Charli Collier #1 Pick WNBA, Washington Football Team May Change Name, NFL Partnering With Sports Betting

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The Dallas Wings selected the 6’5″ University of Texas star, Charli Collier, with the #1 pick in the WNBA Draft on Thursday.

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The Washington Football Team may ultimately change their name after next season, but they want the season ticket holders to be part of the process. The team sent lists of different names to season-ticket holders asking them to vote. For the full list of possible names, click here.

The NFL announced it will be partnering with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings, and FanDuel marking the league’s gradual acceptance of sports betting. The five-year deal is worth just under $1 billion dollars.

 

 

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Gronk Says Edelman Will Join Bucs, Gillette Stadium Full Capacity, NFL Requires Vaccine, NCAA Set To Approve Transfer Rule

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Rob Gronkowski is floating a rumor that his newly retired former New England Patriots’ teammate Julian Edelman will “unretire” to join him and Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. He’s randomly said there is a “69% chance” he’ll come out of retirement.

Speaking of the Patriots, President Jonathan Kraft is hoping to get Gillette Stadium to full capacity when the season begins in September.

The NFL sent a memo to the League stating that “any team employee who refuses a COVID-19 vaccination without ‘bona fide medical or religious ground’ will be barred from working directly with players.”

NCAA

The NCAA is expected to approve a rule allowing athletes to transfer schools one-time without having to sit out a season. Previously, athletes were forced to lose a year of eligibility if they switched schools.

 

 

 

 

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Curry Warriors’ All-Time Scoring Leader, Edelman Retires From Patriots, NCAA Backs Transgender Athletes

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Stephen Curry had a big night on Monday when he became the Golden State Warriors’ all-time scoring leader. After posting 53 points (and marking the 18th time he’s made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game),  Curry broke the record held by Wilt Chamberlain (who recorded 17,783 points in his career).

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Julian Edelman retired after a 12-year career in New England. Edelman was a seventh-round draft pick in 2009 and transformed from playing quarterback in college to one of the great wide receivers in Patriots history. He has three Super Bowl championships and won the MVP in Super Bowl LIII (one of only seven wide receivers to win MVP in a Super Bowl).

NCAA

The NCAA Board of Governors issued a statement backing transgender athletes, saying “it won’t hold championship events in locations that aren’t ‘free of discrimination”.

 

 

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Hideki Matsuyama Wins Masters, Enes Kanter Record 30 Rebounds, A-Rod/Lore To Buy Timberwolves

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Hideki Matsuyama won the coveted Masters becoming the first Japanese male golfer to win a major. In addition to donning the coveted Green Jacket, the win is estimated to be worth $600 million to the intensely private 29-year-old.

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The Portland Trailblazers Enes Kanter had the crowd going wild on Saturday night when he pulled in 24 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds in a win over the Detroit Pistons. Kanter became only the fourth player in the NBA with 30 rebounds in a game joining Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, and Kevin Love. After the game, Kanter said, “I was so happy when I looked at the bench and everybody was up, everybody was cheering, everybody was smiling, everybody was supporting their teammates. That’s what we’re all about. That’s what Blazers basketball is all about, just supporting each other.”

Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore (an e-commerce titan) signed a letter of intent to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Lynx for an estimated $1.5 billion. If the sale goes through, Lore and Rodriguez would take over in two years.

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Masters Begins, Woods Recovering, Durant Doesn’t Disappoint, Watson Loses Nike/Beats, Rodgers Wants To Host Jeopardy Full-Time

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The 2021 Masters begins today with the best golfers in the world vying for the coveted Green Jacket.

Absent from the tournament is Tiger Woods who is still recovering from a horrific car crash in February. It’s been reported he was driving at 85 mph in a 45 mph zone.

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Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant did not disappoint in his return Wednesday night, after a 23-game absence, against the New Orleans Pelicans. He scored 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field in a 139-111 win.

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Nike and Apple’s Beats by Dre suspended their endorsement deals with Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson due to a growing number of sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Aaron Rodgers had so much fun taping his segments as the guest host of Jeopardy he is lobbying to make it a full-time gig and believes he’ll have no trouble both hosting and playing football. Rodgers said, “I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”  

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Endeavor Owns 100% UFC, MLB All-Stars Moving To Denver, Space Jam Trailer, US Boycotting Olympics?

