Thursday’s stories from the sporting world include a hefty penalty for a college basketball program, a major golfer withdrawing from the US Open, and much more.
St. Louis Cardinals’ second baseman Kolten Wong exited Wednesday night’s 7-6 loss to Milwaukee with right forearm tightness. According to Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny, Wong was favoring his forearm and “couldn’t really throw”. Wong is likely to miss time with the injury, but exactly how much time will be determined after further evaluations.
Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett appeared to have injured his foot during minicamp on Wednesday. Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, walked off the field with a slightly more pronounced limp as the team moved camp indoors due to inclement weather. Garrett has missed some time at Browns’ OTAs as well due to an undisclosed injury, though that was largely precautionary, according to Head Coach Hue Jackson. Jackson also added that he thought Garrett walking off the field without a trainer was “a good sign”.
The NCAA has suspended University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games for failing to notice red flags in the activity of Andre McGee, a former director of basketball operations at Louisville. McGee is said to have hired strippers to perform for players and recruits beginning in 2010, thus having the NCAA charge the school with four Level 1 violations, including one against Pitino. The penalty also includes four years probation, men’s basketball scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions, and a $5,000 fine.
Jerry West is returning to Los Angeles to reportedly join the Los Angeles Clippers in a front-office role. West served as a special consultant with the Warriors for the past six seasons. Although he served in a non-decision making role, he was no doubt a trusted force within the organization as the Warriors rose to championship heights. His most notable contribution is likely helping recruit free agent Kevin Durant last summer.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts and the five-member City Council will meet today to review an exclusive negotiating agreement between the City of Inglewood and the LA Clippers, which could ultimately lead to a new arena being built for the franchise. If approved, it would lay the foundations to pursue a new 20,000-seat arena built on a 20-acre parcel located across the street from the under construction $2.6 billion NFL stadium that will soon be the home of the Rams and Chargers.
The Golden State Warriors will celebrate their second NBA Championship in three years with a parade and rally this morning. The Warriors knocked off the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.
The Rams finally parted ways with former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, sending him to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick. Known as one of the worst left tackles in the NFL since entering the league in 2014, his struggles played an immense role in the Rams poor offense.
New York Mets’ starting pitcher Matt Harvey surrendered back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs in the top of the first inning. The Home Run Derby continued for Chicago with Kyle Schwarber uncorking a 467-foot home run of his own, sending the ball soaring over the Shea Bridge in right-center field. The Mets, however, would rally as Curtis Granderson gave the Mets the lead on his 300th career home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, a line drive down the right field line. Lucas Duda would provide some insurance with a three-run homer in a five-run eighth inning to give the Mets a 9-4 victory and a series win over the Cubs.
Phil Mickelson won’t be playing in the U.S. Open due to inclement weather. However, inclement weather in this case is nothing but sunshine. Instead, Mickelson will attend the high school graduation of his daughter Amanda. Amanda, the Pacific Ridge School president, is set to give the commencement speech. Mickelson’s first-round tee time was set for 2:20 p.m. CT. He had hoped for Mother Nature to cooperate by serving up a hefty four-hour weather delay that would’ve allowed him time to fly to Wisconsin to tee off on time.
Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Connor McGregor will face off in the ring in a highly-talked about and anticipated boxing match on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. Both Mayweather and McGregor confirmed the fight on social media yesterday.