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    The Yankees traded away a significant portion of their pitching depth to Oakland to get Frankie Montas last month. The right-hander was expected to be their No. 2 starter in the postseason, but now he is unlikely to be available for at least the first round of the playoffs, manager Aaron Boone admitted. “Well, I mean, it’s probably getting to a point where it’s going to be tough, as like a starting, built-up option,” Boone said before Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. “Especially if [it’s] a few more days and we’re at 14 days [without throwing] and then you start building that back. So that might be a challenge, but I do think there’s a chance that he can have a role and impact us. It’s just a matter of how the next couple of weeks go.” Montas said Sunday the shoulder inflammation that put him on the injured list on Sept. 20 is feeling better, but there is no scheduled date for him to start throwing again. There are 10 days left in the...
    Getty Patrick Williams #44 of the Chicago Bulls during the regular-season finale. The Chicago Bulls didn’t do much in the way of adding outside talent this offseason. That means it’s all on their guys to make the necessary improvements to keep up with the Joneses in an Eastern Conference that certainly did not rest on its laurels. Further complicating matters is the continued absence of starting point guard Lonzo Ball due to an injury for which he will have a second procedure in the coming days. With him sidelined, all of the attention has turned to questions of how they can fill the void left behind by Ball’s absence – a conversation that is usually littered with the names of the rest of the guard rotation. But we may be overlooking a fairly obvious answer for what is perhaps not a 1-for-1 replacement but is likely the Bulls’ best bet to do so. That is, of course, Patrick Williams, who is being called upon to “level up” this season.Patrick Williams Remains an Enigma“The Bulls still don’t know what...
    Getty Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. When the Philadelphia 76ers went all in on “The Process” a little less than a decade ago, the goal was simple: bring a championship to Philadelphia. Too many teams get caught up in basketball purgatory by overpaying players to stay marginally relevant en route to an early playoff exit. The Sixers have been far from marginally relevant lately. Over the last five years, Philadelphia owns the league’s second-highest regular-season winning rate. It’s not hard to understand how the Sixers have been so strong during the regular season. Headlined by Joel Embiid, the team has kept a steady cachet of stars at the top of the roster: Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris. But for all that regular season success, the Sixers have certainly stumbled in one department: playoff wins. The Sixers have finished seeded fourth or higher in the Eastern Conference in four of the last five seasons. But just as the regular season has followed a predictable path lately, so too has the postseason....
    Lonzo Ball will have left knee surgery next week and miss the start of the season as the Chicago Bulls continue to seek answers for the starting point guard’s lingering injury. The Bulls announced Wednesday that Ball on Sept. 28 will undergo an arthroscopic debridement — a procedure that removes cartilage, tissue and other debris — of his left knee. The procedure will take place in Los Angeles, where Ball has spent the offseason attempting to rehab the injury initially suffered in January. Ball will be reevaluated four to six weeks after the procedure, sidelining him through at least the first five games of the regular season. The point guard’s absence is likely to stretch longer. By the time he is reevaluated, Ball will have gone more than 10 months without being able to run at full speed or scrimmage with contact, and that volume of missed games will require a lengthy onboarding back into the weekly workload of the regular season. In the meantime, Ball’s absence leaves a gaping hole in the Bulls lineup, which will rely on second-year...
    The Miami Heat will take it to the max when it comes to training camp, even though that almost assuredly will not be the case when it comes to their regular-season roster. In bringing back point guard Dru Smith from both last year’s camp roster and then their July summer-league roster, the Heat have reached the maximum of 20 players for their training camp that opens Tuesday in the Bahamas, after Monday’s media day at FTX Arena. Teams are allowed to carry a maximum of 20 players in the offseason, before being required at the start of the regular season to trim to no more than 15 on their standard roster plus a maximum of two two-way players. However, because the Heat stand at the threshold of the NBA luxury-tax line for excessive payroll, the team is expected to go with a maximum of 14 players under standard contract at the start of the regular season. That likely makes Smith one of four players the Heat will funnel to their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, ahead of the...
    The Las Vegas Aces collected a historic number of trophies and honors during the 2022 WNBA season, culminating with the first title in franchise history. The Las Vegas Aces capped off their season with a 78-71 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, securing the league’s biggest prize. But the WNBA Championship Trophy is far from the only bit of hardware they secured this season. The Aces also defeated the Chicago Sky in July to secure the 2022 WNBA Commissioner’s Cup, “an in-season competition that featured 61 games throughout the regular season, with players competing for a prize pool of $500,000 and an additional $165,000 for charitable and civic organizations.” And then there were the individual awards. A’ja Wilson won both the regular season MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, becoming the fifth player in league history to win both in the same season. It was a foregone conclusion that one of the Aces would be WNBA Finals MVP after winning the series, but the honor went to Chelsea Gray who averaged 18.3...
    Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies left Saturday night's game with a fractured right pinky finger just two games after returning from a broken left foot that sidelined him for 81 games. Albies appeared to be injured as he slid head-first safely into second base on a fly ball in the fourth inning. He was replaced by Vaughn Grissom.  Albies, a two-time All-Star, went 1 for 1 and scored two runs Saturday and went 1 for 4 with a two-run double in Friday's win over Philadelphia. Ozzie Albies has exited the game after apparently injuring his right hand. pic.twitter.com/W4kU159eZM— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) September 18, 2022 Ozzie Albies broke his finger Saturday night just two games after returning from a broken foot RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Atlanta Braves mascot Blooper stiff-arms three kids and... 'Sickening' moment Atlanta Braves reliever Jackson Stephens... Atlanta Braves fans BOO Marcell Ozuna on his first... Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna is arrested for DUI and is... Share this article Share He was warmly welcomed back from...
    Getty Ryan Sieg (right) is a playoff driver in 2022. The NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season ended at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 16. This final race played out in wild fashion with contenders getting derailed by wrecks and a mechanical issue. The final two spots in the playoffs initially featured Kaulig Racing drivers. Daniel Hemric was 37 points above the cutline while teammate Landon Cassill was 19 points above. Ryan Sieg (-19), Sheldon Creed (-32), and Brandon Brown (-119) were the drivers within striking distance heading toward the regular-season finale. Brown was the first to miss out on the playoffs. He hit the wall hard late in Stage 1 and had to take the No. 5 BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet to the garage. Cassill secured points during Stage 1, but he had to take the No. 10 Chevrolet behind the wall due to a hub issue. Cassill’s team worked on the No. 10 for so long that he fell 112 laps behind the pack. Creed, for comparison, appeared to be within reach of his first career win...
    Getty Jeremy Clements is back in the Xfinity Series playoffs. The National Motorsports Appeals Panel has made a final decision about penalties handed down to Jeremy Clements Racing. The panel rescinded the penalties and put the No. 51 back in the Xfinity Series playoffs. “The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of an L2 penalty issued on Aug. 30, 2022, to driver Jeremy Clements, team owner Tony Clements, and crew chief Mark Setzer in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” the release stated. “The penalty concerns the following section in the 2022 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 14.6.12.K&U Intake Manifold. The penalties issued were the loss of 75 championship driver and owner points, 10 championship Playoff points, and a $60,000 fine to the crew chief.” The appeals panel — Mr. Tom DeLoach, Mr. Richard Gore, and Mr. Dixon Johnston — determined that the Xfinity Series team did not violate the rules set forth in the penalty notice. Clements Now Returns to the Playoffs GettyJeremy Clements celebrates a win at Daytona International Speedway. The win at Daytona International...
    Getty Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes kicked off the 2022 regular season by posting a hype video on his Twitter account to get all of Chiefs Kingdom fired up for the team’s regular season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. “Go time,” was the caption for the video, with the intro of the video being a clip from the popular Netflix show, Stranger Things. Go time ⏰ pic.twitter.com/WFqCRD2NMt — Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) September 11, 2022 Other Twitter users reacted to Mahomes’ video. “They winning the super bowl after I see them using one of my favorite songs of all time,” one Twitter user wrote. They winning the super bowl after I see them using one of my favorite songs of all time https://t.co/zxf9oeyQ5h — Ant (@LilForskin) September 11, 2022 “ITS TOO EARLY I CANT BE THIS HYPE 4 HOURS BEFORE GAME TIME,” another user wrote. ITS TOO EARLY I CANT BE THIS HYPE 4 HOURS BEFORE GAME TIME https://t.co/Soy3V1a9lL — Garrison Brown (@garrisonbrownkc) September 11, 2022 “Love to think Mahomes...
    Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s Week 1 game between the Ravens and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium: Jonas Shaffer, reporter Ravens 23, Jets 13: Fortunately for the Jets, the drop-off from Zach Wilson to Joe Flacco isn’t too steep. Unfortunately for the Jets, they’re still left with a huge disadvantage at the game’s most important position. Even if injuries limit the Ravens’ offensive potential, Lamar Jackson’s return shouldn’t be too stressful. The Jets had the probably NFL’s worst defense last season, and their pass coverage this year is still iffy. Mike Preston, columnist Ravens 21, Jets 14: A key for the Ravens will be matching New York’s emotion on the field because of 9/11 events. Other than that, the Ravens should have too much talent for the Jets despite it being the opener for both teams. Former Raven Joe Flacco will start for the Jets at quarterback, and he will play hard, but the Ravens should prevail easily. Childs Walker, reporter Ravens 27, Jets 13: The matchup with Joe Flacco holds...
