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Brady/Manning Trash Talk In Memorable Match, Kyle Busch Wins At Charlotte Motor Speedway, SEC Volunteer Workouts June 8th

GOLF

The much anticipated The Match: Champions for Charity did not disappoint. After a rain-delayed start, Tom Brady entertained the crowd for the first half of the afternoon by shooting so poorly that Charles Barkley (among others) had a field day roasting him. In typical Brady fashion, though, he found his mojo and hit a beautiful hole-out birdie on the 7th hole. Peyton Manning more than held his own for the day, looking relaxed and shooting well. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were favorites, but even though they led most of the day, Brady and Phil Mickelson came back strong and ended up only losing by a single hole. The best part of the day was hearing Manning and Brady trash talk each other all afternoon. By all accounts, the charity event was a huge success raising $20 million and providing much-needed sports entertainment.

NASCAR

Kyle Busch beat out Austin Cindric on the final lap of overtime at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With no fans in the stands, Busch won his 97th career Xfinity Series race which marked his 210th overall win across NASCAR’s top three series (the most of any driver).

NCAA

The SEC voted to allow voluntary workouts to resume on June 8th. This development is a step towards college sports resuming in the fall, which could help stem the financial suffering of college sports programs. Universities have already lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but if the 2020 football season is canceled, losses could rise up to $4 billion.

 

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Rooney Rule Expanded, Big Ben Trims Beard, NASCAR’s Increase In Viewers

FOOTBALL

The NFL is expanding the Rooney Rule, which was established in 2003 to address diversity and require teams to interview at least one minority candidate for a head coaching spot. The new rules require teams to interview at least two minority candidates for a head coaching spot and one minority candidate for any coordinator vacancies. The coordinator jobs are seen as feeders for head coaching positions, so this new rule is seen as significant. Since 2009, almost 40% of head coaches hired in the NFL were previously offensive coordinators.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery eight months ago to repair his right elbow in an injury he suffered in week 2 of the season. Roethlisberger said he wasn’t going to shave his beard until he was making NFL caliber throws again. On Monday, he posted a video throwing to three of his teammates, James Conner, Ryan Switzer, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. He then posted a video of his haircut with a caption saying, The beard is trimmed……you know what that means”

 NASCAR

NASCAR’s return to live racing at Darlington Raceway over the weekend garnered a big increase in viewership averaging 6.32 million viewers, a 38% increase over their last pre-COVID-19 race.

 

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Harvick Wins Darlington, Magnus Carlsen’s Online Chess Tournament

NASCAR

Kevin Harvick won NASCAR’s first race back following a 10-week pause due to the pandemic. With no fans in the stands, Harvick (who recorded his 50th victory) spoke about his win at Darlington Raceway and said, “I just want to thank everybody from NASCAR and all the teams for letting us do what we do. I didn’t think it was going to be that different, then we won and it’s dead silent out here. We miss the fans.”

CHESS

Chess is one of the few sports that can easily be played and watched online, so it’s no wonder it’s gaining in popularity. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen organized a successful and profitable online chess tournament, the Magnus Carlsen Invitational (which he won), and will be adding three more tournaments plus a grand final event with combined prize money of $1 million dollars. The tournament marks the first time online chess has been broadcast on TV. Carlsen is planning to kick off the next tournament on May 19th with the final on August 20th. Many athletes have been playing online chess recently including NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo who said, “Chess is tough, it takes skill. You can’t just be 7 feet and dunk over everybody.”

 

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NASCAR Returns To Darlington, Baker/Dunbar Armed Robbery, DiMaggio’s Hitting Streak

NASCAR

NASCAR returns on Sunday with live racing at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. The new rules during this pandemic will require teams to race with no fans in the stands and fewer than 900 credentialed personnel (normally NASCAR has as many as 3,700 personnel including media, track workers, and others). Team rosters will be limited to only 16 members, and precautions will be taken to monitor crew member temperatures. Everyone will also be required to wear face masks.

FOOTBALL

In an odd story out of the football world, New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, and a third unidentified man have been issued arrest warrants in connection with an alleged armed robbery. According to reports, the incident occurred late Wednesday night at a party in South Florida where Baker and Dunbar were caught stealing money and watches while armed with semi-automatic firearms. Baker has also been accused of intentionally threatening victims. The Giants, Seahawks, and the NFL said the incident is under review.

