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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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Baseball Will Return, FBI Says Noose Not Hate Crime, NFL Allows Cities To Determine Fans, No Bradley For Lakers

BASEBALL

The Major League Baseball Players Union officially approved the imposed 60-game season, so it looks like we’ll have a baseball season after all. July 1st will mark the start of “spring” training with opening day on July 24th.

NASCAR

The FBI announced there was no hate crime against Bubba Wallace at Talladega over the weekend where a noose was found in Wallace’s garage. The investigators reported the noose had been in the garage since last October where it was used as a garage door pull. In addition, the report claimed that no one could have known Wallace would be assigned to that particular garage. Wallace commented on the report saying,  “The image that I have, that I have seen, of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage loop. I’ve been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that have never had garage pulls like that… It was a noose. Whether it was tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me, but someone tied a noose. It is a noose.”

FOOTBALL

According to reports, the NFL might allow individual teams and cities to determine how many fans will be allowed in the stadium. The NFL appears determined to allow fans to avoid losing billions in revenue. It’s estimated that the NFL could lose $3 billion if the season is played in empty stadiums.

BASKETBALL

The Los Angeles Lakers Avery Bradley announced he will not play when the NBA season resumes at Disney World. According to ESPN, Bradley is concerned about his family’s health particularly his six-year-old son who has a history of respiratory illnesses.

For those players reporting to Orlando, the NBA will have ring data monitors (called Oura rings) which can potentially access COVID-19 through heart rate and heart rate variability.

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MLB Imposed Season, NASCAR Shows Solidarity With Bubba Wallace

BASEBALL

After months of trying to agree on a deal to start the Major League Baseball season, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the league is imposing a 60-game season with no expanded playoffs. The imposed season asks players to report to camp on July 1st with opening day the weekend of July 24-26th. The players have until 5:00 pm today to respond to the league.

NASCAR

The NASCAR community rallied behind Bubba Wallace in a show of solidarity for the horrendous noose incident that took place over the weekend. The drivers, pit crew, and others pushed Wallace’s #43 car to the front of pit row prior to the Geico 500 at Talledega on Monday.  Wallace said it was emotional and meaningful and teared up saying,  “Sorry for not wearing my mask but I wanted to show whoever it was that you’re not going to take away my smile… The pre-race deal was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness in my life from all the supporters from drivers from crew members, from everybody here, the badass fan base, thank you guys for coming out here… This is truly incredible and I’m proud to be a part of this sport”

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Tiz the Law Wins Belmont, Horrific Racist Incident At Talladega

HORSE RACING

Tiz the Law ran away from the competition in a decisive win at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Tiz the Law, the fourth New York-bred horse to win the Belmont, was the heavy favorite having won four of his first five races. Roger Sofer, a part-owner of Tiz the Law, described the race saying, “It was great. Our (horse) just looked clear as can be. And once we got in the gate I was just hoping that we got out strong. … When we were sitting third or fourth I just kept saying, ‘I love where we are.’ ” Next up in this non-traditional Triple Crown series is the Kentucky Derby on September 5th and the Preakness Stakes on October 3rd.

NASCAR

A horrible event took place at Talladega on Sunday when a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage during the Geico 500. NASCAR is launching an investigation and issued a statement saying, “Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport. As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, also issued a statement saying, “Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society. … As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you.’ This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”

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NASCAR Bans Confederate Flag, Drivers Cut Ties With Beam Designs, MLS Tournament July 8th

NASCAR

NASCAR announced it is banning the display of the Confederate flag at all events (five years ago the organization requested fans not display the flag). The organization also removed a rule mandating that team members stand for the national anthem. Bubba Wallace, the only black driver on the circuit, praised the new rules while also debuting his new Black Lives Matter-themed car. Wallace told CNN, “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. I am 100% confident that a real NASCAR fan has the ability to enjoy a weekend in the infield just as much while flying an American flag as they do under the flag of a misguided, defeated nation that hasn’t existed for 155 years. If they can’t, then they’ve never loved NASCAR as much they have always claimed. They certainly have never loved it as much as I do.”

In related NASCAR news, drivers Jimmie Johnson, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch cut ties with Jason Beam of Beam Designs, a racing helmet designer, for comments on social media defending keeping the confederate flag. You can get a flag of your own too all you need to do is see the selection at Atlantic Flag and Pole.

SOCCER

Major League Soccer (MLS) announced the league will return to action on July 8th with matches played at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Assuming all goes as planned, MLS will be the first of the major North American sports leagues to return to competition. The tournament will last 35 days with the games counting towards the regular season, which is slated to begin after the tournament concludes.

 

 

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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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