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TNF On Amazon Prime, Favre Improper Funds, Federer Retiring

FOOTBALL

Thursday Night Football featuring L.A. Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs will be the first regular season game available exclusively on a streaming platform (Amazon Prime at 8:15 pm). One of the cool gimmicks will feature chips embedded in the player uniforms tracking their stats for Amazon X-Ray Users to dissect.

According to reports, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is under investigation for improperly receiving welfare money to fund a volleyball facility at his daughter’s school. Favre previously denied the allegations, but text messages implicating him in this exchange have recently surfaced.

TENNIS

Tennis legend Roger Federer announced he’s retiring from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup in London. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles

 

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19-Yr Old Alcaraz Wins Open, Swiatek Wins Women’s Final, Ravens/Jackson Can’t Agree

TENNIS

Nineteen-year-old Carlos Alcaraz won the U.S. Open men’s final, his first Grand Slam championship. Alcaraz, who is now number 1 in the world, is the youngest Open men’s champion since Pete Sampras in 1990.

In the women’s final, Poland’s Iga Swiatek (the #1 seed) defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur for her third major championship and first U.S. Open title.

FOOTBALL

Heading into the first weekend of the NFL football season, the biggest news was that the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson failed to agree to a contract extension, which means Jackson is betting on himself to excel, as he’ll be playing this season on the fifth year of his rookie deal.

For a recap of Sunday’s NFL games, click here.

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Alabama #1 AP Ranking, Rams Lost To Bills, Legendary Bird Retires, Tiafoe Vs Alcaraz, Swiatek Vs Jabeur

FOOTBALL

In the first in-season College Football poll, the AP ranked Alabama at #1 with Georgia moving to #2 after their monstrous 49-3 win over Oregon. Rounding out the top five is Ohio State at #3, Michigan at #4, and Clemson at #5.

In the opening game of the NFL season, the Rams lost to the Buffalo Bills 31-10.

BASKETBALL

It’s the end of an era for the legendary Sue Bird after the Las Vegas Aces beat her Seattle Storm in the semifinals. Bird will retire with a historic 13 All-Star appearances and as the WNBA’s all-time assists leader. The Aces will play the Connecticut Sun in the best-of-five Finals beginning Sunday at 3:00 pm ET.

TENNIS

The 24-year-old Frances Tiafoe will take on 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz (who beat Jannik Sinner in a five-hour, 15-minute riveting match) in the semifinals of the US Open. Tiafoe is the first American man to reach the semifinal since Andy Roddick in 2006.

Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur will meet in the Women’s Final. It is the first U.S. Open final for both players.

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Serena Retires, Margaret Court Bitter, Coco Loves NY, Kyrgios and Tiafoe Eliminate #1 & #2, Week 1 College Football, 12-Team Playoffs In 2026

TENNIS

The GOAT Serena Williams lost in the third round of the US Open to Ajla Tomljanovic, likely ending her inspiring tennis career. Williams will retire with 23 Grand Slam Titles just shy of  Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 titles. Court was interviewed by Britain’s Daily Telegraph and slammed Williams stating, “Serena, I’ve admired her as a player. But I don’t think she has ever admired me.”

In other US Open news, eighteen-year-old Coco Gauff advanced to her first US Open quarterfinal saying, “New York is bringing out a side of me that I haven’t had since I was 15.”

On the men’s side, the always entertaining Australian Nick Kyrgios defeated the #1 player in the world, Daniil Medvedev (check out this strange play), while American Frances Tiafoe eliminated second-seeded Rafael Nadal in the round of 16.

FOOTBALL

Here’s a snapshot of the winners and losers after week one of the College Football Season.

In 2026, the College Football Playoff will look very different. The CFP Board of Managers announced a 12-team college playoff format with the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams competing for the Title.

 

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Donovan Mitchell A Cavalier, Wilson Agrees To Contract Extension, Venus/Serena Lose 1st Rd, Nadal Cruises

BASKETBALL

In a blockbuster trade, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is now a Cleveland Cavalier. After the Knicks walked away on Monday night, the Cavs swooped in and grabbed Mitchell in exchange for three players and a bunch of first round picks and pick swaps.

FOOTBALL

Russell Wilson agreed to a five-year $245 million contract extension with the Denver Broncos. Wilson will get $165 million guaranteed, the fourth largest contact for quarterbacks.

