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Warriors Even Series, Iga Swiatek & Rafael Nadal Win French Open, Fitzpatrick Retires

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With a dominant win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors evened the series one game a piece with the Boston Celtics. Steph Curry scored 29 points and Jordan Poole recorded 17  in the 107-88 win. The Series now heads back to Boston for Game 3.

TENNIS

Iga Swiatek beat Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the French Open. She has now won 35 consecutive matches.  In the men’s final, Rafael Nadal won his 14th French Open by defeating Casper Ruud. With the win, Nadal has secured his 22nd Grand Slam title, two more than Djokovic and Federer for most men’s singles titles.

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Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring after 17 seasons and nine NFL teams.

 

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Celtics Thrilling Game 1 Win, LeBron Worth $1 Bill, Gore Retires A Niner, Coco In French Open Final, Girardi Fired, Rodgers/Brady Win The Match

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Game 1 of the NBA finals was a come-from-behind thrilling victory for the visiting Boston Celtics. The Celtics outscored the Golden State Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter for a 120-108 win. Game 2 is Sunday night in San Francisco.

LeBron James became the first active NBA player to reach a net worth of $1 billion. Michael Jordan became a billionaire but only after he retired.

FOOTBALL

Frank Gore signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers then officially retired. The 39-year-old running back played for 16 years (which is unusual for a player at this position).

TENNIS

Coco Grauff celebrated her graduation from high school two weeks ago in Paris and is now in the French Open final. Gauff is the youngest woman (18 years old) to reach a Grand Slam final since 2004 when 17-year-old Maria Sharapova played on center court.

BASEBALL

After losing 12 of the last 17 games, the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi. Bench coach Rob Thomson will step up as interim manager

GOLF

Thanks to an impressive birdie putt by Aaron Rodgers on the 12th hole, Rodgers and Tom Brady beat Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes to win The Match.

 

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The Pham Slap, Nadal Defeats Djokovic, Cavs Hire Luke Walton

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The baseball world is still talking about the big slap. Here’s the recap: Last week Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham slapped SF Giants outfielder Joc Pederson over a fantasy football disagreement. MLB gave Pham a three-game suspension, but Pham isn’t letting it go and has now brought LA Angels All-Star Mike Trout into the dispute claiming Trout was a horrible commissioner of the league and should have dealt with the issue.  Here’s Pham explaining his actions.

TENNIS

In the much anticipated French Open quarterfinal, Rafael Nadal defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic. Nadal (#5 seed) will face Alexander Zverev (#3 seed) in the semifinals.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hired Luke Walton (former Sacramento Kings/LA Lakers head coach) as their new assistant coach.

 

 

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NFL Draft Twists And Turns, Boris Becker Sent To Prison

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The first round of the NFL draft Thursday night had a number of twists and turns. To begin, a quarterback wasn’t taken until the 20th overall pick, which is the lowest since 1997.

Jacksonville Jaguars selected Georgia defensive end, Travon Walker, with the #1 pick of the draft. The Detroit Lions grabbed Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson with the #2 pick.

In an interesting move, the Philadelphia Eagles traded with the Tennessee Titans their 18th overall pick (Treylon Bucks) for star wide receiver A.J. Brown. Brown will receive a four-year deal worth $100 million.

And, the Baltimore Ravens sent receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals as part of a deal that included Arizona’s first-round pick.

TENNIS

Boris Becker, the former tennis star who in 1985 was the youngest male to win Wimbledon (17), was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for bankruptcy issues (hiding assets and illegally transferring money).

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Wimbledon Bans Russia, Broncos For Sale, Brady/Rodgers Vs Mahomes/Allen, Smart Defensive Player Of Year

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In a move that hasn’t happened since World War II, Wimbledon plans to ban athletes from certain countries. Russian and Belarusian competitors will no longer be able to compete in the tournament, which begins on June 27th.

FOOTBALL

Five remaining bidders are looking to purchase the Denver Broncos for an estimated record $4 billion-plus.  Rob Walton, an investor group led by 76ers/Devils owner Josh Harris, and a group led by Todd Boehly (minority owner of the Dodgers and Lakers), are among the final bidders. Harris and Boehly are also bidding against each other on Chelsea F.C.

GOLF

The highly entertaining “The Match” is returning, but this year will not feature any professional golfers. The Match is an exhibition golf tournament (kicking off June 1st) featuring big-name athletes competing against each other with prize money going to charity. The most anticipated matchup will be Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers facing off against Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. According to golf experts, Rodgers is the best golfer of the bunch.

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While the Playoffs are in full swing, the NBA announced their first big award going to Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart for winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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Djokovic’s Bodily Autonomy, Tafoya Leaving Sports, SB Ratings Rebound, Harbaugh Contract Extended, Canada Takes Gold, DeRozan Makes History

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic told the BBC he would rather miss tennis tournaments than have to get vaccinated because “bodily autonomy is more important than any title”.

FOOTBALL

Michelle Tafoya is leaving her job as a sports reporter to co-chair the political campaign for Army veteran Kendall Qualls.

Super Bowl ratings rebounded after last year’s 10-year low. An estimated 112.3 million viewers tuned in (a 14% increase over last year).

The University of Michigan extended head coach Jim Harbaugh’s contract through 2026.

OLYMPICS

Canada took home the Gold medal in women’s hockey handing the Americans the Silver.

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DeMar DeRozan made history by becoming the first NBA player to score 35 or more points while shooting 50% or better in seven straight games.

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Bengals/Rams In Super Bowl LVI, Brady May Retire, Nadal’s Historic Win

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After one of the most entertaining seasons of NFL football, the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will face off in Super Bowl LVI.

The Bengals were down 21-3 in the second quarter but thanks to quarterback Joe Burrow (who is only in his second season) the team clawed their way back to an overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. This will be the Bengal’s first Super Bowl appearance since 1989.  Bengals 27, Chiefs 24

The Los Angeles Rams also overcame a second-half deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17.

The Rams will face the Bengals on February 13th at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA for the Championship.

In other football news, we could be witnessing the end of an era with the announcement Tom Brady may be retiring from football after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl titles. The GOAT hasn’t confirmed his retirement yet and could be waiting to make the announcement in the spring during the final episode of his documentary series “Man in the Arena”.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open to grab his 21st Grand Slam title. He now holds the record for most men’s major championships, edging out Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic who both hold 20 wins.

 

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

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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

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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.

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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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