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NFL Kicks Off Thursday W/Cowboys Vs Bucs, NBA 75, Jeter/Walker Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

FOOTBALL

The NFL kicks off the new season with the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing off on Thursday night. This season will feature an expanded 17-game regular season which means there will be football every Sunday until February 20th, 2022.

BASKETBALL

The NBA’s season begins on October 19th and will be known as “NBA 75” commemorating the 75th Anniversary of NBA basketball.

BASEBALL

The delayed induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame will take place on Wednesday at 1:30 pm. New York Yankees Derek Jeter, Colorado Rockies Larry Walker, St. Louis Cardinals Ted Simmons, and the late former labor leader Marvin Miller will join the Class of 2020. There were no inductees to the Hall of Fame in 2021.

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Ronaldo Stays W/Manchester United, Djokovic Could Make History At Open, Michigan Wins Little League World Series, ESPN Tricked

SOCCER

In a twist of events, Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to Manchester United. It’s reported that Manchester United will pay Ronaldo €15 million with €8 million in add-ons.

TENNIS

The U.S. Open begins on Monday with all eyes on Novak Djokovic. If Djokovic wins the tournament he’ll make history for securing the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles, and he’ll have captured all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year (which hasn’t happened since Rod Laver in 1969).

BASEBALL

On Sunday, Michigan beat Ohio 5-2 to win the Little League World Series.

FOOTBALL

ESPN got tricked into broadcasting a high school fo0tball game between IMG Academy (a powerhouse competitor) and Bishop Sycamore (an online charter school that proclaimed to have D-I prospects). Not surprisingly, IMG destroyed Bishop Sycamore 58-0.

 

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Tebow Cut From Jags, Travis Kelce Draws Beard, Steve Cohen’s Criticizes Mets, Ohtani’s New Milestone

FOOTBALL

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Tim Tebow in its first round of roster cuts. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, also attempted to play professional baseball when he joined the minor league team for the NY Mets in 2016. In his four years with the Mets, he moved up from the instructional league to Triple-A but never made it to the big leagues.

Travis Kelce had fun with the press after deciding to shave his iconic beard. After his fans expressed their disappointment, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end drew a beard on his Twitter picture to ease his fans’ pain.

BASEBALL

Speaking of the Mets, new owner Steve Cohen took to social media to criticize the players’ “unproductive hitting”. The team responded by beating the San Francisco Giants and ending a five-game losing streak.

The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani continues to stun the sports world. He recorded another milestone against the Tigers on Wednesday night by hitting his 40th home run while pitching at least 15 games. Babe Ruth held the previous record of 29 in 1919. His 40 home runs are also the highest hit by a pitcher in a single season (with Babe Ruth taking the second and third slots with 34 hits in 1933 and 20 hits in 1921).

 

 

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Joel Embiid To Sign Massive Extension, Stewart’s Baby Girl, Alabama #1, Falcons Fully Vaccinated, Field Of Dreams Series By “The Good Place” Creator

BASKETBALL

The Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid is set to sign a 4-yr $196 million supermax contract extension. Embiid qualified for the supermax extension after receiving second-team All-NBA status and second in MVP voting. Embiid was drafted with the 3rd overall pick in 2014 by the Sixers.

Congratulations to WNBA star and gold medalist Breanna Stewart and her wife Marta Xargay on the birth of their first child, Ruby, who was born the day after Stewart won her gold medal with Team USA.

FOOTBALL

To no one’s surprise, Alabama ranked #1 in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. It’s the fourth time in the past six seasons the Crimson Tide has been at the top. Oklahoma came in at #2 with Clemson, Ohio State, and Georgia rounding out the top 5.

In the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons are the first team to have all their players fully vaccinated. Looking forward to seeing 100% of all teams soon!

BASEBALL

The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds are scheduled to play in next year’s Field of Dreams game.  And, stay tuned for a Field of Dreams scripted drama series from the creator of “The Good Place”, Michael Schur.

 

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Kostner And Players Emerge From Maze In Unforgettable Field Of Dreams Game, Leonard Signs $176.3 Mill Deal W/Clippers, Saints Require Fans Vaccinated Or Negative PCR Test

BASEBALL

The “Field of Dreams” game did not disappoint. Kevin Costner, the star of the beloved 1989 movie, added to the drama of the evening when he slowly walked through the maze of corn and onto the field. A few minutes later the Chicago White Sox and NY Yankees players emerged from the corn maze as well (evoking the iconic line of the movie, “If you build it he will come.”). The White Sox beat the Yankees 9-8 in a walk-off homer, a fitting end to the game, as it was the 15th walk-off homer ever hit by the White Sox against the Yankees. Shoeless Joe Jackson, one of the stars of the movie, hit the first.

