Germany assume their natural role as favourites

In their 3-0 win over Slovakia, the world champions Germany showed that they are now the team to beat.

Germany Julian Draxler
Germany’s Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2016 match against Slovakia.

In their 3-0 win over Slovakia, the world champions Germany showed that they are now the team to beat.

EURO 2016 IMAGES – Day 18

An ecstatic Haukur Heidar Hauksson of Iceland celebrating their win against England with some Iceland fans leads our images from Day 18 at Euro 2016. See full gallery below.

Iceland's Haukur Heidar Hauksson takes a selfie with supporters at the end of the win against England in Nice.
Iceland’s Haukur Heidar Hauksson takes a selfie with supporters at the end of the win against England in Nice.

World Soccer’s best images from Day 18 at Euro 2016 include Iceland beating England and Italy knocking out the holders Spain.

Heavy rain and hail turned the Rockies clubhouse into a flooded mess

The Colorado Rockies game was delayed on Tuesday after heavy rain and hail created a very wet and ice covered the field. But, the field wasn’t the only area that needed some maintenance. Water also poured into the Rockies clubhouse, leaving it very flooded.

Can’t even get out of dugout. Or to the dugout pic.twitter.com/ssX6sax8hf

— Ryan Spilborghs (@spillygoat19) June 29, 2016

Hey guys are you ready to go take batting practice … oh wait we can’t get out of the clubhouse without a boat.

The Rockies are hosting the Blue Jays who of course feature Josh Donaldson aka @BringerOfRain20 on Twitter. Apparently that nickname is literal and also includes hail.

We are still in a weather delay.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. pic.twitter.com/Xq26wVQiQn

— #VoteRox (@Rockies) June 29, 2016

Tim Duncan picks up player option, but he could still retire, according to report

Duncan had to make a decision on his player option by June 29, but he has still yet to make an ultimate decision on whether he’ll return next season.

We don’t know if Tim Duncan will return for a 20th season, but we know what his salary will be if he does. Duncan has elected to exercise the $5.6 million player option on his contract, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. However, he has not made a final decision on whether he actually plays next year.

Last summer, Duncan signed a two-year contract with a player option for the second year. He had until June 29 to decide if he would pick up the option. He reportedly made the decision to do so because he was up against the deadline, but Wojnarowski reports that “this offseason is the most seriously he’s contemplated retirement.”

How does that work? Duncan can later decide to retire, at which point he can be placed on the Voluntarily Retired List if both he and his team agree. That would prohibit him from returning to NBA action for at least one year, which shouldn’t be an issue — it’s safe to say Duncan will only hang it up if he never intends to return.

And picking up the option actually helps the Spurs’ free-agent dreams. Had Duncan elected to opt out and become a free agent as he contemplated his decision, the Spurs would be forced to keep a cap hold of 150 percent of his previous year’s salary on the books. Duncan made $6 million last year, so that cap hold would be for $9 million. It would have been very difficult (but not impossible) for the Spurs to create enough cap space to sign a top free agent like Kevin Durant and still keep Duncan for anything more than the veteran’s minimum. Worse, the Spurs would have needed a quick answer on Duncan’s future so they could plan this summer.

This way, both sides win. Duncan saves the Spurs nearly $3.5 million in additional cap space, and every dollar counts. In return, the Spurs can now give him as much time as he wants to decide if he will return next season. As Wojnarowski reports, “the Spurs are allowing Duncan to make a decision on his own timetable.” Picking up the player option makes that more possible.

The ageless Duncan averaged 8.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game last season, all career lows. He was still a towering defensive figure in the middle for the league’s best defense, though he finally looked his age against the Thunder in the playoffs.

Olympic swimming trials 2016 results: Missy Franklin misses out in 100-meter backstroke

Missy Franklin won’t compete in the 100-meter backstroke at the Olympics in Rio, as she finished well behind Olivia Smoliga and Kathleen Baker.

Missy Franklin will not represent the United States in the 100-meter backstroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Franklin, alongside Natalie Coughlin, has been largely responsible for the country’s dominance in the event over the last three Olympic Games. But Franklin and Coughlin both finished below Olivia Smoliga and Kathleen Baker at the USA Swimming Olympic trials on Tuesday.

