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Chinese Swimmers Test Positive, Harbaugh Gets Tattoo, Michael Jordan’s NASCAR Team Wins

OLYMPICS

With a little over 3 months until the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, 23 Chinese swimmers all tested positive for the same banned substance (TMZ). TMZ is the same substance Russian figure skater Kamala Valieva was accused of taking. Valieva was allowed to continue to compete and win medals at the Olympics in 2021, but there is still an effort to penalize her, so it will be interesting to see what consequences there will be for the Chinese swimmers.

FOOTBALL

Former University of Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh, came through on his promise to get a tattoo if his team went undefeated and won the National Title (which it did!). After getting inked, Harbaugh said, “I’m impervious to pain.”

NASCAR

The legendary NBA champion Michael Jordan co-owns the 23XI Racing team which competes in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team’s #45 Toyota Camry XSE driven by Tyler Reddick won the GEICO 500 at Talledega Superspeedway. Previously, Jordan had been told to stay away from races because he was bad luck, but on Sunday he was there in person to celebrate the big win.

 

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Lionel Messi $2600 Tickets, Harris/Blitzer Buying Minority Stake In Joe Gibbs Racing, Wembanyama’s First Pitch

SOCCER

Fans are excited to see Lionel Messi’s Major League Soccer debut next month for Inter Miami and willing to pay an average of $2,600 for a ticket (per SeatGeek).

NASCAR

According to reports, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, owners of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE), are making an investment in Joe Gibbs Racing. HBSE will be buying a minority stake in the NASCAR conglomerate.

BASKETBALL

The NBA draft is Thursday night, and the San Antonio Spurs’ #1 pick will undoubtedly be 7’4″ Victor Wembanyama. The French basketball player threw out the first pitch at the Yankees game Tuesday night, but it wasn’t pretty.

 

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Mac McClung Wows In Dunk Contest, Double Overtime At Daytona, Vince McMahon Wants $9 Bill For Empire

BASKETBALL

Mac McClung saved the NBA All-Star Weekend with his unbelievable dunking ability. McClung was entered into the Dunk Contest after spending his season in the G-League and only after signing a two-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers a few days ago. McClung wowed the crowd with a perfect 50 on three of his four dunks. Most people have never heard of McClung before the weekend. Check out his story and clips of his unforgettable dunks.

DAYTONA

The Daytona 500 is normally only 500 miles, but this year the race went into double overtime and lasted another 12 laps (530 miles-a record) with Ricky Stenhouse Jr winning his first race in over five years.

WRESTLING

Vince McMahon is looking to make $9 billion from the sale of his World Wrestling Entertainment Empire. Endeavor Group Holdings (owners of Ultimate Fighting Championship) as well as investors from the Middle East have expressed interest.

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Jordan Donates $10 Mill to Make A Wish For His Bday, NBA All-Star Wknd, Travis Kelce Hosts SNL, Daytona 500 On Sunday

BASKETBALL

Happy Birthday to Michael Jordan. In honor of his 60th, he’s making a $10 million contribution to Make-A-Wish America, the largest individual donation since the organization’s founding. Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted more than 500,000 wishes, with wrestler John Cena setting a Guinness World Record for making 650 wishes.

The NBA All-Star Weekend begins tonight in Salt Lake City with a full weekend of contests leading up to the All-Star Game on Sunday at 8:30 pm ET (Captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft their teams at 7:30 pm ET).

FOOTBALL

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will host “Saturday Night Live” on March 4th!

NASCAR

The Daytona 500, which kicks off the 2023  NASCAR Cup Series, will begin on Sunday at 2:30 pm ET

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Hamlin Out Of Hospital, Heat Arena No Longer FTX, Malcolm In The Middle Driving For NASCAR

FOOTBALL

Nine days after going into cardiac arrest, Damar Hamlin is now back from the hospital and will be continuing to rehab at home. The Buffalo Bills are hopeful he can return soon to cheer on the team during the playoff run (which begins this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins).

BASKETBALL

The Heat arena in Miami will no longer be named after FTX, the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange founded by Sam Bankman-Fried. The original deal was for 19 years and was worth $135 million. The Miami Heat are still in the regular season, so it’s unlikely the FTX logo will be removed anytime soon, but when it is removed, the new name will be “the Arena” until a new sponsor is found.

NASCAR

Frankie Muniz, the actor best known for starring in “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Agent Cody Banks” announced he’ll be driving full-time in NASCAR’s ARCA Series for the 2023 season. His first race will be at Daytona on February 18th. In announcing his new gig, he said, “Finally making my dream a reality, this one is for my son and showing him that you can always chase your dreams.”

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Raiders Lose To Chargers, Bubba Wallace Wins Talladega, Spoiler Alert For “Ted Lasso”

FOOTBALL

After the Las Vegas Raiders lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 28-14 on Monday Night Football, the Arizona Cardinals are the only undefeated team left in the NFL.

NASCAR

Bubba Wallace became only the second Black driver to win NASCAR’s Cup Series race since 1963. The big win came at Talladega, where Wallace found a noose hanging in his garage stall last season. No hate crime was recorded, as it was determined that the noose wasn’t directed at him, but Wallace still thinks it was fitting that his big win came at the same track where a noose was found in general.

