BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell, the NBA great who anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years — the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport — and marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday. He was 88.

His family posted the news on social media, saying Russell died with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. The statement did not give the cause of death, but Russell was not well enough to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy in June due to a long illness.

“Bill’s wife, Jeannine, and his many friends and family thank you for keeping Bill in your prayers. Perhaps you’ll relive one or two of the golden moments he gave us, or recall his trademark laugh as he delighted in explaining the real story behind how those moments unfolded,” the family statement said. “And we hope each of us can find a new way to act or speak up with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principle. That would be one last, and lasting, win for our beloved #6.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that Russell was “the greatest champion in all of team sports.”

“Bill stood for something much bigger than sports: the values of equality, respect and inclusion that he stamped into the DNA of our league. At the height of his athletic career, Bill advocated vigorously for civil rights and social justice, a legacy he passed down to generations of NBA players who followed in his footsteps,” Silver said. “Through the taunts, threats and unthinkable adversity, Bill rose above it all and remained true to his belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity.

A Hall of Famer, five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-time All-Star, Russell in 1980 was voted the greatest player in the NBA history by basketball writers. He remains the sport’s most prolific winner as a player and an archetype of selflessness who won with defense and rebounding while leaving the scoring to others. Often, that meant Wilt Chamberlain, the only player of the era who was a worthy rival for Russell.

But Russell dominated in the only stat he cared about: 11 championships to two.

The native of Louisiana also left a lasting mark as a Black athlete in a city — and country — where race is often a flash point. He was at the March on Washington in 1963, when King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, and he backed Muhammad Ali when the boxer was pilloried for refusing induction into the military draft.

“To be the greatest champion in your sport, to revolutionize the way the game is played, and to be a societal leader all at once seems unthinkable, but that is who Bill Russell was,” the Boston Celtics said in a statement.

In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Russell the Medal of Freedom alongside Congressman John Lewis, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and baseball great Stan Musial.

“Bill Russell, the man, is someone who stood up for the rights and dignity of all men,” Obama said at the ceremony. “He marched with King; he stood by Ali. When a restaurant refused to serve the Black Celtics, he refused to play in the scheduled game. He endured insults and vandalism, but he kept on focusing on making the teammates who he loved better players and made possible the success of so many who would follow.”

Russell said that when he was growing up in the segregated South and later California his parents instilled in him the calm confidence that allowed him to brush off racist taunts.

“Years later, people asked me what I had to go through,” Russell said in 2008. “Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’ve never been through anything. From my first moment of being alive was the notion that my mother and father loved me.” It was Russell’s mother who would tell him to disregard comments from those who might see him playing in the yard.

“Whatever they say, good or bad, they don’t know you,” he recalled her saying. “They’re wrestling with their own demons.”

But it was Jackie Robinson who gave Russell a road map for dealing with racism in his sport: “Jackie was a hero to us. He always conducted himself as a man. He showed me the way to be a man in professional sports.”

The feeling was mutual, Russell learned, when Robinson’s widow, Rachel, called and asked him to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972.

“She hung the phone up and I asked myself, ‘How do you get to be a hero to Jackie Robinson?’” Russell said. “I was so flattered.”

William Felton Russell was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in Monroe, Louisiana. He was a child when his family moved to the West Coast, and he went to high school in Oakland, California, and then the University of San Francisco. He led the Dons to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956 and won a gold medal in 1956 at the Melbourne Olympics in Australia.

Celtics coach and general manager Red Auerbach so coveted Russell that he worked out a trade with the St. Louis Hawks for the second pick in the draft. He promised the Rochester Royals, who owned the No. 1 pick, a lucrative visit by the Ice Capades, which were also run by Celtics owner Walter Brown.

Still, Russell arrived in Boston to complaints that he wasn’t that good. “People said it was a wasted draft choice, wasted money,” he recalled. “They said, ‘He’s no good. All he can do is block shots and rebound.’ And Red said, ‘That’s enough.’”

The Celtics also picked up Tommy Heinsohn and K.C. Jones, Russell’s college teammate, in the same draft. Although Russell joined the team late because he was leading the U.S. to the Olympic gold, Boston finished the regular season with the league’s best record.

The Celtics won the NBA championship — their first of 17 — in a double-overtime seventh game against Bob Pettit’s St. Louis Hawks. Russell won his first MVP award the next season, but the Hawks won the title in a finals rematch. The Celtics won it all again in 1959, starting an unprecedented string of eight consecutive NBA crowns.

A 6-foot-10 center, Russell never averaged more than 18.9 points during his 13 seasons, each year averaging more rebounds per game than points. For 10 seasons he averaged more than 20 rebounds. He once had 51 rebounds in a game; Chamberlain holds the record with 55.

Auerbach retired after winning the 1966 title, and Russell became the player-coach — the first Black head coach in NBA history, and almost a decade before Frank Robinson took over baseball’s Cleveland Indians. Boston finished with the second-best regular-season record in the NBA, and its title streak ended with a loss to Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Division finals.

Russell led the Celtics back to titles in 1968 and ’69, each time winning seven-game playoff series against Chamberlain. Russell retired after the ’69 finals, returning for a relatively successful — but unfulfilling — four-year stint as coach and GM of the Seattle SuperSonics and a less fruitful half season as coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Russell’s No. 6 jersey was retired by the Celtics in 1972. He earned spots on the NBA’s 25th anniversary all-time team in 1970, 35th anniversary team in 1980 and 75th anniversary team. In 1996, he was hailed as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players.

In 2009, the MVP trophy of the NBA Finals was named in his honor — even though Russell never won himself, because it wasn’t awarded for the first time until 1969. Russell, however, traditionally presented the trophy for many years, the last time in 2019 to Kawhi Leonard; Russell was not there in 2020 because of the NBA bubble nor in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.

In 2013, a statue was unveiled on Boston’s City Hall Plaza of Russell surrounded by blocks of granite with quotes on leadership and character. Russell was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975 but did not attend the ceremony, saying he should not have been the first African American elected. (Chuck Cooper, the NBA’s first Black player, was his choice.)

In 2019, Russell accepted his Hall of Fame ring in a private gathering. “I felt others before me should have had that honor,” he tweeted. “Good to see progress.”

Silver said he “often called (Russell) basketball’s Babe Ruth for how he transcended time.”

“Bill was the ultimate winner and consummate teammate, and his influence on the NBA will be felt forever,” Silver added. “We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Jeannine, his family and his many friends.”

His family said that arrangements for Russell’s memorial service will be announced in the coming days.



Season G Min FG% FT% Pts Reb A

1953-54 USF 21 x .485 .552 19.9 19.2 x

1954-55 USF 29 x .541 .590 21.4 20.5 x

1955-56 USF 29 x .513 .495 20.6 21.0 x

Total 79 x .516 .550 20.7 20.3 x

NBA Regular Season

Season G Min FG% FT% Pts Reb A

1956-57 Boston 48 35.3 .427 .492 14.7 19.6 1.8

1957-58 Boston 69 38.3 .442 .519 16.6 22.7 2.9

1958-59 Boston 70 42.6 .457 .598 16.7 23.0 3.2

1959-60 Boston 74 42.5 .467 .612 18.2 24.0 3.7

1960-61 Boston 78 44.3 .426 .550 16.9 23.9 3.4

1961-62 Boston 76 45.2 .457 .595 18.9 23.6 4.5

1962-63 Boston 78 44.9 .432 .555 16.8 23.6 4.5

1963-64 Boston 78 44.6 .433 .550 15.0 24.7 4.7

1964-65 Boston 78 44.4 .438 .573 14.1 24.1 5.3

1965-66 Boston 78 43.4 .415 .551 12.9 22.8 4.8

1966-67 Boston 81 40.7 .454 .610 13.3 21.0 5.8

1967-68 Boston 78 37.9 .425 .537 12.5 18.6 4.6

1968-69 Boston 77 42.7 .433 .526 9.9 19.3 4.9

Total 963 42.3 .440 .561 15.1 22.5 4.3

NBA Playoffs

Season G Min FG% FT% Pts Reb A

1956-57 Boston 10 409 .365 .508 13.9 24.4 3.2

1957-58 Boston 9 355 .361 .606 15.1 24.6 2.7

1958-59 Boston 11 496 .409 .612 15.5 27.7 3.6

1959-60 Boston 13 572 .456 .707 18.5 25.8 2.9

1960-61 Boston 10 462 .427 .523 19.1 29.9 4.8

1961-62 Boston 14 672 .458 .726 22.4 26.4 5.0

1962-63 Boston 13 617 .453 .661 20.3 25.1 5.1

1963-64 Boston 10 451 .356 .552 13.1 27.2 4.4

1964-65 Boston 12 561 .527 .526 16.5 25.2 6.3

1965-66 Boston 17 814 .475 .618 19.1 25.2 5.0

1966-67 Boston 9 390 .360 .635 10.6 22.0 5.6

1967-68 Boston 19 869 .409 .585 14.4 22.8 5.2

1968-69 Boston 18 829 .423 .506 10.8 20.5 5.4

Career 165 7497 .430 .603 16.2 24.9 4.7


Regular Season Playoffs

Season W L PCT W L PCT

1966-67 Boston 60 21 .741 4 5 .444

1967-68 Boston 54 28 .659 12 7 .632

1968-69 Boston 48 34 .585 12 6 .667

1973-74 Seattle 36 46 .439 x x x

1974-75 Seattle 43 39 .524 4 5 .444

1975-76 Seattle 43 39 .524 2 4 .333

1976-77 Seattle 40 42 .488 x x x

1987-88 Sacramento 17 41 .293 x x x-

Total 341 290 .540 34 27 .557

NCAA Champion (2): 1955 (Most Outstanding Player), 1956

Olympic Gold Medal (1): 1956

NBA Champion-Player (11): 1957, 1959-66, 1968-69

NBA Champion-Coach (2): 1968, 1969

NBA Most Valuable Player (5): 1958, 1961-63, 1965

Basketball Hall of Fame: 1975


CINCINNATI (AP) Brandon Drury reached 20 homers for the first time in his big league career when he hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Drury broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with his homer on a splitter off Felix Bautista (3-3).

?I was trying to stay on the fastball,” Drury said. “I was a little bit late on one. I was trying to cover for the split. He threw the split and I barreled it.”

Drury, whose previous high was 16 homers for Arizona in 2016. entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning.

“Really good players, great players want to be up in that spot,” Reds manager David Bell said.

Cincinnati went 14-12 in July following a 6-4 homestand.

Alexis Diaz (3-1) won despite allowing a tying home run in the eighth to Anthony Santander.

Buck Farmer got his first career save in six chances after an eventful ni nth inning.