BASEBALL

On May 15th, 79 years ago, Joe DiMaggio started what would become a historic 56-game hitting streak. No one has even come close to breaking this record (it’s 12 games better than any other attempt–Pete Rose had 44 hits in 1978).

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Hamlin Wins Daytona, Newman’s Horrific Crash, Mike Trout Weighs In On Astros Cheating

MOTORSPORTS

Denny Hamlin made history by winning his second straight Daytona 500 (third overall), edging out Ryan Blaney in a photo finish. There was no victory celebration, however, as the 62 running of the race will be remembered for Ryan Newman’s horrific crash. Newman was in the lead until Blaney nudged him on the final lap causing his car to spin out of control, hit the wall and flip in the air. NASCAR issued a statement two hours after the race saying Newman is in “serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life-threatening.” The crash comes nineteen years after racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. died on the final lap of the Daytona 500. According to Hamlin, however, “NASCAR is a safer sport now than it was then.”

BASEBALL

The Houston Astros cheating scandal is making news every day. Players and fans are not forgetting how the players and coaches of the Astros cheated their way to a 2017 World Series-winning season. And, they are not forgetting MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s weak punishment. Manfred suspended the team’s general manager and manager for a year (both have subsequently been fired), but none of the players received a punishment, which isn’t sitting well for the players and the fans.

One of the best players in the game (and not someone who makes a scene), Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout, recently excoriated the Astros for cheating and Major League Baseball for the weak punishments. Trout told ESPN, “It’s sad for baseball. It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough. Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming — it would be pretty fun up there. I lost some respect for some guys… All the stuff coming out, it’s tough to see.”

 

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WWE Offers Tryouts To AAF, Dolly Parton’s Sponsorship, Popovich Ejected Again

WRESTLING

After the Alliance of American Football disbanded this week, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced they would offer tryouts to AAF players for spots in wrestling. WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon intends to launch another alternative football league (XFL) in the spring of 2020, but the tryout offer was only for his wrestling company not for the XFL.

NASCAR

If you tune in to the race at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, you’ll notice a very different looking paint job on driver Tyler Reddick’s Chevy. The defending Xfinity Series champion, Reddick, has a new sponsor; nine-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton. Reddick was effusive in speaking about the iconic Parton’s sponsorship. He said, “Dolly is an icon and has had a lot of success in her career, which is something I admire while trying to build my own success in NASCAR. Hopefully, we can take Dolly and the No. 2 Camaro to Victory Lane this weekend in her home state of Tennessee. I think that would be really special for everyone who is a fan of hers.”

BASKETBALL

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected from the court for the second time this week. Wednesday’s ejection was surprising in that it came at just 1:03 minutes into the game against the Denver Nuggets. Popovich is likely feeling the pressure as he’s intent on his team securing the #7 seed vs #8 seed in the playoffs in order to avoid playing the Golden State Warriors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, “Popovich is the first coach to be ejected within the first two minutes of a game since the late Flip Saunders was excused early in a 2012 game (1:46 in) while head coach of the Washington Wizards.” Nuggets 113, Spurs 85

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Hamlin Wins Daytona-Emotional For JGR, Team LeBron Wins All-Star Game, Diallo’s Dunk, Kaepernick & Reid Get Settlement

DAYTONA 500

Denny Hamlin won the prestigious Daytona 500 on Sunday, his second Daytona win in four years. The victory was particularly special for Hamlin, as he races for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and dedicated his season to J.D. Gibbs (Joe’s son who passed away last month after suffering from a degenerative neurological disease). JGR teammates, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third, making JGR only the second team in NASCAR history to hold the top 3 spots at the Daytona 500. After the race, Gibbs, the Hall of Fame NFL coach, said “It was the most important night in my occupational life. I know J.D. and everybody in my family was emotional.”

BASKETBALL

The outcome of the All-Star game has no bearing on an NBA season, but the game certainly provided some entertaining moments on Sunday. Team LeBron came out on top, as his team overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Team Giannis 178-164. Giannis Antetokounmpo had the best play of the night when he slammed the basket off of a bounce pass alley-oop from Steph Curry. The  MVP of the game went to Team Lebron’s Kevin Durant for his 31 points and 7 rebounds. In the slam dunk contest on Saturday, OKC’s Hamidou Diallo took the prize after he soared over NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal for the dunk.

