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Brady’s Lackluster Debut, Cam Newton Solid, McCarthy’s Field Goal Decision, Tuscaloosa HS Historic Game Ending

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Here are a few recaps from the first weekend of NFL games:

Tom Brady’s much-anticipated debut as the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not go smoothly. He threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns but was also intercepted twice. The Bucs lost to the New Orleans Saints 23-34.

Cam Newton, Brady’s replacement as QB of the New England Patriots, had a solid debut with his new team. With his two rushing touchdowns, he helped the Pats beat the Miami Dolphins 21-11. There was a bit of skirmish at the end of the game when some Miami players tried to grab his chains, but Cam told reporters, “I still got my chain. I got two of ’em. They were reaching for my chain, though. They were reaching for my chain. And I think that kind of got under my skin. But yeah, through it all, man listen — I do not want nothing to be taken away from a great team game that we did have. And I don’t want to be selfish to kind of focus or dwell on that. I think for us as a team, or me personally — a lot of tempers can flare. And I was just teasing with coach, just letting him know that the College Park almost came out in me. Yet, through it all, man, it was all fun and games; and it was expected.”

Dallas Cowboys’ new coach Mike McCarthy is getting some heat for his controversial decision not to tie the game with a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys ended up losing to the Los Angeles Rams 17-20.

For more NFL highlights, click here.

In high school football over the weekend, Tuscaloosa’s Hillcrest High School pulled off an amazing upset against Wetumpka. Hillcrest was down two points with 59 yards to go to the opponent’s end zone. With nine laterals on the final play, the game was reminiscent of the infamous 1982 Standford-Cal game. Check this out!

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Chiefs Beat Texans On TNF, Edwards-Helaire’s Debut, House Jr. Protocol Violation

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The NFL season is underway with the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kanas City Chiefs, dominating the Houston Texans on Thursday night. After an early touchdown by the Texans, the Chiefs went on a 31-0 run and never looked back. The big story of the night was rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s impressive debut. Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown in a 34-20 win. The Chiefs stood for the National Anthem, while the Texans remained in the locker room. Both teams then linked arms for a moment of silence before the game. Arrowhead Stadium allowed about 17,000 people in the stands to cheer on the team.

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The NBA is still investigating Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. for a potential bubble protocol violation.  According to reports, House Jr. let a woman into his room Monday night. Apparently she was in the bubble to administer COVID-19 tests but was flagged at one of the checkpoints. House said he “vehemently” denies any wrongdoing, but if he’s in the wrong, his teammates have reason to be furious with him. The team is down 3-1 against the Lakers and could use House Jr. in the lineup.

 

 

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Authentic Wins Derby, Djokovic Hits Lineswoman And Gets Disqualified, Eagles Sign 41-Yr Old McCown

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With no fans in the stands, Authentic (at 8-1 odds) edged out the favorite, Tiz the Law, to win the Kentucky Derby.  The win gives Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez his third Derby victory and gives trainer Bob Baffert his sixth Derby win (tied for the most wins in the history of the Run for the Roses).

TENNIS

Number one seed Novak Djokovic was widely expected to win the U.S. Open, but an unfortunate event this weekend disqualified him from the tournament. In his fourth-round match against Number 20th seed Pablo Carreño Busta, Djokovic unintentionally hit a lineswoman in the throat with a ball. He immediately rushed to the back of the court to check on her, but the rules of conduct in tennis are explicit, and he had to default the match.

In an Instagram post, he said, “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong… As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being. I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior”

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The Philadelphia Eagles signed 41-year old quarterback Josh McCown to their practice squad, but they have no intention of having him join the team. The NFL increased the number of players they are allowed to have on their practice squads from 12-16 to give teams some insurance in case COVID-19 outbreaks affect their rosters. McCown, who will serve as the Eagles’ emergency quarterback and make $12,000 a week while living in Texas, is the oldest practice squad player in NFL history.