“It has been a long time coming, six years now. I’m ecstatic. It is another thing I can mark off in my career,” Farmer said. “I was coming in regardless but when Brandon hit the home run, Lee Tunnel gave me a football play. He told me it was third and goal on the 1, and we’re giving you the ball.”

Rougned Odor appeared to reach leading off on a bunt when first base umpire Larry Vanover ruled Odor beat the throw from first baseman Ryan Mountcastle to Farmer covering the base. While the Reds were out of challenges, a crew chief video review reversed the call.

Terrin Vavra, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot after designated hitter Adley Rutschman replaced Robinson Chirinos at catcher in the seventh inning, walked with two outs. Trey Mancini followed with a game-ending groundout.

Santander had three hits, including his 19th homer, and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Reds rookie Nick Lodolo allowed one run and four hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.

Orioles starter Austin Voth gave up four hits in five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

“He was outstanding to the max,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re just not doing enough offensively to help these guys out.”

Cincinnati took a 2-0 lead in the sixth when Joey Votto beat the shift with an RBI single to left and Kyle Farmer hit a sacrifice fly.

Cedric Mullins hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh.


Mancini hit leadoff for the first time this season and went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. Mancini had 53 previous career starts in the leadoff spot.


Reds: RHP Hunter Strickland will return from the bereavement list on Monday.


Orioles: RHP Spencer Watkins (3-1. 4.03) starts Monday at Texas, and RHP Jon Gray (7-6, 3.62) will be on the mound for the Rangers.

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (3-12, 5.59) is to start Monday at Miami.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Carlos Rodon struck out 10 over seven dominant innings amid speculation he could be traded, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday night.

Rodon (9-6) got help from his defense early. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez reached over the outfield wall to snare Christopher Morel’s leadoff drive, and center fielder Austin Slater made a running grab of Nelson Velazquez’s hard-hit ball an inning later.

Then Rodon took over. He fanned two in the second inning, then struck out the side in the third and fourth. He yielded two hits, none after the third inning. It was the 18th double-digit strikeout performance of his career and his sixth this season.

San Francisco scored all its runs in the fourth inning by rallying with two outs against starter Adrian Sampson (0-2). Eighth-place hitter Jason Vosler roped an RBI single, followed by No. 9 hitter Austin Wynns’ bases-loaded triple.

The Giants won three of four games in the series, marking their eighth consecutive home series win over the Cubs.


Cubs first baseman P.J. Higgins slammed his right hip into the railing of an oddly-shaped photo well in foul territoy chasing a foul ball in the seventh inning. He was shaken up and consulted with a team trainer before remaining in the game. He made a diving stop on Slater’s grounder an inning later.


San Francisco acquired infielder Dixon Machado from the Cubs on Sunday for right-hander Raynel Espinal.

Machado, who appeared in 172 games for Detroit from 2015 through 2018, immediately entered the Giants’ starting lineup at shortstop. Injuries to Brandon Crawford (left knee) and Thario Estrada (concussion) left San Francisco particularly thin at that position.

The Giants designated right-hander Tobias Myers for assignment to clear roster room for Machado, 30.

Estrada, who had replaced Crawford, went on the seven-day injury list after being hit by a pitch Saturday night.


Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (shoulder) threw off a bullpen mound Sunday and might be ready to make an injury rehabilitation start this coming week.

Giants: Crawford, who’s in his third stint on the IL this season, likely will need a short injury rehab assignment – roughly four games – before returning to the lineup.


The Giants open a four-game series against their archrivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, beginning Monday at Oracle Park. Giants right-hander Logan Webb will oppose Dodgers lefty Andrew Heaney.

Following Monday’s scheduled off-day, the Cubs will play a three-game series at St. Louis. Chiccago’s Keegan Thompson and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright will meet in a matchup of right-handers.


TORONTO (AP) Matt Chapman hit a two-run homer, Jose Berrios won his third straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the error-prone Detroit Tigers 4-1 Sunday.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette had RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who have won 12 of 15 overall after taking three of four from the Tigers. Toronto (57-45) is a season-high 12 games above .500 for the third time, and the first time since the Blue Jays were 37-25 on June 15.

Detroit (41-62) has gone 4-7 since the All-Star break.

Berrios (8-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, including a solo home run to his brother-in-law, Javier Baez. Berrios walked one and struck out six.

“He was landing his curveball. He was spotting his fastball up,” interim manager John Schneider said. “He was on.”

Tim Mayza worked the eighth and Jordan Romano finished for his AL-leading 24th save in 27 chances, striking out Miguel Cabrera to end it with the fans in the crowd of 40,298 on their feet.

The Tigers had three hits Sunday and made four errors, giving them seven in the four-game series. Left fielder Robbie Grossman dropped Guerrero’s line drive in the third, Baez dropped Bichette’s pop fly in the fourth, Hill made an errant pickoff throw to first in the fifth and Baez made a throwing error on Teoscar Hernandez’s grounder in the eighth.

“It was inexcusable,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “Those are sloppy plays that need to be made.”

Hinch disputed the suggestion that the upcoming trade deadline is affecting his team’s focus.

“These are big boys. They can make plays,” Hinch said.

None of Toronto’s runs were unearned.

Chapman opened the scoring when he connected off right-hander Garrett Hill in the second inning, his 20th this season and fourth this series. Chapman homered twice Thursday and went deep again Friday.

“I don’t really know what to do against him right now,” Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart said.

Baez and Berrios battled in a first-inning at-bat that included several deep foul drives, one into the upper deck. Baez thought he’d walked on ball three before taking a curve outside on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.

“Their holiday dinners will probably revolve around these at-bats,” Hinch said.

It was the first time Berrios had allowed a hit against Baez, who came in 0 for 5 against his brother-in-law.

“I already texted him and told him he got me,” Berrios said.

Baez cut Toronto’s lead in half with his leadoff homer in the fourth, his 10th, but Guerrero and Bichette drove in runs as Toronto chased Hill with a two-run fifth.

Hill (1-3) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, his third straight losing decision. Hill walked two and struck out one.


Tigers: RHP Matt Manning (shoulder) is expected to be activated off the injured list to start against Minnesota on Tuesday, Hinch said. Manning last pitched for Detroit April 16 at Kansas City.

Blue Jays: OF George Springer (right elbow) sat for the second time in three games. Springer also sat out Friday. He started at DH Saturday. . RHP Alek Manoah felt fine after playing catch before the game, Manoah left Friday’s start in the sixth after taking a comebacker off his right elbow.


Berrios has won 13 consecutive home starts, breaking Roy Halladay’s Blue Jays record. Haladay won 12 straight at home from May 31, 2007 to April 6, 2008.


Romano’s 24 save was a career-best. He had 23 last season.


Tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (7-8, 3.67) starts Monday as Detroit begins a three-game series at Minnesota.

Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-8, 3.30) is expected to start Tuesday as Toronto opens a two-game series at Tampa Bay. RHP Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 3.17) goes for the Rays.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Austin Hedges had a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning to help the Cleveland Guardians beat All-Star Game starter Shane McClanahan and the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Sunday.

Cleveland won its first series against the Rays since August 2017 and ended a long stretch of games on the road with a 6-5 record.

“It’s big,” Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan said. “I think we played some really good teams (Chicago White Sox, Boston and Tampa Bay). It’s good momentum.”

Reliever Kirk McCarty (2-2) allowed one run, four hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth to get his 23rd save.

McClanahan (10-4) gave up a career-high five runs, seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings – tying season-low.

“It’s just how humbling the game of baseball is,” McClanahan said. “It was just one of those days where nothing was going my way. Felt like didn’t have much life on anything that I threw. Didn’t make the adjustments and they made me pay for it.”

McClanahan’s major league-best 1.76 ERA climbed to 2.07, and the lefty had his streak of going six or more innings with two earned runs or fewer stop at 13 games.

“We didn’t hit a ton of balls hard but we hit them, and we drove his pitch count up,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “It was good that not only we drove his pitch count up but we had something to show for it because we kind of pecked him to death, but better than striking out.”

McClanahan threw 96 pitches, which was four from his season high. The four strikeouts were a season low for the ace, who is among the leaders in the majors with 158.

David Peralta, acquired from Arizona on Saturday, started in left field and went 1 for 4 in his Rays debut. Tampa Bay is 3-7 since the All-Star break.

Ryan Thompson replaced McClanahan with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. After getting an out, he gave up the go-ahead hit to Hedges.

The Guardians went up 3-0 in the second when Myles Straw had a two-run single and Jose Ramirez picked up his 84th RBI with a base hit.

Tampa Bay responded in the bottom of the second when Isaac Paredes hit a leadoff double, went to third on Bryan Shaw’s wild pitch and scored the first of two Tampa Bay runs when catcher Hedges was charged with an error for an errant throw to third.

Ji-man Choi tied it at 3-3 on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly. He also had a run-scoring grounder during the second.

Shaw allowed two runs, two hits and three walks over two innings in second consecutive start after 732 relief consecutive appearances.

Kwan extended his hitting streak to 14 games on a first-inning bunt single. He also threw out Brandon Lowe, who tried to score from second on Randy Arozarena’s fifth-inning single.

“Kwan with a really good throw probably changed the game a litle bit,” Francona said.


Peralta wore wearing No. 6, while INF Taylor Walls switched from 6 to 0. Peralta said 6 was his first big-league number and that he will talk with Walls to “take care of him” for giving up the number.

Walls and OF Mallex Smith (2017-18) are the only Tampa Bay players to wear No. 0.


Guardians: Francona said 1B Josh Naylor was feeling better one day after experiencing numbness in his surgically repaired right ankle. … 1B Owen Miller (bruised right forearm) didn’t play.

Rays: Cash said the reports on closer Nick Anderson’s (right elbow surgery) first outing with Triple-A Durham on Saturday night were encouraging.


Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (7-5) is scheduled to start Monday night’s game against Arizona.

Rays: RHP Drew Rasmussen (6-3) will face Toronto RHP Kevin Gausman (7-8) Tuesday night.


CHICAGO (AP) Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez homered, Dylan Cease threw six strong innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Sunday.

Abreu and Leury Garcia had two hits apiece for the White Sox, who have won 10 of 15 and returned to above .500. Chicago, the preseason favorite to win the AL Central, trailed first-place Minnesota by three games entering the day.

“We’re literally in contention, so I think we’re going to be excited about it and treat every series like it’s the last one we’re going to play and know we have to get a lot of wins,” manager Tony La Russa said. “The most fun that you can have during the regular season is to get to the last two months and have a chance. It’s where everything is amped up in every moment and every at-bat. We’re in a position to do that. We just have to get the wins.”

Liam Hendriks pitched around Ramon Laureano’s double in the ninth for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

Cease (11-4) allowed a run and four hits, striking out seven and walking one. The right-hander has won four straight starts and allowed no more than one earned run in each of his last 12 outings.

