What's next for Serena Williams? Plus, Oakland is closer than ever to losing the A's

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TERRY MCLAURIN AND THE WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

Another among the star pass receivers from the 2019 draft class has actually signed a huge agreement extension: Commanders star Terry McLaurin accepted a three-year, $71-million extension the other day.

  • His $28-million finalizing perk is the biggest ever for a pass receiver.
  • More than 75% of the agreement is completely ensured.
  • McLaurin is the 2nd pass receiver from his class to get a huge extension: A.J. Brown got a four-year, $100-million extension previously this offseason, however that was just after he was traded from the Titans to the Eagles.

The pass receiver market has actually exploded this offseason, with McLaurin and Brown signing up with a list of big-money extensions that consists of Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, Mike Williams and Chris Godwin. That’s great news for the gamers next in line to get extensions. The 2019 draft class has a number of standout pass receivers waiting to earn money, consisting of…

  • Deebo Samuel (49ers)
  • D.K. Metcalf (Seahawks)
  • Diontae Johnson (Steelers)
  • Marquise Brown (Cardinals)

As for McLaurin, this was an essential action in Washington’s strategies. His 222 receptions are most in franchise history through a gamer’s very first 3 seasons, and they have actually come in spite of Washington’s revolving door at quarterback (he’s captured passes from 8 various gamers). McLaurin did not go to necessary minicamp, and with brand-new quarterback Carson Wentz in the fold, the Commanders required to get its leading pass catcher on the field earlier instead of later on.

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And not such an excellent early morning for…

SERENA WILLIAMS

This is not the method Serena Williams desired her go back to expert tennis to go. The 23-time significant champ, betting the very first time given that the opening round at the All England Club in 2015, lost to Harmony Tan in an opening-round match at Wimbledon, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7).

  • It’s simply the 3rd time Williams has actually lost in the preliminary of a significant. It took place in 2015 at Wimbledon when she needed to retire due to a torn hamstring versus Aliaksandra Sasnovich and at the 2012 French Open versus Virginie Razzano.
  • While the outcome is undoubtedly a frustration for Williams, she and Tan offered us some genuinely amazing tennis throughout a match that lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes.
  • Williams really won more points (124 to 119) however dedicated far a lot of unforced mistakes (54 compared to 28 for Tan).
  • For Tan, ranked 115th on the planet, it’s a huge win in her Wimbledon launching. She’ll face Sara Sorribes Tormo next.

Williams, who turns 41 in September, used her feelings on her sleeve after every bottom line won however took the loss in stride and informed media members post-match she’s uncertain of what her future holds. For now, she’ll stay one Grand Slam behind connecting Margaret Court‘s record and leave Wimbledon — where she’s won 7 times — with much to consider.

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Jazz to employ Celtics assistant Will Hardy as brand-new head coach 🏀


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After a prolonged search, the Utah Jazz are settling making Celtics assistant Will Hardy their next head coach.

  • At 34, Hardy will be the youngest coach in the NBA.
  • Hardy worked as an assistant with the Spurs under Gregg Popovich for 5 seasons prior to following Ime Udoka to Boston in 2015.
  • Hardy takes control of for Quin Snyder, who stepped down previously this month after 8 seasons in Utah.

To state this is a crucial offseason for Utah is an understatement. Aside from the training modification, the franchise should determine if it wishes to move on with stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert or with simply among them. The Jazz have actually made the playoffs 6 successive seasons however have actually not advanced past the 2nd round in any of those journeys, with Mitchell’s protective battles and Gobert’s offending battles being exposed far frequently.

Still, Mitchell is a three-time All-Star simply entering his prime, and Gobert is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year who simply turned 30. It’s a huge request any coach, however keep in mind, Hardy was simply assistant-coaching a Celtics group that went to the Finals after years of concerns relating to whether Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown might play together.

NBA totally free firm: Knicks make another relocation ahead of possible Brunson arrival 🏀


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NBA totally free firm formally opens tomorrow night at 6 p.m., however reports are currently flying all over the league, and the New York Knicks are a huge part of them. According to reports, Jalen Brunson will be headed to the Big Apple soon, notes NBA specialist Jack Maloney.

  • Maloney: “He’s set to earn a big payday this summer, especially with the Mavericks and Knicks getting into a bidding war for his services. Shortly after the Mavericks were eliminated, all signs pointed to Brunson returning to Dallas. Now, however, the winds have changed. … There is ‘growing resignation’ in the Mavericks organization that Brunson will sign with the Knicks.”

The Knicks prepared for finalizing Brunson by including his daddy, Rick, to their training personnel previously this month. Then they made 3 — yes, 3 — trades on draft night, all in an effort to shed wage and have adequate space to sign Brunson to a four-year, $100-million-plus offer.

And the Knicks weren’t done: Last night, they managed another offer with the Pistons:

Pistons get:

  • Nerlens Noel
  • Alec Burks
  • 2023 second-round choice
  • 2024 second-round choice by means of Heat (top-55 safeguarded)
  • $6 million

Knicks get:

The Pistons went into the trade with the greatest forecasted wage cap in the league and remain in the early phases of a reconstruct, so they weren’t going to utilize that cash signing veterans to long-lasting offers. Instead, they’ll get Noel and Burks — both of whom they can proceed from after this season — and possessions. The Knicks, on the other hand, achieve their objective of getting adequate area for Brunson.

As things warm up, make sure to take a look at Sam Quinn’s NBA wage cap glossary, which describes all the terms you’ll hear and check out in the coming days and weeks.

MLB will not charge Athletics a moving charge to leave Oakland for Las Vegas ⚾


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Ahead of an important week for the Athletics, MLB simply made it much easier for them to leave Oakland. According to reports, MLB will waive the moving charge if the group relocates to Las Vegas. It’s not a surprise that report is emerging now, composes our MLB specialist R.J. Anderson.

  • Anderson: “That rumor has surfaced just days before the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is scheduled to vote on Thursday on removing a port priority use designation on the Howard Terminal site, the location the Athletics have been eyeing for a waterfront stadium, among other mixed-use developments.”

As R.J. likewise keeps in mind, MLB doing this for the A’s would be an incredibly unusual sports practice. For example:

  • The NFL charged the Rams and Chargers more than $600 million to relocate to Los Angeles and the Raiders almost $400 million to relocate to Las Vegas.
  • Going back even more for the NBA, the league charged the Supersonics $30 million to relocate to Oklahoma City (and end up being the Thunder) in 2008. Same with the Grizzlies moving from Vancouver to Memphis.

And in the world of baseball, groups moving is uncommon. In the last 50 years just the Montreal Expos have actually moved state, ending up being the Washington Nationals. If 18 of the 27 commissioners do not vote in favor of eliminating the port usage classification, the A’s waterside strategies might stop working, and Oakland might quickly lack a group.

What we’re enjoying Wednesday 📺

🎾 Wimbledon, How to see
🏀 Sun at Sky, Noon on NBA TELEVISION
🏀 Fever at Sun, 10 p.m. on NBA TELEVISION



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