    Getty Lonzo Ball #2 of the Chicago Bulls is seen on the court. It would appear Chicago Bulls fans are caught in a back-and-forth of conflicting information. The Bulls, in their pursuit of roster continuity, are banking on the health of a group that has shown to have some concerns in that regard. None more prevalent than starting point guard Lonzo Ball. The 2021 offseason acquisition appeared in just 35 games before a torn meniscus took him out of action for the season. But it was a pre-existing bone bruise, not the tear, that has continued to plague Ball. His status for training camp and even the beginning of the regular season has been the latest point of contention in this long road to recovery. Initially expected to sideline Ball for 6-to-8 weeks, the injury threatens to approach nine months – and maybe even up to a full year – if he makes it into the regular season.Shelbourne: Ball ‘Expected’ to Miss Start of SeasonESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne joined NBA Today on September 7 and the topic of the...
    Mexico has a feather in its cap after Major League Baseball's Wednesday announcement that the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants will play the first-ever regular season game in Mexico City in 2023 as part of the league's push to make the national pastime an international pastime. The two games between the Padres and Giants will be played on April 29 and 30, 2023, at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu Beisbol in Mexico City, with the Padres designated as the home team. The games will be the first to be played in the capital city of Mexico. WATCH: BOY GOES OUT OF HIS WAY FOR ACT OF KINDNESS AT NATIONALS GAME The Mexico City series was originally set to be played in April 2020 between the Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Next year's games will mark the first time the Giants have played in Mexico at all, but not the first time the Padres have played in the country. The game in Mexico continues a recent...
    Four teams remain in the WNBA playoffs and the betting odds imply any of them could win the WNBA Championship. The WNBA Championship field is down to four teams and parity seems to be the name of the game. The No. 1 seed, Las Vegas Aces, breezed through the first round, eliminating the Phoenix Mercury in two games. But they lost their second-round opener to the Seattle Storm, 76-73, and face a 1-0 deficit in the best-of-five series. The Chicago Sky, defending champions and the No. 2 seed, also lost their first game of the second round, 68-63, to the Connecticut Sun. As you would expect with a pair of Game 1 upsets, the WNBA Championship odds have shifted a bit. After both Game 1s the Las Vegas Aces are slight favorites to win it all #WNBATwitter Who will win the WNBA Title? pic.twitter.com/e3MrP75vMh — Locked On Sports (@LockedOnNetwork) August 30, 2022 Who is the favorite to win the WNBA Championship? Despite losing Game 1, the Las Vegas Aces remain the favorites. They had the best offense during the...
    Getty Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. With so many new faces on offense for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2022, it was fun watching quarterback Patrick Mahomes gain chemistry with the team’s new pass-catchers during training camp and the preseason. But now that Mahomes has had some live game reps with his new receivers — along with plenty of other meaningful reps during live drills in camp — who has he grown to like the most among his new receivers which include but are not limited to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, rookie Skyy Moore, and Justin Watson? NBC Sports’ Peter King might have given us that answer as the league transitions from the preseason to regular season action. “I wrote a couple of weeks ago Smith-Schuster won’t be in the slot exclusively for KC, and he’s been revitalized because he thought he was typecast as a slot guy only with the Steelers. He loves Patrick Mahomes, and the feeling is mutual,” King wrote in his weekly Football Morning in America column on August 29. King’s intel on Mahomes and...
    Getty NASCAR has postponed the Coke Zero Sugar 400. The NASCAR Cup Series drivers will have to wait to battle for the final two spots in the playoffs. Inclement weather at Daytona International Speedway forced NASCAR to postpone the Coke Zero Sugar 400. The regular-season finale will now take place on Sunday, August 28, at 10 a.m. ET. Instead of airing on NBC or USA Network, the Cup Series race will air live on CNBC. The Peacock streaming service will also provide coverage for the 160-lap that will likely feature some cautions that send contenders to the garage early. NEWS: Tonight’s #CokeZeroSugar400 at @DAYTONA has been postponed to Sunday due to rain. Join us tomorrow at 10 AM ET on CNBC, @MRNRadio and @SiriusXMNASCAR. pic.twitter.com/gNhyNRCoQ2 — NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 28, 2022 This postponement marks the second time in two days that weather has played a significant role in a NASCAR event. Rain and lightning pushed the start of the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola deep into the night on August 26. The race started late and then...
    Getty Austin Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet failed insection twice. The Cup Series regular season ends with a race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR has penalized six teams after they failed pre-race inspection multiple times on a rainy afternoon. NASCAR issued a press release on August 26 during a weather delay at the Florida track. The No. 3 Chevrolet of Richard Childress Racing, No. 14 Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing, No. 19 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing, No. 41 Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing, No. 43 Chevrolet of Petty GMS Motorsports, and No. 78 Ford of Live Fast Motorsports all failed inspection two times each. They all passed on the third attempt. With the multi-time failures, these teams lost out on their pit stall selection. They all also lost a member of their respective crews for the weekend. The No. 3 team lost car chief Ryan Chism, the No. 14 team lost car chief JD Frey, the No. 19 team lost car chief Chris Jones, the No. 41 team lost car chief Tony Cardamone, the No. 43 team lost engineer Evan...
