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July 4, 2020

Freeman among four Braves to test positive
Freddie Freeman, a four-time All-Star who batted .295 last season and set career highs with 38 homers and 121 RBIs, is one of four Braves players to test positive for the coronavirus. The others are Will Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma.... More >>

Source: Burns out of main event for UFC 251
Gilbert Burns will not compete in the main event of UFC 251, a source confirmed to ESPN. He had been set to face Kamaru Usman in a welterweight title fight.... More >>

Indians to examine 'best path forward' for name
The Cleveland Indians will "determine the best path forward" regarding their team name amid renewed calls for racial equality and social justice, the team announced in a statement Friday.... More >>

FCD-Vancouver MLS is Back match postponed
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Johnson to miss Brickyard, Indy test with virus
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson won't race this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after testing positive for COVID-19, Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday.... More >>

Source: Lakers assistant Hollins to stay behind
Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins, deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions, will not join the team next week for the restart of the NBA season, a source confirms.... More >>

25 years ago, Mariano Rivera made the one great start -- yes, start -- of his Hall of Fame career
The best closer who ever lived changed the course of his career forever with eight shutout innings on Independence Day, 1995.... More >>

What Chris Kirk did off the golf course means way more to him than what he is doing on it
Chris Kirk has a share of the lead at the Rocket Mortgage Classic after two rounds. But it's how far he has come in his personal life after taking time off to deal with depression, anxiety and alcoholism that matters most.... More >>

Washington Redskins' nickname has been under scrutiny for decades
This isn't the first time the Redskins' nickname has been debated. Owner Dan Snyder has been adamant about keeping it but might yet change his stance.... More >>

Bayern Munich should beat Bayer Leverkusen in German Cup final, but Havertz & Co. have hope
Bayern Munich can seal a league and cup double on Saturday, but Leverkusen have beaten them once already this season. Can lightning strike twice?... More >>

TBT 2020: Meet the top 10 players vying for $1 million over the next 11 days
The Basketball Tournament, a $1 million, winner-take-all event, begins Saturday. Here are the top 10 players known to be competing in the event.... More >>

Mike Trout has his doubts about the 2020 MLB season. He isn't alone
Baseball's best player is the public face of private concerns many in the game are grappling with as summer camp starts during a pandemic.... More >>

100 reasons why baseball can never truly destroy itself
Here are 100 reasons to remind you why you loved the sport in the first place.... More >>

What people in the NBA are saying about the Orlando restart
Players, coaches and execs weigh in on difficult Orlando decisions, safety concerns and using the league's platform for social justice.... More >>

Sam Darnold's numbers through two seasons are horrid. Is his talent salvageable?
Dig into the numbers, and the odds seem stacked against Darnold. But considering his age and skill set, there's reason for optimism.... More >>

From the archives: The lasting legends of the 1999 USWNT
They were the team that changed it all for women's soccer -- and female athletes. Here are the golden memories of the heroes of '99.... More >>

Serena, Zion, LeBron among those back in action
Athletes are getting back into the swing of things -- none in cuter fashion than Serena Williams and her daughter.... More >>

Gundy agrees to take $1M pay cut after review
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has agreed to take a $1 million pay cut and amend his contract after a two-week review of the football program.... More >>

Source: NFLPA board wants no preseason games
The NFL shortened its preseason from four weeks to two, but the league's players don't think it's enough.... More >>

'Something's got to change': How the Vikings are pushing for social justice
The Vikings' social justice committee wants to be a part of the solution. The big question is how. For many, it starts with the most basic element when seeking change: starting a dialogue.... More >>

Barnett tells ESPN why Premier League clubs will still spend big in transfer window
Premier League clubs are talking about plans to reduce transfer spending in the coronavirus era, but one agent believes it'll be business as usual.... More >>

Bottas beats Hamilton to pole as Ferrari flops in Austria
Valtteri Bottas secured pole position for the opening race of the 2020 Formula One season, beating teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position by 0.012s, while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel failed to make it out of the second qualifying session.... More >>

Everything that happened since F1's last race
The race in Austria this weekend looks quite different than the F1 that left the Abu Dhabi GP last December.... More >>

UFC fighters, coaches honor memory of Khabib Nurmagomedov's father
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was respected not only as the dad and coach of his famous son, but for his impact on MMA in general.... More >>

Five can't-miss bouts this summer include two championship rematches
Cormier-Miocic 3 and the Volkanovski-Holloway rematch are among the key fights.... More >>

From Tyson Fury's ascension to Ryan Garcia's promise
Even with dozens of fights canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, boxing enjoyed a few entertaining months to start 2020.... More >>

Here's what happened to the biggest fighting game tournament of the year
After sexual misconduct allegations against Evo co-founder Joey "MrWizard" Cuellar became public, competitors, teams and game developers began dropping out of Evo 2020. Here's a look back at the events that led up to the tournament's cancelation.... More >>

Pac-12 South: USC and Utah will battle it out
Utah's stumble at the end of the 2019 season opened up the Pac-12's South division. The Utes will battle a USC squad fighting to get back to relevancy and an Arizona State team with an exciting quarterback and a lot of unknowns.... More >>

Best fits, biggest eye rolls of the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes
Where does the No. 1 NHL draft prospect fit in best? Who needs him the most? And which potential destinations aren't likely to go over well with hockey fans?... More >>


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