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LaVar To Home-School LaMelo, Chiefs-Redskins Wild MNF

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The controversial LaVar Ball is taking his youngest son LaMelo out of Chino high school in order to home-school and train him on his own. LaVar doesn’t like the new coach of Chino and believes he can make LaMelo into the best player ever. LaMelo is already committed to playing for UCLA in two years. According to LaVar, “I’m going to make him the best basketball player ever. It’s good for Melo. Less distractions. He just needs to focus.” Fans on social media had some fun at LaVar’s expense with posts such as this:

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If you stayed up until the end of Monday Night Football, you saw an exciting final few plays in the Kansas City Chiefs-Washington Redskins game. With four seconds left the Chiefs rookie kicker cleared a 43 yard field goal to put the team ahead 3 points. But then things got even more exciting when the Redskins tried to salvage a loss by lateraling the ball a few times before fumbling and allowing the Chiefs linebacker to score. After four games, the Chiefs remain the only unbeaten team in the League. Chiefs 29, Redskins 20.

 

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Pitino’s Leave, LeBron’s Best Friend, Vonn Competes W/Men, Manning Senate Seat

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A day after a federal investigation into corruption charges in college basketball, the University of Louisville placed Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino on unpaid leave (essentially firing him). The Justice department claims an executive from Adidas bribed the coaches to steer top athletes to Louisville. Pitino and the basketball program were already on probation by the NCAA for a sex scandal involving a former director of basketball operations at the University who helped recruit players with strippers and prostitutes.

It’s official, Dwayne Wade will join his buddy LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers. When LeBron was asked how he felt about Wade joining, he said, “It’s kind of like when you start school and you walk into the classroom and you’re not quite sure who your classmates are. And when you walk in there and one of your best friends is in there, you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun. It’s going to be a good class.’ That’s the type of feeling I got.”

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Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn is requesting the International Ski Federation allow her to compete against men in the FIS World Cup event. According to Vonn, “I know I’m not going to win, but I would like to at least have the opportunity to try. I think I’ve won enough World Cups where I should have enough respect within the industry to be able to have that opportunity.” FIS race director understands it’s a difficult decision and stated, “So if the ladies are allowed to race with the men, then also the men need to be authorized to ski with the ladies, and I’m not sure this is a direction we want to go.”

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After Bob Corker announced he’s going to retire from his Tennessee Senate seat, many speculated future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning might run. According to Manning, “I certainly have an interest in politics and in our country. I just have zero interest in being a politician.” Manning may decide it’s too soon for him to run for Corker’s seat, but he could decide to run for Senator Lamar Alexander’s seat if Alexander chooses not to run in 2020.

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Corruption Charges Agst Basketball Assistants, Wade To Sign With Cavs, DirecTV Offers Refunds For Anthem

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Federal prosecutors in New York are charging four basketball assistant coaches from Division 1 schools (Oklahoma State, Auburn, Arizona and USC) with corruption for accepting bribes in exchange for steering basketball players towards agents, advisors, and apparel companies (specifically Adidas who is accused of paying recruits to sign deals when they turn pro). The FBI has stated this investigation is ongoing and many more individuals and companies could be exposed.

Former Chicago Bulls All-Star, Dwayne Wade, plans to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he clears wavers on Wednesday. According to reports, he will sign for a one year veterans minimum of $2.3 million to play alongside his pal, LeBron James.

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DirectTV is offering refunds for fans who are interested in canceling their NFL Sunday Ticket package if they say they are canceling due to the national anthem protests. It’s unclear how many fans are canceling, but one fan who called DirecTV  said,  “I explained to them I was tired of politics in sports, and it’s not how I want to spend my Sunday, watching all that transpire.” According to the fan, the DirecTV representative “insinuated there was a high volume of calls calling into cancel.”

 

 

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LaMelo’s $395 Sneaker, Elliott Suspension Appealed

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LaMelo Ball, son of the outspoken and controversial LaVar and younger brother of Laker rookie Lonzo, now has his own signature sneaker. As only a high school junior, there are no rules preventing him from having his own sneaker, but when he goes to UCLA (where he’s already been recruited) in a couple of years, the NCAA rules clearly prevent him from benefitting financially from anything branded.  LaMelo’s new shoe is a whopping $395 which still pales in comparison to his brother’s $495 version.

