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Dodgers Historic Season, NFL Hires Full Time Officials

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Baseball fans are in awe of the Los Angeles Dodgers historic season. With a current 80 wins and only 33 losses and a 15 game lead in their division, the Dodgers hold the best record in baseball and are primed to not only advance to a World Series berth, but also make history with number of wins for the season. The current record set by the Chicago Cubs in 1906 and then later by the 2001 Seattle Mariners is 116 wins in a 162 game season. Interesting to note, neither of those teams went on to win the World Series, but this year’s Dodgers don’t seem phased by the hype or the pressure. They just keep entertaining the crowds and winning games.

FOOTBALL

After years of criticism about poor officiating, the NFL has agreed to hire full time officials to ref games this season. NFL officiating was previously a part time job and many felt the refs were not fully qualified to make crucial judgments about controversial calls during games. With a full time crew, the NFL believes the referees will be better prepared and have more consistency during games.

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Patriots Purchase Two Planes, UCLA QB Says Football And Academics Don’t Mesh, Braves’ Shortstop Freak Accident

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The New England Patriots purchased 767 planes exclusively for use by the team. They are the first NFL team to buy a plane (actually 2 planes). Acording to reports, the rationale for the big expense is that charter travel is getting expensive, and with the new comfortable planes, the team might have an advantage on the competition if they’re well rested.

In college football, UCLA quaraterback Josh Rosen has been making waves when he told Bleacher Report that football and academics “don’t go together” and that “human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules”. He went on to say, “There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL.  There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes, and then the product on the field suffers.” Rosen is looking for more balanced academic and athletic experience.

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Johan Camargo, shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, was jogging out to the field ready to start the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday when he tripped over himself and fell to the ground. He appeared to injure his knee. There’s no word yet on how serious this freak accident was and how long he’ll be out.

 

 

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Boomer Esiason Believes He Has CTE, Jets’ Enunwa Miss Season, Syndergaard Game Of Thrones, Zaza Order Of Honor

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While discussing the recent study of brain damage in football players, former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason spoke about the dangers on his radio show and said he believes he likely has CTE and would be most players have it. He said, “The more we learn about our brains, the better it is for the guys who are playing today. The good news for the guys who are playing today, especially those who are playing for a long period of time, is they get paid a hell of a lot more money than we did. They have much better benefits and retirement benefits than we do.”

The New York Jets top receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the entire season with a neck injury. He was expected to take on a big role for the team this year (with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker gone), but now the team’s prospects look even bleaker than they did before.

 

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If you watch closely, you can see New York Mets’ pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s arm in a cameo Sunday night on “Game of Thrones“.  Syndergaard plays a Lannister soldier who throws a deadly spear.

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The Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia is back in his hometown, the Republic of Georgia, celebrating his team’s NBA title win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the trip, he received the “Order of Honor, which is given for outstanding personal contribution to the building of the independent government.”

 

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Scherzer Hits Home Run Leaves Game, Vazquez Caps Off Wild Game, Beyonce Interested In Rockets

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Washington Nationals pitcher and reining National League Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, hit his first career home run then had to leave the game with a neck spasm. He said he slept on his pillow the wrong way so was unable to pitch, but oddly it helped him hit his home run. He said, “I couldn’t pull my head out, I had to stay locked in, that actually gave me a better swing. That’s the reason why I hit a home run.” Nationals lost the game 7-6 against Miami.

In a crazy game in Boston Tuesday night, Christian Vazquez capped off a close game against the Cleveland Indians with a walk-off three-run home run. The game was back and forth all night with some stunning plays including when the Indians center fielder Austin Jackson leapt over a wall to prevent a home-run. With the win, the Red Sox move to a half-game ahead of the NY Yankees for first place in the American League East.

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It’s been reported Beyonce might be interested in buying a share of the Houston Rockets. Beyonce is a Houston native and loves basketball, but since her husband Jay-Z owns a sports agency, buying into a team may be a conflict of interest.

 

 

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Paris And LA Awarded Olympics, Non-Waiver MLB Deadline, Infamous Bartman Receives Ring, CTE Study

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The International Olympic Committee made the decision to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics simultaneously with Paris getting 2024 and LA 2028.  The decision will become final in September. LA hosted in 1934 and 1984 while Paris last hosted in 1924.

BASEBALL

The baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed Monday with resounding applause for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. The Dodgers traded to get Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, while the Yankees picked up Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics. For more trade winners and losers, click here.

In a classy move, the Cubs organization will present the infamous Steve Bartman with a 2016 World Series ring. Bartman became one of the most hated fans in history when he interfered with a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. Bartman became a symbol of the curse of the Cubs and suffered from ridicule and harassment for years. Cubs owner Steve Ricketts announced Bartman was now welcome back in the Cubs family and said he was “honored” to present him with the ring. Bartman reacted by saying,  “Words alone cannot express my heartfelt thanks to the Ricketts family, Crane Kenney, Theo Epstein, and the entire Cubs organization for this extraordinary gift, and for providing the City of Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere an unforgettable World Championship in 2016. I am happy to be reunited with the Cubs family and positively moving forward with my life.” The reaction from social media has been very positive with fans stating how classy Bartman and his family has been over the last decade in dealing with the critics.

