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Joe Buck avoids Brooks Koepka girlfriend topic this time

Brooks Koepka’s US Open win was somewhat marred last year by a broadcast snafu from FOX, so this time around, Joe Buck chose to avoid the topic for the most part. Koepka made a putt for bogey on 18 at Shinnecock Hills that allowed him to finish 1 over for the round and first at…Read More

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Suns open to taking on worst contract in the NBA?

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The Phoenix Suns will not be trading their No. 1 overall pick for Kawhi Leonard, but they may still be finding a way to factor into the proceedings.

Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic reported this weekend that the Suns could get involved in a potential Leonard trade as a third team facilitator. Bordow goes on to add that a move they could make would be taking Luol Deng’s contract off the Los Angeles Lakers’ hands, provided that the Lakers attach one of their young players to the deal as well.

Deng, 33, holds what is widely viewed as the worst contract in the NBA right now: a four-year, $72 million albatross that is only halfway complete. Making matters worse is that Deng was basically a healthy scratch last season (playing in just one game all year), despite his entire salary being fully guaranteed.

Granted, some might argue that the contracts of New York Knicks big man Joakim Noah or Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons are worse. But it wasn’t too long ago that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson literally laughed off a question about finding a taker for Deng’s deal, so the Suns could just be the Lakers’ manna from heaven here.

H/T RealGM

10 NBA Draft prospects who will make an immediate impact

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With Warriors-versus-Cavs 4.0 in the books, NBA fans are already obsessing over the offseason. Where will LeBron sign? Which other superstars could be on the move? Which contenders will morph into bottom-feeders, and vice versa?

In this wildly unpredictable league, it seems like anything could happen.

Before the July 1 commencement of free agency, however, teams are focused on the draft. Last year’s draft provided immediate-impact players for playoff teams like the Jazz (Donovan Mitchell), Celtics (Jayson Tatum), and Warriors (Jordan Bell). Other rookies, like Lonzo Ball and Lauri Markkanen, didn’t play for contenders, but they were starters from day one and had a significant influence on their team’s fortunes.

With this year’s draft fast approaching – it’s slated for Thursday, June 21 – we have identified 10 prospects who are positioned to immediately jump into the rotation and make an impact for their new teams.

10. Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova

Brunson will never be a captivating highlight-reel guy. He plays below the rim, and there isn’t much flash in his game. But the guy possesses all the intangibles. He was the unquestioned leader on Jay Wright’s national title squad. Brunson, the Naismith Player of the Year and son of former NBA player Rick Brunson, is only 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, but he has a strong frame; no one is going to push him around. The junior from Illinois also possesses incredible basketball IQ and maturity. Don’t expect him to experience a rough transition to the pro level. He knows what he can and cannot do, and that self-awareness should position him for success.

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Report: Nelson Cruz could get David Ortiz-like deal from Mariners for final years

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The Seattle Mariners seem to have an idea of how to approach the future with their aging but still productive slugger Nelson Cruz.

According to a report by Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times on Sunday, the Mariners have approached Cruz about the possibility of a contract setup similar to what retired Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz got in his final years with the team. Ortiz essentially played out his career on a one-year contract with vesting options for the next season.

Cruz, who is about to be 38, remains one of Seattle’s better hitters nonetheless with 16 home runs and 38 RBIs through 58 games (albeit on a .248 batting average). His current deal with the team will expire after the season.

Much like Ortiz, Cruz is now playing exclusively as a designated hitter as his career winds down, which will obviously limit his market come the winter. But he has more than demonstrated his worth during his time with the Mariners, and it’s remarkable how far the two sides have come in just the last few years.

Brewers’ Adrian Houser jokes about vomiting on mound while pitching

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Adrian Houser had one of the worst experiences one could probably have on Sunday, but he kept his sense of humor about it.

Houser vomited twice on the mound while pitching the eighth inning of Milwaukee’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, which is enough to embarrass anyone. After the game, though, Houser wasn’t letting it get him down. In fact, he compared himself to Willie Beeman of Any Given Sunday fame when assessing the situation in the clubhouse.

One good thing that came out of the situation? Houser’s insistence on gutting it out and finishing the inning impressed his teammates.

You have to credit Houser. He kept it together, got through the inning, and laughed it off afterward.

Dustin Johnson sends classy tweet after US Open

Dustin Johnson sent a classy tweet after the US Open on Sunday.

DJ entered Sunday tied for the lead at the US Open. He shot an even par 70 in the final round and ended up three over for the tournament, two strokes behind champion Brooks Koepka.

Johnson congratulated Koepka on a “well deserved win” and said it wasn’t his day.

Johnson could have easily complained about conditions at Shinnecock Hills or something else, but instead he took the high road. Keep in mind that he went late in the round on Saturday after the course was already beaten up and ended up with a 77. That could be considered a disadvantage that really hurt his total score.

Watch: Arkansas fan runs onto field at CWS, gets destroyed

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One Arkansas fan decided to spice things up during a weather delay at the College World Series on Sunday.

Texas and Arkansas were squaring off but went into a weather delay that lasted nearly three hours. During the delay, an Arkansas fan hopped over the fence from the outfield at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. It didn’t take long for security to get the best of him.

That was one heck of a hit from the security worker.

The fan should have known better; when you run onto the field at the College World Series, you have to do so in a threesome!

Ben Roethlisberger has good reason for not wanting record contract

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could be set for one last major contract, but he’s not concerned with setting a record with it.

Roethlisberger said Sunday at his football camp that he would rather set records with wins, and he’s willing to leave some money on the table to better reward teammates.

“I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that — that’s more important to me,” Roethlisberger said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “I have two years on my contract. I’m not going to be one to sit here and worry about my contract. That’s not my job. My job is to play football. I’ll let my representation, the Steelers worry about all that stuff. To me, it’s all about going out and playing now. I think there are a lot more, maybe a lot more important people who need to get their deals done now. For me to do it two years out, if it doesn’t make sense for the team, I’m not going to sit here and worry about it.”

Roethlisberger added that it’s important to him that key teammates are taken care of, naming two of his key offensive linemen, Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert.

“It’s important, too, to understand as quarterback of this team, sometimes you almost have to leave a little bit of money behind for other guys,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s not my job, that’s not my thing to worry about. That’s why I have agents.

“I know in two years, Pouncey, Gilbert, there are other very important guys up that I hope get taken care of. Because if they aren’t here, I’m not here. That’s the way it is; they are that good.”

Roethlisberger may well talk about his contract with the Steelers after 2018, as things have changed a lot in the market since he signed his current deal in 2015. The Steelers have interest in doing it, but it doesn’t sound like Big Ben is interested in joining the rush of record quarterback deals.

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