With so many new faces on the roster, that’s arguably a good thing for Boynton, as well as the players on the 2018-19 roster. In his first full year of recruiting, Boynton helped fill his roster to 12 players – eight of whom have never played a game for OSU. “The games will be important for those guys,” Boynton said after Tuesday’s practice. “I don’t know how important they’ll be for our team as much as these practices will be, but to get to play against some adults – we’ll play against some professionals there – in terms of size, athleticism and strength, they’ll be a great measuring stick for how they can do against Big 12-type players. “Really, it’s good for our staff to learn how to coach these guys through some game situations. Of course, preparation for the games overseas is a must, but it’s also a time for the Cowboy coaching staff to learn what they will have on the court next winter. “I’ve said this before, but we need a couple of these guys to help us this year if we’re going to have the type of season we want to have. Right now, we’ll throw it all at them. He will be eligible to play at the beginning of the season, and he’s ready for it. The other non-freshman newcomer is graduate transfer point guard Mike Cunningham.
Reports: Tony Parker agrees to 2-year, $10M deal with Hornets It is the end of an era in San Antonio. According to a report from Shams Charania, long-time Spurs guard Tony Parker has agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Tony Parker has agreed to sign with Charlotte, league sources tell Yahoo. Tony Parker has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal with Charlotte, league source tells ESPN — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2018 The 36-year-old Parker has spent the first 17 seasons of his career with the Spurs, winning four titles along with the likes of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard. As he got older, however, his role continued to lessen, until the Spurs apparently decided this summer that it wasn't worth bringing him back. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich issued a statement praising his longtime player. Coach Pop quote on Tony Parker pic.twitter.com/gQ941bz6NG — Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 6, 2018 After returning from a quad injury, Parker played 55 games last season, but averaged career-low numbers with 7.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. In addition, his public complaints about Leonard's injury were reportedly the last straw for Leonard, who now wants out of San Antonio. However, $10M guaranteed is a lot of money for someone of Parker's caliber. Still, even though it makes sense why the Spurs have moved on, it's going to be strange to see Parker in a uniform other than the black and white of the Spurs.
The Indiana Pacers appeared to be the initial losers in the 2017 Paul George trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving up an All-Star for role players in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. The moves impressed Russell Westbrook enough for him to sign a long-term extension before the season. With George expected to earn $30.6 million in the first year of his $136.9 million contract, along with the team's commitment to re-sign Jerami Grant and Raymond Felton, Oklahoma City is looking at a payroll just shy of $160 million. With the current tax threshold at $123.7 million, Oklahoma City will pay a dollar-for-dollar penalty of about $36 million—on top of the team's progressive tax bill of $115 million! If so, that stretched number would dip to $8.5 million a season, and its impact on the Thunder's 2018-19 payroll would be massive. In addition to the $19.4 million dip in what they would pay Anthony over the next year, Oklahoma City would save nearly the equivalent amount in repeater taxes. More significantly, the progressive tax would fall to just $33 million. By stretching Anthony, the Thunder could face taxes on that extra $8.5 million for the next two years, but the NBA projects the threshold to climb to $132 million for 2019-20 and $141 million for 2020-21. If the Thunder could find a team to take Anthony in a trade—without taking significant salary in return—they'd be able to clear some of that financial burden outright. Anthony has had a tremendous career, but the Thunder will survive and perhaps even flourish without him and the financial burden his contract brings.
Over the past few days, Sooners commits showed out at The Opening, and they also grabbed a pair of verbals from 2019 running back Marcus Major and 2020 cornerback Darion Green-Warren. Major, out of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Millwood HS, is the nation’s No. “Well, after we watched him last year you and I both said, ‘They gotta go after this guy,’” said OUInsider.com expert James Hale. When Isaiah decided to de-commit—and we know that he’s going to Texas A&M, or we think that he is—Oklahoma started getting more after Marcus Major, and of course they end up getting him, which is great. Adrian’s a 4.38 guy at 218, 220 pounds. “One thing I like about Marcus is, when he makes a decision to cut, it’s one cut and he’s gone, and I think that’s really great for what he’s doing. I hope he does become Adrian Peterson because if he does, then Oklahoma’s got a guy that’s going to rush for about 1,900 yards his freshman year, score a bunch of touchdowns, finish third in the Heisman Trophy race, and Oklahoma’s going to be really, really good. Now they get the elite back, and he’ll have an even better senior year, and they can’t wait to get him into the program.” (Follow all things Sooners -- take five seconds to sign up for our FREE Sooners newsletter now!) He’s at a program that has, what, 10, 12 other guys that are D-I, maybe 20 D-I prospects out there. The Sooners are stacking up talent for what figures to be a force in much more than just the Big 12 over the next few years.
