will be his final one on TV. Barkley, part of the highly popular, award-winning "Inside the NBA" studio show, said Friday night that the 2024-25 season will be his last with TNT and that he won't be joining any other network beyond that, either. "I ain't going nowhere other than TNT," Barkley said on NBATV following the Dallas Mavericks' Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. "But I have made the decision that no matter what happens, next year is going to be my last year on television. And I just want to say thank you to my NBA family. You guys have been great to me. My heart is full with joy and gratitude." The NBA has been negotiating its next media rights deals, which would begin starting in the 2025-26 season. While the league hasn't announced what the deals will look like, Disney/ABC/ESPN, Amazon, NBC and Warner Bros. Discovery have been vying for what's reported to be three available packages of games and...
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Down 3, Tennessee rallies for wild MCWS walk-off win over Florida St.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Dylan Dreiling lashed a game-winning single into the left-center gap in the bottom of the ninth inning and Tennessee stormed back from a three-run deficit to beat Florida State 12-11 at the Men's College World Series on Friday. The top-seeded Volunteers overcame sloppy defensive play and poor pitching, ratcheting up their high-powered offense another notch at the end to win their first MCWS opener in five appearances since 2001. Tennessee (56-12) will play North Carolina in a Bracket 1 winner's game on Sunday night. Florida State (47-16) will meet Virginia in an elimination game in the afternoon. Christian Moore went 5-for-6 for the Volunteers while becoming the first player to hit for the cycle at the MCWS since Minnesota's Jerry Kindall did it against Mississippi in 1956. Tennessee, which trailed 9-4 in the fifth inning, overcame its biggest deficit to win on the road or at a neutral site since coming from five runs down to win at UC Irvine in 2017. The...
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North Carolina opens MCWS with walk-off win vs. Virginia

OMAHA, Neb. -- Vance Honeycutt's single brought home Jackson Van De Brake from third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and North Carolina pulled out yet another win in its last at-bat, a 3-2 walk-off victory over Virginia in the Men's College World Series opener on Friday. The Tar Heels (48-14) advanced to play Sunday against Tennessee, a 12-11 winner over Florida State in Friday night's Bracket 1 game. Virginia (46-16) meets Florida State in an elimination game Sunday. Four of North Carolina's six wins in the NCAA tournament have come on its final at-bat. Honeycutt accounted for a walk-off win in the super regional opener last week against West Virginia, homering in the bottom of the ninth. "You shouldn't feel like he's going to come through every time, but that's how I felt," said Casey Cook, who watched from the on-deck circle as Honeycutt delivered the winning hit. "That's how it's been going lately. Everybody in the dugout knew he was going to come...
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June 14

Ludvig Aberg seizes U.S. Open lead; Cantlay, 2 others 1 back

The U.S. Open is a new experience for Ludvig Aberg, not that anyone would notice the way his machine-like game gave him the 36-hole lead Friday. Pinehurst No. 2 is not. Aberg was a 19-year-old from Sweden about to start his college career at Texas Tech when he came to this Donald Ross gem for the 2019 U.S. Amateur, losing in the second round. "I remember it was one of my first experiences coming over and playing a really hard golf course in America," Aberg said. "And I was like, 'Is this what golf in America is like?' Luckily it's not like this every week. But I just remember it being very hard." It remains every bit of that, and Aberg showed again that he was very much up to the task. He didn't miss a fairway until the eighth hole of the second round. The sensational Swede is not immune to mistakes, but he has avoided big blunders and big numbers. He methodically worked his way to a 1-under 69 in extreme heat to take a 1-shot lead into a weekend that features ...
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Francesco Molinari makes U.S. Open cut thanks to hole-in-one

PINEHURST, N.C. --  Francesco Molinari hasn't been in the spotlight since the 2019 Masters. But in the late hours of Friday afternoon on a far corner of Pinehurst No. 2, Molinari thrust himself back into the consciousness of the golf world. Sitting at 7-over and two shots outside the then-projected cut line, the 41-year-old Italian stepped up to his final hole of the day -- the 194-yard, par-3 ninth -- took out his 7-iron and sent up a prayer. The ball landed just over the front greenside bunker and bounded forward. As Molinari watched it roll, he knew it would break left toward the hole, and once it did and trickled in for an ace, Molinari's hands dropped to his knees in disbelief. He needed a hole-in-one to play on the weekend, and he had gotten just that. "What are the chances really?" Molinari, the 2018 Open Championship winner, said. "I don't even know what to say. Just incredible." Just a day before, Molinari had tripled that very same hole on his way to an opening...
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June 14