“I want to be consistent,” Cease said. “I want to be someone you can count on. So to give us a chance to win almost every time, it’s as much as I can ask for.”

Laureano homered for the A’s, who have the second-worst record in the majors but are 7-4 since the All-Star break.

Jimenez hit his fifth homer off Adam Oller (1-4) in the seventh. Oller allowed four runs, seven hits and no walks, setting career highs for innings (6 1/3) and strikeouts (six).

“That’s the best he’s thrown the ball,” manager Mark Kotsay said.

Chicago scored three in the second inning to take the lead. Abreu led off with his 12th homer before Josh Harrison doubled and scored on Garcia’s single. Seby Zavala followed with a double for a 3-1 lead.

Laureano homered on the first pitch in the second inning, ending Cease’s career-high 22-inning scoreless streak. Seth Brown and Stephen Piscotty just missed connecting, hitting foul balls down the right-field line. A review confirmed a long Piscotty fly ball was foul. Brown had hit three homers in his last two games.

Laureano’s 11th homer gave Oakland 36 homers in July, ahead of just 15 in May and 21 in June.

“We didn’t have many opportunities. You’ve got to give credit to Cease,” Kotsay said. “We came out aggressive on the fastball. He immediately just went to his breaking ball. It’s a plus-breaking ball. He showed that today.”


The White Sox have one day off in the next four weeks. Cease was asked how much is left in the tank.

“A lot. Good thing I’m young,” Cease said.


The White Sox announced they have agreed to terms with all 20 of their 2022 draft selections and 10 undrafted free agents.


White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (lower back strain) said his back tightness is more serious than when he dealt with a similar issue at the beginning of the season. Lopez went on the 15-day injured list retroactive to July 25. He has been throwing 90 feet. “I’m getting better,” he said. “I went to two different doctors to see what was going on. They were confident it was good, it wasn’t anything serious or that would need surgery.”


A’s: RHP Frankie Montas (4-9, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday to open a series at Los Angeles. RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-8, 3.83) is expected to start for the Angels. Both have been the subject of trade rumors.

White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (4-6, 3.16) is slated to pitch Monday to open a home series against Kansas City, which will start RHP Brad Keller (5-11, 4.18).


WASHINGTON (AP) Paul DeJong homered for the second straight day after ending a minor league demotion, Andre Pallante pitched into the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 Sunday.

Corey Dickerson also homered for the Cardinals, who broke the game open in the fourth inning against starter Josiah Gray (7-7).

Washington star Juan Soto was 0 for 3 with a walk. Soto is one of several Nationals who could be dealt before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Washington has the worst record in the majors at 35-68 and went 6-19 in July.

An All-Star in 2019, DeJong was demoted to Triple-A Memphis in May after hitting .130 with one home run in 24 games. He seemed to rediscover his power stroke with the Redbirds, slugging 17 homers in 51 games, including one in each of his final three games.

“I think it just allows me to hit the ground running,” DeJong said. “It’s like I’m back in the game, like I never left. I’m just trying to keep that confidence like I had down there and translate it up here. It’s still baseball.”

DeJong homered in his return Saturday, then connected again in the sixth inning Sunday against Jordan Weems.

“It’s fun to have him here,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “It’s cool to see him doing what we expect him to do. Two games, two homers, swinging a good bat. That’s definitely going to help us do what we’re trying to do here.”

Pallante (4-4) allowed five hits in eight-plus innings and earned his first road victory for St. Louis, which ends July a game behind Philadelphia for the NL’s third wild card. The Cardinals went 4-4 on their three-city, eight-game trip coming out of the All-Star break.

Pallante struck out a career-high eight and walked one. The Nationals didn’t get a runner to third base until chasing Pallante with a single and a double to begin the ninth. Ryan Helsley then retired the next three hitters to end it.

“That was an impressive outing, for sure,” Marmol said.

Gray issued two four-pitch walks with one out in the fourth inning before retiring DeJong. Dickerson then poked a curveball down the right-field line for his fourth homer of the season.

Gray allowed four runs on five hits in five innings while striking out six.

Dickerson doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Dylan Carlson’s groundout in the third to account for the Cardinals’ first run.


Cardinals: Marmol said OF Tyler O’Neill was unavailable after leaving with leg cramps Saturday.

Nationals: OF Victor Robles (leg cramps) was out of the lineup. “When he cramps up like that, it knots up pretty good,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I talked to him last night and told him `We’re just going to give you a day.'” … RHP Will Harris (right pectoral) gave up a run on a homer in one inning during a rehabilitation outing Saturday for Triple-A Rochester.


The Nationals recognized 1B Albert Pujols and C Yadier Molina during a ceremony before the Cardinals’ last game in Washington this season. Both retiring players received a framed photo. Pujols was given two ballpark seats in honor of hitting both his 400th and 500th career home runs in Washington. Molina (who is on a rehab assignment at Memphis) received one seat as a nod to his 2018 All-Star appearance at Nationals Park.


Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (7-8, 3.28 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at home Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (4-14, 6.49), who failed to escape the first inning for the first time in 250 career starts in his last outing, gets the ball Monday at home against former Nationals ace Max Scherzer (6-2, 2.09) and the New York Mets.


DENVER (AP) James Outman homered on the first swing of his first big-league plate appearance and finished with three hits and three RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 Sunday and closed out July with 21 victories.

Freddie Freeman added three hits and an RBI, passing teammate Trea Turner for the MLB lead in hits. Tony Gonsolin (12-1) bounced back from his first loss of the season as the Dodgers finished the month 21-5, tying the franchise record for most wins in July. They scored 147 runs in the month.

“Obviously I’ve dreamed of it, playing Wiffle ball in the back yard and stuff like that,” Outman said of homering in his first at-bat. “I never really thought it was going to be something that was going to happen. It’s awesome. When I hit it I thought it had a chance. I didn’t want to be the first guy to hit a ball off the wall and have it be a single for my first hit, so I was running out of the box.”

Outman became the eighth Dodgers player in franchise history – the fourth since the move to Los Angeles – to homer in his first career plate appearance, joining Jose Offerman (1990), Garey Ingram (1994) and Keibert Ruiz (2020). Outman had 21 homers in 90 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma this season before being promoted Saturday.

He is the only Los Angeles Dodger in franchise history with three hits and three RBIs in his first game, and he is first major leaguer since Joey Gallo with three hits, including a homer and three RBIs, in his debut. Gallo did it June 2, 2015.

“Historic – what a debut,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Really fun to watch. You can just see his joy. A day that he has dreamt about, and for it to play out like this. Today was about James Outman, and I couldn’t be more happy.”

The 25-year-old Outman, with a 1-1 count, homered on a 95 mph fastball from German Marquez (6-9) to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead after Cody Bellinger singled to open the third inning. The homer landed in the Dodgers’ bullpen and was retrieved by Alex Vesia, who passed it to Outman in the clubhouse.

“I’m going to stare at it for a long time, and then I’m going to put it up in my childhood room next to all my other baseball stuff,” Outman said of the ball. “I have a shelf of all my Little League home runs. That might top them all.”

Outman singled and scored in the seventh inning and drove in a run with a double to the wall in right-center in the eighth, helping push the Dodgers lead to 7-3. Outman was the Dodgers’ seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft.

“I’m usually just trying to hit the ball as hard as I can, hit a line drive somewhere,” Outman said.

Gonsolin gave up three runs – all in the third inning – and five hits while striking out six and walking one. He has given up at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts, after giving up two or fewer in his first 15. He has pitched a career-high 104 2/3 innings this season.

“Everybody goes through their ups and downs,” said Gonsolin, whose ERA is 2.41. “Hopefully, this is just a quick down and we can turn it around going into the next start.”

Brian Serven homered for Colorado to open the three-run third off Gonsolin, and the Rockies loaded the bases without getting the ball out of the infield on a hit batter, a walk, and dribbler on the chalk down the third-base line. Grichuk lined a two-run single to right for a 3-2 lead.

Grichuk had his third straight multi-hit game and was 7 for 16 in the four-game series.

The Dodgers scored two in the fourth inning for a 4-3 lead, taking advantage of the Rockies’ sloppy defense. With a runner on first and one out, second baseman Brendan Rodgers bobbled a potential inning-ending double play grounder before settling for an out at first. After a walk put runners on first and second, Bellinger doubled in one run, and the second scored when Grichuk misplayed the ball in right.

“Some uncharacteristic things happened,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “You can’t do that against a good team.”


Freddie Freeman (128) and Trea Turner (127) are 1-2 in the major leagues in hits, Freeman overtaking his teammate with a three-hit game Sunday after Turner extended his hitting streak to 18 with a first-inning single. The two are attempting to become the sixth pair of teammates to finish 1-2 in the league in hits in the live ball era.

Turner led the NL in hits in 2020 and 2021 and would be the second player in major league history to lead the league in three straight seasons. Ichiro led the majors in five straight seasons with Seattle, 2006-2010.


Rodgers extended his home hitting streak to 12 games Sunday and was 9 for 16 in the four-game series against the Dodgers. Among major league second basemen, Rodgers ranked in the top two in four offensive categories – 100 hits (first), 23 doubles (tied for first), 154 total bases (second) and 49 RBIs (tied for second).


RHP Chris Martin joined the Dodgers on Sunday, a day after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs for OF Zach McKinstry. defined Martin’s roles as “reliever.”

“Wherever we see fit to take down some outs, that’s when he is going to pitch,” Roberts said.

Martin was 1-0 with a 4.31 in 31 1/3 innings with the Cubs this season, with 40 strikeouts and four walks. The Dodgers optioned RHP Jake Reed to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster.


Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) missed his fourth straight game Sunday. A recent MRI was negative, but “there is still some sensation,” Roberts said. “We don’t need to push him.” Turner is to play catch and run Monday, and the earliest he could be back in the lineup is Thursday against San Francisco, Roberts said. . IF/OF Chris Taylor (foot) is to begin a rehab assignment Monday. “I really can’t see it being less than seven games,” Roberts said. Taylor has not played since July 4. . RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday in San Francisco. He has made three appearances this season, the last April 14.

Rockies: LF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) was removed in the top of the sixth inning. After scoring on a single in the third inning, Bryant ran into the clubhouse before returning to the field, only to be removed three innings later. . 1B C.J. Cron had a day off. Cron, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist July 8 in Arizona, is 3 for 36 with one homer and two RBIs since the All-Star break.


Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.47 ERA) is to oppose RHP Logan Webb (9-4, 2.91) in the opener of a four-game series in San Francisco. Heaney struck out four in four scoreless innings of a no-decision against Washington in his first appearance since being activated from the injured list on Wednesday. The Dodgers are 6-0 at home and 0-3 on the road against the Giants this season.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-5. 4.90) is to oppose RHP Mike Clevinger (2-3, 3.38) in the first game of a four-game series in San Diego. Senzatela is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA in five road starts this season, and the Rockies have lost all five. The Rockies are 8-3 against the Padres this season.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — In the span of four days, Mike Trout went from his career in peril to possibly picking a bat by the end of next week.

