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Hendrick Motorsports Vice Chairman Jeff Gordon discussed several topics with reporters ahead of Sunday’s Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ashleigh Johnson shares how growing up playing water polo with her four siblings created her love of competition and how she’s looking to inspire the next generation of athletes.

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  • LAD Starting Pitcher #22
    It’ll be Kershaw’s third rehab outing as he continues to progress towards a mid-to-late August season debut coming off last year’s shoulder surgery. The 36-year-old veteran lefty struck out five over three shutout innings last weekend for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He figures to make an impact for fantasy managers over the final few weeks of the year, even in shallow mixed leagues. The results have been there for the future Hall of Fame southpaw, when healthy, over the last few years.
  • OAK Shortstop
    Wilson will join the Athletics for Friday’s second-half opener against the Angels after just 72 games in the minors since being selected sixth overall in last year’s MLB Draft. The 22-year-old shortstop has torn the cover off the ball this season in the upper minors with a surreal .438/.475/.687 triple-slash line with seven homers and two steals across 200 plate appearances. He doesn’t offer a ton of over-the-fence pop or stolen base potential upside, and Oakland’s lackluster supporting cast doesn’t exactly help either. Yet, his bat-to-ball skills give him a shot to make an impact for fantasy managers in the second half. He’s at least worthy of a speculative roster spot in deeper mixed leagues.
  • CIN Starting Pitcher
    MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis adds that Burns will receive a $9.25 million signing bonus as the second-overall pick from the 2024 MLB Draft out of Wake Forest, narrowly surpasses the record-setting $9.2 million figure current All-Star Paul Skenes received last year from the Pirates as the top-overall selection. The 21-year-old right-hander projects as an impact fantasy contributor in the near future as he boasts a triple-digit fastball and arguably the best slider in the entire draft class. It’s easy to envision him blossoming into an upper-echelon fantasy starter down the road given his impressive stuff. He’ll be worth monitoring closely over the next few months as he kicks off his professional career.
  • SD Right Fielder #23
    It’s an extremely important checkpoint that clears Tatis to “continue to incrementally increase his baseball activity.” He’s resumed playing catch and swinging a bat already, so he could move to facing live pitching soon, and then progress to a rehab assignment shortly after that. While that means he still may be weeks away from returning, it’s good to see that he’s making some progress entering the second half.
  • FA Starting Pitcher #41
    No indication yet on where exactly Hill will wind up at this juncture or whether there’s any actual interest from teams. However, the 44-year-old left-hander appears set on returning for what would be his 20th season in the big leagues since 2005. He was largely ineffective late last year with a calamitous 8.23 ERA in 10 appearances (five starts, and five relief appearances) following a midseason trade to the Padres. Yet, there’s probably some appeal here for a contending franchise to bring him in as a low-risk dice roll to see if there’s anything left in the tank.
  • CWS Catcher #15
    Maldonado remains one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, despite his advanced age, but that doesn’t really matter for fantasy purposes where he’s been a complete non-factor for years. The 37-year-old backstop figures to have some appeal for a contender as a backup option given his defensive prowess, but he’s not going to have any sort of impact for fantasy managers, regardless of where he winds up next. According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, it’ll be Chuckie Robinson coming up from Triple-A Charlotte to take his roster spot following the All-Star break.
  • CWS Center Fielder #13
    The deal is now official. With Yoán Moncada (adductor) due back at some point next month, and Lenyn Sosa heading to the minors, it seems like the White Sox are going to give Senzel some runway at second base coming out of the All-Star break. The former second-overall pick from the 2016 MLB Draft never quite lived up to those lofty expectations with Cincinnati and was cut loose earlier this month by the Nationals after posting a .663 OPS with seven homers and one steal in 64 games. The 29-year-old has undoubtedly underwhelmed to this point in his career, but he represents a worthwhile reclamation project for the White Sox over the next few months.
  • BOS Center Fielder #16
    Duran came off the bench to slingshot the American League ahead with a tape-measure 413-foot moonshot to right field off Reds ace Hunter Greene in the fifth inning, which was enough for him to earn him MVP Award honors. The 27-year-old outfielder’s metamorphosis into an upper-echelon fantasy contributor, tallying 47 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs, and 22 stolen bases through 95 games, has been a big reason why the Red Sox find themselves in the playoff race coming out of the All-Star break.
  • LAD Designated Hitter #17
    Ohtani connected on a center-cut heater from Red Sox starter Tanner Houck, launching a colossal 400-foot no-doubter to right field, putting the National League ahead in the early stages of the Midsummer Classic. The 30-year-old two-way superstar became the first Dodger to homer in the All-Star Game since Mike Piazza back in 1996. It’s yet another signature moment for his end-of-career highlight reel.
  • CLE Relief Pitcher #48
    Clase was summoned to protect a two-run lead in the final frame of the Midsummer Classic and needed just 13 pitches (11 strikes) to preserve the victory. The hard-throwing 26-year-old right-hander made quite a statement in his third straight All-Star Game appearance, striking out Pete Alonso to open the frame before retiring Elly De La Cruz on a ground out to second base. Padres rookie Jackson Merrill managed to get on-base with an infield single before he struck out Bryan Reynolds to slam the door.

