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Sloane Stephens And Rafael Nadal Win Open, Ezekiel Elliott Big Game, Browns’ Infamous Stat

TENNIS

Sloane Stephens stunned the sports world when she took home the US Open trophy after beating fellow American Madison Keyes. After an absence of 11 months due to injury and a ranking below 800, she skyrocketed to win her first Grand Slam. After the match, she was asked if she’s motivated to win more and she light-heartedly said, “Of course, girl, did you see that check that that lady handed me? Man, if that doesn’t make you want to play tennis, I don’t know what will!”

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal beat South African Kevin Anderson for his 16th Grand Slam Title.

 

FOOTBALL

The Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received a huge welcome on Sunday after weeks of speculation about whether he’d be able to play this game or for that matter, the next 6 games. As of Friday, it looks like Elliott will continue to play for awhile as he was granted a preliminary injunction which, according to Elliott, will give him a fair trial and a chance to prove he’s innocent.  For now, the Cowboys are fortunate as Elliott helped the Cowboys overpower the NY Giants 19-3 with his 104 yards rushing

After a loss on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers,  the Cleveland Browns record the infamous stat of not having won a season opener since 2004 when Jeff Garcia was the quarterback. Why is this important? According to USA Today, “teams which go 1-0 are twice as likely to reach the postseason than teams who start 0-1.”

For more highlights/lowlights of week one, click here.

 

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Sloane Stephens Defeats Venus, KC Chiefs Stun Brady And Patriots, Brown Suspended 6 Games

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Sloane Stephens defeated Venus Williams in the US Open Semi-final on Thursday night, setting up the first all American US Open final without a Williams sister since 1984. Stephens started the tournament ranked #83 and unseeded. Before the summer’s US Open Series (5 weeks of tournaments leading up to the Grand Slam US Open), she was ranked 957th!!! Remarking on her journey this year, she said, “When I started my comeback, if someone told me I was going to make two semis and a grand slam final, I just would have probably just passed out because that’s what I’m ready to do now. It’s incredible. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how I got here. Just hard work. That’s it.”  She will face fellow American Madison Keys who defeated CoCo Vandeweghe.

FOOTBALL

The Kansas City Chiefs stunned the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots, in the NFL opener. The Pats’ offense couldn’t find a rhythm, thanks in part to the Chiefs sacking Pats QB Tom Brady three times.  The Chief’s rookie Kereem Hunter was the standout of the game with 246 yards, the most ever in a player’s 1st game, and 3 touchdowns. Chiefs QB Alex Smith also impressed with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Chiefs 42, Patriots 27.

Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was suspended for another six games for domestic violence accusations (he served a one-game suspension at the beginning of last season).  The Giants released Brown in October of 2016 after personal letters, journals and emails came out where Brown admitted he abused his wife. Brown told Good Morning America, “These were the things that you say to yourself and then you’d burn them. … And I didn’t. The fact that my private things are being used against me, that’s hard to swallow. I’m talking about my journals. I had to learn all that and write that down in order to heal, and now you’re telling me that I’m going to be punished for trying to correct the things in my life that needed to be changed.” Brown is currently a free agent.

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US Open American Women’s Semi’s, Lewis On Why Kaep Not Signed, NFL Season Begins, Eye On Black & Gold

TENNIS

The US Open women’s semi-final will be an all-American affair for the first time since 1981 when Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter competed.  Tracy Austin was the champion that year. This year’s semi-final matchup features Venus Williams vs Sloan Stephens and Madison Keys vs CoCo Vandeweghe.

FOOTBALL

Colin Kaepernick is not going to start the NFL season, and apparently it’s partly because of his girlfriend. According to former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, the Ravens were interested in signing Kaepernick until his girlfriend posted a racist tweet making fun of Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. The tweet showed Lewis and Bisciotti in an embrace similar to a scene from the movie Django Unchained.

The NFL season begins tonight, which means if you play fantasy football, your draft is over and your rosters should be set. My draft was Tuesday night and we’re heading into a challenging season of our team (the Screaming Weasels) trying to beat the reigning two-time champs, Black and Gold with an eye on always taking down the hated three-time champs, the Ziti Shooters. May the games begin!!!!

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Rockets Sold For $2.2B, Elliott Suspension Upheld But Will Play This Week, Dolphins/Bucks Opener In Question, Venus/Sloane In Semis, Red Sox Apple Watch

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Tilman Fertitta bought the Houston Rockets for a record $2.2 billion marking the highest price for an American sports franchise. The previous records were $2 billion for both the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

FOOTBALL

In an Ezekiel Elliott update, his suspension was upheld, but he will get to play in the first game this weekend while the NFL Players Association continues to lobby for the suspension to remain on hold until the League hears Elliott’s appeal.

The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not play their opener at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. The game will either be played November 9th instead (during their bye week) or at a neutral site this weekend. Playing during a bye week in November could be tough as that’s when teams need time off to rest their players.

TENNIS

The US Open women’s semi-finals will feature 2 Americans having great comebacks. 83rd ranked Sloane Stephens won a grueling three set tiebreaker and enters the semis after having taken the last 11 months off due to surgery on her foot for a stress fracture. She will face Venus Williams who continues her impressive 2017 run after beating Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in a close three set tiebreaker 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2). The other women’s semi-final matches on Wednesday feature Madison Keys who plays Kaia Kanepi and Karolina Pliskova taking on CoCo Vandeweghe. For the full schedule of men’s and women’s matches, click here.

BASEBALL

The Boston Red Sox have been accused of using an apple watch to steal signs from their opponents. According to Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred, stealing signs is legal, but it’s not legal to use electronics. He told the media, “We actually do not have a rule against sign-stealing. It has been a part of the game for a very, very long time. To the extent that there was a violation of the rule here, it was a violation by one or the other that involved the use of electronic equipment. It’s the electronic equipment that creates the violation.”

 

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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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