    Kyle Shanahan remained fairly tight-lipped during his conference call Friday, one day after the 49ers’ 17-0 preseason finale loss to the Texans and three days before they must cut the roster to 53 players. One of the spots primed for a cutdown is the running back position, where the Niners have six players in the running for… well, fewer than six spots. Jeff Wilson Jr. seems safe behind Elijah Mitchell, and third-round rookie Ty Davis-Price has flashed some, but undrafted rookie Jordan Mason, 2021 third-rounder Trey Sermon and third-year back JaMycal Hasty are within the potential cut range. “I like all our guys,” Shanahan, the 49ers’ head coach, said. “It’s a good problem to have, but unfortunately we can’t have all our guys on our team.” Asked specifically about Sermon, who underwhelmed last season out of Ohio State and has not shaken that label this preseason, Shanahan defended the second-year back, saying “Trey has come a long way here this year — he’s someone we can count on.” As for that other Trey (Lance), the one who will hand off...
    Getty Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards warms up before a November 2019 game. The Baltimore Ravens placed injured running back Gus Edwards on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Participate (PUP) list on August 23 as part of their roster cuts to 80 players, per the NFL’s official transaction report. Edwards missed all of last season with a torn ACL suffered in training camp and began this year on the preseason PUP list, a designation for players recovering from existing injuries. After being moved to the Reserve/PUP list, Edwards will not count towards the Ravens’ 53-man roster limit during final cuts on August 30 but cannot be activated until at least Week 5 of the regular season. Once activated, Edwards will have up to 21 days to be added to the Ravens’ 53-man roster; otherwise, he reverts to injured reserve for the remainder of the season. The move could be taken as a negative sign regarding Edwards’ recovery, but head coach John Harbaugh indicated that the team had long “expected” to move the fourth-year running back to the PUP...
    One of the top remaining free agents is now off the board as the Carolina Hurricanes have signed veteran forward Paul Stastny to a one-year contract. The Carolina Hurricanes have solidified their forward group by signing Paul Stastny to a $1.5 million deal, instantly providing them with a strong two-way center that still has plenty to offer despite his advanced age. Stastny has had a long career in the NHL after being selected in the second round (44th overall) of the 2005 Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, making 1,072 regular season appearances, scoring 284 goals and totaling 800 points while enjoying spells with the St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets. At the age of 36, Stastny joins the Hurricanes off the back of an impressive season where he scored 21 goals, and had 45 total points in 71 games, all while averaging 17:47 while on the ice and having impressive success in the faceoff circle with 56.6% of draws going his way.What signing Paul Stastny means for the Carolina HurricanesThe Hurricanes have a strong roster that has...
    Getty New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina The New York Knicks have had their share of lottery misses over the years, and while that hasn’t been good for them in terms of success, some of the players have gone off to have decent careers elsewhere. Kristaps Porzingis, once thought to be the future of the Knicks, was shipped away and the team went into another rebuilding phase. While Frank Ntilikina was never exactly billed as a savior for New York, he was a fan-favorite when here and fans wished him the best despite him never realizing his potential. Eventually, he departed to the Dallas Mavericks where he came off the bench. Now that Jalen Brunson has joined the Knicks, Ntilikina could potentially play a bigger role for the team, and team owner Mark Cuban had nothing but praise for the former New York lottery pick.Big Things Ahead for NtilikinaWhile you won’t see Ntilikina putting up 25 points per game on a regular basis, the stage is set for him to play a bigger role for the team. When...
    Getty Kurt Busch has clinched his spot in the playoffs. Time is running out for the playoff hopefuls. There is only one regular-season race remaining in the Cup Series season, as well as only one playoff spot after Kurt Busch clinched the 15th spot. The veteran has not suited up for a Cup Series race since his 10th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17 due to concussion-like symptoms. He also revealed prior to the Watkins Glen International weekend that he would miss the rest of the regular season. However, he still clinched his playoff spot by winning at Kansas Speedway and then receiving some assistance from Kyle Larson. The defending Cup Series champion, who used to be Busch’s teammate at Chip Ganassi Racing, swept the race weekend at Watkins Glen. Once he held off AJ Allmendinger in the Cup Series race, he won his second race of the year and ensured that there could only be 16 total winners in the regular season. Even if a new driver wins the regular-season finale at Daytona International...
    Getty Chase Elliott has won the regular-season championship. The driver of the No. 9 has just achieved a major career goal. Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott clinched the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season championship for the first time in his career. Elliott achieved this goal by putting enough points between him and contender Ryan Blaney, who entered the weekend second in points. Elliott started from the pole before finishing Stage 1 in the 24th position due to his pit strategy. He moved his lead over Blaney to 120 points, which ensured that the Team Penske driver would not be able to chase him down. With an unofficial 120-point lead, @chaseelliott has clinched the #NASCAR Cup Series regular season title! pic.twitter.com/F27fYdWceS — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) August 21, 2022 This regular-season championship is another significant goal that Elliott has checked off during his full-time Cup Series career. It goes along with his All-Star Race win and his 2020 Cup Series championship. Equally important is the impact that this title will have on the playoffs. Elliott was already set to enter as...