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Agent Ari Emanuel’s entertainment company Endeavor will purchase 100% of UFC according to an SEC filing. Endeavor already owns 50.1% of UFC and is planning to take it public via an IPO. According to the filing, Elon Musk will be joining Eneavor’s board of directors.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball is moving the 2021 All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field after announcing they were pulling the game from Atlanta over Georgia’s new voting laws.

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The trailer for the remake of Space Jam starring Michael Jordan (1996) is out. The new version stars LeBron James and will debut in theaters and on HBO max on July 16th. You can watch the trailer here.

OLYMPICS

As of Tuesday, there were conflicting reports about the US participating in the upcoming Olympics. According to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, “the U.S. would discuss a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China with its allies and partners” due to allegations of genocide in Xinjiang. Later in the afternoon, a spokesperson retracted the initial comments and said, “Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”

 

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Baylor NCAA Champion, Jets Trade Darnold, Aaron Rodgers Debut As Guest Host On “Jeopardy”

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Baylor is the new Men’s College National Champion after beating Gonzaga pretty handily and spoiling their hopes of a perfect season. Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70.

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To no one’s surprise, the NY Jets traded their quarterback (and former first-round pick), Sam Darnold, to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth-round pick this year and a second and fourth-round next year. After it was announced that the Jets had the #2 overall pick in the 2021 draft, rumors swirled that the team would trade Darnold, as they are prepared to select BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.

Speaking of quarterbacks, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers began a two-week stint as the celebrity guest host on “Jeopardy”. In 2015, Rodgers won “Celebrity Jeopardy” and afterward mentioned he wanted to honor the memory of the iconic Alex Trebek by hosting. From all accounts, he did a great job and said he prepared for the position by watching film, the same way he prepares for an NFL game.

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Gonzaga’s Thrilling Victory, Gonzaga Vs Baylor Tonight In Championship, Stanford Champions, Mercedes Makes History W/Impressive Start

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UCLA heroically attempted to take down #1 favorite Gonzaga but lost in a spellbinding overtime thanks to Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs’ game-winning three-pointer as time expired. Watch these last few seconds of the exciting 93-90 win.   Gonzaga will now face #1 seed Baylor (who easily defeated Houston) on Monday night at 9:00 pm ET in the Championship game.

Stanford took home the title in the Women’s Championship defeating Arizona 54-53. This is the Cardinal’s first title in 29 years.

BASEBALL

28-year-old White Sox DH rookie Yermín Mercedes had zero career hits with only one at-bat before this season, but on Saturday night he had the most impressive start to a career in Major League Baseball history with eight consecutive hits (the first eight of his career).

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Highlights From MLB Opening Day, Pigs In Blanket A First For Champions Dinner

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Two games were postponed on Major League Baseball’s opening day (Orioles-Red Sox due to rain) and (Mets-Nationals due to COVID-19 positive tests).

Some highlights from Opening day….

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera hit the first home run of the season (his 350th overall) in a rare snowstorm for an opening day causing him to lose sight of the ball and slide into second base. Someone then alerted him he had actually hit a home run.

The other odd play of the day was when L.A. Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hit a ball deep to left field that looked like Colorado Rockies’ Ramiel Tapia caught. Justin Turner was on first base running past second, but when he thought the ball was caught, headed back to first. Bellinger however, had already rounded first base and was heading to second when he crossed paths with Turner. According to the rules, Turner was called out and Bellinger recorded a single instead of a home run.

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It’s tradition for the previous year’s winner of the Masters to choose the menu for the following year.  Dustin Johnson revealed what he’ll be serving at the Champions Dinner before next week’s Masters. The guests will be served Pigs in a Blanket (first time served in the history of this dinner) as an appetizer followed by filet mignon and sea bass.

 

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MLB Opening Day, Lindor’s Massive Contract W/Mets, Sabres Finally Win

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Today is Major League Baseball’s opening day! Stadiums are planning to welcome a limited number of fans with coronavirus protocols including enforcing the wearing of masks. According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, less than half of Americans feel comfortable attending a live sporting event, so it will be interesting to see how many fans show up.

In other MLB news, the NY Mets agreed to a massive contract extension with shortstop Francisco Lindor. The 10-year $341 million deal is the largest contract ever signed for a shortstop and the third-largest contract signed in MLB history.

HOCKEY

Congratulations to the Buffalo Sabres who finally snapped an 18-game losing streak. With their win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, they avoided the embarrassment of holding the longest winless streak in NHL history.

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