Update on the latest sports
Watson settles with 20 women
HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney says Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has reached an agreement to settle 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits that had been filed by women who had accused him of sexual assault and harassment.
But a person familiar with the NFL’s investigation tells The Associated Press that the settlement may not dissuade the NFL from giving him a lengthy suspension.
Watson has been accused by massage therapists of harassing or assaulting them during appointments when he played for Houston. The attorney for all 24 women said paperwork has been filed to close 20 of the cases.
Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints.
The Browns, who signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract in March, had no immediate comment on the settlements.
Rob Gronkowski retires, won’t join Tom Brady for 3rd season
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced he is retiring and won’t join Tom Brady for a third season in Tampa Bay. The jovial four-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and Buccaneers thanked his teammates and coaches over the years in a post on Instagram and said he’s going back to “chilling out.”
The 33-year-old retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots. He returned in 2020 when Brady went to Tampa and the close friends teamed up to help the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl in 2021. Gronkowski had 621 catches for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns in the regular season and 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 TDs in the postseason.
Dodgers add Trayce Thompson
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have added outfielder Trayce Thompson to the active roster after acquiring him from the Detroit Tigers for cash. Thompson is the younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.
Trayce Thompson returns to the Dodgers after spending parts of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with them. He had been at Triple-A Toledo, where he was batting .299 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 25 games. Thompson figures to help fill the void left by right fielder Mookie Betts, who is on the injured list with a cracked rib.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is out of the lineup for the game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to what manager Oliver Marmol described as back tightness. Marmol was optimistic this would only be a one-day issue. The Cardinals moved Goldschmidt from first base to designated hitter just before Monday’s game to try to keep the six-time All-Star off his feet as much as possible. Goldschmidt was named the NL player of the week Tuesday. He leads the NL in batting average, on-base percentage and OPS.
— Relief pitcher Albert Abreu is back with the Yankees, two months after he was traded to Texas as part of the deal that brought catcher Jose Trevino to New York. The 26-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees opened a roster spot by designating pitcher David McKay for assignment. Abreu has a 3.46 ERA this season for the Rangers and Royals, allowing 10 hits, three of them homers, in 13 innings with 12 strikeouts and 16 walks.
— Pitcher Max Fried became the fifth member of the World Series champion Atlanta Braves to go to salary arbitration, asking for $6.85 million while the team argued for $6.6 million. The 28-year-old left-hander was 14-7 with a 3.04 ERA last year and was 2-2 in the postseason. After losing Game 2 of the World Series against Houston, Fried pitched six shutout innings in Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995. Shortstop Dansby Swanson won his case against the Braves, while outfielder Adam Duvall, third baseman Austin Riley and injured reliever Luke Jackson lost.
— Major League Baseball is standardizing procedures for rubbing baseballs and their removal from humidors in an effort to establish more consistency amid complaints about slickness that followed the crackdown on sticky substances. MLB has been working on standards over the course of the season in response to feedback from players and sent a memorandum outlining the changes, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. MLB is mandating a ball be stored in a humidor for at least 14 days before game use, and ball storage must be recorded in a signed form by the clubhouse manager.
Brooks Koepka signs on with Saudi golf series
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — The Associated Press has learned Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is the latest PGA Tour player to sign on with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
Koepka gives LIV another big name because of his four majors. He’s also the first player who originally denounced the idea of guaranteed money and limited fields. Koepka told the AP in March 2020 that he has a hard time thinking golf should be about 48 players.
Koepka is still listed in the field this week at the Travelers Championship.
Women’s PGA Championship doubles prize money to $9 million
UNDATED (AP) — The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is doubling the size of its purse to $9 million.
It’s another boost to the women’s game that brings prize money for the five majors to nearly triple the amount from a decade ago. It’s also a 300 percent increase from the 2014 Women’s PGA Championship. That was the year before KPMG and the PGA of America partnered with the LPGA Tour. The idea was to increase the prize money and the profile of the second-oldest LPGA major by taking it to fabled courses.
Stars hire 2-time Cup Final coach DeBoer to replace Bowness
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have hired Peter DeBoer as their new coach. The move comes a month after he was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights after they missed the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s five-season history. DeBoer previously led New Jersey and San Jose to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with both of those clubs.
Dallas was in the Stanley Cup Final two summers ago with Rick Bowness as their interim head coach before he got a two-year contract that went through this season. Bowness was 89-62-26 with two playoff appearances in his nearly three seasons.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— The Edmonton Oilers have given coach Jay Woodcroft a three-year contract extension for leading them to the NHL Western Conference final. Woodcroft was named the team’s interim head coach after Dave Tippett was fired in February following a 7-13-3 run that had the Oilers in fifth place in the Pacific Division. The 45-year-old Toronto native led them to a 26-9-3 mark in final 38 regular-season games and they finished second in the Pacific Division. They beat the Kings and Flames in the playoffs before being swept by Colorado in the conference final.
