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J.J. Watt Signs With Cardinals, U.S. Soccer Federation Repeals Kneeling Policy, Hawks Fire Head Coach

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After 10 years with the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals pass-rusher J.J. Watt signed a two-year $31 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

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The U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Council voted to repeal a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. The original policy passed in 2017 stated, “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”

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The Atlanta Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce after a 14-20 start to the season.

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Clinton/Bush Hager New Owners In NWSL, Happy Gilmore’s 25th Anniversary

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Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager invested in the ownership group of the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.  The daughters of former Presidents have become friends over the years and are joining a budding list of celebrities investing in the NWSL. The League will begin play with the Challenge Cup from April 9th-May 8th. The regular season will begin after the conclusion of the Cup tournament.

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Happy 25th anniversary to Happy Gilmore. In a tribute to the film, Adam Sandler took to Twitter to recreate his infamous golf shot, while his rival Shooter McGavin sent him an equally awesome response.

 

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March Madness In Indy, Harden Turns Down Extension, Paul To Suns, Ryan/Rob Buy Team, Vikings Over Bears

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The NCAA announced its 68-team tournament, March Madness, will take place in one city (essentially creating a bubble) in 2021. The city will likely be Indianapolis, where the Final Four was scheduled to take place. The NCAA had to cancel March Madness earlier this year and lost a reported $375 million.

In NBA news, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden turned down a $103 million extension on top of his current three years $133 million. With the new salary, he would have become the first $50 million per year player in league history. Harden has clearly stated he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

In other trade news, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns.

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Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought the fifth-division English soccer team, Wrexham AFC. Reynolds and McElhenney plan to invest heavily in the club and promote the team with a documentary series. Their celebrity status and social media following will also likely help the team garner attention and fans.

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The Minnesota Vikings edged out the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in a pretty uneventful game. The Vikings have now won three games in a row, while the Bears have lost four straight. Minnesota 19, Chicago 13

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PAC-12 And Mountain West Will Begin Season, Fitzpatrick Leads Miami To win, Reynolds & McElhenney To Purchase Soccer Team

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The PAC-12 reversed its earlier decision and announced it will play a seven-game season beginning on November 6th. The Mountain West Conference also announced it will begin an eight-game season starting the weekend of October 24th.

In the NFL, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the team to a 31-13 blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars. With the win, 37-year old Fitzpatrick is the first player since the 1950s to beat a single opponent as part of six different teams. Fitzpatrick beat the Jaguars while playing with the Dolphins, Bengals, Bills, Jets, Texans, and Titans.

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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney could be the new owners of the Welsh soccer team Wrexham AFC. According to reports, the two actors would invest $2.5 million to purchase the club.

 

 

 

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Free Beer If Gardner Minshew Drafted In First Round, Messi Leaving Barcelona, Antetokounmpo Defensive Player Of Year

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has full confidence he’s going to have a great year and believes fantasy football fans should draft him with their #1 pick. As an added incentive, Bud Light announced it would send a free case of beer to fantasy owners who draft Minshew in the first round. Fantasy owners will also have a chance to win free Bud Light for an entire NFL season if they win their league championship with Minshew as their quarterback. Minshew posted the challenge in his pump-up video on Instagram.

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Lionel Messi shocked the soccer world by announcing he will be leaving Barcelona, a club where he’s spent almost his entire life. Messi signed a contract on a napkin with Barcelona when he was only 13 years old. He’s played over 16 seasons with the team and helped them win 34 titles.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The award was based on games played through March 11th. The Milwaukee Bucks star received 75 out of 100 first-place votes.  LA Lakers Anthony Davis came in second and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert placed 3rd.

 

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Natalie Portman Among Group To Buy Soccer Franchise, NFL Preseason Cancelled, CFL Deems Eskimos Offensive, Garnett Or Vikings Owner Could Buy Timberwolves

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Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Abby Wambach are among the actresses and athletes joining together to add a National Women’s Soccer League franchise in Los Angeles for the 2022 season. The ownership group includes venture capitalist Kara Nortman, OUYA founder Julie Uhrman, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The new team will reveal its official name later in the year, but for now, will be called WFC LA/Angel City.

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The NFL and the NFL Players Association have reportedly agreed to cancel all preseason games in hopes of starting the season without any COVID-19 issues.

The Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos have decided to change their name after determining the name was offensive to indigenous groups in North America. The team will be known as the Edmonton Football Team or EE Football Team until they choose a new name.

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According to reports, former NBA superstar Kevin Garnett and Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf are among a handful of candidates looking to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves.

