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^Seven months after escaping death, Ty Solomon gets back on the court<

BKC-SCSTATE-SOLOMON-SPORTSPLUS:CS — Ty Solomon's dreadlocks bounced off his back with every dribble. When a crossover failed to shake his defender, Solomon retreated to the top of the key and squared him up. The next move — a hard drive left — was simple but effective. Solomon's quickness got him all the way to the rim, where he easily converted a layup opportunity.

"He looked like Ty," Antoine Saunders said, "making plays, showing a joy for basketball."

Saunders coached Solomon on both the AAU and high school levels. He's well-trained in noticing details of Solomon's game. If something looks a tad off, he could likely tell.

750 by Andrew Ramspacher in Columbia, S.C. MOVED


^Pro Football Hall of Fame won't acknowledge Terrell Owens at ceremonies, will mail him gold jacket<

^FBN-OWENS-HOF:NY—<Terrell Owens spurned the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and now Canton is returning the favor.

Owens — who last month announced he will not be attending the August enshrinement ceremony in Ohio after earning his nod for the class of 2018 — will not be introduced at the Gold Jacket ceremony on Friday night, Aug. 3, nor will he be announced the following night at the induction ceremony, according to the Talk of Fame Network.

400 by Daniel Popper. MOVED

^Louisville football players want Papa John erased from Cardinal Stadium<

^FBC-LOUISVILLE-STADIUM-PAPAJOHN:LX—<Current University of Louisville football players went on social media Thursday calling for Papa John's signage to be removed from the team's stadium after a racist comment by the company's founder was publicized this week.

Seth Dawkins, a junior wide receiver who started 10 games last season, called for the named to be taken down in a Twitter post Thursday afternoon.

"We need to change the name of the stadium ASAP, I'm not here for it," Dawkins tweeted.

400 by Jared Peck. MOVED



^Mark Gonzales: Cubs' Javier Baez blossoms into a star on Kris Bryant's level<

^BBN-GONZALES-COLUMN:TB—<The friendly debate started in 2014, with raw talent Javier Baez hitting majestic home runs and executing dazzling defensive plays while the decorated and steady Kris Bryant displayed his array of tools that delighted new-age evaluators.

At that time, Baez was ranked as the game's fifth-best prospect by Baseball America, while Bryant — less than a year removed from winning the National College Player of the Year Award — was ranked eighth before winning Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in successive seasons.

750 by Mark Gonzales. MOVED


^Cameron Maybin helping Marlins players deal with the pressures of expectations<

BBN-MARLINS-MAYBIN:FL — Cameron Maybin was once a figure of organizational hope for the Marlins.

A former first-round pick of the Detroit Tigers, Maybin, along with Andrew Miller, was the main return in the infamous Miguel Cabrera trade that sent the 24-year-old Cabrera to Detroit, where he won two AL MVPs.

The Marlins traded Miller to the Red Sox in 2010, and Miller has since won a World Series and become one of the most dominant relievers in the game. Maybin was traded away in 2010 too, and though his resume isn't as jaw-dropping as Cabrera's or Miller's, he won a World Series of his own with the Houston Astros last season.

800 by Mike Persak in Miami. MOVED


^Paul Sullivan: Cubs can't expect Brewers to slip again their success is no fluke<

^BBN-SULLIVAN-COLUMN:TB—<"We Believe in Jesus," the new motto of the Brewers, is a far cry from "Try Not to Suck," the old Cubs' mantra from their championship season.

But the clever campaign, a collaborative effort by the marketing department to put first baseman Jesus Aguilar into the All-Star via the National League's Final Five vote took off. And "We Believe" T-shirts are sure to become popular tailgate-wear among Milwaukee's finest cheeseheads.

As has become their habit, the Brewers played up their small-market status to portray Aguilar as the uber-underdog.

900 by Paul Sullivan. MOVED


^How Hamels' start on Friday could impact chances of a trade from Rangers<

BBA-RANGERS-HAMELS:FT — Any off-day during the course of 162 games is welcomed, but off-days on the road generally aren't as sweet as those at home.

