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Banned for life

The MLB banned San Diego Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano for betting on baseball games. The league also suspended four players for a year in a betting scandal that feels like merely the tip of the iceberg.

Djoker withdraws

Novak Djokovic withdrew from the French Open (torn meniscus) and will undergo surgery, which means he'll likely miss Wimbledon next month.

Auriemma extended

UConn signed Geno Auriemma to a five-year, $18.7 million extension that will keep him in Storrs through 2029, when he'll be 75.

Tommy John for Javier

Astros starter Cristian Javier will reportedly undergo Tommy John surgery, further depleting Houston's injury-riddled rotation.

Kyrie signs his dad

Kyrie Irving has signed his father, Drederick, to a signature shoe deal with ANTA, the Chinese sportswear brand where he serves as chief creative officer.

Yohannes, 16, scores in USWNT debut

16-year-old Lily Yohannes made her USWNT debut on Tuesday night and scored the team's third goal in a 3-0 win over South Korea. Yohannes is the eighth-youngest player to debut for the USWNT and the third-youngest to score, trailing only Kristine Lilly in 1987 and Tiffany Roberts in 1994.

The "best player wins the series" doctrine

More often than not, the team with the best player wins the series. If this is doctrine, Luka Dončić's Mavericks will win the NBA Finals, even though Jayson Tatum's Celtics won 14 more regular-season games.

Cosmic Baseball

The Tri-City Chili Peppers made history on Saturday when they turned off the lights and introduced the world to Cosmic Baseball, the first sporting event ever played under black lights.

2024 NBA Draft

The Lakers now have two draft picks with the Pelicans deferring the 17th pick in 2024 for a first-round pick in 2025.

June 5, 1977: Blazers win the title

47 years ago today, the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers in six games to win their first and only NBA title and become the league's first champion post NBA-ABA merger.

NBA Finals trivia

This year's NBA champion will be just the third this century that didn't have a current or former MVP on the roster. The other two were the Pistons in 2004 and the Raptors in 2019.

Croatia's newest citizen

For the first time since 1975, Bill Belichick isn't coaching in the NFL. That's freed him up to do other things, like explore his Croatian roots. Belichick became a Croatian citizen on Monday and was honored during Tuesday's Croatia-North Macedonia soccer match, where he addressed the team.

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