LAS VEGAS (AP) — There’s something that Kobe Bryant once said that has stuck with U.S. men’s Olympic basketball coach Steve Kerr and seems especially important now.

It was about how other nations have made big strides in basketball, how the gap between the rest of the world and the U.S. is closing and how that’s been a great thing for the NBA. And Bryant’s response, paraphrased, was basically, “so what?”

His point: If everyone else is getting better, then the U.S. better find ways to do the same.

“Maybe we’ll show that one to the guys,” Kerr said. “I love that. And it has to be our attitude this summer.”

After months of planning, it’s time for the U.S. Olympic team — one that will go to the Paris Games later this month seeking a fifth consecutive gold medal — to take the floor. The first practice for the squad is Saturday, the start of a four-day training camp before its exhibition opener against Canada on Wednesday.

Players began arriving Thursday in Las Vegas; Stephen Curry was the first to check in for camp, perhaps underscoring how anxious he is for what will be his first Olympics. The 12 players have all known each other for years, but the task of becoming a team starts in earnest Saturday.

“I feel like it starts when it gets there, because that’s when you really see each other eye-to-eye,” said Bam Adebayo, who is seeking his second gold medal after winning one at the Tokyo Games three years ago. “You have those conversations, you have those many conversations within what we’re going through, what we’re trying to do. And that’s when it’s time to really be honest about what we want to do.”

That part is easy: Win gold.

The how-to-do-it part, that’s the key.

Last year brought another humbling World Cup experience for the U.S.; after finishing seventh in 2019, the Americans were fourth at Manila. But the argument — or justification, for lack of a better word — for those stumbles was that the U.S. wasn’t sending the best possible roster to those tournaments. Getting the big names like Kevin Durant and LeBron James for the Olympics, that’s one thing. Getting them for the World Cup and asking them to represent their country in back-to-back summers, that’s something else.

Tyrese Haliburton and Anthony Edwards were on that World Cup team last summer and were picked for this Olympic team as well.

“Obviously, last year we didn’t do what we wanted to do,” Haliburton said. “And that was frustrating because any time you get to represent USA Basketball, the expectation is to win. And we weren’t able to do that.”

This team was put together with a very different ending in mind. James is back on the Olympic team for the first time since 2012 and seeking a third gold, Durant is going for what would be a men’s Olympic record fourth basketball gold, and five other players — Adebayo, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum and Anthony Davis — each have one. The first-time Olympians are Haliburton, Edwards, Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Joel Embiid, someone who the U.S. convinced to play despite a strong push by France for the Philadelphia star to represent the host nation in Paris.

As far as choosing a starting lineup, good luck.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Kerr said. “I’m guessing that all 12 players on this roster will be in the Hall of Fame someday. So, how do you pick five out of 12? The idea is, you find combinations that click, and you find two-way lineups that can be effective at both ends. Our big job in Las Vegas is to find five-man combinations that fit and to just ask all 12 guys to fully commit to the goal of winning a gold medal no matter what it looks like, no matter who’s playing.”

The Americans play their first exhibition against Canada in Las Vegas, then have games at Abu Dhabi (against Australia and Serbia) and London (against South Sudan and Germany) before the Paris Games start. The U.S. opens Olympic play July 28 against Serbia and will also have group games against South Sudan and the winner of Sunday’s qualifier in Puerto Rico — either Mexico, Lithuania, Italy or Puerto Rico.

“We’ve got 39 days or so to get locked in to go get this gold medal, 12 amazing, talented guys ready to come together for one goal,” Curry said when he arrived to check in for camp. “I’m hyped for it all.”


The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are among the teams interested in trading for Utah Jazz star Lauri Markkanen, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

The Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings are also looking to acquire the Finnish forward, adds Lowe.

However, the Jazz are hesitant to move Markkanen, The Athletic’s Tony Jones reports.

After finishing 12th in the Western Conference last season with a 31-51 record, Utah would be primed to trade Markkanen if it seeks a full rebuild.

Markkanen will become extension-eligible in August and is due just $18 million next season, the final year of his deal.

Although Markkanen didn’t quite replicate his All-Star campaign from his debut season with Utah in 2022-23, the 27-year-old still posted 23.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game on 48% shooting and 39.9% from deep in 2023-24.

Despite being 7-foot, Markkanen’s lack of rim protection has pegged him at the four-spot. Alongside the Kings’ Domantas Sabonis, Spurs’ Victor Wembanyama, and Heat’s Bam Adebayo, Markkanen could slide in on any of those teams as a starting forward. He could be slated as a small-ball center in Golden State.


During a 2023-24 season in which just about everything that could go wrong did, the Toronto Raptors finally did what they should’ve done a year earlier and committed to building toward the future. The vision of that future, though, remains fairly hazy, and it’s hard not to wonder where this franchise – now fully divorced from the last vestiges of its golden era – is going.

The outline of a roadmap has been drawn in broad strokes. The Raptors are clearly building around Scottie Barnes, the 22-year-old do-it-all forward whom they just lavished with a five-year max contract that could climb as high as $270 million with incentives. Alongside him, they’ll try to develop Immanuel Quickley – the sweet-shooting combo guard who just landed a five-year, $175-million commitment of his own – into a complementary pillar. RJ Barrett, still just 24, will slot between them on the wing and try to sustain the career-best production he manufactured after arriving with Quickley from New York in the OG Anunoby trade.

That core trio, while promising in many ways, has more than its share of question marks and deficiencies, and its long-term viability hinges on a handful of swing skills: Barnes’ shooting and half-court creation; Quickley’s playmaking, interior scoring, and on-ball defense; and Barrett’s in-between game and help defense. But with the 25-year-old Quickley being the oldest of the three, there’s room for that growth to materialize. Around them, outside of second-year wing Gradey Dick, everything feels up in the air. There are sturdy vets who could stay or go, development projects who could go any which way, and a couple of straight-up lotto tickets.

The front office isn’t behaving like one that’s interested in seriously competing in a beefed-up Eastern Conference in 2024-25. Masai Ujiri, Bobby Webster and Co. punted on the possibility of cap space this summer, instead picking up Bruce Brown’s $23-million team option (for the express purpose of flipping him at some point) and absorbing Davion Mitchell in a Sacramento Kings salary dump that also netted Toronto a pair of nice second-round picks. But while the Raptors don’t project to be particularly good next season, and are now out from their draft-pick commitment to the Spurs from the Jakob Poeltl trade, they’re unlikely to be bad enough to jockey for lottery supremacy with the league’s true tankers ahead of a vaunted 2025 class. Improvement will largely have to come from within.

Overseeing that project is head coach Darko Rajakovic, about whom we still have a lot to learn. While he was far from perfect in his rookie season on the sidelines, he got the rawest of deals as he tried in vain to shape a new team identity amid significant trades and then a raft of injuries.

Rajakovic arrived touting a new brand of offense that would replace the team’s iso-heavy, possession-maximizing ethos with one that emphasized ball and player movement while flowing through various high-post and elbow actions. It was a distinctly modern system, but one the Raptors’ roster – bereft as it was of movement shooting and off-the-bounce creation – wasn’t built to execute. Rajakovic tried to graft his philosophy onto that roster anyway, but no matter how ornate your off-ball actions are, they don’t amount to much if the defense doesn’t have to react to the players involved.

He eventually adapted to cater to the strengths of his best players (namely Pascal Siakam) but the results didn’t improve enough to stave off the tidal wave of change that was coming. Anunoby and Siakam were traded three weeks apart, and more moves happened at the trade deadline the following month. Rajakovic wound up coaching four different versions of the team in the span of about seven weeks. There was the version that started the season, then the one with Quickley and Barrett in place of Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa, then the one with Brown in place of Siakam, and finally the one with Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji in place of Dennis Schroder and Thad Young.

“The moment we start figuring out certain lineups and certain schemes, we have changes,” Rajakovic told me in the wake of that roster overhaul. “It’s constantly evolving. That’s been the theme from the start of the season. Like, we’re changing the plays that we’re running. The personnel dictates what those plays will look like. Some plays that we haven’t run since the start of the season, we’re putting those plays back in. But for me, the most important thing is I don’t want to overload our (new) guys with too many schemes and be too cute.”

That vortex of change wasn’t much easier on the players.

“When I got traded here I was like, ‘OK, started figuring some things out,'” Barrett explained in his end-of-season presser. “Then boom, Pascal’s gone. So now I’m like, ‘OK, all right, let’s figure it out again.’ And then boom, Dennis and Thad (are gone). So, I think we need this summer to work out together, figure things out, and then just have a good training camp and all be on the same page.”

There’s only so much you can glean about a team or coach amid so much turmoil and turnover, but to Rajakovic’s credit, we still got a pretty clear sense of his offensive philosophy. His defensive philosophy? Not so much. The Raptors were flimsy and disorganized on that side of the ball, ranking 26th in defensive efficiency overall and 29th after the Anunoby trade.

“With players coming in midseason … I felt that it was easier to establish that identity on the offensive end than on the defensive end,” Rajakovic said. “I think on the defensive end it really comes down to – a lot of times it’s size, a lot of times it’s comfort level and knowing what you need to do. But the defensive side really depends on communication … and a high level of trust. I think continuity with the team and with schemes will really help with that.”

Toronto is also hoping Mitchell, who arrives as their best point-of-attack stopper, can help on that front. Further development for Agbaji, strength-building for Dick, and possibly even instant impact from toolsy rookies Ja’Kobe Walter and Jonathan Mogbo would also move the needle. Poeltl is a solid backstop and Barnes was one of the most improved defenders in the league last season. Still, this group has a long way to go.

The shape of the trades the front office made last season felt like an admission it had previously over-indexed on size, athleticism, and defensive acumen at the expense of shooting and playmaking. Now it feels like the Raptors have the opposite problem.

On the plus side, the front office has provided its coach with a roster that’s better equipped to execute his offensive vision. Even in the Raptors’ dismal second half last season, there were moments when that vision came into focus, when glimmers of sunlight peeked through the storm clouds. Barrett’s slashing ability was an important ingredient, as was Olynyk’s high-post passing. But most vital was the injection of movement shooting that came with Quickley, as well as Dick’s increased comfort at the NBA level.

The split actions the Raptors ran early in the season often fizzled out as defenses switched or sagged back, but involving multiple savvy off-ball movers and 3-point threats in those actions allowed for much more flow and continuity.

“I think the trades we had in the season helped Darko’s offensive system work a little more,” Poeltl said. “It’s not that those other players didn’t buy in, but the fresh start with the new guys was just better (for) that system. You could see when we had our guys on the court, it felt and looked good.”

“It’s hard to scout, hard to guard,” Olynyk said of the offense. “And if you master it with continuity and chemistry … it’s a work of art.”

“I just think I’m a good fit here,” Barrett said of how he was able to raise his effective field-goal percentage from 48% as a Knick to 60% as a Raptor. “The way I play, the way I’ve always played – it works very well with Darko’s system. … Playing free, making reads, the whole team sharing the ball, that’s kind of my game.”