SOCCER

Warning, this could be a potential spoiler alert for the season finale of Season 2 “Ted Lasso”….the hit TV show has secured a licensing deal with the Premier League to use team logos, club kits, and the league trophy in Season 3.

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Daytona 500 Crash/Delay/McDowell Wins, Fan Controlled Football League, Jalen Johnson Leaving Duke

NASCAR

The Daytona 500 started off with a 16-car crash early on Sunday followed by a 5-hour and 40-minute rain delay. Michael McDowell ended up winning the race after only leading by one lap (the final lap). It’s his first victory.

FOOTBALL

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel made his debut in the new Fan Controlled Football League, a professional sports league controlled by the fans. The season began on February 13th and will last six weeks. Fans can view the season via Twitch.

BASKETBALL

Duke freshman Jalen Johnson announced he’s leaving the team and entering the NBA Draft. Johnson stated, “My family, Coach and I have made the decision that I should not play the remainder of this season so I can be 100 percent healthy in preparation for the NBA Draft. This was not easy but we feel it’s best for my future. I have nothing but love for the Brotherhood and thank my teammates and everyone associated with the program. Duke will always have a special place in my heart and will always be a part of me.”

 

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Urban Meyer Makes Controversial Hire, J.J. Watt Leaving Texans, Fans Prohibited From Australian Open, Daytona 500 (Fans, Pitbull, Michael Jordan)

FOOTBALL

Urban Meyer is making headlines again and not in a good way. Meyer is the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and just hired Chris Doyle as the director of sports performance. Doyle was the former strength and conditioning coach at Iowa but agreed to leave over allegations of racist comments and bullying. Meyer has vocally defended his hire, but it’s a controversial decision since Meyer was suspended at Ohio State after he allegedly overlooked accusations of domestic violence associated with his assistant coach.

In an emotional twitter announcement, one of the best defensive players in the league, J.J. Watt, said he was leaving the Houston Texans. Watt spoke about the respect and admiration he has for the team (in which he was selected with the #11th overall pick in 2011) and the fans and said he was excited about what the future holds.

TENNIS

The organizers of the Australian Open announced that due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, fans will be prohibited from attending matches. According to reports, there was an outbreak at a Holiday Inn near the Melbourne Airport, and now the state of Victoria is preparing for a five-day lockdown.

NASCAR

The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, and 30,000 fans will be in attendance (larger than last week’s Super Bowl). According to the President of the Daytona International Speedway, “It’s going to be the largest sporting event that happens in the United States since COVID hit.” Pitbull, the new co-owner of Trackhouse Racing, will be the grand marshall, and Bubba Wallace will make his debut for Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing, driving a No. 23 Toyota Camry.

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Notre Dame Takes Down Clemson, Alabama #1, Mahomes Fastest To 100, Steelers Undefeated, Bucs Destroyed, Chase Wins NASCAR Cup

FOOTBALL

On Saturday, #4 ranked Notre Dame took down #1 ranked Clemson (playing without quarterback Trevor Lawrence who tested positive for COVID-19) in a thrilling double overtime. In the 47-40 loss, Clemson had its first regular-season defeat in 36 games.

In other college news, Alabama jumped into the #1 spot, and Notre Dame moved up to #2 in the latest AP poll. Ohio State, Clemson then Texas A&M round out the top five.

Here are a few highlights of the NFL weekend games:

In a nailbiter win over the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the fastest quarterback in league history to throw 100 touchdown passes. Mahomes reached this goal in 40 games, surpassing Dan Marino’s 44 game record set in 1986.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and are the only NFL team to remain undefeated this season. They are now 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got destroyed 38-3 on Sunday night by the New Orleans Saints. The pressure was on quarterback Tom Brady all night forcing three interceptions and no touchdowns. The Bucs ended the night with only 8 rushing yards on five carries.

NASCAR

Chase Elliott won his first NASCAR Cup Series championship title by winning the final race of the season. Chase and his dad Bill became the third father-son duo to win the title. They join Lee and Richard Petty and Ned and Dale Jarrett.

 

 

 

 

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Vegas Raiders Win In “Death Star” Stadium, NFL Mask Violations, Jordan Forms NASCAR Team

FOOTBALL

The Las Vegas Raiders played their first game in their new $2 billion stadium (called the “Death Star“) and beat the New Orleans Saints. In a 34-24 win, the Raiders are now 2-0 to start the season.

The NFL is getting serious about COVID-19 restrictions and is imposing fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club for violating the League’s mask policy. Denver’s Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan, and Seattle’s Pete Carroll have already been fined. Other offenders include Patriots coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Colts coach Frank Reich, and Rams coach Sean McVay. Raiders coach Jon Gruden was shown wearing his mask like a chin strap, and Saints coach Sean Payton appeared wearing his gaitor like a turtleneck. Only the players are exempt from wearing face masks.

NASCAR

Michael Jordan formed a new NASCAR team with driver Denny Hamlin (as acting minority partner) and Bubba Wallace as their driver. Jordan released a statement saying, “Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life. The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”

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