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(Brooklyn, NY)  --  Gonzaga stars Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert and Oregon's Chris Duarte were all picked in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.  Suggs went to the Orlando Magic at number five overall, Duarte went to the Indiana Pacers at pick 13 and Corey Kispert was taken by the Washington Wizards at 15.  Former Gonzaga star Filip Petrusev was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round after winning the MVP of the Adriatic League last season.  Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi signed with the Los Angeles Lakers after not being drafted and Oregon's Eugene Omoruyi signed with the Dallas Mavericks after being undrafted.



(Arlington, TX)  --  The Mariners begin a three-game series with the Rangers in Texas tonight.  Logan Gilbert will get the start for Seattle and Kolby Allard will toe the mound for Texas.  The Mariners enter the series with a 55-and-48 record, while the Rangers are 36-and-66.



(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The Blazers picked Greg Brown out of Texas with the 43rd pick in the second round of the NBA Draft.  Portland entered the draft without a draft pick but traded a future second round draft pick and cash considerations to the New Orleans Pelicans for the 43rd pick.  The 19-year-old is 6-foot-9 and averaged 9.3 points per game last season.



(Anaheim, CA)  --  Frankie Montas struck out 10 batters as the Athletics beat the Angels 4-0 in Anaheim.  Montas pitched seven shutout innings to earn his ninth win of the year.  Ramon Laureano drove in two runs for Oakland, which has won two straight.  The A's held Los Angeles to three hits.  Shohei Ohtani walked three times at the plate.  Dylan Bundy was hit with his eighth loss, allowing three runs over four-and-one-third innings.  The Angels have lost two of their last three.  The series continues tonight.  



(San Francisco, CA)  --  Johnny Cueto got his seventh win on the mound as the Giants blanked the Dodgers 5-0 at home.  The right-hander struck out five over five-and-two-thirds scoreless frames.  San Francisco's bullpen didn't surrender a hit over three plus innings.  Brandon Crawford knocked in a pair of runs.  The Giants capture the series and have won three of their last four.  AJ Pollock had two hits for Los Angeles.  Southpaw David Price took his first loss, giving up four runs.  The Dodgers have lost five of their last eight.  



(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Los Angeles Lakers made a blockbuster trade on NBA Draft night.  ESPN reports the Lakers have agreed to a deal for nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook.  L.A. will send the Washington Wizards Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the 22nd pick in the NBA Draft.



(Tokyo, Japan) -- Damian Lillard led the U.S. men's basketball team to a 120-66 rout of Iran for its first win in Tokyo. Lillard made seven three-pointers on his way to 21 points for the Americans, who will face the Czech Republic on Saturday to wrap up preliminary round play. On the women's side, Team USA will be back on the court to take on Japan on Friday. The ladies have won 50 straight after beating Nigeria in their opener.



(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers summer league schedule is out. Portland opens its summer league schedule on August 8th against the Charlotte Hornets. The Blazers then play the Clippers on August 10th, the Pacers on the 12th and finish out summer league against the Suns on the 14th. All the games will be in Las Vegas.



(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners lost to the Astros 11-4 in Seattle. Yusei Kikuchi struck out seven, but allowed three earned runs in five innings. Abraham Toro launched a two-run blast and Kyle Seager mashed a solo homer. Seattle is off today before starting a road series against the Texas Rangers tomorrow night.



(San Diego, CA) -- Matt Chapman homered and drove in three runs as the Athletics took down the Padres 10-4 in San Diego. Elvis Andrus finished with three hits and drove in two runs for Oakland. Sean Manaea pitched six scoreless innings and struck out nine to get the win for the Athletics, who snapped a four-game slide. They start a road series with the Angels tonight.



(Anaheim, CA) -- Shohei Ohtani homered for the second straight day as the Angels beat the Rockies 8-7 at home. Ohtani launched his 37th homer of the year with a three-run shot in the fourth. Max Stassi and Justin Upton also went deep for Los Angeles, which nearly blew a four-run lead. The Angels have won four of their last five. They start a series with the A's tonight.



(San Francisco, CA) -- Walker Buehler dazzled on the mound as the Dodgers routed the Giants 8-0 in San Francisco. The right-hander pitched seven scoreless frames, struck out eight for his 11th win. Cody Bellinger homered to break his recent hitting slump. Will Smith and Max Muncy each knocked in two runs for Los Angeles, which has won three of its last four. The teams wrap up the series today.



(Green Bay, WI) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is revealing he considered retirement as his standoff with the team dragged on. However, Rodgers told reporters he still has a "big, competitive hole" in his body. Rodgers was drafted by the team in 2005 toward the end of the first round. Rodgers elaborated on his dispute with the team that was the subject of much speculation this offseason. He said he wanted to help the Packers learn from previous mistakes they made. Rodgers explained that involved not keeping who he described as "high characters guys" like Charles Woodson and Jordy Nelson.