The Los Angeles Angels star visited Thursday with Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist and co-director of the Marina Spine Clinic in Los Angeles. Tout is slated to begin rotational exercises on Wednesday and could return to swinging a bat shortly after that.

“It went from my career is over to now hopefully I’m going to play here soon,” Trout said with a laugh. “Coming out of the workouts, it’s been great every day. It’s getting better. It’s very promising to start rotational stuff. I’ll do that for a couple days in the weight room and if that goes well, I’ll start swinging.”

Trout’s future appeared uncertain when athetic trainer Mike Forstad said before Wednesday’s game in Kansas City that the three-time AL MVP had a rare spinal condition, and that it was an issue Trout could have to “manage not just through the rest of this season.”

“I think that’s what Frosty was initially getting at — keeping a routine so that it doesn’t come back,” Trout said. “Once you let it settle down, get the inflammation out of there and build the muscles up around, it’ll be good.”


When Juan Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year deal to stay with the Washington Nationals, it ensured Tuesday’s 6 p.m. EDT trade deadline would have a little juice.

That wasn’t a certainty when Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed to an expanded postseason format this spring. With 12 October spots available — and no more one-game wild-card rounds — some had concerns about whether there would be enough star power left among sellers to satisfy a potentially growing number of buyers.

A quick glance at the standings shows at least 18 teams with legitimate playoff aspirations — 18 clubs that might benefit from Willson Contreras, Josh Bell or Frankie Montas, among others.

With Soto, there could be even more bidders than that.

The 23-year-old is a two-time All-Star, a Home Run Derby champion, a World Series winner and famously one of the most difficult at-bats in baseball. Pry him away from the Nationals, and a club could enjoy 2½ seasons of Soto and his signature batter’s box shuffle before he can test free agency.

Of course, with so many suitors, Washington is sure to extract a heavy haul for Soto’s services. The Nationals haven’t seemed keen on a long-lasting rebuild, prioritizing near-ready talent when trading away Max Scherzer and Trea Turner last year. The industry expects GM Mike Rizzo to eye similarly advanced prospects in Soto talks.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — New Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark is learning the NCAA’s issues in real time and during a period of sweeping change and uncertainty.

While Monday is Yormark’s first day working full-time out of the Big 12 office, leaving behind Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, the ex-CEO of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets has been steadily involved in conference matters since landing his first job in college athletics.

He was named the Big 12′s new leader on June 29. A day later, conference realignment became a pressing issue again when Southern California and UCLA said they would be leaving the Pac-12 in 2024 to join the Big Ten.

Beyond that, Yormark has to get familiar with name, image and likeness compensation for athletes, the transfer portal, FBS conferences potentially splitting from the NCAA with their own governance structure for football, and the future of the College Football Playoff.

“One of his best qualities is he doesn’t pretend to know what he doesn’t know … He asks a lot of questions, and listens,” Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said of Yormark. “He hasn’t been in the industry, so he’s got to absorb all of that, which is, just under normal circumstances, difficult. But then throw on top of that conference realignment part two.”

When asked during his introduction at Big 12 football media days in mid-July if there were active talks with any Pac-12 schools, Yormark said his league was “open for business” and exploring all options for the future — but gave no specific details.

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff expressed frustration Friday, saying he has spent the past month “trying to defend against grenades being lobbed in from every corner of the Big 12 trying to destabilize our remaining conference.” He also said his league intends to keep its current members and entertain new additions.

The Big 12 is going through another transition in membership, and its media rights deal with ESPN and Fox Sports expires after the 2024-25 academic year. While Oklahoma and Texas are set to leave for the Southeastern Conference no later than the 2025 season, four new schools will join the Big 12 next summer.

Yormark brings an outside perspective to what has been a resilient conference, as well as a background in building brands.

Before joining Roc Nation in 2019, where he was chief operating officer on the commercial side of the business, Yormark spent almost 15 years with the Nets, overseeing the club’s move from New Jersey and construction of the Barclays Center. He previously worked for NASCAR, where he oversaw a $750 million agreement with Nextel Communications for naming rights to the circuit’s top racing series.

Yormark said he pledged the Big 12 board of directors that he would ensure the league would be “bold and humble, aggressive and thoughtful, and innovative and creative” in growing its brand and business — and becoming a bit more contemporary.

“One thing is crystal clear. There is no higher priority than to best position the Big 12 for its upcoming multimedia rights negotiations,” Yormark said. “Everything we do must create momentum for these negotiations, as well as building the value of the Big 12 brand and business.”


A decision on discipline for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson following accusations of sexual misconduct is coming Monday.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that retired judge Sue L. Robinson has informed the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association she’s ready to issue a ruling on Watson’s disciplinary hearing that concluded a month ago. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.

Watson was accused of sexual harassment and assault by 24 massage therapists in Texas and has settled 20 of the civil lawsuits filed against him. Four lawsuits remain pending and the attorney representing the women has said he hopes to take them to trial sometime next spring.

Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations.

Watson, who played for four seasons with Houston before being traded to Cleveland in March, has been practicing with the Browns while Robinson has spent weeks trying to determine whether the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

The NFL argued for an indefinite suspension of at least one year during a three-day hearing in Delaware last month. The league also wants to fine Watson $5 million, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The union pushed for no punishment, though a person familiar with Watson’s defense told the AP in June that a suspension is expected and the goal is to have Watson play this season.

Settlement negotiations didn’t progress.

If Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ union, imposes any punishment, either side can appeal. In that case, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee “will issue a written decision that will constitute full, final and complete disposition of the dispute,” per terms of Article 46 in the collective bargaining agreement.

The NFLPA already made it clear it won’t appeal.

“In advance of Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reiterate the facts of this proceeding,” the union said in a statement. “First, we have fully cooperated with every NFL inquiry and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any personal conduct policy investigation. A former Federal Judge – appointed jointly by the NFLPA and NFL – held a full and fair hearing, has read thousands of pages of investigative documents and reviewed arguments from both sides impartially. Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and will not be tarnished based on the whims of the League office. This is why, regardless of her decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will stand by her ruling and we call on the NFL to do the same.”

The union negotiated the right for either side to appeal a disciplinary officer’s ruling in the CBA signed in March 2020 because Goodell previously had the authority to impose punishment for personal conduct violations.

Watson took the majority of first-team reps with Cleveland’s starting offense during the first four days of camp.

On Saturday, the 26-year-old quarterback practiced in front of Browns fans for the first time since signing a fully guaranteed, five-year $230 million contract with the team in March. He stayed after practice to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. He even signed and gave away his cleats after losing a game of rock, paper, scissors to a young fan.

Cleveland traded three first-round draft picks to Houston for Watson, a player the team believes can make it a Super Bowl contender.

If Watson is suspended, coach Kevin Stefanski reiterated last week that backup Jacoby Brissett will be the team’s starter. The Browns also recently signed veteran Josh Rosen as more insurance and Josh Dobbs is also on the roster.

Watson has not yet spoken to reporters during camp, presumably waiting until there is a resolution in his case.

“I know there is that uncertainty, but we can only control what we can control,” Stefanski said. “I think that is what he has done a very nice job of. So much of that is football is there is a lot of volume to what we are doing right now when it comes to football So there are a lot of meetings, there is a lot of install and there is a lot of workout, walkthrough and practice. He has really thrown himself into that.”


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers are finalizing a three-year contract extension with All-Pro receiver Deebo Samuel that will clear the way for their top offensive playmaker to return to the practice field.

A person familiar with the deal said Sunday the sides are putting the finishing touches on the contract a day before the Niners are set to hold their first padded practice of training camp. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been signed.

NFL Network first reported the sides had reached an agreement and said the new contract will be worth $71.55 million with $58.1 million in contract guarantees. The extension will allow Samuel to hit free agency in 2026 when he will be 30 years old.

The agreement ends a monthslong saga that began before the draft when Samuel publicly demanded a trade. He stayed away from the team for the voluntary portion of the offseason but reported for mandatory minicamp in June and training camp last week.

But Samuel was “holding in” and hadn’t taken part in any practices as his representatives finalized the latest rich wide receiver contract.

Samuel had been set to be paid nearly $4 million in the final year of his rookie contract this season after being a first-team All-Pro in 2021. But he became the 14th receiver to receive a contract with an average annual value of at least $20 million, with 11 of those deals being signed this year.

Samuel emerged last season as one of the most dangerous offensive players in the game with the unique ability to thrive as both a running back and a receiver in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Samuel finished the season with 1,770 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is the only Niners receiver ever to gain more yards from scrimmage in a season than Samuel did last year.

Samuel had 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns, leading the NFL with 18.2 yards per reception. He added 59 carries for 365 yards and eight TDs as he was used out of the backfield frequently in the second half of the season.

Getting Samuel back on the practice field was a priority for the 49ers so he could get to work with new starting quarterback Trey Lance. After drafting Lance third overall last year, the Niners are turning the offense over to him in 2022 and want as much time as possible to build a rapport between Lance and Samuel.


Boston College continues to be stuck in the land of the okay.

From 2013 to 2018 the Eagles won seven games five times in the six years. They were steady, consistent, and they couldn’t seem to break through and do a whole lot more.

Now they’re on a run of three straight six-win seasons, but to be fair, COVID had something to do with that – they haven’t been able to play in either of the last two bowl games they’ve been eligible for.

In Year Three under head coach Jeff Hafley, is this when Boston College can go from just okay to more of a player?

It won the first four games of last year and dropped six of the last eight once ACC play started. An injury to QB Phil Jurkovec had a lot to do with that, and now the experience is there, the talent level has been built up, and there are positives to build on. However …



Clemson finished with a double-digit win season.

The bar has been set so unreasonably high under Dabo Swinney that 10-3 seems like a disappointment, and it is to a certain extent.

The same talking points over several years held true for last season, too – there’s the break of playing an ACC schedule and not being in the SEC. However, the Tigers more than earned their stripes in the College Football Playoff under Swinney.

There’s been nothing fluky about this run. So let’s take a wee step back here for a moment and take a breath.

No, Clemson didn’t win the national championship. It didn’t go to the College Football Playoff, and it didn’t win the ACC title.

It did come up with a double-digit win season for the 11th straight season. That might not be the run Alabama is on, and that might not be there yet compared to the height of Bobby Bowden’s powers at Florida State, but come on.

Clemson lost three games. It’s okay.



Yes, kids. Florida State really used to be amazing at college football.

How weird have the last few years been? The last run of four losing seasons in a row was from 1973 to 1976. From 1977 to 2017, how many losing seasons did Florida State suffer through?