TENNIS

After a four-year hiatus, Venus and Serena Williams teamed up to take on Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká at the U.S. Open. Unfortunately for the sisters, they lost in straight sets to the Czech players. 7-6 (5), 6-4

Rafael Nadal and longtime rival Fabio Fognini took center court next. Fognini grabbed the first set and was ahead in the second before Nadal found his rhythm and cruised to victory. 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

 

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Serena Defeats #2 Ranked Kontaveit, Cameron Smith Joins LIV, Garoppolo Staying With Niners

TENNIS

Serena Williams pulled out an exciting win Wednesday night against #2 ranked Anett Kontaveit, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2. Serena will turn 41 later this month and hasn’t played many matches this year, but ESPN’s Chris Evert stated what we’re all thinking, “She’s Serena. Anything is possible.” After the match, Serena was asked how she was able to defeat the #2 player in the world and she said,

“Well … I’m a pretty good player. This is what I do best. I love a challenge. I love rising to a challenge. I haven’t played many matches, but I’ve been practicing really well, and my last few matches, it just wasn’t coming together.” She went on to say, “Honestly, I’m just looking at it as a bonus. I don’t have anything to prove. I don’t have anything to win. And I have absolutely nothing to lose. I never get to play like this, since ’98, really. Literally, I’ve had an ‘X’ on my back since ’99. So, it’s kind of fun, and I really just enjoy coming out and enjoying it, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that.”

Serena plays again at 7:00 pm ET Thursday night with her sister Venus (who lost her first round in singles). They’ll attempt to win their 15th Grand Slam doubles title.

GOLF

Australian Cameron Smith, the British Open winner, is the highest-ranked player to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. Smith is ranked #2 in the world

FOOTBALL

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is staying with the San Francisco 49ers after agreeing to a one-year deal where he’ll be Trey Lance’s backup. Garoppolo will make $6.5 million guaranteed and another $9 million in playing time incentives.

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Serena Williams Wins 1st Round, Inspirational Tributes To The GOAT

TENNIS

Serena Williams kicked off her farewell grand slam tournament with a win against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinić 6-3, 6-3. Once Serena’s powerful serve kicked in, there was no stopping her. With a sold-out celebrity-filled crowd watching, CBS anchor Gayle King introduced an emotional post-match celebration of William’s contributions as a role model over the past 20 years.

In addition to the on-court celebrations, there was an outpouring of support on social media. The two that stood out for me are LeBron James’s heartfelt message and Gatorade’s inspiring commercial.

Williams will face #2 seed Anett Kontaveit in the second round on Wednesday.

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Bills Cut Araiza, Serena’s Last Tournament, Max Verstappen Wins Consecutive Race From Outside Top 10, Chapman Tattoo Injury

FOOTBALL

The Buffalo Bills cut punter Matt Araiza after allegations surfaced that he is in the midst of a civil lawsuit accusing him (and two other San Diego State football teammates) of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl last year. Bills GM Brandon Beane claims they did not know about the allegations before drafting him.

TENNIS

The U.S. Open begins today with one of the most iconic tennis players in the history of the sport, Serena Williams, playing in what could be her last tournament. Tune in for her first match at 7:00 pm ET Monday on ESPN. Later this week, Serena and sister Venus will team up as doubles partners for what they hope will be their 15th Grand Slam together.

FORMULA ONE

Max Verstappen started in 14th place but handily won the Belgian Grand Prix. He is the first driver in 60 years to win consecutive races after starting outside the top 10 in the grid.

BASEBALL

Yankees Pitcher Aroldis Chapman is on the injured list for an unusual reason..an infection in his leg caused by a tattoo.

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Serena Williams Plans To Retire After The Open, Goodell Wants Watson Suspended For Season, Browns To Start Watson In Preseason Opener

TENNIS

Serena Williams, the GOAT of women’s tennis, said she’ll be retiring after the US Open. It seems fitting that she’ll finish her amazing career in the place where it all started. Williams won her first of 23 Grand Slam singles titles at the US Open in 1999 when she was 17 years old. She now says she’d like to focus on being a mother and growing her business, Serena Ventures, which she started in 2014. The venture capital firm focuses on founders from underrepresented groups. A few of the startups receiving checks from Serena Ventures include MasterClass, Noom, Tonal and Impossible Foods. Fans are furiously grabbing tickets to the Open to see Serena play, and the first two days of the tournament are already sold out. In anticipation of Serena playing in the Finals on September 10th, StubHub is selling tickets for over $12,000 apiece.

FOOTBALL

The NFL is appealing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters he thinks Watson should be suspended for the entire 2022 season instead of only 6 games. The Browns don’t seem to be too concerned by the drama, as they are planning on starting Watson in their pre-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

 

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Djokovic Wins Wimbledon For 4th Straight Time, Kazakhstan’s Rybakina Wins, MLB Starters-Shohei Makes History, Judge/Acuña Jr. Most Votes

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios to win his fourth straight Wimbledon championship. The win marks his seventh career Wimbledon title. The only other player with more Wimbledon titles is Roger Federer (with eight).  Djokovic is not vaccinated (and has no plans to get the vaccine) so he’ll likely be unable to compete in the upcoming US Open.

The women’s title went to Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan, the first player representing Kazakhstan to win a major.

BASEBALL

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters were announced. The Angels Shohei Ohtani made history (again) by being selected for the second straight season as both a batter and pitcher. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge received the most fan votes for the American League, while the Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. received the most votes from fans in the National League.

 

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