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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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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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