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Jay Gruden Fired, Colts O-Line Keeps Mahomes Off Field, Prescott Says We Sniffed Ourselves Too Much, McCaffey Exciting, Joe Tsai Says Tweet Damaging

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After an 0-5 start to the season, the Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden as Head Coach. In his career with the Redskins, he’s gone 35-49-1 in 6 seasons with only 1 playoff appearance in 2015. Bill Callahan will take over as interim Head Coach.

In some other NFL weekend highlights, the Indianapolis Colts offensive line let quarterback Jacoby Brissett do his thing and kept Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes off the field handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.  Colts 19, Chiefs 13

The Dallas Cowboys fought valiantly against the Green Bay Packers, but after a missed field goal with a minute left to play, they now have their second straight loss following a 3-0 start to the season. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw three interceptions and blamed the team’s arrogance for the loss. In his post-game press conference, he said: “All I could say that sure we might’ve sniffed ourselves a little bit too much.” Packers 34, Cowboys 24

One of the most exciting players in the NFL right now is the Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey. In a 34-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, McCaffrey has three touchdowns and leads the league with 866 yards from scrimmage.

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The NBA has been trying to develop a close relationship with China for many years and even has an NBA office in China. The league is not looking to foster any controversies which is why Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s recently deleted tweet (“Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”) supporting the protesters has caused an uproar. Nets owner and co-founder of Chinese company Alibaba, Joe Tsai, took to Facebook to point out how damaging the tweet was and said that Morey “was not as well informed as he should have been. But the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.”

 

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Serena Crushes Maria, “Linsanity” Goes To CBA, Lloyd Offer To Kick In NFL

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Serena Williams looked unstoppable crushing Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in her first round at the US Open. The win marked her 19th consecutive victory over Sharapova. 37-year old Serena (dressed in a skintight bodysuit which fans said “won the night”) has been suffering from back spasms, but is hoping to win her 24th major title, which would tie her with Margaret Court for the record.

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Jeremy Lin, the former New York Knick who caused a global craze called “Linsanity” in 2012 when he helped the team turn their season around, has signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. Lin won a title with the Toronto Raptors last season, but failed to sign as a free-agent this summer.

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As reported last week, U.S. women’s soccer star, Carli Lloyd, created some excitement in the sports world when she kicked a series of 55-yard field goals at a Philadelphia Eagles practice. Now, according to Fox Sports, Lloyd has been receiving calls from NFL teams (with one in particular) offering her a slot to play in a preseason game this week. Lloyd is playing with her national team this week against Portugal so is unable to take up the offer from the unidentified  team.

 

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Andrew Luck’s Shocking Retirement, Dwight Howard Signs With Lakers

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Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck shocked the sports world over the weekend with the announcement he’s retiring. At almost 30 years old, Luck stated he was tired of dealing with injuries, which in his 7 years in the league included: torn cartilage in two ribs, torn abdomen, lacerated kidney, torn labrum, and an ankle sprain. In his news conference Saturday night, Luck stated, “It’s very difficult. I love this team. I love my teammates. … It’s sad, but I also have a lot of clarity in this.”

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Dwight Howard signed a one-year $2.6 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to a contract buyout with Howard allowing him to return to the team he left six years ago after a disappointing 2012 season.

 

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Zeke Who? Brown’s Helmet Saga, Williamson Not #1 With Peers, Red Sox Sale Miss Season

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Running back Ezekiel Elliott is training in Cabo while continuing his holdout with the Dallas Cowboys. With pre-season in full swing, the Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones made what he thought was a light, humorous remark about the impressive debut of running back Tony Pollard. When asked after about Elliott, Jones said, “Zeke Who?”. After Jones heard that Elliott found the remark disrespectful, he said, “Pollard would complement ‘not replace’ what Elliott brings to the Cowboys”. Zeke’s contract negotiations are still ongoing and his fines for not reporting to training camp are soaring above $900,000.

Antonio Brown’s helmet saga continues. The Oakland Raiders wide receiver is continuing his fight with the NFL over having a certified helmet. Brown lost his first grievance with the league and has now filed a new grievance asking for a year grace period to find a suitable replacement. The Raiders are clearly annoyed with the distraction as evidenced by GM Mike Mayock’s statement: “You all know that A.B. is not here today. So here’s the bottom line. He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that. We appreciate that. But at this point we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in, or all out. So we’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We’re really excited about where this franchise is going. And we hope A.B. will be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions. Just wanted you guys to know where we were.”

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Zion Williamson, the #1 pick in the NBA draft, was not named by his fellow rookies as the player who would have the best career from their 2019 class. Williamson’s teammate at Duke, Cam Reddish (the 10th pick in the draft going to the Atlanta Hawks) received the most votes. The Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant and the Hawks’ De’Andre Hunter also received more votes than Williamson.

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will miss the rest of the season due to a left elbow injury. He will likely avoid having to get Tommy John surgery which would have sidelined him all next season, but the loss of Sale this year is a major disappointment for the Red Sox’s playoff hopes. Sale is having the worst season of his career, but the Red Sox still could have used his flashes of brilliance (this season became the fastest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts).

