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Ferrari defends title as 499P hypercar wins 24 Hours of Le Mans

Ferrari won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second year in a row on Sunday after a battle with Toyota to the finish of the 92nd edition of the endurance race. Almost out of fuel and on a wet track, Denmark's Nicklas Nielsen took the checkered flag in the 499P hypercar shared with Italian Antonio Fuoco and Spaniard Miguel Molina over 311 laps of the Sarthe circuit. The Toyota GR010 hybrid driven by Jose Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries finished 14.221 seconds behind after starting 23rd. Nielsen, Fuoco and Molina were all first-time overall winners, but the outcome remained open right to the end in a race with a safety car period lasting more than four hours during the night. The car's fuel gauge was registering around 2% at the finish. "The worst for me was when they asked me to go slower because that's usually where the mistakes happen," Nielsen said about saving fuel to the finish. "The last lap was so long. They kept me updated on the gap ... so it was just about...
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Euro 2024: Weghorst goal gives Dutch late victory over Poland

HAMBURG, Germany -- Wout Weghorst scored within two minutes of entering the game as a substitute to secure a 2-1 win for the Netherlands against Poland in their Group D opener in Hamburg. Weghorst, who scored just two goals in 31 appearances for Manchester United while on loan at Old Trafford during the 2022-23 season, replaced the ineffective Memphis Depay in the 82nd minute as coach Ronald Koeman attempted one last throw of the dice after seeing the Dutch miss a series of chances. Although Weghorst's time at United proved unsuccessful in front of goal, the Hoffenheim forward took his recent tally to seven goals in 11 appearances for his country when he broke clear of his marker to guide Nathan Ake's pass beyond Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny with a left-footed shot from ten yards. With Poland missing their injured striker Robert Lewandowski, the Dutch had been favourites to win this game, but the 1988 European...
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Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after ax threat

A man was shot by police in an area packed with football supporters in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands after threatening an officer with an ax, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after the threat. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible. "He apparently tried to set fire to this Molotov cocktail and then approached several people including police officers, and the police officers then had to make use of their firearms," Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen said. "We assume that this is an isolated case, that is, disconnected from football... I don't see any threat at all or any impact on the game today." Levgruen added that the police "still don't have any insights into the background, including his motivation, which may have led to...
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Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after axe threat

A man was shot by police in an area packed with football supporters in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands after threatening an officer with an axe, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after the threat. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible in the leg. "He apparently tried to set fire to this Molotov cocktail and then approached several people including police officers, and the police officers then had to make use of their firearms," Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen said. "We assume that this is an isolated case, that is, disconnected from football... I don't see any threat at all or any impact on the game today." Levgruen added that the police "still don't have any insights into the background, including his motivation, which may...
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June 16

Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after ax attack

A man was shot by police in a Hamburg, Germany, area packed with football supporters ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands following an attack on an officer with an ax, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after an officer was attacked. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible for the attack. It is not yet clear whether the attacker was a football supporter. In a statement, Hamburg Police said, "At St Pauli, there is currently a major police operation. "According to initial findings, a person threatened police officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device. The police then used their firearms. The attacker was injured and is currently receiving medical treatment." A heavy police presence has been visible in Hamburg ahead of the game, but both sets of supporters have mixed...
June 16
June 16

U.S. swim trials: Ledecky makes Olympics; Walsh sets record

Katie Ledecky is heading to her fourth Olympics, an accomplishment that seemed unimaginable when she was a 15-year-old kid in London. These days, it wouldn't seem like a Summer Games without her. As steady as ever, Ledecky cruised to victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials Saturday night, where earlier Gretchen Walsh set a world record in the 100 butterfly.  Ledecky makes qualifying for the Olympics look so much easier than it is. Ledecky became just the ninth U.S. swimmer to qualify at least four times for the sport's grandest stage. "I pride myself on that consistency," she said. "Sometimes it can be tough to feel you're not having a breakthrough. But being really consistent is something I'm really happy with. I've learned to really enjoy training and take advantage of the moment." Cheered on by a crowd of 20,689 at the home of the Indianapolis Colts, Ledecky touched the wall in the temporary pool in 3 minutes, 58.35 seconds. She improved on...
June 16
June 16

