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Jets Destroyed, Brady Still The Goat, Ravens Edge Chiefs, Rodgers Looking To Comeback, Ted Lasso Wins Big

FOOTBALL

It was another tough day for the NJ Jets who got destroyed for the 11th straight time by the New England Patriots. This loss particularly hurt as their rookie quarterback Zach Wilson threw four interceptions in his home debut.

After throwing for five touchdowns in a 48-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons, Tom Brady made history again. He has now thrown for a league-leading nine touchdowns through the first two weeks of the regular season. And, of course, Brady’s buddy Rob Gronkowski caught two of the touchdowns.

Thankfully, the Sunday night game featuring the Baltimore Ravens vs the Kansas City Chiefs did not disappoint. The Ravens pulled out a 36-35 win thanks to inspired play by Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson.

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Monday night’s game will feature the Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers. Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers had one of his worst games last weekend, so look for him to bounce back tonight.

SOCCER

The soccer comedy Ted Lasso won big at the Emmy’s Sunday night, with wins for best comedy, best actor, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

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Washington Football Team Pulls Out Win Over Giants, Women’s Soccer Gets Equal Pay

FOOTBALL

The Washington Football team and its backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke pulled out a close win over the New York Giants in Thursday night football thanks to an offsides penalty leading to a 43-yard field goal, which came minutes after a missed 48-yard field goal.

 

SOCCER

After many years of the women’s national team suing for equal pay, the US Soccer Federation announced it will now offer the same contracts to the men’s and women’s teams.

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Ronaldo Stays W/Manchester United, Djokovic Could Make History At Open, Michigan Wins Little League World Series, ESPN Tricked

SOCCER

In a twist of events, Cristiano Ronaldo will be returning to Manchester United. It’s reported that Manchester United will pay Ronaldo €15 million with €8 million in add-ons.

TENNIS

The U.S. Open begins on Monday with all eyes on Novak Djokovic. If Djokovic wins the tournament he’ll make history for securing the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles, and he’ll have captured all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year (which hasn’t happened since Rod Laver in 1969).

BASEBALL

On Sunday, Michigan beat Ohio 5-2 to win the Little League World Series.

FOOTBALL

ESPN got tricked into broadcasting a high school fo0tball game between IMG Academy (a powerhouse competitor) and Bishop Sycamore (an online charter school that proclaimed to have D-I prospects). Not surprisingly, IMG destroyed Bishop Sycamore 58-0.

 

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Ronaldo Leaving Juventus, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 Alliance, Leprechaun Named 4th Most Offensive Mascot, Bridgewater/Lawrence Starting QB’s, ESPN Shakeup

SOCCER

36-year old superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to leave Juventus. Manchester United is “in advanced talks” to sign him.

FOOTBALL

Earlier this week, the Big Ten, ACC, and Pac-12 announced an alliance for a “collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletes and scheduling.” As for the scheduling component, the three leagues could play non-conference games against each other which would be an exciting development for many fans.

According to a survey conducted by Quality Logo Products, Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish leprechaun was ranked the fourth most offensive mascot in college football. Notre Dame defended its mascot in a statement saying, “It is worth noting … that there is no comparison between Notre Dame’s nickname and mascot and the Indian and warrior names (and) mascots used by other institutions such as the NFL team formerly known as the Redskins. None of these institutions were founded or named by Native Americans who sought to highlight their heritage by using names and symbols associated with their people. Our symbols stand as celebratory representations of a genuine Irish heritage at Notre Dame. A heritage that we regard with respect, loyalty and affection.”

In NFL news, the Denver Broncos named Teddy Bridgewater, who was sidelined for two years due to a torn ACL,  its starting quarterback for the season. And, the Jacksonville Jaguars named their #1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Trevor Lawrence, its starting QB over Gardner Minshew II.

OTHER

ESPN continues to shake things up. Rachel Nichols was removed from its NBA programming and will cancel her weekday show “The Jump”, and Max Kellerman will leave “First Take”. Popular co-host Stephen A. Smith will continue to host the show with rotating partners.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

FOOTBALL

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).

SOCCER

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

BASKETBALL

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

SOCCER

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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Italy Beat England In European Championship, Barty & Djokovic Win Wimbledon, Bucks Take Game 3

SOCCER

Italy beat England in the European Championship final in a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout which gave Italy their first title since 2006.  Unfortunately for  England, the loss continues their 55-year major title drought.

TENNIS

Ashleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon women’s final for her second Grand Slam singles championship (she won the French Open in 2019).

Novak Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the men’s final tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for a record 20 major titles.

BASKETBALL

The Milwaukee Bucks overran the Phoenix Suns 120-100 to take Game 3 in the NBA Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo added an impressive 41 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists for the Bucks. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

 

 

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Lightning Wins Stanley Cup, Saric Out W/Torn ACL, England in Euro 2020 Final

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions again for the second year in a row. Tampa Bay now has its third championship in less than a year (with the Lightning winning the Cup 10 months ago, and the Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl in February).

BASKETBALL

The NBA Finals resume Thursday night with the Suns’ Dario Saric out after tearing his right knee ACL.

SOCCER

England beat Denmark and will now face Italy in the Euro 2020 Final. This will be England’s first Euros final since winning the World Cup in 1966.

 

 

 

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Jimmy Kimmel Naming LA Bowl, LaMelo Rookie Of Year, Hawks Massive Comeback, Clippers Take Game 5, Ronaldo Costs Coke $4Bill

OTHER

Jimmy Kimmel and SoFi Stadium teamed up for official naming rights for the LA Bowl.

BASKETBALL

LaMelo Ball won the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

The Atlanta Hawks miraculously came back from a 26-point deficit to win Game 5 over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Trae Young scored 39 points, and the Hawks are now up 3-2 in the series.

In the Western Conference semifinals, the LA Clippers (without Kawhi Leonard) took Game 5 from the Utah Jazz. The Clippers are up 3-2 in the series

SOCCER

Cristiano Ronaldo caused the market cap of Coca-Cola to drop $4 billion after he removed two bottles of coke from a podium before his press conference. Ronaldo then held up a water bottle and said “Agua”.  Tom Brady commented saying athletes drink water not soda.

 

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Manchester United Protesters, Medina Spirit Wins Derby, Pine Valley Allows Women

SOCCER

Manchester United fans caused a riot ensuring that the the game against Liverpool would be postponed. The protesters were upset with the owners of the team (who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers) for their intention to join the now defunct European Super League.

HORSE RACING

Medina Spirit won the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown. With the win, trainer Bob Buffett records his 7th Derby victory, and jockey John Velasquez has now won the Derby twice in the past 9 months.  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in attendance with his girlfriend Shailene Woodley. Next up is the Preakness Stakes on May 15th in Baltimore.

GOLF

The number 1 ranked golf course in the US, Pine Valley, will now allow female members for the first time in 108 years. The Club, which is located in New Jersey, boasts a secret list of 1000 membersd

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