Thursday things you may have missed

NFL

  1. The Las Vegas Raiders and rookie head coach Josh McDaniels had successful debut in the Hall of Fame Game beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11. McDaniels grew up in this historic football town where he played for his father and was the varsity quarterback and kicker. When asked about being back where it all began he said :

“It was a unique opportunity, very grateful that I had it. It’s the first time I’ve been to this Hall of Fame game it in 22 years. To have an opportunity to do that with him here, my family and people who helped me along the way, it was a special night for them. I really savored it.”
This is where it all started for Josh McDaniels. He grew up 5 minutes away from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and returns as the head coach of the Raiders.#RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/Uns0MroHX7 — Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) August 5, 2022

  1. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has given Deshaun Watson’s discipline case to a lawyer with league connections and expertise in domestic violence and sexual assault. He chose former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to reside over the league’s appeal of the 6-game suspension without pay that was handed down to Watson by independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson.

NFL statement on Peter C. Harvey being tabbed to hear Deshaun Watson’s appeal. pic.twitter.com/qT0aty6Yq8 — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2022

  1. The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Diontae Johnson have come to an agreement on a 2-year, $36.71-million extension. The contract runs through the 2024 season, holds $27 million guaranteed and $19 million in the first year. He also has the opportunity to earn up to $39.5 million with incentives as part of the contract.

The #Steelers and WR Diontae Johnson have agreed on a two-year, $36.71 million extension, source says. The sides worked last night and this morning to end his hold-in with a shorter deal than we’ve seen from others that allows him to be a free agent again after the 2024 season. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2022

  1. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has been limited throwing in practice because of a tendon issue in his right elbow. The injury is being described as “bad tendinitis”. When head coach Sean McVay was asked about the Stafford situation he said :

“It’s consistent with what’s been going on. When you really look at the totality of it, wanted to try to have him operate in as little pain as possible. I think that anytime that you’ve played as long or are as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’re ever truly ‘pain-free,’ but the goal would be for Sept. 8 and looking towards 17 games (and) hopefully some games after that.”
More on Rams’ HC Sean McVay saying today that Matthew Stafford's elbow pain “abnormal for a quarterback”, via @sarahbarshop:https://t.co/xIwpNQPiAO — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 5, 2022

NHL

  1. The Calgary Flames and winger Jonathan Huberdeau have agreed on an 8-year extension worth $10.5 million per season.

Hearing #Flames and Jonathan Huberdeau are putting the finishing touches on an eight-year, $84 million extension. 8 x $10.5 million.@DailyFaceoff — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) August 5, 2022

  1. The New Jersey Devils have signed restricted free-agent forward Miles Wood to a 1-year, $3.2-million contract. They were scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Aug. 6. Wood will be an unrestricted free-agent next summer.

🚨 ATTENTION 🚨 Woody's back! We have agreed to a one-year deal with Miles Wood worth $3.2 million. — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) August 5, 2022

  1. Former Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl has signed a 2-year deal and will join Lausanne Hockey Club in Switzerland’s National League. Raffl was an unrestricted free agent.

Ex-Stars forward Michael Raffl signs deal to play in Switzerland https://t.co/bnQJvY2DFx — SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) August 4, 2022

MLB

  1. In a season that is proving to be a struggle for the Los Angeles Angels they took another painful loss to the Oakland A’s 8-7. The Angels tied the major league record with 7 solo home runs, including 2 by Shohei Ohtani, but still managed to take the loss.

The Angels hit 7 solo HRs today They lost 8-7 to the Oakland A’s https://t.co/U3UujD604w — Starting 9 (@Starting9) August 4, 2022

  1. Justin Verlander, who is making a come back from Tommy John surgery, pitched 6 scoreless innings. The right-hander snagging his MLB leading 15th victory. Chas McCormick and Martin Maldonado each sent one over the wall and had 3 RBIs, and the AL West-leading Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Guardians 6-0.

Justin Verlander is through six innings in Cleveland and has reached 130 for the season, meaning he triggered the $25 million player option for 2023 in his contract. — Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 5, 2022

  1. Deadline pickup Tyler Naquin hit 2 homeruns in his home debut. Edwin Diaz locked down his 1st 2-inning save as a big leaguer and the New York Mets get the win over the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Thursday night to begin an important 5-game series for these 2 NL East rivals.

The @Mets pick up a big win and extend their NL East lead to 4.5 games. pic.twitter.com/aXWJox7iXG — MLB (@MLB) August 5, 2022

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