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JOSH GORDON READY
Sunday, 8:52 p.m.: After joining the Patriots at practice in full pads today, Josh Gordon removedhas officially been from the injury list -- the next step after he was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Aug. 16. He is also eligible to play the team's Thursday preseason finale, all of which puts him on track to be a Tom Brady target when the Steelers travel north for the opener against the Patriots. -- Sunday
WR Josh Gordon (10) is dressed in full pads at practice today, which is an indication he is being removed from the non-football injury list. pic.twitter.com/nW0vGX27dA
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 25, 2019
RORY WINS FEDEX CUP
Sunday, 8:41 p.m.: Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship Sunday, clinching a FedEx Cup title -- McIlroy's second -- in the process. McIlroy pocketed $15 million with the Cup win and bolstered his 2018-19 season winnings to a ... uh ... modest $24.3 million, setting a new record for a year's total. -- Sunday
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 26, 2019
LIGHTNING INJURES PGA FANS
Saturday, 10:01 p.m.: Six PGA Tour fans were injured when lightning struck a tree at the Tour Championship. Play was stopped due to inclement weather when lightning struck a tree near the 16th hole. Debris from the strike injured four people while two others were injured from the impact, including a local business owner who was knocked out of his golf cart by the impact. -- Sunday
TEXANS FEAR ACL FOR MILLER
Saturday, 9:51 p.m.: Texans' Lamar Miller went down with a tackle to the knee, was carted off the field, and now the Texans fear he tore his ACL in the third week of preseason action. The Texans traded for Duke Johnson from the Browns early in the month, but the two were expected to play often simultaneously. -- Sunday
Look away if you don't like injuries.
— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 24, 2019
Saturday, 9:34 p.m.: Yep. It's exactly as the headline indicates. Andrew Luck is retiring from the NFL, per Adam Schefter:
Filed to ESPN: Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL, per source. There will be a press conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2019
Unreal. Luck, 29, has completed exactly 2,000 passes in his six-year NFL career, going for 23,671 yards in the process. Last season, he completed 430 passes for 4,493 yards and 39 touchdowns against 15 interceptions, a strong season by any metric. That said, Luck has dealt with shoulder and abdomen injuries — as well as concussions — throughout his career, and, according to Schefter, he's had enough. For now, he'll become a "what could have been" story in football lore. -- Hunter
Saturday, 2:15 p.m.: Devils defenseman Connor Carrick took to Twitter in search of ways to further support women's hockey. -- Taylor
I do support a league which can showcase the best of Women’s Hockey. As an @NHL player what is the best way we can be of service to this mission?
— Connor Carrick (@connorcarrick) August 24, 2019
My favorite is @KendallCoyne. Her cross over is as elite as they come in hockey male/female/alien/whatever. Her posture is always in a position to accelerate/balance. Also, KCS’s work ethic is comparable to the NHL’s most competitive superstars no question.
— Connor Carrick (@connorcarrick) August 24, 2019
Friday, 8:04 p.m.: So Jung Ho Kang might not be headed to Milwaukee after all.
