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WTA Suspends Tournaments In China, Enes Kanter Freedom Becomes US Citizen, Curry’s First NIL Deal W/College Freshman, MLB Lockout

TENNIS

The Women’s Tennis Association will suspend all of its tournaments in China after tennis player Peng Shuai hasn’t been seen since her allegations of sexual assault. The WTA, as opposed to other Leagues, has taken a strong stand. In a recent statement, the WTA chairman Steve Simon said, “I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault.”

Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter, who was the 3rd overall pick in the NBA draft in 2011, has used his platform in the NBA to protest human-rights issues in China. Kanter recently became a U.S. citizen and changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

BASKETBALL

Azzi Fudd, a UConn freshman basketball player, signed a name, image, and likeness (NIL) endorsement deal with Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry. Part of the deal involves Curry mentoring Fudd as the “next face of women’s basketball”. This partnership is the first NIL deal between an NBA player and a college player.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball is in a labor dispute with the players union and has now entered a lockout that halts all of its operations.  The season doesn’t officially begin for three more months, but it’s the first lockout in 27 years and only the ninth in league history.

 

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WFT Ugly Win, McCaffrey Out For Season, Riley/Kelly Cash In At USC/LSU, Mets Sign Scherzer

FOOTBALL

The Washington Football Team barely squeaked out a win over Seattle in an ugly Monday Night Football matchup. The Seahawks tried to tie the score by a two-point conversion with seconds left in the game, but cornerback Kendall Fuller intercepted QB Russell Wilson. Washington 17, Seattle 15.

In other NFL news, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is out for the rest of the 2021 season with an ankle injury.

Two big-name coaches shook up the college football world in the last 24 hours. Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma for a massive contract with USC. Riley’s deal is reportedly worth $110 million, including full access to a private jet, a $6 million dollar home in LA, and a buy-out of both of Riley’s Oklahoma homes (1/2 million dollars over asking price).

Brian Kelly sent Notre Dame a text on Monday night saying he’s going to LSU on a 10-year contract worth $100 million.

BASEBALL

The NY Mets made a splash by signing future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer to a whopping three-year, $130 million deal, the fifth-largest deal in Mets history.

 

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Patriots Crush Falcons, Brown Fake Vaccine, Newton’s 50 Free Tkts, Peng Shuai Ordeal, Harper/Ohtani MVP’s, Curry Shining

FOOTBALL

The New England Patriots crushed the Atlanta Falcons 25-0 on Thursday Night Football thanks to their defense which made four interceptions and had four sacks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown is in hot water again. His former chef accused Brown of not paying him $10,000 for services rendered and showed a text exchange implicating Brown and his  girlfriend of buying fake vaccination cards.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton certainly entertained the crowd in his first press conference since returning to his old team. He arrived in a fedora hat with a Clark Kent press pass (Cam is known as Superman for his touchdown celebrations). He also promised to give away 50 free tickets to the Panthers home game this weekend to fans who have never been to the Bank of America stadium. And, then to cap it all off, he moon danced off the podium.

TENNIS

Tennis start Peng Shuai is still missing. Two weeks ago she posted on social media of sexual assault by a powerful government official. The posts were quickly deleted but then she went missing, and no one has seen from her since. A couple of days ago the Chinese government released a statement attributed to her stating that she was fine and no assault ever took place, but most are skeptical the statement was actually from her. The Women’s Tennis Association has been heavily weighing in on this issue, and there are now questions about what to do with the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing if this situation is as dire as it seems.

BASEBALL

Bryce Harper was awarded the National League MVP and Shohei Ohtani took home the American League MVP awards Thursday night. Ohtani got a unanimous vote, while Harper received 17 of 30 first-place votes.

BASKETBALL

Steph Curry continues to shine in the Warriors decisive 104-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. With 40 points, four rebounds and six assists, he made history again by making at least nine 3-pointers for the 38th time in his career. According to ESPN Stats and Info, “he now has more nine 3-pointer games since April (10) than any other player in NBA their entire NBA career.”

 

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Braves Win World Series, Soler MVP, Raiders Release Ruggs

BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros in Game 6 to win their first World Series title in 26 years. The Braves started the season slowly but hit their stride in the postseason. Outfielder Jorge Soler, whom the Braves traded for in July, was named the MVP after hitting his third home run of the series Tuesday night.

FOOTBALL

The Las Vegas Raiders released receiver Henry Ruggs III after he was involved in a deadly car accident Tuesday night. Ruggs was booked on charges of DUI after his car collided with another vehicle resulting in the death of the woman driving the other car.

 

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Backup QB’s Save The Day, Texans Holding Watson Till After Deadline, Astros Stay Alive

FOOTBALL

The big story from the NFL weekend was the successful play of a few backup quarterbacks. In his first career start, Mike White led the NY Jets with 405 yards, 3 touchdowns (and 2 interceptions) to a big 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Trevor Siemian took over for an injured Jameis Winston to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 36-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Geno Smith (who has been taking over for Russell Wilson) led the Seattle Seahawks to a lopsided 31-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. And, Cooper Rush, in his first NFL start as a fifth-year backup, led the Dallas Cowboys past the Minnesota Vikings 20-16.