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Tiger 'ran into trouble' in Round 1 of The Open
Tiger Woods discusses how he didn't do a whole lot of things right during Round 1 of The Open, where he had an opening-round 79 at Royal Troon.

NBC Sports Podcasts

NFL

The Browns are waiting until training camp is up and running to answer one question about their plans for the 2024 season.
Williams tried to get creative, but the Bears didn’t budge.
The Seahawks have a new offensive coordinator in Ryan Grubb, who will be Geno Smith’s seventh offensive coordinator since he entered the league in 2013.
The 152nd Open
Watch the best shots and moments from late in the first round of The Open Championship 2024 at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland.
Shane Lowry recaps his opening-round 66 at The Open Championship and how he “played my own game” en route to his impressive score.
The Live From crew analyzes Rory McIlroy’s tough outing in Round 1 of The Open Championship that saw him finish the day with a score of 78 and seven strokes over par.
Justin Thomas finishes the first round of The Open Championship in third place with a 68 and his best-ever Round 1 finish.
Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner share their biggest takeaways from R&A CEO Martin Slumber’s press conference, where he highlighted LIV player’s eligibility in The Open Championship and more.
Tiger Woods discusses how he didn’t do a whole lot of things right during Round 1 of The Open, where he had an opening-round 79 at Royal Troon.
Johnson Wagner demonstrates what gave so many golfers so much trouble on the “Postage Stamp” 8th hole in Round 1 of The Open at Royal Troon on Thursday, nearly holing out from the bunker -- twice.
Countdown to Paris 2024
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 Paris Olympics.
How to watch the 2024 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Trials on NBC Sports and Peacock.
Rai Benjamin and Quincy Hall picked up statement wins at a Diamond League meet in Monaco.
The 2024 U.S. Olympic team roster of athletes updated as they qualify.
Gretchen Walsh is slated to swim three individual events at her first Olympics in Paris.
Dennis Schröder and brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner headline Germany’s Olympic men’s basketball team.

Rotoworld

Patrick Daugherty, Kyle Dvorchak, and Mike Kaye assess the Panthers’ offense and how targets might shake out between Diontae Johnson and Xavier Legette, as well as Jonathon Brooks’ fantasy viability.
Patrick Daugherty, Ian Hartitz and Kyle Dvorchak discuss New Orleans Saints’ Chris Olave and their concerns that the wide receiver’s ceiling is in question.
Ian Hartitz of Fantasy Life weighs in on whether the Atlanta Falcons’ Bijan Robinson is deserving of his RB2 fantasy football ranking and how Kyle Pitts stacks up among tight ends from a fantasy standpoint for 2024.
Our fantasy baseball analysts find potential breakouts, regression candidates, and closers that can help you win your league.

Motor Sports

Cup and Xfinity drivers will get in some practice time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while the Craftsman Truck Series racers will compete at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Chase Sexton takes his points lead into Washougal as Levi Kitchen is out to prove last week’s Spring Creek win was not a fluke.
Garrett Marchbanks was sidelined by injury for part of the Supercross season in the 250 division and the start of Pro Motocross on a 450.
As NASCAR marks the 30th anniversary of its first Brickyard trip, Dr. Diandra identifies the best drivers at the oval and what that data might tell us about this weekend’s race.

