LeBron James intends to reject his $51.4-million player option for the 2024-25 season to enter free agency, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

James is expected to return to the Los Angeles Lakers on a new deal, Charania adds.

The 21-year veteran is eligible to sign a three-year, $162 million contract, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

The next campaign will be James’ 22nd NBA season, tying the 39-year-old with Vince Carter for the most played in league history.

James averaged 25.7 points, 8.3 assists, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 71 contests last season. The league’s all-time leading scorer posted a career-best from deep, making 2.1 shots on 41% shooting. James also played his most games in one season since suiting up for every contest in 2017-18.

The Lakers finished 47-35 in the Western Conference and were eliminated by the rival Denver Nuggets in the first round. James and co-star Anthony Davis both averaged 27.8 points over the five-game series.

The franchise parted ways with Darvin Ham in May after the season, replacing him with JJ Redick after attempting to hire Connecticut bench boss Dan Hurley.

L.A. drafted LeBron’s son, Bronny James, out of USC with the 55th pick in the draft.

The Lakers selected scorer Dalton Knecht from Tennessee with the No. 17 pick in the NBA draft.

James holds career averages of 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 1.5 steals.


The Phoenix Suns are set to re-sign forward Royce O’Neale to a four-year, $44-million contract, ESPN reported Saturday.

O’Neale, 31, was acquired by the Suns at February’s trade deadline from the Brooklyn Nets in a three-team deal that also included the Memphis Grizzlies. In 30 games (eight starts) with Phoenix, he averaged 8.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

In seven NBA seasons, O’Neale has averaged 6.8 points with 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists after he went undrafted out of Baylor. He played his first five seasons with the Utah Jazz, starting in 2017-18.


Guard Russell Westbook plans to pick up his $4 million option and return to the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2024-25 season, ESPN reported Saturday.

Westbrook, a former league MVP and two-time scoring champion, was a key contributor off the bench for the Clippers last season. He averaged 11.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 68 games as a complement to Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Paul George.

The 35-year-old Westbrook holds the record for triple-doubles with 199. In 1,162 career games (1,039 starts), he has averages of 21.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 8,1 assists and 33.6 minutes per game.

The No. 4 overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, Westbrook has played with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-19), Houston Rockets (2019-20), Washington Wizards (2020-21), Los Angeles Lakers (2022-23) and Clippers. He is a Southern California native and played at UCLA.


Veteran forward Kevin Love reportedly is declining his $4 million player option for the 2024-25 season, but Love and the Miami Heat are expected to negotiate toward a new deal, according to a report Saturday from ESPN.

The free agent signing period begins July 6.

The five-time All-Star averaged 8.8 points and 6.1 rebounds over 16.8 minutes in 55 regular-season games (five starts) with the Heat last season.

Love, who will turn 36 in September, signed with Miami in of 2023 after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he’d spent more than eight seasons and won an NBA title.

He has career averages of 16.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 929 games (684 starts) with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2008-14), Cavaliers (2014-23) and Heat.


The Orlando Magic intend to decline the $11 million contract option of forward Joe Ingles but could bring him back in free agency, ESPN reported Saturday.

Ingles, 36, and the team are expected to talk about a free-agent deal, per the report.

In his first season with the Magic in 2023-24, Ingles played in 68 games and averaged 4.4 points with 2.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

The Utah Jazz signed the 6-foot-9 Australia native as a free agent before the 2014 season, and he spent his first eight seasons in Salt Lake City, followed by one season with the Milwaukee Bucks.

He has career averages of 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 704 games (313 starts).


The Memphis Grizzlies declined Luke Kennard’s $14.8 million option for next season, ESPN reported Saturday.

The decision makes Kennard a free agent, though it is possible the shooting guard and the Grizzlies could work out a new deal.

Kennard, 28, has made 48.3 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaged 11.1 points in 63 games over parts of two seasons with Memphis.

Last season, Kennard was limited to 39 games (22 starts) due to various injuries. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 assists and shot 45 percent from 3-point range.

Kennard has played in 395 games (110 starts) over seven seasons for the Detroit Pistons (2017-20), Los Angeles Clippers (2020-23) and Memphis. The Grizzlies acquired him from the Clippers at the trade deadline in February 2023.

He has career averages of 10.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 43.9 percent from behind the arc.

Kennard was the 12th overall pick by the Pistons in the 2017 draft out of Duke.



Jewell Loyd recorded 30 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Seattle Storm to an easy 97-76 victory over the visiting Dallas Wings on Saturday night in the first of a two-game set.

Nneka Ogwumike added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists as Seattle (12-6) improved to 3-0 on a nine-game homestand. Ezi Magbegor added 13 points, Jordan Horston registered 12 points and 11 rebounds and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 11 points, five assists and three steals for the Storm.

The 30-point game was Loyd’s second in a row and third overall this season. She made 16 of 17 free-throw attempts.

Arike Ogunbowale scored 24 points for her 15th 20-point outing of the campaign. The Dallas star knocked down six 3-pointers and added five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Teaira McCowan had 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting and Natasha Howard contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Wings (4-14), who lost for the 12th time in the past 13 games.

The Storm host Dallas again on Monday.

Seattle shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 5 of 17 from 3-point range. The Storm were 28 of 30 from the free-throw line while Dallas was just 6 of 14.

The Wings made 45.7 percent of their shots and were 6 of 18 from behind the arc.

Seattle ripped off the first 10 points of the third quarter — the last five by Magbegor — to open up a 64-41 advantage with 8:15 left in the period.

Ogunbowale buried the first of her three third-quarter treys to give Dallas its first points of the period. The Wings were later within 13 before the Storm finished the period with eight straight points.

Sami Whitcomb’s jumper with 37.9 seconds left gave Seattle an 80-59 lead entering the final stanza.

Horston’s basket made it 86-63 with 6:39 left in the contest and the Storm closed it out.

Loyd scored 12 first-half points as the Storm led 54-41 at the break. McCowan had 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the half for Dallas, which shot a solid 58.1 percent over the first 20 minutes.

Seattle led 28-25 after the first quarter but increased its lead to 45-32 on a three-point play by Diggins-Smith with 3:42 remaining.

Diggins-Smith drove for a basket with 7.8 seconds left to account for the 13-point halftime margin.


Jackie Young scored 26 points as the visiting Las Vegas Aces overcame an 11-point deficit to push their season-high win streak to four games, beating the Washington Mystics 88-77 on Saturday.

Chelsea Gray added 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Tiffany Hayes delivered 17 off the bench for the Aces (10-6), who outscored the Mystics 21-8 in the fourth quarter.

Las Vegas center A’ja Wilson, who entered Saturday averaging a WNBA-high 28.0 points per game, was held to a season-low 11 points. It was her first time under 21 points in a game this season.

Four of Wilson’s points did come during a 9-2 run that turned a tie game into an 82-75 Aces lead with 4:08 to play. Wilson grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for Las Vegas, which maintained at least a five-point cushion down the stretch.

Stefanie Dolson led Washington (4-15) with 23 points and went 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Myisha Hines-Allen scored 14 points to complement Ariel Atkins’ 13.

Mystics rookie Aaliyah Edwards scored nine points and matched Dolson’s seven rebounds in her return after missing three games with a back injury.

Washington went 11 of 24 from 3-point range but hit just one on eight tries in the second half. The Aces made nine more free throws on 14 more attempts and flipped 14 Mystics turnovers into 23 points.

The Mystics bombarded the Aces from long distance early, making 10 3-pointers on 16 attempts to build a 52-46 halftime lead.

Dolson drilled all four of her 3-point attempts in the opening half, including three that propelled Washington ahead 28-20 entering the second quarter.

Young hit three first-half treys for Las Vegas, which went 7 of 15 from distance in the opening 20 minutes.

Young’s deep ball midway through the second quarter pulled the Aces within 35-34 before the Mystics hit three more 3 pointers to open a 46-35 lead.

Las Vegas inched closer behind Young, who added six points in the second quarter’s final 3:07 and finished the first half with 19.

The Aces found momentum in the third quarter through Gray, who hit two threes amid a 12-2 run that slid Las Vegas ahead 60-59 halfway through the period.

Washington responded behind Dolson, whose fifth 3-pointer closed a 10-2 surge that swung the Mystics back up 69-62.

Gray’s three free throws at the end of the quarter left the Aces down 69-67 entering the final quarter.



Manny Machado homered twice Saturday to help the San Diego Padres stretch their winning streak to five games with an 11-1 victory over the host Boston Red Sox.

Machado hit a two-run home run in the third inning and added a three-run homer in the fifth. He has 10 home runs this season. San Diego also received a solo home run from Jackson Merrill (his 12th blast of the season) and a two-run shot from Brett Sullivan (his first). The Padres have 20 home runs in their last 10 games.

Three of the four home runs came against Boston starter Tanner Houck (7-6), who turned 28 on Saturday. Houck had allowed two home runs in 103 1/3 innings this season entering Saturday’s game. Houck surrendered eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. He began the day leading the American League in ERA (2.18), but his ERA rose to 2.67.

San Diego starter Michael King (6-5) tossed six innings to earn the win. The right-hander gave up a run on five hits, struck out six and walked one. Jarren Duran accounted for Boston’s run with his eighth homer, a solo shot in the sixth.

Dodgers 14, Giants 7 (11 innings)

Will Smith’s tiebreaking two-run double and Jason Heyward’s two-run triple keyed a seven-run explosion in the 11th inning that propelled visiting Los Angeles past San Francisco.

Smith’s double to the fence off San Francisco’s Sean Hjelle (3-2) got the uprising going. Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double and Chris Taylor added an RBI single before Heyward lashed his triple to right. Earlier, Shohei Ohtani clubbed his NL-best 26th homer of the season. Ryan Yarbrough pitched a perfect 11th in a non-save situation to secure a win for Daniel Hudson (5-1), who allowed the Giants’ game-tying run in the 10th.

Matt Chapman went 3-for-5 for the Giants, who won Friday’s series opener 5-3 on Brett Wisely’s walk-off two-run homer.

Angels 6, Tigers 5 (10 innings)

Kevin Pillar hit an RBI single with one out in the 10th inning to lift Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive win by edging Detroit in Anaheim, Calif.

Taylor Ward began the inning as the automatic runner and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Pillar followed with his hit off Jason Foley (2-2). Ben Joyce (1-0), the last of four Los Angeles relievers who each tossed a scoreless inning, pitched the 10th to earn the victory.

Jake Rogers drove in three runs for the Tigers, two coming on his sixth homer of the season. Logan O’Hoppe clubbed his 12th for the Angels.

White Sox 11, Rockies 3

Paul DeJong finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead Chicago past visiting Colorado.

DeJong’s homer was one of four for the White Sox, joining Lenyn Sosa, Luis Robert Jr. and Korey Lee. Chicago scored 11 unanswered runs after trailing 3-0 and won a third straight game for just the third time this season.

Brendan Rodgers tallied two hits for the Rockies, including a solo home run, as Colorado dropped its fifth straight.

Reds 9, Cardinals 4

Jonathan India set a franchise record by doubling in his seventh straight game as Cincinnati coasted past host St. Louis.

India doubled twice to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He also ran his multiple-hit streak to eight games. India, Stuart Fairchild and Will Benson drove in two runs each as the Reds took a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.

Paul Goldschmidt homered for the Cardinals and Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Diamondbacks 3, Athletics 0

Zac Gallen returned from the injured list to throw six brilliant innings and Ketel Marte, Jake McCarthy and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had run-scoring hits as Arizona blanked visiting Oakland.

Gallen (6-4) allowed one hit and struck out seven in his first outing since leaving his May 30 start at the New York Mets with a strained right hamstring. Marte went 3-for-4 for as the Diamondbacks finished with 12 hits. Gurriel, Walker and Eugenio Suarez chipped in two hits apiece as Arizona won for the second time in its last seven games.

Brent Rooker and Miguel Andujar both singled for the Athletics, who were shut out for the ninth time this season.

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 3

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had six RBIs with a two-run homer, a three-run double and a single, and Toronto defeated visiting New York.

Former Yankee Isiah Kiner-Falefa had four hits and an RBI to extend his hit streak to 13 games and help Toronto take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series. Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and threw out two runners trying to steal.

Toronto right-hander Chris Bassitt (7-6) allowed one unearned run, six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in six innings. Austin Wells hit a two-run homer for New York.

Marlins 3, Phillies 2

Nick Gordon homered early and Jazz Chisholm Jr. delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning as Miami beat host Philadelphia.

