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Aug 16, 2022

NBA won't play games on Election Day to encourage everyone to vote in midterms

The NBA won't play any games on Election Day this year in an effort to encourage its players, staff and fans to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022, as well as promote "nonpartisan civic engagement." Teams will instead play games the Monday before during what the league called a "Civic Engagement Night."

It's an unprecedented move for the league, which has played at least two games on Election Days in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the 2020 season until after Election Day in 2020.

"We don't usually change the schedule for an external event," James A. Cadogan, the executive director for the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition told NBC News' Shaquille Brewster on Tuesday. "But voting and Election Day are obviously unique and incredibly important to our democracy and that's part of the value proposition that we want to make sure people understand that voting is unlike anything else."

NBA won't play games on Election Day to encourage everyone to vote in midterms

Aug 16, 2022

Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro suspended 1 game after phone fell out of pocket during game

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was suspended for one game and fined on Tuesday for having his cell phone fly out of his pocket while running the bases last week, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Castro violated Major League Baseball’s electronic device policy. He is going to appeal that suspension, meaning that Castro will be able to play against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was suspended for one game and fined for violating MLB policy when he played while having a cell phone in his back pocket.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 16, 2022

Castro was sliding into third base during the Pirates’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week when his phone flew out of his back pocket — which made for one of the stranger moments in the league so far this season.

Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro suspended 1 game after phone fell out of pocket during game

Aug 16, 2022

Reports: Tiger Woods meeting with top PGA Tour players to talk taking on LIV Golf

The PGA Tour's top-ranked players are meeting to talk about LIV Golf.

They've invited a ringer.

Tiger Woods is traveling to the Wilmington, Delaware, site of the BMW Championship, on Tuesday to join them as they address the Saudi-backed rebel golf league and how best to approach its escalating infringement on the Tour. The Fire Pit Collective's Alan Shipnuck first reported the meeting on Monday.

On the table, per his report: major championship boycotts, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan's future and potential compromise. But mostly LIV Golf.

Reports: Tiger Woods meeting with top PGA Tour players to talk taking on LIV Golf

Aug 16, 2022

Fernando Tatis Sr. blasts MLB, says son's drug suspension is 'a catastrophe for baseball

Fernando Tatis Sr. strongly criticized Major League Baseball for the way it handled an 80-game suspension levied against his son for a positive drug test.

Three days after MLB announced San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had tested positive for the banned substance clostebol, the former major leaguer told "The Midday Show" in his native Dominican Republic that the incident unnecessarily damaged his son's reputation.

"I don't think there was reason to destroy the image of a player over something as minor as that," he said in Spanish, according to ESPN.

Fernando Tatis Sr. blasts MLB, says son's drug suspension is 'a catastrophe for baseball

Aug 13, 2022

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman out indefinitely with 'non-football-related condition'

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be without starting quarterback Sam Hartman after the school announced Wednesday that he was ruled out "indefinitely" with a "non-football-related condition."

Hartman, a 23-year-old redshirt junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, sought medical treatment following a workout on Tuesday, the athletics department said in a statement.

"The results of those tests and subsequent treatment will remove Sam from team activities indefinitely. The timeline for his return to competition is uncertain," the statement read.

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman out indefinitely with 'non-football-related condition'

Aug 13, 2022

NBA to retire No. 6 league-wide in honor of legend Bill Russell

The NBA on Thursday announced that it will be retiring the No. 6 jersey league-wide in honor of Bill Russell, who died July 31 at the age of 88.

"Bill Russell's unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill's transcendent career will always be recognized."

Russell is the greatest winner in the history of the NBA. In his 13 seasons, his team won the NBA Finals 11 times, with eight of them coming in consecutive seasons. He made the Finals in all but one season.

NBA to retire No. 6 league-wide in honor of legend Bill Russell

Aug 13, 2022

Commanders' Jason Wright calls out reporter over interview with Carson Wentz: 'Pompous, unprofessional mess'

Washington Commanders president Jason Wright called out a reporter on social media Friday after calling his one-on-one interview with quarterback Carson Wentz a "pompous, unprofessional mess."

Wright tweeted out a clip from an interview with WJLA’s Scott Abraham, during which he asked Wentz about the "narrative" surrounding his inconsistent performance during training camp and his time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts.

"Thankfully, Carson demonstrated grace & class in response to this pompous, unprofessional mess," Wright’s tweet said.

