NBA SUMMER LEAGUE
Oklahoma City 84 Philadelphia 81 OT
Sacramento 105 Dallas 101
Detroit 102 Indiana 84
Brooklyn 88 Washington 85
San Antonio 93 Toronto 90
Boston 89 Cleveland 72
Minnesota 100 Milwaukee 91
New Orleans 109 Chicago 72
China 84 Charlotte 80
Golden State 88 LA Lakers 80
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Dayton 5 South Bend 4
Great Lakes 3 Fort Wayne 0
Former No. 2 pick Parker gets deal with Hawks
Forward Jabari Parker, who played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards last season, has agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent said Monday.
Mark Bartelstein told The Athletic that the deal has a player option for the second year.
The Wizards held a $20 million team option with Parker for the 2019-20 season, and the deadline to exercise it was June 29, but the team declined it, making him a free agent.
The former Duke star and second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft landed in Washington in February. He came off the bench in all 25 of his appearances for the Wizards, averaging 15.0 points on a career-high 52.3% shooting to go with 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
It was a welcome change of scenery for Parker. He had signed a two-year, $40 million deal with his hometown Bulls last offseason but quickly fell out of favor in Chicago, losing significant playing time before he was traded. Defense was the culprit; on the season, Parker ranked 87th of 100 qualified power forwards in defensive real plus-minus (-0.91).
Parker, 24, spent his first four seasons with Milwaukee before signing with Chicago. He holds career averages of 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Bradley plans to sign two-year deal with Lakers
Free-agent guard Avery Bradley plans to sign a two-year, $9.7 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports tells ESPN.
Bradley is expected to clear waivers Monday after Memphis waived him on Saturday, clearing the way for him to join a Lakers team that now includes the offseason additions of Anthony Davis and Danny Green.
The deal will include a player option in the second year, Duffy said.
The Lakers will use their room exception to sign Bradley.
The 6-foot-2 guard is known for his defensive versatility, having been reared in Doc Rivers’ system. Noted offensive talent Kyrie Irving once said that Bradley guards him better than anyone in the league.
Bradley started 49 games for the LA Clippers last season before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in February for forward JaMychal Green and guard/forward Garrett Temple.
He then started 14 games in Memphis, averaging 16 points, 4 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game in that span after overcoming knee and shin injuries.
The 28-year-old guard is a career 36.4 percent 3-point shooter. He will give Lakers coach Frank Vogel an additional switchable piece to use in a guards corps also featuring Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Green, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and Troy Daniels.
Bradley has 39 playoff games to his credit, averaging 12.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in the postseason. He started at guard for the Boston Celtics in their run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2017.
Bradley spent the first six and a half seasons of his career with the Celtics before being traded to the Detroit Pistons during the 2017-18 season. He was traded to the Clippers that same season in a deal highlighted by Blake Griffin being sent to the Pistons.
The addition of Bradley will bring the Lakers roster to 14 players, with one open spot remaining.
AP Sources: Nuggets acquire Jerami Grant from Thunder
Jerami Grant gives Denver another power forward who can do a little bit of everything.
The Oklahoma City Thunder obtained yet another first-round pick, which allows them to do a little bit of anything.
The Nuggets bolstered their front court by acquiring the 25-year-old Grant from the Thunder on Monday for a 2020 first-round pick, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade hasn’t been approved by league officials. ESPN first reported the deal.
It’s an additional first-round selection for the Thunder, who are in line for at least four more assuming the blockbuster deal that sends Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers goes through. It would also give Oklahoma City the rights to as many as 13 first-round picks over the next seven drafts.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Grant is coming off a breakout season that saw him set career highs in points (13.6) and rebounds (5.2). He shot 49.7% from the field and 39.2% from 3-point range. On the defensive end, he displayed his versatility by blocking 100 shots and recording 61 steals.
Originally a second-round pick by Philadelphia in 2014, Grant – the son of longtime NBA player Harvey Grant – has taken off since being sent to the Thunder in a 2016 deal.
“I think it’s one of the best things that could have happened to my career, just getting traded here from Philly. Just the opportunity here,” he said at his exit interview in April. “It was an opportunity in Philly as well, but the opportunity here to play on a great team, play in a great organization like this, it was — I think it was huge for me and my career, just in my development. I’ve gotten so much better since I got here.”
One of his biggest supporters has been George, who’s about to be sent from Oklahoma City to the Clippers in a massive trade, and where he’s set to join forces with NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard once all the paperwork is straightened out.
“J.G. is one of those special players I think that you need on a team to make a team special,” George said before last season. “Every team needs that one guy that can do a little bit of everything, and J.G. is that guy. You can plug J.G. in at any spot, and he’s going to come out with some special plays for us.”
The Nuggets are coming off a 54-28 season that earned them the No. 2 seed in the West behind All-Star big man Nikola Jokic. They haven’t made any major splashes this offseason.
Instead, they’re relying on team cohesion. That’s why they brought back forward Paul Millsap, who recently had his $30 million option picked up. The team also agreed to a reported $170 million extension for point guard Jamal Murray.
Denver boasts a young nucleus that includes Michael Porter Jr., the No. 14 selection in 2018 who sat out last season as he recovered from another back surgery. Porter was set to suit up during the Summer League in Las Vegas before suffering a knee injury that is not considered serious.
Warriors send Damian Jones to Hawks for Omari Spellman
The Warriors are looking to bolster their bench after their Southern California counterparts made some huge moves in the past few weeks.
Golden State traded Damian Jones and a 2026 second-round draft pick to the Hawks in exchange for Omari Spellman, the teams announced Monday.
Spellman was the 30th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, but he only played in 46 games in his rookie season and averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.
Jones was also the 30th pick and was selected in 2016 by Golden State. He was promoted to a starter last season, but was sidelined after 22 games with a torn pectoral muscle.
He averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.1 minutes of play in 2018-19.
The move comes after Kevin Durant moved on to the Nets, Andre Iguodala was traded and as the Warriors prepare to be without Klay Thompson due to a torn ACL. By getting Spellman, the Warriors can pad their bench while the Hawks receive another utility man behind a young core roster.
Bulls, Grizzlies have discussed sign-and-trade involving Kris Dunn, Justin Holiday
The Bulls appear like they’re still shopping Kris Dunn.
Chicago has recently discussed a sign-and-trade that would send the 25-year-old guard to the Grizzlies in exchange for wing Justin Holiday, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune, which cites unidentified league sources.
Chicago acquired Tomas Satoransky last month and also selected Coby White out of North Carolina with the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which makes Dunn expendable. He averaged 11.3 points while shooting 42.5% from the field in 46 games in 2018-19, but, he struggled with turnovers and was inconsistent for long stretches.
“I only control what I can control,” Dunn told The Athletic in an interview after the 2018-19 season. “This summer, I’m excited because I actually know what my game is moving forward. The best thing for me is to be aggressive. I think that’s when I’m at my best. When they needed me to be aggressive, look at the numbers. The numbers don’t lie.”
The Timberwolves originally selected Dunn out of Providence with the fifth pick in the 2016 draft. He spent just one season in Minnesota before he was sent to Chicago as part of the Jimmy Butler deal.
“I’m not selfish,” Dunn said. “I do whatever it takes to win. I think the two years I’ve been here I showed what I can do defensively as a point guard. I made big-time shots. I took over games. Some people might let that go under the carpet, but it’s alright because I know what I can do. I’m not scared of the moment.”
Holiday, meanwhile, is a free agent and has received interest from at least eight teams, according to an earlier report from The Athletic. He began last season with the Bulls and was sent to the Grizzlies in early January.
Holiday averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 34.8% from 3-point range in 82 total games.
UPDATED NBA FREE AGENCY TRACKER
– Kawhi Leonard agrees to a four-year, $142 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Oklahoma City Thunder also trade Paul George to the Clippers in exchange for a record number of draft picks plus guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari.
– Kevin Durant agrees to a four-year, $164 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
– Kyrie Irving agrees to a four-year, $142 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
– Kemba Walker agrees to a four-year, $141 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics. The Charlotte Hornets receive Terry Rozier from Celtics. The teams also swap second-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft.
– Jimmy Butler agrees to a four-year, $142 million contract with the Miami Heat as part of a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. Miami also receives Meyers Leonard from the Portland Trail Blazers and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the four-team swap. The Philadelphia 76ers receive Josh Richardson and the Trail Blazers receive Hassan Whiteside from the Heat. The Clippers receive Maurice Harkless from the Trail Blazers, the draft rights to Mathias Lessort from the 76ers and a protected first-round pick from the Heat. The Clippers flip the pick to the Thunder in the Paul George trade.
– D’Angelo Russell agrees to a four-year, $117 million contract with the Golden State Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier are going to Golden State from Brooklyn. Golden State is sending Napier, Graham and cash to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors are sending Andre Iguodala and a future first-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies.
