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Whitehead Cleared Of Shoplifting Charge, Vick Summer Intern, Djokovic Elbow Injury

FOOTBALL

There has been drama unfolding in the Dallas Cowboys training camp. The shoplifting charge against Lucky Whitehead which caused the Cowboys to to release him, was dropped as it was a case of mistaken identity, but the Cowboys still stand behind their decision to release Whitehead indicating it was in the “best interest of the team.” The controversy surrounding this incident is causing many to question the teams’ decision making.

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick has landed a job as a summer intern for the Kansas City Chiefs, working with his former Philadelphia Eagles coach, Andy Reid. Vick retired in June and stated he wants to ultimately continue his career as a head coach. “I would love to coach in the National Football League one day. At some point, I’d definitely love to help work with young quarterbacks and develop them and still compete, you know, with the team and with the coaches.”

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic announced he will miss the rest of the season as he’s suffering from an elbow injury. He will be ending his streak of participating in 51 straight Grand Slam tournaments.

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Williams Loses In Final, Federer Keeps Dominating, Ball Out With Tight Calves

TENNIS

As the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, Venus Williams fell in the Championship match to Garbine Muguruza. Ranked #15, Muguruza beat Venus 7-5, 6-0.

In the men’s final, Roger Federer continued his dominance by winning his 8th Wimbledon final. At 35 years old, Federer keeps adding to the record books.  Unfortunately for fans, his Wimbledon final was uneventful against Marin Cilic with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory. Cilic claimed to have a blister, and at one point Cilic broke down in tears knowing he couldn’t play his best against the best. He now has 19 Grand Slam titles under his belt and will try for his 20th in New York during the US Open which begins August 28th.

BASKETBALL

The LA Lakers Lonzo Ball has been turning in solid performances during the NBA Summer League, but now has the team and his fans concerned as he walked off the court in the 3rd quarter of the Laker’s semi-final match against the Dallas Mavericks. The injury appears to be “tight calves”, but the Lakers certainly don’t want an injury to the most hyped player of recent memory.

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Venus Williams In 9th Championship On Saturday, Tebow Hits Walk-Off Homer, Brown Skating To Hamilton

TENNIS

At 37 years old, Venus Williams advances to Women’s Wimbledon final. Saturday’s match will be her 9th Championship match at Wimbledon.  If Venus wins on Saturday, she will become the oldest woman to win a grand slam. One of her biggest competitors has always been her sister Serena, but Serena is sidelined right now due to her pregnancy.

BASEBALL

Former Denver QB Tim Tebow is continuing to thrive in the NY Mets’ Class A affiliate in St. Lucie. On Thursday night, he continued his streak of 11 straight hits with a walk off homer to win the game. He hasn’t seemed to slow down since getting promoted to the Class A League, and the fans are loving it!

OLYMPICS

It’s still a bit too early to start talking about the Winter Olympics (February 2018), but for all the Lin-Manuel Miranda fans, skater Jason Brown, announced he will perform his short program to the Hamilton song “Room where it happens”. Brown still needs to make the U.S Team, but Lin-Manuel responded to the announcement via twitter with a heart emoji!

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Muller Ousts Nadal After Marathon Match, MLB All-Star Game, Judge Easily Wins HomeRun Derby

TENNIS

After a grueling 4 hours and 48 minutes, #16 in the world, Gilles Muller ousted #4 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Monday to reach the quarterfinals. #1 Andy Murray and #3 Roger Federer also advanced to the quarters. In the women’s bracket, #1 seed Angelique Kerber lost while #10th seed Venus Williams moved ahead to the quarterfinals.

BASEBALL

The starting lineup for Tuesday night’s All-Star game was announced, but the most anticipated event during the mid-season break was Monday’s home-run derby. All eyes were on Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge, who did not disappoint. Judge leads the league with 30 homers so far this season, and with a head to head battle against eight players, Judge blasted the field and easily won his final round with extra time to spare. Fans are clearly excited by this rookie as evidenced by his signed baseball card selling on eBay for $14,000.

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Swaggy P To Warriors, Unsportsmanlike Fines At Wimbledon

BASKETBALL

In more free agency moves, Nick Young (also known as “Swaggy P”), who played for the Lakers for 4 years, will head to the Golden State Warriors in a one year deal worth $5.2 million. The reason the Warriors can afford to grab players like Young (and Casspi) is partly due to MVP Kevin Durant taking a less money on his 2 year contract with the team. Durant celebrated the signing by posting a now iconic image of Young prematurely celebrating a missed 3-pointer. If you’re wondering how Young got the nickname Swaggy P, he explained it came to him in a dream. “God, in a dream, talked to me, and he gave me that name. I’m like, ‘you know what God? That is a funny name! I might need to run with it!’ And ever since then, I’ve been calling myself Swaggy P. It’s a household name.”

TENNIS

Not only did the Australian Bernard Tomic Wimbledon lose in his first round at Wimbledon, but he also got fined $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during his news conference after the match. He announced he felt “a little bit bored out there and he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete while also saying he called a medical timeout to try get his momentum back. #47 in the world, Daniil Medvedev was also fined for unsportsmanlike conduct when he threw coins at the umpire after his loss in the second round. He denies he was implying the umpired was biased, but at Wimbledon athletes are usually more respectful.