Update on #Brewers attempts to sign INF Jung Ho Kang to a minor-league deal. Still bogged down in visa issues so looks like it won't happen. Not much minor-league season left in any event.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 23, 2019
Not that there was a ton of hype on this move, but that'd serve as a disappointing finish to an already disappointing year for Kang. -- Hunter
SUBBAN GETS ENGAGED
Friday, 3:25 p.m.: P.K. Subban and former Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn are engaged. The NHL shared this video of Subban talking about the first time he met Vonn:
— NHL (@NHL) August 23, 2019
For the first four months, Subban and Vonn did was talk while she was on tour skiing in Europe. “We spoke on the phone every day,” Subban said. “Then, on Christmas Day, I went home to see my family, and after brunch, I hopped on a plane to Denver, and then drove three hours to get to Vail in a snowstorm to see her.” -- Taylor
KUZNETSOV SUSPENDED BY IIHF
Friday, 12 p.m.: Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been banned from international competitions for four years after testing positive for cocaine use during the World Championship this spring. We have a full file on that here. -- Taylor
Thursday, 11:40 p.m.: OK, this one's personal: The Raiders landed in Winnipeg earlier today for their NFL preseason game with the Packers, and Oakland punter A.J. Cole was among several players who paid respect by sporting some Canada-loving gear:
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) August 21, 2019
One problem: Cole's T, apparently some cheapie bought off Amazon, identifies Winnipeg as being in Alberta. Which is only two provinces away. And that brought this beautiful rebuke from the CFL's resident Blue Bombers:
We can’t wait to visit you in Oakland, Nevada 😏
— WPG Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) August 22, 2019
After the Raiders won, Cole was a great sport about all the social media teasing he was taking from Manitobans:
— AJ Cole III (@AJCole90) August 23, 2019
And the hometown hockey team, naturally, had to chime in:
THERE we go! 👊😅✈️
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) August 23, 2019
A well-dressed lad, if I do say so myself. -- DK
NEWTON INJURED VS. PATS
Thursday, 11:18 p.m.: Cam Newton was seen leaving tonight's preseason bout between the Panthers and Patriots in a walking boot, as you'll see below. He was injured on this play during the game, was treated and didn't return:
The Panthers say Cam Newton has a foot injury and will not return. Here’s a look at what happened. pic.twitter.com/bwWHN2mUru
— Matt Harris (@MHarrisWSOC9) August 23, 2019
And then he was seen wearing a boot on that left foot when leaving the stadium. We'll have to wait on a timeline, but this could be a chance for West Virginia standout Will Grier to get a more meaningful turn behind the wheel of the Panthers' offense. -- Sunday
Cam Newton left tonight's preseason game against the Patriots in a walking boot. pic.twitter.com/a8vMSRAefx
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 23, 2019
MLB AVOIDING VENEZUELA
Thursday, 9:40 p.m.: The MLB banned its players (and affiliated players) from playing in the 75-year-old Venezuela winter league this season in order to comply with Donald Trump's embargo against the country.
Many Venezuelan-born minor league players relied on the five-figure salaries from the league to supplement their low salaries from the regular season.
MLB teams are still expected to be able to sign players out of Venezuela, but some expect that the Venezuelan government could ban its amateur players from signing with MLB teams as a result of the embargo. -- Taylor
PATRIOTS DB BUSTED
Thursday, 12:11 p.m.: This is not ideal for Patrick Chung. Chung, a three-time Super Bowl-winning safety with the Patriots, was recently indicted for felony cocaine possession in New Hampshire:
Breaking: Patriots S Patrick Chung was indicted for felony cocaine possession on Aug. 8. More details coming soon on @BGlobeSports
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 22, 2019
If convicted, he faces a three-and-a-half-to-seven-year sentence, as cocaine possession is a Class B felony. Per the Laconia Daily Sun, Chung will be arraigned in Belknap Superior Court on Aug. 28. -- Hunter
VERLANDER DENIES REPORTER
Thursday, 12:00 p.m.: Justin Verlander threw a complete game last night, allowing two home runs in the Astros' 2-1 loss to the Tigers. Verlander's complete game loss isn't the story, though. Per his request, Verlander had Detroit Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech barred from the locker room during his interview. After he finished, Fenech was allowed into the room, approached Verlander, but did not have his questions answered. Verlander took to Twitter to post a response to the Free Press story. -- Sunday
I declined to speak with the @freep rep last night because of his unethical behavior in the past. I reached out to the @freep multiple times before the game to notify them why and to give them an opportunity to have someone else there. Ironically they didn’t answer.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 22, 2019
CARDINALS CUT WHITE
Wednesday, 6:36 p.m.: Welp. Kevin White just can't hang in the NFL, it seems. White, the No. 7 overall pick in 2015 out out West Virginia University, has been cut by the Cardinals.
