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Dodgers Officially Clinch, Judge Hits 56/57th HR, Sarver Suspended, Aces Up 2-0

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball accidentally announced the Dodgers clinched a postseason berth on Sunday, but they made an error, but after a 6-0 win on Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially clinched. At 97-43, the team is the first to clinch a postseason berth this year.

In other baseball news, Aaron Judge hit his 56th and 57th home runs on Tuesday night. With 20 games to go, he only needs five more home runs to record an American League single-season record.

BASKETBALL

The NBA suspended Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. According to the report, Sarver “violated common workplace standards” and “engaged in demeaning and harsh treatment of employees, including by yelling and cursing at them.” Sarver will be fined $10 million and serve a one-year suspension.

After Tuesday’s win, the Las Vegas Aces took a 2-0 lead over the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Finals.

 

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Bills Cut Araiza, Serena’s Last Tournament, Max Verstappen Wins Consecutive Race From Outside Top 10, Chapman Tattoo Injury

FOOTBALL

The Buffalo Bills cut punter Matt Araiza after allegations surfaced that he is in the midst of a civil lawsuit accusing him (and two other San Diego State football teammates) of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl last year. Bills GM Brandon Beane claims they did not know about the allegations before drafting him.

TENNIS

The U.S. Open begins today with one of the most iconic tennis players in the history of the sport, Serena Williams, playing in what could be her last tournament. Tune in for her first match at 7:00 pm ET Monday on ESPN. Later this week, Serena and sister Venus will team up as doubles partners for what they hope will be their 15th Grand Slam together.

FORMULA ONE

Max Verstappen started in 14th place but handily won the Belgian Grand Prix. He is the first driver in 60 years to win consecutive races after starting outside the top 10 in the grid.

BASEBALL

Yankees Pitcher Aroldis Chapman is on the injured list for an unusual reason..an infection in his leg caused by a tattoo.

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NBA Retiring Bill Russell’s #6 Jersey, Durant Interested In Sixers, Harry Caray Appears At Field Of Dreams Game

BASKETBALL

The NBA is retiring Bill Russell’s #6 jersey. Russell, who passed away a few weeks ago, will become the first NBA player to have his number retired. Any current NBA player wearing #6 is grandfathered in and won’t have to change jersey numbers. That list famously includes LeBron James. Baseball’s Jackie Robinson (#42) and Hockey’s Wayne Gretzky (#99) have also had their jerseys retired.

In other basketball news, Kevin Durant trade rumors continue. The Brooklyn Net star is now considering a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers (in addition to saying a couple of days ago he’d entertain a deal with the Boston Celtics).

BASEBALL

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds in the second annual “Field of Dreams” game in Iowa Thursday night. The game, like the movie “Field of Dreams“, had many generational moments and field good themes. One of the highlights was a hologram of the late Harry Caray singing his signature “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. It was scarily realistic. Check it out here.

 

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Juan Soto Traded To Padres, Vin Scully Passed Away, Stephen Ross Fined, Brady 45, NFL Appeals Deshaun’s Suspension, Cowboys Most Valuable, Tiger Turns Down Over $700 Mill

BASEBALL

The Washington Nationals traded superstar Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres in a blockbuster deal that shocked the baseball world.

In other baseball news, Vin Scully passed away at the age of 94. The iconic Scully spent 67 years (a record with one team) as a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers

FOOTBALL

The NFL suspended and fined Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross for violating the NFL’s anti-tampering policies when he allegedly contacted quarterback Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.  Ross will be suspended through October 17th and fined $1.5 million.  The Dolphins will also be stripped of their 2023 first-round draft pick.

Speaking of Brady, Tom turned 45 on Wednesday and, once the season begins, will become the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL.

The NFL has appealed Deshaun Watson’s controversial six-game suspension and will seek to increase the length of his suspension to at least one year. The NFLPA (National Football League Players Association), however, plans to sue the NFL in federal court for the decision to appeal.

Per Sportico, the Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable franchise across all professional sports. The team is worth $7.64 billion.

GOLF

The Saudi-funded LIV Golf series offered Tiger Woods between $700-$800 million to play in their league. Tiger turned them down saying he “doesn’t support the insurgent league.”

 

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Vingegaard Wins Tour de France, Big Papi Hall Of Fame, NFL+, Michigan Wins Best In College Sports

CYCLING

After only three years as a pro, Jonas Vingegaard won the prestigious Tour de France

BASEBALL

David Ortiz (nicknamed “Big Papi”) was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot.

FOOTBALL

The NFL is launching NFL+, a subscription service that will provide streaming access to live regular-season and playoff games. The only caveat (for now) is it will only be available on a tablet or phone.

OTHER

CBS Sports announced the eighth edition of their “Best in College Sports” rankings (with points for football and basketball outweighing other sports). The Michigan Wolverines blew away the competition taking 1st place with 588.50 points compared to Notre Dave at 512.5 points and Ohio State at 506.75 points. Rounding out the top five is North Carolina (470.5 pts) and Arkansas (440.5 pts). Michigan is the only school to win this award twice.