Miami trailed 2-1 before scoring two runs with two outs in the seventh. Phillies starter Aaron Nola (9-4) was lifted after Miami tied it on back-to-back doubles by Otto Lopez and Nick Fortes. Chisholm then greeted Matt Strahm with a go-head run-scoring single.

Marlins reliever Andrew Nardi (1-0) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Tanner Scott pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 12th save. Garrett Stubbs homered and Nola struck out nine while allowing three runs on six hits with zero walks over 6 2/3 innings.

Guardians 7, Royals 2

Cleveland got a boost from a controversial call, then took advantage of its momentum to rebound for a win over host Kansas City.

After losing the first two games of the series and trailing 2-1 in the fourth, Jhonkensy Noel pulled Cole Ragans’ slider to left for a two-run homer, his second. Noel’s high drive appeared to go foul, but after a crew chief review, the call was allowed to stand for a 3-2 Guardians lead.

Jose Ramirez had an RBI double and hit his 23rd homer, backing Tanner Bibee (7-2), who allowed two runs over six innings. Kansas City’s Vinny Pasquantino collected two hits, including his 10th home run.

Cubs 5, Brewers 3

Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel visiting Chicago past Milwaukee.

Michael Busch also hit a two-run homer and Pete Crow-Armstrong delivered an RBI for the Cubs, who evened the three-game series after losing 4-2 on Friday night. Luke Little (3-1) earned the win after escaping a seventh-inning jam.

Hector Neris secured his 11th save after striking out two with runners on first and second. Happ delivered the winning blast off Brewers right-hander Joel Payamps (1-4). Milwaukee got two hits and an RBI from both Brice Turang and William Contreras.

Orioles 6, Rangers 5

Heston Kjerstad hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, Anthony Santander also homered, and Baltimore won its fourth straight game by edging visiting Texas.

Santander added an RBI double, and Orioles starter Cade Povich (1-1), who made his major league debut on June 6, allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks in five innings for his first big-league victory. Closer Craig Kimbrel walked two batters in the ninth inning but recorded his 19th save.

Corey Seager, Derek Hill, Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis Garcia homered for the Rangers, who dropped their sixth straight game and took their 11th loss in 15 games. Rangers starter Michael Lorenzen (4-4) lasted five innings and was charged with five runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Astros 9, Mets 6

Alex Bregman’s two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning put visiting Houston ahead for good after rallying from a 6-1 deficit to end New York’s four-game win streak.

Mauricio Dubon added insurance in the ninth with a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line. Seth Martinez (3-2) worked a clean seventh for the win and Josh Hader got his 12th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Pete Alonso laced a two-run single to cap a five-run second inning for the Mets, who got a solo home run from Mark Vientos an inning later to take a five-run lead. New York relievers Jake Diekman and Reed Garrett (7-3) combined to issue four walks during the Astros’ three-run eighth, which slid Houston ahead 7-6.

Nationals 8, Rays 1

CJ Abrams hit a leadoff home run, then Washington posted a six-run seventh inning and broke a four-game losing streak with a rout of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Before leaving after seven innings, Abrams went 2-for-3 with his 13th home run, a double and a walk. He tallied two runs and two RBIs. Luis Garcia Jr. went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs and an RBI. Harold Ramirez had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs. Keibert Ruiz had two hits and an RBI.

Jake Irvin (6-6) was masterful over a six-inning start that took 96 pitches. The right-hander allowed just one hit, a homer to Brandon Lowe, while striking out five and walking three.

Braves 2, Pirates 1 (10 innings)

Adam Duvall lined a single into the gap in right-center leading off the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in designated runner Luke Williams from second base and give Atlanta a victory over visiting Pittsburgh.

After making a highlight-reel leaping catch at the right field wall to rob Michael A. Taylor of an RBI extra-base hit in the sixth, Duvall drilled an 0-1 fastball by Pirates reliever Kyle Nicolas (0-2) for his sixth career walk-off hit. Jarred Kelenic went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk for Atlanta. Max Fried allowed just one run on six singles and walked three while striking out four.

Ke’Bryan Hayes had two hits and Bryan Reynolds extended his major-league-best hitting streak to 25 games with a ninth-inning triple for Pittsburgh. Pirates rookie Paul Skenes went six innings, giving up one run on six hits and walking two while striking out nine, including the final four batters he faced.

Twins 5, Mariners 1

Byron Buxton homered, doubled and drove in four runs as Minnesota defeated host Seattle.

Buxton’s three-run shot off reliever Trent Thornton in the sixth inning gave the Twins homers in 18 consecutive games, matching a franchise record. Mitch Haniger went deep for the Mariners, who lost for just the second time in 11 home games this month.

Twins right-hander Pablo Lopez (8-6) pitched six innings for the victory, allowing one run on four hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts. Mariners starter Bryce Miller (6-7) took the loss despite allowing just two runs on five hits over five innings.



JaMarcus Russell, the first pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, has been fired from his volunteer high school assistant coaching job and accused in a lawsuit of stealing donations meant for the school, according to multiple reports.

The firing apparently came several months ago but was just confirmed by school officials in Mobile County, Ala.

“JaMarcus Russell was relieved of his volunteer coaching duties at Williamson High School during the fall of last year,” Mobile County Public Schools said in a statement to WKRG Sports on Friday.

The former Oakland Raiders quarterback also is facing a lawsuit accusing him of taking a $74,000 check intended as a donation to the school — his alma mater — and keeping the money for himself.

According to reports, local business owner Chris Knowles said Russell approached him to help fund new weight room equipment for the school’s football team. Knowles alleged Russell deposited the money into a credit union, immediately withdrawing $55,000 for himself.

Russell, 38, has now been ordered to stay away from the campus.

“Earlier this week, it was reiterated to Mr. Russell that he is not permitted to be around the football program or on school campus,” the school district said in a statement to WKRG, after Russell reportedly showed up to a school football team event.

Russell played three seasons at LSU, where he threw for 6,625 yards and 52 touchdowns before signing a six-year deal with the Raiders worth close to $68 million.

However, Russell flopped in the NFL and is considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. He appeared in 31 games (25 starts) over three seasons, finishing with a 52.1 percent completion rate, 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. His record was 7-18.

After he was released before the 2010 season, Russell and the Raiders spent the next several years in disputes over the contract, with the Raiders trying to recoup some of their losses. Ultimately the Raiders paid Russell $3 million in a 2013 settlement, making a total of approximately $40 million for Russell’s three years of service.



The Tampa Bay Lightning started off Day 2 of the NHL Draft with a bang, trading defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to the Utah Hockey Club and later forward Tanner Jeannot to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

In exchange for Sergachev, the Lightning received high-scoring center prospect Conor Geekie, restricted free agent defenseman J.J. Moser, a 2025 second-round pick and a 2024 seventh-round pick.

Sergachev, 26, had a no-trade clause that was set to take effect on July 1 and was entering the second year of an eight-year $68 million extension he signed with Tampa Bay in June 2022. Utah reportedly will take on Sergachev’s $8.5 million annual cap hit until the 2030-31 season.

The Russia native notched 19 points in 34 games last season before breaking his tibia and fibula in February. He returned to play two games in the Lightning’s first-round loss to the eventual Stanley Cup winners, the Florida Panthers.

Sergachev earned two Stanley Cup rings of his own when the Lightning won back-to-back championships in 2020 and 2021.

The move restocks Tampa Bay’s draft choices and frees the Lightning up financially as they continue efforts to re-sign captain Steven Stamkos, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Monday. The 34-year-old was the No. 1 overall selection of the 2008 NHL Draft and has spent 16 seasons with the Lightning, but the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement on a new deal.

The Lightning also sent Jeannot to the Los Angeles Kings for a second-round pick in 2025 and pick No. 118 in 2024.

The Lightning gave up a lot to acquire 2022 Calder Trophy-winner Jeannot in a 2023 trade deadline deal: a first, second, third, fourth and fifth round pick along with defenseman Callan Foote.

But Jeannot, 27, has been a disappointment with seven goals, seven assists and a minus-10 in 55 games last season and was set to have a limited no-trade clause kick in on Monday.


The Minnesota Wild acquired forward Jakub Lauko and the No. 122 overall pick in this year’s draft from the Boston Bruins on Saturday, in exchange for forward Vinni Lettieri and the No. 110 overall draft selection.

Lauko. 24, was a third-round draft pick by the Bruins in 2018. He made his NHL debut during the 2022-23 season, and in 83 games with Boston over the last two seasons he has six goals with 11 assists.

Lettieri, 29, was undrafted before making his NHL debut with the New York Rangers in 2017-18. Over six seasons with four teams, including the Bruins in 2022-23, Lettieri has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 129 games.

The swap of draft picks in the fourth round consists of each team’s natural selection. The Wild acquired the rights to defenseman Aron Kiviharju of Denmark, who played last season for Finland’s HIFK Helsinki. The Bruins acquired the rights to defenseman Elliott Groenewald, a Vermont native and Quinnipiac commit.


The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired veteran forward Kevin Hayes and 2025 second-round draft pick from the St. Louis Blues on Saturday in exchange for future considerations.

Hayes, 32, signed a seven-year, $50 million extension with the Philadelphia Flyers in July 2019 before he was traded to the Blues in June of 2023.

At the time, Philadelphia agreed to retain 50 percent of Hayes’ remaining salary and will continue to do so as Hayes moves to St. Louis. The Dorchester, Mass., native has two years left on a contract that carries a $3.57 million salary cap hit.

Hayes tallied 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 79 games for the Blues last season, a dip from 54 points (18 goals 36 assists) in 81 games the previous season with the Flyers.

The former first-round pick (No. 24 overall in 2010) has 415 points (168 goals, 247 assists) in 713 career games with the New York Rangers (2014-19), Winnipeg Jets (2019), Flyers (2019-2023) and Blues (2023-24).


The Washington Capitals acquired goalie Logan Thompson from the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday for a third-round pick in the current NHL Draft.

Thompson, 27, was 25-14-5 with a 2.70 goals-against average last season and a .908 save percentage. He recorded one shutout in 46 games. His goals-against average was 10th among all NHL goalies with at least 45 games played.

In four playoff appearances last season, Thompson was 2-2 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Over four seasons with Vegas, the undrafted free agent has gone 56-32-11 with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He was officially a rookie in the 2022-23 season and finished second to the Edmonton Oilers’ Stuart Skinner in All-Rookie voting.

In exchange, Vegas received the No. 83 overall pick in the 2024 draft that originally belonged to the New York Islanders via the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before Saturday’s trade, the Golden Knights did not have a selection between rounds 2 through 5 because of previous trades.

Vegas, which selected winger Trevor Connelly in the first round Friday, now has four selections on the second day of the draft. The Golden Knights have one pick in the sixth round and two in the seventh round.


Anaheim Ducks

1. (3) Beckett Sennecke, RW, Oshawa (OHL).

1. (23) Stian Solberg, D, Valerenga (Norway).

2. (35) Lucas Pettersson, C, Modo Jr. (Sweden).

3. (66) Maxim Masse, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL).

3. (68) Ethan Procyszyn, C, North Bay (OHL).

3. (79) Tarin Smith, D, Everett (WHL).

4. (100) Alexandre Blais, C, Rimouski (QMJHL).

6. (182) Austin Burnevik, RW, Madison (USHL).

7. (214) Darels Uljanskis, D, AIK Jr. (Sweden).

Boston Bruins

1. (25) Dean Letourneau, C, St. Andrews College (Canada).

4. (110) Elliott Groenewold, D, Cedar Rapids (USHL).

5. (154) Jonathan Morello, C, St. Michaels (OJHL).

6. (186) Loke Johansson, D, AIK Jr. (Sweden).

Buffalo Sabres

1. (14) Konsta Helenius, C, Jukurit (Finland).

2. (42) Adam Kleber, D, Lincoln (USHL).

3. (71) Brodie Ziemer, RW, USA-U18 (NTDP).

4. (108) Luke Osburn, D, Youngstown (USHL).

4. (123) Simon-Pier Brunet, D, Drummondville (QMJHL).

6. (172) Patrick Geary, D, Michigan State.

7. (204) Vasily Zelenov, RW, RB Hockey Juniors (Austria).

7. (219) Ryerson Leenders, G, Mississauga (OHL).

Calgary Flames

1. (9) Zayne Parekh, D, Saginaw (OHL).

1. (28) Matvei Gridin, RW, Muskegon (USHL).

2. (41) Andrew Basha, LW, Medicine Hat (WHL).

2. (62) Jacob Battaglia, RW, Kingston (OHL).

