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US soccer team wins nail-biter against Netherlands with penalty kicks

By Alexandra Svokos The U.S. faced off against the Netherlands Friday in soccer at the Olympics and won. This was their first match of the knockout stage of the Tokyo Olympics, and with that, the Americans will advance to the next game. MORE: Former Olympians react to Simone Biles having the decision to withdraw It was a dramatic finish as the score was tied 2-2 at the end of 120 minutes of game time, which included two additional 15-minute extra time periods. The game came down to penalty kicks. The kicks started with an epic save by America's goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of a kick by Netherlands' Vivianne Miedema, giving the U.S. an advantage. Penalty kicks were then scored by the   ... Read More

Nationals’ Starlin Castro suspended 30 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy

By ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been suspended for 30 games without pay and fined an undisclosed amount for violating Major League Baseball's policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Shortly after MLB announced the penalty Friday, the Nationals said they would release Castro when the ban concludes. Castro will be ineligible for the postseason under the terms of the suspension and will be required to undergo evaluation and treatment, MLB said. "Having reviewed all the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Castro violated our policy and that discipline is appropriate," baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this month, while MLB was investigating   ... Read More

Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners unanimously accept invitation to SEC

By HEATHER DINICH AND MARK SCHLABACH The board of regents in Texas and Oklahoma unanimously voted to formally accept invitations to join the SEC, the schools announced Friday. The Oklahoma board of regents approved the Sooners' eventual move to the SEC during a meeting on Friday, shortly after the Texas board did the same for the Longhorns. It puts a bow on a week of formalities that will ultimately make the SEC the first 16-team superconference. "This is the right decision at the right time for the future of our UT athletics programs," Texas president Jay Hartzell said in a statement. The next step is to determine when the move will become a reality -- and what happens to the   ... Read More

Oklahoma City Thunder get future first-round NBA draft pick

By ESPN.com Oklahoma City added to its stockpile of future first-round picks as the Utah Jazz traded a future No. 1 and center Derrick Favors to the Thunder for a 2027 second-round pick, it was announced Friday. Before the move, the Thunder already had 12 first-round picks above and beyond their own -- some of which they can swap -- over the next five drafts. Oklahoma City traded the No. 16 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to the Houston Rockets for two future first-rounders -- in 2022 (via the Pistons) and 2023 (via the Wizards). The Rockets then used the selection to pick Alperen Sengun. Favors, a 30-year-old center who has played nine of his 11 NBA seasons with the   ... Read More

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady ditches trademark sleeve on left knee

By JENNA LAINE TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has officially shed the trademark sleeve he has worn on his left knee since suffering a torn ACL in 2008. He wore it Sunday in his first training camp practice, but Monday, he had it rolled down at his shin. By Tuesday, it was off. He hasn't worn it since and doesn't plan to put it back on. "I don't need it. It's been 14 years since I've [started wearing] it. It feels good," Brady said Friday, the Bucs' final ramp-up day before the pads come on Saturday and the intensity level rises. Brady hadn't practiced as a Buc without it. He even wore it during recreational activities   ... Read More

Mets acquire star SS Javier Baez from Chicago Cubs for OF prospect

By ESPN.com NEW YORK -- The New York Mets acquired star shortstop Javier Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong. Baez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives the NL East leaders an immediate fill-in for the injured Francisco Lindor at shortstop. Lindor is sidelined with a strained oblique and isn't expected back until at least mid-to-late August. Baez, who can become a free agent after the season, is batting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. He has a .775 OPS and 13 stolen bases in 16 tries, but also leads the National League with 131 strikeouts. He has made 18 errors in 88 games. When Lindor   ... Read More

Colts QB Carson Wentz out indefinitely with foot injury, sources say

By MIKE WELLS Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is out indefinitely after undergoing further testing for a foot injury that he suffered at the end of Thursday's practice, sources told ESPN. Wentz felt a "twinge in his foot" when he rolled out and planted to throw late in the practice, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said Friday. Wentz is still awaiting more information from testing and after meeting with foot specialist Robert Anderson, a source told ESPN, and the team hopes to have a better idea of how long the quarterback will be sidelined after Anderson reviews the scans. The Colts do not consider this to be a season-ending injury, a source told ESPN. "He's with the docs, trying to figure   ... Read More

Texans QB Tyrod Taylor says Deshaun Watson ‘absolutely’ a resource, not a distraction at training camp

By SARAH BARSHOP HOUSTON -- For the third straight day of training camp, Deshaun Watson did not take part in team drills. Although the Houston Texans' quarterback stood off to the side for most of practice, newly acquired QB Tyrod Taylor said Watson's presence has not been a distraction. Taylor said Watson has "absolutely" been a resource for him as he learns this new team and offense in Houston. "Me and Deshaun are friends," Taylor said. "We've known each other for a number of years now. We've had conversations on the field, off the field. Non-football, about life. Everything has been positive conversations and they'll continue to be that way." Watson reported to training camp Sunday after requesting a trade   ... Read More

NBA Social Justice Coalition backs EQUAL Act, urges Congress to move quickly

iStock/Augustas Cetkauskas(WASHINGTON) -- The National Basketball Social Justice Coalition is fighting to end racial and social inequality. The group, which is composed of players, owners and staffers, has advocated for policy changes regarding criminal justice, policing and justice reform, by reaching out to lawmakers in Congress and state and local legislatures. The Social Justice Coalition was formed in 2020, after the deaths of Jacob Blake and George Floyd. In May 2021, the group, which represents the NBA community, publicly endorsed the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act. Since then, a source told ABC News, members of the NBA have held multiple bipartisan meetings with lawmakers to push the bill. The 15-member group exclusively told ABC News they are now publicly   ... Read More

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