Friday’s stories from the world of sports include a disappointing signing ending in Boston, a superstar returning to the lineup, an updated iconic photo and much more.
The Boston Red Sox have designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment prior to today’s series opener against their rival New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Sandoval had been on the DL since June 20 with an inner-ear infection and had been rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket. Sandoval had been hitting .212 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 32 games with Boston this season, his third with the club.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout is set to return to the lineup tonight for the first time since May 29th. Trout had been sidelined with a torn ligament in his left thumb, but the reigning American League MVP will give it a go tonight as the Angels take on the Tampa Bay Rays.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been critical of his receiver Martavis Bryant since the receiver was suspended for the entire 2016 season. According to Bryant, he’d like to clear things up with a face-to-face meeting with his QB when training camp opens later this month.
Point guard Derrick Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks are set to meet again as the free agency market begins to dry up a bit. Representatives for Rose and officials from the Bucks are in discussions to schedule a meeting as early as this weekend.
According to reports, the New York Knicks have promoted Steve Mills to president and have hired Scott Perry to fill the vacancy at general manager left by Phil Jackson. Perry had previously been working as an executive for the Sacramento Kings.
Forward Micheal Ferland has signed a two-year contract worth $3.5 million with the Calgary Flames. The contract has an average annual value of $1.75 million. Ferland was a restricted free agent and was set to have an arbitration hearing in Toronto on July 22. The 25-year-old tallied 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 76 games for the Flames last season.
Defenseman Andrew Ference has announced his retirement from the NHL after 16 seasons. He was sidelined for all of last season due to a hip injury that had limited him to only six games with Edmonton in 2015-2016. Ference, 38, had 225 points (43 goals, 182 assists) in 907 career games with Edmonton, Boston, Calgary and Pittsburgh. He was a Stanley Cup Champion with Boston in 2011 and reached the Stanley Cup Final with Calgary in 2004.
After winning their first back-to-back Stanley Cup Championship in 1990-91 and 1991-92, the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped an iconic photo of stars Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr with their backs facing the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh decided it was time for an updated version after winning their second back-to-back Stanley Cup Championship this year. The updated photo features Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with their backs to the Cup.
Floyd Mayweather tossed $1 bills on Conor McGregor as the promotional tour stopped in Brooklyn. The act by Mayweather was just one of several notable incidents, including expletive filled rants by both fighters and crude cracks about body parts.
Croatian Marin Cilic defeated American Sam Querrey to earn a spot in the Wimbledon Final. Cilic will play for his second Grand Slam title on Sunday. Cilic’s lone Grand Slam title at the 2014 U.S. Open.