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DWTS Incident Over Lochte, C.J. Spiller Cut, Marshall Talks With Denver Chief, 49rs Tailgate Issues Solved

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Ryan Lochte felt bad about inadvertently causing an incident on his new gig, “Dancing with the Stars”. Two men wearing anti-Lochte shirts rushed the stage after Lochte and his partner, Cheryl Burke, finished their fox trot routine. The show had to take a commercial break in order to deal with the altercation but no one was hurt.

FOOTBALL

The New Orleans Saints cut running back C.J. Spiller after just one week into the season. Spiller was acquired by the Saints last year during free agency but was placed on injured reserve two weeks before the end of the season. Travaris Cadet has taken Spiller’s role but C.J. stated, “It’s a first-class organization that gives the players everything they need to be successful. So, I definitely don’t have any hard feelings.”

As reported earlier, the Denver Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall has lost two sponsorships for kneeling during the National Anthem. The Broncos’ organization encouraged Denver’s police chief to spend some time with Marshall discussing how the organization works and the life and death situations they face while on the job. The two met for an hour, but there’s no indication on what Marshall will continue to do during the singing of the National Anthem.

tailgatingIf you’re a SF 49er fan and heading to a game, there’s no need to panic about running out of food or beverages at a tailgate party anymore. The San Francisco 49ers have teamed up with Amazon to deliver items directly to fans’ parking spots before a game. The service is called Amazon Prime Now and is free if delivered within two hours but costs $7.99 if delivered within the hour.

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Lochte Joins Dancing With Stars, Hope Solo Suspended, Ole Miss Coach Fakes Funeral, Chargers Pull Offer To Bosa

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Dancing with the starsApparently the whole Ryan Lochte story isn’t exactly what’s been reported. According to new reports, Lochte didn’t ransack a gas station. He and his posse did urinate in the bushes and destroy a poster, but that’s all. Two security guards at the station, pulled guns and took $50 in cash, but their previous claim they were held up by fake policemen was false. Lochte’s reputation may never be the same after his “exaggeration”, but he may have a chance to redeem himself this Fall. According to news outlets, Lochte will appear in the next rendition of Dancing with the Stars airing on Sept. 12th.

Goalie Hope Solo was suspended for six months by US Soccer for calling Sweden “a bunch of cowards”. At 35 years old, Solo also had her contract terminated by the US National Team. US Soccer President stated: “Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. national team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”

FOOTBALL

Coaches try all sorts of motivating tactics but Ole Miss’ football coach took an unusual route. He faked his own funeral to show his players what he would want said about him when the time comes. We’ll see how well this strategy worked when the season begins.

In NFL news, the San Diego Chargers pulled their offer to first round draft pick Joey Bosa. Bosa, a defensive end from Ohio State, was the #3 pick in the 2016 draft. If he had agreed to the contract with the Team, he would have received (according to the Chargers) a signing bonus larger than any rookie in the last two years. According to reports, one point of contention was Bosa wanted 100% of his $17 million signing bonus while the Chargers wanted to grant him 85% at signing and the rest in March. NFL rules state Bosa can not be traded to another team at this point as he would have had to sign his contract with the Chargers by August 8th in order for San Diego to trade him.  Looks like Bosa didn’t anticipate the Chargers tough stance!

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US Men’s/Women’s Team Cruise To Gold, Neymar’s Kick Wins Gold For Brazil, Curry’s Used Mouthguard Sells At Auction

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The US Women’s basketball team looked unbeatable from the moment they stepped on the court last week. Fast forward to the Finals and they were still unbeatable and untouchable with an easy win (101-72) over Spain to grab the Gold. The Women’s Team beat their opponents all week by an average of 40 points per game, so crushing Spain in the Final wasn’t a surprise.

The US Men’s basketball team also brought home the Gold. They didn’t look quite as dominant as the women’s team during the week, but with the leadership of Coach K (his third gold medal in 3 Olympic games), the gold-medal game against Serbia was a blowout from the start of the second quarter. US 96, Serbia 66.

NeymarIn the men’s soccer final, Brazil’s Neymar shot the winning penalty kick against Germany in the gold medal game giving Brazil it’s first Gold medal. Neymar had been criticized all week for his commitment to the Team, so when he dropped to his knees after his winning kick, the country erupted in celebration.