Commanders' Jason Wright calls out reporter over interview with Carson Wentz: 'Pompous, unprofessional mess'

Aug 13, 2022

Browns' Deshaun Watson 'truly sorry to all of the women I have impacted'

For the first time, Deshaun Watson apologized to the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Watson spoke to Cleveland 5 News during its pregame show before the Browns' first preseason game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, which he started under center.

"I want to say that I'm truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation," he said, via ESPN.

Browns' Deshaun Watson 'truly sorry to all of the women I have impacted'

Aug 13, 2022

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs

San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Tatis has not played all season after breaking a wrist in a motorcycle accident in December.

"I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so," he said in a statement.

Tatis said he initially appealed the suspension, but "I have realized that my mistake was the cause of this result, and for that reason I have decided to start serving my suspension immediately.

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs

Aug 12, 2022

Browns' Deshaun Watson willing to accept more significant suspension from NFL ahead preseason debut: report

Deshaun Watson will take the field for the first time since 2020 when he makes his debut for the Cleveland Brown’s preseason exhibition on Friday night, but with an appeal of his six-game suspension still looming, Watson is willing to meet the NFL somewhere in the middle, according to one report.

The NFL was initially seeking at least a one-year suspension for the former Houston Texans quarterback after 24 women accused him of sexual assault; however, an independent disciplinary officer, jointly appointed by the league and the NFLPA, settled on a six-game suspension with no fine.

Now, as the NFL appeals that decision over evidence that commissioner Roger Goodell said proved "predatory behavior" from Watson, the embattled quarterback is willing to agree to a more significant punishment.

Browns' Deshaun Watson willing to accept more significant suspension from NFL ahead preseason debut: report

Aug 12, 2022

Serena Williams loses first match since announcing retirement

Serena Williams wore her game face when she stepped out into the stadium for her first match since telling the world she is ready to leave professional tennis.

Greeted by a standing ovation, the 23-time Grand Slam champion didn’t smile. She didn’t wave. She took a sip from a plastic bottle as she walked in. Some folks in the crowd captured the moment with the cameras on their cellphones. Others held aloft hand-drawn signs — oh, so many signs — with messages such as "Queen" or "Thank you."

No one knows exactly how many more matches Williams will play before she puts her rackets away for good, and the 40-year-old American exited the National Bank Open on Wednesday night with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Belinda Bencic.

Serena Williams loses first match since announcing retirement

Aug 12, 2022

Vanessa Bryant sobs and walks out of Los Angeles courtroom as witness testifies

A distraught Vanessa Bryant sobbed and then walked out of a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday as a bartender described being shown grisly photos of her husband Kobe Bryant's remains after he and the couple's 13-year-old daughter perished in a 2020 helicopter crash, according to reports.

Vanessa Bryant is suing Los Angeles County for invasion of privacy after first responders allegedly shared photos of the NBA star's mangled corpse with nearly 30 people.

Bartender Victor Gutierrez told jurors in federal court that off-duty sheriff's deputy Joey Cruz showed him the images at Baja California Bar & Grill, Law&Crime reported.

Vanessa Bryant sobs and walks out of Los Angeles courtroom as witness testifies

Aug 12, 2022

Home of ex-Seahawks star Earl Thomas destroyed in fire: reports

The Texas home of former Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas burned down on Thursday after reportedly being struck by lightning in what officials say is a "total loss," according to multiple reports.

Thomas, who last played with the Baltimore Ravens in 2019, was home with two family members at his residence in Orange, Texas, when he heard a "popping sound" and saw smoke in the house early Thursday evening, Orange Fire Department Deputy Chief Payton Smith told FOX4 Beaumont.

Images of the home showed a raging fire that began near the southeast corner of Thomas’ home, 12NewsNow reported. Officials told the outlet that fire crews were forced to pull back because of intense flames and smoke and worked in "defensive mode" to get the fire under control.

Home of ex-Seahawks star Earl Thomas destroyed in fire: reports

Aug 12, 2022

Giants announce death of former All-Star pitcher Tim Lincecum's wife

The San Francisco Giants announced the death of Cristin Coleman, the wife of former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, on Thursday. She passed away earlier this summer at 38 after battling cancer.

The organization shared a message on social media calling Coleman a "beloved" member of the Giants, where her husband spent the majority of his 10-year career, culminating in three World Series championships.

"The Giants were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Tim Lincecum’s wife, Cristin Coleman. Our deepest condolences go out to Tim, Cristin’s family, and all those whose lives she touched as a friend and teacher," the statement read.

Giants announce death of former All-Star pitcher Tim Lincecum's wife

Aug 11, 2022

Browns list Deshaun Watson as starting QB for preseason opener vs. Jaguars

Deshaun Watson is listed as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns' preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday.

