Jack Whitaker, Sports Broadcaster, Dies At 95 – Jack Whitaker, the iconic sports broadcaster, died Sunday morning at his home in Devon, Pennsylvania, of natural causes at age 95. Whitaker’s career spanned nearly four decades after starting at CBS Sports in the late 1950s, the network reported Sunday. There, he covered a range of sports and a number of momentous events, including the first-ever Super Bowl in 1967 and Secretariat’s famed victory at the 1973 Triple Crown horse race. He later went on to work for ABC, where he announced the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988 for ABC Sports and also reported for ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “Nightline.” CBS Sports confirmed Whitaker’s death Sunday night. “There will never be another Jack Whitaker in sports broadcasting,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. “His amazing writing ability, on-air presence and humanity are unmatched. His unique perspective on sports ranging from horse racing to golf to NFL football was extraordinary.” Whitaker was known for his power as an essayist. At the inaugural Sports Emmy Awards Gala in 1979, Whitaker was named Outstanding Sports Personality. In 2012, Whitaker was honored with the Emmy for Sports Lifetime Achievement and was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Whitaker also served in the United States Army during World War II, according to The Desert Sun. He landed on Omaha Beach three days after D-Day in 1944 and was honorably discharged the following year. CBS News reported that Whitaker is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters Marybeth Helgevold and Ann Hanan; and sons Gerry, Whitaker, Jack Whitaker III and Kevin Whitaker, as well as 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. CBS reported that funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
- Dallas Wings 68 – Connecticut Sun 78
- Indiana Fever 68 – Washington Mystics 107
- Las Vegas Aces 100 – Chicago Sky 85 (See Chicago Sports News)
- New York Liberty 72 – Phoenix Mercury 78
- Minnesota Lynx 74 – Seattle Storm 82
Diaz Bests Pettis In First UFC Fight In 3 Years – What’s three years anyway, right? In his highly anticipated return to the Octagon, Nate Diaz was brilliant in a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) win over Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 241 on Saturday at Honda Center. Diaz had not fought since a loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 on Aug. 20, 2016. He imposed his will on Pettis early and often. Diaz was able to press Pettis against the cage in every round and land punch combinations, elbows and knees. He closed the first and third rounds in good positions on the ground, an area he also controlled when the fight went there. Afterward, Diaz said he is interested in fighting Jorge Masvidal next, adding that he was impressed by Masvidal’s five-second knockout of Ben Askren last month. At his postfight news conference, UFC president Dana White said he wouldn’t be opposed to making Diaz-Masvidal fight if that’s what both fighters wanted next. Diaz’s best round was the third. As had happened multiple times, Diaz pushed Pettis against the cage and landed a lengthy combination with punches. Pettis dropped but survived until the end of the round. Pettis had his moments in every round. When striking at distance, he was more effective than Diaz. By the end, Diaz was cut near his right eye. But whenever Pettis started gaining momentum from the outside, Diaz closed the distance and made it a clinch fight, which he dominated. Pettis posted a photo of his foot looking severely swollen and bruised on Instagram after the fight, saying in the caption that Diaz had a hard head. Pettis’ head coach Duke Roufus told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that his fighter suffered a broken right foot in the first round of the fight and may need surgery. The bout was contested at welterweight, though both men have spent the majority of their careers at lightweight. Diaz is the fifth fighter in UFC history to land more than 2,000 total strikes. Diaz (20-11) went 1-1 against McGregor in 2016. They were two of the biggest pay-per-view events in UFC history. Diaz, 34, has a huge cult following among fans for his irreverence, exciting fighting style and propensity to flip a double bird. He had not fought since that star-making year because he wasn’t able to come to terms with the UFC. Pettis (22-9), the former UFC lightweight champion, was coming off a knockout win over Stephen Thompson. “Showtime” has alternated wins and losses going back to 2016. Pettis, 32, has been one of the UFC’s most marketable stars over the years, once getting his likeness emblazoned on Wheaties boxes.
