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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

SOCCER

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.

FOOTBALL

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.

BASKETBALL

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

ESPN

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.”

FOOTBALL

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.

SOCCER

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

NASCAR

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.

SOCCER

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

FOOTBALL

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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FC Seoul Fined For Sex Dolls, No Spitting In Baseball A Sacrifice

SOCCER

Soccer Club FC Seoul, a South Korean professional football team based in Seoul, was fined $82,000 won) by the K League 1 for using sex dolls to fill empty seats during a recent match. The fine was for “damaging the prestige and integrity of the league.” Teams are allowed to use mannequins to fill seats during the pandemic when fans aren’t allowed in the stadium, but the use of sex dolls was considered a violation. Club officials said, “Our intention was to do something lighthearted in these difficult times. We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again.” 

BASEBALL

One of Tom Hanks’ most memorable lines from “A League of Their Own” was “there’s no crying in baseball.” That might still be true, but now there’s no spitting in baseball. San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told a radio station that one of the difficulties for players when (if) they return to the field will be adhering to the new guidelines…specifically the prohibition on spitting. He said, “When you’ve been doing it your whole life, it’s like breaking any habit. It’s going to be hard when things get stressful not to default to the habit. But I can tell you this: Everybody’s going to be committed to doing it because it’s so worth it. The trade-off between giving up that habit and getting to play baseball, we’ll play baseball all day long.” Many fans have weighed in and welcome this “sacrifice”!

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Dalton Signs With Cowboys, U.S. Women’s Soccer Pay Discrimination, The Mountain’s World Record

FOOTBALL

Andy Dalton agreed to sign a one-year deal worth up to $7 million with the Dallas Cowboys. The 32-year old Dalton was released from the Cincinnati Bengals last week after the team selected former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Dak Prescott is currently Dallas’s starting quarterback, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

SOCCER

A federal judge dismissed the U.S. Women’s national team’s claim of pay discrimination. According to the judge, “the WNT has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT.” The women’s claim of unequal treatment in terms of travel, medical staff, and training equipment will still go to trial. According to reports, the women plan to appeal the decision and are requesting nearly $67 million in back pay and compensation.

WORLD RECORDS

Hafthor Bjornsson, who played Ser Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) on Game of Thrones set a world record in the deadlift. In a gym in Iceland over the weekend, he lifted 1,104 pounds (501 kilograms) beating the previous record of 1,102 pounds (500 kilograms) set by Eddie Hall in 2016.  Bjornsson who is 6’9″ and weighs 452 pounds won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2018.

 

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U.S. Soccer President Claims Women Fewer Responsibilities, CBA Signed, Tannehill’s $91 Mill, Modell’s CEO Blames Jets/Giants

SOCCER

Carlos Cordeiro resigned as President of the U.S. Soccer Federation after claiming the women’s team had “fewer responsibilities than their male colleagues.” He used this rationale as a reason for women getting paid less than their male colleagues. Cindy Parlow Cone will take over and become the first woman president of U.S. Soccer in its 107 years of existence.

FOOTBALL

NFL players voted to ratify the collective bargaining agreement with the league’s team owners. The CBA takes effect in 2021. The new agreement guarantees 10 more years of peace between the NFL and the National Football League Players Association. Here are a few highlights:

  • A 16-game regular season in 2020 with an expanded postseason from 12-14 teams
  • In 2021, the NFL regular season could be expanded from 16-17 games
  • The preseason will be reduced, likely to three games per team
  • Player-friendly changes to the sports disciplinary system and marijuana policy

In other NFL news, quarterback Ryan Tannehill agreed to a new deal with the Tennessee Titans that will pay him $118 million over 4 years with $91 million guaranteed.

OTHER

The sporting goods retailer Modell’s is filing for bankruptcy. The CEO partially blamed weak jersey sales on the NY Jets and NY Giants being terrible.

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Nationals Heading To World Series, Astros Take 2-1 Lead, Ramsey To Rams, HS Soccer Player Breaks Record

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The Washington Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and are heading to the franchise’s first World Series. Eighty-six years ago Washington clinched a spot in the World Series, but back then the Team was called the Senators, and these original Senators lost to the New York Giants. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out The Nationals’ Gerardo Parra heading to the plate while the entire stadium claps and sings to his walk-up song “Baby Shark. He’s not the first player to feature the song (Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers uses it as well), but the children’s tune really took off thanks to Parra.

In the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros took a 2-1 lead over the New York Yankees. Game 4 is on Wednesday night.

FOOTBALL

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for 3 draft picks. Ramsey had one more year left on his contract with the Jags, but made it clear (showed up to training camp in an armored bank truck) he wanted more money.

SOCCER

Congratulations to high school soccer player Chloe Delyser who broke the all-time national high school girls soccer scoring record.  With her 317th career goal, Chloe made history.

 

 

 

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Senator Manchin’s Equal Pay Bill For U.S. Women’s Soccer, Shane Bieber Wins All-Star MVP

SOCCER

Shortly after the U.S. Women won the World Cup, West Virginia University’s women’s soccer coach wrote to Senator Joe Manchin asking him to support the U.S. Women and their mission to receive equal pay. Manchin has now introduced a bill stating that federal funding for hosting the 2026 World Cup will be withheld until the U.S. Women’s National Team is compensated at the same level as the men. In Machin’s words, “The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams is unacceptable and I’m glad the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry. They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly.”

BASEBALL

The American League beat the National League 4-3 in the 2019 All-Star game in Cleveland. The Indians Shane Bieber, who wasn’t even supposed to play, was named the MVP. Bieber got the call on Friday night that he was replacing Texas Rangers Mike Minor. After the game he said, “To be able to do it in front of the home crowd and my first All-Star Game is definitely not something I expected, especially being added to the game four or five days ago.”

 

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