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The Wake Forest scandal, nicknamed “Wakeyleaks” by the sports media, is heating up. Louisville’s athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed radio announcer Elrod gave “a few plays” to the Louisville’s offensive coordinator before their matchup with the Demon Deacons. What’s so outrageous is Louisville acknowledged they cheated but has asked to be left alone so they can prepare for their bowl game. And, what about Wake Forest’s poor quarterback who was sacked numerous times during that game and other games because team’s knew the plays ? It’s mind boggling football coaches would think it’s morally acceptable to use confidential information from an informant to win games. In fact, Wake Forest recently contacted Army to see if they received leaked game plans as well. The Atlantic Coast Conference is researching the scandal and it’s likely this story won’t go away anytime soon.
Sports Illustrated named LeBron James Sportsperson of the Year and Michael Phelps the “Greatest Olympian of All-Time”. LeBron has been on the cover of SI 26 times and has been named twice as sportsperson of the year. Phelps ended his Olympic career as the most decorated Olympian with 23 Gold medals (28 medals overall).
The Cleveland Cavaliers play the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, but don’t expect to see their three big stars, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. After the Cavs beat the Grizzlies at home 103-86 on Tuesday, Coach Tyronn Lue announced his Big Three needed some rest and would not travel to Memphis for the game tonight. The players are taking a bit of heat for not joining the team and disappointing fans who bought tickets intending to see the stars, but LeBron fired back stating, “My coach wants me to rest. I don’t buck my coach. I’ve been in this league 14 years. I shouldn’t have to explain me sitting out a game or not playing games.”
Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest football player, football coach then radio announcer, is under investigation for providing game plans to the teams’ opponents. Elrod was fired as a coach in 2013 then took a job as the University radio announcer, giving him access to the team’s game plans. The University sent out a statement saying, “Based on emails, text messages and phone records, Elrod provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparation on multiple occasions.” The university believes Elrod began to betray his alma mater back in 2014. It’s not clear if Elrod accepted money for the information he provided or if he was just bitter for his firing in 2013.1 comment
The Oakland Raiders scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Texans in a Monday Night Football game played in Mexico City.
Texans QB Brock Osweiler had an odd (but seemingly legitimate) complaint after the game. Someone in the stands shined a green laser at Osweiler when he was on the field. He stated, “I’ve never experienced a laser being shined in my eyeball during a football game, let alone a professional football game in the National Football League, so I think that was certainly disappointing. But at the end of the day, that’s not why we lost the game. That was just one small factor. But it certainly affected how I was playing.” As you can see from this photo, there actually was a green laser. Raiders 27, Texans 20.
LeBron James donated $2.5 million to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture for the Muhammad Ali exhibit. He told USA Today, “Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor.” NBA legends Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson also donated $5 million and $1 million respectively to the museum.
If you’re not quite over the excitement of the Cubs winning the World Series (and if you’re a fan of Will Ferrell and Anchorman), “Funny or Die” put together a great mashup.
QB Tom Brady is having some fun at his own expense with the “Week of Greatness” ads from Foot Locker. There’s also a great ad making fun of Carmelo Anthony.No comments
Tony Romo will officially return to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday but as a backup QB to Dak Prescott. An emotional Romo told the press “He’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record and that’s hard to do.” Romo turned the reigns of the team over to rookie Prescott in August after he hurt his back. For the full text of his very classy statement, click here.
LeBron James is not too happy with Knicks’ coach Pat Riley describing LeBron’s business associates as his “Posse”. In an interview Riley gave to ESPN, he spoke about the difficulties in LeBron leaving Miami for Cleveland. In the course of his explanation he described a situation where LeBron wanted to stay over in Cleveland for a night. He said, “You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.” LeBron felt this phrasing was a racial slight and responded by saying, “If you go and read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is, it’s not what I’ve built over my career,” James said. “It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference.”
The Manager of the Year awards were handed out in Major League Baseball and to no one’s surprise, Terry Francona was named the American League Manager of the Year. Not quite so obvious, however, was Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts getting the nod for National League Manager of the Year. Many thought the honor would go to the World Series Champs Joe Madden of the Cubs.No comments
Manuel Makes History, Phelps Adds Another Gold, Biles & Raisman Win Gold And Silver, LeBron Will Sign $100 Mill Contract
Simone Manuel made history Thursday with a gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle. Manuel tied Canada’s Penny Oleksiak and became the first African American female swimmer to win an individual gold medal.
To no one’s surprise, Michael Phelps won again. In the 200 meter individual medley, Phelps made his win look easy with a 1.95 second margin of victory. In swimming, that’s a huge gap. Phelps now has 22 gold medals to his name.
Simone Biles and Aly Raisman earned gold and silver respectively in the gymnastic individual all around. Biles is considered one of the best US gymnasts of all time and her performanceThursday didn’t disappoint or surprise her many fans. 22 year old Raisman’s performance, however, was the emotional highlight of the evening. After tying for 3rd (and losing out in the tie-breaker to miss the bronze medal) in the 2012 Olympics, Raisman burst into tears after her floor routine, knowing she had secured the silver.
