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Giants, Texans Fire Coaches, Lay’s NFL Chips, Djokovic’s Visa Revoked Again

FOOTBALL

The coaching carousel continues. The NY Giants fired their head coach Joe Judge after two disappointing seasons. The team went 10-23 under Judge and scored the fewest points in the NFL. The team’s general manager, Dave Gettlemen, also announced his retirement this week. And, after only one season, the Houston Texans fired David Culley.

In other NFL news, a number of NFL teams partnered with Lay’s potato chips. Lay’s took soil from the grounds where NFL teams play and designated areas for their farmers to grow potatoes for each separate team. This clip explains it all.

TENNIS

The Djokovic saga continues. The #1 player in the world Novak Djokovic is in Australia to play in the Open and set a record for wins, but just days before the tournament is set to begin, he had his visa revoked again…for the second time.  The Australian immigration minister overruled the judges on the grounds of “health and good order.”

 

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NFL Playoff Pic Set, Raiders Win Means Chargers Out, Fired Coaches, Djokovic Will Play In Open

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After a wild weekend in the NFL, the playoff picture is set. For the schedule of games, click here.

One of the most exciting matchups was the crazy close game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers. There was a scenario where if the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars both won on Sunday, then the Chargers and Raiders would BOTH make the playoffs if they ended their game in a tie. And, that almost happened, but with 2 seconds left in overtime, the Raiders kicked a field goal to win the game and head to the playoffs (without the Chargers).

Now that the regular season is over, look out for some coaching changes. The Denver Broncos got things started Sunday morning by firing Vic Fangio. The Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Minnesota Vikings all followed suit and fired their head coaches (Brian Flores, Matt Nagy, and Mike Zimmer respectively).

TENNIS

The Novak Djokovic vaccination/visa cancellation drama appears to be resolved.  It’s been reported he will be allowed to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open. If Djokovic wins the Open, he will have broken the record for men’s Grand Slam titles.

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Terrell Owens To Replace Brown, Fans Of Jets/Giants Sue Over NY Status, Irving Makes Season Debut, Djokovic Detained

FOOTBALL

On his recent podcast, Terrell Owens, the Hall of Fame wide receiver, said he believes he can replace Antonio Brown on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since it would only be three or four games and not a full season, the 48-year old Owens believes that even after 11 years out of the League he’s still physically ready to play.

In other football news, fans of the NY Jets and NY Giants sued the NFL (as well as the Jets and Giants) for using the New York name and brand while not actually playing in New York. The two teams play at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, so the fans are suing for “false advertising, deceptive practices, and racketeering.” They are asking for financial damages and an ultimatum that the teams return to New York in 2025.

BASKETBALL

The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving finally made his season debut Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Irving isn’t allowed to play home games for the Nets because he’s refused to get vaccinated, but he’s eligible to play most road games. Kyrie contributed 22 points in 32 minutes for the Nets’ 129-121 win over the Pacers.

TENNIS

In more COVID vaccine news, the world’s #1 player Novak Djokovic received an exemption from the Australian Open to fly to Melbourne for the tournament. Upon arriving at the airport, officials detained him, and the Australian government weighed in, saying his visa doesn’t allow for medical exemptions to the vaccine. He is currently detained at a hotel for refugees while his lawyers look into his case.

 

 

 

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WTA Suspends Tournaments In China, Enes Kanter Freedom Becomes US Citizen, Curry’s First NIL Deal W/College Freshman, MLB Lockout

TENNIS

The Women’s Tennis Association will suspend all of its tournaments in China after tennis player Peng Shuai hasn’t been seen since her allegations of sexual assault. The WTA, as opposed to other Leagues, has taken a strong stand. In a recent statement, the WTA chairman Steve Simon said, “I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault.”

Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter, who was the 3rd overall pick in the NBA draft in 2011, has used his platform in the NBA to protest human-rights issues in China. Kanter recently became a U.S. citizen and changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

BASKETBALL

Azzi Fudd, a UConn freshman basketball player, signed a name, image, and likeness (NIL) endorsement deal with Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry. Part of the deal involves Curry mentoring Fudd as the “next face of women’s basketball”. This partnership is the first NIL deal between an NBA player and a college player.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball is in a labor dispute with the players union and has now entered a lockout that halts all of its operations.  The season doesn’t officially begin for three more months, but it’s the first lockout in 27 years and only the ninth in league history.

 

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LeBron/Stewart Suspensions, Shumpert Wins DWTS, Shuai Emerges, Bucs Beat Giants MNF

BASKETBALL

LeBron James elbowed Isaiah Stewart in the face on Sunday night leading to an on-court tussle. Both players were ejected, and LeBron will miss Tuesday’s game against the NY Knicks. It’s LeBron’s first suspension in his 19 years in the League. Stewart was suspended for two games for continuing to engage LeBron in the altercation even after the play was finished.

Former NBA player Iman Shumpert and his dancing partner Daniella Karagach won Dancing with the Stars becoming the only former NBA player to win the competition and the only NBA player to make even make it to the Finals. Watch their amazing freestyle routine.

TENNIS

The tennis star, Peng Shuai, finally emerged over the weekend in a 30-minute video call with IOC President Thomas Bach. The call and subsequent videos and photos of Peng out and about didn’t satisfy WTA CEO Steve Simon who is demanding a full investigation into her disappearance over the last few weeks and her allegations of sexual assault. Simon is threatening to pull out of tournaments in China over the incident.

