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Lakers Need Wins, Embiid’s Historic 50, Burner Phones At Olympics, Bucs Coach Seen Enough Dumb

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According to reports, Lakers coach Frank Vogel might be out of a job soon if the team doesn’t start performing better.

Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid scored 50 points Wednesday night in a win over the Orlando Magic securing his place in history (along with Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson) as the only NBA players to score 50 or more points in fewer than 28 minutes.

OLYMPICS

During the Beijing Winter Olympics, all athletes, audience members, and media are required to download the MY2022 app for Covid monitoring, news, and other features. Many are concerned with potential security breaches in the app and have been told to bring burner phones and create new email accounts while they are in China.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians will try and appeal a fine of $50,000 for slapping safety Andrew Adams helmet in the team’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. According to Arians, he was trying to prevent Adams from committing a penalty and that he’s “seen enough dumb”.

 

 

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Chiefs Beat Chargers In OT, Jags Fire Meyer, Hunter Commits To Jackson State, Brady’s Fashion Line, Shaun White Retiring

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Kansas City beat the Los Angeles Chargers 34-28 in overtime on Thursday night, giving the team its seventh straight win.

In other NFL news, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Urban Meyer after only 13 games. Meyer’s tenure with the team was described as controversial and divisive.

Travis Hunter, the #1 recruit in college football, announced on National Signing Day he was de-committing to Florida State and will be playing for Jackson State next year where he’ll be playing for Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

Tom Brady has a new fashion line (BRADY) which launches on January 12th. He’ll be partnering with nine college athletes and one draftee. He stated, “Having these 10 athletes represent our first BRADY campaign is really special. They are hardworking and driven players in the early stages of their careers and each one of them embodies the spirit and ethos in which our brand was founded.”

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Three-time Gold medalist Shaun White announced he’ll be retiring after the Beijing Winter Olympics.

 

 

 

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Curry Best Shooter Ever, $380 Mill Settlement By Olympic Committee, No Boycott From S.Korea, Nike Signs First-Ever Student Endorsement

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At only 33 years old, Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is now the best shooter to ever play in the NBA. On Tuesday night against the Knicks, Curry secured his place in history with his 2,974th 3-pointer, leaping over Ray Allen’s previous record. Allen was in attendance at the Garden to cheer on Curry and see his record eclipsed.

GYMNASTICS

USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee agreed to a $380 million settlement for failing to protect athletes from sexual predators such as those abused by Larry Nassar, the gymnast’s former team doctor. The settlement is one of the largest sex abuse settlements in history.

OLYMPICS

Many countries (including the U.S.) have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing Winter Olympics, but South Korea has refused to join the other countries claiming they don’t want to jeopardize “their strategic ties to China.”

SOCCER

Nike signed UCLA women’s soccer star Reilyn Turner to its first-ever endorsement contract. The deal comes after NCAA recently changed the rules to allow student-athletes to profit from their names and likeness.

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No U.S. Officials At Olympics, Medina Spirit’s Heart Attack, Patriots Only Pass 3 Times In MNF Win, Heisman Finalists

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The U.S. won’t be sending any officials to the Olympic Games in China as a protest of human rights abuses. U.S. athletes will be able to compete, however.

HORSE RACING

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit died from a heart attack after a workout at the Santa Anita racetrack. Medina Spirit, trained by Bob Buffett, tested positive for an anti-inflammatory drug after the Derby. The investigation has been ongoing, and the Derby winner was never disqualified.

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The New England Patriots threw only three passes (due to 60 mph wind gusts) in their win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Patriots 14, Bills 10

The four finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been announced, with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young as the standout favorite to win. The other finalists are Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson. The winner will be announced Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. ET.

 

 

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Tokyo Paralympics Begins, Ludwig Guttman Envisioned First Games

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The Tokyo Paralympics begins on Tuesday and will last until September 5th. 4,537 athletes representing 163 nations will compete in 540 events, including badminton and taekwondo for the first time ever.

Ludwig Guttman, a Jewish neurologist who escaped Nazi Germany and settled in England in 1939, envisioned a competition for athletes who could benefit from sports as a way of rehabilitation. While working at Stoke Mandeville spinal injury center for soldiers, he hosted the first annual Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948. In 1960, the event was officially recognized as the first Paralympic Summer Games.

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Olympics Wrap Up, Peyton Manning’s Hall Of Fame Speech, Messi Signs W/Paris Saint-Germain, Luka Signs Extension

OLYMPICS WRAP UP

Thanks to the women, Team USA finished the Olympics with the most medals (113) and the most number of gold medals (39) barely edging out China (88 overall and 38 gold). A few highlights: Allyson Felix became the most decorated US track and field athlete in Olympic history (11 medals over 5 Olympics surpassing Carl Lewis), women’s basketball grabbed its 7th gold medal in a row, and men’s basketball won their 4th consecutive gold with Kevin Durant taking home his third gold medal.