Now, that’s all really nice, but even Rajakovic acknowledges that principles and schemes can only take the team so far. At the end of the day, talent wins, and the extent to which the Raptors can nurture their talent – especially in Barnes, Quickley, and Barrett – will determine the success of this retooling project.

“When I watch the NBA playoffs, I know what I see every single year,” Rajakovic said. “All of those teams in the first round, they run, I don’t know, 20-30 plays. Then that gets cut down to 15, cut down to 10, then you watch the NBA Finals and it looks like they’re not running plays, they’re just running very simple actions. Why? Because their players are so good in those situations that it’s so hard to guard. And my goal is to develop our guys, not just over the summer but the full next season and in the future, to become really hard to handle in one-on-one situations.”

Barnes is by far their best hope of becoming that level of player, thanks to his combination of size, vision, ball skill, and touch. He already made a major leap in 2023-24, earning an All-Star berth as an injury replacement in his third season. The Raptors are banking on him making more.

Quickley, despite his great speed, hasn’t yet flashed the handle or the devastating first step to be a one-on-one weapon in the half court. He can struggle to get all the way to the rim, either falling back on his floater or killing his dribble at the free-throw line because he didn’t trust himself in traffic. On top of an inexplicable dip in the effectiveness of said floater, that rim aversion led to him shooting just 43% from 2-point range with the Raptors.

He did clearly make a point of keeping his dribble alive longer and getting all the way to the basket as the season went on, upping his rim volume from 13% before the All-Star break to 21% after. Sustaining that is essential in his quest to grow into the well-rounded lead guard the Raptors need him to be.

“He needs to be able to keep that floater; there are situations and reads where the floater is the best available shot,” Rajakovic said. “But you cannot just rely on that shot, and that’s definitely something we talked about. The next layer for him in his player development is the ability to get all the way to the rim, being able to play through a lot of contact, and being able to finish.”

Even if he never becomes a switch-busting iso killer, he can be a great fit next to Barnes. His versatile shooting ability gives Toronto a different level of pick-and-roll threat while putting more dynamic off-ball and dribble-handoff actions on the menu to complement Barnes as an elbow operator. Though Barrett was arguably the more productive Knicks import in the back half of the season, Quickley’s theoretical skill-set synergy with the franchise player makes him the Raptors’ most important secondary building block. The contract they just gave him reinforces that.

There’s also a reason that synergy remains theoretical. In their 600 minutes on the court together, Quickley and Barnes struggled to get on the same page and showed minimal progress in developing their timing and feel for each other. They often got their wires crossed or got in each other’s way in transition. In the half court, their two-man actions were too often aimless. Often, neither of them seemed to know what they were trying to accomplish. Barnes doesn’t always stick his screens, but that would matter less if Quickley consistently attacked with purpose and speed.

Progress might’ve come with more time, but Barnes suffered a hand fracture that ended his season in early March. (The symbolism of Barnes getting hurt because Quickley accidentally kicked him while going up for a rebound felt almost too on the nose.)

“I think it’s going to take time for those two guys,” Rajakovic told me. “Scottie setting screens is really good at finding a good angle, rolling to the rim, and playmaking. But Quickley needs to figure out how to find him, where to find him, is that pass coming over the defense or is it a bounce pass? And then vice versa, when Quickley is setting screens for Scottie, he’s going to pop, or he’s going to short roll – obviously, he has a very good floater, so he can finish from there. But it takes time to develop that kind of chemistry.”

The Raptors need that chemistry to hit. They probably also need outlier development from one or two of their other young guys if they want to harmonize both ends of the floor and curtail the game of roster-building whac-a-mole they’ve been playing for the last couple of years.

The coming season may not bring a ton of wins, but it should finally offer the Raptors a modicum of stability. Time to find out what they really have.


The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to terms with free agent center/forward Kai Jones for a non-guaranteed contract to return to the team, The Athletic reported Friday.

The Clippers had Jones under contract in April but declined the team option in late June. Jones, 23, won’t be available to play for the summer league team because of an ankle injury.

The New York Knicks selected the 6-foot-11 Jones with the 19th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft out of Texas, then traded his rights the next day to the Charlotte Hornets.

He played in 67 games as a reserve for the Hornets from 2021-23, averaging 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 9.1 minutes before his release in October 2023. He shot 56.7 percent from the field.

After a stint in the G League, Jones was signed to a 10-day contract by the Philadelphia 76ers on March 15, and the Clippers signed him on April 14.



Dearica Hamby scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and two of Stephanie Talbot’s nine assists set up critical baskets down the stretch of overtime as the host Los Angeles Sparks snapped an eight-game skid with their 98-93 defeat of the Las Vegas Aces on Friday.

The Sparks (5-15) overcame 35 points and 12 rebounds from A’ja Wilson, as well as a furious fourth-quarter rally from the Aces, thanks to a balanced offensive effort.

Hamby paced four Los Angeles double-digit scorers and secured her 13th double-double of the season. Aari McDonald added 23 points and her 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range led the Sparks on an 11-of-31 night from beyond the arc as a team.

Rickea Jackson went 3-of-8 from deep en route to 14 points, and her rebound of Hamby’s missed free-throw attempt in the closing seconds helped the Sparks preserve their first win since beating Las Vegas on June 9.

The Aces (12-7) were 7-1 since that loss, including wins in their previous six. With their 98-77 blowout over the Washington Mystics on Thursday, all six of those wins were by double-digit margins.

Against Los Angeles, however, Las Vegas had to battle back from a double-digit deficit that spanned much of the second half.

A 14-3 run over the final four minutes before halftime gave Los Angeles a 10-point lead at intermission. A 13-2 run by the Aces in the fourth quarter gave Las Vegas a lead midway through the period, leading to a back-and-forth finish to regulation.

Wilson scored 22 points after halftime, including a go-ahead basket with 15.2 seconds remaining in the fourth. Talbot’s floater with 3.8 seconds to go forced overtime.

In the extra frame, Talbot found Layshia Clarendon to break a 90-90 tie. Talbot’s dish to Hamby for an and-one gave the Sparks a 95-90 lead with 24.1 seconds left.

Talbot finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Jackson grabbed six rebounds. Kelsey Plum shot 4-of-7 from 3-point range and scored 21 points for Las Vegas, while Jackie Young added 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss.


Rookie Angel Reese tied a WNBA record with her 12th consecutive double-double and Chennedy Carter scored a season-high 33 points in the Chicago Sky’s 88-84 road win Friday against the Seattle Storm.

Reese had 27 points and 10 rebounds despite being limited by foul trouble. While setting a career-high scoring mark, Reese tied Candace Parker’s WNBA record for consecutive double-doubles.

Carter, who finished 15-for-24 shooting from the field, came up two points shy of her career high of 35, set in her rookie season of 2020.

Chicago (8-11) picked up its second consecutive win and evened the season series at 1-1.

Seattle had won four in a row overall and eight straight at home, but star Jewell Loyd had just 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting from the field. Jordan Horston led the Storm with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field and added six rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Nneka Ogwumike, who scored 16.

Skylar Diggins-Smith added 12 points and nine assists and Ezi Magbegor approached a triple-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks. The Storm shot just 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) from 3-point range.

Seattle (13-7) grabbed an eight-point lead in the first half and held a 42-40 advantage at halftime. But the Sky rode a 30-point third quarter to a 70-64 lead.

Carter had 11 points in the third as Chicago connected on 14 of 22 shots (63.6 percent) from the floor during the period. Rookie Kamilla Cardoso added six points and four rebounds in the quarter as Reese was limited to three minutes after picking up her fourth foul.

Seattle trimmed Chicago’s lead to 79-75 on a Loyd layup with 4:07 to play. The Sky answered with five straight points from Carter. The Storm countered with a 7-0 run to pull within 84-82 on a Magbegor lay-in with 20.9 seconds to play. The teams traded free throws the rest of the way.

The teams will meet again in Seattle on Sunday.


Arike Ogunbowale scored 19 points and drilled four late free throws Friday night as the Dallas Wings held off the Atlanta Dream 85-82 in Arlington, Texas.

Rookie Jacy Sheldon set career-highs with 17 points and five 3-pointers for the Wings (5-16), who had lost three straight and 14 of their last 15 games after starting 3-2.

Dallas’ Teaira McCowan paired 16 points with 11 rebounds, while Odyssey Sims scored 14 and dished out seven assists. Natasha Howard chipped in 10 points after scoring a career-high 36 on Wednesday.

Dream center Tina Charles, 35, scored 12 points and moved past Tamika Catchings into third place on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list with 7,383 points in her 12-year career. She added eight rebounds.

All-Star Allisha Gray scored 19 points, Haley Jones added 16 and Maya Caldwell had 11 for the Dream.

Atlanta (7-12) set its season high in turnovers for the second straight game, committing 29 after tallying 18 in Tuesday’s 85-77 loss to the Chicago Sky.

Down three late in the fourth, Sims stole the ball from Gray and finished on the other end to put Dallas up 79-76 with 1:08 to play.

That came after Gray hit the Dream’s second 3-pointer of the game with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter to pull Atlanta within one. Gray was fouled on the play but missed the ensuing free throw.

The Dream finished 2-of-6 from 3-point range compared to the Wings’ 7-of-21, but outscored Dallas 56-38 in the paint.

Howard’s jumper boosted the Wings’ lead to five with 45 seconds left, and Ogunbowale twice answered an Atlanta bucket with a 2-for-2 trip to the line to seal the win.

Neither team led by more than seven in a game that featured 10 ties and 18 lead changes.

Dallas led 42-41 at halftime.

McCowan led all players with 12 points and six boards in the first half, while Jones and Maya Caldwell combined for 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting.



Bryan Reynolds and Rowdy Tellez each homered twice, including one grand slam apiece, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hit seven home runs in a 14-2 victory over the visiting New York Mets on Friday.

Jack Suwinski, Yasmani Grandal and Michael A. Taylor each hit solo homers for Pittsburgh, which tied a franchise record for homers in a game.

Paul Skenes (5-0) allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings while throwing a career-high 107 pitches.

Jeff McNeil homered and Pete Alonso had two hits for the Mets, who have lost three straight games and five of their past seven. New York led 2-0 before the Pirates scored 14 unanswered runs.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 3 (10 innings)

Masataka Yoshida hit a tying two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Clay Holmes, Ceddanne Rafaela hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th and visiting Boston earned its fifth straight win by rallying past New York.

Yoshida fell behind 0-2 in the count against Holmes, pushed the count full and then capped an eight-pitch at-bat by hitting a sinker well over the right field wall.

The Red Sox went ahead two pitches into the 10th when Rafaela connected on a fastball by Tommy Kahnle (0-1). Justin Slaten (5-2) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and Kenley Jansen stranded two in the 10th for his 17th save.