Ludvig Aberg seizes lead at U.S. Open; Cantlay, two others 1 back

PINEHURST, N.C. -- The U.S. Open is a new experience for Ludvig Aberg, not that anyone would notice the way his machine-like game gave him the 36-hole lead Friday. Pinehurst No. 2 is not. Aberg was a 19-year-old from Sweden about to start his college career at Texas Tech when he came to this Donald Ross gem for the 2019 U.S. Amateur, losing in the second round. "I remember it was one of my first experiences coming over and playing a really hard golf course in America," Aberg said. "And I was like, 'Is this what golf in America is like?' Luckily it's not like this every week. But I just remember it being very hard." It remains every bit of that, and Aberg showed again that he was very much up to the task. He didn't miss a fairway until the eighth hole of the second round. The sensational Swede is not immune to mistakes, but he has avoided big blunders and big numbers. He methodically worked his way to a 1-under 69 in extreme heat. He took a 1-shot lead into a weekend...
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June 14

Ludvig Aberg seizes 1-shot lead at U.S. Open; 3-way tie in 2nd

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Ludvig Aberg and his machine-like game are proving to be a perfect fit for Pinehurst No. 2. The Swedish star methodically worked his way to a 1-under 69 on Friday and a one-shot lead going into the weekend of his U.S. Open debut. Aberg wasn't flawless -- he did miss two fairways on a punishing course -- but he avoided big blunders and big numbers on a day of oppressive heat in the North Carolina sandhills that derailed so many others. He was at 5-under 135 and led by one over Bryson DeChambeau (69), Patrick Cantlay (71) and Thomas Detry (67) going into a weekend that won't include Tiger Woods and barely includes Masters champion Scottie Scheffler. Pinehurst No. 2 is tough enough without a heat index that pushed toward 100 degrees (38 Celsius) at the peak of the afternoon, and with just enough wind to cause doubt. That's just how the 24-year-old Swede likes it. "It's not an easy golf course to play," Aberg said....
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June 14

Francesco Molinari makes U.S. Open cut on hole-in-one

PINEHURST, N.C. --  Francesco Molinari hasn't been in the spotlight since the 2019 Masters. But in the late hours of Friday afternoon on a far corner of Pinehurst No. 2, Molinari thrust himself back into the consciousness of the golf world. Sitting at 7-over and two shots outside the then-projected cut line, the 41-year-old Italian stepped up to his final hole of the day - the par-3 ninth hole - took out his seven iron and sent up a prayer. The ball landed just over the front greenside bunker and bounded forward. As Molinari watched it roll, he knew it would break left toward the hole, and once it did and trickled in for an ace, Molinari's hands dropped to his knees in disbelief. He needed a hole-in-one to play on the weekend, and he had gotten just that. "What are the chances really?" Molinari, the 2018 Open Championship winner, said. "I don't even know what to say. Just incredible." Just a day before, Molinari had tripled that very same hole on his way to an opening...
June 14
June 14

MLB disciplines umpire Pat Hoberg for violating gambling rules

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it has disciplined umpire Pat Hoberg for violating the league's gambling rules, 10 days after the league levied a lifetime ban on a player for gambling and suspended four others for one year. Hoberg is appealing the discipline and, according to ESPN sources, has denied betting on baseball. The exact nature of the discipline is unknown, but Hoberg has not umpired a game this season. MLB, in a statement, did not indicate whether its investigation into Hoberg showed that he bet on baseball. "During this year's Spring Training, Major League Baseball commenced an investigation regarding a potential violation of MLB's sports betting policies by Umpire Pat Hoberg. Mr. Hoberg was removed from the field during the pendency of that investigation," the league said in its statement. "While MLB's investigation did not find any evidence that games worked by Mr. Hoberg were compromised or manipulated in any way, MLB determined that discipline was...
June 14
June 14

