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The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to Iowa Speedway for the first time since 2019 with the running of the HyVee Perks 250. Watch on USA!
Chris Billam-Smith defends his WBO World Cruiserweight title against Richard Riakporhe, with a full card that includes Whittaker-Arenyeka and Chamberlain-Massey. Watch on Peacock.

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  • WAS Right Fielder #43
    It certainly didn’t take long for Ramírez to find a new opportunity after being released earlier this week by the Rays. However, it’s a bit surprising that he was forced to settle for a minor league deal. The 29-year-old corner outfielder boasts a solid .287/.325/.408 triple-slash line with 37 homers and 18 steals in 511 games in the majors since 2019. He’s batted .300 with 19 homers and 13 steals over the last three season for Tampa Bay and represents a solid depth addition for the rebuilding Nationals. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him in Washington very soon.
  • MIN Starting Pitcher #17
    Rain in the forecast throughout the afternoon and evening in Minnesota made this one an easy call. It’ll be made up as a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon instead. Saturday’s scheduled starters -- Joey Estes and Bailey Ober -- will presumably be pushed back to take the ball at some point during Sunday’s twin bill at Target Field.
  • BAL Starting Pitcher #38
    Not good. Bradish lands on the injured list after being removed from Friday’s start against the Phillies with right elbow discomfort. The primary concern here for fantasy managers is that Bradish missed time earlier this year due to a UCL sprain in his right elbow, which caused him to miss all of spring training and the first month of the season. There should be an update on his status at some point in the near future, but the 27-year-old righty could be facing a lengthy absence. It’s a significant hit to Baltimore’s starting rotation and a massive loss for fantasy managers as well.
  • HOU Starting Pitcher #35
    No word yet on the severity of the neck ailment that led to Verlander being scratched from a highly-anticipated outing against his former team, but Astros manager Joe Espada told reporters they don’t believe it’s an injured list situation. Espada added that the 41-year-old veteran righty has been pitching through neck soreness for the last two or three weeks, which certainly helps explain his recent struggles. It’ll be rookie Spencer Arrighetti taking the ball in his place. There should be an additional update on his status at some point this weekend. He’ll presumably undergo some additional testing to determine the extent of the lingering issue. Stay tuned.
  • CLE Third Baseman #11
    Ramírez will miss the remainder of Cleveland’s weekend series in Toronto to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. It’ll be Johnathan Rodriguez coming up to take his active roster spot. The 31-year-old fantasy superstar, who holds a sublime .864 OPS with 18 homers and 11 steals in 291 plate appearances over 66 games this season, should be back from paternity leave early next week.
  • TOR Shortstop #11
    Blue Jays manager John Schneider told reporters they’ll see how Bichette is feeling this weekend before deciding on a course of action. It doesn’t sound like a serious concern, but it’s a developing situation fantasy managers should keep a close eye on. He’s been playing through the lingering issue of late and is presumably day-to-day for now.
  • ATL Center Fielder #23
    No word yet on the severity of the injury, but fantasy managers should anticipate Harris missing at least a couple weeks, even in a best-case scenario. The 23-year-old upper-echelon fantasy contributor, who hits the shelf with a .653 OPS with five homers and eight steals across 278 plate appearances through 67 contests, suffered the injury during the opening frame of Friday’s contest against the Rays while running the bases. There should be some clarity on his return timeline in the coming days.
  • BAL Starting Pitcher #38
    Not good. Bradish is slated to undergo further testing after lasting just five innings on Friday night before exiting after just 74 pitches. He was spotted shaking his elbow throughout the contest on a night where his velocity was up significantly from previous levels. The biggest concern here for fantasy managers is that the 27-year-old righty is roughly six weeks removed from returning from a UCL sprain in his right elbow that caused him to miss all of spring training and the opening month of the season. There should be an update on his status in the coming days and it seems highly likely that he could wind up requiring another trip to the injured list. We’ll have updates on the developing situation as they unfold.
  • KC Catcher #13
    Perez exited Friday’s contest in the eighth inning and told reporters afterwards that he felt a tweak in his right knee earlier in the game when he stood up quickly to catch a high fastball from Royals ace Cole Ragans. The 34-year-old ironman will presumably head for some additional testing and imaging to determine the severity of the issue if he’s not feeling better this weekend. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for the moment.
  • TB Starting Pitcher #11
    It’s time. Baz followed up last weekend’s 10-strikeout gem with another dazzling performance, allowing just four hits and one walk over six masterful frames. The 24-year-old top pitching prospect has completed his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery and appears poised to return to the majors at some point this month. He averaged 96.5 mph on his four-seam fastball in this one, while generating 14 swinging strikes and finishing with an astronomical 45 percent CSW. His ability to consistently generate whiffs on his fastball/slider combo will drive his fantasy appeal moving forward. Simply put, he should be rostered in all fantasy formats at this juncture.

