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Bob Uecker Honored, Justin Tucker Makes NFL History, Jets/Giants 0-3, 3-0 Teams Remaining

BASEBALL

Eighty-seven year old announcer (and former player) Bob Uecker, who is known as “Mr. Baseball”, was honored for 50 years behind the microphone. Uecker threw out the first pitch on “Bob Uecker Day” but used a pitching machine instead of actually throwing the ball. Uecker is also known for his acting, especially his memorable stint as Harry Doyle in the move “Major League.”

FOOTBALL

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made history with a 66-yard field goal, the longest in NFL history, against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The previous record of 64-yards was held by Matt Prater.

The New York teams aren’t doing so well. Both the NY Jets and the NY Giants are 0-3 for the season.

The remaining 3-0 teams are the Raiders, Broncos, Rams, Cardinals, and Panthers.

GOLF

Team USA handily beat Europe in the Ryder Cup. The pod dynamic clearly worked.

 

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Panthers Beat Texans, McCaffrey Injured, Manning Bros Show 1.9 Mill Views, Ryder Cup Wknd, “Operation Soccer Balls” Success

FOOTBALL

The Carolina Panthers beat the Houston Texans on Thursday night, but their star running back Christian McCaffrey left during the second quarter due to a strained hamstring. It’s unclear when he’ll be back. Panthers’ quarterback Sam Darnold had a solid night completing 23 of 34 passes for 304 yards and two running touchdowns in the 24-9 win.

The Manning brothers’ Monday Night Football show seems to be taking off. Their viewership jumped from 800,000 in week one to 1.9 million in week two.

GOLF

The Ryder Cup weekend is here. The three-day tournament features the U.S. against Europe with 12 golfers per team. The U.S. team has been split into “pods” where four-man units have to do everything together in order to create a sense of unity and team spirit. The last time the U.S. used the four-man pod system was in 2008 when the Americans won.

SOCCER

The international mission named “Operation Soccer Balls” was a success. The 80 members of the Afghanistan girls soccer team (adults and children) escaped the country and have been granted asylum in Portugal.

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Bucks Take 3-2 Lead, Morikawa Wins British Open, Olympic Village Beds

BASKETBALL

The Milwaukee Bucks took a 3-2 lead over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night with another thrilling finish in this intense best-of-seven series. If the Bucks win in Game 6 on Tuesday in Milwaukee, they will have their first NBA championship since 1971 and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first championship.

GOLF

Twenty-four-year-old Collin Morikawa won the British Open, his second major championship.

OLYMPICS

One of the ways Olympic officials are trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by setting up cardboard beds in the athletes’ village which are designed to collapse with the weight of more than one person, according to Dezeen magazine. U.S. distance runner Paul Chelimo tweeted, “Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes.” He went on to say, “I see no problem for distance runners, even 4 of us can do.”

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Chris Paul’s Leadership Helps Suns Cruise Past Bucks, Rachel Nichols Sidelined, Rodgers & DeChambeau Beat Brady & Mickelson, Sha’Carri Out Of Olympics

BASKETBALL

The Phoenix Suns cruised to a 118-105 game 1 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Chris Paul (in the Finals for the first time in his 16 year career) demonstrated his leadership with 32 points and nine assists. Devin Booker added 27 points for the Suns, while a newly healthy Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20 points and 17 rebounds in his return to the Bucks.  Game 2 on Thursday night.

Malika Andrews took over the sideline reporting for Rachel Nichols who has been in the news recently for her controversial comments about her ESPN colleague Maria Taylor.

GOLF

Future hall of fame quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady competed against each other in the 4th edition of “The Match”. Rodgers and 2020 U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau beat Brady and 2021 PGA Champ Phil Mickelson in the celebrity fundraiser at the Reserve golf course in Montana.

OLYMPICS

U.S. Officials reported Sha’Carri Richardson (who tested positive for marijuana) will not be able to compete in Tokyo saying “all athletes must adhere to the current anti-doping code.”

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Mickelson Wins PGA Championship-Oldest Winner, Biles Makes History With Amazing Vault, NBA Playoffs Underway

GOLF

Phil Mickelson shot six-under-par to win the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island and became the oldest winner (at age 50) of a men’s major golf championship. Mickelson entered the tournament ranked 115th with 200-1 odds of winning the $2.16 million prize.

GYMNASTICS

Simone Biles made history as the first woman to land a Yurchnenko double pike (check it out).

BASKETBALL

Now that the play-in games are over, the NBA playoffs began this weekend. For round one recaps, click here.