Tiger Woods cards 2nd-round 73, misses cut at 2024 U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. -- As 15-time major champion Tiger Woods watched his putt roll down the green on the 15th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 on Friday, he took a half-step off the fringe, anticipating that his ball was about to fall in the cup. Instead, Woods suddenly stopped and stared in disbelief as his ball lipped out, denying him a birdie he desperately needed to make the cut in the 124th U.S. Open. "Yeah, 15 hurt," Woods said after the round. "That was a sweet little 7-iron in there and a good putt, high-side lip. If I make that putt, it flips the momentum, and I'm looking pretty good on the last three holes. Instead, I'm on the wrong side of the cut line and having to do something good on the last three holes." With the projected 36-hole cut at 5 over, and Woods sitting at 6 over, he had to make a birdie on the final three holes to stick around for the weekend. The three-time U.S. Open winner hit a great approach after pulling his tee shot into pine straw on No. 16, but his...
June 14
June 14

Sources: MLB disciplines umpire Pat Hoberg for violating gambling rules

Major League Baseball has disciplined umpire Pat Hoberg for violating the league's gambling rules, sources told ESPN, 10 days after the league levied a lifetime ban on a player for gambling and suspended four others for one year. Hoberg has denied betting on baseball and is appealing the discipline, sources told ESPN. The exact nature of the discipline is unknown, but Hoberg has not umpired a game this season. The league, in a statement, did not indicate whether its investigation into Hoberg showed that he bet on baseball. In the statement, MLB said: "During this year's Spring Training, Major League Baseball commenced an investigation regarding a potential violation of MLB's sports betting policies by Umpire Pat Hoberg. Mr. Hoberg was removed from the field during the pendency of that investigation. While MLB's investigation did not find any evidence that games worked by Mr. Hoberg were compromised or manipulated in any way, MLB determined that discipline was warranted. Mr. Hoberg...
June 14
June 14

Euro 2024: Kroos speech calms Germany before record opening win

Julian Nagelsmann said Toni Kroos delivered a "really powerful" pep talk to the Germany team before the Euro 2024 hosts posted a record 5-1 victory against Scotland in the opening game of the tournament in Munich. Goals from Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz, Niclas Füllkrug and Emre Can enabled the Germans to claim the biggest opening-game win at a European championship. Scotland, meanwhile, failed to register a shot on target and scored with an Antonio Rüdiger own goal. The win puts Nagelsmann's team in control of Group A ahead of fixtures against Hungary and Switzerland. But with Musiala and Wirtz, both 21, carrying the pressure of a young team in the tournament, the Germany coach paid tribute to 34-year-old Kroos, who will retire at the end of the competition, for helping calm the players down before the game. "He is very important, just like everyone else," Nagelsmann said...
June 14
June 14

3-star recruit Eugene Hilton, son of T.Y. Hilton, commits to Wisconsin

Wide receiver Eugene Hilton, a high three-star prospect in the 2025 class and the son of former Pro Bowl wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin on Friday. Hilton, a standout at Indiana's Zionsville Community High School, held offers from Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and Miami, among others, but gave his verbal pledge to the Badgers seven days after he took an official visit to Wisconsin on June 7. Per ESPN rankings, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound pass-catcher is the 53rd-ranked wide receiver in the 2025 class and the No. 6 prospect in Indiana for this cycle. Hilton stands as the third-highest ranked member of the Badgers' upcoming class, Luke Fickell's second as the program's head coach. Hilton's commitment arrived less than 24 hours after ESPN 300 linebacker Mason Posa (No. 283 in ESPN 300) became the top-ranked prospect in the Badgers' 2025 class with his commitment Thursday night. T.Y....
June 14
June 14

Hosts Germany thrash Scotland in Euro 2024 opener

Hosts  Germany thrashed 10-man Scotland 5-1 on Friday with three goals in the first half to make a triumphant start to their Euro 2024 campaign and lay down a marker with the biggest opening-game margin of victory in the tournament's history. The Germans, hunting a record fourth European title and first major trophy after a barren decade, scored through Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala and a Kai Havertz penalty before Niclas Füllkrug and Emre Can added two more late in the second half. Scotland, who had defender Ryan Porteous sent off on the stroke of half-time, got on the scoresheet in the 87th minute courtesy of Antonio Rüdiger's headed own goal. Julian Nagelsmann's Germany next face Hungary on Wednesday before taking on Switzerland in their final Group A match. "We played with a lot of intensity and played the right spaces, took some risks, and that is why we scored. We played an outstanding first half and we...
June 14
June 14

