UFC Twitter Fight, All-Star Weekend Relocated For HB2, Ray Rice Will Donate Salary

UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship President, Dana White, is not too happy with ESPN analyst Darren Rovell for making fun  of the whopping $4 billion sale of UFC to William Morris and IMG. Over twitter the two went at it with Rovell starting the fight by asking if it was too late for the sale to fall through considering UFC’s main stars have been accused of using performance enhancing drugs. White then responded by calling Rovell some not so nice names. Fun times!

NBA

Bruce SpringsteinThe NBA announced its All-Star weekend will relocate from Charlotte, NC to another city due to the controversy over the HB2 law, which states that people need to use restrooms according to the sex they were assigned at birth versus the sex they identify with.  Many public figures went on record expressing their views, which may have led to the NBA decision. Mike Krzyzewski, legendary coach of Duke’s basketball program stated, “It’s an embarrassing bill,” Many celebrities including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr  have also expressed disappointment in the law by cancelling shows in NC.

NFL

Ray Rice, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens before his suspension for domestic violence, said he’d donate his salary to charity if he was signed by an NFL team for the 2016 season. He said, “Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me.” So far no word on a team taking him up on this but stay tuned.

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Linsanity In Brooklyn, Ezekiel Jersey Top Seller, Manziel Hits Wedding Guest, Kershaw’s Back

NBA

The Brooklyn Nets hope Jeremy Lin releases his “Linsanity” on the Team next year for a 3 year $36 million contract. Lin admitted his 11 game run (averaging 24 points and 9 assists) while the New York Knicks were considering releasing him was exciting. He now says he doesn’t want to be thought of as a phenomenon. He just wants to contribute to the Nets and help them rebuild.

NFL

Ezekiel ElliottFormer Ohio State running back and 4th pick in the draft, Ezekiel Elliott, won’t play in an NFL game until September but his jersey his selling off the shelves. Elliott’s #21 Dallas Cowboys jersey is the best selling item in the league.

Former Cleveland Brown QB Johnny Manziel can’t seem to stay out of the news. First there was his odd instagram post announcing he was getting help and would be back soon, then over the weekend in Hawaii, he punched a guest in the face at his friend’s wedding. If he does “come back”, at this rate it looks as if it won’t be on a football field.

MLB

Dave Roberts, the Los Angeles Dodger’s manager, created a panic this week by announcing his star pitcher and many would argue the best pitcher in the League, Clayton Kershaw, was perhaps having a setback in his recovery from a herniated disk. Roberts indicated “surgery is more of a possibility” but didn’t say whether that would be this year or next or down the road at some point. Roberts’ comment has created a huge buzz around the League speculating on whether Kershaw will be out for the season.

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Tiger Woods Out For Year, Computer Chips In Footballs, Big 12 Expanding

GOLF

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods recently withdrew from the PGA Championship and stated he will not play a major tournament for the rest of the 2015/16 season. Woods is recovering from back surgery, in fact 3 back surgeries in the past two years. The PGA Championship begins July 28th in Springfield, NJ.

 

NFL

The NFL is planning to insert special chips in to footballs during pre-season and Thursday night games to access whether the League should eventually narrow the goal posts. Kickers made 84.5% of their field goals last season (which is A LOT) and the NFL presumably wants to see if narrowing the goal posts will make field goals more competitive.

 

NCAA

The Big 12 Conference in College Sports has actually been made up of only 10 schools since 2012 when 4 institutions jumped ship (Nebraska, Texas A&M, Missouri, and Colorado) and 2 schools (TCU and West Virginia) joined. Now, the Conference is looking to expand and a number of schools are interested in joining. The decision to add more schools to the mix is not as easy as it sounds as the criteria comes down to whether the schools will bring a certain level of competition and add profitable media markets

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Correa Prison Term For Hacking, Russian Olympic Doping, Speaker Ryan Waves Terrible Towel

MLB

Chris Correa, the former scouting director for the St. Louis Cardinals was sentenced to prison for 4 years for hacking the Houston Astros computer system in order to gain access to players information and pending trade talks. Correa plead guilty and is seemingly the only one who will be disciplined but there’s still talk of Major League Baseball fining or taking a draft pick away from the Cardinals down the road if they discover any other collaborations.