The Browns announced the decision on Wednesday as an NFL appeal to extend Watson's six-game regular-season suspension remains pending. If he remains eligible to play, Friday will mark Watson's first game with the Browns since Cleveland acquired him in a trade with the Houston Texans.

Independent officer Sue L. Robinson issued Watson a six-game ban on Aug. 1 after ruling in a league disciplinary hearing that he violated the NFL's personal conduct policy amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct or sexual assault. While the NFL sought an indefinite suspension of at least a full season, she limited his ban to six games, writing that his “pattern of behavior was egregious” but “nonviolent sexual conduct."

Browns list Deshaun Watson as starting QB for preseason opener vs. Jaguars

Aug 11, 2022

Serena Williams bids tearful farewell to Toronto after first match since announcing her retirement

The Serena Williams farewell tour is officially in effect.

A day after she announced her pending retirement from tennis, the 23-time Grand Slam champion took the court on Wednesday to a standing ovation in Toronto at the National Bank Open.

The match turned out to be her last at the event. Williams defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz in opening round play on Monday, her first victory in just her third match of an injury-plagued 2022 season.

Serena Williams bids tearful farewell to Toronto after first match since announcing her retirement

Aug 11, 2022

Vanessa Bryant in tears as lawyer accuses L.A. deputies of sharing Kobe crash scene photos 'for a laugh

Vanessa Bryant's attorney accused Los Angeles County officials of exploiting Kobe Bryant's death and sharing photos from the scene of his helicopter crash "for a laugh" in opening arguments of a civil trial that started on Wednesday.

Bryant is suing the county for invasion of privacy, arguing that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and firefighters took and shared grisly photos from the scene of the 2020 crash that claimed the lives of her husband and Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

Per the Associated Press, Bryant's attorney Luis Li argued in his opening statement that the photos were taken on cell phones and shared in nonprofessional personal settings that he described as "visual gossip." Bryant wiped away tears as Li made his case.

Vanessa Bryant in tears as lawyer accuses L.A. deputies of sharing Kobe crash scene photos 'for a laugh

Aug 11, 2022

MLB won't return to Field of Dreams site in 2023 due to construction, owner Frank Thomas says

When Frank Thomas and his partners purchased the “Field of Dreams” movie site a year ago, they outlined a wide range of plans for the rural Iowa tourist attraction.

They hoped to turn it into a youth baseball and softball complex that one day would also have a hotel.

But one thing it won't include next year: a Major League Baseball game.

Thomas said MLB won’t be back in 2023 for another regular season game at the specially constructed stadium near the iconic diamond from the 1989 film, though it remains possible that games will return in future years.

Construction on the youth complex that Thomas' company is building begins later this year and will prevent MLB from making a return for a third straight season.

MLB won't return to Field of Dreams site in 2023 due to construction, owner Frank Thomas says

Aug 10, 2022

Ben Simmons reacts to story that he left group chat with Nets teammates

The Brooklyn Nets have been in the headlines all throughout the offseason as they have been dealing with the Kevin Durant trade request as well as the usual drama surrounding Kyrie Irving.

he latest story involving the Nets does not involve the superstar duo, but instead, it involved Ben Simmons who has yet to play for Brooklyn after being acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline.

According to a wild story from NBA insider Ric Bucher, Simmons left the Nets team group chat after they asked him if he would play in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics after they lost Game 3 at home. The 3-time All-Star was dealing with a back injury and the hope was that he would return in the playoffs, but he was not able to do so.

Ben Simmons reacts to story that he left group chat with Nets teammates

Aug 10, 2022

Kyrie Irving doesn't 'hate' Nets' Steve Nash and Sean Marks, agent says

Does Kyrie Irving share Kevin Durant's disdain for Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks? Depends on who you ask.

A source told the New York Post's Josh Kosman earlier this week that Irving "hates" both Nash and Marks, adding that Irving "feels that Nash is terrible and Marks is bad."

Irving's agent, Shetallia Riley Irving -- who is also Irving's stepmother -- pushed back against Kosman's report Tuesday.

I am not sure where this narrative is coming from but Kyrie does not hate Steve nor Sean," Shetallia Riley Irving told the Post. "That’s not a part of his being nor how he represents himself in the world. He’s about peace, love and acceptance."

Durant, on the other hand, made it very clear how he feels about Brooklyn's head coach-GM duo. The Nets star reportedly met with team owner Joe Tsai in London over the weekend and gave Tsai an ultimatum: Either find a trade for him or fire Nash and Marks.