Washout in Florida takes US cricket team through to Super Eight

Match abandoned USA vs Ireland The United States national cricket team has qualified for the Super Eight stage in their maiden T20 World Cup appearance, after their final group game against Ireland was washed out in Florida. The no-result gave USA five points, which was enough for a second-place finish behind India in Group A. There was heavy rain in Florida all week and the outfield in Lauderhill was extremely wet on Friday morning. There wasn't enough time to get the outfield ready for play before the rain returned to end any chances of the match beginning. USA had begun their campaign with a victory against Canada in Dallas, and then they upset Pakistan in a Super Over to become strong contenders to qualify for the Super Eight. Though they were then beaten by India, USA came to Florida needing only one point from the match against Ireland to qualify. The result also ensured that USA would...
June 14
June 14

Oilers, facing Stanley Cup sweep, vow to keep fighting

EDMONTON, Alberta --  Corey Perry is the only  Oilers player with a Stanley Cup ring, winning with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. As his team faces elimination in Game 4 against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, Perry's message to his teammates is clear: Play like it's the last time you'll ever be in the Stanley Cup Final. "How do you know that there's going to be another time? That's the biggest thing you can put in your mind is there might not be another time. I bet you half these guys will never play in the Stanley Cup Final again. It's just the reality of sports," Perry said on Friday. "And that's where you put that fight in. That's what you have to go home today and think about." The Oilers lost Game 3 of the Final, 4-3, on Thursday. A series of miscues in the second period allowed Florida to take a 4-1 lead in front of a stunned Edmonton crowd. The Oilers rallied with two goals in the third period, but forward Leon Draisaitl said,...
June 14
June 14

Veteran safety Tony Jefferson ends retirement, joins Chargers

LOS ANGELES -- The Chargers signed safety Tony Jefferson on Friday, the team announced. Jefferson spent last season as a scouting intern with the Baltimore Ravens after announcing his retirement in May 2023. As an intern, he worked under current Chargers general manager Joe Hortiz, who was then the Ravens' director of player personnel. Before turning to scouting, Jefferson played for 10 seasons in the NFL. That included 3½ seasons in Baltimore, where he worked with current Chargers defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, a defensive assistant and defensive backs coach for the Ravens from 2017 to 2020. "Tony's a guy I've known since 2017 and just a pro's pro that is very knowledgeable of some of the things that we're doing defensively," Minter said. "... I think he really wants to play. He's got himself back into football shape over the last couple months, and so it'll be interesting to see how it shakes out." Jefferson last played with the New York...
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June 14

Veteran safety Tony Jefferson signs with Chargers

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Chargers signed safety Tony Jefferson on Friday, the team announced. Jefferson spent last season as a scouting intern with the Baltimore Ravens after announcing his retirement in May 2023. As an intern, he worked under current Chargers GM Joe Hortiz, who was then the Ravens' director of player personnel. Before turning to scouting, Jefferson played for 10 seasons in the NFL. That included 3½ seasons in Baltimore, where he worked with current Chargers D-coordinator Jesse Minter, a defensive assistant and defensive backs coach for the Ravens from 2017 to 2020. "Tony's a guy I've known since 2017 and just a pro's pro that is very knowledgeable of some of the things that we're doing defensively," Minter said. "... I think he really wants to play. He's got himself back into football shape over the last couple months and so it'll be interesting to see how it shakes out." Jefferson last played with the New York Giants in...
June 14
June 14

Frustrated Scheffler slams driver, could miss cut at U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. -- There was nowhere else for Scottie Scheffler to let out his frustration. So after his tee shot on the 18th hole veered out to the left and landed in the native area, Scheffler took his driver and slammed it to the ground. The sound it made was followed by a surprised silence from the Pinehurst galleries. For Scheffler, it wasn't enough. He grabbed his tee and threw it in disgust. It was that kind of day for the No. 1 player in the world. After grinding his way to a round of 1-over 71 on Thursday, Scheffler fell victim to Pinehurst No. 2's devilish greens Friday, carding two bogeys, one double bogey and zero birdies (for the first time in 168 rounds) on his way to a 74. He finished at 5 over and is in danger of missing the cut at a major for the first time since the 2022 PGA Championship. "It was definitely a grind," Scheffler said. "Yesterday I felt like I played really well and got a lot out of my game, which I feel like I've done a good job of this...
June 14
June 14

