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Caster Semenya Challenges Testosterone Ruling, World Cup Schedule

TRACK AND FIELD

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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Crazy Saturday At Shinnecock, Mickelson Runs After Putt, Koepka Wins US Open, Iceland & Mexico Stuns

GOLF

Saturday was a crazy day at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY leading many golfers to vocally criticize the USGA about the conditions of the course and the unfairness of playing early in the day vs late in the day when the winds from the Long Island Sound swept in and wreaked havoc. Daniel Berger and Tony Finau cruised to the top of the leaderboard partly because they played a different course then those heading into the day on top. Berger and Finau teed off before the winds swept in and went from 11 shots down to 3 over. The most stunning part of the day came on the 13th green when Phil Mickelson ran after his putt (which looked like it was going to roll off the green) and hit it before it stopped moving (which is a big no-no). He received a two-stroke penalty. The golf world was stunned. Listen to the commentators as they are watching the shot!

On Sunday, Brooks Koepka scored a final round 68 to win the 118th U.S. Open, making him the first back-to-back champion since 1988 when Curtis Strange held the honor.

WORLD CUP

In World Cup news over the weekend, a couple of big surprises. Newcomer, Iceland tied powerhouse Argentina, and Mexico stunned the world by beating reigning champion Germany.

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Bear Plays Vuvuzela, Russia Wins First Match, Open Underway With High Winds

WORLD CUP

World Cup madness has officially begun, and for the next month, fans will celebrate or cry, and we’ll hear that annoying vuvuzela (in fact, during a pre-game parade in Moscow, an actual Bear was playing the instrument while riding a float, creating an angry outpouring on twitter). The Russian National team, ranked last among the 32 teams in the tournament, kicked off the first day with a 5-0 win over an equally low ranked Saudi Arabia. President Putin was clearly happy and interrupted the coach’s post-game conference with a congratulatory call. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov said Putin asked him “to share his thanks with the team for their performance we put on. And he asked the team to continue playing like this.”

GOLF

The 118 U.S. Open is underway and after the first day with brutal 20 mph winds, some of the golfing greats including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy had a rough start. The final round of the Open at Shinnecock Hills, NY is always scheduled to fall on Father’s Day. Follow all the action by clicking here.

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US/Canada/Mexica Win Bid For 2026 World Cup, Luck’s Shoulder Healed, Cabrera Out For Season

WORLD CUP

The World Cup is just about underway in Russia with 32 teams competing in the most watched sporting event in the world. The United States did not qualify this year (the first time in three decades), but they did secure (with their neighbors Canada and Mexico) the bid to host the 2026 tournament. In 2026, the tournament will expand to 48 teams (including the host countries). No other World Cup has split hosting duties three ways, but the US, Canada, and Mexico agreed to have 60 games played in the US with 10 played in Canada and 10 in Mexico. The Final match will be played at New York’s MetLife Stadium.

FOOTBALL

The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck appears to be healed from his shoulder injury and ready to compete. He recently threw in front of the media and claims he is “absolutely” ready to play in week 1 vs the Cincinnati Bengals

BASEBALL

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera (known as Miggy) ruptured his left bicep and will be out the remainder of the season. Cabrera was the AL MVP in 2012-2013, and his absence will be a huge loss for the team. Tiger manager Ron Gardenhire captured the feeling of the team when he said, “Definitely a big blow for our ballclub and that young man. Very sad day for our baseball team though. He’s a special player, a special person to have around here. That’s a blow. I feel terrible when I saw him do that.”

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Rockets Win Game 5, Chris Paul Injured, Ronaldinho A Polygamist

BASKETBALL

The Houston Rockets won a crucial game 5 over the Golden State Warriors, however, fans tempered their excitement  in the last minute of the game when Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury. Paul was on fire in the second half of the game hitting 4 three-pointers and 20 overall points. Paul will get an MRI on Friday to determine whether he’ll be healthy enough to play game 6 on Saturday. Spotted on the floor, were NBA fans Justin Timberlake,  J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott. The Rockets lead the series 3-2 with game 6 in Oakland.

SOCCER

Ronaldinho, the retired Brazilian soccer star and former FIFA World Player of the Year, announced he will marry two women. Polygamy is illegal in Brazil, but since there will only be one wedding ceremony, the law is a bit inconclusive. Ronaldinho claims he is “adept” at polygamy.

 

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Crosby Slams Subban & Team Up 3-2, Girls Cut Hair In Solidarity, NBA Finals Tonight

HOCKEY

The Pittsburgh Penguins are up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals after a fired up Sidney Crosby led his team to a 6-0 rout. Crosby took out his anger during the game against rival P.K. Subban and slammed his head multiple times on the ice. Subban responded by putting Crosby in a head lock. Both received minors, but many were upset as they thought Crosby’s violation was much worse.   Game 6 is Sunday 8:00 pm.