Phillies 8, Braves 6

Trea Turner hit two homers and Aaron Nola earned his 100th career victory as visiting Philadelphia beat Atlanta to win the opener of the three-game series.

The Phillies increased their lead to 10 games over the second-place Braves in the National League East. Turner socked a two-run homer in the fourth inning and another two-run shot in the sixth.

Nola (10-4), the 15th active pitcher to reach 100 wins, worked six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Atlanta’s Max Fried (7-4) pitched six innings and gave up five runs on 11 hits. Marcelle Ozuna hit a three-run homer.

Rangers 3, Rays 0

Michael Lorenzen allowed one hit over five innings and Corey Seager hit a two-run double to lead Texas to a shutout victory over Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

Jonathan Ornelas doubled, singled and scored a run and Jonah Heim also had two hits for Texas, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Lorenzen (5-4) walked five batters and struck out four. Kirby Yates tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 12th save.

Rays starter Shane Baz (0-1), making his first major league appearance since July 10, 2022, having recovered from Tommy John surgery, allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings. Baz walked one and struck out six.

Giants 4, Guardians 2

Michael Conforto drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles and seven San Francisco pitchers contained the potent Cleveland offense for a series-opening road victory.

Conforto highlighted a three-run first against Guardians starter Tanner Bibee (7-3), who lasted 4 2/3 innings. Given the lead, Giants opener Erik Miller, followed by six pitchers, including Ryan Walker (5-3), Tyler Rogers and Camilo Doval (17th save), controlled the Guardians.

San Francisco has won eight of 11 to get within a game of .500. Meanwhile, the AL Central-leading Guardians, who got a homer from Josh Naylor and three hits and an RBI from Andres Gimenez, have dropped six of nine.

Cubs 5, Angels 1

Justin Steele delivered his first career complete game as host Chicago beat Los Angeles to open a three-game series.

Steele (1-3) needed 95 pitches to go the distance, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Seiya Suzuki clubbed a two-run homer and Ian Happ also drove in two runs as the Cubs won back-to-back games for the first time since June 18-19.

Taylor Ward had an RBI single and Keston Hiura also singled to account for the Angels’ two hits.

White Sox 3, Marlins 2

Rookie Drew Thorpe pitched 6 1/3 strong innings as Chicago defeated host Miami.

Nicky Lopez was a key part of all three White Sox rallies, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and a run. Thorpe (3-1) had the longest outing of his brief major league career, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. Michael Kopech got the last four outs for his eighth save.

Miami’s Bryan Hoeing (0-1), normally a reliever, took the loss, allowing five hits, one walk and one run in three innings. Xavier Edwards and Bryan de La Cruz had RBI hits.

Tigers 5, Reds 4

Detroit hit four homers, two of them from Colt Keith, to take a win against host Cincinnati in the opener of a three-game series.

Parker Meadows and Riley Greene (three hits) also went deep for the Tigers. Tigers starter Reese Olson (3-8) tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned. Jason Foley gave up two runs on four hits in the ninth but held on for his 14th save.

Reds starter Carson Spiers (2-2) served up three homers and four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Spencer Steer singled and homered for Cincinnati.

Cardinals 7, Nationals 6 (11 innings)

Masyn Winn scored on a passed ball in the 11th inning and visiting St. Louis rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Washington.

Nolan Arenado had four hits for the Cardinals, who have won four of five.

Luis Garcia Jr. had four hits, including a homer, for the Nationals, who have won two of their past six.

Rockies 4, Royals 2

Brenton Doyle went 3-for-4 with a tiebreaking two-run double to lead Colorado past Kansas City in Denver.

Brendan Rodgers had two hits and Michael Toglia homered for the Rockies, who notched their fourth victory in the past six games.

Freddy Fermin reached base four times on three hits and a walk for the Royals, who lost for the fourth time in their past six contests. Vinnie Pasquantino and Bobby Witt Jr. added two hits apiece.


New York Yankees superstar outfielder Aaron Judge shrugged off his personal hitting instructor’s criticisms of the team’s recent performance.

“It doesn’t involve me, to be honest,” Judge said Friday, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “It’s somebody else making a comment. I’m not going to comment for somebody else. … I’ve got no control over what another person does. It’s out of my control. I’ve got nothing for you.”

Richard Schenck, Judge’s instructor, replied to the YES Network on social media after the latter highlighted the 2022 AL MVP’s statistics in New York’s wins.

“They’ve lost 13 out of 18 while he’s hitting like an MVP (.) The Yankees offensive player development is terrible,” Schenck wrote Thursday on X.

Judge said he wasn’t aware of his coach’s post until prior to Friday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone also downplayed Schenck’s remarks.

“People are going to say things, and certainly everyone is entitled to their opinion,” Boone said, per Hoch. “Especially when you go through a tough stretch and you wear this uniform, I know people are going to take shots and things like that.”

The Yankees’ 5-15 record in their last 20 games has dropped them behind the Baltimore Orioles in the race for first in the AL East.



Canada is one win away from the Copa America final.

The tournament debutant continues to break new ground this summer, beating Venezuela 4-3 on penalties to secure arguably the most significant win in the history of the men’s program and reach the semifinals of the competition at the first time of asking.

Substitute Ismael Kone calmly slotted home the decisive spot-kick after the match finished level at one apiece over 90 frenetic minutes at AT&T Stadium.

Jesse Marsch’s team will now meet reigning champion Argentina in the semifinals in a rematch of the tournament opener that took place just over two weeks ago. Lionel Messi’s side won that contest 2-0 but was pushed hard by Canada until cementing the result late.

“We’re excited, but not satisfied,” Marsch told reporters after the emotional win Friday, adding that Canada would need to play the “game of our lives” to pull off the upset over the current World Cup and Copa America holder.

That sentiment was echoed by both captain Alphonso Davies and forward Jonathan David.

Canada was nearly left to rue a series of missed opportunities Friday that would have robbed the team of the opportunity to tangle with Messi and Co. once more.

Jacob Shaffelburg, a revelation at this summer’s tournament who was heavily involved in all the action in the first half, opened the scoring in the 13th minute as Canada came out flying to begin the contest.

“He is running his balls off every game, and it makes such a difference for us,” defender Alistair Johnston told TSN of Shaffelburg, praising his teammate’s relentless work on the left wing. “Even on that goal, it’s a nothing play, a quick throw-in, and who’s running across the first post? Our far-side winger. That just sums him up.”

Shaffelburg, 24, celebrated his close-range tally by holding up Tajon Buchanan’s jersey; the midfielder was watching from the stands after suffering a broken tibia in training earlier this week.

Canada, which had more shots on target in the opening 30 minutes Friday than it did over 90 minutes in any other match at the tournament thus far, could have been comfortably ahead at halftime, but lacklustre finishing kept Venezuela in the breathless affair.

Veteran striker Salomon Rondon eventually took advantage, equalizing in the 64th minute by capitalizing on rare lapses from Moise Bombito and Maxime Crepeau to lob the ball over the ‘keeper’s head from long range.

But Bombito and Crepeau both came up big in the shootout to render that point moot.

The former, stoic as he waited to take his penalty while the pro-Venezuelan crowd tried to throw him off by pointing lasers at his face, converted his effort with ease. Crepeau, meanwhile, made two saves, including a sensational diving stop that helped tee up Kone’s confident winner.

“This is amazing,” the netminder said after the match. “I think everybody needs to realize the respect that this country deserves and these footballers deserve. Everybody says ‘Oh, these Canadians.’ Yeah, well, these Canadians are in the semifinals.”

Canada, no longer content with merely gaining experience from marquee matches against celebrated opposition, has another memorable result and historic first under its belt in the very early stages of Marsch’s reign.

It now has the opportunity to pull off the single biggest win in the history of the men’s program when it meets Argentina on Tuesday.



Quarterback Joe Burrow understands that his health will be key to the Cincinnati Bengals’ fortunes in 2024.

“I want to be on the field for all the games,” Burrow told Complex Sports’ Ben Felderstein. “I know I’m going to play well when I’m out there. I’m at that point in my career where I’ve seen enough ball and I know myself that I can go out there and play as well as anybody in the game.

“The biggest strides this year are going to be my body and learning how to get through the season, get through practices with my body, feeling tip-top shape. And so that’s the main focus for the offseason.”

Burrow, 27, established himself as a franchise passer through the first four seasons of his career. Yet, injuries have been an issue for the Bengals star. He tore his ACL in Week 11 of his rookie campaign and dealt with a calf injury in training camp last year. His 2023 season ended abruptly when he sustained a wrist injury in Week 11.

Burrow has taken up piano lessons during his rehab from wrist surgery.

“I’ve always wanted to learn how to play, but this was an opportune time to work on my hand and wrist dexterity while also learning that,” Burrow said.

Cincinnati has been proactive in protecting Burrow ahead of the new season by fortifying its offensive unit. Trent Brown was signed to man the other offensive tackle spot opposite of Orlando Brown. Zack Moss is projected to receive the bulk of the carries after Joe Mixon was traded to the Houston Texans. Talented wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins will be joined by Mike Gesicki as options in the passing game.

After previously being motivated by criticism, Burrow noted he’s now “driven by consistent improvement.”

“I think once you hit a certain point, the negative motivation can only get you so far,” Burrow said. “And if you’re just focused on getting better every day, continued improvement of your craft, your body, your mind, then I think that’s the best way to go about it.”

The Bengals will lean on a healthy Burrow to help them bounce back from a last-place finish in the AFC North a season ago.


Five-star offensive guard S.J. Alofaituli announced his commitment to Miami on Friday.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman is the No. 1 player at his position and No. 10 overall prospect in the 2025 recruiting class, per the ESPN 300.

Alofaituli chose the Hurricanes over finalists Michigan and Nebraska.

The Bishop Gorman High School product highlighted his relationship with Miami head coach Mario Cristobal and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal as key factors in his decision.

“I’ve had a great connection with Miami and with the coaches there for a while, and just have felt really comfortable with them as coaches and as people,” Alofaituli said, according to 247Sports’ Blair Angulo.

“It’s the culture and people over there. It’s the people in the facility; it’s something truly special they’re building down there. Development is big with them, and it’s something I wanted to be involved in. I am really excited to get down there and work.”

The top-rated prospect in the state of Nevada becomes the Hurricanes’ highest-ranked pledge this cycle and the second ESPN 300 commitment in as many days alongside Hylton Stubbs. Alofaituli is Miami’s first ESPN five-star offensive lineman commit since the Canes landed Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola in their 2023 recruiting class.

Alofaituli will play in the 2025 Under Armour All-America Game and the 2025 Polynesian Bowl. He plans to be an early enrollee.



C.T. Pan of Taiwan and Aaron Rai of England share the 36-hole lead at the John Deere Classic after they each shot 8-under 63 on Friday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Pan and Rai enter the weekend at 14-under 128, one shot ahead of Englishman Harry Hall, who posted a 66 Friday.