On Thursday, the defending women’s singles champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, exited the tournament in the second round, beaten by Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. 3 seed, meant six women seeded in the top eight had lost before the third round. In the last two sets, Uytvanck produced 18 winners to Muguruza’s seven. “She took a lot of risk, and it worked for her,” Muguruza said, adding, “I think she was playing really good. So it was a little bit tough for me to have an opponent that is having a great day and the match is slipping out of your hand a little bit.” Pella, who had never won a main-draw match at Wimbledon until this year, took out third-seeded Cilic in a match that took two days to complete. Cilic, the 2014 United States Open champion, won the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club less than two weeks ago, and he looked sharp while taking the first two sets Wednesday before the match was suspended by rain. Pella, who was trying to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, looked sharp, and Cilic was shaky. The next-highest seed in that half, No. He hit 113 aces in his three-day epic match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, which ended with a fifth-set score of 70-68. It was Isner’s first win in a five-setter at Wimbledon since the Mahut match.
The Fourth of July is a holiday to celebrate America's independence, and for a football-starved Cowboys fan base in mid-summer, it's an excuse to recall the story of how the Dallas Cowboys became known as "America's Team." Fans who are not familiar with this tale of American sports history may be surprised to know that the nickname was not created by the Cowboys. "The Cowboys were the most popular team in the country, everyone knew it," Ryan said in the film. "When you went to other stadiums, there were Cowboys fans all over with No. The Dallas Cowboys, the national team? "And then it came to me: America's Team!" "When I was editing America's Team I had complete tunnel vision of what I was doing because I knew I had something that I thought was going to be great," he said in the film. Ryan also shares credit for the success of the video and the long-lasting legacy of the moniker "America's Team" to the man who voiced the NFL Films highlight videos: John Facenda. The script for "America's Team" -- penned by Ryan and made legendary by Facenda -- included: "Cowboy goals are lofty: win the National Football Conference title, then the Super Bowl. Thirty-nine years after Ryan's idea for the title of a highlight film, the Cowboys are still known as America's Team.
Wednesday was already going to be a bullpen day for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tuesday’s 16-inning, 9-6 victory over the Miami Marlins only adds to that, with one or two Rays relievers expected to be added to help provide fresh arms. He walked the first batter and then gave up two hits, taking the loss without recording an out to briefly give himself an infinite ERA for his career against the Marlins. Nine pitchers were used in Tuesday’s win, requiring at least one roster move just to supply enough live arms to get through Wednesday’s series finale. Andriese (1-3, 3.86 ERA) will start two days after he pitched two innings Monday against the Marlins, limiting them to one hit and no runs. That outing came after two straight appearances where he gave up three runs each, raising his season ERA from 3.27 to 4.02. Andriese will make his fourth start of the season Wednesday, and has handled the Marlins well in his career, with a 1-0 record and 1.69 ERA career appearances against them, including a seven-inning scoreless gem last season. Miami will start Jose Urena (2-9, 4.40), who is slowly bouncing back from a rough first two months of the season. Urena had his best outing of the season two starts ago, going eight scoreless innings and holding Baltimore to three hits while getting the win June 15. Urena has never started against the Rays, but carries a 1.59 career ERA in six relief appearances, including five scoreless innings in 2015-16, against Tampa Bay. He pitched well last season, winning 14 games and finishing with a 3.82 ERA.
They claimed four straight victories on elimination to win the 2018 Finals, polishing off the title with a 26-8 win over Team Boomin’. First, though, he gave way to Tennessee quarterback commit Brian Maurer, who played most of the first two games. In the day’s opener against Team Dynamite, Stogner hauled in a touchdown pass from Maurer to get Overdrive on the board, as Wease followed it up with the reception on the two-point conversion. Maurer connected with Sooner receiver commit Trejan Bridges for a conversion, making it 21-0. "We're out there making plays, we're out there just competing," Stogner said. (Follow all things Sooners -- take five seconds to sign up for our FREE Sooners newsletter now!) He found Stogner for a touchdown, and then Wease for the conversion and a 14-6 advantage. There they met Team Boomin’, who had been blasting teams in the event, but not this time. #NewWave19 and Overdrive jumped on top early when Rattler found Henderson for a score. Rattler threw two more touchdown passes to Wease in the second half, as Wease recorded three in the contest, and Stogner went up and got a pass from Rattler in the corner of the end zone late for the final score.