PITTSBURGH — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and pitcher Jake Arrieta continue to exude a positive vibe despite an inconsistent season for both the pitcher and the team. How rough has it been for the former Cy Young winner? Including his 4⅔ innings pitched Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arrieta has failed to complete
LAS VEGAS — At least junior featherweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux wasn’t boring this time, though the final call was questionable. Rigondeaux, 36, retained his world title for the eighth time as he knocked out interim titlist and mandatory challenger Moises Flores, 30, in the first round in the co-feature of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev rematch
ERIN, Wis. — You know how the U.S. Open is supposed to be a test of patience? And how the caddie’s job is about keeping the stressed-out golfer as calm as possible in conditions that are right on the edge of unfair? Yeah, throw that all out the window. If you shot even par or
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gun Runner further established himself as the next-best horse this side of Arrogate with a thoroughly dominating performance Saturday night in the 36th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. “Nice horse, huh?” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Gun Runner for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm.
MADISON, Ill. — John Hunter Nemechek gave his dad and truck owner, Joe Nemechek, an early Father’s Day present. The 20-year-old driver took the lead with four laps remaining and pulled away to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park. “Today was a very special day for us,”
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could tell he was ready for the season even while hosting his second annual football camp. In fact, he claimed to have never felt quite this good. “I don’t think so,” he said at the Citi Odell Beckham Jr. Football ProCamp at Kean
CAMDEN, N.J. — The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed in principle to swap the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in Thursday’s NBA draft, and Philadelphia is expected to use the No. 1 pick on former Washington guard Markelle Fultz, sources told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, confirming news that was first reported by
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lexi Thompson shot a 64 on Saturday on the Blythefield layout reduced to a par of 69 because of flooding, giving her a one-stroke lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic. The fifth hole was played as a par 3 instead of a par 5 because of the flooding from overnight rain.
Ohio State’s top-ranked 2018 recruiting class got even better Saturday when two-way lineman Matthew Jones, the No. 20-ranked overall prospect in the class, committed to the Buckeyes. Jones chose Ohio State over Penn State and several other schools. At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, he is the No. 3-ranked offensive tackle in the Class of 2018 but
Classy Class ran some good races around two turns early in his career, but the Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on Saturday was his first attempt around two bends since he finished 10th in the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park in September 2015. Although he was eager early, jockey Antonio Gallardo let Classy
Former pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will have his chance to exact revenge and set up potential bigger business. Gonzalez will look to regain his junior bantamweight world title in a rematch with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on Sept. 9 (HBO, 10:15 p.m. ET/PT) in the main event of a loaded all-junior bantamweight tripleheader on “Boxing
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler has undergone hip surgery that will keep the Selke Trophy finalist away from full hockey activity for 12 weeks. The 32-year-old Kesler had surgery last week, the Ducks announced Saturday. Kesler had bone fragments removed during a general cleaning of his hip. The Ducks will begin training
4:49 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports BROOKLYN, Mich. – Whenever Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch restart side-by-side, it is easy to wonder if the rivals will create drama. It didn’t take long to find out Saturday
BROOKLYN, Mich. — The Xfinity race at Michigan began with instant drama — contact between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch that sent Busch spinning. The ending was just as compelling. Denny Hamlin inched ahead of William Byron on the final turn and nosed out the rookie at the finish line, winning Saturday in the closest
CLEVELAND — Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett has a sprained left foot but is expected to be ready for training camp next month. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft injured his foot late in practice Wednesday. The Browns waited until Garrett received a second opinion before providing an update Saturday.
Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh got to spend some time with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama earlier this week. He hopes to be getting more face time with them this fall. Harbaugh said he will ask the Obamas to serve as honorary captains for a Wolverines home game this season.
Jun 17, 2017 Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports BROOKLYN, Mich. — After three scary wrecks because of brake failures during the past month, NASCAR decided to do nothing to require teams to run more durable packages. And that
England’s Under-20s must defy history to beat New Zealand and secure a fourth World Rugby U20 Championships title on Sunday. The defending champions have never beaten the Baby Blacks in the final in four previous attempts but England captain Zach Mercer, who scored the winning try to secure a place in the final, is adamant