There was a time when it took something otherworldly to slip a win past this program, and now it’s losing to Jacksonville State. Florida State – one of the annual superpowers of superpowers – has been lapped in the ACC by Wake freaking Forest.

But there were signs last year of things potentially being on the verge of starting to turn.

The Seminoles ran all over Notre Dame in a fantastic opening week loss. They pushed Clemson only to lose – and epically not cover – against Clemson, and they rallied late in the year when it all could’ve gone off the rails only to just miss out on a bowl game in a loss at Florida.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tyler Reddick this month already grabbed his first Cup career victory, qualified for NASCAR’s playoffs and signed a big contract with a new team.

Now he’s got a victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Reddick closed the best month of his career with an overtime win Sunday on the road course at Indy to give him two victories in the last five Cup races.

“So, I’m not going to lie, I watched a lot of racing at this venue when I was a kid growing up,” Reddick said. “A lot of incredible drivers have won at this racetrack and it’s really cool to be part of the drivers who have won here and I’m really happy about it.”

Reddick broke through for his first career victory on July 3 at Road America in Wisconsin, then announced nine days later he was leaving Richard Childress Racing in 2024 to drive for 23XI, the team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

Win No. 2 seemed to be easily within reach as Reddick was comfortably out front for 15 late laps when debris from Christopher Bell’s car brought out the fourth caution of the race with only six to go.

It set up a restart with three laps remaining and Reddick lined up alongside road course ace Chase Elliott, who briefly got past Reddick for the lead until he was spun for another caution that sent the race into overtime.


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Formula One champion Max Verstappen overcame a spin and his worst starting spot of the season to win the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. His eighth win of the season pushed Verstappen’s lead to 80 points over Charles Leclerc as F1 heads into its midseason break.

Even though his advantage keeps increasing, Verstappen is not thinking ahead.

“It’s of course a great lead,” he said. “But if you want to fight for championships, you can’t afford many mistakes.”

Mercedes placed both its cars on the podium for the second straight race; seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton carved his way from seventh to a second-place finish, teammate and pole-sitter George Russell was third.

Carlos Sainz Jr. finished fourth in another disastrous day for Ferrari. Leclerc was sixth, one spot behind Sergio Perez of Red Bull.

Verstappen’s eighth win of the season was the 28th of the Dutchman’s career.

“Who would have thought when we woke up today we’d get this result? Amazing,” Verstappen told his team, letting out a laugh. “I was battling a lot of guys and it was a lot of fun out there. That was a crazy race but (we) stayed calm and we won.”

He qualified a season-worst 10th because of a loss of power on Saturday, then in Sunday’s race Verstappen did a 360-degree spin.


LONDON (AP) — England beat Germany 2-1 in the final of the European Championship after extra time on Sunday to win its first major women’s soccer title.

Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal on a rebound in the second half of extra time after Germany failed to clear a corner. The game had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium with Lina Magull for Germany canceling out Ella Toone’s goal for England.

After the final whistle, the England players danced and the crowd sang their anthem “Sweet Caroline.” The good-natured atmosphere inside the stadium Sunday drew contrasts with the violent scenes when the England men’s team lost its European Championship final to Italy at the same stadium a year ago.

“I always believed I’d be here, but to be here and score the winner, wow. These girls are amazing,” said Kelly, who returned from a serious knee injury in April. “This is amazing, I just want to celebrate now.”

Kelly took her shirt off to celebrate her goal, earning a yellow card but also a shout-out from Brandi Chastain, who celebrated in similar style when her penalty kick won the World Cup for the U.S. in 1999. “Enjoy the free rounds of pints and dinners for the rest of your life from all of England. Cheers!” Chastain wrote on Twitter.


BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Henrik Stenson’s decision that cost him the European Ryder Cup captaincy paid large and immediate dividends Sunday when he won the LIV Golf Invitational at Bedminster and picked up more than $4 million for three days’ work.

Staked to a three-shot lead going into the third and final round at Trump National, Stenson opened with a 20-foot birdie putt and never led anyone closer than two shots the rest of the way.

He closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Matthew Wolf (64) and Dustin Johnson, who birdied the last hole for a 68.

Stenson, five years removed from beating a field of more than 20 players, picked up $4 million for winning and an additional $375,000 for his team finishing second.

The big payoff — not including a signing bonus reported to be about $50 million — comes less than two weeks after the 46-year-old Swede decided to join the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series.

Stenson had pledged full support to the European tour when he became Ryder Cup captain and March, and the tour stripped him of the job four months later when he changed his mind.

“I guess we can agree I played like a captain,” Stenson said on the LIV Golf telecast.

He finished at 11-under 202.


IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — Ayaka Furue of Japan ran off six straight birdies in the middle of her round and rallied from a four-shot deficit with a 10-under 62 to win the Women’s Scottish Open on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title.

A seven-time winner on the Japan LPGA — once as an amateur — Furue became the second rookie to win on the LPGA Tour this year, and she did it in style at Dundonald Links.

Starting the final round four shots behind Celine Boutier of France, the 22-year-old finished the front nine with four straight birdies and added two more to start the back nine. She never let up, playing bogey-free to win by three.

“I was four shots back. I thought it would be difficult to catch the top, good players. But I’m very happy I played good golf and I was able to come out as a winner,” Furue said. “I had the right mindset. I thought I had to go low, and I played very well.”

Boutier was still in good shape until making three bogeys on the back nine for a 69.

“I started making some bogeys and I feel like it’s not easy, playing in the final group. Then obviously when someone just has their day, you just can’t do anything about it really,” she said.

Furue finished at 21-under 267 and won $300,000, along with valuable momentum going into the final major of the year next week in the Women’s British Open at Muirfield.



TOLEDO, Ohio  Carter Bins hit a go-ahead home run and laced the first triple of his career to lead to another run, and the Indianapolis Indians earned a series split with a 4-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field.

Indianapolis (46-50) failed to cash in baserunners in each of the first three innings, but Bins’ sixth long ball of the season in the fourth inning brought home Jack Suwinski with it to put the Indians in front, 2-1. Two innings later, his leadoff three-bagger set up a sacrifice fly off the bat of Taylor Davis.

The Indians tacked on another insurance run in the seventh. Mike Jarvis – playing in just his second career Triple-A game – singled to left before scoring on a double by Suwinski.

Eric Stout (S, 4) retired all six batters he faced including two on strikeouts for the save. Hunter Stratton (W, 2-5) started the scoreless relief effort with a 1-2-3 fourth inning, and Cam Alldred, Colin Holderman and Yohan Ramirez each posted zeroes ahead of Stout.

In his second outing since being returned to Triple-A, Roansy Contreras recorded five strikeouts and yielded one run on three hits in 3.0 innings pitched. The lone run he surrendered to Toledo (49-48) came in the second inning when he struck out the side but gave up singles to Kerry Carpenter, Jamie Westbrook and Chris Rabago.

Beau Brieske (L, 0-2) pitched 3.0 innings of two-run ball. He allowed five hits and two walks with a pair of punchouts.

Tucupita Marcano extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a second straight three-hit performance. He is batting .362 (21-for-58) with a .933 OPS in 14 games since being optioned to Indy in early July.

The Indians host the Louisville Bats for seven games in six days starting Tuesday at 7:05 PM. Both teams have yet to name a starting pitcher.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever concluded the regular season series against the Las Vegas Aces with a 94-69 loss at home on Sunday evening. WNBA Rookie-of-the-Year candidate NaLyssa Smith led the Fever with 18 points and 13 rebounds, recording her 20th career game scoring at least 10 points and her eighth double-double of the season. Smith also tied a career-high with seven offensive rebounds. In the fourth quarter alone, Smith scored 14 of the Fever’s final 21 points.

Indiana dropped to 5-27 with Las Vegas improving to 22-8 this season in the first game of the season without guard Kelsey Mitchell in the Fever lineup.

Both teams combined to shoot 13-of-40 in the opening quarter of the second game in three days at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Indiana came out hitting four of its first seven shots to begin the second quarter, but trailed by 12 heading into halftime. Rookie guard Destanni Henderson led the Fever at the intermission with 11 points in the opening half. After playing a career-high 31 minutes, Henderson ended the game with 16 points off the bench for her second consecutive game scoring double-digits.

The third quarter was marked by Aces guard Kelsey Plum. With the game at 50-39, Plum scored the next 15 points for Las Vegas and finished the quarter with 19 of the Aces’ 28 points. Plum scored a game-high 26 points and now has 15 career games with at least 20 points. Three players finished with 13 points — Princeton, Indiana native Jackie Young, forward A’ja Wilson and forward Theresa Plaisance.


Indiana heads out to take on the Atlanta Dream at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday.


1899       Louisville infielder Honus Wagner steals second, third, and home plate during the fourth inning of the Colonels’ 7-1 victory over the Giants at Eclipse Park. The 25-year-old ‘Flying Dutchman’ will accomplish the stolen base cycle four times, establishing a major league record he shares with Ty Cobb.

1906       After pitching 10.2 innings of no-hit ball, Harry McIntire yields a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey. The Dodgers and McIntire lose the game in the 13th on an unearned run, 1-0.

1918       The Pirates break the longest scoreless tie in baseball history when the team tallies two runs in the top of the twenty-first inning for an eventual 2-0 victory at Braves Field. The Giants and Reds will match the mark in 1967 when each team is held scoreless for twenty innings until the decisive run scores in the next frame on a bases-loaded walk to Dick Groat.

1923       Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sells the team to a syndicate headed by J. A. Robert Quinn, the Browns’ business manager. The Broadway producer will always be remembered and cursed in New England for selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920.

1924       Dazzy Vance strikes out seven consecutive batters to establish a major league record when the Brooklyn Robins defeat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 4-0. The future Hall of Famer will compile a 28-6 record for the Brooks this season, leading the National League in strikeouts with 262.

1933       Carl Hubbell’s 45.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak ends when Randy Moore strokes a two-run single in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 3-1 loss to Boston at the Polo Grounds. By blanking Boston for the first five frames, the future Hall of Fame southpaw surpasses Ed Ruelbach’s National League mark of 44 innings established in 1908 with the Cubs.

1941       On Ladies’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez breaks the major league mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 free passes in the 9-0 victory over St. Louis. The New York southpaw, who extends the team’s streak of holding the opponents scoreless to 21 consecutive innings, tosses a five-hitter, improving his record to 10-3.

1945       At the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott hits his 500th career home run off Johnny Hutchings in the Giants’ 9-2 victory over the Braves. ‘Master Melvin’ becomes the third major leaguer to accomplish the historic feat, joining Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx in reaching the career milestone.

