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Ex-Caps Coach Barry Trotz Agrees To Deal With New York Islanders As Head Coach

The NY Islanders named Barry Trotz as their next head coach on Thursday afternoon. Trotz led the Washington Capitals to their first Cup on June 7 before resigning just this past Monday. The hiring of Trotz continues an offseason makeover for the Islanders.  Trotz, who turns 56 on July 15, spent the past four seasons behind the Capitals’ bench and previously coached the Predators from 1998 to 2014. He has a career regular-season record of 762 wins, 568 losses, 60 ties and 134 overtime losses. Trotz and the Capitals parted ways after Trotz made it clear he wanted to be among the highest-paid coaches in the NHL. Trotz reportedly was earning $1.5 million annually with the Capitals. ...Read more

Hornets Agree To Trade Dwight Howard To Nets For Timofey Mozgov

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round draft picks and cash. Howard is an eight-time All-Star and former No. 1 overall pick, and is about to join his fourth team in three years. The Nets will receive Charlotte’s 45th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and its 2021 second-round pick. Howard has $23.8 million remaining on a contract that expires after the 2018-19 season. Howard averaged16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for Charlotte during the 2017-18 season while playing in 81 of the team’s 82 games.  ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo On Pace To Break World Cup Scoring Record As He Scores 4th Goal

Cristiano Ronaldo kept himself on track to break the World Cup’s most “impossible” record with a goal that helped take Portugal to a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday. Ronaldo powered the ball into the net for his fourth goal of the tournament. His scoring so far has put him on course to rival the single-World Cup record of France’s Just Fontaine, who scored 13 times during the 1958 tournament, the most any player has ever managed during a single tournament. Fontaine’s mark is thought likely never to be broken, given the lower rate of scoring in modern World Cups compared to those in the past.  However, Ronaldo, 33, is guaranteed to play in five more matches if Portugal makes it through to the semifinal stage; and if he were able to maintain his current rate of two goals per game, he would finish the tournament with 14. ...Read more

Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Police Over January Arrest

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation. Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court. Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on January 26 when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.  Brown was briefly jailed, but never charged with a crime. Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days. Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications. ...Read more

Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun Reaches 200 Stolen Bases, 300 Homeruns

Ryan Braun stole second base against Philadelphia on June 16 and in doing so marked the 200th steal of Braun’s career, making him the 357th major leaguer to reach that milestone. Braun also reached the 300 home run plateau last season, which puts him in exclusive company.  Only 25 major league baseball players have hit 300 home runs in addition to stealing 200 bases. If Braun can hit nine more home runs in 2018 plus steal 3 more baes, he will be just one of five players in MLB history to have at least 11 seasons of 17 HR and 10 SB.  ...Read more

Right-Handed Reliever Kelvin Herrera Traded To Washington Nationals From Kansas City Royals

The Washington Nationals have acquired right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals for three prospects. The Royals are acquiring outfielder Blake Perkins, third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel for Herrera, one of the most desirable bullpen arms available. Herrera has 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA this season for the Royals, striking out 22 in 25 2/3 innings while walking just two batters. He is coming off a 2017 season when he had a career-high 26 saves. ...Read more

Mexico Beats Defending Champion Germany At 2018 FIFA World Cup

Germany, the 2014 defending World Cup champions and ranked No. 1 in the world, were surprisingly beaten by Mexico 1-0 on Sunday, putting its hopes of advancement in doubt. Hirving Lozano scored the only goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez’s pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.  Three of the previous four defending World Cup champions failed to reach the knockout stages, France, Italy and Spain. The Germans are hoping to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, but have only won one of their last seven games in all competitions. They hadn’t lost an opening game since the then-West Germany fell 2-1 to Algeria in 1982. ...Read more

Women’s Basketball Legend Anne Donovan Passes Away At 56

Anne Donovan, a legendary figure in women’s basketball who won Olympic gold as a player and as a coach for the United States, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and also was part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Donovan played collegiately for Old Dominion from 1979 to 1983, helping the Lady Monarchs win the 1980 AIAW national championship. Donovan made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, and helped lead the Americans to gold in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. After she retired as a player, Donovan became a coach. She began her pro coaching career with Philadelphia of the American Basketball League, a short-lived women’s league. She then went on to coach in the WNBA for several years, including the Seattle Storm, for whom she was head coach from 2003 to 2007 and won a league championship in 2004. ...Read more