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Ureña Suspended, Foles Hurt In Preseason, 76ers Hire Former WNBA Player

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In a follow up to the report of Marlins pitcher Jose Ureña throwing a fastball and intentionally hitting Ronald Acuña Jr (ending his streak of homering in five straight games), Ureña has been fined an undisclosed amount of money and suspended for six games.

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In preseason action, the Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, hurt his shoulder in a preseason game agains the New England Patriots. No word yet on how serious the injury is, and whether he’ll be ready for the regular season. Tom Brady’s preseason debut went much better throwing for 172 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the first half.

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The Philadelphia 76ers hired Lindsey Harding, a former WNBA star who was the #1 pick out of Duke in the 2007 draft, as a full-time scout. She is the second former WNBA player hired as a scout for an NBA team. After working as an assistant for the Toronto Raptors summer league, Harding felt confident pursing a career in the NBA. She said, “I think I wanted to know what was really the difference in women’s basketball compared to men’s, and how the players would respond to me. What I realized was that basketball is basketball. The game is stronger, the game is faster in that way. But I found there was so much, not only that I had learned, but that I could also teach.”

 

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Acuña Gets “Gutless” Hit By Fastball, “I’m Trying Jennifer”

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The Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuña Jr. was attempting his 4th consecutive game leading off with a home run when a bitter Marlins’ pitcher Jose Ureña threw a fastball hitting him in the elbow. Many feel Ureña intentionally tried to hit him so Acuña’s streak would end. After the pitch, the benches cleared and the players and fans were up in arms. As the Braves’ Freddie Freeman said,  “It was gutless, I know that wasn’t the Marlins. That was just Jose Ureña. I don’t understand it. Just because a kid is having fun playing a game and having incredible success makes no sense.”

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Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCullum complained in an interview a few weeks ago about star players joining superteams (specifically Kevin Durant going to the Golden State Warriors) saying, “I would never do anything of that nature. I think that it’s disgusting. No. It’s disgusting. I’m not built like those guys. I was raised differently … I think some players will take that route. But most guys have too much pride, want to really win on their own.” The video of his interview recently resurfaced and Twitter reacted. Social media really took off when “Jennifer” tweeted to McCullum, “Win a playoff game then talk”. McCullum responded with, “I’m trying Jennifer”. “I’m trying Jennifer” is now trending as a meme, and some fans have made t-shirts hoping this phrase becomes the Blazers team slogan!

 

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Harbaugh Confident No Violations, Rodgers Hopes Team Not Soft, Anthony Signs W/Rockets, deGrom’s Prospects

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After 13 football players at the University of North Carolina were suspended for selling their team-issued Jordan brand shoes on the secondary market, reports surfaced that Michigan athletes (not necessarily football players) may have sold their Jordan brand shoes as well. Football coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t suspect any of his players violated the NCAA regulation, and as far as he can tell there won’t be any suspensions this season.

Last week Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers called his team’s practice “piss poor“. He clarified the comments this week saying he wasn’t trying to send a message and stating, “I hope we’re not that soft.”

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Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Houston Rockets. The big question is whether he’ll be a starter or come off the bench. According to Coach Mike D’Antoni, “We talked about everything. How we would handle this or do that. All he wants to do is win. He wants to come in here & contribute, even said he wanted to be the glue guy. We got to figure out what’s the best way to play him & get the max out of him.”

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Jacob deGrom helped the Mets beat the Yankees on Monday night, walking off the field to cheers from an enthusiastic New York crowd. With the win, deGrom has 7 wins and a .500 season (although he’s recorded a 1.81 ERA), so many are speculating whether his poor team performance will prevent him from winning the NL Cy Young award. Even though he’s considered one of the best pitchers in the game, according to the stats, “no starting pitcher has won the Cy Young with fewer than 13 wins.”

