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Kyrie Irving Trade To Celtics For Isaiah Thomas, ESPN’s Robert Lee Relocated

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It was no surprise the Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving, wanted out of Cleveland, but the trade with the Boston Celtics appeared lopsided to many sports fans. The Celtics gave up Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick for Kyrie. LeBron James took to social media to express his appreciation of his time with Irving and said, “That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode”.  LeBron and Irving will face each other early on when the Celtics head to Cleveland on October 17th for the first game of the NBA regular season.

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With the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA, ESPN was concerned for their broadcaster Robert Lee, who shares a similar name to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose statue was removed this month. ESPN apparently consulted with their broadcaster and asked if he’d prefer to be relocated from covering the Virginia-William and Mary game, and Lee agreed. ESPN explained the decision by saying, “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”

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Magic And Lakers Investigated For Tampering, Boldin Announces Retirement

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The NBA is investigating the Los Angeles Lakers and specifically their President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, for tampering with a potential trade of the Indiana Pacers Paul George. George will be a free agent next summer, and shortly after expressing his desire to play for the Lakers, the Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They didn’t get great trade value for him, however, as (according to the Pacers), no team would want a player who is planning on leaving anyway. The Lakers deny there was tampering, but if the investigation proves there was any kind of side-deal, the Lakers could lose draft picks and suffer a financial fine. In addition, George might be disqualified for playing for the Lakers.  This whole incident stemmed from Magic Johnson’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel where he joked about wanting George on the team.

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After 14 years in the NFL, Anquan Boldin announced he’s retiring. Two weeks ago he signed with the Buffalo Bills but now says he’d like to devote his time to fighting for human rights. Boldin and his wife have been actively involved in charitable work including sponsoring scholarships for college. In 2015, Boldin focused his attention on criminal justice after his cousin was fatally shot by a police officer when his car broke down on a highway. In his statement to the press he said, “Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work, and at this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority.”

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NBA Changes Rules On Resting Players, KD Criticized For Taking Less Money

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Many NBA teams received criticism last season for resting their players during regular season games. Fans felt they paid good money to come to games and didn’t like seeing health players resting up for a more important game or for the playoffs. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he understands teams need to prevent players getting injured, but felt there should be a better balance. “There is an expectation among partners that teams are going to act in appropriate ways, (and) find, as I said, that right balance between resting on one hand and obligations to fans and partners on the other.” With that said, he’s instituted a number of other rules to benefit players in an  82 game schedule.

This summer, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant signed a two year $51 million dollar contract. Many basketball enthusiasts are giving him a hard time, not because it’s a lot of money, but because it’s so much less than he should be making. He’s accused of giving the Warriors a “discount” so the team could afford some of its other star players. Durant told the Atltantic in a recent press conference, “Well, I’m a smart guy and I want to keep this thing going and looking at Andre and Shaun (Livingston) and Steph (Curry) — they all should make the most money that they can make and get what they deserve. Because they were all underpaid and I knew at some point they’d want to get what they deserve. So I just took a step back and let the chips fall where they may. Then I took it in my hands. I wanted to keep the team together and I thought it was going to help the ownership bring all the guys back. And on top of that, it’s my money. It’s my decision. I can do what the hell I want with it.” Durant can opt out of his contract after this season, and if all goes well, he’ll be one of the highest paid players (which, of course, will also bring criticism).

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Ravens Weigh Kaepernick Option, More LaVar Drama, Kyrie Believes Earth is Flat

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The Colin Kaepernick drama continues with the Balitmore Ravens weighing the potential downsides of signing Colin Kaepernick as another backup quarterback, while their starter Joe Flacco is recovering from back surgery. The team’s owner, Steve Bisciotti, has been consulting with current and former players in addition to fans and said,”I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did. Non-violent protesting is something that we have all embraced. I don’t like the way he did it. Personally, I kind of liked it a lot when he went from sitting to kneeling. I don’t know, I’m Catholic, we spend a lot of time kneeling.”

The team is also considering signing former Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (RGIII). The Los Angeles Chargers were looking at RGIII as a backup to Philip Rivers, but then opted to sign former Buffalo Bill rookie (and Ohio State National Champion, QB Cardale Jones) instead.

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LaVar Ball can’t stay away from controversy. According to reports, he “crossed the line” again in Las Vegas over the weekend when he berated a female referee who gave him a technical foul. He had her replaced mid-game, and the crowd went crazy upon hearing him claim she was “out of shape” and “should stay in her lane”.  The group that supplied the referees for the tournament was disappointed in how Adidas (the organizers) handled the issue and has now cut ties with the shoe company.

Kyrie Irving is still talking about leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, but another story this week faults Kyrie for influencing middle school students’ belief that the earth is not round. According to Avi Wolfman-Arent from NPR, middle school teachers are having a hard time teaching because their students listen to Irving instead of actual science. One teacher commented, “Immediately I start to panic. How have I failed these kids so badly they think the Earth is flat just because a basketball player says it? They think that I’m part of this larger conspiracy of being a round-Earther. That’s definitely hard for me because it feels like science isn’t real to them.”

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Flacco Back Issue, Kaep Possible Replacement, Jones Missing Diamond, Irving Ripped Ring, Irving Trade Talk

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The Baltimore Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco will miss the start of training camp on Thursday. Reports differ on whether he’ll be out just one week or between three and six weeks due to a disk issue in his back. If he’s out for awhile, there’s now speculation on whether the team will look into signing former SF 49r Colin Kaepernick.  Kaepernick has been waiting all year to hear from an NFL team even though quarterbacks with lesser talent have been scooped up.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hired a team of divers to try and find his diamond earring worth more than $100,000. Jones lost his earring after hitting a wake while on his jet ski. According to the divers, it will be impossible to find.