(Brooklyn, NY) -- The 2021 NBA Draft takes place tonight in Brooklyn. It will be a chance for dreams to come true for some of the brightest young basketball hopefuls across the country. The Detroit Pistons will hold the first overall selection in the draft. They have been widely linked to prospective top pick and Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham. The Rockets have the second pick in the draft. The Cavaliers, Raptors, and Magic round out the top five.



(Oakland, CA) -- The Oakland A's are making a splash ahead of Friday's trade deadline with the acquisition of outfielder Starling Marte. Oakland is sending pitcher Jesus Luzardo to the Miami Marlins in exchange for the speedy center fielder. The 32-year-old Marte will become a free agent at the end of the season. He is batting .306 with a .407 on-base percentage and 22 stolen bases. The 23-year-old Luzardo has been inconsistent since he joined the A's in 2019. He broke the left pinky finger of his pitching hand in May when he banged his hand against a table while playing video games.



(San Francisco, CA) -- Buster Posey batted in a run as the Giants beat the Dodgers 2-1 at home. The catcher was 2-for-3 at the plate, but made his biggest impact scoring on a error to give San Francisco the lead in the eighth. Tyler Rogers got his second win in relief. Jake McGee secured his 21st save as the Giants won their second straight. The Dodgers have lost four of their last six. The series continues tonight.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- Oregon football head coach Mario Cristobal said that Anthony Brown will be the Ducks starting quarterback entering the fall. Cristobal said at Pac-12 Media Day that Brown's experience and practice performance made him the leader at QB. Brown had played three seasons at Boston College before transferring to Oregon in 2020.



(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners fell behind 8-2 to Houston lost to the Astros 8-6 in Seattle. Chris Flexen gave up seven runs in four innings in his start. Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer in the first, and Abraham Toro's first hit as a Mariner was a two-run bomb in the ninth inning. The series wraps up this afternoon.



(San Diego, CA) -- Sean Murphy knocked in two runs as the Athletics fell to the Padres 7-4 in San Diego. The team surrendered seven straight runs after taking a 3-0 lead in the third. The A's have dropped four straight. They wrap up the road series today.



(Anaheim, CA) -- Shohei Ohtani homered in a losing effort as the Angels got smacked 12-3 by the Rockies at home. Ohtani launched his 36th homer of the year with a two-run shot in the fifth. Outfielder Adam Eaton pitched a clean ninth for Los Angeles, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. They wrap up the series tonight.



(Anaheim, CA) -- Two-way star Shohei Ohtani led the way on the mound as the Angels beat the Rockies 6-2 at home. The right-hander allowed only one run over seven frames to earn his fifth win. He also chipped in a RBI single for Los Angeles, which has won three straight. Jack Mayfield added a two-run bomb in the seventh. The Angels are back over .500 and continue the series tonight.



(Undated) -- Former 49ers offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore is announcing his retirement from the NFL. Kilgore was a fifth round pick of San Francisco in 2011 and spent 10 seasons in the league. He most recently played for the Chiefs last season, making his second trip to the Super Bowl. Kilgore made 60 starts in 98 games with the Niners, Dolphins and Chiefs.



(Flushing, NY) -- The Braves and Mets traded wins to split their doubleheader in Flushing. Atlanta won Game One 2-0, behind a pitching gem from Kyler Muller. The southpaw allowed just four hits in five scoreless frames for the Braves. Joc Pederson and Orlando Arcia each knocked in a run, while Will Smith collected his 20th save. New York took Game Two 1-0 to split the day. Jeff McNeil recorded two hits, doubling in the lone run of the game in the fifth. Trevor May got his third win and Edwin Diaz secured his 22nd save. The Braves have split their last four games and the Mets have won four of their last six games.



(Kansas City, MO) -- The Kansas City Chiefs will be keeping their name, but they plan to retire their mascot. Organization president Mark Donovan says the mascot named "Warpaint" will be officially retired. The team has previously banned fans from wearing Native American headwear and garb. It comes just after the Cleveland Indians announced they would become the Cleveland Guardians next year. The Washington Football Team retired the name Redskins before the 2020 season.



(Irving, TX) -- The Big 12 is responding after the Universities of Texas and Oklahoma moved forward with their effort to leave the conference. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby released a statement saying the remaining members are "disappointed" with Texas and Oklahoma deciding not to renew their media rights once they expire in 2025. However, the conference admitted college athletics is dealing with a "rapid change." The move by the bitter arch-rivals comes amid heavy speculation that both will move to the Southeastern Conference, more commonly known as the SEC. The statement from Bowlsby described the other schools as the "remaining eight institutions," further suggesting that Texas and Oklahoma are on their way out.


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