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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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Serena Is The GOAT, Federer In Running For GOAT, 49ers Hire John Lynch As GM

TENNIS

Serena Williams 2Serena Williams is the greatest of all time!!!  With her 23rd Grand Slam title after beating her sister Venus over the weekend in the Finals of the Australian Open, Serena at 35 years old, has taken tennis to a whole new level.  Rounding out a terrific weekend,  and also making a claim for the greatest of all time,  Roger Federer won his 18th career Grand Slam title (also at 35 years old) beating Rafael Nadal.

FOOTBALL

In a surprising move, the San Francisco 49ers hired former Stanford player and Hall of Fame candidate, John Lynch as their new General Manager. Lynch has been working as an NFL color commentator since his retirement from playing the game. Even though he doesn’t have any front office experience, the Niners signed him to an unprecedented 6 year contract. The Team also plans to hire Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach.

 

 

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Venus/Serena Williams Final, Will Carmelo Go To Cavs?

TENNIS

Venus and Serena Williams 2It will be a Williams Sister Final in the Australian Open. Serena and Venus Williams will play each other in the final on Saturday. This will be Venus’ first grand slam final since 2009 and their ninth playing each other in a Grand Slam. Serena has the edge with 6 wins to 2. If Serena wins on Saturday she’ll regain her #1 ranking. For Venus, a win would be a testament to her hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity. Since 2011 Venus has been battling an auto-immune disease called Sjogren’s which causes fatigue and join pain.  Venus fought back and didn’t let the disease define her. As Serena stated, “After everything Venus has been through with her illness and everything, it’s a win-win situation”. Venus went on to say it best, “This is a golden time, a golden time. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” If you’re up, you can watch in real time 3:30 am ET Saturday morning.

 

BASKETBALL

Even though the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, it’s been reported the team has approached the Cleveland Cavaliers to waive the clause and trade him to for the Cavs Kevin Love. Carmelo and LeBron are friends and have communicated how much they’d like to play together. LeBron also hasn’t been shy about complaining his team needs another star player, but the Cavs aren’t letting on to what their plans are prior to the February 23rd trade deadline.

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LeBron Disses Management To Media, Big Ben May Retire, 3 Over 30 In Semis, Player Hits Boy Gets Disqualified

BASKETBAL

Lebron James 2After another loss, the Cleveland Cavs LeBron James went off on the management of his team claiming they need to do more in order to win. He said, “The team needs a [bleeping] playmaker. I’m not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn’t say that.” Many felt LeBron shouldn’t have been mouthing off to the media, and if he had complaints, he should express them to management in private.

FOOTBALL

After losing to the New England Patriots last weekend, Pittsburgh Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger says he many not return next season. He said, I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and do a lot of praying about it, and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family,” At 34 years old, Big Ben has the most wins of any QB in Steelers history.

TENNIS

Speaking of age, the three women semi-finalists in the Australian Open are over 30 (only the second time in history a Grand Slam featured 3 over 30). We’ll see 36 year old Venus Williams, 35 year old Serena Williams and 34 year old Mirjana Lucie-Baroni. Rounding out the semis is the young 25 year old Coco Vandeweghe.

At the Junior Australian Open, an umpire is under fire on social media for disqualifying a player who accidentally hit a ball boy after she lost her first set. Watch this video, she clearly wasn’t looking at the boy, and when she realized what she did, she immediately looked upset. There are clear rules in tennis, but common sense should weigh in as well.

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Djokovic Loses Big At Australian Open, KD’s 40 Points, Westbrooks Fall, Baseball HOF

TENNIS

Novac DjokovicThe Australian Open is underway and we already have a major upset. The world’s #2 ranked Novak Djokovic lost in the second round to the 117th ranked, Denis Istomin. Djokovic’s loss to the wild card Istomin is even more surprising as Djokovic has won 6 Australian Opens and was looking to make this the 7th (a feat which no one has yet achieved).  The 5 set match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes.

BASKETBALL

Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant left it all on the court against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. With an impressive 40 points, Durant was on a mission. Emotions were running high between the two teams all night, especially after the Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia caused OKC’s Westbrook to fall to the ground and grab his face. Pachulia didn’t seem fazed and just glared at Westbrook. After the game Westbrook commented, “I don’t play that game. I’m going to get his ass back, so whenever that is, I don’t know when it’s going to be, but I don’t play that game.” Warriors 121, Thunder 100.

BASEBALL

Congratulations to the new selections to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines. Eligible players need to receive at least 75% of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association or the Veterans Committee.

