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Unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Tua fired, sources say; investigation ongoing

MIAMI -- The unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in clearing Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during the game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills has been fired. Multiple sources said the firing came after it was found he made "several mistakes" in his evaluation, sources told ESPN. However, the league and its players' union issued a joint statement Saturday that said a review into Tagovailoa's quick return to Sunday's game is ongoing, while also adding that they agree that "modifications to the concussion protocol are needed to enhance player safety." "The NFL and the NFLPA agree that The NFLPA's Mackey-White Health & Safety Committee and the NFL's Head Neck and Spine Committee have already begun conversations around the use of the term 'Gross Motor Instability' and we anticipate changes to the protocol being made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus far in the review process," the joint statement said. "The NFL and NFLPA...
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October 01

Lakers' Big 3's new mantra for pushing pace for offense to thrive: 'You get it, go'

TEMECULA, Calif. -- The day after last season mercifully came to an end for the Los Angeles Lakers, Russell Westbrook was asked about LeBron James and Anthony Davis repeatedly stating over the course of the year their intent to "let Russ be Russ" in pursuit of team success. "Yeah," Westbrook replied bluntly during his exit interview with reporters, "but that wasn't true." With the first week of training camp in the books as James, Davis and Westbrook near their second season together, that approach has been tweaked. Westbrook is empowered to get his, but so are James and Davis when it comes to getting theirs. No more worrying about stepping on each other's toes; if there's a play to make, go make it. "I think the biggest thing was everybody trying to be selfless and now everybody is being aggressive," Davis said after practice Saturday at Pechanga Reservation in front of about 200 reservation residents invited as guests. "'Russ, you get it, go.'...
October 01
October 01

Memphis Grizzlies, Steven Adams agree to two-year, $25.2 million extension

Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams has agreed to a two-year, $25.2 million contract extension, tying him to the franchise through the 2024-2025 season, his agent, Darren Matsubara of Wasserman, told ESPN on Saturday. Adams, 29, was entering the final year of his deal, and now is under contract for three years and $43.1 million for a Grizzlies franchise trying to take the next step to championship contention. Adams was eager to reach a deal on an extension, believing in his opportunity to win a championship with the Grizzlies, Matsubara told ESPN. The Grizzlies value Adams on a number of levels, including his cultural impact on a maturing roster and his on-court presence, having led the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage and offensive rebounds per game a season ago. Adams played an integral part in Memphis leading the league in second-chance points last season, and ranked in the top five in screen assists per game in the NBA, according to ESPN Stats & Information...
October 01
October 01

Alabama QB Bryce Young leaves game with shoulder injury

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, injured the AC joint in his shoulder during the first half of Saturday's 49-26 win at Arkansas. Young threw his helmet in frustration, entered the medical tent and later went to the locker room. His parents left their seats in the stands to join him. But Young was able to return to the sideline and Alabama coach Nick Saban said the injury isn't considered serious. "I think he's OK," Saban said. "He doesn't have a serious injury. We didn't think he could go back in the game today because I didn't think he had much steam throwing the ball. "He's had these [injuries] before and in a few days he starts to respond pretty well. So we'll just have to see how it goes and, you know, play it day-to-day." A possible first-round pick in next year's NFL draft, Young completed 7 of 13 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception before the injury. He was on the...
October 01
October 01

Unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa fired over 'several mistakes,' sources say

MIAMI -- The unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in clearing Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during the game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills has been fired. Multiple sources said the firing came after it was found he made "several mistakes" in his evaluation, sources told ESPN. However, the league and its players' union issued a joint statement Saturday that said a review into Tagovailoa's quick return to Sunday's game is ongoing, while also adding that they agree that "modifications to the concussion protocol are needed to enhance player safety." "The NFL and the NFLPA agree that The NFLPA's Mackey-White Health & Safety Committee and the NFL's Head Neck and Spine Committee have already begun conversations around the use of the term 'Gross Motor Instability' and we anticipate changes to the protocol being made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus far in the review process," the joint statement said. "The NFL and NFLPA...
October 01
October 01

New Orleans Saints rule out QB Jameis Winston, will start Andy Dalton for London game

LONDON -- The New Orleans Saints downgraded quarterback Jameis Winston from doubtful to out on Saturday evening in London. Backup quarterback Andy Dalton will start in his place. Winston has been dealing with a back injury since Week 1 and has also had foot and ankle issues. Saints coach Dennis Allen said the accumulation of injuries has built up over the past few weeks. The Saints rested Winston during Wednesday's practice and said they intended to have him practice on Thursday, but he sat out the entire week instead. Allen said the switch to Dalton is purely because of Winston's medical issues and is not related to performance, despite the offensive struggles this season. The Saints will also be without wide receiver Michael Thomas, who injured his foot during last Sunday's game against the Panthers. He did not practice all week. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Alvin Kamara are questionable to play. The Saints will...
October 01
October 01

Shohei Ohtani to make $30 million in 2023, record amount for arbitration-eligible player