OLYMPICS

The World Anti-doping agency accused Russia of authorizing doping of its athletes on a massive scale. 20 sports were included in the report and many are insisting all Russian athletes be excluded from the Olympic games. It seems unlikely there will be a blanket ban on all sports but certain athletes and teams will be under intense scrutiny.

NFL

Terrible TowelDie hard sports fans take the love of their team to great lengths and doing anything that seemingly disrespects their team can be problematic. So when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (and devoted Green Bay Packer fan) innocently waved a “terrible towel”, an important symbol to Pittsburgh Steeler fans in front of the Pennsylvania delegates at the Republican Convention, he took a calculated risk of offending his Packers. He did predict a Packers/Steelers Super Bowl, however, so it appears he appeased any Packer whom he may have offended.

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Deflategate Over, Stenson Wins Open

NFL

Tom BradyThe Deflategate saga appears to finally be over. Tom Brady wrote on Facebook he’s not going to appeal to the NFL and will serve his 4 game suspension. He will miss the Arizona Cardinals game as well as Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills.

Tom Brady

via facebook

I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.

GOLF

In a memorable day of gold, Henrik Stenson beat out Phil Mickelson at Troon. Stenson shot a final round of 63, tied for the best final round ever. At 40 years old, this is Stenson’s first major win.

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Mickelson Almost Makes History, Von Miller’s New Offer, Fitzpatrick Not Signed

GOLF

Phil MickelsonPhil Mickelson almost made history on Thursday at the British Open. No player has ever shot a 62 in a major tournament and Mickelson (and everyone else watching) believed he had it wrapped up, but the ball spun around in the cup and popped out (in golf lingo it’s called a lip-out). After the round, Mickelson said he wanted to cry.

NFL

It appears Super Bowl MVP Von Miller  is close to signing his much discussed contract with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos’ offer to Von Miller is the biggest contract ever for a non-quarterback player. Von Miller, however, is the core of the Broncos defense and arguably without him, the Broncos would not have won the Super Bowl this season.  The latest offer is 6 years $114.5 million with $70 million guaranteed.

The New York Jets still haven’t signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The offer on the table is $24 million over 3 years but the issue is how much will be guaranteed. Jets coach, Todd Bowles implied the Team isn’t waiting on Fitzpatrick to accept the offer saying “If he comes back, we’ll be happy to have him back, but meanwhile we’ve got to get other guys ready to play”.  With that said, it certainly seems as if it would help his teammates to know who will be throwing the ball in September.

 

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LeBron And Cavs Sweep ESPY’s, Tom Brady’s Appeal Denied

ESPY’S

Wednesday night, WWE star, John Cena hosted the ESPY awards. The ESPY’s are awarded based on fan voting and have become a star studded event.  To no one’s surprise, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the show. LeBron won 5 ESPY’s including best male athlete and best NBA player and his Cavs won best team. The Warriors’ Steph Curry won as well with an award for best record-breaking performance (breaking his own record for most 3-pointers). The biggest honor of the evening went to TNT analyst Craig Sager who was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award  for his courageous fight against Leukemia.

LeBron, Wade, AnthonyThe evening began with a heartfelt call to action by Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul and LeBron James. The foursome encouraged athletes to use their platforms to end violence and speak out for social change. LeBron ended his speech with the following statement:

“Tonight we’re honoring Muhammad Ali, the GOAT (greatest of all time),” he said. “But to do his legacy any justice, let’s use this moment as a call to action to all professional athletes to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence and, most importantly, go back to our communities, invest our time, our resources, help rebuild them, help strengthen them, help change them. We all have to do better.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 8.31.51 AMHost John Cena followed up the emotional plea with an entertaining opening monologue roasting the athletes, the coaches and the owners.