– DeMarcus Cousins agrees to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Al Horford agrees to a four-year, $109 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
– Klay Thompson agrees to a five-year, $190 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.
– Khris Middleton agrees to a five-year, $178 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
– Danny Green agrees to a two-year, $30 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Kristaps Porzingis agrees to a five-year, $158 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
– Nikola Vucevic agrees to a four-year, $100 million contract with the Orlando Magic.
– Jamal Murray agrees to a five-year, $170 million contract extension with the Denver Nuggets.
– Harrison Barnes agrees to a four-year, $85 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.
– Marc Gasol exercises his $25.6 million player option with the Toronto Raptors.
– Paul Millsap has his $30 million team option exercised by the Denver Nuggets.
– Marvin Williams exercises his $15 million player option with the Charlotte Hornets.
– Bismack Biyombo exercises his $17 million player option with the Charlotte Hornets.
– Brook Lopez agrees to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
– JJ Redick agrees to a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
– Patrick Beverley agrees to a three-year, $40 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
– Marcus Morris agrees to a two-year, $20 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
– DeAndre Jordan agrees to a four-year, $40 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
– Nikola Mirotic agrees to a deal with Barcelona in the Euroleague.
– Derrick Rose agrees to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.
– Jonas Valanciunas agrees to a three-year, $45 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
– Gerald Green agrees to a one-year deal to return to the Houston Rockets.
– Terrence Ross agrees to a four-year, $54 million contract to return to the Orlando Magic.
– Al-Farouq Aminu agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract with the Orlando Magic.
– Ricky Rubio agrees to a three-year, $51 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
– Trevor Ariza agrees to a two-year, $25 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.
– Malcolm Brogdon agrees to a four-year, $85 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. Indiana will send a first-round pick and two future second-round picks to Milwaukee as part of the sign-and-trade for Brogdon.
– Bojan Bogdanovic agrees to a four-year, $73 million contract with the Utah Jazz.
– Thaddeus Young agrees to a three-year, $41 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
– Rodney Hood agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract to return to the Portland Trail Blazers.
– Thomas Bryant agrees to a three-year, $35 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
– Tobias Harris agrees to a five-year, $180 million contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers.
– Mike Scott agrees to a two-year, $9.8 million contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers.
– Jeremy Lamb agrees to a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.
– DeMarre Carroll agrees to a three-year, $21 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
– Nerlens Noel agrees to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
– Julius Randle agrees to a three-year, $63 million contract with the New York Knicks.
– George Hill agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Bucks.
– Taj Gibson agrees to a two-year, $20 million contract with the New York Knicks.
– Ed Davis agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Utah Jazz.
– Mike Muscala agrees to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
– Mario Hezonja agrees to a one-year, league-minimum deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
– Robin Lopez agrees to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
– Bobby Portis agrees to a two-year, $31 million contract with the New York Knicks.
– Reggie Bullock agrees to a two-year, $21 million contract with the New York Knicks.
– Cory Joseph agrees to a three-year, $37 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.
– Ish Smith agrees to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
– Tomas Satoransky agrees to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Chicago Bulls as part of a sign-and-trade with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards receive two future second-round picks and will have protections removed from the 2023 second-round pick they received from the Bulls in the Jabari Parker trade.
– Wayne Ellington agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract with the New York Knicks.
– Michael Carter-Williams agrees to a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic.
– Seth Curry agrees to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
– Austin Rivers agrees to a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets.
– Troy Daniels agrees to a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Elfrid Payton agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract with the New York Knicks.
– Maxi Kleber agrees to a four-year, $35 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
– Enes Kanter agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Boston Celtics.
– JJ Barea agrees to a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
– Richaun Holmes agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.
– Edmond Sumner agrees to a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.
– Wesley Mathews agrees to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
– Frank Kaminsky agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
– Matt Thomas agrees to a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Toronto Raptors. He comes over from the Euroleague.
– Kevon Looney agrees to a three-year, $15 million contract to return to the Golden State Warriors.
– Isaiah Thomas agrees to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards.
– Anthony Tolliver agrees to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
– Dorian Finney-Smith agrees to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
– Daniel Theis agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Boston Celtics.
– James Ennis agrees to a two-year, $4.1 million contract with the Phildelphia 76ers.
– Willie Cauley-Stein agrees to a deal with the Golden State Warriors.
– Brad Wanamaker agrees to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics.
– Ryan Arcidiacono agrees to a three-year, $9 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
– Glenn Robinson III agrees to a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
– Noah Vonleh agrees to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
– Jeff Green agrees to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Utah Jazz.
– Jared Dudley agrees to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Luke Kornet agrees to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.
– Emmanuel Mudiay agrees to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz.
– Wilson Chandler agrees to a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
– Garrett Temple agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
– Rodney McGruder agrees to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
– Darius Miller agrees to a two-year, $14.25 million contract to return to the New Orleans Pelicans.
– Boban Marjanovic agrees to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
– Markieff Morris agrees to a two-year, $7.4 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.
– TJ McConnell agrees to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.
– Jake Layman agrees to a three-year, $11.5 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers.
– Raul Neto agrees to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
– Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agrees to a two-year, $16 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.
– JaVale McGee agrees to a two-year, $8.2 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Quinn Cook agrees to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Ivica Zubac agrees to a four-year, $28 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.
– Rajon Rondo agrees to a two-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Alex Caruso agrees to a two-year, $5.5 million contract to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Stanley Johnson agrees to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.
– Dwight Powell agrees to a three-year, $33 million contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks.
– Tim Frazier agrees to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.
– George Hill agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract to return to the Detroit Pistons.
– Kyle O’Quinn agrees to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
– Danuel House agrees to a deal with the Houston Rockets.
– Jordan Bell receives a one-year offer sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Golden State Warriors are not expected to match the offer.
– Rudy Gay agrees to a two-year, $32 million contract to return to the San Antonio Spurs.
– Delon Wright agrees to a three-year, $29 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks as part of a sign-and-trade. The Memphis Grizzlies will receive two second-round picks.
– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson agrees to a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
– Tyus Jones signs three-year, $24 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies.
– JaMychal Green agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
– Jabari Parker agrees to a two-year, $13 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
– Avery Bradley agrees to a two-year, $9.7 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
– Alec Burks agrees to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
ODDSMAKERS PREDICT WHERE RUSSELL WESTBROOK PLAYS IN 2019-20
Following a dazzling array of announcements this free agency period, the Los Angeles Clippers — with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George added in the middle of the night — and Los Angeles Lakers — led by LeBron James, Anthony Davis and now DeMarcus Cousins — have set themselves up as strong favorites in the Western Conference.
Those are just the headliners. That doesn’t include James Harden and the Houston Rockets, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers, and even the Utah Jazz are legit contenders.
Noticeably absent from the mix are the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After trading George, the NBA title odds for the Thunder skyrocketed to 100-1. Now with the increasing likelihood that OKC will struggle to compete in a stacked Western Conference, GM Sam Presti is entertaining the idea of unloading star guard Russell Westbrook if the price is right.
There will be suitors. Now, SportsLine’s Oddsmakers have created odds as to where Westbrook ultimately plays next year.
Which team will Russell Westbrook play for to begin the 2019-20 season?
Oklahoma City Thunder 1/1
Houston Rockets 5/2
Minnesota Timberwolves 4/1
New York Knicks 4/1
Detroit Pistons 5/1
Miami Heat 6/1
Orlando Magic 6/1
The Field 3/1
The Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat have already being linked as a possible destination for the 2016-17 NBA MVP and eight-time All-Star. CBS Sports’ Brad Botkin believes the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves could also pull off a trade for Westbrook.
The Knicks, the biggest losers of the free agency period after striking out on every marquee talent they wanted, could try and jump into the fold and make a splash with Westbrook.
PICK: Every team in the league would have to make multiple moves to get Westbrook in the fold. He is owed $170 million over the final four years of his contract, a prohibitive number for every team except the Thunder. Teams like the Heat and Pistons have major salary cap limitations and would need to dismantle their rosters to make it work.
Outside of OKC, the two teams with the best bargaining chip to make it work may be the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks.
The Knicks are not anywhere near contention, and thus have enticing draft picks they could move. They’re in better shape cap-wise, too. The Rockets could make a swap for the equally untradeable salary of Chris Paul, who may or may not be in a spat with Harden. Whether that’s a simple swap makes sense for the Thunder is debatable.
Harden could be the missing piece for a team that wants to contend for a championship. The Thunder don’t appear to be in position anymore to do so. For teams desperate to get to the NBA Finals — like the Rockets — Westbrook could be a huge piece to the puzzle. Expect Westbrook to stay in OKC, but if he does get moved, the Rockets seem like the most-logical choice.
