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Dodgers Take 13 Innings To Tie Series, Red Sox Up 2-1, Warriors Unveil Banner And Rings

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It took 5 hours and 15 minutes and a much more enthusiastic crowd for the LA Dodgers to even the series with the Milwaukee Brewers at two games apiece. In the 13th inning, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hit an RBI single allowing Manny Machado to score and end the game. Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez took some heat after Monday’s loss to the Brewers for saying the crowd was unenthusiastic. Before last night’s game, he joked on Twitter, “The truth is, I suffer from ED,” then added, “So tonight, let’s all bring it. We can conquer Energy Deficiency together.” The Dodgers will head back to Milwaukee for Game 5 Wednesday night.

In the ALCS, the Red Sox hold a 2-1 advantage over the Houston Astros with Game 4 Wednesday night.

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The NBA season officially began Tuesday night. The highlight of the evening was seeing the Golden State Warriors unveil their championship banner and receive their rings in their home-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Steph Curry scored 32 points and Kevin Durant posted 27 in a win over the Thunder 108-100. The Warriors are odds-on favorites to repeat as NBA champions.

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Jimmy Butler Returns To Timberwolves, LeBron Entertains Crowd, NFL Announces Fewer Arrests

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The big news in the NBA was Jimmy Butler’s return to practice with his team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler asked for a trade three weeks ago and has made it clear he’s not happy (apparently the team didn’t previously use their cap space to make a deal with him). At practice on Wednesday, Butler showed his frustration with the team and yelled to their GM Scott Layden, “You f—ing need me, Scott. You can’t win without me.”  The Miami Heat remain interested in talks to acquire Butler.

In a meaningless pre-season game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, new Laker LeBron James added some much-anticipated star power and excitement. LeBron lit up the arena with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of play, including a buzzer beater three-pointer before halftime. It was also the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball’s first game coming back from knee injury, and after a slow start, wow’d the crowd with a perfectly timed alley-oop from LeBron.

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The NFL announced they’ve had significantly fewer arrests of their players over the last four years. According to the league, they’ve cracked down on punishments for domestic abuse and instituted services for the prevention of drunk driving. For example, the league partnered with Lyft car service allowing active players to receive $250 in credits.

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Rockies Win Wild Card After 13 Innings, Hugging It Out, Crowell Reps Dudewipes, Smith Covers Tattoo

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The Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs toiled for 13 innings in an exciting win or go home National League wild-card game. For almost 5 hours (setting a record for the longest winner take all game in baseball history) the two teams battled it out until Rockies backup catcher Tony Walters hit the winning run. The oddest play of the game came in the 11th inning when the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado tagged out Javier Baez between second and third base, but instead of throwing the ball to first base and trying for a double play, Baez prevented him from doing so by giving him a hug. The Rockies advance to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series.

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NY Jets running back Isaiah Crowell was chewed out by his coach and fined $13, 369 for his inappropriate touchdown celebration(wiping his rear with the football) in the Jets loss to the Cleveland Browns on September 20th. Even though Crowell said he was wrong, and it would never happen again, he looks as if he’s cashed in on the stunt. In an instagram post, Crowell showed off his new endorsement, dudewipes (a toilet paper substitute) and wrote, “Thanks to @dudewipes I am now covered. Never leave home without them!”

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Cleveland Cavaliers JR Smith has agreed to cover up a tattoo he got in August of the clothing brand Supreme. The League does not allow players to advertise brands on the court. Smith claims he does not have an endorsement agreement with Supreme, so it’s not clear why he got the tattoo in the first place. His only response was, “It was just something that I wanted to do,”

 

 

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Puig’s Dodgers Will Win Pennant While Pouring Beer, Kyrie’s Earth is Flat Apology, Mahomes Left Hander, Bell To Steelers Week 7

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Holding three beers in his hand after the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies and clinched as National League Champions, Yasiel Puig expressed confidence his team will not just make the World Series but will win it. “Hey, Atlanta. I’ll see you soon, baby! And the next round — Chicago, Colorado — no matter who’s going, we’re going to beat ’em. And we’re going to the World Series again. And this time, we’re going to win the World Series. 2018 — the big party is here in Los Angeles.” After the interview, Puig soaked the reporter with beer!

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Remember when Kyrie Irving started an “Earth is flat” movement? Well, now he’s apologizing saying he didn’t “realize the effect of the power of voice” adding he was “huge into conspiracies”, and “he’s actually a smart-ass individual”.