Smoliga clocked 59.02 seconds and Baker managed 59.29 seconds to take the top two spots in the finals and a spot on the US Olympic team. Franklin only managed seventh place, with a timeo f 1:00.24 and Coughlin was last among those competing at 1:00.48.

Matt Grevers, another Olympic gold medalist, won’t swim in Rio in the 100-meter backstroke, the event for which he is the defending champion. Ryan Murphy and David Plummer both finished ahead of Grevers in the final for that event at Tuesday’s trials. Grevers posted a time of 52.76, Murphy finished in 52.26 and Plummer in 52.28.

Ryan Lochte competed in the 200-meter freestyle final on Tuesday and the 2012 gold medalist finished in fourth place. That finish is good enough to put him in the Olympics in a relay spot, a place he’s won three gold medals already. He’s been on the 4×200-meter relay team every Olympics since 2004. Lochte still has a chance for individual competition as he has entered in the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.

Townley Haas was the one who won the 200-meter freestyle final with a time of 1:45.66, ahead of Conor Dwyer who finished at 1:45.67. Lilly King and Katie Meili will make their Olympics debut in the 100-meter breaststroke as the two finished on top on Tuesday. King finished in 1:05.20 while Meili finished at 1:06.07. Breeja Larson and Jessica Hardy, Olympics in the event from 2012, finished in fourth and sixth, respectively.

Roland Alberg is MLS Player of the Week for Week 16

Scoring three goals in a game is pretty impressive, let’s be real. Scoring three in a game and causing an own goal in a game in which your team scores four goals is even better. And then having a second game a few days later and scoring another goal (four officially, sorta like five if we count the OG) is super awesome.

Yes, it’s a good time to be Philadelphia Union midfielder Roland Alberg, and he wins SB Nation’s MLS Player of the Week for Week 16. The 25-year-old, in his first season in MLS, hadn’t seen much action for his new side until recently, but he’s settling in, and at this pace, he’ll score approximately eleventy-thousand goals by the end of the season. OK, maybe he won’t score four every week, but Philadelphia fans will surely hope he can become a regular contributor from here on out.

Full results for Week 16, with first-place votes getting three points, second-place votes receiving two points and third-place votes earning a point each:

Player Points
Roland Alberg 23
Dom Dwyer 9
Diego Valeri 7
Marcelo Sarvas 5
Mauro Diaz 4
Jalen Robinson 3
Kevin Molino 3
Lamar Neagle 3
Ronald Matarrita 3
Sebastian Giovinco 2
Hilario Grajeda* 2
Kekuta Manneh 2
Nick Rimando 1
Micheal Azira 1

*Some voter shenanigans for the week, as Alicia Tolar voted for four people with three votes, and one of her choices, Hilario Grajeda, is a referee. Pretty sure this is a protest vote in light of her Houston team getting two PKs called against them in the final minutes in Portland.

And here are the full ballots for Week 16:

Voter 1st 2nd 3rd
Sam Dunn (Hudson River Blue) Marcelo Sarvas Ronald Matarrita Diego Valeri
Eugene Rupinski (Brotherly Game) Roland Alberg Dom Dwyer Nick Rimando
Kartik Krishnaiyer (Bitter and Blue) Dom Dwyer Roland Alberg Kevin Molino
Michael Citro (The Mane Land) Diego Valeri Kevin Molino Dom Dwyer
Steve Toto (Once a Metro) Roland Alberg Sebastian Giovinco Kekuta Manneh
Drew Epperley (Big D Soccer) Roland Alberg Mauro Diaz Dom Dwyer
Dave Clark (Sounder at Heart) Roland Alberg Lamar Neagle Ronald Matarrita
Alicia Tolar (Dynamo Theory) Roland Alberg Diego Valeri/Hilario Grajeda Lamar Neagle
Rob Usry (Dirty South Soccer) Jalen Robinson Dom Dwyer Kekuta Manneh
Jason Anderson (Black and Red United) Roland Alberg Marcelo Sarvas Diego Valeri
Alicia Rodriguez (The Goat Parade) Roland Alberg Mauro Diaz Micheal Azira

Seahawks ink Doug Baldwin to 4-year extension

Baldwin set career highs in every major receiving category last season, and was tied for the NFL lead in touchdowns with 14.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has signed a four-year contract extension, the team confirmed on Tuesday. Baldwin’s deal will keep him under contract through 2020 and is worth $46 million, including $24 million guaranteed, according to Adam Caplan.

