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Zeke Who? Brown’s Helmet Saga, Williamson Not #1 With Peers, Red Sox Sale Miss Season

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Running back Ezekiel Elliott is training in Cabo while continuing his holdout with the Dallas Cowboys. With pre-season in full swing, the Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones made what he thought was a light, humorous remark about the impressive debut of running back Tony Pollard. When asked after about Elliott, Jones said, “Zeke Who?”. After Jones heard that Elliott found the remark disrespectful, he said, “Pollard would complement ‘not replace’ what Elliott brings to the Cowboys”. Zeke’s contract negotiations are still ongoing and his fines for not reporting to training camp are soaring above $900,000.

Antonio Brown’s helmet saga continues. The Oakland Raiders wide receiver is continuing his fight with the NFL over having a certified helmet. Brown lost his first grievance with the league and has now filed a new grievance asking for a year grace period to find a suitable replacement. The Raiders are clearly annoyed with the distraction as evidenced by GM Mike Mayock’s statement: “You all know that A.B. is not here today. So here’s the bottom line. He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that. We appreciate that. But at this point we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in, or all out. So we’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We’re really excited about where this franchise is going. And we hope A.B. will be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions. Just wanted you guys to know where we were.”

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Zion Williamson, the #1 pick in the NBA draft, was not named by his fellow rookies as the player who would have the best career from their 2019 class. Williamson’s teammate at Duke, Cam Reddish (the 10th pick in the draft going to the Atlanta Hawks) received the most votes. The Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant and the Hawks’ De’Andre Hunter also received more votes than Williamson.

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will miss the rest of the season due to a left elbow injury. He will likely avoid having to get Tommy John surgery which would have sidelined him all next season, but the loss of Sale this year is a major disappointment for the Red Sox’s playoff hopes. Sale is having the worst season of his career, but the Red Sox still could have used his flashes of brilliance (this season became the fastest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts).

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Alibaba’s Tsai Buys Rest Of Nets, Lakers Permission To Speak To Howard, A’s Fan’s Fairy Tale

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Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai bought the remaining portion of the Brooklyn Nets he didn’t already own from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. According to the AP, Tsai paid $2.4 billion for the team, making it the biggest deal ever for a U.S. sports franchise. In a separate deal, Tsai also bought the Nets’ arena, the Barclays Center for close to $1 billion. Tsai attended the Lawrenceville School and then went on to Yale where he played lacrosse.

Will Dwight Howard become an LA Laker now that their star center DeMarcus Cousins is out from a torn ACL? The Lakers have been granted permission from the Memphis Grizzlies to speak to Howard, but according to a team source, “The Lakers’ interest in Howard is more due diligence at this point.” Howard played for the Lakers in 2012, and if he goes back, it would be his sixth team over five seasons.

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Recently, the Oakland A’s signed baseball fan Nathan Patterson to a contract after throwing a 96 mph ball in a speed-pitch booth while attending a game with his brother. This fairy tale story gets even better after Nathan struck out all three batters he faced in his debut with the A’s rookie-level Arizona League.

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Mets Hitting Stride But Cano Torn Hamstring, Former Ohio Player Failed Drug Test Due To Pregnancy

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The New York Mets are hitting their stride and are now over .500. Unfortunately, though,  they also received some upsetting news that their second baseman Robinson Cano has a torn left hamstring, and they are uncertain when he’ll be able to return.

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In an odd story from EuroHoops, a former Ohio University basketball player D.J. Cooper was trying to make a Bosnian national team but failed his drug test because it revealed he was pregnant. Cooper received a two-year suspension for using his pregnant girlfriend’s urine (which contained the hormone gHC which is produced in pregnancy) instead of his own.

 

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Ninja Rocks Streaming World With Switch To Mixer, A’s Sign Fan After His 96MPH Pitch, Clemson Top Of Amway Poll

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Gaming superstar Ninja, aka Tyler Blevins, rocked the streaming world by announcing he’s switching platforms from Twitch (owned by Amazon) to Mixer which is run by Microsoft. Ninja explained the move saying, “Mixer provides me with more ways to connect with my community.” Ninja has over 14 millions followers on Twitch, but his management team will be looking to bring his fans to Mixer and will start by him hosting his first Mixer livestream on Friday from the music festival Lollapalooza in Chicago. Ninja is also reported to be writing three books and a graphic novel.