Rai, who contended at last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic before tying for second, made six of his nine birdies on the front nine (his second nine holes). Pan’s highlight was a 100-foot pitch-in eagle at the par-4 14th hole from the rough.

Hayden Springer, who opened the tournament with a 12-under 59 — the 14th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history — followed that with an even-par 71. He started on the back nine and was 3 under through 11 holes before consecutive bogeys, his first two of the tournament.

After a brief recovery with a short birdie putt at the par-4 fifth hole, Springer had trouble in the greenside rough at No. 6 and made a double bogey 6.

The group tied for fourth place with Springer at 12 under also includes Sungjae Im of South Korea (64), Eric Cole (68), Davis Thompson (67), Denny McCarthy (66) and amateur Luke Clanton (67). A golfer at Florida State, Clanton tied for 10th at the Rocket Mortgage and is playing on a sponsor exemption for the second consecutive week.

Two-time John Deere champion Jordan Spieth posted a 67 to move to 6 under, one shot above the projected cut line. Notables expected to miss the cut include Daniel Berger (4 under), Matt Kuchar (3 under) and Nick Dunlap (3 under), who won as an amateur earlier this season at The American Express in the California desert.



Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz clawed back from the brink of elimination at Wimbledon on Friday, defeating Frances Tiafoe 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 to move to the fourth round.

A packed house that included Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes was treated to a three-hour, 51-minute battle. No. 29 seed Tiafoe of the United States had victory in his grasp but couldn’t pull out the win against the Spaniard.

Tiafoe, looking for revenge after Alcaraz defeated him in five sets in the semifinals at the U.S. Open in 2022, played nearly flawlessly in the first four sets. But the third-seeded Alcaraz found another gear in the tiebreak, playing aggressive defense against Tiafoe and grabbing points on his opponent’s first two serves to race to a 3-0 lead.

He took the next two points for a commanding 5-0 lead, cruised through the tiebreaker, and kept the momentum to easily win the final set and advance..

With the win, Alcaraz moved to 12-1 in fifth sets at majors. He defeated Novak Djokovic, winner of 24 majors, last year to win Wimbledon.

Alcaraz said Tiafoe was a very tough foe on Friday.

“It is always a big challenge playing against Frances,” Alcaraz said. “He is a really talented player and tough to face, and we saw it once again that he deserves to be at the top and deserves to fight for big things. It was really difficult for me to adapt my game, find solutions and try to put him in trouble, but I am really happy to do it at the end of the match.

“There were a lot of difficult moments in the fourth set. All I was thinking was ‘OK, fight one more ball.’ I was just thinking about the next ball and the tiebreak. I told myself I had to go for it. If I lose it, I lose it. I went for it all the time and it is good for myself to get through once again.”

Alcaraz and Tiafoe had the advantage of playing under the roof at Centre Court in rainy London, where the bulk of early matches were suspended because of weather.

No. 10 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria defeated Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 under the cover of Court 1, while No. 12 Tommy Paul ousted No. 23 Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to move to the fourth round before rain suspended play.




Indiana’s #1 high school football prospect has made his college choice and it is….LSU. The overall #48 prospect and #5 DE in the country chose LSU over Alabama and Ohio State Friday on his Instagram page.

Shanklin also had an offer from Tennessee before making the Tigers his final choice. This past season Shanklin led the Warriors with 66 tackles, 17 TFL and 3 sacks.


4-Star DB Dawayane Galloway has made his college choice and Purdue gets the nod. The 2025 class for the Boilermakers is now at 11. Galloway had 29 offers from a list that included Michigan and Georgia. He is the highest rated recruit in the class for Purdue.



Former Nebraska sharpshooter Keisei Tominaga will get an opportunity to show whether he’s worth a turn in the NBA, as he agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with the Indiana Pacers, ESPN reported on Friday.

Tominaga was named second-team All-Big Ten last season after helping lead Nebraska to an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2014.

Winner of this year’s College Three-Point content, he notched 76 3-pointers last season, on his way to compiling a 37.4 percent clip for 3-pointers over his three seasons as a Cornhusker.

Tominaga averaged 11.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 22.7 minutes in 94 games (57 starts) with Nebraska.

An Exhibit 10 contract is essentially a tryout that includes a one-year, minimum-salary NBA contract. Teams have until the start of the regular season to convert that contract into a two-way contract with the player.



INDIANAPOLIS – Ben Heller and Brent Honeywell fended off a comeback effort from the Louisville Bats to clinch the Indianapolis Indians’ fourth consecutive win on Friday night at Victory Field, 7-6.

The four-game winning streak ties Indianapolis’ longest this season, set from April 4-6 (2) vs. Memphis.

The Indians (5-5, 38-45) leapt out to a 7-0 lead through the first two frames on key hitting by the top half of the batting order against Justus Sheffield (L, 0-1). Liover Peguero plated the first two in the opening inning when, on the eighth pitch of his two-out, full-count at-bat, he lined a triple into the left-center alley.

A five-run second inning followed, with five of the first six batters reaching base safely. Ji Hwan Bae plated one with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Alika Williams singled home another before Henry Davis highlighted the frame with a two-run two-bagger. After swiping third base, a throwing error by catcher Michael Trautwein allowed Davis to come home safely.

The Bats (3-7, 41-43) didn’t go quietly, scoring six unanswered runs to tighten Indy’s lead to one run. Former Indian Erik González started the rally with an RBI double in the fourth inning and came around to score on a Jacob Hurtubise single. The two assisted the rally again in the sixth, with González scoring on a sacrifice bunt and subsequent throwing error by Connor Sadzeck. Hernán Perez then launched a three-run homer in the seventh.

Ryan Borucki (W, 1-0) fanned two over a scoreless fifth inning as the second arm out of the bullpen for Indy. In relief of Justin Bruihl, Ben Heller entered with the game-tying runner on first base in the top of the seventh and ended the threat with one pitch. He then combined with Brent Honeywell (S, 7) to silence Louisville with 2.0 perfect innings and three strikeouts.

Williams led the team with his second consecutive three-hit performance. Peguero joined him with a two-hit night, both coming for extra bases in the first two innings. Davis and Peguero each led the team with two RBI.

The Indians and Bats will face off in the series finale at Victory Field tomorrow at 7:05 PM. The Indians currently lead the rain-shortened, five-game home-and-home series 4-0 after taking the first two games at Louisville Slugger Field. Capping the set tomorrow for Indianapolis is LHP Marco Gonzales (0-0, 3.00), making the second start of his rehab assignment. Countering for Louisville will be RHP Julian Aguiar (0-0, 4.00).



SMITHFIELD, Rhode Island (Friday, July 5, 2024) – Indy Eleven returns from Rhode Island with a point after drawing 3-3 with the first-year USL Championship Eastern Conference opponent. Indy moves to 9-5-3, while Rhode Island sits at 3-4-10.

The Boys in Blue scored twice in the opening half as Laurence Wootton registered the opener off an assist from Cam Lindley in the 20th minute. The goal was the first professional tally for Wootton and the assist was the first for Lindley in 2024.

Indy doubled the lead less than 10 minutes later off a 28th minute strike from Elliot Collier. His goal came by way of Romario Williams’ first points representing the Circle City.

Indy now has 16 first-half goals on the season, the second most of any team in the USL Championship (17, Charleston).

Rhode Island got a pair back to open the second half off the corner combination of goal scorer Frank Nodarse and Marc Ybarra in the 52nd and 69th minutes.

Indy retook the lead in the 79th minute off the first goal of the season from Tyler Gibson via an assist from Douglas Martinez, but Rhode Island struck back in the final seconds, earning the equalizer from Isaac Angking in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

The Boys in Blue return to action Tuesday against MLS-side Atlanta United for the Quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET and will stream on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. USL Championship matches resumes July 13 with a home match against Loudoun United. Single-game tickets for home matches are available for all matches via Ticketmaster. For more information on all ticket options click here. For questions, please email tickets@indyeleven.com or give us a call at 317.685.1100.

Rhode Island FC 3:3 Indy Eleven
Friday, July 5, 2024 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Beirne Stadium – Smithfield Rhode Island

2024 USL Championship Records
Rhode Island FC: 
3-4-10 (-2), 19 pts
Indy Eleven: 
9-5-3 (+5), 30 pts

Scoring Summary 
IND – Laurence Wootton (Cam Lindley) 20’
IND – Elliot Collier (Romario Williams) 28’
RI – Frank Nodarse (Marc Ybarra) 52’
RI – Frank Nodarse (Marc Ybarra) 69’
IND – Tyler Gibson (Douglas Martinez) 79’
RI – Isaac Angking 90+5’

Discipline Summary
RI – Frank Nodarse (caution) 19’
IND – Ben Mines (caution) 35’
IND – Hunter Sulte (caution) 52’
IND – Josh O’Brien (caution) 59′
RI – JJ Williams (caution) 80’
RI – Jojea Kwizera (caution) 84’

Indy Eleven line-up: Hunter Sulte, Aedan Stanley, James Musa (Callum Chapman-Page 45’), Josh O’Brien, Benjamin Ofeimu, Ben Mines, Cam Lindley (captain) (Max Schneider 83’), Laurence Wootton, Sebastian Guenzatti (Douglas Martinez 61’), Romario Williams (Tyler Gibson 71’), Elliot Collier (Augi Williams 61’)

Indy subs: Yannik Oettl, Logan Neidlinger

Rhode Island FC line-up: Jackson Lee, Frank Nodarse (Grant Stoneman 83’), Karifa Yao, Conor McGlynn (Zach Herivaux 75’), Jojea Kwizera, Marc Ybarra (Mark Doyle 81’), Clay Holstad, Stephen Turnbull (Isaac Angking 75’), Albert Dikwa, Joe Brito (Noah Fuson 45’), JJ Williams

Rhode Island subs: Kevin Orduy, Koke Vegas, Collin Smith



Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty
Saturday, July 6
Gainbridge Fieldhouse | 1:00 p.m. ET
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Broadcast Information

Probable Starters

Indiana Fever (8-13)

Guard – Caitlin Clark (16.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 7.1 apg)
Guard – Kelsey Mitchell (16.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg)
Center – Aliyah Boston (13.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.7 apg)
Forward – Katie Lou Samuelson (5.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.3 apg)
Forward – NaLyssa Smith (11.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.3 apg)

New York Liberty (17-3)

Forward – Breanna Stewart (19.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.9 apg)
Guard – Sabrina Ionescu (18.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.5 apg)
Center – Jonquel Jones (16.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.4 apg)
Guard – Betnijah Laney-Hamilton (12.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.6 apg)
Guard – Courtney Vandersloot (7.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.1 apg)

Game Status Report

Indiana: Temi Fagbenle – QUESTIONABLE (Right Thumb)

New York: Nyara Sabally – QUESTIONABLE (Back)


The Indiana Fever (8-13) welcome the New York Liberty to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday for the teams’ fourth and final meeting of the regular season. The Liberty come to Indianapolis up 3-0 in its regular season series with the Fever and have won the last nine meetings dating back to 2022.
Saturday’s game against New York marks the beginning of a three-game homestand for Indiana following a three-game road trip to the west coast last week. After Saturday, both Indiana and New York will play four remaining games before this year’s Olympic break, with Indiana facing four different teams and New York meeting both the Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun twice.