Sometimes, though, players find themselves in or near their hometowns, or in cities where they once lived or played and still have a home. Such was the case Thursday for Cole Hamels as the Texas Rangers took a day off following a three-game sweep by the Boston Red Sox.

The left-hander still has a home in the Philadelphia area, which is just up the road.

750 by Jeff Wilson in Baltimore. MOVED


^A's take series over Astros with more late-inning heroics<

BBA-ATHLETICS-ASTROS:CC — Any reservations about the A's being a legit team can be laid to rest. They're good.

After taking two out of three from the Indians this past weekend, the A's mounted another late-inning comeback in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Astros to take three out of four from the defending World Series champions in their own house and make it two-straight series wins over first place teams.

The A's (53-41) are currently the hottest team in baseball.

800 by Martin Gallegos in Houston. MOVED

^Phillies' Rhys Hoskins unconcerned about Home Run Derby impacting his swing<

BBN-PHILLIES-HOSKINS:PH — Rhys Hoskins has heard the theory that participating in the Home Run Derby can mess up a hitter's swing.

Sorry, but the Phillies slugger doesn't buy it.

"I don't think it's going to be an issue at all," Hoskins said Thursday. "I get it for some people, I guess, but I don't think that there will be any changes in my swing to do the derby. That's not going to be an issue for me."

550 by Scott Lauber in Baltimore. MOVED

^Mike Mazzeo: If Manny Machado comes to Yankees, he should change positions<

BBA-MAZZEO-COLUMN:NY — Someone was having a little fun on Manny Machado's Wikipedia page on Thursday, and changed his employer from the Baltimore Orioles to New York Yankees.

Hey, Machado did "like" an Instagram post from his verified account of himself photoshopped in a road gray Yankee jersey the night before, only to unclick it later on. There was no update on that front, though No. 13 was in the O's lineup, hitting third and playing shortstop as usual.

600 by Mike Mazzeo in Cleveland. MOVED

^Marlins suspend relationship with Papa John's after founder's racial slur<

^BBN-MARLINS-PAPAJOHNS:FL—<The Marlins are severing ties with Papa John's after revelations that founder John Schnatter used a racial slur about African-Americans during a conference call in May, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

"The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all of our fans," the team said in a statement. "Mr. Schnatter's derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization.

150 by Matthew DeFranks. MOVED


^Orioles suspend Papa John's 'Five Runs or More' promotion after founder's resignation<

^BBA-ORIOLES-PAPAJOHN:BZ—<In the wake of the resignation of Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter after he used a racial slur during a conference call, the Orioles have suspended their "Five Runs or More" online promotion with the company.

Every time the Orioles scored five runs or more in a game this season, customers received a 50 percent discount the following day on regularly-priced Papa John's menu items ordered online by using a promo code.

200 by Eduardo A. Encina. MOVED


^Nick Pivetta rebounds in Phillies' 5-4 victory over Orioles<

BBO-PHILLIES-ORIOLES:PH — One out from completing the seventh inning here Thursday night, Nick Pivetta trudged back to the Phillies' dugout after giving up a 400-foot, two-run home run on his 102nd pitch of the game.

It wasn't the way Pivetta wanted to punctuate his final start before the All-Star break.

Still, in every way, this represented progress. Given the gift of facing the dreadful Baltimore Orioles for a second time this season — he can thank a torrential rainstorm May 15 that postponed the game by nearly two months — Pivetta didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning. He pitched into the seventh inning for only the second time in nine starts. And he won his first start since May 21, a 5-4 decision that nudged the Phillies a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Braves and into sole possession of first place in the National League East.

500 by Scott Lauber in Baltimore. MOVED


^Mets lose to Nationals after Steven Matz keeps them in it but pen doesn't<

BBN-NATIONALS-METS:ND — For a change, the Mets entered a night with a real reason to look forward to tomorrow. They had the tangible, positive prospect of Noah Syndergaard finally getting a start. Then again, there was, is and possibly will be the problem of figuring out how their relievers can finish a game.