Turner, Sabonis to Unite in Starting Lineup
Finally, at long last, the question that has haunted many Pacers fans for much of the past two seasons, has been answered.
Yes, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis will be in the starting lineup together next season. At least that’s the plan as of now according to coach Nate McMillan, who offered a quick and definite response when the question was posed on Sunday.
“Absolutely,” McMillan said.
The two 6-foot-11 23-year-olds played together sparingly two seasons ago, with a negative overall impact. They shared the court more often last season, about 10 minutes per game, with more positive results. The obstacle to their long-term pairing had been Thad Young, the team captain and savvy veteran who was entrenched at the “four” position. But now that Young is gone – along with every other Pacer from last season who entered the summer as a free agent – opportunity is knocking.
Sabonis is rapping on the door loudest of all. Although he’s been patient and accepting of a backup role during his two seasons with the Pacers, he made it clear in his exit meeting with McMillan and front office members that he wants more opportunity.
“He wanted to start, and the thought going into this off-season was we had to create more minutes for him,” McMillan said.
The Turner-Sabonis pairing has potential, but will present challenges as well.
Sabonis, despite playing off the bench, was the Pacers’ best rebounder last season as well as their best player as judged by the Player Efficiency Rating that takes all aspects of the game in to account. Turner, who had the Pacers’ second-best efficiency rating, led the NBA in blocked shots and hit a career-best 39 percent from behind 3-point line.
Sabonis might struggle to defend some smaller “fours” on the perimeter. But Turner, in theory, will be there to address penetration at the rim and Sabonis could dominate smaller defenders with his physical and sophisticated post-up game.
Sabonis, meanwhile, hit 9-of-17 3-pointers last season and was a 40 percent shooter through the first half of his rookie season in Oklahoma City. If he can establish himself as a legitimate 3-point threat and Turner can improve his low-post offensive skills, they would present a severe matchup challenge for defenders.
The fact they get along well and so badly want to play together won’t hurt, either.
McMillan said their versatility should enable him to adjust to opposing lineups and strategies on a game-by-game basis, and even on the fly during games. McMillan added that he’s not concerned with Sabonis’ perimeter defense, figuring there will be ways to give help and that a size mismatch could often be more favorable than problematic.
“All of that will be something we adjust to during the season,” McMillan said. “But we haven’t said for him to all of a sudden get yourself light. There will be some nights we want him in the hole.
“He was here just two weeks ago. He looks great. He’s been working his behind off getting ready for the World Championships.”
Now he has more reason than ever to prepare for the NBA season as well.
Pritchard Believes He’s Hit A Sweet Spot
Kevin Pritchard had laid it out during his end-of-season press conference back on May 3. Defense is nice and all, but the Pacers needed more offense. They had given up fewer points on average than any team in the NBA last season but ranked 22nd in scoring. It wasn’t difficult to determine the best way to get out of the four-year rut of first-round playoff exits.
“For me this summer came together in a huge way,” Pritchard said Sunday. “Something we hoped for. When you look at the theme of what we wanted to accomplish, we wanted to get better on the offensive end.”
Pritchard believes he’s done that with the acquisition of T.J. Warren and Jeremy Lamb, who were introduced to the media on Sunday, and Malcolm Brogdon, who will be introduced on Monday. All three were efficient scorers last season with their previous teams and figure to bring improved perimeter shooting.
First-round draft pick Goga Bitadze could do the same, along with other changes to the Pacers’ second unit.
Warren, Lamb and Brogdon hit a combined .401 percent from the 3-point line and .877 from the foul line last season. The Pacers’ three departed starters – Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison – combined to hit .386 from 3-point range and .760 from the foul line.
Warren, Lamb and Brogdon also are a combined 15 years younger than Young, Bogdanovic and Collison, and offer more versatility and athleticism. As it stands now, the Pacers’ roster includes no player older than 27 years old, with Doug McDermott ranking as the team’s most chronologically challenged player by having been born on Jan. 3, 1992.
“Very rarely do you find that sweet spot when a player is coming into his own,” Pritchard said. “We added a lot of fire power offensively, but we always wanted a team on a good timeline. We feel we have a young team, a very vibrant up-and-coming team that’s willing to get better.
“We like guys who love the game. You can always tell when guys love the game, they have these incremental improvements every year.”
That seems to apply to all three announced acquisitions. Brogdon and Lamb had career-best scoring averages and Warren’s dropped from 19.6 to 18 because his playing time and shot attempts dropped slightly, partly because of injuries.
Lamb averaged 15.3 points last season with Charlotte. He figures to open the season in the starting lineup while Victor Oladipo continues his rehabilitation from the torn quadriceps muscle suffered last season, and then go to the bench after Oladipo is healthy enough to start. He’s fine with whatever, having come off bench for Oklahoma City and the Hornets most of his first six seasons until this past one, when he started 55 of his 79 games.
“Whatever role I’m given, whether that’s starting, whether that’s coming off the bench, whether that’s scoring, whether that’s defense, whatever it is, I’m going to go out there and do it to the best of my ability,” he said.
McMillan likes Lamb’s size (6-foot-5), improved perimeter shooting and versatility.
“I love the fact he can put the ball on the floor and get his own shot,” McMillan said. “If teams are switching he’s capable of creating and getting his own shot, which is needed in the game today. You need a guy capable of breaking the defense down.”
Lamb offered a hint of his work ethic when, after sitting through the press conference and two photo sessions, he asked if he could work out on the practice court. That request couldn’t be granted because the floors are being refinished, but the point remained.
“Every day matters,” he had said earlier in the afternoon when asked about his steady improvement. “It’s hard work, trying to take care of my body on and off the court through an 82-game season.”
Warren flashed his love for the game in an unlikely manner during his playing career at North Carolina State. In an anecdote first related by fellow N.C. State alum Nate McMillan, related to him by former assistant coach Dereck Whittenburg, the Wolfpack were in Chapel Hill to play their primary rival, the University of North Carolina, during one of Warren’s two collegiate seasons. He was walking back from a study hall on campus the night before the game when he decided to drop in to Carmichael Hall, the university’s recreation facility, and jump into a couple of pickup games with UNC students.
Warren was surprised on Sunday that word of his venture had leaked out, and doesn’t believe his coach at the time, Mark Gottfried, ever learned of it. But he owned up to it.
“That’s facts,” he said. “I just love to play. They were playing and I decided to start playing. I was eager to play. Plus, I knew we were playing Carolina and I wanted to be sharp.”
He said he was welcomed by the Tar Heel students.
“They were surprised that I was out there,” he said, “but they were excited for me and took pictures and that was that.”
Warren echoed the “every day matters” theme. The Suns never made the playoffs in his five seasons there, never won more than 39 games, and won a conference-worst 19 last season. He didn’t ask to be traded, but wasn’t at all upset when the Pacers acquired him and the 32nd pick in the draft for cash considerations.
“Once I saw it, I was excited,” he said. “I don’t look at it as a slap in the face, I look at it as a plus for me, to get with an organization to be able to compete for something.
“I feel like every day matters here,” he said. “Every day is taking seriously and I’m ready to contribute to that.”
The Suns’ offer came as a pleasant surprise to Pritchard as well.
“We weren’t expecting that one,” he said. “But when it came, we made the decision in five minutes. We knew it was the right thing.”
Warren should become a capable replacement for Bogdanovic at small forward. Both averaged 18 points last season, and their overall stats from last season are remarkable similar. Warren, though, is five years younger, more athletic, more versatile and more of a shot creator.
He had not been a good 3-point shooter until last season, when he worked with Trevor West – the nephew of former Pacers forward and Warren mentor David West – and honed it to the point of hitting 43 percent of his attempts.
“A lot of repetition,” Warren said. “I’m definitely going to continue that through my career.
“I’m only 25 and I’m only getting better. There’s a lot of great things to come.”
Warren comes highly recommended by David West. Warren began playing for West’s AAU team, Garner Road, in Raleigh, North Carolina as an 11-year-old, and has stayed in close communication with him ever since. West was one of the first to contact Warren when news of the trade leaked out, and told him the Pacers were a “world-class organization.”
Warren said West’s influence has stayed with him throughout his career.
“Just seeing how he goes aboug his business – a no-nonsense guy, somebody who competes all the time, who’s passionate … I want to take those traits and bring them here,” Warren said.
More moves possible
The Pacers have money remaining under the salary cap as well as in salary cap exceptions, so Pritchard said transactions are possible. He expects some of the major transactions around the NBA, most notably the Clippers’ acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, could cause ripple effects that create opportunities.
“We still have some money to play with,” Pritchard said. “Whether we wait for the right opportunity now or down the line, I’m not sure.
“We’re still in negotiations about some players, but I don’t think it happens today or this week. It’s more, ‘Let’s see what comes at us.’ There are going to be peripheral moves that happen because of what happened (Saturday). Teams want to get off a contract or maybe want to acquire a player.”