Washout in Florida takes USA through to Super Eight

Match abandoned USA vs Ireland USA have qualified for the Super Eight stage in their maiden T20 World Cup appearance, after their final group game against Ireland was washed out in Florida. The no-result gave USA five points, which was enough for a second-place finish behind India in Group A. There was heavy rain in Florida all week and the outfield in Lauderhill was extremely wet on Friday morning. There wasn't enough time to get the outfield ready for play before the rain returned to end any chances of the match beginning. USA had begun their campaign with a victory against Canada in Dallas, and then they upset Pakistan in a Super Over to become strong contenders to qualify for the Super Eight. Though they were then beaten by India, USA came to Florida needing only one point from the match against Ireland to qualify. The result also ensured that USA...
June 14
June 14

Astros release struggling former AL MVP Jose Abreu

The Houston Astros released struggling slugger Jose Abreu from their major league roster Friday. The former American League MVP is batting just .124 with two homers and seven RBIs in 35 games this season. Abreu was demoted to the Astros' Florida Complex League team on April 30. The three-time All-Star played five games there and two games at Triple-A Sugar Land before returning to the Houston lineup May 27. Abreu, 37, has batted .217 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs in 176 games since signing a three-year, $58.5 million deal with Houston in November 2022. He is due $19.5 million this season and the same amount in 2025. Abreu was the AL Rookie of the Year with the Chicago White Sox in 2014 and made the All-Star teams with Chicago in 2014, 2018 and 2019. He was crowned AL MVP in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign after batting .317 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs in just 60 games. Across 11 seasons, Abreu has hit .283 in 1,446 games with 263 home runs and 960 RBIs...
June 14
June 14

India and Australia in same Super Eight group

Six out of 20 teams have progressed so far to the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup 2024, with India (A1), Australia (B2), and Afghanistan (C1) in Group 1, and USA (A2), West Indies (C2) and South Africa (D1) in Group 2. The teams are assigned A1, B1 and so on not on the basis of where they finished in their group but according to pre-tournament designations. After USA confirmed their Super Eight berth from Group A following the washout of their game against Ireland, England and Bangladesh are the frontrunners to take the two remaining spots, B1 and D2 respectively, though there are other teams still in the running. The first round ends on June 17, and the Super Eight stage begins on June 19. The first match of the Super Eight round will be between South Africa and the USA, in Antigua. West Indies take on the second team that qualifies from Group B in St Lucia on the evening of June 19, before India and Afghanistan begin their Super Eight...
June 14
June 14

Panthers not assuming anything with 3-0 lead

EDMONTON -- History says the Florida Panthers most likely wrapped up the Stanley Cup by winning Game 3 against the Edmonton Oilers, taking a 3-0 series lead. Just don't tell that to the Florida Panthers "We don't look at that stuff. You guys do. I'm sure a lot of other people do, but we don't," said winger Matthew Tkachuk on Friday. The Panthers are seeking their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, and the odds are in their favor: Teams that go up 3-0 in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final have won 27 of 28 series. The only exception was in 1942, when the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to defeat the Detroit Red Wings. Team that trail 3-0 in a series have avoided a sweep just eight times. The most recent two examples were the Montreal Canadiens winning Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2021 and the New York Rangers doing the same against the Los Angeles Kings in 2014. Even if the Oilers manage to send the...
June 14
June 14

Michigan, Sherrone Moore land 4-star safety Kainoa Winston

Sherrone Moore's inaugural recruiting class at Michigan gained its highest-ranked commit Friday when four-star safety Kainoa Winston, No. 42 in the 2025 ESPN 300, announced his pledge to the Wolverines. Winston, who plays for Washington, D.C., power Gonzaga College High School, took an official visit to Ann Arbor late last month and chose Michigan over Penn State, Oregon and North Carolina. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back is the No. 3 safety in the 2025 class. For the Wolverines, Winston's commitment marks a recruiting win over conference rival Penn State, where Winston's cousin, safety Kevin Winston Jr., made 13 starts in the Nittany Lions' secondary last fall. According to ESPN's rankings, Kainoa Winston is Michigan's highest-ranked pledge since the Wolverines inked defensive end Derrick Moore (No. 19) in the 2022 class. Winston joins defensive tackle Jaylen Williams (No. 24 DT) as Michigan's second commit...
June 14
June 14