Indiana’s most recent road trip was highlighted by an 88-82 win against the Phoenix Mercury, but return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday riding a four-game home winning streak.

The Fever came up short, 88-69, in its most recent game against the Aces. Indiana outscored Las Vegas in paint points, 38-32, and rebounded Las Vegas, 44-38, which tied a season-high in rebounds for Indiana. Fever guard and WNBA All-Star Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana in scoring with 23 points as she tied a season-high five made 3-point field goals. Mitchell also became the 19th player in WNBA history to reach 500 made 3-point goals as well. All three of Indiana’s All-Stars, Mitchell, center Aliyah Boston and rookie guard Caitlin Clark, have scored in double figures the last seven games.

The Liberty (17-3) enter as the top-ranked team in the WNBA standings and come into Saturday on a five-game winning streak. The Liberty found redemption in its most recent game on Tuesday against the Minnesota Lynx, 76-67, at home. Minnesota defeated New York to win this year’s Commissioner’s Cup on June 25. Liberty center Jonquel Jones posted her seventh double-double of the season and led New York in scoring with 21 points and 12 rebounds on Tuesday. During New York’s Commissioner’s Cup loss, Jones pulled down 12 rebounds again, but only managed three points, which was a season-low in scoring for her.

Indiana lost a one-sided matchup last time out against New York on June 2 and New York returns to Indianapolis after winning Indiana’s regular season home-opener back on May 16. WNBA All-Star Weekend will be stacked with Fever and Liberty players playing with and against each other again on July 20 during the WNBA All-Star Game. Liberty forward Breanna Stewart and Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu will be competing with the USA Women’s National Team in the All-Star Game, while Boston, Clark, Mitchell and Jones will be competing together on Team WNBA.


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3 – 8 – 7 – 9 – 31

July 6, 1933 – At the first ever MLB All Star Game it was a star studded affair. The American League won the contest 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago, as Number 3 of the Yankees Babe Ruth hit the first All Star home run.

July 6, 1945 – Washington Senator, Number 8, Rick Ferrell caught an MLB record 1,722 games when he suited up on this day to face the St Louis Browns.

July 6, 1949 – Cincinnati Reds catcher Walker Cooper, wearing Number 7 went 6 for 7, with 3 HRs, 3 singles, 5 runs scored, 10 RBI in 23-4 win v Chicago Cubs

July 6, 1956 – Finally a fitting tribute award. MLB Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honor baseball’s outstanding pitcher of the season

July 6, 1956 – Cleveland outfielder Jim Busby, Number 31 had a second day in a row where he hit a grand slam during the Indians 4-2 win over the Kansas City A’s.

July 6, 1962 – A pair of New York Yankees legends who were known as the ‘M&M boys’: Roger Maris wearing Number 9 and Number 7, Mickey Mantle each tagged 2 Home Runs in a 7-5 win over the Minnesota Twins. For Mantle it was his 4th consecutive homer. Baseball fans were looking for the very popular Mickey Mantle to break Babe Ruth’s old 60-homer record the previous season in 1961, but it was his teammate, roommate and friend Roger Maris who made history when he had 54 base clearing blasts until he suffered a flu infection in September that hampered him from getting to the Bambinos lofty mark but some how he did it finishing with 61 on the season. Mantle had 54 that same year.


Gang of 11 Ensures it will Be Heard

This story is of how the NFL owners met in Chicago for a 1st vote for a successor for the soon to be retiring Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Saints President/General Manager, Jim Finks, was the only candidate presented, but his selection as Commish falls just short of the votes needed for election. The main reason why this occurred was that a block of 11 owners headed by Dallas’ Jerry Jones, Philly’s Norman Braman, Victor Kiam of New England, Seattle’s Ken Behring and Pat Bowlen of Denver all abstained from voting luring a few others with them which prevented the necessary number of votes to pass the anointing of a new NFL Commissioner. The League went into what was described as chaos after the vote. Braman spoke to the media after the session and said, “The issue tonight was information… there was a feeling on the part of the 11 owners that we wanted more information… this was not an anti-Finks vote. It really wasn’t and we expressed it that way. That’s why we abstained.”  The uncertainty of who the next head of the League would not be settled until October 26, 1989 when Paul Tagliabue was announced. More from this saga in the coming months…

July 6, 1994- The Canadian Football League’s expansion team in Shreveport, Louisiana (Pirates) lose their game against the Ottawa Rough Riders. The franchise folded in 1995.

July 6, 1994- The film debut of Forrest Gump took place. Who could ever forget the famous scenes of actor Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump playing football for the legendary Bear Bryant at Alabama. “Run Forrest, Run!”

Hall of Fame Birthday for July 6

July 6, 1946 – Hawthorne, California – Fred Dryer, who was a defensive lineman in 1967 and 1968 for San Diego State was born. The National Football Foundation website says Dryer had great speed and the athletic prowess to hunt through blockers even by hurdling and cutting inside opponents that earned him a spot on the Little All-America team of 1968. He played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl and the 1969 College All-Star Game. In 1967 San Diego State went 10-1 and beat San Francisco State in the Camellia Bowl. In 1968 the record was 9-0-1. San Diego State’s head coach was Don Coryell, but the man that recruited Dryer away from El Camino Junior College to San Diego State was the defensive coordinator, John Madden.  Fred after college played for the New York Football Giants and the Los Angeles Rams, a total of 13 seasons in the NFL. After his football career he became an actor most notably on his own TV series “Hunter.” Dryer was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. 

Other notable “Not Yet” in the Hall Birthdays

July 6, 1956- Matt Bahr NFL Kicker that played for Pittsburgh, Cleveland, San Francisco, NY Giants, New England and Philadelphia during his career. Bahr kicked for Penn State University in college.

July 6, 1982- Brandon Jacobs this bruising power running back played for the NY Football Giants and later with the San Francisco 49ers. He wore the uniform of Southern Illinois University on the college game days.


July 6

1929 — The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first and fifth innings in beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 28-6, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cardinals had 28 hits and set an NL record with the 28 runs.

1933 — The first major league All-Star game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The AL, managed by Connie Mack, defeated the NL, managed by John McGraw, 4-2 on Babe Ruth’s two-run homer.

1938 — Johnny Vander Meer, Bill Lee and Mace Brown combined to limit the AL to one run and seven hits as the NL won the All-Star game 4-1 at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees suffered his first defeat in four All-Star starts.

1942 — The AL beat the NL 3-1 in the All-Star game at the Polo Grounds in New York on first-inning home runs by Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians and Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers. York’s shot came with a man on base.

1949 — Walker Cooper of Cincinnati went 6-for-7, including three home runs and drove in 10 runs, against Chicago at Crosley Field. Cooper also had three singles and scored five times to lead the Reds to a 23-4 rout of the Cubs.

1966 — Boog Powell of the Baltimore Orioles knocked in 11 runs in a doubleheader against the Kansas City A’s to tie an AL record. In the first game, Powell hit two home runs, including a grand slam, two doubles and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs as the Orioles won 11-0. Powell had four RBIs in the nightcap.

1983 — On the 50th anniversary of the All-Star game, Fred Lynn’s grand slam off Atlee Hammaker, the first in All-Star competition, capped a record seven-run third inning. The AL also set a one-game record for runs scored in a 13-3 victory that ended an 11-game NL winning streak. Chicago’s Comiskey Park was the site, as it was for the first All-Star game in 1933.

1986 — Atlanta’s Bob Horner became the 11th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a game and it still wasn’t enough to win the game. The Montreal Expos pounded the Braves’ pitching staff for an 11-8 victory.

2000 — Keith McDonald of the St. Louis Cardinals became the second player in major league history to homer in his first two at-bats, connecting in the second inning of a 12-6 loss to Cincinnati.

2005 — Florida pitchers retired 28 consecutive batters from the third inning on and set a team record with 22 strikeouts in a 12-inning, 5-4 victory over Milwaukee. A.J. Burnett matched his career high and the individual club record with 14 strikeouts in six innings.

2007 — Justin Morneau homered three times in the second game of a doubleheader to help Minnesota sweep Chicago 20-14 and 12-0. The Twins won the opener behind Jason Kubel’s seven RBIs.

2009 — Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs each had two-run shots during a 10-run first inning, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rout the Cincinnati Reds 22-1.

2010 — Alex Rodriguez hit the 21st grand slam of his career and adds a solo home run to bring his career total to 597.

2016 — The Orioles and the Dodgers combine for 36 strikeouts in a 14 inning game at Dodger Stadium.

2017 — With two hits in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, Florida Marlins Ichiro Suzuki become the all-time leader for hits by a player born outside the United States with 3,054 passing Rod Carew.

2022 — Aaron Judge hits his 30th homer of the year, a grand slam, in the Yankees’ 16 – 0 demolition of the Pirates. He is the fourth Yankees hitter to reach the mark before the All-Star Game, following Roger Maris in 1961, Alex Rodriguez in 2007 – and himself in 2017.


July 7

1923 — Lefty O’Doul, pitching for the Boston Red Sox, allowed 13 runs in the sixth inning to the Cleveland Indians, who won 27-3. In 1928, he was to return to the majors as a great hitting outfielder.

1936 — The NL won its first All-Star game 4-3 at Braves Field in Boston.

1937 — Lou Gehrig drove in four runs with a home run and a double to pace the AL to an 8-3 victory over the NL in the All-Star game at Washington’s Griffith Stadium. In attendance was President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1959 — At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, the first of two All-Star games played that season went to the NL, 5-4. The NL scored the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth when Hank Aaron singled in a run and scored on a triple by Willie Mays.

1964 — The NL beat the AL 7-4 in the All-Star game on Johnny Callison’s two-out, three-run homer off Dick Radatz in the bottom of the ninth inning at New York’s Shea Stadium. The win pulled the NL even with its rivals (17-17-1) for the first time since the series began.

1998 — Coors Field lived up to its billing as a hitter’s haven as the American League beat the Nationals 13-8 at Coors Field in the highest-scoring All-Star game in major league history. The 21 runs broke the record set in the AL’s 11-9 win in 1954.

2006 — Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner became the first player in major league history to hit five grand slams before the All-Star break when he connected in the second inning of a 9-0 win over Baltimore.