Steven Matz kept the Mets in the game, lasting into the seventh, but Jerry Blevins allowed a massive two-run homer to Bryce Harper in that same inning that helped the Nationals to a 5-4 win at Citi Field.

650 by Mark Herrmann in New York. MOVED

^Yankees rough up Corey Kluber, down Indians, 7-4<

BBA-YANKEES-INDIANS:HK — As a showcase event, MLB might have sold Thursday night's game as a real battle with something more than a Yankees-Indians game on the line.

"Come see Luis Severino against Corey Kluber at Progressive Field, where the winner gets the nod to start for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game!"

Naturally, that marquee pitching match-up never held up to any sort of pregame hype, with Severino now having put together back-to-back, less-than-mediocre starts.

Yet, the Yankees prevailed, ultimately getting the best of Kluber in a 7-4 victory before 31,267 fans.

700 by Pete Caldera in Cleveland. MOVED

Thursday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

LA Dodgers at San Diego, 10 p.m.

Seattle at LA Angels, 10:07 p.m.


^Bob Ford: What will the NFL do about Shady McCoy?<

^FBN-FORD-COLUMN:PH—<Oh, and it was going to be a so-quiet beginning to the great spectacle that is a National Football League season when training camps open this month. The league, which dedicated itself to minimizing the off-field and sideline distractions that annoyed both the fans and the sponsors who pay the bills, had done just about everything it could.

It successfully brokered a $97 million deal with protesting players to fund community projects if the players agreed to stop protesting, then instituted a new policy that allowed persisting protests but only if those were unseen by the public.

900 by Bob Ford. MOVED


^Gary Peterson: Breaking the NBA? On the contrary, Warriors are doing it a favor<

^BKN-PETERSON-COLUMN:SJ—<Have you heard? The NBA is broken. The Wall Street Journal said so last week.

Blame the Warriors. They have won three championships in the past four seasons (and you could argue they should have won the one that got away). They have posted a record winning percentage in a single regular season and in a single postseason. They have sent four representatives to the past two All-Star games.

They signed Kevin Durant when other teams needed him more.

650 by Gary Peterson. MOVED

^Kevin Sherrington: Luka Doncic is Mavs' latest dividend from Donnie Nelson's European scouting<

^BKN-SHERRINGTON-COLUMN:DA—<Since 1988, when he crashed on Sarunas Marciulionis' couch in Lithuania for three months while prying the Hall of Famer from the Soviets' grip, Donnie Nelson has recommended, drafted or acquired five first-round draft picks that he got to know through a vast network of international connections.

The quintet includes a Hall of Famer (Steve Nash), another in waiting (Dirk Nowitzki), and a superstar (Giannis Antetokounmpo) whom Donnie doesn't bring up anymore around Mark Cuban.

And to think, that group doesn't include Marciulionis, if only because he was a sixth-rounder.

1000 by Kevin Sherrington. MOVED

^Charles Oakley arrested in Las Vegas after allegedly cheating at casino<

^BKN-OAKLEY-ARREST:NY—<Charles Oakley is back in trouble with the law.

The Knicks legend was arrested at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sunday after allegedly attempting to pocket a bet he made after realizing he was going to lose, the Nevada Gaming Control Board confirmed to the Daily News.

Though it's unclear what game he was playing, the incident was recorded on video, according to TMZ, which first published news of the arrest Thursday morning.

In a statement provided to the Daily News, the Nevada Gaming Board said Oakley "was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known."

400 by Jake Becker. MOVED

^Bam Adebayo leaving Heat with both questions, answers in summer league<

^BKN-HEAT-ADEBAYO:FL—<The thing about Bam Adebayo is we still don't know.

Don't know about whether summer league is a step forward. Don't know whether he will be a rotation player next season. Don't know what his NBA niche ultimately will be.

What we do know as the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League winds down is the Miami Heat's 2017 first-round pick will remain relentless in his pursuit, regardless of where that pursuit leads.

700 by Ira Winderman. MOVED


^Bulls rookie Hutchison shows serious side about improvement<

BKN-BULLS-HUTCHISON:TB — Disappointment oozed from Chandler Hutchison.