The overall cost of the Olympics came in at $15.4 billion, making it the most expensive games in history.

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Eight members of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class were inducted on Sunday. Quarterback Peyton Manning, enshrined in his first year of eligibility, gave a riveting speech about his father, the beauty of football, and joked about his rival turned friend Tom Brady (who was sitting in Manning’s personal section).

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According to his father, Lionel Messi has agreed to sign a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

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The Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić signed a five-year $207 million supermax rookie extension.

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Messi To Leave Barcelona, Alix Klineman & April Ross Clinch Gold, Women’s and Men’s Bball Go For Gold

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Lionel Messi, one of the best players in soccer history, will not be returning to his team Barcelona this year due to La Liga salary cap issues. The Club announced on its website,  Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of Spanish La Liga regulations on player registration.” Messi will now be a free agent.

OLYMPICS

Americans Alix Klineman and April Ross clinched a gold medal in women’s beach volleyball. The “A Team”, as they are known, defeated Australia in straight sets becoming the first American women to win gold since the 2012 duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

In women’s basketball, the U.S. will play for the gold against either Japan or France, and in men’s basketball the U.S. will play France for the gold.

 

 

 

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DeRozan To Bulls, Rivers Signals He’s Almost Ready, U.S. Men’s Bball In Finals, U.S. Women’s Soccer Grabs Bronze

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After signing Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso to their roster, the Bulls again signaled they are gearing up for a big season by agreeing to sign DeMar DeRozan (from the San Antonio Spurs) to a 3-yr $85 million.

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The former quarterback for the San Diego Chargers (16 years) and Indianapolis Colts (1 year) Philip Rivers (who is now a head coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama) is considering a comeback. At 39 years old, Rivers said, “I’m not quite there. I’m getting back there. I wouldn’t have made weight if I had to report last week, that’s for sure. But I am getting back into the lifting and running, and shoot, I occasionally throw a ball around out here in this heat. It’s not too hard to get a good lather going.”

In other NFL news, the first pre-season game is tonight featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

OLYMPICS

The U.S. men’s basketball team defeated the Australians to gain a berth in the finals and a shot at the gold (facing either France or Slovenia).

U.S. Women’s soccer overcame a disappointing loss to Canada in the semifinal and beat Australia to claim a bronze medal.

 

 

 

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Biles Wins Bronze, U.S. Basketball In Semis, NBA Free Agency, Saban Signs Massive Extension

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Simone Biles won the Bronze medal on the balance beam, marking her seventh career Olympic medal and tying for the most medals by any gymnast in Team USA history.

In men’s basketball, the United States beat Spain in the semifinals and will now play either Australia or Argentina.

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NBA free agency is underway and some big deals have been announced. Kyle Lowry signed with the Miami Heat for three years ($90 million), Lonzo Ball signed a four year ($85 million) with the Chicago Bulls, while Evan Fournier signed a four year ($78 million) deal with the Knicks. Rounding out the night, a few stars signed big contract extensions to stay with their teams: Chris Paul (4 yrs $120M Phoenix), Jarrett Allen (5 yrs $100M Cleveland), Mike Conley (3 yrs $73M Utah), Stephen Curry (4 yrs $215M Golden State), Jimmy Butler (4 yrs $182M Miami), and Trae Young (5 yrs $207M Atlanta)

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Seventy-year-old Coach Nick Saban will stay in Alabama through 2028 after signing a massive contract extension worth an average of $10.6 million per year.

 

 

 

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Top 5 Picks In NBA Draft, Westbrook A Laker, MLB Trade Flurry, Biles To Compete, Heartwarming Highjump Golds

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The NBA Draft is over, and the top five players chosen were not a surprise. The Detroit Pistons took Cade Cunningham with the #1 pick, then the Rockets took Jalen Green, the Cavaliers grabbed Evan Mobley, the Raptors chose Scottie Barnes, and rounding out the top five, the Magic took Jalen Suggs.

In other NBA news, the Washington Wizards traded Russell Westbrook to the La Lakers along with second-round picks in 2024 and 2028. In return, the Wizards got Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the #22 overall pick.

BASEBALL

There was a flurry of activity last week in baseball with major stars switching teams. Click here for a ranking of all the best and worst trades.  In one of the biggest moves, the LA Dodgers grabbed Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals.

OLYMPICS

For all the Olympic news, including Simone Biles deciding to compete in the balance beam finals, click here. Currently, China leads in gold medals with 28, while the US has 21. The US slightly edges out China in total medals however with 61 to 58.

In one of the most heart-warming Olympic moments, friends Mataz Barshim from Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy decided to share the gold medal in the high jump instead of competing in a jump-off. When the Olympic official mentioned the jump-off, Barshim asked, “Can we have two golds?” When the official nodded, they both went wild celebrating.

 

 

 

 

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