Rousey Takes Down Opponent In 34 Seconds, Russell Wilson Highest Paid QB, Team World Wins In Africa

UFC

Rhonda RouseyThe main event over the weekend was out of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) — specifically the female division.   A new superstar has emerged in Ronda Rousey and sports fans were anticipating her fight against Bethe Correia.   Correia was talking a lot of trash talk before the fight, then made it personal when she took shots at Rousey’s family.   Rousey said she would teach Correia a lesson, and even wanted to fight in Correia’s home country of Brazil just to beat her in front of her home crowd.  Rousey made good on her promise, destroying Correia in just 34 seconds.  She even told her “Don’t cry” at the end of the match.  Rousey stands to make a ton of money if she can keep this up.

FOOTBALL

Russell WilsonIn the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks decided to pay up to keep their golden boy quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson signed a 4-year $87.5 million contract on Friday, making him one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.  With that money, however, comes a huge amount of responsibility.  The Seahawks want to build up their passing game, and nothing short of Super Bowl wins will be expected by that franchise.  At least Wilson can rest easy knowing that he now has financial security, as just last year, he was one of the lowest paid QB’s in the league.

BASKETBALL

Africa hosted the first ever professional NBA basketball game in the country.  The game featured Team Africa, consisting of African-born players such as Luol Deng, Festus Ezeli and Serge Ibaka  vs. Team World, which featured Chris Paul, Bradley Beal, and Pau Gasol.  The highlight of the exhibition game came when former NBA superstar Hakeem Olajuwon checked in.  Sure, he’s now 52 years old, but he still had some moves, even giving the crowd another look at his famous “Dream Shake“.  It was a great game and Team World won out. All agreed that the exhibition was great for the continent. Team World 101, Team Africa 97.

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Rio’s Water High Feces Content, Beijing To Host 2022 Olympics, Carlos Gomez Traded To Astros

OLYMPICS

OlympicsA recent report shows that the water in Rio is highly contaminated and that athletes competing in swimming and boating events could risk getting violently ill from the human feces in the water.  Brazilian officials assured the committee that the water will be safe. Let’s hope this gets resolved for the athletes sake.

And in other Olympic news, Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing hosted the summer Olypmpics in 2008 and with this announcement,  will became the first city to host both the winter and summer events.

BASEBALL

The postseason push for playoff berths is still underway with a big move from the Houston Astros by acquiring outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers from the the Milwaukee Bucks. The Mets looked like they were going to grab Gomez but the deal fell through at the last minute.

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Hamels To Texas Rangers, Bengals Head Coach Will Retire If Super Bowl Win, Tim Tebow’s Odd Workout

BASEBALL

Despite his amazing no-hitter this weekend, it looks like the Phillies are still trading Cole Hamels.  Reports surfaced that Philly would trade long-time, beloved starting pitcher Hamels to the Texas Rangers.  In exchange, the Phillies would get some young assets from the Rangers to reload their farm system.  Texas is still 8.5 games out of first, but they apparently think they can make a run to the playoffs in the second half of the season.  Even if they come up short, Hamels is still a brilliant addition to their rotation.

FOOTBALL

At a press conference, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that if the Bengals win the Super Bowl, he will likely retire.  Unless the Bengals start getting some incredible playoff performances from their now highly paid QB Andy Dalton, Marvin Lewis is going to be coaching for a long time.  The Bengals do look pretty decent on paper, but can they put it all together and make a run to the Big Dance?  We shall see.

Tim TebowTim Tebow is taking his most likely last shot at the NFL very seriously.  He’s not in line to start in Philly — in fact he’s 4th string, but he is doing everything he can to get ready for the season.  Everything including these very bizarre leg workouts that were the talk of the internet.  Absolutely nobody knew what they were (even bodybuilders), but they definitely look difficult.  Take a look.

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Brady’s Deflategate Suspension Holds, Bell’s Suspension Reduced, Kentucky’s Serious Recruiting

FOOTBALL

Tom BradyIn the NFL, quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for 4 games next season for his role in deflating footballs against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.  Brady thought that his punishment was too severe and didn’t fit the crime.  He appealed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hoping to have his suspension reduced to one, or at the most, 2 games. Goodell upheld the suspension at 4 full games.  The punishment is a huge blow to Brady and the Patriots, and they will now have to turn to Jimmy Garoppolo to start the season.