Baldwin, 27, is entering his sixth season in the league, and is coming off his first 1,000-yard receiving season last year. Undrafted in 2011, Baldwin exceeded 700 yards in three of his other four seasons, but finally hit the 1,000-yard mark when he became a consistent game-changing receiver for quarterback Russell Wilson.

Career highs in catches (78), yards (1,069) and touchdowns (14) were the highlights of last season. He played in all 16 games and was tied for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions.

Baldwin was entering the final year of his contract this season, but with big contracts awarded to Allen Hurns of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers, there was enough information out there for the Seahawks and Baldwin to come to terms on his value going forward.

Seattle has had contract issues in recent years, from a long standstill with Wilson before giving him his big deal to safety Kam Chancellor holding out for two games — both losses — last season. But Seattle has done a great job of keeping the band together, so to speak.

Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman both got taken care of with long-term deals, securing the Legion of Boom’s core. Chancellor hasn’t got his big extension yet, but he has already announced that he has no plans to hold out this season. Though it may have been overlooked, the Seahawks have also given extensions to their top kicker, punter and long snapper in the past three seasons.

Baldwin is just another cog in the machine that is Pete Carroll’s Seahawks. He’s an important cog though, and should be Wilson’s top target next season and for years to come with this new extension.

2016 Wimbledon: Women's bracket, schedule and scores

Will Serena Williams get back to dominating or can Garbine Muguruza upset her plans once again?

Serena Williams is the most dominant player in tennis today, but she isn’t always consistent. She wasn’t consistent at the French Open, when she fell to Garbine Muguruza in the finals, and she hasn’t been perfect otherwise in 2016. But going into Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, June 27 and runs through Sunday, July 10, Williams is the top seed and favorite to walk away with her seventh title from The Championships.

Williams will likely face familiar foes throughout the draw. The top half of the draw looks tougher than the bottom half, with Williams having all of Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky in her half. The French Open draw looked like the toughest in years for Williams, but fortunate early exits from some of her competitors gave her a relatively easy road to the finals, where she met Muguruza.

Muguruza was playing in her second ever Grand Slam final when she beat Williams at the French Open earlier this year. Her first appearance was on the grass of Wimbledon in 2015, when she fell to Williams. As the No. 2 seed, Muguruza has every chance to meet Williams again in said finals.

Throughout the tournament, the bracket and schedule below will be updated with results and order of play for the following days.

Bracket



Bracket taken from the official Wimbledon website.

Full schedule (all times Eastern, seeded matches included)

Day 1, Monday, June 27 (recap)

No. 2 Garbine Muguruza def. Camila Giorgi, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
No. 4 Angelique Kerber def. Laura Robson, 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Simona Halep def. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 6-4, 6-1
No. 8 Venus Williams def. Donna Vekic, 7-6(3), 6-4
No. 9 Madison Keys def. Laura Siegemund, 6-3, 6-1
No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Shuai Zhang, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 14 Samantha Stosur def. Magda Linette, 7-5, 6-3
No. 15  Karolina Pliskova def. Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 0-6, 8-6
No. 17 Elina Svitolina def. Naomi Broady, 6-2, 6-3
No. 20 Sara Errani def. Patricia Maria Tig, 6-4, 6-4
No. 22 Jelena Jankovic def. Stefanie Voegele, 6-2, 6-2
Ekaterina Alexandrova def. No. 23 Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 7-5
Carina Witthoeft def. No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-1, 6-4
No. 26 Kiki Bertens def. Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-2
No. 28 Lucie Safarova def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 7-5
No. 29 Daria Kasatkina def. Victoria Duval, 6-0, 7-5

