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The Memphis Grizzlies announced Friday the final pieces of their draft night trade sending guard De’Anthony Melton to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to forward David Roddy and wing Danny Green. Roddy was selected with the No. 23 overall pick Thursday night. The Mountain West Player of the Year led Colorado State to the NCAA Tournament this season for the first time since 2013. Green is a three-time NBA champ with the Spurs (2014), the Raptors (2019) and the Lakers (2020). Melton has spent the past three seasons with the Grizzlies.
New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer will not be activated from the injured list and start the final game of the club’s series against the Marlins in Miami on Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed Scherzer's status before the series opener Friday. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined since May 19 because of an oblique strain. The 37-year-old, who signed a three-year $130 million free agent deal with the Mets in the offseason, was 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts before being hurt. Showalter said Scherzer is making progress but is not ready yet.
Canadian swimmers are enjoying their most successful world swimming championships ever in Budapest this week. Golds for the remarkable Summer McIntosh and Kylie Masse are the prize jewels in a nine-medal haul for Canada so far. Only the Americans and Australians had claimed more ahead of the final day of racing at Duna Arena on Saturday. Canadian swimmer Josh Liendo says the team is building momentum and looking forward to next year and then the Olympics. Canadian success in the pool is not a lucky accident. Swimming Canada's high-performance director John Atkinson says the key is identifying the right targets – and patience.
A decision regarding discipline for Deshaun Watson is still expected before training camp, though the league has yet to conclude its investigation and turn it over to a disciplinary officer, according to two people with knowledge of the case. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the investigation is ongoing. The Cleveland Browns open training camp on July 22 for rookies with veterans due on July 26. Once the NFL completes its investigation, former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ union, will review the findings to decide whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.
DENVER — Megan Rapinoe would have liked to talk about soccer on Friday. But when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade a few hours before the U.S. women’s soccer team went off to practice, that became impossible.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has signed a multi-year contract extension to continue driving for JTG Daugherty Racing. He made the announcement at Nashville Superspeedway, a de facto home NASCAR track for the native of Olive Branch, Mississippi. Since taking over the No. 47 Chevrolet at the start of the 2020 season, Stenhouse won the Daytona 500 pole in his first race and has collected 26 top-15 finishes. Stenhouse heads into Sunday’s race at Nashville Superspeedway ranked 24th in the Cup standings with five top-10 finishes. He finished a season-best second at Dover in May.
U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe is among a group of leading sports figures who have expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. Billie Jean King, who just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX, is also dismayed by the decision. Women playing for teams, including NWSL's Racing Louisville and the WNBA's Dallas Wings, will be directly impacted by the decision.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Five-star basketball recruit Matas Buzelis committed to the G League on Friday, picking the NBA developmental path over the Kentucky Wildcats and three other finalists.
LOS ANGELES — Candace Parker took the second left instead of the first, sat in an unfamiliar locker room and warmed up on the opposite side of the court. After 13 years as a Spark, returning to Los Angeles for the first time as an opposing player felt backward, but her performance felt painf…
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to name Montreal Canadiens assistant Luke Richardson as their new head coach, sources confirmed to the Chicago Tribune on Friday.
The New York Racing Association has increased purses by $1.6 million for the upcoming summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. The NYRA announced the increases on Friday for the meet that runs from July 14-Sept. 5. Thoroughbred horses are currently racing at Belmont Park. The increases will range from $3,000 per race to $20,000 depending on the conditions of the race. The highlights of the meet are the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Aug. 27 and the $1 million Whitney on Aug. 6. The meet will feature 77 stakes worth $22.6 million in total purses.
Former Brazil and Sao Paulo midfielder Richarlyson says in a podcast he is bisexual. He is the first player from a Brazilian top-flight team to say he's bisexual. The 39-year-old Richarlyson played two matches for Brazil in 2008. He was part of Sao Paulo’s squad that won the 2005 Club World Cup against Liverpool. The midfelder also won three national titles for the club. Ricky, as fans used to call him, was also in Atletico Mineiro’s Copa Libertadores winning squad in 2013.
CHICAGO — Bears linebacker Matt Adams was arrested Thursday night in Chicago on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful firearm possession, according to police. He also was cited for having high-capacity magazines and metal-piercing bullets, a violation of city code.
