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Le’Veon Bell Forfeits Franchise Tag, Draymond Suspended For Game, Fans Upset Over Serena Cover

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The wait is over and Pittsburgh running back  Le’Veon Bell will officially not be a Steeler this year.  When he didn’t report to headquarters by the deadline on Tuesday 4:00 pm ET, he forfeited his franchise tag and $14.5 million salary (not including the $8.5 million he already gave up by not showing up at for the beginning part of the season). For a full recap of why Bell held out and what his options are now, click here.

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors suspended Draymond Green for a game without pay (around $120k) for yelling expletives at his teammate Kevin Durant. The situation got tense when Green refused to pass the ball to Durant then turned the ball over causing the game to go into overtime. At this point the players and coaches are minimizing the incident and claiming there are no long term issues with team chemistry.  In an interview, Green said, “What happened, happened. We’re trying to move on, we’re just trying to play basketball.”

TENNIS

Serena Williams graced one of the covers of GQ’s Man of the Year issues with the word “Man”crossed out and “Woman” written in. Her fans were upset though because the word woman was placed in quotes. Serena has been accused by critics of appearing to “manly” and even using drugs to make her more muscular. Serena has said in response, “I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it.” According to GQ, the quotes weren’t meant as a slight. Apparently the designer uses quotes as part of his branding and past collaborations with Serena.

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Stafford’s 4 Interceptions, Rodgers Big Comeback, Browns Can’t Win But Tie, Williams Double Standard

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A few highlights from the NFL’s first week:

The New York Jets had Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford’s number. They intercepted him 4 times and intercepted his backup Matt Cassel once. Linebacker Darron Lee said, “We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line. We knew his signals. We knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense. … It seemed like we were in his head as a defense.”  According to Elias Sports Bureau, Stafford is the first Lions quarterback since 1943 to put up four interceptions in a home opener. To make matters worse, my fantasy team started Stafford and we lost both of our games :(. Jets 48, Lions 17.

Aaron Rodgers new $134 million contract extension seems to be paying off after he led the Green Bay Packers to a thrilling comeback victory over the Chicago Bears thanks to his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. His incredible performance came after he had to leave the game in the 2nd quarter due to a leg injury. No word yet on how his injury will affect him going forward.

The Cleveland Browns finally broke their 17 game losing streak, but still haven’t won a game yet. The Browns had an opportunity to win the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a seemingly easy field goal with seconds left on the clock, but the kick was blocked and the Browns winless streak continues at 624 days. The “Victory Fridges” with free Bud Light are still waiting to be unlocked.

TENNIS

The Serena Williams/Naomi Osaka final at the US Open continues to cause emotions to run high. To recap, Williams was called for three minor infractions during the match. On the third infraction where Serena called the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, a “thief”, he docked her a full game. Serena ultimately lost the match, but the crowd was so incensed, they booed during the awards ceremony and prevented Naomi (who also teared up) her moment in the limelight for beating one of the greatest (if not the greatest) women’s tennis player of all time and one of her idols. Many fans believe the umpire applied a double standard and acted unfairly to a woman yelling, while many men’s players have done much worse over the years.

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Eagles Win Thanks To Philly Philly Inspiration, Osaka And Williams Meet In Final

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In the NFL season opener, last year’s Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, barely edged out the Atlanta Falcons in a sloppy, low scoring game. The highlight of the night was a trick play from last year’s Championship called the “Philly Special“. On Thursday night, the team renamed the play the “Philly Philly” which featured a pass from receiver Nelson Agholor to quarterback Nick Foles. The offense only gained 15 yards on the play, but the Eagles found enough energy to put the necessary points on the board for the win. Unfortunately for the Falcons, their offense struggled, and quarterback Matt Ryan couldn’t connect in the red zone.  Eagles 18, Falcons 12.

TENNIS

20-year-old Naomi Osaka advanced to her first major final beating Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4. She faced 13 break points and managed to save all of them saying her motivation was to play Serena Williams. In an interview after the game, she said, “This is going to sound really bad, but I was just thinking, ‘I really want to play Serena.'” When the interviewer followed up with a “Why?”, Osaka said, “Because she’s Serena, like, what do you mean?”