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Free Beer If Gardner Minshew Drafted In First Round, Messi Leaving Barcelona, Antetokounmpo Defensive Player Of Year

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has full confidence he’s going to have a great year and believes fantasy football fans should draft him with their #1 pick. As an added incentive, Bud Light announced it would send a free case of beer to fantasy owners who draft Minshew in the first round. Fantasy owners will also have a chance to win free Bud Light for an entire NFL season if they win their league championship with Minshew as their quarterback. Minshew posted the challenge in his pump-up video on Instagram.

SOCCER

Lionel Messi shocked the soccer world by announcing he will be leaving Barcelona, a club where he’s spent almost his entire life. Messi signed a contract on a napkin with Barcelona when he was only 13 years old. He’s played over 16 seasons with the team and helped them win 34 titles.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The award was based on games played through March 11th. The Milwaukee Bucks star received 75 out of 100 first-place votes.  LA Lakers Anthony Davis came in second and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert placed 3rd.

 

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Mitchell Joins Elite Group In Scoring, Harrell/Doncic Skirmish, Doncic’s Buzzer-Beater, Kobe Bryant Day, Thomas Terminated

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Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell joined Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Wilt Chamberlain as the only NBA players to score 50 or more points in a single playoff run. Mitchell’s 51 points in a Game 4 win over the Denver Nuggets overshadowed Denver’s Jamal Murray’s 50 points. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in playoff history that two opposing players scored at least 45 points.  With the win, the Utah Jazz take a commanding 3-1 lead in the first round of the playoff series.

After the LA Clippers Game 3 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, Montrezl Harrell was caught referring to the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic as “a (expletive) white boy”. Doncic also derided Harrell by telling him to “stop flopping”. Both players received technical fouls, and both players apologized for their comments.

Luka wasn’t supposed to play in Game 4 after spraining his ankle Friday night, but thankfully for the team, he joined them on Sunday. In an exciting buzzer-beater in overtime, Luka hit an astounding 3-pointer to tie the series 2-2.

August 24th is Kobe Bryant Day in Orange County, CA. The day, chosen for the two jersey numbers Bryant wore while with the Lakers, honors the basketball legend who tragically died in January in a helicopter crash.

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The Baltimore Ravens terminated Earl Thomas’s contract due to personal conduct issues. According to reports, Thomas punched teammate Chuck Clark during practice. For a timeline of Thomas’s disruptive time in the NFL, click here.

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Kittle Highest Paid TE, BodyArmor Wants To Surpass Gatorade, Curry Could Have Own Brand, Kobe Bryant Day

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The San Francisco 49ers made tight end George Kittle the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. Kittle will make  $75 million over five years, including an $18 million signing bonus. $30 million guaranteed at signing and $40 million guaranteed for injury.

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BodyArmor is trying to surpass Gatorade as the #1 sports drink. The company lists James Harden, Mike Trout, Naomi Osaka, and recently  Christian McCaffrey as some of their athletic partnerships. BodyArmor’s CEO Mike Repole said, “This is either going to go bankrupt in five years or going to be the No. 1 sports drink by 2025.”

According to a report by Letsgowarriors.com, Stephen Curry could have his own brand (similar to Michael Jordan’s label, Jordan Brand, with Nike) through Under Armour.  Under Armour hasn’t confirmed or denied the report.

Orange County supervisors declared August 24th as “Kobe Bryant Day” in Southern California county where the superstar lived before his tragic helicopter accident.

 

 

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LeSean McCoy A Buccaneer, Jazz & Lakers Win In NBA First Night

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are serious about helping out their new quarterback Tom Brady. According to ESPN, the team signed veteran running back LeSean McCoy to a one-year deal.

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Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, scored the first and last points as the Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104 on Thursday night. In a puzzling coaching decision, the Pelicans benched their star player Zion Williamson for the final 7 minutes of play. He played a total of 15 minutes and scored 13 points in his team’s loss.

In the second game of the night, LeBron James finished big for the LA Lakers and helped them pull off a 103-101 win over the LA Clippers.