Djokovic, Nadal on opposite sides of the draw for Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and Rafael Nadal will be on opposite sides of the draw this time.
The seedings for Wimbledon have been announced with Djokovic and Nadal being Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the men’s draw because of the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.
The top-ranked Medvedev of Russia cannot take part as a result of the All England Club’s decision to not allow players from Russia or Belarus to enter the event over the invasion of Ukraine. The No. 2-ranked Zverev is out because of an ankle injury. That means Djokovic and Nadal have been bumped up to being the top two seeded players and cannot now meet until the final.
There will be a 23-time Grand Slam winner in the women’s draw in Serena Williams, but she will not be seeded.
Serena Williams wins 1st match of comeback
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — — Serena Williams has won the first match of her comeback. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion partnered Ons Jabeur (ahnz jah-BOOR’) to victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova in the first round of the women’s doubles at the Wimbledon warmup tournament on England’s south coast.
Williams and Jabeur recovered from losing the first set 6-2 to win the second 6-3 and then the match tiebreaker 13-11 on their third match point.
Williams is guaranteed to have at least one more competitive match before playing singles at Wimbledon as a wild-card entry. Main-draw play at the All England Club starts Monday.
Naomi Osaka, LeBron James team up for entertainment venture
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with a company created by NBA star James and Maverick Carter.
Tuesday’s announcement comes shortly after Osaka and her agent, Stuart Duguid, started an athlete representation agency. The 24-year-old Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion who also has reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings.
Osaka recently said she would be skipping Wimbledon for the second year in a row.
Suns hire first woman of color to NBA assistant GM job
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have hired Morgan Cato as an assistant general manager and vice president of basketball operations. She becomes the first woman of color to hold an assistant GM title for an NBA franchise.
Cato comes to Phoenix after spending nearly a decade with the NBA league office, where she most recently worked as the associate vice president of business operations for NBA’s league operations department.
Minnesota’s Parker Fox suffers another offseason knee injury
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota forward Parker Fox has suffered another serious knee injury. This puts the status of a potential starter in question for the upcoming season. Coach Ben Johnson announced the injury occurred during summer practice.
Fox tore the ACL in his left knee during the 2021 offseason and redshirted his first year with the Gophers. The latest injury was to his right knee. Fox transferred from Northern State University in South Dakota. He was an NCAA Division II All-American in his third and final season there.
Coroner: Former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan dies at 25
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Former Purdue basketball star Caleb Swanigan has died at age 25. The Allen County Coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that Swanigan died Monday of natural causes at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The coroner’s office senior investigator Rebecca Maze says a private doctor will be handling his death certificate. Purdue Men’s basketball tweeted Tuesday: “Devastated.”
The 6-foot-9 center was from Fort Wayne and attended Homestead High School before playing for the Boilermakers from 2015-2017, where he averaged more than 14 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue. Swanigan was selected The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference in 2017 when he averaged more than 18 points. He was a first-round draft pick in 2017 by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Defending champ Dressel drops out of 100 freestyle at worlds
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Two-time world champion Caeleb Dressel is not defending his title in the men’s 100 freestyle at the swimming world championships after withdrawing before the semifinals. Dressel was included in the initial start list for Tuesday’s semifinals in Budapest but he was not in an updated version with reserve Hwang Sun-woo of South Korea taking his place.
U.S. Swimming told The Associated Press in a statement that Dressel had withdrawn for medical reasons.
Also at the world championships:
— Hungary’s Kristóf Milák set a world record in the men’s 200 butterfly at the swimming world championships. The 22-year-old Milák clocked 1 minute, 50.34 seconds to shave 0.39 seconds off the previous record he set at the last worlds in Gwangju, South Korea on July 24, 2019. Milák finished 3.03 seconds ahead of French swimmer Leon Marchand and 3.27 ahead of Japan’s Tomoru Honda. It’s Hungary’s first medal in swimming at this worlds edition and Milák is the first swimmer to win the men’s 200 butterfly at a worlds in front of a home crowd.
— Elite swimmer Mykhailo Romanchuk doesn’t know if his father was able to see him winning a medal for Ukraine at the swimming world championships. Romanchuk’s father is fighting in the east of Ukraine where pockets of resistance are still denying Russia full military control. Romanchuk doesn’t dare talk to his dad out of fear his father’s location could be tracked through the call. The 25-year-old Romanchuk won a bronze medal in the men’s 800-meter freestyle race today. He almost never made it to Budapest for the competition.