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Moncada Going To Red Sox, Panthers Part With Williams, Michael Sam In Dancing With Stars

BASEBALL

In a follow-up story about the big bidding war over Cuban baseball phenom Yoan Moncada, it appears that there is now a winner for his services.  It costs them just over $61million dollars, but the Boston Red Sox have won the rights to this incredible 19-year old switch hitter.  Years ago the Yankees would have paid an exorbitant salary for a player like this, but they have been slow to overpay for players in the modern day.  In fact, the Yanks are sort of going the way of the Kansas City Royals, developing their young talent and hoping to compete.  Moncada should be an instant jolt to a Red Sox club that had a lackluster season in 2014. Red Sox fans are thrilled.  Sure, he will play in the minors for a bit, but if he makes an impact at that level, he will be brought up to the big league.

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The Carolina Panthers have decided to part ways with their longtime running back DeAngelo Williams.  Williams was at one time the hero of many fantasy football teams, and it’s likely that he has just a little left in the tank.  There may be a team out there that can use his services.  He’s over 30 now, and will be fighting the perception that he’s “done”, but a team like the Patriots could use an occasional burst of speed now and then.
Dancing with the StarsFinally, the first openly gay athlete to ever be drafted in the NFL, Michael Sam, may not have ever made an official team roster, but that doesn’t mean that he is leaving the spotlight.  It looks like Michael Sam will join Dancing With The Stars next season.  I’m sure he’d rather be playing on a team next season, but maybe if he stays in the spotlight, a team might come calling.

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Giants Blow Out Royals In Game 1, Ram’s QB Austin Davis Gets No Respect, Michael Sam Cut

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Madison BumgarnerIt was the long awaited Game 1 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  The Royals came into this game undefeated in the post-season, but they didn’t anticipate the mighty Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner.  The Royals bats shockingly couldn’t get anything going, while the Giants offense remained dominant.  Game 1 was a blowout, and the Royals need to quickly readjust their strategy before Game 2.  San Francisco 7, Kansas City 1.

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And in the NFL, St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis continues to look for respect.  Even though he just beat the defending Super Bowl champions last week (Seattle Seahawks), Davis still had to show ID at the stadium to prove that he belonged there.  He is probably the only quarterback in the league whose own stadium employees don’t know who he is.

Finally, in the NFL, all eyes earlier this season were on Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL.  He was drafted in the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams, but didn’t make the team.  Then, the Dallas Cowboys offered him a spot on the practice squad, but, unfortunately, Sam was released this week by Dallas.

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Bradford Tears ACL, Michael Sam Sacks Manziel, South Korea Wins World Series

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Sam BradfordIn the NFL, bad news for St. Louis Rams’ fans.  The Rams were expected to make the leap this year.  They have an absolutely stellar defense, and their offense looked like it was coming together under their 2nd year head coach Jeff Fisher.  Unfortunately, their quarterback, Sam Bradford, who was expected to have a banner year, tore his ACL and will be out for the season.   The Rams had high hopes for Bradford when they drafted him #1 overall, but this could likely end his tenure with the Rams.  

Michael SamElsewhere in some pre-season football news, the first openly gay football player, the Rams’ Michael Sam, is having a pretty good pre-season.  The Rams took on the Browns this weekend, and one fan said that he would buy drinks if Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel.  And, that’s exactly what happened…twice.   Watch out for Michael Sam this year as a real threat!

BASEBALL

In the he Little League World Series, the most watched Little League World Series of all time, it came down to the Championship Game between the US champion, Chicago, and the World Champion, South Korea.  These kids had the attention of the country this year, but in the end, South Korea did just enough to stave off Chicago and capture the title.  It was an exciting event, and there will be a lot of anticipation for next year.  Perhaps this will persuade some of the top young American athletes to pursue baseball careers, as the sport has been losing athletes to other games the past few decades. 

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Ovechkin/Kirilenko Romance No More, Coach K To Trade Wiggins, Dungy’s Controversial Remarks About Sam

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Alex OvechkinThe Russian dream romance between hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin and tennis star Maria Kirilenko… is no more.  They were recently engaged, and everybody rejoiced in the idea of the toothless wonder (Ovechkin) marrying Russian tennis royalty.  But on Monday the wedding was called off by Kirilenko citing there were “a lot of reasons” for her decision.  

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In the NBA, with a potential trade still looming between the Cavs and the Wolves (i.e. Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love), other basketball personalities are weighing in.  On Monday, Coach K (Duke’s coach, and coach of the United States National Team) said he would “definitely trade Wiggins for Love).  Sure, Wiggins has potential, but Love is about to enter his basketball prime, and he is the type of teammate LeBron needs to win rings.

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Tony DungyIn the NFL, former coach Tony Dungy is making some controversial news. He said that he would NOT have drafted the first openly gay football player, Michael Sam. Dungy said it wasn’t because Sam shouldn’t get to play, but rather all the media attention around him.  Dungy said he wouldn’t want to deal with all of that, and would find the media circus a nuisance.  Then again, some believe that Dungy’s comments make the St. Louis Rams look that much more brave and impressive for drafting Sam.
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WATERCOOLER CHAT: DRAFT EXCITEMENT, MCCARRON GOES TO CINCY, MICHAEL SAM A RAM, WIZARDS TRAIL PACERS, SPURS WANT A WRAP UP, CLIPPERS COME BACK

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In the NFL, the weekend continued to give us non-stop draft excitement.  Everybody wanted to know where the most notable names in college football were going to try and build professional careers.  So here is a run-down.  The Tennessee Titans were the first to take a running back, selecting Washington’s Bishop Sankey.  And the Jacksonville Jaguars gave their new QB Blake Bortles some weapons right out of the gate, selecting USC’s Marquis Lee and Penn State’s Allen Robinson.
As for the quarterbacks, the Patriots made a very interesting selection, grabbing Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garapolo with their second round pick.  That is the highest Bellichick has taken a QB since the Tom Brady era.  It must mean they are planning for Tom Brady’s departure.  Ryan Mallett has been Brady’s back-up, but perhaps they are planning to move Mallet as trade bait.  Then, the QBs started to slide.  Finally, the Houston Texans grabbed their man:  Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage.  And later that round, AJ McCarron (Alabama’s golden boy) went to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Georgia’s Aaron Murray found a home with the Kansas City Chiefs, and he will hope to become the replacement for Alex Smith when his contract runs out.

But the main pick of the draft came towards the end of the 7th round, when the St. Louis Rams made history by selecting Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the league.  ESPN showed Sam crying tears of joy, and even kissing his boyfriend.  It was a great moment in sports history.

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Finally, in the NBA, the Wizards completely blew their home court advantage, dropping both games on their own floor. They now trail the Indiana Pacers 3-1 with the series headed back to Indy.  The Heat dropped a game in Brooklyn, but still lead 2-1.  San Antonio continues to clobber the Blazers, and are looking to wrap up the series Monday night, while the Clippers staged one of the best comebacks in the NBA history, coming back from over 20 points to beat the Thunder and even the series.  It’s been a great playoffs.

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