Here is the latest sports news: Popovich meets with Leonard. Hawks want Donic. Giants lose closer to broken hand. Astros’ winning streak comes to an end. World Cup roundup.
>>Leonard’s Sights Set On LA
(Los Angeles, CA) — Spurs star Kawhi Leonard isn’t hiding where he wants to go. Yahoo Sports reports Leonard met with San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich in Southern California yesterday, but stories still leaked that he wants out. ESPN stated Leaonard wants to play in Los Angeles with his top preference being the Lakers. The Spurs’ franchise player is under contract through the upcoming season.
>>Report: Hawks Eyeing Donic
(Atlanta, GA) — If the Suns and Kings decide to pass on European star Luka Donic he won’t be falling much further in tomorrow’s 2018 NBA Draft. According to ESPN, the Hawks are leaning towards snatching up Donic with the third-overall pick if he’s available. Phoenix is expected to take Arizona’s Deandre Ayton with the first selection.
>>Giants’ Strickland Breaks Hand Punching Door
(San Francisco, CA) — The Giants will be without closer Hunter Strickland for up to two months. He broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing a save in Monday’s night’s loss to the Marlins. An X-ray revealed a broken pinkie finger. Manager Bruce Bochy [[ BO-chee ]] says Strickland had surgery yesterday and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
>>Rays End Astros’ 12-Game Winning Streak
(Houston, TX) — The Rays put an end to the Astros’ 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory in Houston. Wilson Ramos singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning, while C.J. Cron hit a solo homer in the second for the Rays’ other run. Blake Snell fired seven innings of one-run ball to run his record to 9-and-4. Alex Bregman plated the lone run for the Astros, who suffered their first setback since June 5th.
>>World Cup Roundup
(Undated) — World Cup group play continued in Russia. Yesterday, Japan beat Colombia 2-1, Senegal dumped Poland 2-1 and Russia defeated Egypt, 3-1. Today, Morocco faces Portugal, Uruguay takes on Saudi Arabia and Iran squares off with Spain.