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Christopher Bell wins the Cup race a day after his Xfinity victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Tim Layden explores Noah Lyles setting himself up to fulfill the prophecy of being the next great American sprinter.

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  • MIN Starting Pitcher #49
    López allowed just two hits — both of them singles — and one walk on the brilliant afternoon. The 28-year-old hurler bounced back in a huge way after being shelled by the Rays his last time out, looking like the star hurler that we saw dominating on a nightly basis for the Twins during the 2023 campaign. He piled up 19 swings and misses on 102 pitches in the contest — 10 of those on his fastball alone — while posting a CSW of 31 percent. He’ll see if he can build off of this start and further improve upon his 5.11 ERA and 1.17 WHIP when he takes the mound against the Mariners in Seattle on Saturday.
  • SD Right Fielder #23
    Tatis will miss his second consecutive contest after being drilled in the left triceps by a pitch during Friday’s showdown at Petco Park. If there’s a positive takeaway here it’s that the 25-year-old fantasy superstar didn’t need to undergo any precautionary imaging and is merely day-to-day with a triceps contusion. He’s also been playing through a lingering quad issue, which might be the more pressing issue at the moment. There should be a decision from San Diego concerning his status at some point early next week.
  • PIT Relief Pitcher #51
    Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said Sunday during a local radio interview that he hopes the injury is minor. The 29-year-old stopper was unavailable during Saturday’s game against the Rays due to left side tightness and is going to get some extra time off to rest and recover. There should be some clarity on his status in the coming days. It’ll presumably be Aroldis Chapman handling the closing duties for Pittsburgh during his absence.
  • TEX Starting Pitcher #31
    Scherzer will make his highly-anticipated season debut on Sunday afternoon for the defending World Series champions against the Royals at Globe Life Field. The 39-year-old veteran right-hander missed the first few months of the year recovering from offseason back surgery, and a nerve-related issue in his thumb that sprung up during his rehabilitation process. He’s no longer an elite fantasy contributor at this advanced stage of his legendary career. However, he’s likely to have flashes of occasional brilliance, and make a tangible impact for fantasy managers, even in shallow mixed leagues, when healthy.
  • TOR Shortstop #13
    Wow. According to a team statement, Martinez tested positive for clomiphene, a performance-enhancing substance. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins added “We were both surprised and disappointed to learn of Orelvis Martinez’s suspension. We will do everything in our power to ensure Orelvis has learned from this mistake. Orelvis has our support and we know he will get through this.” The 22-year-old top prospect made his big-league debut earlier this week, going 1-for-3 at the dish, after posting an .867 OPS with 16 homers across 63 games this season for Triple-A Buffalo. He can be dropped in all re-draft formats as his season is ostensibly over.
  • MIA Starting Pitcher #29
    The hits just keep on coming to Miami’s injury-ravaged starting rotation with Garrett becoming the latest to fall victim to the injury bug. The major concern here is that forearm flexor tendon strains are often a precursor to more significant elbow issues, which could wind up leading to surgery. The 26-year-old southpaw will presumably undergo a battery of tests to determine the severity of the issue after experiencing elbow discomfort earlier this week. Barring an unexpected development, fantasy managers shouldn’t anticipate him returning anytime soon.
  • NYY Right Fielder #27
    Stanton is slated to undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the severity and how much time he’ll likely wind up sidelined. Fantasy managers should anticipate him missing at least a few weeks, even if it’s a low-grade strain. The 34-year-old slugger, who has 18 homers in 69 games this season, suffered the injury during Saturday’s contest against the Braves. The timing is extremely unfortunate for the Yankees, and fantasy managers, as there isn’t a clear replacement for him at the moment with top prospect Jasson Domínguez on the shelf at Triple-A due to an oblique strain.
  • PHI Starting Pitcher #99
    The move is now official. It’ll presumably be Spencer Turnbull stepping in to take Walker’s rotation spot to face his former team during Wednesday’s series finale in Detroit. Walker has been dealing with a blister issue on his right finger, which has impacted his ability to command his arsenal of late. The hope here is that some extra time off will help put the issue to bed and lead to improved results.
  • WAS Center Fielder #50
    He’s back. Wood took big-league southpaw Joey Lucchesi deep to left-center field for an extremely impressive fifth-inning solo shot. It was his 10th round-tripper of the season and first time going deep since returning earlier this month from a hamstring strain that cost him a couple weeks. The 21-year-old has blossomed into arguably the top prospect in baseball at this juncture and doesn’t appear too far off from making his highly-anticipated arrival in Washington.
  • LAD Designated Hitter #17
    Ohtani connected for his 23rd round-tripper of the season in the fourth inning of Saturday’s Freeway Series finale against his former organization, launching a gargantuan 459-foot two-run moonshot to right-center field off Angels starter Zach Plesac as part of the Dodgers’ four-run explosion in the frame. The 29-year-old fantasy superstar homered in both games of the two-game set at Dodger Stadium and has gone deep a staggering six times over his last seven contests since June 16. Unreal.

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Lyles wins 100m with personal best; Coleman out
Noah Lyles won the 100m thanks to a personal-best time of 9.83 seconds to edge Kenny Bednarek (9.87) and Fred Kerley (9.88), while Christian Coleman (9.93) was left on the outside looking in after a fourth-place result.