Euro 2024: Man shot by Hamburg police after axe attack

A man was shot by police in a Hamburg, Germany, area packed with football supporters ahead of Poland's Euro 2024 game with the Netherlands following an attack on an officer with an axe, according to the city's police force. The Reeperbahn district, which was populated by thousands of Dutch supporters at the time, was cleared by police shortly before 12:30 p.m. CET (6:30 a.m. ET) after an officer was attacked. Riot police entered the area and shot the man responsible for the attack. It is not yet clear whether the attacker was a football supporter. In a statement, Hamburg Police said, "At St Pauli, there is currently a major police operation. "According to initial findings, a person threatened police officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device. The police then used their firearms. The attacker was injured and is currently receiving medical treatment." Police officers shot the man in the leg, Hamburg police told German news agency dpa. A police spokesman said...
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June 16

A'ja Wilson emotional as sliding Aces fall in Finals rematch

LAS VEGAS -- The Aces dropped their sixth game of 2024 on Saturday -- as many as they lost all of last regular season -- as the Liberty  prevailed 90-82 in a WNBA Finals rematch before a packed house that included LeBron James courtside. Afterward, Las Vegas star A'ja Wilson got emotional talking about what she needs to do to help the two-time defending champion Aces out of this lull. "It's hard. I love my teammates so much," a teary-eyed Wilson said after Las Vegas lost its fifth in seven games. "[People] say I'm the best player in the world. That's great. But I want to be the best person. I want to be the best teammate, because that's how I get the best out of my team. "So when it comes to wins and losses ... I break this game down piece by piece because I want to be great for my team ... great for this franchise. It is hard as s---. Great teams in this league that are going to try to come after you every single night. But when it comes...
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Texas A&M robs homer in ninth, tops Florida in MCWS thriller

OMAHA, Neb. -- Jace LaViolette robbed Cade Kurland of a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning, Justin Lamkin and two relievers struck out 16 and Texas A&M held off Florida 3-2 in a weather-delayed Men's College World Series opener that ended early Sunday. The Aggies (50-13) will play Kentucky on Monday night in a Bracket 2 winners' game. The Gators (34-29), the national runners-up to LSU last year, will meet North Carolina State in a Monday afternoon elimination game. Texas A&M scored its runs in the first three innings against Liam Peterson (3-5), the first freshman to start a MCWS opener for Florida, and then relied on Lamkin, Chris Cortez (10-3) and Evan Aschenbeck to hold down the Gators' high-powered offense. Florida had come from behind in four of its six NCAA tournament wins and nearly did it again. Down a run in the eighth, the Gators loaded the bases with two outs against Aschenbeck. The left-hander, named Stopper of the Year as the nation's top closer, got out of the...
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June 16

Gervonta Davis shows 'a little rust,' then KO's Frank Martin

LAS VEGAS -- Gervonta Davis packed a full house into the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday for his first appearance in 14 months and then set off a frenzy with a vicious knockout. Davis (30-0, 28 KOs) knocked out Frank Martin with a left hand at 1:29 of the eighth round to successfully defend his WBA lightweight championship. It was Davis' first fight since an equally stunning knockout of Ryan Garcia in April 2023. It was also his first appearance since he served 44 days in a Baltimore detention center last summer for violating the terms of a house arrest stemming from a hit-and-run crash in November 2020 that injured four people. "Yeah, there's a little rust, but it's OK. I'm back," Davis said. "A couple rounds, I feel as though I ain't warm up completely how I wanted to. I did warm up, but I got cold as the fight was going on before me. But it's OK. No excuses." All three judges had Davis ahead 67-66 on the scorecards at the time of stoppage. Martin actually...
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June 16

