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Rangers undeterred in 8-5 comeback victory over A’s

By ghostofErikThompson@apoplecticfittz The Texas Rangers scored eight runs while the Oakland Athletics scored five runs. After struggling to score for much of yesterday’s opener, the Rangers got out ahead 2-0 in the 1st inning to give their starting pitcher a rare early lead. It didn’t last for terribly long as the team was forced to scratch and claw their way back from a miserable 3rd inning where Jon Gray and defensive miscues allowed the A’s to score five runs. From there, however, the pitching was near perfect and like last night, as the game grew late, the Rangers took over as they scored two runs in the 7th, one more in the 8th to tie the game, and then three   ... Read More

Oilers eliminate Flames in 5 games to advance to Western Conference finals

By Kristen Shilton CALGARY, Alberta -- Edmonton Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft thought his team needed a boost. He had a hunch how to get it. The Oilers were one goal away from closing out a second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Calgary Flames in Game 5 on Thursday night. Woodcroft went with his gut and swapped Zach Hyman for Evander Kane on Edmonton's top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The gamble paid off. That line ignited and Draisaitl set up McDavid for the overtime game winner that sent Edmonton to its first Western Conference finals appearance since 2006. "I thought we were a little sluggish as a group," Woodcroft said after his team's 5-4 victory. "Not just   ... Read More

Irina-Camelia Begu fined $10,000 for tennis racket toss at French Open

By Irina-Camelia Begu on Friday was fined $10,000 by the French Tennis Federation after she threw her racket and it bounced off the clay and into the stands during a match at the French Open on Thursday. Begu, a 31-year-old Romanian player who is ranked 63rd, was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct during the third set of her victory against 30th-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the second round at Court 13. After dropping a point, Begu walked to the sideline and chucked her racket, which flew behind chair umpire Anis Ressaissi's seat, landing among spectators sitting courtside. There were gasps from fans, and a child could be heard crying. Tournament referee Remy Azemar said the equipment "brushed a young spectator,'' who   ... Read More

Texas lands nation’s top available college basketball transfer

By Jeff Borzello Former Iowa State guard Tyrese Hunter, the nation's top available transfer, announced his commitment to Texas on Friday. Hunter chose the Longhorns over a final list that included Tennessee, Gonzaga, Louisville, Kansas and Purdue. Hunter, a 6-foot point guard from Wisconsin, won Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors last season. He was the No. 3 overall transfer in ESPN's transfer rankings, behind only Kendric Davis (SMU to Memphis) and Nijel Pack (Kansas State to Miami). He started all 35 games for T.J. Otzelberger's team as a freshman, averaging 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals -- ranking in the top three of the Big 12 in both assists and steals. A top-40 recruit in   ... Read More

Browns reach 4-year, $56.75M deal with TE David Njoku

By Jake Trotter BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms on a new four-year deal with tight end David Njoku, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The deal is worth $56.75 million, including $28 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN. Njoku didn't confirm the deal, but he did thank the Browns organization in a post to Instagram. The Browns placed the franchise tag on Njoku earlier this offseason and had until July 15 to agree to a long-term contract. Had they not, Njoku would've played the 2022 season on the franchise tender, which is worth $10.931 million, per a memo previously obtained by ESPN. Njoku, 25, has totaled 148 receptions in five seasons with the   ... Read More

Warriors eliminate Mavericks, return to NBA Finals

By The Associated Press The Golden State Warriors huddle on the court after defeating... Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, hugs Steph Curry after the Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night in San Francisco. The Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the sixth time in the past eight years. (AP Photo/John Hefti) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO — As the clock ticked down the final seconds, Klay Thompson began dancing on the sideline before nearly being moved to tears during a celebration with his teammates. After two major surgeries and two years of grueling rehabilitation, Thompson is rounding back into form and shot the Golden   ... Read More

Yankees put slugger Giancarlo Stanton on 10-day injured list because of calf strain

By NEW YORK -- Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is on the injured list for the fourth straight season. Stanton was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained right calf Wednesday as the ailing Yankees made a flurry of roster moves less than an hour before their 2-0 victory over Baltimore in the series finale. "He is feeling pretty good," manager Aaron Boone said. "I think we hope that he said something early enough to where this doesn't become long." New York also put struggling reliever Jonathan Loaisiga on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 23, with right shoulder inflammation -- the latest blow to a depleted bullpen that had shined most of the season. "Similar to what   ... Read More

Saints’ Michael Thomas expected to be ready for training camp

By Mike Triplett Receiver Michael Thomas is not yet participating in New Orleans Saints OTAs. But he is expected back from his ankle injury in time for training camp, according to coach Dennis Allen, and he is present and rehabbing with the team during the voluntary workout period. Meanwhile, quarterback Jameis Winston is already back on the practice field just seven months after he tore his ACL, as both offensive pillars work their way back from major injuries. Thomas, 29, missed the entire 2021 season with the ankle injury after he delayed his first surgery to repair multiple ligaments until June -- then suffered a setback in November that required a follow-up procedure. The NFL's 2019 Offensive Player of the   ... Read More

