Freddie Freeman knocked in two runs as the Dodgers beat the Giants 8-2 in San Francisco. Freeman went 3-for-5 at the plate and mashed his 36th double of the season. Max Muncy and Trea Turner each homered for Los Angeles, which improved to 69-and-33. Caleb Ferguson got the win in relief after starter Andrew Heaney allowed one run over four frames. Logan Webb took the loss after surrendering six runs over five innings of work. Wilmer Flores went deep for San Francisco, which fell to 51-and-52.
The MLB Trade Deadline is this afternoon. It will be the final chance for teams to buy and sell as playoff pushes and visions of the future occur. The big name rumored in discussions is Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. The Dodgers, Padres, and Cardinals are reportedly interested in the All-Star. Trading has already begun in the MLB, as the Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Brewers.
(Undated) -- The Astros are making some moves ahead of the MLB trade deadline. Houston acquired first baseman Trey Mancini in a three-team trade with the Orioles and Rays. The Astros dealt outfielder Jose Siri to Tampa Bay and got back minor league pitcher Jayden Murray. Houston also sent pitcher Chayce McDermott to Baltimore. ESPN reports the Astros are also trading for catcher Christian Vazquez in a deal with the Boston Red Sox.
(Oakland, CA) -- The Oakland A's are sending starting pitcher Frankie Montas to the New York Yankees in a six-player trade. The A's are also including relief pitcher Lou Trivino. New York is giving up four prospects including left-handed pitcher Ken Waldichuk. Pitchers Luis Medina and JP Sears along with infielder Cooper Bowman are heading to the A's. Team officials say Waldichuk and Sears will start out in Triple-A Las Vegas. Montas has 109 strikeouts in 104 and two-thirds innings pitched so far this season.
(Undated) - Cleveland Browns' new quarterback Deshaun Watson is being suspended for six games by a federal judge over sexual misconduct allegations. NFL Network reports a U.S. District Judge issued the ruling this morning over violations of the league's personal conduct policy. The judge was appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association as an independent arbiter in the case. More than two-dozen women filed lawsuits against Watson claiming harassment and assault.
(Oxnard, CA) -- The Cowboys are taking a hit to their receivers room. ESPN reports wide receiver James Washington will undergo surgery after fracturing his right foot in training camp. Washington is expected to miss 6-to-10 weeks due to the injury. Dallas is already short-handed in camp as receiver Michael Gallup is on the physically unable to perform list. Washington had signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys this offseason after spending the past four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
(Undated) -- The NBA is looking deeper into the Knicks pursuit of free agent guard Jalen Brunson. According to ESPN, the league is investigating possible tampering charges involving New York's signing of the former Dallas Maverick. Teams were not allowed to make contract with an agent or a player to discuss a deal prior to 6pm Eastern on June 30th. Brunson agreed to a four-year, 104-million-dollar deal with the Knicks that night. The NBA increased the penalties for tampering in 2019 by raising the maximum fine for teams to 10-million-dollars, suspending team executives, forfeiting draft picks, and possibly voiding contracts.
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman says Tiger Woods turned down an offer between 700 and 800-million-dollars to join the controversial Saudi-backed tour.
Norman told Fox News that Woods is a needle mover. Woods has been outspoken about his support of the PGA Tour and has been critical of players leaving to join LIV Golf. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka [[ KEP-kuh ]] are among the big names to make the move.
Deebo Samuel is officially signing a three-year contract extension with the 49ers. NBC Sports Bay Area says the deal could be worth more than 73-million-dollars with incentives, and keeps Samuel in Santa Clara through the 2025 season. Samuel had a breakout 2021 season with 77 catches for more than 14-hundred yards and 365 rushing yards. He scored a combined 14 touchdowns rushing and receiving. Both the Niners and Raiders continue training camp this week.
(Undated) -- The 49ers are among the NFL's most valuable teams. That's according to a new ranking from Sportico that lists the Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable team in the league at 7.64 billion dollars. The average NFL team is worth 4.65-billion dollars according to Sportico. The ranking lists the Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Giants and 49ers as the rest of the top five most valuable franchises.
(Anaheim, CA) -- The Athletics are taking on a division foe as they continue their road trip. Oakland faces the Angels tonight in Anaheim. The A's come off a series loss to the White Sox, but have won four of their last six games. The club sends southpaw Cole Irvin to the mound for the series opener. Opposite him is right-hander Noah Syndergaard for Los Angeles. The A's sit last in the AL West at 39-and-65.
(Sacramento, CA) -- The NBA world is mourning after the loss of one of its historical figures and pillars for the league. Bill Russell passed away on Sunday at the age of 88. The Sacramento Kings released a statement after his passing saying that Russell was a storied champion and a fierce advocate for civil rights and social justice. In the 1987-88 season, Russell had a brief stint with the Kings as the team's head coach. He initially signed a seven-year contract, but both sides parted ways after 58 games. After that, he had another short period as the franchise's general manager.