2009 — Alan Embree earned the win in Colorado’s 5-4 victory over Washington without throwing a pitch. He entered with two outs in the eighth and picked off Austin Kearns, who had singled off Joel Peralta. It was the first time a major leaguer had gotten a win without throwing a pitch since B.J Ryan for Baltimore at Detroit on May 1, 2003.

2011 — Dustin Pedroia hit a three-run shot and Boston added three consecutive home runs in the seventh in a 10-4 win over Baltimore. Six different Boston players homered, including the three straight by David Ortiz, Josh Reddick and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

2011 — A Texas Rangers fan died after falling about 20 feet onto concrete reaching out for a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game. Shannon Stone, 39, was at the game with his young son, who watched as his dad tumbled over the outfield railing after catching the ball. The accident happened in the second inning after Oakland’s Conor Jackson hit a foul ball. Hamilton retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands as players routinely do.

2016 — Colorado’s Trevor Story tied an NL rookie record for most home runs before the All-Star break, homering twice and boosting his total to 21 as the Rockies beat Philadelphia 11-2.

2018 — Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in a career-high 10 runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 18-4. Reynolds (5 for 5) tied his career high for hits and equaled the Nationals’ RBI record.

2021 — In what has clearly been the “Year of the No-Hitter″, five Rays pitchers combine to pitch one against the Indians in the second game of a doubleheader that goes seven innings.


July 8

1912 — Rube Marquard’s 19-game winning streak was stopped as the New York Giants lost 7-2 to the Chicago Cubs.

1918 — Boston’s Babe Ruth lost a home run at Fenway Park when prevailing rules reduce his shot over the fence to a triple. Amos Strunk scored on Ruth’s hit for a 1-0 win over Cleveland. Ruth, who played 95 games in the season, finished tied for the American League title with 11 homers.

1935 — The AL extended its All-Star winning streak to three with a 4-1 victory at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. New York Yankee Lefty Gomez went six innings, which prompted the NL to have the rules changed so that no pitcher could throw more than three innings, unless extra innings.

1941 — Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit a three-run, two-out homer in the ninth to give the AL a dramatic 7-5 victory in the All-Star game at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium. Up to that point Arky Vaughn of the Pittsburgh Pirates was the NL hero with two home runs, the first player to do so in All-Star play. Joe and Dom DiMaggio both played for the AL, marking the first time that brothers appeared in the same All-Star game.

1947 — Frank Shea became the first winning rookie pitcher in the first 14 years of All-Star play as the AL nipped the NL 2-1 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

1952 — The NL edged the AL 3-2 in the first rain-shortened All-Star game. The five-inning contest, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, featured home runs by Jackie Robinson and Hank Sauer of the Nationals.

1957 — Baseball owners re-elected commissioner Ford Frick to another seven-year term when his contract is up in 1958.

1958 — The 25th anniversary All-Star game, at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, went to the AL, 4-3 in a game that only produced 13 singles. This was the first All-Star game in which neither team got an extra-base hit.

1970 — Jim Ray Hart of San Francisco hit for the cycle and became the first NL player in 59 years to drive in six runs in one inning as the Giants beat Atlanta, 13-0.

1974 — New York shortstop Jim Mason tied a major-league record when he doubled four times in the Yankees’ 12-5 win over Texas.

1994 — Shortstop John Valentin made the 10th unassisted triple play in baseball history in the sixth inning and then led off the bottom of the inning with a homer to lead Boston to a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

1997 — Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Alomar hit a two-run homer to give the American League a 3-1 victory over the National League in the All-Star game. Alomar, the first player to win the All-Star MVP in his own ballpark, broke the tie in the seventh inning off San Francisco’s Shawn Estes.

1982 — Billy Martin records his 1,000 career win as a manger as the A’s beat the Yankees 6-3.

2000 — Dwight Gooden and Roger Clemens teamed up to shut down the Mets, giving the Yankees identical 4-2 victories in the first double-ballpark doubleheader in the majors since 1903. After the opener, many in the sellout crowd of 54,165 at Shea Stadium immediately headed for Game 2, which drew 55,821 at Yankee Stadium.

2008 — Ryan Braun of Milwaukee hit his 56th career home run in his 200th major league game, a 7-3 win over Colorado. Only Mark McGwire and Rudy York (both 59) had hit more in their first 200 games in the majors.

2014 — The Mets record the 4,000th win in franchise history by defeating the Braves 8-3.

2015 — Tampa Bay hits two inside-the park home runs in a 9-7 loss to the Royals. It is the first time the feat has been done since 1997.

2021 — San Diego Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena records his first MLB hit, a Grand Slam, in his second at bat against the Washington Nationals’ Max Sherzer.

July 9

1902 — Rube Waddell beat Bill Dinneen 4-2 in 17 innings when light-hitting Monte Cross hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia.

1932 — Ben Chapman of the Yankees hit three homers, including two inside-the-park, as New York beat the Detroit Tigers 14-9 at Yankee Stadium.

1937 — Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle as the Yankees defeat the Seantors 16-2.

1940 — The NL recorded the first shutout in All-Star play, with a 4-0 win at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Five pitchers — Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French, and Carl Hubbell — held the AL to three hits. Max West hit a three-run homer.

1946 — After a one-year break due to war travel restrictions, the Americans trounced the Nationals 12-0 at Fenway Park, the most one-sided of the All-Star games. Ted Williams of the Red Sox didn’t disappoint the hometown fans. He hit two homers and two singles for five RBIs.

1968 — Willie McCovey hit into a double play, scoring Willie Mays with the only run of the 39th All-Star game, played at the Houston Astrodome. It was the first game of this series played indoors and the first 1-0 contest in All-Star history.

1976 — Houston’s Larry Dierker pitched a no-hitter as the Astros beat Montreal 6-0. Dierker struck out eight and walked four.

1991 — Cal Ripken hit a three-run homer to lead the AL over the NL 4-2 in the All-Star game for the AL’s fourth straight victory in the contest.

1996 — Mike Piazza launched an upper-deck home run in his first at-bat and lined an RBI double next time up, leading the Nationals to a 6-0 victory in the All-Star game in Philadelphia.

2002 — Despite Barry Bonds hitting a home run and Torii Hunter making a spectacular catch, the All-Star game finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.

2005 — It took 847 regular-season games at Coors Field, the most any stadium needed, before hosting its first 1-0 game. The lowest total runs scored in a game at Coors Field before Colorado’s 1-0 win over San Diego was 2-0.

2011 — Derek Jeter homered for his 3,000th hit, making him the first player to reach the mark with the New York Yankees. Jeter hit the milestone with a drive to left field with one out in the third inning off Tampa Bay’s David Price, his first at Yankee Stadium this season. He tied a career high going 5 for 5 and singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for a 5-4 win. Jeter became the 28th major leaguer to hit the mark and joined former teammate Wade Boggs as the only players to do it with a home run.

2011 — The Los Angeles Dodgers got their first hit with two outs in the ninth inning and still beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 when Dioner Navarro singled in Juan Uribe for the unlikely victory. Uribe was down to his last strike when he drove a pitch from Luke Gregerson over the head of left fielder Chris Denorfia for Los Angeles’ first hit and only the second hit of the game for either team. Navarro then looped a 3-1 pitch into short right-center to give the Dodgers three consecutive shutout victories for the first time since July 1991. San Diego’s Cameron Maybin had the first hit of the game in the fifth, a clean single through the box. It was the Padres’ only hit against rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and three relievers.

2013 — Alex Rios tied an American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game and Adam Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth to lift Chicago over Detroit 11-4.

2015 — Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings and tied the modern record for most consecutive home victories by a starter to begin a career, helping the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0.

2019 — The American League defeats the National League 4-3 in the 2019 All-Star Game for their 7th straight win.


July 10

1917 — Ray Caldwell of New York pitched 9 2-3 innings of no-hit relief as the Yankees beat the Browns 7-5 in 17 innings in St. Louis.

1932 — The Philadelphia A’s defeated Cleveland 18-17 in an 18-inning game in which John Burnett of the Indians had a record nine hits. Jimmie Foxx collected 16 total bases, and Eddie Rommell of the A’s pitched 17 innings in relief for the win, despite giving up 29 hits and 14 runs.

1934 — Carl Hubbell struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession, but the AL came back to win the All-Star game 9-7 at the Polo Grounds as Mel Harder gave up one hit in the last five innings.

1936 — Philadelphia’s Chuck Klein hit four home runs in a 9-6 10-inning victory over the Pirates, and it wasn’t in the cozy Baker Bowl. He hit them in Pittsburgh’s spacious Forbes Field, including the game-winning three-run shot in the 10th off Bill Swift. Klein almost homered in the second inning when he sent Pirates outfielder Paul Waner to the wall in right to haul in a long fly ball.

1947 — Don Black of the Cleveland Indians pitched a 3-0 no-hitter over the Philadelphia A’s in the first game of a twin bill.

1951 — The NL hit four homers en route to an 8-3 triumph at Detroit, giving the league consecutive All-Star victories for the first time.

1968 — The American League and National League agreed to split into two divisions in 1969. The twelve teams in each league will be divided and play a best-of-five games League Championship Series to determine the pennant winner.

1982 — Larry Parrish of the Texas Rangers hit his third grand slam in seven days, off Milt Wilcox in the first game of a doubleheader against Detroit. The Rangers beat the Tigers 6-5. Parrish had hit his first on July 4 and his second on July 7.

2001 — Cal Ripken upstaged every big name in the ballpark, hitting a home run and winning the MVP award in his final All-Star appearance to lead the American League over the Nationals 4-1. Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez connected for consecutive home runs as the AL won its fifth in a row.

2007 — Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run to lead the American League to a 5-4 victory over the National League in the All-Star game.

2009 — Jonathan Sanchez pitched the majors’ first no-hitter of the season, recording a career-high 11 strikeouts in San Francisco’s 8-0 win over the San Diego Padres. The only runner the Padres managed came on an error by third baseman Juan Uribe in the eighth.

2012 — San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that powered the NL to an 8-0 romp over the American League in the All-Star game.

2013 — David Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat to become baseball’s career leader in hits as a designated hitter and hit a two-run homer an inning later, leading Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 victory over Seattle. Ortiz entered the night tied with Harold Baines for the most hits as a DH.

2014 — Derek Jeter, playing his final regular-season game in Cleveland, went 2 for 4 in the 1,000th multi-hit game of his career. Cleveland scored nine runs in its last two innings at bat to rally past New York with a 9-3 win.

2019 — The independent Atlantic League introduces a “robot umpire” to call balls and strikes at its annual all-star game in York, PA.

2022 — In the 8th inning of their game against the White Sox, Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman drops a routine fly ball hit by Luis Robert and is charged with his first error since June 13, 2018, ending the longest errorless streak by any player at any position in major league history after 440 games. Worse, the error proves costly as Robert later comes around to score the winning run in a 4 – 2 ChiSox win.


July 11

1914 — Babe Ruth made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox and received credit for a 4-3 victory over Cleveland. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh, and Duffy Lewis’ single led to the winning run.