BASEBALL

The Oakland A’s made a baseball fan’s dreams come true when they signed him to a contract after he threw a ball 96 mph in a speed-pitch booth at Coors Field while at a game with his brother. 23-year old Nathan Patterson played high school baseball, but didn’t start getting serious about playing until last summer when he began working out.

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The college preseason Amway Coaches poll revealed almost no surprises. Clemson was easily ranked #1 while Alabama came in at #2. The rest of the top five went to Georgia at #3, Oklahoma at #4, and Ohio State at #5.

 

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Astros Trade For Zack Greinke In Big MLB Deadline Move

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The Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went, and the most notable and celebrated move came from the  Houston Astros. The Astros traded for 35-year old Zack Greinke who joins Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. The team now appears primed for a successful postseason run and emerge as favorites to win the World Series.

For more on the Winners and Losers from the trade deadline, click here.

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Puig’s Fight Shortly After Trade To Indians, Luck’s Setback, A.J. Green Ankle Surgery, LeBron’s AAU Fun

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A fight broke out between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds in the 9th inning Tuesday night. Shortly after the Reds traded Yasiel Puig to the Cleveland Indians, Puig was ejected. Pirates 11, Reds 4.

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET.

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Coming off a great season, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck recently experienced a setback after suffering a left calf strain. He will be out at least 2 practices. According to Luck, “If I Go Out Here With Pain, I’ll Be Average….It’s Not Good Enough for This Club.”
In more injury-related news, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered an ankle injury during the first practice of the preseason. He underwent surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss multiple games once the regular season begins.

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LeBron James has been getting lots of attention (good and bad) for hamming it up at his son Bronny’s AAU summer league. He’s clearly having a blast (and so are the kids) dunking and being dunked on. On one enthusiastic play, he even lost his shoe.

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Giants Receiving Corp Suffering, Fortnite Champ Bugha Wins $3 Mill, Bernal Wins Tour De France, Stroman To Mets

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It’s only been three days into the New York Giants training camp, and already the team’s receiving corp is suffering. Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb and will be out most of the pre-season, and Golden Tate has been suspended four games for performance-enhancing substance abuse violations. Their #3 and #4 receivers have also sustained injuries.

GAMING

Professional video gamers competed over the weekend for $30 million in prizes at the Fortnite World Cup Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sixteen-year-old Kye “Bugha” Giersdorf won the Solo finals with a prize of $3 million.

CYCLING

Twenty-two-year-old Egan Bernal became the first Colombian to win the Tour de France. He’s also the youngest cyclist to win the race in more than 100 years.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets appear to be in reshuffling mode after Sunday’s news that the Blue Jays traded pitcher Marcus Stroman to the NY Mets. The Rays will receive pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson. There’s also speculation that the Mets will trade Noah Syndergaard (possibly to the San Diego Padres). Expect more news from around the league for the next two days as the Major League Baseball trade deadline is Wednesday.

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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.

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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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Cookie Monster Delights Cubbies, MLB All-Star Starters, Free Agency Begins, LeBron Gives Up #23, Women’s World Cup Today

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Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster delighted the crowd during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field. He started by shouting out, “Today C is for Cubbies” then led the stadium in a rendition of “Take me out to the Ball Game”. The Chicago Cubs went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7. You can’t help smile listening to him!

Major League Baseball announced the 2019 All-Star Game starters. The Angels’ Mike Trout led the group with the most votes. Click here for a list of all the starters. The All-Star Game will be played on July 9th at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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On Sunday at 6:00 pm ET, free agency begins, and teams can officially start meeting with players. There are rumors about where some notable free-agents will land. Among the big names are Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard.

LeBron James is showing his excitement for new teammate Anthony Davis by agreeing to give him his #23 jersey. Davis wore #23 for 7 years while he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron will switch to No.6 which he wore when he was a member of the Miami Heat and Team USA.

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Tune in at 3:00 pm ET today to watch the 2019 Women’s World Cup where the U.S. Women’s team will square off against France in the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

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