The secret about how Orlando was going to take Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft was incredibly well-kept. Even Banchero didn't know until the final seconds. The secret is out now. Banchero arrived in Orlando on Friday, one day after his name got permanently etched on the list of No. 1 draft picks. The 6-foot-10 forward out of Duke will officially start workouts next week for Orlando’s July 7 opener at NBA Summer League.
Canelo Álvarez is hurting after his first loss in nearly a decade, and he’s still angry about everything that’s happened during a half-decade of fighting and arguing with Gennady Golovkin. Álvarez says he is determined to channel all of those bad feelings into a spectacular win over Golovkin when they complete their rivalry trilogy on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas. The Mexican superstar declared his third fight with Golovkin to be a grudge match Friday as they began promotion of their showdown with a news conference in Hollywood. Álvarez declared he will “definitely” punch the 40-year-old Golovkin into retirement with a knockout.
LOS ANGELES — There's nothing complicated about this.
LOS ANGELES — Anger, frustration and broken heart emojis began filling the Twitter and Instagram feeds of athletes on Friday morning.
Katie Ledecky has extended her record haul of medals and Australia has set a world record in the mixed 4x100 meters freestyle final at the world swimming championships in Budapest. American star Ledecky won the 800 freestyle final for the fifth time at the worlds to seal her fourth consecutive 400/800/1,500 triple at the event. Australia’s mixed relay team shaved two-hundredths of a second off the Americans' record from the 2019 worlds. Ben Proud won Britain’s first gold of the championships in the men’s 50 freestyle. Sarah Sjöström won her fourth consecutive 50 butterfly title, and Kristóf Milák added the 200 butterfly to his 100 title.
Mississippi and Oklahoma are set to meet for the national championship in the College World Series. The best-of-three finals open Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska. Ole Miss is playing for the title after it was the last team to receive an at-large bid for the NCAA baseball tournament. Oklahoma got off to a slow start this season and didn't get hot until the second half. An unseeded team will leave Omaha with the championship for the first time since Coastal Carolina in 2016.
Changes are coming at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, sparked by frustration with years of flat revenue and what some portray as heavy-handed management in the wake of sex-abuse scandals that upended the movement in America. At their keynote addresses at this week’s annual assembly of U.S. athletes and administrators, both CEO Sarah Hirshland and chair Susanne Lyons said the federation’s top-line priority for the upcoming year is on athlete excellence and expanding revenue. This is a shift after years of placing athlete safety above all else after the scandals exposed what critics said was the USOPC’s single-minded focus on money and medals.
On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, let's celebrate another small step on the road to gender equality. Jenny Nguyen has opened The Sports Bra, a bar and restaurant in Portland, Oregon dedicated solely to women's sports. Yep, this is a place where you can stop by to catch a WNBA game, or cheer on the hometown Portland Thorns soccer team. Nguyen got the idea some four years ago after watching the NCAA women's basketball championship on a smallish screen with the sound turned down in a male-dominated sports bar. She decided women's sports deserved a place of its own.
Katie Ledecky has extended her record haul of medals from the world swimming championships to 22 with her latest 800-meter freestyle win. Ledecky clocked 8:08.04 to win the event for the eighth consecutive time at a worlds or Olympic Games. It’s her 19th gold at a worlds and her fourth this week. She helped the United States win the 4x200 freestyle relay final on Wednesday, two days after she won the 1,500 freestyle, which came two days after she won the 400 freestyle on the first day of racing in Budapest. Ledecky has the most medals for a female swimmer in world championships history. Only Michael Phelps has more.
The latest fallout for soccer from Russia’s war on Ukraine sees UEFA block Sheriff Tiraspol from hosting European games in its breakaway home region in Moldova. Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk came to play Sheriff in Champions League games last season in Transnistria region that borders Ukraine. But the club cannot host Bosnian champion Zrinjski on July 13 for a Champions League qualifying game. UEFA cites “the large-scale military escalation” in Transnistria during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sheriff also has longstanding business and political ties to Russia.
The IOC will not add a women’s Nordic Combined to the 2026 Winter Games. The decision on Friday confirms skiing as the only Olympic sport lacking gender equality. The long-term Olympic future of Nordic Combined was also put in doubt with no commitment to keep the men’s event on the program in 2030. Nordic Combined tests athletes in the contrasting disciplines of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. It was one of the original 16 medal events at the first Winter Games in 1924. The IOC cites concerns that Nordic Combined lacks a global audience and too few countries field women athletes.