1944 — Phil Cavaretta set an All-Star game record by reaching base safely five straight times — triple, single, three walks — to lead the NL to a 7-1 victory over the AL at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

1950 — The All-Star game returned to Comiskey Park, the site of the first game, and was won by the NL 4-3 on Red Schoendienst’s 14th-inning home run off Ted Gray. It was the first extra-inning All-Star game, the first time the NL won at an AL park and the first All-Star game shown on network television.

1961 — Despite a record seven errors and pitcher Stu Miller getting blown off the Candlestick Park mound by a gale wind, the NL edged the AL 5-4 in the first of two All-Star games played that year.

1967 — Tony Perez’s home run off Catfish Hunter in the 15th inning gave the NL a 2-1 win in the longest game in All-Star history. The game was played in California’s Anaheim Stadium.

1973 — Jim Northrup of Detroit hit two grand slams, batting in the leadoff spot, to lead the Tigers to a 14-3 romp over the Texas Rangers. Northrup became the sixth major leaguer to hit two bases-loaded home runs in a game.

1978 — Steve Garvey keyed the NL’s 7-3 All-Star victory at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium with a game-tying, two-run single and a triple that sparked a four-run eighth inning.

1985 — Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first pitcher in major league history to reach the 4,000-strikeout mark when he fanned New York’s Danny Heep leading off the sixth inning. The Astros beat the Mets 4-3 in 12 innings on Bill Doran’s fifth hit of the game.

1995 — Jeff Conine’s solo shot in the eighth inning gave the NL a 3-2 victory in the All-Star game. Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza also homered for the NL.

2000 — Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored as the AL defeated the NL 6-3 in the All-Star game. Jeter became the first Yankee to win the All-Star game MVP.

2006 — With the American League down to its final strike, Michael Young hit a two-run triple off Trevor Hoffman for a 3-2 victory that kept the Americans unbeaten in Major League Baseball’s All-Star game for the past decade. The NL took a 2-1 lead into the ninth behind David Wright’s homer and some daring, old-style baserunning.

2009 — Nick Johnson, Josh Willingham and Dunn homered in consecutive at-bats and the Nationals set season highs for hits and runs in a 13-2 win at Houston.

2015 — The Marlins set a team record with 9 consecutive hits in the 7th inning of a 14-3 win over the Reds.

2023 — Having lost the last nine editions of the All-Star Game since 2012, the National League is victorious in the 2023 All-Star Game played at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, 3 – 2, over the American League. The key blow is a two-run homer by Elias Díaz off Félix Bautista in the 8th inning which puts the senior circuit ahead after a sacrifice fly by Bo Bichette had given the AL a 2 – 1 lead in the 6th. Díaz is named the winner of the Ted Williams Award as the game’s MVP.



July 6

1887 — Lottie Dod of Britain, 15, becomes the youngest woman to win the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon, defeating Blanch Bingley 6-2, 6-0.

1933 — The first major league All-Star game is played at Comiskey Park, Chicago. The American League beats the National League 4-2 on Babe Ruth’s two-run homer.

1957 — Althea Gibson becomes the first black to win a title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club by beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2 in the women’s singles title match.

1968 — Billie Jean King wins her third consecutive women’s singles title at Wimbledon by beating Australia’s Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5.

1975 — Ruffian, an undefeated filly, and Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure compete in a match race. Ruffian, racing on the lead, sustains a severe leg injury and is pulled up by jockey Jacinto Vasquez. She is humanely destroyed the following day.

1994 — Leroy Burrell breaks the world record in the 100 meters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Burrell’s time of 9.85 seconds betters Carl Lewis’ 9.86 clocking set in the 1991 World Championships.

1996 — Steffi Graf beats Spain’s Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5 in the Wimbledon final for the German star’s 20th Grand Slam title and 100th tournament victory.

1997 — Pete Sampras wins the fourth Wimbledon title and 10th Grand Slam title of his career, easily defeating Frenchmen Cedric Pioline 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

1998 — Twenty-year-old Se Ri Pak becomes the youngest U.S. Women’s Open champion after hitting an 18-foot birdie on the 20th extra hole to beat amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn in the longest Women’s Open in history.

2000 — Venus Williams beats her younger sister Serena 6-2, 7-6 (3) to reach the Wimbledon final. Their singles match is the first between sisters in a Grand Slam semifinal.

2003 — Martina Navratilova claims her 20th all-time Wimbledon title as she and Leander Paes beat Andy Ram & Anastassia Rodionova 6-3, 6-3 in the mixed doubles final.

2008 — Rafael Nadal ends Roger Federer’s bid to become the first man since the 1880s to win a sixth consecutive championship at the All England Club. Two points from victory, the No. 1-ranked Federer succumbs to No. 2 Nadal 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7 in a 4-hour, 48-minute test of wills that’s the longest men’s final in Wimbledon history — and quite possibly the greatest.

2013 — Twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan capture their fourth straight major with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo at Wimbledon. The Americans become the first men’s team in Open-era tennis to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

2013 — Jimmie Johnson becomes the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 winner is the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona.

2014 — Novak Djokovic wins his second Wimbledon title and denies Roger Federer his record eighth by holding off the Swiss star in five sets. Djokovic wastes a 5-2 lead in the fourth set but holds on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 victory.

2014 — Florida teen Kaylin Whitney breaks the world junior record by running the 200 meters in 22.49 seconds at the U.S. junior national track and field championships in Eugene, Ore. The 16-year-old Whitney broke the world 17-and-under mark of 22.58 set by Marion Jones in 1992.

2015 — Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stripped of his WBO welterweight boxing title after failing to pay $200k sanctioning fee and vacate his 2 junior middleweight titles.

2016 — Roger Federer’s bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title remains alive after he comes from two sets down and saves three match points before overcoming Marin Cilic in five sets, advancing to the semifinals at the All England Club for the 11th time. It’s the 10th time in Federer’s career he erases a two-set deficit to win in five sets. This is also his 80th match win at Wimbledon, equaling Jimmy Connors’ record.

2019 — Jorge Masvidal sets a UFC record with a KO of Ben Askren five seconds into their bout in Las Vegas.

2019 — LA Clippers acquire 2 NBA megastars in one day; Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard from Toronto in free agency, and Paul George from OKC for an unprecedented trade bounty of players and picks.

2020 — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes agrees to the largest contract for an athlete in sports history, inking a 12-year deal that could end up being worth US$503 million.


July 7

1911 — Dorothea Lambert Chambers sets the record for the shortest championship match at Wimbledon — 25 minutes — by disposing of Dora Boothby 6-0, 6-0 in the women’s finals.

1912 — American athlete Jim Thorpe wins 4 of 5 events to win the Pentathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982.

1934 — Elizabeth Ryan teams with Simone Mathiau and wins her record 12th women’s doubles title at Wimbledon, defeating Dorothy Andrus and Sylvia Henrotin 6-3, 6-3.

1953 — Walter Burkemo beats Felice Torza to win the PGA Championship at Birmingham (Mich.) Country Club.

1973 — In the first all-U.S. women’s Wimbledon final, Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert, 6-0, 7-5.

1974 — In Munich, West Germany beats the Netherlands 2-1 to win soccer’s World Cup.

1978 — NBA approves franchise swap; Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquire Boston Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin gets Braves, later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers.

1980 — Larry Holmes retains his WBC heavyweight title with a seventh-round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minn.

1982 — Steve Scott of the Sub 4 Club sets a United States record in the mile with a time of 3:47.69 in a track meet at Oslo, Norway.

1985 — West Germany’s Boris Becker, 17, becomes the youngest champion and first unseeded player in the history of the men’s singles at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Kevin Curren.

1986 — American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow.

1990 — Martina Navratilova wins her ninth Wimbledon women’s singles championship, beating Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1, to break the record she shared with Helen Wills Moody.

1991 — Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 to capture her third Wimbledon women’s title.

1992 — South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation, apartheid.

1993 — Tom Burgess tosses three touchdown passes, and Wayne Walker scores twice as Ottawa spoils the debut of the CFL’s first American-based team by beating Sacramento 32-23.

2002 — Juli Inkster matches the lowest final-round score by an Open champion with a 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Annika Sorenstam in the U.S. Women’s Open. It’s her seventh major.

2007 — Venus Williams claims her fourth Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Marion Bartoli.

2007 — Wladimir Klitschko beats Raymond Brewster with a technical knockout after six rounds, to successfully defend his IBF and IBO heavyweight titles in Cologne, Germany.

2012 — Serena Williams dominates from start to finish, beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win a fifth championship at the All England Club and 14th major title overall.

2013 — Andy Murray becomes the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final. The last British man to win the Wimbledon title before was Fred Perry in 1936.

2018 — Kristi Toliver scores 18 points to help the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 83-74 for coach Mike Thibault’s 300th career regular-season win. Thibault becomes the first WNBA coach to reach that milestone.

2019 — U.S. Women’s National Team win their record 4th FIFA Women’s World Cup title with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands.

2021 — The Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup and third overall. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is named Finals MVP.


July 8

1889 — John L. Sullivan defeats Jake Kilrain in the 75th round in Richburg, Miss., for the U.S. heavyweight championship. It’s the last bare-knuckle boxing match before the Marquis of Queensbury rules are introduced.

1922 — Suzanne Lenglen beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, 6-2, 6-0 for her fourth straight singles title at Wimbledon.

1939 — Bobby Riggs beats Elwood Cooke in five sets to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon.

1941 — Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hits a three-run, two-out homer in the ninth inning to give the American League a dramatic 7-5 victory in the All-Star game at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium.

1955 — Peter Thomson wins his second consecutive British Open finishing two strokes ahead of John Fallon. Thomson shoots a 7-under 281 at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland.

1967 — Billie Jean King sweeps three titles at Wimbledon. King beats Ann Hayden Jones 6-3, 6-4, for the singles title; teams with Rosie Casals for the women’s doubles title, and pairs with Owen Davidson for the mixed doubles title.

1978 — Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to win his third straight men’s title at Wimbledon.

1984 — John McEnroe whips Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in 100-degree temperatures to take the men’s singles title at Wimbledon.

1990 — West Germany wins the World Cup as Andreas Brehme scores with 6 minutes to go for a 1-0 victory over defending champion Argentina in a foul-marred final.

1991 — Michael Stich upsets three-time champion Boris Becker to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

1994 — Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try O.J. Simpson.

1995 — Top-ranked Steffi Graf wins her sixth Wimbledon singles title, beating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

1995 — NHL Draft: Detroit Jr. Red Wings (OHL) defenceman Bryan Berard first pick by Ottawa Senators.

1996 — Switzerland’s Martina Hingis becomes the youngest champion in Wimbledon history at 15 years, 282 days, teaming with Helena Sukova to beat Meredith McGrath and Larisa Neiland 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in women’s doubles.