Kyrie Irving doesn't 'hate' Nets' Steve Nash and Sean Marks, agent says

Aug 10, 2022

Former NFL RB Frank Gore charged with simple assault in New Jersey

Former NFL running back Frank Gore was charged with simple assault Wednesday after being arrested July 31 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, following an alleged domestic violence dispute with a 28-year-old woman, according to the Atlantic City Police Department.

"On July 31, 2022, at 8:11 AM, patrol units were dispatched to Tropicana Atlantic City for a report of a domestic violence dispute," police said in a statement. "Officers arrived to find the victim, a 28-year-old woman from Miami, Florida, speaking with hotel security. The victim did not exhibit signs of injury and complaints were not filed at the time. However, an ensuing investigation resulted in Franklin Gore being charged with simple assault related to the domestic violence incident."

The 16-year NFL veteran played for the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets before he signed a one-day contract to retire with the 49ers this past June. He finished with exactly 16,000 career rushing yards – which ranks third in the NFL all-time.

Following his time in the NFL, Gore switched to a boxing career. He fought former NBA star Deron Williams in an exhibition match this past December where he lost via decision. In his professional debut, Gore beat Yaya Olorunsola by knockout on May 14.

Former NFL RB Frank Gore charged with simple assault in New Jersey

Aug 10, 2022

Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman out indefinitely due to non-football related medical condition

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman will be sidelined indefinitely due to a “non-football related medical condition,” the school announced Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Wake Forest athletic department, Hartman “sought medical attention for a non-football related condition” following a workout on Tuesday. It was later determined that Hartman should be withheld from football activities.

“The results of those tests and subsequent treatment will remove Sam from team activities indefinitely. The timeline for his return to competition is uncertain,” the statement said.

No further details on Hartman’s condition were provided, citing privacy laws.

“Tuesday was a frustrating day, but I am extremely grateful for our medical staff and for Dr. Chris Miles and Niles Fleet for staying with me throughout this process,” Hartman said. “I look forward to attacking this rehabilitation process and I am so appreciative of the support I have received from my family, teammates and coaches.”

Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman out indefinitely due to non-football related medical condition

Aug 10, 2022

Eli Manning joins NWSL's Gotham FC ownership group

Eli Manning is dipping his toes into the professional sports ownership pool.

The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for the New York Giants is now a minority owner of the National Women’s Soccer League's NJ/NY Gotham FC, the team announced Wednesday.

“This league and this team practice 15 minutes away from my house, they play games right here in New Jersey,” Manning told the New York Post. “I wanted to support them, and the idea of taking my kids to a practice or a game ... I have three girls. It’s a way to get involved and find role models for my girls. You put them in different things, and you want them to find things that they’re passionate about. It creates such great life lessons and work ethic and teamwork and dedication and commitment and those type of things."

Eli Manning joins NWSL's Gotham FC ownership group

Aug 9, 2022

NBA reportedly warns players they still can't play in Toronto without COVID-19 vaccination

NBA players won't be permitted to travel to Canada to play the Toronto Raptors next season without being vaccinated against COVID-19 or receiving an approved medical exemption.

Bleacher Report and ESPN reported on Monday that the league sent a memo to players reiterating the Canadian policy that was in place last year and has impacted MLB games this summer. Per the reports, players who miss time because of their vaccination status won't be paid for missed games. Teams are required to list those players as "Out: Health and Safety Protocols."

The NBA does not require players to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but local, regional and national laws can prohibit players from traveling or playing without being vaccinated. Canada requires international travelers entering the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

NBA reportedly warns players they still can't play in Toronto without COVID-19 vaccination

Aug 9, 2022

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables: Cale Gundy used 'racially charged' word 'multiple times' prior to resignation

A day after wide receivers coach Cale Gundy resigned from the program, Oklahoma football coach Brent Venables confirmed that the ex-assistant used a "racially charged" word "multiple times" during a team film session prior to stepping down.

Venables didn't identify the word that Gundy used, but confirmed that he used it via a statement from the Oklahoma football program.

Gundy announced his resignation alongside a social media statement on Sunday acknowledging that he used "one particular word that I should never — under any circumstance — have uttered." Gundy — who likewise didn't identify the word — wrote that he said the word while reading aloud from a player's iPad.

