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Blanco strikes out 8 in 6 innings as Astros beat Giants 3-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ronel Blanco had eight strikeouts in six innings, Mauricio Dubon scored twice and the Houston Astros beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night. Blanco (6-2) allowed one run on three hits and became the first pitcher in Astros history to go undefeated in his first nine career road starts, improving to 6-0 away from home. His eight strikeouts tied a season high. The right-hander said his fastball, slider and changeup were all working — but he went to his fastball more often than his off-speed pitches and caught some of the Giants batters off guard. “We needed a good outing from Blanco, and he gave us that,” Astros manager Joe Espada said. Houston took   ... Read More

Dodgers blast 5 homers – in 15-2 rout of World Series champion Rangers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani, Freddie Freeman, Teoscar Hernández and Jason Heyward homered in a seven-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers 15-2 on Tuesday night. Will Smith blasted a three-run shot in the first, giving the Dodgers a lead they never relinquished in the opener of the interleague series. Their 15 runs were a season high. James Paxton (6-1) allowed one run and two hits, tying a season low, in six innings. He struck out two and walked two. “To see four homers in one inning just doesn't happen very often, if ever,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We won a lot of at-bats, pitches.” Ohtani's 16th homer of   ... Read More

Amari Cooper’s absence unexcused as Browns begin minicamp

ByDANIEL OYEFUSI June 11, 2024, 12:49 PM BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper was not in attendance for the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, an absence head coach Kevin Stefanski said was not excused. Stefanski would not confirm if Cooper's absence was contract-related but said "there's been a dialogue" between the team and Cooper's agent. Cooper, who turns 30 next Monday, is entering the final year of a five-year, $100 million deal he originally signed as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He has a base salary of $20 million in 2024, none of which is guaranteed. Cooper, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was not seen at any of the team's OTA practices open to media   ... Read More

Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto to have knee surgery, placed on IL

ByABC News June 11, 2024, 1:09 PM Philadelphia Phillies star catcher J.T. Realmuto will undergo surgery on his right knee. The Phillies placed Realmuto on the 10-day injured list Tuesday and announced the three-time All-Star will have a meniscectomy Wednesday in Philadelphia. The team did not disclose a timeline for Realmuto's return. Despite dealing with knee soreness throughout the season, Realmuto but has remained a steady presence for the National League-leading Phillies, batting .261 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 51 games. He sat out three consecutive games last month with right knee soreness. In a corresponding roster move Tuesday, the Phillies recalled catcher Rafael Marchan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Realmuto, 33, becomes the latest Phillies player to   ... Read More

Luka Doncic had pain-killing shot before Game 2

ByTIM MACMAHON June 11, 2024, 1:49 PM DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic received a pain-killing injection to numb the area of his thoracic contusion before Dallas' loss to the Boston Celtics in Sunday's Game 2, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. The expectation is that Doncic will receive another injection before Wednesday's Game 3, sources said, as the Mavs attempt to get their first win of the series. Doncic is listed as probable for Wednesday's game. "I feel good," Doncic said after Tuesday's practice at the American Airlines Center. "I don't want to get into any more details. But I feel good." Doncic was downgraded to questionable on the afternoon of Game 2 and was not deemed available until   ... Read More

Jon Rahm withdraws from U.S. Open due to foot infection

ByPAOLO UGGETTI June 11, 2024, 4:29 PM PINEHURST, N.C. -- Two-time major winner Jon Rahm withdrew from this week's U.S. Open on Tuesday afternoon due to an injury in his left foot. "After consulting with numerous doctors and my team, I have decided it is best for my long term health, to withdraw from this weeks US Open Championship," Rahm, the 2022 U.S. Open champion, wrote on his X account. "To say I'm disappointed is a massive understatement! I wish all my peers the best of luck and want to thank all of the USGA staff, volunteers and community of Pinehurst for hosting and putting on what I'm sure will be an amazing championship! Hopefully I'll be back in action   ... Read More