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will make $30 million in 2023 after he and the team agreed to a one-year contract for next season to avoid arbitration. The contract is the largest ever for an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ohtani's deal is fully guaranteed with no other provisions. Ohtani, who is making $5.5 million this year, will be a free agent after the 2023 season. The Saturday announcement comes amid a 15-game hitting streak and a near no-hit performance Thursday by Ohtani, the reigning American League MVP who regularly accomplishes feats that haven't occurred in the major leagues since Babe Ruth's heyday. He is a strong contender for the MVP award again alongside the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, who has tied the AL home run record and is closing in on the batting Triple...
October 01
October 01

Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey's rant: Worry about player safety, not my socks

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- While answering a question about Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's injury situation and player safety, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey took the conversation in another direction Saturday. "Player safety should be one of the most important things to talk about," Ramsey said. "It should probably be talked about more. And then s--- like getting fined for socks ... or s--- like getting fined for tights or B.S. or anything like that. ... That needs to not be talked about as much." Ramsey, who said he has been fined every week this season for a uniform violation, said the league should be less concerned about the color of his socks and instead focus on talking more about player safety. "That's the stuff that they need to put an emphasis [on]," Ramsey said. "Not freaking, 'Oh his socks are too high' or, 'His socks are too low' or something like that. That's so lame. I'm so beyond that." Ramsey said he gets...
October 01
October 01

Unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa fired over 'several mistakes,' source says

MIAMI -- The unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in clearing Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during the game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills has been fired after it was found he made "several mistakes" in his evaluation, a league source told ESPN. The source said the NFL Players Association exercised its right to dismiss the consultant. The NFLPA and the league each have the right to fire a UNC without agreement from the other party. Tagovailoa briefly left the game after hitting the back of his head on the ground and stumbling while trying to return to the huddle. He was taken to the locker room and tested for a concussion but returned to the game after passing his evaluation. The Dolphins initially listed him as questionable to return with a head injury but later stated that a back injury Tagovailoa suffered earlier in the game caused him to stumble. The NFLPA exercised its right to initiate a review of the league's concussion protocol...
October 01
October 01

Oklahoma Sooners QB Dillon Gabriel exits game after being hit in head while sliding

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel left Saturday's game against TCU after taking a blow to the head on a slide in the second quarter and did not return. TCU beat the No. 18 Sooners 55-24. With Oklahoma trailing 34-10, Gabriel ran around the left end, slid feet-first and was hit hard by TCU linebacker Jamoi Hodge, who lowered a shoulder into Gabriel's helmet. Gabriel laid on the turf for several minutes as players on both teams had to be separated. Hodge was flagged for targeting and ejected.  Gabriel, who was 7 of 16 for 12 yards before the injury, walked off the field with help and was later ruled out for the rest of the game. Gabriel was replaced by Davis Beville, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound junior who transferred from Pitt this offseason. Two plays later, the Sooners scored on a 20-yard run by Jovantae Barnes to cut the lead to 34-17. Beville finished 7 of 16 for 50 yards.
October 01
October 01

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett ruled out Sunday following car accident

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have downgraded Myles Garrett to out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons following his single-car crash earlier in the week. The Browns had initially listed the star pass-rusher as questionable on Friday.  Garrett hadn't practice since the crash Monday, though he noted Friday that he still "would love to" play if the call were up to him. Instead, he won't make the trip to Atlanta. "That's just my competitive spirit and my nature," he said. "Physically, we have to assess that, going up to the game. ... That's a decision we'll make a little closer to game time." Garrett crashed his 2021 Porsche near Wadsworth, Ohio, striking a ditch after leaving the road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Garrett's vehicle then hit a fire hydrant before overturning several times. He was released from an Akron, Ohio, hospital Monday, and earlier this week cleared concussion protocol, the team said. Garrett said he was...
October 01
October 01

New York Yankees put LHP Zack Britton on 60-day injured list

NEW YORK -- Zack Britton might have played his last game in pinstripes Friday night, as the New York Yankees returned the veteran left-handed reliever to the injured list after he struggled in his attempt to come back early from Tommy John surgery. After being removed from New York's 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles the night before because of left arm fatigue, manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday morning that Britton would go back on the injured list, in effect ending his 2022 season just over a week after he was activated off the IL. "He's doing pretty well, actually. Basically, it's just something that we are kind of running out of time here," Boone explained. "And having a little bit of fatigue last night, it's one of those things that you don't want to power through that and reach for more and then do some damage. He's in a good spot heading into the offseason, so just continuing with that." Britton, who has 154 career saves in 11 major...
October 01
October 01

New Orleans Pelicans, Larry Nance Jr. reach 2-year, $21.6M extension, agent says

New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. has agreed to a two-year, $21.6 million contract extension, his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, told ESPN on Saturday. The extension, tying Nance to the franchise through the 2024-2025 season, allows him to join the Pelicans' key players -- including Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum -- on long-term deals. Nance was entering the final year of a four-year, $48 million contract. The 29-year-old Nance arrived to the Pelicans in a February trade with the Portland Trail Blazers as part of a package with McCollum, and he didn't make his debut until March 24 because of a right knee injury. Nance impacted the Pelicans' run to the Western Conference playoffs, delivering 14 points and 16 rebounds in a play-in victory over the LA Clippers and scoring in double figures three times in a seven-game Western Conference playoff series. "I'm finally healthy," Nance said recently....
October 01
October 01

