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Curry Best Shooter Ever, $380 Mill Settlement By Olympic Committee, No Boycott From S.Korea, Nike Signs First-Ever Student Endorsement

BASKETBALL

At only 33 years old, Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is now the best shooter to ever play in the NBA. On Tuesday night against the Knicks, Curry secured his place in history with his 2,974th 3-pointer, leaping over Ray Allen’s previous record. Allen was in attendance at the Garden to cheer on Curry and see his record eclipsed.

GYMNASTICS

USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee agreed to a $380 million settlement for failing to protect athletes from sexual predators such as those abused by Larry Nassar, the gymnast’s former team doctor. The settlement is one of the largest sex abuse settlements in history.

OLYMPICS

Many countries (including the U.S.) have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing Winter Olympics, but South Korea has refused to join the other countries claiming they don’t want to jeopardize “their strategic ties to China.”

SOCCER

Nike signed UCLA women’s soccer star Reilyn Turner to its first-ever endorsement contract. The deal comes after NCAA recently changed the rules to allow student-athletes to profit from their names and likeness.

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Dolphins Pull Out Win Thanks To Tua, Odell Signs W/Rams, Newton Signs W/Panthers, Soccer Scandal

FOOTBALL

Jacoby Brissett started at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, but was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa (who had a fractured finger). Tua scored late in the game to give the team a 22-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

In other NFL news, Odell Beckham Jr., who was released by the Cleveland Browns, has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams. And, quarterback Cam Newton, who was cut by the New England Patriots in August, is returning to Charlotte for a one year deal. Cam won the NFL MVP award in 2015 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 but then struggled with injuries the last few years.

SOCCER

In an odd story out of the soccer world, a Paris St-Germain player was arrested for potential foul play in an attack on her teammate by masked men. According to reports, Aminata Diallo was giving her teammate Kheira Hamraoui (who has replaced her as a starter on the team), a ride home from a team dinner when masked men pulled Hamraoui from the car and beat her up. The investigation is ongoing.

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MLDS Begins, Kyrie Refuses Vaccination, Greenberg To Host “NBA Countdown”, NWSL Resumes Play

BASEBALL

In the Wild Card matchups, the Boston Red Sox advance to the Division Series after beating the NY Yankees 6-2. The Los Angeles Dodgers also advance, thanks to Chris Taylor’s two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against  the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Major League Division Series begins Thursday night. The Houston Astros will host the Chicago White Sox,  Later in the evening, the Boston Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Friday, the Dodgers will face their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, and the Milwaukee Brewers will play the Atlanta Braves.

BASKETBALL

The New Jersey Nets Kyrie Irving still refuses to get vaccinated, which means he might not be able to participate in home games and practices.

ESPN reported that Mike Greenberg will replace Maria Taylor as the host of “NBA Countdown.”

SOCCER

The National Women’s Soccer League resumed games on Wednesday after pausing play over the weekend due to reports of emotional and sexual abuse from a now-former league coach. For more on this story, click here.

 

 

 

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Raiders Lose To Chargers, Bubba Wallace Wins Talladega, Spoiler Alert For “Ted Lasso”

FOOTBALL

After the Las Vegas Raiders lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 28-14 on Monday Night Football, the Arizona Cardinals are the only undefeated team left in the NFL.

NASCAR

Bubba Wallace became only the second Black driver to win NASCAR’s Cup Series race since 1963. The big win came at Talladega, where Wallace found a noose hanging in his garage stall last season. No hate crime was recorded, as it was determined that the noose wasn’t directed at him, but Wallace still thinks it was fitting that his big win came at the same track where a noose was found in general.

SOCCER

Warning, this could be a potential spoiler alert for the season finale of Season 2 “Ted Lasso”….the hit TV show has secured a licensing deal with the Premier League to use team logos, club kits, and the league trophy in Season 3.

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Panthers Beat Texans, McCaffrey Injured, Manning Bros Show 1.9 Mill Views, Ryder Cup Wknd, “Operation Soccer Balls” Success

FOOTBALL

The Carolina Panthers beat the Houston Texans on Thursday night, but their star running back Christian McCaffrey left during the second quarter due to a strained hamstring. It’s unclear when he’ll be back. Panthers’ quarterback Sam Darnold had a solid night completing 23 of 34 passes for 304 yards and two running touchdowns in the 24-9 win.

The Manning brothers’ Monday Night Football show seems to be taking off. Their viewership jumped from 800,000 in week one to 1.9 million in week two.

GOLF

The Ryder Cup weekend is here. The three-day tournament features the U.S. against Europe with 12 golfers per team. The U.S. team has been split into “pods” where four-man units have to do everything together in order to create a sense of unity and team spirit. The last time the U.S. used the four-man pod system was in 2008 when the Americans won.

SOCCER

The international mission named “Operation Soccer Balls” was a success. The 80 members of the Afghanistan girls soccer team (adults and children) escaped the country and have been granted asylum in Portugal.

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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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