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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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“Victory Fridges”, Acuña Jr’s Milestone, Puig/Hundley Ejected, Jeter And Marlins Requiring Spanish

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Cleveland Browns fans have suffered over the last two years rooting for a team without a win since December 24th, 2016. Bud Light plans to reward fans for their longtime loyalty giving out free beer after the Browns win their first game. They’ve installed “Victory Fridges” in 10 different locations in the Cleveland area. The fridges will automatically unlock as soon as the Browns win.

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Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. became the youngest player in history to hit a home run in five straight games.

In other baseball news, the rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers heated up on Tuesday when the Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Giants catcher Nick Hundley engaged in an outburst causing a bench-clearing brawl. Both players were ejected, and the Giants held on to win 2-1.

Miami Marlins part owner and CEO, Derek Jeter,  is reportedly trying to institute a policy to get players and coaches to learn Spanish. Even Jeter is taking lessons. He explained, “I’ve been to the Dominican and Venezuela. I went to Cuba with Major League Baseball in 2016. So I’ve been to those countries and tried to learn as much as I could about their cultures. Everybody expects the Latin players to make an effort to speak English. Well, especially here in Miami, if you don’t speak Spanish, you don’t fit in. I think it’s important.”

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Mayfield And Barkley Put On Show In NFL Preseason, Luck Jubilant, Wake Forest BBall Coach Charged In Tourist Death

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The NFL preseason games began Thursday night, and all eyes were on the rookies and the players coming back from injury. Number one pick in the draft Baker Mayfield provided one of the highlights of the night in his debut in Cleveland. In a  20-10 win over the New York Giants, Mayfield threw for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns, while the Browns newly acquired yet seasoned QB Tyrod Taylor completed 5 of 5 passes for 99 yards and a TD. Both QB’s are giving Browns fans some much needed hope for the future (the franchise lost every game last season and only won one game in 2016).  The Giants running back and #1 pick in the draft, Saquon Barkley, immediately impressed the crowd with his 39 yard run on his first carry in the NFL.

All eyes were on veteran quarterback Andrew Luck who missed the entire 2017 season due to a shoulder injury. Luck only played in two series during the game, but was jubilant after getting hit and realizing he could pop right back up. He even showed his excitement on the sideline and said he was “Just trying to control my emotions and then I just sort of said ‘screw it.  Whatever I want to think and whatever I want to feel, I’m going to feel it and let that happen. It was a little bit of pressure was off, in a sense, and I really had fun.”

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Jamill Jones, Wake Forest’s assistant men’s basketball coach, is facing charges of third degree assault in the death of a 35-year old tourist from Boca Raton. According to the police report, Jones punched the tourist (in New York City for a friend’s wedding) after he knocked on his car window thinking it was his Uber ride. The tourist fell to the ground resulting in fatal fractures to his skull. The investigation of the incident is ongoing.

 

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Colon Makes History, Rodgers Calls Practice “Piss Poor”, NFL’s Male Cheerleaders

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With his 246th career win, the Texas Rangers Bartolo Colon (nicknamed Big Sexy) became the winningest Latin American pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball.

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Veteran Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed his disappointment in his new crop of young receivers calling the practice “piss poor”. Rodgers said, “It was one of the worst cards sessions we had. I don’t know how you can make it any simpler. You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I’m accustomed to. I’ve been running that period for a number of years.” Rodgers also hinted at his frustration with the team releasing his favorite target Jordy Nelson.

The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will make history this NFL season when their cheerleaders take the field. For the first time in the NFL, both teams have male cheerleaders on their squad. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies made the LA Rams team in March and inspired Jesse Hernandez to try out for the New Orleans Saints. Back in March Jinnies tweeted,  “Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!”

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Colin Kaepernick’s Name Excluded From Madden NFL ’19, Faulk Suspended From NFL Networks

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A twitter user exposed video game maker EA Sports for excluding former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick in YG’s song “Big Bank,” which is featured in the new Madden NFL ’19.  Kaepernick created a movement in 2016 with his National Anthem kneeling protest, and when he wasn’t picked up by any team since free agency in 2017, he sued the NFL owners for collusion. The case is still pending and emotions still run high on both sides of the issue. According to EA Sports, “We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”

In other NFL news, a former wardrobe stylist at NFL network accused Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as well as Ike Taylor and Heath Evans for sexual harassment. As of now, all three are suspended from their roles as NFL analysts and aren’t expected to come back.

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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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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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Harbaugh Says Rookies Not Callused, Tebow Breaks Hand, Gary Sanchez Running, Lochte Banned Again

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NFL training camps are well under way, but after Baltimore Ravens rookie tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews missed the last five practices, Ravens coach John Harbaugh took to the media to complain. He said, “One thing I’ve noticed: Guys coming out of college aren’t as callused up as they used to be. We used to practice twice a day in full pads.”

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Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow was having a successful minor league season with the New York Mets but unfortunately broke his hand and will be out for the rest of the season.

With a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees are now 6 games behind the Boston Red Sox. Catcher Gary Sanchez could have saved the game but is now being vilified as he didn’t sprint to first base on a grounder which could have let Aaron Judge score the game-tying run. After the game, Sanchez admitted, “I should’ve run harder,”

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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte didn’t realize getting an IV infusion was against the US Doping Agency rules (unless it has to do with hospitalization) and even though no banned substances were involved, he still received a 14-month suspension.  Lochte said he was on his way to getting his life together after a 10-month ban for lying to officials during the 2016 Olympics when he falsely claimed he was robbed at a gas station. He reported to the media,  “It’s devastating to my family about this because I definitely made myself a better person after Rio, and I was back in training. I was feeling good. I was swimming fast. My son being born. Everything was happening. Everything was perfect, and then this happened. And it’s devastating.”

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Molinari Wins British Open, Tiger’s Best Start, Disgust For Josh Hader Standing O, Bad Cubs Fan, Barkley Contract

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Francesco Molinari won the British Open hitting a bogey-free 69 and becoming the first Italian to win a Major. Tiger Woods is back and looked like he could have won the tournament but faltered on the back 9. Even so, tied for 6th at 5-under par earned him his best finish in a major since 2013 Open.

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In a couple of fan-related stories:

The sports world is disgusted with Milwaukee Brewer fans for giving pitcher Josh Hader a standing ovation on his way to the mound. During the All-Star break, the media uncovered racist and homophobic tweets he made back in 2011. He said, he hated gay people, & tweeted “white power”. One fan tweeted, “Any Brewers fan at that game last night who participated in a standing ovation for that guy should be ashamed of themselves. What a disgrace.”

In Chicago over the weekend, the Cubs first base coach tried to hand a ball to a little boy in the front row. The ball bounced out of his hands, and the man behind him stole the ball and celebrated his great accomplishment (at the expense of the boy). Thankfully for the boy, Javier Baez noticed and gave him two balls, one autographed by Baez.

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Number 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, running back Saquon Barkley just signed a contract with the New York Giants for a reported $31.2 million guaranteed. He’s now one of the highest paid running backs in the League and hasn’t even played in a game yet. Barkley is taking his rookie contract seriously and stated “I want to invest it, put it in the right people’s hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals.”

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