July Sports Highlights
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British Open Champion Cameron Smith Heading to LIV?
Cameron Smith won the British Open last month at the home of golf at St. Andrews after a final round of 64. The number 2 golfer in the world is looking to jump to join LIV Golf, according to TMZ Sports, although he was annoyed with the question after his victory. Smith didn't deny the possibility, however. If he does join, he will be another of a growing list of big names in the game, including Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson. The PGA Tour said it would ban players who compete in LIV Golf events, possibly including the major championships.
Deshaun Watson Suspended by the NFL for Six Games
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended six games by the NFL for sexual assault allegations against 24 women. Former Browns general manager Michael Lombardi expects at least a 12-game suspension but feels a full year is more appropriate. He also doesn't think the organization has to appeal the decision too much, considering they know what they were getting into when acquiring Watson. Of course, Watson hopes the sanction is not increased so he can get on the field as soon as possible with his new team.
Kevin Durant Desires to be Traded by the Brooklyn Nets
Nearly six weeks ago, Kevin Durant made it known to the Nets that he wanted out of Brooklyn. He has concerns about the team's direction under head coach Steve Nah and general manager Sean Mark. All of this started on June 30 when Durant wanted a trade, but he isn't a free agent and has nearly $200 million and four years left on his contract. The Nets will undoubtedly ask for a king's ransom in return for Durant, who is a 12-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time NBA champion.
Despite Rare Back Condition, Mike Trout Plans to Return this Season
Mike Trout is a 10-time All-Star and one of the top players of this generation, but he's been out since July 12 with what appeared to be a rib cage injury. However, Angels-trained Mike Forstad revealed it is a relatively rare spinal condition that could bother him for the rest of his career. Trout received a cortisone shot last week and is starting to see results. Trout insists his job is not over; he has to stay on the condition. Trout is hitting .270 with 24 home runs and 51 RBI in 79 games this season.