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Tyree Controversial Hire For Giants, New Baby Name Bowden Saint-Clair, Love Still In Play

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David TyreeIn some controversial news out of the NFL, the New York Giants are under fire for the recent hiring of David Tyree as director of player development.  Tyree is a New York icon for his now famous “helmet catch” against the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  That catch allowed the Giants to get the game-winning touchdown.  Tyree is also very homophobic, saying a few years ago that he would sell his Super Bowl ring if it meant gays couldn’t get married.  So when the Giants asked him onboard, they got an earful from the Human Rights Capital Campaign. 

And in some strange, but cute news… Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder has selected a name for his new daughter, and it’s certainly an unconventional one.  Ponder has decided to name his daughter in honor of his legendary coach at Florida State, Bobby Bowden.  The baby’s name is Bowden Saint-Clair.   Not exactly a traditional name, but maybe it will catch on and become a Top Baby Name for 2015.

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In the NBA, everyone is expecting Kevin Love to be a Cav, but it isn’t a done deal yet. The Golden State Warriors are still very much in play, and now the Chicago Bulls are making a big push for Love.  Their package is rumored to feature up-and-coming forward Taj Gibson and the sharp-shooting and defensive Jimmy Butler.  The Cavs potential offer of Andrew Wiggins for Love is still appealing, but the T-Wolves may want more proven players to build around now.  

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Ovechkin/Kirilenko Romance No More, Coach K To Trade Wiggins, Dungy’s Controversial Remarks About Sam

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Alex OvechkinThe Russian dream romance between hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin and tennis star Maria Kirilenko… is no more.  They were recently engaged, and everybody rejoiced in the idea of the toothless wonder (Ovechkin) marrying Russian tennis royalty.  But on Monday the wedding was called off by Kirilenko citing there were “a lot of reasons” for her decision.  

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In the NBA, with a potential trade still looming between the Cavs and the Wolves (i.e. Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love), other basketball personalities are weighing in.  On Monday, Coach K (Duke’s coach, and coach of the United States National Team) said he would “definitely trade Wiggins for Love).  Sure, Wiggins has potential, but Love is about to enter his basketball prime, and he is the type of teammate LeBron needs to win rings.

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Tony DungyIn the NFL, former coach Tony Dungy is making some controversial news. He said that he would NOT have drafted the first openly gay football player, Michael Sam. Dungy said it wasn’t because Sam shouldn’t get to play, but rather all the media attention around him.  Dungy said he wouldn’t want to deal with all of that, and would find the media circus a nuisance.  Then again, some believe that Dungy’s comments make the St. Louis Rams look that much more brave and impressive for drafting Sam.
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Rory Mcllroy wins Open, Wiggins May Stay a Cav, Glen Rice Jr. Wins Summer League MVP

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Rory McllroyTypically all eyes are on Tiger Woods, but we can’t forget that there is another marketable force in golf:  Rory McIlroy.  Mcllroy is newly single, good-looking, and an incredible golfer.  And this weekend, he played marvelously and won the Open Championship.  Expect to be seeing Mcllroy in many more commercials.  Winning this big tournament is a major step towards him becoming a household name in the sporting community. 

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Andrew WigginsIn the NBA, there is still  speculation that the Cavs overall #1 pick Andrew Wiggins may be headed to Minnesota along with last year’s #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in exchange for T-Wolves star Kevin Love.  Yesterday it was reported, however,  that the Cavs are very close to signing Wiggins to a contract.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that Wiggins will stay in a Cavs jersey, as Cleveland can still trade his contract away, but it does make you wonder if the Cavs are planning a title run WITH Wiggins.  After all, with LeBron’s tutelage, he could develop very quickly.

Finally, in some NBA Summer League news, all the young players are trying to prove that they either deserved to be drafted or SHOULD HAVE been drafted.  These guys play hard right out of the gate, all vying to catch the coach’s eye and hopefully get some playing minutes next season.  That’s why it’s a pretty big deal who gets Summer League MVP.  And yesterday, that honor was bestowed upon the Washington Wizards’ Glen Rice Jr., son of the great Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets 3-point shooter Glen Rice.  That’s just one more weapon for the Wizards who are trying to make a run at the title next year. 

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Love for Wiggins in Cleveland, Boozer to LA, Chasing Rory in Open

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Andrew WigginsIn the NBA, the hot rumor of the day is that the Cleveland Cavaliers MIGHT be bringing Kevin Love to town to pair with LeBron & Kyrie:  The New Big 3.  And on Thursday it was reported that the Cavs may send the #1 overall draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in return.  Wiggins could be a superstar, and the Cavs may regret letting him go.  But Love is a proven star, and entering the prime of his career.  The Cavs can’t squander LeBron’s prime years waiting for Wiggins to grow up.  Plus, the T-Wolves would relish bringing in a potential superstar like Wiggins.  This trade may just happen soon.  

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls recently cut aging veteran Carlos Boozer.  But he wasn’t unemployed long, as the Los Angeles Lakers, thinking they have nothing to lose, took a chance on the vet.  They’re trying to assemble some type of team in LA during Kobe’s last years.  This team is in a rebuilding process, and they didn’t land any of the major free agents.  So they may as well roll out at least a watchable product to their fans.  

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Rory McIlroyIt’s the open championship.  Tiger Woods has often done very well in this event, but this year, the whole pack is chasing pretty boy Rory McIlroy.   He has struggled in the past on Fridays in the Open Championship, and will have to keep his poise if he wants to keep his commanding lead. 

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: US SURVIVES TO NEXT ROUND, WIGGINS TOP SPOT IN NBA DRAFT

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In the World Cup, Americans everywhere were glued to the TV today at Noon (9amPacific time).  The United States needed to either beat the powerhouse Germany or get a tie to advance to the knockout round.  They weren’t eliminated with a loss, but they needed help.  We kept it even the entire first half, and that’s an accomplishment in and of itself, but early in the second half, Germany put in a beautiful goal to take a 1-0 lead.  The US played well, but they couldn’t get the equalizer.  Fortunately, Portugal beat Ghana to keep the US’s hopes alive.  So the United States survived the group of death, and advanced to the knockout round to play Belgium on Tuesday.  

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Andrew WigginsAnd in the NBA, it was time for the NBA Draft.  There was a lot of speculation on who would go #1, but when all was said and done, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected the upside player Andrew Wiggins with the top spot.  The Bucks took Jabari Parker at #2, and the Sixers rolled the dice with big man Joel Embiid at the #3 pick.  

Shabazz NapierLater, the Boston Celtics added point guard Marcus Smart to their roster with the 6th pick, and the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed Kentucky star Julius Randle with the #7 pick.  Doug McDermott, the leading scorer in college basketball (aka Doug McBuckets), was taken by the Bulls.  Earlier this year during the NCAA Tournament, LeBron called UCONN’s Shabazz Napier one of the best point guards he had ever seen.  Heat president Pat Riley did whatever he could to draft Napier, and with a crafty trade, he pulled it off.  Napier will now be a member of the Heat, and Riley is hoping that that is a good first step to keeping LeBron in town.  

And in a sweet moment in the draft, commissioner Adam Silver did an honorary draft pick for Baylor’s Isaiah Austen, whose playing career was announced officially over just days before the draft when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare disease affecting the heart.  Austen said he always dreamed of hearing his name called, and the NBA gave him that experience.  Just a very classy move. 

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