NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has conditionally reinstated New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon, who can rejoin the team for meetings and workouts on Sunday. However, Gordon is barred from next Thursday’s game because of a lack of sufficient conditioning and practice time. Gordon had been suspended indefinitely since last December for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) – Hideki Matsuyama has a one-stroke lead over Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay at the midway mark of the BMW Championship at Medinah. Matsuyama sank five birdie putts of at least 15 feet, beginning and ending with 30-footers. They were part of a 9-under 63 that puts him in position to continue his streak of playing the Tour Championship every year since he turned pro.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Denny Hamlin will be the pole-sitter for tonight’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway after turning a lap at 129.230 mph in his Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday’s qualifying session. The reigning Daytona 500 winner bumped Kyle Larson to the other end of the front row. Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch will make up the second row, just in front of Aric Almirola and Chase Elliott.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – San Diego Padres manager Andy Green says rookie phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. is most likely done for the season because of a back injury. The 20-year-old shortstop is batting .317 with 13 doubles, 22 homers and 53 RBIs in 84 games. Green said Tatis will be reevaluated in three weeks.
NEW YORK (AP) – Alibaba Group co-founder Joe Tsai has agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from Mikhail Prokhorov in deals that two people with knowledge of the details say are worth about $3.4 billion. The sources say that Tsai is paying about $2.35 billion for the Nets, a record for a U.S. pro sports franchise. He’s also spending nearly $1 billion in a separate transaction for the arena.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Anthony Rendon hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in the opener of a three-game series between National League playoff contenders. The Nationals’ five-game winning streak matched their longest of the season. At 66-55, they improved to 11 games over .500 for the first time since June 9, 2018. Milwaukee lost for just the third time in nine games.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be held out of the preseason game against the Ravens because of back tightness. The Packers made the announcement on Twitter, saying the decision to keep him on the sideline “is precautionary.”
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Eli Manning and heir apparent Daniel Jones threw first-half touchdown passes against Chicago backups and the New York Giants had an easy night in posting a 32-13 preseason victory over the Bears. 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 got a safety on a botched shotgun snap.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton brought his unique commentary and musings to the baseball booth Friday night. After nine innings, it was evident Chicago White Sox broadcasts might never be the same again. Walton was the guest analyst because Steve Stone is taking this weekend’s series against the Los Angeles Angels off. The former UCLA and NBA star center called the game for NBC Sports Chicago with Jason Benetti. The two also work together on college basketball games for ESPN.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Lucas Giolito struck out 11 over six innings, James McCann hit his second grand slam in three games and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2. Giolito became the first White Sox right-hander to have consecutive outings with 11 or more strikeouts since Javier Vázquez in 2007.