LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — English soccer players took a knee during a match today in Liverpool in support of American protests following the death of George Floyd. Liverpool players gathered around the center circle at Anfield Stadium in a gesture of solidarity. Squad members posted the picture on their social media accounts with a caption saying, “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter.” Star players Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson were among those to post the picture that was retweeted by the official account of Liverpool.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling has been dismissed by a judge in New York. The suit had also named Darling’s ghost writer and a pair of publishers. Dykstra’s suit followed the publication of Darling’s book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.” Darling accused the outfielder of directing racist comments toward Boston starter Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series.
UNDATED (AP) — Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has died at the age of 80. Dye took over a downtrodden program in 1981 and turned it into a Southeastern Conference power. The Lee County coroner says Dye died Monday at a hospice care facility in Auburn from complications of kidney and liver failure. His son, Pat Dye Jr., had told ESPN.com recently that the former coach had been hospitalized in Atlanta for kidney-related issues. He also said his father had tested positive for the coronavirus but had been asymptomatic. In 12 years at Auburn, Dye posted a 99-39-4 record. He also coached at Wyoming and East Carolina.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed tight end Dylan Cantrell to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Cantrell is switching positions to tight end after being selected as a receiver by the Los Angeles Chargers in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. He played in college at Texas Tech under current Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Cardinals also said on Monday that they released cornerback Sojourn Shelton.
UNDATED (AP) — Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will miss next season due to a spinal condition discovered after he hurt his shoulder at spring practice in March. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says Ross will have surgery Friday for a congenital fusion of vertabrae he's had since birth. The coach says Ross also has a bulging disc. Swinney says the surgery will keep Ross the from risk of more serious spinal injuries and give him the opportunity to play football in the future. Ross is a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Phenix City, Alabama who is considered a potential first-round NFL draft pick.