Oladipo, while rehabbing in Miami, has remained engaged in the Pacers’ off-season moves, and by all accounts approves.
“He’s ecstatic, I know that,” McMillan said. “He’s texting and calling each other every day. He knows what we did this offseason really helped and he’s looking forward to getting on the court with these guys.”
Warren and Lamb both said Oladipo had reached out to them.
The numbers game
Warren and Lamb have chosen new jersey numbers, selecting one that has special meaning for him.
Lamb, who wore 11 and 3 in his previous NBA stops, will go with 26 because his daughter was born on June 26.
Warren, who wore 12 in Phoenix, wants to wear No. 1.
“I don’t want anything I had in Phoenix to come here,” he said. “I wanted to start over fresh.”
Kings coach Luke Walton says sex assault claim lacks facts
Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton says sexual assault allegations against him are not backed up by facts and are designed to attract media attention.
Walton made his comments in a court brief filed Wednesday in response to a lawsuit by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant. The lawsuit is filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, and the Sacramento Kings and the NBA are jointly investigating the accusations.
Walton’s court filing claims Tennant filed a lawsuit nearly five years after the alleged assault, which the brief calls a “pleasant encounter,” after she quit two jobs and needed money.
Tennant has said Walton attacked her in 2014 when he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, but she was too afraid to file charges though she did confide in others at the time.
“I was scared,” she said. “I felt coming forward would jeopardize every aspect of my life.”
Tennant calls Walton a former longtime friend and mentor who wrote the foreword to a book she had written. When the coach was on a Warriors road trip to Los Angeles, she met him in the lobby of his Santa Monica hotel and he invited her to his room, she said. They discussed the book, and Walton allegedly grabbed her.
“Out of nowhere, he got on top of me and pinned me down to the bed and held my arms down with all of his weight while he kissed my neck and my face and my chest,” Tennant said at an April news conference, adding that when she asked him to get off, “he laughed at me.”
Tennant’s attorney, Garo Mardirossian, has said it’s unlikely police would be able to put together a criminal case. Walton’s lawyer, Mark Baute, has called Tennant “an opportunist, not a victim.”
The court filing last week says the encounter was “very short, entirely pleasant and consensual,” and it did not include raised voices or groping. In the filing, Walton said he did not write a forward for Tennant’s book and does not consider himself a mentor to her. They briefly worked at Spectrum Sports at the same time.
The court filing characterizes the meeting as “platonic in nature” where Tennant was “entirely pleasant during the encounter.” The filing also states Tennant waited beyond the statute of limitations to come forward and has no basis to seek economic relief from Walton because she quit her job at Spectrum Sports for reasons unrelated to him.
Walton is seeking for the lawsuit to be dismissed and Tennant to pay his costs and attorneys’ fees.
Tennant’s lawyer, Mardirossian, on Monday said his client will prove her case through testimony in front of a jury. He disputed that Tennant sought media attention, saying the press hounded her until she gave a news conference.
Mardirossian noted that Walton’s filing acknowledges that an encounter took place and said the coach is “half-heartedly denying things.”
Attorneys for Walton could not immediately be reached for comment.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Expanded Designated Hitter Role Coming to High School Baseball
(NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HS ASSOCIATIONS RELEASE)
The role of the designated hitter in high school baseball has been expanded to give coaches an additional option for the 2020 season.
The revision to Rule 3-1-4 was the only change recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. The change was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“The game is in the best shape it has ever been in the history of high school baseball,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee. “This has allowed coaches to coach, players to play and umpires to umpire. This change, which was organic and intuitive, expands the role of the designated hitter and meets the desires of the high school baseball community.”
There are now two scenarios in which a designated hitter may be used.
The first scenario is the traditional use where the designated hitter may be a 10th starter who hits for any one of the nine starting defensive players. The team begins the game with 10 starters: nine defensive players and nine hitters in the batting order, one of whom is the designated hitter hitting for a defensive player.
“The traditional designated hitter role remains intact,” Hopkins said. “However, the committee felt it was necessary to make an additional option available to coaches that could be strategic but also maximize participation.”
The change to Rule 3-1-4 now allows the starting designated hitter to also be a starting defensive player. Utilizing this option, the player has two positions: defensive player and designated hitter. The team would begin the game with nine starters — nine defensive players — one of whom also assumes the role of the designated hitter.
“With the change adding pitch-count restrictions to high school baseball, this will allow pitchers to remain in the game as a hitter while removing them from pitching,” Hopkins said. “Typically, pitchers are stronger hitters as well. However, the intent of the rule is not for it to become strictly a pitcher-designated hitter role. The rule provides additional avenues for other position players as well. The change allows coaches to strategize how to keep players in the game to contribute offensively while allowing another player a chance to participate on defense.”
Additionally, a prior rules change involving baseballs and chest and body protectors will take effect on January 1, 2020. As of that date, all baseballs and chest and body protectors used in high school baseball competition shall meet the NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) standard at the time of manufacture.
According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 487,097 boys participating in baseball at 16,196 schools across the country, and 1,762 girls playing the sport in 317 schools.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: New Definition for Damaged Bats Highlights High School Softball Rules Changes
A new definition for a damaged bat is one of three high school softball rules changes for the 2020 season.
The three rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
A damaged bat will now be defined as a bat that was once legal, but is broken, cracked, dented, rattles or has sharp edges that might deface the ball (Rules 1-5-1, 7-4-2, 2-4-3).
Previously, a damaged bat was considered an illegal bat, with the penalty being an out when the batter entered the batter’s box. Now, damaged bats are simply removed from the game without penalty.
“This rule defines damaged bats and distinguishes them from non-approved and altered bats,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. “The committee clarified the course of action that should be taken when a damaged bat is discovered in the game.”
Additionally, in Rule 1-5-1, the USA Softball All Games certification mark is now acceptable on bats. The new mark is in addition to the current ASA 2000 and ASA 2004 certification marks. Bats must bear one of these three marks and must not be listed on USA Softball’s Non-Approved Bats With Certification Marks, a list that is available on www.usasoftball.com.
“Bats bearing the 2000 and 2004 certification marks are still permissible, provided they meet specifications in Rule 1-5-1 and do not appear on USA Softball’s Non-Approved Bats with Certification Marks list,” Searcy said.
Another rules change is an adjustment to Rule 6-1-1 regarding fast-pitch pitching regulations. Pitchers must now take a position with the pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate. Previously, pitchers were required to have the pivot foot on or partially on the top surface of the pitcher’s plate.
“The change allows for different styles of pitching and permits them to place their feet where pitchers feel most comfortable,” Searcy said. “The rule now clarifies that part of the foot must simply be in contact with the pitcher’s plate.”
The final change is a tweak to Rule 9-1-1 involving the scoring of runs. Under Exception “C,” a run is not scored when the third out is obtained by a preceding runner who is declared out on an appeal play. Previously, the rule only covered runners who were declared out for failing to touch one of the bases.
“There are two types of appeal plays that can be affected in this exception: failing to touch one of the bases and leaving the base too soon on a fly ball that is caught,” Searcy said. “The previous rule did not include both scenarios. The use of the phrase ‘a runner who is declared out on an appeal play’ addresses both situations.”
According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 367,861 girls participating in fast-pitch softball at 15,544 schools across the country, and 1,589 boys playing the sport in 35 schools.
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Assisting Injured Athletes, Expansion of Exchange Zones Among Rules Changes in Track and Field
The expansion of exchange zones in short relay events, which does not require tracks to be repainted/resurfaced, as well as assisting injured athletes, are among the rules changes for high school track and field and cross country.
Seven rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The first change amends notes in Rule 4 (Competitors and Competition) and Rule 8 (Cross Country) which reads, “A competitor who provides assistance to an injured or ill competitor should not be disqualified if neither the individual competitor providing the assistance nor his/her team gains an advantage as a result of providing the assistance.”
“Previous changes to the NFHS rules created the exception that allows a competitor to assist an injured or ill competitor without being disqualified when medical staff is not present,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field/Cross Country Rules Committee. “In a clear majority of these types of situations, the action is intended to be an act of good sportsmanship and not an attempt to circumvent the rules or gain an advantage.”
While the injured or ill competitor is disqualified for receiving help, the competitor helping will not be disqualified, unless that competitor – or his/her team – gains an advantage. In all cases, the final decision rests with the meet referee, who has the sole authority to rule on infractions, irregularities and disqualifications in a meet.
Changes to Rules 5-3-3 and 5-3-4 expand the exchange zone in relays with legs of 200 meters or less from 20 to 30 meters. All exchange zones for races with legs longer than 200 meters will remain at 20 meters.
“The acceleration zone is now incorporated into the existing exchange zone, thus a 30-meter exchange zone for relay races with legs of 200 meters or less,” Cochran said. “The rule change does not require that tracks be repainted or resurfaced in order to follow the new NFHS rules. Existing acceleration zone markings, such as triangles, squares or colored tape, placed at that location may be used to denote the beginning of the exchange zones on a track.”
