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Morikawa Wins PGA Championship, MAC Cancels Fall, Laureano & Plesac Violate Protocols, NHL Quarterfinals, Tiz The Law Wins Travers

GOLF

Twenty-three-year-old Collin Morikawa finished 13-under par to win the US PGA Championship. Having turned pro 14 months ago, the championship was only Morikawa’s second major and 28th tournament.  Morikawa joins Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Jack Nicklaus as the only 23-year old winners of the PGA Championship.

FOOTBALL

The Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) officially canceled its 2020 college football season and all other fall sports. Many are now wondering when the other Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences will follow suit.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball specifically outlined in their COVID-19  protocols that any players breaking social distancing guidelines in order to engage or fight with another player or team would be severely punished. It’s no surprise then that Oakland Athletics Ramon Laureano, who charged the Houston Astros’ dugout sparking a bench-clearing altercation, will face discipline. Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron, who was seen egging Laureano on, could face disciplinary action as well.

Cleveland Indians Zach Plesac violated protocol as well when he went out with friends in Chicago after the Indians beat the White Sox on Saturday. Plesac was sent back to Cleveland and will be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily for COVID-19.

HOCKEY

The quarterfinals of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set with 16 teams remaining.

HORSE RACING

Tiz the Law ran away from the competition in an exciting 5 1/2 length victory at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. Manny Franco guided Tiz the Law through a perfect race and a career-best 109 Beyer Speed Figure. It’s now on to the Kentucky Derby September 5th for this special horse.

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“The Rock” Buys XFL For $15Mill, Saints Sequester In Hotel, Cardinals Major COVID-19 Outbreak, Ledecky’s Chocolate Milk Swim

FOOTBALL

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, along with partners RedBird Capital and Dany Garcia (Johnson’s ex-wife and business partner),  bought the XFL for $15 million. The XFL was previously owned by Vince McMahon, who tried to revive the League in 2020 (after his first attempt 19 years ago), but was unable to get any traction due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson stated in a press release, “The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that’s rooted deeply in two things — my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans. With pride and gratitude for all that I’ve built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL, and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans, and everyone involved for the love of football.”

In NFL news, the New Orleans Saints rented out the top floors of the Loews Hotel in New Orleans for the players, coaches, and other staff to hole up during the next month of training camp in order to keep the team healthy. Saints coach Sean Payton insists “It’s not a bubble. It’s a sequester.”

BASEBALL

The St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with a major outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases. The number has now grown to 13 affected, and the team will be unable to play for another week.

SWIMMING

Check out Katie Ledecky’s #gotmilkchallenge on TikTok. She swims the length of the pool with a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Amazing.

 

 

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Pac-12 Players List Of Demands, Hawk-Eye Live, Cespedes Sit Out Season

FOOTBALL

A group of Pac-12 football players are threatening to sit out the upcoming season unless the Conference addresses their concerns. The list of demands include:

  1. Increase in health and safety protocols and protections including medical insurance for six years post-eligibility
  2. Commitment to social justice issues including a special task force
  3. Redistribution of revenue, specifically 50% of each sport’s revenues evenly distributed among athletes

TENNIS

We will see major technological innovations throughout the sporting world over the next few months and years. One such innovation, called Hawk-Eye Live, will replace line judges at tennis tournaments with an automated system. The U.S. Open (August 31st-September 13th) will use this system.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets announced Yoenis Cespedes will opt-out of the season due to concerns over COVID-19. Many players are deciding to opt-out of their season, but Cespedes did it in an unusual (and seemingly disrespectful way).  Over the weekend, Cespedes did not show up for the game against the Atlanta Braves. The team sent security to his hotel room and found the room completely cleared out. Cespedes did not tell anyone he was leaving, sparking speculation he’s upset with the team for his lack of adequate playing time.

 

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Marlins Season Suspended, Mahomes Joining Royals Ownership Group, 6 Pats Opt-Out Season

BASEBALL

After 15 players and two staff members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days, Major League Baseball suspended the team’s season. With a shortened 60-game schedule, it’s unclear how the Marlins (and their opponents) will make up the missed games.