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Free Agency Rumors, Venus Williams Car Crash, Favre A Coach Or GM

BASKETBALL

Free agency begins July 1st and there is speculation on where certain players will go. Among the players in the spotlight:

Gordon Hayward; currently with the Utah Jazz but may explore a move to Boston, Miami.

Blake Griffin: currently with the Los Angeles Clippers but could look at Boston, Miami or Phoenix. According to the Clipper’s Executive VP, “We look at (Griffin) as Clipper royalty,” but you never know what will happen.

Kyle Lowry: widely believed to be staying in Toronto.

Andre Iguodala: the Golden State Warriors want to keep him, but he’ll be courted by many teams.

TENNIS

Venus Williams was involved in a fatal car accident on June 9th, and according to the police report was found guilty. She was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol and was reportedly only driving at 5mph through an intersection where traffic slowed down and she hit the victim’s car. The victim’s husband suffered head trauma and died 14 days later. The crash is still under investigation.

FOOTBALL

During an interview on ESPN, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre mentioned he might like to get back into the game by becoming a coach or general manager. Favre said he won’t make any commitments until his daughter graduates college.

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Westbrook MVP, Taylor Swifts Congratulatons, McEnroe’s Controversial Comments

BASKETBALL

The first ever NBA awards show debuted last night, and the most anticipated award of the evening was for most valuable player. In a landslide vote, Oklahoma City Thunder’s, Russell Westbrook took the prize. This season was memorable for Westbrook, as he was only the second player ever to average a triple-double. Westbrook was emotional during his acceptance speech and graciously thanked everyone around him including his family,  his team, and God. Without you guys, I don’t know where I would be,” Westbrook said. “I can’t be standing here without your support, your sacrifice. Starting with my parents”. A few of the other highlights of the night:

Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)

Sixth Man Award: Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)

Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)

Coach of the Year:  Mike D’Antoni (Houston Rockets)

Check out Taylor Swifts‘ funny congratulations video to Westbrook on his big win.

TENNIS

John McEnroe has been in hot water the last few days for his comments in an NPR interview about Serena Williams. McEnroe said Serena was the “best female player ever — no question.” He was then asked why he qualified it as just “female” where he replied,  “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.” In a follow up interview,  McEnroe refused to apologize but did mention his comments were unnecessary.  Asked what he’d be ranked if he played right now, he lightheartedly said he’d be ranked 1,200.

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Penguins Repeat Stanley Cup Champs, Warriors/Cavs Game 5, Tapwrit Wins Belmont, Nadal Makes History

HOCKEY

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the coveted Stanley Cup by beating the Nashville Predators in 6 games (4-2). With the win, the Penguins become the first team to repeat as Champions since the 1997 Detroit Red Wings.  Future Hall of Famer, Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe (most valuable player) award and is only the third player in NHL history to win the trophy in back to back seasons.

BASKETBALL

On Friday night the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Golden State Warriors 15 win playoff streak and staved off elimination. The best of seven series is now 3-1 with game 5 back in Oakland Monday night, 9:00 pm ET

Horse Racing

The first four finishers of the Belmont Stakes all ran in the Kentucky Derby, but skipped the second leg of the Triple Crown (the Preaknes) then came back for a strong showing in the Belmont on Saturday. Tapwrit (who finished 6th in the Derby) edged out Irish War Cry to win the 1 1/2 mile race.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal made history on Sunday by winning the French Open and his 10th Grand Slam Title. The significance of the occasion was not lost on Nadal. He said through tears, “The adrenaline and nerves I feel on this court I can’t describe. This is the most important event in my career, without a doubt.”

 

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Strickland And Harper Suspended, French Open Player Banned

BASEBALL

In an emotionally charged game Monday night between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper received 6 game and 4 game suspensions. Harper believed Strickland intended to hit him with a fastball so charged the mound and punched Strickland in the head. Apparently the bad blood goes back to 2014 when Harper hit two home runs against Strickland in the National League Division Series. Both players will appeal the suspension.

TENNIS

French Open player Maxime Hamou was banned from the tournament after he forcibly tried to kiss reporter Maly Thomas. Thomas said, “If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.” Hamou has since apologized for his behavior.

 

 

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Westbrook Triple Double History, Warriors Comeback Win, Venus Defeats #1, NC Bathroom Law

BASKETBALL

Russell Westbrook continues to make history. Recording his 38th triple double Wednesday night, he topped James Harden and Wilt Chamberlain with a triple double score that included a whopping 57 points. Westbrook helped his Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic in overtime 114-106.

After suffering losses to the San Antonio Spurs this season, and trailing by 22 points early in the game, the Golden State Warriors came back strong to record an impressive win.  The Splash brothers (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) led the team with 29 and 23 points respectively to close out a 110-98 win.

TENNIS

At 36 years old, Venus Williams became the oldest women to defeat a #1 ranked player when she beat Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.

OTHER

The NCAA is supposed to decide today whether North Carolina is eligible to host NCAA events in 2018-2022. North Carolina Lawmakers proposed a change Wednesday night to the controversial HB2 “bathroom bill”. The NCAA moved the 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte, NC  to New Orleans due to what they felt was a discriminatory law. It’s not yet clear if the LGBTQ community accepts the compromise, and if the NCAA thinks the new bill goes far enough to warrant re-instating NCAA events.

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