Gervonta Davis flattens Frank Martin in 8th-round KO victory

LAS VEGAS -- In his first appearance in 14 months, Gervonta Davis packed a full house into the MGM Grand on Saturday and set off a frenzy with a vicious knockout. Davis (30-0, 28 KOs) knocked Frank Martin out cold with a left hand at the 1:29 mark of the eighth round to successfully defend his WBA lightweight championship. It was Davis's first fight since an equally stunning knockout of Ryan Garcia in April 2023. Davis, 29, served 44 days at a Baltimore detention center last summer for violating the terms of a house arrest stemming from a hit-and-run crash in November 2020 that injured four people. Davis took his time in the early rounds, calmly walking Martin down but rarely opening up with his notorious power. By the fourth round, however, Davis started to settle in, and his power had a visible effect on Martin, who reacted so strongly to several of Davis' fakes that it drew laughs from the champion and the sellout crowd. A knockout finish felt all but inevitable in the...
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June 15

Wings' Ogunbowale: 'Politics' involved in Olympics selection

Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale told the "Nightcap" podcast in an episode released Thursday that she took her name out of the pool for the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team "months ago" and that she thinks "politics" goes into the selection of the squad. The 12-member 5-on-5 women's team for the Paris Games was announced Tuesday. The players most talked about who didn't make it were  Indiana Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark and Ogunbowale, who has been one of the top scorers in the league during her six WNBA seasons, all with Dallas. "Me being me, I just felt the vibes," Ogunbowale said of how she thought she was being assessed by USA Basketball. "When it comes to that stuff, it really doesn't have much to do with your game. It's really about who they feel like fits with the team. That's on the men's side, too. "The committees say they look for people who ... I don't know, honestly. But I could already tell. I actually took my name out of the...
June 15
June 15

Edmonton Oilers break out in Game 4, stay alive with 8-1 win

Connor McDavid scored, "La Bamba" played in the Edmonton Oilers locker room, and the Stanley Cup Final is heading back to Florida after a statement win. McDavid scored his first goal of the series as part of a four-point performance and  Stuart Skinner was spectacular in making 32 saves as the Oilers routed the Florida Panthers 8-1 in Game 4 on Saturday night, chasing Sergei Bobrovsky and avoiding a sweep. Game 5 is Tuesday in Sunrise. "It's just one win," McDavid said. "That's all it is, whether you score eight or you score one. It's just one win. We've got to go to Florida and do a job and drag them back to Alberta." The Panthers' party will have to wait after a complete meltdown from a team with many players who have never been this close to hoisting the Cup. Bobrovsky was pulled five minutes into the second period after allowing five goals on 16 shots -- more than he gave up in the first three games of the series combined. "It had...
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June 15

Wilson emotional after sliding Aces fall in Finals rematch

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Aces dropped their sixth game of 2024 on Saturday -- as many as they lost all of last regular season -- as the New York Liberty prevailed 90-82 in a WNBA Finals rematch before a packed house that included LeBron James courtside. Afterward, Las Vegas star A'ja Wilson got emotional talking about what she needs to do to help the two-time defending champion Aces out of this lull. "It's hard. I love my teammates so much," a teary-eyed Wilson said after Las Vegas lost its fifth in seven games. "[People] say I'm the best player in the world. That's great. But I want to be the best person. I want to be the best teammate, because that's how I get the best out of my team. "So when it comes to wins and losses ... I break this game down piece by piece because I want to be great for my team ... great for this franchise. It is hard as s---. Great teams in this league that are going to try to come after you every single night. But when...
June 15
June 15

Ronaldinho's Brazil Copa América criticism part of ad campaign

Brazil legend Ronaldinho said his criticisms of this year's Copa América squad were in fact a collection of posts made from fans on social media that he reproduced as part of an advertising campaign for a deodorant brand. Ronaldinho had earlier posted on Instagram that there is a "lack of love for the shirt" among the team, sparking a defence of the squad by current international Raphinha. However, hours later, Ronaldinho said those words were not his and he was trying to engineer support for the current side. "I would never abandon supporting Brazil," he wrote on his Instagram account. "These words of abandonment of mine, in fact, were reproductions of real posts from fans on social media. Imagine hearing these reviews before playing? It's not possible, motivation goes down. "The support of the fans makes a huge difference for the players and what they need is support at this time," he continued before adding a promotion for a deodorant...
June 15
June 15