In other missing jewelry news, Dallas Cowboys linebacker David Irving was searching for his missing nipple ring. During training camp, it was torn off of his body and now his nipple is ripped. Ouch!

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The Cleveland Cavaliers held a press conference re-stating the team is “in charge”, but talk of a massive Kyrie Irving trade still appears to be in the works, causing many to wonder what the team is thinking about its superstars.

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Derrick Rose Signs With Cavs, Dallas Cowboys Off-Season Scandals

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Derrick Rose agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after his rocky season with the New York Knicks. The 2010-11 NBA MVP signed a league minimum salary of $2.1 million and will give the Cavs some star power in the backcourt if Kyrie Irving leaves the team. LeBron James went on social media saying “Let’s Rock G!!” to express his excitement about his new teammate!

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The Dallas Cowboys just can’t seem to avoid off-season scandals. The latest incident involves receiver Lucky Whitehead who was arrested last month for shoplifting at a Wawa convenience store. Whitehead didn’t show up at his cout appearnance and even though he claims it was a case of mistaken identity, Cowboy coach, Jason Garrett, doesn’t want any more problems so released him from the team. He stated, “There’s a certain way we want to handle ourselves, on and off the field. There’s a standard that we have. We believe very strongly in adhering to those standards and trying to uphold them, each and every day, in everything that we do. When we don’t do that, we do everything we can as an organization to hold players and everyone in the organization accountable to what those standards are.” The Cowboys franchise is also dealing with domestic violence allegations against their star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

 

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Jordan Spieth Wins British Open, Irving Seeking Trade, Gilbert’s Apology Over Detroit Ad

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Jordan Spieth won the British Open by shooting 5 under par in his final 5 holes. With the win, Spieth is celebrating his 3rd major grand slam title. At only 24 years old, Spieth is one of the favorites to win the 2017 PGA Championship.

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade for next season. According to reports, Kyrie doesn’t want to be in LeBron James’ shadow anymore and is interested in the San Antonio Spurs, the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat.

In more Cleveland news, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert (who also owns a Detroit real estate company), dealt with major backlash over the weekend when his company popted a sign in downtown Detroit stating, “See Detroit like we do”. The image in the ad only showed white people, while census data reflects the city as more than 82% black. Gilbert posted on Facebook his mistake and said, “Although not intended to create the kind of feelings it did, the slogan/statement we used on these graphics was tone deaf, in poor taste and does not reflect a single value of philosophy that we stand for at Bedrock Development or in our entire Family of companies.”

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Williams Loses In Final, Federer Keeps Dominating, Ball Out With Tight Calves

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As the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, Venus Williams fell in the Championship match to Garbine Muguruza. Ranked #15, Muguruza beat Venus 7-5, 6-0.

In the men’s final, Roger Federer continued his dominance by winning his 8th Wimbledon final. At 35 years old, Federer keeps adding to the record books.  Unfortunately for fans, his Wimbledon final was uneventful against Marin Cilic with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory. Cilic claimed to have a blister, and at one point Cilic broke down in tears knowing he couldn’t play his best against the best. He now has 19 Grand Slam titles under his belt and will try for his 20th in New York during the US Open which begins August 28th.

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The LA Lakers Lonzo Ball has been turning in solid performances during the NBA Summer League, but now has the team and his fans concerned as he walked off the court in the 3rd quarter of the Laker’s semi-final match against the Dallas Mavericks. The injury appears to be “tight calves”, but the Lakers certainly don’t want an injury to the most hyped player of recent memory.

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ESPY’s, Lonzo Best Game In Nikes

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Peyton Manning hosted the 2017 ESPY’s (the annual sports awards show) handing out awards to Russell Westbrook for best male athlete, Kevin Durant for best championship performance, the Golden State Warriors for best team, Simone Biles for best female athlete after her 4 gold medals, and the Chicago Cubs (for best moment) by winning the World Series after 108 years. For the full list of winners, click here. Peyton Manning hosted the show, and in the opening took some barbs against Kevin Durant, joking he should join the women’s winning gymnast team because they’re so dominant. KD did not look pleased!

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The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball had his best game of the summer league. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lonzo electrified the crowd (including LeBron James) by posting 36 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Lonzo noticeably wore Nikes instead of his $495 Big Baller Brand shoes.

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Rockets Sign Harden To Largest NBA Contract, Lonzo Ball’s Debut, Fultz Sprained Ankle

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The Houston Rockets signed James Harden to the largest contract in NBA history. After Harden made the NBA All-Star Team, he was eligible for a designated player extension which combined with his $118 million extension signed last July, boosts him to a $228 million contract until the end of his contract in 2022.

The Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball (#2 pick in the draft) had a rough start to his NBA Summer League debut going only 2 of 15 shooting against the Los Angeles Clippers. He came back strong, however, the next night with his first triple double in the pros. Not surprisingly, Ball is bringing the fans out with over 17,000 tickets sold for Saturday night’s game. He’s even wearing his Big Baller Brand shoes.

In other summer league news, the Philadelphia 76ers #1 pick Markelle Fultz suffered a sprained ankle Saturday night in a matchup with the Golden State Warriors. He will miss the rest of Summer League, but is expected to be back to normal activities in 1-2 weeks.

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