Matt Carpenter signs major league deal with New York Yankees

By The New York Yankees have signed three-time All-Star Matt Carpenter, adding a veteran infielder to a roster that has been beset by injuries. The Yankees announced Thursday that Carpenter, who spent parts of the past 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, signed a major league contract and has been added to their active roster. He was added to the Yankees' lineup at designated hitter, batting eighth, for Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after Aaron Hicks was scratched with right hamstring tightness. New York also selected the contract of 31-year-old left-hander Manny Banuelos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before Thursday's series opener at Tampa Bay. Banuelos was in the Yankees' minor league system from 2008 to 2014   ... Read More

Judge denies NFL’s motions to dismiss Jon Gruden’s lawsuit

By LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada judge ruled in favor of former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden on two motions Wednesday, opening the possibility of a jury trial on his "tortious interference" claim that the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell selectively leaked Gruden's emails to force his removal on Oct. 11. Judge Nancy L. Allf denied the NFL's motion to compel arbitration as well as the league's motion to dismiss the case outright. The suit will now go to trial unless a settlement is reached. Allf gave no timeline, though, for the next proceeding. The NFL said in a statement given to multiple media outlets that it would appeal. "We believe Coach Gruden's claims should have been compelled   ... Read More

Kaepernick working out for Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, sources say

By Adam Schefter Colin Kaepernick, who last played professional football in 2016 -- the year he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice -- is scheduled to work out Wednesday for the Las Vegas Raiders, league sources told ESPN. It will mark Kaepernick's first workout with an NFL team since being exiled, and it will be the first time the former star quarterback visits with a team since he flew to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks in May 2017 before they passed on the opportunity to sign him. Kaepernick played at the University of Nevada, Reno, the only school to offer him a scholarship. Currently, the pro team in Nevada is the only one in the   ... Read More

Nadal, 35, reaches 300 career Grand Slam match wins at French Open

By PARIS -- Rafael Nadal reached 300 career Grand Slam match victories by defeating Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round at Roland Garros. The only real blip for 13-time French Open champion Nadal on Wednesday night in Court Philippe Chatrier came near the end, when he was broken by the 139th-ranked Frenchman while serving for the match at 5-3. But Nadal broke right back to improve to 107-3 at Roland Garros. In his post-match interview on the court, Nadal, 35, was a bit emotional and heartfelt. Rather than speak to the personal achievement, he took his opportunity to expound on how special tennis is once again with fans in the stands. "It's so important for the   ... Read More

Former NFL player charged with simple assault following fight with airline worker

Abbie Parr/Getty Images, FILE(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A United Airlines employee was fired and a former NFL player was arrested following a physical altercation at Newark Liberty International Airport last week. Brendan Langley, former player for the Denver Broncos, was charged with simple assault and released on his own recognizance following the incident, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The fight broke out after the United employee asked Langley to return a wheelchair he was using to carry his luggage, sources told ABC News. The employee was attempting to retrieve the wheelchair for another passenger who was disabled, the source said. It is unclear who initiated the fight. Portions of the incident were caught on camera   ... Read More

PGA Championship: Justin Thomas rallies to win, Tiger Woods withdraws

Laurence Mouton/Getty Images(TULSA, Okla.) -- Justin Thomas stunned fans on Sunday, coming from behind to win the 2022 PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After starting the day down seven strokes, Thomas, 29, rallied and bested Will Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff to take home the title, his second PGA championship. But before the spotlight shifted to Thomas, many were watching Tiger Woods, who ended up dropping out of the tournament Saturday following a career-worst round. Woods, 46, withdrew from the competition after three rounds, posting a 9-over 79. Despite a strong early start, it appeared Woods’ right leg, which he had surgically repaired following a car accident last year, was bothering him as the   ... Read More

Judge dismisses Title IX claims against Nebraska

By PAULA LAVIGNE A federal judge in Nebraska dismissed the claims of four female students who had sued the University of Nebraska alleging that the school failed to adequately respond to their reports of being sexually assaulted and harassed by male athletes. In his ruling issued Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. wrote that the school's actions, even with reported delays and missteps, did not reach the threshold of being "deliberately indifferent," and did not put the students at risk of further harm or violate their civil rights. The dismissal came almost a year after the U.S. Department of Justice, in a rare move, filed a statement of interest in the lawsuit. The DOJ accused the university   ... Read More

Vitale to be honored with Jimmy V Award at 2022 ESPYS

By Dick Vitale, the longtime ESPN college basketball broadcaster and Hall of Famer, will be the recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at this year's ESPYS. Vitale, 82, announced in August that he had undergone multiple surgeries to remove melanoma. In October, he announced he had been diagnosed with lymphoma. His chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma forced the veteran broadcaster to step back from ESPN's college basketball coverage. "The good news is that he doesn't believe anything is life-threatening; however, Dr. [Steven] Zeitels says I have pre-cancerous Dysplasia on the vocal cords," Vitale said in a December statement. "Bottom line is I need to rest them -- my voice needs a T.O., BABY!" Vitale has documented his cancer   ... Read More

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