3. (74) Henry Mews, D, Ottawa (OHL).

3. (84) Kirill Zarubin, G, AKM Tula Jr. (Russia).

4. (106) Trevor Hoskin, RW, Cobourg (OJHL).

5. (150) Luke Misa, C, Mississauga (OHL).

6. (170) Hunter Laing, C, Prince George (WHL).

6. (177) Eric Jamieson, D, Everett (WHL).

Carolina Hurricanes

2. (34) Dominik Badinka, D Malmo (Sweden).

2. (50) Nikita Artamonov, LW, Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).

3. (69) Noel Fransen, D, Farjestad Jr. (Sweden).

4. (124) Alexander Siryatsky, D, Magnitogorsk Jr. (Russia).

5. (133) Oskar Vuollet, LW, Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden).

5. (156) Justin Poirier, RW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL).

6. (168) Timur Kol, D, OMSK Jr. (Russia).

6. (184) Roman Shokhrin, D, Loko-76 Yaroslavl (Russia).

6. (188) Fyodor Avramov, LW, Stupino Jr. (Russia).

7. (220) Andrey Krutov, LW, Nizhny Novgorod Jr. (Russia).

Chicago Blackhawks

1. (2) Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State.

1. (18) Sacha Boisvert, C, Muskegon (USHL).

1. (27) Marek Vanacker, LW, Brantford (OHL).

3. (67) John Mustard, C, Waterloo (USHL).

3. (72) Anthony Spellacy, RW, Windsor (OHL).

3. (92) Jack Pridham, RW, West Kelowna (BCHL).

5. (138) Joel Svensson, C, Vaxjo Jr. (Sweden).

6. (163) Ty Henry, D, Erie (OHL).

Colorado Avalanche

2. (38) Ilya Nabokov, G, Magnitogorsk (Russia).

3. (76) William Zellers, LW, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep.

4. (121) Jake Fisher, C, Fargo (USHL).

5. (132) Louka Cloutier, G, Chicago (USHL).

5. (137) Ivan Yunin, G, OMSK Jr. (Russia).

5. (161) Maxmillian Curran, C, Tri-City (WHL).

6. (185) Tory Pitner, D, Youngstown (USHL).

7. (215) Christian Humphreys, C, USA U-18 (NTDP).

7. (217) Nikita Prishchepov, C, Victoriaville (QMJHL).

Columbus Blue Jackets

1. (4) Cayden Lindstrom, C, Medicine Hat (WHL).

2. (36) Charlie Elick, D, Brandon (WHL).

2. (60) Evan Gardner, G, Saskatoon (WHL).

1. (86) Luca Marrelli, D, Oshawa (OHL).

2. (101) Tanner Henricks, D, Lincoln (USHL).

6. (165) Luke Ashton, D, Langley (BCHL).

Dallas Stars

1. (29) Emil Hemming, RW, TPS (Finland).

5. (158) Niilopekka Muhonen, D, Kalpa Jr. (Finland).

7. (222) William Samuelsson, C, Sodertalje Jr. (Sweden).

Detroit Red Wings

1. (15) Michael Brandsegg-Nygard, RW, Mora (Sweden).

2. (47) Max Plante, LW, USA-18 (NTDP).

3. (80) Ondrej Becher, C, Prince George (WHL).

4. (126) Landon Miller, G, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

5. (144) John Whipple, D, USA-U18 (NTDP).

6. (176) Charlie Forslund, LW, Falu IF (Sweden).

7. (203) Austin Baker, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP).

7. (208) Fisher Scott, D, Dubuque (USHL).

Edmonton Oilers

1. (32) Sam O’Reilly, RW, London (OHL).

2. (64) Eemil Vinni, G, Jokipojat (Finland).

5. (160) Connor Clattenburg, LW, Flint (OHL).

6. (183) Albin Sundin, D, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden).

6. (192) Dalyn Wakely, C, North Bay (OHL).

7. (196) William Nicholl, C, London (OHL).

7. (218) Bauer Berry, D, Muskegon (USHL).

Florida Panthers

2. (58) (58) Linus Eriksson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden).

3. (97) Matvei Shuravin, D, CSKA Jr. (Russia).

4. (129) Simon Zether, C, Rogle (Sweden).

6. (169) Stepan Gorbunov, C, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Russia).

6. (193) Hunter St. Martin, LW, Medicine Hat (WHL).

7. (201) Denis Gabdrakhmanov, G, Tyumen Jr. (Russia).

Los Angeles Kings

1. (26) Liam Greentree, RW, Windsor (OHL).

2. (57) Carter George, G, Owen Sound (OHL).

6. (164) Jared Woolley, D, London (OHL).

7. (198) James Reeder, RW, Dubuque (USHL).

Minnesota Wild

1. (12) Zeev Buium, D, Denver.

2. (45) Ryder Ritchie, RW, Prince Albert (WHL).

4. (122) Aron Kiviharju, D, HIFK (Finland).

5. (140) Sebastian Soini, D, Ilves Jr. (Finland).

5. (142) Chase Wutzke, G, Red Deer (WHL).

6. (174) Stevie Leskovar, D, Mississauga (OHL).

Montreal Canadiens

1. (5) Ivan Demidov, RW, St. Petersburg Jr. (Russia)

1. (21) Michael Hage, C, Chicago (USHL).

3. (70) Aatos Koivu, C, TPS Jr. (Finland).

3. (78) Logan Sawyer, C, Brooks (BCHL).

4. (102) Owen Protz, D, Brantford (OHL).

5. (130) Tyler Thorpe, RW, Vancouver (WHL).

5. (134) Mikus Vecvanags, G, HS Riga (Latvia).

6. (166) Ben Merrill, C, St. Sebastians School, Mass..

7. (210) Makar Khanin, RW, Dynamo St. Petersburg Jr. (Russia).

7. (224) Rasmus Bergqvist, D, Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden).

Nashville Predators

1. (22) Yegor Surin, C, Yaroslavl (Russia).

2. (55) Teddy Stiga, C, USA-U18 (NTDP).

3. (77) Viggo Gustafsson, D, HV71 Jr. (Sweden).

3. (87) Miguel Marques, RW, Lethbridge (WHL).

3. (94) Hiroki Gojsic, RW, Kelowna (WHL).

4. (99) Jakub Milota, G, Cape Breton (QMJHL).

4. (127) Viktor Norringer, LW, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden).

7. (213) Erik Pahlsson, C, Dubuque (USHL).

New Jersey Devils

1. (10) Anton Silayev, D, Zizhny Novgorod (Russia).

2. (49) Mikhail Yegorov, G, Omaha (USHL).

3. (85) Kasper Pikkarainen, RW, TPS Jr. (Finland).

3. (91) Herman Traff, RW, HV71 Jr. (Sweden).

5. (139) Max Graham, C, Kelowna (WHL).

5. (146) Veeti Louhivaara, G, JYP Jr. (Finland).

6. (171) Matyas Melovsky, C, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL).

New York Islanders

1. (20) Cole Eiserman, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP).

2. (54) Jesse Pulkkinen, D, JYP (Finland).

2. (61) Kamil Bednarik, C, USA U-18 (NTDP).

4. (115) Dmitry Gamzin, G, Zvezda Moscow (Russia).

5. (147) Marcus Gidlof, G, Leksand Jr. (Sweden).

6. (179) Xavier Veilleux, D, Muskegon (USHL).

New York Rangers

1. (30) Eric Emery, D, USA U-18 (NTDP).

4. (119) Raoul Boilard, C, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL).

5. (159) Nathan Aspinall, LW, Flint (OHL).

6. (191) Rico Gredig, LW, Davos (Switzerland).

Ottawa Senators

1. (7) Carter Yakemchuk, D, Calgary (WHL).

2. (39) Gabriel Eliasson, D, HV71 Jr. (Sweden)

4. (104) Lucas Ellinas, LW, Kitchener (OHL).

4. (112) Javon Moore, LW, Minnetonka High School, Minn.

4. (117) Blake Montgomery, LW, Lincoln (USHL).

5. (136) Eerik Wallenius, D, HPK Jr. (Finland).

Philadelphia Flyers

1. (13) Jett Luchanko, C, Guelph (OHL).

2. (51) Jack Berglund, C, Farjestad Jr., (Sweden).

2. (59) Spencer Gill, D, Rimouski (QMJHL).

4. (107) Heikki Ruohonen, C, K-Espoo Jr. (Finland).

5. (148) Noah Powell, RW, Dubuque (USHL).

6. (173) Ilya Pautov, RW, CSKA Jr. (Russia).

7. (205) Austin Moline, D, Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep.

Pittsburgh Penguins

2. (44) Harrison Brunicke, D, Kamloops (WHL).

2. (46) Tanner Howe, LW, Regina (WHL).

4. (111) Chase Pietila, D, Michigan Tech.

6. (175) Joona Vaisanen, D, Dubuque (USHL).

7. (207) Mac Swanson, C, Fargo (USHL).

7. (223) Finn Harding, D, Mississauga (OHL).

San Jose Sharks

1. (1) Macklin Celebrini, C, Boston University.

1. (11) Sam Dickinson, D, London (OHL).

2. (33) Igor Chernyshov, LW, Dynamo Moscow (Russia).

2. (53) Leo Sahlin Wallenius, D, Vaxjo Jr. (Sweden).

3. (82) Carson Wetsch, RW, Calgary (WHL).

4. (116) Christian Kirsch, G, Zug Jr. (Switzerland).

5. (131) Colton Roberts, D, Vancouver (WHL).

5. (143) Nate Misskey, D, Victoria (WHL).

7. (194) Yaroslav Korostelyov, G, SKA St. Petersburg Jr. (Russia).

St. Louis Blues

1. (16) Adam Jiricek, D, Plzen (Czechia).

2. (48) Colin Ralph, D, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep.

2. (56) Lukas Fischer, D, Sarnia (OHL).

3. (81) Ondrej Kos, LW, Ilves Jr. (Finland).

3. (95) Adam Jecho, C, Edmonton (WHL).

4. (113) Tomas Mrsic, C, Medicine Hat (WHL).

5. (145) William McIsaac, D, Spokane (WHL).

7. (209) Antoine Dorion, C, Quebec (QMJHL).

7. (211) Matvei Korotky, C, SKA St. Petersburg Jr. (Russia).

Seattle Kraken

1. (8) Berkly Catton, C, Spokane (WHL).

2. (40) Julius Miettinen, C, Everett (WHL).

2. (63) Nathan Villeneuve, C, Sundbury (OHL).

3. (73) Alexis Bernier, D, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL).

3. (88) Kim Saarinen, G, HPK Jr. (Finland).

4. (105) Oliver Josephson, C, Red Deer (WHL).

5. (141) Clarke Caswell, LW, Swift Current (WHL).

7. (202) Jakub Fibigr, D, Mississauga (OHL).

Tampa Bay Lightning

4. (118) Jan Golicic, D, Gatineau (QMJHL).

4. (128) Hagen Burrows, RW, Minnetonka High School, Minn.

5. (149) Joona Saarelainen, C, Kalpa Jr. (Finland).

6. (181) Kaden Pitre, RW, Flint (OHL).

7. (195) Joe Connor, LW, Muskegon (USHL).

7. (199) Noah Steen, LW, Mora (Sweden).

7. (206) Harrison Meneghin, G, Lethbridge (WHL).

Toronto Maple Leafs

1. (31) Ben Danford, D, Oshawa (OHL)

4. (120) Victor Johansson, D, Leksand Jr. (Sweden).

5. (151) Miroslav Holinka, C, Trinec Jr. (Czechia).

5. (152) Alexander Plesovskikh, LW, Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. (Russia).

5. (157) Timofei Obvintsev, G, CSKA Jr. (Russia).

7. (200) Matt Lahey, D, Nanaimo (BCHL).

7. (216) Sam McCue, LW, Owen Sound (OHL).

7. (225) Nathan Mayes, D, Spokane (WHL).

Utah Hockey Club

1. (6) Tij Iginla, C, Kelowna (WHL).

1. (24) Cole Beaudoin, C, Barrie (OHL).

2. (65) Will Skahan, D, USA-U-18 (NTDP).

3. (89) Tomas Lavoie, D, Cape Breton (QMJHL).

3. (96) Veeti Vaisanen, D, Kookoo (Finland).

4. (98) Gregor Biber, D, Rogle Jr. (Sweden).

4. (103) Gabe Smith, C, Moncton (QMJHL).

5. (135) Owen Allard, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

5. (153) Ales Cech, D, Mlada Boleslav (Czechia).

