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Shane Lowry Won British Open, Tom Brady Backlash For Cliff Dive With 6-Yr Old Daughter

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Ireland’s Shane Lowry won the British Open. The Open returned to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, so having the 32-year old Irishman win was exciting for the fans.  Brooks Koepka finished in the top five for the fifth straight championship. He is only the fifth player in the Masters era (since 1934) to accomplish that feat. He joins Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.

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Many on social media are giving New England quarterback Tom Brady a hard time for taking his 6-year old daughter on a cliff dive. Brady posted the dive on Instagram and immediately received backlash from his friends and fans.  One of his buddies, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a response to Brady saying, “You KNOW I have complete faith in you as a man, friend, player and father – but this just gave me anxiety. Geeezus.” He followed the text with crying laughing and clapping emojis.

 

 

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Barkley Says Zion Out Of Shape, Rory McIlroy Quadruple-bogey 8

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According to NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, the #1 pick in the NBA draft Zion Williamson is out of shape. Zion’s former coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, also stated Williamson wasn’t in physical or mental shape and should have skipped playing in the NBA summer league. Williamson played nine minutes in the summer league for the New Orleans Pelicans then was pulled due to a minor injury. Barkeley told ESPN’s Get Up, “I was fat so I needed to lose weight. I don’t know what Zion’s perfect playing weight is going to be. I thought 300 was my perfect playing weight in college. I had to lose 50 pounds to become a Hall of Famer. I hear he weighs 280. He can’t play at 280 in the NBA. He can’t play at that weight, it’s too much stress on his knees. He’s so big and he’s so strong, but everybody in the NBA is big and strong.”

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Rory McIlroy was the fan-favorite to win the British Open this week, but after a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole, he’s likely out of contention.

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Simmons Agrees To Max Extension, Cavs Waive Smith, Clarke MVP Summer League, Cuban Ironically Fined, Open In N. Ireland

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In some NBA off-season news, Ben Simmons agreed to a 5 year $170 million max extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. Securing Simmons, the 2017-18 rookie of the year, gives the 76ers a great lineup with newly signed Al Horford, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson.

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived JR Smith after failing to find a trade option for him. As of now, it’s unclear where the free agent will land.

The NBA Summer League is over and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke was named the MVP. Clarke, the #21st overall pick in the NBA draft,  is the fourth Grizzlie in the past seven Summer Leagues to win the award.

The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban $50,000 for leaking information during a Board of Governors meeting. The irony, according to Cuban, is that the person (reportedly Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé) leaked the incident but won’t get fined for that infraction. Cuban told ESPN, “I appreciate the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should, but won’t, get fined for leaking to you.”

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Golf’s final major championship takes place this week at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The tournament is hosted in the United Kingdom, and for the first time in 68 years, the Open will be in Northern Ireland.

 

 

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Lakers Get Anthony Davis In Deal With Pelicans, Gary Woodland Wins U.S. Open Pebble Beach

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The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade for superstar Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. In exchange, the Pelicans will get Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks. LeBron James will now have another star on the team to help him compete in the Western Conference. James didn’t waste time showing his excitement and posted on Instagram, “AD on da way!! Let’s get it bro! Just the beginning….”New Orleans has the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday and is expected to choose Duke’s Zion Williamson.

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Gary Woodland, a 35-year old American, won his first major championship at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach over the weekend.

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Tiger And Girlfriend Face Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Sixers Coach Brett Brown To Return

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Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, the general manager of his restaurant called The Woods, face a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of one of the bartenders at the restaurant.  Nicholas Immesberger died from a car accident caused by a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, and the lawsuit claims Immesberger was overserved even though “Tiger knew, or reasonably should have known, that Immesberger was habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages, and/or was a habitual drunkard.” Woods is playing in the PGA Championship in Farmingdale, NY this week.