FOOTBALL

In some big news over the weekend, former SF 49er teammates Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid reached a resolution of their collusion case against the NFL. The agreement remains confidential so it’s unclear how much money the players received.

 

 

 

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Warriors Sweep Series, Raptors Take 3-2 Lead, Hawks Pull Even, Peterson To Sign With Saints, Earnhardt Jr Retires

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors swept the first round of the playoffs with a big win over the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night. The game was never close as the Warriors posted 45 points in just the first quarter. The temail tied a record for most points scored in a first quarter of a playoff game (and the only team to score that many points on the road). With the win, the Warriors advance to round two and depending on when the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers series is over will either start the next round on April 30th or May 2nd. Kevin Durant made was back from injury and made an impact in just the first few minutes of play. The true star, however, was Steph Curry who shot 37 point in only 30 minutes of play. Warriors 128, Trailblazers 103.

The Toronto Raptors took a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks thanks to a big game from the Raptors’ Norman Powell.  Raptors 118, Bucks 93.

The Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard finally showed up for the series and had a big game Monday night to help his team pull to 2-2 tie with the Washington Wizards. The story of the game was seeing 35 year old Jose Calderon making a significant contribution to the team (and getting the honor of sitting next to Howard at the post-game press conference. Hawks 111, Wizards 101.

For a recap of all the games, click here.

FOOTBALL

Former Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson announced he will sign a 2 year deal (which is actually a one year deal with a one year option) with the New Orleans Saints. Peterson played 10 years with the Vikings and is ranked #16th in NFL history for rushing yards. The Vikings will play the Saints on Monday night football the first week of the season.

NASCAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will retire following the 2017 season. Earnhardt Jr won the Daytona 500 twice and was one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR history. He is the son of one of the founding fathers of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt, who died tragically in 2001 in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona.

 

 

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Cavs Lose Again, Final Four Weekend Lineup, Monster Energy Girls Video

BASKETBALL

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost again Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, their 5th loss in 7 games. The Team is now 1/2 game behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. Kyrie Irving wasn’t shy in expressing his opinion of the Team’s mental state after the game, “To be perfectly honest, we’re probably all over the place. It’s no time to kind of back up into the wall and panic. I’m not panicking and I don’t think anyone in this locker room should panic. We’re going to be just fine. It’s ugly right now. It’s real, real ugly. But we’ll get out of this, we’ll be fine.”

Big weekend of college basketball. The NCAA Women’s Final Four begins at 7:30 pm Friday night featuring South Carolina vs Stanford then at 10:00 pm Connecticut vs Mississippi State.

On Saturday night, the men’s Final Four features South Carolina vs Gonzaga at 6:09 pm followed by Oregon vs North Carolina at 8:49 pm.

NASCAR

Nascar season is underway and the talk so far has been of the “Monster Energy Girls” inappropriate outfits. Critics of the girls called their outfits inappropriate for a family event and took to social media calling them “hookers”.  Monster Energy put together a video in order to give the girls a platform to explain their presence at the track.  Not sure if the video hurt or helped the girls, but Monster Energy (the title sponsor of the NASCAR series) is sure getting a lot of play from all the attention.

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Jimmie Johnson’s Among Greatest, Kirk Cousins Worth $$$$, UT Apparently Fires Strong

NASCAR

jimmie-johnson-2With his 7th Sprint Cup Championship, Jimmie Johnson established himself as one of the greatest drivers of all time. Johnson is now tied with the legends Dale Earnhardt Sr and Richard Petty. Johnson is only 41 years old, and in motorsports he’s considered young enough to keep going and possibly grab that 8th Title next year.

FOOTBALL

The Washington Redskins, led by QB Kirk Cousins’ 3 touchdowns, dominated the Green Bay Packers.  Cousins has been playing on a $19.95 million one year franchise tag salary instead of a longer term salary, as the team wanted to determine if he was their quarterback of the future. After a big win against the Packers, Cousins appears to be on his way to a very large guarantee in the off-season. The Packers, on the other hand, appear to be collapsing. Sunday’s meldown marked their 4th straight loss. Redskins 42, Packers 24.

In college football, the Texas Longhorns have apparently fired their coach Charlie Strong, but Strong seems to be the last to officially know. According to ESPN, reports point to Strong getting the boot, but Strong claims he hasn’t officially heard from the University. Strong has been the head coach of UT for three seasons, but the Team has had disappointing results and may not get a Bowl bid this season.

 

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