FOOTBALL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had no trouble cruising to an easy 30-10 victory over the NY Giants on Monday Night Football.

 

 

 

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Patriots Crush Falcons, Brown Fake Vaccine, Newton’s 50 Free Tkts, Peng Shuai Ordeal, Harper/Ohtani MVP’s, Curry Shining

FOOTBALL

The New England Patriots crushed the Atlanta Falcons 25-0 on Thursday Night Football thanks to their defense which made four interceptions and had four sacks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown is in hot water again. His former chef accused Brown of not paying him $10,000 for services rendered and showed a text exchange implicating Brown and his  girlfriend of buying fake vaccination cards.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton certainly entertained the crowd in his first press conference since returning to his old team. He arrived in a fedora hat with a Clark Kent press pass (Cam is known as Superman for his touchdown celebrations). He also promised to give away 50 free tickets to the Panthers home game this weekend to fans who have never been to the Bank of America stadium. And, then to cap it all off, he moon danced off the podium.

TENNIS

Tennis start Peng Shuai is still missing. Two weeks ago she posted on social media of sexual assault by a powerful government official. The posts were quickly deleted but then she went missing, and no one has seen from her since. A couple of days ago the Chinese government released a statement attributed to her stating that she was fine and no assault ever took place, but most are skeptical the statement was actually from her. The Women’s Tennis Association has been heavily weighing in on this issue, and there are now questions about what to do with the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing if this situation is as dire as it seems.

BASEBALL

Bryce Harper was awarded the National League MVP and Shohei Ohtani took home the American League MVP awards Thursday night. Ohtani got a unanimous vote, while Harper received 17 of 30 first-place votes.

BASKETBALL

Steph Curry continues to shine in the Warriors decisive 104-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. With 40 points, four rebounds and six assists, he made history again by making at least nine 3-pointers for the 38th time in his career. According to ESPN Stats and Info, “he now has more nine 3-pointer games since April (10) than any other player in NBA their entire NBA career.”

 

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Oregon Upset Ohio State, Cat Saved At Miami Game, Winston, Murray Big Games, Djokovic Run Ends, Raducanu’s Historic Run

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It didn’t take long for there to be a shakeup in the College Football Playoffs. On Saturday, #12 Oregon upset heavily favored #3 Ohio State 35-28.  With the win, Oregon jumped to #4 while Ohio State fell to #9.

One of the best highlights of the college football weekend was seeing University of Miami fans save a cat dangling from the rafters, then parading the cat around like Mufasa and Simba in Lion King.

In the first weekend of NFL football, Jameis Winston threw for five touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to a very lopsided victory over the Green Bay Packers, whose quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for two interceptions and recorded one of the worst games of his career.

In another route, the Arizona Cardinals, thanks to quarterback Kyler Murray who scored five touchdowns and stellar defense from Chandler Jones (who had a career-high five sacks), overran the Tennesse Titans 38-13.

For a recap of all the Sunday games, click here.

Monday Night Football will feature the Baltimore Ravens vs the Las Vegas Raiders.

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic 21st major title and Grand Slam ended on Sunday when Daniil Medvedev beat him in the U.S. Open men’s final. The win gives the #2 ranked player in the world, Medvedev, his first Grand Slam title.

In the women’s final, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu continued her exciting journey by beating Leylah Fernandez to win her first Grand Slam title. Raducanu came into the tournament as a qualifier and didn’t drop a set during her historic run.

 

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Historic Women’s U.S. Open Final, Brady/Prescott Shine In Bucs Win, T.J. Watt Highest Paid Defender, Ravens’ Injuries

TENNIS

For the first time in history, two unseeded women will play for a major championship title. Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, who turned 19 this week, will play against Briton’s Emma Raducanu (18 years old) in the U.S. Open Final on Saturday.

FOOTBALL

In a mostly mistake-ridden game, the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 in the first matchup of the NFL season. Bucs QB Tom Brady and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s performances were highlights from the game, with Brady scoring 4 touchdowns including a game-winning drive, and Prescott throwing for 403 yards and three touchdowns.

In other NFL news, T.J. Watt is now the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL after signing a four-year, $112 million extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers. T.J.’s big financial windfall comes 7 years after his brother J.J was declared the highest-paid defender.

The beginning of the season for the Baltimore Ravens has been rough. Running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters both suffered ACL injuries in practice and will miss the rest of the season.

 

 

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Bucs Vs Cowboys In NFL Kickoff, Prescott Starting First Time Since Ankle Injury, Brady Oldest Non-Kicker Starter, Saints Return Home Week 4, Raducanu Makes History At Open

FOOTBALL

The NFL season kicks off tonight with the defending Super Bowl champs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, against the Dallas Cowboys (the most valuable sports franchise ($6.92 billion) in North America according to Sportico). Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will start for the first time since his ankle injury caused him to sit out most of the 2020 season. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (44 years and 37 days old) will take the field as the oldest non-kicker to start in a Week 1 NFL game.

After having to leave town due to Hurricane Ida, the New Orleans Saints will return home for week 4 against the New York Giants. They will start the season playing in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend.

TENNIS

Emma Raducanu has already made history at the U.S. Open. The eighteen-year-old became the first qualifier (female or male) to reach the semifinals of the Open. And, in the men’s bracket, Novak Djokovic won his 11th straight quarterfinal match, a career-best.

 

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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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