6. (167) Vojtech Hradec, C, Mlada Boleslav (Czechia).

6. (190) Ludvig Lafton, D, Farjestad Jr. (Sweden).

Vancouver Canucks

3. (93) Melvin Fernstrom, RW, Orebro Jr. (Sweden).

4. (125) Riley Patterson, C, Barrie (OHL).

6. (162) Anthony Romani, RW, North Bay (OHL).

6. (189) Parker Alcos, D, Edmonton (WHL).

7. (221) Basile Sansonnens, D, Fribourg Jr. (Switzerland).

Vegas Golden Knights

1. (19) Trevor Connelly, LW, Tri City (USHL).

3. (83) Pavel Moysevich, G, SKA St. Petersburg (Russia).

6. (180) Trent Swick, LW, Kitchener (OHL).

7. (197) Lucas Van Vliet, C, USA U-18 (NTDP).

Washington Capitals

1. (17) Terik Parascak, RW, Prince George (WHL).

2. (43) Cole Hutson, D, USA U-18 (NTDP).

2. (52) Leon Muggli, D, Zug (Switzerland).

3. (75) Ilya Protas, LW, Des Moines (USHL).

3. (90) Eriks Mateiko, LW, Saint John (QMJHL).

4. (114) Nicholas Kempf, G, USA-U-18 (NTDP).

6. (178) Petr Sikora, C, Trinec Jr. (Czechia).

7. (212) Miroslav Satan, C, Bratislava Jr. (Slovakia).

Winnipeg Jets

2. (37) Alfons Freij, D, Vaxjo Jr. (Sweden).

4. (109) Kevin He, LW, Niagara (OHL).

5. (155) Markus Loponen, C, Karpat Jr. (Finland).

6. (187) Kieron Walton, C, Sudbury (OHL).

Anaheim Ducks

7. (214) Darels Uljanskis, D, AIK Jr. (Sweden).

Boston Bruins

6. (186) Loke Johansson, D, AIK Jr. (Sweden).

Buffalo Sabres

7. (219) Ryerson Leenders, G, Mississauga (OHL).

Calgary Flames

6. (177) Eric Jamieson, D, Everett (WHL).

Carolina Hurricanes

7. (220) Andrey Krutov, LW, Nizhny Novgorod Jr. (Russia).

Chicago Blackhawks

6. (163) Ty Henry, D, Erie (OHL).

Colorado Avalanche

7. (217) Nikita Prishchepov, C, Victoriaville (QMJHL).

Columbus Blue Jackets

6. (165) Luke Ashton, D, Langley (BCHL).

Dallas Stars

7. (222) William Samuelsson, C, Sodertalje Jr. (Sweden).

Detroit Red Wings

7. (208) Fisher Scott, D, Dubuque (USHL).

Edmonton Oilers

7. (218) Bauer Berry, D, Muskegon (USHL).

Florida Panthers

7. (201) Denis Gabdrakhmanov, G, Tyumen Jr. (Russia).

Los Angeles Kings

7. (198) James Reeder, RW, Dubuque (USHL).

Minnesota Wild

6. (174) Stevie Leskovar, D, Mississauga (OHL).

Montreal Canadiens

7. (224) Rasmus Bergqvist, D, Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden).

Nashville Predators

7. (213) Erik Pahlsson, C, Dubuque (USHL).

New Jersey Devils

6. (171) Matyas Melovsky, C, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL).

New York Islanders

6. (179) Xavier Veilleux, D, Muskegon (USHL).

New York Rangers

6. (191) Rico Gredig, LW, Davos (Switzerland).

Ottawa Senators

5. (136) Eerik Wallenius, D, HPK Jr. (Finland).

Philadelphia Flyers

7. (205) Austin Moline, D, Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep.

Pittsburgh Penguins

7. (223) Finn Harding, D, Mississauga (OHL).

San Jose Sharks

7. (194) Yaroslav Korostelyov, G, SKA St. Petersburg Jr. (Russia).

St. Louis Blues

7. (211) Matvei Korotky, C, SKA St. Petersburg Jr. (Russia).

Seattle Kraken

7. (202) Jakub Fibigr, D, Mississauga (OHL).

Tampa Bay Lightning

7. (206) Harrison Meneghin, G, Lethbridge (WHL).

Toronto Maple Leafs

7. (225) Nathan Mayes, D, Spokane (WHL).

Utah Hockey Club

6. (190) Ludvig Lafton, D, Farjestad Jr. (Sweden).

Vancouver Canucks

7. (221) Basile Sansonnens, D, Fribourg Jr. (Switzerland).

Vegas Golden Knights

7. (197) Lucas Van Vliet, C, USA U-18 (NTDP).

Washington Capitals

7. (212) Miroslav Satan, C, Bratislava Jr. (Slovakia).

Winnipeg Jets



LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Bubba Wallace refused Saturday to discuss the details of the physical altercation in late May that led to the suspension of Aric Almirola by Joe Gibbs Racing, saying he preferred to “keep some people’s images good.”

Wallace spoke after qualifying for Sunday’s Cup Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway, briefly addressing an altercation that was first reported by The Athletic on Thursday.

“I think I said enough at Charlotte last year, so all in all life is good for me,” Wallace said. “That (expletive) happened over a month ago, and a lot of goods come my way. And that’s what I’m focused on. Focused on getting our stuff turned back around.”

During a rain delay at the Coca-Cola 600 last year in Charlotte, television cameras caught Almirola shoving Wallace during a rain delay after the two exchanged words. Wallace also declined to say what sparked that altercation except to say he wasn’t surprised.

“When you walk around with two faces, that’s what you get,” Wallace said then.

The Athletic first reported the altercation and resulting suspension Thursday for an altercation during the weekly competition meeting before the May 25 Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That meeting includes drivers from both Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing with both teams using Toyotas.

Almirola retired as a full-time driver after 460 career starts at the end of the 2022 season to spend time with his family.

He returned this offseason with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Xfinity program and won April 6 at Martinsville. He was listed as the driver of the No. 20 at Charlotte only to be replaced May 22 on the entry list with Ty Gibbs who finished ninth in that race.

Christopher Bell drove the car to victory last weekend in New Hampshire before winning the Cup Series race the next day. John Hunter Nemechek is listed as the driver in that car for Saturday’s Xfinity race at the Nashville Superspeedway, the Tennessee Lottery 250.

Wallace hasn’t won yet this year on the Cup Series, yet he ranks 15th in the points race. He’s just outside the cutoff for the playoffs with four top-fives, including second at the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro. The driver for 23XI said Saturday that off the track he’s focused on his wife and baby boy.

“Things are good for me off track,” Wallace said. “Not so much on track. That’s what we’re focused on right now. So there you go. That’s the only question you’ll get.”


LEBANON, Tenn. — Denny Hamlin claimed his second pole position of the season and 42nd of his decorated career Saturday afternoon, just bettering his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell to earn the top starting position for Sunday’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Hamlin’s No. 11 JGR Toyota turned a fast lap of 160.354 mph (29.859 seconds) around the 1.33-mile oval — only .095-seconds faster than Bell — to claim his second Nashville pole position in the four races the track has hosted.

“Felt pretty good about it all day,” the 43-year-old Hamlin said, “seems like we definitely have fixed some of the things we weren’t very good with last year. I definitely feel pretty good about it and we’ll certainly work on it overnight to make it a little bit better and I feel pretty confident that tomorrow we’ll be in contention.”

With a new format to set the starting grid, it puts the pole winner in position one and divides the remaining drivers through the first five rows by speed and qualifying group, so Stewart-Haas Racing’s Josh Berry — who was third quickest — will start his No. 4 Ford on the outside of the front row Sunday. Bell will start third.

Hamlin is hoping the good starting position will translate into a solid finishing position. The three-race winner this season has finished 24th or worse in the last three races and is ready to get back on track before the summer break in competition in three weeks. Hamlin has a pair of top-10 finishes in the three-race Nashville Superspeedway history, including a best showing of third place last year.

Bell will start on the second row alongside Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson, who co-leads the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings with his Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott and was fastest in the Group A first-round qualifiers.

RFK Racing owner/driver Brad Keselowski will start alongside 23XI Racing’s Tyler Reddick on Row 3 with Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs on the fourth row and RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher and Team Penske’s Austin Cindric starting their Fords on Row 5. It’s the best start for Buescher in the last six weeks.

Defending race winner Ross Chastain will roll off 20th. Elliott will start 13th.

Justin Haley’s Rick Ware Racing team was penalized Saturday for an unapproved adjustment that NASCAR officials noted after the No. 51 Ford had passed inspection. NASCAR officials did not allow the team to post a qualifying time, stripped the team of pit-stall selection and ejected car chief JR Norris for the rest of the Nashville weekend.

Haley will start at the rear of the 38-car field, and he will have to make a pass through pit road at the speed limit after Sunday’s green flag.

Gibbs fastest in Cup Series practice:

Ty Gibbs set the pace in Saturday afternoon’s practice session, posting a 159.287-mph lap at Nashville Superspeedway.

Gibbs went out in the first of two groups, with the 38-car field split into a pair of 20-minute sessions. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota was 0.163 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney, who was second fastest in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford at 158.428 mph.

Bubba Wallace posted the third-best lap at 158.250 mph. Defending race winner Ross Chastain was fourth with Todd Gilliland completing the top five.

Blaney was fastest in the consecutive 10-lap averages category, showing longer-run speed in his No. 12 Ford. Chastain was second best on the 10-lap averages chart, with Wallace third in that category.



The team of Ally Ewing and Jennifer Kupcho pulled away from a five-way tie for first on Saturday, taking a one-shot lead after three rounds of action at the Dow Championship in Midland, Mich.

Ewing and Kupcho tallied four birdies against one bogey to finish at 3-under 67 for the day while playing in the four-ball (best-ball) format. They are at 15 under for the tournament while South Koreans Haeji Kang and In Kyung Kim (65 on Saturday) and Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul and China’s Ruoning Yin (66) are trailing close behind, with both pairs at 14 under.

“It was just really consistent,” Ewing said of Saturday’s performance with Kupcho. “It was not the easiest. I thought the wind was a bit swirly. It was tough to gauge exactly where it was coming from and gusty. So we just played really consistent golf — gave each other a lot of good looks. Really happy we got a round of 3 under.”

Kupcho closed the third round on a high note, making a birdie putt at the par-3 18th to send the leaders into Sunday’s final round at Midland Country Club with some additional momentum.

“I think it just gives us confidence, especially for me making that last putt,” Kupcho said. “I’ve been struggling all week, especially with putting. To see one go in is really good to carry into tomorrow.”

Kang and Kim secured low-round honors thanks to four birdies and an eagle at the par-4 fifth. Their only blemish came at No. 18, as they settled for a bogey.

“I think we did pretty well yesterday, but I think it’s just something that I’ve done it before,” Kim said. “Alternate shot is very — I don’t have much experience of it, but best ball, I think we get to have a little bit more fun to play the course.

“It’s a fun tournament so far for me. It’s my first time experiencing (it). So it’s really cool.”

Amanda Doherty and Caroline Inglis fired a 4-under 66 on Saturday and are tied for fourth with Auston Kim and Australian Grace Kim. Both duos are two strokes off the lead.

Denmark’s Nicole Broch Estrup and countrywoman and teammate Nanna Koerstz Madsen (70) and the all-Taiwanese team of Ssu-Chia Cheng and Wei-Ling Hsu (70) are T6 at 12 under, while Englishwomen Georgia Hall and Charley Hull (70) and the all-Thai pairing of Jaravee Boonchant and Chanettee Wannasaen (71) are tied for eighth, four shots behind Ewing and Kupcho.


Akshay Bhatia and England’s Aaron Rai shot 4-under par 68s to remain co-leaders through the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Saturday in Detroit.

Bhatia and Rai began the round sharing the lead, but the overall leaderboard has tightened. Rai had five birdies and a bogey, while Bahatia navigated his third consecutive round without a bogey.

They’re both at 17-under 199 going into Sunday’s final round.

Cameron Young (67), who birdied three of his last five holes, and Australia’s Cam Davis (66), who had birdies on three of his first four holes and completed a bogey-free round, are one shot back at 16 under.

Sam Stevens (66), who birdied the final two holes, and South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen (68), who didn’t have a bogey, are at 15 under.

So, there will be plenty of contenders on Detroit Golf Club’s North Course.

Amateur Luke Clanton (65), Joel Dahmen (68) and South Korea’s Min Woo Lee (66) are tied for seventh at 14 under.

Clanton climbed to a share of second place by the time he finished his third round before others took advantage of scoring chances in the early evening.

