Get ready for the return to the Premier League, plus what’s next for Brittany Griner?

Happy Friday, everyone! Another week down. Congratulations!

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Good morning everyone but especially…

Premier League fans

Rejoice, football fans: The Premier League is back! weapon Visits Crystal Palace That afternoon To kick things off, and then all 18 other teams open their respective seasons this weekend.

In case you missed it this summer, Rich became richer As the reigning champion City of Manchester added Erling Holland From Borussia Dortmund. The third-placed scorer in the Bundesliga last year, Holland is a big reason why our football expert Roger Gonzalez calls the city ““Clear favorites to win the league.” I Its preview of all 20 teams.

But it’s meant to be. Holland is under a lot of pressure.too, notes soccer reporter James Benge. His Manchester City season preview.

  • Benj: “Holland scored 115 times in 116 games. Red Bull Salzburg And Borussia Dortmund. … He may be on one of the greatest hot streaks early in his career. The best and only the best strikers can be relied upon to regularly improve their Expected Goals (xG) somewhat but not to Holland’s level. … This is a team that fetishizes close-range shots on target more than any other. … Holland’s sweet spot is the city’s and vice versa.”

Our team of football experts has done a fantastic job previewing other top teams, including…

We have too The expert chooses For title winners, top four, bottom four and individual awards.

We will have Weekend live analysis — And French Ligue 1 also kicks off this weekend. — so be sure to stay tuned to our soccer coverage going forward.

Honorable mention

And not such a good morning for him…

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Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers

gave The Dodgers They are very likely to cruise to another NL West title as they own the best record in MLB. He is the only thing did not The need was an injury to one of their stars. Clayton Kershaw Out of its beginnings against The giants after the Experiencing back pain Throwing warm-up pitches in the fifth inning

It is worrying for A couple of reasons, notes our MLB expert Mike Axa. First of all, it is A far cry from Kershaw’s first previous issue.

  • Axis: “He missed 41 days with back inflammation in 2014, 74 days with a herniated disc in 2016 and 39 days with a back strain in 2017. Kershaw was on the injured list in 2018 and 2020 with back issues. Also spent short time. Last season, a flexor injury cost him much of the second half and the postseason, and he missed time earlier this year with a hip injury.”

The 34-year-old hurler has been fantastic with one this season. 2.64 ERA And a 0.98 WHIPBoth top 10 in NL (minimum 80 IP). The absence of any extension would be a tough blow for the Dodgers, whose rotation is starting to look a little thin.

  • 1. RHP Walker Buehler (Out since June 10 with arm injury, may return in September)
  • 2. LHP Clayton Kershaw (Out Thursday’s start with an injury)
  • 3. LHP Julio Urias
  • 4. RHP Tony Gonsolin (23 1/3 innings off his previous career high)
  • 5. LHP Tyler Anderson
  • 6. LHP Andrew Heaney (Healthy now, but limited to five starts so far this year with shoulder strain)
  • 7. RHP Ryan Pepiott (9 2/3 innings shy of his previous career high)

Not so honorable mention.

Brittany Gerner was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison.

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Phoenix Mercury The star Brittany Griner He was found guilty of drug trafficking and possession of cannabis. Russia And Sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.. He was also fined 1,000,000 Russian rubles (just over $16,000).

  • As part of a statement, Pres Joe Biden Said sentence is “Further reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Britney.”

It was greener. Arrested in February. for allegedly carrying marijuana concentrate in his luggage. He has been in custody ever since and recently pleaded guilty. On Wednesday, during closing arguments in his trial, Griner said he “never meant to break any law.”

That’s far from the end of Gurner’s story, though. In late July, the US Allegedly offered a prisoner exchange. This would free Griner and the corporate security director. Paul Whelan In exchange for a convicted Russian arms smuggler Victor Bott. While the WNBA star has now been officially sentenced, a prisoner exchange is still a possibility.

College football season preview: 22 questions for 2022 🏈

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We’re quickly approaching the 2022 college football season, and, boy, has it been a wild offseason. From transfer portal madness to NIL deals to reshuffles on the horizon, we’ve got plenty of stories to go through. That’s where our college football insider Dennis Dodd can help, as he tested in his own. 22 Compelling Stories That Will Dominate 2022.

Let’s start with the biggest: Who Will Make The College Football Playoff? Dodd says the usual suspects. Alabama As well as the current champion Georgia Both will be there… but What about the other two teams?

  • Dodd: State of Ohio: Ryan Day has his best team since the 2019 powerhouse upset by Clemson in the CFP semifinals. Day is 28-3 since then with one Big Ten loss to his name. So yes. If the defense comes together under new coordinator Jim Knowles, watch out. Utah: Kyle Whittingham has reached the peak of his career as he enters Year 18. The Utes have the physicality to compete with anyone and the ability to be undefeated. They began the 2022 season at no. I 4 CBS Sports 131

But before we get to the end of the season, we have to start at the beginning, and as Dennis notes. Week 1 is absolutely packed.

  • Cincinnati in Arkansas
  • Oregon vs. Georgia
  • Utah in Florida
  • Notre Dame at Ohio State
  • Florida State vs. LSU
  • Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

All these 22 storylines Add another layer of excitement to the season, and guess what? We are now 22 days away from kick-off. let’s go!

Which teams didn’t do enough at the trade deadline? ⚾

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There was plenty of action at the MLB trade deadline: Our trade tracker The whole day was incredibly busy. But Not everyone got into the action as much as they should have.. Of course not every team can be declared a “winner” at the deadline, and there were some squads that didn’t do as well as they should have.

Who stands out in this chaotic group? That’s the question our MLB experts answered in their “Batting Around” Roundtable This week, and our Matt Snyder says one of the best teams in the league left fans wanting more.

  • Snyder: “I’ll go with that. Meetings. … They could have been more aggressive in getting the bridge closer. Edwin Diaz With more setups than men Michael Givens — whose Mets debut was a disaster — and the catcher remains a big question mark while the All-Star Wilson Contreras The deal didn’t even happen. … The Mets haven’t won a World Series since 1986 and have a collection of talent that could do it again. Why didn’t they go all the way to loading the roster before the deadline was beyond me?”

While the Mets were the best team on this list, a pair of AL Central clubs didn’t fare as well.

Here’s what we’re watching this weekend 📺

We’re looking at the NWSL. Paramount+.


🏀 A spark in a dreamon CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m
🏀 Irfan in the skyon NBA TV at 8 p.m


Yankees at Cardinalson FOX at 7:15 p.m


🏀 Sun in the skyat 1 p.m. on ABC
🏀 Aces at Stormat 3 p.m. on ABC
Padres at Dodgerson ESPN at 7 p.m