Ohio State Buckeyes without star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba against Rutgers Scarlet Knights

No. 3 Ohio State will be without star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba against Rutgers on Saturday. Smith-Njigba will miss his third game this season while dealing with a lingering hamstring issue. The Buckeyes' staff has been treating the injury with an abundance of caution to make sure he is healthy for the finishing stretch of the schedule. There is no set timetable on Smith-Njigba's return. He will be evaluated going into next week's game at Michigan State. The Buckeyes (4-0) have a bye after the game with the Spartans, and there is optimism that Smith-Njigba's hamstring should be completely healed by the time Ohio State faces Iowa on Oct. 22 and travels to Penn State on Oct. 29. Rutgers, meanwhile, is facing an uncertain quarterback situation for Saturday's game. Gavin Wimsatt is out against the Buckeyes, while Noah Vedral is considered a game-time decision to make his season debut, a source said. Evan...
October 01
October 01

Texas QB Quinn Ewers out vs. West Virginia, focuses on return vs. rival Oklahoma, sources say

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers continues to ramp up his recovery from a shoulder injury with the notion of returning for next week's game against rival Oklahoma, sources told ESPN. Ewers has dressed for the Longhorns' past two games but is not expected to play against West Virginia on Saturday, sources said, as the quarterback continues to follow the original four-to-six-week timeline that emerged after he was injured in the first quarter against Alabama on Sept. 10. Ewers has been limited in practice this week, sources said. A return against the Sooners would mark four weeks after Ewers was injured, with sources indicating that is the earliest he would be expected to be available to play. Ewers has been consistently rehabbing the SC sprain -- a significant injury where the sternum meets the clavicle -- in his nonthrowing shoulder. The injury initially restricted Ewers' ability to breathe and swallow, but his work in rehab has him projected to...
October 01
October 01

Lewis Hamilton avoids punishment for wearing nose stud, Mercedes receives fine

SINGAPORE -- No further action has been taken against Lewis Hamilton for wearing a nose stud during qualifying day for the Singapore Grand Prix, although his Mercedes team has been fined €25,000 for submitting a scrutineering form that declared Hamilton was not wearing jewellery. Hamilton explained after qualifying that he was wearing his nose stud because removing it at previous rounds had led to an infection and he had been told by doctors to keep it in place to avoid the infection coming back.  The stewards at the Singapore Grand Prix accepted Hamilton's explanation, but still fined Mercedes for signing off a form that "declared that the driver complied with the requirement not to wear jewellery in the form of body piercing". However, the stewards noted Mercedes was unaware Hamilton was wearing the nose stud as he had been removing it at previous rounds. At the start of the season, the FIA clarified a long-standing rule in F1's regulations that states drivers must remove...
October 01
October 01

New-look Team USA wins fourth straight gold at FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup

SYDNEY -- A fair amount of uncertainty surrounded USA Basketball as they entered a new chapter of the post-Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi era. But in front of a crowd of 15,895 fans at the Sydney SuperDome -- most of whom were enthusiastically supporting Team China -- the new-look Team USA successfully reinforced the legacy that was built by those who came before them by winning a fourth consecutive World Cup gold and 11th overall behind a 83-61 victory over China in the final. Just five players from the team that won a seventh-consecutive Olympic gold in Tokyo suited up in Sydney for the red, white and blue. No Bird, Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles or Brittney Griner. After the squad had been defined for years by its experience and elder-statesmanship, and tended to mostly feature players from a handful of elite schools, the team that took the floor instead featured just one 30-year-old, representatives from 10 collegiate programs and six newcomers...
October 01
September 30

Antonio Inoki, famed combat sports trailblazer, dies at 79

Antonio Inoki, a combat sports trailblazer, influential politician and larger-than-life figure in his native Japan, died Friday at the age of 79. The announcement was made by New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the promotion he founded. The cause of Inoki's death was not released, but he had fallen ill in recent years and was relegated to a wheelchair. Inoki retired from politics in 2019. Though he touched many parts of Japanese culture in his lifetime and became one of the most famous people in the country, Inoki was most known for his work in combat sports as a pro wrestler, promoter and fighter -- most notably, his bout with Muhammad Ali. Inoki was the most important professional wrestler in the history of Japan, selling out countless arenas and stadiums from the 1970s and on. He was also the first Japanese wrestler to win the WWF championship (though the reign is not currently recognized by WWE) and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010. On June 26, 1976, Inoki fought Ali in...
September 30
September 30

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols smashes 701st career home run vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium, his 22nd homer of the season. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all. Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he has homered against. "It was a good pitch to hit and I just put the best swing on the night on it,'' Pujols said. "That was it. A 1-2 count, just not trying to do too much.'' The St. Louis star hadn't homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance. The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap...
September 30
September 30