“It’s my first PGA Tour event and to be in contention where I’m at right now is awesome,” Clanton said.

Clanton, a 20-year-old Florida State golfer, had played earlier in the month in the U.S. Open, making the cut and tying for 41st place. On Saturday, he eagled the par-5 14th hole, just two holes after his only bogey of the round.

Defending champion Rickie Fowler shot 67 and moved to 11 under.

The start of the third round had a significant delay and tee times were revised, with golfers using the first and 10th tees as starting spots.

Will Zalatoris, citing a back injury, withdrew during the third round. He was 7 under through the first two rounds. but 3 over through eight holes Saturday before ending his round.


Hiroyuki Fujita shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday and holds a two-shot lead after three rounds of the U.S. Senior Open at Newport, R.I.

Fujita of Japan sits at 14-under 196, two shots ahead of Steve Stricker and three in front of Australian Richard Green. Stricker shot 66 on Saturday and Green had a 69.

Englishman Richard Bland shot 69 and is fourth at 9 under. Bob Estes is another shot back in fifth after a 66 during his third trip around Newport Country Club.

Fujita played steady golf on Saturday with three birdies during the day’s only bogey-free round.

“I played consistent,” Fujita said. “Out there the conditions were still good. I just tried to hit some greens. I missed a couple on the back, but overall played a good round.”

Despite rounds of 63-66-67, Fujita said he doesn’t have a comfort level with the course.

“I personally don’t feel that comfortable out here,” Fujita said. “I mean, that’s not a major factor. You usually can’t put that much spin on the ball, but here I feel like I can. It plays similar to a course I play in Japan.”

Fujita is looking for his first victory on American soil. However, he has won 18 times on the Japan Golf Tour.

Stricker carded his third straight 66. He had five birdies and one bogey.

Stricker said he is very impressed with Fujita’s golf game.

“(Fujita) didn’t really miss a shot all the way around,” said Stricker, the event’s runner-up each of the last two years. “He’s very consistent, hits it in the fairway, in play, gets it on the green. He’s very consistent, putted the ball really nicely.

“So we’re going to have to go out and have a good round to try to catch him. It looks like he’s in control of what’s going on with his game and emotion. Very impressed with how he plays, and we’re going to have to probably put up a good one tomorrow.”

Green had three birdies and two bogeys in the third round. The bogeys came on back-to-back holes (Nos. 5-6), and Green didn’t score his next birdie until the 14th hole.

“That was a bit unfortunate, really,” Green said of the bogeys. “A couple of average shots into the greens and didn’t really get the slopes to feed them down.

“Yeah, I think it’s just patience on this golf course. It’s difficult in the final group to press, so I just kept saying to myself patience, patience. Wait for the opportunity to come.”

Bland had five birdies and four bogeys during a highly inconsistent round.

“I’m going to have to shoot somewhere in the very low 60s, I think 63, 64, to have any chance tomorrow,” Bland said. “If I just cut out the mistakes, which I haven’t done over the first two days, then I’ve got a chance to do that, depending on what (the others) do.”

Estes birdied the first four holes. He finished with five birdies and one bogey.

Paul Stankowski (69) is in sixth place at 7-under 203 and Rocco Mediate (67) is seventh at 204.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer (70) is tied for 42th at 2-over 212.



WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s right knee has responded so well after surgery to repair a torn meniscus less than a month ago that he said Saturday he considers himself ready to contend at Wimbledon, where he has won seven of his 24 Grand Slam trophies.

And, no, he will not adjust how he plays to protect the knee.

“I don’t see myself holding back. I don’t see myself calculating or being a bit more cautious in the movement. I don’t see that happening,” Djokovic said at a pre-tournament news conference Saturday. “Really, I go all in. I go full out. I mean, that’s the way I’ve been playing my entire career.”

When a reporter asked Djokovic why he would risk getting back on court at all so soon after the surgery, the player said his wife posed the very same question.

Djokovic, who has yet to reach a final at any event in 2024, described what he called an “incredible desire to play, just to compete” and added that Wimbledon, in particular, has held a special place in his heart since he was a kid.

So, Djokovic continued, merely “the thought of me missing Wimbledon was just not correct; I didn’t want to deal with that.”

He explained that while he was “very much in doubt of making” it to the All England Club after getting hurt at the French Open on June 3, he is far more optimistic after a week of practices at the site of the grass-court major that begins Monday.

“All the days that I’ve spent here,” he said, “give me only positive signs and encourage me to really think — not just think, but feel — that I can do it.”

His first-round match against qualifier Vit Kopriva is scheduled for Tuesday.

“I didn’t come here to play a few rounds and prove to myself and others that I can actually compete in one or two matches. I really want to go for the title,” said Djokovic, who is seeded No. 2 behind Jannik Sinner and was the runner-up to Carlos Alcaraz a year ago at Wimbledon. “The last three days have given me enough optimism and good signs that I can actually be in a state to compete on the highest level for the next few weeks, hopefully.”

The 37-year-old from Serbia was hurt during a five-set victory over Francisco Cerundulo in the fourth round at Roland Garros, withdrew before he was supposed to play in the quarterfinals and underwent an operation in Paris on June 5.

After wearing a gray sleeve on his right leg while playing practice sets at the All England Club with players including Australian Open champion Sinner, 2021 U.S. Open winner Daniil Medvedev and Frances Tiafoe, Djokovic said there haven’t been any setbacks and he is “confident about the health of my knee.”

Djokovic said he had “extensive conversations” with other athletes who have recovered from similar knee procedures, among them tennis players Taylor Fritz and Stan Wawrinka, and retired Olympic champion ski racer Lindsey Vonn.

In 2021, Fritz injured his knee at the French Open and returned to competition at Wimbledon three weeks later.

Alcaraz said he considered Djokovic superhuman for being able to come back so quickly.

When that comment was relayed to Djokovic, he grinned.

“Well, not really. I think Taylor Fritz is a superhuman. He recovered in 21 days; I (had) a bit more (time),” Djokovic said.

“It’s not ideal, maybe, in the eyes of the doctors and specialists that would normally tell you it’s normally between three and six weeks. The closer to six weeks the better, probably, because you want to not risk too much and give your knee and your body time,” he said. “But it’s also individual. It’s very subjective. Everyone has a different response to the recovery, to the injury, to rehab, to exercises.”


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Shortly after Iga Swiatek completed the most lopsided French Open final in 17 years, ceding a grand total of three games against an overmatched opponent to claim a third consecutive title in Paris, she was asked whether that represented a perfect performance.

Swiatek’s mind immediately went to what little went wrong in Court Philippe Chatrier that afternoon.

“Obviously, I mean, I got broken at the beginning,” she said, “so it wasn’t maybe perfect.”

A few minutes later, Swiatek used the word “perfectionist” to describe herself, perhaps offering some insight as to how she is approaching Wimbledon, the grass-court major that begins Monday — and the only Grand Slam tournament where she hasn’t been past the quarterfinals.

“Overall, tennis is different on grass,” said Swiatek, who was a junior champion at the All England Club in 2018. “I’ll just see and I’ll work hard to play better there.”

The 23-year-old from Poland has won four of the past five trophies on the red clay at Roland Garros, capped by a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Jasmine Paolini for the championship on June 8.

How does a player beat Swiatek on clay?

“It’s hard. You have to err very little. Match her intensity. Play deep shots. Try to be aggressive whenever there’s an easier ball,” said Paolini, who is now ranked in the top 10 but hardly looked that caliber in the final. “But it’s not easy. It wasn’t for me, and it’s a challenge that is the most difficult thing in women’s tennis at the moment. How to do it? I don’t know.”

Swiatek also was the 2022 champion at the hard-court U.S. Open and made it to the Australian Open semifinals on that surface earlier that season. But she is just 9-4 on the grass of the All England Club, by far her worst winning percentage at a Slam.

For someone who talks a lot about wanting to get “better and better,” not to mention someone who wants to do things perfectly on and off the court, it would make sense if she wanted to improve at Wimbledon.

Specifically, that might entail using her serve and her volleys to accumulate more easy points on the slick surface.

As it is, there isn’t much time spent on grass during the grind of the season, and Swiatek pulled out of a tuneup event on that surface after the French Open. She thinks — hopes? — that “competing every year at Wimbledon and practicing these couple of weeks makes you progress” on grass, and noted that while she at one point considered a training block on it during the offseason, her coach put a stop to that.

During the victory against Paolini for the championship at Roland Garros, Swiatek won 5 of 11 points when she went to the net.

“You saw my one volley today that I was supposed get in — and it went out,” Swiatek said. “So this will, for sure, stay in my head.”

That focus on what went wrong in order to make things go right in the future is simply part of who she is, with or without a racket in her hand.

“When I do anything, I want to do it 100%. I think when you’re a perfectionist, you are a perfectionist everywhere … and sometimes not being able to let it go,” Swiatek explained. “I’m working on it, and this is a tricky thing, because, for sure, it helps you to be better, but sometimes it can be huge baggage, as well. So it’s good to manage it properly.”

When a reporter followed up by asking for an example or two of ways in which Swiatek finds herself wanting to be perfect away from tennis, she smiled and replied: “We’re not (in) therapy, so, sorry.”




ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Despite allowing four first inning runs, the Indianapolis Indians countered with early offense to snap a four-game losing streak against the Rochester Red Wings on Saturday night at Innovative Field, 13-4.

Trailing 4-0 after one inning, the Indians (1-4, 34-44) jumped on Rochester starter Jackson Rutledge (L, 4-5) for six runs in the top of the third, highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles from Ji Hwan Bae and Matt Gorski.

An inning later, the Indians continued their offensive onslaught on the Red Wings (4-1, 42-36) with a five-run fourth, headlined by a grand slam from Malcom Nuñez. All of the scoring in the fourth inning came with nobody out, and it marked the second inning in a row that the Indians lineup hit around. Indianapolis tacked on two more in the top of the ninth thanks to an RBI double from Seth Beer and a run-producing single from Gilberto Celestino.

After a shaky first, Indians starter Domingo Germán (W, 3-4) settled in to throw four shutout innings on the heels of the four-run opening frame. Germán at one point retired nine Red Wings hitters in a row. This start for Germán came just one day after the one-year anniversary of his perfect game with the New York Yankees in Oakland.

The Indians and Red Wings conclude their six-game set on Sunday afternoon at Innovative Field at 1:05 PM ET. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher. After the game, the Indians will travel to Louisville for a three-game set with the Reds-affiliated Bats at Slugger Field, beginning on Monday evening.



#LOUvIND Preview 
Indy Eleven vs. Racing Louisville FC
Sunday, June 30, 2024 – 4 p.m. ET
Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center | Louisville, Ky.

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Racing Louisville FC: 3-4-2, 11 pts (+11), 4th in Valley Division
Indy Eleven: 7-0-2, 23 pts (+29), 1st in Valley Division


Indy Eleven will battle Racing Louisville FC on Sunday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in the final match of the regular season. After earning a 1-1 draw in their most recent match against Kings Hammer FC, the Girls in Blue have clinched the division title for the third straight season. Off an assist from Natalie Mitchell, Kayla Budish scored Indy’s lone goal of the night, earning her first goal for Indy Eleven. Last time out, Racing Louisville FC also took home a draw, finishing the match against Lexington SC 2-2.


The Girls in Blue are undefeated in the all-time series record against Racing Louisville FC, going 5-0-1. After already facing Racing Louisville FC twice this season, Indy Eleven has scored six goals against them in 2024. In their most recent battle on June 7, 2024, the Girls in Blue defeated Racing Louisville 3-2 with Indy goals from Maddy Williams, Amelia White and Grace Bahr.


June 7, 2024 | W, 3-2
May 14, 2024 | W, 3-1
June 6, 2023 | W, 2-0
June 2, 2023 | D, 1-1
June 17, 2022 | W, 3-1
May 20, 2022 | W, 2-0


  • For most goals scored, Captain Ella Rogers leads the team with six goals so far this season.
  • Natalie Mitchell leads the team in both assists and points, registering five goals and four assists for a total of 14 points.
  • This campaign, the Girls in Blue have earned five clean sheets, most recently against Lexington SC on June 18, 2024
  • Indy Eleven has scored 36 goals over nine games, allowing only seven goals against.
  • Beginning on June 18, 2023, the Girls in Blue have a 16-game unbeaten streak.
Player# of Goals
Ella Rogers6
Natalie Mitchell5
Norah Jacomen4
Amelia White4
Katie Soderstrom4

2024 Season Goal Leaders

Player# of Assists
Natalie Mitchell4
Katie Soderstrom3
Emma Pelkowski2
Amelia White2

2024 Season Assist Leaders

Player# of Minutes Played
Ella Rogers618
Emma Pelkowski535
Karsyn Cherry498
Addie Chester466
Hadley Snyder442

2024 Season Minutes Played


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (Friday, June 21, 2024) – Indy Eleven went on the road and drew with King Hammer FC for the second time this season. The draw clinched back-to-back Valley Division titles for the Girls in Blue. Kings Hammer controlled possession for most of the first half putting multiple shots toward Indy goalkeeper Kate Phillips. Neither team could break through in the first 45 minutes, sending them both into the locker room level at zero.

