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“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” At All NFL Week 1 Games, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating, Kasparov Criticizes NBA

FOOTBALL

The NFL is discussing having the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” performed live or pre-recorded prior to “The Star Spangled Banner” at each of the week 1 games this season. “Lift Ev‘ray Voice and Sing” written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson was later turned into a song by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson.

COMPETITIVE EATING

Thankfully, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will provide some live sports over the 4th of July holiday weekend. This iconic event normally takes place in Coney Island, NY but will be held indoors (with no fans) for the first time in its history.  Joey Chestnut, who traditionally dominates in this sport, will be looking to capture his 13th Mustard Yellow Belt and his fourth straight win. His world record is 73.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

BASKETBALL

Chess grand master and human rights activist, Garry Kasparov, criticized the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver for not standing up to human rights violations carried out by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghur population. Kasparov responded to Silver’s comment saying, “NBA-China relations have improved…they have a different view how things have been done, how things should be done. And hopefully, we can find mutual respect for each other.” Kasparov tweeted, “The NBA’s concern for human rights stops right at the bank, China has Uyghur concentration camps and is preparing to crush Hong Kong and he talks of ‘mutual respect’? What a joke.”

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Harvick Wins Darlington, Magnus Carlsen’s Online Chess Tournament

NASCAR

Kevin Harvick won NASCAR’s first race back following a 10-week pause due to the pandemic. With no fans in the stands, Harvick (who recorded his 50th victory) spoke about his win at Darlington Raceway and said, “I just want to thank everybody from NASCAR and all the teams for letting us do what we do. I didn’t think it was going to be that different, then we won and it’s dead silent out here. We miss the fans.”

CHESS

Chess is one of the few sports that can easily be played and watched online, so it’s no wonder it’s gaining in popularity. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen organized a successful and profitable online chess tournament, the Magnus Carlsen Invitational (which he won), and will be adding three more tournaments plus a grand final event with combined prize money of $1 million dollars. The tournament marks the first time online chess has been broadcast on TV. Carlsen is planning to kick off the next tournament on May 19th with the final on August 20th. Many athletes have been playing online chess recently including NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo who said, “Chess is tough, it takes skill. You can’t just be 7 feet and dunk over everybody.”

 

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Roethlisberger And Brees Suffer Injuries, Brown Plays And Pats Destroy, Grandmasters Are Elite Athletes

FOOTBALL

A few big stories in week two of the NFL:

One of the biggest stories in week two of the NFL was unfortunately seeing Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffer an elbow injury in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees leaving the game against the LA Rams with a thumb injury. No word on when the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will be back in action.

Antonio Brown was in the news this weekend for actually playing football and took the field for the first time with his new team, the New England Patriots. He finished with a touchdown and four catches for 56 yards. The Patriots were unstoppable and embarrassed the Dolphins in a 43-0 victory.

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CHESS

In case anyone wonders whether playing professional chess is a sport, ESPN writer Aishwarya Kumar wrote about Grandmasters losing weight while playing in competitions. She cited Robert Sapolsky, who studies stress in primates at Stanford University. He proved a chess player can burn up to 6,000 calories a day based on breathing rates, blood pressure and muscle contractions. He noted that “grandmaster’s stress response to chess are on par with what elite athletes experience.” He went on to say, “Grandmasters sustain elevated blood pressure for hours in the range found in competitive marathon runners,”

 

 

 

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Machado, Harper, Trout’s $1 Billion, Clay Matthews To Rams, 8-Year Old Homeless Chess Champ

BASEBALL

Three baseball superstars have transformed the baseball world with their astounding contracts. In just over a month, these players as a trio have amassed $1 billion dollars in commitments. It all started with Manny Machado who agreed to a 10-year $300 million agreement with the San Diego Padres. Not long after, Bryce Harper signed a 13-year $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Not to be outdone, this week, Mike Trout signed an extension with the Los Angeles Angels creating a 12-year  $426.5 million deal.

FOOTBALL

Clay Matthews, the accomplished Green Bay Packers linebacker, agreed to a 2-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Matthews grew up in LA and walked on at USC, becoming a standout player. In the 2009 draft, Matthews was selected in the first round (26th pick) by Green Bay where he excelled and made the Pro Bowl six times. Matthews, a self-proclaimed rom-com fan, had a memorable scene with some of his Packer buddies in Pitch Perfect 2. Check it out!

CHESS

Tanitoluwa Adewumi (goes by Tani), an 8-year-old Nigerian refugee who lived in a homeless shelter, won the New York State chess championship in his age group. The New York Times reported Tani and his family left Nigeria in 2017 fearing attacks on Christians and moved to New York where he learned to play chess in school. Tani’s coach at PS 116 in Manhattan, Russell Makofsky, said, “It’s unheard of for any kid, let alone one in a homeless shelter.” Tani stated he wants to be the youngest grandmaster. Makofsky created a GoFundMe page for Tani and his family after the tournament, and with the success of the crowdfunding, Tani and his family were able to move into an apartment.

 

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