Australia has set a world record in the mixed 4x100 meters freestyle final at the world swimming championships. Jack Cartwright, Kyle Chalmers, Madison Wilson and Mollie O’Callaghan clocked 3 minutes, 19.38 seconds in Budapest on Friday. They shaved two-hundredths of a second off the record set by the United States at the last worlds in Gwangju, South Korea, in July 2019.
Helio Castroneves was promised a shot at a NASCAR start if he won a race this summer in the Superstar Racing Experience. Well, Castroneves won the opening event in the summer all-star series and now the SRX CEO is working to land Castroneves a seat in the Daytona 500. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner will try to make it two SRX wins in a row this Saturday night when the series races at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.
The Chicago Blackhawks are nearing a deal with Luke Richardson to become their next coach, turning to the former NHL defenseman to help lead their already painful rebuilding process. Richardson and the Blackhawks are working on a contract, according to a person familiar with the talks, and the move could be finalized as soon as next week. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. Richardson, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, was an assistant on Montreal’s coaching staff for the previous four seasons.
Defending champion Harris English shot a second-round 65 Friday to move into a tie for first place at 9-under after the morning rounds at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Patrick Cantlay, playing in the same group as English, led by two strokes heading into their final hole of the morning. But he found bunkers on his first two shots at No. 9 and finished with a bogey, while English sank a birdie putt from just under 20 feet. Cantlay, who shot a 60 at TPC River Highlands as an amateur in 2011, had a 67 Friday.
Alex Bowman felt he underperformed last year when NASCAR brought the Cup Series back to the Nashville area for the first time in 37 years. He finished 14th but his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson won the race. The hard part for Bowman was that he had just inked a new two-year contract extension through 2023 to drive the No. 48 for Hendrick with sponsor Ally, and Ally is heavily tied to NASCAR's return to Nashville Superspeedway. He's now seeking a stronger showing Sunday as Ally is again the primary sponsor of the race and has Bowman scheduled for events all across the city.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has advanced to the final of the Mallorca Championships after beating Benjamin Bonzi in straight sets. The second-seeded Tsitsipas saved all three break points he faced to beat Bonzi of France 6-4, 6-4. Tsitsipas will face Roberto Bautista Agut after the Spaniard beat Antoine Bellier 7-6 (5), 6-2. On Thursday Bautista Agut upset top-ranked Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. The grass-court tournament is a warmup for Wimbledon next week.
IOC will not add women's Nordic Combined to 2026 Winter Games; remains the only gender imbalanced Olympic sport.
Novak Djokovic will be trying to win a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title and seventh overall when play begins on the grass courts of the All England Club. He also will be aiming for his 21st Grand Slam trophy. He is seeded No. 1 because the top two men in the rankings are not in the field: No. 1 Daniil Medvedev is barred along with all other players from Russia and Belarus, and No. 2 Alexander Zverev is injured. Iga Swiatek is seeded No. 1 in the women's field and enters on a 35-match winning streak. Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams makes her return to singles player after a year away. Play begins Monday.
Link Jarrett is the new head baseball coach at Florida State. The school announced his hiring three days after his three-year run as Notre Dame coach ended in the College World Series. Jarrett was national coach of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after he led the Irish to a 41-win season and their first CWS appearance in 20 years. The move was anticipated. Jarrett is a Tallahassee native, FSU graduate and two-time All-America shortstop for the Seminoles. He'll be introduced at a news conference Monday. He replaces Mike Martin Jr., who was fired two weeks ago.
The AP takes a look at some of the men to watch at the 2022 Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament. Play begins Monday on the grass courts of the All England Club. Novak Djokovic has won the past three men's titles at Wimbledon and six overall. He is seeded No. 1 because No. 1-ranked Daniil Medvedev can't play as part of a ban on all Russian players. Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2 and enters Wimbledon halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam for the first time. Matteo Berrettini recently returned from a long injury absence and will try to repeat his run to last year's final.
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Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has advanced to her first grass-court final in four years by beating Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 (5), 6-4 at Eastbourne. Kvitova will face defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the final. The eighth-seeded Latvian defeated 12th-seeded Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal match. Haddad Maia had won 12 straight matches on grass including back-to-back singles titles in Nottingham and Birmingham over the last two weeks. In the men’s semifinals, defending champion Alex de Minaur faces third-seeded Taylor Fritz and British wild card entry Jack Draper plays Maxime Cressy.
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