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables: Cale Gundy used 'racially charged' word 'multiple times' prior to resignation

Aug 9, 2022

Ukraine Disowns an Olympic Champion Who Skated in Russia

As Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in February, Viktor Petrenko, one of Ukraine’s most visible Olympic champions, posted the message “NO WAR” to his Instagram account. Days later, Petrenko’s daughter said her father had been stranded in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, where he was taking shelter after returning from a commemoration of his 1992 Olympic figure skating title that had been held in his hometown, Odesa.

Petrenko appeared to be one of the many Ukrainian athletes who would defiantly serve as wartime ambassadors for their besieged nation. But since then, his standing as a champion has deteriorated in his native country.

In June, Petrenko announced his intention to leave the Ukrainian figure skating federation. A day later, he was provisionally expelled, a federation official said. And in July, Petrenko was formally ousted, and fired from his position as a vice president, after he participated in an ice show in Sochi, Russia.

Ukraine Disowns an Olympic Champion Who Skated in Russia

Aug 9, 2022

Nets Owner Backs Team Leaders Amid Durant’s Reported Ultimatum

Joe Tsai, the owner of the Nets, issued a statement of support for the team’s front office and coaching staff on Twitter Monday evening and added, “We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

The tweet appeared to be in response to a report from The Athletic that said the team’s star forward, Kevin Durant, was still insistent that the Nets meet a trade demand he made in June.

Durant, one of the N.B.A.’s best players, met with Tsai in person over the weekend, The Athletic reported, and conditioned his staying with the team on the removal of Coach Steve Nash and General Manager Sean Marks. (Durant previously had publicly lauded Nash, who just completed his second year as the Nets’ coach, saying in the spring that the coach had handled the Nets “perfectly.”)

Nets Owner Backs Team Leaders Amid Durant’s Reported Ultimatum

Aug 9, 2022

A Chaotic Sprint to the Finish for the W.N.B.A. Season

The Chicago Sky, the reigning champions, are assured of one of the top two spots in the upcoming W.N.B.A. playoffs. The rebuilding Indiana Fever are the only team out of contention. Everything else is up for grabs.

The final week of the W.N.B.A.’s regular season should be a showcase of the parity and chaos the league has seen all season. Six of the league’s 12 teams are battling for the final three playoff spots, and the teams that have already clinched are still jockeying for seeding.

At the top of the standings, the Sky are 25-8 and hold a two-game lead in the race for the No. 1 seed. Chicago can fall no further than a No. 2 seed after a win Sunday over the Connecticut Sun, but it will still need to hold off the Las Vegas Aces, who spoiled Sue Bird’s final regular-season game at Climate Pledge Arena with a win over the Seattle Storm. Chicago and Las Vegas face off Thursday in their final regular-season meeting.

A Chaotic Sprint to the Finish for the W.N.B.A. Season

Aug 9, 2022

Serena Williams Says She Will Retire From Tennis After U.S. Open

Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion who has been the face of tennis since winning her first U.S. Open in 1999, said Tuesday that she planned to retire from the sport after playing once more in the tournament, which begins later this month.

Williams, who long ago transcended her sport as a dominant cultural figure, said in an as-told-to cover story for Vogue that she has “never liked the word retirement,” and preferred the word “evolution” to describe her next steps. “I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” including working with her venture capital firm and growing her family.

Williams said that she and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, planned to have another child.

“In the last year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that whenever we’re ready, we can add to our family. I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”

Serena Williams Says She Will Retire From Tennis After U.S. Open

Aug 8, 2022

Red Sox's Jarren Duran jaws at Royals fans during tough 7th inning, says items were thrown at him

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran had a tough seventh inning in the team’s 13-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Duran lost a fly ball in the sun and dropped a ball hit into the gap. To make matters worse, he was hearing it from the fans and was seen jawing back and forth with the Royals faithful at Kauffman Stadium. He said fans were tossing bottlecaps at him. Duran was yelling into the stands and at one point took a step toward the fence.

"They just happened to be throwing little bottle caps at me and stuff," he said after the game, via NESN. "So I just told them to stop throwing it, and one of the ushers came over and told them to stop. It was just little bottle caps, nothing major."

Red Sox's Jarren Duran jaws at Royals fans during tough 7th inning, says items were thrown at him

Aug 8, 2022

Oklahoma's Brent Venables backs Cale Gundy's departure, says coach used 'racially charged word' multiple times

Oklahoma football coach Brent Venables said Monday former assistant coach Cale Gundy read the "racially charged" word "multiple times" and resigned over the weekend because "he knows what he did was wrong."

Gundy resigned Sunday after he read a 'shameful and hurtful' word during a film session. He said he read the word after he picked up a player’s iPad after noticing he was distracted. He announced his resignation Sunday night.

