4:20 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced an exclusive 15-year naming rights partnership to rename the city’s downtown arena after Paycom, a local company that offers online payroll and human resources services to employers. The arena was renamed to the Paycom Center effective Tuesday, according to The Oklahoman. Terms of
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4:48 PM ET The civil hearing for the temporary restraining order obtained against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been moved to Aug. 16 to 19. The hearing, expected to last between two and three days, was originally scheduled for Aug. 3, 4 and 19, but Bauer’s side once again asked for a continuance,
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2:11 PM ET Marcel Louis-JacquesESPN BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley, who has openly opposed the NFL’s policy on COVID-19 vaccinations, attempted to clarify his stance Wednesday, saying his gripe with the league is over the differing standards for vaccinated and unvaccinated players. “I’m not anti- or pro-vax — I’m pro-choice,” Beasley
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3:38 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes was arrested in the Los Angeles area early Wednesday morning following an alleged altercation with a police officer, TMZ Sports reported. “We have been made aware of the incident involving Jaxson Hayes,” the Pelicans said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “We are working in
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12:30 PM ET The 2005 Heisman Trophy will not be returned to former USC Trojans running back Reggie Bush any time soon. The NCAA will not consider reversing penalties or previously-vacated records from past years based on recent changes to name, image and likeness regulations that went into affect this month, according to an NCAA
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3:03 PM ET The Cincinnati Reds made a move to improve their bullpen before the trade deadline, acquiring right-handed reliever Mychal Givens from the Colorado Rockies. In exchange for Givens, the Reds sent right-handed minor leaguers Case Williams and Noah Davis to Colorado. Givens, 31, has a 2.73 ERA in 29⅔ innings this season and
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1:44 PM ET Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa — The field at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium will be named for Duke Slater, the trailblazing Black football player who was an All-American tackle a century ago, played in the NFL, and became a pioneering Chicago judge. The university’s Board of Regents approved the name Duke Slater Field
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2:35 PM ET ESPN 300 cornerback Jeadyn Lukus committed to Clemson on Wednesday, choosing the Tigers over Ohio State and North Carolina. Lukus is the No. 54 recruit overall in the 2022 class and the No. 9 ranked corner in the country. He’s a 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect out of Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South
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2:15 PM ET GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers admitted Wednesday he considered retirement, detailed his offseason-long standoff with the Green Bay Packers and still isn’t sure what — if anything — will change. But he’s back for a 17th season and while there was plenty to parse from his 32-minute news conference following Wednesday’s
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2:00 PM ET The defending champion Baylor Bears men’s basketball team and women’s powerhouses UConn and South Carolina won’t have to wait too long to see where they stand entering the 2021-22 season. All three programs are entered in the Battle 4 Atlantis, which will begin Nov. 20 on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The
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1:23 PM ET The Oakland Athletics are finalizing a deal to acquire center fielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins, sources tell ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Marlins will be sending significant money along with Marte to Oakland, the sources said. Marte is hitting .306 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs for the Marlins this
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1:10 PM ET A trio of star college quarterbacks announced Wednesday that they will soon start selling authorized memorabilia to take advantage on new name, image and likeness rules that allow college players to make money while in school. Miami’s D’Eriq King, Ole Miss’s Matt Corral and Wisconsin’s Graham Mertz signed a partnership deal this
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1:18 PM ET The G League Ignite is finalizing a deal with USC associate head coach Jason Hart as the program’s new head coach, sources tell ESPN. Hart, a nine-year NBA veteran, takes over an NBA-run program that produced two of the top of the picks in Thursday’s NBA draft — forwards Jalen Green and
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