First wave of 2024 NBA draft green room invites sent

ByJONATHAN GIVONY June 11, 2024, 8:59 PM Twelve players have received invitations to attend the 2024 NBA draft and sit in the green room, sources told ESPN. Zaccharie Risacher, Alex Sarr, Donovan Clingan, Reed Sheppard, Matas Buzelis, Stephon Castle, Dalton Knecht, Tidjane Salaun, Ron Holland, Cody Williams, Devin Carter and Ja'Kobe Walter received the first batch of 12 invites sent out Tuesday. Another 11-12 invites are expected to be sent out in waves starting next week, a source told ESPN. The green room is a staging area in front of the NBA draft podium where players, families and agents await commissioner Adam Silver to call a player's name upon selection. This year, players will be allowed to invite six people   ... Read More

Japan beats U.S. U23s in final Olympic warmup game

ByABC News June 11, 2024, 10:09 PM The United States heads to its first men's Olympic soccer tournament since 2008 off a performance it would rather forget. Shota Fujio converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute, Mao Hosoya added a goal in the 69th and Japan won 2-0 in an under-23 game Tuesday night in the Americans' last warmup match in Kansas City, Kansas. "Since we started this process eight months ago, this was, I would say, the lowest performance by far that we had," U.S. coach Marko Mitrovic said. "I strongly believe that this group can do much better than they showed today." Japan was awarded the penalty kick when Koki Saito flicked the ball off the right   ... Read More

Kristaps Porzingis has ‘rare’ leg injury, questionable for Game 3

ByTIM BONTEMPS June 12, 2024, 5:59 AM Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis suffered what the team called a "rare injury" to his left leg and is listed as questionable for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. The Celtics announced Tuesday that Porzingis has a torn medial retinaculum allowing dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon in his left leg. The team said Porzingis' status for the upcoming Finals games will be "determined day-to-day." "It's kind of a random situation," Porzingis said Tuesday. "I felt something, and now I have to deal with it. "As we said, yeah, it's going to be day-to-day, and I'll see how I am tomorrow, and obviously I'm going to do everything I can to   ... Read More

Rafael Nadal chosen for Olympics, also in doubles with Alcaraz

ByABC News June 12, 2024, 6:19 AM Rafael Nadal has been chosen to the Spanish team for the Paris Olympics, where he will also partner with French Open champion Carlos Alcaraz in doubles. Nadal, who has been limited the past two years by a number of injuries, has said the Games were his focus and that he could skip Wimbledon to prepare. "My main goal now is to play Olympics," Nadal said after losing in the first round of the French Open on May 27. "That's going to be here. So I need to prepare myself the proper way to try to arrive here healthy and well prepared, and then let's see." Nadal and Alcaraz will play in both singles   ... Read More

Dodgers open 3-game series against the Rangers

Texas Rangers (31-34, second in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (41-26, first in the NL West) Los Angeles; Tuesday, 10:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Dane Dunning (4-4, 4.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 57 strikeouts); Dodgers: James Paxton (5-1, 4.19 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 33 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Texas Rangers to open a three-game series. Los Angeles has a 21-12 record in home games and a 41-26 record overall. The Dodgers have a 20-3 record in games when they did not allow a home run. Texas is 31-34 overall and 15-17 on the road. The Rangers have a 13-8 record in games when they hit two or more home runs. The teams meet Tuesday   ... Read More

Slater’s game-winning single in 10th lifts Giants past Astros 4-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Austin Slater lined the game-winning single into left field with one out in the 10th inning, rallying the San Francisco Giants from two runs down in the inning to beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Monday night. Slater's second career game-winning hit came off Rafael Montero (1-2) after he also had one on April 8, 2022, against the Marlins. It did so much for Slater given his struggles with injuries and finding his hitting groove this season. Slater just wished he could have notched his first extra-base hit of the year — but maybe this will give him some much-needed momentum going forward. He had popped up in foul territory as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.   ... Read More

NC State takes down Georgia, heads to Men’s College World Series

ByABC News June 10, 2024, 10:29 PM ATHENS, Ga. -- Eli Serrano III hit a home run in the sixth inning and made a leaping catch at the center-field wall in the seventh, helping North Carolina State beat Georgia 8-5 on Monday night to secure the program's fourth trip to the Men's College World Series. NC State (38-21) advances to an opening-round game against Kentucky on Saturday. The Wolfpack have won 18 of their past 23 games. They became the fourth ACC team to reach this year's MCWS, joining Florida State, Virginia and UNC, tying 2006 for most in a single year for the conference. Georgia (43-17), which forced a winner-take-all game with an 11-2 victory Sunday, was looking to   ... Read More

