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Tuesday
Jul162019

Tiger Woods prepping for Open, says winning Masters took a toll

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland) -- He's coming off a remarkable win at The Masters, but Tiger Woods is unsure if he will be fully prepared for this week's British Open.

"It's not quite as sharp as I'd like to have it right now," Woods told reporters on Tuesday about his game. "I still need to get the shape of the golf ball a little bit better than I am right now, especially with the weather coming in and the winds are going to be changing."

Woods has played just ten competitive rounds since winning April's Masters. His unfamiliarity with the course for The Open will likely also played a role. Royal Portrush is hosting the tournament for the first time since 1951.

Woods says he had never stepped foot on the course until this week.

After the Masters, Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship, and finished 9th and 21st, respectively, at the Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open. He then took a two-week vacation where he played "zero" golf.

"Getting myself into position to win the Masters...it took a lot out of me," Woods admitted Tuesday. "It was a very emotional week and one that I keep reliving. It's hard to believe that I pulled it off and I ended up winning the tournament.

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Tuesday
Jul162019

Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban fined for leaking information during league meeting

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for leaking information from a Board of Governor's meeting to the media.

Sources tell ESPN that Cuban shared information about a vote to allow coaches' challenges for the upcoming NBA season. Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly expressed concern about that information being leaked while the meeting was still in session.

ESPN says Cuban immediately admittedly to leaking the information.

Cuban told ESPN that he appreciates "the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should -- but won't -- get fined for leaking to you."

According to ESPN, it is against league rules to discuss Board of Governors business with outsiders, which is why Cuban was fined. ESPN reports the fine was for $50,000.

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Tuesday
Jul162019

Scoreboard roundup -- 7/15/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 5, NY Yankees 4
Boston 10, Toronto 8
Cleveland 8, Detroit 6
Kansas City 5, Chi White Sox 2
LA Angels 9, Houston 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 19, Colorado 2
LA Dodgers 16, Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 6, Chi Cubs 3
Atlanta 4, Milwaukee 2
St. Louis 7, Pittsburgh 0

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Monday
Jul152019

Former boxing champ Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker fatally struck by car

Scott Heavey/Getty Images(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) -- Former welterweight boxing champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker died after he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach Sunday night, police said.

Emergency dispatchers received a call just after 10 p.m. that Whitaker, 55, was struck at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road, according to a press release from the Virginia Beach Police department.

Whitaker died from his injuries at the scene, police said.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to police.

The former millionaire made headlines in 2014 after he won a court case to evict his mother from a home in Norfolk he gave to her in the 1980s in order to pay his bills.

Whitaker won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the 1982 World Championships and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.

Whitaker was a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and worked as a trainer after he retired from boxing.

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Monday
Jul152019

Former Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan to end NFL career at age 30

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Derrick Morgan says he is retiring from the NFL at the age of 30, hoping to achieve a greater impact outside of football, ESPN reports.

The former Tennessee Titans linebacker spent nine seasons with the team after being chosen with he 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Now a free agent, Morgan came to the end of a four-year $27 million deal with the completion of the 2018 season. It was during that season that Morgan missed three games to recover from knee and shoulder injuries, according to ESPN.

Morgan, who has been involved previously in startup businesses and real estate, recently told ESPN that football has taught him about the "power of influence," and that his "purpose in life is bigger than the game."

"My goal is to create better and more meaningful opportunities for marginalized communities to break the cycles of generational poverty and build greater wealth and economic mobility," he told ESPN. "I feel a deep responsibility to leverage my platform for this."

Morgan said he plans to get to work on a large project that will impact his hometown community in Coatesville, Pa.

According to ESPN, Morgan finishes his career with 305 tackles and 44.5 sacks -- a sack total that places him sixth in the all time combined history of the Houston Oilers and the Titans.

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Monday
Jul152019

Lakers' Anthony Davis pass on USA training camp, sources say

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Anthony Davis won't participate in September's FIBA Basketball World Cup and the USA Basketball training camp, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Davis, just introduced as a Los Angeles Laker on Saturday, has opted to focus on the upcoming season instead.

Though Davis has not ruled out the possibility of playing for the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, league sources told ESPN, the Lakers player -- for now -- wants to prioritize the needs of this new team in the offseason and help to secure a Lakers championship win.

Yahoo Sports first reported Davis' decision to sit out of the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas next month.

Davis, who played on the 2012 USA Olympic team as well as the 2014 national team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, recently joined the Lakers in a blockbuster trade deal in June.
 
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Monday
Jul152019

Scoreboard roundup -- 7/14/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL


INTERLEAGUE

LA Dodgers 7, Boston 4, 12 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 4, Toronto 2
Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 1
Cleveland 4, Minnesota 3
Detroit 12, Kansas City 8
Houston 12, Texas 4
LA Angels 6, Seattle 3
Oakland 3, Chi White Sox 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 4, Washington 3
NY Mets 6, Miami 2
San Francisco 8, Milwaukee 3
St. Louis 5, Arizona 2
Chi Cubs 8, Pittsburgh 3
Colorado 10, Cincinnati 9
Atlanta 4, San Diego 1

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

OT  LA Sparks 76, Atlanta 71
Chicago 89, Dallas 79
Connecticut 76, Indiana 63
Minnesota 75, Phoenix 62
Seattle 78, NY Liberty 69

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle 2, Atlanta 1

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Sunday
Jul142019

WWE star Jeff Hardy arrested for public intoxication

Myrtle Beach Police Department(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- World Wrestling Entertainment star Jeff Hardy was arrested on Saturday for public intoxication.

The pro wrestler was taken into custody in the popular seaside community of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after police responded to calls about an intoxicated person, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Hardy was arrested at about 11 a.m., Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Thomas Vest told Florence ABC affiliate WPDE-TV.

