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Endeavor Owns 100% UFC, MLB All-Stars Moving To Denver, Space Jam Trailer, US Boycotting Olympics?

UFC

Agent Ari Emanuel’s entertainment company Endeavor will purchase 100% of UFC according to an SEC filing. Endeavor already owns 50.1% of UFC and is planning to take it public via an IPO. According to the filing, Elon Musk will be joining Eneavor’s board of directors.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball is moving the 2021 All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field after announcing they were pulling the game from Atlanta over Georgia’s new voting laws.

BASKETBALL

The trailer for the remake of Space Jam starring Michael Jordan (1996) is out. The new version stars LeBron James and will debut in theaters and on HBO max on July 16th. You can watch the trailer here.

OLYMPICS

As of Tuesday, there were conflicting reports about the US participating in the upcoming Olympics. According to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, “the U.S. would discuss a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China with its allies and partners” due to allegations of genocide in Xinjiang. Later in the afternoon, a spokesperson retracted the initial comments and said, “Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”

 

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NHL Fires Ref For Bogus Penalty, Anti-Semitic Audibles, Snyder Spends $1 Bill For 100% Of Team, Lowry Takes Call From Drake, Olympic Torch Lit

HOCKEY

The NHL announced referee Tim Peel would “no longer be working NHL games now or in the future” after he was caught on mic admitting he called an unwarranted penalty because he “wanted to get” a penalty against the Nashville Predators.

FOOTBALL

A high school football coach in Massachusetts was fired for having his team use anti-Semitic slurs such as “rabbi”, “dreidel” and “Auschwitz” while calling audibles.

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder will spend close to $1 billion to buy out his minority partners’ 40% stake in the team.

BASKETBALL

The Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry took a FacetTime call from the musician Drake during his postgame interview where he spoke about his time in Toronto possibly coming to an end. Lowry has been with the Raptors since 2012, but he will now be an unrestricted free agent with several teams interested in trading for him.

OLYMPICS

The Olympic torch was lit in Tokyo and will begin a 121-day trip across Japan arriving back in Tokyo in time for the July 23rd Opening Ceremonies.

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Drew Brees Retires, Brady Re-Signs, NCAA Bracket, China Providing Vaccines For Olympic Athletes

FOOTBALL

Drew Brees announced his retirement on Sunday, exactly fifteen years after he signed with the New Orleans Saints where he was drafted #32 overall.

Tom Brady, who at 43 is a year older than Brees, agreed to extend his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one year.

BASKETBALL

The NCAA men’s bracket was announced on Sunday night with Gonaga, Baylor, Ilinois, and Michigan as the number one seeds. Click here for the full bracket.

OLYMPICS

China will provide COVID-19 vaccines for athletes participating in the summer’s Tokyo Games and the winter’s Beijing Games.

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Human Rights Groups Seek To Boycott 2022 Olympics, MLB Sets Opening Day, Mavericks Cease Playing National Anthem, Kaep Forms SPAC

OLYMPICS

A group of 180 human rights organizations are trying to organize a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics for China’s human rights abuses against ethnic minorities. China first hosted the Olympics in the summer of 2008.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball and the NBA Players Association agreed on health and safety protocols to allow the league to officially open on February 17th with an Opening Day set for April 1st.

BASKETBALL

The Dallas Mavericks are the first major North American professional sports team to stop playing the National Anthem prior to their home games this season. An NBA spokesperson said, “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.” Owner Mark Cuban declined to comment on the issue.

FOOTBALL

Former NFL quarterback and controversial social activist Colin Kaepernick has formed a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) called Mission Advancement Corp. The blank-check company will seek to raise $250 million with the intent to buy a consumer business with a social purpose.

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Head Of Tokyo Committee Says Women Talk Too Much, Chiefs’ Barber Tests Positive

OLYMPICS

The Tokyo Olympic Committee plans to hold the 2020 Olympics this summer even if there are still complications with the COVID-19 pandemic. The head of the Organizing Committee, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, plans to expand the board of the Japanese Olympic Committee from 20% to 40% women, however, he’s now in hot water as he said, women talk too much in meetings. Many are calling for his resignation after he said, “If you increase the number of women, you have to some extent limit the time for their remarks, otherwise you’ll run into trouble because it will never end.” The Olympics are set to begin on July 23rd.

FOOTBALL

The barber for the Kansas City Chiefs tested positive for COVID-19 while cutting the hair of 20 members of the team (including quarterback Patrick Mahomes). The barber was wearing a mask, but the team still placed backup center Daniel Kilgore and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson on the reserve list until they get multiple negative tests back.

 

 

 

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Negro Leagues Elevated Status, Herbert Leads Chargers In OT Win, AGBO Superhero League, Russia’s Olympic Ban

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball elevated the Negro Leagues to “Major League” status and will recognize the statistics and records of the 3,400 players who played during the years between 1920-1948.

