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Scherzer exits after 2 innings with arm fatigue in his 1st Rangers start out of the All-Star break

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Max Scherzer exited after two innings because of arm fatigue in his first start for the Texas Rangers out of the All-Star break. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed four runs as eight of the 14 Baltimore batters he faced reached base Saturday night in the Rangers' 8-4 loss. It was only his sixth start since offseason back surgery, and it came a week before his 40th birthday. “Once I got out there, (the fatigue) was affecting my stuff, and it was affecting my location. ... I knew I needed to come out of the ballgame, otherwise I was going to be risking further injury,” Scherzer said. “But the good news to it is that   ... Read More

Rodriguez gets AL-best 12th win as Orioles hit 3 more homers to beat Rangers 8-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Grayson Rodriguez struck out eight over six innings for his AL-best 12th win, and Cedric Mullins became the eighth Baltimore batter with 10 home runs this season as the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Saturday night. Jordan Westburg and Ryan O'Hearn also went deep to increase Baltimore's major league-best total to 156 home runs, 16 more than the New York Yankees. The AL East-leading Orioles, the first American League team to reach 60 wins, went ahead to stay with a four-run second against Max Scherzer (1-3). The three-time Cy Young Award winner didn't return at the start of the next inning because of arm fatigue. Rodriguez (12-4) struck out the side in the sixth   ... Read More

Astros take sole possession of 1st place for 1st time this season with 4-2 win over Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Meyers hit a go-ahead two-run homer off former Houston reliever Ryne Stanek in the seventh inning, and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Saturday night to take sole possession of the AL West lead for the first time this year. Stuck playing catchup through the first 3½ months of the season, Houston has won six of eight to climb into first place all alone. “It's awesome to hear but I think it's the same thing as month one or month two being down 10, 12 games. I think we've adopted the same mindset of, we've just got to keep winning the game at hand and playing together, and we're a great team when we   ... Read More

Si Woo Kim sinks longest hole-in-one in Open history

ByABC News July 20, 2024, 11:09 AM TROON, Scotland -- South Korea's Si Woo Kim made the longest hole-in-one in Open history when he aced the 238-yard par-3 17th in the third round at Royal Troon on Saturday. Kim, who shot an even-par 71, selected a 3-iron from his bag and struck his ball to the front fringe where it rolled across the putting surface and dropped in the hole. "I've had about six holes-in-one before, but this is the most memorable," he said of his moment of magic on the 17th, which had never witnessed a hole-in-one in previous Opens at Troon. The previous longest hole-in-one at the Open was the 212-yard ace Frank Lickliter II made at the   ... Read More

Billy Horschel holds one-shot lead at rainy Open Championship

ByABC News July 20, 2024, 3:09 PM TROON, Scotland -- It was just over 13 months ago, after defending champion Billy Horschel carded a 12-over 84 in the first round of the Memorial Tournament, that the former FedEx Cup champion talked about his mental struggles in an unforgiving game. "My confidence is the lowest it's been in my entire career -- I think ever in my entire golf career," Horschel said at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on June 1, 2023. On Sunday, Horschel will have a chance to rewrite his legacy in the final round of the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club. He survived the wind and rain Saturday to post a 2-under 69,   ... Read More

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto off IL after meniscus recovery

ByABC News July 20, 2024, 3:09 PM The Philadelphia Phillies reinstated star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day injured list Saturday. Realmuto, a three-time All-Star, had been sidelined since mid-June following right meniscus surgery. He is batting .261 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 51 games. He had hit in a career-best 17 straight games in which he played this season. Realmuto, 33, is a career .272 hitter with 161 homers and 598 RBIs in 1,191 games with the Miami Marlins (2014-18) and Phillies. Also on Saturday, the Phillies recalled right-hander Yunior Marte from Lehigh Valley and optioned catcher Rafael Marchan and righty Michael Mercado to Triple-A. Marte, 29, posted a 3.31 ERA in 15 relief appearances with Philadelphia   ... Read More