Rule 6-2-6 has been amended to prohibit athletes from running backwards or in the opposite direction (non-legal direction) during warm-ups on horizontal jumps, pole vault and javelin runways.
“This change promotes a more organized and efficient warm-up period,” Cochran said. “Competitors should now be more aware of their surroundings.”
Two changes to Rule 6 provide equivalent metric increments for tiebreaking jump-offs in vertical jumps, as well as clarify distance requirements for long jump and triple jump pits. For long jump and triple jump pits constructed after 2019, the length of the pit shall be at least 23 feet (seven meters).
In cross country, Rule 8-1-1 has been reorganized to clarify that a cross country course may be marked with any or all methods listed in the rule.
An additional change to cross country rules adds language to Rule 8-1-3 regarding straightaways at the start of a course. The change provides a recommended minimum distance of 100 meters for beginning straightaways, and states that no narrow section of a course should be longer than 10 feet (three meters) long. Small cones of the appropriate color, at least 12 inches (30 centimeters) high, are also now permitted to be used in lieu of painted lines or survey chalk.
According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, track and field is the most popular sport for girls with 488,592 participants and is No. 2 for boys with 600,097. Cross country ranks sixth for girls with 223,518 participants and sixth for boys with 270,095.
Money Ball: Mets’ Alonso wins HR Derby, $1M, tops Vlad Jr
Pete Alonso took one final swing and flipped his bat high in the air. Another walk-off.
As the crowd roared, the New York Mets rookie headed toward the mound and tightly squeezed his cousin and pitcher Derek Morgan, who had helped him win the All-Star Home Run Derby and $1 million.
Alonso outlasted a worn-down fellow rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final round Monday night to take home a prize that nearly doubled his 2019 salary.
With just seconds to spare, Alonso connected for a homer to left-center to edge Guerrero 23-22 after the Blue Jays’ powerhouse put on a historic display by hitting 91 homers before he ran out of gas following an epic semifinal matchup against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.
“There’s so many guys that just put on a show, like Joc, he was amazing, Vladdy, they did such a good job,” Alonso said. “Everybody put on a show. To me it didn’t really seem like the jitters were there, because everyone was awesome. I mean everyone was showing their stuff.”
After his last homer cleared the wall, Alonso was swarmed by the NL All-Stars who along with a crowd of 36,119 fans were treated to a power display unlike any in the event’s history.
“This was surreal,” Alonso said.
Alonso is the second rookie to win outright, following Yankees star Aaron Judge in 2017. He’s also the first Mets player to win the derby since Darryl Strawberry shared the title with Wally Joyner in 1986.
AL’s Verlander, NL’s Ryu starting pitchers in All-Star Game
Justin Verlander will start the All-Star Game for the American League for the second time, and Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his first start for the National League.
Verlander, a 36-year-old right-hander, is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA this year for the Houston Astros, striking out 153 in 126 2/3 innings.
He allowed five runs in the first inning during the 2012 All-Star Game at Kansas City, including the first-bases loaded triple in All-Star history, to Pablo Sandoval. Verlander, who played for the Detroit Tigers, threw five pitches clocked at 100 mph and another at 101 during a 35-pitch inning.
Ryu, a 32-year-old left-hander from South Korea, is 10-2 with a major league-leading 1.73 ERA for the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the second Asian All-Star starter after Dodgers rookie Hideo Nomo of Japan in 1995.
Houston’s George Springer leads off and plays right field for the AL and is followed in the batting order by New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana, Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez, Houston third baseman Alex Bregman, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Astros left fielder Michael Brantley and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco.
Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich tops the NL order and plays left field. Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez hits second, followed by Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell at designated hitter, Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras, Arizona second baseman Ketel Marte and Atlanta center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr.
Justin Verlander ‘100%’ believes MLB is juicing balls for more home runs
Justin Verlander has an answer for this home run-heavy season.
There have been 3,691 home runs already hit by the All-Star break to mark a historically high rate of 1.37 per game. This led the Astros pitcher to say that the league is “100%” juicing balls for more offense.
“It’s a f-ing joke,” Verlander said, via ESPN. “Major League Baseball’s turning this game into a joke. They own Rawlings, and you’ve got (commissioner Rob) Manfred up here saying it might be the way they center the pill. They own the f-ing company. If any other $40 billion company bought out a $400 million company and the product changed dramatically, it’s not a guess as to what happened. We all know what happened. Manfred – the first time he came in, what’d he say? He said we want more offense. All of a sudden he comes in, the balls are juiced? It’s not coincidence. We’re not idiots.”
Verlander has allowed a major league-high 26 home runs in 2019. But it’s not just the 2011 Cy Young award winner. A total of 11 pitchers have allowed 20 or more homers and players are on pace to break the 2017 record by a whopping 600-plus home runs.
If MLB offenses continue it’s current streak into the second half of the season, players could hit a total of 6,668 homers, which would break the previous mark of 6,105.
Verlander said this is intentional.
“Yes. 100%. They’ve been using juiced balls in the Home Run Derby forever,” he said. “They know how to do it. It’s not coincidence. I find it really hard to believe that Major League Baseball owns Rawlings and just coincidentally the balls become juiced.”
Cubs starter Jon Lester, a 14-year veteran, previously said something is up with the balls, as well.
“The numbers are through the roof,” Lester told USA Today in May. “I think there’s something up with the ball. It seems almost like the ones they use in the Home Run Derby with the way it flies.”
Lester ranks 42nd in home runs allowed (15) and he admitted it’s what brings people to the sport.
“That’s the thing baseball people want to see, all of these homers, and how far they went,” Lester said. “It gives the millennials something to look at and talk about with all of the stats, spin rates, launch angles and all of that stuff.”
This, however, is a cause for concern in Verlander’s eyes.
“I don’t know if it’s bad or good for the game,” he said. “That’s for them to decide. I don’t think it’s great – that the true outcomes of strikeouts, homers and walks is best for the game. That’s for somebody else to decide. I talk about time a lot – how do you stack up in history? If you’re going to change something so dramatically, I think you need to make people aware.”
Coco Gauff’s captivating Wimbledon ends against former No. 1
Out of escapes, out of surprises, Coco Gauff knew her captivating Wimbledon ride at age 15 was nearing its conclusion.
The thousands of spectators at Court No. 1 on Monday realized it, too, so they made sure to show their appreciation for the youngest qualifier at the All England Club in the professional era and youngest Week 2 participant since 1991.
Fans, most of whom probably hadn’t heard of Gauff until last week, rose and roared as she fended off the initial two match points she faced against 2018 French Open champion Simona Halep. It was reminiscent of the way the Gauff began a comeback victory in her previous match. This time, though, Gauff could not come through, beaten by the older, more experienced Halep 6-3, 6-3.
“It was really surprising, because you don’t really expect this kind of support when you’re in another country, not your home country. I really did feel like I was probably playing in New York. I’m just really happy that people believe in me,” said Gauff, who beat Venus Williams in the first round for quite a Grand Slam tournament debut.
“I wasn’t feeling my best, I wasn’t playing my best,” Gauff said as she wiped away tears at her news conference, where she noted she wasn’t sure why she needed a visit from a doctor in the second set, “but they were still supporting me, no matter what.”
While Gauff couldn’t get past former No. 1 Halep, another American, 55th-ranked Alison Riske, stopped the 15-match winning streak of the current No. 1, Ash Barty, eliminating her 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“Right now, Ash is playing well,” Riske said. “I believe that I am, as well.”
That’s certainly true.
She improved to 14-1 on grass courts this season and reached the first major quarterfinal of her career in 30 appearances.
Nadal beats Sousa in straight sets at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal reached his 39th career Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
Nadal dominated from the start, breaking Sousa in his first two service games to take a 4-0 lead in the first set. The Spaniard never faced a break point and converted six of the eight he created on Sousa’s serve.
He earned a standing ovation from parts of the crowd after setting up one of those break points, ending a 20-shot rally with a running backhand cross-court winner to make it 30-40 at 1-1 in the third set. He hit another backhand winner to secure the break and broke again for a 5-2 lead.
It was the two-time Wimbledon champion’s 52nd match win at the All England Club, surpassing Bjorn Borg for eighth place on the all-time list.
Sharks re-sign forward Kevin Labanc to 1-year deal
The San Jose Sharks have re-signed forward Kevin Labanc to a one-year contract.
Labanc was a restricted free agent coming off the best season of his young NHL career. The 23-year-old registered 17 goals, 39 assists and 56 points and helped the Sharks reach the Western Conference final.
In announcing the deal Monday, general manager Doug Wilson said Labanc has grown into an important part of the team. Wilson added the Sharks believe he has more potential and are eager to see what he does with a bigger role next season.