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Alibaba’s Tsai Buys Rest Of Nets, Lakers Permission To Speak To Howard, A’s Fan’s Fairy Tale

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Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai bought the remaining portion of the Brooklyn Nets he didn’t already own from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. According to the AP, Tsai paid $2.4 billion for the team, making it the biggest deal ever for a U.S. sports franchise. In a separate deal, Tsai also bought the Nets’ arena, the Barclays Center for close to $1 billion. Tsai attended the Lawrenceville School and then went on to Yale where he played lacrosse.

Will Dwight Howard become an LA Laker now that their star center DeMarcus Cousins is out from a torn ACL? The Lakers have been granted permission from the Memphis Grizzlies to speak to Howard, but according to a team source, “The Lakers’ interest in Howard is more due diligence at this point.” Howard played for the Lakers in 2012, and if he goes back, it would be his sixth team over five seasons.

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Recently, the Oakland A’s signed baseball fan Nathan Patterson to a contract after throwing a 96 mph ball in a speed-pitch booth while attending a game with his brother. This fairy tale story gets even better after Nathan struck out all three batters he faced in his debut with the A’s rookie-level Arizona League.

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Kaepernick Posts He’s Ready To Play, Durant Doesn’t Hold Warriors Responsible For Injury

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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick has been out of football for three seasons, but recently posted on social media that he was “still ready” to play and was in top shape.  Kaepernick settled a collusion case against the NFL in February where he claimed his protests against police brutality and the US treatment of black people prevented him from getting picked up by a team.

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Kevin Durant told the media he doesn’t hold the Golden State Warriors responsible for his Achilles’ tendon injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals this season. Durant said, “Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no. I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [trainer] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s— because I’m going to be back playing.” In July, Durant signed a four-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets $164 million.

 

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Puig’s Fight Shortly After Trade To Indians, Luck’s Setback, A.J. Green Ankle Surgery, LeBron’s AAU Fun

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A fight broke out between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds in the 9th inning Tuesday night. Shortly after the Reds traded Yasiel Puig to the Cleveland Indians, Puig was ejected. Pirates 11, Reds 4.

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET.

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Coming off a great season, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck recently experienced a setback after suffering a left calf strain. He will be out at least 2 practices. According to Luck, “If I Go Out Here With Pain, I’ll Be Average….It’s Not Good Enough for This Club.”
In more injury-related news, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered an ankle injury during the first practice of the preseason. He underwent surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss multiple games once the regular season begins.

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LeBron James has been getting lots of attention (good and bad) for hamming it up at his son Bronny’s AAU summer league. He’s clearly having a blast (and so are the kids) dunking and being dunked on. On one enthusiastic play, he even lost his shoe.

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Zion Signs With Jordan Brands, Adrian Peterson In Debt

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The New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie Zion Williamson signed a seven-year shoe contract with Jordan Brands. The #1 pick in the NBA draft was courted by many shoe companies, but according to Zion, it was his “dream” to wear the Jordan logo. He said, “I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the Jordan Brand family. Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league & having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had & continues to have today. He was one of those special athletes I looked up to.” The Jordan Brand also represents Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, and Blake Griffin.

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Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson is having financial trouble even though he has made close to $100 million over his 13 seasons in the NFL. Peterson’s lawyer explained that this is “yet another situation of an athlete trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of by those he trusted.” Peterson will enter Redskins training camp this week competing with Derrius Guice for the starting position.

 

 

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Madden NFL 20, Taco Tuesday

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The annual EA Sports edition of “Madden NFL” will debut on August 2nd, but already players are complaining about their ratings. If you were one of the four players getting a 99 rating, you were happy, but others took to social media to express their dissatisfaction with their ratings or their friends ratings. Some, like Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence,  got an 89 rating and went as far as demanding a boycott of the game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who clearly has nothing to prove, joked about his 60 speed rating (although he got a 96 overall) by posting a fun video.

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LA Lakers LeBron James and new teammate Anthony Davis look like they are bonding. James invited Davis over for his famous family Taco Tuesday night, and the two looked like they were in sync.

 

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Simmons Agrees To Max Extension, Cavs Waive Smith, Clarke MVP Summer League, Cuban Ironically Fined, Open In N. Ireland

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In some NBA off-season news, Ben Simmons agreed to a 5 year $170 million max extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. Securing Simmons, the 2017-18 rookie of the year, gives the 76ers a great lineup with newly signed Al Horford, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson.

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived JR Smith after failing to find a trade option for him. As of now, it’s unclear where the free agent will land.

The NBA Summer League is over and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke was named the MVP. Clarke, the #21st overall pick in the NBA draft,  is the fourth Grizzlie in the past seven Summer Leagues to win the award.

The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban $50,000 for leaking information during a Board of Governors meeting. The irony, according to Cuban, is that the person (reportedly Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé) leaked the incident but won’t get fined for that infraction. Cuban told ESPN, “I appreciate the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should, but won’t, get fined for leaking to you.”

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Golf’s final major championship takes place this week at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The tournament is hosted in the United Kingdom, and for the first time in 68 years, the Open will be in Northern Ireland.

 

 

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