Serena cruised to her ninth US Open final by holding off #19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0. With one more win, a soon to be 37-year-old Williams will secure her seventh US Open championship. In an emotional interview after the match, Serena said, “It’s honestly really incredible. A year ago, I was fighting for, literally, my life at the hospital after I had the baby, so every day I step out on this court, I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport, you know? So no matter what happens in any match — semis, finals — I just feel like I’ve already won.”

 

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Williams Holds Out To Beat Pliskova, Nadal Wins In Longest Match At Open, Chicken Fingers And Coke, Nike’s Stock

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Serena Williams started slowly but held on to beat former #1 player Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at the US Open. Williams, who is looking for her 24th Grand Slam, will face 19th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the semis.

Rafael Nadal held off Dominic Thiem in five sets. The match lasted 4 hours and 49 minutes, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) recording the longest match in this year’s Open. Nadal told Thiem after the match that he was sorry, and that he should keep going and will have plenty of time to win. Nadal will face Juan Martin del Potro in the semis.

In other US Open news (if you can call it news), a woman, Alexa Greenfield, was eating chicken fingers with her nephews and was spotted dipping the chicken fingers into her coke. The shot of her in action trended on social media and now according to Alexa, “People are telling me I should go to jail”.

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As reported earlier, Colin Kaepernick was named as the face of Nike’s 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, and to no one’s surprise everyone had an opinion. There was a potential fallout for Nike, however, as Reuters reported “shares of the company stock dropped three percent during early trading Tuesday, while the hashtag “Nike Boycott” trended on Twitter throughout the morning.” Nike would not have gone down this path if they didn’t think the risk would pay off, so it will be interesting to see how sales progress going forward.

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Serena Williams In Wimbledon Finals, Isaiah Thomas 1 Yr Deal With Nuggets, Jeremy Lin To Hawks

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Serena Williams beat Goerges in the semis at Wimbledon in easy straight sets 6-2, 6-4. She will face Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Saturday in the finals. Serena is 36 years with an almost 1 year old baby girl.  Before maternity leave, Williams was ranked #1 in the world, but after 13 months off, her ranking dropped to #183. Tournament organizers, however,  agreed to seed her 25th at Wimbledon in order to show the tennis world they don’t penalize women for taking time off for maternity leave.

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After a hip injury causing Isaiah Thomas to bounce around the League from Boston, to Cleveland, to the Lakers, it’s been reported Thomas will sign a one-year $2 million deal with the Denver Nuggets as their 6th man.  It’s also been reported Jeremy Lin will leave the Brooklyn Nets and head to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Cell Phone Policy Relaxed At Wimbledon, Serena In Quarterfinals, Jay Cutler Reality Star

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England and Croatia face off on Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals.  With the excitement of England returning to the semis for the first time in 28 years, the organizers at Wimbledon have loosened their cell phone policy in order to let fans follow their team. Normally, spectators in the stands have to turn off their phones and electronic devices, but according to reports, the policy will not be enforced this week.

TENNIS

Speaking of Wimbledon, for the first time in any Grand Slam event, no player ranked as a top 10 seed made it to the quarterfinals. Serena Williams, now ranked #25 due to time off after her pregnancy, did make the quarters and is looking to win her eighth Wimbledon title.

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Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left his job as a Fox analyst last year and unsuccessfully trie to resurrect his career with the Miami Dolphins. Now he’s become a reality TV  star on his wife, Kristin Cavallari’s new show, “Very Cavallari”. According to fans, his deadpan laziness makes him extremely watchable and entertaining, although he still hasn’t ruled out a football comeback.

 

 

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Two Bodies Found, Williams Waiting On Seeding

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In two odd stories, a body was found in a walk-in beer cooler at the Atlanta Braves park before the first pitch on Tuesday. Reports indicate the man was a third-party contractor. Also on Tuesday, a body was found in the home of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Reports indicate Jenkins was in Florida at his off-season residence. Police are investigating both situations.