1945       Irwin Hall is credited with a single after his line drive winds up inside Dutch Leonard’s pants after it hits the Senators right-hander in the stomach. The Washington starter may have lost the shortstop’s batted ball but gets the win when he goes the distance in the team’s 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at Griffith Stadium.

1952       Boston starter Max Surkont matches goose eggs with the Reds’ Ken Raffenberger during the first eight innings in a scoreless duel at Braves Field. The hard-luck right-hander will lose the game when he uncorks two wild pitches in the ninth inning, allowing two unearned runs to score.

1957       Gil Hodges, in a 12-3 win over the Cubs, hits his 13th and last career grand slam in Brooklyn Dodger history. The first baseman’s bases-loaded shot off Dick Littlefield establishes a new National League record, previously shared by Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.

1962       At White Sox Park, Bill Monbouquette, facing 28 batters, becomes the second Red Sox hurler this season to throw a no-hitter, a 1-0 victory over Chicago. Five weeks ago, Earl Wilson also threw a no-no, beating the Angels at Fenway Park, 2-0.

1968       Stan Bahnsen, who will be named the AL Rookie of the Year, sets the Yankee freshman record for strikeouts in a game, whiffing 12 batters en route to hurling a 1-0 masterpiece over Boston at Fenway Park. The 23-year-old right-hander’s mark will last for 30 years until Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez strikes out one more in a 1998 game against Texas.

1970       At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Pittsburgh left fielder Willie Stargell accumulates 14 total bases with three doubles and two home runs. The outfielder’s five extra-base hits power the Pirates past the Braves, 20-10.

1972       Nate Colbert becomes the second player to hit five home runs in a doubleheader, a feat he witnessed as an eight-year-old Cardinal fan at Sportsman’s Park when Stan Musial first accomplished it in 1954. The Padres slugger also breaks Stan the Man’sNL mark for RBIs in a twin bill when he drives in 13 runs, and his 22 total bases set a major league record.

1972       In the nightcap, the Phillies salvage a split of the twin bill when Steve Carlton, who sees his 30 consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped in the fourth, beats the Mets at Shea Stadium, 4-1. New York outlasted Philadelphia in the opener, scoring a run in the bottom of the 18th inning for a 3-2 victory.

1975       Replacing Bill Virdon, who never won a game at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers named Billy Martin their skipper, the first of his five hirings to run the team. During the two-year tenure of their former manager, a span covering the 1974 and 1975 seasons, the club played its home games at Shea Stadium during the remodeling of the Bronx ballpark.

1977       Willie McCovey extends his own National League record when he hits his 18th career grand slam in the third inning of the Giants’ 9-2 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 39-year-old first baseman adds another round-tripper in the seventh, bringing his total to 484 major league home runs.

1978       Pete Rose, making the last out when he strikes out on a Gene Garber change-up, goes 0-for-4, ending his 44-game hitting streak, one contest shy of breaking the National League record. The Reds’ third baseman tied Willie Keeler’s 1897 National League record last night with a hit off future Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.

1982       The Hall of Fame inducts Hank Aaron, the career leader in home runs (755) and RBIs (2,297), Frank Robinson, the first MVP in both leagues and first black manager in the majors, Travis Jackson, an outstanding shortstop in the 1920s. Happy Chandler, the commissioner when baseball broke the color line, also becomes an inductee of this year’s Cooperstown class.

1986       On the day the Twins celebrate their 25th anniversary, in a game that also features Kirby Puckett hitting for the cycle, Bert Blyleven becomes the tenth major leaguer to record his 3,000th strikeout. The Minnesota right-hander, who tosses a two-hitter, reaches the historic milestone by whiffing Mike Davis in the fifth inning, his eighth of the game, en route to a career-high of 15, in the team’s 10-1 victory over Oakland at the Metrodome.

1994       In the Orioles’ 1-0 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome, Cal Ripken becomes only the second major leaguer to play in 2,000 consecutive games. Jeff Conine has the second-longest streak held by a current player, a span of 267 straight contests for Florida.

1998       Garret Anderson goes hitless in four at-bats in an 11-3 defeat to Boston, ending the longest hitting streak in Angel history at 28 games. The 26-year-old outfielder has collected at least one hit in every game Anaheim played in July, batting .405 (47 hits in 116 at-bats) during the historic stretch of contests.

1998       The Braves, donning 1940 Atlanta Black Crackers styled uniforms, beat the Cardinals, wearing throwback uniforms of the 1928 St. Louis Stars, 3-1, at Turner Field. Players wearing replica uniforms to honor the history of Negro League clubs have become common at major league games.

1998       Tony Clark sets an American League record by homering from both sides of the plate for the third time this season. The Tiger switch-hitter’s offensive output, including a first-inning two-run blast batting right-handed and a solo shot in the seventh as a southpaw swinger, contributes to the team’s 8-0 victory over the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.

1998       The Royals steal eight bases, including four swipes by infielder Jose Offerman, to tie a team record for swipes during a 9-5 victory over the Orioles. Johnny Damon, Larry Sutton, Jeff King, and Mendy Lopez also contribute to the thievery on the basepaths.

2000       In a 10-0 victory, Orioles’ right-hander Mike Mussina strikes out a club-record 15 batters when he keeps the Twins hitless through six innings. ‘Moose’ finishes the Camden Yards contest with his third career one-hitter.

2000       Craig Biggio tears the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee during a collision with Marlin outfielder Preston Wilson and will miss the rest of the season. The injury puts the Astros’ 34-year-old second baseman on the disabled list for the first time during his 13-year career.

2001       For the thirty-third time in the team’s history, the Tigers turn a triple play when Mariner Mark McLemore lines out to second baseman Damion Easley, who throws to shortstop Deivi Cruz to double up Tom Lampkin. Cruz then relays the ball to first baseman Shane Halter, catching Ichiro Suzuki off first to complete Detroit’s first triple killing since July 3rd, 1992, when the victim was also Seattle.

2002       The Expos trade recently acquired outfielder Cliff Floyd (.275, 21, 61) to the Red Sox for two minor league right-handed pitchers from South Korea, Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim. Although denied by all involved, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner suspects the Expos, owned by major league baseball, made the trade to help his club’s top rival.

2005       After knowingly denying taking any banned substances, Rafael Palmeiro becomes the highest-profile player suspended for violating the MLB steroids policy. The Orioles’ first baseman told the House Government Reform Committee this spring that published allegations by Jose Canseco of his steroids use was “absolutely false” and had considered suing his former teammate over the accusation.

2005       Joe Garagiola Jr., the first and only general manager in Diamondback history, will be leaving Arizona to take a job with the commissioner’s office. The son of the former Cardinal catcher and national broadcaster will become the senior VP of baseball operations of MLB beginning on August 15th.

2005       During an interview on, Barry Bonds admits his injured right knee will most likely keep him from playing this season. The 41-year-old Giants slugger needs 12 home runs to pass Babe Ruth (714) and 54 to go ahead of Hank Aaron (755) to become the all-time home run leader.

2006       At Turner Field in a game against the Braves, Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, the seventh longest in major league history. The Oriole shortstop’s streak began on June 2nd, 2000, as a member of the Oakland A’s.

2006       Carlos Guillen, needing a two-bagger to complete the cycle, stretches a single into a double, much to the delight of the Tampa Bay fans. The Detroit shortstop is the tenth Tiger to accomplish the feat, but it is the first time it has occurred during a Devil Ray game.

2007       Buddy Bell announces before tonight’s 5-3 extra-inning victory against the Twins that he will leave his post as the Royals’ manager at the end of the season. The 54-year-old skipper will join the organization’s front office next season as a senior adviser to Kansas City’s GM Dayton Moore.

2007       The Twins, rather than send 25,000 fans back out onto crowded highways, decide to play tonight’s game against the Royals after observing a moment of silence in memory of victims of the nearby bridge collapse. Minnesota will postpone tomorrow’s game at the Metrodome.

2010       The Mets induct four new members, all of whom played an instrumental role in the 1986 World Championship, to the team’s Hall of Fame. Former GM Frank Cashen, previous skipper Davey Johnson, and two former All-Stars, slugger Darryl Strawberry and right-hander Dwight Gooden, join 21 other persons to be recognized by the club since the inception of the honor in 1981.

2011       After popping out in a pinch-hitting appearance, Craig Counsell remains without a hit in his last 45 at-bats, tying the longest single-season hitless streak by a position player in history, established by Brooklyn backstop Bill Bergen in 1909. The major league record is 0-for-70, established in 1970 by Bob Buhl, a pitcher who toiled with the Braves and Cubs that season.

2013       The Red Sox score six times in the ninth inning, overcoming a 7-2 deficit en route to their 11th walk-off victory of the season. Daniel Nava’s one-out walk-off single seals the deal in Boston’s 8-7 amazing comeback victory over the Mariners at Fenway Park.

2015       Clayton Kershaw strikes out Mike Trout looking with a wicked curveball, marking the first time that reigning MVPs have faced one another in a major league game. The interleague contest between the two LA teams ends with Dodger southpaw keeping the Angel outfielder 0-for-3 while hurling eight innings in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Halos at Chavez Ravine.

2016       Royals starter Danny Duffy sets a franchise record when he strikes out 16 in batters in the team’s 3-0 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. The 27-year-old southpaw surpasses the mark established by Zack Greinke, who whiffed hitters 15 in a 2009 contest against the Indians.


After a short, one-year absence, the perennial champion New York Yankees returned to the familiar territory of post-season baseball in 1941. Despite losing the American League pennant to the Detroit Tigers the year before, the “Bronx Bombers” were still favored after winning thirteen of their last fourteen Series games and twenty-eight of their last thirty-one games in baseball’s premier event. Joe McCarthy’s franchise however, entered the post-season with heavy hearts after Yankee icon Lou Gehrig passed away on June 2 in Riverdale, New York. The “Iron Horse” had finally succumbed to a relatively unknown affliction known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which has since been renamed Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Despite their emotional scars, the power-laden Yanks had managed another one of their dominant pennant runs, winning the American League title by seventeen games. Their cross-town and “cross-league” rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers were determined to keep the World Championship title in National League hands and were dependent on solid pitching to keep the Yankees’ sluggers in hold. The Dodger’s rotation certainly had their work cut out for them as Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Keller and Tommy Henrich all hit at least thirty homers in 1941, and Joe Gordon slammed twenty-four.