Joe Mixon was among the Sooners alumni who came out in support of Gundy, but Venables maintained that Gundy’s resignation was the right move.

Oklahoma's Brent Venables backs Cale Gundy's departure, says coach used 'racially charged word' multiple times

Aug 8, 2022

PGA Tour looks to block LIV golfers from competing in FedEx Cup playoffs, files motion in court

The PGA Tour is not backing down from a lawsuit filed by eleven of its former members now playing in the rival LIV Golf league, asking a federal judge on Monday to deny an appeal that would allow three of those players to participate in the FedEx Cup playoffs beginning this week.

The Tour filed a motion to block a temporary restraining order filed by Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones that would allow them to compete in the St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning on Thursday, arguing that they were aware of the consequences of playing in the Saudi-backed circuit.

"Despite knowing full well that they would breach TOUR Regulations and be suspended for doing so, Plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund," the tour said in its opposing motion.

PGA Tour looks to block LIV golfers from competing in FedEx Cup playoffs, files motion in court

Aug 8, 2022

Ex-Oklahoma football star defends Cale Gundy after resignation: No 'racist bone in his body'

Joe Mixon, current Cincinnati Bengals star running back and former Oklahoma standout, defended Sooners assistant Cale Gundy after the football coach resigned.

Gundy, who had been on the Oklahoma coaching staff since 1999, resigned because of his use of a "shameful and hurtful" word during a film session. His abrupt decision came Sunday night with the season less than a month away. The word Gundy used was not made clear, but the former coach assured he should have never said it.

Mixon, who played for Oklahoma in 2015 and 2016, said in a letter to the school that Gundy was not a racist and owed "who I am as a person to him."

Ex-Oklahoma football star defends Cale Gundy after resignation: No 'racist bone in his body'

Aug 8, 2022

NFL teams take issue with Deshaun Watson's 'rigged' contract: report

With Deshaun Watson’s 2022 season hanging in the balance as the NFL appeals his six-game suspension, the 31 other teams in the league are reportedly unhappy with the Cleveland Browns over the "rigged" contract that will see little financial fallout from the league’s disciplinary action.

Watson signed a record-breaking five-year, $230 million contract back in March. The deal gave him $8.9 million in signing bonuses but a base salary of just a little over $1 million for the 2022 season – seemingly in anticipation of a suspension. That figure will jump to $46 million the following season.

NFL teams take issue with Deshaun Watson's 'rigged' contract: report

Aug 6, 2022

Novak Djokovic withdraws from Canadian Open over vaccine mandate, just weeks ahead US Open

Novak Djokovic says he’s "preparing" for the U.S. Open later this month as though he’ll be allowed to compete, but the 21-time Grand Slam winner on Thursday withdrew from the Canadian Open over the country’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for travelers.

Similar to the U.S., Canada does not allow unvaccinated foreign citizens to travel to the country, prompting Djokovic to withdraw from the tournament.

Thursday’s news could be a foreshadowing of what’s to come later this month at the U.S. Open, where Djokovic is hoping to earn a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title and his fourth on the hard courts at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Novak Djokovic withdraws from Canadian Open over vaccine mandate, just weeks ahead US Open

Aug 6, 2022

Former Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas died from complications of seizure disorder, autopsy says

Former Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas' autopsy revealed he died from complications of a seizure disorder.

Thomas was 33 when he died Dec. 9, 2021, just over two weeks before his birthday.

It was revealed that the 10-year NFL veteran had Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, at the time of his death. However, the Fulton County Medical Examiner saw no link between the two diagnoses.

CTE does not directly cause death.

Former Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas died from complications of seizure disorder, autopsy says

Aug 6, 2022

PGA Tour members speak out, slam LIV golfers' antitrust lawsuit: 'You can’t have it both ways'

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday encouraged members of the circuit to speak out against their "former colleagues" after 11 players who defected to LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Tour.

Several of them jumped on the open invitation.

Will Zalatoris, second-place finisher at the 2022 PGA Championship, did not appear to welcome the idea of those players who have either resigned their membership to join the rival Saudi-backed league or played without release rejoining the Tour.

PGA Tour members speak out, slam LIV golfers' antitrust lawsuit: 'You can’t have it both ways'

Aug 6, 2022

Nicole Hazen, wife of Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, dies at 45 following cancer battle

Nicole Hazen, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, died Thursday after a long battle with glioblastoma, the team confirmed. She was 45.

The Diamondbacks issued a statement confirming Nicole Hazen’s passing following complications related to the rare form of brain cancer she was diagnosed with more than two years ago.

