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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

Gennady Golovkin And Canelo Alvarez Set To Fight Sept. 15 In Las Vegas

Canelo Alvarez and unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin have agreed to a rematch bout Sept. 15 in Las Vegas. Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, tweeted on Wednesday.“I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!! #CaneloGGG2” The agreement was struck hours after a noon deadline that Alvarez’s handlers had given Golovkin to accept their offer. The terms were not immediately revealed. Their first bout, which was judged a draw in September, generated a $27-million live gate at T-Mobile Arena and 1.3-million pay-per-view buys. De La Hoya declined to discuss the rematch agreement beyond announcing it had been reached.  Golovkin and Alvarez were set to fight May 5 in Las Vegas until Alvarez was suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission after submitting two positive samples for the banned substance clenbuterol.   ...Read more

Los Angeles Rams Ordered To Pay Reggie Bush $12.5M For Injury

A jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay Reggie Bush $12.45 million, $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages, after it found the team 100 percent liable for an injury he sustained in 2015 when the franchise was still in St. Louis. Bush, then a member of the San Francisco 49ers, tore his meniscus in his left knee after being pushed out of bounds while returning a punt at the Edward Jones Dome on November 1, 2015. Bush’s momentum carried him beyond the sideline and onto a slab of uncovered concrete about 35 feet behind the 49ers bench where he slipped and fell, resulting in the injury. Bush’s legal team called the strip a “concrete ring of death.” A week before Bush suffered his injury, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown slipped on the same piece of concrete, hurting his shoulder. “I’m very happy with the verdict,” Bush told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The people spoke and decided very fairly.” ...Read more

World Cup 2026: United States, Canada And Mexico Win FIFA Vote

A combined bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada won the hosting rights for soccer’s 2026 World Cup on Wednesday, bringing the tournament to North America for the first time since 1994. The North American bid defeated its only challenger, Morocco, by a vote of 134-65. It will be the first time the World Cup is hosted by three countries, but a vast majority of the tournament will be on United States soil. Of the 80 matches, 10 will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States — including the final, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.  The last time the men’s World Cup was in North America was when the United States hosted in 1994. It was held in Mexico in 1970 and 1986, and Canada has never hosted. ...Read more

Broncos LB Shane Ray To Have Wrist Surgery; Expected To Be Out 2-3 Months

Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray is reportedly set to undergo wrist surgery later this week in Houston. It would be the three-year veteran’s fourth operation on his wrist. Ray initially injured his left wrist during training camp last year and did not take the field until Week 8 after requiring multiple procedures. It was reported earlier this month that the 25-year-old linebacker sat out part of organized team activities due to discomfort in the wrist. The 6’3″, 245-pound linebacker had just one sack and 16 combined tackles in eight games last year. While no exact timetable has been announced, but Ray is expected to miss the remainder of the offseason as well as possibly the start of the regular season. ...Read more

Olympic Skier Bode Miller Mourning Death Of 19-Month-Old Daughter Who Drowned In Pool

Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter, Emeline Miller, drowned in a swimming pool at an Orange County, Calif., home over the weekend. The Associated Press reported that paramedics unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate the child before rushing her to a Southern California hospital, where she was pronounced dead on Sunday. The drowning incident reportedly occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night at a home in Coto de Caza.  Miller, 40, confirmed the news reports on Monday night with an Instagram post.  Emeline was Miller’s fourth child — his second with wife Morgan Miller, a pro beach volleyball player and model who he married in 2012. The child’s death is currently under investigation by the Orange County sheriff’s department.  ...Read more

New York Mets Release Veteran First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez

The New York Mets have released veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Mets made the announcement of Gonzalez’s release after a 2-0 win against the New York Yankees Sunday at Citi Field in Queens. Gonzalez, 36, hit .237 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 54 games this season for the Mets. He signed with the team in January as a free agent. The 15-year veteran owns a career .287 batting average. He has 317 career home runs. Gonzalez has played with the Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, before joining the Mets this offseason. ...Read more

Detroit Pistons Hire Dwayne Casey As New Head Coach

The Detroit Pistons have hired ex-Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey as their new head coach. According to ESPN, Casey was signed to a 5-year-old deal on Monday. Casey has been the head coach of the Toronto Raptors for the last seven seasons, leading them to a winning record every year since 2013. They have also made the playoffs in that same time period, making it to the conference semi finals for the past three seasons. Prior to joining the Raptors, Casey twice coached alongside Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts. The Pistons will be looking to comback from a 39-43 record in 2017-18. Detroit’s awful season resulted in the dismissal of coach Stan Van Gundy after four seasons with the Pistons. ...Read more

Rafael Nadal Defeats Dominic Thiem To Win His 11th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal earned a record-setting11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. Nadal is celebrating his 17th Grand Slam title, second among men only to Roger Federer’s 20. The victory also allows the 32-year-old to hold onto the No. 1 ranking. The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, was appearing in a major final for the first time.  ...Read more

Ronda Rousey to Become First Woman Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame

Ronda Rousey is making history as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. The organization behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the decision on Saturday, noting that Rousey had a record six straight title defenses of her women’s bantamweight belt from 2013-2015. “This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said in a statement. “May I be the first of many.” ...Read more