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September

06
Shohei Ohtani plans to continue to be two-way player

Shohei Ohtani is still evaluating medical opinions on the tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, but his agent, Nez Balelo of CAA, made two things clear Monday afternoon: Ohtani will be ready to at least hit at the start of next season, regardless of how much longer he plays in 2023, and he will stay a two-way player down the road. “There’s not a question in his mind that he’s going to come back and he’s going to continue to do both,” Balelo told a large contingent of reporters from his suite at Angel Stadium, marking the first time he, […]

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August

04
Max Scherzer settles in, strikes out 9 to win Rangers debut

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer settled down after a shaky start to win his debut for the American League West-leading Texas Rangers, striking out nine over six innings and getting some help from his new teammates as they defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Thursday. Four of Chicago’s first five batters reached base in a three-run first inning when Scherzer (10-4) threw 37 pitches. The White Sox then had three singles in the second, though Scherzer benefitted from a double-play grounder and an inning-ending strikeout to prevent any more runs. Scherzer, acquired from the New York Mets in a trade over the weekend and […]

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July

05
Carlos Alcaraz takes care of business in Wimbledon opener

In just his third Wimbledon tournament, Carlos Alcaraz is already one of the main men to defeat. The top-seeded Spanish player hasn’t been past the fourth round at the All England Club, but he has become the primary threat in Novak Djokovic’s quest for a record-equaling eighth men’s title at the grass-court Grand Slam. On Tuesday, Alcaraz defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 on Court 1 — a fitting location for the No. 1 player in the world. The match was played under the roof because rain affected play on the outside courts for the second consecutive day. “Obviously without the roof, with sun, […]

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July

04
Timberwolves agree to 5-year extension with Anthony Edwards

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star guard Anthony Edwards has agreed to a five-year designated rookie maximum contract extension that could become worth $260 million, his agents, Bill Duffy and Joe Branch with WME Sports, told ESPN on Monday. Edwards — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft — has developed into one of the NBA’s most explosive and accomplished young players, averaging 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his third season. Edwards, who turns 22 in August, has established himself as the Timberwolves’ cornerstone player whom president of basketball operations Tim Connelly plans to build the organization around. Edwards made […]

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July

03
Rangers get closer Aroldis Chapman in trade with Royals

The Texas Rangers, who have emerged as one of the most dominant teams in the majors this campaign, pulled off the first major trade of the summer on Friday, snagging perennial All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Kansas City Royals. Cole Ragans, a 25-year-old starting pitcher, and Roni Cabrera, a 17-year-old outfielder, were acquired from the Royals in exchange. Chapman, a free agent at season’s end, will join fellow lefty Will Smith and right-hander Josh Sborz in the back end of the Rangers’ bullpen, forming a devastating mix late in matches. The Rangers’ bullpen ranks 24th in the majors in ERA, but Smith and Sborz have combined for […]

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June

30
Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán throws 1st perfect game since 2012. It’s the 24th in MLB history

Since arriving in the big leagues six years ago, Domingo Germán has been anything but perfect. Until now. The New York Yankees right-hander pitched the 24th perfect game in major league history Wednesday night, retiring every Oakland batter in an 11-0 triumph over the Athletics. It was the first perfect game since Seattle Mariners ace Félix Hernández threw one versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 15, 2012. There were three that season — but none since until Germán finished off the first no-hitter in the majors this year. He joined Don Larsen (1956), David Wells (1998) and David Cone (1999) as Yankees to pitch perfect […]

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June

29
Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek get No. 1 seeds for Wimbledon

Carlos Alcaraz — not four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic — and Iga Swiatek were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday, as expected, because the All England Club adhered to the ATP and WTA rankings. Alcaraz overtook Djokovic atop the men’s standings on Monday. Djokovic has not played since collecting his men’s record 23rd Grand Slam title at the French Open on June 11 and slid to No. 2, while Alcaraz rose one spot after winning a grass-court tuneup tournament at Queen’s Club on Sunday. Djokovic has collected the championship at Wimbledon each of the past four times it was held — and seven times overall — but he did […]

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June

28
Hawks deal John Collins to Jazz, open huge exception

In a deal that delivers the franchise dramatic financial flexibility, the Atlanta Hawks are trading forward John Collins to the Utah Jazz, sources told ESPN on Monday. The Hawks are getting forward Rudy Gay and a future second-round pick for Collins, who is owed $78 million over the next three seasons, sources said. The swap creates a $25.3 million trade exception for the Hawks — the largest in the NBA. Atlanta has a year to potentially use the exception to take on a player’s contract. The trade cannot become official until July 6. The deal to get Collins, 25, brings the Jazz a versatile forward to play […]

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June

27
Timberwolves, center Naz Reid agree on 3-year, $42M deal

Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid has agreed on a new three-year, $42 million contract that includes a player option, his agents, Sean Kennedy and Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, told ESPN on Sunday. The deal keeps Reid out of free agency and secures him to the franchise where he arrived as an undrafted one-and-done player and developed into an indispensable frontline performer. The player option for the 2025-26 season gives Reid an opportunity to get another new contract in two years. Reid had his best season — 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18 minutes per game — before a season-ending wrist […]

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June

26
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has torn ligament in toe

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said Saturday he has a torn ligament in his right big toe and is experiencing pain when he walks. When the Yankees placed Judge on the injured list June 6, the team said he was dealing with a contusion and a sprained ligament in his right big toe. There remains no timetable for the return of the reigning American League MVP. “I’ve got to knock out the rehab stuff,” Judge said. “I’ve had different injuries over the years where it’s going to take a while. It’s not going to be perfect here in a couple of weeks. […]

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