"Nicole lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and devotion," the Hazen family said in a statement. "She spent every day in the service of others as a mother, wife and educator advocating for goodness.

Nicole Hazen, wife of Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, dies at 45 following cancer battle

Aug 6, 2022

Deshaun Watson suspension: NFL appoints former NJ Attorney General Peter Harvey to hear appeal

Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey was appointed Thursday to oversee the NFL’s appeal of Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension after independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson issued her recommendation for the Cleveland Browns quarterback earlier this week.

The league issued a statement confirming Harvey, who served as attorney general from 2003-2006, as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s designee for the appeals process.

Deshaun Watson suspension: NFL appoints former NJ Attorney General Peter Harvey to hear appeal

Aug 5, 2022

USC's Lincoln Riley rebukes tampering allegations, takes suggestions 'personally'

USC football coach Lincoln Riley offered an impassioned defense of his recruiting tactics following the suggestion from Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi that he may have tampered when wide receiver Jordan Addison transferred to the Trojans.

Addison, an All-American and Fred Biletnikoff Award winner in his sophomore season at Pittsburgh, transferred to USC in May. Pittsburgh suspected USC may have been tampering ahead of the star wide receiver’s transfer.

At Pac-12 media days last week, Riley defended himself.

USC's Lincoln Riley rebukes tampering allegations, takes suggestions 'personally'

Aug 5, 2022

Auburn's TJ Finley arrested after allegedly evading police during traffic stop

Auburn quarterback TJ Finley was arrested Thursday for allegedly evading police in Alabama.

Finley, who recently became the first college athlete to ink an NIL deal with Amazon, was booked into the Lee County Detention Center and eventually released.

According to AL.com, Finley was booked after he turned himself into police. He reportedly discovered there was an active warrant for his arrest after he was cited for riding a moped without a helmet July 26 on campus.

Auburn's TJ Finley arrested after allegedly evading police during traffic stop

Aug 5, 2022

NBA, WNBA call Brittney Griner's sentencing 'unjustified and unfortunate,' sports world reacts

The WNBA and the NBA called for the release of Brittney Griner after the two-time Olympic gold medalist was found guilty of drug charges and sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday.

WNBA commissioner Cathy Englebert and NBA commissioner Adam Silver maintained in a joint statement shortly after the news of Griner’s sentencing broke that she was "wrongly detained," echoing the sentiment of the White House on Thursday,

"Today’s verdict and sentencing is unjustified and unfortunate, but not unexpected and Brittney Griner remains wrongly detained," the statement read. "The WNBA and NBA’s commitment to her safe return has not wavered and it is our hope that we are near the end of this process of finally bringing BG home to the United States."

NBA, WNBA call Brittney Griner's sentencing 'unjustified and unfortunate,' sports world reacts

Aug 5, 2022

Ex-Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain arrested on gun, drug charges: report

Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in Alabama over the weekend on gun and drug charges, according to multiple reports.

McClain, who last played in the NFL in 2015, was arrested on Saturday night on charges of speeding, possession of a concealed weapon without a permit, and misdemeanor unlawful possession of marijuana, TMZ Sports reported, citing the Moulton Police Department.

Ex-Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain arrested on gun, drug charges: report

Aug 5, 2022

Deshaun Watson suspension 'a kiss on the cheek,' lawyer for women in civil lawsuit says

Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing the women who have alleged Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, had some harsh criticism about the six-game suspension he was handed down earlier this week.

Twenty-four women filed lawsuits against the Browns quarterback, and former federal Judge Sue L. Robinson gave Watson what Buzbee says is an extremely light sentence.

"Six games isn't even a slap on the wrist. It's a kiss on the cheek," Buzbee told reporters at a press conference on Thursday via The Athletic.

Deshaun Watson suspension 'a kiss on the cheek,' lawyer for women in civil lawsuit says

Aug 4, 2022

Brittney Griner found guilty in Russian court, sentenced to nine years in prison

Brittney Griner learned Thursday how long she could be locked away in Russian prison if the Biden administration can’t broker a deal to secure her release.

A Russian judge found Griner guilty of drug possession and smuggling with criminal intent and handed down a 9-year sentence, just shy of the maximum 10 years that she was eligible to receive. Griner was also fined 1 million rubles, roughly $16,300 US dollars.

As the judge announced Griner’s verdict in Russian, a translator relayed what was said to the WNBA star. Sitting inside a courtroom cell, a silent, stone-faced Griner listened with her lips pursed and her hands clasped in front of her.

