Perfection for Yankees’ Domingo German, plus the NFL’s gambling troubles continue

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Entering Wednesday’s game against the Athletics, Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German had given up a whopping 17 runs in his last two starts, and was the biggest header he made all year 10 games suspended for violating MLB’s grip enhancing substances policy.

A visit to Oakland, however, proved to be all German needed to turn things around — and make some history along the way. German threw a perfect game against the A’s, MLB’s 24th all-time and first since 2012.

  • With German’s perfect game on the books, the Yankees broke a tie with the White Sox for most of a single organization (four).
  • German is the first resident of the Dominican Republic to throw a perfect gameand he joins Dennis Martinez and Felix Hernandez as the only players not born in the US to achieve the feat.
  • David Cone was the last Yankees pitcher to throw a perfect game in 1999. New York won the World Series that season and the other two seasons where a Yankees pitcher threw a perfect game (Don Larsen in 1956 and David Wells in 1998).
  • German is the first pitcher to throw a perfect game after giving up 10 or more runs in his previous start.

It was a sensational outing from German, to say the least, whose perfect game required only 99 throws. As for the A’s, they have 99 problems, and German was certainly one of them.

And not such a good morning for…


Sports betting has become increasingly ubiquitous in the US, but the NFL has issued another stern reminder that players who participate are betting a lot more than they realize.

Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers is reportedly among several NFL players set to receive all-season suspensions for violating the league’s gambling policy. Rodgers’ impending suspension comes two months after the NFL suspended five other playersincluding former star and stream from Alabama Lions wide receiver Jameson Williamsfor gambling violations.

This is how the league approaches gambling:

  • The NFL has suspended Jaguar’s wide receiver Calvin Ridley for the entire 2022 season after an investigation, he was found to be betting on NFL games while a member of the Falcons in 2021. Atlanta then traded Ridley to the Jaguars in November 2022.
  • In April, Williams and four of his Lions teammates — wide receiver Quintez Cephus, safety CJ Moore and wide receiver Stanley Berryhill — plus commanders defense end Shaka Toney received suspensions for violating the gambling policy.
  • Williams and Berryhill were suspended for six games for betting on non-NFL games at the Lions facility, while Cephus, Moore and Toney were suspended indefinitely for indeed making NFL bets. The Lions eventually released Cephus, Moore, and Berryhill.

It is unclear which players along with Rodgers will reportedly receive a season-long suspension used an acquaintance to bet on his own team last season. What is clear is that their careers are likely to change dramatically, as four of the six players caught up in the league’s recent gambling investigations have been dropped or traded.

Mahomes, Kelce take on Splash Brothers in The Match๐ŸŒ

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The eighth edition of The Match takes place tonight and features two duos who have made dynastic achievements in their respective sports. Two-time Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce of the Chiefs playing against a four-time NBA champion Steph Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors in the charity golf exhibition at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Mahomes and Curry have each competed in The Match once before, but their second time has an extra layer of intrigue as it’s the first with an all-NFL and all-NBA side. Here’s what else you need to know:

  • The competition consists of 12 holes of match play and a scramble format.
  • Last June, Mahomes paired up with Bills quarterback Josh Allen and stood out Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Curry, meanwhile, teamed up with Peyton Manning in a losing effort against Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley in November 2020.
  • Mahomes (T51), Curry (T16) and Kelce (64) showed their golf skills at the 2022 American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, but Thompson’s abilities are relatively unknown.

With the NBA and NFL both in their off-seasons, this will be a prime opportunity for the Chiefs and Warriors duos to get their competitive juices flowing again.

ACC strength of schedule rankings: The state of Florida faces a challenging slate ๐Ÿˆ

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The 2023 college football season is two months away, but it’s never too early to play the schedule game and predict how the year might go. In fact, it may be a bit too early for that Florida state fans, as the Seminoles face a daunting 2023 slate after going 10-3 last season โ€” including a victory over Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Chip Patterson of CBS Sports ranked the strength of the schedule for ACC teamsand the state of Florida has the second heaviest.

  • Patterson: “The enormous hype and expectations surrounding the Seminoles are immediately put to the test games against LSU and Clemson in the first four weeks of the season. Unfortunately for the state of Florida, none of these games take place within the friendly confines of Doak Campbell Stadium. … The Seminoles have more depth than they’ve had in years, but getting double-digit wins will be harder than 2022.

While Florida State enjoyed a return to relevance last season, its rival Miami limped to a 5-7 record (the worst of the hurricanes in 15 years) under freshman coach Mario Cristobal. Lucky for Hurricanes fans, Miami has Patterson’s ninth-hardest schedule despite matchups against Clemson, Florida State and Texas A&M.

  • Patterson: North Carolina, Louisville and NC State should provide this talented Miami roster with some comparable opponents in conference play, but the bottom end of the schedule serves as a nice buffer. Georgia Tech, Virginia and Boston College are favorable matchups, and the nonconference has Miami (OH), Bethune-Cookman and Temple.”

Here’s Patterson’s full ranking.

Simone Biles returns from a two-year absence from the 2023 US Classic ๐Ÿ…

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She’s baaaack. American gymnast Simone Bilesa four-time Olympic gold medalist ready to compete in the 2023 US Classic after two years away from the sportT.

Biles last appeared on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. She earned a bronze medal on balance beam there, but was forced to withdraw from several other events while taking the “twisties” – a term used to describe gymnasts who lose their spatial awareness while in the air.

  • Fellow Olympic gold medalist Sunny Lee will join Biles in the 2023 U.S. Classic, which will take place August 4-5 at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
  • Biles has not revealed whether she will compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Months after the Tokyo Olympics, Biles told “The Today Show” that “to do something that I’ve been doing forever and just can’t do it because of everything I’ve been through is really crazy because I love this sport so much .” Biles will have the chance to prove she can excel at her sport again in just over a month.

What we watch Thursday ๐Ÿ“บ

โšพ Blasting at Diamondbacks3:40 p.m. on MLB Network
๐ŸŒ The match 87 p.m. on TNT
๐Ÿ€ Lynx at Storm10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

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