2000 — Venus Williams beats Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3) for her first Grand Slam title. Williams is the first black women’s champion at Wimbledon since Althea Gibson in 1957-58.

2007 — Roger Federer wins his fifth straight Wimbledon championship, beating Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2. I’s also Federer’s 11th Grand Slam title overall.

2010 — Paul Goydos becomes the fourth golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59. Goydos puts together his 12-under, bogey-free round on the opening day of the John Deere Classic. Goydos makes the turn at 4-under, then birdies all but one hole on the back nine at the 7,257-yard TPC Deere Run course.

2012 — Roger Federer equals Pete Sampras’ record of seven men’s singles titles at the All England Club, and wins his 17th Grand Slam title overall, by beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

2014 — Germany hands Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stuns the host nation. Miroslav Klose scores a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half and Germany goes on to score the most goals in a World Cup semifinal.

2016 — Roger Federer loses in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time in his career, falling to Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Centre Court. The 34-year-old Federer had been 10-0 in Wimbledon semifinals, winning seven of his finals.

2018 — South Korean golfer Sei Young Ki breaks the LPGA 72-hole scoring record with a 31-under par 257 in winning the Thornberry Creek Classic.

2021 — San Diego Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena records his first MLB hit, a Grand Slam, in his second at bat against the Washington Nationals’ Max Sherzer.

2022 — Gymnast Simone Biles aged 25, becomes the youngest person to receive the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden.

July 9

1922 — Johnny Weissmuller is the first to swim the 100-meter freestyle under 1 minute as he breaks Duke Kahanamoku’s world record with a time of 58.6 seconds.

1932 — The NFL awards a franchise to Boston under the ownership of George Preston Marshall, Vincent Bendix, Jay O’Brien, and Dorland Doyle. The Boston Braves will change their nickname to Redskins in 1933 and move to Washington after the 1936 season.

1940 — The National League registers the first shutout, 4-0, in the All-Star game.

1954 — Peter Thomson becomes the first Australian to win the British Open. Thomson shoots a 9-under 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, edging Bobby Locke, Dai Rees and Syd Scott by one stroke.

1965 — Peter Thomson wins his fifth British Open title by two strokes over Brian Huggett and Christy O’Connor Sr. Thomson shoots a 7-under 285 at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Thomson’s previous Open victory was in 1958. It’s the last to conclude with two rounds on Friday.

1966 — Jack Nicklaus wins the British Open with a 282 at Muirfield to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player as the only men to win the four majors.

1967 — Mark Spitz and Catie Ball, both 17, swim to world records, and 14-year-old Debbie Meyer sets two records in one race in the Santa Clara International Invitational swim meet. Spitz sets a 100-meter butterfly record at 56.3 and Ball becomes the first U.S. swimmer to set a world record for the breaststroke with a 2:40.5 time for 200 meters. Meyer breaks the 800-meter freestyle record in 9 minutes, 35.8 seconds on the way to a record 18:11.1 in the 1,500.

1968 — Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76’ers to LA Lakers.

1988 — Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3.

1989 — Boris Becker and Steffi Graf claim a West German sweep of the Wimbledon singles crowns in the first double finals day in 16 years. Becker wins his third Wimbledon title in five years, rolling past defending champion Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6 (1), 6-4, while Graf takes her second straight championship over Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-1.

1991 — South Africa is readmitted by the International Olympic Committee to the Olympic movement, ending decades of sports isolation and clearing the way for its participation in the 1992 Games.

1995 — Pete Sampras becomes the first American to win Wimbledon three straight years by beating Boris Becker 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

2000 — Pete Sampras passes Roy Emerson for the most Grand Slam championships and ties Willie Renshaw, a player in the 1880s, for the most Wimbledon titles with a four-set victory over Pat Rafter. Sampras, winner of seven Wimbledon titles, 13 Grand Slam championships, extends his mark at Wimbledon to 53-1 over the past eight years.

2001 — Goran Ivanisevic becomes one of Wimbledon’s most improbable champions, beating Patrick Rafter. Two points away from defeat, Ivanisevic rallies to beat Rafter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7 and becomes the second player to win a Wimbledon singles title without being seeded.

2006 — Roger Federer ends a five-match losing streak to Rafael Nadal, winning 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3 to earn his fourth straight Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam championship. Nadal had beaten Federer in four finals this year.

2006 — Italy wins its fourth World Cup title winning the shootout 5-3 against France, after a 1-1 draw. Outplayed for an hour and into extra time, the Italians win it after French captain Zinedine Zidane is ejected in the 107th for a vicious butt to the chest of Marco Materazzi.

2009 — Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points.

2011 — Derek Jeter homers for his 3,000th hit, making him the first player to reach the mark with the New York Yankees.

2016 — Serena Williams wins her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final. Williams pulls even with Steffi Graf for the most major championships in the Open era, which began in 1968. This is Williams’ seventh singles trophy at the All England Club.

2021 — British road cyclist Mark Cavendish wins Nimes to Carcassonne stage 13 of the Tour de France for his 34th career state win. The win ties Eddy Merckx for most career stage wins.


July 10

1926 — Bobby Jones wins the U.S. Open golf tournament for the second time with a 293 total.

1934 — Carl Hubbell strikes out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession, but the American League comes back to win the All-Star game 9-7 at the Polo Grounds.

1936 — Philadelphia’s Chuck Klein hits four home runs in a 9-6 10-inning victory over the Pirates at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field.

1951 — Britain’s Randy Turpin defeats Sugar Ray Robinson in 15 rounds to win the world middleweight title and give Robinson his second loss in 135 bouts.

1960 — UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Viktor Ponedelnik scores in extra time as Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia, 2-1.

1971 — Lee Trevino rebounds from a double-bogey on the next to last hole with a birdie on the final hole to win the 100th British Open by one stroke over Lu Liang-Huan. Trevino, who won the U.S. Open a month earlier, is the fourth golfer to win both championships in the same year, joining Bobby Jones (1926, 1930), Gene Sarazen (1932), and Ben Hogan (1953).

1976 — Johnny Miller shoots a 66 in the final round to beat 19-year-old Spaniard Seve Ballesteros by six strokes to take the British Open. Ballesteros, who starts the final round two strokes ahead of Miller, shoots a 74 and ends tied for second place with Jack Nicklaus.

1992 — The Major Soccer League, the only major nationwide professional soccer competition in the United States, folds after 14 seasons.

1999 — Team USA wins the Women’s World Cup over China in sudden death. The Americans win 5-4 in penalty kicks, with defender Brandi Chastain kicking in the game winner.

2010 — Paula Creamer wins her first major tournament, never giving up the lead during a steady final round of the U.S. Women’s Open. Creamer shoots a final-round 2-under 69 for a 3-under 281 for the tournament.

2010 — Spain wins soccer’s World Cup after an exhausting 1-0 victory in extra time over the Netherlands. In the end, it’s Andres Iniesta breaking free and scoring a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

2011 — The United States advances to the semifinals after one of the most exciting games ever at the Women’s World Cup in Dresden, Germany. The U.S. beat Brazil 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie. Abby Wambach scores a thrilling goal to tie it in the 122nd minute, and goalkeeper Hope Solo denies the Brazilians again.

2016 — Andy Murray wins his second Wimbledon title by beating Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) on Centre Court.

2016 — Brittany Lang wins her first career major at the U.S. Women’s Open when Anna Nordqvist touches the sand with her club in a bunker for a two-stroke penalty in the three-hole aggregate playoff. The penalty occurs on the second hole of the playoff and is not delivered to the players until they were on the final hole after officials review replays in the latest controversy at a USGA event. Lang seals the win with a short par putt on the final playoff hole, while Nordqvist makes bogey to lose by three shots.

2017 — An independent review of the scoring in Manny Pacquiao’s contentious WBO welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn confirms the outcome in favor of the Australian. A Philippines government department asked the WBO to review the refereeing and the judging of the so-called “Battle of Brisbane” in Australia on July 2 after Horn, fighting for his first world title, won a unanimous points decision against Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion. The WBO said three of the five independent judges who reviewed the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored a draw.

2021 — Ashleigh Barty of Australia wins Wimbledon defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

2022 — Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Novak Đoković wins 4th straight and record equaling 7th Wimbledon singles title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over Nick Kyrgios of Australia; Đoković 21 Grand Slam titles.


July 11

1914 — Babe Ruth makes his major league pitching debut for the Boston Red Sox against Cleveland, getting the 4-3 victory over the Indians.

1950 — Red Schoendienst hits a home run in the 14th inning to give the NL a 4-3 victory in the All-Star game.

1967 — Tony Perez homers in the 15th inning off Catfish Hunter to give the National League a 2-1 win in the longest game in All-Star history.

1979 — Renaldo Nehemiah of the United States sets a Pan American Games record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.20 seconds.

1981 — Britain’s Sebastian Coe breaks his own world record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:12.18 in a meet in Oslo, Norway. Seven runners shatter the 3-minute, 51-second barrier in the mile led by Steve Ovett at 3:49.25. Steve Scott finishes third and sets an American record in 3:49.68.

1982 — FIFA World Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Italy beats West Germany, 3-1 in front of 90,000.

1985 — Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in major league history to reach 4,000 strikeouts when he fans New York’s Danny Heep in the sixth inning.

1992 — Treboh Joe, a 9-year-old gelding, makes harness racing history by losing his 162nd consecutive race. Treboh Joe finishes fourth to break the North American record of 161 straight losses held by Shiaway Moses.

1993 — Alain Prost gets his 50th Formula One victory by taking the British Grand Prix.

1995 — Maryland quarterback Scott Milanovich, the most prolific passer in school history, is suspended for eight games by the NCAA for gambling on college sports.

2008 — Spanish cyclist Manuel Beltran tests positive for the performance-enhancer EPO and is immediately kicked out of the Tour de France and suspended by his team, Liquigas.

2010 — FIFA World Cup Final, Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands, 1-0 for first World Cup title.

2011 — So Yeon Ryu wins the U.S. Women’s Open, defeating Hee Kyung Seo by three shots in a three-hole playoff. Ryu becomes the fifth South Korean to win the Open and the fourth in the last seven years.

2012 — Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers.

2015 — Serena Williams wins her sixth title at the All England Club, beating Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in the women’s final. For Williams, it’s her second “Serena Slam” — holding all four major titles at the same time. Overall, it’s the 21st major title for Williams, one shy of Graf’s Open era record.

2017 — Venus Williams reaches the semifinals at Wimbledon for the 10th time. The five-time champion at the All England Club advances by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 under a closed roof on Centre Court.

2021 — Novak Dokovic beats Matteo Berrettini of Italy, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Wimbledon Title. The win is Dokovic’s 20th Grand Slam title.

2021 — UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Italy wins first Euro title since 1968, 3-2 on penalties over England after scores locked at 1-1 AET.

2021 — Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Argentina beats Brazil, 1-0; Lionel Messi named player of the tournament in his first major international title victory.


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