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Former Mets GM Billy Eppler Suspended Through World Series For Fabricating Injuries

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NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler through the 2024 World Series on Friday after determining that he directed team workers to fake ailments to generate open roster positions.

Manfred stated that Eppler directed “the deliberate fabrication of injuries; and the associated submission of documentation for the purposes of securing multiple improper injured list placements during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.”

The so-called “phantom injured list” is believed to be widespread in baseball, but Eppler is the first to face a penalty.

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Former Mets GM Billy Eppler Suspended Through World Series For Fabricating Injuries

“I fully and transparently cooperated with the MLB’s investigation, and I accept their decision,” Eppler said in a statement.

Eppler will not lose any pay as a result of his suspension. After resigning last fall on the same day MLB’s inquiry was made public, the Mets paid the remaining balance of his contract, which was slated to expire in 2025.

According to a source familiar with the investigation, Eppler’s actions involved approximately seven players. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the players had not been publicly identified.

Major League Baseball “concluded that the pattern of conduct was at Mr. Eppler’s sole direction and without any involvement of club ownership or superiors.”

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Former Mets GM Billy Eppler Suspended Through World Series For Fabricating Injuries

Eppler’s suspension prevents him from working for another team until he is restored. Eppler will be able to petition for early reinstatement, the MLB announced.

The commissioner’s office did not sanction any additional Mets personnel, according to a second person familiar with the probe, who also spoke anonymously.

MLB stated that it questioned more than three dozen people during the probe. Attorney Jay Reisinger represented Eppler.

According to MLB rules, a physician must confirm an injury in the sport’s computer records. MLB decided that any additional personnel participating in the misbehaviour acted under Eppler’s direction.

Players have an economic incentive to participate in an IL stint. A player with a split contract that required different salaries in the major and minor leagues would have received at least $3,978 per day while on a big league IL last year; for many, the pay while assigned to the minors ranged from as little as $315 or $630, depending on whether they were on a 40-man roster for the first time that year.

Eppler, 48, was the Mets’ general manager from November 2021 until he resigned on October 5, three days after owner Steven Cohen appointed David Stearns president of baseball operations.

The Mets said they “consider the matter closed and will have no further comment.”

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Former Mets GM Billy Eppler Suspended Through World Series For Fabricating Injuries

Eppler served as the New York Yankees’ deputy general manager from 2012 to 2014 before becoming the Los Angeles Angels’ general manager from 2015 to 2020. He joined WME Sports’ baseball representation group in September 2021 and, two months later, signed a four-year contract with the Mets, becoming the team’s eighth head of baseball operations in 13 months.

MLB’s sentence is the most serious since Houston manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended in January 2020 until the World Series for participating in the team’s use of a video camera to steal signs. Both were fired, and the Astros were fined $5 million. The organisation also forfeited four high-round amateur draft picks.

The Red Sox fired Alex Cora for his involvement in the Astros incident, and Manfred suspended him for the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season. Alex Cora had previously been Houston’s bench coach before becoming Boston’s manager.

Atlanta lost 13 prospects, and general manager John Coppolella was banned for life in November 2017 for violating foreign signing rules between 2015 and 2017. Coppolella was reinstated in January 2023.

SOURCE – (AP)

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England Stumbles Against Denmark in Euro 2024 Group Stage

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(CTN News) – England squandered the opportunity to go to the Euro 2024 knockout stages as Group C winners, only managing a draw against Denmark in Frankfurt.

Gareth Southgate’s team would have headed Group C with a win following the earlier draw between Slovenia and Serbia, but they were eventually happy for a point despite a disorganised, shambolic display.

Harry Kane scored in his fourth major event in a row to give England an 18th-minute lead, but as has been the case under manager Southgate, this signalled England’s retreat into their shell, allowing Danish dominance.

Denmark earned an equalizer when Morten Hjulmand scored from 25 yards out after 34 minutes.

Phil Foden hit the post after the break, and while England remains at the top of their group, they must make significant improvements against Slovenia.

As a test for future Euro 2024 winners, this was a terrible failure.

Manager Southgate, who is not known for making hurried or foolish changes, made four substitutes with more than 20 minutes remaining, putting England’s terrible performance into context.

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England fans inside Frankfurt Arena also expressed their displeasure, with three bursts of loud jeering before the final whistle and a nasty send-off at the end.

It has been a long time since England appeared as disorganised as they did here, particularly in midfield, when they were outpassed for lengthy stretches by Denmark, with veteran Christian Eriksen pulling the strings.

Declan Rice and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s core combination appeared uncomfortable and out of sync. This, probably, will be the final time it is utilized.

Jude Bellingham, England’s great talisman and match-winner versus Serbia, could not save them this time, as he too appeared tired and unable to exert any effect as they labored hard.

England’s players were frequently spotted grumbling about the condition of the playing field, which did tear up early on, but there can be no cheap excuses when they perform as poorly as this.

Once again, a goal depressed rather than energized England, leaving them overwhelmed and prone to far too many errors all over the pitch.

The old, irritating habit of retreating after making progress returned. Serbia were not good enough to take advantage in England’s first game but Denmark were not passing up the invitation.

It was surprising to see Kane replaced after 69 minutes as England sought a winner, especially as Foden, who was also changed, had been the most dangerous player on Southgate’s team.

The extent of Southgate’s rearrangement summarised England’s attempts. They are still competing in Euro 2024, but even the most hopeful fan inside the Frankfurt Arena would admit this was far from the standard required to make a significant impression in Germany.

SEE ALSO: NHL To Broadcast Stanley Cup Final Games In American Sign Language, A 1st For A Major Sports League

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

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Coral Springs, Florida – Charlie Woods, Tiger Woods’ 15-year-old son, earned his first USGA championship Wednesday by posting the highest score among qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills next month.