 

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Manchester United Protesters, Medina Spirit Wins Derby, Pine Valley Allows Women

SOCCER

Manchester United fans caused a riot ensuring that the the game against Liverpool would be postponed. The protesters were upset with the owners of the team (who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers) for their intention to join the now defunct European Super League.

HORSE RACING

Medina Spirit won the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown. With the win, trainer Bob Buffett records his 7th Derby victory, and jockey John Velasquez has now won the Derby twice in the past 9 months.  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in attendance with his girlfriend Shailene Woodley. Next up is the Preakness Stakes on May 15th in Baltimore.

GOLF

The number 1 ranked golf course in the US, Pine Valley, will now allow female members for the first time in 108 years. The Club, which is located in New Jersey, boasts a secret list of 1000 membersd

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Hideki Matsuyama Wins Masters, Enes Kanter Record 30 Rebounds, A-Rod/Lore To Buy Timberwolves

GOLF

Hideki Matsuyama won the coveted Masters becoming the first Japanese male golfer to win a major. In addition to donning the coveted Green Jacket, the win is estimated to be worth $600 million to the intensely private 29-year-old.

BASKETBALL

The Portland Trailblazers Enes Kanter had the crowd going wild on Saturday night when he pulled in 24 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds in a win over the Detroit Pistons. Kanter became only the fourth player in the NBA with 30 rebounds in a game joining Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, and Kevin Love. After the game, Kanter said, “I was so happy when I looked at the bench and everybody was up, everybody was cheering, everybody was smiling, everybody was supporting their teammates. That’s what we’re all about. That’s what Blazers basketball is all about, just supporting each other.”

Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore (an e-commerce titan) signed a letter of intent to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Lynx for an estimated $1.5 billion. If the sale goes through, Lore and Rodriguez would take over in two years.

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Masters Begins, Woods Recovering, Durant Doesn’t Disappoint, Watson Loses Nike/Beats, Rodgers Wants To Host Jeopardy Full-Time

GOLF

The 2021 Masters begins today with the best golfers in the world vying for the coveted Green Jacket.

Absent from the tournament is Tiger Woods who is still recovering from a horrific car crash in February. It’s been reported he was driving at 85 mph in a 45 mph zone.

BASKETBALL

Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant did not disappoint in his return Wednesday night, after a 23-game absence, against the New Orleans Pelicans. He scored 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field in a 139-111 win.

FOOTBALL

Nike and Apple’s Beats by Dre suspended their endorsement deals with Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson due to a growing number of sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Aaron Rodgers had so much fun taping his segments as the guest host of Jeopardy he is lobbying to make it a full-time gig and believes he’ll have no trouble both hosting and playing football. Rodgers said, “I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”  

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Highlights From MLB Opening Day, Pigs In Blanket A First For Champions Dinner

BASEBALL

Two games were postponed on Major League Baseball’s opening day (Orioles-Red Sox due to rain) and (Mets-Nationals due to COVID-19 positive tests).

Some highlights from Opening day….

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera hit the first home run of the season (his 350th overall) in a rare snowstorm for an opening day causing him to lose sight of the ball and slide into second base. Someone then alerted him he had actually hit a home run.

The other odd play of the day was when L.A. Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hit a ball deep to left field that looked like Colorado Rockies’ Ramiel Tapia caught. Justin Turner was on first base running past second, but when he thought the ball was caught, headed back to first. Bellinger however, had already rounded first base and was heading to second when he crossed paths with Turner. According to the rules, Turner was called out and Bellinger recorded a single instead of a home run.

GOLF

It’s tradition for the previous year’s winner of the Masters to choose the menu for the following year.  Dustin Johnson revealed what he’ll be serving at the Champions Dinner before next week’s Masters. The guests will be served Pigs in a Blanket (first time served in the history of this dinner) as an appetizer followed by filet mignon and sea bass.

 

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Golfers Wear Red/Black To Honor Tiger, Jason Sudeikis Wins Best Actor, NFL’S First Commissioner

GOLF

Colin Morikawa finished 18-under par to win the WGC-Workday Championship. There was a swarm of golfers around the world wearing red shirts and black pants on Sunday in honor of Tiger Woods who is recovering from a major car crash last week. From his hospital room in LA, Woods commented, “It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”

SOCCER/FOOTBALL

At the Golden Globe Awards, Jason Sudeikis won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as a loveable and earnest coach in “Ted Lasso”.

FOOTBALL

Eighty years ago, Elmer Layden became the first commissioner of the NFL. In the history of the League, there have only been 5 commissioners. Back then, Layden was given a five-year contract for $100,000. Compare that to the NFL’s current commissioner Roger Goodell’s salary of $200 million over 5 years.

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