TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles arrived in Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. She convinced herself she was prepared for the pressure. That she was ready to carry the burden of outsized expectations.
Finally, it all became too much. Simone Biles felt it hours before she took the floor in Tokyo, a nervousness she couldn’t explain as she waited to deliver what everyone except her was sure would be a gold medal for the U.S.
Texas and Oklahoma made a request Tuesday to join the Southeastern Conference — in 2025 —- with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey saying the league would consider it in the “near future.”
The wheels are in motion for a monumental move in college sports, but the Longhorns and Sooners are not yet free agents.
TOKYO (AP) — When you're a swimmer from Alaska, there are some misguided stereotypes that must be laughed off.
Lydia Jacoby has surely heard them all before.
“She practically swims in iced-over lakes,” teammate Gunnar Bentz said.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has made it to Green Bay on the eve of the Packers’ first training-camp workout.
Rodgers was seen arriving at Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning, the day after NFL Network and ESPN reported the reigning MVP was closing in on a deal that would keep him with the Packers this season.
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to have a better chance to win a Super Bowl this season somewhere other than Green Bay.
The Packers weren’t going to contend for a Super Bowl without Rodgers running the offense.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Strasburg will have season-ending neck surgery, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday, ending another frustrating year for Washington's 2019 World Series hero.
The three-time All-Star right-hander felt discomfort after a 27-pitch bullpen session last week and saw a specialist on Monday.
Isaac Bruce would love to see “The Greatest Show on Turf” playing with today’s NFL rules. No head-hunting safeties. No handsy cornerbacks. No limits to what the St. Louis Rams’ offense could do.
“We’d probably have to call off the dogs,” Bruce said.
TOKYO (AP) — Angelina Melnikova, a celebrated gymnast from Russia, was gliding around the parallel bars when breaking news started rocketing around the world: Her competitor, American superstar Simone Biles, was scratched from the competition.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — They marched single file onto the podium near shortstop with the blank expressions of the condemned.
When silver medals were handed out, they dangled them around each other’s necks like weights.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders had one of the worst defensive units in the NFL last season, including a beleaguered secondary that was regularly torched due to growing pains with a young corps.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Houston Astros have landed one of the top relievers in baseball, acquiring right-hander Kendall Graveman from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in an odd intra-division trade while the teams were preparing to play each other.
SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — An Olympic buzz permeates an Alaska coastal community thousands of miles away from Japan and nearly a full day after Lydia Jacoby scored a major upset to bring home gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games.
TOKYO (AP) — For rugby sevens veterans like Perry Baker, competing in the Olympics can involve a fine balance between gamesmanship and showmanship.
Gamesmanship because his U.S. team is full of talented, athletic players, has been ranked as high as No.
BRYAN, Texas (AP) — New Deal’s Kyler Reed and Bosqueville’s Jason Ybarra shared player of the year honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A all-state baseball team.
Reed batted .444 with 43 runs batted in to earn first-team honors at first base.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cam Newton will enter training camp as the Patriots’ starting quarterback. Coach Bill Belichick made that clear multiple times this offseason.
But he said Tuesday that, like all positions, who winds up with the job at the end of camp is back to being an open question as the Patriots prepare to open their second camp since Tom Brady's departure.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The balancing act for Matt Nagy has begun.
The Chicago Bears coach made it clear as players reported Tuesday for training camp why the team is starting veteran quarterback Andy Dalton first before it turns to rookie first-round pick Justin Fields.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka have been reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the moves before Tuesday night's game at Tampa Bay.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina education officials say recently enacted legislation will prevent them from requiring students and employees to wear masks inside schools as a result of a new recommendation from the CDC that even vaccinated people should use face coverings in regions with increasing numbers of coronavirus cases.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the San Francisco 49ers immediately became a bit cloudy when the San Francisco 49ers traded up to draft Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Heading into his second season as coach of the New York Giants, Joe judge went out of his way to point out that this is a new season and a new team after players arrived for training camp.
The stars available at the top end of the NHL free agent market should make things interesting Wednesday afternoon.
Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog and goaltender Philipp Grubauer and Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton did not have deals to re-sign as of Tuesday evening and could stir up bidding wars if the other 31 teams can start negotiating with them.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller insists he's not worried about the Denver Broncos' quarterback clash dragging on and on.
With Aaron Rodgers reporting to Packers camp Tuesday after an offseason of discontent, the Broncos' QB competition remains one between incumbent Drew Lock and veteran Teddy Bridgewater.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed defensive end Chris Smith.
