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Zlatan And LeBron Move Like Small Ninjas, Love Signs $120 Extension, Gurley Signs Largest Guarantee In NFL History

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LA Galaxy’s outspoken and confident star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, expressed his interest in seeing LeBron in LA and acknowledging both he at 6’5″ and LeBron at 6’8″ move like small ninjas.  “Of course I will see (LeBron) play basket. I don’t know if he’s interested in soccer, even though soccer is bigger than basket will all due respect for basket. Of course I will see him. I think him as an athlete is amazing. What he is doing, the way he is doing it, because I see myself also being so big and move like a small ninja, what he does also, so I find it fancy. That inspires a lot of people. I think we’ll watch each other, of course.”

In other NBA news, Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love signed a 4 year $120 million contract extension.

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Running Back Todd Gurley set a record signing a 4-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams worth $60 million, $45 million guaranteed (the largest guarantee ever for a running back in NFL history). In the past, teams have been reluctant to pay running backs large guaranteed money because they tend to be more prone to injuries than some other positions. This deal could be a game changer for other high profile running backs like Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell who is currently trying to negotiate his own contract.

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Wimbledon’s Historic Semi’s, Djokovic Wins, Kerber Defeats Serena, France Wins World Cup, Kylian Mbappe Captures Hearts

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The Wimbledon men’s semifinal was one for the ages. After 6 hours and 35 minutes, Kevin Anderson beat John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4 (26-24). Isner has now played in the two longest matches in Grand Slam history. In 2010 (also at Wimbledon) Isner beat Nicolas Mahut in a match lasting 11 hours, 5 minutes over 3 days time.

Anderson ultimately lost in the Finals to Novak Djokovic (who beat Rafael Nadal in the semis).

In the women’s final, Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 ending Serena’s exciting comeback after a 13-month maternity leave.

WORLD CUP

France prevailed over Croatia to bring the month-long World Cup tournament in Russia to an end. The win marked the second time in team history France has brought home the title. 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe became the stand-out star during the tournament securing his place in history as only the second teenager to score a goal in a World Cup final (the first was a 17-year old Pele in 1958). Mbappe further impressed the sports world by announcing he’ll donate his earnings from the tournament to a charity offering free sports instruction to disabled children.

 

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Federer Lost, Nadal & Djokovic In Semis, Croatia And France In World Cup Final

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In some big news out of Wimbledon, eight-time Wimbledon champion and #2 player in the world, Roger Federer, lost in the quarterfinals to Kevin Anderson (who’s playing in his first semis at this historic tournament).  Juan Martin del Potro couldn’t pull off an upset of #1 player in the world, Rafael Nadal, even after requesting a sandwich from his coach (with perfect execution by the ball boy). Nadal will now play Novak Djokovic in the semis and Anderson takes on John Isner.

WORLD CUP

In an exciting World Cup Semifinal, Croatia defeated England 2-1 and emerges to the championship match for the first time in its history.  According to the oddsmakers, when Croatia entered the tournament, it had a 3% chance to win it all.  The Final between France and Croatia takes place on Sunday at 11:00 am ET.

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World Cup Semis, Major League All-Stars

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The semifinals are set with Belgium, France, England and Croatia. Belgium defeated #3 in the world, Brazil, and will face France. England defeated Sweden and will face Croatia. Even though Russia lost in an emotional shootout with Croatia, the Russians still celebrated as they never expected to get this far. Russia’s coach said, “People didn’t only start trusting, but loving us. They have fallen in love with us. They know what the national team is worth.”

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The 2018 Major League All-Stars have been selected, and as always fans are complaining about who wasn’t chosen. The All-Star game takes place July 17th in Washington DC. Click here for the lineup.

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Curry’s Welcome Baby Boy, KFC Makes Fun Of Neymar

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Steph and Ayesha Curry welcomed a new baby boy. His name is Canon W.Jack Curry. Canon joins his sisters 6-year-old Riley and 3-year-old Ryan. Congratulations to the newest Golden State Warrior.

WORLD CUP

The quarterfinals start today with Belgium taking on powerhouse Brazil. Brazil star Neymar has been getting a lot of attention during the games for his constant and theatrical flopping. According to reports, he’s spent 13 minutes and 50 seconds lying or rolling on the ground. KFC South Africa capitalized on the antics with a clever commercial.

Also on Friday, Uruguay takes on France. Saturday’s action features England vs Sweden and Russia vs Croatia.

