NBA great Bill Russell has died aged 88. His family said on social media that Russell died on Sunday. The statement did not give a cause of death, but Russell was not well enough to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy in June due to a long illness.
Russell has lived a full life even when his many basketball accomplishments are not factored into his story. The greatest winner in team sports history was a civil rights champion. He liked to tell stories. Had an appreciation for music and fast cars. He climbed mountains. I loved the outdoors. He could speak intelligently on just about any topic. Russell died Sunday at age 88. His basketball exploits were legendary. Still, he always made sure to say that playing the game was exactly what he was doing, and being a basketball star was not what he was.
Russell anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 titles in 13 years. His last two were the first black head coach in any major American sport. Russell was a Hall of Famer, five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star. He won with defense and rebounding and fought battles with Wilt Chamberlain. Russell also marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and stood with boxer Muhammad Ali when he was refused military induction.
In Interleague play, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 at Fenway Park.
Meanwhile, in the American League, the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 8-6.
In the National League, the NY Mets crushed the Miami Marlins 9-3 and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2
MLB Trade Deadline
When Juan Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract to stay with the Washington Nationals, he made sure Tuesday’s trade deadline would get some juice. It’s shaping up to be memorable, with MLB’s expanded playoffs helping nearly 20 teams stay in contention. The Soto contest could include even more bidders than that. The 23-year-old is a two-time All-Star, a Home Run Derby champion, a World Series winner and one of baseball’s toughest hitters. Take him away from the Nationals and a club could enjoy 2 ½ seasons of Soto and his signature box shuffle before they can test free agency.
Angels starter Reid Detmers became the first rookie pitcher with a no-hitter and a clean inning in the same season, netting the latter against the Texas Rangers on Sunday. The Rangers tied the 1979 San Francisco Giants as the only rosters to have three clean innings pitched against them in a season. Houston got Texas for two clean runs in the same game on June 15. Detmers, who threw a hit against Tampa Bay on May 10, struck out three Texan batters on nine pitches in the second inning for the scorching 109th inning in baseball history.
A decision on the discipline of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson following accusations of sexual misconduct will be handed down Monday. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that retired judge Sue L. Robinson has notified the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association that she is ready to make a decision on Watson’s disciplinary hearing. which ended a month ago. Watson has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by 24 massage therapists in Texas and has settled 20 of the civil lawsuits filed against him. Four lawsuits are still pending and the lawyer representing the women said he hopes to bring them to trial next spring. However, Watson agreed to settle three of the four, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee told ESPN early Monday.
The story of a 5-foot-9 NFL linebacker nicknamed “Field Mouse” will be featured in Canton, Ohio this weekend when the late Sam Mills is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mills played Division III college football and was undrafted. It made his rise to stardom with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers all the more remarkable. Jim Mora was Mills’ head coach in the USFL and New Orleans. Mora says those who saw Mills as gifted missed the fact that he “was just so good.” Mills was an assistant coach at Carolina when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. That season, he coined the Panthers’ motto, “Keep Fighting.”
Tony Finau got away with the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday at Detroit Golf Club to become the first PGA Tour player in three years to win back-to-back regular season events. Finau closed with a 5-under 67 for a five-stroke win and a tournament-best 26-under 262 overall. Taylor Pendrith, Patrick Cantlay and rookie of the year Cameron Young tied for second place. Finau picked up his fourth career victory, a third title in more than 11 months. He was the winner of the 3M Open last week in Minnesota, where he rallied from five strokes back to win by three. Brendon Todd was the last to win back-to-back regular season wins, doing so in 2019.
Two weeks after Henrik Stenson was stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy for Europe, he is victorious on his debut in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. The Swede obtained significant and immediate returns. He shot 69 at Trump National. He won by two strokes over Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolf. And the payout for Stenson was $4 million for the individual victory and $375,000 for his team finishing second. Dustin Johnson now has three top 10 finishes in three events and has already earned just over $5.2 million. The LIV Golf Series only returns the first weekend of September.
Tyler Reddick capped off the best month of his NASCAR career with an overtime win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He earned his first career win on July 3 with a victory at Road America in Wisconsin and announced nine days later that he was leaving Richard Childress Racing in 2024 to drive for Michael Jordan’s team. His second win in five races made Reddick the first Childress rider since Kevin Harvick in 2013 to win multiple races in one season. Austin Cindric finished second in a Ford to track owner Roger Penske and was followed by fellow rookies Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland, both of whom had career-best results.