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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).
Ledecky’s Astounding 800 Meters, Bolt Makes History, Phelps More Golds Than Most Countries, Biles Wins Again, Hope Solo Bad Loser
Katie Ledecky set a world record with her astounding win in the 800 meter freestyle. It was no surprise to anyone who’s been watching Ledecky, she would win in this event as it’s her strongest, but her margin of victory was purely breathtaking. The best description I’ve seen is from Washington Post reporter, Dave Sheinin who wrote,”The men’s 100-meter dash final Sunday in track and field will begin and end in the time she spent waiting.” The win gives Ledecky her fourth gold of the Olympics.
And speaking of the men’s 100 meter dash, the fastest man in the World, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt made history by winning his third straight Gold. No one has ever won three consecutive Golds in this event.
With his 23rd Gold medal over the weekend in the 4×100 meter relay, Michael Phelps cements his legacy as the greatest Olympic athlete of all time. He has now won more Olympic medals than anyone from any other country and if Phelps was his own country, he’d be tied with South Africa in 38th place for most Golds.
Simone Biles won yet another Gold (her 3rd so far) with two difficult vaults. Biles has two more individual events left, the balance beam and floor exercises, so expect some more hardware before the week is over.
In women’s soccer, the US Team was considered favorites but fell to Sweden in the quarterfinals. Losses happen in the world of sports, but the always controversial US goalie Hope Solo, made the sting of the loss much worse by complaining her opponents were cowards by playing conservatively. Solo is rightfully getting vilified on social media for acting like a sore loser.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
Phelps Wins 20th, 21st Gold, Ledecky Takes Gold And Almost Throws Up, USA Gymnasts One For Ages, Norman’s Fox Gig
Michael Phelps won his 20th gold medal and bested South African Chad le Clos (whom he lost to in London four years ago and who now famously taunted him before a heat Monday for the 200 meter butterfly). Phelps stood on the podium, received his gold medal then went back in the pool and anchored his team’s 4×200 freestyle relay to win his 21st gold medal. Just to highlight how unbelievable Phelps is, no other Olympian athlete has won more than 9 golds in his/her career. Phelps has 3 more races to go in Rio so expect another medal, or two or three before the games are over.
Katie Ledecky won her second gold medal of the Olympics. Ledecky won the 200 meter freestyle Tuesday night and now has the 400 and 800 meter freestyle events to go. If she wins all three, she will match only one swimmer in history, Debbie Meyer, who captured these three events in the 1968 Olympics. The 200 meter freestyle was Ledecky’s hardest event and even said, “I’m pretty sure it’s the closest I’ve come to throwing up in the middle of a race.”
No one doubted the U.S gymnastic team was among the best of all time, but they were flawless Tuesday night with an almost 8.3 point victory over 2nd place Russia. Individually, the fabulous five (Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian) won all 12 of their events to cruise away with an impressive Team Gold.
Washington Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman will contribute to the Fox network this season. Norman explained his decision to join the network as a way to “expand his career outside of football” during his downtime during the season. Redskins’ coach, Jay Gruden seemed to be in the dark about Norman’s new gig but Norman claimed it was no big deal.No comments
Big retirement news in baseball. Yankees First baseman Mark Teixeira will retire at the end of season. At 36 years old, Teixeira has battled multiple injuries over the last few years. He’s also in the final year of his $180 million dollar contract so he should be able to enjoy his retirement in style.
New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez also announced his retirement and said his last game will be August 12th. After that, he’ll consult for the team. A-Rod was the #1 pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 1993 draft. Seven years later he signed a 10 year $252 million dollar deal with the Texas Rangers (the largest deal ever in sports). In 2007, Rodriquez signed another record setting 10 year deal with the New York Yankees for $275 million. A-Rod’s legacy as one of baseball’s all-time home run leaders is only marred by his admission and suspension for performance enhancing drugs which kept him off the field for the 2014 season.
In some highlights from the Olympics, swimming phenom Katie Ledecky dominated again by beating her own record (with no one even close) to grab the Gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky will be a freshman at Stanford this year. At 31 years old, Michael Phelps looked like his young self and helped bring the gold to his team in the men’s 4×100 relay. This is Phelps 19th Gold medal!
USA didn’t fare so well in tennis over the weekend. Powerhouse doubles partners, Serena and Venus Williams lost in the first round to a Czech team who had never won a match as doubles partners. The Williams sisters had previously never LOST a match in the Olympics togethers.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
The Philadelphia Eagles traded their star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Some are scratching their heads over this blockbuster trade but reports state that the Eagles made the trade to get help at linebacker and the Bills get a franchise running back. The trade also means that the Bills’ running back C.J. Spiller may be leaving Buffalo as he becomes a bit redundant now.
Michael Phelps may be reinstated by USA Swimming and eligible to compete for the World Championships in August. Phelps was suspended from all events following his arrest for DUI in September. Phelps received treatment after pleading guilty. Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in history, hasn’t committed yet to competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.No comments
Olympian swimming superstar Michael Phelps was arrested for a DUI. Phelps said he was sorry for the DUI, but many fans who look up to him as a role model are disappointed in his irresponsible and reckless behavior.
And in the NFL, as mentioned yesterday, there is controversy around the flag thrown against the Kansas City Chiefs Husain Abdullah for praying in Monday Night’s game. It has been thought that anything that doesn’t give your team an advantage should not be penalized in the NFL, but the NFL is trying to be extra strict right now, so the flag was thrown. Fine, except it sparked another outrage against the NFL about bad management and how this is yet another example after the Ray Rice fiasco that the administration doesn’t know what it’s doing.
And in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is looking forward to his return. After attending his first practice yesterday, Kobe said he felt like himself. Kobe’s career is in a funny place. The Lakers are in rebuilding mode, and definitely don’t have the pieces to contend for a title, let alone make the playoffs. He can’t play for another team because he has a huge contract that keeps him in LA. Plus, leaving would be a bad mark on his legacy. So, he will essentially be a mentor, helping the Lakers strive to nab the #8 seed in the playoffs. Hopefully he at least stays healthy so we get to watch him.