    The Miami Heat’s 2022-23 schedule, as released by the NBA: Note: All games but TNT/ABC national exclusives to be aired by Bally Sports Sun, with radio coverage on 560 WQAM. October Wed. Oct. 19 vs Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Oct. 21 vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m. ESPN Sat. Oct. 22 vs. Toronto, 8 p.m. Mon. Oct. 24 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 26 at Portland, 10 p.m. Thu. Oct. 27 at Golden State, 10 p.m. NBA TV Sat. Oct. 29 at Sacramento, 6 p.m. November Tue. Nov. 1 vs. Golden State, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 2 vs. Sacramento, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 4 at Indiana, 7 p.m. Mon. Nov. 7 vs. Portland, 8:30 p.m. Thu. Nov. 10 vs. Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 12 vs. Charlotte, 8 p.m. Mon. Nov. 14 vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 16 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 18 at Washington, 7 p.m. Sun. Nov. 20 at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Mon. Nov. 21 at Minnesota 8 p.m. Wed. Nov. 23 vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 25 vs. Washington, 8 p.m. Sun. Nov. 27...
    There will be a south-of-the-border element for the Miami Heat, the NBA confirmed Wednesday. The Heat, are scheduled for a Dec. 17 game in Mexico City, one that will count against the San Antonio Spurs’ home schedule and be televised nationally on NBA TV. It will be the Heat’s first regular-season game outside of the United States or Canada since defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Dec. 9, 2017 in front of a listed 19,777 in Mexico City. The game at Mexico City Arena is part of the Spurs’ expansion beyond their AT&T Center home, with the Spurs also to play two games this season in Austin, Texas, as well as one at the downtown Alamodome. For the Heat, the game will come in place of their annually scheduled regular-season trip to San Antonio. Last season’s Heat visit to San Antonio had to be rescheduled due to the pandemic, when the Heat could not field the required eight players in uniform. The Heat swept last season’s two-game series from the Spurs. During the Heat’s 2017 trip to Mexico City, then...
    rsvs Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland Browns star pass rusher Myles Garrett has missed four straight practices this week. On Thursday, the public was finally informed why. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported that the Browns relieved Garrett of his training camp obligations so that he could tend to a sick member of his family. Myles Garrett was excused from practice … to be at the side of a gravely ill, close family member, but is on his way back to Cleveland and could be on the field for Friday’s second joint practice against the [Philadelphia] Eagles, a league source told Cleveland.com. The family member’s condition had worsened, and Garrett needed to be there. The Browns gave him all the time he needed, which he greatly appreciated. Garrett missed the first joint practice against the Eagles on Thursday, and regular sessions Sunday through Tuesday. The latest Browns news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Browns newsletter here!Garrett’s Time Away From Team Opened Chance For Browns’ Rookie Getty ImagesDefensive end Myles Garrett of...
    WHEELERSBURG — The Wheelersburg High School girls tennis team has a new head coach, with the same first name in fact, but the Lady Pirates are already having their way with their competition. In their season opener on Monday, at Wheelersburg High School, the Lady Pirates pitched a 5-0 shutout of visiting Portsmouth —as all five matches were decided in straight sets. The Lady Pirates are coached this season by Jodi Ruby, who takes over for Jodi Wright. Wheelersburg’s pair of doubles teams allowed only one single solitary set point —as the second doubles tandem of Brooklyn Howard and Avery Lowery swept Portsmouth’s Reagan Goddard and Kaylin Johnson 6-0 and 6-1. At first doubles, Burg’s Emma Brinkman and Aby Jones made it a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Skyler Dorsey and Sydney Meadows. The Lady Pirates, at the three singles contests —only gave up nine total points, as Jocalynn Conley claimed a 6-3 and 6-2 triumph over the Lady Trojans’ Amya Carr. That came at third singles, coat-tailing Maria Nolan’s 6-1 and 6-1 sweep of Kamryn Holbrook at first singles —...
    It doesn’t feel too long ago that the Warriors were basking in the California sun with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy as they paraded down Market Street for another celebratory parade. But after a few months off to recuperate and relax, the NBA season is quickly approaching and a tell-tale sign came Wednesday when the league officially released its 2022-23 regular-season schedule. The Warriors will be missing several faces from last season’s championship-winning team, including Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. Still, the Warriors are among the favorites to win it all again this season. There will be plenty of things for Warriors fans to look forward to in this upcoming campaign, including the presumed return of James Wiseman and continuous development of the next generation of Warriors players that includes Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. But in light of Wednesday’s unveiling, here are five things to know about the Warriors’ schedule: 1. Early season outlook The Warriors dominated out of the gates last season, boasting an impressive 18-3 record by the end of November. They notably...
