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Djokovic Defeats Federer In Epic Wimbledon Finals, Halep Beat Williams In Final, Ryan Leaf Back

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in an epic finals at Wimbledon. After four hours and 57 minutes, the match  was the longest final in Wimbledon history and could have potentially gone on even longer, but it was the first time the championship was decided by the tournament’s new fifth-set rule, which institutes a tie-breaker in the fifth set if the score reaches 12-12. With his 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon championship and his 16th major.

In the women’s final, Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep. Williams was attempting to win her 24th Grand Slam title.

FOOTBALL

Ryan Leaf is back. Leaf was a football phenom when he was the #2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL pick for the San Diego Chargers. His life went into a tailspin from drug addiction and prison-time, but he has now been hired by ESPN to work as a college football analyst.

 

 

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Serena Williams Advances To Wimbledon Final, Westbrook To Join Harden On Rockets

TENNIS

Serena Williams defeated Barbora Strycova to advance to the Wimbledon Finals for the 11th time. She will face #7 Simona Halep of Romania on Saturday. Serena has 23 Grand Slam titles, and if she wins on Saturday she’ll tie the all-time record of 24 set by Margaret Court.

BASKETBALL

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and a two first round draft picks. Westbrook will join James Harden on the Rockets. The two played together back in 2012 for the OKC Thunder.

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Pete Alonso Won Home Run Derby, Coco’s Run Over, Serena Fined $10K

BASEBALL

New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso won the 2019 Home Run Derby. He’s the second rookie to win the Home Run Derby outright and only the second Mets player to win.  He faced Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (who had to endure three tie-breakers in the second round before moving on) in the Finals. Alonso will take home $1 million dollars for the win.

TENNIS

15 year old Coco Gauff’s amazing run at Wimbledon is over as she lost in the fourth round to Simona Halep. In other Wimbledon news, Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 for damaging a court with her racket during practice. The All England Club also fined Fabio Fognini $3000 for saying he wished a bomb would hit Wimbledon, and Nick Kyrgios $8000 in total for unsportsmanlike conduct in his first and second rounds.

 

 

 

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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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Ortiz Shot In Back, Will Durant Return For Game 5, Nadal Makes History

BASEBALL

Former Boston Red Sox superstar David Ortiz, affectionately known as Big Papi, was shot in the back while at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The bullet went through his stomach, but he’s reportedly in stable condition.  As of Monday morning, the police do not know the motive of the shooter.

BASKETBALL

After a big win over the weekend, Toronto now leads the NBA Finals 3-1 over Golden State. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Warriors star Kevin Durant will return for Game 5 Monday night at 9:00 pm ET in Toronto. Durant has missed 9 straight games and hasn’t played since May 8th. If the Raptors are victorious, they will capture their first championship in franchise history.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal made history by winning his 12th French Open title. Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in four sets and became the only person to ever win the same major tournament 12 times.

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Osaka & Djokovic Win Australian Open, Brady Zero Chance Of Retiring, Davis Requests Trade

TENNIS

In the Australian Open, 21-year-old Naomi Osaka defeated Petra Kvitova to win her second grand slam tournament. She won last year’s US Open over Serena Williams in an uncomfortable way after Williams argued with the chair umpire for accessing her point and game penalties. Williams heated exchange with the umpire overshadowed Osaka’s first grand slam win, but now she’s on top of the world becoming Japan’s first player to achieve a #1 ranking.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic captured his 15th career Grand Slam championship (breaking a tie with Roger Federer and Roy Emerson for most career Australian Open titles) by defeating long-time rival, Rafael Nadal. In his 53rd matchup with Nadal, #1 ranked Djokovic easily won in 3 sets

FOOTBALL

Super Bowl Sunday storylines continue all week, and New England quarterback Tom Brady is getting his share of attention. One of the ongoing questions for him is whether he’ll retire after the game. On an ESPN segment, Brady shut down that line of questioning and emphatically said, “zero” chance of retiring. He continued, “I’ve said that for a long time. I feel like I’m asked that a lot, and I feel like I repeat the same answer. But no one believes me.” If the Patriots win on Sunday, Brady, at 41 years old, will become the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls titles.

BASKETBALL

New Orleans Pelicans forward, Anthony Davis, has requested a trade. His agent said, “Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, also represents LeBron James, and according to reports, the Los Angeles Lakers would be very interested in acquiring Davis in a trade.