Arch Manning breaks Eli, Peyton Manning's career high school records

Quarterback Arch Manning broke his high school's records for career passing yards and touchdowns on Friday, marks previously held by his uncles, Eli and Peyton Manning. Coming into Friday's game, Arch Manning was 110 yards away from breaking Eli's career passing record at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Arch broke that mark, along with Peyton's record of 93 career touchdowns after tossing five in the first half.  Manning is the No. 2 prospect in the 2023 class and the No. 2 quarterback behind Malachi Nelson, a USC commit. He's a 6-foot-3, 204-pound recruit who is the son of Cooper Manning and the grandson of Archie Manning. His recruitment was widely covered and highly anticipated given his lineage. After taking visits and considering schools, including Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss and others, Manning committed to Texas in June.
September 30
September 30

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen out again with hamstring injury

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans because of a hamstring injury. Center Corey Linsley, with a knee issue, and tight end Donald Parham Jr., also with a hamstring injury, are questionable. Cornerback J.C. Jackson, who has been dealing with an ankle issue, and quarterback Justin Herbert, who has fractured rib cartilage, will play. The Chargers are 1-2 and have been dealing with a host of injury issues, which included placing left tackle Rashawn Slater and edge rusher Joey Bosa on injured reserve earlier this week. Allen suffered the hamstring injury in Week 1 and has not played since. Earlier in the week, coach Brandon Staley expressed growing confidence that Allen might be able to return against the Texans. However, on Friday, Staley said that Allen "kind of felt something" during individual drills at...
September 30
September 30

Sources: Investigation found Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka used crude language in dialogue with female subordinate prior to start of improper relationship

The independent law firm probe into Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka found that he used crude language in his dialogue with a female subordinate prior to the start of an improper workplace relationship with the woman, an element that significantly factored into the severity of his one-year suspension, sources told ESPN.  Those investigative findings -- which described verbiage on Udoka's part that was deemed especially concerning coming from a workplace superior -- contribute to what is likely a difficult pathway back to his reinstatement as Celtics coach in 2023, sources told ESPN. The power dynamic associated with a superior's improper relationship with a staff member was the primary finding and policy violation cited in the law firm's report, which was commissioned by the Celtics and completed early last week, sources said. At a news conference last week, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said the suspension -- which extends through June 30, 2023 -- was a product of...
September 30
September 30

New England Patriots rule out QB Mac Jones; Brian Hoyer gets start vs. Green Bay Packers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Despite a surprise appearance at the start of practice Friday, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones will not play in Sunday's road game against the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. Jones has what doctors diagnosed as a severe high ankle sprain that would cause many to have surgery and is likely to miss multiple games, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens when 6-foot-8, 307-pound defensive lineman Calais Campbell landed on him. Veteran Brian Hoyer, now in his 14th NFL season, will start in Jones' place. Coach Bill Belichick repeated multiple times earlier this week that the Patriots were taking it "day by day" with Jones. Earlier Friday, when asked what he would need to see from Jones for him to play, Belichick added: "That will be a decision made by the medical people, in consultation with Mac, of course." Belichick said there are...
September 30
September 30

New England Patriots rule out QB Mac Jones; Brian Hoyer set to start

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers because of his left ankle injury. Jones was ruled out after making a surprise return to the practice field Friday. His injured ankle was wrapped tightly as he moved gingerly during the brief portion of the workout open to media, and he was officially listed as not practicing by the Patriots. Veteran backup Brian Hoyer had been designated by coach Bill Belichick as the starter against Green Bay if Jones couldn't play. Before practice, Belichick said the Patriots were still in a wait-and-see mode regarding Jones' potential availability. "Ultimately, that will be a decision made by the medical people, in consultation with Mac, of course," Belichick said. "He's no different than any other player. I mean he is, but I'm just saying the process is the same. Medical evaluation, talk to the player, and as a coach you, at whatever point, get the information...
September 30
September 30

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa in concussion protocol, no timetable for return

MIAMI -- Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel has combed through the events leading up to Tua Tagovailoa's injury Thursday night several times -- right down to his own play call. But he's not second-guessing how the team handled Tagovailoa throughout the week. Tagovailoa was taken to a hospital Thursday after hitting his head on the turf while being sacked by Cincinnati Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou in the second quarter. He remained on the turf for roughly 12 minutes before he was carted off the field on a stretcher and eventually taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a concussion and neck injury. He was diagnosed with a concussion and is in the protocol with no timetable for a return, according to the Dolphins. Tagovailoa took to Twitter to thank everyone for their support and said he's "feeling much better." The injury occurred four days after a similar incident during Miami's game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, in...
September 30
September 30

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett says he's 'grateful' after car accident and wants to play Sunday if medically cleared

