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AP source: Westbrook exercises $47M option with Lakers
A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook is exercising his option to play for $47.1 million next season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Westbrook nor the Lakers revealed the decision publicly. ESPN first reported Westbrook’s decision. The past NBA MVP and one of the league’s top 75 all-time players turn 34 next season, his 15th in the NBA.
Deshaun Watson’s legal team set to face off versus NFL
Deshaun Watson’s legal team takes on the NFL on Tuesday in front of a retired judge to determine his immediate future with the Cleveland Browns. Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players’ Association, will hold a hearing to determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback agreed to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct but he’s still facing a significant penalty. A person familiar with the NFL’s position told the AP last week the league is seeking a lengthy suspension for Watson.
Swiatek wins 36th in a row, Gauff advances at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Top-seeded Iga Swiatek has won her opening match on Centre Court at Wimbledon. She beat Croatian qualifier Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3. The victory was Swiatek’s 36th in row and included all seven matches she played at this year’s French Open in winning her second title at Roland Garros. It’s the longest winning streak on the women’s tour since 1997. Swiatek says because it was her first match on grass this season “so I knew it’s going to be tricky.” Swiatek is the woman to beat at the All England Club. She won five titles before heading to Paris in May.
Column: Blunt talk means saying LIV Golf is all about money
Brooks Koepka is all about being bold and blunt. That’s his reputation, as much as his remarkable record in the majors. So now we find out if he’s honest about his leaving the PGA Tour to take guaranteed riches on the Saudi-funded LIV Golf rebel league. AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says no one is leaving for the innovative format, for team competition or to spend time with their families. They are leaving the tour because they are getting an obscene amount of money from LIV Golf. The surprise of Koepka is that his signing came a week after he was leading the charge in support of the PGA Tour.
2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini out with COVID-19
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini has pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament after testing positive for COVID-19. The All England Club announced Berrettini’s withdrawal and he wrote about it on Instagram. The eighth-seeded Italian was supposed to play Cristian Garín in the first round. Berrettini is being replaced in the field by Elias Ymer. Berrettini was considered a title contender for Wimbledon both because of last year’s run to the final before losing to Novak Djokovic and because of his recent form on grass. Berrettini won two tuneup tournaments on the surface this month.
Wimbledon updates | Rafael Nadal wins in 4 sets
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Rafael Nadal got his Wimbledon campaign off to a winning start but he needed four sets to do it. The second-seeded Nadal defeated Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 on Centre Court. The Spaniard is attempting to win his third consecutive Grand Slam tournament to add to his men’s record 22 major titles. It was Nadal’s first match since winning the French Open earlier this month.
New Attitude Elliott? Chase prefers a practical approach
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott’s mood seemed lighter at Nashville Superspeedway even before he picked up his second Cup win of the season. NASCAR’s most popular driver has never had the most positive attitude and is extremely hard on himself. But as he told The Associated Press on Tuesday, Elliott doesn’t believe he’s a negative person. Instead, being raised in NASCAR has made him a realist with a practical approach to each week. He rides the momentum of his victory at Nashville into Road America, where he won on the road course last year.
Hamilton says “archaic mindsets” about color must change
PARIS (AP) — Formula One great Lewis Hamilton says “archaic mindsets” have to change after retired champion Nelson Piquet champion reportedly used a racial slur against him. Hamilton’s comments came after F1 and FIA condemned racist language. Hamilton says “these are archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport.” Piquet was discussing a crash between Hamilton and Max Verstappen during last year’s British Grand Prix when he referenced the color of Hamilton’s skin with a discriminatory term during a podcast in November. Hamilton is the only Black driver in F1 and has campaigned to fight racism. He is a seven-time world champion.
ACC changing scheduling model for football in ’23 and beyond
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is going forward with a plan to change its football scheduling model, with the biggest change being the elimination of divisions. The new plan, adopted by the league’s athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives on Tuesday, will be what the league calls a 3-5-5 model and goes into effect with the 2023 season. All 14 of the ACC’s football members will have three permanent scheduling partners and play those schools each year. They’ll face the other 10 schools once every two years; five one year, five the next.
LEADING OFF: Twins in Cleveland for 2, brawl bans announced
Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson is serving his final days with Minnesota before leaving for the same job with LSU. His departure, first reported Sunday night, blindsided Twins fans, and Johnson called it “the toughest thing I’ve ever done.” He’ll stay with the AL Central-leading Twins through the end of a series at Cleveland on Thursday, then return to his college roots. Elsewhere, it’s going to be a while before Phil Nevin manages the Los Angeles Angels again. The team’s interim skipper was suspended for 10 games Monday by Major League Baseball after the Angels and Seattle Mariners got into a nasty brawl Sunday. In all, a combined 12 members of the two teams — from players and coaches to an Angels interpreter — were suspended.
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