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NFL

The 49ers traded former No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance after the rookie season that Brock Purdy had.
Jets cornerback Tae Hayes was arrested early Sunday morning in Alabama and charged with marijuana possession, according to multiple reports.
Giants pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux had a solid second season last year, starting all 17 games and finishing with 11.5 sacks.

Rotoworld

Eric Samulski breaks down this week’s top waiver wire adds and drops.
Get ready for the 2024 season and another year of fantasy football action as our writers preview every squad’s offensive outlook, win totals and more.
Matthew Pouliot offers up some outfield options in this week’s pickups column.

Motor Sports

The No. 7 963 wins a waterlogged race on the New York road course.
Only three drivers in the top 10 when the race was stopped by rain went on to finish in the top 10.
Hear from Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Josh Berry and Ryan Blaney following the NASCAR Cup Series USA TODAY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Golf

Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner talk about Scottie Scheffler’s win at the Travelers Championship and how weeks of hard competition may have caught up with him.
Scottie Scheffler won four of the eight signature events. Rex and Lav assess their level of success.
Here’s a look at the purse payout for the $10.4 million KPMG Women’s PGA.
Yang had long come close to winning a major title but had never prevailed — until Sunday at Sahalee.
Check out the best shots from the final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
No longer does Amy Yang need to doubt whether she’d ever become a major champion, sealing a three-shot victory in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship before the “grateful” 34-year-old reflected on the long-awaited win.

NBA

It appears to be a custom ring tied to his “7UICE” sportswear brand.
The 34-year-old George wants four years guaranteed but most teams appear to be offering three.
The former Laker still has a home in Los Angeles that was the scene of the crime
Caruso is gone, the Bulls are trying to trade Zach LaVine, does DeRozan want to come back to these Bulls?

Betting

Boston will be back, but Bet the EDGE finds value further down the Odds Board
We are expecting Connor McDavid and Matthew Tkachuk to shine in Edmonton on Friday night.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick preview NBA championship odds for 2025, with the Boston Celtics opening as heavy favorites, and why they have reservations about the Nuggets, among others.

MLB

The Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.
Martínez was suspended for 80 games by MLB on Sunday following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Clomiphene.
Stanton played in 69 of the Yankees’ first 79 games this season — none in the field — and is hitting .246 with 18 homers and 45 RBIs.
The deal buys out his arbitration years and adds two additional years of club options.

Premier League

The fixtures for the 2024-25 Premier League season have been released.
The 2024-25 Premier League fixtures have been revealed, and there are some tremendous matches set for early in the season.
Expectations are all over the spectrum for Manchester United’s 2024-25 Premier League season, the third under manager Erik ten Hag.
Eight Premier League players — almost all stars and led by Enzo Fernandez — will be on the defending champions’ side as Argentina bids for another Copa America crown.

College Football

The College Football Transfer Portal is underway. Here is a one-stop shop to track which big-name players are on the move this offseason.
Harbaugh leads a list of inductees announced Friday night, recognizing the Los Angeles Chargers coach for capping his career at Michigan with a national championship.
Quarterback Deuce Knight (Lucedale, MS/ George County High School), the four-star prospect has officially accepted his invitation to the 2025 All-American Bowl.
Over the weekend, the UCLA Bruins successfully landed one of the top defensive backs in the country. 2025 All-American Jadyn Hudson from Pittsburg High School in California has committed to the Bruins.

College Basketball

If the men’s tournament were to expand it is expected the women’s tourney would as well.
Former Bulldogs star Victoria Vivians hired as assistant coach and scouting director for Mississippi State women’s basketball

Brother From Another

Marc J. Spears joins Brother From Another to discuss a 2023 incident in which Washington Wizards GM Will Dawkins was racially profiled while shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, breaking down Dawkins’ response to the event.
Michael Holley, Vincent Goodwill and Marc J. Spears discuss Charles Barkley announcing that he will retire from TV next year, questioning if the Hall of Famer will really hang it up after the 2024-25 season.
Marc J. Spears explains why the Boston Celtics must get the job done in Game 5 before the pressure to close out the series builds in the NBA Finals.
Vincent Goodwill explains why analysts should “pump the pump the brakes” on calling the 2023-24 Boston Celtics a “historic team,” discussing why it’s difficult to build a dynasty in the modern NBA.

Local coverage

The site of the team’s next stadium is still up in the air.
From being called up from Triple-A last June, to signing a contract extension with the Phillies on Saturday, Cristopher Sánchez’s journey has been an unbelievable story.
Brown took to Instagram to ask fans for help to find the ring that he says he lost at the parade.
Draymond Green congratulated Monty Williams for continuing to collect a payday after he was fired by the Pistons.

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Reese has posted a double-double in eight consecutive games, extending her WNBA rookie record.
It’s win-or-go-home time for Croatia, against an Italian defense that hasn’t conceded a goal since the first minute of the first game.
16 teams are squaring off at the 2024 Copa America across the USA, as the expanded tournament sees Brazil and Argentina as the favorites but there is plenty of expectation for upsets.
Copa America is back in the United States and this tournament will be a beauty all the way to the final in Miami.
The USMNT opened Copa America 2024 with the easiest game of their group, and did exactly what they needed to do. 2-0 felt more like 3-0 or 4-0, for a change.