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August

31
Lucas Giolito among host of Angels placed on waivers

The Los Angeles Angels placed nearly a quarter of their roster on waivers Tuesday, including starter Lucas Giolito, relievers Matt Moore, Reynaldo Lopez and Dominic Leone, and outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Randal Grichuk, prompting a flurry of intrigue leading up to Thursday when the teams that win the claims will be revealed, sources told ESPN. The use of waivers, in which the Angels essentially will give away the players for a $50,000 waiver fee and salary relief, stunned the baseball industry. Between now and the expiration of the waiver period Thursday, teams can place claims on players, who, in the meantime, are permitted to play. The team with the worst […]

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August

30
Novak Djokovic cruises in first US Open match since 2021 final

Novak Djokovic is back at the US Open and will now be back at No. 1 in the rankings. Djokovic made a winning return after missing the tournament last year, rolling to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Alexandre Muller of France on Monday night. The 23-time Grand Slam champion had to wait through Coco Gauff’s three-set victory to open the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by an opening-night ceremony marking 50 years of equal prize money at the US Open. “Well, I knew it was going to be a late night for me, late start of the match,” Djokovic said. “Nevertheless, I mean, I was […]

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August

29
Team USA routs Greece to reach second round of FIBA World Cup

When coach Steve Kerr came to practice Sunday and saw some of his Team USA players were a little frustrated after a 27-point victory, he smiled. The first FIBA World Cup lesson had landed. That mood carried into Monday night, when the U.S. played a more focused, cleaner and overall better match in beating Greece 109-81 to move to 2-0 in the event. The win assures the U.S. will move on to the second round after its last pool play game Wednesday versus Jordan. “Really good effort from our guys,” Kerr said. “Our thought process every game is to wear […]

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August

28
Rays brush off ‘a last-place team,’ top Yanks after benches clear

Brandon Lowe homered and drove in four runs as the American League wild-card-leading Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 7-4 in a contentious matchup on Sunday and kept the road team winless in the series since June. Benches and bullpens emptied twice in the eighth inning after one of five hit batters, but no punches were thrown, and the Yankees lost their eighth consecutive series rubber game. “Looking at it in a different view, it’s a last-place team,” Lowe said. “We don’t need to worry about it. We need to focus up on what we need to do down the stretch. If they lose […]

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August

25
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani has elbow tear, won’t pitch again this season

Shohei Ohtani has a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will not pitch again this season, Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian stated Wednesday night in Anaheim, California, a shocking twist in the lead-up to arguably the most highly anticipated free agency in baseball history. Ohtani exited his start in Game 1 of a doubleheader versus the Cincinnati Reds earlier Wednesday after recording just four outs and throwing only 26 pitches. A subsequent MRI revealed the tear, though Minasian said he did not know the severity of it. Ohtani nonetheless insisted on serving as the designated hitter in Game […]

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August

24
‘I’m going to shock the world’: Daniel Dubois ready for Oleksandr Usyk

Despite recent setbacks and visits to the canvas, Daniel Dubois is confident of his probabilities of pulling off an upset to victory the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles from Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday (5 p.m. ET on ESPN+). Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs), from Greenwich in south London, has got this far despite looking vulnerable in recent fights and suffering a serious knee injury in his last fight. Usyk (20-0-0, 13 KOs), 36, from Ukraine, is widely expected to retain his belts at the Stadion Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland, but what is it that is fuellng Dubois’ confidence? And […]

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August

23
Knicks sue former employee, Raptors, cite disclosure of ‘proprietary information’

The New York Knicks on Monday sued the Toronto Raptors, members of the Raptors organization and a former Knicks employee whom they alleged “illegally procured and then disclosed proprietary information” to their Atlantic Division rival. According to a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan and was obtained by ESPN, the Knicks state that Ikechukwu Azotam, who worked for the Knicks from 2020 to 2023, sent the Raptors thousands of confidential files — including play frequency reports, a prep book for the 2022-23 season, video scouting files, opposition research and more — after the team started […]

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August

22
Yankees lose 8 in row for first time since 1995 as Justin Turner leads Red Sox to 6-5 win

An overturned call at the plate in the eighth inning led to the latest loss in what’s become the New York Yankees’ worst season in decades. The Yankees extended a losing streak to eight for the first time in 28 years, allowing Justin Turner’s ninth-inning go-ahead double in a 6-5 defeat to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. “We got to be unbelievable the rest of the way,” manager Aaron Boone stated after the Yankees dropped to 60-64 and fell nine games behind Seattle for the AL’s last wild card spot. New York appeared to break a 5-5 tie in the eighth when Isiah […]

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August

21
Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin placed on IL, season likely over

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin has been placed on the 15-day injured list, with manager Dave Roberts telling reporters it is unlikely that Gonsolin pitches again this season. Gonsolin allowed five home runs in Friday’s 11-3 loss to the Miami Marlins, snapping the Dodgers’ 11-game winning streak. He surrendered a career-worst 10 earned runs on eight hits in 3⅓ innings. He stated after the game he has been dealing with an elbow problem. “I can’t explain it right now,” Gonsolin said. “I don’t know what it is exactly, so I try not to.” Roberts stated Gonsolin had been pitching through an “arm issue” for at […]

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August

18
Guardians and Tigers are postponed and will play a straight doubleheader Friday

The series opener between the Cleveland Guardians and Detroit Tigers was postponed because of rain in the forecast Thursday. The AL Central rivals will play a straight doubleheader at Progressive Field on Friday starting at 4:10 p.m. Guardians right-hander Gavin Williams (1-3, 2.80 ERA) is scheduled to face Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal (2-2, 4.18 ERA) in the opener. Detroit right-hander Matt Manning (4-4, 4.60 ERA) starts the second game versus Guardians righty Xzavion Curry (3-1, 3.39 ERA). Skubal and Curry were the scheduled pitchers Thursday. The Tigers will be playing their sixth doubleheader of the season, while Cleveland is set for its fourth. Detroit swept the Guardians in a twinbill at Comerica […]

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