Labanc will be counted on to play more minutes after the free-agency departures of captain Joe Pavelski and fellow forwards Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist.
He showed an ability to produce in important situations when he had three assists and the go-ahead goal in Game 7 of the first round against Vegas. Labanc became the first player in NHL history to record four points in a single period in a Game 7 of a playoff series.
Former Patriots star doing ‘much better’ after 2nd stroke
Former New England Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi says he’s doing “much better” after suffering a second stroke.
In an Instagram post on Monday, Bruschi says he knew what was happening immediately last Thursday when he lost use of his left arm, began slurring his speech and his wife noticed his face was drooping.
An ambulance took Bruschi to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
The Instagram post includes a list of the several warning signs of a stroke that should prompt an immediate call to 911.
The 46-year-old Bruschi had a stroke in February 2005 days after the Patriots’ third Super Bowl win and learned he had a congenital heart defect that produced a hole in his heart. He retired after surgery but later returned and played three more seasons for the team.
Can Josh Rosen find success with Dolphins? Here’s what to expect as QB looks to bounce back from rookie mess
It’s been only 15 months since Josh Rosen was a top-10 draft pick, so it’s way too early to call him a bust. Yet it’s worth wondering, following an awful first year in Arizona, if he’ll be able to avoid that label next offseason after a year with the rebuilding Miami Dolphins.
So many things went wrong with the Cardinals — Steve Wilks didn’t know how to use Rosen (or David Johnson), offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired midseason, the offensive line stunk — that thankfully he got traded, except that where he got traded is projected to be the NFL’s new worst team.
So, how will it all play out for Rosen?
“I want to like him, he was my second favorite QB last year in the draft, but I just don’t see how he succeeds,” Sean Wagner-McGough said on Monday’s Pick Six Podcast. “It wasn’t Rosen’s fault when he didn’t succeed last year, and it’s not going to be his fault when he doesn’t succeed this year.
“He could be the Titans quarterback in a year.”
Host Will Brinson doesn’t think that idea is crazy, and the guys also debate what the Titans will have to see from Marcus Mariota to give him a big contract (it’s a lively mailbag edition of the pod).
“I’ll put this out there: I think Rosen’s going to have a better season than Marcus Mariota,” Brinson said. “I think he’s going to have a season where people say OK, maybe the Cardinals prematurely got off of Josh Rosen. I don’t think he’s gonna have a 4,000 yard, 40 TD season, but I think Chad O’Shea, a first time offensive coordinator who worked with Josh McDaniels, will design a scheme friendly enough to Rosen’s skillset to give him some easy looks and quick throws behind questionable offensive line.”
Does that mean anyone would rather have Rosen than Mariota long-term? Brinson chose Rosen, but didn’t get much backing. Still, Ryan Wilson agreed with Brinson’s assessment that last season’s Cardinals were the worst team we’ve seen in a decade.
“If Kyler Murray was on that team last year, they’re still winning three games,” Wilson said. “Tom Brady and Peyton Manning could’ve been on the field at the same time, and that team would’ve been terrible.
“The problem is, the Dolphins look like a three-win team. I’ve said this before: I would start Ryan Fitzpatrick the first month of the season; don’t throw Rosen out there in back-to-back years. I’m not giving up on Rosen, but he has the deck stacked against him. If they start 1-5, the conversation’s going to be about Tua (Tagovailoa) and Justin Herbert.”
The Cowboys made much-needed additions to the D-Line, which might be the key to their season
Throughout this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys’ offense has gotten a lot of attention, and rightfully so. The offense is led by a superstar running back who has also been in the news for off-field reasons once again. The team’s quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver are each eligible for contract extensions. Their future Hall-of-Famer at tight end un-retired after just one year away from the game and is now back for a 16th season. The Cowboys’ offensive line is widely considered one of the best in all of football, and perhaps the best member of that line is returning from a long-term illness that kept him out for all of last season. The team swapped out its slot receiver, drafted two running backs and a guard, and oh yeah, promoted a 30-year-old former backup quarterback with just one season of coaching experience to offensive coordinator, and he’s reportedly making a whole lot of aesthetic changes to the offense.
But though Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Jason Witten, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, Connor Williams, Randall Cobb, Tony Pollard, and Kellen Moore will do a whole lot to determine what level of success the Cowboys experience in 2019, it’s easy to forget that it was actually the team’s defense that was the better unit last year, for the first time in a good, long while. The Cowboys ranked seventh in yards allowed, sixth in points allowed, and ninth in defensive efficiency, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Led by the sparkling young linebacker duo of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, superstar edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence, and newly-crowned stud press corner Byron Jones, the Dallas defense took a major step forward in 2018.
To get where they want to go in 2019, that defense will not only have to maintain, but get even better. And the key to their doing so is the defensive line. Last season, Lawrence finished with 10.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hits, 63 pressures, and 15 tackles for loss. He was not just the Cowboys’ best edge defender, but one of the best in the whole league — a two-way force who has to be accounted for and located on every single snap. Dallas got by last season by rotating several players through the other spots along the line.
Tyrone Crawford, the team’s defensive captain and most versatile lineman, was on the field for 67 percent of snaps and surprise interior force Antwaun Woods was there for 63 percent; but Maliek Collins, Randy Gregory, Taco Charlton, Dorance Armstrong, and Daniel Ross all played between 250 and 500 snaps. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli likes to rotate guys through to keep them fresh and able to chase after the ball, and that strategy worked well enough with this group. But on the whole, they were far better against the run (fifth in DVOA, third in Adjusted Line Yards allowed) than they were getting after quarterbacks (16th in DVOA, 27th in Adjusted Sack Rate, 35.3 percent pressure rate was slightly below average).
The team’s second-best pass rusher was probably Gregory, who checked in with six sacks and 15 quarterback hits across 14 games. Crawford had 5.5 sacks of his own, but Woods, Collins, Charlton, Armstrong, and Ross combined for only 6.5 between them. With mercurial lineman David Irving retiring this offseason and Gregory facing another suspension, the Cowboys — to their credit — aggressively made over their defense line; and perhaps more importantly given the number of players they want to pay big money really soon, they did it on the cheap. In free agency, they brought in Kerry Hyder and Christian Covington, each of whom has experience inside and out and appears to fit well with Marinelli’s style of defense. With the Dolphins looking to cut salary and kickstart their rebuild, they sold Robert Quinn on coming to Dallas, acquired him for just a sixth-round pick, and got him to agree to a slight pay cut. Their biggest area of need heading into the draft was the defensive interior, and they used their first selection on former UCF defensive tackle Trysten Hill. And late in the draft, they added two long, versatile linemen in Miami’s Joe Jackson and Oregon’s Jalen Jelks.
There is still only one true star-level player here, but the Cowboys have fleshed out their depth in a big way and added a secondary rusher who should at least be able to more consistently capitalize on the attention paid to Lawrence. Quinn had 6.5 sacks, 16 QB hits, and 39 pressures playing on Miami’s defense last season, but he averaged 9.6 per year during the previous six seasons with the Rams. Even if you take out the clear outlier 19.5-sack campaign, he still checked in with an average of 7.5 sacks across five seasons, albeit while playing only four seasons’ worth of games. (He missed a total of 16 games from 2015 through 2017.)
Lawrence is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but considering he played the past two seasons with a shoulder both he and the Cowboys knew needed to be operated on and still racked up 25 sacks, 49 quarterback hits, and 142 pressures, he should be able to find a way to remain productive now that he’s on his way back to full health. Gregory is expected to apply for reinstatement from his latest suspension. With Quinn and Hill in the mix, Crawford may be able to go back to moving around the formation and annoying different linemen on an every-snap basis. The depth and youth here will force Charlton, the team’s first-round pick in 2017, to either be productive or get sent out the door. Collins now has multiple players breathing down his neck to take snaps on the interior while he tries to play his way into a contract extension.
If the Dallas defense is going to not just maintain the improvements it made last season, but take the next step toward becoming an elite unit rather than a good one, this group is going to have to show improvement. Someone is going to have to pop and take some attention away from Lawrence. They’re going to need some more pressure up the middle. To do all that, they’re going to need everyone healthy and fresh and moving at full speed, the way Marinelli prefers his defensive linemen to work. And for that type of plan, you need a lot of depth. Dallas has even more of it now than a year ago. Now, it’s time for them to show what they can do.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
JULY 9, 1977
TURNBERRY, Scotland- In an epic head-to-head match even more gripping than yesterday’s tie at 65, Tom Watson came from three strokes behind today to beat Jack Nicklaus by one shot for the British Open golf championship. Watson shot 65 on seven birdies and two bogeys while Nicklaus carded 66 on four birdies and no bogeys. This wasn’t just golf, it was theater. Watson pulled up even at the 15th with a monster 60-foot putt, and the outcome appeared to be settled on the par-5 17th, where Nicklaus took two putts from four feet for a par while Watson went ahead with an easy birdie.