USA adds Josh Sargent, sets final 26-man Copa América squad

United States men's national team manager Gregg Berhalter announced his 26-player roster for the upcoming  Copa América on Friday, with Norwich City forward Josh Sargent having recovered sufficiently from a foot injury to be included. Berhalter had called in 27 players to a pre-tournament training camp that played a pair of friendlies against Colombia and Brazil. The U.S. suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to Los Cafeteros in the first match before  recovering to tie Brazil 1-1, just the second time the USMNT had avoided defeat in that matchup. Sargent wasn't on the roster for either friendly but will now take part in his first Copa América. LAFC midfielder  Timothy Tillman is the odd player out and will return to his club. The remainder of the squad was part of that training camp. Now, after a brief break, the 26 players will resume training in Dallas starting on June 16. Tournament organizers recently...
June 14
June 14

Caitlin Clark speaks out against racist, misogynistic comments

Indiana Fever star rookie Caitlin Clark pushed back against online commenters who have used her name in discussions to denigrate other WNBA players, saying any racist or misogynistic comments are "not acceptable." "People should not be using my name to push those agendas. It's disappointing. It's not acceptable," Clark said Thursday when asked about the comments. "... Treating every single woman in this league with the same amount of respect, I think, it's just a basic human thing that everybody should do." Due to Clark's fame, along with being a white basketball player, her name has been brought up in culture wars and online debates, including why she was left off the Team USA Olympic basketball roster and reacting to a number of hard fouls committed against the rookie early in her WNBA career. Clark had said earlier Thursday that bringing her up online was "not something I can control." "I don't put too much thought and time into thinking about things like that, and to...
June 14
June 14

USWNT drops to 5th in latest FIFA ranking, lowest place ever

The United States women's national team dropped to fifth in the latest FIFA ranking, its lowest point since FIFA began ranking women's teams in 2003. The drop is one place lower than the fourth-place ranking given in March. Before 2024, the U.S. women had never been ranked below No. 2 in the world, but the team has fallen three places in six months -- the most movement the USWNT has seen in the rankings as the squad heads to the Paris Olympics in July. Spain, France and England make up the top three, in that order, with women's World Cup runners-up England dropping to third. Germany overtook the U.S. women for the fourth spot. From 2003 to 2023, the U.S. maintained a stronghold in the top two positions, and between 2008 and 2014 and again from 2017 until June 2023, the team sat solidly in first place. After their unexpected exit from the 2023 World Cup, however, the women dropped to third for the first time in August 2023. They managed to...
June 14
June 14

USA drops to fifth in latest FIFA ranking, lowest place ever

The United States women's national team dropped to fifth in the latest FIFA ranking, its lowest point since FIFA began ranking women's teams in 2003. The drop is one point lower than the fourth-place ranking given this past March as the downward direction continues. Prior to 2024, the U.S. women had never been ranked below No. 2 in the world, but the team has now fallen three places in six months -- the most movement the USWNT has ever seen in the rankings as they head to the Paris Olympics in July. Spain, France and England make up the top three, in that order, with women's World Cup runners-up England dropping to third. Germany overtook USWNT for the fourth-place spot. From 2003 to 2023, the U.S. women maintained a stronghold in the top two positions, and between 2008-2014 and then from 2017 until June 2023, the team sat solidly in first place. Following their unexpected exit from the 2023 World Cup, however, the women dropped to third...
June 14
June 14

Dana White: Conor McGregor-Michael Chandler UFC 303 fight off

Conor McGregor will no longer fight Michael Chandler at UFC 303 on June 29 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White said Thursday night. McGregor (22-6) was scheduled to headline the event but has withdrawn because of injury. It's the first time in McGregor's storied UFC career that he has pulled out of a fight for any reason. The new main event is a light heavyweight title fight between Alex Pereira and Jiří Procházka, according to White. White also announced two more fights to the card:  Diego Lopes will face Brian Ortega in the co-main event, and  Carlos Ulberg will now fight  Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight bout after  Jamahal Hill, who was slated to fight in the co-main event, was ruled out due to injury. According to White, the sellout event was on pace to set a UFC record with a live gate of more than $20 million. UFC has not announced whether the nontitle welterweight bout between McGregor and Chandler...
June 14
June 14

