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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

BASEBALL

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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U.S. Women Mesmerize The World With World Cup Victory, Clippers Sign Leonard & George, Coco Talk Of Wimbledon

 

SOCCER

The U.S. dominated the Netherlands to win the Women’s World Cup title on Sunday. It’s their 4th World Cup title and their second in a row. And with 26 goals in the tournament, they set a World Cup record. These women mesmerized the world with their stellar play and their enthusiastic celebrations. If that wasn’t enough, they were dominating their opponents while in the midst of a lawsuit over gender bias and equal pay. Outspoken Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player and the Golden Boot as the top scorer. Shortly after the win, Nike celebrated these amazing athletes with a powerful ad ending with the tag line, “This team wins. Everyone wins.”

BASKETBALL

The Los Angeles Clippers made a splash over the weekend by announcing their signing of Kawhi Leonard to a 4-year $141 millions deal while also acquiring Paul George for two players and 5 first round picks.

TENNIS

The big story at Wimbledon this week was 15-year old Coco Gauff who beat her idol Venus Williams in the first round.  After her victory over her idol and becoming the talk of the tournament, Gauff kept her composure, continued winning, and is now the youngest player to advance to the round of 16 in this tournament since 1991 when a then 15-year old Jennifer Capriati made the semifinals.

 

 

 

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U.S. Beat England To Advance To World Cup Final, Coco Gauff Makes Splash Beating Venus Williams At Wimbledon

SOCCER

The U.S. advance to the Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, France by beating England 2-1 on Tuesday.  Megan Rapinoe, who has been making news all week, was not in the lineup due to a hamstring strain but plans to be ready for the final. Alex Morgan celebrated her 30th birthday by heading in the winning goal then pretended to take a sip of tea. The U.S. will play the winner of the semifinal between Sweden and the Netherlands on July 7th.

TENNIS

Fifteen year old Cori “Coco” Gauff made a splash at Wimbledon by beating Venus Williams. This was Coco’s first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam, and she took down one of tennis’ all-time greats.

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Rapinoe Scores To Beat France In Quarterfinals, NBA Free Agency, Big News For Nets And 76ers

SOCCER

Thanks to Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. beat France in the much-watched quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup on Friday. Rapinoe scored both goals in the 2-1 victory. The U.S. will play England on Tuesday, July 2nd in the semifinals while Sweden will take on the Netherlands on July 3rd. The Finals will take place on July 7th.

BASKETBALL

NBA Free-agency officially began Sunday night at 6:00 pm, and there’s already some big news. The Brooklyn Nets made a splash by making a deal worth more than $2 billion dollars to sign Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

TheWarriors lost Durant, but plan to sign a four-year $117 million deal with the Nets for D’Angelo Russell. In order to make this deal work, the Warriors need to trade Andre Iguodala and their 2024 first round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors also plan to re-sign the injured Klay Thompson to a five-year $189 million deal to stay with Golden State.

In other big news, the Philadelphia 76ers signed Al Horford from their rival the Boston Celtics for a 4-year $109 million deal. The Sixers also finalized a sign and trade deal sending Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat. To round out the night, the Sixers plan to re-sign Tobias Harris for a five-year $180 million deal.

For more free-agency live updates, click here.

 

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Cookie Monster Delights Cubbies, MLB All-Star Starters, Free Agency Begins, LeBron Gives Up #23, Women’s World Cup Today

BASEBALL

Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster delighted the crowd during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field. He started by shouting out, “Today C is for Cubbies” then led the stadium in a rendition of “Take me out to the Ball Game”. The Chicago Cubs went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7. You can’t help smile listening to him!

Major League Baseball announced the 2019 All-Star Game starters. The Angels’ Mike Trout led the group with the most votes. Click here for a list of all the starters. The All-Star Game will be played on July 9th at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

BASKETBALL

On Sunday at 6:00 pm ET, free agency begins, and teams can officially start meeting with players. There are rumors about where some notable free-agents will land. Among the big names are Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard.

LeBron James is showing his excitement for new teammate Anthony Davis by agreeing to give him his #23 jersey. Davis wore #23 for 7 years while he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron will switch to No.6 which he wore when he was a member of the Miami Heat and Team USA.

SOCCER

Tune in at 3:00 pm ET today to watch the 2019 Women’s World Cup where the U.S. Women’s team will square off against France in the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

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Antetokounmpo Wins MVP, Gobert Defensive Player, Doncic Rookie Of Year, US Women Beat Spain

BASKETBALL

The NBA Awards were handed out Monday night and Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the Most Valuable Player. The top rookie award went to Luka Doncic,  Lou Williams won his third Sixth Man award, and for the second year in a row, Rudy Gobert took home the Defensive Player of the Year. For a list of the rest of the awards, click here.

SOCCER

With determination and grit, the Women’s U.S. National team managed to beat Spain 2-1 in the round of 16 and will now play France in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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