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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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Koepka Wins PGA Championship, Tiger Back, Helmet Penalties, Maryland Coach On Leave

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Brooks Koepka won his second major victory with a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods to grab the PGA Championship. Koepka also won the 2018 US Open. This was the best finish for Woods since 2009, and the fans went crazy yelling “Let’s Go Tiger” everywhere he walked. After the tournament, Tiger told a reporter, “These fans were so positive all week. I can’t thank them enough for what they were saying out there and what it meant to me as a player.”

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NFL officials issued 25 dropping the helmet penalties so far in the NFL Preseason. The new rule describes “a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent”. According to reports, there were 275 overall penalties during this first week,

Maryland football head coach DJ Durkin has been placed on administrative leave while investigators try and uncover the reasons for the death of one his football players in June. Nineteen-year-old Jordan McNair suffered a fatal heatstroke after collapsing on the field during conditioning drills. Durkin and at least two of his staff members have been accused of “indifference” towards the players. According to an ESPN report, the Maryland football program is an “environment based on fear and humiliation.” The incident is creating a platform for a wider discussion about whether or not there is a problem with the culture of college football.

 

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Molinari Wins British Open, Tiger’s Best Start, Disgust For Josh Hader Standing O, Bad Cubs Fan, Barkley Contract

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Francesco Molinari won the British Open hitting a bogey-free 69 and becoming the first Italian to win a Major. Tiger Woods is back and looked like he could have won the tournament but faltered on the back 9. Even so, tied for 6th at 5-under par earned him his best finish in a major since 2013 Open.

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In a couple of fan-related stories:

The sports world is disgusted with Milwaukee Brewer fans for giving pitcher Josh Hader a standing ovation on his way to the mound. During the All-Star break, the media uncovered racist and homophobic tweets he made back in 2011. He said, he hated gay people, & tweeted “white power”. One fan tweeted, “Any Brewers fan at that game last night who participated in a standing ovation for that guy should be ashamed of themselves. What a disgrace.”

In Chicago over the weekend, the Cubs first base coach tried to hand a ball to a little boy in the front row. The ball bounced out of his hands, and the man behind him stole the ball and celebrated his great accomplishment (at the expense of the boy). Thankfully for the boy, Javier Baez noticed and gave him two balls, one autographed by Baez.

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Number 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, running back Saquon Barkley just signed a contract with the New York Giants for a reported $31.2 million guaranteed. He’s now one of the highest paid running backs in the League and hasn’t even played in a game yet. Barkley is taking his rookie contract seriously and stated “I want to invest it, put it in the right people’s hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals.”

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Harper Wins Home Run Derby With Dad Pitching, Tony Romo Winning Back-to-Back Golf Tournaments

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Bryce Harper won the entertaining exhibition Home Run Derby with his father on the mound as his designated pitcher. The Washington Nationals slugger has been with the team since he debuted at 17 years old (he’s now 25), and even with a disappointing season (.214 batting average), he’s expected to cash in as a free-agent after the season.

The All-Star game (Tuesday 7:00 pm ET) between the best players from the American League and the best players from the National League no longer determines home-field advantage in the World Series and is now just a fun exhibition.

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CBS announcer and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is showing he’s a versatile athlete. He’s having success on the celebrity golf tour. After winning at Lake Tahoe (his second victory in a row), he refused to accept the $125K check in order to retain his amateur status. He announced he’ll donate the money to a local charity instead.

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Crazy Saturday At Shinnecock, Mickelson Runs After Putt, Koepka Wins US Open, Iceland & Mexico Stuns

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Saturday was a crazy day at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY leading many golfers to vocally criticize the USGA about the conditions of the course and the unfairness of playing early in the day vs late in the day when the winds from the Long Island Sound swept in and wreaked havoc. Daniel Berger and Tony Finau cruised to the top of the leaderboard partly because they played a different course then those heading into the day on top. Berger and Finau teed off before the winds swept in and went from 11 shots down to 3 over. The most stunning part of the day came on the 13th green when Phil Mickelson ran after his putt (which looked like it was going to roll off the green) and hit it before it stopped moving (which is a big no-no). He received a two-stroke penalty. The golf world was stunned. Listen to the commentators as they are watching the shot!

On Sunday, Brooks Koepka scored a final round 68 to win the 118th U.S. Open, making him the first back-to-back champion since 1988 when Curtis Strange held the honor.