The Ravens announced the move Tuesday, the day before the team's first practice of training camp.
Smith played eight games last season for the Las Vegas Raiders.
IndyCar rookie Jimmie Johnson is hopeful of testing in August on the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway as part of a path toward running in next year's Indianapolis 500.
The seven-time NASCAR champion jumped this season to IndyCar and has competed in seven races for team owner Chip Ganassi.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Pelicans coach Willie Green sees New Orleans as a team on the cusp of contending — a conclusion he explains by referencing his past two years with the Phoenix Suns.
“This situation actually reminds me a lot of Phoenix,” Green said during his formal introduction on Tuesday, highlighting “really high-talented players” such as 2021 All-Star Zion Williamson and 2020 All-Star Brandon Ingram.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the All Blacks will play the United States at FedEx Field outside Washington D.C. in October.
MONTREAL (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he was not happy with the decision by the Montreal Canadiens to draft an 18-year-old player who was fined in Sweden for sharing an explicit photo of a woman without her consent.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos should have a new owner by this time next year, whether that's Brittany Bowlen or a billionaire like Jeff Bezos.
Team president and CEO Joe Ellis said Tuesday that the trust that runs the franchise will begin a transition in early 2022 and the new owner will be in place by the start of next season.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners hired Catie Griggs as the club’s new president of business operations on Tuesday.
Griggs joins the Mariners after spending the past four seasons as the chief business officer for the Atlanta United of Major League Soccer.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — First-round pick Rashawn Slater signed his contract with the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday as players reported for training camp.
Slater, who was the 13th overall pick in the draft in April, is expected to be the Chargers' left tackle when the season begins on Sept.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida and UCF have agreed to play a two-for-one series that begins in 2024 and concludes nearly a decade later, settling on the kind of arrangement the Gators wanted for years.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will start training camp with yet another change in leadership for their offensive line, having reassigned valued assistant coach Rick Dennison to a consulting role so he can remain employed by the club without vaccination for COVID-19.
Marc-Andre Fleury was traded from Vegas to Chicago on Tuesday, a stunning turn of events that has the NHL’s reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender contemplating his future.
The Golden Knights traded Fleury to the Blackhawks for minor league forward Mikael Hakkarainen in a salary dump.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has tested positive for the coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms.
Yelich and utilityman Jace Peterson were placed on the COVID-19 injured list, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said Tuesday, adding that Peterson was sidelined due to contact tracing and hasn't tested positive.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Robert Saleh and the New York Jets were focused on football again after spending the last several days mourning the loss of their friend, colleague and mentor.
The death of assistant coach Greg Knapp last Thursday stunned the organization and the entire NFL community.
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Center-back Mamadou Sakho signed with French club Montpellier on Tuesday after playing eight seasons in the Premier League.
The 31-year-old Sakho played in 75 games for Crystal Palace after joining from Liverpool in January 2017.
NEW YORK (AP) — If there's going to be a surge in viewership interest in the Tokyo Olympics, NBC Universal is still waiting.
For three straight nights, viewership for the Tokyo Games has been down more than 30% compared to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, and the network has been hit by a steady stream of bad news regarding American competitors.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ron Rivera opened Washington's training camp Tuesday by expressing frustration about a lack of vaccinations among players, which has caused the cancer survivor to practice extra caution.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United defender Alex Telles is expected to miss the start of the Premier League season due to an ankle injury, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Brazilian likely won't return until September, meaning he'd miss the first three games of the season.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks flanker Shannon Frizell was suspended from the first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia next week after appearing in a Dunedin court on assault charges Tuesday.
ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — After a series of underdogs stole the show at the beginning of surfing’s historic Olympic debut, two of the sport's most seasoned superstars took home the gold medals.
Carissa Moore of the United States and Italo Ferreira of Brazil became the first Olympic surfing champions on Tuesday, more than a century after the sport first tried to get on the program.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Linebacker Chandler Jones was present at the first day of the Arizona Cardinals' training camp on Tuesday.
Eleven-time Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald was not.
Both developments were expected as the Cardinals opened their preseason at State Farm Stadium.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel isn’t about to divulge the percentage of his players who have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus entering Wednesday’s start of training camp.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington State coach Nick Rolovich lamented Tuesday that his decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine has created a distraction for his program, though he reiterated that he would keep his reasons why private.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Mike Davis couldn't wait to check in for his first training camp with his hometown Atlanta Falcons.
“I’m here early,” Davis said Tuesday. “I think that speaks for a lot.