Cardinals released former Bears first-round pick, WR Kevin White, per source. White has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of action for over the past week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2019
In three seasons (all with the Bears), White started five games, catching 25 passes for 285 yards and zero touchdowns. Call me crazy, but you probably want your top-10 pick to perform a little better than that. -- Hunter
BRASSARD TO ISLANDERS
Wednesday, 4:50 p.m.: Derick Brassard is an Islander. -- Taylor
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) August 21, 2019
RANGERS HIRE GLASS
Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.: The Rangers hired Tanner Glass and Tuomo Ruutu as Assistant Directors of Player Development. Glass will work with prospects in North America, while Ruutu will work with prospects in Europe. -- Taylor
MLB BANS SEX PILLS?
Wednesday, 1:42 p.m.: According to a report by Jeff Passan, the MLB has sent a memo to players warning that the over the counter sexual enhancement pills -- the kind you can pick up while paying for your gas and seem to always have pictures of bumblebees for some reason -- may contain substances that show up on PED tests. -- Sunday
The use of gas-station sexual-enhancement pills in baseball is so prevalent that MLB sent out a memo warning players that their use could lead to positive PED tests, as at least two players have claimed this year, sources tell ESPN. News: https://t.co/WD0gXgmXgs
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 21, 2019
BRAXTON TO BROWNS
Wednesday, 1:29 p.m.: The Browns have announced the signing of Braxton Miller in a move to undoubtedly solidify Baker Mayfield's position that winning in college is the best reason to have a player on your roster. Jokes aside ... dude was insane at Ohio State. If he / Browns can figure out a way to transition any of his elusiveness he showed at quarterback to anywhere else on the field, he could help. He wasn't able to make that jump with either year in Houston. -- Sunday
We've signed WR Braxton Miller
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 21, 2019
Wednesday, 12:40 p.m.: The XFL revealed the eight team names and logos for its second inaugural season. -- Taylor
— XFL (@xfl2020) August 21, 2019
RAY LEWIS DANCES
Wednesday, 12:35 p.m.: The cast for season 28 of Dancing With the Stars was announced this morning, and Ray Lewis will compete, as well as The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Queer Eye's Karamo Brown, The Bachelorette‘s Hannah Brown, supermodel Christie Brinkley, country singer Lauren Alaina, actor James Van Der Beek, The Office's Kate Flannery, singer Ally Brooke, former NBA player Lamar Odom, actor Kel Mitchell and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. -- Taylor
FLY, CARLI, FLY
Tuesday, 5:48 p.m.: Carli Lloyd was a guest at Eagles practice today, and the USWNT star did not disappoint. Lloyd stepped back with the help of kicker Jake Elliott holding, ran up and booted a 55-yard strike between the uprights. Just in case Chris Boswell needs some relief kicking this season as well. -- Sunday
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) August 20, 2019
BAKER BAKES, BAKER UNBAKES
Tuesday, 3:25 p.m.: Talk about a deconstructed dish. Baker Mayfield told all in a GQ interview, including his thoughts on the Giants drafting Daniel Jones. "I can not believe the Giants took Daniel Jones," he said in the interview. "Blows my mind."
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) August 20, 2019
Since GQ posted the story, Baker has walked back his comments -- claiming they were taken out of context by the reporter. He posted on Instagram to vent his frustrations: -- Sunday
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 20, 2019
Tuesday, 2:49 p.m.: Remember Coco Gauff? The 15-year-old sensation who blew minds at Wimbledon? ESPN's The Undefeated, quickly becoming one of my favorite reading destinations, published a nice longform piece on how she got to be where she is at 15. Spoiler alert: It's a multigenerational story. -- Sunday
AB ON ... HELMET OFF
Tuesday, 2:13 p.m.: It appears as though Antonio Brown walked off the field when it was time to put the helmets on for today's Raiders practice ... but he came right back to stretch with the team. The difference? Everyone else had helmets on and stretched as a team. AB had his off, and worked alone. That concluded the media's availability out there. -- Sunday
— MJ Acosta (@MJAcostaTV) August 20, 2019
CANES GO DIAGONAL
Tuesday, 10:20 a.m.: The Hurricanes revealed their new road jerseys on Tuesday, and they're pretty sweet. -- Taylor
A new look for a new era. pic.twitter.com/SAvcH2iii2
— Carolina Hurricanes (@CanesNHL) August 20, 2019
— Carolina Hurricanes (@CanesNHL) August 20, 2019
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