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Ureña Suspended, Foles Hurt In Preseason, 76ers Hire Former WNBA Player

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In a follow up to the report of Marlins pitcher Jose Ureña throwing a fastball and intentionally hitting Ronald Acuña Jr (ending his streak of homering in five straight games), Ureña has been fined an undisclosed amount of money and suspended for six games.

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In preseason action, the Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, hurt his shoulder in a preseason game agains the New England Patriots. No word yet on how serious the injury is, and whether he’ll be ready for the regular season. Tom Brady’s preseason debut went much better throwing for 172 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the first half.

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The Philadelphia 76ers hired Lindsey Harding, a former WNBA star who was the #1 pick out of Duke in the 2007 draft, as a full-time scout. She is the second former WNBA player hired as a scout for an NBA team. After working as an assistant for the Toronto Raptors summer league, Harding felt confident pursing a career in the NBA. She said, “I think I wanted to know what was really the difference in women’s basketball compared to men’s, and how the players would respond to me. What I realized was that basketball is basketball. The game is stronger, the game is faster in that way. But I found there was so much, not only that I had learned, but that I could also teach.”

 

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Acuña Gets “Gutless” Hit By Fastball, “I’m Trying Jennifer”

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The Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuña Jr. was attempting his 4th consecutive game leading off with a home run when a bitter Marlins’ pitcher Jose Ureña threw a fastball hitting him in the elbow. Many feel Ureña intentionally tried to hit him so Acuña’s streak would end. After the pitch, the benches cleared and the players and fans were up in arms. As the Braves’ Freddie Freeman said,  “It was gutless, I know that wasn’t the Marlins. That was just Jose Ureña. I don’t understand it. Just because a kid is having fun playing a game and having incredible success makes no sense.”

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Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCullum complained in an interview a few weeks ago about star players joining superteams (specifically Kevin Durant going to the Golden State Warriors) saying, “I would never do anything of that nature. I think that it’s disgusting. No. It’s disgusting. I’m not built like those guys. I was raised differently … I think some players will take that route. But most guys have too much pride, want to really win on their own.” The video of his interview recently resurfaced and Twitter reacted. Social media really took off when “Jennifer” tweeted to McCullum, “Win a playoff game then talk”. McCullum responded with, “I’m trying Jennifer”. “I’m trying Jennifer” is now trending as a meme, and some fans have made t-shirts hoping this phrase becomes the Blazers team slogan!

 

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“Victory Fridges”, Acuña Jr’s Milestone, Puig/Hundley Ejected, Jeter And Marlins Requiring Spanish

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Cleveland Browns fans have suffered over the last two years rooting for a team without a win since December 24th, 2016. Bud Light plans to reward fans for their longtime loyalty giving out free beer after the Browns win their first game. They’ve installed “Victory Fridges” in 10 different locations in the Cleveland area. The fridges will automatically unlock as soon as the Browns win.

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Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. became the youngest player in history to hit a home run in five straight games.

In other baseball news, the rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers heated up on Tuesday when the Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Giants catcher Nick Hundley engaged in an outburst causing a bench-clearing brawl. Both players were ejected, and the Giants held on to win 2-1.

Miami Marlins part owner and CEO, Derek Jeter,  is reportedly trying to institute a policy to get players and coaches to learn Spanish. Even Jeter is taking lessons. He explained, “I’ve been to the Dominican and Venezuela. I went to Cuba with Major League Baseball in 2016. So I’ve been to those countries and tried to learn as much as I could about their cultures. Everybody expects the Latin players to make an effort to speak English. Well, especially here in Miami, if you don’t speak Spanish, you don’t fit in. I think it’s important.”

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Harbaugh Confident No Violations, Rodgers Hopes Team Not Soft, Anthony Signs W/Rockets, deGrom’s Prospects

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After 13 football players at the University of North Carolina were suspended for selling their team-issued Jordan brand shoes on the secondary market, reports surfaced that Michigan athletes (not necessarily football players) may have sold their Jordan brand shoes as well. Football coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t suspect any of his players violated the NCAA regulation, and as far as he can tell there won’t be any suspensions this season.

Last week Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers called his team’s practice “piss poor“. He clarified the comments this week saying he wasn’t trying to send a message and stating, “I hope we’re not that soft.”