Kings’ Fox Leaves Team USA Prior To Australia Trip – In a surprising move, Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox has withdrawn from Team USA, managing director Jerry Colangelo told ESPN on Saturday. The decision comes just hours before the group was scheduled to fly to Australia for exhibition games leading up to the FIBA World Cup in China. Fox played a team-low six minutes in Friday night’s exhibition victory over Spain in Anaheim, California. He was a strong candidate to make the roster because he’d played so well over the past two weeks in practices and scrimmages. “He makes fast people look not fast,” Marcus Smart said of Fox’s ability earlier this week. Fox had been moved up from the Select Team during training camp and appeared to have solidified his role as a backup to starter Kemba Walker. During USA Basketball’s 97-78 exhibition win over the select team on Aug. 6, Fox scored 12 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 15 minutes. He also made 6 of 9 shots, but Fox said Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich got on him for passing up shots. His decision will likely mean Derrick White, who plays for Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs, will make the final roster as the team is now carrying just 13 players as it goes overseas. Twelve will make the team.
Rockets’ Turner Withdrawn From Team USA Camp – Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for USA Basketball’s World Cup roster, meaning 14 players remain in consideration for 12 spots. Tucker withdrew Friday, citing a minor left ankle issue. He has twisted the ankle twice in the last several days and decided the best move would be to let it fully heal before going to training camp with the Rockets next month. “I twisted it in a game last Friday and again in practice [Thursday] and I know they’re about to go to Australia,” Tucker told Houston’s KRIV-TV. “I didn’t want to be hobbling and then come back [injured] in camp. It just made sense.” The 34-year-old Tucker was the oldest player left in World Cup camp with the Americans. He had three points and three rebounds in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas on Aug. 9. The Americans will leave for Australia on Saturday for three exhibition games and several practices before cutting the World Cup roster down to 12 and heading to China.
Chicago Cubs 2 – Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Highlights: Kevin Newman felt the entire crowd on his side when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning of a tie game. Pinch-hitter Cole Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and Newman hit an RBI single, all with two out, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Cubs 3-2 on Friday night. Tucker worked a walk off Brandon Kintzler (2-2), and Newman followed with a single to center field on a full count for his third game-ending hit of the season. Kintzler walked three batters in 1/3 of an inning, including an intentional walk to Josh Bell with two outs and the Cubs leading 2-1. Erik Gonzalez entered as a pinch runner for Bell and scored on Newman’s single. Kintzler was activated from the injured list prior to the game after missing 10 days with right pectoral inflammation. The Cubs are without closer Craig Kimbrel, who is on the injured list with right knee inflammation. Tony Kemp‘s two-run triple in the eighth inning off closer Felipe Vazquez gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Joe Musgrove carried a shutout into the eighth before giving up consecutive singles to Jonathan Lucroy and pinch-hitter Ian Happ with one out. Musgrove was charged with two runs in 7 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and no walks. He matched his career high with nine strikeouts. Musgrove retired his first 11 batters before Kris Bryant singled with two outs in the fourth inning. He also set down 10 straight hitters before the hits in the eighth inning. Keone Kela (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks allowed only one run and three hits in seven innings with one strikeout and one walk. The Pirates’ Colin Moran had an RBI single in the fourth. In addition to Kintzler being activated, INF Addison Russell was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and CF Albert Almora Jr. and RHP James Norwood were optioned there. Hopefully, Almora will get regular playing time in the minor league and come back with the Cubs better than ever.
Chicago White Sox 7 – Los Angeles Angels 2
Highlights: James McCann is certainly enjoying a grand week at the plate. The Chicago White Sox catcher hit his second grand slam in three games during Friday night’s 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. McCann, who launched a slam during the eighth inning Wednesday at Houston, did it in the eighth again on Friday. He sent Ty Buttrey‘s slider over the wall in left-center to break open a one-run game. Lucas Giolito (13-6) struck out 11 over six innings in a matchup of Southern California pitchers. The Santa Monica native, who allowed two runs and three hits, is 8-2 with 99 strikeouts in 12 road starts. Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, who grew up in Mission Viejo, was making his third major league start but first at home. AL home run leader Mike Trout hit a solo shot to center field in the fifth to bring the Angels to 3-2. It was his 41st of the season, which ties a career high from 2015. Giolito became the first White Sox right-hander to have consecutive outings with 11 or more strikeouts since Javier Vazquez in 2007. The only time he was in big trouble was when he loaded the bases with one out in the first, but he got out of it by striking out Kole Calhoun and getting Albert Pujols to ground out. McCann has a career-high 14 home runs on the year. He also had three hits and has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games. Sandoval (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander was taken out as the White Sox were about to go through the order for the third time.