Two-time Super Bowl champion Shaq Barrett retires from NFL

ByABC News July 20, 2024, 3:59 PM Linebacker Shaquil Barrett, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos, announced his retirement Saturday. "I'm ready to shift my full focus to my wife and kids and helping them realize there dreams," Barrett wrote as part of an Instagram post. "I've been thinking about this for a while and the decision has never been more clear then it is right now." Barrett had signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins in March after being released by the Buccaneers in a cost-cutting move. The 31-year old Barrett spent five seasons in Tampa, including the 2020 campaign that resulted in a Super Bowl title with quarterback Tom   ... Read More

New Orleans Saints, Rashid Shaheed agree on 1-year extension

ByABC News July 20, 2024, 3:59 PM The New Orleans Saints and exclusive rights free agent wide receiver Rashid Shaheed reached agreement on a one-year, $5.2 million contract extension, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday. Shaheed, who also is a returner for New Orleans, was an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection last season. The deal was negotiated by his agents, Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey, and comes four days before the Saints open training camp. As the Saints transitioned to Derek Carr as the starting quarterback in 2023, Shaheed finished with 46 receptions for 719 yards and five touchdowns for the season. In a 38-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts in October, he had three receptions on three   ... Read More

Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette out ‘multiple weeks’ with calf strain

ByABC News July 20, 2024, 5:39 PM Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette has a "moderate" calf strain and will miss "multiple weeks," according to manager John Schneider. The Blue Jays officially placed Bichette on the 10-day injured list Saturday with the right calf strain. Bichette, a two-time All-Star, was injured in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers while running to first base as he lined out to right field to end the sixth inning. He was 1-for-3 before exiting. This is the third time Bichette has injured his right calf this season. Friday marked his return from a four-game absence due to calf soreness. Bichette, 26, spent time on the 10-day injured list in June because of his   ... Read More

LeBron James layup helps U.S. dodge upset from South Sudan

ByBRIAN WINDHORST July 20, 2024, 7:09 PM LONDON -- There probably will be a movie made about the South Sudan basketball team someday. And the players representing the war-torn young nation added a powerful and dramatic scene Saturday night in a moment the raucous crowd at O2 Arena won't soon forget. LeBron James made a driving layup with eight seconds left to prevent what would've been an historic upset and Team USA escaped with a 101-100 victory. Former Charlotte Hornets forward JT Thor had made a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining and South Sudan had three attempts in the final seconds but couldn't convert the miracle. The club is called the Bright Stars -- the first team to represent the   ... Read More

Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley agrees to 5-year, $224M extension

ByADRIAN WOJNAROWSKI July 20, 2024, 8:59 PM Cleveland Cavaliers 7-footer Evan Mobley has agreed to a five-year, $224 million maximum rookie contract extension that could become worth as much as $269 million, agents Joe Smith and Thad Foucher of Wasserman told ESPN on Saturday. Mobley, 23, has quickly become one of the league's elite young defensive big men, finishing third in voting for Defensive Player of the Year in 2023 as well as being named an All-Defensive first-teamer. He averaged 15.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last season for Cleveland, while also posting career-high shooting percentages: 57.9% overall, 37.3% from 3 and 71.9% from the free throw line. Since arriving as the third pick in the 2021 NBA draft   ... Read More

WNBA eyeing expanded 44-game season in 2025

ByALEXA PHILIPPOU July 20, 2024, 10:09 PM PHOENIX -- The WNBA is considering expanding its regular season to 44 games for the 2025 campaign, commissioner Cathy Engelbert said Saturday before the league's All-Star Game. "We're looking at the footprint for next year," Engelbert said. "We don't have an international competition like the FIBA World Cup or the Olympics next year, so we'll be able to look at our footprint without any interruption or break, like we're breaking this year." Forty-four games per team are the most allowed under the current collective bargaining agreement, although in the long term, Engelbert has discussed the vision for extending the season even longer. More total games also are on the horizon for the next   ... Read More

Santander hits 2 of Orioles’ 4 homers to back All-Star starter Burnes in 9-1 win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Anthony Santander homered twice and drove in five runs after Adley Rutschman and Colton Cowser had already hit two-run homers, and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 9-1 on Friday night in the first game out of the break. Rutschman and Cowser both went deep in the first inning, putting the Orioles up 4-0 before All-Star starting pitcher Corbin Burnes had even thrown his first pitch. “To put up four runs in the first with Corbin Burnes on the mound, you feel good about that,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. Burnes (10-4), back on the same mound where he started the All-Star Game three nights earlier, struck out six and allowed one run   ... Read More