BEREA, Ohio -- Myles Garrett said that he's "definitely grateful" to be alive after his single-car crash Monday and that he's "recovering pretty quickly" from the left shoulder and right biceps injuries he suffered in the accident. "Definitely grateful to be here," the star Cleveland Browns pass-rusher said Friday. "With what I saw right after ... the pictures. "It was a helluva event." Garrett hasn't practiced since the crash, but he was listed as questionable for Cleveland's game Sunday at the Atlanta Falcons. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said after Friday's practice that the team will see how Garrett responds to treatment over the next two days before deciding on whether he'll play. Speaking for the first time since the crash, Garrett said the decision to play will be up to the training staff and coaches, but he added that he "would love to go" if it were up to him. "That's just my competitive spirit and my nature," Garrett said. "Physically, we have...
September 30
September 30

Errol Spence Jr.-Terence Crawford title fight at risk over dispute on contract details, sources say

The Errol Spence Jr.-Terence Crawford undisputed welterweight championship fight is in jeopardy because of a lingering dispute regarding the contract, sources told ESPN. If the pay-per-view fight set for Las Vegas is finalized, it won't take place on the targeted date of Nov. 19 but rather in December or even January, sources said. Spence and Crawford had agreed to terms, with Crawford set to earn the short end of the financial split, ESPN reported earlier this month. The issue: Crawford wants transparency related to event expenses since the contract contains no guaranteed purse, sources said. Since Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) will earn a percentage of the net revenue, he wants the ability to approve expenses, sources said. Crawford is a promotional free agent after parting ways with Top Rank, but sources said the proposed deal includes a bilateral rematch clause. If the rematch clause is triggered, the winner will earn the majority of the revenue for the return bout,...
September 30
September 30

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook cleared to play after suffering shoulder injury

Minnesota Vikings tailback Dalvin Cook has been cleared to play Sunday in London against the New Orleans Saints, coach Kevin O'Connell told reporters Friday. Cook suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder in the third quarter of the Vikings' 28-24 victory in Week 3 over the Detroit Lions. He sat out the rest of the game and also missed the team's practice Wednesday. But he returned to practice Thursday, traveled with the Vikings to London and participated fully in Friday's practice there. Cook has a history of shoulder injuries. If he should suffer a setback, the Vikings would turn to backup Alexander Mattison, who rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against the Lions.
September 30
September 30

Sources: Boston Celtics, Blake Griffin agree on 1-year contract

The Boston Celtics agreed to a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with veteran forward Blake Griffin on Friday, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Griffin will provide Boston with some depth in the frontcourt after forward Danilo Gallinari tore an ACL last month playing for Italy in FIBA World Cup qualifying, and after starting center Robert Williams III had knee surgery last week that will keep him out of basketball activities for the next eight to 12 weeks. Including Griffin, the Celtics now have 11 fully guaranteed contracts on their roster, though that number does not include Al Horford's mostly guaranteed deal. Boston entered training camp with several players -- including NBA veteran forwards Noah Vonleh, Denzel Valentine, Justin Jackson and Jake Layman -- competing for roster spots at the back end of the roster, while center Luke Kornet is also expected to make the team. Griffin, 33, has...
September 30
September 30

Detroit Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown out vs. Seattle Seahawks; RB D'Andre Swift considered unlikely to play

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions could be missing two key offensive players Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, as wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has been ruled out and running back D'Andre Swift is considered unlikely to play, according to coach Dan Campbell. St. Brown suffered a sprained ankle during Detroit's Week 3 loss at Minnesota, while Swift is battling an ankle injury and aggravated a shoulder sprain. Both players missed practice all week. "Listen, man. That's what it's all about. It's next man up. We've still got [T.J. Hockenson], we've got [DJ] Chark, we've got [ Kalif Raymond], we've got [Quintez] Cephus, we've got Jamaal [Williams]," Campbell said. "And we've got this O-line and a quarterback that can throw it, so we feel good." St. Brown leads the Lions in receiving yards (253) and touchdowns (3) this season while continuing a streak of nine straight games with at least six...
September 30
September 30

Junior welterweight Luis Quinones, 25, dies 5 days after KO loss in Colombia

Junior welterweight Luis Quinones died Thursday night, five days after being hospitalized following a knockout loss to Jose Munoz at Coliseo Elias Chegwin in Barranquilla, Colombia. He was 25. Quinones' brother, Leonardo Quinones, confirmed his passing on Facebook. "You went ahead of us my loving brother, now you are with your heavenly father, whom you adored and served, I love you my brother Luis Quinones, forever and ever in our hearts," Leonardo Quinones wrote. Cuadrilatero Boxing, the fight promoter, released a statement on social media saying: "Cuadrilatero Boxing is deeply saddened by the death of Luis Quinones, an exceptional and disciplined human being, who always showed the greatest commitment to this sport. Luis was passionate about boxing, so much so that he left his hometown of Barrancabermeja to continue his career in Barranquilla and become a national athlete. His idol was Julio Cesar Chavez." Quinones was declared brain-dead on Thursday, but he was still connected...
September 30
September 30

New Orleans Saints say QB Jameis Winston doubtful, WR Michael Thomas out vs. Minnesota Vikings in London