His team had lost. He had struggled to finish drives at the rim and passed up some open shots.

"I have to find ways to help the team win," Hutchison said. "I have to be better."

That was Tuesday night. Twenty-four hours later, the Bulls had won and Hutchison produced a double-double, playing with confidence and no hesitation.

But afterward he batted away a softball question about his strong play and the team's victory, his expression turning serious. He pointed to upcoming games.

550 by K.C. Johnson in Las Vegas. MOVED


^Dan Woike: NBA Summer League can be an indicator of ability as well as a mirage<

BKN-WOIKE-COLUMN:LA — The casinos that litter the streets of Las Vegas are homes to absolutes. Either the dice say "4" and "3" or they don't. The roulette wheel stops with the ball landing in a red or black space (or, if I'm betting, the green). You win the hand or you lose it, the chips either stay with you or they run for the house.

But in those shadows on UNLV's campus, things get murky for a few weeks in the summer.

The NBA's Summer League is a showcase that previews what recent draftees may be as professionals, and at the same time, it can be nothing more than a desert mirage, with the ramifications disappearing as soon as teams head home.

1000 by Dan Woike in Las Vegas. MOVED


^Wayne Ellington agrees to return to Heat on one-year deal<

^BKN-HEAT-ELLINGTON:FL—<Wayne Ellington will continue to dial from long distance with the Miami Heat, with the veteran guard reaching an agreement with the team Thursday in NBA free agency, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed.

Ellington agreed to a one-year, $6.3 million contract, matching his salary from this past season. Because of the one-year term of the deal and Ellington's status as a Bird Rights free agent next summer, his contract comes with a no-trade clause, requiring his permission for a move during the 2018-19 season.

400 by Ira Winderman . MOVED



^Blackhawks trade Hossa, Hinostroza and Oesterle to Coyotes; reacquire Kruger as part of deal<

^HKN-BLACKHAWKS-TRADES:TB—<The Blackhawks are free of Marian Hossa's salary-cap hit, but it comes with a cost.

The Hawks on Thursday announced they have acquired forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick from the Coyotes in exchange for Hossa, forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick.

300 by Joe Knowles. MOVED



^Shawn Windsor: Forget the rankings. MSU's Brian Lewerke could be Big Ten's best QB<

^FBC-WINDSOR-COLUMN:DE—<College football starts in less than a month. Practice does, anyway. Games begin at the end of August, which will arrive sooner than any of us want.

Not the games, per se. Just the end of summer.

And so, rather than indulge in that bittersweet inevitability, let's indulge in some lists. Or rankings, if you prefer.

Because they are out there. Flooding the Interwebs.

Like the one from USA TODAY Sports that ranks the best quarterbacks in college football, and didn't mention Brian Lewerke.

650 by Shawn Windsor. MOVED

^Maryland coach Durkin was at workout where McNair was carted off, according to summary<

^FBC-MARYLAND-DURKIN-MCNAIR:BZ—<Third-year Maryland football coach DJ Durkin was present at the May 29 workout when redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jordan McNair was hospitalized, according to a summary of events released by the university Thursday.

McNair, 19, who was treated by the team's trainers and then transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, died June 13. McNair's cause of death has not been revealed.

400 by Don Markus in Baltimore. MOVED



^Former Maryland player Damonte Dodd surrenders passport after bail hearing on rape charge<

BKC-MARYLAND-DODD:BZ — Former Maryland men's basketball player Damonte Dodd, who was charged by Prince George's County police last week with raping a woman at a College Park apartment in November, is free on his own personal recognizance after a bail hearing Thursday morning in Upper Marlboro.

Dodd was ordered to surrender his passport, and to stay away from his alleged victim and any potential witnesses. He is also not allowed to go back to College Park. Dodd, 24, is scheduled to go on trial in November.

300 by Don Markus in Baltimore. MOVED



^Soccer has been part of Croatia's identity even before there was a Croatia<

SOC-WORLDCUP-CROATIA:LA — A couple of weeks before the Croatian national team left for Russia and the start of a surprising World Cup run that has carried it to Sunday's final, fans of Dinamo Zagreb, the country's most important club team in its largest city, gathered before a monument at Maksimir Stadium, a spot they consider hallowed ground.

