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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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Warriors Strong Game 2, Kevin Hart Motivates Dwayne Wade, Aaron Judge Breaks Record

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In game two of the Golden State Warriors/San Antonio Spurs matchup, the Warriors were trailing the Spurs at halftime but came back strong in the 3rd quarter and didn’t look back. Led by Kevin Durant’s 32 points and Klay Thompson’s 31 points (with eight 3’s between them), the Warriors look solid even without star Steph Curry (out for the first round due to MCL injury). Warriors 116, Spurs 101.

Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat snapped the Philadelphia 76ers 17 game win streak with a 2nd round playoff win 113-103. After the game, 36-year-old Wade credited actor and Philly native Kevin Hart (and his trash talking) for motivating him to step up his game. He said, “When you got people like Kevin Hart talking on the sidelines. When you got the crowd going through and saying all the things that they’re saying. I heard a lot of things tonight, and it’s all just used as motivation. To be able to hush a whole crowd, it’s a great feeling.”

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The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge became the fastest player in Major League Baseball to reach 60 home runs (197 games). Judge broke Mark McGwire’s previous record of fewest games needed to reach this milestone.

 

 

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Russell Wilson Star Power At Yankee Training Camp, NFL Seeking Millions From Jerry Jones

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Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson joined the New York Yankees in spring training and, according to Wilson, it’s not just a publicity stunt. He’s training hard, and in honor of his father who took him to Yankee games growing up, wants to play for the team. Either way, the team feels he’s a great influence on the younger players. Even AL rookie of the year and reigning home run champ, Aaron Judge, is excited to have him on the field. He told reporters he asked Wilson, “Hey man, did you bring a football?’ He says he’ll have one by the end of the week, so you might catch us out on a back field running some routes.” Even though Judge is participating fully in spring training, he says he won’t be 100% healthy from his shoulder surgery until opening day.  The Yankees regular season opens on March 29th against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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The NFL is seeking reimbursement of $2 million dollars in legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Last season, Jones famously defended his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott against domestic abuse violations, and also threatened to sue other owners over the renewal of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract. Some viewed this fine as Goodell’s revenge against Jones, but according to a rule that’s been on the books for over 20 years “if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees”. Goodell claims there’s no animosity between the two men.

 

 

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Bellinger And Judge Win Rookie Of They Year Honors, Newton Leads Panthers Over Dolphins

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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger captured the National League Rookie of the Year honors. The votes were unanimous for Bellinger who hit a rookie record 39 home-runs this season (despite only starting on April 29th). This is the second year in a row a Dodger rookie won the award. Last year, Corey Seager unanimously won.

In the American League, The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge also unanimously secured the honor after hitting 52 home runs this season. PepsiCo sees star quality in Judge and made him a national spokesperson. According to their senior director of sports marketing, “His style of play embodies fun and excitement, and that’s what we’re all about. From his amazing catches to his monstrous home runs, whether you are a Yankee fan or not, you have to watch him. How he handles himself makes him a great ambassador for our brand and company on and off the field.”

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Quarterback Cam Newton carried the Carolina Panthers to a monstrous win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Newton passed for four touchdowns with 95 rushing yards. Panthers 45, Dolphins 21.

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Titans Score In 4th Q, McCarthy Dismisses QB Situation, Bellarmine College Prep Coach Resigns, Yankees Back In ALCS

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In Monday Night Football, the Tennessee Titans took until the 4th quarter to score all three of its touchdowns in their win over the Indianapolis Colts. Marcus Marietta threw for a season high 306 yards to help his team’s comeback. Titans 36, Colts 22.

Packer Coach Mike McCarthy held a press conference about the quarterback situation in Green Bay now that its been reported Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on a broken collarbone. McCarthy snapped at a reporter who asked if there’s any consideration in signing Colin Kaepernick or any other veteran by saying, ‘The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be, OK? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. We’re committed to the path that we’re on. We need to play better as a football team.”

Speaking of Kaepernick (again), a junior varsity assistant coach, Jacob Malay, at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose California submitted his resignation when a handful of the high school varsity players knelt during the National Anthem at a game a few weeks ago. In his resignation letter he stated, “The act of kneeling during the national anthem doesn’t create dialogue, it creates division.” He went on to say,  “It is shameful because BCP not only knew (or should have known) this was going to happen, but didn’t do anything to stop it. As adults in this equation, it is our fundamental duty to act when we know, or eventually realize, that irreparable harm is being done.” According to the San Jose Mercury News, the protest has caused a deep divide in the community.

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge kept the Yankees alive with a huge catch and a three-run homer in the 4th inning in a big game 3 win over the Houston Astros. The American League Championship series now stands at 2-1.

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Jerry Jones Kneels, Impressive Prescott, Russell Delivers Fan Nachos, Judge Breaks Rookie Record

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Monday night football between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals began with a big statement from Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. Jones is a well-documented Trump supporter but joined his team and took a knee on the field before the anthem to make a statement for unity and equality.  Afterward, the team all stood with arms linked as the National Anthem was played.  According to Jones, the NFL knew about the plan ahead of time. He said,  “And that big American flag, it came down that field, and we all stood toes-out on the field and recognized and respected the American flag and the national anthem. So it was a coordinated effort. It was planned and it was executed at the same time that our team was getting ready to play this Cardinal team. I’m very proud of it.” Trump responded via social media Tuesday morning by tweeting, “Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!”

In the game itself, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was on fire with three touchdowns including one rushing TD that turned into a flip in the end zone for a 28-17 win.

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One of the charming stories from Monday night was seeing Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell delivering a plate of nachos to a fan who lost his first plate when Russell dove into the stands to try and retrieve a ball. The Cubs beat the Cardinals 10-2 and are one win away from clinching the National League Central division.

In other MLB news, Yankees Aaron Judge broke the rookie home run record by hitting his 50th home run on Monday. The record was previously held by the Oakland Athletics Mark McGuire in 1987.

 

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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.

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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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