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Cam Newton Suffers Foot Injury, Elliott’s Offer, College Football Season, Tua Wins Division At World Championship

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Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton suffered a foot injury in his preseason debut against the New England Patriots on Thursday night. Newton’s return to the field this week was highly anticipated, as he had shoulder surgery in the offseason and was working on a new throwing motion.  Coach Ron Rivera hasn’t commented about the seriousness of the injury.

It looks as if the Ezekiel Elliott contract standoff with the Dallas Cowboys is making some progress. According to reports, the Cowboys latest offer to Elliott would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the league. The offer is apparently somewhere in between NY Jets’ Le’Veon Bell’s $52.5 million with $35 million guaranteed and LA Rams’ Todd Gurley’s $60 million ($45 million guaranteed).

The College Football season begins Saturday the 24th. The first FBS game is Florida vs Miami (Fla) Saturday night at 7:00 pm ET. The AP preseason poll lists Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State in the top five teams.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is one the most hyped NFL prospects, but a horse named after him is also making a big splash. The 3-year old Tua, named after the national champion quarterback, won his division at the World Championship Horse Show.

 

 

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Carli Lloyd’s Impressive Kicking For Eagles, Cowboys Sent Message Signing Jaylon Smith

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Check out soccer star Carli Lloyd’s kicking prowess during her practice with the Philadelphia Eagles. The two-time World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Player of the Year was invited to practice with her favorite team. After kicking a 40-yard field goal followed by a 55-yarder, she certainly impressed the players with her skills.

The Dallas Cowboys signed linebacker Jaylon Smith to a five-year $64 million deal. According to reports, the long-term extension was a not-so-subtle message to their other star players looking to sign new deals: QB Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Amari Cooper.  The Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones stated, “I have a lot of respect for, you know, most agents. I really do. I think they’re trying to do their job for these players. But I do think sometimes they don’t have the end game that maybe the players should and we do.”

 

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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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Antonio Brown Sued For Not Paying The Sports Chef, The Ohio State University Trademarking “The”

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Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown can’t stay out of the news. After creating a stir with a helmet controversy and missed training camp days for a cryotherapy injury to his foot, it’s now reported that celebrity chef Stefano Tedeschi (known as “The Sports Chef”) filed a lawsuit against Brown for not paying him $38, 521 for a weekend of meals for his guests during the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Ohio State University (changed to “The Ohio State University” by the Ohio legislature in 1878) is looking to trademark the “The” when it’s used in conjunction with “Ohio State University.” According to a spokesman, “Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” The school is looking for the trademark to be used on clothing and hats.

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Jerry Jones Negotiates With Prescott, Elliott, Cooper, Golden Tate’s Fertility Medication, Roc Nation Partnership

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Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones is trying to figure out how to keep his offensive star players happy with new lucrative deals.  Jones offered Quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and receiver Amari Cooper salaries that would rank in the top five of their positions, but the three are still negotiating. Jones expressed his disappointment in the situation and how he needed to fit their salaries within the confines of the salary cap.  He said, “It’s not like me going out here and buying something that I have to decide whether I want to just spend to have that. That’s not it at all. It’s that I’ve got to realize that I can let a DeMarcus Ware out of here because I don’t have enough money because I paid it to too many others. That’s happened to me, and I don’t want it to happen again. And, we’ve got some top talent here.”

New York Giants newly acquired wide receiver Golden Tate (who was signed as a result of the team losing Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns) lost his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the League’s Performance Enhancing Substance Policy.  Tate claims he tested positive as a result of prescribed fertility medication he was taking in the hopes he and his wife could have a third child. Tate won’t be able to take the field until October 6th against the Minnesota Vikings.

The NFL reached a multi-year agreement with music, entertainment company Roc Nation, founded by rapper and business executive Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.  In an attempt to “nurture and strengthen community through football and music, including through the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative”, Roc Nation will advise the NFL on their selection of artists for major events including the Super Bowl. The company will also collaborate on “production, promotion, and marketing of live music events” and potentially producing artists podcasts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Simone Biles Makes History, Antonio Brown Refuses To Wear Helmet And Misses Practice Because Of Frostbite From Cryo

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With a double-double and a triple-double in the U.S. Gymnastics Championship, Simone Biles won her sixth national all-around title. Biles is the first woman in history to land a triple-double in completion on the floor.  Next up are the World Championships October 4-13th where the U.S. women won Gold last year and earned a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is creating drama for refusing to wear an NFL mandated helmet. He’s even claiming he’ll sue the league if he suffers an injury while wearing the new head covering. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown has claimed he’ll retire if he is not allowed to wear his old helmet. In addition to the gear issue, Brown has reportedly missed practices for dealing with frostbite in his feet after not using the proper protection in a cryotherapy chamber.

 

 

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NFL Move To Shrink Preseason Games, Murray Flawless, Browns Player Talks Way On To Team And Scores TD

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We’re in the first week of the NFL preseason’s four-week schedule. It’s a great chance for teams to get practice before the regular season begins, but most of the high profile stars aren’t playing full games for fear of injury. In fact, there’s a move to shrink the number of games in the preseason. According to a member of the NFL’s competition committee, Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, “The reality is that the preseason is changing pretty rapidly. The quality is not good, and it’s changing for the worse in terms of the quality of games. Even if you went to two [per team], I still think with the salaries that we’re paying, that people will be just reluctant to expose players to injuries. So you would have to figure out how much preseason you need to develop and evaluate young players. Veterans just don’t need it.”

Even though most of the star athletes only took a few snaps, there were some standout performances. The number one pick in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, had an almost flawless debut going 6 for 7 for 44 yards in a 17-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The New York Giants controversial #6th pick in the draft, Daniel Jones, had a solid drive with a touchdown and no incompletions to beat the New York Jets 31-22.

One of the best stories of the preseason was Sheehy-Giuseppi earning a spot on the Cleveland Browns roster by pretending to know the VP of player personnel. He made the story even better this weekend by catching an 86-yard punt return touchdown in the Browns’ 30-10 win over the Washington Redskins.

 

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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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42-Year Old Tom Brady Receives Two-Year $70 Million Contract Extension

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received a two-year $70 million contract extension bringing his salary to $23 million for 2019, $30 million for 2020 and #32 million for 2021. Brady just turned 42 years old and is showing no signs of slowing down. As a six-time Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he is only the 10th highest-paid quarterback in the league with Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson all making more than Brady this season.

 

 

 

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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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