In other NFL news, the Houston Texans are reportedly prepared to hold on to quarterback Deshaun Watson until after the NFL trade deadline. According to ESPN, the team is ready to talk trade options but don’t want to until the offseason where they feel they can get a better deal.

BASEBALL

The Houston Astros took game 5 against the Atlant Braves to stay alive in the World Series. Atlanta, who is up 3-2, is just one win away from the Championship. Game 6 is Tuesday in Houston.

 

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Braves Vs Astros World Series, Mahomes Clears Concussion Protocol, Darnold Benched, Interest In Watson

BASEBALL

The World Series is set. Atlanta edged out LA and Houston beat Boston to give us the 2021 World Series featuring the Braves vs Astros with game 1 Tuesday night.

FOOTBALL

The AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes took a scary fall on Sunday in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. He left the game and has subsequently cleared concussion protocol, but this could be a bad sign for the team.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold got benched on Sunday and the team got demolished by the NY Giants 25-3. The Panthers are now reportedly in talks for Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Miami Dolphins have also expressed interest in Watson, who has had multiple sexual assault allegations surface in the last few weeks.

For more NFL weekend news, click here.

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Dodgers Keep Hopes Alive, Candy Digital Raises Big From Insight Parters & Peyton Manning, Reps Request Info From WFT, Curry’s 45-Pt Night

BASEBALL

The Dodgers kept their World Series hopes alive by beating the Braves Thursday night to hold off elimination. The Braves are up 3-2 with Game 6 on Saturday.

OTHER

Fanatics, the Sports e-commerce company, has secured another round of funding for their nonfungible token company Candy Digital. The company is now valued at $1.5 billion with investors including SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, Insight Partners, and Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

FOOTBALL

Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) sent a letter requesting the NFL turn over documents and answer questions from the investigation of the Washington Football Team’s alleged abuse in the workplace and from the NFL’s handling of the situation.

BASKETBALL

In their home opener, Golden State Warriors Steph Curry exploded with a 45-point night in a close win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Warriors 115, Clippers 114.

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Coach Fired For Refusing Vaccine, Simmons Drama, 30-Pt Scorers, Hero Fan Grabs Bat

FOOTBALL

Washington State fired their football coach, Nick Rolovich when he refused to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate. Rolovich was the state’s highest-paid employee with a salary of $3 million.

BASKETBALL

The NBA is back. As of Tuesday night, the regular season began and there’s already been some drama. The Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was kicked out of practice and will receive a one-game suspension (missing the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans) for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Teammate Joel Embiid expressed his frustration saying, “I’m not here to babysit.” And, went on to say, “At this point, I don’t care about that man, honestly. He does whatever he wants. That’s not my job. … I’m only focused on trying to make the team better, win some games, play hard every night and try to lead the guys that we have here.”

In more NBA news, the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics started the season with an exciting double-overtime game with three 30-point scorers. Knicks 138, Celtics 134 (2OT)

BASEBALL

The Houston Astros leads the ALCS series 3-2 against the Boston Red Sox.  A fan is getting a lot of attention this morning after grabbing, with one hand, a shattered bat that flew into the stands preventing anyone from getting hurt. Game 6 is Friday.

In the NLCS, the Atlanta Braves have a 3-1 lead over the LA Dodgers. Game 5 is Saturday

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Dodgers Beat Giants, Sox Vs Sox & Dodgers Vs Braves, Bucs Beat Eagles, Kyrie Won’t Play

BASEBALL

After the Dodgers beat the Giants in an exciting Game 5, the final four teams are set for the League Championship Series games.

ALCS: White Sox vs Red Sox

NLCS: Dodgers vs Braves

FOOTBALL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-22 thanks to Tom Brady’s 297 yards and two touchdown passes.

BASKETBALL

Kyrie Irving will not be playing for the NJ Nets anytime soon, as he still refuses to get vaccinated. He risks losing about $16 million in salary.

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MLDS Begins, Kyrie Refuses Vaccination, Greenberg To Host “NBA Countdown”, NWSL Resumes Play

BASEBALL

In the Wild Card matchups, the Boston Red Sox advance to the Division Series after beating the NY Yankees 6-2. The Los Angeles Dodgers also advance, thanks to Chris Taylor’s two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against  the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Major League Division Series begins Thursday night. The Houston Astros will host the Chicago White Sox,  Later in the evening, the Boston Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Friday, the Dodgers will face their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, and the Milwaukee Brewers will play the Atlanta Braves.

BASKETBALL

The New Jersey Nets Kyrie Irving still refuses to get vaccinated, which means he might not be able to participate in home games and practices.

ESPN reported that Mike Greenberg will replace Maria Taylor as the host of “NBA Countdown.”

SOCCER

The National Women’s Soccer League resumed games on Wednesday after pausing play over the weekend due to reports of emotional and sexual abuse from a now-former league coach. For more on this story, click here.

 

 

 

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