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown will continue to coach the team next season. Reports had circulated that if the Sixers did not advance to the Conference Finals, Brown would be fired. The Sixers managing partner, Josh Harris, confirmed with ESPN that Brown will return even though the team lost a devastating game 7 to the Toronto Raptors (thanks to a historic buzzer beater). According to the Sixers star center Joel Embiid, “I don’t think he should have anything to worry about. He’s an amazing coach, a better person, and obviously, I’ve got a lot of love for him. If there is someone to blame, put it all on me.”

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Celtics Lose Another, Rockets Tie Series, Tiger Woods Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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The Boston Celtics are going to need to some help (particularly from Kyrie Irving) as they lost their third straight game and down 1-3 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. The Bucks could put the series away with a win in game 5 on Wednesday. Bucks 113, Celtics 101

James Harden helped the Houston Rockets even the Western Conference Semifinal on Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. After falling 0-2 to begin the series, the Rockets have rallied back and are now giving the Warriors a bit of a scare. Game 5 is Wednesday night. Rockets 112, Warriors 108

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Tiger Woods received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Trump, the highest civilian honor. On Monday night, President Trump described Woods as a “true legend” for transforming golf and fighting through injuries. At 43 years old, Wood is the youngest golfer to receive this honor.

 

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Tiger Wins Masters, Curry’s Postseason 3’s, Cell Phone Drama For Sixers, Walton Has New Job

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The biggest story in the sports world is 43-year-old Tiger Woods victory at Augusta National on Sunday. Tiger’s comeback after years of back injuries and personal issues will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports. Woods has now won 15 majors (second only to Jack Nicklaus with 18) and 5 Masters. ESPN’s Ian O’Connor wrote it best, “Nobody who was here on this surreal Sunday will ever forget the way the earth moved or the way the roars rose above the towering pines. Nobody will ever forget the scene of Woods’ son, Charlie, falling into his father’s arms like Tiger fell into his father’s arms after his record-shattering, barrier-blasting victory as a 21-year-old in 1997.” Social media went crazy with testimonials of excitement. Serena Williams said, “I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.”

 

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The first game of the first round of the NBA playoffs is over. A few highlights:

The Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry posted 38 points against the LA Clippers, setting an all-time postseason 3’s mark. Warriors 121, Clippers 104

The Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid was not 100% on Saturday in the team’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Embiid has soreness in his knee and is listed as questionable for game 2.  The Sixers’ Amir Johnson caused a bit of drama during the game when he pulled out his cellphone to look at a text (and Joel Embiid was caught glancing at the phone). According to Embiid, Johnson was checking his phone because his daughter was ill. The Sixers fined Johnson, as it’s against NBA rules to have a cell phone at a game. Nets 111, Sixers 102

Houston’s James Harden only had to play 33 minutes to post 29 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds in an easily won game against the Utah Jazz. Rockets 122, Jazz 90

In Portland, the Trailblazers snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak with a 104-99 win over the OKC Thunder.

Rounding out the scores:

Bucks 121, Pistons 86

Magic 104, Raptors 101

Celtics 84, Pacers 74

Spurs 101, Nuggets 96

 

In other NBA news, the Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Luke Walton, and are rumored to be considering veterans such as Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams for the spot. Walton wasn’t out of a job for long though, as the Sacramento Kings swooped in quickly and hired Walton to a multi-year head coaching deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Masters First Round, No Cell Phones, Duke’s Reddish And Barrett Enter Draft, No Word On Zion

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The Masters is underway and after the first round, 25-year old Bryson DeChambeau (ranked #6 in World Golf) and 28-year old Brooks Koepka (ranked #4 in World Golf) lead the pack. It’s the first time two players in their 20’s, and ranked in the top 6, share the leaderboard after any round in one of the Majors. In other Masters news, at 48 years old, Phil Mickelson shot his best first round since 2010 when he won the tournament for the third time, and Tiger Woods shot a steady 70, which is the same score he shot after the first round all three times he won the tournament.