BASKETBALL

Kawhi Leonard signed a four-year $176.3 million deal to stay with the LA Clippers. Unfortunately for the team, however, Leonard had surgery for a partially torn ACL in July and is expected to miss part of the season.

FOOTBALL

The New Orleans Saints will be the first NFL franchise to require fans to provide proof of vaccination or a 72 hour in advance negative COVID-19 PCR test to attend games.

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Field Of Dreams Park, J.R. Smith Petitions To Play Golf In College

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball built a new ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa (population of 4,543) modeled after the field in the iconic and beautiful movie Field of Dreams. Tonight, the White Sox and Yankees will play at the stadium in front of 8,000 fans. Players will enter the field by walking through a fence hidden by corn (like in the movie). Kevin Costner and Dwier Brown who starred in the movie will be on-site tonight for the game.

BASKETBALL

Former NBA player and 18th pick in the 2004 draft, J.R. Smith has petitioned the NCAA to be eligible to play golf at North Carolina A&T College. Smith never enrolled in college opting to enter the draft instead. He was selected by the New Orleans Hornets then won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2015-2016) and another with the Los Angeles Lakers (2019-2020).

 

 

 

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Top 5 Picks In NBA Draft, Westbrook A Laker, MLB Trade Flurry, Biles To Compete, Heartwarming Highjump Golds

BASKETBALL

The NBA Draft is over, and the top five players chosen were not a surprise. The Detroit Pistons took Cade Cunningham with the #1 pick, then the Rockets took Jalen Green, the Cavaliers grabbed Evan Mobley, the Raptors chose Scottie Barnes, and rounding out the top five, the Magic took Jalen Suggs.

In other NBA news, the Washington Wizards traded Russell Westbrook to the La Lakers along with second-round picks in 2024 and 2028. In return, the Wizards got Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the #22 overall pick.

BASEBALL

There was a flurry of activity last week in baseball with major stars switching teams. Click here for a ranking of all the best and worst trades.  In one of the biggest moves, the LA Dodgers grabbed Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals.

OLYMPICS

For all the Olympic news, including Simone Biles deciding to compete in the balance beam finals, click here. Currently, China leads in gold medals with 28, while the US has 21. The US slightly edges out China in total medals however with 61 to 58.

In one of the most heart-warming Olympic moments, friends Mataz Barshim from Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy decided to share the gold medal in the high jump instead of competing in a jump-off. When the Olympic official mentioned the jump-off, Barshim asked, “Can we have two golds?” When the official nodded, they both went wild celebrating.

 

 

 

 

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Cost Of Tokyo Olympics, Welcome Seattle Kraken, LeBron Earns $1 Billion, Warner Signs Record Deal W/49ers, NFL’s New Vaccine Policy

OLYMPICS

According to reports, the Tokyo Olympics will cost approximately $28 billion, and with no spectators, revenues will take an automatic $1 billion hit from lost ticket sales.  To put the financials in perspective and to showcase what a financial loss Tokyo will likely endure, the 2008 Beijing Olympics cost $45 billion with revenues of only $3.6 billion.

HOCKEY

The Seattle Kraken is the NHL’s newest franchise. They held an expansion draft this week and tonight will have the second pick in the amateur draft.

BASKETBALL

LeBron James made history again by becoming the first NBA player to earn $1 billion in his career.

FOOTBALL

Fred Warner is now the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history after signing a five-year $95 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers.

In other NFL news, the League is coming down hard on unvaccinated individuals stating that “If a game can’t be played due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff this upcoming season — and the NFL can’t find a suitable date to reschedule — the team responsible will forfeit and both teams will lose their game checks.”

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All-Female Crew Makes MLB History, Bucks Vs Suns, Buccaneers Visit White House

BASEBALL

An all-female group will make history tonight calling the Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles game. The group of five women will become the first all-female crew in Major League Baseball’s history.

BASKETBALL

The Milwaukee Bucks will attempt to win their first championship since 1971 when they play the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.

FOOTBALL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit the White House today to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl Championship. The L.A. Dodgers visited earlier this month in celebration of their World Series Title.

 

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Yankees Pitchers Test Positive, Tom Brady Played With Torn MCL, LeBron’s Space Jam Out

BASEBALL

The NY Yankees had to postpone their game against the Boston Red Sox because three (vaccinated) Yankee pitchers tested positive for COVID-19.

FOOTBALL

Quarterback Tom Brady played all last season and was MVP of the Super Bowl for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Brady had surgery in February and has told teammates he’ll be back next season and even better.

BASKETBALL

The long-awaited “Space Jam: A New Legacy” starring LeBron James is out today in theaters and on HBO Max.

 

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