After a summer of speculation, LeBron James announced he’ll sign his much anticipated 3 year $100 million dollar deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With this contract, LeBron becomes the highest paid player in the NBA. In announcing his signing on Uninterrupted, he said, “I can’t wait to get back out there in the wine and gold and just get the band back together.”No comments
LeBron Chasing Jordan’s Ghost, MJ Denies Kids Shoes, Votto Grabs Fan’s Shirt, Pokemon Go’s Roaming Charges, Phelps Flag Bearer
LeBron James made news this week for stating his motivation on the court is because he is chasing the ghost of Michael Jordan. In an interview with SI, he stated, “What I’ve gone through is totally different than what he went through. What he did was unbelievable, and I watched it unfold. I looked up to him so much. I think it’s cool to put myself in position to be one of those great players, but if I can ever put myself in position to be the greatest player, that would be something extraordinary.”
The great MJ also made news this week when he denied the kids participating in his basketball camp free shoes. LA Clippers Chris Paul offered up a challenge. If Jordan missed three of any six shots, all the kids would get free sneakers. Unfortunately for the kids, Jordan didn’t miss a shot.
Every baseball fan strives to catch a foul ball at a game. Unfortunately, baseball players aren’t as interested in a fan’s motivation particularly if it gets in the way of them making an important play. The Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto yelled at a fan (and grabbed his Reds’ jersey) when the fan cost him an out by jumping toward the same foul ball. Votto apologized to the fan after the play and even signed a ball and posed with him to show no hard feelings. That was a generous move, but still the fan prevented him from making the out. Not cool!
Pokemon Go has certainly taken the world by storm but players beware! Beware of roaming charges. A Japanese gymnast didn’t get the memo and racked up charges close to $5,000 while playing the game in Rio. The cell phone company agreed to wave the charges after hearing his story, but it’s a good lesson. “Airplane mode” is your friend!
In other Olympic news, swimmer Michael Phelps will have the honor of carrying the American Flag and leading Team USA into the Opening Ceremonies Friday night. Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.No comments
Bulls Trade Derrick Rose To Knicks, NBA Draft Thursday Night, Manziel More Trouble, No Olympics For Rory McIIroy
In more trading news, the New York Knicks traded away Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon with the Chicago Bulls to get Derrick Rose. Many are confused by the trade as Rose blew out his knee in 2012 and hasn’t been the same superstar player he once was.
Watch the NBA draft Thursday night at 7:00 pm EST on ESPN to see who goes #1. Will it be LSU’s Ben Simmons to the 76ers? And with the #2 pick, will the Los Angeles Lakers pick Brandon Ingram?
Former Cleveland Browns’ QB Johnny Manziel can’t seem to stay away from problems. According to Dallas police, Manziel reported he was involved in a hit-and-run accident this week. No one yet seems to know the full story.
The Zika virus seems to be having more of an affect. Golfer Rory Mcllroy has now decided not to travel to Brazil for the Olympics because of fears of the virus. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but LeBron James may not go as well. Already Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have decided to forego Olympic Gold.No comments
Cavs Bring Championship To Cleveland In Dramatic, Historic Fashion, Johnson Wins US Open Amid Controversy
In an exciting game from start to finish, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off what no other team has EVER done in the NBA. They shockingly came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the Championship. Most of the time a matchup as anticipated as Game 7 doesn’t live up to the hype, but Sunday nights battle in Oakland exceeded all expectations. With 20 lead changes, the game could have gone either way and fans were on the edge of their seats. With a minute left, Kyrie Irving launched a fadeaway 3-pointer (kind of ironic as that shot was the Warriors’ go-to winning shot all season), to give the Cavs the final lead. The unanimous MVP of the Finals, LeBron James couldn’t stop crying after the win. He said, “I came back for a reason. I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing.”
The Cavaliers didn’t just win a championship Sunday night in historic fashion, they also delivered the city of Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years. Cleveland 93, Warriors 89.
Dustin Johnson played the final few holes of the US Open wondering if he would be penalized for an earlier rule violation. With seven holes left to play, Johnson remained focused to pull out the win for his first major Championship. The USGA is being criticized for how they handled the situation while Johnson got pats on the back from the players (and the fans) for keeping his cool.No comments
The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Golden State Warriors all night long, clinching a victory that forces what’s sure to be an entertaining game 7. For the second game in a row, LeBron James racked up 41 points to help bail the Cavs out from the threat of elimination. With James and Kyrie Irving heading the charge, the Cavs took the lead out of the gate and never let it up.
Steph Curry was fierce and determined, but it wasn’t enough. He ended up scoring 30 points, then fouled out in the last six minutes of the game. Immediately after fouling out, a frustrated Curry threw his mouthpiece, hitting a fan, and was ejected from the game. Let’s hope the fan held onto the mouthguard, as it’s probably worth a pretty penny. This was the first time Curry has fouled out since December 2013. Cleveland 115, Golden State 101No comments