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Stafford’s 4 Interceptions, Rodgers Big Comeback, Browns Can’t Win But Tie, Williams Double Standard

FOOTBALL

A few highlights from the NFL’s first week:

The New York Jets had Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford’s number. They intercepted him 4 times and intercepted his backup Matt Cassel once. Linebacker Darron Lee said, “We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line. We knew his signals. We knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense. … It seemed like we were in his head as a defense.”  According to Elias Sports Bureau, Stafford is the first Lions quarterback since 1943 to put up four interceptions in a home opener. To make matters worse, my fantasy team started Stafford and we lost both of our games :(. Jets 48, Lions 17.

Aaron Rodgers new $134 million contract extension seems to be paying off after he led the Green Bay Packers to a thrilling comeback victory over the Chicago Bears thanks to his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. His incredible performance came after he had to leave the game in the 2nd quarter due to a leg injury. No word yet on how his injury will affect him going forward.

The Cleveland Browns finally broke their 17 game losing streak, but still haven’t won a game yet. The Browns had an opportunity to win the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a seemingly easy field goal with seconds left on the clock, but the kick was blocked and the Browns winless streak continues at 624 days. The “Victory Fridges” with free Bud Light are still waiting to be unlocked.

TENNIS

The Serena Williams/Naomi Osaka final at the US Open continues to cause emotions to run high. To recap, Williams was called for three minor infractions during the match. On the third infraction where Serena called the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, a “thief”, he docked her a full game. Serena ultimately lost the match, but the crowd was so incensed, they booed during the awards ceremony and prevented Naomi (who also teared up) her moment in the limelight for beating one of the greatest (if not the greatest) women’s tennis player of all time and one of her idols. Many fans believe the umpire applied a double standard and acted unfairly to a woman yelling, while many men’s players have done much worse over the years.

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Eagles Win Thanks To Philly Philly Inspiration, Osaka And Williams Meet In Final

FOOTBALL

In the NFL season opener, last year’s Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, barely edged out the Atlanta Falcons in a sloppy, low scoring game. The highlight of the night was a trick play from last year’s Championship called the “Philly Special“. On Thursday night, the team renamed the play the “Philly Philly” which featured a pass from receiver Nelson Agholor to quarterback Nick Foles. The offense only gained 15 yards on the play, but the Eagles found enough energy to put the necessary points on the board for the win. Unfortunately for the Falcons, their offense struggled, and quarterback Matt Ryan couldn’t connect in the red zone.  Eagles 18, Falcons 12.

TENNIS

20-year-old Naomi Osaka advanced to her first major final beating Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4. She faced 13 break points and managed to save all of them saying her motivation was to play Serena Williams. In an interview after the game, she said, “This is going to sound really bad, but I was just thinking, ‘I really want to play Serena.'” When the interviewer followed up with a “Why?”, Osaka said, “Because she’s Serena, like, what do you mean?”

Serena cruised to her ninth US Open final by holding off #19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0. With one more win, a soon to be 37-year-old Williams will secure her seventh US Open championship. In an emotional interview after the match, Serena said, “It’s honestly really incredible. A year ago, I was fighting for, literally, my life at the hospital after I had the baby, so every day I step out on this court, I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport, you know? So no matter what happens in any match — semis, finals — I just feel like I’ve already won.”

 

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NFL Season Begins, Le’Veon Bell Unsigned, Millman’s Request To Change Clothes, Djokovic To Semis

FOOTBALL

The NFL season begins tonight with the Atlanta Falcons taking on former Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t signed with the team and hasn’t reported for practice. If Bell doesn’t sign he loses $853,000 per week. If he continues to hold out for up to nine games, Bell (at age 26) will be eligible for free agency next year. According to Bell’s reps, “he wasn’t going to accept another 400 touches on a salary he felt was below his value.” Bell is high on most fantasy football drafts, so there will be many angry fans if he doesn’t sign this season.

TENNIS

In the men’s quarterfinals of the US Open, Novak Djokovic and John Millman had another tough match due to the intense heat. With just two games into the second set, Millman approached the umpire explaining he needed to change his clothes due to excessive sweating. The umpire ruled that the conditions were excessive enough to invoke the “Equipment Out of Adjustment” rule and allowed Millman to leave. Djokovic ultimately won  6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and will advance to the semifinals against Kei Nishikori on Friday.

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