The Sports Xchange
The Denver Nuggets on Thursday re-signed forward Mike Miller to a multiyear contract. Miller, a 16-year NBA veteran, appeared in 47 games for Denver during the 2015-16 season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game. Raised in Mitchell, S.D., Mitchell has played in 1,012 career games and posted averages of 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.3 minutes per game for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Miami, Cleveland and Denver.
DETROIT—Max Kepler hit a tie-breaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning to power the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday at Comerica Park. The rookie right fielder smashed a 3-2 pitch from Francisco Rodriguez (1-1) into the right-field stands. Kepler has 10 home runs, including nine over the last 26 games. Eddie Rosario provided some insurance later in the inning with a two-run shot off Rodriguez, who had not allowed a run in his previous 10 appearances.
Seimone Augustus scored 19 points and Sylvia Fowles added 14 and the Minnesota Lynx posted an 83-65 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday, July 20, at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Atlanta was coming off a win against the Los Angeles Sparks and had hopes of beating the league's second-best team while avenging a 32-point home loss to the Lynx on June 10. Minnesota (20-4) quickly doused any ideas the Dream might have had about pulling off consecutive upsets and won its fifth straight despite an off-game from Maya Moore, the third-leading scorer in the league.
Retired driver Jeff Gordon will return to the racetrack for this weekend's Brickyard 400 to replace Dale Earnhardt, who continues to battle concussion-like symptoms. Hendrick Motorsports made it official Wednesday, July 20, that the 44-year-old Gordon will take the wheel and return to Sprint Cup racing for the next two weekends. Earnhardt has not been medically cleared to drive in Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, who sat out last Sunday's New Hampshire 301, also will miss the following race at Pocono on July 31.
Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, the MMA and WWE star who recently competed at UFC 200, was notified Friday, July 15, of a possible drug violation. The potential violation resulted from an out-of-competition drug test administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on June 28. The results of those tests came back Thursday, July 14. The USADA then notified Lesnar and the UFC of a positive drug test. Lesnar beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision at UFC 200 in his first fight in five years after he retired from MMA in 2011.
DENVER—Denver Broncos outside linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller became the NFL's highest-paid defensive player on Friday after agreeing to a six-year, $114.5 million deal. A record $70 million is guaranteed in the contract, which came hours before the NFL's deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts. The sides came to the final numbers of the pact last month with only the guaranteed money serving as the sticking point.
Phil Mickelson followed up his major championship record-tying round with a 2-under 69 on Friday for a one-stroke lead in the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club in South Ayrshire, Scotland. In blustery, rainy conditions for his last 10 holes, Mickelson controlled his game and scrambled to get to 10-under 132 midway through the British Open to lead Henrik Stenson, who shot a 65.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has taken a knee and opted to drop his legal fight versus the NFL involving his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. Brady announced the news on Friday via his Facebook page. "I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from (Patriots owner Robert) Kraft, the Kraft family, coach (Bill) Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans," Brady wrote.
San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan is calling it a career after 19 seasons and five NBA championships. Duncan's announcement Monday, July 11, marks the end of an era for the Spurs. The 6-foot-11 power forward superstar also won two MVP awards, was a three-time NBA Finals MVP, made 15 All-Star appearances and was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times in his career. He also made the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight times.
UFC has been sold for approximately $4 billion but the mixed martial arts company president, Dana White, will remain in charge of day-to-day operations. The Ultimate Fighting Championship's sale, which had been rumored for months, was announced Monday morning. Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG revealed that it is partnering with its owner Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital, the investment firm of billionaire Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers, to take over the company.