Wings' Arike Ogunbowale: 'Politics' involved in Olympics selection

Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale told the "Nightcap" podcast in an episode released Thursday that she took her name out of the pool for the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team "months ago" and that she thinks "politics" goes into the selection of the squad. The 12-member 5-on-5 women's U.S. team for the Paris Games was announced Tuesday. The players most talked about who didn't make it were  Indiana Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark and Ogunbowale, who has been one of the top scorers in the league during her six WNBA seasons, all with Dallas. "Me being me, I just felt the vibes," Ogunbowale said of how she thought she was being assessed by USA Basketball. "When it comes to that stuff, it really doesn't have much to do with your game. It's really about who they feel like fits with the team. That's on the men's side, too. "The committees say they look for people who ... I don't know, honestly. But I could already tell. I actually took my name out...
June 15
June 15

Copa América: Ronaldinho's Brazil criticism part of ad campaign

Brazil legend Ronaldinho said his criticisms of this year's Copa América squad were in fact a collection of posts made from fans on social media that he reproduced as part of an advertising campaign for a deodorant brand. Ronaldinho had earlier posted on Instagram that there is a "lack of love for the shirt" among the team, sparking a defence of the squad by current international Raphinha. However, hours later, Ronaldinho said those words were not his and he was trying to engineer support for the current side. "I would never abandon supporting Brazil," he wrote on his Instagram account. "These words of abandonment of mine, in fact, were reproductions of real posts from fans on social media. Imagine hearing these reviews before playing? It's not possible, motivation goes down. "The support of the fans makes a huge difference for the players and what they need is support at this time," he continued before adding a promotion for a deodorant...
June 15
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U.S. swim trials: Ledecky makes Olympics, Walsh sets record

INDIANAPOLIS -- Katie Ledecky is heading to her fourth Olympics, an accomplishment that seemed unimaginable when she was a 15-year-old kid in London. These days, it wouldn't seem like a Summer Games without her. As steady as ever, Ledecky cruised to victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials on Saturday night, where earlier Gretchen Walsh set a world record in the 100 butterfly.  Ledecky makes qualifying for the Olympics look so much easier than it is. Ledecky became just the ninth U.S. swimmer to qualify at least four times for the sport's grandest stage. "I pride myself on that consistency," she said. "Sometimes it can be tough to feel you're not having a breakthrough. But being really consistent is something I'm really happy with. I've learned to really enjoy training and take advantage of the moment." Cheered on by a crowd of 20,689 at the home of the Indianapolis Colts, Ledecky touched the wall in the temporary pool in 3 minutes, 58.35...
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Bryson DeChambeau fights hip injury, up 3 shots at U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Standing on the 13th tee box in the third round of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on Saturday, Bryson DeChambeau told his caddie, Gregory Bodine, "I would love to go for this green." Someone in the gallery shouted, "Yeah, you should!" DeChambeau thought better of it and told the fans before hitting a long iron, "Don't boo me, I'm sorry." They were only cheering for DeChambeau, the LIV Golf League captain who has won the hearts of golf fans with his on-course high-fives and YouTube videos. With a potent combination of length off the tee and deft putting on the greens, DeChambeau opened a 4-stroke lead on the back nine before carding a 3-under 67 for a 3-shot advantage heading into Sunday's final round. As much a showman as a golfer, DeChambeau enjoyed every minute of it. "It was amazing," he said. "I can't thank them enough. It was a blessing. Man, they riled me up. It just gives me a spike in my adrenaline and allows me to focus more on...
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June 15

A'ja Wilson emotional after sliding Aces fall in Finals rematch

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Aces lost their sixth game of 2024 on Saturday -- as many as they lost in the entire 2023 regular season -- as the New York Liberty prevailed 90-82 in a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals teams before a packed house that included LeBron James at courtside. Afterward, Las Vegas star A'ja Wilson got emotional talking about what she needs to do to help the two-time defending WNBA champion Aces out of a lull in which they've lost five of their past seven. "It's hard. I love my teammates so much," a teary-eyed Wilson said. "[People] say I'm the best player in the world. That's great. But I want to be the best person. I want to be the best teammate, because that's how I get the best out of my team. "So when it comes to wins and losses ... I break this game down piece by piece because I want to be great for my team ... great for this franchise. It is hard as s---. Great teams in this league that are going to try to come after you every...
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Jonquel Jones' 34 help Liberty top Aces in Finals rematch