FOOTBALL

Much has been written the last few days about the study performed on the donated brains of former football players. The study found 110 of 111 of the donated brains demonstrated signs of degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The League is concerned about the study and many are talking about how this affects current players attitudes. On Monday, New York Jets rookie Jamal Adams responded to questions about the study by saying, “Literally, if I had the perfect place to die, I’d die on the field.” His comments didn’t sit well with a number of people including the former wife of the late Justin Strzelczyk who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and suffered from CTE. She responded by saying, “I don’t even know what to say. This guy [Adams] doesn’t know what’s coming down the pipeline. He has no idea what dealing with someone who has CTE is like.”

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Venus Williams In 9th Championship On Saturday, Tebow Hits Walk-Off Homer, Brown Skating To Hamilton

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At 37 years old, Venus Williams advances to Women’s Wimbledon final. Saturday’s match will be her 9th Championship match at Wimbledon.  If Venus wins on Saturday, she will become the oldest woman to win a grand slam. One of her biggest competitors has always been her sister Serena, but Serena is sidelined right now due to her pregnancy.

BASEBALL

Former Denver QB Tim Tebow is continuing to thrive in the NY Mets’ Class A affiliate in St. Lucie. On Thursday night, he continued his streak of 11 straight hits with a walk off homer to win the game. He hasn’t seemed to slow down since getting promoted to the Class A League, and the fans are loving it!

OLYMPICS

It’s still a bit too early to start talking about the Winter Olympics (February 2018), but for all the Lin-Manuel Miranda fans, skater Jason Brown, announced he will perform his short program to the Hamilton song “Room where it happens”. Brown still needs to make the U.S Team, but Lin-Manuel responded to the announcement via twitter with a heart emoji!

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Robinson Cano Gives AL Win, Jeter & Jordan Bid For Marlins, Paris & LA Olympics

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The American League won out in a boring All-Star Game Tuesday night.  In the 10th inning, the Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano homered to give the American League its 5th consecutive win. The All-Star game no longer determines home-field advantage for either the American League or National League during the World Series, but the players on the winning team Tuesday night did get a bonus of $20,000.

Derek Jeter and his group of investors are rumored to be in the lead for buying the Miami Marlins. It’s now been reported Michael Jordan is part of Jeter’s group. In addition to raising the $1.2 billion expected to buy the franchise, Jordan brings in extra star power and sports management.

OLYMPICS

The International Olympic Committee appears on its way to awarding the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles and Paris. It’s still undetermined which city will host which year, but according to reports, the IOC thought both proposals were strong enough to grant each a bid. The United States hasn’t hosted an Olympics since 2002 and Paris hasn’t hosted since 1924.

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Muller Ousts Nadal After Marathon Match, MLB All-Star Game, Judge Easily Wins HomeRun Derby

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After a grueling 4 hours and 48 minutes, #16 in the world, Gilles Muller ousted #4 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Monday to reach the quarterfinals. #1 Andy Murray and #3 Roger Federer also advanced to the quarters. In the women’s bracket, #1 seed Angelique Kerber lost while #10th seed Venus Williams moved ahead to the quarterfinals.

BASEBALL

The starting lineup for Tuesday night’s All-Star game was announced, but the most anticipated event during the mid-season break was Monday’s home-run derby. All eyes were on Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge, who did not disappoint. Judge leads the league with 30 homers so far this season, and with a head to head battle against eight players, Judge blasted the field and easily won his final round with extra time to spare. Fans are clearly excited by this rookie as evidenced by his signed baseball card selling on eBay for $14,000.

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NBA Free Agency Agreements, MLB All-Star Game For Pride And Money

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NBA’s free agency period kicked off and many athletes are either packing bags or settling in.  The deals can’t formally be signed until July 6th, but these are some of the agreements floating around:

Steph Curry agreed on what amounts to the richest deal in NBA history:  5 years, $201 million. The Warriors also shelled out money to keep Andre Iguodala with a 3 year $48 mill and Shaun Livingston at 3 years $24 million.

Blake Griffin also cashed in with a deal to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers for a 5 year $175 million, while the Toronto Raptors re-signed Kyle Lowry for $100 million over 3 years and Serge Ibaka for 3 years $65 mill.

Coming off of their #1 draft pick in Markelle Fultz, the Philadelphia 76ers showed their commitment to the team by coughing up a large chunk of money to re-sign J.J. Redick for 1 year $23 million.

Paul Millsap will be packing his bags and leaving Atlanta to join Denver in a 3 year $90 million dollar agreement.

BASEBALL

The players selected for the Major League Baseball All-Star game will not be playing for home-field advantage in the World Series this year, but instead will be playing for cash. For the first time in 15 years, it won’t matter whether the American League or National League win the game. For the players, however, there is still honor in being selected as well as pride (and a bonus of $20,000) for winning. For complete rosters, click here.

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Strickland And Harper Suspended, French Open Player Banned

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In an emotionally charged game Monday night between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper received 6 game and 4 game suspensions. Harper believed Strickland intended to hit him with a fastball so charged the mound and punched Strickland in the head. Apparently the bad blood goes back to 2014 when Harper hit two home runs against Strickland in the National League Division Series. Both players will appeal the suspension.

TENNIS

French Open player Maxime Hamou was banned from the tournament after he forcibly tried to kiss reporter Maly Thomas. Thomas said, “If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.” Hamou has since apologized for his behavior.

 

 

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