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DeMarcus Cousins Going To Warriors, Rondo Joins LeBron, Brazil And Belgium Advance

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DeMarcus Cousins agreed to a 1 year $5.3 deal with the Warriors. Cousins tore his Achilles tendon while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans and isn’t expected to be healthy enough to play until December.  Cousins commented about his deal, “This is my ace of spades. This is my chess move.” 

In other NBA news, former New Orleans Pelican Rajon Rondo will join LeBron on the Lakers agreeing to a one-year, $9 million deal. The question now is whether Rondo will start over Lonzo Ball (they both play point guard). Ball was the #2 pick in the draft last year and was declared “the new face of the Lakers” by Magic Johnson.

WORLD CUP

Powerhouse Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Mexico 2-0.  This is the 7th straight tournament in which Mexico has advanced to the round of 16 and failed to make it to the quarterfinals. Belgium enjoyed an exciting comeback win over Japan on Monday and will play Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday. For the rest of the schedule, click here.

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LeBron Taking Talents To LA, Durant And George Remain With Teams, Russia & Croatia Advance To Quarterfinals

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After months of speculation, the wait is over and LeBron James has made his decision. He is taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers. The press release read,  “LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.” According to reports, LeBron’s family is excited to be in LA. The transition should be easy for him as he already has two homes there. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert posted a classy letter in response to LeBron leaving the team, saying  “We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line.”

In other NBA news, the Warriors Kevin Durant agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors (with a second-year option) for $30 million for 2018/19 and $31.5 million for the option year. And rounding out the weekend’s high profile news, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George agreed to stay with the team for a four-year $137 million deal.

WORLD CUP

Russia and Croatia advance to the World Cup quarterfinals after exciting penalty kick shootouts. Both countries goalkeepers prevented Spain and Denmark from advancing to the quarterfinals. Russia is the host country but also the lowest ranked team in a field of 32, so the win over Spain is a huge victory. Russia will now play Croatia on Saturday.

 

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South Korean Team May Serve In Military, World Cup Round Of 16

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The South Korean soccer team stunned the world by beating defending champ Germany, but the team still failed to reach the round of 16 at the World Cup. Now, many of the athletes will have to serve their two-years in the military (as dictated by Korean law). Athletes and celebrities have received exemptions in the past, but there has been no indication these players will get their service waived. In a  petition sent to the President of South Korea, “(the players) gave us so much hope and their talent should not be wasted in the military.”

Now that we’re in the round of 16 at the World Cup, each match is single elimination (which makes it much easier to follow and understand which team advances). Here is a rundown of all the upcoming matches.

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Reigning Champ Germany Shocks World, Alderson Steps Down From Mets, Tebow Improving, George Opts Out, Hammon Moves Up

WORLD CUP

South Korea shocked the soccer world by defeating reigning champion Germany 2-0. With Sweden’s 3-0 win over Mexico, Germany will not advance past the first round for the first time since 1938.

BASEBALL

Sandy Alderson announced he’s stepping down as the GM of the New York Mets due to a cancer recurrence. He told reporters, “I feel badly that we’ve had the season that we have had to date. I feel personally responsible for the results that we’ve had. … It’s been an incredibly difficult situation. And I’m really disappointed with where we are — disappointed to leave Mets fans, basically, in this situation.”

In other Met news, former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow is making a show in the Mets Double-A affiliate. It’s still doubtful he’ll get the call-up to the Majors, but according to the scouts and other Double-A managers, Tebow has shown improvement and a great work ethic.

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George announced he will become an unrestricted free-agent giving up his $20.7 million salary with the team. He could still end up on the Thunder, but there are rumors he may sign with the Lakers. The Lakers are also interested in the Cavs’ LeBron James and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.

The San Antonio Spurs promoted Becky Hammon to a front of the bench assistant where she’ll sit next to coach Gregg Popovich. She’s been on the Spurs coaching staff since 2014 and became the first full-time assistant coach in NBA history.

 

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Caster Semenya Challenges Testosterone Ruling, World Cup Schedule

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South Africa’s Caster Semenya, a two-time gold medalist in the women’s 800 meters, will challenge  the “Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification” of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).” The regulations require women to submit to testing in order to reduce or limit their testosterone levels to maintain an even playing field for all athletes.  Semenya had to undergo gender testing in 2009 but was cleared to run 11 months later.

WORLD CUP

Not sure what to watch and when to watch it, click here for the schedule and everything you need to know about the 32 teams competing in the World Cup.

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