Nothing changed in the Series opener as the “Bronx Bombers” continued to get the job done. Gordon remained a standout as he homered and knocked in two runs for a 3-2 victory that featured a Red Ruffing six-hitter. After losing to the Dodger’s Whitlow Wyatt 3-2 in Game 2, the Yankees got a break and reclaimed the Series lead. Brooklyn’s Freddie Fitzsimmons was locked in a 0-0 stalemate with Marius Russo in Game 3 when, with two out in the seventh, the Yankees pitcher fired a line drive that caught Fitzsimmons square on the knee. While shortstop Pee Wee Reese caught the deflected ball to end the inning, Fitzsimmons was obviously through for the day. Hugh Casey came in as relief but was nailed for four hits and two runs in the eighth. His teammates were only able to get only four hits off Russo and eventually lost 2-1. Despite trailing two games to one, Brooklyn’s pitching rotation was doing their share while holding the Yankees’ sluggers to less than stellar stats. Through the first four games of the Fall Classic, the “Bombers” had managed a single home run off the Dodgers and in their thirty-four innings of Series at-bats preceding the fateful ninth of Game 4, the Yanks had scored only ten runs.

Things seemed to be headed in the Dodgers’ favor with a 4-3 lead and two out in the ninth (with no Yankees on base) when an error of catastrophic proportions turned the momentum of the game and inevitably, the Series. As a probable third strike on Henrich crossed the plate, it was mishandled by the Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen. Instead of sealing the Series tying victory, the error kept the Yankees alive resulting in a four run rally that snatched the sweet taste of victory from the mouths of Brooklyn and left them with the bitter taste of a 7-4 defeat. The frenzied Ebbets Field crowd (who was poised for celebration) suddenly stood in disbelief as they watched their team implode. First, Henrich stole first on the Owen error. Then DiMaggio followed with a single, and Charlie Keller shot the Yankees ahead with a two-run double. After a walk to Bill Dickey, Gordon further quieted the Dodgers faithful with another two-run double. The Yankees’ Johnny Murphy then turned in his second consecutive inning of 1-2-3 relief, and New York had handed Brooklyn a devastating defeat.

Owen said after the game, “Sure, it was my fault. The ball was a low curve that broke down. It hit the edge of my glove and glanced off, but I should have had him out anyway. But who ever said those Yanks were such great sluggers? They’re the real bums in this Series, with that great reputation of theirs.” It mattered little as the Yankees finished them off the following day when Ernie “Tiny” Bonham put the Dodgers out of their misery, tossing a four-hitter in Game 5. Henrich (who had dodged a bullet in his previous outing) homered in the Yankees’ Series-clinching 3-1 triumph. Despite winning their ninth title, the “Bronx Bombers” had certainly failed to live up to their nickname at the plate. Surprisingly, the World Champions had managed only two home runs and averaged a mediocre .247 in the Series. Still, they managed to knock off their cross-town rivals (in what would eventually become known as the “Subway Series”), who got even less offensive production with one homer and a miserable .182 average.


For the first time in the history of the All-Star game, an exhibition was called short due to mother nature. Although this outing only lasted five innings (due to rain), it did mark the third consecutive “win” by the new and improved National League.

With the American League leading 2-1 and Bob Lemon pitching, the National League regained its momentum and came back in the fourth. First, a pitch hit Stan Musial. Then Hank Sauer drove Lemon’s first pitch onto the left-field roof. Once again, pitching stood out as Bobby Shantz put on a stunning display in the fifth, striking out Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson and Stan Musial. Unfortunately, the game was called before he could try to tie Carl Hubbell’s record of five in a row. The American League felt slighted and many believed that they would have made a comeback if not for the premature ending. The National League however, did not debate the call.


August 1, 1925 – Detroit Panthers franchise is accepted into the NFL and plays in the League during the 1925 and 1926 seasons. According to the American Football Database the Panthers were the second franchise to try and make a go of it in the Motor City, the first being the Detroit Heralds/Tigers team in the early 1920s. The Panthers were pieced together by future Hall of Famer, Jimmy Conzelman. Conzelman was a quarterback who formerly played with the Decatur Staleys, Rock Island Independents and the Milwaukee Badgers. Jimmy C. wore many hats on this team serving as the team’s owner, coach, and starting quarterback. He built the squad around a strong defense. It seemed to work too as the Panthers jumped out to start the season with an 8-1 record. However a 6-3 upset loss to Rock Island on Thanksgiving Day knocked the Panthers out of first place and they ended the season in third place. Detroit put hope in to expounding upon their 1925 success, however they started off the 1926 season poorly with an 0-3 record. After rallying to a 4-0-2 record in their next six games, they lost their last three. Conzelman gave up the franchise and joined the Providence Steam Roller as player-coach. He would later go on to win NFL Championships with Providence in 1928 and then coach the Chicago Cardinals to an NFL Title in 1947.

August 1, 1925 – The New York Giants franchise forms and starts it’s long rich history in the NFL. As we discussed on the July 29 edition of this series, Tim Mara founded the Giants organization when on advice from then NFL president, Joe Carr, Mara bet on the NFL with $500 of his own money to fund the NY Football Giants and later infuse another $25,000 to ensure its survival. The gamble paid off for Mr. Mara as he watched his investment payoff according to the A wise investment indeed as in December of the first season more than 70,000 onlookers turned out at the Polo Grounds to see the Giants play the Chicago Bears, who had just signed Illinois College sensation, Red Grange, the most famous pro football player of the 1920s. The franchise has seen four NFL Championships (1927, 1934, 1938 & 1956) and four Super Bowl Victories {XXI(1986), XXV (1990), XLII (2007) & XLVI (2011)}.

August 1, 1969 – The 36th annual Chicago Charities College All Stars game. The NY Jets won 26-24 over the college stars before a crowd of 74,208. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Greg Cook the quarterback from the University of Cincinnati.

August 1, 1975 – The 41st Chicago Charities College All Stars game. The Steelers win 21-14 as a crowd of 54,103 watches. Note there was not an MVP nominated in 1975 or 1976’s game.

August 1, 1976 – The Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in history in a preseason game against the 49ers in the brand new Seattle Kingdome. You can learn more about the Kingdome in our July 23 edition of this series.

August 1, 1987- Arena Bowl I in Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena as Denver Dynamite defeats Pittsburgh Gladiators 45-16, Gary Mullen was the MVP of the game.

SEC Adds another School

August 1, 1990 – The Southeastern Conference welcomed the University of Arkansas into their Conference of collegiate athletics. The Razorbacks officially entered the SEC on July 1, 1991 along with the University of South Carolina. According to the SEC’s official website, They completed their first year of competition in the SEC in the 1991-1992 school year.

August 1, 2002 – Baltimore Ravens sign Ray Lewis to at the time the largest signing bonus in history, $19 million when he inked his new 5 year contract.


August 1, 1929 – Beaver, Pennsylvania – Joe Palumbo was a guard out of the University of Virginia playing there from 1948 through 1951 who is heralded in the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation has a really nice biography sketch of Joe where they say in 1951 Palumbo earned All-America honors. The Touchdown Club of Washington D. C. gave him the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award also in that same year as he was named Athlete of the Year in the State of Virginia. Mr. Palumbo can also be found enshrined in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

August 1, 1948 – Houston Texas – Legendary wide receiver Cliff Branch was born. Branch grew up in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston and attended Worthing High School. Branch played two seasons of junior college ball at Wharton in Texas and then played his final two year of college at the University of Colorado. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 1972 NFL Draft and plyed there for fourteen seasons. Unfortunately the world lost Mr. Branch in 2019, so his posthumous enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was bittersweet for 2022.

August 1, 1978 – Immokalee, Florida – Edgerrin James, the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back of the Indianapolis Colts and later the Arizona Cardinals was born. Edgerrin attended and played football for the Miami Hurricanes enjoying a stellar collegiate career. It was when he was picked up by the Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft that this young runner really found his groove though according to the Edge earned NFL Rookie of the year honors in 1999 when he rushed for 1553 yards leading all runner in the League! He accomplished winning the NFL rushing title again in 2000 with 1709 yards on the ground matching his TDs scored in 1999 at 13 times crossing the wide field stripe. In fact during his 11 year career James blasted past the 1000 yard rushing mark an amazing 7 times edging past 1500 in four of those! For his career he recorded 12246 yards rushing with 80 scores, played in four Pro Bowls and was honored to be on the All-2000’s NFL team. Let’s not forget that he also hauled in 433 catches many from HOF QBs Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner for an additional 3364 yards of offense.


3 – 11 – 4 – 25 – 14 – 50 – 43 – 17 – 32 – 8 – 15 – 27 – 44 – 31 – 9

August 1, 1906 – Brooklyn Superbas MLB pitcher Harry McIntire no-hit the Pittsburgh for 10 2/3 innings but ended up losing the fame in the 13th inning, 1-0 on of all things an unearned run.

August 1, 1924 – Brooklyn pitcher Dazzy Vance struck out a MLB record 7 consecutive batters as the Robins beat Cubs, 4-0

August 1, 1928 – Future Number 3 for the Yankees, Babe Ruth hit home run number 42 of the season in the Yankees 12-1 win v St. Louis Browns. This wall clearing hit set him some 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace

August 1, 1933 – New York Giant’s future Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell, Number 11 set an MLB record for consecutive scoreless innings at 45 1/3 as Giants lose 3-1 v Boston Braves

August 1, 1941 – New York Yankees pitcher Number 11, Lefty Gomez set an MLB record for most walks in a shutout, issuing 11 in 9-0 win v St. Louis Browns

August 1, 1945 – New York Giants outfielder Mel Ott wearing Number 4 hit his historic 500th career MLB home run off Braves Johnny Hutchings. With this milestone smash he joined Babe Ruth (Number 3) and Jimmy Foxx (Number 3) as only players to reach the 500 homer plateau.

August 1, 1953 – Boston Red Sox pitcher Ben Flowers, wearing Number 25 set a then MLB record of 8 consecutive games in relief

August 1, 1957 – Gil Hodges, wearing Number 14 hit his 13th MLB career grand slam, a NL record and the last ever by a Brooklyn Dodgers player

August 1, 1957 – Former MLB outfielder Glen Gorbous, Number 50 had quite an arm when he played. He showed that even after his pro baseball career was over that he still could use the rocket launcher as he threw a regulation baseball a record 136m (445′ 10″) in a game promotion.

August 1, 1962 – Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monboquette no-hit the Chicago White Sox, 1-0

August 1, 1964 – Dan Big Daddy Garlits became the first drag racer to run the 1/4 mile at over 200mph (201.34mph at Island Dragway, New Jersey)

August 1, 1970 – Future Hall of Fame Pittsburgh outfielder Willie Stargell, Number 8 hammered out 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win versus the Braves at Atlanta Stadium

August 1, 1971 – Richard Petty in the Number 43 STP sponsored Plymouth wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings

August 1, 1972 – San Diego’s Nate Colbert, Number 17 hit an MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres blanked the Atlanta Braves by the score of 9-0 and then turned around and won 11-7 in a doubleheader

August 1, 1973 – A struggling ABA club Virginia Squires trades star forward Julius Erving, Number 32 to New York Nets for George Carter and some much needed cash

August 1, 1973 – MLB All Star catchers Thurman Munson, Number 15 of the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox’ Carlton Fisk wearing Number 27 brawl at home plate Fenway Park; Red Sox win, 3-2

August 1, 1977 – San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey, Number 44 hit his NL record 18th MLB career grand slam

August 1, 1978 – An abrupt halt came Number 14, Pete Rose’s NL record hitting streak of 44 games when the Reds played the Atlanta Braves. The Braves came out swinging and playing good defense in their 16-4 overturn of the Reds.

