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J.T. Poston won his second career PGA Tour title, winning the John Deere Classic from Silvis, Illinois, shooting a (-21) for the tournament. Poston went wire-to-wire in claiming the title and the $1,278,000 first prize check. Poston joins Scott Hoch and David Frost as the only three players to lead wire-to-wire in tournament history.
Branden Grace won the single’s portion of the second LIV Golf Invitational Series event from Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland, Oregon. Grace finished the three-round event at (-13), two strokes ahead of Carlos Ortiz and four strokes ahead of Patrick Reed, to claim a $4 million winner’s check. The 4 Aces GC team of Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch, and Pat Perez won the team event shooting a (-23) for the tournament and winning $5 million for the team.
Major League Baseball suspends 12 players for a total of 47 games for a fight between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels members. Pitcher Andrew Wantz of the Angels hit Jesse Winker and then threw inside on Julio Rodriguez in retaliation for the Mariners throwing inside on the Angels in the previous game. Notable names receiving suspensions were Angels manager Phil Nevin (10 games), Jesse Winker (7 games), JP Crawford, and Anthony Rendon (5 games each)
The Houston Astros strike out 20 on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Angel, sweeping Los Angeles in a three-game series in which Mike Trout went 0-11.
Brooklyn Nets guard exercised his player option for the final year of his contract, worth $36.4 million. Kyrie is expected to be traded now that his Nets teammate Kevin Durant has asked to be traded from the Nets. The Lakers are reportedly working on a deal to acquire Irving in a deal that would send Russell Westbrook to Brooklyn.
Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns agreed to a four-year deal worth $224 million to stay in Phoenix, while Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies agreed to a four-year extension expected to be worth $226 million.
James Harden and Bradley Beal each declined to exercise their player options. Beal and the Washington Wizards agreed on a five-year, $251 million deal to keep Beal in Washington.
Zion Williams and the New Orleans Pelicans came to terms on a five-year, $193 million contract extension.
According to espn.com, the Utah Jazz are “trading center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves; sources told ESPN. The Timberwolves are sending Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Leandro Bolmaro to the Jazz for Gobert. Utah will also get unprotected first-round picks from the Wolves.”
The San Antonio Spurs traded Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks for Danilo Gallinari, three future first-round picks, and a pick-swap.
UCLA and USC announced they had accepted an invitation to join the Big 10 conference in 2024. The Texas Longhorns have become a top-five recruiting class for 2023. Since Arch Manning announced his commitment to the University of Texas, the Longhorns have been the beneficiaries of eight highly touted recruits, including Johntay Cook II and Jonah Wilson.
An autopsy revealed that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl and cocaine. The 26-year-old was found unresponsive in his home on June 21st.
DeShaun Watson settled 20 of the 24 sexual lawsuits filed against him. Watson is awaiting the verdict of his suspension from the NFL.
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