It was there, at a soccer stadium, the fans say, that the country's battle for independence kicked off.

950 by Kevin Baxter in Moscow. MOVED



^Serena Williams advances to her 10th Wimbledon final with victory over Julia Goerges<

TEN-WIMBLEDON-WILLIAMS:LA — For Serena Williams, this year has been about baby steps — her own, and those of her 10-month-old daughter.

While young Olympia works on putting one foot in front of the other, her famous mother is regaining her footing as the player to beat in the tennis world.

"She's trying to go faster than her body will allow her to go," Williams said. "She's moving those feet. She kicks really hard. I've been learning a lot from her."

That's clearly the case, because Williams, who endured an especially rough childbirth, has taken a significant stride back into the spotlight.

850 by Sam Farmer in London. MOVED


^Serena, Kerber set to clash in Wimbledon final<

TEN-WIMBLEDON:DPA — Serena Williams will compete for an eighth Wimbledon title against Germany's Angelique Kerber on Saturday after she dismissed Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals on Thursday.

It will be the 36-year-old American's first Grand Slam final since the 2017 Australian Open, where she won her 23rd major title, before taking maternity leave to give birth to a daughter last year.

"It's been a crazy 10 months," Williams said.

650 by Nate Williams in London. MOVED

^American John Isner is at the top of his game for Wimbledon semifinal<

TEN-WIMBLEDON-ISNER:ND — Win or lose in his Wimbledon semifinal Friday against Kevin Anderson, John Isner is changing his narrative here. The 33-year-old American has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his long career where he has been best known as a 6-10 big server who won the longest match in Wimbledon — and tennis — history.

"Of course, everyone is going to remember that match in 2010, and rightfully so," Isner said.

500 by Jane McManus in London. MOVED


^Despite numerous reasons for concern, Pacquiao optimistic heading into Mathhysse fight<

BOX-PACQUIAO:LA — The doom and gloom that others cast on the ongoing boxing career of Manny Pacquiao certainly isn't penetrating him.

There are obvious reasons for alarm. He's left his longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, is fighting for the first time in a year after getting roughed up in a loss, and he's now 39 years old.

Securing the financing for his bout Saturday night (U.S. time) at Malaysia's 16,000-seat Axiata Arena was a harrowing ordeal that wasn't resolved until last month, ticket sales are sluggish and he's fallen from routine pay-per-view treatment in the United States to placement on the ESPN+ app.

800 by Lance Pugmire in Los Angeles. MOVED



^At 92 years old, one of racing's oldest living drivers has tales to tell<

CAR-NASCAR-HUSKINS:CH — Sure, the old trophies are cool. Same for those worn-down, rusted-away cars with metal peeling back like flaky post-sunburn skin.

But no artifact can compare to the living. You can read the stories in old newspapers, see the wear and tear of time on any number of objects — but there's nothing that compares to a human being with a life's worth of stories.

And boy does Bill Huskins have tales to tell.

800 by Brendan Marks in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED


^Brendan Marks: A win by the young guns is nice, but the next winner likely will be a veteran <

^CAR-MARKS-COLUMN:CH—<Before this season kicked off, it was clearly apparent what NASCAR's marketing executives had honed in on as their new, flashy, shiny storyline for 2018.

Young guns, as they've been dubbed.

Really, it was an entire crop of young, up-and-coming, promising drivers, some with strong family names and, in most cases, stronger personalities: Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and William Byron, to name a few.

800 by Brendan Marks. MOVED



^John Clay: We may never know where Justify ranks with the all-time greats<

RAC-CLAY-COLUMN:LX — The fear here is we have seen the last of Justify on the nation's racetracks, what with Tuesday's news the Triple Crown winner has been taken out of training to deal with a possible ankle injury.

That's an unfortunate development not just for the horse, his health being top priority, but also racing fans who not only want to see him race again, but also find the answer to an important historical question.

Just how good is Justify?

700 by John Clay in Lexington, Ky. MOVED



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