Schoenfield’s take: Rays just miss perfection, but can they reach October?

There have been 13 combined no-hitters in MLB history, including the Los Angeles Angels’ emotional tearjerker on Friday night. On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays nearly threw the first combined perfect game in MLB history. Ryne Stanek started and retired the first six Baltimore Orioles. Ryan Yarbrough came on and retired the next 18 in […]


Royals deal RHP Bailey to Athletics for prospect

The Athletics bolstered their beleaguered rotation by acquiring right-hander Homer Bailey from the Kansas City Royals, Oakland announced Sunday. Bailey, 33, has experienced something of a renaissance in 2019, posting his highest strikeout rate in more than half a decade to go along with a 7-6 record and 4.80 ERA — his best number in […]


Sources: Morris to join Knicks as Spurs move on

After free-agent forward Marcus Morris reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, the franchise finally withdrew its offer and instead reached a two-year deal with forward Trey Lyles, league sources told ESPN. Morris had waffled on a two-year, $20 million commitment to the Spurs, who gave him more than two […]


Why all NBA players should be free agents, and the draft should be abolished

The Toronto Raptors had barely lifted the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy when the battering ram of the offseason shattered the locker room door. Would Kawhi Leonard stay or go? Kyrie Irving wanted out of Boston — which teams had cap room? Anthony Davis was soon traded to the Lakers — who would follow him there? […]


As huge payday looms, Matthew Judon uncertain about future with Ravens

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon did his best to play coy when asked if this season felt any different because it’s his contract year. This is timely news for Judon because he’ll soon have a million reasons to smile. History says Judon will get paid handsomely. The last three Ravens draft picks who recorded […]


With or without Gordon, can Chargers be ‘team to beat in the NFL’?

During mandatory minicamp earlier this month, the brash edge rusher for the Los Angeles Chargers said what all players in the NFL privately believe about their own team. Asked about teammate Melvin Gordon’s comments that the Chargers are the team to beat in the AFC West, Ingram took it a step further — anointing the […]


U.S. goalkeeper Steffen leaves Man City on loan

Fortuna Dusseldorf have signed United States men’s goalkeeper Zack Steffen on loan from Manchester City for the 2019-20 season. The 24-year-old is making a return to the Bundesliga three years after leaving SC Freiburg for Columbus Crew. Earlier this summer, Steffen joined City from Columbus Crew for a fee between £7 million and £10m. He […]


Sources: Arsenal to sign prospect Saliba for £27m

Arsenal are set to sign French centre back William Saliba from Saint-Etienne for £27 million on a five-year contract, sources have confirmed to ESPN. However, the London club will loan the 18-year-old back to Saint-Etienne next season so he can continue to learn his trade in the French top flight. Arsenal have beaten other clubs […]


Is glass half-empty or half-full for Cubs entering MLB All-Star break?

It probably shouldn’t come down to the semantics of one game, but the Chicago Cubs were that close to finishing the first half on a positive note after a miserable stretch of baseball. After winning consecutive games on Thursday and Saturday for the first time since June 23-24, it was too much to ask for […]


Bieber, late addition to All-Star roster, wins MVP

In a 4-3 American League All-Star Game victory with no clear MVP on Tuesday, hometown favorite Shane Bieber, a right-handed starter for the Cleveland Indians, earned the honors after striking out the side in the fifth inning amid a Progressive Field-wide chant of his name. The 24-year-old Bieber, once a walk-on at UC-Santa Barbara, caught […]