Source AP: Durant reiterates his desire to be traded by Brooklyn
Kevin Durant again told Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai that he wanted to be traded. He reiterates a request he first made almost six weeks ago. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night. This person says Durant also told Tsai he was concerned about the direction of the Nets under coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. Athletic first reported the details of the last meeting between Tsai and Durant. Tsai tweeted Monday night that he was supportive of the team’s front office and coaching staff.
PGA Tour says players knew consequences of joining LIV Golf
The PGA Tour is asking a federal judge not to allow three suspended LIV Golf players to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs, the tour’s lucrative playoffs. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford are seeking a temporary restraining order in federal court in California. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. The first FedEx Cup playoff event begins Thursday in Tennessee. The tour says in an objection filing that LIV players knew they were ineligible for the playoffs two months ago and are now seeking an emergency stay.
Serena Williams earns her first victory of the season in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) – Serena Williams earned her first win in over a year, beating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 6-3, 6-4 at the National Bank Women’s Open. It is only the second tournament of the season for the 40-year-old Williams, who returned to competition at Wimbledon just over a month ago. The 23-time Grand Slam champion fell in the first round to Harmony Tan in three sets at the All England Club. Prior to that, she last competed at the 2021 Wimbledon tournament, where she retired midway through her first match due to a hamstring tear. It was Williams’ first win since the 2021 French Open.
NFL: Rodgers’ use of ayahuasca did not violate drug policy
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ use of the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca during an offseason retirement is not considered a violation of NFL drug policy. Rodgers explained on “The Aubrey Marcus Podcast” last week how he did an ayahuasca retreat in Peru in 2020. Ayahuasca is defined as a psychoactive drink that originated in South America and is often used for religious purposes , ritual or medicinal. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that would not have triggered a positive test result on substance abuse or performance-enhancing substance policies collectively negotiated by the NFL and its players’ association.
Judge hits No. 44, Yankees beat Mariners 9-4 to stop skid
SEATTLE (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 44th homer, Josh Donaldson went deep and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Seattle Mariners 9 -4. Donaldson doubled twice and Andrew Benintendi also had two doubles and three RBIs. But it wasn’t a perfect night for New York because Matt Carpenter broke his left foot foul on a pitch in the first inning. He hopes to return in September. Donaldson and Benintendi started the Yankees by knocking down Logan Gilbert for seven earned runs and 10 hits — six for extra bases. It was a lot for winner Jameson Taillon, who scatter three hits in seven innings.
Yankees DH Matt Carpenter fractures left foot on foul ball
SEATTLE (AP) — New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Carpenter broke his left foot when he fouled on a pitch against the Seattle Mariners and will be out indefinitely. Carpenter fouled starter Logan Gilbert’s slider off the foot in the first inning. Carpenter was briefly controlled by manager Aaron Boone, but finished the stick and retired the swing. He was replaced by Tim Locastro in third. Carpenter had enjoyed a comeback season at age 36. The three-time All-Star started the night batting .307 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs in just 127 at-bats.
The Orioles hit 4 homers in a 7-4 win over the Blue Jays
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ramón Urías hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Anthony Santander, Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays also went deep to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-4 victory over the Blues Toronto Jays. The Orioles entered the day two games behind Seattle and Tampa Bay for the final two wild cards in the American League. They came within three of Toronto for the first joker. It was the first of 15 meetings between the Blue Jays and the Orioles.
Pandemic fuels sport bike boom in China’s cycling nation
BEIJING (AP) — Cycling is gaining popularity in China as a sport, not just as a way to get to work. A coronavirus outbreak that closed indoor sports facilities in Beijing earlier this year has encouraged people to try outdoor sports, including cycling. Organized rides in the Chinese capital take cyclists to the outlying suburbs or the city’s monuments. Bicycles once outnumbered cars on the streets of Chinese cities. Today, cycling is increasingly seen as a sport by a newly affluent urban middle class. The growing popularity of the sport has boosted bicycle sales and signals a growing public awareness of environmental protection and low-carbon lifestyles. At least 20 million people participate in the sport nationwide.
Oklahoma’s Gundy walks out after saying a ‘racist’ word
A day after Oklahoma football assistant head coach Cale Gundy announced his resignation, the school said Gundy uttered what she called a racist word repeatedly during a session. cinema last week. Gundy had been with the program as an assistant since 1999. He announced his resignation Sunday in a social media post, and the school confirmed it with a statement shortly after. Oklahoma sent another statement on Monday giving more details about the incident.
Russian tennis players collect 3 titles in US Open tune-ups
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been quite a week for Russian professional tennis players. There have been four WTA and ATP tournaments – and the Russians have won three of those titles. One of them, Liudmila Samsonova, thinks it might not be a mere coincidence that this recent string of success for her, Daria Kasatkina and Daniil Medvedev comes shortly after they were banned from competition. at Wimbledon due to the invasion of their country and the ongoing war in , Ukraine. Samsonova defeated Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Citi Open final in Washington on Sunday. It happened a day after Medvedev won the championship in Los Cabos, Mexico, and several hours before Kasatkina won a title in California. All three are hard-court tune-ups for the US Open.
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