LONDON -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is doubtful to play in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings in London. If Winston can't go, backup quarterback Andy Dalton would replace him, marking the third time Dalton would start a game in London -- including a 27-27 tie against Washington and current Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in 2016 -- and his first regular-season start for the Saints. "I think it's doubtful that Jameis plays in the game, so our plan right now is to have Andy ready to go," Saints coach Dennis Allen said Friday. "We'll see how things go overnight, but Andy will be ready to go if that's the direction that we go." Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been ruled out after missing the practice week with a foot injury that he suffered against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry (ankle), who was also injured in that game, is questionable to play,...
September 30
September 30

Mississippi football legend Marcus Dupree denies allegations of wrongdoing in welfare fraud case

Marcus Dupree, who rose to fame in Mississippi and beyond after a brief but impressive football career that became the subject of an ESPN documentary, is speaking out about his alleged role in a sprawling welfare fraud case that has also entangled Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre and dozens of others. A lawsuit filed in May by the Mississippi Department of Human Services alleges Dupree was illegally paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal welfare money that was intended for the state's neediest families. On Wednesday, Dupree denied wrongdoing in an interview with ESPN. "I don't appreciate being lumped into something like I took money," Dupree said. "I worked too hard on my reputation to do the right thing and be the right person, and I don't like what's going on." Dupree, 58, grew up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where his highlight-reel-worthy performances as a high school running back made him the most sought-after football recruit in the country. Dupree was a...
September 30
September 30

Klay Thompson to sit out both Golden State Warriors' preseason games in Japan

SAITAMA, Japan -- Klay Thompson will not play in either of the Golden State Warriors' preseason games in Japan, coach Steve Kerr announced. Kerr said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution as the Warriors go through a condensed training camp. "Just feel more comfortable giving him a little more of a ramp up," Kerr said ahead of the Warriors' 96-87 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday. "He's just not quite ready to play at this point just based on where, you know, we're so early in camp. We just want to be safe and make sure he gets a good ramp up before he plays in games." The Warriors held just three practices in San Francisco before boarding the 11-hour flight to Japan last Wednesday. "Just coming off the two years with the injuries, this is really unique to play a game after 3½ practices so we're just being cautious and trying to do the smart thing," Kerr said. Thompson was under a strict game restriction last season -- starting...
September 30
September 30

Klay Thompson to sit out both Golden State Warriors' preseason games in Japan

SAITAMA, Japan -- Klay Thompson will not play in either of the Golden State Warriors' preseason games in Japan, head coach Steve Kerr announced. Kerr said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution as the Warriors go through a condensed training camp. "Just feel more comfortable giving him a little more of a ramp up," Kerr said ahead of the Warriors' 96-87 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday. "He's just not quite ready to play at this point just based on where, you know, we're so early in camp. We just want to be safe and make sure he gets a good ramp up before he plays in games." The Warriors held just three practices in San Francisco, before boarding the 11-hour flight to Japan last Wednesday. "Just coming off the two years with the injuries, this is really unique to play a game after 3 1/2 practices so we're just being cautious and trying to do the smart thing," Kerr said. Thompson was under a strict game restriction last season --...
September 30
September 30

Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa released from hospital after suffering head and neck injuries

CINCINNATI -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken to a local hospital and later released after suffering head and neck injuries on a second-quarter sack in Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins said shortly before halftime that he was conscious and had movement in all his extremities at the hospital, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A source confirmed to ESPN that Tagovailoa was later released from the hospital and flew back with the team to South Florida. Tagovailoa was in "good spirits" upon returning to his home in South Florida on Friday, a source told ESPN. Initial tests showed no structural damage, another source confirmed to ESPN, and Tagovailoa, who wore a neck brace as a precaution, will have an MRI.  Tagovailoa hit the back of his head on the ground when he was sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou, and his arms appeared to seize up almost immediately. He remained on the field...
September 30
September 30

Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa released from hospital after suffering head and neck injuries

CINCINNATI -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken to a local hospital and later released after suffering head and neck injuries on a second-quarter sack in Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins said shortly before halftime that he was conscious and had movement in all his extremities at the hospital, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A source confirmed to ESPN that Tagovailoa was later released from the hospital and flew back with the team to South Florida. Tagovailoa hit the back of his head on the ground when he was sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou, and his arms appeared to seize up almost immediately. He remained on the field for roughly 10 minutes before he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken away. Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa called for him when he went down. "I could tell it wasn't the same guy that I was used to seeing," McDaniel said. "It was a scary moment....
September 30
September 30

Abby Wambach plans to exit drug company linked to Brett Favre welfare fraud case

American soccer legend Abby Wambach told ESPN that she intends to fully divest herself from a concussion drug company that is backed by Brett Favre and is at the center of a Mississippi welfare fraud case. Wambach, a World Cup winner and two-time gold medalist who is in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, was a member of the sports advisory board for Odyssey Health, a drug company that has said it is developing a nasal spray designed to treat concussions. Odyssey Health's top investor is Favre. According to a lawsuit filed by the state of Mississippi, $2.1 million that was supposed to go to welfare recipients was instead directed to Odyssey Health. The company, previously known as Prevacus, was linked to the fraud case when arrests were first made in February 2020, with many of the case's details reported by nonprofit news organization Mississippi Today. In an email to ESPN on Thursday, Wambach indicated it wasn't until she was contacted earlier in the day that she first became...
September 30
September 30