Elsewhere in the NFL, Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell had his suspension reduced from 3 games to 2.  Bell got in trouble last year for a DUI and marijuana possession.  The Steelers are happy Bell will play in week 3 as they have an explosive offense with Bell and the lightening fast Antonio Brown in the lineup. Former star Panthers’ running back DeAngelo Williams will likely get the start at running back headed into the season, and will serve as a terrific back-up behind Bell when Bell returns.

BASKETBALL

In college basketball, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he is working on a recruiting class for 2016-2017 that could be the best ever in Kentucky history.  Kentucky always has an excellent field of recruits, but now it looks like they are targeting almost all of the Top 10 High School Recruits in the nation.  And, apparently, many of them are interested.  If the team is successful, the Kentucky dynasty will be hated even more than they already are around the country.
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A-Rod Celebrates Bday With Homerun, LA May Bid For Olympics, Cardinals Hire First Female Football Coach

BASEBALL

A-RodAlex Rodriguez is making headlines again.  This time, though, it’s nothing negative.  A-Rod had his 40th birthday, and in A-Rod fashion of course, he blasted a home run to celebrate.  It’s amazing that, at 40, A-Rod is still a pretty big factor for the Yankees success this season. Critics are hoping that A-Rod keeps his name clean with no upcoming headlines that he is “juicing” (i.e. using performance enhancing drugs) again.  But, until that happens, A-Rod is enjoying an exciting twilight to his career.   NY Yankees 6, Texas 2.

OLYMPICS

There has been talk of Boston making a run to secure the 2024 Olympics.  Apparently, the Boston public isn’t too happy as they don’t want their tax dollars used to pay for the stadiums and other infrastructure necessary to host an Olympics.  Plus, the Olympic committee was getting tired of Boston changing their blueprint plans.  With that said, it looks like LA might now be making a bid for the Olympics.

FOOTBALL

The Arizona Cardinals made history by hiring the first ever female coach to their coaching staff.  Jen Welter will be joining the squad as an assistant coach for the inside linebackers this summer.  Head coach Bruce Arians said she will make a wonderful addition to the staff. First you had a female head coach guiding the San Antonio Spurs to a summer league championship, and now you have a talented female coach in the NFL.  The future of women in sports looks very bright.

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Cole Hamels No Hitter, Kyle Busch Amazing, NFL Random Ball Checks

BASEBALL

Cole HamelsPhiladelphia Phillies’ star pitcher Cole Hamels had one of the best days of his career.  Hamels has always been one of the Phillies’ aces, but he has been heavily mentioned in trade talks.  So what’s the best thing to do when a team is ready to get rid of you?  How about going out and pitching a no-hitter? Yep, Hamels was marvelous on Saturday, and there were some incredible highlights in the outfield protecting his no-hitter.  In fact, the last out of the game happened when the center fielder slipped and still caught the ball.  Hamels is currently on cloud nine, and apparently the Rangers and the Dodgers are interested in his services heading into the last leg of the season.  Hamels is ready to help any team win the World Series.

NASCAR

Kyle Busch is doing amazing things on the track right now.  Even if you’re not a NASCAR fan, you have to take notice.  Busch won the Brickyard 500 on Sunday, and with the win, he became the first driver to win 3 straight Cup races since 2007.  That is pure dominance considering the level of competition out there.

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, the “Deflategate” Legacy lives on.  Ever since the Patriots intentionally reduced the air in some of their footballs in January, all teams are suspicious that their opponents will tamper with their balls.  To avoid this, the NFL announced yesterday that it will be doing random ball checks to ensure that all balls are up to code at all times.  Teams will think twice before letting out any ball air.  Seems a bit crazy, but the league can’t risk any more scandals of this nature.

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Braxton Miller Transition To All Around Athlete, Gamers Drug Testing

FOOTBALL

In college football, there is a logjam at quarterback at Ohio State.  They have last year’s savior Cardale Jones, a back-up who brought the Team to victory, and their former golden boy Braxton Miller (who went down with an injury).  Miller decided to stay at Ohio State instead of transferring (which many considered a questionable decision considering he might have wanted to shine for pro scouts somewhere else).  Miller, however, will now make the transition to wide receiver, and hope to be drafted as an all-around athlete in the pros.  This move may prove wise as Miller will still be in the national spotlight at Ohio State.

