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

TENNIS

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.

BASKETBALL

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

WORLD CUP

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.

FOOTBALL

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

OTHER

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

TENNIS

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?”

BASKETBALL

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

TENNIS

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.

FOOTBALL

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?

TENNIS

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.

 

BASKETBALL

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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Siemian Not Rattled In Broncos’ Win Over Panthers, Brandon Marshall Kneels During Anthem, Seahawks Plan Demonstration, Serena Loses In Semis

FOOTBALL

trevor siemianThe Denver Broncos kicked off the NFL season by beating the Carolina Panthers in a close Thursday night game. Broncos’ rookie QB Trevor Siemian threw two interceptions but rallied in the second half to put together two touchdown drives giving the Broncos a slight edge over the Panthers. The Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall (former teammate of Colin Kaepernick at Nevada and not to be confused with the NY Jets receiver Brandon Marshall) generated some angry tweets before the game when he was the only player on the field not standing during the National Anthem. Marshall explained he was kneeling “for social injustice”. The Broncos’ organization put out a statement saying: “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.” Marshall ended the game with 6 tackles. Denver 21, Carolina 20.

Stay tuned for Sunday’s matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins. The Seahawks’ receiver, Doug Baldwin, has been talking about some kind of pre-game demonstration. It’s unclear exactly what they’ll be doing but sounds as if whatever they do it will be a team effort. The team recognizes Sunday’s game falls on September 11th, so hopefully they will be respectful of this date. Baldwin stated, “To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity,”

TENNIS

The mighty Serena Williams has fallen. Although she wasn’t making excuses, Serena appeared to be fighting a knee injury in her US Open semifinal loss to #10 seed Karolina Pliskova. With the loss, Serena loses the #1 ranking she’s held for 186 weeks.

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Ohio State & USC Historical Games, Bradford & Sanchez Relocate, Police Union Upset W/Kaep, Serena Passes Federer

FOOTBALL

The College Football season is underway and we saw some exciting (and some not so surprising but history making) wins. In the history making category,  Ohio State powered over Bowling Green with a school record  776 yards. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 6 touchdowns in the 77-10 win. And, USC suffered its worst loss in 120 years falling 52-6 to #1 ranked Alabama.

Sam BradfordIn NFL news, the 32 teams had to cut their rosters to 53 players over the weekend. Many players had their NFL hopes dashed while some veterans, like QB Sam Bradford, had to pick up and move to another state. Bradford was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles and sent to Minnesota to replace the injured Teddy Bridegwater.  QB Mark Sanchez (formerly of the New York Jets) also had to pack his bags. Shortly after he was cut from the Denver Broncos, he joined rookie QB Dak Prescott in Dallas.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem and then sporting socks with pigs wearing police helmets is continuing to create controversy. The Bay Area police union has threatened to boycott the 49er’s games if Kaep continues to refuses to stand during the National Anthem. The President of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association, Frank Saunders, said “I’m already hearing it this week that next week on ‘Monday Night Football,’ some officers are not going to work”. Saunders continued to say, “The 49ers are allowing this to come out from an employee and it’s making for a hostile work environment for us at the stadium,”. The 49ers organization has been relatively quiet regarding the controversy and has stated they recognize an individuals choice whether to stand or not to stand. The bright side of the controversy for the NFL is Kaepernick’s jersey sales have spiked!

TENNIS

With 308 wins, Serena Williams passed Rodger Federer for all-time career wins in Grand Slam match victories. Serena is currently in the quarterfinals round of the US Open.

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Teixeira & A-Rod Retiring, Ledecky Dominates, Phelphs Triumphant Return, Williams Sisters Fall

BASEBALL

Big retirement news in baseball. Yankees First baseman Mark Teixeira will retire at the end of season. At 36 years old, Teixeira has battled multiple injuries over the last few years. He’s also in the final year of his $180 million dollar contract so he should be able to enjoy his retirement in style.

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez also announced his retirement and said his last game will be August 12th. After that, he’ll consult for the team. A-Rod was the #1 pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 1993 draft. Seven years later he signed a 10 year $252 million dollar deal with the Texas Rangers (the largest deal ever in sports). In 2007, Rodriquez signed another record setting 10 year deal with the New York Yankees for $275 million. A-Rod’s legacy as one of baseball’s all-time home run leaders is only marred by his admission and suspension for performance enhancing drugs which kept him off the field for the 2014 season.

OLYMPICS

Katie LedeckyIn some highlights from the Olympics, swimming phenom Katie Ledecky dominated again by beating her own record (with no one even close) to grab the Gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky will be a freshman at Stanford this year. At 31 years old, Michael Phelps looked like his young self and helped bring the gold to his team in the men’s 4×100 relay. This is Phelps 19th Gold medal!

USA didn’t fare so well in tennis over the weekend. Powerhouse doubles partners, Serena and Venus Williams lost in the first round to a Czech team who had never won a match as doubles partners.  The Williams sisters had previously never LOST a match in the Olympics togethers.

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Muhammad Ali’s Legacy, Djokovic’s Historic Win, Williams Loses In Final, Warriors’ Defense Crushes Cavs

BOXING

Muhammad AliThe most charismatic and greatest boxer of the ages, Muhammad Ali, died over the weekend at the age of 74 due to respiratory issues related to his Parkinson’s disease. Ali was a three-time heavyweight champion but transcended the world of boxing and became known for his anti-war stance and his opinions on the world.  One of his assistants captured Ali’s presence in the ring with the now famous saying, Mr. Ali would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

 

TENNIS

By winning the French Open, Novak Djokovic accomplished what no male player has in over a decade, won all four Grand Slam titles at once. The last player to accomplish this feat was Rod Laver in 1969.

In the women’s draw, top seeded Serena  Williams lost to Garbine Muguruza. The win was Muguruza’s first Grand Slam title.

 

NBA

The Golden State Warriors certainly made a statement at home in game 2 of the NBA Finals. Their defense simply crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers for a decisive win. On offense, the Warriors’ Draymond Green was the star with 28 points and 5 3-pointers. The Warriors are up 2-0 in the best of seven series. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland 9:00 pm EST ABC. Warriors 110, Cavaliers 77.

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