Archive for September, 2019

Gardner Minshew II Gets First Win For Jags, Ramsey’s Last Game?, Rosen Is Chosen, Yankees Clinch AL East

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Quarterback Gardner Minshew II (6th round pick in the 2019 draft) got his first win for the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Tennessee Titans. He went  20 for 30 with 204 yards and 2 TD’s in only his second career start. There were many questions after the game about Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey who demanded a trade after a tense meeting with team management.  He told the Uninterrupted “17 weeks” podcast, “Some disrespectful things were said on their end that made me definitely walk out and call my agent as soon as I walked out. I said, ‘It’s time. My time is up here in Jacksonville.’ I said I want to ask for a trade. I was truly at peace, like I wasn’t in a mindset of making a decision while I was angry. I was completely calm. I still stand by that decision, asked for a trade.”  Jaguars 20, Titans 7

The Miami Dolphins decided to make a change at quarterback benching Ryan Fitzpatrick and starting Josh Rosen on Sunday vs the Dallas Cowboys.

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Congrats to the New York Yankees for the clinching the AL East Division for the first time since 2012!

 

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Curry Will Play For Team USA, Daniel Jones Replaces Eli Manning

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In an interview with ESPN, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry said he’ll play for Team USA at the Olympic Games next summer in Tokyo. Curry has played on two gold medal-winning World Cup Championship teams but never played in the Olympics. Team USA has won three straight Olympic golds and will be looking to bring home their fourth.

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The New York Giants’ sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Daniel Jones, will take over as the starting quarterback leaving two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning on the bench. Giants’ coach Pat Shurmer explained “Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time.  I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence. All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season. This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.”

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Jets On Third QB In Loss To Browns, Roethlisberger Out For Season, Brees Likely Out 6 Wks, Virginia Coach Declines Raise

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The New York Jets were already down a quarterback with their starter Sam Darnold out due to mononucleosis. Then on Monday night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, their backup Trevor Siemian suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. Third-stringer Luke Falk had to step in, but it wasn’t pretty and the Jets lost 23-3 to the Cleveland Browns. Luke will probably have to start next week against the mighty New England Patriots. Could be ugly.

In other disappointing quarterback news, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger will out for the entire season. The 37-year old future Hall of Famer will have elbow surgery this week. He’ll be replaced by 2018 third round pick Mason Rudolph.

The other injured future Hall of Famer, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees got slightly better news. He’ll have surgery on his thumb, but will likely miss six weeks (not the whole season). Teddy Bridgewater will take over. The absence is unchartered territory for the Saints, as Brees hasn’t missed a game because of injury since 2015.

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In some unusual and refreshing news, men’s college basketball coach Tony Bennett signed a one-year contract extension with Virginia but declined an increase in pay. Instead of a raise, he asked for additional compensation for his staff and the program. Bennett earned $6 million last season and decided to also donate $500,o00 towards a career-development program for the players. In a press release Bennett said, “I have more than enough. If there are ways that this can help out the athletic department, the other programs and coaches, by not tying up so much (in men’s basketball), that’s my desire.”

 

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Roethlisberger And Brees Suffer Injuries, Brown Plays And Pats Destroy, Grandmasters Are Elite Athletes

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A few big stories in week two of the NFL:

One of the biggest stories in week two of the NFL was unfortunately seeing Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffer an elbow injury in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees leaving the game against the LA Rams with a thumb injury. No word on when the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will be back in action.

Antonio Brown was in the news this weekend for actually playing football and took the field for the first time with his new team, the New England Patriots. He finished with a touchdown and four catches for 56 yards. The Patriots were unstoppable and embarrassed the Dolphins in a 43-0 victory.

For more NFL news, click here.

CHESS

In case anyone wonders whether playing professional chess is a sport, ESPN writer Aishwarya Kumar wrote about Grandmasters losing weight while playing in competitions. She cited Robert Sapolsky, who studies stress in primates at Stanford University. He proved a chess player can burn up to 6,000 calories a day based on breathing rates, blood pressure and muscle contractions. He noted that “grandmaster’s stress response to chess are on par with what elite athletes experience.” He went on to say, “Grandmasters sustain elevated blood pressure for hours in the range found in competitive marathon runners,”

 

 

 

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Cam’s Longest Losing Streak, Tennessee Offers Bullied Boy Scholarship

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Quarterback Cam Newton struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night losing 14-20. The loss puts the Carolina Panthers at  0-2 to start the season extending Cam’s losing streak to 8 games (the longest in his career as a starter). After the game, Cam told reporters, “It’s time for me to look myself in the mirror & do some real soul searching”.

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In a feel-good story for the day, a fourth-grade Florida boy who designed a University of Tennessee shirt for “College Colors Day” then was bullied for his design, not only got a package of Vols gear sent to him by the University, but also had the school use his design in a t-shirt they are selling to “STOMP OUT” bullying. But that’s not all. The University of Tennessee also announced it is offering the boy admission and a four-year scholarship to the school for the class of 2032 if he meets admission requirements and decides to attend.

