Archive for 2019

Madden NFL 20, Taco Tuesday

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The annual EA Sports edition of “Madden NFL” will debut on August 2nd, but already players are complaining about their ratings. If you were one of the four players getting a 99 rating, you were happy, but others took to social media to express their dissatisfaction with their ratings or their friends ratings. Some, like Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence,  got an 89 rating and went as far as demanding a boycott of the game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who clearly has nothing to prove, joked about his 60 speed rating (although he got a 96 overall) by posting a fun video.

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LA Lakers LeBron James and new teammate Anthony Davis look like they are bonding. James invited Davis over for his famous family Taco Tuesday night, and the two looked like they were in sync.

 

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Simmons Agrees To Max Extension, Cavs Waive Smith, Clarke MVP Summer League, Cuban Ironically Fined, Open In N. Ireland

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In some NBA off-season news, Ben Simmons agreed to a 5 year $170 million max extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. Securing Simmons, the 2017-18 rookie of the year, gives the 76ers a great lineup with newly signed Al Horford, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson.

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived JR Smith after failing to find a trade option for him. As of now, it’s unclear where the free agent will land.

The NBA Summer League is over and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke was named the MVP. Clarke, the #21st overall pick in the NBA draft,  is the fourth Grizzlie in the past seven Summer Leagues to win the award.

The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban $50,000 for leaking information during a Board of Governors meeting. The irony, according to Cuban, is that the person (reportedly Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé) leaked the incident but won’t get fined for that infraction. Cuban told ESPN, “I appreciate the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should, but won’t, get fined for leaking to you.”

GOLF

Golf’s final major championship takes place this week at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The tournament is hosted in the United Kingdom, and for the first time in 68 years, the Open will be in Northern Ireland.

 

 

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Djokovic Defeats Federer In Epic Wimbledon Finals, Halep Beat Williams In Final, Ryan Leaf Back

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Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in an epic finals at Wimbledon. After four hours and 57 minutes, the match  was the longest final in Wimbledon history and could have potentially gone on even longer, but it was the first time the championship was decided by the tournament’s new fifth-set rule, which institutes a tie-breaker in the fifth set if the score reaches 12-12. With his 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon championship and his 16th major.

In the women’s final, Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep. Williams was attempting to win her 24th Grand Slam title.

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Ryan Leaf is back. Leaf was a football phenom when he was the #2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL pick for the San Diego Chargers. His life went into a tailspin from drug addiction and prison-time, but he has now been hired by ESPN to work as a college football analyst.

 

 

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Serena Williams Advances To Wimbledon Final, Westbrook To Join Harden On Rockets

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Serena Williams defeated Barbora Strycova to advance to the Wimbledon Finals for the 11th time. She will face #7 Simona Halep of Romania on Saturday. Serena has 23 Grand Slam titles, and if she wins on Saturday she’ll tie the all-time record of 24 set by Margaret Court.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and a two first round draft picks. Westbrook will join James Harden on the Rockets. The two played together back in 2012 for the OKC Thunder.

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Alex Morgan And Giannis Antetokounmpo Win Best Athletes At ESPY Awards

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On Wednesday night athletes celebrated the best in sports with the 27th annual ESPY awards. Comedian Tracy Morgan hosted the awards show but got slammed by critics for his opening monologue where they felt he spent too much time talking about his settlement from Walmart after his car accident five years ago. As for the awards, the best female athlete went to U.S. Women’s National Team’s Alex Morgan, and best male athlete went to Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley won the best breakthrough athlete and Duke’s Zion Williamson won best college athlete. For all the other awards, click here.

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Senator Manchin’s Equal Pay Bill For U.S. Women’s Soccer, Shane Bieber Wins All-Star MVP

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Shortly after the U.S. Women won the World Cup, West Virginia University’s women’s soccer coach wrote to Senator Joe Manchin asking him to support the U.S. Women and their mission to receive equal pay. Manchin has now introduced a bill stating that federal funding for hosting the 2026 World Cup will be withheld until the U.S. Women’s National Team is compensated at the same level as the men. In Machin’s words, “The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams is unacceptable and I’m glad the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry. They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly.”