SOCCER

Earlier this week, a story about a girl on a 11 year old Nebraska soccer team was disqualified from playing in a nearby tournament because tournament directors thought she looked like a boy. Soccer stars Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach weighed in on this controversy and sent the their support. On Thursday, the girls’ teammates cut their hair to show their solidarity.

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors will try and lock up the NBA Championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The Cavs’ LeBron James will bring his “A” game in order to avoid an embarrassing sweep. Friday night 9;00 pm ET.

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Harvard Soccer Suspended Lewd Remarks, Cavs 5-0, Durant Dominates

SOCCER

harvardThe Harvard Crimson reported members of the Harvard soccer team were suspended for the season because they continued to make inappropriate comments (including rating attractiveness) of the Harvard women’s soccer team. The team is now no longer able to compete for the NCAA championship and will forfeit the rest of its games.

BASKETBALL

Even though Cleveland lost the World Series they still have LeBron and the Cavs as their reigning champions. It’s still early in the season, but the Cavs are now out to a  5-0 start.

Everyone was anticipating the now Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant’s reunion with his old team the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant played for OKC for 8 years so returning to play against them was emotional. Prior to the game he said, “The 405 (Oklahoma City’s area code) has a special place in my heart,” he said. “Those fans, no matter what they call me or how they feel about me, they know, that if you see me anywhere, that you’ll feel like I was your friend. That’s how you made me feel, and how I made them feel. Those memories are never going to fade. I feel a certain away about that city, that state, that organization. And I look at that as – I’m going to put (those years) on my trophy case. That eight years is going to go in my trophy case. Not in the trash.” Durant didn’t dwell on these sentiments during the game however. With 39 points and 7 three-pointers, he dominated his former team and gave the victory to the Warriors. Warriors 122, Thunder 96.

 

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Fitzpatrick Thinks Less In Jets Win, Cubs Clinch NL Title, Rapinoe Kneels While Representing USA

FOOTBALL

Last season NY Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had a tough time against Coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills, but on Thursday night, the Harvard grad stated “Going into the game, I just wanted to think less”. It worked as he threw for 374 yards and one touchdown. It wasn’t just about the passing as Fitzpatrick had a lot of help in the running game with Matt Forte’s three rushing touchdowns (tying a career high).  Jets 37, Bills 31.

BASEBALL

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-7-41-35-amThe Chicago Cubs left Wrigley Field Thursday night after a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but waited hopefully for the results of a West Coast game where the SF Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Giants win, the Cubs clinched their first National League Title since 2008. Fans poured into the streets celebrating their National League Central Division Title. The Cubbies haven’t won a National League Pennant in 71 years and haven’t won the World Series in 108 years so even inching towards those milestones is a big deal for Cubs fans.

SOCCER

Megan Rapinoe created another level of controversy Thursday night when she refused to stand during the National Anthem while representing Team USA in a friendly match against Thailand. As the midfielder for the US Women’s National Team, Rapinoe deliberated about the issue and ultimately decided not to stand. US Soccer did not agree with her decision and released a statement saying, “As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played.”

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Messi Retires From National Team, Summitt’s Health Declining

SOCCER

Lionel MessiAfter Argentina’s emotional loss to Chile in the Copa America final, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi announced he’ll retire from the National Team. Messi expressed his disappointment in trying for years to win a national title with Argentina and said he’s finally given up. “I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.”

 

BASKETBALL

The legendary University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s health has been deteriorating.  Summitt has been suffering from Alzheimers and according to her family, her condition in the last few days has declined. Summitt took Tennessee to 8 National Championships and 22 Final Fours. She also boasted 1, 098 victories which is a record for any coach.

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Sharks Out Skate Penguins Game 5, Euro 2016, NBA Finals Game 4

NHL

The San Jose Sharks out skated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh to force the series back to San Jose for game 6 Sunday night of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins lead the series 3-2. The Sharks goalie, Martin Jones, made a remarkable 44 saves, the most of any finals regulation game. Sharks 4, Penguins 2.

SOCCER

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 8.47.45 AMThe Euro 2016 tournament kicks off this weekend. The European Championship takes place every 4 years so it’s a big deal. Plus, France is hosting the tournament and with the terror attacks in Paris last November, security will be tight. They are expecting over 100,000 security officials working the tournament.  Super Victor is the official mascot of the tournament, but unfortunately for event organizers, the name (which was chosen in a poll) is the same name as a sex aid.

NBA

The NBA Finals’ Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland. 9:00 pm EST. The Golden State Warriors lead the best of seven series 2-1.

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