LAS VEGAS -- Jonquel Jones scored a career-high 34 points, Breanna Stewart and Sabrina Ionescu each had a double-double and the New York Liberty pulled away in the second half to beat the defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces 90-82 on Saturday. Ionescu finished with 15 points and 12 assists and Stewart added 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York (12-2). Betnijah Laney-Hamilton had 12 points and seven rebounds.   Las Vegas (6-6) has lost four of its past five games. Kelsey Plum hit a floater that gave the Aces a 53-47 lead with 6:33 left in the third quarter. They then went scoreless for nearly five minutes. New York responded with a 14-0 run, including six points from Jones, to take the lead for good. Kate Martin hit a 3-pointer to break the Las Vegas scoring drought with 1:47 left in the period, and A'ja Wilson followed with a bucket in the lane that cut the deficit to 61-58, but the Aces got no closer. Plum...
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June 15

Source: Bengals WR Tee Higgins signs franchise tender

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is officially in the fold for the upcoming season. Higgins signed 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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June 15

Kentucky outlasts NC State at Men's College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. -- Mitchell Daly homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Kentucky a 5-4 win over North Carolina State on Saturday, the third straight Men's College World Series game to end in walk-off fashion. The Wildcats had tied it in the bottom of the ninth on Ryan Nicholson's homer, and Daly ended it with two outs when he launched a shot into the left-field bullpen. Kentucky (46-14), in its first MCWS, set a program record for wins in a season and will play Monday night against the winner of Saturday night's Florida-Texas A&M matchup. NC State will play the Florida-Texas A&M loser in an elimination game Monday afternoon. "What a response. What a response. I mean, when I tell you guys in the ninth, this team had true belief," Wildcats coach Nick Mingione said. "They really thought we were going to win the game." The Wolfpack (38-22) went to the bottom of the ninth with a one-run lead in its first game in Omaha since a COVID-19 outbreak on the team led the NCAA to...
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Williams hopes Clark will 'continue to do what she's doing'

Tennis great Serena Williams said she understands why WNBA rookie Caitlin Clark avoids social media and that she hopes the Indiana Fever star tunes out negativity. Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slam tournaments, spoke to media at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Thursday at a premiere for "In The Arena: Serena Williams," an eight-episode docuseries that will air on ESPN+ beginning July 10. "I was bullied. Things that I had to go through, people would be canceled for saying now," Williams said of the scrutiny she and her sister Venus faced from fans, media and other players when they entered the elite tennis world. "My position in growing up, as a teenager, I kind of had to be guarded to kind of stay sane. Just [getting] so much press and doing everything I was doing and traveling the globe every year. It was every week. It was a grind." Williams was asked about the attention that Clark, the No. 1 WNBA draft pick, is dealing with now as a first-year pro....
June 15
June 15

Euro 2024: Spain embrace new 'clinical' edge in Croatia rout

Luis de la Fuente says Spain don't need to have the ball to do damage after beating Croatia 3-0 at Euro 2024 but losing the possession battle for the first time in 136 competitive games. Spain had only 47% possession against Croatia, but first-half goals from Álvaro Morata, Fabián Ruiz and Dani Carvajal ensured they kicked off the tournament with a win at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Saturday. You have to go back to the Euro 2008 final, which Spain won against Germany, to find the last time La Roja's opponents had more possession than them in an official match. "Maybe in other times, having more of the ball guaranteed better results," Spain coach De la Fuente said in the postgame news conference. "Now, we are a team that can surprise opponents like we did today. We are satisfied; I think we did well. We used the ball with a lot of sense and were clinical in the final third. It shows that you don't have to have so...
June 15
June 15

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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June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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.
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
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...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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....
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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,...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 15

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...
June 15
June 14

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...
June 14
June 14

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...
June 14
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 ...
June 14
June 14

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...
June 14
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...
June 14
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....
June 14
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

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