FOOTBALL

The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-27 in overtime on Thursday night thanks to the spectacular performance of Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert’s 314 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The AGBO Superhero League is heating up. The fantasy football league started by Joe Russo, who co-directed the last two Avengers movies, includes the following superheroes (Chris Evans, Ryan Reynold, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr,  Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, and Karen Gillan, Anthony Mackie, and Pom Klementieff). Check out some of these trash-talking videos.

OLYMPICS

As a result of a doping scandal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Russia can’t use its name, flag, or anthem at the Olympics (or any world championship) for the next two years. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as long as they are not implicated in any doping issues.

 

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Tokyo Olympics Rescheduled To July 2021, Tiz The Law Wins Florida Derby Qualifies For Kentucky Derby

OLYMPICS

The Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus. The games were supposed to begin on July 24, 2020, but now they are set to begin on July 23, 2021.

HORSE RACING

Tiz the Law easily won the Florida Derby on Saturday getting enough points to qualify for a spot in the Kentucky Derby. The race at Gulfstream Park took place without any spectators or owners present. The Kentucky Derby would normally run in five weeks but has been rescheduled to September 5th. The race was particularly meaningful for us as my good friend Roger Sofer is one of the 32 owners of the horse. Sofer was diagnosed with Leukemia just four days before the Florida Derby, and this will be his first time in 18 years in the horse racing business he’ll have a horse at Churchill Downs. Sofer told Fox26, “I came up with an F-bomb. FU cancer, I’m gonna beat you too. It was very emotional. Started crying. Then everybody started calling. It was a big lift for me (Saturday).” We love you Roger and know you’ll beat this and win the Run for the Roses!

 

 

 

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Heisman Candidates Announced, Eli Back In Loss On MNF, Russia Banned From Olympics

FOOTBALL

The finalists for the Heisman Trophy (awarded to the most outstanding college football player) were announced. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young will travel to New York for the awards ceremony on Saturday night at 8:00 pm ET.  Burrow (who played his first three years at Ohio State) is the odds-on favorite to win.

In Monday Night Football, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was back on the field replacing injured rookie Daniel Jones. Eli looked solid in the first half throwing for two touchdowns, but couldn’t hold the momentum and lost 23-17 in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s unclear whether Eli will play again this season (Jones has an ankle sprain), or if he’ll retire at the end of the year.

OLYMPICS

The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from international sports for tampering with drug-testing data. The judgment prevents Russia from having a formal presence at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as long as they haven’t been individually involved in doping or tampering. Russia will certainly appeal this ruling so stay tuned for a final decision.

 

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Final Medal Count, LeBron Upset With Refs, Thomas Kicks Out Fan

OLYMPICS

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over, and Norway landed on top with 39 medals (14 Gold), followed by Germany with 31 (14 Gold), Canada 29 (11 Gold), USA 23 (9 Gold) and the Netherlands with 20 (8 Gold). The next Olympics will be the Summer Olympics held in Tokyo in 2020!

BASKETBALL

After a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James showed his frustration by criticizing the refs for protecting the outside shooter instead of calling fouls when players drive the basket. James said, “We’re at a point now where we protect the shooter more than the driver. There’s no reason I should be going to the line four times in a game when I drive 100 times to the paint and I’m getting hit and slapped and grabbed and whatever and whatnot. We protect the shooter. That’s what it’s turned into. ‘Chicks dig the long ball,’ and that’s what it’s about.”

GOLF

Unless you’re watching “Happy Gilmore”, you don’t usually hear yelling on the course and Justin Thomas likes it that way. On the 16th hole of the Honda Classic, a fan yelled “Get in the bunker”. Thomas wasn’t too happy with that and could be heard saying, “Who said that? Who yelled for that ball to get in the bunker? Was that you? Enjoy your day, buddy, you’re gone.” No one saw the fan after that, so apparently the fan was kicked out. Happily for Thomas, he won the tournament.

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Russians Win Gold And Silver In Skating, Nagasu Excuses Performance And Hopes For DWTS

OLYMPICS

The Russians, skating under the name O.A.R, (Olympic Athletes from Russia) finally won a gold medal in Pyeongchang with 15-year-old Alina Zagitova edging out her 18-year-old teammate Evgenia Medvedeva in the figure skating competition. Zagitova is the second youngest figure skater to win gold (Tara Lipinski was the youngest by 28 days).

 

The United States traditionally has dominated ice skating, but this year, was a disappointment. The highest an American scored was for ninth place (the worst showing since World War II). One of the highly touted skaters, Mirai Nagasu, received attention and accolades after she landed the first-ever triple axel by a US woman at the Olympics, helping Team USA win the bronze medal in the team skating event. After a poor performance in the individual event, Nagasu flustered the media by explaining her less than stellar performance and saying she “saved” Team USA so her individual program was just “icing on the cake”. She continued by saying she was exhausted from training, couldn’t take a hot shower and missed home. She also said, “I would like to be on “Dancing with the Stars” because I want to be a star. I made history here by landing the first triple axel by a U.S. lady and third at the Olympics and I think that’s a big deal.”

 

 

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