 

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Roquan Smith Unsigned, LeBron James Presidential Run 2020, Fortnite Coaches

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Roquan Smith, the linebacker out of Georgia and number 8th overall pick in the NFL draft, remains the only unsigned first-round draft pick. According to the Chicago Bears coach, Matt Nagy, the holdout has to do with the NFL’s new helmet rule, where players can get ejected if they use their helmet to “butt, spear, or ram an opponent.” Smith’s contract stipulates he could lose guaranteed money if he gets suspended due to the rule. Many involved in the details of this issue believe the helmet rule makes sense on some level (even though could be tough to enforce), but the Bears have dug in on this issue which has Smith, his agents (and some in the media) upset.

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LeBron James hinted he may take on President Trump in 2020. He told CNN “I don’t know. I may… if they [The Democratic Party] have no one, I believe there may be someone… I may [run]. Let’s see.” LeBron has often been very critical of Trump and said, “Our president is using sport to divide us and that’s something I can’t relate to. Sport was the first time I was around someone white, and I got the opportunity to learn about them and them about me. Sport brings [people] together.” LeBron has been a big proponent of education reform and recently opened his “I Promise” school for at-risk kids.

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Many parents try to get their children to stop playing video games all day, but the gaming craze is getting more serious (with scholarships to colleges on the line), and some parents are anteing up to get their kids to be the best.  The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted how parents are paying coaches to work with their children to become better Fortnite players. One parent said, “There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it. You can imagine what that was like for him at school.” According to reports, over 125 million people worldwide play Fortnite. 

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Hall Of Fame Inductees, More Racial/Homophobic Remarks, LeBron’s “I Promise”

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Six new baseball legends were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman and Jack Morris. In an emotional moment at the beginning of the ceremony, Thome teared up watching his 15 year old daughter sing the National Anthem.

Two more Major League Baseball players had their past racial and homophobic tweets uncovered. Fans have seen recent tweets from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (who disgustingly got a standing ovation in his last game pitching), and now Atlanta Braves Sean Newcomb and Trea Turner have been exposed. Newcomb tried to explain himself and said, “This is something that obviously can’t be happening. I feel bad about it. I don’t mean to offend anybody. I definitely regret it.”

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LeBron James will hold a news conference today announcing the launch of his foundations’ “I Promise” school. The school will team with Akron Public Schools and focus on helping kids who need extra academic assistance.  LeBron spoke about his passion for making sure at risk kids don’t fall through the crack. He also spoke about his decision to move to LA. He said, “This is kind of like a dream come true for me. You know, growing up, I was a Cowboys fans, I was a Bulls fan, I was a Yankees fan, and I’ve always felt like that was one of the historic franchises. You look at the Lakers, and being able to play for a historic franchise, with so much history, you know? And now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kind of like looked up to when I was younger, you know, and wanted to make no-look passes like Magic, wanted to get on the break and be ‘Showtime’ like Magic, and then for it to all come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything.”

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CJ McCollum Calls Durant Soft, Luck Will Play, Jones Reports To Camp, Jones Addresses Owens And Anthem

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In a heated twitter exchange, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum called Kevin Durant’s decision in 2016 to join the Golden State Warriors “soft”. Durant then responded by tweeting, “U think that low of me CJ? I just did your f–in podcast. Snakes in the grass boy I tell ya.”

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After missing the 2017 season, the Indianapolis Colts reported quarterback Andrew Luck will play in the team’s preseason opener August 9th.

Atlanta receiver Julio Jones has been in a contract dispute with the Falcons, but it’s been reported he’ll still show up to practice at training camp. Jones has three years left on his contract and according to team sources, the Falcons will “creatively increase his potential to earn more than his scheduled $10.5 million base salary in 2018.” They went on to say, “We have come to an agreement with Julio, and we will re-address everything in 2019.”

In a recent interview, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said  Terrell Owens skipping out on the Hall of Fame ceremony was a mistake.  Owens responded by saying“Jerry ‘made a mistake’ of releasing me after listening to others when I produced, gave my ALL, sacrificed my health for the team but who am I?! But hey I thought Jerry had a mind of his own too. #GOFIGURE What I’m doing is for the FANS. #THISISFORYOU”

Jerry Jones also stated his policy for the team on the National Anthem and said, “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line”.