Florida Panthers cruise, take 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final

ByABC News June 10, 2024, 10:39 PM SUNRISE, Fla. -- After two games in the Stanley Cup Final, both Florida Panthers forward Evan Rodrigues and defenseman Niko Mikkola have scored more goals than Edmonton Oilers stars Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman -- combined. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the series on Monday night with a 4-1 win over the Oilers that was powered by two unsung members of their supporting cast. Rodrigues scored twice, giving him three goals in the Final. Mikkola scored a critical goal to tie the score in the second period for only the second playoff goal of his career. "It's special. You try to embrace it, try to stay in   ... Read More

TE Marcedes Lewis re-signs with Bears for 19th NFL season

ByCOURTNEY CRONIN June 10, 2024, 1:09 PM CHICAGO -- Marcedes Lewis' NFL career will continue for a 19th season after he signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Monday, the team announced. Lewis, who spent the 2023 season in Chicago, broke a tie last year with Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez for the most seasons played at the tight end position. He turned 40 on May 19, making him the second-oldest player in the NFL, behind New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The former first-rounder was a key leader for a young Bears team that finished 7-10 last season. He appeared in 17 games with four starts, highlighted by his sole touchdown of the season in Chicago's Week   ... Read More

‘Pivotal to our success’: Steelers extend Tomlin

ByBROOKE PRYOR June 10, 2024, 2:59 PM PITTSBURGH -- Mike Tomlin, the NFL's longest-tenured coach, has received an extension from the Pittsburgh Steelers that puts him under contract through the 2027 season. Tomlin, entering his 18th season at the helm of the Steelers, signed a three-year extension, the team announced Monday. Before the new agreement, Tomlin was entering the final year of a three-year extension signed in 2021. "Mike Tomlin's leadership and commitment to the Steelers have been pivotal to our success during his first 17 years as head coach," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. "Extending his contract for three more years reflects our confidence in his ability to guide the team back to winning playoff   ... Read More

Dan Hurley rejects Lakers’ offer, stays at UConn

ByABC News June 10, 2024, 4:39 PM Dan Hurley has turned down a six-year, $70 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and will return to chase a third straight national title at UConn. "I am humbled by this entire experience," Hurley said in a statement released by the school. "At the end of the day, I am extremely proud of the championship culture we have built at Connecticut. We met as a team before today's workout and our focus right now is getting better this summer and connecting as a team as we continue to pursue championships." The Lakers would have made Hurley one of the NBA's six highest-paid coaches. But before opening talks   ... Read More

Rhamondre Stevenson optimistic about contract talks with Patriots

ByMIKE REISS June 10, 2024, 5:09 PM FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, said he has been engaged in negotiations with the team on an extension that could be nearing their end. "Right now, I'm trying to get the deal done and get it locked in. We'll see where that goes. It's pretty close," Stevenson said Monday on the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp. Stevenson was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL draft and has opened the past two seasons as the team's top running back. He has played in 41 games and totaled 2,265 rushing yards on   ... Read More

Yankees welcome back Juan Soto for opener vs. Royals

ByABC News June 10, 2024, 5:29 PM KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Juan Soto was back in the New York Yankees' lineup as the designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night after missing a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend because of left forearm inflammation. Aaron Judge, who started the Yankees' first 67 games, was given a night off from the starting lineup in the opener of the four-game set against the Royals. Soto was in the No. 2 slot and slumping Anthony Rizzo was left out of the lineup for the second straight game. He had a single in his first at-bat, part of a two-run Yankees second inning. It's the 15th start   ... Read More

Baker: Antitrust settlement creates certainty for new system

ByDAN MURPHY June 10, 2024, 6:19 PM LAS VEGAS -- NCAA president Charlie Baker said the association's pending antitrust case settlement will put financial pressure on everyone in the college sports industry, but he believes it also creates more certainty for schools to plan for a new system that will allow them to share more money with their athletes. The NCAA announced last month that it had agreed to terms to settle three federal antitrust cases that loomed as the most immediate and arguably largest threats to the future of the association. As part of the settlement, the NCAA will pay former athletes nearly $2.8 billion in back damages. In addition, schools will be allowed to share a significant portion   ... Read More