Standing outside the courthouse, Elizabeth Rood, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, called the ruling a "miscarriage of justice."

"Secretary of State Blinken, President Biden's national security team and the entire American government remain committed to bringing Miss Griner home safely to her family, friends and loved ones," Rood said.

In a joint statement, Griner's attorneys Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov said they were "disappointed by the verdict."

"As legal professionals, we believe that the court should be fair to everyone regardless of nationality. The court completely ignored all the evidence of the defense, and most importantly, the guilty plea," they said via the statement. "This contradicts the existing legal practice. Taking into account the amount of the substance (not to mention the defects of the expertise) and the plea, the verdict is absolutely unreasonable. We will certainly file an appeal."

Brittney Griner found guilty in Russian court, sentenced to nine years in prison

Aug 4, 2022

Premier League Players Will No Longer Take a Knee Before Every Game

While Premier League soccer players will continue to take a knee to protest racism this season, they said Wednesday that the gesture would no longer take place at every game.

Players will kneel, for example, at the Premier League’s season-opening games this weekend; on Boxing Day (Dec. 26); during two weeks dedicated to racism awareness in October and March; on the final day of the season; and before the F.A. Cup and League Cup finals.

“We remain resolutely committed to eradicate racial prejudice and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all,” the team captains said in a statement released by the Premier League. The players said they believed the gesture would have more impact if performed less frequently.

Premier League Players Will No Longer Take a Knee Before Every Game

Aug 4, 2022

Mickelson and Other LIV Golfers File Antitrust Suit Against PGA Tour

Eleven golfers affiliated with the breakaway LIV Golf series have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, challenging its suspensions and other restrictive measures used to punish those who signed on to play in the Saudi-backed LIV events.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, argues that the PGA Tour is unfairly controlling players with anticompetitive restraints to protect its longstanding monopoly on professional golf.

The complaint — filed on behalf of Phil Mickelson and others — alleges that the tour had “ventured to harm” their careers and livelihoods. “The Tour’s unlawful strategy has been both harmful to the players and successful in threatening LIV Golf’s otherwise-promising launch,” it said.

Mickelson and Other LIV Golfers File Antitrust Suit Against PGA Tour

Aug 4, 2022

UConn’s Paige Bueckers Tears A.C.L. and Will Miss Season

Paige Bueckers, the UConn women’s basketball star who missed most of last season with a knee injury, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Monday and will miss the 2022-23 season, the university announced Wednesday.

Bueckers, a 20-year-old guard from Minnesota, missed nearly three months of games last season after having surgery on her left knee in December but returned in February and led UConn to the national championship game. She sustained her new injury during a pickup basketball game, UConn officials said in a statement.

Bueckers, a 5-foot-11 junior, will have surgery on Friday, the university said.

“It’s so crazy because you work so hard to get back healthy, you feel stronger than ever, and you are playing your best basketball and with one sudden movement it all shifts,” Bueckers wrote on Instagram. “It’s hard trying to make much sense of it all now but I can’t help but think that God is using me as a testimony as to how much you can overcome with Him by your side.”

UConn’s Paige Bueckers Tears A.C.L. and Will Miss Season

Aug 4, 2022

N.F.L. Appeals Deshaun Watson’s Six-Game Suspension

The N.F.L. appealed the six-game suspension of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson on Wednesday, according to a league spokesman.

The league challenged the penalty issued Monday by a third-party disciplinary officer as a result of a hearing over accusations that Watson had engaged in sexually coercive and lewd behavior toward two dozen women he hired for massages. The N.F.L. is arguing for an indefinite suspension with the option of reinstatement after a year, according to a person with knowledge of the league’s appeal who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The league also recommended a fine and treatment for Watson and cited concerns over his lack of remorse in the brief it filed Wednesday, the person said.

N.F.L. Appeals Deshaun Watson’s Six-Game Suspension

Aug 2, 2022

NFL takes first-round pick from Dolphins, issues suspensions after Tom Brady tampering investigation

The NFL finally handed down its sentence following a six-month-long investigation into the Miami Dolphins' alleged communications with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton this summer.

The league announced the Dolphins must forfeit their first-round pick in the 2023 draft as well as their third-round pick in the 2024 draft.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was also fined $1.5 million, suspended through Oct. 17, 2022 (the first six weeks of the season), indefinitely removed from all league committees and uninvited from all league meetings until next offseason. Vice Chairman Bruce Beal was also fined $500,000 and isn't allowed to attend any league meetings for the rest of the season.

NFL takes first-round pick from Dolphins, issues suspensions after Tom Brady tampering investigation