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Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Houston Rockets. The big question is whether he’ll be a starter or come off the bench. According to Coach Mike D’Antoni, “We talked about everything. How we would handle this or do that. All he wants to do is win. He wants to come in here & contribute, even said he wanted to be the glue guy. We got to figure out what’s the best way to play him & get the max out of him.”

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Jacob deGrom helped the Mets beat the Yankees on Monday night, walking off the field to cheers from an enthusiastic New York crowd. With the win, deGrom has 7 wins and a .500 season (although he’s recorded a 1.81 ERA), so many are speculating whether his poor team performance will prevent him from winning the NL Cy Young award. Even though he’s considered one of the best pitchers in the game, according to the stats, “no starting pitcher has won the Cy Young with fewer than 13 wins.”

 

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Colon Makes History, Rodgers Calls Practice “Piss Poor”, NFL’s Male Cheerleaders

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With his 246th career win, the Texas Rangers Bartolo Colon (nicknamed Big Sexy) became the winningest Latin American pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball.

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Veteran Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed his disappointment in his new crop of young receivers calling the practice “piss poor”. Rodgers said, “It was one of the worst cards sessions we had. I don’t know how you can make it any simpler. You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I’m accustomed to. I’ve been running that period for a number of years.” Rodgers also hinted at his frustration with the team releasing his favorite target Jordy Nelson.

The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will make history this NFL season when their cheerleaders take the field. For the first time in the NFL, both teams have male cheerleaders on their squad. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies made the LA Rams team in March and inspired Jesse Hernandez to try out for the New Orleans Saints. Back in March Jinnies tweeted,  “Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!”

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Owens CFL Tryout, Hurts On Transfer Narrative, Bryce Love Skips Media Day For Class, Red Sox Sweep Yankees

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Just a day after his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Terrell Owens tried out for the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. According to Owens, “It’s key when you’re trying out to put your best foot forward, and I’m very pleased with what they saw and what I did out there. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame and come back and play, why not me? I know I can do it; it’s just a matter of someone giving me the opportunity.” Owens is 44 years old.

In college football news, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts recently expressed his disappointment on hearing comments about his quarterback situation.  Hurts commented on the “narrative” floating around that he’ll transfer if he’s not given the starting QB role. According to Hurts he never said anything about transferring.  “Nobody came up to me this whole spring…nobody asked me what my future held.” Coach Nick Saban is notorious for keeping a tight lid on how the team interacts with the media, so it will be interesting to see how he responds to Hurts speaking out.

In a ridiculous story coming out of the Pac-12 media day, reporter Dennis Dodd lambasted Stanford running back (and Heisman candidate) Bryce Love for skipping media day to attend class.  Love apologized for skipping the media fest by saying, “I really wanted to be there to represent the university. But I decided I just wasn’t able to make it happen this year. Based on other commitments, trying to graduate in December required me to take more classes over the summer.” These players are still considered “Student-Athletes”, so it’s unfortunate a reporter would reprimand a player for keeping up with his academic commitments.

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Red Sox sweep their 4 game series with the Yankees. Yankees trail the Red Sox by 9 1/2 games in the AL East. The Oakland A’s are also on a streak winning their 6th straight game.

 

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Hall Of Fame Inductees, More Racial/Homophobic Remarks, LeBron’s “I Promise”

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Six new baseball legends were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman and Jack Morris. In an emotional moment at the beginning of the ceremony, Thome teared up watching his 15 year old daughter sing the National Anthem.

Two more Major League Baseball players had their past racial and homophobic tweets uncovered. Fans have seen recent tweets from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (who disgustingly got a standing ovation in his last game pitching), and now Atlanta Braves Sean Newcomb and Trea Turner have been exposed. Newcomb tried to explain himself and said, “This is something that obviously can’t be happening. I feel bad about it. I don’t mean to offend anybody. I definitely regret it.”