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The Kansas City Chiefs remain the only unbeaten team in the AFC. After their win on Monday night football over the Denver Broncos, everyone is talking about the stellar play of Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes who set a record of 13 touchdown passes in his first three weeks. On Monday night, even though he didn’t have quite the same stats as his previous games, he switched the ball to his left hand and completed a pass to Tyreek Hill. Teammate Kareem Hunt even called Mahomes a “magician” for that feat. Chiefs 27, Broncos 23.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported running back Le’Veon Bell will report to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 7. He explained why he is sitting out the first part of the season, “It sucks having to sit out football. I want to play. I want to win games and get to the playoffs. But I’ve gotta take this stand. Knowing my worth and knowing I can tear a ligament or get surgery at any time. I knew I couldn’t play 16 games with 400 or more touches.”

 

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Jacob deGrom Adds Milestone, NBA Plans For Women, Matthews Leaves Post And Let Go

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom added another milestone on his quest for the coveted NL Cy Young Award. In a win over the Atlanta Braves, and his last showing of the regular season, deGrom pitched his 1,000th career strikeout and lowered his ERA to 1.70. After the game he said, “I’m really excited with how the night went. I had the goal to get to that tonight. It was a lot cooler to get my 1,000th strikeout on my last pitch of the year than my first batter next year.”

With the regular season winding down, the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs are the two latest teams to clinch playoff spots. For the list of teams already heading to the post season, click here.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wrote a memo and explained to the teams his plan to have more women visible in the League in positions of leadership. To kick off the initiative, the League hosted its Inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum and plans to have more events over the next few months.

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Tenessee Titans receiver Rishard Matthews has reportedly been let go by the team after leaving an instagram message early Wednesday morning saying, “When Daddy’s home for good. That is unless someone calls him to get off the couch.” Matthews led the team in receiving until he suffered a knee injury and missed training camp. No word on where he’ll end up.

 

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Scherzer Records 300 Strikeouts, LeBron Practices Patience, Kremer And Storm Make History

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With 10 strikeouts Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer recorded 300 strikeouts in a season, making him only the 17th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to accomplish this feat. After this impressive accomplishment, Scherzer increases his chances of competing against Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies for the coveted NL Cy Young Award.

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LeBron James had his first practice with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and according to reports, all eyes and ears were on coach Luke Walton and not James. Everyone was anxious to get started on the season, although Lonzo Ball was still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but they spoke about their need for patience. James said, “I got to bring in the approach I get from home. When you have three kids, you have to be patient. I’m not calling these guys kids; they’re young men here, and some of these men have families as well. But you learn that you have to be patient and you have to gauge everyone individually very different to get the most out of them.”

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Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm will make history on Thursday night when they become the first females to call an NFL game. Amazon Prime Video will air the two announcing the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings game. Kremer has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for her stellar career reporting on games, and Storm has distinguished herself as an ESPN anchor. According to Storm, “I can’t imagine embarking upon this new role with anyone better than Andrea. A lifelong friend with Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials, she is the perfect partner. Together we’re looking forward to offering a new option for Prime members on Thursday nights and I’m excited to get to work!”

 

 

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Cuban Donates $10Mill, Vontae Explains Retirement, Gordon At Patriots, Dodger’s Puig On Fire

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The NBA held an internal investigation into “sexual harassment charges and improper workplace conduct” against the Dallas Mavericks organization over the last 20 years. According to the NBA, “investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.” Mark Cuban, the owner of the Mavericks, responded by announcing he’ll donate $10 million to “organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.” He also stated, “I’m just sorry I didn’t see it. I’m just sorry I didn’t recognize it.”

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Last weekend Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis (younger brother of Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis) went into the locker room at halftime of the teams’s loss to the Chargers and abruptly retired. His teammates were outraged, the media was baffled, and fans were furious. A few days later, Davis explained his sudden move to ESPN’s The Undefeated and said, “I went to the bench after that series and it just hit me. I don’t belong on that field anymore.” The 30 year old went on to say, “I left everything the league wanted me to be, playing for my teammates while injured, the gladiator mentality, it all just popped. And when it popped, I just wanted to leave it all behind. So that’s why I don’t care what people say. That experience was personal and not meant for anyone else to understand. It was me cold turkey leaving behind an identity that I carried with me for so long.”