Early in the second half, Indy’s Kayla Budish broke the deadlock when Natalie Mitchell played her a through ball that she tucked in the far corner of the net. Kings Hammer would respond in the 81st minute when Hannah Sawyer threw a ball toward the Indy goal that would deflect into the net. 

Indy would hold on to defend the 1-1 draw and clinch the USL W League Valley Division for the second straight season. 

The Girls in Blue will play their final game of the 2024 regular season on June 30, taking on Racing Louisville at Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Clinic. 

USL W League Regular Season
Kings Hammer FC 1:1 Indy Eleven
Friday, June 21, 2024 – 7 p.m. ET

Scoring Summary 
IND – Kayla Budish (Natalie Mitchell) 51’
KHR – Hannah Sawyer 81’

Indy Eleven line-up: 
Kate Phillips, Amalie Darey (81’ Abigail Unkraut), Sophia White  (19’ Susie Soderstrom), Brianna Buels (45’ Grace Bahr), Hadley Snyder, Ella Rogers, Kayla Budish (62’ Nyota Katembo), Lauren Adam (45’ Emma Pelkowski), Olivia Smith (45’ Natalie Mitchell), Karsyn Cherry, Katie Soderstrom (62’ Norah Jacomen)



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Before he laces up his pads for the first time in an Irish sweater for the 2024-25 season, incoming netminder Nick Kempf was selected in the fourth round and 114th overall by the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Kempf becomes the 98th all-time draft pick in program history and is the fourth in Irish history to be selected by the Capitals.

The Morton Grove, Illinois native is set to make his collegiate debut in just a few months after two successful seasons with the USNTDP. With the development program a season ago, he registered a 23-7 record while boasting a 2.99 goals against average and had three shutouts.

With his selection Saturday afternoon, Kempf joins six other 2024-25 rostered Irish student-athletes to be selected in a NHL Entry Draft. Other draftees on the roster include Blake Biondi (’20 MTL), Justin Janicke (’21 SEA), Brennan Ali (’22 DET), Paul Fischer (’23 STL), Cole Knuble (’23 PHI) and Danny Nelson (’23 NYI).


VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomore Karyiek Dixon (Enfield, London, UK) announced earlier this week that he has signed to continue his basketball career next season at NCAA Division II Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.

“Emporia State is where I have decided to continue my basketball career,” Dixon said. “Coach Billeter won a National Championship in 2016 and is aiming for another one. That is a goal we share, similar to how it was at VU. Coach Franklin is a Hall of Fame Coach, who also won a National Championship and over the two years I played at VU, we competed to try to win another one and went to Hutch both years.”

Dixon made a major improvement in his sophomore season, being a key figure in the Trailblazers front court, averaging 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 29 starts for VU.

Dixon was a consistent member of the VU lineup all season, being one of only three players to play in all 34 games this past season for the Blazers.

Dixon’s best stretch of games came early in the 2023-24 season when he scored in double figures in six out of seven games, including recording three double doubles during that run.

Dixon’s best game came with 18 points and 12 rebounds in VU’s win over then No. 25-ranked Monroe College in November.

Dixon closed out his VU career with 367 total points and 303 rebounds, scoring in double figures 16 times and recording five double doubles in his two season with the Blazers.

Dixon helped guide the Blazers to a 60-10 record over the last two seasons, including an Elite Eight appearance as a freshman and winning the NJCAA Division I Region 24 Championship this past season.

Dixon is the fifth VU sophomore to sign to play at the next level, following Michael Osei-Bonsu (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Victor Lado (Louisville, Ky.), Kris King (Washington, D.C.) and Kent King (Washington, D.C.).

Osei-Bonsu signed last month with Division I Missouri State University, with Lado heading to Division II Colorado State University-Pueblo and Kris and Kent King signing with Division II Chaminade University in Hawaii.

“Going to Hutch and competing against the other top teams in the country has helped prepare me to play at the next level,” Dixon added. “At Vincennes University, they also emphasized the importance of academics, which I liked. VU prepared me to further pursue a degree in accounting.”

Dixon is joining a Hornets squad that finished last season with a 19-12 record, including a 12-10 record in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) conference and a 14-3 record at home.

Dixon will get to play for newly hired Head Coach Tom Billeter who comes to Emporia State after 21 seasons at Division II Augustana University, including winning the 2016 Division II National Championship.

The Vincennes University Athletic Department would like to congratulate Karyiek Dixon on his commitment to continuing his education at Emporia State University and wishes him good luck as he continues his basketball career next season.

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University men’s basketball sophomores Kris and Kent King (Washington, D.C.) announced their plans for the upcoming season by signing with NCAA Division II Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“What led me to choose Chaminade was the way they made me feel home away from home and their will to want to see me win and succeed,” Kent King said. “My favorite memory at VU would be when we went to Hutch as a team and got to compete there.”

“It means a lot to play with my brother at the next level,” Kent added. “It was definitely a goal of mine, however, I just wanted to find the best situation and that was what I found in Chaminade.”

“What led me to my decision to commit to Chaminade was the hard working, family oriented, personal developmental environment they introduced me and my family to,” Kris said. “I liked a lot and wanted to be a part of an environment like that.”

“My favorite memory from VU was probably walking the stage with my teams and winning the District Championship with my brothers,” Kris added. “It was a special moment for us as a group, so I will forever remember that experience.”

The twins are coming off of a solid season for the Trailblazers, bouncing in and out of the starting lineup after being more of a sixth man as a freshman.

Kris is coming off a sophomore campaign where he averaged 11.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in 31 appearances for the Blazers.

Kris closed out his VU career with 675 points, 269 rebounds and 205 assists over the last two seasons.

Kris had his best stretch of games this past season after the Holiday break, scoring 20 or more points in three straight games and later setting a career-high with 26 points against Kaskaskia College in March.

Kent King had a similar season to his brother, bouncing in and out of the starting lineup for 15 starts in 32 games played last season.

Kent would close out his VU career averaging 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a sophomore and finish his two season in Blue and Gold with 395 points, 194 rebounds and 145 assists.

Kent’s best game this past season was when he set a career high with 20 points at Wabash Valley in March.

Kent helped guide the Blazers to a big 78-51 victory over the host Warriors with five big threes off the bench.

The King twins were big contributors to the Trailblazers success the last two years which included a final record of 60-10 over two seasons, including two trips to the NJCAA National Tournament, the 2024 Division I Region 24 Championship and an Elite Eight appearance at the 2023 National Tournament.

The twins follow fellow sophomore Michael Osei-Bonsu (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Victor Lado (Louisville, Ky.) to announce their future plans, with Osei-Bonsu signing to play at NCAA Division I Missouri State University and Lado signing to play at Division II Colorado State University-Pueblo.

“Vincennes University has prepared me in every way to be successful at a four-year school,” Kent said. “The staff, the environment and the culture of being great is what prepared me.”

The King twins are set to join a Chaminade squad coming off a 10-18 season last year under Head Coach Eric Bovaird.

Chaminade University is notably the host of the annual Maui Invitational tournament which is played Thanksgiving week with the field made up of top Division I programs every year.

The Silverswords play in the Maui Invitational on odd years only, so the twins might have a chance to play in this tournament in 2025.

The Vincennes University Athletic Department would like to congratulate Kris King and Kent King on their commitment to continuing their education at Chaminade University and wishes them good luck as they continue their basketball careers next season.


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21 – 32 – 16 – 44 – 41

June 30, 1908 – At the ripe old age of 41 years, 3 months future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young became the oldest player to record a third career no-hitter as Boston Red Sox beat New York Highlanders, 8-0

June 30, 1934 – Detroit radio executive George Richards pays $7,952.08 to buy NFL’s Portsmouth Spartans; moves team to Detroit and rebrands the franchise as the  Detroit Lions.

June 30, 1948 – Cleveland Indians’ ace and future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon, wearing his famous Number 21, tossed a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers, in a 2-0 Cleveland win.

June 30, 1962 – LA Dodgers’ future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, Number 32 allowed no-hits against the New York Mets, 5-0. It was the first of 4 career no-hitters thrown by Koufax.

June 30, 1967 – When the Philadelphia Phillies signed Cookie Rojas (who wore Number 16) away from the Cincinnati Reds after the 1962 season as a utility man, they probably did not realize the versatile bargain they were getting. Rojas pitched a scoreless inning in the 9th as the Phils suffered a 12-3 loss to San Francisco Giants. In taking the mound that day, Rojas had now played all 9 positions since arriving in MLB just 4 seasons earlier.

June 30, 1978 – The San Francisco Giants’ star hitter Willie McCovey, Number 44 hit his 500th career HR and with it became the 12th player to reach 500 Home Runs

June 30, 1977 –  New York Yankee Designated Hitter Cliff Johnson, in his Uniform Number 41 hit 3 consecutive Home Runs in Toronto against the Blue Jays pitching staff. Johnson was quoted by the Associated Press as “Happiness is getting to the plate four times a night.” The veteran Yankee slugger entered the batter’s box five times on this particular evening and 2 of his three HRs occurred in a record setting 8 run 8th inning where New York bashed the Canadian club 11-5.


Atlanta Selects NFL After Rankin Smith is Awarded Franchise: AFL Bows Out As Lease is Granted at $9 Million

The Atlanta franchise that would soon be called the Falcons was officially opening up shop. Original franchise owner Rankin Smith was offered to become an NFL expansion team to help prevent him starting his club in the rival AFL. The AFL aggressively pursued to get a team in the Atlanta market as they staged two pre-season tilts in the city in 1962 to attract interest. The big battle was on who could secure a lease with the Atlanta Stadium Authority. As a matter of fact the article makes one believe that the Stadium Authority ultimately chose which of the rival Leagues would be playing in Atlanta. Commissioner Pete Rozelle personally flew to the Georgia city and urged the powers that be in Atlanta to make a choice between the two leagues and eventually the NFL was chosen. The brand new 57,000 seat stadium had just been built at a price tag of $18 million and now half of its cost would be paid for by the the new Rankin franchise. This was son after the Milwaukee Braves had moved to Atlanta too. 1966 would indeed be a banner year for sports fans in that area!

WFL Fines Express Over Signing Reamon

A newspaper report in Reno, Nevada’s  Nevada State Journal on July 1, 1975 said that the WFL was fining their Jacksonville Express franchise for prematurely signing running back Tommy Reamon on June 30, 1975. Reamon was the MVP and leading rusher of the World Football League the season before as part of the then recently defunct Orlando Blazers. When the Blazers went under there was apparently a decision by the WFL to assign this player to the San Antonio Wings franchise, but when they were unable to sign him they notified the other teams in the League that he was available for trade or purchase. However Jacksonville signed the coveted player before finalizing a deal with the Wings. The penalty…well the Express faced losing a percentage of their gate revenue for two regular season games for the violation. Both of the games that they lost gate revenue from were against the Wings during the 1975 season, 10% in the first meeting and 6% for the second game. On Wednesday, October 22, a few days before the start of week 13, the WFL went out of business. The Birmingham Vulcans, by virtue of their league-best record of 9–3 at the time of the shutdown, were proclaimed league champions. And what happened to Tommy Reamon? Well according to Wikipedia, after the WFL folded in 1975, Reamon joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted him in the 1974 NFL Draft and retianed his rights. That same draft class for the Steelers included the likes of future Hall of Famers Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. Tommy scored a touchdown for the Steelers in the last game ever played between the NFL Super Bowl Champions and College All-Stars. During the 1976 pre-season the Steelers traded Reamon to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hall of Fame Birthday for June 30

June 30, 1912 – Dan Reeves, the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined contributor was born. No this is a different Dan Reeves than who we may think. This one was a great contributor all to himself in a different generation of football. This Dan graduated from Georgetown University and became one of the great innovators of the NFL. His first claim to fame was when he helped to move the Rams franchise from Cleveland to Los Angeles to become the first NFL team on the West Coast. This move in 1946 not only shifted attention to the Pacific Coast in pro football but also opened up avenues for all major sports to make the jump west according to the ProFootballHOF.com website. Dan Ferrell Reeves also was the first owner to sign an African-American player after World War II when he inked Kenny Washington in 1946 in LA. His other great ideas were to be the first to hire and employ a full time scouting department and founded the Famous Kids Attendance program at Rams games. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrined Dan Reeves in 1967.