Astros complete climb and pull even in AL West race after beating Mariners 3-0

SEATTLE (AP) — One month was all the Houston Astros needed to erase a 10-game deficit and reclaim their spot atop the AL West. Hunter Brown worked around trouble while allowing four hits in six innings, Yainer Diaz delivered the big blow with a two-run single and the Astros moved into a tie for first place in the AL West with a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. “We have clawed our way through a very difficult stretch early in the season and find ourselves tied in first place — just proud of that group," Houston manager Joe Espada said. "They have never stopped fighting. They never stopped believing. And this is far from over but just   ... Read More

Durant practices with Team USA, questionable for South Sudan

ByBRIAN WINDHORST July 19, 2024, 8:39 AM LONDON -- Kevin Durant was able to practice with Team USA for the first time Friday as he recovers from a right calf injury with coach Steve Kerr hoping he can get into one of the team's last two tune-up games before the Paris Olympics. Durant is questionable for Saturday night's game at O2 Arena against South Sudan as team officials want to monitor how he recovers. But practicing was an important sign of progress in getting Team USA's all-time leading Olympic scorer back after he'd missed all activities over the past two weeks. "I would love for him to play in a game, but we have to take it day by day,"   ... Read More

Tiger Woods 14 over at Open, to miss another major cut

ByMARK SCHLABACH July 19, 2024, 9:49 AM TROON, Scotland -- Tiger Woods' major championship season ended with another missed cut in the 152nd Open Championship on Friday, and golf fans won't see him again on the PGA Tour this season. Woods carded a 6-over 77 in the second round at Royal Troon Golf Club, leaving him with a 36-hole total of 14-over 156. The projected cut line was 4 over. Woods has now missed the cut or withdrawn in six of his past seven majors. It was Woods' worst score to par after the first two rounds in 23 starts at The Open; his previous worst was 9 over after 36 holes at St. Andrews in Scotland in 2022. It   ... Read More

Shane Lowry moves past cameraman’s distraction to lead Open

ByMARK SCHLABACH July 19, 2024, 10:39 AM TROON, Scotland -- Shane Lowry holds a two-shot lead at the 152nd Open Championship, but only after he survived a debacle involving a photographer and a spectator on the 11th hole at Royal Troon Golf Club on Friday. Lowry, who started the round one stroke behind Daniel Brown, had a two-stroke lead over the relatively unknown qualifier and 2018 Open runner-up Justin Rose after posting a 2-under 69 to move to 7 under after 36 holes. Lowry had a two-stroke lead over Brown, who shot a 1-over 72 on Friday, when he stepped to the 11th hole, which is known as "The Railway" and is considered the most difficult on the course because   ... Read More

Chiefs on finding new home: ‘This is a generational decision’

ByADAM TEICHER July 19, 2024, 2:09 PM ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs went all-in and failed "pretty badly" as an April vote for a renovated Arrowhead Stadium fell flat, team president Mark Donovan said. Now, the Chiefs are continuing discussions with officials from both Kansas and Missouri to figure out the team's future location after their lease at Arrowhead expires following the 2030 season. Donovan said they're looking at the failed vote as an opportunity to consider what makes the most sense for fans and the future of the franchise. "This is a generational decision," Donovan said. "This is going to impact the future of this franchise for generations. We've got to get it right and we   ... Read More

Grizzlies trade former lottery pick Ziaire Williams to Nets

ByADRIAN WOJNAROWSKI July 19, 2024, 2:19 PM The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Ziaire Williams, a 2021 top-10 draft pick, to the Brooklyn Nets, the teams announced Friday. Williams goes to the Nets with a 2030 second-round pick via the Dallas Mavericks for Mamadi Diakite and the draft rights to Serbian Nemanja Dangubic, the 54th pick in the 2014 draft. The deal moves out the $6.1 million guaranteed on Williams' contract for 2024-25 and creates some more salary cap flexibility as the Grizzlies work toward re-signing guard Luke Kennard. Williams, 22, has had a limited role since going 10th overall in the 2021 draft out of Stanford, and he could get more of an opportunity with the rebuilding Nets. Brooklyn   ... Read More