August 1, 1982 – Darryl Waltrip in car Number 17 became the first driver the win the Talladega 500 twice in just the 13th running of the mid-summer NASCAR event.

August 1, 1985 – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman, wearing Number 29 stole 2 bases in the 1st inning of a contest against the Chicago Cubs. The Cards still however suffered a 9-8 loss to the Cubs. Coleman went on to set a NL rookie record 74 base swipes that season.

August 1, 1993 – Reggie Jackson who famously wore the jersey Numbers of 31, 9 and 44 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Mr October was a 14-time MLB All Star.

August 1, 1994 – Baltimore Orioles shortstop Number 8, Cal Ripken Jr. became only the second player after Lou Gehrig to appear in 2,000 consecutive MLB games, in a 1-0 win vs Twins


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1906 Brooklyn Superbas MLB pitcher Harry McIntire no-hits Pittsburgh for 10 2/3 innings but loses in 13th, 1-0 on an unearned run

1909 Tour de France: François Faber of Luxembourg becomes the first foreigner to win the cycling classic

1918 Pittsburgh and Boston Braves play a MLB record 20 scoreless innings before Pirates win, 2-0 in 21

1924 Brooklyn pitcher Dazzy Vance strikes out a MLB record 7 consecutive batters as the Robins beat Cubs, 4-0

1928 Babe Ruth hits home run #42 in the Yankees 12-1 win v St. Louis Browns, takes him 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace

1928 Americans sweep medals at a rainy Olympic pole vault final in Amsterdam with Sabin Carr gold, from William Droegemuller and Charles McGinnis

1933 NY’s future Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell sets MLB record for consecutive scoreless innings at 45 1/3 as Giants lose 3-1 v Boston Braves

1936 XI Summer Olympic Games are opened by Adolph Hitler in Berlin

1941 NY Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez sets MLB record for most walks in a shutout, issuing 11 in 9-0 win v St. Louis Browns

1945 NY Giants outfielder Mel Ott hits historic 500th MLB home run off Braves Johnny Hutchings, joins Babe Ruth & Jimmy Foxx as only players to reach milestone

1953 Boston Red Sox pitcher Ben Flowers sets then MLB record of 8 consecutive games in relief

1954 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins by 15′ 49″ from Ferdinand Kübler, for the second of his 3 consecutive wins

1957 Gil Hodges hits his 13th MLB career grand slam, a NL record and the last ever by a Brooklyn Dodgers player

1962 Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monboquette no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0

1963 Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American tennis player to be named in the US Davis Cup team

1964 Dan ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits becomes first drag racer to run the 1/4 mile at over 200mph (201.34mph at Island Dragway, New Jersey)

1965 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring to clinch his second F1 World Drivers Championship

1969 36th Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)

1970 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves at Atlanta Stadium

1971 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings

1972 Nate Colbert hits MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres beat Atlanta 9-0, 11-7 in a doubleheader

1973 Struggling ABA club Virginia Squires trades star forward Julius Erving to New York Nets for George Carter and cash

1973 MLB All Star catchers Thurman Munson of the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox’ Carlton Fisk brawl at home plate Fenway Park; Red Sox win, 3-2

1976 XXI Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close

1976 Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle

1976 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at The Nürburgring motorsports complex, Nürburg, Germany

1977 San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th MLB career grand slam

1978 Atlanta Braves trounce Cincinnati Reds, 16-4 and halt Pete Rose’s NL record hitting streak at 44 games

1982 American Greg Louganis becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives in winning 3m springboard gold, World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador

1985 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning of 9-8 loss v Cubs to set a NL rookie record 74

1986 Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes 10th to reach 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone, 2-hits A’s, 10-1

1987 Mike Tyson outpoints Tony Tucker in 12 rounds in a heavyweight boxing unification matchup in Las Vegas; first to own all 3 major belts WBA, WBC and IBF simultaneously

1989 Australia beats England by 9 wickets in the 4th cricket Test at Old Trafford, taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead to regain the Ashes

1992 British athlete Linford Christie (32) becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic 100m gold medal edging Frankie Fredericks in Barcelona

1992 American sprinter Gail Devers wins an incredibly close blanket finish in the women’s 100m at the Barcelona Olympics, with 5 athletes within 0.06 seconds of Devers (10.82)

1993 14-time MLB All Star Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

1994 Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. becomes only the second player after Lou Gehrig to appear in 2,000 consecutive MLB games, in a 1-0 win vs Twins

1996 French sprinter Marie-José Pérec wins the 200m final at the Atlanta Olympics to become only the 2nd athlete to win the 200-400m Olympic double (Valerie Brisco-Hooks 1984)

1996 American athlete Michael Johnson wins 200m at the Atlanta Olympics in a world record 19.32 seconds to become the first man to complete the 200m-400m double

1996 Tiffeny Milbrett scores the winner as the US beats China 2-1 at the Atlanta Olympics for the first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer

1996 Dan O’Brien wins the decathlon gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics to become the first American since Bruce Jenner in 1976 to win the gruelling event

1997 6th Athletics World Championships open at Athens, Greece

1999 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (du Maurier Classic), Priddis Greens GC: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 2 from Laura Davies of England

2002 In signing star linebacker Ray Lewis to a 5-year contract extension the Baltimore Ravens give him a $19m signing bonus, then the largest in NFL history

2004 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Bellerive GC: Peter Jacobson wins by 1 shot from 2-time champion Hale Irwin

2004 British Open Women’s Golf, Sunningdale: England’s Karen Stupples wins her lone major title, 5 shots ahead of runner-up Rachel Teske of Australia

2010 Australian Stuart Appleby finishes with an 11-under-59 to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, to become only the 5th player and first non-American to break 60 on the PGA Tour

2010 British Open Women’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 21 year old Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes youngest-ever winner of 3 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of Katherine Hull of Australia

2012 8 female badminton doubles players are disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics for attempting to manipulate the draw by throwing matches

2012 American Nathan Adrian clocks 47.52 in winning the 100m freestyle gold at the London Olympics, his first swim under 48 seconds

2012 Great Britain collects its first ever gold medal in women’s rowing with Heather Stanning and Helen Glover in the coxless pairs at the London Olympics

2012 Bradley Wiggins’ win in the London Olympics cycling time trial gives him the most aggregate medals (7) of any British Olympian (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

2014 Indiana Pacers NBA super-star Paul George suffers a gruesome compound fracture of his lower right leg in a Team USA scrimmage

2018 Australian Rugby League’s ‘Immortals’ tally moves to 13 as pre-War stars Dally Messenger, Frank Burge & Dave Brown along with latter day giants Norm Provan & Mal Meninga are added

2021 Australian swimmer Emma McKeon claims gold in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay for total 7 medals at Tokyo Olympics; equals record set by Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952

2021 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins his 5th gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay

2021 Marcell Jacobs becomes first Italian athlete to win the coveted 100m in 9.80 at the Tokyo Olympics

2021 Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar avoid a jump-off by agreeing to share the long jump gold medal after tying on 2.37m at the Tokyo Olympic Games

2021 Chinese diver Shi Tingmao completes women’s 3m springboard/synchronized 3m springboard double at the Tokyo Olympics for second consecutive Games

2021 American swimmer Robert Finke wins men’s 1,500m gold in 14:39.65 at the Tokyo Olympics, completing long distance double 800/1,500m


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6934.67040 – 1329 – 2132 – 1622 – 710 – 65 – 5L 1
Toronto5745.55911.534 – 2123 – 2419 – 1816 – 1115 – 118 – 2W 2
Tampa Bay5448.52914.532 – 2022 – 2824 – 208 – 1312 – 93 – 7L 1
Baltimore5151.50017.529 – 2022 – 3120 – 2411 – 1312 – 85 – 5L 2
Boston5152.4951826 – 2725 – 2512 – 2914 – 919 – 73 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5348.52527 – 2226 – 2613 – 1025 – 1910 – 94 – 6L 1
Cleveland5249.515125 – 1927 – 3010 – 1325 – 219 – 85 – 5W 1
Chi White Sox5150.505223 – 2828 – 2214 – 1520 – 219 – 106 – 4W 2
Detroit4162.3981325 – 2716 – 358 – 1719 – 264 – 113 – 7L 2
Kansas City4062.39213.522 – 3018 – 328 – 1618 – 2010 – 184 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6736.65033 – 1534 – 218 – 816 – 435 – 206 – 4W 1
Seattle5548.5341227 – 2328 – 2512 – 157 – 628 – 224 – 6L 1
Texas4655.4552021 – 2625 – 295 – 1111 – 821 – 294 – 6W 1
LA Angels4359.42223.523 – 3020 – 296 – 1811 – 619 – 224 – 6L 1
Oakland3965.37528.517 – 3322 – 3210 – 1611 – 1816 – 267 – 3L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets6437.63431 – 1733 – 2031 – 1212 – 514 – 127 – 3W 6
Atlanta6241.602336 – 2126 – 2023 – 1617 – 1016 – 116 – 4W 3
Philadelphia5547.5399.526 – 2529 – 2220 – 2012 – 816 – 116 – 4W 5
Miami4755.46117.522 – 2625 – 2924 – 229 – 119 – 144 – 6L 3
Washington3568.3403016 – 3819 – 308 – 3610 – 1012 – 145 – 5L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5745.55926 – 2031 – 2511 – 1328 – 197 – 97 – 3L 1
St. Louis5448.529329 – 2025 – 2812 – 1525 – 1610 – 76 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs4160.40615.520 – 3221 – 287 – 622 – 218 – 217 – 3L 2
Cincinnati4061.39616.524 – 3216 – 297 – 1114 – 228 – 216 – 4W 2
Pittsburgh4062.3921721 – 2919 – 337 – 1518 – 2913 – 112 – 8L 7
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers6833.67335 – 1533 – 1812 – 1117 – 628 – 127 – 3W 1
San Diego5746.5531227 – 2230 – 2414 – 1019 – 1020 – 205 – 5W 1
San Francisco5151.50017.529 – 2322 – 2814 – 1314 – 1116 – 213 – 7W 2
Colorado4657.4472330 – 2716 – 308 – 199 – 822 – 213 – 7L 1
Arizona4556.4462327 – 2718 – 2914 – 1410 – 1115 – 276 – 4L 3