OTHER

c18c9b9d918bbd656c121970f2567f91And some very interesting news out of the video game arena.  This past decade video games have become a “professional” sport.  There are leagues and tournaments popping up all over the world. With the “professional” moniker comes professional rules, meaning that some leagues will begin testing their gamers for performance enhancing drugs.  Drugs are considered a no-no in that world, and players can gain an unfair advantage by taking Adderall.  Many gamers will be shocked by this ruling but the industry wants a fair playing field.

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NBA Rule Changes, USA Men’s Soccer Lose To Jamaica, Lebron’s Solid Debut In Trainwreck

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, a major rule change is in the works.  Most casual fans are not familiar with the divisions in basketball (like they are in the NFL because of the rivalries), but currently in the NBA, a division winner secures a spot in the playoffs.  Unfortunately, not all division winners deserve a spot.  The NBA is now looking into allowing the top 8 teams in each conference into the playoffs, regardless of their division standing.  For example, the Spurs and the Clippers had a first round match-up last year, simply because the Blazers (a mediocre team) got a better seeding.  This rule change should lead to a more competitive playoff experience.

SOCCER

The US men’s team was looking for glory in the Gold Cup, and were hoping to show the world that they are an improved team since the last World Cup.   Unfortunately, in the semifinals on Wednesday, the USA got caught sleeping and Jamaica pulled a huge upset.  Thankfully, the United States’ superstar goalie Tim Howard (who had taken a sabbatical since the 2014 World Cup) said he is ready to return to the team.  Jamaica 2, USA 1.

OTHER

TrainwreckIf you’re looking to see a movie this weekend, critics are all saying that superstar LeBron James is quite funny in the movie Trainwreck.  According to the most revered critics in the nation, Lebron does a solid job even though he had never acted before.

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Steph Curry Not MVP For Players, Seth Curry On Kings, LeBron Magnet

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In the NBA, while Stephen Curry is the reigning MVP of the league, that is only in the eyes of the voting committee.  This week, the NBA players, who said they evaluate players differently than the voting committees, picked James Harden as the MVP.  His stats were better and they felt that he meant more to his team than any other player in the league meant to their respective team (even LeBron to the Cavs).  The players did, however, choose Curry as “Hardest To Guard”.  That one would be tough to argue.

Seth and Steph CurrySpeaking of Stephen Curry, his brother, Seth, was still looking for a job.  Seth had a phenomenal summer league with the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Pelicans didn’t have enough room or money to sign him. The Sacramento Kings, however,  came calling and gave him a deal.  There will now be a bay area rivalry between the Curry brothers.  Stephen is definitely the better player, but Seth can get hot, and fans in Northern California (Steph with the Golden State Warriors and Seth with the Kings) would love to watch a 3-point fest between the brothers.

Elsewhere in the NBA, LeBron James continues to be a magnet for free agents.  Long time veteran Richard Jefferson decided to decline his opportunity to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.  Instead, he opted to join LeBron in Cleveland.  Jefferson probably only has a year or two left, but he still can contribute for a few minutes with a clutch shot here or there.  The Cavs keep loading up talent in hopes of another Finals appearance.

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Zach Johnson Wins Open, Becky Hammon Coaches Spurs To Victory, 76ers Bad News, Riley Curry’s Nae Nae

GOLF

Jordan Speith launched a major comeback in Sunday’s 3rd round of The Open in Scotland but he was one stroke shy of making it to the bonus hole 3-man playoff.  In the end, America’s Zach Johnson prevailed and took home the trophy.

 

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, some groundbreaking news.  The San Antonio Spurs hired a woman, Becky Hammon, as their summer league head coach.  She was the first woman to coach a game in the NBA and she certainly made a splash by taking the Spurs to the summer league championship and winning the whole tournament. Other NBA teams are definitely taking notice of her ability.  We may see a female head coach in the NBA sooner than we thought.

Also in the NBA, some bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers.  Last years #3 overall pick, Joel Embiid, out of Kansas,  came into the NBA with high expectations.  He was considered a can’t miss prospect.  Unfortunately, Embiid suffered an injury that kept him out all season and now, it’s reported that Embiid re-broke the same bone in his foot, and will be forced to sit out yet another entire season.

Riley CurryFinally, Riley Curry is back in the news. Watch her adorable Whip/Nae Nae at her third birthday party.

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