This Date in Baseball-Aug. 11
Doug Pederson will play his starters a little in Jacksonville’s preseason game against Cleveland on Friday night. The first-year Jaguars coach says quarterback Trevor Lawrence needs live repetitions with new receivers Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Evan Engram and rookie center Luke Fortner. Pederson says he wants to see the offense “put together” in hopes of seeing “some crisp plays, some good execution and try to score a few points.” Pederson expects starters to play “a couple series” against the Browns.
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Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe has launched a 24-club super league that he says will revolutionize soccer on the continent and become its richest competition. The launch Wednesday comes as CAF reported a loss of nearly $50 million last year. Motsepe says the CAF Africa Super League will offer total prize money of $100 million. That's over five times more than Africa’s current Champions League. The new competition is scheduled to begin in August 2023 and has the backing of FIFA. CAF didn’t say which 24 African clubs will take part.
Lauren Jackson has been named on her fifth FIBA World Cup roster for Australia in a comeback to international basketball. The 41-year-old Jackson was officially informed of her place in the 12-woman team by head coach Sandy Brondello. It came 10 months after a comeback to the sport and as a mother of two boys. The No. 3-ranked Opals have been drawn in Group C with pool matches against France, Serbia, Japan, Mali and Canada in the tournament scheduled for Sept. 22 to Oct. 1 in Sydney.
Czech Republic midfielder Jakub Jankto is moving to Sparta Prague on a one-year loan from Getafe. The Czech club said Wednesday it has an option to sign the 26-year-old midfielder on a permanent contract. Jankto joined Getafe a year ago and made 14 appearances in Spain’s top tier last season. He struggled after a calf muscle injury in the fall. He previously played for Sampdoria and Udinese in Serie A.
Dutch women’s soccer coach Mark Parsons has left the job after the defending champion was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the European Championships. His departure was by mutual agreement with the Dutch soccer federation which called results at the tournament “disappointing.” Parsons succeeded Sarina Wiegman who led the Netherlands to the European title on home soil in 2017 and repeated the feat with England last month. The federation said it will appoint a replacement soon as the team bids to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
SEATTLE — I don't know what the most touching storyline was from Sue Bird's final regular-season home game Sunday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The numbers can be daunting. At times, inside Michigan State’s Duffy Daugherty Football Building, they were even taunting.