ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Last night’s Texas Rangers-Los Angeles Angels game was postponed following the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at age 27. Skaggs was with the team in Texas when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they are investigating, but no foul play is suspected at this time.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson has announced on Instagram that he is staying in the Bay Area. He is expected to sign a five-year max contract for $190 million when the NBA free agent moratorium period ends, remaining with Golden State just as he had hoped all along. Thompson had been scheduled for surgery this past week for a torn ACL in his left knee after he was injured during a Game 6 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.
UNDATED (AP) – The Miami Heat have acquired Jimmy Butler from the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a four-team swap with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. The Heat also receive Meyers Leonard, the Blazers get Hassan Whiteside, the Clippers pick up Moe Harkless and a future first-round pick, and the 76ers acquire Josh Richardson.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff pulled off one of the two biggest stunners on opening day at Wimbledon by defeating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. The youngest competitor to qualify at the All England Club in the professional era pulled off a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the 39-year-old Williams, the oldest player in the women’s field. Women’s second seed and defending U.S. Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka dropped a 7-6, 6-2 decision to Yulia Putintseva.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Rangers picked up the NHL’s most coveted unrestricted free agent on the market by working out a seven-year, $81.5 million deal with forward Artemi Panarin. The 27-year-old Panarin had 28 goals and 59 assists for Columbus last season. The Blue Jackets also lost goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the Florida Panthers and forward Matt Duchene to the Nashville Predators.
MONTREAL (AP) – The Montreal Canadiens made a headline-grabbing move on the first day of NHL free agency, signing Carolina forward Sebastian Aho to a five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet. As part of the offer, cash-rich Montreal is offering an $11.3 million lump sum payment within a week of Aho’s signing and another for $9.87 million next July 1. The Hurricanes have seven days to decide whether to match the offer, work out a deal involving Aho or take Montreal’s first-, second- and third-round pick in 2020 as compensation.