 

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Djokovic Wins Wimbledon For 4th Straight Time, Kazakhstan’s Rybakina Wins, MLB Starters-Shohei Makes History, Judge/Acuña Jr. Most Votes

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios to win his fourth straight Wimbledon championship. The win marks his seventh career Wimbledon title. The only other player with more Wimbledon titles is Roger Federer (with eight).  Djokovic is not vaccinated (and has no plans to get the vaccine) so he’ll likely be unable to compete in the upcoming US Open.

The women’s title went to Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan, the first player representing Kazakhstan to win a major.

BASEBALL

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters were announced. The Angels Shohei Ohtani made history (again) by being selected for the second straight season as both a batter and pitcher. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge received the most fan votes for the American League, while the Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. received the most votes from fans in the National League.

 

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Avalanche Win Stanley Cup, NBA Draft, Trumpet Wins Best Of Show, Arch Manning To UT

HOCKEY

The Colorado Avalanche put on a 3rd quarter defensive show and triumphed with a 2-1 road win over the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightening to take Game 6. The Avalanche now hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.

BASKETBALL

The NBA draft is in the books with a few surprises. The Orlando Magic took Paolo Banchero (Duke) with the first overall pick, while Jabari Smith (Auburn) who was expected to go #1 landed at #3 with the Houston Rockets.  The Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed Chet Holgrem (Gonzaga) with the second pick leaving Keegan Murray (Iowa) landing in the 4th spot with the Sacramento Kings and Jaden Ivey (Purdue) rounding out the top five and going to the Detroit Pistons.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

A Bloodhound named Trumpet won Best of Show in the prestigious annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Trumpet, who made history as the first Bloodhound to ever win the top prize), triumphed over 3,500 dogs and more than 200 breeds. Westminster is the second oldest continuously running sporting event in the U.S. (the Kentucky Derby is the oldest).

FOOTBALL

The highly sought after top recruit Arch Manning has committed to play quarterback at the University of Texas. Manning is the nephew of Peyton and Eli and the son of their brother Cooper.

 

 

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Warriors NBA Champions, Blitzer Minority Stake In Cleveland Guardians

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions. The Warriors cruised past the Boston Celtics on Thursday night (103-90) to win their fourth championship in eight years. Steph Curry was the unanimous pick for Finals’ MVP after averaging 31.2 points, 6 rebounds, and five assists in the series.

With just seconds left in the game, Curry collapsed on the floor and wept. In an interview after the game he said, “This one hits different for sure knowing what the last three years meant, what it’s been like. … Injuries, the changing of the guard, rosters, the young guys. … Now, we got four championships. Me, Dray, Klay and Andre.”

BASEBALL

David Blitzer, the global head of tactical operations at Blackstone Group, has taken a minority stake in the Cleveland Guardians. Major League Baseball has approved the sale and has given Blitzer the ability to increase his stake to a controlling interest within the next 10 years.

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Celtics 4th Q Surge To Take Game 3, Kupp Extension W/Rams, Angels Losing Streak

BASKETBALL

The Boston Celtics needed a big fourth-quarter surge over the Golden State Warriors to take Game 3. The Celtics are now up 2-1 in the Series with all eyes on Steph Curry who twisted his ankle in a collision with the Celtics’ Al Horford. Boston 116, Golden State 100

FOOTBALL

The Los Angeles Rams gave wide receiver Cooper Kupp an extension worth $110 million over five years.

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Angels losing streak continues. After a loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, the team has now gone 14-games without a win.

 

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Celtics Thrilling Game 1 Win, LeBron Worth $1 Bill, Gore Retires A Niner, Coco In French Open Final, Girardi Fired, Rodgers/Brady Win The Match

BASKETBALL

Game 1 of the NBA finals was a come-from-behind thrilling victory for the visiting Boston Celtics. The Celtics outscored the Golden State Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter for a 120-108 win. Game 2 is Sunday night in San Francisco.

LeBron James became the first active NBA player to reach a net worth of $1 billion. Michael Jordan became a billionaire but only after he retired.

FOOTBALL

Frank Gore signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers then officially retired. The 39-year-old running back played for 16 years (which is unusual for a player at this position).

TENNIS

Coco Grauff celebrated her graduation from high school two weeks ago in Paris and is now in the French Open final. Gauff is the youngest woman (18 years old) to reach a Grand Slam final since 2004 when 17-year-old Maria Sharapova played on center court.

BASEBALL

After losing 12 of the last 17 games, the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi. Bench coach Rob Thomson will step up as interim manager

GOLF

Thanks to an impressive birdie putt by Aaron Rodgers on the 12th hole, Rodgers and Tom Brady beat Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes to win The Match.

 

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