 

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Cespedes Hits HR As DH, Verlander’s Forearm Strain, Jamal Adams A Seahawk, Together Mode In NBA, Lou Williams Quarantined After Strip Club

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On Friday, the New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes became the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball to hit a home run in a regular-season game between two National League Teams. The new designated hitter rule allows players like Cespedes, who have suffered injuries, to perform during this shortened season.

There was a buzz over the weekend about the Houston Astros Justin Verlander missing the rest of the season due to a forearm strain, but Verlander weighed in and said he would be back.

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The Seattle Seahawks picked up safety Jamal Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick from the New York Jets in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald and a 2021 first-round and third-round pick as well as a 2022 first-rounder. Adams hasn’t been shy about wanting to leave the Jets, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise that the Jets unloaded him prior to the beginning of the season.

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The NBA is getting creative in bringing the fan experience to the arena. They are experimenting with allowing fans to virtually appear and interact with each other at upcoming games. They will be using Microsoft Team’s new together mode” which will allow fans to feel like they are participating. “Together Mode uses AI segmentation technology to digitally place participants in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else in the meeting or class.”

The NBA is also working with its broadcast partners to use more camera angles to enhance the at-home viewing experience.

Los Angeles Clippers Lou Williams will need to quarantine for 10 days inside the Disney bubble. He left the bubble for a funeral (which would have required a 4-day quarantine), but then photos of him at a strip club with rapper Jack Harlow appeared on social media getting Williams in trouble. Williams will miss two seeding games and forfeit up to $150,000 in salary.

 

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Yankees Prevail In Rain Delayed Debut, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s First Pitch, Mookie Betts Kneels, MLB Expanded Postseason, Washington Football Team, Tyson Out Of Retirement

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Major League Baseball kicked off the season Thursday night with a matchup between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals. Of course, this is 202o so the debut of North American live sports didn’t go smoothly. Before the game, Nationals star Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19, but even though he was with teammates earlier in the week, the game did not get called off. Then, a massive rainstorm hit causing the game to wrap up after only five innings. The Yankees recorded a 4-1 win.

Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch at the Yankees game and it was a bit off-center. With everything he has going on, it’s doubtful he had time to practice, so let’s give him kudos for his attempt.

In the second game of the night, the Los Angeles Dodgers put away the San Francisco Giants 8-1. Mookie Betts made his debut for the Dodgers, but no one was talking about his hitting. Betts made his statement by kneeling during the National Anthem, while most of the team stood.

In an announcement prior to the first pitch, Major League Baseball announced they are expanding the number of teams competing in the postseason from 10 to 16.

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After officially scrapping the name Redskins, Washington announced its new name will be the “Washington Football Team” for the 2020 season. The colors will remain the same, and the logo on the helmets will be replaced by a gold player number decal.

BOXING

Mike Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, will come out of retirement to take on four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in a fight scheduled for September 12th.

 

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NFL Players Concerned About Logistics Of Season, LeBron’s Rookie Card $1.845 Mill

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Some influential NFL players are not satisfied with the logistics of how the League is planning to start the season. Training camps are expected to open this week, and the players are concerned about the lack of information on what’s been put in place to maintain health and safety standards. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the league can impose report dates, and the teams can fine players if they refuse to show up. Some notable stars took to twitter. Here’s a sampling of what they said,

Drew Brees: “We need football! We need sports! We need hope! The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that. If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy, there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done, NFL.”

Patrick Mahomes: “Getting ready to report this week hoping the NFL will come to agreement with the safe and right protocols so we can feel protected playing the sport we love”

Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence proposed to his girlfriend Marissa Mowry at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Lawrence led the Tigers to back-to-back College Football Playoffs where he helped them beat Alabama for the Championship in his freshman year and led them to an undefeated season in his sophomore year (where they ended up losing to LSU in the championship). Lawrence and Mowry have been dating since high school.

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LeBron James set yet another record when his rookie card sold for $1.845 million, the most money ever paid for a basketball card at an auction.

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