June 2018

Defending champions Germany knocked out in group stage

Germany fans react as they watch the match at a public viewing area at Brandenburg Gate.Argentina managed to survive its World Cup group stage scare, but the other 2014 finalists were not so lucky. Germany is going home much earlier than expected after a stunning 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday sealed their fate in Group F.

Argentina needs help to avoid World Cup group stage elimination

Lionel Messi looks dejected after losing to Croatia.The early stages of the 2018 World Cup have proven that no team is safe, and no team is a better example of that than Argentina. The 2014 finalists were expected to carry Group D, but a draw against Iceland and a loss to Croatia have bumped Argentina to the bottom of the group standings heading into Tuesday’s games.

Bamba, Young provide intrigue heading into 2018 NBA draft

The first two players selected at Thursday’s 2018 NBA draft will most likely be Luka Doncic and DeAndre Ayton. Beyond them, the picture gets considerably more cloudy. The Phoenix Suns will have the choice of Doncic, the Serbian phenom who was named Euroleague MVP after leading Real Madrid to the championship, or Ayton, a 7-foot forward poised to be the league’s next impactful big man, when they select first overall, leaving the other top prospect for the Sacramento Kings at No.

Head coach Trotz leaving Capitals after Cup win

Winning the Stanley Cup may have cost the Washington Capitals their coach. Barry Trotz announced his decision to resign as head coach of the Capitals on Monday, ending speculation he would sign a contract extension with the franchise he just guided to a championship. The decision appears to be motivated by financial reasons, as Trotz is in line for a big raise as a championship coach.

Spain fires coach on eve of World Cup for taking Real Madrid job

Spain's former coach Julen LopeteguiLast-minute turmoil threatens to derail Spain’s 2018 World Cup hopes after coach Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the tournament. Lopetegui sealed his fate when he agreed to become manager of Real Madrid following the conclusion of the World Cup, leading to the decision to fire him.

Tommy John surgery a possibility for injured Ohtani

Shohei Othtani in the dugout during a game.Shohei Ohtani’s stellar rookie campaign might already be over. The Los Angeles Angels placed Ohtani on the disabled list on Friday with a sprained elbow ligament in his throwing arm, and they are unsure whether the injury will require season-ending Tommy John surgery. Ohtani has been a revelation on the mound and at the plate, and losing him would deal a big blow to Los Angeles’ postseason contention.

Warriors too much for Cavaliers once again with 3-0 Finals lead

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (30) pressure Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) during the fourth quarter in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsThe Golden State Warriors are about to win their first back-to-back NBA titles.

Capitals on brink of first Cup win as Vegas eyes a miracle

Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first period in game four of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsOne more win is all that stands between Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals finally ascending hockey’s highest peak and capturing the Stanley Cup that has eluded them for decades.