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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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Dwight Howard A Wizard, LaVar Claims Lonzo Makes LeBron Better, Joey Chestnut Wins Again

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Dwight Howard,  traded to the Brooklyn Nets this off-season is now reportedly heading to the Washington Wizards in a one year deal worth $5.3 million. Even though Howard is known around the League to have attitude issues and can be disruptive in the locker room, the Wizards needed a Center.

Outspoken and controversial dad, LaVar Ball claims his son Lonzo will be a great teammate for LeBron and will make him better. After the Lakers signed Rajon Rondo last week, Lonzo’s position with the team has been in question. Defending his son’s abilities, LaVar said, “Lonzo makes everybody better, including (LeBron). Lonzo’s gonna get along with anybody he plays with. He’s just got that special gift,”

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In the Annual Independence Day hot dog eating contest at Coney Island, defending champion Joey Chestnut took home the title again, and this time broke his own record of 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Chestnut has won the title 11 times and is ranked #1 in the world by Major League Eating (yes, that’s a thing). Miki Suto won her 5th consecutive title in the women’s event by downing 37 dogs.

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Lakers Told To Tone Down Roasting, Kemp And Chirinos Ejected

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The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are friends and are known to roast each other on social media. The Laker organization has now decided this “friendly” roasting needs to be toned down as it’s getting personal.  If the two teammates are friends, why would the Lakers care? Some speculate the organization is courting LeBron and doesn’t want the appearance of any discord on the team, although Ball and Kuzma (with Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart) insist they’re just having fun. Ingram said, “Whether it is talking off the court, whether it is talking on the basketball court, we really have had a bond.”

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Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp collided at home plate in the third inning with Texas Ranger Robinson Chirinos causing both players to be ejected. Kemp was tagged out, but not before lowering his shoulder and running into Chirinos. Chirinos shoved him causing both benches to clear. According to Chirinos, “he leaned into me and put his shoulder into me. That’s when I rushed him. Everyone knows the rule, they preach it to us in spring training. It was emotional.” Dodgers won the game 3-2.

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LeBron And Lonzo’s Matchup, Kerley’s Ghosts Of Christmas Past

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LeBron James wowed the crowd on Thursday night posting his 59th career triple-double against the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Lakers also had a solid night with 13 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds from Lonzo Ball and a helpful 26 points from Brandon Ingram. Unfortunately for the LA,  that wasn’t enough to fend off the might Cleveland Cavaliers. The most talked about part of the game was after the buzzer when LeBron searched out Lonzo for a quick chat. LeBron pulled up his jersey so no one could understand what he was saying to the famous Ball brother, and both players refused to reveal the conversation in post-game interviews. Lonzo grew up idolizing LeBron, and LeBron seems to have taken a liking to the rookie.  To add intrigue, LeBron will be a free agent this summer and there’s talk of where he takes his talents next. Maybe to LA?

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In the category of “now we’ve heard it all”, New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley actually blamed failing a drug tests on ghosts (specifically ghosts of Christmas past). No joke, he said, ” I don’t know, a lot of ghosts around here. Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past.”

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Porzingis Makes History, Lonzo Solid, LaVar Reprimanded, Joel Embiid Shines

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Tuesday night’s matchup between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers did not disappoint (and it wasn’t just because of great basketball and a superstar performance from Kristaps Porzingis).  Porzingis posted 37 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks (first player in NBA history with 35 points, 10 rebounds 5 blocks and 5 three-point field goals). The matchup with the Lakers also featured Lonzo Ball (and controversial dad LaVar and brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo cheering on the sidelines). Lonzo had a solid game with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but the highlight of the night was his alley-oop dunk when the score was tied at 61-61. Knicks pulled out the win in overtime. Knicks 113, Lakers 109.

Speaking of LaVar, he was called into the Lakers front office and asked by team President Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka to “tone down” his criticism of Lakers’ coach Luke Walton.

The Philadelphia 76ers needed the power of a healthy Joel Embiid to help the team beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime. Embiid missed two games after suffering back issues, but came back strong Tuesday night with 28 points for the win.  76ers 118, Timberwolves 112.

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Watson Suffers Season Ending Injury, Luck Out For Season, Ball Scoreless

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Houston Texans’rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a season ending ACL injury during Thursday’s practice session. Watson was enjoying a record-setting rookie season, tieing for first in touchdown passes and first in rushing yards. The Texans were on pace to be competing in the AFC South, but now with Watson’s injury and their star defensive end J.J. Watt’s injury, the team’s prospects aren’t too encouraging. The Giants Odell Beckham Jr, who also suffered a season ending injury last month, sent Watson a note of encouragement saying, “Lil bruh I know at this time things may be scary. Your first year in the league; running for MVP; trying to win a championship, trying to get the spot you deserve, to defy the odds, to do the things they said you can’t, and it all gets taken away.“ He went on to say, “Everything is a blessing in disguise. Truly believe that this all happens for a reason. Take this time to evaluate and appreciate everything you’ve been blessed with. Life’s still good, kid. WE LIVINN!! And we will be back better than ever. I’ll see you this off-season lil b.”

Speaking of injuries, the Indianapolis Colts announced their quarterback Andrew Luck will not play at all this season. Luck has been suffering from a shoulder injury since 2015 and has now been officially placed on injured reserve. Luck has the bigggest contract in Colts history, so it’s no surprise they were hesitant to take him out for the season.

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Lonzo Ball became the only starting point guard this season to go scoreless in 25 or more minutes when he failed to score a point in the Los Angeles Lakers loss to the Portland Trailblazers Thursday night. Lakers coach Luke Walton explained Ball’s poor outing by saying he was too passive. “We want him to be more aggressive with attacking the defenses. I feel like tonight was one of those nights where he was more passive with it than looking to really attack them.”

 

 

 

 

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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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NBA Draft: Markelle Fultz And Lonzo Ball #1 & #2, Jimmy Butler Trade

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The NBA draft took place Thursday night, and the first two picks went off as expected. The Philadelphia 76ers chose Washington’s Markelle Fultz with the #1 pick, the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed UCLA’s Lonzo Ball with pick #2, and the Boston Celtics selected Duke’s Jayson Tatum at number 3. With Phoenix taking Kansas’ Josh Jackson and the Sacramento Kings picking up Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox at #4 and #5 respectively, the 2017 draft marked the first time in NBA history the top 5 spots went to college freshmen. For the rest of the draft, click here.

The big trade of the day went to the Minnesota Timberwolves who landed Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls and a #16 pick in exchange for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and a #7 pick.

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