FOOTBALL

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on a roll in Kansas City. Not only did he sign a $503 million contract extension with the Chiefs a few weeks ago, but on Tuesday the Kansas City Royals announced Mahomes will be joining their ownership group.

Mahomes grew up with baseball. His father was an MLB pitcher for 11 seasons, and Mahomes was a 37th-round pick in the 2014 draft.

In other NFL news, six New England Patriots players (Hightower, Cannon, Chung, Bolden, Vitale, and Toran) have chosen to opt-out of the NFL season due to Coronavirus concerns.

 

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Marlins Players Test Positive And Could Jeopardize Season, Dr. Fauci Trading Cards Hit Record High

BASEBALL

Just a few days into the baseball season and we’re already having issues. The Miami Marlins had to postpone their home-opener on Monday night because at least 14 players tested positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend, a few players had tested positive, but instead of postponing their matchup against the Phillies on Sunday, they decided via a group text chat to play. According to MLB’s operation manual, the teams have the ability to decide what to do if there are multiple positive results.

No one knows what this means for the rest of the teams and for the rest of the MLB season. It’s possible these players will quarantine, and there won’t be any major outbreaks. It’s also possible, however, that other teams could have been infected by the Marlins players, and the season could be compromised.

According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, “I don’t put this in the nightmare category. It’s not a positive thing, but I don’t see it as a nightmare. … That’s why we have the expanded rosters. That’s why we have the pool of additional players.”

Unlike the NBA and MLS, major league baseball rejected the idea of playing in a “bubble” (where, as of now, there are no reported cases). The NFL also rejected the idea of playing in a quarantine “bubble” so will be paying close attention to how this all develops.
In other baseball news, baseball card manufacturer Topps set a record for selling over 50,000 limited edition trading cards featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci (who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last week to kick off the MLB season).

 

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Cespedes Hits HR As DH, Verlander’s Forearm Strain, Jamal Adams A Seahawk, Together Mode In NBA, Lou Williams Quarantined After Strip Club

BASEBALL

On Friday, the New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes became the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball to hit a home run in a regular-season game between two National League Teams. The new designated hitter rule allows players like Cespedes, who have suffered injuries, to perform during this shortened season.

There was a buzz over the weekend about the Houston Astros Justin Verlander missing the rest of the season due to a forearm strain, but Verlander weighed in and said he would be back.

FOOTBALL

The Seattle Seahawks picked up safety Jamal Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick from the New York Jets in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald and a 2021 first-round and third-round pick as well as a 2022 first-rounder. Adams hasn’t been shy about wanting to leave the Jets, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise that the Jets unloaded him prior to the beginning of the season.

BASKETBALL

The NBA is getting creative in bringing the fan experience to the arena. They are experimenting with allowing fans to virtually appear and interact with each other at upcoming games. They will be using Microsoft Team’s new together mode” which will allow fans to feel like they are participating. “Together Mode uses AI segmentation technology to digitally place participants in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else in the meeting or class.”

The NBA is also working with its broadcast partners to use more camera angles to enhance the at-home viewing experience.

Los Angeles Clippers Lou Williams will need to quarantine for 10 days inside the Disney bubble. He left the bubble for a funeral (which would have required a 4-day quarantine), but then photos of him at a strip club with rapper Jack Harlow appeared on social media getting Williams in trouble. Williams will miss two seeding games and forfeit up to $150,000 in salary.

 

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Yankees Prevail In Rain Delayed Debut, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s First Pitch, Mookie Betts Kneels, MLB Expanded Postseason, Washington Football Team, Tyson Out Of Retirement

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball kicked off the season Thursday night with a matchup between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals. Of course, this is 202o so the debut of North American live sports didn’t go smoothly. Before the game, Nationals star Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19, but even though he was with teammates earlier in the week, the game did not get called off. Then, a massive rainstorm hit causing the game to wrap up after only five innings. The Yankees recorded a 4-1 win.

Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch at the Yankees game and it was a bit off-center. With everything he has going on, it’s doubtful he had time to practice, so let’s give him kudos for his attempt.

In the second game of the night, the Los Angeles Dodgers put away the San Francisco Giants 8-1. Mookie Betts made his debut for the Dodgers, but no one was talking about his hitting. Betts made his statement by kneeling during the National Anthem, while most of the team stood.

In an announcement prior to the first pitch, Major League Baseball announced they are expanding the number of teams competing in the postseason from 10 to 16.

FOOTBALL

After officially scrapping the name Redskins, Washington announced its new name will be the “Washington Football Team” for the 2020 season. The colors will remain the same, and the logo on the helmets will be replaced by a gold player number decal.

BOXING

Mike Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, will come out of retirement to take on four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in a fight scheduled for September 12th.

 

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MLB Season Starts, Mookie Betts Signs Huge Deal, Rookie Bol Bol Makes Splash

BASEBALL

The Major League Baseball season starts tonight, marking the first North American major sports league to play since the pandemic shut down the world. Tonight’s matchup features:

  • 7 pm ET: Yankees (Cole) at Nationals (Scherzer)
  • 10 pm ET: Giants (Cueto) at Dodgers (Kershaw)

For the full MLB schedule click here.

Mookie Betts signed a huge deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. His 12-year contract extension worth $365 million is the second-largest in Major League Baseball history. Only Mike Trout’s 12-year $430 million contract with the Los Angles Angels ranks higher.

BASKETBALL

Denver Nuggets rookie Bol Bol (son of NBA player Manute Bol) made a splash in his on-court debut, a scrimmage over the Washington Wizards. The 7-foot 2 Bol Bol finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six blocks.

 

 

 

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CA HS Football Postponed, Dr. Anthony Fauci Throwing First Pitch For Nationals, Giants Manager Kneels During Anthem

FOOTBALL

The California Interscholastic Federation announced it is postponing the high school football (and other fall sports) season. The earliest we’ll see fall sports in the state will be December 2020 or January 2021.

BASEBALL

Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the first pitch on for the Washington Nationals on Opening Day, July 23rd. The defending World Series champions will host the New York Yankees. The Nationals explained their pick by stating,  “Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title.”

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler became the first Major League Baseball manager to kneel during the national anthem when he took a knee prior to the team’s exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Many other players and personnel joined him.

 

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A-Rod/J-Lo Take Tour With Krafts In Mets Bid, Sexual Harassment Claims In Washington, NABC Proposes Eliminating SAT/ACT

BASEBALL

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are still actively pursuing purchasing the Mets. According to reports, A-Rod, J-Lo, and a group of bankers flew to Foxborough to meet Bob and Jonathan Kraft (owners of the New England Patriots) to discuss a partnership on stadium operations for Citi Field and Willets Point (a development around the ballpark). The Krafts toured the duo around the stadium and the adjoining entertainment complex near the field. The potential owners are interested in turning Willets Point into a destination entertainment area where they can leverage J-Lo’s brand to book concerts.

FOOTBALL

The Washington Post published a damaging report on the Washington NFL team (formerly the Redskins). Fifteen former female employees claimed to have experienced sexual harassment and a toxic work environment.  The allegations span from 2006-2019 and include specific examples of harassment such as sexual text messages and male employees looking up female employees’ skirts.

New head coach Ron Rivera put out a statement saying, “Biggest thing is we have to move forward from this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy with no retribution. Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!”

BASKETBALL

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) proposed eliminating the SAT and ACT requirements for NCAA eligibility. The proposal originated in the NABC’s Committee on Racial Reconciliation to address racism and social justice issues. The statement reads, “The NABC Committee on Racial Reconciliation believes that the SAT and ACT are longstanding forces of institutional racism and no longer have a place in intercollegiate athletics or higher education at large. This is an important step towards combating educational inequality in our country.”

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