WORLD CUP

In World Cup news over the weekend, a couple of big surprises. Newcomer, Iceland tied powerhouse Argentina, and Mexico stunned the world by beating reigning champion Germany.

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Bear Plays Vuvuzela, Russia Wins First Match, Open Underway With High Winds

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World Cup madness has officially begun, and for the next month, fans will celebrate or cry, and we’ll hear that annoying vuvuzela (in fact, during a pre-game parade in Moscow, an actual Bear was playing the instrument while riding a float, creating an angry outpouring on twitter). The Russian National team, ranked last among the 32 teams in the tournament, kicked off the first day with a 5-0 win over an equally low ranked Saudi Arabia. President Putin was clearly happy and interrupted the coach’s post-game conference with a congratulatory call. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov said Putin asked him “to share his thanks with the team for their performance we put on. And he asked the team to continue playing like this.”

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The 118 U.S. Open is underway and after the first day with brutal 20 mph winds, some of the golfing greats including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy had a rough start. The final round of the Open at Shinnecock Hills, NY is always scheduled to fall on Father’s Day. Follow all the action by clicking here.

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Celtics Take 2-0 Lead Over Cavs, Suns #1 Pick In Lottery, Glover’s Wife Arrested

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The Boston Celtics took a 2-0 Eastern Conference series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, even though LeBron finished the night with a triple double of 42 points 10 rebounds and 12 assists. At one point the Cavs were up by 11 points, but then the Celtics defense took over, and the Cavs couldn’t respond. The next two games will be in Cleveland starting Saturday night so the Cavs will have some time to reflect and continue the series with their home crowd. The Celtics, however, have never lost a best of seven series when they’re up two games to one. Celtics 107, Cavaliers 94.

The Phoenix Suns can celebrate as they got the #1 pick in the NBA lottery for the first time ever.

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Former US Open champion Lucas Glover didn’t make the cut at the Player’s Championship tournament last weekend, but that wasn’t the worst of his problems. According to reports, his wife Krista was upset with how he played (calling him a “loser”) and got into an altercation with him and his mom. Krista was arrested on domestic abuse charges, but neither Lucas or his mom are pressing charges.

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Patrick Reed Wins Masters, 76ers Win Franchise Record 14 Straight, Beckham Jr Report To Giants Workout

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Patrick Reed defied the fans and the favorites at Augusta this weekend, and won his first major. Reed had an unusual rise in the golf circuit. He got kicked out of the University of Georgia, suspended by his golf coach at Augusta State and had a relatively uneventful rise on the PGA Tour. For anyone watching the tournament, it was clear the fans were not in his corner (instead rooting for favorites Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Ricky Fowler), but he kept his head down, did his job and was awarded the infamous Green Jacket.  As his caddie said to him, “It may not have been pretty, but you got the job done.” Congrats!

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With a 109-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Philadelpha 76ers tied a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory. The last time the team won 14 straight was in 1983 when Philadelphia won the their last NBA Championship (Hall of Famers Dr. J and Moses Malone were on that team). With 50 wins (and two games left in the regular season), the Sixers have already secured home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

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After weeks of speculation surrounding New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s status with the team, Beckham Jr, said he’ll report to the team’s voluntary off-season workout on Monday. Beckham Jr is trying to secure a long-term contract with the Giants (reportedly worth $100 million) or seek a trade with a team willing to fork up that kind of money.

 

 

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Tony Finau Dislocates Ankle Then Sits At Second, Cavs Comeback In Lue’s First Game Back

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The Masters is underway and even though all eyes were on Tiger the first day, there are some other interesting storylines to watch. Tony Finau, considered the most athletic golfer on the PGA tour, dislocated his ankle on Wednesday celebrating his hole in one in the Par 3 Contest (takes place before the Masters officially begins). Realizing how embarrassing he felt injuring himself before the tournament began, he popped his ankle back in, iced all night and played his heart out. At the end of the day Finau said, “To me, it’s nothing short of a miracle. My foot was out of place 24 hours ago. And I sit here in second place at the Masters after Round 1. It’s nothing short of a miracle for me.”

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The Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Tyronn Lue, missed 9 games due to chest pains, but was back on the court last night watching his team trailing the Washington Wizards by 16 points in the 4th quarter. LeBron James caught fire in the last 6 minutes helping the team comeback to a 119-115 win. According to ESPN stats and info, LeBron had never in his career won a game when trailing by more than 15 points in the last 6 minutes in a game. Lue appreciated the effort and after the game told the team, “Good job of bailing me out.”

 

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