    There will be a south-of-the-border element for the Miami Heat, the NBA confirmed Wednesday. The Heat, are scheduled for a Dec. 17 game in Mexico City, one that will count against the San Antonio Spurs’ home schedule and be televised nationally on NBA TV. It will be the Heat’s first regular-season game outside of the United States or Canada since defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Dec. 9, 2017 in front of a listed 19,777 in Mexico City. The game at Mexico City Arena is part of the Spurs’ expansion beyond their AT&T Center home, with the Spurs also to play two games this season in Austin, Texas, as well as one at the downtown Alamodome. For the Heat, the game will come in place of their annually scheduled regular-season trip to San Antonio. Last season’s Heat visit to San Antonio had to be rescheduled due to the pandemic, when the Heat could not field the required eight players in uniform. The Heat swept last season’s two-game series from the Spurs. During the Heat’s 2017 trip to Mexico City, then...
    There will be a south-of-the-border element for the Miami Heat when the NBA schedule is released in coming days. The Heat, under current NBA plans, are scheduled for a Dec. 17 game in Mexico City, one that will count against the San Antonio Spurs’ home schedule. It will be the Heat’s first regular-season game outside of the United States or Canada since defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Dec. 9, 2017 in front of a listed 19,777 in Mexico City. The game at Mexico City Arena is part of the Spurs’ expansion beyond their AT&T Center home. For the Heat, the game will come in place of their annually scheduled regular-season trip to San Antonio. Last season’s Heat visit to San Antonio had to be rescheduled due to the pandemic, when the Heat could not field the required eight players in uniform. The Heat swept last season’s two-game series from the Spurs. During the Heat’s 2017 trip to Mexico City, then Heat-guard Dion Waiters said, “I just found out it was actually bigger than New York. That’s crazy. “I’ll tell...
    Getty Chase Elliott can clinch the regular-season title at Richmond Raceway. Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott has been the Cup Series points leader since the month of March. He is well on his way to the regular-season title, and he can clinch it at Richmond Raceway. Elliott currently has 847 points after the first 23 races of the Cup Series season. He has a 119-point lead over Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney, who currently holds the final playoff transfer spot. The regular-season title is still up in the air, but Elliott can clinch it with 58 points earned at Richmond Raceway. Elliott has five races this season where he earned 50 or more points, so doing so once gain is possible. The second trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway was his best day points-wise considering that he started on the pole, swept the first two stages, and then he held off Ross Chastain and Corey LaJoie to win. ALL the latest NASCAR news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on NASCAR newsletter here! Sign up for the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Kahleah Copper scored 19 points, Allie Quigley added 18 points and the Chicago Sky beat the short-handed Washington Mystics 93-83 on Friday night. Chicago (24-8) tied a franchise record for most regular-season wins, last done by the 2013 team. The Sky have a two-game lead over second-place Las Vegas with four games to play. Chicago plays at Las Vegas on Thursday. Rebekah Gardner and Azura Stevens each added 11 points for Chicago (24-8). Stevens also had six rebounds and five blocks. Emma Meesseman and Courtney Vandersloot each scored 10 points, and Candace Parker added nine. Chicago dominated the first half, taking a 55-34 lead into the intermission. Myisha Hines-Allen, who was in the starting lineup with Elena Delle Donne out on a rest day, scored 211 points to lead Washington (20-13). Shakira Austin added 17 points and Evina Westbrook scored 10. ___ More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ANTHONY PETTIS was beaten once again by Scotland's Stevie Ray - who is one win away from winning $1million. Ray faced ex-UFC champion Pettis in New York, just six months after beating the American in Atlanta. And his rematch win puts the lightweight in the Professional Fighters League's final in November. The PFL is MMA's only league format, consisting of a two-bout regular season where points are earned per method of victory. Then, the top four in each weight progress into the knockout stages which is a semis and final. Ray lost his regular season opener but beat Pettis in his second fight by second-round submission, earning him five points. That was enough to qualify him into the last four where he would need to rematch Pettis. And Ray did the double over the MMA veteran, winning a unanimous points verdict. Canada's Olivier Aubin-Mercier now awaits in the final, where the $1m cash prize and championship belt will be on the line. Most read in SportMALL SCARE NASCAR champion and family escape...
    Unlike last season, there is no chance the Giants and A’s will see each other in the playoffs. And after this weekend’s Bay Bridge Series games at the Coliseum, there is no telling how many more times the teams will play each other for Bay Area bragging rights. The A’s lease at the Coliseum runs out after next season, and the team hasn’t backed down on its threat to move to Las Vegas if a new stadium deal isn’t reached for Howard Terminal. Since interleague play arrived in 1997, the Bay Bridge Series has been one of MLB’s bigger success stories. It’s been competitive – the A’s hold a 71-65 advantage – and it’s been a hit with the fans. Five of the nine largest regular-season crowds in Coliseum history have been for Bay Bridge Series games, including the top two. The Series is all even this season after the teams split their first two games at Oracle Park in April. Carlos Rodón won his third straight start in a Giants uniform to kick things off, an 8-2 Giants win....