Other Notable June 30 Football Birthday

June 30, 1966 – Louie Aguiar  was an NFL Punter that played for the Jets, Chiefs, Packers and Bears during his 10 seasons in the League. Mr. Aguiar hails from the Utah State University football program.



June 30

1908 — Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox pitched the third no-hitter of his career at age 41, an 8-0 win over the New York Highlanders.

1948 — Cleveland’s Bob Lemon pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers for the first American League no-hitter at night.

1962 — Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 13 New York Mets en route to the first of four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.

1970 — Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati was dedicated, but Henry Aaron spoiled the show for the crowd of 51,050 with a first-inning homer off Jim McGlothlin to send Atlanta past the Reds 8-2.

1978 — Willie McCovey became the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. His shot off Atlanta’s Jamie Easterly wasn’t enough, with the Braves beating the visiting San Francisco Giants 10-5 in the second game of a doubleheader.

1986 — 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson makes his professional baseball debut with the Memphis Chicks of the AA Southern League and goes 1 for 4 with two strikeouts.

1995 — Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians became the second switch-hitter and the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled against the Minnesota Twins. Murray joined Pete Rose, the career hits leader with 4,256, as the only switch-hitters to get 3,000.

1997 — Bobby Witt of Texas hit the first home run by an American League pitcher in a regular-season game in almost 25 years, connecting off Ismael Valdes in the Rangers’ 3-2 interleague victory over Los Angeles.

1998 — Sammy Sosa hit his 20th home run in June, extending his major league record for most homers in a month with an eighth-inning shot for the Cubs against Arizona.

2005 — Chad Cordero earned his 15th save in June in the Washington Nationals’ 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He tied a major league record set by Lee Smith in 1993 and matched by John Wetteland in 1996.

2006 — Adam Dunn hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Bob Wickman to lead Cincinnati to a 9-8 victory over Cleveland.

2008 — Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate, hitting his second grand slam in four games and adding a solo shot to lead the Chicago White Sox past Cleveland, 9-7.

2009 — Nick Markakis hit a two-run double off Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon to complete the biggest comeback in Baltimore Orioles history for an 11-10 win. Baltimore trailed 10-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth.

2016 — Coastal Carolina capitalized on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers won their first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals. The Chanticleers became the first school since Minnesota in 1956 to win the title in its first CWS appearance.

2020 — Minor League Baseball officially announces the cancellation of its season as Major League Baseball will keep a “taxi squad” of eligible players that can be added to the roster if needed.

2021 — Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner ties the major league record with his third hit for the cycle in a 15-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.


July 1

1910 — Comiskey Park — then known as White Sox Park — held its first major league game, with the St. Louis Browns beating Chicago 2-0.

1917 — Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds pitched complete-game victories in a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Toney threw a three-hitter in each game for 4-1 and 5-1 wins, setting a record for the fewest hits allowed in a doubleheader by a pitcher.

1920 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators defeated the Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park with the season’s only no-hitter.

1925 — Hack Wilson of the New York Giants hit two home runs in the third inning of a 16-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader. Wilson also doubled twice during the game.

1941 — Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees singled off Boston’s Jack Wilson in the fourth inning, tying Willie Keeler’s hitting streak of 44 games.

1951 — Bob Feller of the Indians pitched his third career no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland.

1990 — Andy Hawkins of the New York Yankees pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and the third in less than 48 hours, but lost 4-0 to the Chicago White Sox on two outfield errors in the eighth inning.

1997 — Detroit’s Bobby Higginson homered in the first inning against the New York Mets, tying a major league record by homering in four consecutive at-bats over two games. Higginson, who struck out looking in his next at-bat, became the 23rd player since 1900 to accomplish the feat and the fourth Tiger.

2009 — One run was enough for a victory for three National League teams, the first time in 33 years there were three 1-0 games in one league on the same day. The Mets, Dodgers and Reds came away with 1-0 victories. The last time there were three 1-0 games in one league was Sept. 1, 1976, in the NL.

2009 — Hanley Ramirez extended his RBI streak to 10 games in the Florida Marlins’ 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Ramirez hit a two-run double in the third inning to become the first shortstop in NL history with an RBI streak of double-digit games.

2013 — Andy Pettitte passes Whitey Ford for the most strikeouts in New York Yankees history when he records his 1,957th in the Yankees’ 10 – 4 win over the Twins. The win goes to reliever Joba Chamberlain, his first of the year, as he benefits from a three-run outburst off reliever Jared Burton in the 8th. The Yankees then add four runs in the top of the 9th as they end a five-game losing streak.

2014 — The Cleveland Indians executed an unorthodox triple play in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers that required two video replay reviews to sort out. With runners on first and third, Adrian Gonzalez lifted a fly ball to left fielder Michael Brantley, who threw out Dee Gordon at the plate. Catcher Yan Gomes then fired to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the tag on Yasiel Puig as he slid headfirst. Cleveland manager Terry Francona challenged the original safe call at second and got the play overturned after a replay delay that lasted 1 minute, 29 seconds. Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly then challenged the call at the plate, but that call stood after another wait of 1 minute, 34 seconds. Cleveland went on to a 10-3 win.

2015 — Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis’ glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

2019 — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs is found dead in his hotel room a few hour before the team’s scheduled game with the Texas Rangers. Police confirm that no foul play is suspected.

2021 — The results of the vote for starters at the 2021 All-Star Game are announced and youth is well represented as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads all players for most votes received, and other brash youngsters such as Fernando Tatis Jr., Shohei Ohtani, Rafael Devers, Adam Frazier, Teoscar Hernandez and Jesse Winker join him as first-timers voted in by fans, while Ronald Acuna is a second-timer at 23. It’s veterans like Salvador Perez and Mike Trout – who is injured and likely to miss the game – who stand out in this group.

July 2

1903 — Washington outfielder Ed Delahanty went over a railroad bridge at Niagara Falls and drowned. The exact circumstances of his death never were determined.

1909 — The Chicago White Sox stole 12 bases, including home plate three times, in a 15-3 rout of the St. Louis Browns.

1930 — Chicago outfielder Carl Reynolds homered in the first, second and third innings, leading the White Sox to a 15-4 win over the New York Yankees. Reynolds, the second player in history to hit home runs in three consecutive innings, had two inside-the-park homers.

1933 — Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 in an 18-inning game. He allowed six hits and no walks. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals were blanked 1-0, with Roy Parmelee outdueling Dizzy Dean.

1933 — Jimmie Foxx of the Philadelphia Athletics set and American League record with 21 total bases in a doubleheader. Foxx hit two solo homers in the opener, a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Browns. In the nightcap, an 11-6 loss, Foxx had two homers, a double and a triple.

1941 — Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit a home run to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 45 games, surpassing Willie Keeler’s record of 44 straight games for the Orioles in 1897.

1963 — Juan Marichal of San Francisco beat Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves 1-0 in 16 innings on Willie Mays’ homer.

1986 — Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox fell short of a record-tying 15th consecutive winning decision when the Toronto Blue Jays scored three runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 victory.

1995 — Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first Japanese player picked for baseball’s All-Star game. Nomo was the NL’s leader in strikeouts and second in ERA.

2007 — Roger Clemens reached a rare milestone, pitching eight innings of two-hit ball to earn his 350th career win and lead the New York Yankees past Minnesota 5-1. Clemens became the first major leaguer to win 350 games since Hall of Famer Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves accomplished the feat in 1963.

2009 — Houston Astros beat the Padres 7-2, but only after waiting out a 52-minute delay in the top of the ninth inning caused when a swarm of bees took over part of left field at San Diego’s Petco Park.

2013 — Homer Bailey pitched his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28.

2014 — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz became the 36th player in major league history to collect 1,000 extra-base hits with a ground-rule double during a 16-9 lost to the Chicago Cubs.

2016 — Cleveland’s franchise-record 14-game winning streak was snapped by a 9-6 loss to Toronto, with the Blue Jays scoring three runs in the eighth to overcome a cycle by Rajai Davis.

2016 — C.J. Cron went 6 for 6 with two homers and five RBIs, Carlos Perez had five hits and drove in six and the Los Angeles Angels ended a four-game losing streak with 21-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox.

2019 — The New York Yankees record streak of consecutive games with at least one home run comes to an end at 31.

2022 — The Cardinals become the first team to hit four consecutive homers in the 1st inning when Nolan Arenado, Nolan Gorman, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson all go deep against Kyle Gibson of the Phillies. Gibson retires the first two batters before giving up a single to Paul Goldschmidt, followed by the homer barrage. Lars Nootbaar then hits a ball that is caught at the warning track to end the inning. It is the 11th time time this has been done in any inning, but the Cards need another homer by Arenado, this one in the 9th, to end up as 7 – 6 winners.



June 30

1909 — Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to a no decision in 6 rounds at Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to retain his heavyweight boxing title.

1916 — Amateur Chick Evans Jr. wins the U.S. Open with a record 286 total.

1929 — Bobby Jones beats Al Espinosa by 23 strokes in a 36-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open.

1962 — Murle Lindstrom wins the U.S. Women’s Open by two strokes over Jo Anne Prentice and Ruth Jessen.

1965 — The NFL grants Atlanta a franchise. Rankin Smith Sr., an Executive Vice President of Life Insurance Company of Georgia, pays $8.5 million for the franchise. It’s the highest price paid in league history at the time.

1975 — Muhammad Ali retains world heavyweight boxing crown by beating Englishman Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1978 — Willie McCovey becomes the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs.

1991 — Wimbledon breaks 114 years of tradition by playing on the middle Sunday of the tournament, a move forced by a huge backlog of matches caused by rain earlier in the week.

1991 — Meg Mallon sinks a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to break a tie with Pat Bradley and Ayako Okamoto and win the LPGA Championship.

1993 — NBA Draft: Michigan center Chris Webber first pick by Orlando Magic (traded to Golden State).

1994 — Diego Maradona is kicked out of the World Cup by FIFA for failing a drug test following Argentina’s June 25 victory over Nigeria in Foxboro, Mass.

1994 — Tonya Harding is stripped of her national title and banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association because of her role in an attack on Nancy Kerrigan.

1995 — Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians becomes the second switch-hitter and the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singles in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins. Murray joins Pete Rose, the career hits leader with 4,256.

1996 — UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Oliver Bierhoff scores his second goal in extra time as Germany beat Czech Republic, 2-1.

1999 — NBA Draft: Duke power forward Elton Brand first pick by Chicago Bulls.

2002 — Ronaldo scores both goals to lead Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Germany for the team’s record fifth World Cup title.

2012 — Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan becomes the first player in a Grand Slam tournament to win every point of a set on her way to beating French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon.

2013 — Inbee Park wins the U.S. Women’s Open for her third straight major this year. Babe Zaharias is the last player to win three straight majors on the calendar, but that was in 1950 when that’s all there were.

2013 — NHL Draft: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) center Nathan MacKinnon #1 pick by Colorado Avalanche.

2015 — The United States defeat Germany 2-0 in semifinals at Women’s World Cup. Carli Lloyd converts a penalty kick for Team USA and a 1-0 lead. Substitute Kelley O’Hara scores in the 84th minute off a Lloyd cross to seal the U.S. team’s 2-0 victory.

2016 — Coastal Carolina capitalizes on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers win their first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals. The Chanticleers are the first program since Minnesota in 1956 to win the title in its first CWS appearance.

2018 — FIFA World Cup: Kylian Mbappé (19) becomes only 2nd teenager (Pelé 1st 1958) to score twice in a World Cup match as France eliminate Argentina 4-3 in Kazan.

2020 — FC Barcelona’ Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi scores his 700th career goal in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid.

2021 — Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner ties the major league record with his third hit for the cycle in a 15-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.


July 1

1859 — Amherst defeats Williams 73-32 in the first intercollegiate baseball game. The game is played by Massachusetts Rules, a wide-open form of the sport commonly known as roundball and Amherst wins by reaching the pre-established score of 65 runs. Amherst exceeds 65-run limit during a 10-run 26th inning.