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Pete Alonso Remembers 9/11 With Themed Cleats, Justify Failed Drug Test, LeBron Failed “Taco Tuesday” Trademark

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To honor the anniversary of 9/11, Mets’ rookie Pete Alonso supplied all the players with special commemorative 9/11-themed cleats. In the running for National League rookie of the year, Alonso recorded the players’ shoe sizes and ordered and paid for the cleats. In the 9-0 win (9 runs and 11 hits) at home over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Mets also honored the first responders and had them on the field for the National Anthem.

HORSE RACING

According to a report from the New York Times, 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug weeks before the Kentucky Derby (the first leg of the Triple Crown).  Apparently, the California Horse Racing Board took months to confirm the results of a test (taken after the Santa Anita Derby which qualified Justify for the Kentuck Derby) and made some decisions in secret for horses testing positive to the substance scopolamine.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied LeBron James’ attempt to trademark “Taco Tuesday”. The USPTO explained, “The applied-for mark is a commonplace term, message, or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment message.” According to LeBron, the application accomplished what he intended, which is to ensure HE won’t be sued for using the phrase.

 

 

 

 

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Antonio Brown Accused Of Assault, Swimmer Disqualified For “Butt Cheeks”, Dodgers Clinch NL West

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The Antonio Brown drama isn’t over. The wide receiver has now been accused of sexual assault by his former trainer, Britney Taylor. The lawsuit claims Taylor, a gymnast who met Brown when they were both at Central Michigan University, was sexually assaulted on three occasions in 2017 and 2018. Brown, “denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” according to his lawyer. The Patriots released a statement acknowledging the NFL will be investigating the allegations.

SWIMMING

A referee disqualified a swimmer from Dimond High School in Alaska after she won her 100-meter freestyle event for a “uniform violation” which in the referee’s words meant “butt cheek touching butt cheek.” The Anchorage School District said it would reverse the disqualification and possibly decertify the official saying, “We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind, and certainly not based on body shape.”

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The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their seventh consecutive National League West title.

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Wil Lutz Makes History, Raiders Win W/O Brown, Jerry Rice “We all got played”

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In a wild finish on Monday night football, New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz made history with a 58-yard field goal as time expired to give the team a 30-28 win over the Houston Texans. The career-long kick for Lutz also ranked as the longest field goal in the final 10 seconds of a season-opening game (since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger).

The Oakland Raiders capped off a difficult week dealing with the Antonio Brown saga and came out looking strong and focused in their season-opening win over the Denver Broncos (24-16). Speaking of Brown, former San Francisco 49er and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice said “We all got played” by Brown. He went on to say, “I think when he asked to be released from the Steelers, he wanted to go to the Patriots. He wanted them to trade him to the Patriots. And there was no way that the Steelers would trade him to a rival. So he had to go a different route. And he decided to come through the Bay Area. And I feel sorry for the fans over in Oakland. He was a Denzel Washington and he won the Oscar. He won an Oscar, guys. I’m gonna be honest with you.”

 

 

 

 

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Brown A Patriot, Jackson ‘Not Bad For A RB”, Mahomes Great Day, Foles Suffers Broken Bone, Andreescu & Nadal Win U.S. Open

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The Antonio Brown saga is seemingly over. After a tumultuous, drama-filled couple of days, Brown signed with the New England Patriots for a one-year deal worth up to $15 million just hours after he was released from the Oakland Raiders. If the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver thrives under Pats’ coach Bill Belichick’s strict system, the Patriots could have grabbed the next secret weapon target for quarterback Tom Brady.

After the first weekend of NFL games, here are just a few stories. For the full weekend recap, click here.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was spectacular against the Miami Dolphins throwing for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns, giving him a perfect passer rating.  In the news conference after the game, Jackson smiled about his performance and said: “Not bad for a running back”. The comment was in reference to those who thought he should switch positions to running back because of his athleticism.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes also had a great passing day throwing for 378 yards and three touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Speaking of the Jaguars, in some upsetting news, quarterback Nick Foles suffered a broken left clavicle. He will have surgery on Monday, but there is no timetable set for his return.

TENNIS

Nineteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-5 in the U.S. Open finals and became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Rafael Nadal held off Daniil Medvedev in an exciting five-set, almost five-hour Men’s U.S. Open final. The win marks Nadal’s 19th major tournament singles title, just one win behind Roger Federer’s record for most men’s major titles.

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Packers D Beats Bears, Brown Saga Continues, Serena Advances To Open Final

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In the NFL season opener Thursday night, the Green Bay Packers defense shined in an otherwise uneventful game against the Chicago Bears. The 10-3 victory gives Packers’ new head coach Matt LaFleur his first win.

The Antonio Brown saga continues. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders are now planning to suspend Brown, but the length of the suspension is still unknown. After Brown posted on Instagram the letter he received from general manager Mike Mayock outlining his $54,000 in fines, he reportedly had a confrontation with Mayock telling him he’d hit him in the face. The Browns are weighing their options and figuring out what to do with his $30.125 million guaranteed contract.

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Thirty-seven-year-old Serena Williams advanced to the US Open finals. On Saturday she will face nineteen-year-old #15 Bianca Andreescu. With a victory, she will claim her seventh Open championship and her 24th grand slam, tieing her with Margaret Court for the record.

 

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