Click here for more unforgettable stories (and there certainly were many) from the Rio Olympics.

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In other, non Olympic news, Steph Curry’s mouthguard was just sold at auction for $3,200. Oh, and did I mention it’s a USED mouthguard. Very odd.

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Lochte And Friends Scandal, Bolt Fastest Man, Eaton World’s Greatest Athlete, Maroulis Historic Wrestling Win

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The bizarre story of swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other teammates getting robbed at gunpoint by fake police now appears to be fabricated. Lochte’s teammates, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, recanted the story after they were pulled from their flight back to the US. The police also found video from the gas station where the swimmers claimed they were held up, showing Lochte and friends trashing the bathroom and refusing to pay the damages. The swimmers haven’t been formally indicted yet but this story was an embarrassment for the Rio police and for the reputation of the US Team. For more on Ryan Lochte’s self-absorption and bad behavior, read Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins piece.

Usain BoltIn more uplifting news, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt cemented his legacy as the greatest sprinter of all time by winning the 200 meter gold medal on Thursday night. With eight Olympic Gold medals, no one has come close to his legacy on the track. Andre De Grasse of Canada (who brought home the Silver) pushed Bolt a bit in the semi’s but didn’t challenge him in the final. Bolt has now won Gold in the 100 and 200 meters in the last three Olympics. Truly a stunning feat!

Winning the Olympic Decathlon signifies all-around athletic greatness but winning 2 years in a row as the United States’ Ashton Eaton did, is certainly an incredible accomplishment. The Decathlon consists of 10 different track and field events and the winner is considered the “worlds greatest athlete”.

Helen Maroulis stunned Japan’s three time Olympic Gold medalist Saori Yoshida and made history by securing the first ever US Women’s Wrestling Gold.

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US Swimmers Bizarre Story, US Women’s Historical Sweep, Men & Women’s bball In Semis

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In a bizarre story, two US swimmers, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz,  have been detained by Brazilian authorities for discrepancies with their story about getting robbed at gunpoint while returning to the Olympic village. Teammate, Ryan Lochte would have been detained as well but had already left for the US. This story is still developing.

Brianna RollinsUS Track and Field had a big night on Wednesday. For the first time in Olympic history, three teammates swept the 100 meter hurdles. The US women, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin, took home the Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively and sent a wave of excitement through the crowd as no other Nation has accomplished this feat.

The US men’s basketball team have been heavy favorites but haven’t completely played up to their potential in the last 3 games (even though they’ve still managed to win). With a decisive 27 point victory Wednesday night against Argentina, the Team looks primed (and will need to be at their best) for the semi-final matchup with Spain on Friday night.

The US women’s basketball team continues to dominate their opponents and will head into the semi’s against France on Thursday.

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Biles & Raisman Win Gold/Silver, Kerri Walsh Jennings Loses For First Time

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Simone BilesThe US brought home the Gold and Silver in the floor exercises Tuesday night. As expected Simone Biles mesmerized the crowd for the Gold and teammate Aly Raisman’s exceptional routine secured the Silver. With Biles’ 5 medals (4 Golds) and Raisman’s 3 medals, and Laurie Hernandez’ Silver on the beam, USA walked away with a record nine overall gymnastics medals. The US gymnasts quickly become celebrity darlings during the games. Hernandez now has her own meme and Biles’ crush, Zac Effron, even made the journey to plant a kiss on Biles’ cheek.

Kerri Walsh Jennings, the former reigning champ of beach volleyball who had never lost a match in her Olympic career, lost Tuesday night to Brazil. Walsh Jennings had won Gold in Athens, Beijing and London with her former partner Misty May-Treanor. Walsh Jennings and new partner,  April Ross, have a shot of taking Bronze if they beat the other Brazilian team.

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Shaunae Miller Dove Over Finish Line, 4 NFL Players To Cooperate Or Suspended

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Shaunae MillerIn an unforgettable moment on the track in the Women’s 400 meters, the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller thrilled the crowd by throwing her body over the finish line to edge out Allyson Felix to win the Gold. She claims she didn’t even know she had won the Gold until she heard her mom screaming!

