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7:32 p.m. ET (GOLF) — Talor Gooch (back) withdraws from Rocket Mortgage Classic
Gooch ($7,000; 10.0 DKFP) becomes the second player to withdraw from this year’s tournament due to a back injury, as Wyndham Clark ($6,600; 7.5 DKFP) pulled out after completing 13 holes on Thursday. Unlike Clark, Gooch was able to finish his round; however, the results weren’t exactly ideal. Despite making birdie on his final two holes, Gooch was 4-over for the afternoon, with a double-bogey on the seventh looming large over the 28-year-old’s head. Gooch has played in all four events since the PGA Tour returned from hiatus, yet he’s now missed the cut at all but the Charles Schwab Challenge. Gooch is 5.5% owned in the ongoing DraftKings Millionaire tournament. — Garion Thorne
5:13 p.m. ET (NBA) — Could there be a second NBA bubble in Chicago for non-playoff teams?
The NBA is close to signing off on a second bubble in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to Orlando, per ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. It is not clear yet exactly what parameters surround the “Delete Eight”, but it is expected that some form of mini-training camp and subsequent games will take place with a target date of September. This is an exciting turn of events for basketball fans, as well as the NBA itself. The second bubble could give us more NBA DraftKings DFS action in the month of September, as the conference semi-finals are set to begin on August 31, with the NBA Finals starting on September 30. — Anthony Amico
3:47 p.m. ET (GOLF) — Wyndham Clark (back) withdraws from the Rocket Mortgage Classic
Citing a back injury for the reason for the withdrawal, Clark was only able to make it through the 13th hole before removing himself from the event. Clark was +2 at the time, producing four bogeys, seven pars and two birdies made, giving him 7.5 DKFP. Fortunately, he won’t affect too many lineups, as he only drew a 2.61% ownership in the PGA Tour Millionaire Maker event. Since the PGA Tour resumed operations, this will now be the third missed cut of the four events for Clark, who was able to T66 at the RBC Heritage. — Steve Buchanan
12:50 p.m. ET (MLB) — Jose Quintana (thumb) undergoes surgery on Thursday
Quintana cut his thumb doing the dishes last week, which required him to get five stitches over the laceration. On Thursday, he underwent a microscopic surgery on his thumb to further determine the extent of the injury, which revealed a lacerated digital sensory nerve. It’s expected that he’ll resume his throwing in two weeks from now, which will also shed light on his length of absence. While it’s nothing more than speculation at this point, it’s not a sure thing that Quintana will be ready for the MLB’s return, which is scheduled to begin July 23rd. — Steve Buchanan
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