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June

30
James Harden declines option with Philadelphia 76ers as sides look to work out new deal

Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has declined his $47.3 million option and will become a free agent, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. Harden keeps real the chance of negotiating a new deal with Philly that would deliver the Sixers roster-building flexibility in free agency — including use of the full $10.5 million exception. In Harden’s conversations with the team since the end of the season, he has shared extensively his desire to help the organization reshape the roster toward championship contention. The opt-out could go a long way in reshaping the Sixers’ bench, including that full midlevel exception, the $4.1 million […]

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June

29
LA Clippers’ Steve Ballmer excited for Kawhi Leonard’s expected return, says ‘sky is the limit’ for team

LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer raised his hands up and started rocking back and forth as he started to think about the idea of a healthy Kawhi Leonard returning this upcoming season. After not having Leonard all of last season while he recovered from a torn right ACL, Ballmer stated Tuesday he is “really excited” about the Clippers, suggesting they should be staring at a deep postseason run if they can stay healthy for an entire regular season and postseason for once. “I think the sky is the limit for our team,” he said. “It’ll be our effort, our energy. Of course, you […]

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June

28
Nautilus, Ola Perfecta Secure Breeders’ Cup Berths With Respective Wins In Brazil, Peru

Stud Valentin and Jarussi’s 3-year-old Nautilus gained the 1 ½-mile Grande Premio Brasil (G1) at Hipodromo Gavea in Brazil and earned a Breeders’ Cup Challenge berth into the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), and Stud Patriots’ 5-year-old mare Ola Perfecta closed strongly inside the final furlong to prevail in the 1 ¼-mile Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) Hipodromo Monterrico in Peru, gaining an invitation into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1). Nautilus, trained by Nilson Lima and ridden to victory by Rudinick Viana, is a son of 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner […]

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June

27
Yankees’ Judge walks off Astros for 2nd time in 4 days

Aaron Judge drove a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second walk-off hit versus the Astros in four days, and the New York Yankees recovered after nearly being no-hit for the second consecutive game to defeat Houston 6-3 for a four-game split between the AL’s top teams. Giancarlo Stanton ended a historic hitless drought for New York with a one-out homer in the seventh inning, and DJ LeMahieu followed with a tying two-run drive in the eighth. After Michael King stranded the bases loaded in the 10th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa dropped a two-strike bunt that moved automatic runner Aaron Hicks to third. Right-hander Seth Martinez intentionally walked pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter and struck out LeMahieu, setting […]

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June

24
Texas Rangers trade Willie Calhoun to San Francisco Giants for Steven Duggar

The San Francisco Giants acquired Willie Calhoun on Thursday, sending outfielder Steven Duggar to Texas for the outfielder who was the main return for the Rangers when they traded pitcher Yu Darvish five years ago. It will be a homecoming for Calhoun, and a move he requested after being sent to the minors on May 1. The 27-year-old was born in the East Bay city of Vallejo and attended Benicia High School. “We wish Willie the best in his opportunity with San Francisco,” Rangers president Jon Daniels said. “It’s a fresh start for him, as well as being close to home.” San Francisco also gets cash in the […]

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June

23
Serena Williams looks sharper in 2nd doubles match, advances to semifinals at Eastbourne

Serena Williams might yet win a title in her comeback event. The American star moved into the semifinals of the women’s doubles at Eastbourne by partnering with Ons Jabeur in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Shuko Aoyama and Hao-Ching Chan on Wednesday. And, ahead of playing in the singles at Wimbledon next week, there were signs that the 40-year-old Williams is regaining some sharpness after nearly a year out. Like the back-to-back pick-up shots off her toes early in the first set. Like the three straight aces on break points in the second game of the second set. Indeed, Williams’ serve — the biggest the women’s game […]

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June

22
Gerrit Cole’s longest no-hit bid of MLB career broken up in 8th inning as New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay Rays for 50th win

Gerrit Cole will continue topping the list of best active major league pitchers without a no-hitter after a spectacular seven-inning performance in the New York Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Monday night. The triumph put the Yankees a season-high-tying 33 games over .500 at 50-17, matching the historic 1998 club for the third-best 67-game start in franchise history. Cole, trying to become the 13th pitcher to throw a no-hitter in pinstripes, permitted only three baserunners through seven innings before infielder Isaac Paredes’ sharp grounder up the middle in the eighth put an end to the longest no-hit bid of Cole’s […]

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June

21
Chicago White Sox reinstate Tim Anderson from 10-day injured list, insert him back at top of lineup

Shortstop Tim Anderson was reinstated him from the 10-day injured list Monday prior to the Chicago White Sox opening a home series versus the Toronto Blue Jays. To make room on the roster for Anderson, Chicago placed third baseman Yoan Moncada on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 18, with a strained right hamstring. Anderson, who had been on a rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Charlotte while working his way back from a groin injury, was inserted into his customary leadoff spot for the opener versus the Blue Jays. The 2019 AL batting champ left a victory over the Chicago Cubs late last month, going down in the […]

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June

20
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson not saying how he’ll handle training camp, season without new contract

In his first media session in five months, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson offered little clearness about his contract situation or how he would handle the lack of a new deal before training camp or the start of the season. Jackson deflected questions about his contract situation Thursday, saying a variation of “We’re having a conversation about it” eight times during a 10-minute news conference. He did express confidence when asked if he considered he would play in Baltimore for the rest of his career. “I expect so,” Jackson said. “So, yes, I do.” Jackson is set to make $23.016 million on his fifth-year […]

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June

17
Ramírez, Guardians win 4th in a row, beat sloppy Rockies 4-2

José Ramírez doubled for his eighth consecutive game with an extra-base hit and the Cleveland Guardians matched a season high with their fourth victory in a row to beating the sloppy Rockies. Ramírez hit an opposite-field grounder that hugged the third-base line against an exaggerated shift in the first inning. He is the first major leaguer with extra-base hits in eight consecutive games since Cincinnati’s Joey Votto in 2020. The Guardians have won 13 of 16. “We come out of here feeling good, but there was some closeness to every game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “It’s not always perfect, but they keep plugging. […]

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