Team USA routs Canada to reach FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup gold-medal game

SYDNEY -- Team USA wasn't pleased with how it played at times in its 33-point win Thursday over a gritty Serbia squad in the 2022 FIBA World Cup quarterfinals, no matter the final score. But in Friday's semifinal, the Americans didn't leave any ambiguity about how strong they're looking in their quest to earn their fourth consecutive World Cup championship, demolishing Canada 83-43 to advance to the gold-medal game Saturday at 2 a.m. ET. They'll play China -- which beat Australia in the other semifinal 61-59 -- in a rematch of their group stage meeting, which the U.S. won by 14. Top-ranked USA scored the first 15 points of Friday's game and never looked back, holding Canada -- the No. 4 team in the FIBA world rankings -- to a seven-point first quarter and an eight-point third period, as well as 22% shooting from the field. The United States has now won 29 consecutive World Cup games, dating back to the bronze-medal match in 2006. Team USA has dropped just one game in a major...
September 30
September 30

Former Notre Dame player Zilly dies at 88

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- John "Jack" Zilly, who played on two national championship football teams for Notre Dame in the 1940s, has died. He was 88. The school said Saturday that Zilly died Friday in Narragansett, R.I. Zilly was a right end on Notre Dame's 1943 championship team. He then joined the Navy and served two years in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to school and celebrated another national title in 1946. Zilly was a sixth-round draft pick by San Francisco of the All-American Football Conference. He wound up playing for the Los Angeles Rams from 1947-51 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1952. Zilly joined the Montana State coaching staff in 1955 and spent three years coaching ends at Notre Dame from 1956-58.
September 30
September 30

Ace Shohei Ohtani takes no-hit bid into 8th inning, Los Angeles Angels defeat Oakland Athletics

ANAHEIM, Calif. --  Shohei Ohtani has provided Angels fans with plenty of highlights this season. He almost topped them all Thursday night. Ohtani, the Angels' two-way phenom and the reigning AL MVP, pitched no-hit ball into the eighth inning and extended his hitting streak to 14 games as Los Angeles pushed its winning streak to four with a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. "Every time he takes the mound, you can anticipate something special happening," Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. "He had everything working. When he got through the seventh, I thought it was going to happen. Unfortunately, we'll wait until next time." Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara that he was surprised he got through eight innings. He said he wasn't happy with his fastball and went with more breaking balls than normal. "To be honest, the velocity on my fastball wasn't as fast as normal," he said. "But my slider was doing its thing and was working. I'm...
September 30
September 30

Ace Shohei Ohtani takes no-hit bid into 8th inning, Los Angeles Angels defeat Oakland Athletics 4-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Thursday night in a 4-2 win against the Oakland Athletics before Conner Capel singled with two outs to break it up. Capel hit a sharp grounder that deflected off sliding shortstop Livan Soto's glove and into left-center field. Even if Soto had been able to field it, he would have had trouble throwing out Capel. Dermis Garcia followed with a clean single to left before Ohtani retired Shea Langeliers on a grounder to third to end the inning. The Angels lead 4-0. Ohtani also extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games with an RBI single in the first. It is the longest current streak in the majors. The right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Tony Kemp before retiring the next 22 batters in order. After walking Kemp, Ohtani struck out Vimael Machin and got Sean Murphy to ground into a double...
September 30
September 29

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa taken to hospital with head and neck injuries

CINCINNATI -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken to a local hospital with head and neck injuries suffered on a second-quarter sack in Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins said shortly before halftime that he was conscious and had movement in all his extremities at the hospital, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A source confirmed to ESPN that Tagovailoa was later released from the hospital and flew back with the team to Soufh Florida. Tagovailoa hit the back of his head on the ground when he was sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou, and his arms appeared to seize up almost immediately. He remained on the field for roughly 10 minutes before he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken away. Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa called for him when he went down. "I could tell it wasn't the same guy that I was used to seeing," McDaniel said. "It was a scary moment. He was evaluated for a...
September 29
September 29

Reports: New York Mets calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez

The New York Mets are calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez for this weekend's pivotal three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple reports Thursday. Alvarez, a 20-year-old catcher, was ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in ESPN's midseason list published in August.  Signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2018, Alvarez has had a meteoric rise through the Mets' minor league system over the past two years. He slashed .260/.374/.511 with 27 home runs this season while splitting time between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse.  While he missed three weeks in August with a right ankle injury, he finished the minor league season by hitting .371 with a 1.107 OPS and three home runs in his final 35 at bats for Syracuse. A right-handed hitter, Alvarez could help the Mets at DH, especially against left-handers, against whom he hit .315 with a 1.019 OPS this season.  New York has received little...
September 29
September 29

