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

FOOTBALL

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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Italy Beat England In European Championship, Barty & Djokovic Win Wimbledon, Bucks Take Game 3

SOCCER

Italy beat England in the European Championship final in a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout which gave Italy their first title since 2006.  Unfortunately for  England, the loss continues their 55-year major title drought.

TENNIS

Ashleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon women’s final for her second Grand Slam singles championship (she won the French Open in 2019).

Novak Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the men’s final tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for a record 20 major titles.

BASKETBALL

The Milwaukee Bucks overran the Phoenix Suns 120-100 to take Game 3 in the NBA Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo added an impressive 41 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists for the Bucks. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

 

 

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Serena Withdraws From Wimbledon, Young & Antetokounmpo Injured, Hawks Even Series, Clippers/Suns Game 6

TENNIS

Serena Williams injured her ankle and had to withdraw from Wimbledon during her first-round match.

BASKETBALL

Injuries are playing a role in the NBA playoffs as well. Atlanta Hawks Trae Young did not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks and, in the third quarter, the Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo hyperextended his knee and had to leave the game. The Hawks triumphed in a 110-88 win and were able to even the series 2-2 with Game 5 on Thursday.

The LA Clippers (without Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka from injuries) and Phoenix Suns face off in L.A. Wed night for Game 6, with the Suns leading the series 3-2.

 

 

 

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NBA Conference Finals Set, Celtics Trade Kemba Walker To OKC, Osaka Not At Wimbledon But Tokyo, VS Image

(FEMALEFAN WILL BE ON VACATION AND BACK JUNE 28TH)

 

BASKETBALL

The NBA Conference Finals are set with the #3 Bucks vs the #5 Hawks, and the #2 Suns vs the #4 Clippers (Suns lead 1-0).

In other NBA news, the Boston Celtics traded Kemba Walker (the 16th pick in the 2021 draft), and a 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a second-round pick in the 2023 draft.

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka’s agent said she won’t be playing at Wimbledon but will play in the Tokyo Olympics

OTHER

Victoria’s Secret is looking to USWNT star Megan Rapinoe as well as six other successful women to help turn their image around. The seven women formed a group called the VS Collective and will appear in promotional ads for the company as well as advising them on content. The CEO of VS stated, “When the world was changing, we were too slow to respond, we needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want.”

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Becky Hammon/Dawn Staley Interviewing For Head Coach, Suns Sweep Nuggets, Irving Injured, Stanley Cup Semis, Playoff Committee Meets On Expansion, French Open Winners

BASKETBALL

Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Chauncey Billups, Brent Barry, and Mike D’Antoni are interviewing for the head coaching position for the Portland Trail Blazers. Hammon is the current assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. She is also expected to interview for the head coaching position with the Orlando Magic.

Thanks to Chris Paul’s 37 points, the Phoenix Suns swept the Denver Nuggets 4-0 to secure a spot in their first Western Conference Finals since 2010.

In other playoff news, Kyrie Irving had to leave Game 4 of the Nets/Bucks series due to a sprained ankle. The series is tied 2-2.

HOCKEY

The Stanley Cup Semifinals are set. The Las Vegas Golden Knights will face Montreal, and the New York Islanders will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning

FOOTBALL

The College Football Playoff committee is discussing whether to expand from 4-12 teams.

TENNIS

Barbora Krejcikova and Novak Djokovic are the French Open winners.

 

 

 

 

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Castroneves Wins Indy 500, Osaka Withdraws From French Open For Causing Distraction, Bad Fan Behavior At Wizards/76ers Game

INDIANAPOLIS 500

Helio Castroneves won the Indy 500. The 135,000 fans in attendance mark the largest crowd assembled for a sporting event since the pandemic began.

TENNIS

After playing only one match at the French Open then refusing to answer questions in the post-match press conference (and getting fined $15,000 and a threat of expulsion from the tournament), Naomi Osaka announced she is withdrawing from the rest of the tournament because she doesn’t want to create any more distractions. She said on Twitter, “This isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.”

BASKETBALL

In yet another example of fans gone wild, a man ran out on the court during the 3rd quarter of the Washington Wizards/Philadelphia 76ers game on Monday. After the game, Wizards coach Scott Brooks reprimanded the behavior of the fans this year saying, “But it’s unfortunate one fan here and there, it ruins it for everyone. There’s great fans in Boston and New York and Philly and DC, Utah. But there’s some that just need to, you know what, stay home. Your thinking is barbaric. Stay home. We don’t need you. We don’t need your dollars. Just stay home. Get away from us.”

The Playoff Update: Lakers and Suns series tied 2-2, Nets lead Celtics 3-1, Trail Blazers and Nuggets tied at 2-2, 76ers lead Wizards 3-1, Hawks lead Knicks 3-1, Jazz lead Grizzlies 3-1, and Mavericks and Clippers tied at 2-2.

 

 

 

 

 

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Osaka & Djokovic Australian Open Champions, Raptors Fire Saunders, Tahoe Hosts NHL, Bruins 90’s Style

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady to win the Australian Open for the second time (also won in 2019). Osaka now has four Grand Slam singles titles.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev to claim his 18th Grand Slam singles title, just two away from the record held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic clearly likes the Australian Open, as this win marks his ninth championship (in nine appearances).

BASKETBALL

The Toronto Raptors fired Ryan Saunders and expect to replace him with the Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch.

HOCKEY

The NHL experimented with outdoor hockey and hosted two games over the weekend in Lake Tahoe. Other than an eight-hour delay due to the sun’s effect on ice conditions, the games were a hit with hockey fans. The Boston Bruins even got into the spirit of the weekend by showing up in full 1990’s attire.

Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2

Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3

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