Twins' Carlos Correa rocks out in post-homer homage to Prince

On Prince Day at Target Field,  Carlos Correa and the  Minnesota Twins couldn't help but "go crazy" in Thursday night's 6-2 win over the  Oakland Athletics. Correa paid homage to the Minneapolis music icon after his two-run homer in the seventh inning, donning a purple vest and hat and grabbing an inflatable purple guitar to celebrate the blast with his teammates when he returned to the dugout. He said the post-homer celebration was something the Twins cooked up before the game. Twins right-hander Pablo Lopez already had the inflatable guitar from a previous season's Prince Night giveaway. The vest and hat rounded out the look. "I'm like, 'This is creative. I love this,'" Correa said of his reaction to seeing the purple celebration props during pregame. "I was like, 'I want to hit a home run so bad!' It happened in the last at-bat, but it happened. It's a great idea. I loved it." One day after the Twins had a season-high 24 hits against...
June 14
June 13

Chiefs receive Super Bowl rings, set sights on three-peat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On his way to collect his third Super Bowl championship ring, Patrick Mahomes already was thinking about winning another one. "The first thing I think of is how great last season was and the adversity we dealt with," Mahomes said Thursday night before the Kansas City Chiefs distributed Super Bowl LVIII championship rings to players, coaches and front-office employees at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. "Then I'm going to think about how I can get another one for the pinkie finger. It's going to take a lot of hard work [to win three straight titles]. It's never been done before for a good reason. It takes a special group of guys, and I think we've got that group." The Chiefs made more than 400 rings to distribute for this championship, their second straight and third in the past five years. Each one contains 529 diamonds, 38 rubies and 14.8 carats worth of gems, according to the rings' maker, Jostens. Among the features: a display celebrating...
June 13
June 13

Source: Dolphins signing 6-time Pro Bowl DE Calais Campbell

MIAMI -- The Dolphins have agreed to terms on a contract with defensive end Calais Campbell, a source confirmed Thursday to ESPN, adding a valuable veteran presence to an ascending pass rush. Campbell, 37, joins the Dolphins after a renaissance with the Atlanta Falcons in his 16th NFL season. He played in every game for the first time since 2019 -- a stated goal when he arrived in Atlanta last offseason -- and had 6.5 sacks, his highest mark since 2019. He recorded 56 tackles, 17 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery while putting together his best season since 2019, when he made the Pro Bowl with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former Miami Hurricanes star now reunites with Dolphins defensive coordinator Anthony Edwards, who coached the Baltimore Ravens' defensive line when Campbell played for them in 2021 and 2022. Dolphins outside linebackers Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb both ranked in the...
June 13
June 13

Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay tied for U.S. Open lead

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Rory McIlroy is again knocking at the door. A day that began with Patrick Cantlay posting a first-round 65 to take the early lead at the U.S. Open ended with an exclamation point: McIlroy walking in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that punctuated a bogey-free spin around Pinehurst No. 2 and gave him a share of the lead. "I thought I left it short," McIlroy said with a smile. "That's why I walked after it." Though unintentional, the early walk-in would have been fitting of the round McIlroy had. It wasn't that he overpowered the golf course or that he made every putt he saw. Instead, he played with discipline and was confident in the quality of his game. "It was a really controlled round of golf," McIlroy said. McIlroy hit 15 of 18 greens, and the three that he did not hit he was able to get up-and-down for par with ease. After spraying a drive right on the par-5 fifth hole and misjudging the layup and the approach, the chip-in for...
June 13
June 13

Dolphins signing 6-time Pro Bowl DE Calais Campbell, source says

MIAMI - The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms on a contract with defensive end Calais Campbell, a source confirmed Thursday to ESPN, adding a valuable veteran presence to an ascending pass rush. NFL Network was the first to report. Dolphins outside linebackers Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb both ranked in the top-20 in the NFL in pass rush win rate last season before Phillips tore his Achilles tendon in Week 12. Five weeks later, Chubb tore his ACL in Week 17. While they're expected to play in 2024, the team has declined to offer a public timeline for each player's return, and neither of them participated in organized team activities or minicamp this offseason. Miami signed veteran Shaq Barrett in March and continued to add to its pass rush via the draft, spending first and fifth-round picks on Chop Robinson and Mo Kamara, respectively. Campbell, 37, had a renaissance with the Falcons in his 16th NFL season. He played...
June 13

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