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The NFLPA (NFL Players Association) requested a restraining order to block Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six game suspension for alleged domestic violence abuse. The claim was made last year by Elliott’s former girlfriend.  The NFLPA contested that “there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives … to hide critical information — which would completely exonerate Elliott.” One issue is that the arbitrator Harold Henderson denied Elliotts attorney’s attempt to have the girlfriend testify. Stay tuned for whether Elliott starts the season or sits for six games (or possibly fewer).

 

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Irving/Thomas Trade Official, Alabama-Florida State Saturday, Gators Suspend 10 Players

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The Boston Celtics-Cleveland Cavaliers blockbuster trade sending Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas is finally official. The trade almost didn’t happen when Thomas’ physical didn’t go as planned (showing he was still suffering from a hip injury). After the Celtics threw in a 2020 second round draft pick via the Miami Heat, the Cavs accepted the deal.

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The much anticipated college matchups for the week/weekend includes the Ohio State Buckeyes taking on Indiana Thursday night and the heavily hyped Alababama vs Florida State Saturday night (which many anticipate could be a preview of the College Football National Championship).

The Florida Gators are not starting off the season in a good place after having suspended a total of 10 players for their season opener against Michigan. Nine of the players were caught purchasing items from the school bookstore (with funds they didn’t have) and then selling the items for cash. Two players were also suspended for possession of marijuana (with one of the two already suspended in the bookstore scandal).

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Elliott Suspended 6 Games, Katie Sowers Hired By 49ers, LaVar Ball Loses Shootout W/Ice Cube

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The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games without pay for domestic violence abuses. The NFL came under intense scrutiny a few years ago for not imposing stricter punishments for violating personal conduct policies, especially in the case of Ray Rice.  The NFL now has new, stricter guidelines and a six game suspension is the minimum requirement. Elliott is the highest profile player to receive this punishment. According to the NFL, his case uncovered “multiple instances of physical violence” against his former girlfriend. The NFL Players Association plans to review the decision and Elliott said he’ll appeal.

Katie Sowers is expected to be hired by the SF 49ers, making her the second female assistant coach in NFL history. Sowers completed an internship this summer in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship then posted on Facebook she accepted a full time position under Niners coach Kyle Shanahan.

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The controversial LaVar Ball was all bluster and no substance when he lost a shooting contest against rapper/actor Ice Cube during Ice Cube’s BIG3 event.  This probably wouldn’t be much of a story if it wasn’t for the fact LaVar claimed he could beat the great Michael Jordan in his heyday (with one hand tied behind his back).  It sounded as if the entire arena was happy Ball lost.

 

 

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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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Chargers’ Williams Herniated Disk, KD Mision In India

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The Los Angeles Chargers can’t seem to catch a break. Last season, the team was riddled with injuries, and this season may not be starting so well either. Their 1st round draft pick (at #7), Mike Williams, has a herniated disk and may need surgery. He’s had two epidurals so far and if he responds well, he may not need surgery, but as of now, he’s not expected to play during training camp.

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The Championship Golden State Warriors’ Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, is planning a busy and fulfilling summer. He is heading to India where he’s on a mission to promote basketball. He plans to donate 2 basketball courts in New Delhi as well as coaching a youth clinic for 5000 male and female players via the NBA Academy India,”an elite basketball training center for the top male and female prospects in India.”

 

 

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Big3 Debut, NBA Awards Show Tonight

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Rapper turned actor Ice Cube ventured into the world of basketball with his new 3-on-3 summer basketball league, called Big3, comprised of former NBA players. The format is unusual with games played to 60 points (but at team has to win by 2). The 10 game season can be seen Monday nights on Fox and culminates on August 26th with a championship in Las Vegas. The players are vying for a percentage of revenue based on their team’s standing at the end of the season. For all the rules, check out Ice Cube’s animated video.

Tune in Monday night the 26th at 9:00 pm est on TNT for the much anticipated NBA Awards show. After an action packed season, we’ll finally find out who gets the accolades for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man etc. The NBA used to unceremoniously announce their season winners during the playoffs, but now they’ve decided to host a live star-studded  event to entertain their growing legion of fans. Here are some of the finalists:

MVP: Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden
Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni, Gregg Popovich, Erik Spoelstra
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric
Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard
Sixth Man: Andre Iguodala, Eric Gordon, Lou Williams

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