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The American League beat the National League 4-3 in the 2019 All-Star game in Cleveland. The Indians Shane Bieber, who wasn’t even supposed to play, was named the MVP. Bieber got the call on Friday night that he was replacing Texas Rangers Mike Minor. After the game he said, “To be able to do it in front of the home crowd and my first All-Star Game is definitely not something I expected, especially being added to the game four or five days ago.”

 

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Pete Alonso Won Home Run Derby, Coco’s Run Over, Serena Fined $10K

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New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso won the 2019 Home Run Derby. He’s the second rookie to win the Home Run Derby outright and only the second Mets player to win.  He faced Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (who had to endure three tie-breakers in the second round before moving on) in the Finals. Alonso will take home $1 million dollars for the win.

TENNIS

15 year old Coco Gauff’s amazing run at Wimbledon is over as she lost in the fourth round to Simona Halep. In other Wimbledon news, Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 for damaging a court with her racket during practice. The All England Club also fined Fabio Fognini $3000 for saying he wished a bomb would hit Wimbledon, and Nick Kyrgios $8000 in total for unsportsmanlike conduct in his first and second rounds.

 

 

 

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U.S. Women Mesmerize The World With World Cup Victory, Clippers Sign Leonard & George, Coco Talk Of Wimbledon

 

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The U.S. dominated the Netherlands to win the Women’s World Cup title on Sunday. It’s their 4th World Cup title and their second in a row. And with 26 goals in the tournament, they set a World Cup record. These women mesmerized the world with their stellar play and their enthusiastic celebrations. If that wasn’t enough, they were dominating their opponents while in the midst of a lawsuit over gender bias and equal pay. Outspoken Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player and the Golden Boot as the top scorer. Shortly after the win, Nike celebrated these amazing athletes with a powerful ad ending with the tag line, “This team wins. Everyone wins.”

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The Los Angeles Clippers made a splash over the weekend by announcing their signing of Kawhi Leonard to a 4-year $141 millions deal while also acquiring Paul George for two players and 5 first round picks.

TENNIS

The big story at Wimbledon this week was 15-year old Coco Gauff who beat her idol Venus Williams in the first round.  After her victory over her idol and becoming the talk of the tournament, Gauff kept her composure, continued winning, and is now the youngest player to advance to the round of 16 in this tournament since 1991 when a then 15-year old Jennifer Capriati made the semifinals.

 

 

 

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U.S. Beat England To Advance To World Cup Final, Coco Gauff Makes Splash Beating Venus Williams At Wimbledon

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The U.S. advance to the Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, France by beating England 2-1 on Tuesday.  Megan Rapinoe, who has been making news all week, was not in the lineup due to a hamstring strain but plans to be ready for the final. Alex Morgan celebrated her 30th birthday by heading in the winning goal then pretended to take a sip of tea. The U.S. will play the winner of the semifinal between Sweden and the Netherlands on July 7th.

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Fifteen year old Cori “Coco” Gauff made a splash at Wimbledon by beating Venus Williams. This was Coco’s first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam, and she took down one of tennis’ all-time greats.

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Rapinoe Scores To Beat France In Quarterfinals, NBA Free Agency, Big News For Nets And 76ers

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Thanks to Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. beat France in the much-watched quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup on Friday. Rapinoe scored both goals in the 2-1 victory. The U.S. will play England on Tuesday, July 2nd in the semifinals while Sweden will take on the Netherlands on July 3rd. The Finals will take place on July 7th.

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NBA Free-agency officially began Sunday night at 6:00 pm, and there’s already some big news. The Brooklyn Nets made a splash by making a deal worth more than $2 billion dollars to sign Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

TheWarriors lost Durant, but plan to sign a four-year $117 million deal with the Nets for D’Angelo Russell. In order to make this deal work, the Warriors need to trade Andre Iguodala and their 2024 first round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors also plan to re-sign the injured Klay Thompson to a five-year $189 million deal to stay with Golden State.

In other big news, the Philadelphia 76ers signed Al Horford from their rival the Boston Celtics for a 4-year $109 million deal. The Sixers also finalized a sign and trade deal sending Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat. To round out the night, the Sixers plan to re-sign Tobias Harris for a five-year $180 million deal.

For more free-agency live updates, click here.

 

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