    Here are the PFL 2022 Playoffs: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray odds breakdown.  Now that the regular season has wrapped up, it’s time for the PFL playoffs and a million-dollar prize. Eight lightweight and light heavyweight fighters will begin their playoff run on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, live from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The fight card consists of 11 bouts currently, starting at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, with the main card airing at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN &  ESPN+. The featured lightweight playoff bout is a rematch from the regular season between Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray. Ray pulled off a twister submission in the second round to get the victory back in June. Both fighters are UFC veterans, Pettis being the more well-known, is only 1-3 in the PFL and looking for redemption. Ray is out to prove the first fight was no fluke. Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces off against Alex Martinez in the other lightweight semifinal. Aubin-Mercier impressively dispatched two former PFL champions in the regular season. Martinez also made his mark with a...
    The Miami Dolphins are preparing to be without Michael Deiter for an extended portion of training camp, and possibly the exhibition season because of a foot injury he suffered on the first day of practice last week. “I don’t have concern right now with information we have about the regular season. We will make the week play out and see where he is,” coach Mike McDaniel said about Deiter’s foot injury. Deiter, who has started 23 of the 40 games he’s played the past three seasons, was viewed as the team’s top backup center, and a possible starter before Miami moved Connor Williams from guard to center during the offseason program. The 2019 third-round pick missed eight games last season because of a foot and quadriceps injury he suffered in September, but Deiter returned to finish out the year as a starter in December. But in his absence the Dolphins used three centers to make it through a nine-game stretch. Cole Banwart, a second-year player from Iowa who has spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and New York...
    Getty Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green warms up before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. With how much the Golden State Warriors were struggling heading into last season’s playoffs, anyone who was confident they would figure it out and win the title is probably lying. Following the All-Star break, the Warriors limped to the playoffs, going 11-12 the rest of the regular season. Much of that had to do with the Big Three only playing together for two games (seven seconds of the January 9 game against the Cavaliers) during the regular season. Klay Thompson returned from his lengthy absence of injuries on January 9, but Draymond Green then was out for weeks with a hernia injury that was slow to heal. Green finally returned on March 14 against the Wizards, but Steph Curry was injured in the next game against the Celtics after Marcus Smart fell on his ankle. Curry’s injury kept him out of the rest of the regular season, but he returned just in time for the first game of the playoffs, and...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have officially agreed to a multi-year contract extension for Monty Williams, the NBA’s Coach of the Year last season after leading the franchise to a team-record 64 wins in the regular season. The team announced the extension Wednesday. No other contract details were given. Williams, 50, has led a quick turnaround in three seasons with the Suns, taking them to the NBA Finals in 2021 where they lost in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the first time the franchise had been to the Finals since 1993. They were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference last season, but fell in the second round to the Dallas Mavericks. “I’m grateful to extend my commitment to this team and to all the people who make it a special place,” Williams said in a statement. “Our players put in the work every day that allows us to be successful, and I’m excited to continue this journey with them.” Williams was 34-39 in his first season with the Suns but the team built momentum...
    SAN JOSE — David Quinn was introduced as the newest head coach of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, completing a search for a new bench boss by general manager Mike Grier that had ramped up over the last two weeks. Quinn, 55, is the 10th full-time head coach in Sharks history, and takes over a team that has missed the postseason for a franchise-record three straight seasons. Quinn takes over from Bob Boughner, who was fired on June 30, roughly two months after the team finished a 32-37-13 regular season. “Can’t wait to get the season going,” Quinn said in a video on the Sharks’ official Twitter account. “Look forward to seeing you in the fall.” The official announcement came at a news conference at SAP Center. The Sharks begin the regular season with two games against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 7 and 8 at O2 Arena in Prague, Chechia. The first regular season home game is Oct. 14 against Brent Burns and the Carolina Hurricanes. Please check back for updates to this developing story.
    PHOENIX (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith scored a career-high 35 points, Diana Taurasi hit 6 of 10 from 3-point range and finished with 28 points and the Phoenix Mercury used a dominant fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 94-78 Friday night. Sophie Cunningham hit five 3-pointers — her 10th consecutive game with at least two made 3s — and scored 19 points for Phoenix. The Mercury made a season-high 14 3s. The Mercury went into the fourth quarter trailing 65-60 but Taurasi hit a 3 to open the period and her three-point play with 7:35 to play gave Phoenix a one-point lead. Tina Charles scored to give Seattle a 69-68 lead 25 seconds later but Diggins-Smith hit a jumper with 6:55 left that sparked a 17-0 run. The game was 46th, and potentially the last, meeting between Taurasi and Seattle’s Sue Bird, the WNBA’s all-time leaders in points and assists, respectively and gave Taurasi 500 career games, second-most in league history — behind Bird. Bird — who has announced that she’ll retire at the end of the...