Verstappen wins Canadian GP

MONTREAL (AP) — Max Verstappen won the Canadian Grand Prix for the third straight year Sunday for the Red Bull star’s 60th Formula 1 victory and sixth in nine races this season. The 25-year-old Dutchman started second in the rain alongside pole-sitter George Russell, took control early as the sun came out and dominated again at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre-Dame in the Saint Lawrence River. Verstappen finished 3.879 seconds ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris in the 70-lap race on the 2.71-mile (4.36-kilometer) road course. Mercedes took the next two spots, with Russell third and seven-time Montreal winner Lewis Hamilton fourth. Oscar Piastri was fifth for McLaren, followed by Aston Martin drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, the lone   ... Read More

Man charged in illegal betting scheme involving former NBA player Jontay Porter

Jontay Porter of the Toronto Raptors warms up before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers, March 9, 2024, in Portland, Ore. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- A Brooklyn man was charged Tuesday in connection with an illegal sports betting scheme involving Jontay Porter, the former Toronto Raptors player who received a lifetime ban from the NBA in April after he bet on his own team to lose.Porter pretended to be injured before a January game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers. According to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, Bruce Pham placed bets on Porter's performance, knowing Porter planned to withdraw from the game.Porter had amassed large gambling debts to certain of the co-conspirators in the alleged scheme, the   ... Read More

Shohei Ohtani’s ex-interpreter pleads guilty in gambling case

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ippei Mizuhara, the former interpreter for MLB star Shohei Ohtani, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges related to stealing nearly $17 million from the Dodgers player in order to cover gambling debts, according to the Department of Justice.Mizuhara, 39, agreed to plead guilty last month to one count of bank fraud, which carries a maximum of 30 years in prison, and one count of subscribing to a false tax return, which carries up to three years in prison.The guilty plea was formally entered at a change of plea hearing Tuesday morning, after Mizuhara previously pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment last month as a procedural matter. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled   ... Read More

Granddaughter of Negro League baseball great ‘stunned’ by stats merger with MLB

Josh Gibson of East is out at home in the fourth inning of the 12th annual East-West All Star Negro baseball game at Comiskey Park. Gibson was put out by Ted Radcliffe of the West. The West won, 7 to 4. -- Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- From the 1920s to the '50s, Negro League Baseball (NLB) was the home for Black players who were segregated from the other, whites-only, baseball clubs. And for decades, the stats of those Black players were kept separate from the official Major League Baseball (MLB) record books.That is, until Wednesday, when MLB officially merged the NLB stats with their own.As a result, many MLB records have now been supplanted by the achievements of previously overlooked   ... Read More

Kansas City Chiefs 2024 schedule

Week 1: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs, Sept. 5 at 7:20 p.m. Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs, Sept. 15 at 3:25 p.m. Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons, Sept. 22 at 7:20 p.m. Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Charges, Sept. 29 at 3:25 p.m. Week 5: New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs, Oct. 7 at 7:15 p.m. Week 6: BYE Week 7: Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers, Oct. 20 at 3:25 p.m. Week 8: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders, Oct. 27 at 3:25 p.m. Week 9: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs, Nov. 4 at 7:15 p.m. Week 10: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs,   ... Read More

2024 Dallas Cowboys schedule

Dallas Cowboys 2024 NFL Schedule: Week 1: Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns, Sept. 8 at 3:25 p.m. Week 2: New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m. Week 3: Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys, Sept. 22 at 3:25 p.m. Week 4: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, Sept. 26 at 7:15 p.m. Week 5: Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers, Oct. 6, 7:20 p.m. Week 6: Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions, Oct. 13, at 3:25 p.m. Week 7: TBD Week 8: Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers, Oct. 27 at 7:20 p.m. Week 9: Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. Week 10: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, Nov. 10 at 3:25 p.m. Week 11:   ... Read More

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