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Carolina Panthers release OT Michael Oher

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The Carolina Panthers have released offensive tackle Michael Oher after failing a physical. Oher has been on concussion protocol since last September.

“The most important thing is his health,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “Michael’s health always came first. We were not going to force th issue. Michael understood and we expressed that to him.”

After his release on Thursday, Oher tweeted that the “brain is a scary thing.”

The Brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it.

— Michael Oher (@MichaelOher) July 20, 2017

Oher, a first-round draft pick in 2009, played in two Super Bowls. In 2013, Oher won his first Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens.

Oher joined the Panthers in 2015 and started at left tackle during a 15-1 season. He started the first three games of the 2016 season before going on concussion protocol.

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/20/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Toronto 8, Boston 6
Baltimore 9, Texas 7
Kansas City 16, Detroit 4
N.Y. Yankees 4, Seattle 1

N.Y. Mets 3, St. Louis 2
Arizona 12, Cincinnati 2
Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee2
Atlanta 6, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 5, San Francisco 2

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ESPN: Derrick Rose in contract talks with Cleveland Cavaliers

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Free agent Derrick Rose is in talks with the defending Eastern Conference champions, ESPN says, on a contract that would bring the former MVP to Cleveland.

Sources told ESPN that Rose and the Cavaliers are discussing a one-year deal, but that Rose would also meet with the Los Angeles Lakers. Rose, a former first overall draft pick, has also met with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers since free agency began.

Rose spent the 2016-2017 season with the New York Knicks, but had an inconsistent season on the court, and some issues off it. Rose at one point left the team last year, without informing management, to tend to a family issue.

He did still average 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last year.

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Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(OXFORD, Miss.) — Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze resigned the position on Thursday night, effective immediately.

ANNOUNCEMENT | Hugh Freeze has resigned effective immediately. Matt Luke interim head coach. Press conference live at 7:30 PM CT on ESPNews.

— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) July 20, 2017

No reason was immediately given for the resignation, but a press conference was slated for 7:30 p.m. CT.

The school did announce that Matt Luke would be named interim head coach.

Earlier Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reported on a phone call made from Freeze’s school-issued phone to a female escort service. That call was raised to the school’s attention by former Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt, during a lawsuit.

Ole Miss has been under NCAA investigation over possible recruiting violations. The school had stood firmly behind Freeze in that matter.

Freeze went 39-25 in six years at Ole Miss.

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WNBA Legend Sue Bird comes out as gay, opens up about relationship with soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — WNBA legend Sue Bird came out as gay in an article on ESPNW, and is dating U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

But, Bird says, those close to her won’t find the revalations surprising.

“I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend…these aren’t secrets to people who know me.” she said. “I don’t feel like I’ve not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you’re not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it’s this secret. That was never the case for me.”

Bird also said she considered coming out a year ago, but “chickened out.”

As for talking about her sexual orientation now, Bird said it “feels right.”

“Even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn’t right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It’s my journey.”

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Minnesota Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins talking extension worth nearly $150 million

Pixfly/iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to lock up forward Andrew Wiggins, and a contract extension to keep him in Minneapolis could be worth nearly $150 million, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau spoke about the efforts to extend Wiggins’ contract at a Thursday press conference to introduce free agent signing Jamal Crawford. “We’re working on it right now,” Thibodeau told reporters.

The deal could be for five years and $148 million.

The extension would begin in the 2018-2019 season and could start at $25.5 million for that year. The two sides could also agree to boost that number to $30.6 million in Wiggins makes an All-NBA team or is named Defensive Player of the Year in the upcoming season.

The 22-year-old scored 23.6 points per game and dished out 2.3 assists per game last year. He has started all but one game in his three-year career.

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Michael Phelps dives into the details about his race against a great white shark

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The most decorated Olympic athlete of all time competed against one of the world’s top predators in the one thing both do best: swimming.

Michael Phelps stopped by ABC News’ Good Morning America to discuss some of the amazing details from the day he raced a great white shark in open waters.

Phelps teamed up with the Discovery Channel for the race, which was held off the coast of South Africa as part of the channel’s “Shark Week.”

