9:52 PM ET Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Former Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett said the review launched by a legal firm after the school’s sexual assault scandal included an interview he describes as a “fraud.” Bennett told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in a question-and-answer segment published Wednesday that he met in early 2016
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6:50 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Two-time US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is ranked just below the cutoff for direct entry into the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. Azarenka, a former No. 1 and twice the champion at the Australian Open, is No. 108 this week, seven spots outside of an automatic spot
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5:47 PM ET Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — Forward Chris Tierney has re-signed with the San Jose Sharks following a season in which he set career highs in nearly every major statistical category. The Sharks did not disclose the terms of the two-year deal announced Wednesday. “Chris had his best season as a professional
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5:28 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. has lost 5-hour Energy as a sponsor at Furniture Row Racing as the company has opted to end its NASCAR sponsorship program after the season.
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4:48 PM ET Hard-hitting English welterweight Paul Daley has re-upped with Bellator MMA, clearing the way for his participation in the promotion’s Welterweight Grand Prix and a long-running grudge match against Michael Page. Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed Daley’s new deal to ESPN on Wednesday. The two sides have occasionally been at odds during Daley’s
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3:51 PM ET After saying “attempts were made to see what would be best” with Kawhi Leonard this offseason, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are ready to move forward after trading Leonard for DeMar DeRozan on Wednesday. “We talked often over the summer, about a lot of different things both on and off
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3:26 PM ET Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans doesn’t plan to bend to the NFL’s new anthem policy. He intends to protest social injustice and police brutality his way during the 2018 season. “I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” Casey told CNN in London during an
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2:17 PM ET Tournament No. 1 seed Diego Schwartzman crashed out of the Swedish Open on Wednesday after a 6-7 (8), 3-6 defeat to Simone Bolelli. Schwartzman’s best result this year was winning his Rio Open in February, but his form has drifted since, eventually seeing him eliminated at the second round of Wimbledon earlier
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2:24 PM ET ATLANTA – Alabama coach Nick Saban said he’s unsure whether Jalen Hurts will be on the roster when the Crimson Tide play Louisville in the season-opener on Sept. 1. Like a lot of positions on his team, Saban said the quarterback battle between Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa is still “to be determined.”
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Julien Laurens explains why France’s 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus’ first title in 1998. France paraded down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans celebrated their second World Cup triumph. Uruguay president Tabare Vazquez says it would be “an honour” to receive Antoine Griezmann
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1:28 PM ET ESPN will carry The Open in Latin America, including Brazil and the Caribbean, for the next three years thanks to a deal announced Wednesday by the network and the R&A. The deal, which runs through 2020, gives ESPN rights to show The Open on linear and digital platforms in Latin America, starting
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12:23 PM ET The UFC women’s flyweight title will be defended for the first time in September. According to multiple sources, the UFC has booked champion Nicco Montaño vs. Valentina Shevchenko for their UFC 228 card on Sept. 8 in Dallas. Montaño became the inaugural women’s 125-pound champion at the The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale
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4:49 PM ET Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will be eligible to return to competition later this year, after resolving his case with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Wednesday. Silva, 43, has been sidelined since last November because of a failed drug test. USADA officials have announced he tested positive for metabolites
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1:28 PM ET Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to take sensitivity training and participate in the league’s diversity and inclusion initiatives after tweets from his past emerged during Tuesday’s All-Star Game. After a bumpy outing in his first All-Star appearance, some racist and anti-gay tweets that Hader sent when he was a
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