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Reporter hurt at D.C. United’s new Audi Field

2:52 AM ET WASHINGTON — The opening of D.C. United’s new stadium, Audi Field, had its share of missteps on Saturday, including a dislodged railing that fell on the team’s sideline reporter, Lindsay Simpson, and resulted in an undisclosed injury. A D.C. United spokesperson confirmed that, prior to the game, a piece of a railing struck Simpson, possibly on the shoulder, and medical personnel treated her at the scene. The spokesman added that Simpson wasn’t hospitalized but that she was unable to continue working on the broadcast. One railing near Section 111 could be seen being held together by duct tape, with security personnel standing in front of the railing. Simpson did not respond to a text message seeking comment. That was by no means the only issue to plague th...

Pacquiao stops Matthysse for 1st KO since ’09

12:26 AM ET Questions abounded about what Manny Pacquiao had left. After all, the Filipino legend, winner of world titles in a boxing-record eight weight divisions and one of the greatest fighters in history, is 39 now. He was also coming off a one-year layoff, a controversial loss and a change of trainers when he returned to the ring on Sunday to challenge Lucas Matthysse for his secondary welterweight title. But any doubts that Pacquiao still has something to offer were put to rest as he turned in a sensational performance in a seventh-round knockout of Matthysse at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The fight headlined the Top Rank on ESPN+ card. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) got off to a good start, going at Matthysse from the opening bell and firing jabs and combinations against his ...

Cardinals (47-46) ax Matheny in seventh season

1:55 AM ET ESPN News Services The St. Louis Cardinals fired seventh-year manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night, a move that came shortly after an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds dropped them to 47-46 on the season. The team named bench coach Mike Shildt interim manager. The Cardinals also relieved hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller of their duties. In St. Louis, managers are expected to take their team to October. Facing falling short a third straight year, something had to give. “Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. “On behalf of the en...

Follow live: Croatia and France meet in World Cup final

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Michael Irvin sides with HOF on T.O. decision

9:12 PM ET FORT WORTH, Texas — Michael Irvin agrees with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s decision not to acknowledge Terrell Owens individually during enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio, next month. “We can’t spend this moment for all these other guys talking about the guy that is not here,” the Hall of Fame wide receiver said Saturday at the National Fantasy Football Convention. “You cannot do that and take that away. He’s doing his own thing wherever he’s doing his own thing, and God bless him. And when they mention the class they’ll mention him, but why should you steal those other guys’ moment because of the decision of this one? “I think it’s the right move. They’re not saying he’s not going to have ...

NFLPA exec: Serious player concern over betting

8:23 PM ET An executive for the NFLPA on Friday told a room of state legislators and gaming industry officials that players are concerned about what expanded legal sports betting means for them in their private and on-field lives. “There are serious consequences, particularly for the athletes,” said Casey Schwab, vice president of business and legal affairs for the NFLPA. “Because of those consequences, the athlete’s voice must be heard, particularly as we contemplate sports betting in the country.” Representatives from the player associations for MLB, NBA and NHL also were in attendance for the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States summer meeting in Cleveland. Schwab said the players’ unions from the respective leagues are on the same page ...

Sources: O’s narrow focus in Machado talks

6:57 PM ET The Baltimore Orioles, deep into trade talks regarding All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, have made progress in recent days and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, sources told ESPN. The Orioles are said to be “definitely motivated” to get a deal done, according to one official familiar with the conversations. They have had extensive conversations with the Philadelphia Phillies, whose front office is loaded with ex-Oriole officials who were involved in the drafting and developing of Machado for Baltimore — from president Andy MacPhail to general manager Matt Klentak to assistant Ned Rice. Among the Phillies prospects being evaluated by the Orioles are 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Franklyn Kilome, 19-year-old outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, 20-ye...

Harper gets talking to after jogging to first base

4:18 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez met with star Bryce Harper on Saturday a day after the outfielder failed to run out a ground ball in the fifth inning of Washington’s 4-2 loss to the New York Mets. “I’ve spoken to Bryce, and that’s a conversation that will stay between Bryce and I,” Martinez said. Harper came up to the plate in the fifth against hard-throwing Noah Syndergaard with one out and two runners on after singles by Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon. Syndergaard threw the 25-year old slugger a 96 mph slider and Harper hit the ball sharply, but right at Mets shortstop Amed Rosario for an inning-ending double play. Martinez dismissed the notion that there would be any lingering issues from having a talk ...

Harper gets talking to day after jogging to 1B

7:22 PM ET ESPN News Services NEW YORK — Nationals manager Dave Martinez met with star Bryce Harper on Saturday, a day after the outfielder failed to run out a ground ball during Washington’s 4-2 loss to the Mets. “I’ve spoken to Bryce, and that’s a conversation that will stay between Bryce and I,” Martinez said. Harper came up to the plate in the fifth inning against hard-throwing Noah Syndergaard with one out and two runners on after singles by Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon. Syndergaard threw the 25-year old slugger a 96 mph slider, and Harper hit the ball sharply but right at Mets shortstop Amed Rosario for an inning-ending double play. Martinez dismissed the notion that there would be any lingering issues from having a talk with his star player. R...

Machado’s top 12 landing spots among contenders

Jul 13, 2018 The Manny Machado Watch has intensified over the past couple of weeks. In some ways, that’s hard to believe. After all, this has been going on since last winter, when the Baltimore Orioles‘ star infielder was reportedly first aggressively shopped during December’s winter meetings. Still, the watch has intensified as we move toward the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. Everything transaction-related seems to be in limbo until the Manny Watch is resolved. All 29 other teams would get better with the O’s star added to the roster, but the Machado bump could put these contenders over the top. When will Manny Machado move? Who is emerging as a backup option? And which starter has scouts buzzing? Here’s the latest deadline chatter. Wheth...

Top 12 places Manny Machado could land

Jul 13, 2018 The Manny Machado Watch has intensified over the past couple of weeks. In some ways, that’s hard to believe. After all, this has been going on since last winter, when the Baltimore Orioles‘ star infielder was reportedly first aggressively shopped during December’s winter meetings. Still, the watch has intensified as we move toward the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. Everything transaction-related seems to be in limbo until the Manny Watch is resolved. All 29 other teams would get better with the O’s star added to the roster, but the Machado bump could put these contenders over the top. When will Manny Machado move? Who is emerging as a backup option? And which starter has scouts buzzing? Here’s the latest deadline chatter. Wheth...

From hardship to heroics, the Novak Djokovic comeback story continues

4:36 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” WIMBLEDON — He was an implacable force, as cool and studied as his opponent across the net on Centre Court, Rafael Nadal, was passionate and hot. Novak Djokovic was back in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time in three years Saturday, seemingly a different, changed man. Head bowed between points, eyes fixed on the grass at his toes, Djokovic stood ramrod straight, studying his strings as Nadal completed his pre-service rituals, dipping into tha...