“This has been something I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” Phelps told GMA. “This has been on my bucket list a long time and you know, being able to see these animals up close and personal in their own environment is something that was just such a treat.”

Phelps tested the waters, so to speak, by taking a preparatory dive with the sharks ahead of the race.

“I had a white’s nose come a little close to mine when I was in the cage, her mouth kind of just clamped right down on one of the bars. But I basically just sat down there for about an hour and just watched sharks swim right past me,” he said.

Racing a shark is no easy task, Phelps said, as they can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour while swimming.

But the Olympian said his biggest challenge wasn’t his animal competitor.

“The biggest thing for me is open water. Being in open water is so different from swimming in a swimming pool,” Phelps said, explaining that the water temperature during the race was also very cold. “It was like 53 degrees, so that’s about like an ice tank, that added a little twist to the equation.”

Phelps said he wore a monofin that strapped his feet into a tail-like attachment, allowing him to move through the water like a shark.

The 23-time Olympic gold medalist also told GMA about how he stayed safe during the race.

“Well, we’re not in the water at the same exact time. I think that’s the one thing we all wanted everybody to know — I was safe, which is number one,” he said.

Phelps said that during the race, there were between 12 and 14 divers below him who helped capture the shark’s movements on camera.

“When you have an animal this size, you want to be able to see how fast they swim,” he explained. “And it’s tough to be able to go into their territory and swim as fast as they do.”

The swimmer will also be featured in Shark School with Michael Phelps, which teaches people what to do if they find themselves in the vicinity of sharks.

“It’s basically the dos and don’ts of what to do when you’re in the ocean,” he added.

Although Phelps is officially “done” swimming competitively, he said he has enjoyed an incredible career and was honored to have represented his country.

Now that he has fulfilled his lifetime dream of swimming with sharks, Phelps said he’s considering commemorating the experience with fresh ink that would join the Olympic rings tattoo on his right bicep. He said he is thinking of getting a tattoo featuring a great white shark, a hammerhead shark or perhaps both.

“For me, it was an experience I’ll never forget,” Phelps said. “Being able to be on the bottom, basically, of the ocean floor and surrounded by a number of different species of sharks was one of the coolest things that I’ve probably ever done.”

Shark Week begins Sunday, July 23, on the Discovery Channel.

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/19/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

San Francisco 5, Cleveland 4
L.A. Dodgers 9, Chicago White Sox 1, 8 innings
L.A. Angels 7, Washington 0

Minnesota 6, N.Y. Yankees 1
Seattle 4, Houston 1
Oakland 7, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 10, Texas 2
Boston 5, Toronto 1
Kansas City 4, Detroit 3

Philadelphia 10, Miami 3
Chicago Cubs 8, Atlanta 2
Colorado 18, San Diego 4
Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2, 10 innings
N.Y. Mets 7, St. Louis 3
Cincinnati 4, Arizona 3, 11 innings

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Police suspend investigation into Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott

Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Police have suspended an investigation into Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott due to a lack of witnesses and an inability to contact the victim of an alleged assault.

The Dallas Police Department says it has made “several attempts to contact the victim through various ways but at this time hae not been able to make contact.”

The incident occurred this past weekend at a Dallas bar. A 30-year-old man was left with a nose injury. No arrests were made.

An NFL official told ESPN that the league was aware of the incident and was “looking into it.”

Elliott was already under investigation for an accusation of domestic violence made against him last year. His response to the league in that matter is expected to be submitted next week.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett expects to speak with Elliott about the latest incident on Friday.

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Chargers’ Mike Williams could need back surgery

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) — Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams could require back surgery that could endanger his rookie season.

ESPN reports that Williams recently received a second epidural to help deal with a herniated disk.

Williams was drafted seventh overall by the San Diego Chargers. He showed up to the team’s rookie minicamp with a bad back.

After one practice, he was diagnosed with a herniated disk.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had publicly expressed hope that Williams could heal with rest. ESPN reports that Williams got some relief from the recent epidural, but that concerns about his back remain.

Williams suffered a fracture in his neck during his time at Clemson. He missed much of the 2015 season with that injury, but returned last year to play a major role in the team’s first NCAA Championship in more than 20 years.

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