Hannah Blum went from prom queen to involuntarily institutionalized when she was officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since her diagnosis, she continues to share her journey, empower others, and destigmatize mental illnesses.
Not a lot went right for the Chicago Cubs in Wednesday's 12-7 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. However, they did benefit from a missed call and a review loophole that turned a potential double play into the team's first triple play since May 10, 1997. Cubs credited with phantom triple play With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant appeared to cleanly snag Shogo Akiyama's line drive before stepping on third base to double off one runner and firing across the diamond to first base to double off another.
Tom Brady finally practiced with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates in an official setting Wednesday, and we'll be honest: it was weird to watch. Brady left the New England Patriots in free agency over four months ago but had yet to (officially) practice with his new team due to the coronavirus pandemic. That changed Wednesday as the Bucs opened training camp, and the team's social media accounts eagerly captured the 42-year-old quarterback in action with his new club.
With so many things to do in a city like Atlanta, it might not be the ideal place for an out-of-towner in the middle of a pandemic, or more specifically an athlete. Just ask Lou Williams of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. According to USA TODAY columnist and RADIO.com sports insider Bob Nightengale, that's exactly what happened with the Miami Marlins.
The combination of a short offseason and the financial hit that team owners have taken — both due to the coronavirus — could mute the wild player movement we crave from the NBA once the season ends. A lot of teams will be standing pat, or trying to dump big contracts, not making bold moves once NBA free agency hits on Oct. 18. Still, there will be trades, and Orlando's Aaron Gordon could be the biggest name on the move.
Philip Rivers has been around the NFL block more than a few times, but the quarterback's still experiencing some new things this offseason. Rivers is settling into his first training camp as a member of the Colts and they've asked him to make some changes to the way he's approaching the game. Head coach Frank Reich and General Manager Chris Ballard said that Rivers is “committed” to what the Colts have asked him to change in order to “physically get better” in 2020.
For the second consecutive tournament Justin Thomas will need a replacement caddie after his regular looper, Jimmy Johnson, became ill. About halfway through the third round at the Memorial two weeks ago, Johnson left the course after becoming light-headed because of the intense heat. On Wednesday, Thomas's father was again on the bag and Thomas confirmed to Golf Channel that he will have Jim “Bones” Mackay on the bag this week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and next week at the PGA Championship.
Remember Brusdar Graterol, the Twins prospect whose disputed medicals nearly blew up the Mookie Betts trade? The Red Sox might want a do-over. While Fightin' Joe Kelly earned the headlines for emptying the benches in the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Astros on Tuesday, Graterol made an impression of his own that should have Red Sox fans wincing.
Joe Kelly Fight Club is back (kind of). Boston Red Sox fans remember the hard-throwing reliever taking on Tyler Austin during a brawl with the rival New York Yankees in 2018. While melees aren't kosher in the era of social distancing, Kelly still found a way to stir the pot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' series opener against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
NFL players have the choice to opt out of the 2020 season, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. On July 27, the Miami Marlins in Major League Baseball had an outbreak on their team, which could have caused some NFL players to think twice about whether they want to play this season. Baltimore Ravens: Wide receiver and return specialist De'Anthony Thomas was put on the team's reserve list as a voluntary opt-out.
Mike Yastrzemski homered twice, the second a towering solo shot into McCovey Cove in the ninth inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants past the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Wednesday night. Donovan Solano had a three-run home run in the eighth and Alex Dickerson also went deep as the Giants rallied to beat the Padres, who entered the game tied for the best record in baseball. It took a big lift from the Giants bullpen after starter Johnny Cueto was knocked out of the game in the fourth.
Jason Day has parted ways with mentor and swing coach Colin Swatton after a two-decade partnership that yielded a major championship and the world's top ranking. Day first linked up with Swatton as a 12-year-old at a golf boarding school in Australia not long after his father died of cancer. Under Swatton's guidance, Day claimed the world number one ranking and held it for 51 weeks during a dominant 2015-16 period.
If the New York Yankees must adjust on the fly to a sudden change in the schedule, there's no team they'd rather face than the Baltimore Orioles. Baseball's weird season reached another level of strange Wednesday night when New York stepped in for the Miami Marlins and ruined Baltimore's home opener, hitting three home runs to back right-hander Gerrit Cole in a 9-3 victory. The Yankees beat their AL East rivals for the 17th straight time since March 31, 2019, and for the 16th successive time at Camden Yards.
Dodgers reliever became everyone's favorite pitcher Tuesday night when he threw at Alex Bregman and then taunted Carlos Correa after striking him out. Well, everyone's favorite pitcher except Major League Baseball, who suspended Kelly eight games for his action during the game. Eight more games than every Astros player received for the team's sign-stealing scandal combined.
After being paused for nearly five months because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL will play games that matter when it resumes Saturday. The new-look season will include 24 teams with 12 playing in each hub city — Toronto (Eastern Conference) or Edmonton, Aberta (Western Conference). The top four teams from each conference will be playing a round robin-style format to determine seeding, while the remaining eight from each conference will play a best-of-five qualifying series to advance to the first round playoffs, with winners facing one of the round-robin teams.
Rangers start Shesterkin, Varlamov gets nod for Islanders in exhibition When the Rangers did manage to get things going, they didn't have a whole lot of luck. Semyon Varlamov made the play(s) of the game with some impressive saves. It seems like the Isles' net is Varlamov's to lose, although Thomas Greiss also saw action during the latter portion of the 2-1 win.
Mike Greenberg must move fast as the host of ESPN's “Get Up” each weekday morning. He's hoping a new radio gig in the afternoons will give him the chance he needs to slow things down. The show proved so popular that executives from across ESPN's parent, Walt Disney, considered paring it with “Good Morning America” in a bid to woo a greater range of morning advertisers.
Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall made his NBA bubble debut in Tuesday night's scrimmage against the Houston Rockets. Fall entered the action late in the first quarter and picked up three quick fouls. He remained in the game and started to make his presence felt at both ends of the floor to start the second quarter.
After a testy, noisy game in the series opener, all was quiet between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Until the loud crack of Edwin Rios' bat for a two-run homer in the 13th inning lifted the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory. The Dodgers played without manager Dave Roberts, suspended one game for his part in Tuesday night's heated matchup that saw the dugouts clear.
Facing a sprint of a season rather than a marathon because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta Braves didn't have time to let Mike Foltynewicz sort out his perplexing problems. The Braves designated Foltynewicz for assignment after a 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night, a move that effectively ended his tenure with a team that once viewed him as its staff ace. The move came after Foltynewicz surrendered six runs, three homers and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.
A form of controlled pit stops are coming for two upcoming standalone NASCAR events. Originally announced during the off-season but delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR confirmed the first two national touring events that would take place without live green flag pit stops on Wednesday morning: The Aug. 8 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America and the Aug. 30 Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The pit stop rules discourage the use of specialized over-the-wall crew members while also placing limits on the type of services that a car or truck can receive during each pit stop.