Golf

How to watch the Olympic women’s golf event from Le Golf National, Aug. 7-10.
How to watch the Olympic men’s golf event from Le Golf National, Aug. 1-4.
Ernie Els and John Daly each shot 82 in the first round before bowing out on Friday morning.
A field of 158 players will compete for the claret jug at Royal Troon. Here’s how the cut line works for this major.
Silverman birdied seven of his final nine holes in the modified Stableford format.

MLB

Dean told the Las Vegas Stadium Authority that the club does not expect to spend the entire $380 million in public money allocated to build a new stadium.
Eric Samulski focuses on MLB players that could have a breakout second half, including St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt, Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward and others.
Jesse Cole, owner of the Savannah Bananas, explains the goal and story behind the team, which adds new entertainment approaches to the ballpark.
Orioles and Astros need pitching to Win in the East and West

NBA

The Clippers pick up veteran point guard Kris Dunn in the deal.
The Bucks will need a healthy Middleton — and Antetokounmpo, and Lillard — to have a shot in the East next season.
“There is no Orlando Magic without Pat Williams,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.
The USA played its best basketball of this Olympic run-up in the second half and Serbia had no answers.

Betting

Orioles and Astros need pitching to Win in the East and West
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick explain why a potential Tarik Skubal trade could impact the Cy Young race, catapulting Baltimore Orioles’ Corbin Burnes to the AL favorite for the award.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick discuss the Baltimore Orioles as a bet to win the AL East over the New York Yankees, breaking down the weaknesses of each squad after the All-Star break.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick discuss why the betting market is too high on Kirk Cousins and the Atlanta Falcons to win the AFC South in 2024, explaining why there’s better betting options in the division.

Premier League

The fixtures for the 2024-25 Premier League season have been released.
Fans will get to see Arsenal versus Manchester United in Los Angeles, Aston Villa visiting Borussia Dortmund, and Premier League champions Manchester City against Barcelona and AC Milan.
The men’s soccer competition at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games promises emerging young talent and familiar overage stars, and Premier League players fit into both of those categories as the 2024 Olympics.
The Premier League summer transfer window is in full flow ahead of the 2024-25 season and there are plenty of big questions cropping up.

College Football

The No. 1 athlete in America will play his college football in the SEC.
Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng is currently the highest-ranked linebacker but Riley Pettijohn is nipping at his heels.
Cade McNamara started five games last season before a knee injury and subsequent surgery sidelined him for the rest of the year.
SEC coordinator of officials John McDaid explained the league’s approach to officiating opposing players doing the derisive play on Texas’ beloved horns up at SEC Media Days.

College Basketball

Brownell received a new, five-year contract worth $20 million after leading the Tigers to the Elite Eight.
Capel has a 97-92 record in six years with the Panthers, leading the program to the NCAA tournament in 2023.
Five-star Jordan Smith has made a case to rise even further up the ranks of the 2026 Rivals150.
UConn men’s basketball head coach Dan Hurley joins the Dan Patrick Show to discuss why he turned down the Los Angeles Lakers job, possibility of coaching in the NBA in the future and more.

Local coverage

Caleb Williams’ camp tried to finagle a clause on the franchise tag into the contract, per a report.
A.J. Brown takes his spot on the list of most important Eagles of 2024.
Charlotte Hornets guard Seth Curry, a teammate of Luka Doncic for 100 games with the Mavericks, believes there will be a learning curve for Klay Thompson.
Boston’s president of basketball operations specifically discussed Oshae Brissett’s free agency.

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Abner Haynes, a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame, died Thursday in Dallas.
The Jets placed five players on their injured lists for the start of training camp.
Continuing to deal with a lingering knee injury, Saints offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk will miss at least the start of the regular season — and likely more.
While Brown had no issues in the conditions, bigger names struggled mightily.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert already is considered a top-10 player at his position after throwing for 17,223 yards and 114 touchdowns in his first four seasons.