Day 2, Tuesday, June 28 (recap)

No. 1 Serena Williams def. Amra Sadikovic, 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Kozlova Kateryna: postponed
No. 6 Roberta Vinci def. Alison Riske, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
No. 7 Belinda Bencic vs. Tsvetana Pironkova: postponed
No. 10 Petra Kvitoa vs. Sorana Cirstea: postponed
No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky vs. Luksika Kumkhum: postponed
No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5, 6-4
No. 16 Johanna Konta vs. Monica Puig, To finish: 6-1, 2-1
No. 18 Sloane Stephens vs. Shuai Peng: postponed
No. 19 Dominicka Cibulkova def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 7-5, 6-3
No. 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Su-Wei Hsieh, To finsh: 7-5, 1-6
No. 24 Barbora Strycova vs. Anett Kontaveit: postponed
No. 27 Coco Vandeweghe vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
No. 30 Caroline Garcia def. Cagla Buyukakcay, 6-2, 6-3
No. 31 Kristina Mladenovic vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich: postponed
No. 32 Andrea Petkovic vs. Nao Hibino: postponed

Day 3, Wednesday, June 29

No. 2 Garbine Muguruza vs. Jana Cepelova
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Kozlova Kateryna
No. 4 Angelique Kerber vs. Varvara Lepchenko
No. 5 Simona Halep vs. Francesca Schizvone
No. 7 Belinda Bencic vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
No. 8 Venus Williams vs. Maria Sakkari
No. 9 Madison Keys vs. Kirsten Flipkens
No. 10 Petra Kvitoa vs. Sorana Cirstea
No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky vs. Luksika Kumkhum
No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Denisa Allertova
No. 14 Samantha Stosur vs. Sabine Lisicki
No. 15 Karolina Pliskova vs. Misaki Doi
No. 16 Johanna Konta vs. Monica Puig, To finish: 6-1, 2-1
No. 17 Elina Svitolina vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
No. 18 Sloane Stephens vs. Shuai Peng
No. 20 Sara Errani vs. Alize Cornet
No. 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Su-Wei Hsieh, To finsh: 7-5, 1-6
No. 22 Jelena Jankovic vs. Marina Erakovic
No. 24 Barbora Strycova vs. Anett Kontaveit
No. 26 Kiki Bertens vs. Mona Barthel
No. 27 Coco Vandeweghe vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
No. 28 Lucie Safarova vs. Samantha Crawford
No. 29 Daria Kasatkina vs. Lara Arruabarrena
No. 31 Kristina Mladenovic vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich
No. 32 Andrea Petkovic vs. Nao Hibino

Day 4, Thursday, June 30

Second round play

Day 5, Friday, July 1

Third round play

Day 6, Saturday, July 2

Third round play

Day 7, Monday, July 4

Round of 16

Day 8, Tuesday, July 5

Quarterfinals

Day 9, Wednesday, July 6

Quarterfinals

Day 10, Thursday, July 7

Women’s Semifinals

Day 11, Friday, July 8

Men’s Semifinals

Day 12, Saturday, July 9

Women’s Finals

Day 13, Sunday, July 10

Men’s Finals

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Wimbledon 2016: Bracket, schedule and scores for men's draw

Will Djokovic grab his fourth title at Wimbledon this year?

Novak Djokovic is playing on a whole different level from everyone else in the field. It’s unclear if anybody can prevent him from completing a calendar Grand Slam and stop him from winning his fifth-consecutive major. The three-time Wimbledon champion is the top seed and defending champion in the tournament and is obviously the favorite going into this year’s iteration, set to run from Monday, June 27 through Sunday, July 10.

Djokovic’s path through the draw looks as expected, with a potential match against No. 3 seed Roger Federer in the semifinals. He could also wind up with a tough match against Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals, though he will be heavily favored in both matches if they come up.

Andy Murray, the second seed, is in the other half of the bracket and is looking at a potential match against Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals on his side. Federer could see Kei Nishikori and Murray could take on Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals if the tournament plays out as expected.