 

 

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Golic Gone From ESPN, WNBA Dedicates Season To BLM, Senator Loeffler Possible Sanction, MLS Back, Pigeon Racing

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ESPN is canceling its morning program, “Golic & Wingo” in addition to other programming changes to the network. Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg spent 17 years together co-hosting the iconic “Mike and Mike” morning program, but three years ago Greenberg branched out to anchor another ESPN morning program, “Get Up”. Greenberg will continue to anchor this show while also hosting a new two-hour radio show from 12-2 pm ET. From the tributes pouring in on social media, it appears Golic will be retiring from broadcasting. In another line-up change, WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike will join Mike Golic Jr. (Mike’s son) between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The changes go into effect on August 17th.

WNBA

The league announced it would dedicate the 2020 season to “victims of police brutality and racial violence”, with players wearing warmup jerseys saying “Black Lives Matter” on the front with “Say Her Name” on the back.

Senator Kelly Loeffler from Georgia and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream urged the WNBA to consider having an American flag on the warmup jerseys instead, saying “the move undermines the potential of the sport and sends a message of exclusion.” She went on to say, “The truth is, we need less — not more politics in sports. … In a time when polarizing politics is as divisive as ever, sports has the power to be a unifying antidote. And now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports.” A group of players has asked the league to sanction Loeffler for her remarks.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

The 2020 MLS is Back Tournament begins today in Orlando.

PIGEON RACING

Yes, pigeon racing (watching trained pigeons fly back to their homes) is apparently a sport and, as of last month, is the first “sport” to return to England.

 

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NBA Tape Delay Due To Bad Language, Kaepernick Scripted Series, MLS $65 Fyre Festival Meal

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Commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver speculated in an interview about tape-delaying games because he’s worried about corporate sponsors getting upset if the players use bad language. He said, “I think often players, they understand when they’re on the floor, they’re saying certain things to each other because it’s so loud in the arena, they know a lot of it is not being picked up. They may have to adapt their language a little bit knowing what they say will likely be picked up by microphones and in all seriousness, we may need to put a little bit of a delay.”

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Netflix announced they will be producing a six-part series on Colin Kaepernick called “Colin in Black and White.” Kaepernick will narrate the scripted drama about his experiences growing up as a black child adopted into a white family.

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Major League Soccer teams have arrived at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in preparation for the MLS is Back Tournament. Apparently the accommodations aren’t exactly up to par yet. Players are posting pictures of the $65 lunch special delivered through room service and comparing it to the meals at the infamous Fyre Festival.

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NASCAR Bans Confederate Flag, Drivers Cut Ties With Beam Designs, MLS Tournament July 8th

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NASCAR announced it is banning the display of the Confederate flag at all events (five years ago the organization requested fans not display the flag). The organization also removed a rule mandating that team members stand for the national anthem. Bubba Wallace, the only black driver on the circuit, praised the new rules while also debuting his new Black Lives Matter-themed car. Wallace told CNN, “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. I am 100% confident that a real NASCAR fan has the ability to enjoy a weekend in the infield just as much while flying an American flag as they do under the flag of a misguided, defeated nation that hasn’t existed for 155 years. If they can’t, then they’ve never loved NASCAR as much they have always claimed. They certainly have never loved it as much as I do.”

In related NASCAR news, drivers Jimmie Johnson, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch cut ties with Jason Beam of Beam Designs, a racing helmet designer, for comments on social media defending keeping the confederate flag. You can get a flag of your own too all you need to do is see the selection at Atlantic Flag and Pole.

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Major League Soccer (MLS) announced the league will return to action on July 8th with matches played at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Assuming all goes as planned, MLS will be the first of the major North American sports leagues to return to competition. The tournament will last 35 days with the games counting towards the regular season, which is slated to begin after the tournament concludes.

 

 

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NFL Allowing Players To Take Knee, U.S. Soccer Federation Changing Policy On Anthem, UFC’s Fight Island

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According to reports, the NFL is close to announcing a decision allowing players to take a knee during the national anthem.  Two years ago the league released a statement with the intention to make players and personnel “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem”. The policy was never enacted due to very public complaints, but teams did have the ability to issue fines if someone didn’t show respect.

SOCCER

The U.S. Soccer Federation is having discussions on changing its current policy against kneeling or sitting during the national anthem. The current policy states, “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.” This policy went into effect in 2017 after U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

UFC

Back in April, UFC President Dana White announced he would continue tournaments on “Fight Island“. The details of the fight island have been revealed. It’s called Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi. The UFC will host its first major fight there on July 11th.

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