On the 18th, Nicklaus pushed his drive to what looked like a hopeless position beside a stand of gorse. Watson, on the fairway and away, confidently lofted a soft No. 8-iron shot to two feet from the flagstick. Nicklaus blasted from the rough to the green, 32 feet short. Now it looked like a two-shot loss. But not yet: Still unbeaten, Nicklaus gallantly and incredibly rolled in that 32-foot putt for a birdie 3. But it was futile. Watson admitted he was nervous over his 2-foot putt, but he knocked it in for a matching birdie-and his second British Open in three years and second major title this season.
Nicklaus put his hands on Watson’s shoulders and said something like, “You know, I’m tired of giving it my best shot and finding it’s not enough.” The same thing had happened in April, when Watson beat Nicklaus for the Masters, his first major victory of the season. Nicklaus, 37, who won the British Open in 1966 and 1970, has now finished second six times, a record. There are many who consider him the greatest golfer of all time. Certainly for the last decade, since he deposed Arnold Palmer, he has been the king of the game.
Now there is no question that Watson, 27, has the best chance to succeed Nicklaus. He meets him with respect but no fear, and he relishes the battle. Nicklaus has always said of this young man that his strength lies in his temperament and iron will. Nicklaus had to yield to it in the final round of this year’s Masters, and yielded again today.
Despite his history of choking in final rounds, Watson has developed cool nerves and confidence in himself. With the help of Byron Nelson, he also has honed a swing that he says will stand up under pressure. Watson’s 72-hole aggregate was 268, eight strokes below the record 276 set by Arnold Palmer in 1962 and matched by Tom Weiskopf in 1973. Nicklaus scored 269 after precisely matching Watson the first three days on 68, 70 and 65.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In a Tri-State League contest against York, Pennsylvania, Dan McClellan throws a perfect game. The Philadelphia Giant hurler is the first black pitcher to accomplish the feat in professional baseball.
1937 Joe DiMaggio hits for the first of his two career cycles as he hits two home runs, a triple, double, and single, helping the Yankees maul the Senators, 16-2. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ will accomplish this feat again in 1948.Joe DiMaggio hits for the first of his two career cycles as he hits two home runs, a triple, double, and single, helping the Yankees maul the Senators, 16-2. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ will accomplish this feat again in 1948.
1940 At Sportsman’s Park, five National League hurlers combine to throw the first shutout in All-Star history. Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French, and Carl Hubbell three-hit the junior circuit, 4-0, with the help of Max West’s three-run homer.
1946 At Boston’s Fenway Park, hometown favorite Ted Williams hits two homers, two singles, and collects five RBIs in the American League’s 12-0 rout of the Senior Circuit in the most lopsided game in All-Star history. The first-place Red Sox place eight players on the Mid-summer Classic roster, which includes starters Dom DiMaggio (cf), Johnny Pesky (ss), and Bobby Doerr (2b) in addition to Williams, who plays the entire game in left field.
1953 At Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies reliever Bob Miller replaces Robin Roberts, ending the starter’s consecutive complete-game streak at 28. The future Hall of Famer (1976) had finished every game he started since beating the Cardinals last season on August 28.
1956 The BBWAA, by a narrow margin of 14-12, votes to establish the Cy Young Award to honor the major leagues’ most outstanding pitcher. Commissioner Ford Frick initiated the idea because he felt hurlers were not recognized in the MVP voting, but ironically the first recipient of the Cy Young Award, Dodger Don Newcombe, also won the Most Valuable Player Award.
1958 On Capitol Hill, Casey Stengel and Mickey Mantle appear in front of a Senate subcommittee investigating baseball’s antitrust exemption. After ‘the Old Perfessor’ gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Sen. Estes Kefauver laughs when he asks ‘the Mick’ to respond to his inquiry about the issue and the slugger answers, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.”
1963 The Indians host their third Mid-Summer Classic in front of a disappointing crowd of 44,160 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The Junior Circuit’s 5-3 loss to the National League does not feature any players from the Tribe.
1964 Frank Thomas, pinch-hitting for Roy McMillan, strokes a two-out, two-run homer off Curt Simmons, giving the Mets a 4–3 victory over the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. The round-tripper comes in the outfielder’s first at-bat in five weeks, due to being sidelined by a glandular infection.
1966 During a contest between the Cardinals and Astros on a hot and humid evening at Busch Stadium, Harry Caray does the play-by-play of the game in just his underwear and socks. The veteran broadcaster, surprised by a photographer, adjusts the waistband of his boxers as the picture is taken.
1968 In the first All-Star Game played indoors, American Leaguers are held to just three hits in the Astrodome, with the National League winning the first Mid-Summer Classic to end with a score of 1-0. The contest’s lone tally comes in the bottom of the first frame when Willie Mays, who had been picked off but stayed on the bases due to Luis Tiant’s throwing error, scores an unearned run on a double play ball.
1969 Tom Seaver’s near perfect game, immortalized as “The Imperfect Game,” is broken up when Cubs’ outfielder Jimmy Qualls, a lifetime .223 hitter, singles into center field. The 24 year-old right-hander, who will take a no-hitter into the ninth inning three times for the Mets, will finally get his no-no in 1978 against St. Louis pitching for the Reds.
1970 Coming off the bench at Tiger Stadium against his former team, Dalton Jones slugs an upper deck grand slam ‘single’ against the Red Sox. The pinch-hitter passes teammate Don Wert between first and second base, resulting with the hit becoming a three-RBI single instead of a round-tripper.
1971 In the longest shutout in American League history, the A’s beat the Angels, 1-0, when Angel Mangual plates Curt Blefary with a two-out single in the bottom of the 20th inning. Oakland’s 21 year-old southpaw Vida Blue fans 17 batters in the first eleven innings of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum contest.
1971 Royals’ Freddie Patek completes the cycle with a two-run ninth-inning homer off Minnesota starter Jim Perry. The 5’5″ Kansas City shortstop’s round-tripper breaks a 3-3 deadlock in Kansas City’s eventual 6-3 victory over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium.
1972 Striking out three Red Sox batters in the second inning en route to a 16 K complete game performance against Boston, Nolan Ryan becomes the third pitcher in baseball history to have struck out the side on nine pitches twice during his career. The Angels fireballer, who first did it with the Mets in 1968, joins Lefty Grove (twice in 1938) and Sandy Koufax (1962 and 1964) as the other hurlers who have accomplished the feat.
1973 Interrupting Board Chairman M. Donald Grant’s pep talk during a team meeting, Mets reliever Tug McGraw shouts out the words, “Ya Gotta Believe,” which will become the rallying cry for the club, climbing out of the cellar en route to the NL pennant. Although New York beats Houston, 2-1, in 12 innings, their closer’s words of encouragement will not immediately light a fire under the team, as they will continue to struggle until the middle of August.
1976 At the Astrodome in Houston, Astros’ hurler Larry Dierker no-hits the Expos, 6-0. The future team broadcaster and manager had previously thrown two one-hitters.
1976 Longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey dies of leukemia at New England Baptist Hospital. The lowering of the Fenway Park flag to half-mast in center field and the silencing of ballpark’s organ pays tribute to the 73 year-old philanthropist, who the Boston Herald called “baseball’s best friend,” a legacy questioned due to allegations of racism during his four-plus decades in Boston.
1986 Dale Murphy’s consecutive-game streak comes to an end at 740 games. The Braves’ outfielder hadn’t missed a game since September of 1981.
1987 The Twins win their eighth consecutive game when they blank the A’s at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7-0. Minnesota will not win another game until July 22, dropping their next nine decisions, a dubious feat the streaky team also accomplished in April.
1988 At Candlestick Park, Chris Speier hits for the cycle as the Giants maul the Cardinals, 21-2. The 21 runs scored establish a San Francisco record.
1988 Nolan Ryan, notching his 100th victory as an Astro, becomes only the second hurler to win a hundred games with a team in each league when Houston beats New York, 6-3. The 41 year-old right-hander, who also won 134 games for the Angels, joins Cy Young, who reached the plateau with the Cleveland Spiders (NL) and the Boston Pilgrims (AL), who will become known as the Red Sox.
1990 As a result of a dream he was being devoured by spiders, Blue Jays’ outfielder Glenallen Hill suffers cuts and bruises when he falls through a glass table, attempting to flee his eight-legged demons in a semiconscious state. The 25 year-old sophomore will now be known affectionately as ‘Spiderman’ to his teammates during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues.
1991 Cal Ripken’s three-run homer helps the AL defeat the Nationals, 4-2, giving the junior circuit its fourth consecutive All-Star win. Tony La Russa becomes the first manager with three straight All-Star victories.
1996 Mike Piazza, who will be named the All-Star Game’s MVP, hits a moon shot into the upper-deck at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. The Dodger backstop also strokes an RBI double, helping the National League to beat the AL, 6-0.