 

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Zlatan And LeBron Move Like Small Ninjas, Love Signs $120 Extension, Gurley Signs Largest Guarantee In NFL History

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LA Galaxy’s outspoken and confident star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, expressed his interest in seeing LeBron in LA and acknowledging both he at 6’5″ and LeBron at 6’8″ move like small ninjas.  “Of course I will see (LeBron) play basket. I don’t know if he’s interested in soccer, even though soccer is bigger than basket will all due respect for basket. Of course I will see him. I think him as an athlete is amazing. What he is doing, the way he is doing it, because I see myself also being so big and move like a small ninja, what he does also, so I find it fancy. That inspires a lot of people. I think we’ll watch each other, of course.”

In other NBA news, Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love signed a 4 year $120 million contract extension.

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Running Back Todd Gurley set a record signing a 4-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams worth $60 million, $45 million guaranteed (the largest guarantee ever for a running back in NFL history). In the past, teams have been reluctant to pay running backs large guaranteed money because they tend to be more prone to injuries than some other positions. This deal could be a game changer for other high profile running backs like Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell who is currently trying to negotiate his own contract.

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Carmelo Anthony On The Move, NFL Puts National Anthem Policy On Hold

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Carmelo Anthony is reportedly on the move in a complicated trade.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will trade Anthony and a top 14 protected first round pick in 2022 to the Atlanta Hawks for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. Muscala will then go to the Philadelphia 76ers for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with Philly sending Justin Anderson to Atlanta. It’s not over yet, because the Hawks will then waive Anthony, and he’ll be a free agent where he’ll get his entire $27.9  million buyout. The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat appear to be front-runners for signing Anthony.

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The NFL has put their National Anthem Policy on hold explaining”no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks.” All NFL teams are required to file paperwork with the NFL before training camp explaining how they plan to discipline players during the season. The Miami Dolphins were the first team to submit their paperwork and suggested a potential 4 game suspension for kneeling during the Anthem. The NFL then decided to put the policy on hold (before the other 31 teams weighed in), as they knew they would be faced with a PR nightmare.

 

 

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Terrell Owens Interested In CFL, Raptors Deal For Kawhi Leonard, Josh Hart MVP, Cambage WNBA Record

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Terrell Owens created some controversy when he announced he wasn’t going to attend his induction ceremony at the Hall of Fame and instead give his induction speech at the University of Tennessee. In response, the Hall of Fame will not recognize Owens at the ceremony. Now, Owens’ agent confirmed he’s interested in the Canadian Football League and has 10 days to negotiate a deal with the Edmonton Eskimos.

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The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are close to a deal where the Raptors will acquire forward Kawhi Leonard in a package which includes shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. According to reports, neither player is thrilled with the trade.

The Los Angeles Lakers have back to back MVP’s.  Last year Lonzo Ball was named the MVP in the Las Vegas Summer League, and now guard Josh Hart took home the honor.

With 53 points against the New York Liberty, Dallas Wings’ 6’8″ center Liz  Cambage made history setting a record WNBA single-game scoring record. Congrats!

 

 

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Serena Williams In Wimbledon Finals, Isaiah Thomas 1 Yr Deal With Nuggets, Jeremy Lin To Hawks

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Serena Williams beat Goerges in the semis at Wimbledon in easy straight sets 6-2, 6-4. She will face Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Saturday in the finals. Serena is 36 years with an almost 1 year old baby girl.  Before maternity leave, Williams was ranked #1 in the world, but after 13 months off, her ranking dropped to #183. Tournament organizers, however,  agreed to seed her 25th at Wimbledon in order to show the tennis world they don’t penalize women for taking time off for maternity leave.

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After a hip injury causing Isaiah Thomas to bounce around the League from Boston, to Cleveland, to the Lakers, it’s been reported Thomas will sign a one-year $2 million deal with the Denver Nuggets as their 6th man.  It’s also been reported Jeremy Lin will leave the Brooklyn Nets and head to the Atlanta Hawks.

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