Downtime is precious for most WNBA players because they play overseas. The Connecticut Sun have benefitted from a lighter schedule in July and host the New York Liberty on Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break.
Connecticut has risen back to the top of the WNBA standings behind solid play from Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas. The Sun received major contributions from the reserves, which scored 45 points in a rout of Atlanta on Friday night.
Mitch Garver hit two of Minnesota's five home runs, and the Twins held on for an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees after a tone-setting triple play in the first inning of a series opener Monday night.
J.D. Martinez homered and drove in four runs, including an RBI double in the ninth inning following Tampa Bay's curious decision to put a position player on the mound, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Rays 9-4 Monday night.
Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Aledmys Diaz, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel homered as the Houston Astros jumped on Homer Bailey for nine runs early and sailed to an 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Atlanta has brought in former Maryland coach DJ Durkin as a guest coach during training camp, drawing immediate scrutiny over the wisdom of taking on someone who was fired from his previous job after the death of a player.
There are no slouches in the IndyCar Series, which has a tight championship battle entering the season's homestretch. Josef Newgarden dominated at Iowa to cushion his fragile lead in what is essentially a four-driver race.
The Seattle Seahawks will be without defensive lineman Jarran Reed for the first six games of the season after he was suspended by the NFL on Monday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Minnesota Lynx rookie forward Napheesa Collier from UConn has been named by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert to replace injured Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson at this Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game.