TENNIS

Serena Williams is waiting to hear if she will get a seeding at Wimbledon. After maternity leave, Williams ranking fell to 453 (and has since climbed to 183), but the WTA is considering revising its seedings for women coming back from maternity leave. US Open (the final Grand Slam tournament of the year) officials are already considering the new policy. One such official said, “It’s the right thing to do for these mothers that are coming back,” and that “players should not be “penalized” for starting a family”. Williams has won the US Open 6 times.

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Williams Fierce Catsuit, LiAngelo Works Out W/Lakers, Colangelo’s Fake Accounts, Randall Out $60 Mill

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Serena Williams gave birth last September, took some time off, and is now back on the court trying to win her 24th Grand Slam. An unseeded Williams won her first match at the French Open and will now face the #17 seed. Serena’s black Nike bodysuit with a red waistband made a statement. Serena responded by saying, “All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and have to come back and try to be fierce, in a middle of everything. That’s what this represents. You can’t beat a cat suit, right?”

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LiAngelo Ball is back from Lithuania, and since he won’t be going back to UCLA (suspended by the Bruins for shoplifting during a team trip to China), is working on his NBA draft prospects. On Tuesday he worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers (where his brother Lonzo plays). LiAngelo also has a workout scheduled with the Golden State Warriors, but it’s unclear whether any team thinks he’s matured enough as a player to draft him.

In an odd story, there is circumstantial evidence that the Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Manager Bryan Colangelo used five fake twitter accounts to criticize players such as the Sixers Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz. Colangelo has denied the allegations and said, “This storyline is disturbing to me on many levels, as I am not familiar with any of the other accounts that have been brought to my attention, nor do I know who is behind them or what their motives may be in using them.”

In other 76ers news, Coach Brett Brown agreed to a 3-year extension with the team.

Cleveland Browns’ Safety, Damarious Randall, may be regretting his enthusiasm. He recently tweeted “if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Finals he’ll buy a jersey for anyone who retweets him”. He currently has over 643,000 retweets. At this rate, if the Cavs win, he’s on the hook for over $60 million dollars. (Jerseys cost $99.99 each)

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Serena Is The GOAT, Federer In Running For GOAT, 49ers Hire John Lynch As GM

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Serena Williams 2Serena Williams is the greatest of all time!!!  With her 23rd Grand Slam title after beating her sister Venus over the weekend in the Finals of the Australian Open, Serena at 35 years old, has taken tennis to a whole new level.  Rounding out a terrific weekend,  and also making a claim for the greatest of all time,  Roger Federer won his 18th career Grand Slam title (also at 35 years old) beating Rafael Nadal.

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In a surprising move, the San Francisco 49ers hired former Stanford player and Hall of Fame candidate, John Lynch as their new General Manager. Lynch has been working as an NFL color commentator since his retirement from playing the game. Even though he doesn’t have any front office experience, the Niners signed him to an unprecedented 6 year contract. The Team also plans to hire Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach.

 

 

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Venus/Serena Williams Final, Will Carmelo Go To Cavs?

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Venus and Serena Williams 2It will be a Williams Sister Final in the Australian Open. Serena and Venus Williams will play each other in the final on Saturday. This will be Venus’ first grand slam final since 2009 and their ninth playing each other in a Grand Slam. Serena has the edge with 6 wins to 2. If Serena wins on Saturday she’ll regain her #1 ranking. For Venus, a win would be a testament to her hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity. Since 2011 Venus has been battling an auto-immune disease called Sjogren’s which causes fatigue and join pain.  Venus fought back and didn’t let the disease define her. As Serena stated, “After everything Venus has been through with her illness and everything, it’s a win-win situation”. Venus went on to say it best, “This is a golden time, a golden time. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” If you’re up, you can watch in real time 3:30 am ET Saturday morning.

 

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Even though the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, it’s been reported the team has approached the Cleveland Cavaliers to waive the clause and trade him to for the Cavs Kevin Love. Carmelo and LeBron are friends and have communicated how much they’d like to play together. LeBron also hasn’t been shy about complaining his team needs another star player, but the Cavs aren’t letting on to what their plans are prior to the February 23rd trade deadline.

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