Tatum out vs. Brazil; Walker probable with illness

SHENZHEN, China — Jayson Tatum returned to Team USA practice after an ankle injury but will miss a third consecutive World Cup game Monday when the team faces Brazil (8:30 a.m. ET, ESPN+). Kemba Walker missed Monday’s shootaround with illness but was listed as probable to play in the final second-round game. Walker has been the Americans’ leading scorer at 14.8 points per game in the World Cup. Tatum was able to go through the entire workout at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center without limitations, hinting that he might be able…

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Best father-son combos in sports

It’s one thing to have your father as your high school coach, but it’s a whole different experience when your father is in the Hall of Fame and one of the most recognizable two-sport athletes of all-time. That’s the opportunity Shedeur Sanders, a 2021 quarterback prospect from Trinity Christian School in Texas, has every day with Deion Sanders as his father and offensive coordinator. The younger Sanders is the No. 49 ranked prospect in his class, and though his father was once terrorizing quarterbacks, picking off their passes with ease…

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Ryan Newman makes the Cup playoffs but “we have work to do”

With some clever strategy calls and a strong eighth-place finish in Sunday’s Brickyard 400, Newman was able to clinch the final playoff berth in the 16-driver field, just edging out Daniel Suarez.  Much like the rest of his season has gone, Newman got off to a slow start with a sub-par qualifying effort at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but was able to make big gains once the race played out. Read Also: “That was a struggle at a lot of times. At the end of the first stage I had a…

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Explaining F1’s black-and-white flag warning for ‘professional fouls’

MONZA, Italy — “Do you give the leading Ferrari at Monza a five-second penalty? Out of the question. Then we’d need a police escort out of here!” 1 Related That was the tongue-in-cheek verdict of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Charles Leclerc being shown a black-and-white flag for his aggressive defensive move on Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix which forced the reigning world champion off the road. The move helped Leclerc hold on to the lead en route to Ferrari’s first victory on home tarmac since 2010. The…

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Where top NHL players come from

There are few sports that provide as rich and diverse a development pool as hockey does. As a global sport, there are so many routes for players to take on their way to the NHL. There’s no real “right way” to get to there. If a player is good enough, it’s almost impossible for him to slip through the cracks, and if someone is not found in his draft year, there’s always free agency for the late bloomers. One way or another, the best players get there. But what are…

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With division races looking like runaways, where’s the drama?

Sunday’s top 10 thoughts … 1. With the Cardinals shutting out the Pirates 2-0 behind another dominant effort from Jack Flaherty and the Brewers beating the Cubs 8-5, the Cards’ lead over the Cubs in the National League Central is now 4½ games — and that’s the closest of the six division races. The only other race that has a chance of being interesting down to the final week is the American League Central, where the Twins hold a 5½-game lead over the Indians. Here are the current odds to…

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Brady, Patriots will be unstoppable if Antonio Brown doesn’t stop them

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady came out fists flying to Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement” in the pregame but also took time to share a hug and a neighborly chat with the referee, Clete Blakeman. Brady likely has more in common with the middle-age ref than his youngest teammates, and for good reason: It seems like he has been under center for the entire 100-year history of the league. The New England Patriots unveiled their sixth Super Bowl championship banner Sunday night, and then the 42-year-old Brady did what Brady always…

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