That’s never a guarantee, though, and while Djokovic is favored there is plenty of reason to stick around and see what happens throughout the tournament. Below we’ve got the full bracket and a full schedule, updated daily with results and the following day’s order of play.

Bracket



Draw taken from the official Wimbledon website.

Full schedule (all times Eastern, seeded matches included)

Day 1, Monday, June 27 (recap)

No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. James Ward, 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-4
No. 3 Roger Federer def. Guido Pella, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3
No. 5 Kei Nishikori def. Sam Groth, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 Milos Raonic def. Pablo Carreno Busta, 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4
No. 9 Marin Cilic def. Brian Baker, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
No. 11 David Goffin def. Alexander Ward, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
No. 13 David Ferrer def. Dudi Sela, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1
No. 16 Gilles Simon def. Janko Tipsarevic, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
Jeremy Chardy def. No. 17 Gael Monfils, 6-7(4), 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Denis Istomin def. No. 20 Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 6-7(13), 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-3
Pierre-Hugues Herbert def. No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 23 Ivo Karlovic def. Borna Coric, 7-6(8), 7-6(7), 6-4
No. 27 Jack Sock def. Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
No. 28 Sam Querrey def. Lukas Rosol, 6-7(6), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2, 12-10
Andrey Kuznetsov def. No. 29 Pablo Cuevas, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
No. 30 Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Evgeny Donskoy, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)

Day 2, Tuesday, June 28 (recap)

No. 2 Andy Murray def. Liam Broady, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Stan Wawrinka def. Taylor Fritz, 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4
No. 7 Richard Gasquet def. Aljaz Bedene, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
No. 8 Dominic Thiem vs. Florian Mayer, To finish: 1-2
No. 10 Tomas Berdych vs. Ivan Dodig, To finish: 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-1, 4-1
No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Inigo Cervantes, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4
No. 15 Nick Kyrgios def. Radek Stepanek, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-1
No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Jordan Thompson, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
No. 19 Bernard Tomic vs. Fernando Verdasco, To finish: 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6
No. 22 Feliciano Lopez def. Rajeev Ram, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4
No. 24 Alexander Zverev vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu, To finish: 6-3, 6-4, 3-0
No. 25 Viktor Troicki def. Tristan Lamasine, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
No. 26 Benoit Paire def. Franko Skugor, 3-6, 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-3, 10-8
No. 31 Joao Sousa def. Dmitry Tursunov, 3-6, 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
No. 32 Lucas Pouille vs. Marius Copil: postponed

Day 3, Wednesday, June 29

No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Adrian Mannarino
No. 3 Roger Federer vs. Marcus Willis
No. 5 Kei Nishikori vs. Julien Benneteau
No. 6 Milos Raonic vs. Andreas Seppi
No. 8 Dominic Thiem vs. Florian Mayer, To finish: 1-2 
No. 9 Marin Cilic vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky
No. 10 Tomas Berdych vs. Ivan Dodig, To finish: 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-1, 4-1
No. 11 David Goffin vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin
No. 13 David Ferrer vs. Nicolas Mahut
No. 16 Gilles Simon vs. Grigor Dimitrov
No. 19 Bernard Tomic vs. Fernando Verdasco, To finish: 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6
No. 23 Ivo Karlovic vs. Lukas Lacko
No. 24 Alexander Zverev vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu, To finish: 6-3, 6-4, 3-0
No. 27 Jack Sock vs. Robin Haase
No. 28 Sam Querrey vs. Thomaz Bellucci
No. 30 Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Daniel Evans
No. 32 Lucas Pouille vs. Marius Copil

Day 4, Thursday, June 30

Second round play

Day 5, Friday, July 1

Third round play

Day 6, Saturday, July 2

Third round play

Day 7, Monday, July 4

Round of 16

Day 8, Tuesday, July 5

Quarterfinals

Day 9, Wednesday, July 6

Quarterfinals

Day 10, Thursday, July 7

Women’s Semifinals

Day 11, Friday, July 8

Men’s Semifinals

Day 12, Saturday, July 9

Women’s Finals

Day 13, Sunday, July 10

Men’s Finals