Gavin Escobar, former Dallas Cowboys tight end, one of two climbers found dead

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was found dead Wednesday in an apparent rock climbing accident near Idyllwild, California. He was 31. The Riverside County sheriff's coroner's office on Thursday identified Escobar along with one other climber, 33-year-old Chelsea Walsh. Firefighters found them dead after a climbing accident involving two people was reported around noon Wednesday near Tahquitz Rock in the San Bernardino National Forest. Officials indicated Escobar and Walsh died at the scene while climbing a "rock face." A small amount of rain fell in the area earlier in the day, but officials didn't immediately say if weather was a factor in the deaths. Escobar was the Cowboys' second-round pick in 2013 and spent three seasons with them. He also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins. He last played in the NFL in 2018, finishing his career with 30 catches and eight...
September 29
September 29

Sources: Houston Rockets acquire Derrick Favors in eight-player trade with Oklahoma City Thunder

The Houston Rockets are acquiring center Derrick Favors and a 2025 second-round draft pick in an eight-player trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN on Thursday night. The Thunder will acquire two draft exceptions and save $1 million in salary in a deal that sends Favors, guards Ty Jerome and  Theo Maledon and forward Moe Harkless to the Rockets for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss, sources said. The Thunder are sending a 2025 second-round pick acquired this week in another trade with the Atlanta Hawks, sources said. The deal drops the Thunder approximately $10 million under the luxury tax threshold. After the trade, both the Thunder and Rockets have 18 guaranteed contracts on their respective rosters and will need to pare them down to 15 by Oct. 17. Harkless, who was acquired in the trade with Atlanta, can be moved again because he was absorbed...
September 29
September 29

Cedric Tillman of Tennessee Volunteers recovering from 'tightrope' ankle surgery, sources say

Tennessee All-SEC receiver Cedric Tillman underwent "tightrope" surgery on his left ankle early last week with the hopes of not being out an extended period of time, sources told ESPN. Tillman missed the Vols' matchup against Florida this past weekend after suffering a high ankle sprain in the team's 63-6 win over Akron in Week 3. He had 17 catches for 246 yards in his first three games. The No. 8 Vols are off this week. They visit LSU on Oct. 8, and then host Alabama on Oct. 15. Coach Josh Heupel was not asked specifically if Tillman had surgery when he spoke to the media Wednesday. "Obviously, we're a long way away from game time," Heupel said of the fifth-year senior's status for the LSU game. "We're hopeful that he will continue to make progress and be available when we go down there." The tightrope surgery is the same procedure quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had twice while at Alabama. It uses a high strength suture (surgical thread) instead of traditional metal...
September 29
September 29

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid now a U.S. citizen, says it is a 'blessing to be an American'

CHARLESTON, S.C. --  Joel Embiid is an American citizen. Born in Cameroon, Embiid said Thursday he was sworn in as a citizen two weeks ago in Philadelphia. The NBA scoring champion and Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center said his family -- Embiid and his Brazilian girlfriend, Anne de Paula, have a 2-year-old son -- played a pivotal role in his decision. "I've been here for a long time," Embiid told The Associated Press at Sixers training camp at The Citadel. "My son is American. I felt like, I'm living here and it's a blessing to be an American. So I said, why not?" Embiid, 28, graduated from a Florida high school and played a season in college at  Kansas before the 76ers drafted him No. 3 overall in 2014. The natural question raised is, which country could Embiid potentially represent in international basketball? Embiid defused speculation and said it was way too early to think about the Olympics or other international tournaments. "I just want to be...
September 29
September 29

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley on return to form: 'This is the guy I know'

East Rutherford, N.J. -- The rookie-year version of New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has returned. He can see it when he watches film of himself from the first three weeks of this season. Barkley is second in the NFL with 317 yards rushing and two touchdowns on a healthy 6.0 yards per carry. "Yeah, not to be arrogant, but when you see plays like when I went back and watched film on the touchdown run I had on Monday, making that jump cut inside a hole, making those two guys miss and finding a way to score, those are plays where it just puts a smile on your face when you're like, 'That is the guy I know,'" Barkley said on Thursday of his 36-yard touchdown run against the Cowboys.   Barkley was named Offensive Rookie of the Year after compiling over 2,000 total yards in 2018. But he has struggled to stay healthy since. He was limited the past three seasons by ankle injuries and a torn ACL in his right knee. Even when Barkley played last year (13...
September 29
September 29

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving says 'anything's possible' for talented, motivated Ben Simmons

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is confident that "anything's possible," for new teammate Ben Simmons now that the talented swingman has "peace around him" in his basketball life. Irving, like coach Steve Nash, is confident that Simmons will be able to fit in quickly to the framework of the team. "That level of talent, and IQ and motivation and drive -- anything's possible," Irving said. "He has that 'it' inside of him so now we just have to slowly develop him where he knows that he can just go out there and be himself. We want him to be his highest potential of himself As a player, be able to accomplish things out on the floor that he wasn't able to do the last few years. And just have some fun being at peace around him. "Having a point guard 6-10, 6-11, I'm also a point guard, lead guard, whatever you want to call my position. It's good to get off the ball and have him get up and down the floor. It's going to take time obviously for...
September 29

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