Mac Jones’ Preseason Debut
Quarterback Mac Jones made his preseason debut Thursday night when the New England Patriots beat the Washington Football team, 22-13, at Gillette Stadium.
Cam Newton started the game, playing two series, before Jones took over with 0:55 left in the first quarter. The 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft entered the game to a standing ovation, before finishing the night 13-of-19 for 87 yards in five series played. Jones played the first series behind the Patriots’ starting O-line.
On Saturday, NFL fans will see the debut of rookie quarterbacks Justin Fields (Chicago Bears), Trey Lance (San Francisco 49ers) and Zach Wilson (New York Jets).
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“Field of Dreams” Game
Major League Baseball put on a show Thursday night, when the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox brought baseball to Iowa for the “Field of Dreams” game.
With one out in the bottom of the 9th, Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson, who said he has not seen the movie, hit a two-run home run to give the White Sox the win. One could say it was a Hollywood ending.
The night had plenty of nostalgia, including Kevin Costner and players walking out of the cornrows and onto the field of play, which was located next to the location where the movie was filmed.
“Is this heaven?” Well, we know it’s Iowa, but they built a baseball field, and the fans came out for quite a night.
- Kawhi Leonard signed a four-year, $176.3 million max contract to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The deal has a fourth-year player option.
- We’ve got some brotherly love in Milwaukee, as the Bucks have re-signed Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a two-year deal. Last season, Antetokounmpo played in 57 games, averaging 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds a game. He also played in 13 playoff games.
- The NBA’s summer league is underway in Las Vegas and, unfortunately, Thursday saw injuries.
- The Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green, who was the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft, left Thursday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors with a sore right hamstring, while the No. 5 overall pick in the draft, the Orlando Magic’s Jalen Suggs, left Thursday’s loss to the Boston Celtics with a sore left hand.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended for a fifth time to August 20. A civil hearing to decide whether or not the restraining order against Bauer will remain in place is scheduled to start on Monday.
Bauer has not been with the Dodgers since July 2, when he was originally placed on administrative leave, after being accused of choking a woman until she lost consciousness more than once and punching her in several places on her body during two sexual encounters that took place earlier this year.
Bauer has been under investigation in this matter for three months.
Joe Thornton to Play 24th NHL Season
Joe Thornton has signed a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers that will bring him back to the NHL for his 24th season.
Thornton ranks 14th on the NHL’s career points list with 1,529, while he is seventh in career assists with 1,104. He has played in 1,680 games, putting on his skates for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks.