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Giants Receiving Corp Suffering, Fortnite Champ Bugha Wins $3 Mill, Bernal Wins Tour De France, Stroman To Mets

FOOTBALL

It’s only been three days into the New York Giants training camp, and already the team’s receiving corp is suffering. Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb and will be out most of the pre-season, and Golden Tate has been suspended four games for performance-enhancing substance abuse violations. Their #3 and #4 receivers have also sustained injuries.

GAMING

Professional video gamers competed over the weekend for $30 million in prizes at the Fortnite World Cup Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sixteen-year-old Kye “Bugha” Giersdorf won the Solo finals with a prize of $3 million.

CYCLING

Twenty-two-year-old Egan Bernal became the first Colombian to win the Tour de France. He’s also the youngest cyclist to win the race in more than 100 years.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets appear to be in reshuffling mode after Sunday’s news that the Blue Jays traded pitcher Marcus Stroman to the NY Mets. The Rays will receive pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson. There’s also speculation that the Mets will trade Noah Syndergaard (possibly to the San Diego Padres). Expect more news from around the league for the next two days as the Major League Baseball trade deadline is Wednesday.

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UConn Wins 100th Straight Game, Adam Silver Mediates Oakley/Dolan Fight, Armstrong’s $100 Mill Lawsuit

BASKETBALL

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team secured their place in history by winning their 100th straight game. Not only is that feat impressive, but it’s even more remarkable that before coach Geno Auriemma joined the team in 1985, UConn hadn’t won 100 games in its entire history.

The Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, mediated the feud between Charles Oakley and and Jim Dolan in order to save the Knicks and Oakley’s reputations.  Silver asked Michael Jordan to call in and help with the discussion. Apparently each party apologized, and Dolan even expressed how he’d like Oakley to join him as his guest at Madison Square Garden sometime soon

CYCLING

Lance Armstrong may be liable for $100 million dollars if the federal government wins their lawsuit (on behalf of the US Postal Service). The US Postal Service sponsored Armstrong’s cycling team, but didn’t know the Team used drugs and blood transfusions in order to win. In 2013 Armstrong admitted to doping and was stripped of all of his seven Tour de France medals.

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Josh Gordon Suspended Again, Larry Foote Criticized Lynch For Media, Lance Armstrong Hits Cars

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, Cleveland Browns star receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended every year he’s been in the league.  Last year, he received a season-long suspension, but after a lengthy appeal, got it reduced to just 12 games.  One would think that would be the end of it, but just a week ago Josh Gordon was caught abusing the substance policy yet again.  The NFL has banned Gordon again for at least one full calendar year.  This is a huge blow to the Browns organization who was relying on Gordon to be their go to receiver whom they could build a receiver core around.  Now, it’s unsure if Gordon will ever play in the NFL.

Elsewhere in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote has openly criticized Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for his media antics.  Foote said that Lynch’s defensive interview tactics in which he told the media to ‘go-away’ is giving kids the wrong impression.  Foote felt that this implied an anti-authority tone and taught kids to disrespect all forms of authority like parents, teachers, and police.  It’s just an opinion of course, but Foote feels that kids need more positive messages out there.

CYCLING

Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong is making headlines again after he hit two parked cars after too much drinking and partying.  To avoid national media attention, Armstrong asked his girlfriend to take the blame to keep the cameras off of him.  She agreed, but this story has unraveled and now Armstrong is in even hotter water.  Not exactly the best plan.

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Watercooler Chat: Other than Hall of Fame, still watching Bonds and what’s ugly in sports

contador.jpgphoto: Andrew Hood

 

Cycling

Not sure anyone even cares at this point, but Alberto Contador won the grueling Tour de France. He’s 24 years old and the youngest athlete to win in a decade. The problem is no one is talking about Contador. We’re all talking about how the leader, Michael Rasmusen who was disqualified due to suspicion of doping charges and lying about where he was during training. Last year the Tour Champion, Floyd Landis also tested positive for an illegal substance.

Watercooler discussion: Will the Tour de France ever regain its credibility or will the race and cycling in general suffer?

Football

The Falcons quarterback, Michael Vick continues to slide deeper and deeper into trouble (and now it’s financial). In case you haven’t been following, Michael Vick was indicted on charges that he participated in illegal dog fighting. Nike suspended his contract (which he’s had ever since he became the first draft pick in 2001), and Reebok pulled his jersey from the shelves in its stores.

Watercooler discussion: If you owned a Vick jersey, would you still wear it or burn it?

Baseball

The San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds is just one homerun away from tying Hank Aarons’ hallowed home run record and two away from breaking it. Bonds is generally unpopular due to suspicion of taking illegal substances during his career and because of his surly personality.

Watercooler discussion: Will Bonds break the record this week and do you care? 

You’ve got to love sports, every time it brings you down, something happens to cheer you up. After all the talk of the tainted Tour de France, the disgust over Michael Vick, the reluctant Bonds watch and the Donaghy referee scandal, we finally have something to cheer about. Two of the most revered baseball players were inducted in to the Hall of Fame, Cal Ripken Jr. (Baltimore Orioles) and Tony Gwynn (San Dieog Padres).

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