    When it comes to Miami Heat two-way contracts, there has been an all-or-nothing aspect to the equation. Duncan Robinson rode one to a $90 million payday. Max Strus and Gabe Vincent turned them into pathways for playoff contributions and, likely, impending free-agency riches next summer. And then there are the likes of Daryl Macon, Yante Maten and Matt Williams Jr. They, too, held Miami Heat two-way contracts. Since then? Macon last played in Russia, Maten in Israel, Williams in Venezuela. It is, to say the least, a tenuous proposition. Not that anyone has to tell that these days to Javonte Smart and Mychal Mulder at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Both currently hold Heat two-way contracts, with teams limited to two such deals. Both also can be released at any point for replacement two-way options. And based on the Heat recently extending training-camp tryouts to undrafted Fresno State center Orlando Robinson and undrafted University of San Francisco guard Jamaree Bouyea, along with a return of former Heat two-way guard Marcus Garrett from wrist surgery, it certainly appears as if...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier admits he could miss the rest of the regular season with a left hip injury after being moved to the 60-day injured list on Saturday. Kiermaier, a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, hasn’t played since July 9. He is hitting .228 with seven homers, 22 RBIs with six stolen bases in 63 games this year. “Yeah, it is (tough to grasp),” Kiermaier said. “It hasn’t really hit me just yet. … For right now I’m kind of in that limbo, in-between period but I think we will all know more here shortly.” The earliest he could return from the IL is September. Kiermaier is scheduled to see a specialist in Nashville after the All-Star break. A surgical procedure hasn’t been ruled out. “Just got to keep everything under wraps until a decision is made, and then we’ll go from there,” Kiermaier said. The Kiermaier move cleared a roster spot for second baseman Brandon Lowe, who was reinstared from the 60-day IL after being out since mid-May due to a lower-back...
    Jul 2, 2022; San Francisco, CA, USA; Miami Heat guard Mychal Mulder (12) dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (1) after a screen by center Orlando Robinson (59) during the third quarter at the California Summer League at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports The Heat front office may be spending time trying to acquire Kevin Durant, but these three Summer League players could crack the roster as well.  Miami is one NBA franchise that isn’t afraid to make a seismic deal to improve their hopes of winning another title. That’s why Kevin Durant is a name on the lips of virtually every Heat fan at the moment. He may be dominating summer headlines in South Beach, but the team’s savvy front office has their eyes focused on Summer League as well. That’s because the Miami Heat could really benefit from finding a couple of key contributors to help their on-court product and potentially lower their luxury tax bill. If a couple of guys from the team’s Summer League roster can show they’re worth a...
    The WNBA teams are ready for the sprint to the finish with a month left in the regular season. With most teams having about a dozen games left and 11 of the 12 franchises in the playoff hunt it should be an exciting final five weeks. Only three games separate the top five teams — Chicago, Las Vegas, Seattle, Connecticut and Washington. Unlike the previous five years where finishing first or second earned a bye to the semifinals of the playoffs, the WNBA changed its postseason format this season to a more traditional bracket. Still, having a top four seed means hosting the first two games of the best-of-three opening round and potentially not having to play a road game to advance. Chicago, which leads the AP WNBA power poll again this week, has been the hottest team in the league, winning eight of its last 10 games. That stretch helped the Sky secure homecourt in the Commissioner’s Cup championship game on July 26 against Las Vegas. The Aces struggled heading into the All-Star break, dropping five of their last...
    Jul 2, 2022; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Mac McClung (55) dribbles against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter at the California Summer League at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Golden State needs to find young talent to fill the bottom of its rotation. These three players from the Warriors Summer League roster can help. Stephen Curry and his teammates may still be basking in the glow of another NBA Title triumph, but Golden State’s front office is already hard at work trying to figure out how to engineer a repeat. The top of the roster is beset with stars already. The next order of business for the Warriors is finding young, cheap contributors to fill out the end of the bench. That’s why Summer League is an important exercise for Golden State. The franchise is already eyeing an enormous luxury tax bill that ownership would strongly prefer to keep in check. The best way to do that is by finding young players on minimum deals to fill out the remaining spots on...
    Getty AJ Allmendinger (left) & Ty Gibbs (right) are in a battle for the regular-season trophy. The NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season battle just took an interesting turn. An unexpected wreck knocked Ty Gibbs out of the race and hurt his chances of locking up the bonus points entering the playoffs. The wreck occurred on Lap 93. Gibbs and Riley Herbst led the field to the green flag while both were driving Monster Energy cars. They raced side-by-side, but Herbst attempted to move up after receiving a push from Ryan Truex. He was not clear, so he made contact with the No. 54 and sent it into the wall. Gibbs had to head to pit road, but his team said that they could not repair the Toyota GR Supra. His day came to an end while other championship contenders continued. Ty Gibbs is done for the day after he and Riley Herbst come together on a restart. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/XZtm9wwnJX — NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 9, 2022 Gibbs entered the Atlanta weekend only nine points behind AJ Allmendinger in...