Wednesday’s stories from the sporting world include Independence Day fireworks from around MLB, numerous NBA roster moves and more.
Even after having won their Fourth of July matinee at Yankee Stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays are the American League East’s last-place team and currently own the fourth-worst record in the American League. Many executives around Major League Baseball expect the Blue Jays to be major sellers at the trade deadline. General manager Ross Atkins has made no public comments acknowledging such plans, but Toronto opened the season with the oldest Opening Day roster.
The Boston Red Sox continue to win on the Fourth of July as rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi and veteran starting pitcher David Price provided the fireworks in Boston’s 11-4 stomping of the Texas Rangers. Benintendi’s five hits and six RBI (including two home runs), coupled with Price’s exceptional performance on the mound propelled Boston to its sixth straight win, tying its longest winning streak of the season and extending its lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East to four games.
New York Yankees’ rookie outfielder Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 28th home run, supplying the only Yankee run in New York’s 4-1 loss to Toronto on Independence Day. Despite the Yankees’ loss, Judge continues his masterful season. The home run left the bat at 118.4 mph, the fourth-hardest homer of the season trailing, yes, three other Aaron Judge home runs. The ball traveled 456 feet while not getting higher than 59 feet off the ground. The ball was hit so hard that it managed to leave a dent in the metal above the gate beyond the left-center field wall.
Former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis remains unsigned after his far-from-stellar 2016 campaign. Revis is still under terms with his Jets’ contract, meaning that he’s set to make $6 million this year.
DeAngelo Williams recently took part in Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XV. The result was a win for the 34-year-old and was accompanied by an awkward face plant. Williams participated in the wrestling match as a promise to his late uncle who was a big wrestling fan. Williams also said that the one-time appearance in the ring was enough and that he’s officially retiring from wrestling. The 12-year veteran is now ready to slip his football cleats back on. According to Williams, he has yet to sign a contract because doing so wouldn’t have allowed him to participate in the wrestling match. However, the running back added that he’s confident he’ll find work at some point over the next few months.
The Miami Heat waived forward Chris Bosh, ending his tenure in Miami and closing the curtain on the final piece of the “Big Three”. Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James formed a fierce “Big Three” during their tenure in Miami, winning two NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013. Bosh missed all of last season due to blood-clot issues and the move gives Miami $25.3 million in cap space that they will use to sign free agents.
Otto Porter has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $106 million max deal with the Brooklyn Nets. However, the Washington Wizards retained the right to match all proposals to Porter when they gave him a $7.7 million qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. According to Yahoo Sports, Washington Plans to match the deal.
The Boston Celtics produced some fireworks of their own yesterday. The Celtics and free agent small forward Gordon Hayward have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $128 million deal. The deal also includes a player option for the final year.
Ilya Kovalchuk will remain in the Kontinental Hockey League, his agent said yesterday. The forward had reportedly wanted to return to the NHL and the New Jersey Devils hold his rights. So, in order to return to the NHL, Kovalchuk would have had to sign and play with the Devils, or sign and then be traded to another team.
Nail Yakupov reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Sportsnet reported that the contract is worth $875,000. Yakupov, 23, tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in 40 games with St. Louis last season after being traded from Edmonton on Oct. 7. He accumulated 31 points in his rookie season after being selected by the Oilers as the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Yakupov, however, has only topped that points total once in four seasons since.