Former Cleveland Brown Josh Gordon appeared at the New England Patriots practice on Wednesday, although coach Bill Belichick still won’t confirm Gordon is officially part of the team claiming the terms haven’t been completed. And, assuming Gordon is “officially” on the team by the weekend, there’s no word on whether Gordon will be healthy enough to play. Gordon tore his hamstring last weekend on a promotional shoot for a brand he’s promoting. The incident was seemingly the last straw for the Browns as they’ve had issues with Gordon in the past.

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The Los Angeles Dodger’s Yasiel Puig has been on fire hitting his sixth home run in 18 at bats. Puig’s performance has boosted the Dodgers to a 2 1/2 game advantage in the National League West.

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Westbrook Surgery, Curry Defends Williams, Red Sox 100 Wins, Allen To Start For Bills

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s MVP from the 2016/17 season, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee this week, forcing him to miss the team’s preseason. No word on whether he’ll be ready for the team’s season opener on October 16th against the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors Steph Curry weighed in and defended Serena Williams on how she handled her loss to Naomi Osaka at the US Open. Curry is friends with Williams and has shot many Chase bank commercials with her. He said, “The way Serena handled the situation, I think she handled it with such grace and class. At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she’s the U.S. Open champion and that’s pretty dope.”

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The Boston Red Sox took only 146 games to reach 100 wins, becoming the fastest team to do so since the Seattle Mariners in 2001. The team has only reached 100 wins four times in their franchise history (with the last one in 1946).

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The Buffalo Bills announced they will replace their rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman with the number seven overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Josh Allen. Allen will start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Bridgewater Traded, Browns Linebacker Insider Trading, Rodgers Signs Record Extension, Lonzo’s New Shot, Taking Shirt Off At Open

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According to reports, the the New York Jets traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints essentially confirming that their #3 pick Sam Darnold will open the season. Bridgewater found out he was traded on Wednesday and just had time to board the bus and say his goodbyes before the team left for their final pre-season game. New Orleans will start veteran quarterback Drew Brees (39 years old), but Bridgewater may be their quarterback of the future.

Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks admitted to insider trading and could face jail time. Kendricks received non-public information about trades from his friend Damilare Sonoiki who used to work for Goldman Sachs (and is now a writer for the show Black-ish). Kendricks reportedly made $1.2 million off of this information and paid Sonoiki back with cash and tickets to games.

Aaron Rodgers secured his future with the Green Bay Packers signing a $134 million contract extension. At 34 years old, he’s now the highest paid player in the League.  Rodgers posted on Instagram, “It’s been an amazing ride the last 13 years; excited to start year 14 knowing that my future is here, in Green Bay, for our 100th season. I’ve grown up in this place, and grown older and a little wiser along the way. … Looking forward to making some more memorable moments this year, and for years to come.”

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Lakers guard Lonzo Ball had a distinctive shooting style which many criticized (particularly during his rookie season in LA), but now Big Baller Brand posted a video of his new more traditional shot. We’ll see if it makes a difference this season.

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The heat wave at the US Open continued on Wednesday, so during a break Alize Cornet went into the locker room to change her shirt. When she returned to the court, she saw her shirt was on backwards and reversed it.  She was wearing a sports bra, but the umpire gave her a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. According to the Telegraph, “When she returned to the court, Cornet realised her shirt was on the wrong way round and so quickly changed it. The adjustment took no more than 15 seconds and she was wearing a sports-bra. However, the chair umpire stunned Cornet by hitting her with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty – though it wasn’t immediately clear if it was for a time violation or the actual shirt removal – in response to the seemingly innocent action.” Many are outraged at this action, particularly as men take off their shirts all the time. After the uproar, the US Open issued a statement of apology.

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Beckham Jr. Highest Paid Receiver, Ginobili Retires

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Odell Beckham Jr. worked out a five-year deal with the New York Giants making him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. According to reports, Beckham Jr. will receive $95 million over 5 years with $65 million guaranteed. The pro-bowl wide receiver hasn’t played in the pre-season but will be on the field for the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 9th. Odell commented on his contract, “Honestly, I don’t even know how to explain it. I don’t know if it’s a relief, I don’t know — it’s a combination of everything. You’ve worked all your life to get to this point and it’s finally here.”

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After a successful 16 season, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili tweeted he’s retiring. At 41 years old, he wrote,”Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball. IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.” Many current and former players responded to the announcement with their own admiration for Ginobili. Steph Curry summed it up with his tweet, “You embody how basketball is meant to be played,”

 

 

 

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