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CMU’s Hail Mary, Lions Pull Win, Wentz Debut, Raiders’ 2 Points, Ray Rice, Wawrinka Wins Open

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The most talked about college football game over the weekend was Central Michigan’s unbelievable Hail Mary throw then lateral with no time left on the clock to beat Oklahoma State. That play in itself would have caused fans to talk, but what was even more remarkable was the game should have ended before that play even began. The officiating crew called an intentional grounding penalty on Oklahoma State as time expired, but they misinterpreted the rules and let CMU have one last play (in which they scored a TD). The officiating crew was suspended for two games for making this egregious mistake which could cost #22 ranked Oklahoma State a potential playoff appearance.

NFL

Some highlights from around the NFL this weekend!

Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts’ QB Andrew Luck was a bit hesitant in his debut (after injuries in 2015) but came back to form with 385 yards and 4 touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Colts it wasn’t enough to top the Detroit Lions. The Lions pulled out a 39-35 win.

carson-wentzThe hype is already starting after rookie QB Carson Wentz’s debut on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Wentz threw for 2 touchdowns and completed 22 of 37 throws for 278 yards. With his confidence and poise, many believe he could bring new life into the Eagles franchise. Eagles 29, Browns 10.

The Oakland Raiders made the bold move of the day with a decision to go for  a two point conversion instead of just an extra point attempt (which would have tied the game) against the New Orleans Saints. Raiders’ Coach Jack Del Rio said, “I was thinking that we’re here to win; let’s win it right now.” And they did with a 35-34 victory in the Super Dome. The game winning two point catch by former San Francisco 49er, Michael Crabtree, was extra meaningful. Three years ago during SB when the SF 49ers were playing the Baltimore Ravins in the Super Dome, Crabtree failed to catch a few attempts at a game winning TD in the endzone. If he had caught any of these passes, the 49ers would have won the big game. Crabtree admitted he had a difficult time thinking about playing in the superdome again, but as he stated, “this time, the last play ended good.

Finally, there is a possibility former running back, Ray Rice, could be back in the League sometime soon. In case you don’t remember, Rice was suspended from football after a video was released where he pushed his former fiancee out of an elevator. Rice became the poster boy of domestic violence and has since tried to reform his image. If he does get another chance to play, he has stated he would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity.

For more NFL highlights, click here.

TENNIS

The US Open came to an exciting close when defending champion, Novak Djokovic lost to Stan Wawrinka. At 31 years old, Wawrinka is the oldest male to win the US Open since the 1970’s. It was Wawrinka’s 3rd Grand Slam title.

 

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Siemian Not Rattled In Broncos’ Win Over Panthers, Brandon Marshall Kneels During Anthem, Seahawks Plan Demonstration, Serena Loses In Semis

FOOTBALL

trevor siemianThe Denver Broncos kicked off the NFL season by beating the Carolina Panthers in a close Thursday night game. Broncos’ rookie QB Trevor Siemian threw two interceptions but rallied in the second half to put together two touchdown drives giving the Broncos a slight edge over the Panthers. The Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall (former teammate of Colin Kaepernick at Nevada and not to be confused with the NY Jets receiver Brandon Marshall) generated some angry tweets before the game when he was the only player on the field not standing during the National Anthem. Marshall explained he was kneeling “for social injustice”. The Broncos’ organization put out a statement saying: “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.” Marshall ended the game with 6 tackles. Denver 21, Carolina 20.

Stay tuned for Sunday’s matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins. The Seahawks’ receiver, Doug Baldwin, has been talking about some kind of pre-game demonstration. It’s unclear exactly what they’ll be doing but sounds as if whatever they do it will be a team effort. The team recognizes Sunday’s game falls on September 11th, so hopefully they will be respectful of this date. Baldwin stated, “To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity,”

TENNIS

The mighty Serena Williams has fallen. Although she wasn’t making excuses, Serena appeared to be fighting a knee injury in her US Open semifinal loss to #10 seed Karolina Pliskova. With the loss, Serena loses the #1 ranking she’s held for 186 weeks.

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Djokovic’s Opponent’s Keep Retiring, Brees Close To Extension, Manziel Back In School

TENNIS

Novac DjokovicNovak Djokovic’s opponent retired…again! For the third time in four matches, Djokovic did not play out a full match before his opponent, Tsonga, retired from a knee injury. #1 seed Djokovic has only played 9 total sets in the US Open.

FOOTBALL

It’s reported New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is really close to a contract extension. 37 year old Brees has one year left on his current contract and, even though he signed a whopping $100 million contract back in 2012, his average of $20 million a year is less than other QB’s of his caliber. The issue for the Saints seems to be Brees’ age and whether they can afford a long term contact on a QB who is almost 40 years old. The deadline for the Team is approaching as their season begins on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Troubled former QB Johnny Manziel will not be playing in the NFL this year (or perhaps ever again considering his history on and off the field) so has decided to go back to College. He will be taking online courses at Texas A&M and is hoping to get a degree in recreation, parks and tourism sciences.

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