Ravens sign former Bears S Eddie Jackson, 2-time Pro Bowler

ByABC News July 19, 2024, 3:19 PM The Baltimore Ravens have signed two-time Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. Jackson was released Feb. 15 by the Chicago Bears in a move to free up salary cap space. A fourth-round selection in 2017, he started all 100 games he appeared in over seven seasons with Chicago. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and earned All-Pro honors in 2018 on the Bears defense that carried Chicago to its latest NFC North championship. A foot injury shortened each of the safety's past three seasons. Jackson still played at least 12 games a year from 2021-22. Jackson, 30, has totaled 15 interceptions, 44 passes defended, 10   ... Read More

Bears formulating preseason plan for rookie QB Caleb Williams

ByCOURTNEY CRONIN July 19, 2024, 3:19 PM LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears are working out a plan for rookie quarterback Caleb Williams to get reps in preseason games this August. The Bears hold their first training camp practice on Saturday, which is 12 days ahead of their appearance at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, where they'll face the Houston Texans on Aug. 1. The plan for Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 draft, includes getting the quarterback ample run in preseason games, something that the Bears have been discussing since the spring. "Haven't made any decisions but we certainly want to get him some reps," coach Matt Eberflus said. "I know the   ... Read More

Condon’s $9.25M bonus with Rockies ties MLB record

ByJEFF PASSAN July 19, 2024, 3:39 PM The Colorado Rockies and slugger Charlie Condon are in agreement on a deal that includes a $9.25 million signing bonus, tying the Major League Baseball record for up-front money to a drafted player, sources told ESPN. Condon, taken with the No. 3 pick in Sunday's draft, matches the bonus given to the No. 2 pick, Chase Burns, by Cincinnati on Thursday. The first overall selection, Travis Bazzana, agreed to an $8.95 million bonus with Cleveland this week, according to sources. The 21-year-old Condon, who played third base at the University of Georgia but is expected to be an outfielder with the Rockies, hit 37 home runs this year, the most since the NCAA   ... Read More

Former Dolphins, Cards RB Kenyan Drake announces retirement

ByESPN July 19, 2024, 4:49 PM Running back Kenyan Drake announced his retirement from the NFL on social media Friday following eight seasons in the league. "It's been an incredible ride," Drake wrote on Instagram. "Hard to believe [eight] seasons have come and gone. I've loved the journey -- the wins, the moments big and small, the comradery, the energy, all of it ... Ready to enjoy a little retirement and see where the next chapter takes me. Thanks to everyone that was along for the ride with me -- wouldn't change a thing." Drake was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft after four years at Alabama. He was a standout for   ... Read More

Could we be getting robot umpires?

ARLINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball could test robot umpires as part of a challenge system in spring training next year, which could lead to regular-season use in 2026. MLB has been experimenting with the automated ball-strike system in the minor leagues since 2019 but is still working on the shape of the strike zone. “I said at the owners meeting it is not likely that we would bring ABS to the big leagues without a spring training test. OK, so if it’s ’24 that leaves me ’25 as the year to do your spring training test if we can get these issues resolved, which would make ’26 a viable possibility,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday during a meeting   ... Read More

From pineapples to perfection: The fascinating history of Wimbledon’s trophies

From pineapples to perfection: The fascinating history of Wimbledon’s trophiesJulian Finney/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Every summer, a total of 256 men and women -- a group of the best tennis player’s this world has to offer -- make their way to the London postcode of SW19 and onto the courts of Wimbledon to battle it out in an attempt to be the last person standing and a potential claim to be the best in the world at the sport.The prize? A few moments on the world stage with Gentlemen’s Singles Challenge Cup for the winning man or the Ladies’ Singles Challenge Plate -- more commonly known at the Venus Rosewater Dish -- something only a few dozen people in the world have ever done in the history of the 157-year-old   ... 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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