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LeBron James will hold a news conference today announcing the launch of his foundations’ “I Promise” school. The school will team with Akron Public Schools and focus on helping kids who need extra academic assistance.  LeBron spoke about his passion for making sure at risk kids don’t fall through the crack. He also spoke about his decision to move to LA. He said, “This is kind of like a dream come true for me. You know, growing up, I was a Cowboys fans, I was a Bulls fan, I was a Yankees fan, and I’ve always felt like that was one of the historic franchises. You look at the Lakers, and being able to play for a historic franchise, with so much history, you know? And now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kind of like looked up to when I was younger, you know, and wanted to make no-look passes like Magic, wanted to get on the break and be ‘Showtime’ like Magic, and then for it to all come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything.”

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Judge Out 3 Weeks, Cubs Acquire Hamel, LeBron James HBO Show

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The Yankees suffered some bad news last night when outfielder Aaron Judge was hit by a fastball while at bat against Kansas City Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. Judge is expected to be out for 3 weeks which is rough for the team considering he’s a big hitter and the Yankees are only 4 1/2 game behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

In anticipation of another playoff run, the Chicago Cubs acquired pitcher Cole Hamel from the Texas Rangers. Hamel has had a disappointing season so far for the Rangers but has playoff experience and also performs better outside of Texas so looks like it could be a good trade for the Cubs.

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LeBron James‘s new HBO Show called “The Shop” debuts on August 28th. It’s a barber-shop style talk show, and in the first episode LeBron talks about the pressure his son must feel on the court being named LeBron Jr. He said, “Obviously, when I was younger, I didn’t have a dad. So my whole thing was like, ‘Whenever I have a kid, not only is he going to be a junior, I’m going to do everything that this man didn’t do.’ ”

 

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Harbaugh Says Rookies Not Callused, Tebow Breaks Hand, Gary Sanchez Running, Lochte Banned Again

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NFL training camps are well under way, but after Baltimore Ravens rookie tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews missed the last five practices, Ravens coach John Harbaugh took to the media to complain. He said, “One thing I’ve noticed: Guys coming out of college aren’t as callused up as they used to be. We used to practice twice a day in full pads.”

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Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow was having a successful minor league season with the New York Mets but unfortunately broke his hand and will be out for the rest of the season.

With a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees are now 6 games behind the Boston Red Sox. Catcher Gary Sanchez could have saved the game but is now being vilified as he didn’t sprint to first base on a grounder which could have let Aaron Judge score the game-tying run. After the game, Sanchez admitted, “I should’ve run harder,”

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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte didn’t realize getting an IV infusion was against the US Doping Agency rules (unless it has to do with hospitalization) and even though no banned substances were involved, he still received a 14-month suspension.  Lochte said he was on his way to getting his life together after a 10-month ban for lying to officials during the 2016 Olympics when he falsely claimed he was robbed at a gas station. He reported to the media,  “It’s devastating to my family about this because I definitely made myself a better person after Rio, and I was back in training. I was feeling good. I was swimming fast. My son being born. Everything was happening. Everything was perfect, and then this happened. And it’s devastating.”

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Molinari Wins British Open, Tiger’s Best Start, Disgust For Josh Hader Standing O, Bad Cubs Fan, Barkley Contract

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Francesco Molinari won the British Open hitting a bogey-free 69 and becoming the first Italian to win a Major. Tiger Woods is back and looked like he could have won the tournament but faltered on the back 9. Even so, tied for 6th at 5-under par earned him his best finish in a major since 2013 Open.

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In a couple of fan-related stories:

The sports world is disgusted with Milwaukee Brewer fans for giving pitcher Josh Hader a standing ovation on his way to the mound. During the All-Star break, the media uncovered racist and homophobic tweets he made back in 2011. He said, he hated gay people, & tweeted “white power”. One fan tweeted, “Any Brewers fan at that game last night who participated in a standing ovation for that guy should be ashamed of themselves. What a disgrace.”

In Chicago over the weekend, the Cubs first base coach tried to hand a ball to a little boy in the front row. The ball bounced out of his hands, and the man behind him stole the ball and celebrated his great accomplishment (at the expense of the boy). Thankfully for the boy, Javier Baez noticed and gave him two balls, one autographed by Baez.

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Number 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, running back Saquon Barkley just signed a contract with the New York Giants for a reported $31.2 million guaranteed. He’s now one of the highest paid running backs in the League and hasn’t even played in a game yet. Barkley is taking his rookie contract seriously and stated “I want to invest it, put it in the right people’s hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals.”

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