NFL

Deflategate won’t go away and Tom Brady looks like he won’t be playing at the start of the season. As you may recall, the New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was suspended 4 games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his participation in a scheme to deflate footballs (which makes them easier to grip) during a 2015 playoff game. Brady and the NFL Players Association appealed the suspension but the Court of Appeals denied the appeal. Brady’s only hope now is to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court. As of now, it looks like Brady’s replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo will be quarterbacking the team for their opener on September 11th.

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AL Wins All Star Game, Tenors Alter O Canada, Barkley Weighs In On Race, Obama’s Town Hall On ESPN

MLB

The American League beat out the National League in the All Star Game for the 4th time in a row. Why is this important and why should we care? In baseball, the All Star game (which doesn’t have the same hype or star studded celebrity crowd as the NBA All Star weekend), actually means something. Home field advantage in the world series goes to the team from the winning league. So, this year, home field advantage will go to any American League team.

The TenorsIn a controversial moment before the game, the members of the Tenors (a popular vocal quartet) altered the words to “O Canada”, the Canadian National Anthem, by substituting the words “All Lives Matter” in a verse while holding up an “All Lives Matter” sign. The Tenors apologized via twitter and blamed one member of the quartet, Remigio Pereira, insisting he didn’t speak for the rest of the group.

NBA

Speaking of controversial topics, Charles Barkley weighed in on the recent police shootings and the retaliatory attacks on police officers on ESPN’s Dan Lebatard Show. He said:

“The cops have made some mistakes, but that doesn’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops. We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people, we’ve got to do better. We never get mad when black people kill each other, which that has always bothered me … I’ve always said if we as black people want more respect, we have to give each other respect. You can’t demand respect from white people and the cops if you don’t respect each other. We’ve got to do better as black people. The cops have made some mistakes, but there’s a lot of blame to go around. But I’m not going to get on TV and yell like all these other idiots.”

I’m sure Barkley will have more to say after President Obama’s Town Hall “The President & The People: Race in America” airing on ESPN and ABC Thursday evening at 8:00 pm EST. ESPN host, Jemele Hill, will join the President in this discussion moderated by ABC’s David Muir.

 

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Spurs’ Tim Duncan Retired, UFC Sold For $4Bill, Stanton Makes History In HR Derby

NBA

Tim DuncanAfter 5 NBA Championships and 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan is retiring. The soon to be Hall of Famer was awarded 3 NBA MVP Finals trophies in his time with the Spurs. The team grabbed him with their #1 pick in the 1997 draft and never looked back. Duncan is only one of 3 players to stay with a team for at least 19 years. Kobe Bryant and John Stockton were the other two players. At 40 years old, Duncan holds almost every Spurs’ record and is known as one of the best power forwards of all time.

UFC

The organization which promotes mixed martial arts, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), just sold for a whopping $4 Billion dollars. Considering the owners of the company bought it in 2000 for $2.1 Million, that’s a pretty good profit! UFC has grown in popularity (particularly with millenials) with breakout stars like Ronda Rousey.

MLB

The Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton became a legend in Monday’s Home Run Derby (part of Major League Baseball’s All Star events). He hit 61 home runs in only 13 1/2 minutes, an historical feat.

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Serena Wins 22nd Title, Murray Gives Britain A Smile, Without Ronaldo, Portugal Beats France

TENNIS

Serena Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam title Saturday by beating Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon Finals. The only other player to have accomplished this goal was Steffi Graf.

In the men’s final, Andy Murray beat Milos Raonic. Murray is the only player from Great Britain to have won at Wimbledon (the first time he won was in 2013). With all of the issues Britain has had to deal with lately, the press asked Murray “How does it feel to be the nation’s last hope?” Andy Murray responded “It’s not that bad, is it?”

SOCCER

Cristiano RonaldoWith superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sidelined with a knee injury just 25 minutes into Portugal’s final match against France, his dream of a Portugal championship looked unlikely. But with unparalleled teamwork, Portugal rallied to beat France 1-0 and win its first major title. Ronaldo, who left the game crying because of his knee, returned to offer guidance then began to weep again when his team won. “Since 2004 I’ve asked God for another chance, another opportunity to win something for my people. Today I was unlucky personally, but it turned out as one of the happiest days of my career. I always believed we could do it as a team. I just wasn’t sure it would happen this way.”

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