1998 Brewer owner Bud Selig, who served as acting commissioner for nearly the last six years, is named by the owners to be baseball’s ninth commissioner. His ownership of the Milwaukee franchise will be placed in trust to avoid conflicts of interest.
2001 Luis Gonzalez, first Diamondback player to participate in the Home Run Debry, wins the All-Star long ball contest at Seattle’s Safeco Field. The Arizona outfielder, who will hit 57 home runs this season, almost double the amount he will compile in any other year, defeats 2000 Derby Champ Sammy Sosa in the final round, 6-2.
2002 Despite chants of ‘Let them play!’ from the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declares the 73rd All-Star Game a 7-7 tie after 11 innings. No player is selected to receive the first Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award, named in honor of the late Red Sox legend who died five days ago.
2005 After 11 years, Coors Field finally has a 1-0 game as the Rockies escape a bases full ninth inning to edge the Padres. The span of 847 regular season games is the longest time ever needed for any big league ballpark to host a contest with baseball’s lowest possible score.
2005 Mike Sweeney’s 5-for-5 performance helps him tie a franchise record, collecting eight consecutive hits. With knocks in his last three at-bats yesterday, the Royals designated-hitter’s streak includes three doubles and five singles.
2005 On the first pitch of his only big league plate appearance, 24 year-old Adam Greenberg, entering the game as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter for the Cubs, is struck in the back of the head by a 92-mph fastball thrown by Marlin hurler Valerio de los Santos. The Guilford High School (CT) standout, the first player in the history of the state to be named to four all-state teams, sustains a concussion and will experience positional vertigo as a result of the beaning.
2009 Washington completes a game that was suspended at Nationals Park on May 5 with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning with the score knotted at 10, playing as the home team on the road with an 11-10 walk-off victory over the Astros when the frame continues at Minute Maid Park. Joel Hanrahan, traded to Pittsburgh in the interim, is credited with the win even though he is wearing a Pirates uniform.
2011 The Dayton Dragons have a sellout for their 815th straight home game, surpassing the record for a North American professional sports team, previously held by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. The Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the Midwest League has sold out for every game it has played at Fifth Third Field since its move from Rockford in 2000.
2011 Derek Jeter, with a third-inning home run off Tampa Bay southpaw David Price, becomes the 28th player, and the first in a Yankee uniform, to collect his 3000th hit. The ‘Captain’ enjoys a five-hit day in the Bronx, including an infield single in the bottom of the eighth that drives in the winning run in the team’s 5-4 victory.
2013 Boston’s David Ortiz ties Harold Baines for the most hits by a designated hitter when his eighth-inning single off Seattle’s Charlie Furbush gives him a total of 1,688 career hits as a DH. ‘Big Papi,’ before the record-tying at-bat, had already collected a home run and a pair of doubles in the Red Sox’ 11-8 victory at Safeco Field.
2013 Alex Rios ties both a franchise and American League single-game mark when he collects his sixth hit, a ninth-inning single in the White Sox’ 11-4 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park. The Chicago right fielder, the first player to get four hits off Justin Verlander in one game, goes 6-for-6 at the plate with a triple and five singles.
|NY Yankees||57||31||.648||–||31 – 14||26 – 17||29 – 9||12 – 11||9 – 6||7 – 3||L 2|
|Tampa Bay||52||39||.571||6.5||26 – 22||26 – 17||19 – 17||14 – 10||10 – 8||6 – 4||W 2|
|Boston||49||41||.544||9||20 – 22||29 – 19||19 – 19||16 – 7||12 – 12||6 – 4||W 4|
|Toronto||34||57||.374||24.5||18 – 30||16 – 27||12 – 21||11 – 15||9 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|Baltimore||27||62||.303||30.5||11 – 31||16 – 31||13 – 26||7 – 15||5 – 15||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||56||33||.629||–||28 – 15||28 – 18||17 – 9||19 – 11||17 – 9||4 – 6||L 1|
|Cleveland||50||38||.568||5.5||25 – 18||25 – 20||13 – 8||21 – 15||10 – 10||7 – 3||W 6|
|Chi White Sox||42||44||.488||12.5||25 – 20||17 – 24||13 – 17||22 – 16||4 – 6||6 – 4||W 1|
|Kansas City||30||61||.330||27||16 – 28||14 – 33||6 – 15||14 – 25||7 – 16||2 – 8||L 2|
|Detroit||28||57||.329||26||12 – 32||16 – 25||9 – 11||13 – 22||1 – 11||2 – 8||L 3|
|Houston||57||33||.633||–||33 – 14||24 – 19||13 – 10||12 – 9||26 – 7||7 – 3||W 2|
|Oakland||50||41||.549||7.5||26 – 20||24 – 21||13 – 14||10 – 2||22 – 22||7 – 3||W 1|
|Texas||48||42||.533||9||29 – 17||19 – 25||7 – 6||13 – 7||20 – 22||4 – 6||W 1|
|LA Angels||45||46||.495||12.5||22 – 21||23 – 25||11 – 7||7 – 8||18 – 27||4 – 6||L 2|
|Seattle||39||55||.415||20||19 – 29||20 – 26||7 – 8||10 – 13||19 – 27||2 – 8||L 1|
|Atlanta||54||37||.593||–||28 – 19||26 – 18||22 – 14||17 – 9||11 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|Washington||47||42||.528||6||26 – 20||21 – 22||25 – 17||5 – 11||10 – 11||8 – 2||W 2|
|Philadelphia||47||43||.522||6.5||27 – 17||20 – 26||24 – 22||11 – 9||7 – 9||5 – 5||W 1|
|NY Mets||40||50||.444||13.5||23 – 19||17 – 31||21 – 23||7 – 14||7 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|Miami||33||55||.375||19.5||15 – 29||18 – 26||15 – 31||7 – 16||6 – 4||3 – 7||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||47||43||.522||–||29 – 16||18 – 27||14 – 11||15 – 16||10 – 9||4 – 6||L 1|
|Milwaukee||47||44||.516||0.5||27 – 18||20 – 26||14 – 8||24 – 18||6 – 11||4 – 6||L 2|
|St. Louis||44||44||.500||2||24 – 18||20 – 26||16 – 14||15 – 17||7 – 6||4 – 6||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||44||45||.494||2.5||22 – 21||22 – 24||6 – 7||18 – 18||10 – 16||6 – 4||W 2|
|Cincinnati||41||46||.471||4.5||24 – 21||17 – 25||9 – 7||18 – 21||8 – 9||5 – 5||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||60||32||.652||–||37 – 12||23 – 20||11 – 3||19 – 11||29 – 15||5 – 5||L 3|
|Arizona||46||45||.505||13.5||20 – 22||26 – 23||10 – 7||8 – 5||19 – 29||6 – 4||W 3|
|San Diego||45||45||.500||14||23 – 24||22 – 21||10 – 10||9 – 11||19 – 21||5 – 5||W 3|
|Colorado||44||45||.494||14.5||24 – 19||20 – 26||10 – 12||7 – 6||20 – 21||3 – 7||L 6|
|San Francisco||41||48||.461||17.5||20 – 26||21 – 22||4 – 9||8 – 8||23 – 24||7 – 3||W 2|
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
|New York City FC||17||7||8||2||30||20||10||4-4-1||3-4-1||29|
|Orlando City SC||19||6||4||9||27||27||0||3-1-5||3-3-4||22|
|Los Angeles FC||19||13||4||2||50||16||34||8-1-0||5-3-2||43|
|Real Salt Lake||19||8||2||9||25||29||-4||6-0-2||2-2-7||26|
|Washington Mystics||9||4||.692||—||4-1||5-3||6-2||7-3||1 L|
|Connecticut Sun||9||5||.643||0.5||6-1||3-4||5-2||6-4||4 L|
|Chicago Sky||7||7||.500||2.5||5-2||2-5||3-3||5-5||1 W|
|New York Liberty||7||8||.467||3.0||3-5||4-3||1-4||6-4||1 L|
|Indiana Fever||6||9||.400||4.0||2-4||4-5||3-3||3-7||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||3||10||.231||6.0||2-5||1-5||1-5||2-8||1 L|
|Las Vegas Aces||9||5||.643||—||6-2||3-3||4-2||7-3||3 W|
|Minnesota Lynx||8||6||.571||1.0||5-3||3-3||3-4||5-5||2 W|
|Los Angeles Sparks||7||6||.538||1.5||4-2||3-4||3-3||5-5||3 W|
|Seattle Storm||8||8||.500||2.0||5-3||3-5||3-3||5-5||3 L|
|Phoenix Mercury||6||6||.500||2.0||4-2||2-4||3-4||5-5||1 W|
|Dallas Wings||4||9||.308||4.5||4-3||0-6||2-2||4-6||2 L|