Victor Hedman finished last season with one major question: Would he be healthy? The defenseman missed the final road trip of the regular season after taking a hit to the head. When he returned in the playoffs, Hedman didn't look like himself. Now, he has an answer to that question. "If I wasn't 100 percent, I wouldn't be here right now, I'd be in Tampa," he told reporters at the NHL European ...

MEDINAH, Ill. - A friend texted with a simple message: Medinah looks gorgeous on TV. Looks terrific in person too. It's lush. The bunkers stand out, defining the holes. The par 3s over water make for good theater. And there are numerous ways for spectators to take it all in, from giant grandstands to bar-style slots along the 18th green to watching stripe shows at the practice range, which is ...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Patriots' depth at wide receiver is about to get a whole lot better. On Friday, the NFL announced the reinstatement of Josh Gordon on a conditional basis. The receiver will be allowed to return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday, but won't be allowed to play in the Patriots ensuing preseason game. Here are the terms of Gordon's reinstatement, per the NFL: "Subject to ...

NEW YORK - When Mike Ford climbed on the mound Thursday night, almost everyone at Yankee Stadium was laughing. Luis Severino had to cover his face with the front of his hoodie from getting caught on the TV cameras cracking up with the rest of the Yankees dugout. Even Ford was on the mound laughing after giving up one of two home runs. About the only one not enjoying himself as Ford finished ...

PHILADELPHIA - When you have just five draft picks two years in a row, as has been the case for the Eagles in 2018-19, you have to find creative ways to bring in young talent. The team announced Friday evening that it had signed offensive lineman Brett Toth to a three-year deal. Toth, who turns 23 on Sept. 1, was the first Army player to participate in the Senior Bowl. He graduated from West ...

PHILADELPHIA - Fernando Tatis Jr.'s phenomenal rookie season is likely finished. As expected, the rookie shortstop has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a stress reaction in his lower back after leaving Tuesday's game in the seventh inning. While the team originally believed he could play again in a couple weeks, it is now expected that Tatis will not return in 2019. However, his ...

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LOS ANGELES - Actor John Stamos has joined the likes of Britney Spears, Drake and the Kardashians in Hidden Hills, where he has purchased an equestrian estate for $5.75 million. Set on 1.5 acres, the Cape Cod-inspired traditional residence is markedly different from the rustic Country French-style house the "Full House" star is currently selling in the Beverly Hills Post Office area. The ...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The second preseason game last summer marked the exhibition debut of Tom Brady, giving fans the first glimpse of the Patriots starting offense. Typically, Brady and the starters play the most during the second and third preseason matchups. On Saturday, the Pats will take on the Tennessee Titans in both team's second preseason matchup. The Patriots enter this game after two ...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two days after being removed from practice for his role in a fight, Bears right guard Kyle Long is not at MetLife Stadium for the team's preseason game against the Giants on Friday night. Coach Matt Nagy said multiple times Wednesday that the matter would be handled internally, and it appears that one repercussion from Long's fight with rookie defensive lineman Jalen ...

PITTSBURGH - The Cubs shook up their roster before Friday night's game against the Pirates, recalling infielder Addison Russell and sending center fielder Albert Almora Jr. to Triple-A Iowa. Russell gives the Cubs more flexibility in the middle of the infield. Thursday night, backup shortstop David Bote committed an error and second baseman Ian Happ couldn't cleanly field a grounder that led ...

HONOLULU - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is away from the team in Cabo San Lucas holding out for a new contract. But he has apparently gotten in his work while the rest of the Cowboys were in training camp. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Elliott currently weighs in the 220-pound range, the lowest since his rookie year, and he will be ready to go if and when the two sides come to a ...

HARTFORD, Conn. - New filings related to the arbitration process involving UConn and former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie show that both sides in the case plan to depose of several more people connected to the program including former standout Jalen Adams and his father. The sworn statements are linked to the arbitration process involving Ollie and the UConn chapter of the American ...

NEW YORK - The Jets suffered a tough blow when MRI results revealed that starting inside linebacker Avery Williamson suffered a torn ACL in the second preseason game against the Falcons on Thursday night, according to a source. Williamson was hurt when cornerback Tevaughn Campbell collided with him in the end zone in pass coverage. Williamson was playing longer than the rest of the starters ...

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has weighed in on the discussion about Quentin Tarantino's portrayal of Bruce Lee in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," charging that the director had an obligation to present the martial artist in a more factual manner and accusing him of failing as an artist and a person. "(F)ilmmakers have a responsibility when playing with people's perceptions of admired historic ...

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Federal officials are investigating what prompted the fiery plane crash that sent retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. to a hospital Thursday in east Tennessee. The National Transportation Safety Board announced in a tweet it is sending two investigators to Elizabethton to look for possible causes of the "runway excursion accident involving a Cessna 680 business jet." Dale Earnhardt Jr., ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Joanne Atkins-Ingram remembers every detail as she watched her 19-year-old son, Braeden Bradforth, walk through Newark Liberty International Airport last August, heading off to play football for a community college in rural Kansas. The Neptune, N.J., mother stood on her tiptoes to kiss her 6-foot-4, 305-pound "baby" goodbye. He wore his Adidas slides and his dreadlocks cascaded ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Malcolm Jenkins' suits are anything but run-of-the-mill. Let's start with my favorite from Jenkins' Damari Savile spring collection, the Kater: Its soft lavender hue is an unexpected summer breeze in the gray space that is traditional men's suiting. It features a shawl collar, too. No, it's not a tuxedo, but it boasts the sharpness that is as groom-appropriate as it is brunch ...

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It was almost noon on Tuesday, and all but two Jaguars' players had left the practice field. The rest were back inside the air-conditioned TIAA Bank Field facility. As the heat index was hitting triple digits outside, class remained in session in stifling humidity for the team's longest-tenured NFL player and its most promising rookie. Calais Campbell, the 32-year-old ...

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OXNARD, Calif. - As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to travel to Hawaii for Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, owner Jerry Jones reflects on the last three weeks and what's ahead, including some of the players who have impressed him the most. "When (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke and I first started talking about this (game in Hawaii), we were hoping that we could have some more time ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - When the University of Kentucky failed to sign a single in-state football player in its 2018 recruiting class, Mark Stoops vowed that would not happen again. Thanks mostly to the city of Louisville, it hasn't. Of the nine home-grown prospects to sign with (class of 2019) or verbally commit to (class of 2020) Kentucky in the past two classes, seven are from Jefferson County. In ...

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BALTIMORE - If you're still wondering, the Orioles aren't being sold and will not be moving to Nashville, Tenn., a couple of notions that a high-ranking team official labeled this week as "nonsense." It's not hard to understand why there is a simmering civic paranoia surrounding the team, and why the local business community and fans are buzzing about the future of the club. The current team ...

NEW YORK - Saquon Barkley is the consensus No. 1 pick across every popular fantasy football league and format, according to FantasyPros. Fantasy owners with the top pick in their drafts should bank on a strong season. Giant fans shouldn't. Even without Odell Beckham Jr. (or Golden Tate, or Sterling Shepard, or any pass-catcher you've ever heard of) to stop defenses from stacking the box, ...