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

Charlie Woods recovered from a bogey-double bogey start at Eagle Trace Golf Club to finish with a 1-under 71 and win the medalist spot from his qualifier, one of four players to accomplish so.

“I didn’t play well on the first two holes, but I improved significantly in the last 16. I simply reminded myself not to make any more bogeys or doubles, and I took advantage of some good birdie opportunities when they arose,” Woods said.

Tiger Woods was 14 when he qualified for his first U.S. Junior and advanced to the semifinals. Woods won his first U.S. Junior Amateur at Bay Hill a year later, finishing in 19 holes. Woods is the only player to have won the United States Junior Championship three times in a row.

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

Players must be under 19 by the end of the championship.

The U.S. Junior Amateur takes place from July 22 to 28 at Oakland Hills in Detroit’s suburbs. Woods will be one of 264 players competing in 36 holes of stroke play on the North and South courses at Oakland Hills to determine which 64 will advance to match play.

Tiger Woods has won nine USGA championships, including three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateurs, three straight U.S. Amateurs, and three U.S. Open crowns.

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Tiger Woods Son, Charlie, Qualifies For First USGA Event At Age 15 With 1-Under 71

“The USGA means a lot to me,” Charlie Woods explained. “I want to win USGA championships and hopefully one day the U.S. Open.”

SOURCE – (AP)

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

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SUNRISE, Florida – Matthew Tkachuk ran off at full speed from around center ice, chasing a puck over his head and was headed straight for an empty net.

He dived. He stretched out his stick. He swatted and barely knocked the puck away, keeping the Florida Panthers’ chances of forcing extra alive. The problem was that the next player to get to the puck was Connor McDavid, who scored to seal the game.

This was how the Panthers’ Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final played out. Even when they did well, it needed to be better. Another lengthy travel to Alberta awaits, and this title series is quickly looking very tight.

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

The Panthers allowed two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal, fell behind 3-0 before rallying, and lost 5-3 to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 5 of the championship series on Tuesday night. It was Florida’s second consecutive loss in a Cup game, following an 8-1 defeat in Edmonton the previous weekend.

Game 6 takes place on Friday night.

“I am not pumping tyres. I’m not stroking backs. “I don’t think we need that at all,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice stated. “Everybody probably feels the same way I do right now. I’m not feeling down. Neither is the hockey squad. They’re not feeling down. “A little grumpy.”

A lot cranky.

“We’re going to turn the page,” said forward Evan Rodrigues. “We’re going to learn from this one.”

Florida’s Rodrigues and Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, while the Panthers’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 19 shots for Florida, extending the franchise’s 30-year wait for its first Stanley Cup triumph by at least three days.

“We get another shot at it on Friday,” Tkachuk explained.

McDavid scored two goals and two assists in the Stanley Cup Final, becoming the first player in NHL history to have back-to-back four-point games, while Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard scored three assists. Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, and Corey Perry scored for the Oilers, while Stuart Skinner stopped 29 shots.

McDavid stated that it was a total team effort. It was, but it was also another heroic effort from McDavid, the game’s top player who is breaking new ground in the series.

McDavid has 42 points in the playoffs, which is the fourth-highest total in NHL history. The only guys ahead of him are the ones everyone expects: Wayne Gretzky scored 47 points in 1985, Mario Lemieux had 44 in 1991, and Gretzky had 43 in 1988.

McDavid will have at least one — and ideally two — games to add to his total. If there is a Game 7, it will take place in Sunrise on Monday night.

“Anytime you’re in the same realm as those two, it’s always a good thing,” McDavid stated.

It was the first time in Panthers history that they played a home game with the opportunity to win the Cup. Another sellout crowd arrived, with some buying more than $1,000 each for tickets on the secondary market – boosting Florida’s total attendance for the season beyond 1 million for the first time.

They arrived to view the trophy.

The Oilers wouldn’t let that happen. When it was finished, Tkachuk was asked if the Panthers felt any pressure.

“No. No. “No,” Tkachuk replied. “This isn’t an elimination game for us. We’re heading up there with a 3-2 series lead; we just need to take care of business like we did in Game 3.”

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

Edmonton entered the night having scored 10 of the series’ last 11 goals, including a 2-0 third period in Game 3 and an 8-1 rout in Game 4.

And the Oilers continued where they left off, with an amazing masterclass in special-teams play.

Game 5 began in the same way as Game 4, with Edmonton scoring on a shorthanded opportunity. Brown assisted on Saturday night, but he scored unassisted in this one, and the Oilers were on their way. Florida committed a penalty (interference by Niko Mikkola) as time expired in the first, which proved costly.

With two seconds left in the second period’s first power play, Hyman made it 2-0, and McDavid extended Edmonton’s advantage to 3-0 three minutes later from an extremely difficult angle.

For over two decades, the three-goal lead has proved unassailable in the Stanley Cup Final; no team has fallen after leading by three in a title-series game since Edmonton defeated Carolina in 2006. Since then, every squad has gone 39-0 in similar contests.

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Panthers See Another Chance At Cup Slip Away, Fall To Oilers 5-3 In Game 5

Make it 40–0. But the Panthers made things interesting.

By the end of the second period, it was 4-2, with Tkachuk and Rodrigues sandwiching goals around Perry’s first playoff goal, which was set up by a great feed from McDavid. Ekman-Larsson scored early in the third period, but the equalizer never arrived.

“Never want to put yourself behind the 8-ball,” Rodrigues remarked. “We need to win one game.” Simple as that. Go up there and win one game. That is our mindset. That is exactly what we are going to do.

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