The one thing you won’t see at the Masters is a cell phone. Fans caught with a cell phone will receive a lifetime ban from the event. That means no tweeting, no selfies, just quiet time to walk around and have conversations with other golf enthusiasts (think, opposite of Happy Gilmore).

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Duke freshman Cam Reddish officially announced he will enter the 2019 NBA draft. Reddish and teammate R.J. Barrett (who also announced he was entering the draft) are both considered top picks. Duke’s superstar, Zion Williamson, hasn’t officially declared he’ll enter the draft yet, but he’s widely expected to be the #1 pick.

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Vinatieri Breaks Record, Pats On Track, Rodgers Upset But Has Scotch, 49ers Tough Start, Thomas Obscene Gesture, Europe Wins Ryder Cup

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A few highlights from the NFL this weekend.

Congratulations to Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri who kicked his 566th then 567th field goal to became the NFL’s all-time leader in field goals (breaking a tie with Morton Anderson). At 45 years old, future Hall of Famer Vinatieri has four Super Bowl rings (three with the Patriots and one with the Colts).

New England Patriots got back on track in their big win over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots avoided starting the season with a three-game deficit, something that hasn’t happened since 2001 while handing the Dolphins their first loss of the season. Patriots 38, Dolphins 7.

The Green Bay Packers shut out the Buffalo Bills 22-0 but after the game quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed concern about his team saying “We were championship defensive level and non-playoff team offensive level”. He did say he was happy though and would have a scotch or two when he got home.

The San Francisco 49ers have had a tough start with their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season with a knee injury. As of Sunday, left tackle Joe Staley and wide receiver Dante Pettis also suffered knee injuries. Both left the game in the first half and did not return for the rest of the game, but no word yet on the seriousness of the injuries. Chargers 29, 49ers 27

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas fractured his leg and will likely end his career in Seattle. As he was carted off the field he appeared to flip off the Seahawks sideline. The gesture was an apparent statement on how the organization has handled his contract.

 

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Europe won the Ryder Cup for the sixth straight time on its own turf. Since 1993, the US has remained winless when playing in Europe. The US entered the tournament with 12 players ranked in the top 25 in the world so understandably felt confident going into the tournament. Tiger Woods expressed his disappointment in himself saying, “We didn’t execute like we had planned and wanted to. I went 0-4. Obviously very disappointing. Those are four points that aren’t going towards our side. It’s going towards their side.”

 

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Tiger Woods Finally Wins, Gurley Hates TNF, Garoppolo Injury, Clay Matthews Says League Is Soft

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After a five year drought, Tiger Woods finally won his first tournament! At 42 years old, Woods suffered back and nerve pain and underwent four surgeries over the last few years. At one point last year he was ranked as low as  1,199th. Woods was swarmed by fans after the final round and told reporters, “I appreciate it a little bit more than I did because I don’t take it for granted that I’m going to have another decade, two decades in my future of playing golf at this level. It means a lot more to me now in that sense because I didn’t know if I’d ever be out here playing again, doing this again.”

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The NFL has been criticized over the years for adding Thursday night games to an already grueling scheduele. Players hate the short week, and LA Rams running back Todd Gurley is no exception. In the locker room after their 35-23 win over the LA Chargers and anticipating their matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, Gurley said, “it’s probably the dumbest thing ever. But, whatever, we’ve got a game and Minnesota’s got a game as well. So, we’ve both got to show up and play.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo might be out for the season with an ACL injury. With 5 minutes left to play in the game, Garoppolo fell to the ground after taking an awkward step. Garoppolo was supposed to be the future of the franchise, so losing him for the season will be a blow to the team.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews got called for his third roughing the passer penalty this season. After the game, where the Packers lost to the Washington Redskins 31-17, Matthews vented his frustration and said, “Unfortunately this league’s going in a direction I think a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft. The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me who play the game hard.”

 

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