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Diggins-Smith ‘conflicted’ on bubble, but not ball

ESPN
1:47 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. Phoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith said she was “conflicted about being here” Sunday during a Zoom......
New York Post

Ball that struck Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka came off bat at 112 mph

NYPost
The line drive that struck Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in the head Saturday came off the bat at 112 mph, teammate James Paxton told reporters Sunday. Tanaka was hit on the right side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, whose exit velocity —......
ESPN

Nike releases ‘groovy’ new Premier League ball; Everton, Inter Miami set for ‘e-friendly’

ESPN
The Premier League is back, and the title has already been clinched by Liverpool, but that hasn’t stopped Nike from launching their brand-new official match ball for next season. Plus, Everton and Inter Miami are set to meet in a friendly with a difference. Jump to: Everton, Miami’s e-friendly Nike’s......
TMZ.com

Mark McGwire’s $3 Million 70th HR Ball Value Has Plummeted Off a Cliff

TMZ
Exclusive Details It’s a good thing Todd McFarlane‘s rich … because the Mark McGwire baseball he bought for $3 MIL back in the day has depreciated LIKE CRAZY!!! Like, not even worth $500k … according to some of the top sports memorabilia auction houses in the world. Todd — one......
ESPN

$104,765 to a ball boy: What Jordan’s Flu Game shoes got at auction

ESPN
12:17 PM ET Jeremy WillisESPN.com Michael Jordan memorabilia has been a hot commodity since the height of his career with the Chicago Bulls. Two pairs of shoes, worn in different sports, and at different parts of his career, just sold in May. They garnered more than $600,000 at auction. 2......
ESPN

Is MLB’s proposal the first step to playing ball in 2020 — or the beginning of the end?

ESPN
5:59 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Even after a quarter century of labor peace, baseball remains the sport most like the story about the scorpion and the frog. All the years of distrust,......
Sports Illustrated - NFL

CONMEBOL Outlaws Kissing Ball, Spitting on Field in Copa Libertadores

Sports Illustrated
There will be no more kissing the ball for good luck in South American soccer. Also, forget about exchanging jerseys — and even spitting or blowing noses on the field. The governing body of soccer in the region has released a series of specific regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic to......
Sports Illustrated - NCAA Football

Report: Wilson to Replace Spalding as NBA’s Game Ball in 2021-22

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyMTEyODA4NTY4MTY5NjM3/nba-to-re-open-practice-facilities.jpg Ben Pickman The sporting goods company Wilson will produce the NBA’s official game balls starting in the 2021-22 season, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. Spalding has been the league’s official game ball partner since 1983, but according to Yahoo Sports, the two sides mutually agreed to part ways.......
New York Times - Sports

Taiwan Says ‘Play Ball!’ (With Cardboard Fans and Robot Drummers)

New York Times
Javier C. Hernández and Ashley Pon TAOYUAN, Taiwan — On a balmy Saturday evening inside one of Taiwan’s largest baseball stadiums, the floodlights flickered to life and the players took their positions. Cheerleaders began their rah-rah routines. Organ music blared through the speakers. But as the first batter stepped up......
Sports Illustrated - NFL

“Mentally, That’s a Whole ‘Nother Ball Game”

Sports Illustrated
Simone Biles is alone, thinking. She has been for weeks. “You have those doubts,” says the world’s most decorated gymnast. “Can my body do another year? Can I do another year?” Hunkered down in her home in Houston, she cried when she heard the 2020 Olympics were postponed. Her career......
TMZ.com

LaMelo, Lonzo And LiAngelo Ball to Sign With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports

TMZ
Breaking News The Ball Brothers are joining a new family — the Roc Nation Sports fam — with LaMelo, Lonzo AND LiAngelo Ball all planning to sign with Jay-Z‘s sports management company. Melo’s business partner, Jermaine Jackson, went public with the decision on Monday … saying the whole family is......

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