1903 — Maurice Garin wins the first stage of the first Tour de France bicycle race. Garin finishes 55 seconds ahead of Emile Pagie. The first stage, from Paris to Lyon, is 467 kilometers long, and takes 17 hours and 45 minutes, riding both day and night. Only 37 riders of 60 are able to complete the day’s race.

1920 — Suzanne Lenglen of France becomes the first player to win three Wimbledon titles in one year, taking the singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

1932 — Helen Moody wins her fifth women’s singles title in six years at Wimbledon, defeating Helen Jacobs 6-3, 6-1.

1938 — Don Budge defeats Henry Austin 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 to win the men’s singles title and sweep the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon for the second straight year.

1947 — Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA), holds its inaugural college player draft.

1951 — Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitches his third career no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-1.

1951 — Beverly Hanson wins the Eastern Open by three strokes over Babe Zaharias in her first start on the LPGA Tour. Hanson is the only golfer to win a tournament in her first professional start.

1961 — Mickey Wright beats defending champion Betsy Rawls by six strokes to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

1977 — Britain’s Virginia Wade wins the singles title on the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon, defeating Betty Stove 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

1982 — Cal Ripken Jr. makes the first of his record 2,216 consecutive MLB starts at shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles.

1990 — Cathy Johnston completes a wire-to-wire performance, beating Patty Sheehan by two strokes to win the LPGA du Maurier Classic.

1995 — The NBA locks out its players at 12:01 a.m., the first work stoppage in league history.

1997 — Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June.

2007 — Cristie Kerr wins the U.S. Women’s Open by making only two bogeys over her final 45 holes. Kerr finishes at 5-under 279 for her 10th career victory.

2011 — The NBA locks out its players, a long-expected move putting the 2011-12 season in jeopardy.

2012 — Spain wins its third straight major soccer title, beating Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final in Kiev, Ukraine. The Spanish, who won the Euro 2008 title and World Cup title in 2010, posts the largest score in a Euro final.

2012 — Tiger Woods wins the AT&T National at Congressional in Bethesda, Md. for the 74th win of his career. That moves him past Jack Nicklaus into second place on the tour list, eight short of Sam Snead.

2018 — NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers.

2018 — Park Sung-hyun wins the PGA Women’s Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Course in a playoff with Nasa Hataoka and Ryu So-yeon.

2018 — David Toms wins the Men’ US Senior Open at Broadmoor Golf Course by one stroke ove Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly and Tim Petrovic.

July 2

1921 — The Jack Dempsey-Georges Carpentier heavyweight match at Rickard’s Orchard in Jersey City, N.J., becomes the first million-dollar gate in boxing history. The receipts total $1,789,238 with $50 ringside seats. In front of 80,183, Dempsey knocks out Carpentier at 1:16 of the fourth round.

1927 — Helen Wills becomes the first American to win at Wimbledon since May Sutton in 1907, beating Lili de Alvar 6-2, 6-4 for the title.

1937 — Don Budge beats Gottfried von Cramm, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. Budge sweeps the championships winning the singles, the men’s doubles title with Gene Mako and the mixed doubles crown with Alice Marble.

1938 — Helen Wills Moody wins her eighth and final singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Helen Jacobs 6-4, 6-0.

1966 — Billie Jean King wins the first of her six singles titles at Wimbledon, beating Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

1967 — Catherine Lacoste of France becomes the first foreigner and first amateur to win the U.S. Women’s Open golf championship. At age 22, she is also the youngest champion.

1976 — Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6, to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon.

1988 — Steffi Graf ends Martina Navratilova’s six-year reign as Wimbledon champion with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory. It is the first time in nine finals that Navratilova loses a Wimbledon singles match.

1989 — Jockey Steve Cauthen becomes the first rider in history to sweep the world’s four major derbies after winning the Irish Derby with Old Vic. He had previously won the Kentucky Derby with Affirmed (1978), the Epsom Derby with Slip Anchor (1985) and Reference Point (1987) and the French Derby with Old Vic (1989).

1994 — Colombian defender Andres Escobar, 27, is killed outside a bar in Colombia in retaliation for deflecting a ball into his own goal in a 2-1 loss to the United States in the World Cup.

1995 — Tom Weiskopf withstands a charge by Jack Nicklaus to win the U.S. Senior Open by four strokes.

1995 — LA Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo is first Japanese player to be selected for a MLB All Star game when he is named in the NL squad.

1999 — Alexandra Stevenson becomes first qualifier in Wimbledon history to reach the women’s semis. She beats another qualifier, 16-year-old Jelena Dokic, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

2000 — UEFA European Championship Final, Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands: David Trezeguet scores in extra time to give France a 2-1 win over Italy.

2005 — Venus Williams overcomes an early deficit and a championship point to beat top-ranked Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6 (4), 9-7 for her fifth major title and her first in nearly four years.

2010 — The United States beats Japan 7-2 to win its seventh consecutive world softball championship.

2010 — FIFA World Cup: Ghana, only African team remaining in last 8, are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Uruguay; Netherlands upset Brazil 2-1.

2011 — Wladimir Klitschko wins a lopsided unanimous decision over David Haye, adding the WBA title to his heavyweight haul. Klitschko and his older brother, Vitali, hold all three major heavyweight titles. Wladimir already had the IBF title (and minor WBO, IBO belts), while Vitali is the WBC champion.

2016 — Sam Querrey ends Novak Djokovic’s quest for a true Grand Slam in the third round at Wimbledon. In a match interrupted by three rain delays after being suspended in progress because of showers a night earlier, Querrey ousts Djokovic 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) at the All England Club.

2017 — Home town underdog Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines on points in a highly controversial WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia.

2018 — A wild brawl breaks out between Australia and the Philippines during the Basketball World Cup qualifying game in Manila. Thirteen players, including four Australians, are ejected for their part in the brawl. The game is won 79-48 by Australia.


July 3

1920 — Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers a second straight year (6-3, 6-0) to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon.

1925 — Suzanne Lenglen wins her sixth and final women’s singles title at Wimbledon, easily beating Joan Fry, 6-2, 6-0.

1931 — Max Schmeling knocks out Young Stribling at 2:46 of the 15th round to retain the world heavyweight title in Cleveland.

1951 — Sam Snead wins his third PGA Championship with a 7 and 6 victory over Walter Burkemo at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.

1966 — Atlanta pitcher Tony Cloninger becomes the first National League player to hit two grand slams in one game. He adds a single for nine RBIs in a 17-3 triumph over San Francisco.

1976 — Bjorn Borg beats Ilie Nastase 6-4, 6-2, 9-7, to win his first men’s singles title at Wimbledon.

1981 — Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Chris Evert beats Hana Mandlíková 6-2, 6-2 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title.

1982 — Martina Navratilova begins her streak of six straight singles titles at Wimbledon with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Chris Evert Lloyd. It’s the third Wimbledon singles title for Navratilova, all against Evert Lloyd.

1983 — Calvin Smith sets the 100-meter world record at Colorado Springs, with a run of 9.93 seconds. He breaks the previous record of 9.95 set by Jim Hines in 1968.

1983 — Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American John McEnroe wins 5th career Grand Slam title; outclasses Chris Lewis of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

1994 — FIFA World Cup: In a huge upset Romania eliminates Argentina 3-2 from the round of 16 at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California.

2004 — Maria Sharapova, 17, wins her first Grand Slam title and instant celebrity by beating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4. For the first time since 1999, none of the four major titles is held by a Williams.

2005 — Roger Federer wins his third consecutive Wimbledon title by beating Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Federer is the third man since 1936 to win three straight Wimbledon crowns, joining seven-time champion Pete Sampras and five-time winner Bjorn Borg.

2006 — Annika Sorenstam wins the U.S. Women’s Open after 10 years of frustration and wins her 10th major championship. Sorenstam, who shot a 1-under 70 in the 18-hole playoff, beats Pat Hurst by four strokes for the largest margin of victory in a playoff at the major since Kathy Cornelius won by seven shots 50 years ago.

2006 — Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1,755 points.

2007 — The Alinghi team from Switzerland — a country more often associated with Alpine skiing and winter snowscapes — successfully defends sailing’s coveted America’s Cup, beating Emirates Team New Zealand 5-2.

2010 — Serena Williams wins her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam championship by sweeping Vera Zvonareva in straight sets in the women’s final. Williams, who finishes the tournament without dropping a set, takes 67 minutes to win 6-3, 6-2.

2011 — Novak Djokovic wins his first Wimbledon, beating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Djokovic, already guaranteed to take over the No. 1 ranking from the Spaniard on July 4, extends his mastery over Nadal this season with a fifth straight head-to-head victory.

2016 — Serena Williams overwhelms Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 in just 51 minutes on Centre Court at Wimbledon, advancing to the fourth round with her 300th career Grand Slam match win.

2018 — Feliciano Lopez makes history just by taking to the court at Wimbledon. The 36-year-old Spaniard breaks Roger Federer’s record by appearing in a 66th consecutive Grand Slam singles tournament, continuing a run that started at the 2002 French Open. Lopez beats Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

2020 — The Major League Baseball All-Star game planned to be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers is cancelled due to governmental restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


July 4

1907 — Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defense.

1910 — Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries in the 15th round at Reno, Nev., to retain the world heavyweight title and spoil Jeffries’ comeback.

1914 — The Harvard eight wins the Grand Challenge Cup to become the first American crew to capture the top event at the Henley Royal Regatta.

1919 — Jack Dempsey wins the world heavyweight title at Toledo, Ohio, when Jess Willard fails to answer the bell for the fourth round.

1923 — Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbon in 15 for the heavyweight title. The fight almost bankrupts the town of Shelby, Montana, which borrowed heavily to stage it.

1930 — Helen Wills Moody wins her fourth straight singles title at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Elizabeth Ryan. Moody would go on to win four more Wimbledon singles titles.

1954 — FIFA World Cup Final, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary, 3-2.

1964 — Maria Bueno of Brazil upsets Margaret Smith of Australia 6-4, 7-9, 6-3 for the women’s title at Wimbledon.

1975 — Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong, 6-0, 6-1 for her sixth and final singles title at Wimbledon.

1980 — Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds’ Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts.

1982 — Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon. The match lasts 4 hours, 16 minutes.

1987 — Martina Navratilova wins her eighth Wimbledon singles title and sixth straight, beating Steffi Graf 7-5, 6-3.

1994 — FIFA World Cup: A Bebeto strike saves Brazil from embarrassment, beat USA 1-0 at Stanford.

1999 — Pete Sampras overwhelms Andre Agassi in three sets to capture his sixth Wimbledon title and tie Roy Emerson’s record with his 12th Grand Slam championship. Sampras is the first man in the Open era with six Wimbledon titles.

2002 — Venus and Serena Williams win in straight sets to set up their third title match at a major in 10 months — and the first all-sister Wimbledon final since 1884. Top-seeded Venus, the two-time defending champion, overpowers Justine Henin 6-3, 6-2. Second-seeded Serena routs Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-1 in 55 minutes.

2003 — LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed.

2004 — UEFA European Championship Final, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal: In a huge upset Greece beats host nation Portugal, 1-0.

2004 — Meg Mallon wins the Women’s U.S. Open with a 6-under 65, the lowest final round by a champion in the 59-year history of the tournament. Mallon finishes at 10-under 274 for a two-shot victory over Annika Sorenstam.

2008 — Dara Torres completes her improbable Olympic comeback, making the U.S. team for the fifth time by winning the 100 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. The 41-year-old wins in 54.78. A nine-time medalist, she already was the first U.S. swimmer to make four Olympic teams.

2009 — Serena Williams beats her big sister Venus 7-6 (3), 6-2 for her third Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam championship. In the fourth all-Williams final at Wimbledon, Serena comes out on top for the third time. Later, Venus and Serena win their fourth women’s doubles title at Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam doubles title as a pair.

2010 — Rafael Nadal beats Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, to win his second Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam championship.

2011 — Tyler Farrar becomes the first American to win a July 4 Tour de France stage, dominating a sprint finish in the third leg as teammate Thor Hushovd of Norway kept the yellow jersey.

2014 — Germany becomes the first country to reach the semifinals for a fourth straight World Cup by beating France 1-0 in a quarterfinal match settled by a first-half header from Mats Hummels.

2015 — Copa América Final, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago: Chile defeats Argentina, 4-1 penalties to win their first title; 0-0 after extra time.

2015 — Super Rugby Final, Westpac Stadium, Wellington: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14 for their first title.

2022 — Minneosta Twins turn 1st 8-5 triple play in MLB history as centerfielder Byron Buxton makes a catch and third baseman Gio Urshela tags one runner out in the basepath and doubles-off another runner by tagging second base against White Sox in Chicago.


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