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NBC Sports Podcasts

NFL

UFL kicker Jake Bates won’t have to travel far for his next job.
Matt Araiza, the strong-legged punter whose career was derailed by a sexual assault accusation, appears poised to win the Chiefs’ punting job for the 2024 season.
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124th U.S. Open
Francesco Molinari couldn’t have picked a better time to hit an ace, draining this shot on his final hole of Round 2 at the U.S. Open to get below the projected cut line.
Look back at standout moments from afternoon action in Round 2 of the 2024 U.S. Open, where several of Pinehurst No. 2’s holes proved troublesome for notable names.
The native area long and left of the green on Pinehurst No. 2’s fifth hole got the best of Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy, the top three ranked players in the world, Friday. But not Johnson Wagner.
Live From the U.S. Open analyzes Bryson DeChambeau’s performance in Round 2 at Pinehurst, where he’s one shot from the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend.
How to watch the 124th U.S. Open, including primary and featured-group coverage.
The Live From crew discusses Tiger Woods’ second round of the 2024 U.S. Open, where the three-time winner finished +7 over the first two days and failed to make the cut.
Bryson DeChambeau is firmly in the running in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst 25 years after Payne Stewart’s memorable win, but that isn’t the start of the connections between the two.

Rotoworld

Matthew Pouliot recommends a rehabbing Rays starter and two others in this week’s pickups column.
Kawhi Leonard and James Harden may have been undervalued to begin the season and with good reason.
Denny Carter and Kyle Dvorchak talk about who on the Dallas Cowboys will feast in fantasy if the team goes to a more pass-heavy offense.
If rookie RB Tyrone Tracy Jr., a former college WR who seems to be quickly rising on the Giants’ depth chart, can beat out Devin Singletary for passing down snaps, Singletary’s fantasy upside will plummet.

Motor Sports

Watch highlights from the qualifying session for the NASCAR Cup Series Iowa Corn 350 at Iowa Speedway.
Kyle Larson scores his fourth pole of the season after a “challenging” qualifying session and will lead the field to green for the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Iowa Speedway.
Bookmark this page for live updates from High Point Raceway.
Cup teams qualify and Xfinity teams will qualify and race Saturday.

Golf

Woods did say, however, that next month’s Open Championship would be his last start of the year.
On the Golf Channel Podcast after Friday’s Round 2 of the U.S. Open, Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner laud Ludvig Åberg’s “relaxed” day at Pinehurst No. 2 and argue his game and demeanor are fit for golf’s biggest stages.
Third-round tee times and pairings from the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
How to watch the 124th U.S. Open, including primary and featured-group coverage.
Storylines abound as the U.S. Open enters the weekend at a fiery Pinehurst No. 2.

NBA

Leonard missed the end of the regular season and playoffs with swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he is betting on Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Mavericks.

Betting

Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he is betting on Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Mavericks.
The Boston Celtics take on the Mavericks in Dallas with hopes of clinching their first NBA Championship since 2008. With the series on the cusp of closure, Brad Thomas has a SGP that he loves for this game!
Burrow’s return to the field to conclude with a Title
Jayson Tatum is second in the betting odds, but things would have to shift dramatically for him to win.

MLB

The 37-year-old Abreu was batting .124 (14 for 113) with two homers and seven RBIs this season
Baseball B-rad is back in action with a three leg same-game parlay for the Athletics and Twins game.
Kansas City said Henter Renfroe is expected to miss two to three weeks, down from six to eight weeks.
Eric Samulski uses a custom leaderboard to find starting pitchers to add off the waiver wire.

Premier League

Twenty-one of 24 nations competing at EURO 2024 include at least one Premier League player on the roster. Here’s who will be on the pitches of Germany this summer.
There are official dates for the start and end of the 2024-25 Premier League season, and an official fixture release date, too.
Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards, and Nick Mendola analyze Manchester United’s decision to retain Erik ten Hag despite a season of uncertainty and lackluster performances.
Manchester United will reportedly continue with Ten Hag as manager for the 2024-25 Premier League season and may even sign the Dutchman to a new contract.

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.
Marcus Daniels’ body was sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy, Forrest County Coroner Lisa Klem told news outlets.
The first year of the 12-team College Football Playoff will kick off with a first-round game on Dec. 20 and conclude with the title game one month later in Atlanta.
The school did not detail what internal follow-up — as suggested by the report — was done.

College Basketball

Brother From Another

Vincent Goodwill explains why the Boston Celtics are an “oddly dominant” team and Michael Holley wonders where this team ranks among the greatest of all time.
After Luka Doncic fouled out in the Dallas Mavericks’ Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics with 4:12 remaining, Michael Holley says that Doncic is not one of the three best players in the NBA.
Michael Holley and Vincent Goodwill pay tribute to the late Jerry West who passed away at 86 years old, including the inception of “the logo” and the many NBA dynasties West helped shape.
Michael Holley and Vincent Goodwill react to Joe Mazzulla’s surprising response to a question on race, and what it says about every individual’s unique experience with race and religion.

Local coverage

The superstars’ vastly different on-court demeanors were on display in Game 3.
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Angel Reese. the No. 7 overall pick of the 2024 WNBA draft, is making an early-season case for the league’s Rookie of the Year award

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The tournament in Germany this summer is going to be a brilliant 24-team event in packed-out stadiums.
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Can England go one better this time and be crowned European champions for the first time?