Chicago Sky 91 – Los Angeles Sparks 81
Highlights: Allie Quigley scored 26 points to help the Chicago Sky beat Los Angeles 91-81 to pull into a tie for fourth place with the Sparks on Friday night. Courtney Vandersloot added 17 points and nine assists, Astou Ndour and Diamond DeShields had 11 points each, and Stefanie Dolson scored 10 for the Sky (15-10). Vandersloot scored six points while Chicago closed the game on an 11-2 run after Candace Parker‘s basket pulled the Sparks (15-10) within 80-79 with 2:56 left. The Sky led by as many as 17 in the first half, but the Sparks erased the deficit when Chiney Ogwumike‘s basket gave Los Angeles a 64-63 lead with 1:25 to go in the third quarter. Chicago retook the lead 21 seconds later and never trailed again. Chelsea Gray had 25 points for the Sparks. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Nneka Ogwumike added 16 points each and Alana Beard scored 10.
Chicago Bears 13 – New York Giants 32
Highlights: Eli Manning pulled out a page from the Daniel Jones‘ playbook. He was perfect in a game in which the heir apparent faced adversity for the first time. The 38-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP threw a touchdown pass in a flawless series and the New York Giants had their way with the Chicago Bears’ backups in a 32-13 preseason victory on Friday night. Jones also threw a touchdown pass, but the sixth pick overall in the draft finally looked like a rookie, losing two fumbles. Free agent rookie Jon Hilliman scored on a 10-yard run, Kyle Lauletta threw a 10-yard TD to Garrett Dickerson, Aldrick Rosas kicked a 47-yard field goal and New York (2-0) got a safety on a botched shotgun snap. Chicago coach Matt Nagy rested many key starters in falling to 0-2. Rookie Kerrith Whyte Jr., who had a 103-yard kickoff return in the second quarter nullified by a late holding penalty, scored on a 1-yard run. Eddy Pineiro kicked field goals of 41 and 27 yards for the undermanned Bears.Jones looked good throwing the ball, hitting 11 of 14 for 161 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown to TJ Jones. The kid from Duke also showed some flaws, turning over the ball twice on fumbles. He failed to handle a snap at the Bears 19 and coughed up the ball when sacked by James Vaughters. Manning was very solid, leading the Giants on a 10-play, 79-yard drive that was capped with an 8-yard toss to Bennie Fowler III. He was 4 of 4 for 42 yards. Bears All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller did not make the trip. He had a fight in practice this week and was left home. “We’re going to handle that internally,” Nagy said. “I don’t want to get into how we handled it or Kyle handled it.”
Friday’s Game – Exhibition:
- Team USA 90 – Spain 81
Highlights: There have been some doubts about how this version of Team USA would stack up against international competition, but it helped suppress the critics with a convincing 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday night in Anaheim, California. Team USA spread the wealth scoring-wise, with eight players racking up seven points or more. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was the high point man with 13, followed by Khris Middleton‘s 12 and Kemba Walker‘s 11, to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. Spain was led by its two most prominent NBA players, Marc Gasol scored a game-high 19 points, while Ricky Rubio added 16 points and seven assists. Team USA will now head to Australia, where it will play three more exhibition games before heading to the FIBA World Cup in China. Here are a few takeaways from the game, along with a recap of our live updates. The Americans led pretty much start to finish, and each time Spain threatened to cut the lead down they responded with big baskets. What this USA team lacks in star power, it makes up for it in speed. Led by speedsters Walker and De’Aaron Fox, Team USA came out of the gates against Spain looking to take advantage of its quickness in the full court and the half court. The Americans shot a blistering 11 of 19 from the 3-point line, capitalizing on the wide-open looks created by their spacing and penetration.