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Gronkowski Retires, Duke Barely Survives

FOOTBALL

It’s now official. The fun-loving future Hall of Fame Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, announced his retirement. In an Instagram post, Gronk stated, “It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today.” Patriots coach Bill Belichick called Gronk “one of the most complete players at his position” and said, “His production spoke for itself, but his daily attitude, unmistakably positive energy wherever he went and toward whoever he touched will never be forgotten. Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play.”

BASKETBALL

In many NCAA brackets, Duke is projected to win the whole tournament (and at the very least make it to the Final Four), but on Sunday night, Duke barely escaped a loss to ninth seeded Central Florida. If it wasn’t for a shot that bounced off the rim but not into the basket, Duke would be out of the tournament. Duke 77, Central Floria 76.

For the rest of the teams making it to the Sweet 16, click here.

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Bengals Start 2-0, Gronk/Ramsey Matchup To Watch, Wright Will Take Field

FOOTBALL

With their win on Thursday night, the Cincinnati Bengals quieted their critics by taking down an AFC rival and posting a 2-0 start to the season. Quarterback Andy Dalton found receiver A.J. Green for three touchdowns (with Dalton throwing 4 TD’s in all).  The Ravens fought back, but it wasn’t enough and the Bengals won 34-23.

One matchup to watch this weekend features New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski against Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey. This game should be particularly entertaining as Ramsey said in an ESPN interview a month ago “I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.” When asked recently about these comments, Gronk said, “I feel like that talking right there, going out preparing and showing what we can do Sunday is louder than just talking trash all week. It makes it fun, though.” Yes, it should be fun, tune in Sunday 4:25 pm ET.

BASEBALL

The NY Mets announced they will activate their third baseman and captain, David Wright on September 25th, and he will play during the Mets final home game on September 29th. Wright has been fighting off injuries since May of 2016. In the press conference announcing his return to the field and implying he’ll retire afterward, Wright said, “playing baseball is ‘debilitating’ to his health and that ‘there’s not going to be an improvement’ in the problems that have cost him so much time.” Wright then told his teammates, “it’s truly been an honor to take the field with you, and serve as your captain. To the fans, words can’t address my gratitude.”

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Kaepernick’s Collusion Case To Trial, Gronkowski’s New Contract, US Open Umpire Interfering

FOOTBALL

Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL will go to trial. An arbitrator threw out the NFL’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit stating there was enough evidence for the case to be heard.  Kaepernick, who started the “take a knee” movement during the National Anthem, has not played since March of 2017 when he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

At 29 years old and starting his ninth NFL season, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, signed a new incentive laden contract that could make him the highest paid tight end in the League. His maximum salary for 2018 is $13.05 million which includes bonuses for playing time, receptions and touchdowns.

 

TENNIS

On Thursday a US Open umpire demonstrated questionable behavior when he stepped down from his chair to speak to Nick Kyrgios during the second set of his match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France. Kyrgios trailed 6-4, 3-0 and showed no interest in the match (which he’s been accused of doing many times before), when the umpire came to talk with him. An umpire leaving a chair to speak with a player  is highly unusual and many believe unethical. It’s not clear exactly what the umpire said, but when Kyrgios went back on the court, his attitude changed, and he came back to win the match. Kyrgios will now face superstar Roger Federer on Saturday. At a news conference, Federer expressed his opinion about the intereference saying, “It’s not the umpire’s role to go down from the chair. But I get what he was trying to do. He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves. You as an umpire take a decision on the chair, do you like it or don’t you like it. But you don’t go and speak like that, in my opinion. I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about ‘How are you feeling? Oh, I’m not feeling so well.’ Go back up to the chair. He was there for too long. It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter.”

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