The 41-year-old star has been on the sidelines for months due to a leg injury.

WWE released a statement to several media outlets saying Hardy is "responsible for his own personal actions."

Hardy, who has for years starred alongside his brother Matt as one half of the tag team the Hardy Boys, has a history of arrests and substance abuse.

He was arrested at his home in North Carolina in September 2009 for possession of prescription pills, anabolic steroids and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty and served 10 days in prison and paid a $100,000 fine in 2011.

Hardy was again arrested, this time for driving while intoxicated, after a car crash in March 2018 in Concord, North Carolina.

The wrestler captured fans' hearts for his death-defying stunts with WWE from 1998 through 2003. After multiple tag team championship reigns with his brother, and a release from the company for his erratic behavior, he finally won the heavyweight title in his return to WWE in 2009. He spent multiple stints in TNA wrestling, a competitor to WWE, and won its heavyweight title as well.

After seven years away from WWE, he and his brother made a surprise return at Wrestlemania in 2017.

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Saturday
Jul132019

Serena Williams misses historic 24th Grand Slam with Wimbledon loss

Mike Hewitt/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep at the Wimbledon final Saturday, falling short once again of an elusive landmark.

Halep beat Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

With this loss, Williams missed her latest opportunity to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would put her tied with the record for most Grand Slam wins ever, a record Margaret Court set over four decades ago.

Williams, 37, has been chasing that 24th win since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won shortly after learning she was pregnant. Since returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams has competed in three Grand Slam finals -- including this one at Wimbledon -- but has not won a final match.

Heading into the final, Williams appeared calm and measured, with that history-making number far from her mind.

In an Instagram story between the semifinal and final, she delightfully kicked around a soccer ball with her daughter. On Twitter Thursday, Williams posted about one of her favorite topics -- superheroes -- asking, "Hela or Thanos- who wins?"

"It's really not about 24, 23 or 25. It's about going out there and giving my best no matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great career," she said at the tournament Thursday, according to Reuters. "I just kind of let it go this morning. I feel really calm about it."

The tennis icon breezed into the final with a semifinal match Thursday against Czech player Barbora Strýcová. She won in just under an hour in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

But her challenger, Halep, 27, was coming in similarly charged up. She won her semifinal match over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina also in straight sets Thursday, 6-1, 6-3. Halep had previously beaten teen Wimbledon phenom Coco Gauff -- who knocked Williams' sister, Venus, out in the first round -- in straight sets.

Halep, who had won one Grand Slam before Saturday -- the 2018 French Open -- described herself Thursday as "desperate to win Wimbledon," according to Reuters, adding that she was focused more on that for herself than on Williams' record.

The Saturday match was Halep's first Wimbledon final appearance, compared to Williams' 11th.

Williams caught attention during this Wimbledon for more than her hunt for 24.

In the mixed doubles, she played with Andy Murray, who said at the beginning of this year that he would retire from tennis after Wimbledon due to a hip injury.

The power duo made it to the round of 16 before falling, but were widely praised for their combined skills, including Williams' ability to return a 138 mph serve from Fabrice Martin -- apparently surprising even herself.

Williams also had one royal supporter in the stands at Wimbledon: her pal Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

Even so, what really mattered was on the court in the ladies' singles competition.

It's been a long road to this Wimbledon final for Williams, who won her first Grand Slam in 1999, and the path to this final since her return from pregnancy has not been easy. Her last Grand Slam final was a dramatic one at the 2018 U.S. Open, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was marred by a controversial confrontation with an umpire.

That last final left her shaken, she explained in an essay for Harper's Bazaar published this month, and uneasy about picking a racket back up.

But, she wrote, her daughter inspired her.

"Love breathes life and newfound perspective into people," Williams wrote. "It is not about quitting when someone presents a challenge; it's about getting up when you are down, dusting yourself off and asking, 'Is that the best you got?'"

Her next opportunity for another Grand Slam title will be at the U.S. Open next month.

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Saturday
Jul132019

Duchesses Kate, Meghan visit Wimbledon together to watch Serena Williams in final

Karwai Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) -- For the second year in a row, royal sisters-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out together for the Ladies' Singles Final at Wimbledon.

And for the second year in a row, the pair watched Meghan's close friend Serena Williams compete in the final, vying for her 24th Grand Slam title.

Duchesses Kate and Meghan watched from the royal box Saturday as Williams took on seventh-seed Simona Halep.

"She couldn’t be a better friend to me," Williams said of Meghan in a press conference Wednesday following her semifinal win. "Low moments, high moments, she’s always there and that’s all I want to be to her."

Saturday also marked the second Wimbledon appearance this year for both Kate and Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon last week to watch Williams win her second round match. That visit drew some controversy over allegations of extra tight security around the duchess, who sat with friends in the members' section.

Kate, patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also visited Wimbledon last week, watching a British player compete and visiting the practice courts and warm-up area.

Saturday's appearance at Wimbledon is the second joint outing this week for Kate and Meghan.

The pair stepped out, with their kids in tow, on Wednesday to watch their husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry, play a charity polo match.

Meghan was a newlywed last year when she sat courtside with Kate for the Ladies' Singles Final, in which Williams lost to Angelique Kerber. Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, were guests at Harry and Meghan's May 2018 wedding in Windsor.

Kate is a longtime tennis fan and a tennis player. She told guests at Wimbledon last week that eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, also a semifinalist in this year's tournament, is the favorite player of her 5-year-old son Prince George.

She also said the superstar has even played tennis with George, which Federer said took place at Kate's parents' home in Bucklebury.

Kate and Prince William plan to attend the Men's Singles Final Sunday at Wimbledon, according to Kensington Palace.

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