NFL

Four active NFL players, Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison, Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and free agent Mike Neal, were linked to performance enhancing drugs through a documentary called The Dark Side airing on Al Jazeera America. The documentary used hidden cameras to implicate these players. According to the NFL, these players will be suspended if they don’t cooperate with the NFL’s investigators before August 26th.

 

 

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Ledecky’s Astounding 800 Meters, Bolt Makes History, Phelps More Golds Than Most Countries, Biles Wins Again, Hope Solo Bad Loser

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Katie Ledecky set a world record with her astounding win in the 800 meter freestyle. It was no surprise to anyone who’s been watching Ledecky, she would win in this event as it’s her strongest, but her margin of victory was purely breathtaking. The best description I’ve seen is from Washington Post reporter, Dave Sheinin who wrote,”The men’s 100-meter dash final Sunday in track and field will begin and end in the time she spent waiting.” The win gives Ledecky her fourth gold of the Olympics.

Usain BoltAnd speaking of the men’s 100 meter dash, the fastest man in the World, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt made history by winning his third straight Gold. No one has ever won three consecutive Golds in this event.

Michael PhelpsWith his 23rd Gold medal over the weekend in the 4×100 meter relay, Michael Phelps cements his legacy as the greatest Olympic athlete of all time. He has now won more Olympic medals than anyone from any other country and if Phelps was his own country, he’d be tied with South Africa in 38th place for most Golds.

Simone Biles won yet another Gold (her 3rd so far) with two difficult vaults. Biles has two more individual events left, the balance beam and floor exercises, so expect some more hardware before the week is over.

In women’s soccer, the US Team was considered favorites but fell to Sweden in the quarterfinals. Losses happen in the world of sports, but the always controversial US goalie Hope Solo, made the sting of the loss much worse by complaining her opponents were cowards by playing conservatively. Solo is rightfully getting vilified on social media for acting like a sore loser.

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Manuel Makes History, Phelps Adds Another Gold, Biles & Raisman Win Gold And Silver, LeBron Will Sign $100 Mill Contract

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Simone ManuelSimone Manuel made history Thursday with a gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle. Manuel tied Canada’s Penny Oleksiak and became the first African American female swimmer to win an individual gold medal.

To no one’s surprise, Michael Phelps won again. In the 200 meter individual medley, Phelps made his win look easy with a 1.95 second margin of victory. In swimming, that’s a huge gap. Phelps now has 22 gold medals to his name.

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman earned gold and silver respectively in the gymnastic individual all around. Biles is considered one of the best US gymnasts of all time and her performanceThursday didn’t disappoint or surprise her many fans. 22 year old Raisman’s performance, however, was the emotional highlight of the evening. After tying for 3rd (and losing out in the tie-breaker to miss the bronze medal) in the 2012 Olympics, Raisman burst into tears after her floor routine, knowing she had secured the silver.

NBA

After a summer of speculation, LeBron James announced he’ll sign his much anticipated 3 year $100 million dollar deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With this contract, LeBron becomes the highest paid player in the NBA. In announcing his signing on Uninterrupted, he said,  “I can’t wait to get back out there in the wine and gold and just get the band back together.”

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Ledecky’s 3rd Gold, USA Men’s Basketball Tough Game, Green Water For Divers

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Katie LedeckyKatie Ledecky strikes again. The US Team fell behind in the first three legs of the 4×200 relay and were trailing Australia by .89 seconds before Ledecky dove in and as the anchor, helped the team win Gold by 1.84 seconds. Australia took the Silver and Canada grabbed the Bronze.

After two one-sided blowout games against China and Venezuela, USA men’s basketball finally got a challenge Wednesday night against Australia. Trailing at halftime and then trailing again in the 4th quarter, the US Team fought hard and pulled out the win. With a game high 31 points, Carmelo Anthony became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer in Olympic history. USA 98, Australia 88.

green poolIf you’ve been watching the diving or water polo events, you’ve noticed the water is an odd shade of green. According to officials, some chemicals were missing but there was no risk to the athletes. Apparently they “found” these chemicals and the water will be back to blue going forward.

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